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Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters met Feb. 3 at United Cabarrus Insurance. Ken Miller was toastmaster and the theme was “Toastmaster’s Leadership Institute.”
Ken Carroll was voted Best Speaker, Toni Stovall was voted Best Table Topics and Jeff Fearn was voted Best Evaluator. Belinda Dublin was welcomed as a new member.
Women’s Club DC trip
Two ladies with Rowan County ties and a third from Cabarrus County participated in a recent bus trip by 22 members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina to Washington D.C. While there, they visited GFWC International Headquarters, toured Congress and the Smithsonian, visited several monuments, shopped, dined at Mount Vernon, in the Senate Cafeteria, and in a restaurant in the Reagan Building, and attended a performance of the comedy troupe “Capitol Steps.”
The group was led by Beverly Lassiter, GFWCNC president and Georgann AthanaelosSapp, GFWCNC director of Junior clubs. Sapp teaches art in the Kannapolis schools and Lassiter is the daughter of Gene and Lenny Wolfe of Salisbury and the wife of Charlotte mayoral candidate, John Lassiter.
While at Headquarters, the North Carolina delegation toured the Women’s History Resource Center, founded 25 years ago by the only GFWC International president to come from North Carolina, Juanita Bryant. Bryant was born in Rowan County.
Representatives from the National Women’s History Museum were invited to join the NC group on the tour. The museum is currently seeking approval from Congress to build a permanent home on or near the National Mall.
Following the tour of the WHRC, Alane Mills, who is both president of the GFWC Spencer Woman’s Club and GFWCNC WHRC chairman, presented several gifts on behalf of the Spencer Club to the Women’s History Resource Center and to the National Women’s History Museum. Both entities received a gold-framed Betty Sedberry print of the U.S. Army Hospital ship “Larkspur,” a copy of Emory Massman’s book on Army Hospital Ships of WWII, and a copy Jennifer Biser’s honors thesis on “Home Front Heroines of World War II.”
A similar set was given earlier to the History Room at Rowan Public Library.
Representing herself as North Carolina’s Women’s History Resource Center chairman, Mills presented each organization with the additional gift of a book on the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, autographed both by the author and by a WASP.
The U.S. Army Hospital Ship “Larkspur” was bought, equipped, and supplied during World War II by the women of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina, in partnership with its affiliates, the North Carolina Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs and the North Carolina Nurses’ Association.
Homecoming queen
Shakela Ectasy Litaker, daughter of Uvern and Pearline Litaker, and also Marcus Litaker, all of Salisbury, has been selected finalist for North Carolina’s 29th Annual Homecoming Queen selection to be held March 14-15 at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park in Charlotte.
She is the West Rowan High School homecoming queen.
North Carolina’s Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an expense paid trip to the National Finals to compete for America’s Homecoming Queen, a nonprofit organization promoting education, educational travel and community service in all 50 states.

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