Greetings to all my readers! I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. It was a great time to make lasting memories. With each day we are given, it’s an opportunity to make a lasting impression and fond memories.
We are happy to have our top volunteer, Mrs. Linda Hill, back at the center. Mrs. Hill has returned to us after taking a much needed vacation that she thoroughly enjoyed. We missed her so much and are so pleased she is back!
Garland Senior Center would like to spotlight our newest volunteer, Ms. Mary Elizabeth Smith. Ms. Smith wears many hats; she is the co-facilitator of the Garland Volunteers. You will never see her sitting idle as she always seems to find ways to help. She is a very creative person, computer savvy, as well as a great planner. We are hoping that Ms. Smith will be with us for a while.
Last week was a great week of celebrations. On Tuesday we were invited by Ms. Juanita Carr and the Miriam Lamb Memorial Library to share in a Black History program. The program included Mr. Artis, Ms. Robinson and many talented students from the Upward Bound Program from Union. We enjoyed the students reading different poems and stories, along with music inspired by many historical figures and leaders.
Our seniors, from Garland Senior Center did a great job adding to the event. Ms. Rebecca Jenkins read a poem and did her rendition of Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather”- what memories! Ms. Edna Hayes and Marie Faircloth shared many memories of the past. Ms. Hayes performed a short skit in a role as Ms. C.J. Walker, the first black female millionaire, who at the age of 20 years old became a widow. Ms. Walker knew she had to find a source of income after losing her beloved husband and began making hair products to straighten hair. Ms. Edna Hayes really did it up and played her role with great enthusiasm!
Mrs. Marie Faircloth shared some of our local black folks that made great contributions to our community. Some of these historical figures included Mr. Buddy Treadwell, the first Black Physician’s Assistant, Dr. Merrit, the first black dentist in Clinton, Mr. J.W. Hill and family, Ms. Mary Brown, Dr. Lattie McKoy and many other locals have helped contribute to our rich history. I encourage young folk to read and learn about these people so the facts are instilled in them also; we can be what we want to be in life.
Last Thursday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at the Garland Senior Center- Oh Lord! We ate, we laughed, we enjoyed so many different programs. So many visited us and it was so much fun. We were tired after all that activity, but it was well worth it. It was so good to have Ms. Mary Brown, Ms. Wanda Hill Simmons, Ms. Dorothy Crenshaw, Ms. Carlotta Boykin and many more in attendance. We do hope to see you all again soon and we want to encourage everybody to come out and visit us sometime. Just drop in; we would love to see you all. Anytime is a great time to say hello.
Until next week- Live and Love, as well as Laugh! Be looking for special editions on Ms. Edna Hayes and Ms. Rebecca Moser in future articles. Play and live life to the fullest!
Marie Faircloth is the director of the Garland Senior Center.