March Member Update
To keep everyone up-dated, the following is a brief summary of our current Board/Branch happenings.
As noted in a previous up-date, programs for April and May are canceled, however, as the abundance of COVID vaccinations taking place, we are hopeful the annual meeting and celebration of the Queen's birthday, scheduled for June 26, with assorted appetizers, a toast to the Queen, and business meeting business meetings can take place as planned.
The Annual Shakespeare Competition, held virtually this year on March 13, is being handled by Bob Husson. High school students participating will send him a recording of their monologue, judged by he and several teachers and the winning monologue will be forwarded to NY.
Membership chairman, Lee Purcell is working diligently to increase our Branch's exposure and memberships. The new brochures designed by NY now include a well-designed bookmark which he is distributing to various locations. Members renewing and new members receive a small notepad with our logo and website address as a gesture of appreciation. Our membership has decreased during the pandemic, so please re-new your membership and encourage friends who may have dropped theirs, to renew. Many great programs will be offered in the coming year, as the pandemic and restrictions on social gatherings become just a bad memory.
As you may or may not know, T H E W A L L T H A T H E A L S . . . IS COMING TO NEW BERN. This Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Replica & Mobile Education Center will be in New Bern at Lawson Creek Park, April 8 – 11. Our board is in support of this project and if you are interested in volunteering, slots are filling up, but many are still available.
To volunteer you can contact RALPH AVILES, 252.638.1704, or volunteer on-line: Thewallatnewbern.com.
Details on the opening and closing ceremony on volunteer information can be found here: Walls that Heal Information
Traffic to our www.esuus.org/colonialnc website continues to grow and members are encouraged to register for the free monthly Happy Hour presentations monthly by the NY office. The programs provided by the various Branches, showcase their Branch are are very well-done.
Hopefully, on June 26, we can all safely socialize celebrate the end of a very challenging year for our Branch.
Program Chairman & Vice-President