Diane Baldwin, pastor at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, said that the church is collecting at least 5,000 pairs of used shoes to raise funds for the Georgetown church ministries while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations such as Haiti and Ghana. (The organizarion collecting and distributing the shoes gives the church a certain dollar amount per pound for the shoes.)
"We are also keeping old shoes out of local landfills," Rev. Baldwin said. Residents can help by donating their used sneakers, heels, sandals, boots, cleats, slippers and other types of shoes in every size. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families.
"Please clean out your closets, ask your family and friends and donate your shoes today. We will pick up donations of at least 25 pairs in Mobile County," Baldwin said. Donation receipt available upon request.
For information or to make a donation, contact Rev. Diane Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-243-2649.
For 30 years, Faye Martin taught 6th grade students. One might consider that a lifetime of service. But in her retirement, she continues her service to others, albeit to a mostly older generation.
Martin is a member of Orchard Baptist Church, and several years ago, she organized a group of fellow members called "Shepherd's Staff." Once a month, they visit the home bound church members, generally about 20. They take along small gifts, offer a devotion and visit with them.
In another act of kindness, Martin volunteers at Alabama Hospice where she talks with patients or does whatever is needed. And twice a month, she visits residents at Gulf Coast Nursing Home. She also sits with those who need her so that their caregivers can take a break.
For 26 years, Faye Martin has been Sunday School Director at Orchard Baptist Church and she serves as Youth Director at Orchard, Crawford and Westlawn Baptist. She's taken young people to camp, on mission trips and hosts them on special weekends.
Martin enjoyed her years of teaching 6th graders at Scarborough Middle School, mentoring youngsters as they began their life's journey. But she looks forward to the hospice visits, too, listening to the patients' stories, sharing their laughter and tears, being a friend.
Her motto, which embodies her philosophy of life is "Keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and let others see Jesus in you."
Tanner Williams School Celebrates Centennial in conjunction with Tanner Williams May Day Festival, May 2, 2015
It's almost time for the Tanner Williams May Day Festival, and this year's event is really special--the old Tanner Williams School, where the annual Festival takes place, turns 100 years old. So when the traditional Festival is held on Saturday, May 2, it will include a celebration of Tanner Williams School Centennial. Activities will be outside the historic building; if it rains, the event will be moved to the Tanner Williams Elementary School gym across the street at 13700 Tanner Williams Road.
As in past years, the day will start with a parade. Line-up will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Tanner Williams Community Park; the parade will roll at 9 a.m. Those interested in bringing their floats, vehicles or groups to participate in the parade should contact Michelle Southerland, 610-7355.
After the opening ceremonies at 9:45, there'll be a Tiny and Little Mr./Miss contest ($20 fee) and a pageant with two divisions, K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grades ($35 entry fee.) For more information, call Mandi Robison, 610-1033 or Crystal Sears, 581-1461.
Festival spokesperson, Brandy Culver, said that this year's car show will be expanded to include three divisions, Classic, Current and Motorcycles. The entry fee is $10 and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants can call Philip Culver, 228-249-2668 for additional details.
Of course, a festival wouldn't be considered successful without an array of food and this one has $8 catfish dinners, starting at 11 a.m.; hot dogs, chips and soft drinks; and homemade goodies from the Sweet Shop.
Because this year's May Day also celebrates the school's 100th birthday, organizers are looking for anyone who attended the old school at any time in the past to visit the fest and maybe run into former classmates. Tours of the current Tanner Williams Elementary School are planned for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Brandy Culver said that there will be plenty of entertainment and activities for people of all ages, including historical exhibits, a silent auction, vendors with wares to sell, a plant sale, games for the children. All proceeds go to the Tanner Williams Civic and Historical Society for maintenance on the old school house. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, call Culver at 251-377-6842.
The University of South Alabama National Alumni Association Port City Chapter is hosting a "Sips for Scholarships" event on Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Legacy Bar & Grill, 9 Du Rhu Drive, Mobile. The cost is $35 per person, 21 and older only.
Those attending can enjoy a variety of wines, beer, soft drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, live music and good conversation.
For information, contact Ailey Shirazi at email@example.com or 251-460-7259.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama is "to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever." The organization is the largest of its kind, with the volunteer "Bigs" helping the "Littles" realize their potential and build their dreams.
