The Girl Scout Troop #5064 visited with Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff to learn about a variety of safety tips. Pictured, front row, are Mary Margaret Walker, Samantha Melton, Gracie Pyron; second row, Tori Still, Sarah Chitty, Sierra Ware; and back row, Sheriff Jacob Sheriff and Chief Deputy Joseph Head.
Members of the Lintonia Garden Club were given tips on arranging flowers by guest Debby Cooper, second vice president of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, during its monthly meeting. Pictured from left are Cooper, hostesses Lois Ward and Eloise Epperson. Special to The Herald
The Lintonia Garden Club met on Nov. 14 at the Public Service Commission Boardroom. After a brief discussion of business matters, Dr. Elouise Upchurch introduced the guest speaker, Debby Copper.
Mrs. Cooper, second vice president of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, presented a program on flower arranging. By adding dried natural grasses, old pieces of driftwood, small bare branches, fruits and vegetables and just one or two fresh flowers to greenery provided by each garden club member, she created many unique and eye-catching arrangements. Each member got to take an arrangement home.
After the meeting, hostesses Lois Ward and Eloise Epperson served delicious refreshments.
Special to The Herald
Norwegian Cruise Line is proud to announce that Darrell Paul Mount, of Yazoo City, has earned the necessary credits to graduate from its online travel agent university, NCL University. This progressive, state-of-the art online school is geared to deliver an enhanced level of knowledge and insight into Norwegian Cruise Line’s unique Freestyle Cruising philosophy, their cruising destinations, ship programs and operations, and many other “behind-the-scenes” elements not available anywhere else. Each graduate is required, within one year, to earn a minimum number of credits through a choice of accredited courses and electives. The rigorous curriculum includes testing at every level in order to move forward.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s online university opened its virtual doors in 2008 and is one of the most innovative and award-winning programs available to travel agents today. With thousands of registered students and growing, NCL U has expanded its training from the interactive experience of its online program to a continuing, first-hand educational experience that includes a PhD@ Sea program aboard its ships.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line, we highly recommend the use of a travel professional when booking one of our cruises,” says Andy Stuart, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Passenger Services. “We have invested in NCL U’s offerings to insure our travel partners have a thorough knowledge of our Freestyle Cruising product as well as an expertise in marketing and sales skills. In this way, we can be sure our guests will know they are relying on an expert who knows our product inside and out.”
Five generations of Mrs. Leola Dillard’s family gather around the many supplies and other gifts that were donated to local students for the annual Make A Difference Day. Special to The Herald
Although Mrs. Leola Dillard, a 100-year-“young” retired school teacher and local community activist who is affectionately known as the “Cheerful Giver,” claimed to have held her final National Make A Difference Day Project last year, her residence on Grand Avenue still proved to be the “action site” again this year.
The renowned Free Flea Market sponsored by Mrs. Dillard for the past 15 years recently took a new twist recently.
Developed by the Lifesavers Program coordinator and its diverse team of volunteers, including the Dillard family, the 2012 National Make A Difference Day project became the “Wishing Well,” a service-oriented event designed to pay tribute to the renowned project sponsor. The one-day event, inspired by Mrs. Leola Dillard, continues to enrich the lives of children/youth, strengthen families and enhance the community weeks following National Make A Difference Day held annually across the nation the last Saturday in October.
In an effort to recognize Mrs. Dillard for her commitment and dedication to serve others, she was granted 15 personal wishes to be fulfilled by volunteers. Unsurprisingly, only a few of the wishes were directly benefiting Mrs. Dillard.
As always, this “Cheerful Giver” focused on helping others. Her top wish was “to see every individual perform one simple act of kindness not just on Make A Difference Day but every day of the year.”
Some of her other wishes: knowing that every adult goes to the polls to vote every Election Day; having all residents make an extra effort to initiate a project to clean-up and beautify the whole community starting with his/her own neighborhood; seeing youth take time to visit, uplift and entertain the elderly and disabled residents at personal and public nursing homes; to see more parental involvement, especially by males, in the lives of their children in educational (such as reading, science and math programs) and health/recreational activities; to see herself and others attend worship service together with family; and to see city/county leaders work closer together to implement a county-wide Make A Difference Day project next year and throughout the year.
While not all of her wishes have been granted yet, Mrs. Dillard is keeping hope alive continuing her traditional ways. Always demonstrating the true meaning of being the “Cheeful Giver,” Mrs. Dillard donated huge baskets of school supplies and other educational tools to every elementary school in Yazoo City Municipal School District, as well as to the private schools.
Also through her family and her own active membership and partnership with the Gateway Make-A-Promise (MAP) Coalition (which she is the eldest member of the team) and the Lifesavers Program (inspired by her over four decades ago), Mrs. Dillard has “adopted” McCoy Elementary School and presented prizes and treats to the winners of the Red Ribbon Week coloring contest.
Mrs. Dillard encouraged her daughters, Margaret Dillard McGlown of Clarksdale, Bessie Dillard Walker of Chicago (both retired educators) and Roxie Dillard Harris (a healthcare professional and former employee of the local Foster Grandparent Program) of Yazoo City, to join the volunteers promoting the Lifesavers Family Literacy Program.
The Dillard sisters including support services provided by Mildred Dillard Smith of Tupelo and Shirley Dillard Coleman, Jewel Dillard Dooley, and Emma Dillard, all of Chicago, shared a morning reading to students in various classrooms at McCoy Elementary School after preparing treats for students, teachers, administrators, staff and grandparents visiting the school that day.
A huge assortment of books was presented to principal Brenda Martin and the school librarian through generous donations from Lifesavers Program volunteers, specifically Clarence and Marjorie Brown, Paul and Joann Adams and the Knight Family Reunion Committee (descendants of Josephine Smith and Allen James Knight).
The “Cheerful Giver” continues to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and she wishes others would take that same stand.
To join those paying tribute to Mrs. Leola Dillard via the “Wishing Well” or to join the team of volunteers in the Lifesavers Program, call Gloria Elayne Owens (coordinator) at 528-6050 or