People and Places Oct. 7

  • Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, October 5, 2012 1:54 p.m.

GRANITE QUARRY - At its annual Awards Night and Officer Installation Banquet on Sept. 20, the Granite Quarry Civitan Club recognized Meredith Abramson with Distinguished Citizenship. Advisor to the Rowan County Early College Junior Civitan Club, she was named Advisor of the Year by Civitan International and led the RCEC Club to be named Junior Civitan Club of the Year in North Carolina District West and second in International Junior Civitan. It was noted that she participates in numerous charity running events and volunteers at Faith Elementary School.
The Club also named outgoing president Barry Hill Civitan of the Year. During his administration the club had a very successful Fiddlers Convention fund raising event, was a featured story in Our State Magazine, and installed a very complicated ramp for a family in eastern Rowan County that desperately needed wheelchair access to their home.
The Club also bestowed Club Honor Keys on Steve Staton and Franklin Merrell for their contributions to the club over the past thirty plus years.
New officers were installed as well. They are: Bill Fisher, president; Linda Hartley, president-elect; Roy Green, vice-president; Norman Ribelin, treasurer; and Ray Charleston, secretary.
The Granite Quarry Civitan Club is open to anyone in the Granite Quarry area and meets first and third Thursdays at the Legion Building in Granite Quarry at 7 p.m. Email or visit - Nancy Barbee, Sandee Carrigan, Iris Crawl and Brenda Trott served a meal of soup and dessert on a beautifully decorated table for the 42 people present for the September meeting.
After club chaplain Gail Puntch led devotion, Jill Roach introduced David Goforth, who presented practical, useful information about ways to "Garden Naturally," which addressed soil management including soil composition, irrigation and nutrients. He stressed the importance of maintaining healthy plants by means of rotation, companion plantings, and using a diversity of plants to curb insect damage and pointed out the advantages of removing damaged leaves and limbs to promote healthy plants. "Healthy plants," he said, "equals less insects."
The club will visit Metrolina Greenhouse in October. The next meeting will be at NC State's Plants for Human Health Institute, NCRC.Fifty classmates, spouses and guests from the Granite Quarry Class of 1957 celebrated their 55th reunion Sept. 8 at Blue Bay East.
The group enjoyed the experience - no food to prepare, no money to collect, no decorating, no cleanup. They showed up at5 p.m., placed their orders, ate, talked and visited for two hours. They plan to repeat the experience in three years.
The planning committee included Michael Shive, Jimmy Lyerly, Shirley Lesley Fisher, Ruth Earnhardt Julian, Shelby Burwell Ritchie, Nancy Kesler Beck, Carol Shenk Cauble, Nancy Beaver Trexler and Halena Park Heilig.
Class President Jimmy Lyerly presided over the meeting. Nancy B. Trexler gave the memoriam for the classmates who had died since the 2007 meeting: Joyce Honbarrier, Richard Livengood, Gail McCombs Mahaffey, Donnie Peeler, Kay Vanderford and Jimmy Livengood. Eugene Cauble blessed the food and the classmates. Halena gave each member a corrected phone and email list.
Classmates attending were: Tommy Baggett/Friend, Nancy Beaver Trexler/Don, Frankie Brown Vanhoy, Tom Byrd/Faye, Eugene Cauble/Edith, J.E. Cauble/Carol, Leroy Earnhardt, Raven Earnhardt/Judy, Ruth Earnhardt Julian/Perry, David Fisher/Gail, Bernard Holshouser, Mary Lois Kepley Coan/Paul, Nancy Kesler Beck/Claude, Hugh Lee Lambert/daughter Ellen, Shirley Lesley Fisher/Dave, Hoyle Lingle/Linda, Jimmy Lyerly/Bettie, Dan Miller/Dottie, Wayne Miller/Pat, Ruby Oddie Leazer, Mary Overcash York/daughter Sylvia, Nelson Page, Halena Park Heilig, Jerry Peeler/Carolyn, Carol Shenk Cauble/J.E. and Faye Trexler Downum.
If you know the location of Zola (Jo) Brown, Rayford Eudy or change addresses, please contact a committee member.The Iota Psi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their first meeting for the 2012-13 year at the Rockwell Community Building. Returning president Gail Young presided, with vice president Brenda Barger assisting. New officers for the year are: Gail Young, president; Brenda Barger, vice president; Marlene Turner, recording secretary; Jamie Yates, corresponding secretary; D. Anne Nance, treasurer. Vicki Lippard, city council representative, Fawn Sallee, alternate city council representative.
New yearbooks were distributed containing activities for the year such as the Preferential Tea in November, holiday parties and the chapter social. Services will include ice cream socials at the Meadows, collections for the homeless shelter and Rowan Helping Ministries, stuffing Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army and Food Lion gift card cans for the Faithful Friends shelter.
The chapter attended the kick-off banquet, an old-fashioned pig pickin', hosted by Xi Delta Chi. Also in attendance were Iota Psi, Lambda Master and Xi Alpha Delta. At the Sept. 18 meeting, Valentine queen Marlene Turner was crowned chapter queen. Beta Sigma Phi chapters had a city council meeting on Sept. 24. Iota Psi hosted a salad bar for chapters Lambda Master and Xi Alpha Delta on Oct. 1 at the home of envoy member Scotty Lippard (son of Vicki Lippard), and wife Kelly, Iota Psi honorary member.
Iota Psi will hold its annual auction of crafts and baked goods on Oct. 16 and a rush party is in the works, looking for ladies to join Beta Sigma Phi.Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society members have elected a new class for its board of directors. The Class of 2015 includes new members Sarah Hall,John Henderlite Jr., Sam Kyzer, David Redden, Betsy Rich, Kristopher Watson and Matthew Newton.
Dr. Jerry Cochran will serve as president of the board, assisted by vice president Kathi Hill, secretary Dr. Betty Middleton and treasurer CynthiaThomas. Other volunteers serving on the board include Dotty Clement, Dr. Mary Frances Edens, Dr. Faleese Moore-Jenkins, Lynda Errante, Mary James, Dr. Ronald Smith and Dr. Martha West. Tom Wolpert, president of the Symphony Guild, represents the fund-raising group of the Symphony Society and is a voting member of the board.
More information is available at or 704-637-4314.

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