START to meet Thursday

Staff Report

March 25, 2014

Laisseq les bons temps rouler“Let the good times roll” — was the atmosphere that greeted START members for their regular meeting held February 27 at Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church. START (Seniors Taking Active Roles Today) members arrived to tables decorated in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Each table had a centerpiece of balloons, feathered masks, noisemakers and beads.

Rev. Randy Sites offered the blessing then guests and the folks celebrating February birthdays led all to the abundant luncheon tables. The excellent cooks of START did their outstanding job once again with many different, delicious foods. START’s resident baker, Mrs. Zettie Brown, baked a traditional ‘King Cake’ that contains a tiny doll. Tradition has it that whomever gets the “baby” has good luck the rest of the year and provides the “King Cake” the next year.

Respite with a great meal, our resident singers, Dixie and Bob Frazier, entertained with a selection of uplifting songs.

Rev. Mike Pollard, local civic leader, informed the group of the progress being made on a health clinic being built in Man. He said plans were in the works to build a clinic on the footprint of the Man Hospital. Mike brought attention to the need for a health clinic by camping in a ‘tent village’ for several weeks in front of the cleared hospital site.

Recognized for celebrating birthdays in February were Jean Wintz, Alice Harrison and Lou Arnold.

Those attending the February meeting include: Norma Jean Nelson, Jean Wintz, Merlin Spears, Deloris Spears, Rev. Randy Sites, Judy Sites, Alice Harrison, Pat Amburgey, Bill McNeely, Donna McNeely, Zettie Brown, Pebble Vance, Lou Arnold, Helen D. Nelson, E.V. Rallos, Patty Stowers, Maxine Justice, Gertie Moore, Donna Thibault, Paul Thibault, JoAnne Hensley, Nancy Garrett, Arthur Brunty, Barbara Brunty, Frank Combs, Mae Osborne, Robert Perry, Robert Frazier, Dixie Frazier, William T. Coyer II, Patricia Doczi, Elizabeth Tackett, Betty Gentry, Alice Ramiscol.

The next meeting for START will be held at Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church, Thursday, March 27, at noon.