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June 12, 2019 Page 7C iR porter By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Great memories from the past can become great memories of the present with some imagina- tion and sometimes with a lot of work. Tift College created loads of memories for its students, fac- ulty and staff and for the Forsyth community, and the annual May Day celebration was an event that fueled many of the most lasting memories. After a conversation with friends, Shelia Wade Keener, Tift Class of 1973, decided that it would be fun to get together as many past May Day participants as possible to share their memo- ries. She, with help from some friends, took on the arduous task of contacting as many May Queens, members of the May Court and WAA Presidents as possible from 1950 to 1987 and inviting them to Forsyth for an afternoon of re-connecting and sharing memories. She secured the Monroe County Clubhouse and planned decorations and refreshments in May Day at Tiff College meant lots of fun. Some of those active in .rift College May Forsyth home. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) all those pastel, shiny, dressy May Day styles. She began research- ing yearbooks and archives and picking at brains for all the memories she could find to as- semble information about over 30 May Day celebrations and all the people involved in them. It took time and effort, but Shelia said she had a lot of fun beautiful dresses, beautiful girls and Day celebrations now call along the way with the people she met and all the dots she connected as she created im- ages of the Tift College May Day festivities over the years.She said that of the people she invited to the luncheon on May 4, over 90 responded. "It started as a joke at Grits last year," said Shelia. "Some of them haven't seen each other since they graduated." However, many of those who reigned as May Day queens, served on the queen's court or helped organize May Day activities have made Forsyth their home. Wynella Martin of the Class of 1950 represented the most distant May Day at the luncheon. Some of the other Forsyth ladies present were Kay Bonner, Adecia Walker, Mary Isla Haygood, Carey Russell, LaVue Sanders, Shelly Shuman and Johnnie Sylvain. Signs, posters, a photo back- drop, tables bedecked with pastel ribbons and flowers and even be- jeweled name tags all prodaimed the elegant May Day court salute to Spring. Pictures from the past showed girls in flowing, formal dresses, ready to welcome all admirers, and memories of the Maypole dance Olr the court- house lawn were shared. "Bless our fellowship and our sisterhood and those who pre- pared this luncheon, especially Shelia,' was the prayer before the guests lined up for refreshments. "I never talked to so many people I didn't know" said Shelia. "Tilt girls will talk to anyone. Thank you for making a pipe dream a reality" She said she felt like she asked people to help her identify hun- dreds of thousands of pictures. She said she found some amaz- ing memories along the way. One of the special guests was Dr. Cathryn Futral, a beloved Tilt College professor. As Shelia introduced Gloria Raney Dean, one of those with a good memo- ry, she commented, "I never saw so many accolades as her senior yearbook" Shelia said she did find a May Day pattern; many who served on the court eventually became May queen. There were special stories of younger brothers who served on their sister's courts. There were memories of the Gordon Military College cadets who escorted the May queen and her court. Shelly Salter Shuman kept extensive scrapbooks and year- books. She explained how her Tift class from the 1960's gets together quarterly at different places around Georgia. After the pink, lavender, baby blue, pale yellow or mint green full-skirted antebellum-style dresses or some variation all made alike by dedicated seam- stresses, there were field days with three-legged races, high jump contests, cheerleading exhibitions. There were memo- ries of the bowling league, the volleyball teams, the tumbling team, the swimming club and earning athletic letters on the point system. "This has far exceeded my expectations!" said Shelia. Friends met and remembered at the May Day reunion at Monroe County Clubhouse on May 4. Parents must register stu- dents at the Monroe County Extension Office and all reg- istration is on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information contact Monroe County Extension 90 Martin Luther King lr. Dr Forsyth, GA 31029. (478) 994-7014 Courtney McElveen, 4-H Agent: Cmcelveen@uga. edu Heather Hardin, 4-H Program Assistant: heather. The following are open to all 4th-12th graders Cupcake Wars Date: Wednesda June 19 Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: $10 Minimum Participants: 5 Location: Monroe County Extension Office Registra- tion Deadline: June 14 Cake Wars is a popular television show on Food Network. Bakers compete to make the bestcakes. We invite you to join our com- petition, much like Cake Wars but with cupcakes and a whole lot of fun! We will provide all of the supplies! Cache In Trash Out Date: Thursday, June 20 Time: 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Cost: $10 Min/Max Participants: 5/10 Drop off/ Date: Wednesday; July pick-up: Monroe County 10 Time: 8:30 a.m. -4 Extension Office Registra- p.m. Cost: $10 Min/Max tion Deadline: June 14 Participants: 5/10 Drop off/ Come learn about pick-up: Monroe County geocaching and how you Extension Office Registra- play a part in keeping our tion Deadline: July 3 environment clean all at the Spend the day with teen same. Lead by teen leader leader Savannah Brock, Maddie Combs this active learning about Georgia's morning is sure to be a beaches, marine life, and blast! how conversation plays a Make and Take Vinyl Art part in saving marine life. Date: Tuesday, June 25 Wet games, crafts and lunch Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: $ provided. 