Grier Heights Community Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2
From the Community President Robert Muhammad Greetings Grier Heights, It is my honor and privilege to serve my home community as president of the Grier Heights Improvement Association. Grier Heights has a wonderful, complex and storied history that dates back almost a century. It’s one of the first suburban neighborhoods for blacks, starting humbly with the development of a residential core along Skyland Avenue and Orange Street in addition to Grier’s Grocery and Billingsville School. It grew to greater maturity in the late 1940’s when veterans returning from World War II bought houses on Fannie Circle, Montrose Drive and Gene Avenue. These folks and the others before them provided a core group of wage earners, civic leaders and religious devotees whose families are still the cornerstone of the community. It is my desire to help our community return to the days of knowing one another, sharing laughter and tears and working together to raise children and assist senior members. In the end, it’s not a question of “if” but the decision of “when” and “how”. I look forward to an exciting and wonderful year in which we continue to move in positive directions, and build on our past. If you have concerns, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at (704) 8777016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishing peace to all, Aluta Continua (The Struggle Continues)
From the Former President Mrs. Barbara Simpson CONGRATULATIONS to the New President and Officers, I am looking forward to working with all of you and I believe the residents of Grier Heights commitment will be the same.
Community Officers for 2010 President – Robert Muhammad 1st Vice President – Nicole Crockett 2nd Vice President – Kenneth Funderburk Secretary – Carolyn Boler Asst. Secretary – Gloria Green Treasurer – Loretta B. Price Asst. Treasurer – Sylvia Henderson Sergeant at Arms – John Sullivan Chaplin – Dorothy Funderburk
Treasurer’s Update At our 2nd meeting of the year on February 1, 2010, eight (8) community members paid their $12.00 per year dues in full. If you have paid more than $12.00, your total will be shown in parenthesis following your name: Mrs. Mauverine Cauthen, Mr. Alexander Cauthen, Mr. Kenneth Funderburk ($24.00), Ms. Christine Gilliam ($17.00), Ms. Gloria Green, Ms. Sylvia Henderson, Mr. Matthew Lutz ($13.00) and Mrs. Barbara Simpson ($15.00). THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Each adult in this community is asked to pay $1.00 per month for community dues. Please try to attend our monthly meetings - WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Our meetings are held at the Grier Heights/Billingsville Center, 3100 Leroy St., Charlotte, NC 28205 at 7:00 PM. NEXT MONTHLY MEETING Monday, March 1, 2010 @ 7:00 PM CONDOLENCES The community extends condolences to the families of Mrs. Valerie Stacy Conner, Mrs. Maxie Stanley (Withers) Granger, Mr. Larry Howie and Mr. Alonzo Wesley, Sr. To report a death within our community, please contact Mrs. Zelma Sullivan, our Condolences Reporter, at 704.375.4378. PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUTINS AND MEMBERS WHO ARE IN NURSING HOMES, IN YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY.
COMMUNITY NEWS Men’s Council Bar-b-que Where: Grier Heights Presbyterian Church 325 Skyland Avenue, Charlotte, N.C When: Friday, February 12, 11 am – 7 pm; Saturday, February 13, 11am – 5 pm BBQ Pork & Turkey - $8.00 per Plate or 3 Sandwiches Rotisserie Chicken - $8.00 per Plate ONLY
Grier Town University (GTU) Have you joined the GTU fan club on Facebook. Take a stroll down memory lane, find your old neighbors, and share your business information. Show your love and remember “it ain’t where you came from it’s where you at!” 1
COMMUNITY NEWS (Cont’d)
2010 Census: Standup and be Counted
All volunteers and parents who attend field trips and frequently visit their child’s classroom are required by CMS to register online in order to volunteer. If you haven’t registered, visit www.cms.k-12.nc.us. Click on “Volunteers” and register! The children will be grateful.
What: The census is a count of everyone residing in the U.S.A. Who: All US residents must be counted both citizens and non-citizens. When: You will receive your questionnaire in March 2010 by US mail or hand delivery. Why: The US Constitution requires national census once very ten years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives. How: Households should complete mail back their questionnaire upon receipt. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to take a count in person.
Property Tax Discounts for Senior Citizens The application required to get a discount on your 2010 property taxes is available at Mecklenburg County Tax Collector, located in the Bob Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street. The deadline to complete and turn in the application is February 28.
Financial Aid Help Saturday February 13, 2010 is FAFSA Day. Students and their families can get help completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The event will be held in the Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Students should bring the following: Parents and student 2010 federal tax returns and W-2’s.
Soup on Saturday Who: Grier Heights Residents and Friends Where: Grier Heights Presbyterian Church What: Soup on Saturday When: February 20 & 27; March 6, 13 & 20, 2010 Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Blood Drive When: Sunday February 21 9:30-11:00 am When: Antioch Baptist Church Parking Lot For more information, call 704-332-4951.
Volunteer to Help The Grier Heights Community Organization needs volunteers to chair or work on the following committees: Fundraising, Community Cleanup, National Night Out, Labor Day Parade, Labor Day Reunion, Newsletter, Block Captain, Infrastructure, Safety, Zoning, Beautification, Youth Activities, Food Bank, Clothes Closet and More. Give back to your community and volunteer. If you would like to work on any of these committees please let the President or any of the officers know.
Important Dates February 15 – Snow make-up day February 17, 9:00 am – Parent Workshop Topic: “How Many Ways Can You Love Yourself?” February 18, 6:00 pm – Writing Curriculum Night February 26 – School Spirit Day Congratulations Congratulations A/B honor roll students, the Community is proud of you. Perfect attendance is Billingsville’s #1 priority. To the students who had perfect attendance, “Good Job!” We are proud of you. Beckey Clippard’s Corned-Beef Sandwiches 1 (12 oz.) can corned beef ½ c. ketchup 1 c. shredded mild or sharp 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce Cheddar cheese 8 to 10 hamburger buns ½ sliced stuffed olives Split buns and remove soft center. Combine corned beef, cheese, olives, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Fill buns with mixture and wrap each sandwich separately in foil. Bake at 375 degrees about 25 minutes or until heated through.
Words of Inspiration When you wake up in the morning, do you expect the goodness of God in your life? Do you set the tone for success, favor, and blessing? We're in the second month of the New Year and we're not only beginning a new year, but we're beginning a new decade. This last decade may have had some hardships, some difficulties but it's time to set the tone for a new season. The Scripture tells us that the darker it gets in the world the brighter it’s going to be for God's people. Things may be bad all around you, people may be negative, complaining, and discouraged but don't let that spirit rub off on you. The worse it gets, the brighter you're going to shine. Be determined to set the tone for the new decade by praising God and speaking words of faith over your future. As you do, you'll enlarge your vision and make room for God to do amazing things in every area of your life! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father in Heaven, I choose to bless you at all times. I choose to set the tone to receive your favor, grace and mercy. Thank you for your faithfulness to me at all times! In Jesus' Name. Amen!