• 45°

People & Places Sunday, Jan. 17

Salisbury Lions Club hold annual banquet 


On Jan. 12, the Salisbury Lion’s Club held its 73rd annual Person of the Year/ Lion of the Year Banquet.

The pride of Lions gathered together in the banquet room at Trinity Oaks on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

The banquet committee did an outstanding job of decorating the hall, with centerpieces contributed by Jerry and Geneva Austin, and there was a social time before the meal to enjoy snacks and conversation.

As keynote speaker Terry Osborne remarked, “Looking over this group, it’s like a Who’s Who list of Salisbury’s finest.”

As usual, the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance as a reminder of our good fortune to live in this country, followed by Lion George Ohm’s invocation. A fine meal was served up by the staff at Trinity Oaks. Lion Ohm returned to the podium to greet and recognize the past recipients of the Person/ Lion of the year award. There were many past winners in attendance, several having received the award more than once.

Guest speaker Terry Osborne, Rowan ABC General Manager, enlightened the crowd with insight into the processes and inner workings of the ABC board and how that entity serves and benefits Rowan County.

Chairman of the banquet committee Lion Lori Swaim made the first presentation, the 73rd Salisbury Lions Club Lion of the Year.

This person is chosen based on their outstanding dedication to the club and the mission of being champions for the vision and hearing impaired. Much of the work involves fundraising to support eye testing, assistance with vision treatments and support of Camp Dogwood, the recreational facility on Lake Norman for adults with blindness and visual impairment. The award went to Lion Alice Edwards, former president of the club and tireless advocate for the blind.

It was then Lion Alice’s turn to be the presenter of the 73rd Person of the Year award. The Salisbury Lions Club and the committee spend a great deal of time looking for a person who demonstrates the spirit of Lionisum as demonstrated by the motto “We Serve.”

This year’s recipient was Cliff Ritchie, president of Cheerwine. Mr. Ritchie and Cheerwine have demonstrated the highest standards in community support. Their support for local events and generosity is unparalleled.

An emotional Ritchie accepted the award and expressed his thankfulness that Cheerwine was able to be of such support to such a wonderful place as Salisbury and Rowan.

The Salisbury Lions Club meets on Wednesdays at noon at Ryan’s on Jake Alexander Blvd. Come and see what they’re up to.


AARP installs new officers


Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter 4314 installed officers for 2016 at the chapter’s annual meeting Jan. 7. The new officers are: Sylvia Fosha, president; Marianne Orr, secretary; Manie Richardson, treasurer.

The following members will serve on the chapter’s board and as committee chairs: Heather Bose, calling committee; Bill Gill, community service and program; Eileen Hanson-Kelly, health and wellness; Jerry Shelby, legislative action and chapter historian; Flora White, social and recreation; Mary Schuck, membership.

The chapter expressed its appreciation to the outgoing officers for 2015: Jerry Shelby, president, Sylvia Fosha, vice president and Eileen Hanson-Kelly, treasurer.

AARP is a national nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization the helps people who are 50-plus have independence, choice and control in way that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.

Rowan County residents 50 years and older are invited to join and do not have to be retired to join. Annual dues for the chapter are $3. Chapter meetings are first Thursdays at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. at 1 p.m. Four times a year the chapter has a covered dish meal prior to the meeting, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. with speaker Frances Weant, fitness director at Rufty-Holmesr. Refreshments will follow the meeting.

For more information about the AARP Chapter call 704-216-7714.


Winter concert

The North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn, conductor, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.

The evening will feature “Hiraeth,” a brand new composition by Sarah Kirkland Snider, based, in part, on memories of

Salisbury, as well as music by Bernstein and Smetana and more.

For tickets and other information,, visit http://www.salisburysymphony.org/calendar



About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post



Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending


Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City


Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow


Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh


California population declines for first time


GOP leaders differ on bottom line for state spending


Police: Man killed in shootout with officers in Winston-Salem


Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes


Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title


Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game


County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money


Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury


At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’


COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary


More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot


City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year


Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots


Quotes of the week


Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days


Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site


City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide


City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras