Monday, November 28, 2011
Today at our Kiwanis lunch we welcomed Elizabeth Walter and Brenda Wallace from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children. The program has 40 CASA volunteers who handle up to 3 cases per year. Each case requires a great deal of research and visitation with the parents and even testifying in court.It is an independently funded organization with donations coming from grants, clubs and individuals. Shown are workers Elizabeth Walter and Brenda Wallace.
Friday, November 25, 2011
After a huge dinner of smoked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Watergate salad, peas, rolls and pumpkin pie, we trek to Mauvilla Forest play ground to work off some calories.Then it's back to watch Charlie Browns Thanksgiving. About the 20th time for me.
Our daughter Courtney and child, Debbie Jo arive from Atlanta to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with us. Gandma ("Mimi") Deb and Debbie Jo set about making a pumpkin pie for the occassion. Stuart has remained in Atlanta to look after his father who suffered a stroke last week.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
At Kiwanis lunch, our president was out of town so yours truly took over the helm temporarily. Our featured speaker was Christina Gomez, lead regional director for the ELIMINATE campaign. In case you have forgotten, Eliminate is a 110 million dollar program in partnership with UNICEF to rid the world of
tenanus poisoning death by expectant mothers children. One in Nine pregnancies result in this painful death to their offspring. It is concracted
through spores in the ground making it suseptible to many women in third
world contries. Three simplre injections costing only $1.80 total can prevent the disease from entering the unborn child.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday evening was an ecuminical celebration for Chickasaw churches. A welcome was given by Pastor Younce of the First Baptist and Pastor Steve Warren delivered the season message of Thanksgiving. After the service we all headed for the Parish Hall where a great abundance of food was served. The pictures are the refreshments, Neighbor Nell Barnes and Councilman Mr. Henry followed by a sinner between (2) men of God.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Chickasaw Kiwanis participated in the annual Golf Tournament at Magnolia Springs. While our team doen't ever get to experience the "thrill of victory" at these matches, this year was a little better than last place. Ex Mayor Jim Trout and I are pictured trying to approach the 14th green, while Ervin Dailey is capturing the shot for posterity.
On Tuesday the 15th The Czajkowskis and I went to New Orleans for the day. We had lunch at the famous Camellia Grill in the Garden District and topped it off with beignets and coffee at the Cafe Du Monde. On the way home, we stopped at the Hard Rock for dinner and sight seeing. Pictured are Charles and Margaret beneath the quilt made from girls underwear thrown on the stage during Frank Zappa concerts.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Saturday night was Beethoven & Blue Jeans night at the Saenger for the
Mobile Symphony. After Richard Strauss and Chris Theofanadis in the first half,
Awadagin Pratt was featured on the Steinway performing Ludwig Van Beethovens Concerto Number 5. He was called back for 5 encores for which he honored us with 3 more works. A truly great night.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
At Knights of Columbus meeting this morning, we welcomed new member David Boucher and wrapped up our collection for Intellectual Disabilities event.
Woodie McPhillips (our District Deputy_ and Ray Carney (our State Deputy) were there to present our council with the 2011 Membership Award which the picture shows me receiving.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
This morning my friend Charles Czajkowski and I stopped and had a Turkey dinner lunch at the Chickasaw Methodist Church. From there we hit the Pecan Festival held on the grounds of an elementary School in Tillmans Corner. Lots of pecan candy, jewelry, carnival rides and model trains on display (the latter courtesy of Southwest Alabama Railroad Modelers (my train club) Met5 or 6 members and picked up a Pecan Festival Tee Shirt for my bride.