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Investing In Rockingham County’s Quality of Life Continued from Page 14 growing up. Brandon then sang a new song, “Diamond.” He acknowledged 10, 20, and 30-year wedding anniversaries. He then introduced and invited to the stage the Saturday evening bride and her groom to join him. They were married only one hour prior to the concert. The newly wedded couple danced on stage while Brandon sang “Love Will Be Enough.” This same song was a part of their wedding ceremony. The audience responded with roaring applause and “Oooh’s.” Brandon told them he would have sung for them at their wedding but he didn’t know beforehand. He sang about the love and kindness of his granddad, Paul Brown Petty, who equipped a wagon with a steering wheel, and turned it around backward. It seemed that Brandon drove the toy wagon while his granddad walked in front of him. The next song Brandon sang, “It’s Only Water” told the true story about water and how it changes everything without any power of its own. Next, he invited The Church Sisters to join him on stage to sing a hymn with him, “I’ll Fly Away.” “Follow You” is the next song that filled the evening air. Brandon spoke about traveling to Cambodia with other musicians for the “Follow You” Tour. It was easy to hear Brandon’s smile as he thanked the volunteers who wore “highlighter t-shirts” for the Market Square event. “They’re like my background dancers.” “You Put the Light in Me, Give Me Your Eyes, Your Love,” preceded the prophetic song, “All You Need is Love.” That concert is now a sweet and fond memory.
Urgent plea from Red Cross Blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. And, there is only about half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this time. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood donations. The declining inventory of available blood products is most significant for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood – the blood types most in demand because they can be potentially transfused to Rh positive and negative patients. The mission of the American Red Cross is to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply through voluntary donations. To do this, it’s important that coordinators achieve blood drive collection goals. Below are key messages you and your recruitment committee can relay to donors with types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative. Please contact your Red Cross representative if you need any additional support in achieving your drive’s goal. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for your blood type. • Deliveries of blood products are outpacing donations in some cases. • It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save patients’ lives. • Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. • Blood can be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients and premature babies, when there are complications during childbirth. • Recently, a new mother at a hospital served by the American Red Cross needed 32 units of red blood cells, 10 units of platelets, 10 units of plasma and 15 units of cryoprecipitate. Thanks to dedicated Red Cross donors, these products were available for these patients.
DAV State Convention Walter R. McNeil, Adjutant
The disabled American Veterans Department North Carolina held their State convention 7 to 10 June in Raleigh. Walter McNeil was installed as the 6th District Committee Chairperson for a two year term. While at the Convention Ron Melanson received an award as the outstanding service officer, and Walter McNeil received the Distinguished service award. At the chapter Meeting on June 11th installation of chapter officers by Passed commander Dan Apple, New officers are: Commander; Glen Johnson, SNR Vice Cmdr; Don Haynes, JR Vice Cmdr; J.C. Cobb, Treasurer; Ron Melanson, Adjutant; Walter McNeil, Chaplain; Ronnie Lewis, Asst Chaplain; Billy Underwood, Sgt at Arms; Monk Barton. The next Chapter meeting will be at 7:00 P.M. July 9th at 525 NC HWY 65, Suite 6.
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