PICAYUNE — Local business owner and community volunteer Tami Harris has won the coveted title of 2012 Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs-Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs (MFWC) Club Woman of the Year for the state of Mississippi. A member of the Civic Woman’s Club of Picayune, Harris is one of only three club members, along with Darlene Adams and Leslie Lincoln, to take the state title. Former CWC of Picayune president and state president elect, Darlene Adams, said, “Tami was instrumental in the Civic Woman's Club adopting the Senior Center and assist(ing) us in many of our needs here. She has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, judged youth art in our local schools, purchased and delivered Christmas gifts to the needy, food to the hungry and the list goes on and on. You won’t find anyone with more of a servant’s heart than Tami. We are blessed to have her in our community. There is no ‘fancy’ title behind her name, but Tami is truly one of our everyday heroes.” Club women around the state record volunteer hours each year according to club departments. Harris said, “I love helping people and I feel very humbled to be chosen. The entire process has been a mixture of surprise and disbelief. There is such a high caliber of women involved with our local club. When I received the news about being Club Woman of the Year for our club, I was thrilled. Then I competed against the Club Women of the Year from eight other chapters to our district and received that award. I was more than expecting not to be chosen at the state level and amazed I had gone as far as I had. But when they called my name for state, I just cried in disbelief.” Harris said her life is devoted to her faith. She attends New Jerusalem Praise and Worship Center in Pearl River, La. where she is involved in evangelistic ministries and outreach. She has been married to Darren Harris for 15 years and has a daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters. She is a breast cancer survivor of seven years. Cancer and domestic violence are issues that are close to her heart. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. “I just grew up helping people,” she said. “I helped my grandmothers growing up and just feel like it is another way to be close to the Lord.” When Harris is not volunteering, she loves to sew, play with her granddaughters, exercise, swim and travel. “She's a great person; always willing to help in any way with both time and money,” said former CWC President, Kathleen Penton. The GFWC-MFWC, Inc., is made up of local clubs that determine their own activities within the program guidelines of the GFWC. The GFWC-MFWC clubs address the diverse needs of their communities, recognize women's past achievements, promote literacy for children and adults and encourage good health practices. The websites describe the federations as: “GFWC-MFWC is a proud member of GFWC, one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organization, which has earned a reputation as a powerful force. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., GFWC has a long history of philanthropy, social and political advocacy and community leadership.” — http://www.gfwc-mfwc.org/ and http://www.gfwc.org.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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