October 17, 2019
October is Prevention of Fire month. Consequently we had our Firefighter of the Year program today. Honored were TSgt Corey Woods from Maxwell AFB, Lt. J. P. Taunton and Firefighter B.K Turk from the Mongomery Police Department. Taunton and Turk were called out on an attempted suicide where a man was threatening to jump off an overpass. As they were trying to talk him off the bridge, Turk called the manís girlfriend to find something he could us to help the guy but she hung. He pretended to continue talking to her and was able to grab him as he was jumping thereby saving his life.
Corey Woods developed a plan for Maxwell for the Air show that was presented there and he is also in charge of planning for community events for the base fire department.
Wiley Cutts led the prayer and Lisa Crenshaw led the Pledge of Allegiance.
October 24, 2019
Tommy Holliman led the pledge and Lisa Chrenshaw led thepryer.
The University Church of Christ was well represented today as Mark Hunt spoke to us about the churchís Prison Ministry. Mark is the Vice-President for Enrollment Management for Faulkner University. He has worked in the ministry for about fifteen years. In order to go into the prisons, one must first fill out an application which the state uses to do a background check. Once approved, the person must undergo training lasting about half a day at one of our local churches.
He and, usually Matthew Conley, go to Kilby on Sunday nights to conduct a worship service. About six or seven locked gates must navigated to enter the chapel after each of them have been frisked and patted down. There are usually about 150 to 200 prisoners in attendance. Mark says they are mostly eager to hear what is being said and the stated that one would be surprised to know that many of them know a lot about the scriptures.
October 31, 2019
For thirty years Peggy Bailey was a nurse until she retired to care for her parents. After they were gone, she looked for something to do with her time and she found the Prison Ministry at the University Church of Christ. She told us today that many of the women at Tutwiler come for the classes which are thirteen weeks long. They use attend ten classes to receive a certificate. The prisoners like the certificates for their folders when they are up for parole or the judge reviews their case.
Joe Kelly led the prayer and Annette Huffaker led us in the pledge.
November 7, 2019
Joe Kelly led the prayer and Annette Huffaker led the Pledge of Allegience.
Our scheduled speaker did not show up today so Rudy gave history of the Exchange Club of Montgomery,
November 14, 2019
The deadline for switching Medicare is fast approaching. Reporting to us about the deadline and changes in Medicare was Sherrell Love with Medicare Advantage, United Health Care. She said that companies are really competing for the Medicare business and one has to really examine each plan to determine which is best.
Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Lisa Crenshaw led the pledge.
November 21, 2019
We had no speaker today. With Sheriff Cunningham presiding, we had a productive meeting. After the meeting we had a board meeting. Those members present at the meeting were: Derreick Cunningham, Wiley Cutts, Joe Kelly, Rudy Ohme, Annette Huffaker, Lisa Crenshaw, Mike Deep, and Gayle Atchison.
Rudy Ohme led the prayer and Gayle Atkinson led the pledge.
December 5, 2019
Presiding for Sheriff Cunningham today was Larry Ludwick who introduced our speaker. Jimmy G. told us of his work at Faulkner University's School of Biblical Studies where he teaches both undergraduate courses and graduate courses. He is the assistant to the head of the graduate school as such is responsible of for processing all of the applications for the graduate program. He also advises all graduate students at the university. G worked as a missionary for nine years in the country of Tanzanika in Africa before returning to the states to teach at Faulkner.
Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Larry Ludwick led the pledge.
December 12, 2019
Vice President Larry Ludwick opened the meeting by calling on Wiley Cutts to pray. Annette led the pledge.
Our speaker today was Charlie Boddie who recently retired as a minister. When he was minister at the Dalraida Church Of Christ, he began going to Russian on mission trips with others from that cngregation. Eventually he became their full time missionary to Russia. He and others conducted Bible studies in a town in the north which, in the winter, had a temperature of -51 degrees. Soon churches were established as well as preaching schools to train the Russians to preach. Charlie said the Russians mostly live in high rise apartments that were very small. Most of the people made about the same amount of money no matter what their occupation was. Doctors made about $40 a month. Overall Charlie made 35 to 40 trips to Russia and the Eukraine. He has now been banned from both countries.
