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The Tuskegee News,, March 13, 2003, Page A-5 teers ml Mac Doris Williams and staff Lewis Adams Early Childhood welcomed readers from the corn- on March 3 to read to the children of the 99th anniversary of birthday of Theodore Geisel, better as Dr. Seuss. is the author of the Cat and the Hat many other delightful books. Lewis Early Childhood Center affection- referenced, as the "Home of the Kids" was a delightful setting for annual event. All children, inclusive gather at Lewis Adams to of Head Start Children, wore a Dr. Seuss' hat. Taking time to read were: Officer Jennifer Jordan and Captain Michael Clements, Tuskegee Police Department, Larry Boyd, assistant principal, Booker T. Washington High School (BTW); Charles Biggers, teacher/coach, BTW; Joseph Asberry, principal, Tuskegee Public; Attorney Deborah Biggers; Charlie Hardy, METLIFE Financial; Willie Thomas, superintendent, Macon County School System; participate Karen Tatum, administrative, assistant to Superintendent Thomas; Harold White, Macon County Board of Education mem- ber; Betty Morgan, Tuskegee-Macon County Public Library; Melvenia Spencer, retired teacher; Tanya Campbell, health advisor; retired Tuskegee Fire Chief Luther Curry; Monique Childress. ARI reading coach, Delaine McNeil; Dr. Saulawa, professor, Alabama State University. Also reading was Pearl Clark, Tuskegee-Macon County Public Library. in Read Across America The program was coordinated Jackie Foster, ARI system-wide reading coach; Pearl Clark, public library;, Monique Childers, IRA president, Tuskegee University Literacy Council; and Dr. Carolyn Gathright, head of Curriculum and Instructions, Tuskegee University. Research indicates that when children are read to, they do better in school. Retired Fire Chief Curry still holds the record as the longest reader. twanis Club of Macon County celebrating 25th anniversary than 85 years after the internation- was founded in 1915, in Mich., the Kiwanis Club of Macon is celebrating 25 years of fellowship a better community through Alcena, a public accountant in is the current President of the club, which has 27 active members meet weekly to plan and coordinate a of public service activities. Kiwanis Club of Macon County was on March 29, 1978 and chartered May 9, of the same year. When first orga- the club was sponsored by the Club of Greater Auburn, one of 10 Clubs in Division XII of the District. The Macon County Club was formally incorporated in its founding in 1978, the club has a number of presidents, including: Curry, retired .Tuskegee City fire Donnie Hatcher, a Macon County administrator; Lelia Rabon, Booker High School principal; the Brassfield, long-time band at Booker T. Washington High and Tuskegee Institute High School; Randolph, a retired Macon County Marvin Brown, assistant princi- at AubL/rn High School; Arthur retired pulmonary technician the Veterans administration Hospital; late Ferlisa Irwin-Hooks, a Macon pharmacist; Howard Burton, a director and business entrepreneur; Hooks, a retired high school coun- Deborah Hill Biggers, local attorney; Ferlisa Ro~s, a former teacher with the Macon County Public Schools; and the late Raymond Handy, a former superintendent of Macon County schools and Tuskegee University professor who also served as the first president. Active Charter members of the Kiwanis Club of Macon County are Marvin Brown and L.M. Randolph. Four of the club's members, Randolph, Brassfield, Manning and Handy, have held state office of lieutenant governor, the chief executive officer of a division. One of the Club's major activities is spon- sorship of the Macon County Junior Miss program. All of the winning contestants have gone on to collegiate studies. Two of the Macon County contestants, Chundra Hughes and Wendy Lei~wich, were run- ners-up in state competition for the "Junior Miss" title. The young ladies are judged on scholastic achievement, talent, fitness, poise and an interview. In addition to the popular Junior Miss Program, the Kiwanis Club also partici- pates in the Department of Human Resources Christmas for Foster Children and Families program and the Cooperative Extension Service Farm City Week pro- gram. The club also sponsors a Memorial Day Coffee Break for interstate motorists and provides a Thanksgiving dinner for a needy family. Kiwanis Club members are also involved in the RIF project (Reading is Fundamental) with Head Start Children. The club will celebrate Thursday, March 20, 2003 at the Kellogg Conference Center with a recognition dinner. ? Several members of the Kiwanis Club of Macon County .. Preparing for celebration of club's 25th anniversary ee Community Network g out of new location Community Network, TCN-Channel 6 is now oper- out