It's not just swimming caps and chlorine

By By Scottye Carter/The Meridian Star
July 14, 2001
The Meridian Swim Association, one of the most popular non-profit youth groups in the city, must raise money to buy the equipment its swimmers depend on everything from starting blocks to lane ropes.
MSA volunteers are holding their second annual chicken plate fund-raiser today at Highland Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fund-raiser goes hand-in-hand with the swim meet that continues at the Highland Park pool at 8 a.m.
Plates will be sold for $4.50 and include a smoked leg quarter, baked beans, chips and drink.
All the money raised by MSA fund-raisers is spent on new equipment and coaches. The association has more than 50 swimmers to support.
In April, volunteers host an annual swim-a-thon, in May a rummage sale. This year, because of extra need, the MSA also held a corporate drive, and members sold pizza and coke at the Pops Concert on July 4.
Vaughn said she thought they had raised about $700 at the Pops Concert.
The corporate drive the MSA held this year was to raise money for new lane ropes.
The organization did more fund-raising than usual this year because of a need to buy more equipment.
Scottye Carter is a staff writer for The Meridian Star.