Chatter Than Matters: May 15, 2013

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Annual Gala was held last Friday at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne. Calvin Hughes WPLG Local 10 anchor, served as master of ceremonies, but a breaking news flash called him back to the station and Shirlyon J. McWhorter took over. The former judge brought on Dr. Nelson Adams and Sumner Hutcheson, III to provide the invocation and occasion, respectively. Nandzy and Arielle Marcelin provided entertainment. McWhorter presented the Trailblazer Awards to: Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Dwight Stephenson, Pastor Wayne Lomax, and Marc OFerrall. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President, BCU was introduced by Larry Little. Wayne A. Davis, local chapter president follows in the footsteps of past presidents Dr. Johnny L. Jones, Roland Raiford, and John Williams. Recipients of door prizes were: Israel Milton, Susan Easterling and Rubye Simms. New officers of Arcola Lakes Park Seniors are Sheila Mack, president, Pat Pressley, vice president, Jean Perry, secretary, Dorothy Holmes, assistant secretary, Joe Macj, treasurer, Jannie Johns ,financial secretary,and Ruby Allen, chaplain. Kathleen Day Thurston, president, along with Martha Day and Nancy Dawkins and the South Florida Club of Business and Professional held a recognition of outstanding citizens recently at the Miami Shores Country Club. Recognition went out to Helen F. Reed for continuous volunteering in assisting youth with FCAT and promoting HIV prevention. Others recognized were: Derrick Baker, WEDR 99 Jamz; La Trese McPhee Williams, Dr. Edith Davis, Rev Andrew L. Floyd, Major Raleigh Flowers, Jr., and Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones. Also recognized was Clarice Kendrick, scholarship recipient, Jackson High. A shoutout goes out to pioneers Dr. Gwendolyn Howard, Dr. Barbara Carey -Shuler, Nancy Dawkins, Francis Nash, Dr. Geraline Gilyard, Carrie Meek, Martha Day, and Sarah Sherry. Helen Young Jackson, an ardent reader of The Miami Times and a Dade County retired teacher reports about how the City of Tampa recognized her in a parade to show how much she has done for Bethune-Cookman U. She recruited many students from Tampa and Miami and was given the key to the city. Her joy was waving to the huge crowd. Congratulations and continue to read the Miami Times for the best news ever. By Dr. Richard Strachan