According to the BBBSSA's informative brochure, "We (the organization) nurture children and strengthen communities through two programs, Community and School-based. Through these two programs, we typically enroll children ages 6-12 and continue supporting the match through age 18. What sets us apart from other mentoring organizations is our ongoing, professional support for the duration of the match."
The Community-based program is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship serving children ages 6-12, mentoring by spending time with the child doing things they enjoy in the community; the commitment is one year.
The School-based program currently offers one-to-one mentoring to children in 30 schools in Mobile, Baldwin and Monroe counties. The interaction takes place on school grounds during school hours.
Research and figures from 2013-2014 show that the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs work. Outcomes include that 97% of the Littles were more confident that they would finish school; 92% had improved relationships with peers and adults. Eighty-six percent of Littles avoided risky behaviors and 93% improved academically.
To learn more about BBBSSA, contact CEO and President, Aimee Risser, at 344-0536 ext. 106, stop by the office at 9 Dauphin Street, Ste. 101 or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.
A team from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, is working with Dauphin Island Sea Lab from March 5-April 7 to give the 34-acre campus a new look.
Delta 5, the-nine member team from the Southern Region campus of Vicksburg, Mississippi will be removing and replacing worn wood on the exterior of buildings, applying a bright, fresh coat of paint and completing other general maintenance work.
Dr. John Dindo, Associate Director of DISL, said that "The NCCC team's efforts will help us get away from a militaristic institutional feel and allow us to make ourselves into a place (that) appears welcoming and friendly to visitors."
Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Alpha Chapter of ADK was the first chapter established in Alabama, more than 60 years ago. Cathy Alexander, president elect, said that there is another chapter in Mobile, Phi Chapter.
Alpha Chapter has 28 members who meet in private homes or at Dodge Elementary School on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September-May. Current officers are as follows: President. Lynn Garner; President Elect, Cathy Alexander; Recording Secretary, Patricia Clark; Corresponding Secretary, Cindy Law; Treasurer, Beverly Kabina; Sergeant at Arms, Rose Mary Williams; Historian, Georgia McCain; Chaplain, Veronica Barnes and Immediate Past President, Cathy Burdette.
Alexander said that "Membership, which is honorary and based on peer recognition, provides a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and networking through workshops, training sessions, conferences and conventions. But, perhaps the greatest opportunity Alpha Delta Kappa provides is the opportunity to make a difference. Around the world, Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects."
The facts and figures from the annual Chapter Altruistic Report show what Alpha Chapter members have accomplished, and the results are impressive. About their work, Alexander said, "I was very proud to see that Alpha truly took this purpose (altruism) very seriously," and she recounted the many volunteer hours, monetary gifts and in-kind donations the Chapter has contributed.
So far this year, they have worked 1,150 volunteer hours. They have contributed $1,256 in monetary gifts, including donations to Alabama Children's Hospital, Penelope House and the Books on the Move Project. Their non-monetary gifts are valued at $4,286, and include school supplies for the group's scholarship winner, stuffed bears for Children’s Hospital, craft supplies for Alzheimer’s Center in Mobile, bath towels for Penelope House, kitchen supplies for Mobile Ronald McDonald House, Easter Baskets for Penelope House and deodorant for Penelope House. They also provided a meal for residents of Ronald McDonald House and helped Government Street Baptist Church with a lunch-and-spa day for Mobile homeless women by assisting with the clothes closet.
In addition, the organization provided scholarships totaling $825 to students whose major is Education. The grand total for their altruistic efforts was $6,367, which makes them not only "Someone You Should Know," but perhaps, "Someone You Should Emulate."
Grand Bay Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Tour on April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jane Spicciani (pictured) of the Club said that the one-day-only tour will include "five beautiful gardens, including a Biblical Reproductions Gallery, a local school (Castlen Elementary) and three private gardens in the Grand Bay area." Visitors, she said, can see some of the "best landscaping and planting ideas."
Advance tickets are $8 each, available at Grand Bay and St. Elmo Feed and Seed Stores or through PayPal at grandbayonline.com. Tickets, at $10 per person, can be purchased on the day of the event. A special family rate (family of 3) of $20 is available online. Spicciani said that tickets will include tour times, hours and addresses of the gardens so that visitors can go in any order they please.
