September 20, 2018
Sheriff Cunningham led our prayer and David Carter led the Pledge of Allegiance. President Cutts introduced Joyce Franklin, Alabama District Exchange President, who was visiting with us today. Joyce outlined her agenda for the year: recruiting new members and starting new clubs.
Lisa Crenshaw introduced our guest speaker who was Dr. Felicia Bell, the Director of The Rosa Parks Museum. She told of the programs that are presented during the year at the museum most of which are educational programs for our youth. She said the attendance at the museum had increased since the other civil rights museums in Montgomery had opened since the first of the
year. Dr. Bell has a Ph. D in History from Howard University.
September 13, 2018
Representing the Southern Poverty Law Center was its President, Richard Cohen. He gave us a brief history of the center telling us that Morris Dees and Joe Levin were the founders. It started out small but now has 300 employees with 85 lawyers and 150 support staff. In addition to the main office in Montgomery, there are offices in Miami, Atlanta, Tallahassee and other southern cities with several other satellite offices in other cities. Some of their major areas of concern are children’s rights, criminal justice reforms, fighting hate, and teaching tolerance.
They have been heavily involved in teaching tolerance in schools. One of the ways has been producing a book on tolerance giving one to each school in America. They have also produced several videos on tolerance. The SPLC was responsible for bankrupting the Ku Klux Klan in America.
September 6, 2018
Speaking to us today about a program on Grief Counseling for School personnel, was Lisa Ann Williamson from New York Life. The program is funded by NYL is designed for K - 12 teachers and administrators who have students who have experienced deaths in their immediate families. Many students lose parents, grandparents, children of other family members and even students in their own school. This program is designed to train school personnel to help them through the grief process.
The training is not very long and would serve as a good professional development program for a school. New York Life gives $500 to any school that hosts the program. Ms. Williamson is well qualified to lead the program as she has been a journalist and a college professor. She is originally from Chicago.
August 30, 2018
Housed just off the Northern Bypass on Forbes Road is facility that most Montgomerians do not know exits. Montgomery Children’s Specialty Center cares for children who have been abused and neglected to the point of being disabled. Some have been born disabled but many are there because they have been abused. Our speaker, Shajuana Wayne, said that they provide provide pediatric long care for children 18 and under.
Most of the children attend the Children’s Center in the Montgomery School System during the day. Field trips other activities are planned for the children to make their lives as normal as possible. Ms. Wayne said the condition most often diagnosed for the children is Multiple Sclerosis.
Our prayer was led by Wiley Cutts and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tommy Holliman. Those in attendance were: Suzy Dopp, Joe Kelly, Rudy Ohme and Wiley Cutts.
August 23, 2018
President Cutts called the meeting to order. Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Dr. Maureen Murphy led the Pledge of Allegiance. A board meeting was held at the end of the regular meeting. Minutes of the last board meeting was approved. Rudy presented the budget for fiscal year 1918-19 along with the financial report for the month of July. Both were approved unanimously. Board members in attendance were: Joe Kelly, Rudy Ohme, Tommy Holliman, Wiley Cutts, Lisa Crenshaw, and Maureen Murphy. Dr. Mureen Murphy was presented with a plaque designating her as the Outstanding District Director for the Alabama District.
Radio Talk Show Host Kevin Elkins was our guest speaker today. Kevin was a paratrooper in the 82nd Air Born Division and has lived in Montgomery since 1996. He gave a very informative and entertaining speech about his work as a talk show host. If you want to interest people in Montgomery, he says bring up one of three topics-sex, religion or education. Being a black man from South Bend, Indiana, he said he never had a conversation about race until he moved to Montgomery.
Kevin is an avowed conservative and believes that people prefer to stand on their own two feet without help from others, and he, like many, does not want the government taking all his money knowing that at times some need help. He attends the Vaughn Park Church of Christ with his wife and daughter.
August 16, 2018
Dina Pregno from the Driver’s License Division or the Alabama State Troopers was our speaker today.
August 9, 2018
Lisa Harris lead the prayer and David Kelly lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Our speaker today was Kelly Emerson, Executive Director of the local NAMA, National Alliance for Mental Illness .
The mission statement/purpose of NAMI Alabama is to provide support, education, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and others whose lives are affected by these brain disorders. This is accomplished by:
• Educating the people of Alabama about mental illness thereby reducing stigma
• Providing support for individuals with mental illness to grow and contribute to their community
• Developing, nurturing and coordinating a statewide network of local affiliates
• Promoting public policies which expand services and improve treatment for all persons living with a mental illness
THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MONTGOMERY,