The Meridian Star
Carolyn Smith of the State Games of Mississippi was the featured speaker for the November meeting of the Suqualena Community Development Club. The State Games were formed in 1992. They have grown to 35 sports with 1,800 athletes and will increase in 2013. There are many who serve as sponsors to support the State Games including furnishing all medical needs as well as financial needs. In 2011, due to the State Games, millions of dollars were brought into the area. For 2013, two new sports will be added. Coaches select outstanding athletes and communities choose a male and a female Athlete of the Year.
The meeting was called to order by Joann Kimbrell. The pledge of allegiance was led by Lloyd Hutcherson. The devotional was given by Annette Palmer. Ms. Palmer quoted from Erma Bombeck stating children grow up and then come home for the holidays. During this time, put the rules aside and let them enjoy being home. It will be quiet again soon enough. Hold on to the memories of our children.
Minutes were read by Janet Reeves and the financial report was given by Annette Palmer, Treasurer.
Earlier money had been donated to Righteous Oaks and it was reported they used the money to purchase food for Thanksgiving.
Members were reminded eyeglasses are being collected for the Lion's Club to distribute.
It was voted to give a donation to Camp Eagle Ridge to help build bathrooms.
The club decided to tour Merrehope to see the Trees of Christmas on Dec. 9.
Christmas poinsettias were taken to the members who are over 80.
The next meeting will be the club Christmas party on Dec. 17. Members were reminded to bring an ornament to exchange.
Refreshments were provided by the men of the club.
The door prize was won by Betty Trest.
• Janet Reeves, Reporter