Visitors are invited to stop by the Dezauche House Gifts and Vintage Boutique near the library and present their tickets for complimentary refreshments. They can also purchase plants to take home at the Boutique. Spicciani said that donations of plants are welcome--just leave them on the Boutique porch.
Proceeds from the Garden Tour will benefit the future Grand Bay Library/Media Center and the Grand Bay Garden Club. For more information, contact Jane Spicciani at: 865-2014 or visit the Grand Bay Garden Club Facebook group.
Some Easter services, Egg Hunts and Breakfasts with the Easter Bunny scheduled this week are as follows:
The Music and Fine Arts Ministries of Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street, will offer a special Good Friday Tennebrae Service of Shadows on April 3, 7 p.m. For additional information, call Terry Maddox, 432-1749.
Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island is at 6:30 a.m. April 5. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating comfort.
First Baptist Church of Chickasaw will present a Community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 5, 6:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Amphitheatre, behind the pool on Grant Street.
Easter at Bellingrath on Sunday, April 5 will be at 6:30 a.m. on Live Oak Plaza. Rev. Douglas C. Pennington will provide the Easter message. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6-8 a.m.
On Easter Sunday, April 5, 6:30 a.m., the annual Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association's Sunrise Service will be on the front lawn of Pine Crest Cemetery. Refreshments will follow the service. Associate Pastor LeRoy Lampkin of Berean Baptist Church will be speaking.
Saraland United Methodist Church will have Easter services on April 5, the Bold Service at 8:45 a.m. and the Classic Service at 11 a.m.
On Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m., there will be a Community Easter Egg Hunt at Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island.
Chickasaw Children's Community Easter Egg Hunt for those aged 12 and younger is Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. at the Chickasaw Housing Authority Walking Trail behind the post office. There will be three age divisions for the hunt, refreshments, inflatables, prizes and the Easter Bunny. Children should bring their Easter baskets and parents their cameras. Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467 for more information.
The Creola Community Development Organization and Creola Assembly of God Church are sponsoring "Breakfast and Pictures with the Easter Bunny" on Saturday, April 4, 9-11 a.m. at the church, 9580 Old Highway 43. An Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled after the breakfast. To RSVP, call 751-4907 or 599-0467.
Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop, will celebrate Easter with 3-6 year olds on Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. Children will hear Easter stories, make Easter baskets and hunt for eggs in the library. Peter Rabbit will be on hand, so parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Call 675-2879 to register or for more information.
Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Street, will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 4, 9-11 a.m. There'll be Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, followed by egg hunts, crafts, music and more.
Chickasaw Senior Adult Easter Luncheon is Thursday, April 2 at Chickasaw Auditorium. In addition to lunch, there'll be special music, an Easter message, fellowship and prizes. Call 452-6462 for reservations.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast at the Civic Center is Monday, April 6, 7:30 a.m. Cost is $3 per person. Bring a friend!
Chickasaw Senior Adult Master Games teams for local and statewide competitions are forming now. Call Stephanie Stewart, 452-6464 for events offered and registration.
Semmes seniors will share lunch with Mayor Judy Hale on Thursday, April 2. Call 649-2010 to sign up for the $5.50 Semmes House of Pizza lunch.
"Come to the Front Porch" at Chickasaw Housing Authority Community Room is the first Friday (April 3), 6-8 p.m. This is Ladies Night for Fellowship. Children's programs are offered, there'll be refreshments, Bible study and mentoring opportunities.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce business luncheon is Wednesday, April 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Call 666-2488 to RSVP.
Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. is Spring Fest at Bryant Career Technical Center, 8950 Padgett Switch Road. There will be plants, flowers and patio/yard furniture for sale. Contact Grace Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Joe Jefferson Players' production of the musical version of "Aida" continues Friday-Sunday, April 3-5 and April 10-12. For information, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
April 8-10, AT&T Telephone Pioneers volunteers and others will sponsor Camp Bluebird for cancer survivors. Call Virginia Mayo, 649-1494 for details.
Seniors at Tillman's Corner Senior Center, 5863 Nevius Road, held a Fish Fry Saturday, March 28 to support their activities and projects. With generous donations from Alabama Power Company and Rouse's, the seniors had a minimum outlay on the dinner, making it a more profitable venture.
