People and Places

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 25, 2012

Rowan students serve
The Youth Commission International (YCI) club at West Rowan Middle School has been active for three years, but one thing has remained the same – the club’s dedication to service. This year in particular, the YCI club has taken the call “to serve to the ends of the earth” quite literally. The students partnered with the YCI club at Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre and raised enough money to build three homes in Kenya. This impressive feat is only one of many projects that the club has accomplished this year.
The club also participated in the 30 Hour Famine/Feed the Hungry Program where the students fasted for 30 hours while preparing food to feed nearly 150 persons at the Rowan Helping Ministries Homeless Shelter. During the lock-in the students also bagged over 5,000 packets of food to be shipped to Haiti.
Because of their efforts locally and abroad, the West Rowan Middle School club received the 2012 Club Eagle Award at the 11th Annual YCI Eagle Awards, a ceremony held by the organization to honor those involved in the ministry. Several other students from Rowan County were recognized at the awards ceremony.
Melisa Hollar of East Rowan High School received the prestigious 2012 YCI Legacy Eagle Award and a $1,000 scholarship. This award is given to a senior each year who represents academic excellence and strong Christian leadership abilities.
Every public middle and high school campus in Rowan County has a YCI club and they make up the nearly 100 active clubs on school campuses across the Charlotte region and beyond. Each YCI club is encouraged to do at least one service project per year.
2012 YCI Eagle Award Recipients from Rowan County are Melisa Hollar: 2012 YCI Legacy Eagle Award and $1,000 scholarship;
Zack Clark (SRHS): 2012 YCI Outstanding Christian Leadership Award;
Leigh Beth Lytle (WRHS): 2012 YCI Outstanding Christian Leadership Award;
Abby Blume (Corriher-Lipe Middle School): 2012 YCI Outstanding Christian Leadership Award;
West Rowan Middle School: 2012 YCI Outstanding Club Eagle Award.
For information about YCI, visit www.youthcommission. us and to learn more about Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre go to
Vow renewals
Want to know the secret to a long and happy marriage? If you ask Darman Roseman, age 87, it requires a lot of give and take — “I give and she takes,” he jokes.
Roseman and his wife Margie, age 89, recently renewed their vows in a ceremony at Autumn Care long term nursing and rehabilitation facility.
The Rosemans have resided at Autumn Care since February of 2010. Margie moved in first and Darman, who couldn’t bear to be without her, moved in about a week later. They have been side by side ever since.
They were married on March 1, 1947. While Darman worked to support the family with 49 years of service at Cannon Mills, Margie stayed home to care for their three daughters, Darcy (Armstrong) Patricia (Phillips) and Kathy (Ritchie).
“We were married in the parsonage,” Darman says. “The thing I remember most is the tall, strong post in the middle of the room. I told everyone that I wanted my marriage to be as strong and upright as that post. And I tell you, it has been. I would do it all again in a New York minute.”
When the Rosemans were asked to participate in a vow renewal ceremony for the facility’s National Nursing Home week celebration, they readily agreed.
Margie’s sister, Vergie Bame, also a resident at Autumn Care, served as matron of honor, while residents Bessie Cooper and Mildred Kesler served as flower girls. Administrator Glenn Terry presided over the renewal of vows, and the Roseman’s daughter, Darcy, was on hand to take pictures and assist the bride.
After the exchange of vows, the couple was showered with bubbles blown by residents and staff. Then everyone enjoyed cake, music and sparkling punch.
Woodleaf class of 52
WOODLEAF — The Woodleaf High School class that graduated on May 31, 1952, held a reunion on Friday, May 18. They started with a tour of the school led by principal Susan Herrington, followed by a social hour, dinner by the Woodleaf Methodist Women, and capped off by dessert — a re-creation of the cake that John Lyerly surprised them with on their senior trip to the Outer Banks.
Classmates who have passed are Neely Moore, John Lyerly, W.B. Myers Jr., Juanita Gentle Hendrix, Petty Webb Bringle, Jerry Cranford, Cuthiel Wood and Linda Murph Whitaker.
Those in attendance were Lorretta Watson Barber (Tommy), Dorothy Cranford, Martha Lyerly Deal, Joan Cranford Dixon (Rod), Mona Marlow Eagle, Oma Lee Click Eagle, Sue Evans Horton, Samuel Martin (Ruth), Faye Elliott Miller, Thomas Poole (Reba), Carl Steele (Francis), Peggie Adams Wilhelm (who came from Midland), LeonardWilliams (Doris) and Wynell Wood.
Decorations were in blue and white, the school colors.
50s style musical entertainment was provided by Larry Chastain and each member received a Betty Sedberry print of the school.
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