“We have given money to different projects at the school,” Galer says. “If they needed parts or some new piece of equipment, we helped purchase it — particularly if it had to do with like the industrial arts or ag and things like that, because that’s what we’re so much based on.”
It was Galer’s parents, the late Fred and LaRue Lemons, who helped establish the foundation. For 15 years, Fred served as president of the LCF, and an annual award recognizing affiliate leaders is named in his memory. Today, their daughter is one of its primary leaders, but she says they are also seeking to involve younger community members to keep its mission moving forward.
“The town was that important to them. My dad did not grow up in this town; He grew up in south-central Missouri in a very small town, but he moved here and he became an integral part of the community,” Galer says. “There were a lot of people that would do things for Lockwood if they knew they could.”
She also shares others — like Johnny Tubaugh and the Clinton Schilling family — who have made a significant impact on the LCF.
"These additions are so greatly appreciated," she says. "They show Lockwood was a special place to their families as well."