‘IT’S ABOUT THEM’: Veterans honored at annual breakfast

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author You Might Like Catherine Jordan, Colley Senior Complex, director, expressed appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all veterans for their dedication to their country and their willingness to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that America will be continue to be land of the free and the home of the brave. For Dr. (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired) Christopher Shannon, standing before a gathering of American veterans and talking about service and sacrifice was something he never felt comfortable with doing.Yet, Shannon stood before a large group of veterans and their spouses Friday and talked about the service and sacrifices of America’s veterans and thanked those in attendance.“Even though I had 28 years in the United States Air Force and had served in 13 countries, somehow I felt unworthy to speak before veterans,” Shannon said, “There was something irreverent about talking to those who had given so much and sacrificed so much. I had not been in combat where my life was in peril. But something happened that changed my mind — something that caused me to stand before veterans.” Sponsored Content Shannon and his family were at Montgomery Regional Airport to see his youngest son off for a 365-day deployment to Turkey. A heavy plated glass window was the barrier between the soldier and his family. The soldier’s wife and young children placed their hands on the glass and the soldier matched his with theirs.“But they could not feel each other’s touch,” Shannon said. “My eyes started to ‘sweat’ as I realized this was not about me. It’s about those who answer their country’s call and those who stay behind. Skip Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Shannon, assistant professor of Leadership and Ethics at the Air University, was the guest speaker at the 19th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast Program hosted annually by the Colley Senior Complex at the Troy Recreation Center Friday morning.Shannon described himself as a “country boy from Mississippi,” who had a mother and father who taught him to put up a shield in the face of adversity, to love and respect the American flag and to honor those who sacrificed for the freedoms Americans enjoy.But it was not until September 28, 2018 that Shannon understood that service and sacrifice for country, for the American way of life, is delivered in many different ways. End of the line: Charles Henderson’s season comes to a close with loss to Ramsay BIRMINGHAM – Ramsay High raced to a 27-0 halftime lead and never let Charles Henderson High get in the game,… read more By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2018 Print Article ‘IT’S ABOUT THEM’: Veterans honored at annual breakfastlast_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more