• Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Photo Provided Belle Isle Garden Club members enjoy the recent nature walk at Beidler Forest in Harleyville.


Garden Club Walk
Several members of the Belle Isle Garden Club recently enjoyed a nature walk through the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest in Harleyville. 
A highlight of the April 2 event was an informative presentation by the center’s nature director, Michael R. Dawson. 
Mr. Dawson explained the history of the facility and talked about the variety of wildlife that can be found there.  A question and answer session followed his excellent lecture. 
The preserve shelters the only stand of virgin cypress trees in the United States, which provides a natural habitat for a great number of birds, animals, trees, plants and more.  Visitors can traverse a boardwalk that winds for nearly two miles just above the forest swamp.  
Classes and lectures for schools are an important part of the center’s programming.  There are exhibits in the reception building.  Also housed there is a fine shop that features a variety of items including books, toys, gifts, and light snacks and drinks.  
Staff members are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with any questions one might have. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for your tour.
The Garden Club group held a picnic lunch at the facility’s pavilion
We send congratulations to Ralph Prioleau Jr., son of Deacon Ralph and Almena Prioleau of St. Stephen, on completing the first leg of his higher education goals.  Ralph is a grandson of Sadie Gadsden of St. Stephen, and the late Albert Gadsden, and the late Deacon Freddie and Marie Prioleau.
Ralph Graduated from USC Aiken Cum Laude earlier this month.  He is a graduate of Timberland High School in St. Stephen and will be attending the University of South Carolina’s Law School in Columbia in the fall.
He is also an accomplished musician, having served as pianist for the Day Dawn Baptist Church, and the Antioch Baptist Association’s Youth Crusaders for Christ while attending Timberland High School.
Ralph also served as a musician for an Aiken Congregation while attending the area University.  This outstanding young man has made all of us very proud of him and know that he will go on to accomplish many great things in his life.
Congratulations and best wishes on your graduation and admittance to the USC School of Law, godson.  We know you will continue to shine.
Members of the South Carolina State Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority gathered for a legislative reception at the Inn at USC in Columbia, to share concerns and discuss issues with members of the South Carolina House and Senate on May 17.
The Social Action Committee presented an informational program and provided an opportunity for dialogue between members and their legislative representatives, during which they shared their legislative priorities and information regarding initiatives and programs.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, is a community Conscious, Action Oriented Organization that is honored to have formed many wonderful partnerships over the past 85 years. Whether administering it’s Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) Programs or giving financial assistance through its National Education Foundation, members of Zeta Phi Beta serve with the understanding that service to the community is their greatest legacy.
Berkeley County members were present, with many serving in leadership roles and lending support to the accomplishment of the organization’s objectives.
Get Well Wishes
Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Emily Jones, Vanilla Thompson, Lucille Edwards, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, James Pinckney, Annie Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls, Lillie Whitten, Margie Prioleau, Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown,  Cousin Alice, Julia Jenkins, Victoria Middleton, Naomi Fashion, Monica Booker, Betty Ravenell, Barbara Manigault,  Hazel Crawford, Rufus Smalls, and all others in need of care and attention.  We continue to keep them in prayer and in our good wishes for total recovery of health.
Items of Interest
Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Call (843) 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.

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