This past weekend I experienced my first Woodstock. We have lived here for around 6 years and I had never made it over to the event. I had no idea it was so involved or that big! I arrived on Friday night to pick up my registration packet and t-shirt. It wasn't really a t-shirt, it was a 'sweat wicking' pale green shirt with vendors on the back. (Think NASCAR) And I liked it! Inside the registration packet were flyers to other races, coupons, my number (which in running world is called a 'bibb'), and a tab in which I would wrap around my shoe laces and we would know the precise second I started and finished the race. Who knew this was so high tech! The next morning I arrived early so I could park in the Anniston High School parking lot. I thought I was early arriving at 6:30 for a 7:30 race- not so. I had to park down 11th street and walk over. The place was crawling with people who looked to be participants, onlookers, and supporters. As race time drew near I found myself corralled with others who thought they would finish the race between 20:00 and 25:00 minutes. At this point I had only run one other 5k and I finished with in that time before, so why not! I purposely had not run the course before that morning because I wanted new stuff to look at, thought it might help me stay focused or something. People were lined up down the course cheering us on the whole way. The Anniston High School football players were at the last curve- weren't they supposed to be practicing for the upcoming season? I think it is awesome they supported us runners. Not going to drag this out much longer. I finished with a time of 24:40 which landed me 4th in my age group. I was pretty pleased. It was hot. Overall I thought it was a well planned event. I have only heard good things since. Congrats to the Anniston Runners Club for a job well done.
The Anniston Kiwanis club is well known for its annual Pancake Breakfast that is held the first of March at the Anniston City Meeting Center. This past year the club raised over $40,000.00! The funds raised go to help children in Calhoun County. Our largest project is 'Back to School Shopping'. Started by Kiwanian Alvin Gibbs over 20 years ago it fills a need in our community. Young children are going to school without adequate clothing. Through no fault of their own these children should have the opportunity to attend school with the same new clothes as others. New clothing removes a barrier that may be embarrassing to them. It gives children the desire to attend school and promotes a positive environment for learning. Kiwanians want to make a difference in the lives of all children one child at a time.
This year on July 31, 2011 at 5:00pm Kiwanians and other volunteers will meet at the Oxford Martins along with an expected 120 children in foster care and take them thru the store to prepare for back to school. The kids come with a form filled out from their parents or guardians with clothes and shoe sizes. The volunteers shop one on one with the kids to make sure they are able to get the maximum amount of new clothing while staying within their budget. No parents or guardians are allowed in the store. Martin's is always very helpful in pulling off the event. They close their store early in order to get ready and provide generous savings on the items purchased. Members of the store staff are present to help with sizes. This year we will be spending a total of $16,000 on Back to School Shopping. With our savings we hope to provide over $180 in value per child. Last year we shopped for 94 kids with a budget of $15,000 and in 2009 we shopped for 107 kids with a budget of $12,000.
This event is the highlight of being a Kiwanian.
I am a member of the Anniston Kiwanis Club. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information, visit our website.
Very excited about being a community blogger for the Anniston Star! This will be my first post of many containing information from with in our area.
A little about me:
I am originally from Homewood but moved here in 2005 for my husbands job. I work with ERA-King Real Estate as a Real Estate Consultant. I have been with them since I got my license in 2006. I absolutely love my job! It allows me a lot of flexibility to work with in the community. I am currenlty involved with: Young Leaders Society, United Way of East Central Alabama, Leadership Calhoun County, Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, Anniston Kiwanis Club, Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun, Calhoun County Board of Realtors and the Alabama Leadership Initiative.
My husband coachs at Lincoln High School. We have a son, Major, who keeps me very busy. Oh, and I LOVE the New Orleans Saints.
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