Beach Club participants, Community Foundation leaders team up to clean up
Several participants of the Monarch Beach Club of Dare worked alongside their neighbors from the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help the Community Foundation with their yard clean up day. The Community Foundation is the leading charitable funder on the Outer Banks.
“They (Beach Club) did a great job, working very hard, with great spirit and enthusiasm. Several members of the OBCF leadership team, including the president and vice president, were working side by side with the Beach Club members and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction,” explained Bob Muller, treasurer and a member of the Community Foundation Board of Directors.
“We had a chance to appreciate the spirit and the capacities of the Beach Club members. We all were very impressed and came away with a better understanding of the importance of programs like the Beach Club that provide a chance for its members to participate more fully in our community and a chance for them to contribute in very meaningful ways. It enriches our community and everyone who comes in contact with them.”
The Community Foundation manages assets of more than $10 million in 110 plus funds. Last year, the foundation provided approximately $390,000 in grants to local nonprofits and more than $140,000 in scholarships to local students. The organization provided support for the Beach Club partnership with the Outer Banks Children's Museum.
Monarch, U.S. Cellular celebrate Earth Day
In observance of Earth Day, several U.S. Cellular associates joined Monarch by working to help further the landscape at Monarch’s Health Drive day program in New Bern. Although this is the second year U.S. Cellular has assisted Monarch during Earth Day, the group said it has long been committed to improving its communities through volunteerism.
On Earth Day, hundreds of U.S. Cellular associates nationwide volunteered their time and effort this month to help "green up" local communities and promote the importance of eco-friendly practices. Last year, employees from U.S. Cellular planted a butterfly and assisted with planting the perimeter border around the Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L) project for the community garden.
“In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Cellular associates from the store in New Bern contributed their time and supplies to beautify the Health Drive day program site,” explained Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator.”What an incredible difference a committed group of people makes. Thank you U.S. Cellular!”
Heritage Club participates in National Day of Prayer
Participants of the Heritage Club of Edenton-Chowan were invited to sing at Edenton Prime Time Retirement for National Day of Prayer on Friday, May 3. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked pray and meditate. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The Heritage Club sang four songs, led by Nicholas Winslow and Larry Tyner read a poem entitled: “A National Day of Prayer” by Raymond A. Foss. The group did such an outstanding job that they were invited to return.
Brian Sykes honored for his artwork
Earlier this month, Brian Sykes, who attends Monarch’s Scuppernong River Club-Cohoon in Columbia, was awarded a check from the Dare County Arts Council for a picture of a Monarch butterfly that sold at a countywide art show. Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist at Monarch, presented Sykes (both pictured right) with a check during an open mic and book signing by Barton and Megan Cutter (pictured in the background), authors of” Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll.” The couple’s book delves into topics such as disability and relationships, family influences and dynamics, creating external and internal support networks, direct support staff and the balance of care giving.
Athletes compete in Dare County Spring Games
Approximately 30 athletes from Monarch’s Beach Club of Dare and Lighthouse Club of Currituck participated among 50 athletes from seven delegations who competed during the Dare Special County Special Olympics on April 26 in the stadium at First Flight High School.
Please take a moment to watch the the video captured from that day sent by Renate Macchirole, Monarch's community inclusion specialist who serves as Dare County's Special Olympics coordinator. This presentation was captured by Doug Kenyon of the Outer Banks Voice, who said: “The Special Olympics this year were just awesome. I've never been, and let me tell you, it’s fun. I wanted to make this video as exciting as possible, to show the athletes in all their striving and sweating, with all their passion.”