Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CWC to Host Book Signing by Mississippi Author

The Arts department will be hosting a book signing by Mississippi author Anne B. McKee. The book signing will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 at the Senior Center on El Patch Parkway. Light refreshments will be provided.
Ms. McKee is a Literary and Performing Artist and Teaching Artist. She is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission Roster in all three categories. She is a storyteller, humorist, public speaker, author, creator of historic literary events, and Mississippi heritage projects. In addition, she serves as a teacher for creative writing workshops, and guest playwright for several community theatres. She is one of the three founders of Mississippi Writers Guild, and one of two founders of Tall Tales & Recollections, Mississippi Storytellers.
During 2009, she authored "Historic Photos of Mississippi" (publisher, Turner Publishing Co., Nashville). The book with 200 original photos dated between 1860 and 1970 has been nominated for the 2010 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters (nonfiction category). With this book, she has visited many schools throughout the state teaching Mississippi heritage and Mississippi state pride. She is a member of the Mississippi Federated Womens Clubs, the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution, Meridian Arts Council, and Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.
Ms. McKee will be visiting with local students at Roseland Park Elementary before appearing at the book signing. She will also be speaking to club members at the monthly meeting.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Founders' Day Celebration and Awards Presentation

During our January meeting, club members observed the annual Founders' Day celebration with the presentation of club awards. Mrs. Audie Smith, charter member, led club members in a memorial service for our recently departed charter member, Mrs. Jane Anne Handley.

The Awards committee recognized members for Perfect Attendance. Following this presentation, the following awards were presented:
Clubwoman of the Year - Mrs. Gail Mitchell
Volunteer of the Year - Mrs. Nancy Griffin
New Clubwoman of the Year - Mrs. Rose Vicknair
Ideal Clubwoman - Mrs. Denise Jarrell

Service Awards were presented to:
Cindy Murchison
Cindy Raybon
Rebecca Jarrell
Leslie Lincoln

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Dinner and Craft Auction

The members of CWC hosted a potluck dinner and Christmas arts and crafts auction at the club meeting on Thursday, December 17.
The fun began at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. Guests and members enjoyed delicious food, and then were able to purchase some beautiful handmade arts and crafts items. The craft and gift items were offered in a lively and fun auction led by Jennifer Houston. A total of $670 was raised for donation to our State Institutions: the schools for the deaf and blind, and Whitfield Hospital.

The Loss of a Charter Member

Our club members were deeply saddened at the death of one of our founding members over the weekend. Mrs. Jane Anne (Evans) Handley, aged 78, passed away in Hattiesburg after a brief illness.
Mrs. Handley, along with Mrs. Audeline Smith, were charter members of our club when it was formed over 50 years ago. Both ladies have been a vital part of the activities and programs sponsored by our club.
Mrs. Handley was the former principal of Roseland Park Elementary School here in Picayune, a member of First Baptist Church, and several civic and professional organizations.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Pilgrimage Saturday, December 5

The home of Deanna and Hensley Lee (pictured right) is just one of the beautiful homes that will be open to visitors during the Civic Woman's Club's annual Christmas Pilgrimage on Saturday, December 5 from 2 to 7 p.m. This year's tour will feature three beautiful homes, as well as the Senior Center, and the First Baptist Church sanctuary and new Link facility.

Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance, and $12 at any of the homes on the day of the Pilgrimage. Proceeds from this fundraiser support scholarships and other community projects.

International Affairs project for Operation Smile

Our International Affairs department sponsored a project to benefit Operation Smile. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided free reconstructive surgery in more than 50 countries for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate, healing their smiles and bringing hope for a better future. 

Our sewing project created "no no" arm splints which are used to keep the children from touching their surgical sites during the crucial healing period.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November Club Meeting

Our November club meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12 at the Senior Center. The board will meet at 5:30. Fellowship and refreshments at 6:00 p.m. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. The program will be presented by the Public Affairs department.
Members are encouraged to bring any of the following items this month:
  • shower items (soap, paper towels, etc.) for the senior center
  • a hat for a cancer patient
  • manufacturer's coupons for military families
  • a book for the book swap
  • crossword puzzle books or magazines for Home Life dept.
Dates to remember:
  • December 5 - Christmas Pilgrimage from 2 - 7 p.m.
  • December 7 - Christmas Parade rolls at 6 p.m. Members should come at 4 p.m.
  • December 17 - Christmas meeting. Potluck dinner and arts and crafts auction to benefit State Institutions. Bring some friends!