Gallant Homemakers and Community Leaders
The Gallant Homemakers and Community Leaders met on July 14 for their Achievement Day. There were 17 members and visitors attending. Members wore masks and practiced social distancing. Honduras was the theme for the year 2020.
President Kathy Sapp welcomed the group and Sharon Lamkin did the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Our devotion was given by Tina Tow, teacher from Coosa Christian School.
Tina Tow gave each of us a ruler and asked each person to draw a line where her age will be. This ruler represents your life and because of so much turmoil in the news today — really — let’s look at some tumultuous events which you have lived through and write them on the back of the ruler, starting with:
1. World War 11 and the Holocaust began in 1939 and ended in 1945.
2. The polio pandemic in 1952; there were 52,000 cases and 3,100 deaths.
3. The Korean War ended in 1953; 2.65 million people lost their lives.
4. The H2N2 flu killed 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the U.S. in 1957.
5. The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962; President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963; the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968.
6. The Vietnam War ended in 1975; it took more than 3 million lives.
7. The World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
8. Then came 9/11; we all remember exactly where we were when we saw the planes fly into the buildings, and we could go on and on.
9. Which brings us to the events of today: COVID-19, riots and protests.
So when you hear someone younger ask "Is this the end of the world?", just smile and get your ruler out and say, "No, I’ve lived through worse and survived, and you will too."
Speaker for the meeting was Dilcia Rodrigeus, who told us about her life in Honduras. She brought pictures of homes, buildings, flowers, trees, markets and others. It was a very enjoyable day.
The Dianna B. Williams Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Steven McClendon, who is a student at West End High School and will be going to Gadsden State Community College. He will be studying music and choral. He is the step-grandson of our member Melba McClendon.
Woman of the Year and Key Member for the year 2020 was Eulaine Barron. Thanks and appreciation to Eulaine for dedication and her interest.
Show and Tell was displayed and many beautiful things were shown, such as pictures, baby quilts and blanket items for the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department, Samaritan’s Purse, the Etowah Pregnancy Testing Center, baby packages, cancer caps and other items.
Our luncheon was from the foods of Honduras; all was enjoyed by the group.
Next meeting will be Aug. 13 in the Bethlehem Baptist Church fellowship room.
— Marie McClendon