Keeping with tradition, the annual spaghetti supper was held at the March meeting of the Center Hill Community Development Club.
Long ago, enough spaghetti – along with side items – was prepared to sale plates to the community. While still a club fundraiser, the spaghetti dinner is now reserved for members and their families at the March meeting.
The spaghetti sauce is still prepared using the recipe from longtime member Jennie McKee. McKee was a staunch supporter of all things community minded. Her passing years ago left a big hole in the hearts of Center Hill residents.
"The moment may be temporary, but the memory is forever," said President Robin Doerner after welcoming members and guests and calling the evening to order. Doerner's opening quote is sometimes attributed to Bud Meyer, other times to unknown.
"Whatever we do or whatever is done for us does not have to be on a grand scale to be remembered by those on the giving or receiving end," she said. "One small gesture, one short meeting, one small word, can make a memory that could change someone's life."
Brent Stephens presented a devotional about an urban legend circulated for years about a conversation between the captain of a U.S. Navy ship and Canadian Naval authorities. Supposedly, it took place just off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995 (Contributed by Paul J. Twist).
U.S. ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
CN reply: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision
U.S. ship: This is the captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I say again, divert your course!
CN reply: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course!
U.S. ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CORAL SEA. WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!
CN reply: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
"We smile at the story, but it illustrates God's Word as the immovable, indestructible truth God Gives us to live by and be bless," Stephens read. "Reject it and you will shipwreck your life. In these days when good is called evil and evil is called good, keep your eyes on the lighthouse of God's Word and set the course of your life by its truth. It will not fail."
John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." When we accept Him we can say, "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, my salvation, and my high tower." Psalm 18:2.
Stephens ended the devotion with prayer and blessing.
Doerner reminded members to continue recycling efforts, noting that anytime something is given anything away to be reused by someone, that is recycling. She also advised the club to look for bargains on stuffed animals for donation to the sheriff's department later this year.
Toiletry items to be donated to the local veterans center were collected; they will be collected through the April meeting. Caroline Wilson is the contact person for donations to the center.
Member Rae Clark assisted at the recent Shred Day at Wal-Mart on Highway 19 North sponsored by the MSU Extension office. While Clark was there, 22 cars and four van loads of documents were brought for shredding.
The annual Main Event Business and Industry Expo is scheduled for April 30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Bonita Lakes Mall. The Extension Service office has asked each community club to donate items for a gift basket to be given away.
Doerner and Cathy Clearman will represent Causeyville CDC for their Sponsors Supper and will also attend Suqualena CDC's meeting on March 24. Lou Ella Limerick and Georgia Snowden will visit Long Creek in April.
Supper was served and the meeting was adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Robert Hughes.
• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.