Sign up for Safe boating course

May 7, 2013 

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  • More information Woman’s Club helps kids celebrate The Woman’s Club of Fort Mill in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Mill, hosts a monthly birthday party for the 53 children in the club. Each child participates, and those whose birthdays fall during that month are given a book as a birthday gift from the Woman’s Club. All of the children are treated to cupcakes, ice cream, juice and chips to make it a real celebration. In addition to the birthday party, Jordane Reid, director of the Fort Mill branch of the BGC, presents to a boy and a girl a “Youth of the Month” certificate recognizing them for outstanding citizenship.

Sign up for Safe boating course

The Catawba Sail and Power Squadron will offer a safe boring course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Driving 911 on Hwy. 160 West in Fort Mill (next to the Towne Tavern). The class is free, but the manual, which can be shared, is $30. Lunch available for $5.

This follows “America’s Boating Course,” which teaches the fundamentals of safe boating. This class includes an exam that will earn participants a certificate good for a discount from most boat insurance companies. Learn about navigation, knots, boating rules and more.

To register, contact Jim Van Blarcom at 548-5362 or

UDC group meets

The Florence Thornwell Chapter 246, United Daughters of the Confederacy in Fort Mill, welcomes new members as well as descendants of former chapter members.

The chapter was originally chartered as the Fort Mill Chapter 246. The name was changed to the Florence Thornwell Chapter in 1909 to honor its first president, Florence Thornwell.

Ladies 16 and older who are interested in joining the UDC can call Gail Robinson at 803-548-9395.

Legion Post 43 seeks members

American Legion Post 43 in Fort Mill is recruiting all eligible retired and active duty military members. The post, located at 427 Banks St., Fort Mill, also holds public bingo nights at 6:30 p.m. every Friday. For details, call 547-2414.

VFW has membership drive

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 is actively working to recruit all eligible veterans and active duty military personnel into the VFW. Anyone who ever served or is currently serving in any of the five branches of the U.S. military, including the Reserves or National Guard, is welcome to join. Call 547-5480 after 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Yoga Club welcomes all

The Charlotte Yoga Club in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie brings $5 Yoga, Budokon and Pilates classes to the area. There’s no cost to join. Go to

Caregivers offer support

A caregivers support group meets at 852 Gold Hill Road, suite 201, Fort Mill. This group is a structured gathering of caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia who meet to discuss issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Call 396-2155.

Rotary: ‘Service above self’

Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Mill Golf Course Clubhouse, a group of Rotarians and guests meet to discuss how to apply “Service Above Self.” The mission of Rotary is to eradicate polio worldwide.

Rotary, one of the world’s premier international humanitarian service organization, invites everyone to see how they serve our Fort Mill community, world peace projects around the world and just have fun and fellowship. Go to

Like horses?

A 4-H Equestrian Club is available for kids ages 5 and older. It is led by Teresa Snyder, a horse riding instructor. Call Margie Sippel at 803-684-9919 ext. 113 or email

Support for trauma, abuse victims available

A one-hour Trauma and Abuse Recovery Group hosted by the Center for Restoration in Fort Mill, will meet for eight weeks every Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. Gain understanding, share and heal in a safe group context. Call 803-280-7821 or email

Alateen meetings in Charlotte

Weekly Alateen meetings are held from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. It’s a 12-step meeting for children and teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The group offers meetings for ages 6-12 and 13-19.

Meetings are at the Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. For more information, go to

Widows can find support here

Hospice & Community Care will facilitate a widows support group open to the public at no charge. Registration is required. For location and to register, call 329-1500.

Support group for prostate cancer patients

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society Columbia office, Marvin Smith of Fort Mill provides ACS Man-to-Man prostate cancer support in the York County area. If you have recently been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer, call Smith at 802-0903 or email

4-H is here

The Clemson Extension Service York County 4-H will sponsor a new 4-H Community Club at Academy Christian School in Rock Hill focusing on livestock and gardening projects.

The club, led by Wendy Lipe, will meet after school once a month at the school, 129 Border Road in Rock Hill. Those interested must register as a 4-H member with a $10 membership fee and a $1 insurance fee. For information, call 803-684-9919 or email

Photo competition needs entries

The Arts Council of York County is calling for entries in its ninth annual Photography Competition and fourth annual Youth Photography Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., in Old Town Rock Hill. The deadline is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1.

Joe Ciarlante, owner of Ciarlante Photography in Charlotte, is the juror for this year’s competitions.

Entry fees for the adult competition are $30 for up to 2 entries, non members and $20 for up to 2 entries for members. Those submitting to the youth competition must be enrolled in a K-12 program. Entry fees are $5 per photo for non members and $3 per photo for members.

The selected entries in the adult competition will be exhibited in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts from June 20-July 28, 2013 and recognized at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts on June 20.

For competition guidelines and entry forms visit, call the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787 or email at

Knit together

For anyone interested in crochet or knitting, a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library. For more information, email Rose Baker at, or visit

Two Alanon groups meet locally

An Al-Anon Family Group is a community resource providing support to anyone affected by a relative or friend’s drinking. The group meets in the following locations:

• Tega Cay AFG Grace Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 160 West near the corner of Gold Hill Road, 8 p.m. Mondays

• Fort Mill AFG First Baptist Church (in the house next to the church), 121 Monroe White St., 8 p.m. Tuesdays

Are you caregiver for Alzheimer’s or dementia patient?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities? Meet people who are dealing with the same life issues that you are facing, learn techniques that will work especially for you and find comfort in friendship.

