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Rotary Club gets grant to build raised beds for garden in New Bern

On Jan. 12, members from the New Bern Rotary Club gathered to assemble five raised garden beds for the M.A.G.I.C.A.L.  Project held at theRotary Garden build 1-2013 Health Drive Day Program in New Bern.  It was the result of a Rotary Grant that club president Debbie Taggart wrote and received $1,000 for the project.  The club generously matched the grant to provide $2,000 worth of materials for the garden.  The club members even donated their human capital by volunteering to assemble the beds. 

“Cox Industries, Inc. and Guy C. Lee Building Materials coordinated to donate the lumber, which allows for the grant money to go even further,” explained Eileen Bress, volunteer & community coordinator. “The beautiful weather on Saturday was an additional benefit for the 11 Rotarians who gathered to assist. “

Shannon Corr, the contractor for the overall project, donated his time and tools to sort, precut the lumber and mark the pieces for easier assembly.  A newcomer to New Bern Shaun Magoon, who is also a contractor, learned about the project and donated his time in addition to Meta Vreeland, who has been a strong advocate of the project. Members from the club plan to assemble again in a few weekends to stain the wood.

The Rotary Club’s motto “Service Above Self” was aptly demonstrated for this worthwhile project, Bress said.

Chuck Cutting named SONC January 2013 Athlete of the Month

Chuck Cutting- webChuck Cutting, who attends the Beach Club of Dare, has received the first athlete honor of the year given by Special Olympics North Carolina. The organization recently named Cutting the January 2013 Athlete of the Month.

“What great thing are we going to accomplish next?”  That question is the mantra by which Chuck lives his life. “He really embraces life,” said Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist. “He pushes himself and is always looking for the next opportunity whether it’s physically or in his volunteer work or personal life.  He is adventurous and wants to experience all he can. He’s 68 years-old but shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.”

Chuck has lived a diffificult life and much of it alone.  He's competed in athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling and equestrian. To read more about Cutting, click here.

Residents at Wayfarer Drive participate, place in SO competition

Four residents from the Wayfarer Apartments in Rocky Mount participated in Special Olympics North Carolina state-level bocce tournaments in Fayetteville and brought home gold and bronze medals.  In the Bocce Singles, Michael Battle earned a bronze medal while Antony Harris, Mingo Higgs, and Jeffrey Vickearned gold medals. The athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to top finishers in each division, followed by fourth through eighth place ribbons. 

River City Achievement Center volunteers honored

rivercity volunteer cert Staff at the River City Achievement Club took some time out to host a big volunteer celebration for the people supported who are committed to doing their part in helping the lives of those in need and giving back to their local communities.

They continuously volunteer at a local food bank, prepare and delivere food for Meals on Wheels, participate in the Adopt A Highway program, and spent time helping Girls Inc. of Albemarle, a local chapter of a national organization that provides research-based education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges to name a few of the efforts. Last year, people at River City volunteered approximately 1,360 hours.River city 226 copy

Recently, staff, family, friends and recipients of their services celebrated and showed their appreciation to the people who attend River City. Each person was called individually to accept their awards and shake hands with staff. Paula Lynch, a representative from Meals on Wheels.

“I think Monarch coming to deliver meals at the Albemarle Commissions Nutrition Program has been a ‘Godsend’,”   Lynch said. “It works for us at my site and at the Dare Site. They love taking the meals out to clients and the clients enjoy seeing them. Thank you so much for coming to our rescue. You are all the best.”

Alea Bird, associate director for Girls Inc. shared some comments about a particular volunteer: “We love having Deborah [Ziegler] come to volunteer at Girls Inc. of the Albemarle. She works very hard, has a gentle spirit and brings joy to everyone, especially the girls we serve. We appreciate River City Achievement Center for their support to Girls Inc. and the community.”

Pictured above: People from River City holding their certificates following the volunteer celebration held in their honor. David Whitehurst smiles as he poses with his volunteer certificate of service.

Lighthouse Club gets technology boost from local company

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, a real estate company in the Outer Banks, recently donated three Dell computers with flat screen monitors to Monarch’s Lighthouse Club in Currituck. The company’s gracious donation has filled a void for many of the people supported, who often visited a local computer lab. They no longer have that option since that program was discontinued, but they are extremely excited about the additional computers they now have access to when they are at the Lighthouse Club.

“The PCs given are wonderful,” exclaimed Jackie Church, whose brother Tim attends the Monarch Lighthouse Club.  “This donation will make it so much easier.”

Dreams come true at Disney WorldDisney2 in Region 62

Three residents of Spencer Place in New Bern recently took a “magical” trip of a lifetime to the place where dreams come true for people all ages. James Fulcher, Vincent Price and Bryan Williams lived out their dreams at Disney World during the holidays – a place they have wanted to visit for some time. With support from staff, a trip was planned and the fundraising began. The residents made wreaths and other seasonal gifts that helped them to raise money. Monarch also contributed to this dream true.  

“Finally the day came when dreams came true,” said Lori Meads, program director, who explained that this Disney Trip -Region 6trip was extremely special because staff and the people supported were solely responsible for executing the exciting plans. “The people we support had a great time!”

Meads added the trip presented another first for Williams. It was his first time on an airplane, and “he loved it!” she exclaimed.

Author visits New Bern book club

Ken Capps w-book clubAuthor of the novel “Forgiving Waters,” Kenneth Capps served as the keynote speaker during Monarch’s Next Chapter Book Club in New Bern on Jan. 7. Capps discussed his book and how he created the characters and shared information about himself during the event held at Books-A-Million. The author also shared a copy of his book with club participants and took photos with the group.

Erma Brault, site supervisor at Monarch’s Health Drive Day Program in New Bern who facilitates the book club, extended the invitation to Capps and to offer book club readers and community guests who attended the opportunity to interact with the author and to ask questions about his book.

“Mr. Capps was so willing to answer our questions which covered a variety of topics such as his background in writing, education and the things he did for fun,” Brault said. “He also took the time to engage each person in conversation about the book we are currently reading.”Brault said the club was excited about Capps’ visit and the group voted to read his book next. Brault said the group plans to celebrate with a party or outing after reading each book.

Health Drive helps to raise awareness, funds for families in needJames Jones

Several day program participants at the Health Drive Day Program in New Bern once again volunteered as bell ringers to raise money for the local Salvation Army in Craven County.  Six people volunteered approximately 24 hours during the Christmas holiday and manned the doors outside the local JCPenney to raise awareness and money for families in need. The group has participated in this seasonal fundraising effort for the last ten years.

Pictured: James Jones, who attends Health Drive, volunteered each Wednesday during the holidays.

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