of a new location. The building is located at 1005 Church Street, Tuskegee. at the right are Jimmy Johnson, left side, and Bill on the fight of the sign. They are the owners and oper- of TCN. broadcasts on the local Charter Communications cable In its new location, TCN will have the capability of live broadcasts that will be aired through Charter. --Photo by Jacquelyn Carlisle Don E Attorney at Law Tuskegee's Red Cross Chapter founder Walcott in Alabama Women's Hall of Fame Special to The Tuskegee News The l'a~e Dr. Louise Branscomb and the late Bess Bolden Walcott were inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall Of Fame at the 32nd Annual Induction at Judson College on Mar. 6. The Alabama Women's Hall Of Fame (AWHOF) was created in 1970 by the Alabama legislature, said Dr. Robert Potts, president of the University of North Alabama and current AWHOF board chairman. "Our trustees come from all walks of life and take seriously their mandate," Potts said. "And we appreciate Judson College's support. Judson is a unique institution and it houses an Alabama treasure." Branscomb, a Birmingham native, graduat- ed from the Woman's College of Alabama (now Huntingdon College) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1931 until 1975. She was noted for her prac- tice. of surgery--a rare specialty for female physicians at the time. A major in the U.S. Public Health Service, Branscomb volunteered her services to the war effort in 1944-1945. She worked tireless- ly in a second vocation as a Methodist church and civil leader, becoming a world traveler advocating racial, gender and economic jus- tice and peace. "Louise didn't see people or things as they were, but as they could be," said induction speaker Dr. Norma T. Mitchell of Troy State University. "She lost a few patients, was even called a communist and had her reputation sullied because of her vision. She was a'Lord's Prayer' kind of woman. She worked with God to bring his kingdom to earth." Walcott, a graduate of Oberlin College, assumed a leadership role in academics as well as in a wide range of civic affairs on the local, state and international level. She estab- lished a Red Cross chapter at Tuskegee Institute, and served as Acting Field Director for the Red Cross during World War II. During her 54-year tenure at Tuskegee Institute she worked as librarian, teacher, writer, editor, administrator and curator. Walcott's work as curator for the Carver Museum from 1951-1962 led to its inclusion in a National Park site that brings countless visitors to our state each year. "BB, as her friends called her, was a gi~d and caring teacher, librarian and administra- tor," said Dr. Caroline Gebhard of Tuskegee University, Walcott's induction speaker. "She was bern in a segregated society, but she was a servant leader and she lived a life of giving back 100 fold." Keynote speaker Dr. Regina Benjamin of Bayou LaBatre challenged the audience to be "light houses" for the right things. "Our society struggles with poverty, racism, domestic violence, the under-insured, the non-insured and lack of funding for educa- tion," Benjamin said. "One person caring and speaking up can make a difference, as these two ladies did." Benjamin is founder and owner of the Bayou LaBatre Rural Health Clinic in Bayou LaBatre and Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. She was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 1995, making her the first physi- cian under 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected. She also holds the distinction of being the first African-American elected president of the Medical Association for the state of Alabama. She was awarded the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1995. Benjamin said she's trying to make a differ- ence in her small community, and learned that a community's health is greater than writing a prescription. "I encouraged literacy programs when I learned some of my patients can't read their prescriptions," she said. "Leadership means we see what needs to be done and we do it. It also means we encourage others to get out front, too, and we don't get jealous when they're in the spotlight. Leadership means making a difference in somebody's life, and this is much more impor- tant than money." Branscomb and Walcott join 65 other distin- guished Alabama women including Helen Keller, Julia Tutwiler, Lurleen Burns Wallace and Tallulah Bankhead. The Alabama Women's Hall of Fame is located in the Asa Howard Bean Hall at Judson College in Marion. Subscribe to The Tuskegee News Call (334) 727-3020 USKEGE Robert L. Turner Agent 204-B South Elm Street Tuskegee, Alabama 36083 (334) 727-2130 AUTO HOME LIFE BUSINESS ,ren', Co,e"e, 0 M. 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