Peacemakers christen new home

Coalition from left: Supporters Jim and Debbie Petrine, Derrick Stewart and Drs. Kevin and nancy Dye posing with Peacemakers founder Shawn Hunter during the organization’s opening held Wednesday, april 12 at the newly renovated firehouse on 24th St. northwest. – Photos by s. hale

by S. Rotan Hale

It was a momentous occasion on Wednesday, April 12 as a sizable group gathered at the 24th St. rehouse in northwest Roanoke to christen the new home of an organization known as the Peacemakers.

Officiating the program was Nancy Dye, a physician–turned local politician who handled the proceedings with a certain pride due to her belief in the founder’s vision and his ability to mobilize and subsequently empower people for the good of all. Continue reading Peacemakers christen new home

Williams appointed new CEO of Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline

Nikki Williams

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council announced the appointment of Nikki Williams as its new CEO. She will assume responsibilities on April 24 and will succeed Jean Ann Hughes, who retired last fall.

“I’m honored and grateful to the Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead this life-changing organization for girls,” said Williams. “Girl Scouts believe in the power of every girl. Our leadership program is designed to help a girl discover who she is, what she can do and connects her with a powerful community of girls and mentors to make it happen. I look forward to supporting the mission of Girl Scouts and continuing to aid in developing incredible future leaders.” Continue reading Williams appointed new CEO of Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline

Kroger Donates $45,000 of Clothes to Feeding America

Marcella Franklin, Wanda Angle and Nicole Staples, volunteers from Wells Fargo, sort clothes donated by Kroger for the needy in Southwest Virginia.

Kroger has donated more than $45,000 of clothing to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The clothes are from Kroger’s Marketplace stores in the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions and primarily are unsold merchandise from fall and winter seasons. Continue reading Kroger Donates $45,000 of Clothes to Feeding America

Roanoke Chapter, Links attends 44th Eastern Area Conclave

Links (seated): Dorothy Johnson, Verna Lewis, M.D., Carolyn Patterson, and Connie Steele, local president; (standing): Jennifer Alston -DDS. Leslie Taylor-Stovall, Kim Jenkins -DDS, Tammy Futrell, Jonette (MJ) Carpenter, Knotresha Stewart Osemobor -MD; Kianna Price and Vice Mayor Anita Price.

Members of The Roanoke Chapter, Links, Inc. attended the 44th Eastern Area Conference in Richmond, Wednesday–Sunday, April 19-23, at the Downtown Marriott. The Roanoke Chapter delegation received much recognition including a certificate of Excellence in Programming for its Umbrella Programming LEY (Links Exposing Youth) to another culture, an after-school program. Continue reading Roanoke Chapter, Links attends 44th Eastern Area Conclave

Prayer–the Ladder to Heaven

Everyone prays at some point; some daily, some occasionally and most in times of peril. “Nipsy” Russell, with his original wit, sums it up as, “Help a man whose in trouble. Help him and never complain. Help him and he will remember you–when he gets in trouble again.” This witty lyric however, contains more truth than wit.

The Baha’i Holy Writings refer to prayer as “conversation with God” and “The Ladder to Heaven.” The Holy Spirit is the power which is in the Manifestations of God-–through such Human Temples as Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Baha’u’llah. In all the worlds of existence there is nothing more important than prayer. Continue reading Prayer–the Ladder to Heaven