KC HOLDS ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION
Kaskaskia College held its thirteenth annual celebration of the life and ideals of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday with a fellowship breakfast followed by a program in the Jane Knight Auditorium.
In keeping with tradition at KC, a video of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was shown, and its message set the tone for the program to follow.
Dr. James Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College, welcomed the attendees and reinforced the message that “At KC, Everyone is Someone.” Board Chairman Bill Hawley spoke of the urgency for those who witnessed the troubled times of the Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King to pass on those lessons to today’s youth.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Clara Coleman Rouse, a Centralia native who moved to California some years ago, delivered an address called “The Difference.” Quoting from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, she illustrated how, by outlining his dream of the future, Dr. King was able to change the landscape of race relations in America and set the tone for the reforms that followed.
Guest speaker Dr. Clara Coleman Rouse
Dr. Rouse said that Dr. King’s most important question is “What are you doing for others?” Her response is that sometimes it’s not enough to cheer from the sidelines hoping to make a difference; “Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and get into the game to be the difference.”
KC Board Members Dr. Dee Boswell, Rev. Tommy Henegar, Dr. Clara Coleman Rouse, KC Board Chairman Bill Hawley, Dr. Jim Underwood, Dr. Greg Labyak, Vice President of Instructional Services for KC; Robert Rhymes, Culinary Arts Professor; Lisa Atkins, Director of Adult Education; and Cathy Karrick, Event Chairman and Director of Public Information for Kaskaskia College.
Photos courtesy of Kaskaskia College
GROUP VOTES TO BRING FIREWORKS TO BOND COUNTY
Barring weather issues, there will be fireworks on the 4th of July at Patriot’s Park.
In their monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Bond County Independence Day Festival Association voted to enter into an agreement with Central States Fireworks, of Athens, IL, to provide a fireworks show not to exceed $10,000.
The group also worked on details for their first fundraiser, a trivia night Saturday, February 1 at the Greenville VFW. Doors at the event open at 6:00 p.m. and the trivia gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Entry fee for teams is $100 for up to eight people per team.
CHAMBER HOSTING WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAM
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is teaming with the Fayette County Health Department to offer a workshop on promoting healthy habits in the workplace. The program is Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 a.m. at Adam Bros. Coffeehouse, 110 S. Second Street. Kelly Hebenstreit from the Fayette County Health Department will share information on a new initiative called “We Choose Health.”
Hebenstreit said this grant-funded project hopes to “transform Illinois communities and reduce the burden of chronic disease.” She will focus on Worksite Wellness but also highlight the other four areas of the initiative: Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces, Baby-Friendly Hospitals, Coordinated School Health, and Complete Streets.
The workshop is recommended for business owners, managers, and human resource directors. Many employers currently utilize variations of worksite wellness programs and have found they increase productivity and lower absenteeism.
The program is free but those attending can enjoy a special breakfast buffet for $6.00. Pre-registration is required by calling the Chamber office at 664-9272.