At the tents under which volunteers prepared the dinners are, front row, from left, Kathy Hill, Sonja Ritter, Carolyn Lundy and Hugh Tabb. On the back row are George Sekowski, Nance McVay, Curtis Bohannon, Lee Conard, Jeanette Tabb and Billy Bolton (Alabama Pecan Festival) Gary Hilburn (Modern Woodmen, district agent) was in the tent tending to the fish.
At the Saraland Lions Club Pancake Breakfast March 21, Kelly Salter collected funds for the families of military personnel killed in the recent helicopter crash in Pensacola.
Kelly is married to Staff Sgt. Michael Salter, who is stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Salters grew up in Saraland
Nice crowd attends Grand Bay Community Breakfast on Saturday, March 28 at Grand Bay Community and Senior Center
A nice crowd turned out on Saturday, March 28 for the Community Breakfast sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay at the Community Center. With the temperature dipping into the low 40s again, the hot coffee and warm omelets were a welcome reprieve from the nippy air outside.
Proceeds from the $5 breakfast donations support the library fund and other CBGB community projects. Chef and CBGB board member Kimon Brown reported good news that the International Order of Oddfellows made a $500 donation to the library renovation fund. In addition, Brown noted that several donations in support of an office for the Compassionate Care Team of Grand Bay have been received, which will make the outreach work of the organization much easier.
In photo are, seated, from left, Judy Spratley, Rev. Dennis Tubbs and Rev. John Baxter and standing, from left, Rep. David Sessions, Sen. Rusty Glover, Michael Baxter and Kenneth South.
Bright and early on Saturday morning, March 28, volunteers gathered at Tillman's Corner Community Center on Carol Plantation Road to participate in the Great American Clean-Up. One of the areas that Keep Mobile Beautiful is spotlighting this Spring is Tillman's Corner, and teams signed up to rid the roadsides of litter.
Sponsors for the event included SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce; Mobile County Water, Sewer and Fire Authority; T.A.L.L. Tillman's Corner Area Learning Leadership; Tillman's Corner Dental; Covenant Church of Mobile; Waste Management; Oak Park Church of God; Alabama Power Company; Poly Surveying and Engineering; Fat Boyz Choppers; Rx Express Pharmacy; Coca Cola; Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery; Mobile County; City of Mobile and Keep Mobile Beautiful.
Pictured from left are Carolyn Cain, Clean-Up team leader; Tina Poiroux, director of Tillman's Corner Community Center; Phyllis Wingard, KMB Education Outreach co-ordinator; Rick Surgenor, TALL Tillman's Corner Area Learning Leadership member; Desiraye McKeel, TALL; Andrew Clark, TALL; Carla Silva, TALL and Ruth Robinson, SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce board member. Not pictured of the TALL group, which helped co-ordinate clean-up efforts, are Madison Box and Zack Bartel.
Travis J. Parnell, a senior at Satsuma High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 32, is a candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Travis chose as his Eagle project to build a fitness trail at Creola Park near the North Mobile Soccer Field on Old Highway 43. The trail, said Travis' mother, Cheryl W. Parnell, consists of three stations, with the 1st station including an incline sit-up bench, a pull-up bar and stretching poles. The 2nd station has a bar jump and hand walk rails. And the 3rd has balance beams and monkey bars.
Cheryl Parnell said that Travis must complete all qualifications by his 18th birthday April 1, then wait for an appointment with the Eagle Review Board. "Then it is decided" whether he will receive Eagle status, she said.
Tom Wright is Scoutmaster for Troop 32, which meets weekly at Satsuma United Methodis Church. Travis' mother said that her son had numerous people helping him achieve his goal. His JROTC instructor, Maj. Holt, helped him decide on a project. Then, his mother said, "friends of Scouts, parents of Scouts, past Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters" helped, and, she added, "Myself--someone had to take pictures (for his project book) and get food for workdays."
Cheryl Parnell said that she is very proud of her son. "There's more to him than just Scouts," she said. "He is 4th in his class graduating this year; he has been in JROTC for four years, during which (time) he has earned several medals; and this year, he decided to play soccer." And, she said, "He has already signed up for the Army National Guard to fund his college expenses."
