Jeff Tate, Chairman of the Election Commission, District 5, was the guest speaker at the recent meeting of the Center Hill CDC. Tate gave an overview of what his job encompassed.
"In part, I help train poll workers and assist with supplies and getting the voting precincts ready," said Tate. "This June is the first time a photo ID has been required. Everybody has to show an ID to vote. Any state or Federal ID is acceptable.
"A voter is not turned away. If they do not have their ID with them, they vote on a paper ballot. It is put in an envelope and the voter has one business week to show their ID for the vote to be counted."
"An ID must be current and valid. However, if one has an ID that has not been updated but was issued within the past 10 years, it can be used."
Tate ended his talk by taking questions from the members.
President Robin Doerner extended a welcome to all members and quests. Doerner also asked for prayers for members and family of members that are going through troubling times.
Brent Stephens presented the devotion citing Eph. 1:7-8 and Eph. 3:14-21 as references. Entitled GENEROUS GOD, the narrative told of a family that lived in Chicago for a time. They enjoyed the benefits of the big city, the restaurants in particular as they all seemed to try to outdo the other.
At one particular Italian eatery, he and his wife would order a half portion of their favorite dish and still have enough to take home for dinner the next evening. The writer likened this to the outpouring of love that his heavenly father lavishes on us.
"At times we think God hasn't provided for us as we would like." read Stephens. "But if He never did anything more than forgive our sins and guarantee heaven for us, He has already been abundantly generous!"
"God has done more and wants to do much more than forgive us and save up for heaven. We shouldn't stop at expecting what God can do for us but through, in and to us for His glory."
Stephens concluded his devotional by reading a short story about Dwight L. Moody.
"Perhaps the line most frequently attributed to Dwight L. Moody (and spoken by his character in the only film on Moody's life) is the famous quotation, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man full consecrated to him. By God's help, I aim to be that man."
However, Moody did not originate the line. It was said to him by Henry Varley, A British revivalist who had befriended the young American in Dublin in 1872, just before Moody's return to the United States. In a meeting with Varley a year later, Moody credited Varley and this statement which he felt was God given through Varley to him.
Plans were made for the upcoming Sponsor Appreciation dinner to be held at the July meeting. The meeting was adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter