Friends of Dean Park, Inc. outline event calendar for the year

Submitted by Elmetra Patterson

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. met on Saturday, January 12, 2013 for its regular monthly meeting.

The membership decided on the calendar for the year: January 19, 2013 Participation in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade February 9, 2013 Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon March 9, 2013 Beautification Day 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting March 29, 2013 Planting of Vegetables – Good Friday afternoon April 13, 2013 Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon May 4, 2013 Walmart Day 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. May 11, 2013 Election of Officers – all terms expire for the positions presently held. Present officers can be elected to hold a different office. June 1, 2013 Participation in Juneteenth Festival sponsored by Winston County Voters League June 8, 2013 Beautification Day 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting July 13, 2013 Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon August 10, 2013 Membership Meeting11:00 a.m. – 12 noon September 14, 2013 Beautification Day 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting October 5, 2013 6th Annual HarvestFest November 9, 2013 Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon December 2013 Participation in Christmas Parade Date TBA December 7, 2013 Walmart Day 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. December 14, 2013 Membership Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

The membership also decided to give a name to the scholarships that are presented yearly to graduating high school seniors. The name chosen is The Milton E. Dean Scholarship Fund. Any donations made to this fund may be sent to:

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Milton E. Dean Scholarship Fund P. O. Box 365 Louisville, MS 39339

FODP will consider sponsoring a book writing reading club from the request of Shenita Hamilton and Sean and Sean Armstrong. According to the president, it does fall within the mission the organization which is to provide educational opportunities to the youth in the community.

The group showered praises upon the Winston County Master Gardeners for the work done at Dean Park in 2012 which consisted of cleaning, pruning, building a compost, fertilizing, replenishing soil and mulch around the playground. County Agent Mike Skipper was instrumental in working with the group as they learned while working. It was considered community service hours for the 13 members.

Faithful member, Mrs. Christine Waldrip, was the recipient of a banner from the membership in memory of her grandson Darien Dotson who passed on January 1, 2013 from a car accident. Members expressed their love for her and sympathy to her and her family.

Membership dues for Friends of Dean Park, Inc are $10. annually. Please join and help keep our park maintained and community entertained.

Contact Information: Elmetra Patterson, president (662) 779-0169, (510) 672-2106 Elder Richard Moncrief, Vice President, (662) 773-4397, (662) 736-3323