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News briefs: 4-3-13

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By The Staff

Beta Sigma reports
meeting minutes
Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 7 at the library to begin 2013 activities.
“Our home tour on Dec. 2 was a great success and our members had fun participating in the House of Trees and Relay for Life,” according to a Beta Sigma Phi press release.
“Our monthly programs for 2012 included information on New Year Resolutions, history of chili, white elephant sale, information on our court system, 25 facts about love, hair care, trip to Israel, cake decorating, flower arrangements, the beginning of Mother’s Day and Facebook.
“Our 2012 First Lady was Susan Crawford Johnson, who attended our banquet and received awards. She joins this elite group of ladies Opal Phillips, Donna Eckman, Pam Ware, Edwinna Baker, Carolyn Cole, Shirley Hoskins, Debra Parrish, Essie Toney, LaVerne Brumley and many others. We have a new member, Anne Griffey, and a reinstated member, Karen Hawkins.
“In November we revealed our last year’s secret ‘Beta Buddy’ and received a new one for 2013. Our Christmas Party was at the home of Bonnie Barrick, where members exchanged gifts and enjoyed dinner. Members are looking forward to many new activities in 2013.”
Lanham wins
Toastmasters award
Toastmasters International recently recognized Frankfort club member and Lawrenceburg resident Stephen Lanham with its Competent Communicator (CC) award, the organization announced.
This is the first level of communication certification in the organization and the second CC award that Lanham has earned.
To achieve the CC certification, members must present 10 speeches from the Competent Communication manual, which guides members through basic elements of becoming a good speaker.
Toastmasters offers two educational tracks: in communication and in leadership.
Lanham is a member of the Capital City Toastmasters Club, which meets weekly at noon at the John C. Watts Federal Building in downtown Frankfort next to  
the YMCA. All meetings are open to the public.
Lanham works for Pomeroy IT Solutions and develops software requirements in his role as a contract employee for the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

Auxiliary hosts
emergency personnel dinner
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 hosted an emergency personnel dinner March 8 at the American Legion clubhouse, according to a news release.
This appreciation dinner was for Lawrenceburg Police, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, EMT, jailers, firefighters, dispatch and their guests, event organizers said.
“This was a very fine event with many EMS people and their guests there to enjoy the food and door prizes,” organizers said.
“Each department received a farmed certificate of appreciation.
“Thanks to many businesses and the auxiliary, each EMS worker received a door prize. Everyone showed their deep appreciation for this event. Many Auxiliary members participated by cooking and serving the food. Four Anderson County High School AYCC members helped serve the food and drinks; they are very much appreciated.”