Posted by : October 2, 2013| On :
More photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, October 3, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : September 28, 2013| On :
The Monitor Correspondent
ATHENS–A warm Hawaiian breeze drifted through the Athens Country Club Sept. 25 for the Henderson County United Way fundraiser kickoff. More than 140 guests received a pep talk from motivational author David Slaughter, who had high praise for the Henderson County branch, for the 90 percent of all donations received benefitting local charities. Only 10 percent of funds raised go toward administrative costs. Slaughter added, “When they asked me speak, they asked what my fee was and I said nothing. They said that works great with our budget!” Slaughter’s newest book is titled “Major Opportunities: the door is wide open.” He added that he donates a portion of all his book sales to charities.
The Henderson County United Way has set a goal of $185,000 for businesses and organizations attending the luncheon to fill through their fundraising efforts, among their employees and associates.
The theme this year is “No Kind Heart Lacks a Reward,” a wise saying among the ancient Hawaiians, which campaign chairman Tony Kalawe recited in Hawaiian for the audience to learn.
“A‘ohe lokomaika’i, i nele i ke pa na’i.” The message was not lost in the translation. Kalawe reminded guests the true importance of giving first, before asking co-workers and others to join in. “But we can have fun too,” he said. “All our events we have planned will have this same Hawaiian theme, it just adds some excitement to the campaign.”
The next planned event is set for Saturday, Oct.10. The Farmers Market in the city parking lot will include cheeseburgers, Hawaiian-style and authentic tropical shaved ice. It begins at noon and is sponsored by the Central Business Association.
This year, United Way has selected 21 local organizations to receive assistance, ranging from the American Red Cross to the East Texas Crisis Center, Meals on Wheels and an emergency fund to assist the elderly.
When a UW volunteer asks you to make a donation, ask to see the complete list of deserving charities, so you can designate where you would prefer your donation be sent.
Posted by : September 25, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members gathered at the Cedar Creek Country Club Sept. 20 to prepare for Make A Difference Day.
Several area organizations attended the luncheon to speak about what they need and how the community can help them.
“Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, is a national day of community service. It is about neighbors helping neighbors,” Rotary member and Tri-County Ford owner Andrea Pickens said.
“One person can make a difference by doing small things like sending a card to someone who is ill, take a meal to a shut-in or participate in an ongoing project,” Pickens said.
Activities available for anyone to participate in on Make A Difference Day include food drives by local pantries, highway clean-up, toy drive, food for pets, tool closet, trash off and more.
“We accept pet food as well,” Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said. “Many of our families say the pet food they receive is the only way they can keep their pets, especially the single and the elderly,” he added.
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake volunteers Leslie Casey and Cynthia Walter spoke to Rotarians about the shelter’s recent financial difficulties.
“We are working on long-term plans. We have 150 dogs at the shelter and 80 dogs in foster care right now,” Casey said.
Items on the shelter’s wish list include bleach, laundry soap, paper towels, dish soap, cat litter and pet food, heavy duty 40-gallon trash bags, fiber brooms, mops, blankets and towels. The shelter is also looking for a washer and dryer, riding lawn mower, office computer and monitor and a utility van for animal transport.
To help support the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, go to www.hsccl.org.
Environmental Co-op representative Neli Spurrell asked for volunteers for the organization’s 15th annual Cedar Creek Lake Cleanup team from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The more people I have, the more road I can clean up,” Spurrell said.
To volunteer, call (972) 524-0007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.