December 19, 20011
Derrick Cunningham presided today with Lisa Crenshaw leading the prayer and Wiley Cutts leading the pledge. Sheriff Cunningham lead a discussion of the plight of the families of law enforcememt officers who are killed or injured in the line of duty. There are not many benefits available for them. Rudy Ohme spoke to us today about the myths surrounding Christmas carols along with other infomation about life in America. The stated that single parent homes in America far outnumber that of other countries and that all authorities agree that it is best when children are raised by a father and a mother.
January 9, 2020
Lisa Crenshaw led the prayer and Gayle led the pledge today. The program today was Sheriff Derrick Cunningham telling us about security in churches in the light of the recent shooting at the church in Texas. He said every church should have a security plan and a security ministry if possible. His church has a security force and he emphasized that proper training be done. Firearm training is a must before anyone is allowed to carry a firearm at church. He further said that the firearms should be concealed because if a shooter comes in he(she) will shoot first anyone on whom he sees wearing a firearm.
Sheriff Cunningham stated that Bob Thetford, retired Special Agent with the FBI, teaches a class on the church security.
January 16, 2020
Christopher Turner representing the office that deals with elections that is under the Probate Judge, spoke to us today. He explained to us have they have modernized by using electronics and now one will not have to stand in a long line to vote. Voting is still by paper ballot that is dictated by law in Alabama. In case of a recount it is much easier to use the paper ballots. We have preferential primary coming up in March and a general election in November.
January 23, 2020
With Derrick Cunningham presiding, Joe Kelly led the prayer and Lisa Crenshaw led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ken Austin, Director of Mercy House, was our speaker. Mercy House is a house in the Washington Park neighborhood that serves the needs of the community there. Food is distributed, meals are served, kids are taken to school, A computer lab has been installed whereby Trenhalm comes to teach classesnot only in computers but in auto mechanics, plumbing and other day trades. All of these are taught for credit as the students are enrolled at Trenholm State.
Prevention of child abuse is our national project and one that we pay a great deal of attention. Today's speaker from the State Department of Health, Shirley Daniel, spoke to us primarily of infant mortality in Alabama. Shirley as the Region V Coordinator of the Bureau of Family Services, is working diligently in lowering the infant mortality rate by providing services to pregnant women who are at risk.
Lisa Crenshaw led the prayer and Wiley Cutts led the Pledge of Allegiance,
February 6, 2010
What a delight it was to hear Jannah Bailey speak to us today. She is the Director of Child Protect and a member of the Mongtomery County Board of Education, Child Protect is a wonderful organization that investigates child abuse cases. Trained interviews talk to children about the abuse while law enforcement officers are watching through a one way glass,. Also the interview are put on video for use latter so that the child will not have to testify in open court. She is also a member of the school board and has been able to send her people to the schools for follow up counseling with these children and their parents because many of them cannot miss work or have transportation to her office. Jannah also explained charter schools for those of us who do not understand what they are. Wiley Cutts led the prayer and Lisa Crenshaw led the Pledge.
February 27, 2020
Presiding today was President Derrick Cunningham. Tommy Holliman led the prayer and Lisa Crenshaw led the pledge. Accompanying her contractor uncle to Ghana Africa, Emily Gillis, our speaker encountered abject poverty and living conditions that were abysmal. On subsequent trips there she saw how the children were suffering many of whom were living on the streets. There were many orphans with no one to take care of them. Emily eventually adopted a boy and a girl in their teens and brought them back to America. She told us of the difficulty that each of them had in adjusting to life in America. Lydia, the girl, thought all black people came from Africa. Both of them were appalled at the lack of respect that students had for teacher or any adult. Lydia is now married and Dan is still living at home with Emily.
March 5, 2020
Today was our annual Youth of the Year program when youths from local schools come and give a speech to our club as a part of the competition to be named Youth of the Year for the Montgomery Club. From LAMP was Bryce Hampton and Hannah Bloom. From Saint James was Joe Higgins and Lucy Edwards. The winner at our club will go to the state (district) competition be compete for the state title. The winner there will receive $1500. Each of our participants received $100.
Tommy Holliman led the prayer today and Gayle Atkinson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
March 12, 2020
Lisa Crenshaw led the prayer and Kurt Hetler led the pledge. Our main speaker today was Anthony Brook, Head of School at Valiant Cross School, as school for African American males. The school caters to youths who are in need of special attention such as those who are poverty and from one parent families. Among those on the Board of Directors are Chairman, Ed Welch, Major Steven Reed and John Ed Matheson. As founder of the school, Mr Brook has been very successful in getting support from the community to train, educate and develop the young men under his tutelage.
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