Meridian Star

June 30, 2013

People who need people

By Barbara Wells
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — What would all the service organizations do without the help of volunteers?  

    Volunteers are people and organizations who contribute in the form of money, prizes and time. It is with their help that the Lauderdale County Council on Aging is able to put on the various events during Older Americans Month, or the month of May every year.

    Year to year, we see these donations coming in larger and then smaller amounts, depending on the economy—and, well, if we get the letters out in a timely manner.

    Every year, we get both complaints and compliments on how well we "put on a good show." We take notes and discuss how to make it better the next year.

    Usually we have enough help at the fish fry, so we can watch and see what went well, etc. This year, most of our board members helped serve the fish, due to the sequestration of our troops, Air National Guard included. However, thanks to the Queen City Sams and the NAS Shipmates we had all the help we needed.

    The Queen City Sams have been helping in the cleanup after the fish fry at the Frank Cochran Center for years. They are an RV camping club that is also involved in helping out as community service. Jim Cates is the president.

    The shipmates from the naval base have been helping at Merrehope in the gardens and inside the house. One of our board members knew how to arrange for them to help us serve at the fish fry. Everything they did was accompanied with a smile.

    Of all our events this past May month, the Afternoon Tea and Fashion Hat show at Meridian Activity Center was my favorite. Each of the ladies talked about their hat, all being unique in its telling. This party was hosted by Hospice Compassus and Aldersgate Retirement Community.

    Raffle prizes at the golf tournament were provided by the pro shops at Briarwood and Northwood Country Clubs; Judge Little donated a polo shirt and cap. Thanks to Richie and Roxanne at Lakeview Golf Course for managing the event with Billy Jo Jones.

    Hats off to Steve Owens for conducting a Life Writing demonstration for a group of seniors. Also, special thanks to Tommy Coats for refereeing our pool tournament.

    We couldn’t have done any of it if it weren’t for the monetary donations made by the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, the city of Meridian, Citizens National Bank, Harper’s Hospice, Hospice Compassus, Bank Plus and Great Southern National Bank. Thanks also to all our health fair participants.

    All in all, it was another good month to celebrate our older Americans. Thanks to all!

At the Center

    Michael Remy’s iPad class began without a hitch. It’s a great feeling to know how to use a piece of 21st Century technology at last.

    Only four more weeks to go….and he will teach a Kindle class. Same time, Monday evenings for five weeks. We’re signing up now.

    The Painter’s Palette Club is offering a two-day fall workshop with Mark Polomchak. Mark teaches watercolor at a reasonable price. Phone Pat Dean at (601) 774-8354 if you are interested.

    We have one seat left for the Windows 8 class beginning begin Monday at 6 p.m. with Tom Milhorn. This will be a five-week session for $15.

    A beginning Windows 7 class will begin Wednesday afternoon, July 17. Windows 8 is the latest program installed on PCs since last December. So if your computer was purchased at Christmas or later, it is a Win8 – that is, unless you bought a Mac.

    The Stepping Stone workshop with Linda Munoz has been rescheduled for July 17 and July 19.  All materials are furnished for this class; you'll learn how to make more of your own design. You will be cutting and gluing glass to a stepping stone; returning in two days to apply grout. By fee. Phone (601) 485-1812 to reserve a spot in this fun class.

    Our classes are listed on our website under and Parks and Recreation.

    Meridian Activity Center is open to adults 21 years and older. The fee for an eight-week class for a Meridian citizen is $20. If you live in the county, it is $25. Seniors over the age of 55 pay half price.

    We are located in the heart of Meridian, off 29th Avenue and 36th Street – 3300 32nd Ave. – in the former Lamar Elementary School building. Phone (601) 485-1812 for information.

    • Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at