While many people were making their way around the square in Adel during the Chamber’s Sip and Sample event, taking in delicious treats and beverages, a sizable group stopped outside of Adel Homecare Services early in the event for the unveiling of the Adel Women’s Club’s Memorial Tree.


The tree is there to honor loved ones who have passed away and will have its lights shining in the window of Adel Homecare Services through the month of December. The wall next to the tree bares the names of those submitted by loved ones.


Bonnie Conover, Lana Schrock and Judy Burgus of the Adel Women’s Club were the members of the committee who took donations and the names for the Memorial Tree. Those who want to honor their loved ones can submit a donation along with the name they want recognized on the wall next to the tree.


“It’s a one-time donation at any amount,” Conover said. “I don’t care if it’s a dollar or $500. It’s a one-time donation and then it’s posted each year. That’s a nice part about it too. It’s not like they have to do $20 every year.”


There are many things that the Adel Women’s Club donates those funds to, including crisis intervention, the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, the ministerial, the Adel Public Library, the police and fire departments and more, all within the City of Adel.


During the month of December, the trees lights can be seen at all hours of the day.


“The lights will be lit 24/7, each day through the month of December,” Schrock said. “So if you drive by here at 3 o’clock in the morning, they will be lit.”


Before the lighting of the tree, there was music from local a capella group “Gotta Zing,” words from Conover and words and a prayer from Doug Pfeiffer, the pastor at First Christian Church in Adel.


Conover said that the Memorial Tree has been a “great fundraiser” for the Adel Women’s Club. They start collecting names and donations in October and start getting a lot of them at the beginning of November.


Conover and Schrock agreed that it’s nice to see the tree getting more recognition in its third year.


“We wanted this tree to gather and grow each year and get bigger and bigger, and have kind of a focal point for the town,” Conover said.