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December 13, 2004

Monroe Garden Club to Promote ULM, Community

The Monroe Garden Club will announce the establishment of a fund to create a "Welcome to Monroe Home of ULM" sign at a press conference to be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 10 a.m. at Space Planners Architects, Inc.

Ellen Allums, President of the Monroe Garden Club, chose the welcome sign, which will be located on the west bound I-20/Garrett Road exit, as her president's project. She said "I felt we needed to have an entrance to our city and something that would slow people down and give them an incentive to stop."

The overall cost for the project is $35,000. Key sponsors include Space Planners Architects, Inc., Arkansas Stone, Steel Fab, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, CenturyTel and the Monroe Garden Club. Allums said that more contributions are needed to construct the sign.

Allums hopes to raise the necessary funds quickly so that they can host a ground breaking in January and have the project completed by February. Once finished, the sign will be maintained by the City of Monroe.

Allums added "The sign will show people visiting our city that we take pride in and care about our community." The public is invited to attend the announcement of the project.

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