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Martha Sparks
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MAN — According to the decorations, spring was “a-shinin” in the Fellowship Hall of Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church when START (Senior Taking Active Roles Today) met for their April meeting.


The START decorating committee used green table coverings, pink placemats, multi-colored flowered napkins and small colorful umbrellas to enhance the theme “April showers bring May flowers”. Hanging from the ceiling were several wind chimes which were later given as door prizes.


Frank Thompson, START president, opened the meeting and introduced guest Cheryl Fields. Robert Perry gave the opening prayer.


Buffet tables were laden with delicious foods and desserts for those attending to enjoy, however, it was one of those rare occasions when no one brought bread.


“There was lots of chicken,” Thompson said, “But no bread.


The youngest person to attend a START meeting in START’s ten years of existence was Elijah Baker. Elijah is the seven month old son of Rev. and Mrs. Bryan Baker. He attended the meeting with his father who is a START member. Rev. Baker, pastor of Claypool United Methodist Church, is being transferred in June to serve as pastor of a Methodist church in Ronceverte. During his tenure in Triadelphia District, Rev. Baker has been very influential; especially working with the youth. He and his family will sorely be missed.


The April birthday celebrants included Rev. Bryan Baker, Shirley Brown, who celebrated his 80th birthday, Sherry Frye, Peggy Heatherman, Donna McNeely, Lee Noel, Judy Sites and Albert Zappia. Accompanied by Alice Harrison at the piano, guests sang the “Happy Birthday” song while the celebrants had their picture taken.


During the business session, members of Friends of the Library were reminded of the pancake breakfast at Wendy’s on May 11. START members enthusiastically voted to make a sizable donation to Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church toward the major overhaul of the elevator.


Prior to adjournment, there was a drawing for door prizes. The door prize winners were Cheryl Fields, Alice Harrison, Lounice Jeffrey, Gretchen Donahue, Terry Frye, Barbara Spears, Norma Jean Nelson and Bertha Allen.


The 43 members and guests signing the attendance register were Rev. Bryan Baker and his son Elijah, Lessie Bailey, Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey, Alice Ramiscal, Lou Arnold, Norma Jean Nelson, Merlin and Delores Spears, Jerry and Nancy Garrett, Alice Harrison, Winsel and Grace Elliott, Jean Wintz, Maxine Justice, Angelina Bassham, Mayor Jim Blevins, Mae Osborne, Arthur and Barbara Brunty, Robert Perry, Shirley and Zettie Brown, Paul and Donna Thibault, Bertha Allen, Lee and Billie Noel, Betty Gentry, Barbara Spears, Gertie Moore, Gretchen Donahue, Dotty Doczi, Patty Doczi, Rev. Randy Sites, Laura Hinchman, Peggy Heatherman, Cheryl Fields, Helen Nelson, and Frank and Elaine Thompson.


START’s next meeting will be held at noon Thursday, May 23, in the fellowship hall of Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church.


“These are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend,” Thompson said.


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