GOP group mix and mingle event May 15

May 10, 2014 

Republican Women donate books to CHS library

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club donated new books to Clover High School library as part of its education and literacy focus this month.

The school’s librarians, Mica Brakefield and Ann Shearer, said government studies teachers will use the books in class discussions.

The book donations were provided under the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project, a program developed and managed for more than 45 years by the National Federation of Republican Women, headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

GOP women holding social event Thursday

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women will host a Mix & Mingle social event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Cherry restaurant and bar, 4034 Charlotte Highway.

Both men and women are invited to this informal political gathering. Special guest is state Rep. Ralph Norman.

Guests will be seated on the restaurant’s covered deck. Snacks will be provided with a cash bar available.

For more information, call 803-831-0689.

P.E.O. Sisterhood convention in Columbia

The South Carolina State Chapter of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood will hold its 35th annual convention Friday-Saturday, May 16-17, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel/Convention Center in Columbia. South Carolina state president is Gail Olive of Myrtle Beach.

Guest speaker is Beth Ledbetter of Johnson City, Tenn. She began her P.E.O. journey 36 years ago. She is a past Tennessee State President and served on state and international boards.

Host Chapters are Chapter C/Columbia, Chapter R/Greenville, Chapter T/Lake Wylie, Chapter AC/Rock Hill and Chapter AB/Columbia.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with more than 250,000 active members. There are 41 chapters in South Carolina and 1,477 active members.

Historical society to honor veterans

York County Genealogical & Historical Society meets at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road.

Veterans from all wars from the Revolution through the mid-20th century will be honored. Graves of more than 200 veterans are located in the church cemetery.

The annual business meeting follows the program.

Nuclear station VP to speak May 20

Kelvin Henderson, vice president of Catawba Nuclear Station on Lake Wylie, is the guest speaker for the noon May 20 Lake Wylie Rotary Club meeting at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane.

Henderson, with more than 23 years experience in the energy industry, is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of Catawba Nuclear Station, a two-unit, pressurized water-reactor nuclear generating facility. He directs station and facilities management, operations, maintenance, chemistry and radiation protection, engineering, nuclear and industrial safety, and business operations. Henderson assumed his current role as site vice president following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012.

A native of Zion, Ill., Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of York County. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters.

Lunch costs $9, catered by Christopher’s. For more information, visit

Ventriloquist guest of women’s club

The River Hills Women’s Club will meet May 21 at River Hills Country Club.

Steve Brogan, a comic ventriloquist, will entertain the group. He has performed on PBS, “Good Morning America,” The Fox Network and “Carolina Camera.”

Social time begins at noon with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

Email to make a reservation.

Club membership is open to River Hills Country Club members and River Hills residents. Email to join.

S.C. superintendent forum May 23

Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club will host candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education at the May 23 luncheon at River Hills Country Club.

Clover School District Superintendent Marc Sosne will serve as moderator. A question-and-answer session will follow.

State superintendent Mick Zais will retire this year.

Republican candidates are Sally Atwater, teacher, ex-Congressional aide and wife of the late GOP political consultant Lee Atwater; Gary Burgess, Anderson County School board member; Meka Childs, ex-state deputy superintendent of education and former teacher; Amy Cofield, attorney and former teacher; Sheri Few, education activist; Don Jordan, college professor and mathematician; Elizabeth Moffly, Charleston County School board member and 2010 candidate; and Molly Spearman, State Association of School Administrators executive director and former state representative.

The meeting begins with 11:30 a.m. social, followed by lunch and speaker forum at noon. Lunch costs $18. To reserve a seat with or without lunch (please specify), call 803-831-1814 by May 20. Visitors, club members and guests – both women and men – are welcome to attend.

Annual membership dues cost $25; dues for associate members (men) are $10. For information or to join the club, call 803-831-1814.

Optimists present honors

Clover Optimist club honored citizenship and scholarship winners April 22 with dinner, certificates and monetary awards.

Students winners are: Kaitlyn Baldizzi, ninth grade; Sydney Adams, 10th; Gabe D'Agostino, 11th; Adam Melton Moore, 12th.

Scholarship winner is Ryan Clay Crawford, who will attend USC majoring in computer engineering.

Royce Currence was presented the President Citation for handling the press information for three years.

On March 29, the club held its Oratorical contest. First place in the boys division was Taylor Wilson. First place in the girls division was Rachel Park, and second place was Joie Palmer. The students and their families were honored with dinner, and were presented with certificates, medallions and a monetary award.

All three were invited to attend the zone competition April 26, where Wilson and Park came in first place earning plaques and a chance to compete for a $2,5000 scholarship at district competition in Columbia.

The Oratorical contest is the longest running program from Optimist International.

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