Anne’s am­blings

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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