People & Places Sunday, Dec. 20

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gold Hill Lions install new members of the Cub Club

Submitted by Morris VanVleet 

GOLD HILL —On Dec. 3, the Gold Hill Lions Club installed the new members of the Gold Hill Lions Cub Club. They became official on that day but had been working on projects for two months. Along with making appreciation gifts for all the teachers and assistants, they have been collecting used eye glasses to help with the Lions program.

Not pictured in the photo are Mr. Derek DiStefano (Morgan Elementary principal) and Miss Katie Tussey (new sponsor).

Local Lions host annual V.I.P. Christmas dinner


Just over 100 V.I.P.s (Visually Impaired Persons), their guests and members of Rowan County’s Lions Clubs were on hand to celebrate the 67th annual Christmas Dinner held at First Baptist Church in Salisbury, on Saturday Dec. 12.

Volunteers from the many Lions clubs represented in Rowan County were on hand to provide food, fun and presents for the V.I.P.s.

Lions from around the county spoke and handed out presents of flowers, fruit baskets and special gifts. The meal was prepared by volunteer kitchen staff from First Baptist Church, with assistance from the Lions.

Speakers were kept to a minimum to allow more time for singing and dancing with Michael Thomas, otherwise known as “Melvis.” His renditions of Elvis’ songs about Christmas and love were a delight to the crowd as were his dancing and personal attention paid to the V.I.P.s.

“Michael makes everyone feel as though they were the only one here; he is a very special person,” said a member of the Salisbury Lions Club.

Once the entertainment began, the laughter followed and everyone joined in with dancing, joking and Michael’s anecdotes about his unresponsive “Band” (his sound system).

The event was too soon over and the Lions of the transportation committee ferried the guests and V.I.P.s homeward.


Boyden High School class of 1965


Boyden High School’s class of 1965 celebrated its 50th reunion on September 25th and 26th.

The weekend began with Hanging Out @ Hendrix (Innes Street). This was an informal gathering of classmates at a venue known as “Blackie’s” back in the day.

Next up was the Salisbury High School football game. The weather kept attendance down but the class was represented by several members.

In the sixties a “Sock Hop” was held after Friday night football games at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Salisbury. This event was brought back for the reunion with over thirty classmates attending and enjoying refreshments and music.

Saturday morning kicked off with a trolley tour of the Salisbury area.

Next on the agenda was a memorial service honoring the deceased members of the class. It was held at the Salisbury High School cafeteria. The REV DR Jody Seymour, class president, conducted the service. Included in the service were two poems that Jody had written for this occasion. After the service classmates shared memories of their time at BHS.

A barbecue lunch was provided by College BBQ to the delight of everyone.

A tour of the facilities at SHS was conducted by Principal Luke Brown. The group was impressed by the improvements made to the school as well as Principal Brown’s plan for its future.

The reunion culminated with dinner at the Salisbury Country Club. Jody Seymour presented Principal Brown a check for $2,500, from classmate donations, to go towards the field house project at SHS. During the meal music from the sixties was played along with a power point presentation that contained photographs from annuals and previous reunions.

An expanded power presentation is being prepared which will included pictures from the 50th reunion. If you have not signed up for a copy and are interested in getting one, contact Darrel Parks at 704-633-2308.

If you would like to see additional information concerning the reunion and the class, check out Some sections of the site require a password. To obtain it, submit a request via the Input Form.


Salisbury-Rowan Church Women United hold luncheon

By Betty Jo Hardy, Communications Chair, RUMC

The Salisbury Rowan Unit of Church Women United completed the 2015 celebrations with the World Community Day Lunch on Nov. 6 with 114 women and men from 15 different churches coming together at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

The theme for this celebration was Our Journey Together Toward Peace.

The Rev. Clary L. Phelps and Sarah Ford, president of the Gethsemane Missionary Women, welcomed the group. Other participants in the opening ceremonies were Lynn Bolick of St Luke’s Episcopal, Gwen Ellis of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion, Ginny Reed of Trinity Wesleyan, Montrella Davis of Sacred Heart, Ernestine Ingram and president Doris Brown.

Chairman Jean Lowery led a skit titled “Un-Packing for the Journey Toward Peace.” Participants were Lynn Bolick; Sandra Hunt, Third Creek AME Zion; Sarah Byerly, Christ UMC; Catherine Rivens, Sandy Ridge AME Zion; Montrella Davis; Tonya Cornelius, Sills Creek AME Zion; Brenda Venning, St Luke Baptist; Towanda Mitchell, White Rock AME Zion; Flo Peck, First United Church of Christ.

There was a generous in-gathering of gifts for the Family Crisis Council. Tina Baldwin of the Rowan County Crisis Assistance was present to receive the gifts. Special guests at the meeting were new mayor of Salisbury Karen Alexander and mayor of East Spencer, Barbara Mallett.


Sorority participates in community service

Submitted by Lovetta Moore and Augustus Jones

As part of its local community service, the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Xi Omega Chapter and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Tau Alpha Chapter, partnered together to collect and donate winter coats to Rowan Helping Ministries on December 10.

As part of its international program over the next four years, members of AKA Sorority Inc. will focus on collecting seasonal wraps for families in need to distribute twice a year. Under the Family Seasonal Wraps Initiative, sorority members collect hats, gloves, scarves, socks and coats. This year, chapter members donated at total of 76 coats, 71 hats, 76 pairs of gloves, and 15 scarves to Rowan Helping Ministries.

The Tau Alpha Chapter holds a winter coat drive each year as part of the chapter’s community outreach efforts in order to ensure that those in need have winter wear in the colder months. In addition, the Salisbury Graduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. also made contributions to the winter coat drive. As a collaborative effort more than 85 coats were donated to Rowan Helping Ministries with a specific focus on children’s coats.

Shelia Brown-Miller is the committee chairman for the Family Seasonal Wraps Program. Herman Holmes and assistant Franklin Downing are committee chairs for the winter coat drive.

Lillian L. Morgan is president of Delta Xi Omega; Ruby A. Steele is president the Salisbury Alumnae Chapter and Ralph Young is president of Tau Alpha.

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