Group meets 10-11 a.m. the second Friday of each month in the Carolina Lakes Golf Clubhouse meeting room (first door on left off lobby). A free in-home agency caregiver can be provided to stay with your loved one while you attend the support group.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Contact the group on Facebook, or email

Down Syndrome support offered

A support group for Fort Mill-area residents who have loved ones with Down Syndrome is available. For details, call Theresa Marino at 802-0332

Prostate cancer support available

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society Columbia office, Marvin Smith of Fort Mill provides ACS Man-to-Man prostate cancer support in the York County area. If you have been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer, call 802-0903 or email

Support for incest survivors available

A support group for victims of incest meets in Indian Land. Sarah Harrison, an expert peer counselor in the field, hosts the group.

The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Del Webb Library at 7641 Charlotte Highway. Incest victims and survivors are welcome to come to find support to move ahead in their lives. Contact Harrison at 548-0490 or

Have gardening problems?

Contact York County Master Gardeners for expert advice 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays at Clemson Extension Office in York at 803-684-9919 and on Fridays at Bigger House in Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill at 803-324-4177. Reach them any time at

From Michigan? This club’s for you

The Michigan Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes is soliciting new members. You must be a former Michigan resident and live in Sun City Carolina Lakes. Annual dues is $10 per person or couple. If you are interested in joining this club, Email Dale Jordan at

For more information, email or call 775-338-5022.

Elks welcome new members

Fort Mill Elks Lodge 2859 is in the midst of its membership drive and is looking for interested residents to help it grow. For more information on the lodge, Go to or call Sal Incorvaia at 704-504-1513.

Fort Mill Lions Club invites new members

The Fort Mill Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at Unity Hall in Unity Presbyterian Church with dinner served at 7 p.m. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., and ending around 8:15 p.m.

Call Lion President John Andrejko at 803-547-2390 to visit or for more information.

Down Syndrome support offered

A support group for Fort Mill area residents who have loved ones with Down Syndrome is now available. For details, call Theresa Marino at 803-802-0332.

Calling all gardeners

Members of Gardening on the Cay may not all have green thumbs, but they are eager to learn as much as they can about gardening while enjoying the social aspects of the club. Gardening on the Cay is affiliated with the Garden Club of South Carolina Inc., and a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc.

The club is open to all ladies in Fort Mill Township. Meetings are held in members’ homes on the second Monday night each month. Dues cost $20 per year.

For details, call Christine McCallion at 803-547-3537.

Have something to say? Say it here

Toastmasters offers educational material on such topics as overcoming the fear of speaking and giving advanced speeches such as roasts and other humorous speeches. Other programs that can provide helpful material are the Better Speaker Series and the Leadership Excellence Series. The Fort Mill chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.

Call Tim Gunnels at 803-493-9048 or Andy Hanschu at 704-287-0687.

Vintage Club lowers minimum age, announces upcoming events

Any resident of Tega Cay who is at least 50 years old can join the Vintage Club. This includes a couple even if only one of them is 50 or older.

Monthly meetings are held at the Glennon Center in Tega Cay, providing more room for diners and additional members. The club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Glennon Center and holds a variety of outings and activities. Dues are $15 per person a year and the dinners each month are $21 per person, including tax and gratuity.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 24, with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and a dinner of grilled chicken or beef burgundy at 7 p.m. The meeting is a game night featuring Harts, Bridge, Poker, and Blackjack.

The club hosts bowling on the first Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at Strikers in Rock Hill. The cost is $9 and includes three games, shoes, and lunch.

Members will be attending a Knights baseball game on April 27, and limited space is still available for the trip to Harrah’s Casino on May 20.

For membership questions, contact Julia Rietz at 396-0203 or For bowling information, call Michele McGuire at 803-547-0177. For event information, contact Al Vesting at 803-883-0066 or at

Indian Land Democrats meet monthly

Indian Land residents are organizing the Indian Land Democratic Club. In addition to monthly meetings, news and information will be shared on the website Residents are invited to attend at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the meeting room of the Library.

Indian Land GOP meets

The Indian Land Republican Club holds its monthly meeting at the Del Webb Library in Indian Land. Anyone interested is welcome. Call Melvin Threatt at 704-906-6173.

Club for young mothers

A new club for young mothers meets in the conference room at the Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village. Young mothers in their teens to early 20s are encouraged to bring their children and socialize while giving their children the chance to interact with kids their age.

Birth mother group meets regularly

A support group for women who have given up children for adoption meets in Fort Mill. The goal of this group is to help heal from the pain of losing children. Confidentiality at these support group meetings is stressed and remains a high priority. For information, contact Carolyn at 803-548-7698 or email

Moms meet in civic sorority

Delta Alpha Gamma, The Sorority for Mommies, in Fort Mill is dedicated to community projects and supporting local businesses and causes such as breast cancer research and awareness.

For more information, Go to or email

Beta Sigma Phi is here to help

Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s sorority, has a chapter in Fort Mill. The sorority is nonacademic with 200,000 members in chapters around the world and 30 members in Fort Mill and Tega Cay (Epsilon Epsilon Chapter). It was founded for social, cultural and civic enrichment.

The Greek letters of its name represent life, learning and friendship, which is the organization’s motto. They hold two annual charity drives: one in the fall to raise money for Fort Mill Care Center and one in the spring to raise money for Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.

The website is and email is and can be found on Facebook at Beta Sigma Phi of Fort Mill.

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