People & Places Sunday, Feb. 28

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 28, 2016

Goldmine Toastmasters International Speech and Table Topics Contest winners

CONCORD — Phyllis Kombol won first place and Al Minter second place in the International Speech Contest. Al Minter won first place and Phyllis Kombol won second place in the Table Topics Contest on Saturday, Feb.y 20, at Connect Christian Church.

Kombol and Minter are members of Goldmine Toastmasters Club in Concord and will represent Goldmine in the Area 13 contest, which will be conducted at the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce in Salisbury,  on March 21 at 6 p.m.

Goldmine Toastmasters Club is one of more than 12,000 Toastmasters clubs around the world. Each fall and spring, members from around the world compete in club-level speech contests. Through competition in the area, division, district and regional levels, contestants will vie for the title of “World Champion of Public Speaking,” which will climax at the organization’s Annual International Convention.

For more information, call 704-305-1040 or visit


Livengood-Peeler-Wood 448 Auxiliary 

Livengood-Peeler-Wood 448 Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting on Feb. 23 at the Granite Quarry Legion Building. A fundraiser dinner was served followed by the business meeting. Dates for future visits to the VA Medical Center to visit residents and lay bingo were discussed. Monthly collection of personal items for veterans was reading glasses and puzzle books. A program on Poppys and when they should be worn in honor of our veterans was presented to the 12 members present.


“Hat Lady” Kim Sheeks to speak to AARP Chapter

“We are called upon to wear many hats each and every day,” according to Kim Sheets, known in these parts as the “Hat Lady”.  She will put her own touch of humor on those many hats when she models her humorous collection of over 112 hats to the Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of AARP on Thursday, March 3 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

The meeting starts with a covered-dish lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by Sheets’ hat presentation and a brief business meeting.  Senior age 50+ are invited.

Mrs. Sheets is a retired first grade teacher from Morgan Elementary School and a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Early Childhood Education.  As a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockwell she is a youth advisor, choir member, Vacation Bible School director and former member of the Church Council.  She is also known as the “preacher’s wife,” being married to the Rev. Bruce Sheeks.

Among Mrs. Sheets “other hats” are the Rowan Rowdy Rosebud Red Hat Society, Rockwell Civitan Club, Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Educator’s Society, board member of Hanford Dole Chapter of the American Red Cross, and director for Happy’s Farm Tutoring Facility.  In addition Mrs. Sheets has performed at numerous civic, teacher, senior citizen and church events.

The Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of AARP meets the first Thursday of each month at Rufty-Holmes Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Ave. For more information contact the Center at 704-216-7714.


‘Journeys, a Musical Exploration of Time and Space’ at Catawba today 

Today at 4 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the campus of Catawba College, “Journeys, a Musical Exploration of Time and Space” will be presented. Under the Direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, assistant professor of music, the Catawba Singers, Chamber Choir and PopAC will present a one hour program of music devoted to texts about the journey of life.

Works by Randall Thompson, Molly Ijames, Mack Wilberg, The Turtles, Eric Clapton and Carly Simon will be presented.  Student conductors Hunter Safrit and Robert Thornton will lead the ensembles in several selections. The choirs are accompanied by Mr. Jacob Hahn and Mrs. Susan Trivette. The program is free and open to the public.

Prior to the concert, students musicians from Catawba’s award-winning Popular Music program will present the music of Journey.


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