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Kermit joins Toastmasters
Kermit and Toastmasters group 2012Kermit Mullen, who attends the River City Achievement Center and a member of the region’s self-advocacy group, joined Elizabeth City’s new Toastmasters Club, an organization committed to helping individuals improve their speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

During his first meeting, Kermit presented an impromptu speech that excited all the club participants, including Toastmasters International North Carolina District 37 Governor Naomi Takeuchi, who represents the organization statewide. Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist, said her favorite line from Kermit’s speech was "ya gotta keep your mind running wild."  Renate recently learned about the new club and has already discussed a prospective collaboration with the district club and Monarch’s five programs in the Outer Banks. “This is a great way to network, develop speaking skills, confidence and get out into the community,” she said.

Pictured (l-r): Kermit Mullen (seated in center) flanked by Toastmaster members, including Naomi Takeuchi, second to left and Renate Macchirole, who is standing next to Naomi.

Special Olympics athletes, partners celebrated in Dare County
Last month, staff from the Beach Club of Dare hosted an event to celebrate local Special Olympic sponsors, coaches, volunteers, family and friends and to honor club athletes. That same day, Chairman ofSO OBX event the Board of Commissioners for Dare County Warren Judge recognized the group of athletes and said they are “amazing.”

Respected for their skills on the field, the athletes took the opportunity to share their musical talents with guests. The Monarch Lighthouse Club athletes sang “Wind beneath my wings,” The Monarch Beach Club competitors performed “We are the Champions,” and Brian Perkins, a First Flight High School athlete told the audience: “We are here to teach you this…” and sang Paul McCartney’s “All you need is love,” which turned into a sing-along with the crowd.

Monarch, Children at Play host "Tuesdays Together"
Tuesdays Together is an outreach program that Children at Play, a children’s museum in Kitty Hawk, MonarchFinalcreated in collaboration with Monarch’s Lighthouse Club and Beach Club. This program brings together young children and adult women with mild intellectual disabilities. The goal of this program is to benefit both children and adults in a number of ways, including:  
     • Facilitate positive feelings towards persons with disabilities
     • Give persons with disabilities volunteer opportunities Childrens logo
     • Emphasizes what adults with disabilities can do, not what they cannot do 
     • Give young children one on one personal attention from adults 
     • Make crafts that both children and adults are proud to showcase

“We began partnering with the museum in an effort to provide some of the folks from the Lighthouse Club and Beach Club the opportunity to work with young children,” explained Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist. “It has been a wonderful partnering, barrier breaking, community educating and joyful experience for all involved.”

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