Last month the Sundowners of Fairmount Country Club made a generous donation to the Chatham Emergency Squad. The Sundowners group is comprised of working and retired women members of the Fairmount Country Club, located in Chatham Township.

These women get together one afternoon a week late in the day during the golf season and play golf and socialize. This summer the Sundowners decided they would like to take up a collection from the women members during one of their weekly outings. By nearly unanimous consent the Chatham Emergency Squad was chosen as the recipient of that donation.

“It was easy to gain agreement to support the Chatham Emergency Squad; many members have called on them in the past or know a neighbor or family member who has," JoAnne Babbitt, Sundowners Chair, said. "We are a social group but we also love giving back to the community.”

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On the evening of the event, the Chatham Emergency Squad Communications Vice President Robin Hoppe attended the social gathering and represented the Emergency Squad. Hoppe gave a brief talk about the Squad and how they operate and fielded many enthusiastic questions from the women’s organization.

“We depend on donations like this one to run our operation," Hoppe said. "It was an added benefit to spend time discussing what we do with these bright and engaging women. We are grateful for the donation and it was a lot of fun.”

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer non-profit organization funded almost exclusively by donations. CES never charges for its services. In 2018 they responded to over 1,200 emergency calls and provided free training in CPR to more than 400 residents, teachers, coaches, and emergency personnel. To learn more, to donate or volunteer, please visit