CSVFD has charter, will file for tax exempt status

Monday, September 28, 2009
Andrea Buchholz catches a ball in mid-flight during a fundraiser for the fire department being formed at Caney Springs.

CANEY SPRINGS -- Nearly $1,400 were raised last weekend when supporters of the newly-chartered Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department bought hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks for the cause.

That sum, announced by CSVFD President E.W. Hill on Saturday night in the Caney Springs Baptist Church dining room, is probably only a fraction of the total to be raised for all the volunteer departments during this weekend's "Womanless Beauty Pageant" in the Lewisburg Middle School auditorium.

Helping with the cookout dinner last weekend was Tony Buchholz, who's to be one of the contestants in the pageant. Buchholz, his wife, Shawna, and their daughter, Andrea, spoke with Hill at one of the dinner tables.

Is Andrea mortified with the prospect of her father being on stage in a dress, women's shoes and accessories?

"No," the 14-year-old daughter said. "I think it's hilarious."

She plans to post photos of her father on her My Space page on the Internet.

To prove her support for the volunteers' project, the Forrest High School 9th grader agreed to demonstrate her acumen with a soccer ball while traveling down the big, blue, inflated slide provided at no charge by Bounce-A-Rue for the cookout.

Andrea Buchholz plays full back on the FHS Lady Rocketts Soccer Team.

Meanwhile, the fire department's president explained about the charter.

"We already have our charter back from Nashville," Hill said of the document issued by the state. "And the paperwork has been turned in to Michael Sullivan, a certified public accountant in Lewisburg who will file the application with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to get a tax exempt status for the department."

It's technically a designation through Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code so non-profit groups don't have to pay sales tax, property taxes, or payments with annual returns made to the IRS.

"The community support has been very positive," Hill said, thanking several community leaders by name, as well as the volunteers from the Berlin, Farmington and College Grove fire departments who attended.

Hill also thanked the Baptist Church for allowing the volunteers to use the kitchen and dining area.

Events such as the CSVFD cookout are not unusual, except this department is still being formed and has not fire truck or fire hall. Land, however, has been made available by a merchant.

As for the Womenless Beauty Pageant, it starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday. He winning fireman will be named Miss Firefly. Tickets will be available at the door to the middle school in Lewisburg.