Club hears program on domestic violence

By Donna McKay, Club Reporter

Ackerman Twentieth Century Club met at the Choctaw County Library on Thursday, October 18, 2012 with ten members present. Hostess for the evening was Ginny Lucas.

President Susan Shurden called the meeting to order and after a tasty meal, the September minutes were read and approved. The treasury report was given by Club Treasurer Johnie Power.

Wearing her chicken hat, Ginny Lucas, Membership Chair, told how she learned she didn’t need to be a chicken when trying different types of shoes, just like we, as club members, do not need to be chickens when asking people to come to our meetings.

Fundraising Chair, Tinker Forrester, informed the club that approximately $700 was raised through the Innisbrook orders. Christmas Parade t-shirt order forms were handed out to members with a reminder that this fundraiser will benefit MFWC President’s Special Project: Veterans & Military Personnel. Tinker also reminded club members about the upcoming Christmas Brunch on December 8th with Featured Speaker Rita Sweatt and Cortney Thomas Hood to provide special music.

Distinguished Young Women Chair, Ginny Lucas informed the club that there are currently five girls that will be participating in the DYW program this year.

Community Improvement Project Chair, Donna McKay presented a flyer with information concerning the “Paws to Support the Choctaw County Animal Shelter” fundraiser set for October 27th at Enon Lighthouse. She informed the club that a company had shown interest in helping with this project in many facets. The club members were reminded of the Trunk-or-Treat event on October 30th and that the Club’s trunk theme would be “Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”

Conservation Chair, Johnie Power handed out order forms for tree seedlings. Arts Chair, Tinker Forrester had members draw names for the Christmas gift exchange.

Courtney Coleman shared a meditation on how Jack ‘O Lanterns and Christians are alike. Marina Loper’s highlight was about “Fair Trade” month. Jeanith Burdine presented a display to remind each club member to go vote on November 6th and handed out a list of candidates.

Program Leader, Merle McLeod presented a program on Domestic Violence “Listen and Help Me”. She stated that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is a GFWC-MS Federation of Women’s Clubs project. A brochure for Safe Haven, Inc. was made available for members. Safe Haven serves Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Monroe, Choctaw, Webster, Attala, Montgomery, Calhoun and Chickasaw Counties and is a shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence. The shelter’s 24 hour hot-line is 1-800-890-6040. Club members were encouraged to bring items such as hand sanitizer, fingernail clippers, feminine products and undergarments for the shelter to the November meeting.

If you would like to donate items for the shelter, please contact a Twentieth Century Club member. The Club was then dismissed.