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December 9, 2012

Center Hill Community Development Club

MERIDIAN —      Poetry highlighted the November meeting of the Center Hill Community Development Club.

    As a prelude to his customary selection from "Seeds from the Sower," the Rev. Wallace Terry shared with members "The Touch of the Master's Hand" by Myra Brooks Welch, a poem he said touched his heart each time he read it. Following are the first two stanzas:

    'Twas battered and scarred,

    And the auctioneer thought it

    Hardly worth is while

    To waste his time on the old violin,

    But, he held it up with a smile.

    "What am I bid, good people", he cried,

    "Who starts the bidding for me?"

    "One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"

    "Two dollars, who makes it three?"

    "Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three ..."

    Terry followed with the devotion selection "Give Thanks in All Things,"  which told the story of 4-year-old Sammy as he woke up from surgery. The nurse explained that it would be necessary for him to be fed intravenously for the next few days. Sammy had always been used to giving thanks before each meal and as the nurse began the process of administering the glucose, Sammy asked her if she was going to give thanks.

    "It is not always easy to give thanks in painful situations," read Terry. "Nor is it natural to see God's goodness in all of life's trials and troubles. But, the Apostle Paul reminds us to be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

    "When we give thanks, we acknowledge our confidence in the Lord, knowing that He cares for us. When we give thanks, we express our closeness to God, realizing that He is with us in every situation. When we give thanks, we declare that we are willing to accept the counsel of God, knowing that His will is being done."

    Kacy Lucky introduced the club's very own Caroline Wilson as program speaker. Wilson's focus was on Veteran's Day, which is observed on Nov. 11. Wilson first read a short poem, "It's The Soldier," by Father D. E. O'Brien. The poem has been passed around through different mediums to the world.

    Continuing the Veteran theme, Wilson read a poem by A. Lawrence Vaincourt in 1985.  Originally titled "Just a Common Soldier," it was later re-titled "A Soldier Died Today."  While the venacular "soldier" is used, it is about any member of any of our military personnel.

    Wilson noted that this year's Veteran's Day observation was the first without a living WWI veteran. The last verified WWI veteran died earlier this year. Her name is Florence Green and she served in the Royal Woman's Air Force from 1918-19.  The last combat veteran, Charles "Chuckles" Choules, died at age 110 in July 2011.

    Safety Chairperson Stanley Luckey reminded members to check and clean all heating units in the household for the upcoming cold season. Fire safety should be of the utmost concern. He also urged members to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

    Members selected Stanley and Kacy Lucky as the club's Man and Woman of the Year nominees. They will vie for the Lauderdale County CDC's Man and Woman of the Year at the January banquet.

    The following new slate of officers for 2013 was voted on and approved by members: Robin Doerner, president; Kacy Lucky, vice president; Cathy Clearman, secretary/reporter; and Georgia Snowden, treasurer. They will be installed at the club's December meeting.

    The next meeting will be Dec. 17. Members are to bring Christmas goodies and a wrapped gift. Dirty Santa has been known to show up!

    The meeting adjourned with members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.

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