Leadership award given to Helping Hands CEO

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Sharon Clemmons Thomas, executive director and CEO of Helping Hands of Georgetown, has been selected to receive the 2014 Francis Marion University Non-Profit Leadership Institute and S.C. Association of Nonprofit Organization (SCANPO) Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership.

The North Charleston native was set to receive the award on Feb. 11 at the 2014 SCANPO summit in Charleston.

The honor recognizes a graduate of FMU’s NPLI or a member of SCANPO who has excelled in the management of their establishment through organizational and resource development.

Thomas’ passion and dedication to the mission and the unprecedented growth and recognition of the organization during her tenure more than qualifies her for the award, says Richard A. Schwab, chairman of the Helping Hands board of directors, who nominated her.

“Not being satisfied with the status quo, Sharon has launched the ‘Time to Change’ program wherein specifically trained volunteers work with individual clients to assist them in making the changes necessary to improve their lives,” says Schwab. “It has been an extremely rewarding and enlightening experience to work with her during this period in the quest to aid those who are less fortunate.”

Community Lunch

The St. Stephen Community History Room and Café will be open on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu will consist of

spaghetti with meat sauce served with a tossed green salad and Texas toast.

The cost of lunch is $7; dine in or take out plates available.

The community café is located on Bay Street, inside of the St. Stephen History Room, and managed by local volunteers. Support from the public is greatly appreciated.

If more information is needed or you would like to place an order in advance, call 670-6213.

St. Stephen Festival

The annual St. Stephen Catfish Festival is scheduled for March 28, 29 and 30. Plans are being made for the best festival yet. If anyone is interested in being a vendor or has questions, contact Cindy Wadford at 567-3565 or 567-4755.

Barbecue Dinner Feb. 13

Harristown Full Gospel Holiness Church and Trinity Christian Academy are having a barbecue dinner sale on Feb. 13 at 2217 Harristown Road in St. Stephen. Call 567-2951 for more information.

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to Johnny Broome, Clara Brunson, Kylee Moody and Louise Rich.

Prayers and Get Well

Take time out of your busy day to pray for and to offer best wishes to Elma Atkins, David Ayers and family, Metro Borop, Ruth Brassell, Frank Conrad, Roy Edens, Wayne Gamble, Claudia Guerry, Dorothy Harris, Gail Humbert, Joyce Lewis, Earline Brown-May, Louise McMakin, Roger McMakin, William “Blue Boy” McMakin, Betty Rich Morris, Peggy Schipmann, Thelma Schurlknight, Ginny Tucker, Mae Welch and for any unspoken prayers needed.

Pray for our troops and their families, for the selfless acts they perform for us. Keep in prayer Gov. Haley and her family, all Veterans, SC Masons, SC Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow families, and our school system in Berkeley County.

Heartfelt sympathy and prayers this week to the family and friends of loved ones Evelyn Guerry Orvin and Alice Price Stevens, who will be missed but never forgotten.

Have a blessed week! If you have news to share, contact Betty Delk at bwdelk@tds.net before Noon on Wednesdays, the week before all scheduled events. Mail items to 195 Crest Lane, St. Stephen, SC 29479.

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