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Dr. Richard Strachan | 3/20/2014, 9 a.m.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enjoyed an experience by having the opportunity to fly from Washington to Miami on Art Force, ...

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enjoyed an experience by having the opportunity to fly from Washington to Miami on Art Force, including a helicopter ride to Coral Reef High School last Friday. President Obama spoke on the importance of education in achieving the American Dream and expanding opportunities for the working class, while Congresswoman Wilson demonstrated the objectives of the 5000 Role Models of


Dr. Richard Strachan

Excellence Project.

A former state legislator and school principal, Congresswoman Wilson is in her second-term of Congress. She is the founder of the 5000 RME, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Joining her were Congressman Bill Posey, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, while Wilson serves in founding Co-Chair of the Florida Ports Caucus bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways.

The entourage made an impact upon the staff, students, and selected parents, especially the President of the United States of America. He, himself, selected Coral Reef High as school to be used as a barometer for succeeding awards just before boarding Marine One Helicopter to a cheering group of happy people.

Mary Ann Wilson, Director, “Men Of Tomorrow” and Veronica Rahming, President announced the winners of the talent show and Black history projects. Furthermore, all of the men worked hard to achieve winning a plaque. The Talent Winners were Bryce Senatus, 1st Place, Benjamin Fortson, 2nd Place, Isaiah Raphael, 3rd place, James Thomas, III, and honorable mention included Dorian Coney, Gregory Bethune, and Kornelius Simmons.

Black history Winners include Gregory Bethune, 1st place, Bryce Senatus, 2nd place, Dotrian Coney, 3rd place, and honorable mentions: Daren M. Davis, Jr., James C. Green, and James Thomas, III, while the Etiquette Luncheon held at Covenant Presbyterian Church was a success for the Men Of Tomorrow, guests and parents, also, taking of pictures of the journal.

Kudos go out to Brother John Williams for volunteering raising needed monies to keep Sig Al (Omega Activity Center) from closing its doors. Commendations to the following brothers for their donations: Stan Allen, Theodore Blue, Anthony Britt, Roland Byrd, Leon Clark, Earl Daniels, Elston Davis, Richard T. Hinton, R.T. Fisher, Vernon Howard, Oscar Jessie, Darvin Johnson, Astrid Mack, Michael McLoud, Henry Mingo, Richard Mitchell, Tarik Mitchell, Yves Nazaire, Brandon Roundtree, Anthony Simmons, Baljean Smith, Johnny Stepherson, Richard J. Strachan, David White, John Williams, John Wright

Eunice Wiggins Smith celebrated 100-years of living, March 11 before more than 150 family members that shared in her celebration. Corey Smith and Dwayne Brooks escorted the honoree to the center of the set-up while David Smith sang “You Are So Beautiful” to his loving grandmother. Family members were told to seat together and asked to pay tribute to the honoree with a song or monologue.

Tributes came from Kemonee Smith, John Smith, Timothy Smith, Alfred Brook, Alesha Smith, Timothy Smith, Jr., and 75-family members of which some spoke and others cheered what they said.

Dr. Strachan had the honor of reading the Proclamation from Congresswoman Fredrica S. Wilson and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert while David sang “Thanks.”

Covered dishes were brought in and served to the family members. You name it and they served it. Happy birthday, Eunice.