CONGRATULATIONS! to District 39’s representative in the Alabama State Legislature. During a special ceremony in Marion on Thursday, Representative Richard Lindsey was honored by Marion Military Institute ---in appreciation of his sponsorship/passage of a bill which brought MMI into the state’s community college system.
The ceremony marked the tenth anniversary of MMI’s inclusion in the system.
Thursday’s agenda included a luncheon, an awards ceremony in the college’s historic chapel, and a military parade involving the whole MMI brigade.
Also saluted at the Thursday event was former State Senator Jim Pruitt--who sponsored the MMI bill in the senate. Both he and Representative Lindsey were awarded beautiful shadowbox-styled plaques as mementosofappreciation. Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon and interim community college chancellor Jimmy Baker were recognized at the event---as was Rep. Lindsey’s wife Johna.
The goal of the MMI program is to build “Alabama’s Military College”---along the lines of The Citadel. Lindsey notes that MMI had 180 students when it became part of the state’s community college system. Now the enrollment is 470plus. The college is now co-educational. All cadets live on campus.
MMI is located in Marion, the county seat of Perry County. The campus is set on the site once occupied by Howard College (which was founded in 1841 and moved to Birmingham during the late 1800s). MMI has drawn students from all parts of the U.S. for more than 125 years--and can count numerous admirals, generals, elected officials, and business leaders as alumni.
Asaprivateeducational institution, MMI had two divisions ---preparatory (which served students (cadets) in grades 9-12) and junior college (which offered associate degrees and advanced ROTC certification). Students who were in the preparatory program at the time of MMI’s becoming a state institution were provided the opportunity to continue their high school careers at MMI and receive MMI diplomas.
MMI has had a high percentage of students to receive appointments to the U.S. military academies. Interestingly, more than 90 MMI cadets received appointments during the past year.
MMI staff, trustees, alumni, and students are grateful to Rep. Lindsey, Sen. Pruitt, the state legislature, and Alabama citizens for support of the historic educational institution.
The “2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and the Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Support Group will benefit from the proceeds of the Oct. 22 BBQ Supper/ Karaoke/Silent Auction to be staged at the Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center’s activity building. Action will begin at 6pm. A minimum donation of $5 is requested. Prospective performers may bring their own CDs or use the CDs in the coordinator’s collection.
Event sponsors are still accepting donations of items for the silent auction. Already on the list are jewelry, purses, gift cards for numerous businesses---plus scores of other items for women, men, and children.
Hats off! to all the volunteers working for the success of the Alzheimer’s event. Additional details may be obtained via 256927-4307.
John Holder presented the program for last Monday’s session of the Rotary Club. He shared information about TV24. He impressed his audience with his knowledge of the television station’s programming AND high school athletic teams---mascots, colors, stadiums, outstanding athletes, coaches, etc.--throughout the state.
Lions Club Radio day will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, on the WEIS station (AM990 and FM100.5).
Residents and visitors are invited to “tune in” from 8am-4pm to hear ads read and banter shared by local Lions and Leos (high school Lions).
Businesses and individuals desiring to buy ads should contact RD chair Gaylon Hammett or other ad-seeking Lions---Yvonne and Tom Salmoni, Brenda Bartley, Mary and Ralph Bishop, Joyce and Tommy Price, Terry Dean, Ed Allen, Jr., Guy Whiddon, Charlie Cooke, Diane Hardy, Phil Kellen, Kevin Turner, Linda and Lanny Starr, Bill Steele, Ann Carr., Jan Carr, Debbie Taylor, Jeff Wolfe, Norbert Falk, Claude Hall, Sylvia New, Harold Trammell, or this writer.
Lions thank the hundreds of generous souls who have donated good used eyeglasses for the Lions’ eyeglass recycling project. Cherokeans have contributed more than 1,000 pairs of glasses during the past year.
Glasses are taken to the Alabama Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Moody---where they are categorized by diopter (determined by special computers that “read” the strength of the lenses), labeled, packaged, recorded onto computer discs, and then put into shelf units with like-diopter glasses.
More than 15,000 pairs of glasses are sent each year to Mexico--where 30 Alabama Lions volunteers and professionals provide eye exams and fit eyeglasses for residents of small villages where eye care is often unavailable. (A Lions Club in a major Mexican city officially hosts the Alabama Lions---who travel to the outlying villages each day to serve thousands of patients ---usually during February of every year).
Eyeglass collection boxes are located in several businesses in the Land of Cherokee---banks, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, the ROC, drug stores, hospital lobby, revenue commission office at the county’s administrative building.