5 Location: Monroe County Wild Animal Safari and Extension Office Registra- Little White House tion Deadline: June 19 Date: Tuesday, July 16 Students will create a vinyl Cost: $ 60 Minimum design or saying and apply Participants: 10 Drop off/ it to their very own canvas pick-up: Monroe County art world Extension Office Registra- Georgia Aquarium and tion Deadline: July 5 World of Coke Have you ever seen a Date: Tuesday, July 9 Cost: giraffe in person? You can $ 65 Minimum Partici- see that and so much more pants: 10 Drop off/pick-up: on the W tld Animal Safari. Monroe County Extension Afterwards we will enjoy Office Registration Dead- a picnic and visit the Little line: July I White House in Warm Come join us for a fun Springs, Georgia. day in the big ATL! We will Rock Ranch Summer visit the Georgia Aquarium Days in the morning and after Date: Thursday, July lunch we wiU have a blast at 18 Cost: $17 Min/Max The World of Coke! Participants: 5/10 Drop off/ Salt Life is the Best Life pick-up: Monroe County Extension Office Registra- DANCE PARTY!!! Come Date: Thursda% June tion Deadline: July 1 join us for a night of fun 27 Time: TBA Cost: $40 There is tons of fun to before school starts back! Min/Max Participants: 5/9 have at the Rock Ranch The following are Drop off/pick-up: Monroe Summer Days on the Farm just for 7th-12th County Extension Office and what better way to grade Registration Deadline: July enjoy it than with your 4-H Ciin the 17 friends! Date: Thursday, June 13 Do you have what it take 4-H Day at the Atlanta Time: TBA Cost: $25 Drop to solve the situation and Braves off/pick-up: Monroe break free? Join as we head Date: Sunday, July 21 County Extension Office to thd Situation Room in Time:l:20 p.m. Cost: $ We will start the day off Macon to put our skiUs to 15 Location: SunTrust Park right with bowling andthe test! Registration Deadline: July games at the Main Event, U.S. National White Wa- 26 followed by a tour of tel" Center, Charlotte, N.C. Join 4-H Members from Oglethorpe University and Date: Tuesday, July 11 across Georgia as we come afterwards we will head to & 12 Cost: $95 Minimum together to cheer on the Stone Mountain to enjoy Participants: 10 Drop off/ Atlanta Braves and cel- the laser show! Lunch pick-up: Monroe County ebrate 4-H. Parents and included! Extension Office Registra- siblings are encouraged to Halfway to DPA Pizza tion Deadline: June 7 attend this event, therefore and Portfolios Join us for the ulti- transportation to the game Date: Thursday, June 20 mate trip of the summer! will not be provided. Time: 1-4 p.m. Cost: FREE Each participant will Neon Dance Party Minimum Participants: 3 receiver a day pass which Date: Friday, August 2 Location: Monroe County encludes: Whitewater Raft- Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Extension Office Registra- hag, Ziplines, Deep Water Cost: $ 5 Location: Monroe tion Deadline: June 17Solo, Jumps, Ropes, Climb- County Club House Regis- Believe it or not we ing, Flatwater Kayaking, tration Deadline: July I are halfway through the Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Come join us for a night portfolio year! There is no Whitewater Kayaking, of fun before school starts time like the present to get a Mountain Biking. After a back! There is no better head start on those portfo- day of fun in the sun we way to end the summer lios. It is also a great time will enjoy a nice evening than with an evening to get one on one help, plus under the stars as we tent filled with friends, games, you get FREE FOOD! camp at McDowell Nature refreshments and a NEON The Situation Room Preserve! YTH ROTARY CLUB Diana Walks, former vice president of a major health care system and now owner of a new senior home health care business, gave Rotarians an informative overview of the services provided by her organi- zation. They "take the hassle out of home care" with care ranging from "meal planning and prepa- ration, transportation to~from providers, light housekeeping, to bathing and dressing, home exercise programs, medica- tion reminders and more." They are licensed to serve Monroe and surrounding counties. Wilks included a heart-touching testimony of the motivation behind the origin of the organiza- tion- her grandmother and father. Your Home Senior Care is leaning forward in electronic care. They work through ATT cellular to provide everything from fall monitoring to medical appointment reminders. Pictured are Wilks, left, and Rotary President Barbara Dean. t Senior residents at Bolingreen Health and Reha- bilitation enjoyed an evening of warm company, tasty food, and nostalgic music. The center hosted their family night celebration with new local band, Mocha Latte. Local Rotarian and band leader Cheryl Treadwell teamed up with Rotarian and Fa- cility Administra- tor Michael Barry to bring a festive time for his resi- dents, their families and - Keyboard, Poindexter staff. Pictured is the Mocha Latte' Band, left to right, Benny Watts (Bunny) Evans - Bass, Cheryl Treadwell - Singer, Elliott Chambliss - Percussion, Walter Leak - Lead Guitar. i