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Mark your calendars for May 11

Published 7:56pm Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beta Sigma Phi held it’s annual Founder’s Day ceremony Monday evening at Alexander City Methodist Church. Fifty ladies attended and Alexander City currently has seven chapters. Several members have been involved in their sorority for 50 years.

The event was catered by Stacey Jones and consisted of grilled chicken, salad, chicken salad, a mashed potato bar, fruit and brownies. Everyone was encouraged to attend in attire of decades past. There was no shortage of hippies, poodle skirts, and 80s punk.

Perceptor Alpha Theta also hosted a bake sale to benefit Relay for Life. Holly Loyd was the recipient of the $1,000 Yellow Rose scholarship and plans to attend CACC this fall. The ceremony concluded with a lively round of trivia.

Spotted:  Cindy Blake, Vanessa Green, Paula Walker, Tracy Dalton, Fran Tyler, Melinda Palmer, Patty Hamrick, Angie Strickland, Ann Funderburk, Kathy Lashley, Nancy Lilly, Opal Faulk, Ann Mitchell, Joan Broom Smith, Bonnie Dowell, Sara Lowe, Sue Loyd, Holly Loyd, Vicki Lewis, Angie Pearce, Shelia Fennell, Merideth Thomas, Martha Dee White, Karen Hayes, Ellen Martin, Mary Lee Williams, Emogene Kolar, Carolyn Farrow, Rita Barry, Ginny McGhee Floyd, Sandra Britton, Helen Martin, Martha Cochran, Sara Patterson, Sue Fox, Joan Clark, Blaire Davis, Carrie Waldrop, Leanne Colley, Kristy Joiner, Cameron Dodwell, Diane Lemmond, Beth Holley, Linda Shaffer, Susan Foy, Barbara Muenzmey, & Sharon Fuller.

The Chamber Ambassadors Relay for SCREEN FOR CANCER Life team held Tuesday’s Toast this past Tuesday afternoon at Emporium Wine to raise awareness for melanoma.

With summer approaching it is vital that the community be informed of the dangers of excess sun exposure and skin cancer. Wine tastings were offered by various vendors and light hors d’oeuvres were provided by SpringHouse, Catherine’s Market, Piggly Wiggly and Russell Medical Center. Several door prizes and gift certificates were given away throughout the night. To top off the night Ben Sutton from Auburn donated his time and played live music for the event!

Spotted: Emily McDaniel, Ben Sutton, Kay Thomas, Kim Dunn, Mallory Padgett, Donna Foshee, Rob McDaniel, Russell Bodner, Jim Reeves, Joyce Reeves, Diane Lemmond, Melinda McReight, Julie Cotney, Betsy Hodo, Louise Pritchard, Gail Gadsden, Jessica Sanford, Sandy Thompson, Richie Radney, Jonette Lamborne, Kenny Riley, Deidra Baird, David Scott, Patrick Craddock, Sollie Foy, Joyce Riley, Donna Catrett, Kathi Zimmerman, Shawna Wheeles, Dannette Forbus, Whitney Clanton, Janet Price, Sandra Howell, Ann Dial Sims, Will Sims, Linda Gunn, Susan Foy, Mabry Cook, Marty Cook, Leah Blair, Nick Blair, Mollie Barrett, Bill Barrett, Linda Booth and David Booth.

Together Our Understanding of Cancer is Hope (TOUCH), a cancer support group, holds meetings on the first Wednesday of each month in the community room at RMC.

I was invited to attend the May meeting and Robbie Atkisson, Director of TOUCH, led the group with such enthusiasm.

She is inspiring and one of cancer’s biggest enemies. The group started in 1992, lives by Philippians 3:14 and is an asset to this community.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, they need to meet these incredible brave people.

Twenty five people were in attendance for a pot luck lunch and the opportunity to hear 18 year breast cancer survivor Karen Morgan speak.

To say I was touched by her story is an understatement and I could scarcely hold back tears when she said Alexander City is not where she got diagnosed-it is where she beat cancer.

The people of Alexander City got her through with their love and support. I knew she was telling the truth because Alexander City did the same thing for the Shaffer family.

Spotted: Karen Morgan, Robbie Atkisson, Susan Foy, Elinor Roberts, Phillip Robinson, Joyce Robinson, Gwen Coley, Donald Towns, Annabeth Towns, Susan Towns, LaRue Spotes, Frances Bishop, Henry Walzak, Jean Yates, Billy Yates, Euncie Slaughter, Annie P. Robinson, Alma Chambliss, Virginia Cummings, Dalphine O’Neal, Johnnie Thomas, Betty Voss, Martha Loyd, Virginia Dunning, Susie Davis, Willie Davis, & Rita Barry.

They are why we relay. I hope you all have your calendars marked for May 11.

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