Legion Post 43 names award-winners

April 7, 2014 

Post 43 holds annual celebration

The annual Birthday Dinner for the American Legion Post 43 in Fort Mill was held on March 15, with guest speaker Lt. Ray Dixon of the Fort Mill Police Department.

Also at the celebration, Mike Craven recognized prisoner of war Paul Luckadoo. Lil Coleman, president of Ladies Auxiliary, recognized Gold Star mothers Minnie Stegall and Diane Massey.

Commander Don Lambert and Finance Officer Wallace Coleman presented the Legion awards to: Police of the year, B.J. Kennedy and Bryan Zachary; EMT of the year, Megan Rose; Firefighter of the year, William J. Robinson; Officers of the year went to Chaplin Robert Munn, First VP Ron Walley and S.A.L Commander Dan Rollins.

Legionnaire of the year went to John Neal. A lifetime achievement award was given to James Hammond for 67 years of loyal service to the Legion and the Honor Guard and an award was given to Jaci Grace Watkins for most miles traveled to attend the annual dinner.

Indian Land Republicans host candidates

The Indian Land Republican club will not have a meeting in April but will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. The guest speakers will be Bill Conner, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Elizabeth Moffley, the State superintendent of Education. For details, contact Donnie Jones at djones1109@yahoo.com or call 803-207-5450.

Newcomers to hold mixers

Newcomers Club of York County, a women’s social and civic-minded organization, meets the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, go to www.newcomersofyorkcounty.org.

Vintage Club

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.

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.

For membership questions, Contact Julia Rietz at 396-0203 or jewelsr@comporium.net.

New support group confronts GLBT issues

Affirmation of York County is a newly formed support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for ourselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends.

Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 Hwy. 160 West, Fort Mill. People of all faiths are welcome. For information call Ellen at 803-417-0954 or Melissa at 803-547-6042 or email affirmationofyc@gmail.com.

Calling all gardeners

Gardening on the Cay is open to residents of Tega Cay and surrounding communities to create interest in gardening, protect wildflowers and birds, encourage community and civic beautification and further friendships in Tega Cay and Fort Mill.

Each month, the group provides a program that meets the National Garden Club's objectives, ranging from orchid workshops, shade gardening and pruning to photography, winterizing your garden, container gardening, soil amendments and even dealing with bugs. They host guest speakers and offer projects that serve local schools and the community. There are also field trips.

Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at the Glennon Center, lower level. Dues are $25 a year. For details, call Nancy Stone at 462-4777.

Fort Mill Democrats meet at Towne Tavern

The Fort Mill Democratic Forum meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Towne Tavern, 2000 Hwy. 160 West, Fort Mill. All are welcomed. For more information, call Eileen at 547-5220.

VFW has membership drive

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 is working to recruit all eligible veterans and active duty military personnel into the VFW. Anyone who ever served or is 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.

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 548-7698 or email cress@comporium.net.

Al-Anon helps alcoholics’ families, friends

An Al-Anon Family Group is a community resource providing support to anyone affected by a relative or friend’s drinking. Meetings are 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 160 West, just past Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill, and 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Saturdays at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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 recently been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer, call 802-0903. Or email mcsmith@comporium.net.

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 and the author of “You Love Your Daddy, Don’t You?,” a book about her own childhood incest, 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 snharr43@yahoo.com.

Are you a care-giver for an Alzheimer’s/other dementia’s 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.

Call Seth Zamek at 548-6766.

•  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.

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. Gain understanding, share and heal in a safe group context. Call 803-280-7821 or email center4restoration@gmail.com.

Alateen meetings for teens affected by others’ drinking issues

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 (approximately two miles from Sonic on Hwy. 160 in Fort Mill). Go to www.zoarroadclub.org.

Charlotte Yoga Club expands to Fort Mill and Lake Wylie bringing $5 Yoga, Budokon and Pilates classes to the area. There’s no cost to join at www.meetup.com/charlotteyogaclub.

All artists welcome

The Catawba River Art Guild meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Arts Council of York County, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Guests are welcome.

The Catawba River Art Guild was created to support, encourage and inspire the interest of art and artists in the community. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about the Art Guild and upcoming classes, call Herb Dumaresq at 803-327-5065.

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 fortmillrotary.org.

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., ending around 8:15 p.m.

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

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 www.fortmillelks.org or call Sal Incorvaia at 704-504-1513.

Civic sorority welcomes moms

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 www.deltaalphagamma.com or email membership@deltaalphagamma.com.

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 www.fortmillbsp.org and email is bspfortmill@yahoo.com and can be found on Facebook at Beta Sigma Phi of Fort Mill.

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 www.meetup.com/charlotteyogaclub.

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 dale.jordan00@att.net.

Improve lives of veterans, rescued dogs

Mission Ready Mutts Inc. is a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and deploys dogs as service dogs for injured veterans. It is a community-based organization that provides service dogs, training, supplies, and therapeutic group sessions to veteran and active duty men and women struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and physical disabilities.

The organization strives to improve not only the lives of service members but also the lives of the dogs that they rescue and place in loving homes. They rescue, rehabilitate, train, and re-home each dog. The dogs are given a purpose in a loving forever home, and the service members’ quality of life is improved by the healing power of their new canine partner.

To learn more, go to missionreadymutts.org.

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 493-9048 or Andy Hanschu at 704-287-0687.

Knit together

To 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 president@carolinaschaingang.com, or visit www.carolinaschaingang.com.

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 msippel@clemson.edu.

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