MOUNT VERNON — A new location has been secured for those participating in the local euchre club which has been previously meeting at The Station Break Senior Center. Normally meeting on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., the euchre club now meets at 5 S. Gay St., in the rear of the Masonic Temple.
“It’s a friendly game. It’s not a big money maker,” said Herb Phillips who has recently been overseeing the operations of the euchre club.
The club has been using The Station Break as a site to play their euchre games for many years. Participants in the euchre games would pay a small fee to play, and The Station Break would receive a percentage of the fees plus revenue from raffle tickets collected each night. Fees paid to The Station Break for 2011 totaled about $3,000 which amounts to about $20 per session. Phillips said that when The Station Break was planning a move, the euchre club was told they could not be guaranteed a place to play without a set rental fee.
With The Station Break recently completing their move to the Knox County Conference Center at 160 Howard St., the necessity of charging rental fees became too much to realize for the euchre club. “We’re going to have a business where we’re going to rent out rooms and try to supplement the levy funds and state funds which have been cut,” said Richard Mavis, chairman of The Station Break board of directors. “I don’t think the board felt we could reduce those (fees) to the level of what they’ve been paying.”
“We can’t charge one person this amount to come into the facility then give it to someone else cheaper,” said executive director Kelly Lybarger-Dewitt, of the board’s decision.
Euchre games are open to the public with everyone invited to participate.