Joe Jefferson Players will continue their presentation of the musical version of "Aida" with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. The play will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 12 at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street in Mobile. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The beautifully costumed women in this production are April Spencer, Catherine Moore, Toni McConnell, Brittany Crawford, Christianna Mills and Terri Jackson. Jason McKenzie provided the photo above.
Tickets for the play are $20 each; seniors and military personnel admission is $15 and student tickets are $10. For information, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
Above in the photo provided by Jason McKenzie are the men in the Joe Jefferson Players production of "Aida," which will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 12, 2015. They are Titus Cody, Chris Green, James McKinney, Cary Powe and Christopher Harden.
Tickets for the play are $20 each; seniors and military personnel admission is $15 and student tickets are $10. For information, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
The 37th Annual Saraland Citizen of the Year Recognition and Awards Banquet was held Friday, March 27. The seven nominees for the honor were Deborah Andrews, Joyce Bush, Eddie Holmes, Jennifer Moran, Jeffrey Schmitz, Earl Turner and Heather Williams.
Newton Cromer was Master of Ceremonies, Judge Edmond Naman was keynote speaker and Doris Leach was chair of the Citizen of the Year committee. The annual event is sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum.
In speaking of the unique quality of Saraland and its citizens, Mayor Howard Rubenstein commented that though the current motto of the city is "Gateway to Progress," when it was founded, its slogan was "Saraland: A Community of Service." All of the nominees for COY personify that quality as each makes a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their community.
Among the guests at the banquet were several former Citizens of the Year, including 2013 honoree Martin Walker, who told those present how gratified he was to have been selected COY and how very important volunteers are to a community.
Each Citizen of the Year nominee was congratulated and presented a recognition plaque, and Rev. Eddie Holmes was announced as Saraland Citizen of the Year 2014.
The invocation and benediction was given by Bro. Terry Wigley; Saraland Honor Guard posted the colors and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Martin Walker, Saraland Citizen of the Year 2013, spoke at the 37th Annual Saraland Citizen of the Year 2014 Banquet.
Seven nominees were honored at the 37th Annual Saraland Citizen of the Year Recognition and Awards Banquet March 27, 2015
Pictured are nominees for Saraland Citizen of the Year 2014, from left. back row, Earl Turner, Heather Williams, Jeff Schmitz, Jennifer Moran, Joyce Bush and Deborah Andrews; front row, Mayor Howard Rubenstein and 2014 Saraland Citizen of the Year, Rev. Eddie Holmes.
Anna Gardner, nominated by Satsuma Public Library Foundation Board, was named Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2014 at the 6th Annual Citizen of the Year Banquet on March 26, 2015
Steele Creek Lodge in Satsuma was packed Thursday, March 26 at the Satsuma Community Development Organization-sponsored banquet honoring the eight nominees for Citizen of the Year 2014. Those recognized for their sevice to the community were Anna Gardner, Terry Keasler, Becky Murray, Billy Reeves, Linda Robbins, Larry Speights, Sue Speights and Linda Tindle.
Judges were Rev. Dave Rhodes, pastor at Chickasaw United Methodist Church; Gary Smallwood, Honeywell International and Cary Wilson, Five Rivers Boy Scouts Districts.
Mayor and SCDO President Paul Murray served as Master of Ceremonies, welcoming all attendees and introducing Andrea Charlton, Chair of the COY event. City council member Tom Williams recognized distinguished guests, including the five former Citizens of the Year, Jack Presnall, Mary Deas Pierce, Mary Atchison, Harriet Cain Gibson and Jimmy Upton. He also thanked Satsuma High School Jazz Band for their outstanding music before and during the dinner.
Mary Atchison presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Melvin and Shirley Robinson, who have spent many decades in service to Satsuma. Patricia Morra and Margie Piche introduced the nominees, who received framed certificates of appreciation from Lavoyce Richards and James Henderson.
Then Mayor Murray announced the winner of Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2014--Anna Gardner. She was presented a plaque by 2013 COY, Jimmy Upton.
During the ceremony, those attending were reminded of the words of Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give" and those of Helen Keller: "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Satsuma, speakers said, epitomizes the truth embodied in those words.