Artists in Action: Leaders get attention for their work in community
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The growth of a thriving community takes people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Bobby Bradley of Huntsville, a former executive in the high-tech industry who will speak at the Interfaith Ministries annual meeting, is one such person. Her motto is, “Have a dream, act on it and never give up.”

That same philosophy is evident in a younger citizen, Donoho senior Richard Bateman, the winner of the Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution Bienville Chapter. Both leaders are putting their goals into action for their communities.

Interfaith Ministries speaker stresses education

Bobby Bradley, co-founder of the Village of Promise in Huntsville, will speak at Interfaith Ministries’ annual meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Anniston.

Village of Promise is a nonprofit that supports current programs and implements new ones to improve educational outcomes for children in high-poverty areas.

Bradley’s message, based on her life story, may spark new ideas for addressing the problems faced by under-resourced children in this area, said Martha Vandervoort, executive director of Interfaith Ministries. Wherever the Vanderbilt University graduate speaks, she stresses the importance of education in students’ future plans.

Vandervoort met with Bradley, who was recently honored by the Grace Club for her significant contributions to Huntsville and Madison County, after hearing of her service in the worlds of business, arts, youth, health and charities.

“Bobby is such a humble and spiritual individual and passionate about serving every child who comes through the school doors,” Vandervoort said. “Her message is so important to Alabama. She will help us take a long, hard look at what can be done to help our children and their families.”

A fellowship gathering featuring guitarist Wendy Snelling at 6:30 p.m. and the Interfaith meeting at 7 p.m. is open to the public. Friday at 9 a.m. the public is invited to roundtable discussions with Bradley at Classic Too. This free event is sponsored by the Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun Inc., Women’s Executive Network, the Public School Foundation and Interfaith Ministries. Reservations are not required.

DAR announces Good Citizen winner

Richard Bateman, a senior at The Donoho School, holds the title of DAR’s Good Citizen winner on three levels: He is The Donoho School’s choice for the honor, Bienville Chapter’s Good Citizen and now the first-place winner in the competition's central district’s judging (the winner of the statewide competition will soon be announced)..

Bateman, along with the seven other high-school entrants, will be recognized by local DAR chapters April 1 at 3 p.m. in the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County.

The criteria for judging included dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Bateman boasts a long list of community service efforts including launching a tutoring program in which Donoho juniors and seniors serve as math tutors for fourth and fifth grade students at Golden Springs Elementary School. His recent Eagle Scout mission involved organizing a team to repair a stretch of mountain biking trails on Coldwater Mountain, and last summer he traveled to Peru with a church group to help provide health and dental care to citizens of Lima.

“It is important, always, to take initiative in creating a better world for those who come after you,” said Bateman.

“Richard is the kind of student that can do just about anything, from church to athletics, from arts to academics,” said Jacqueline Gaines, director of guidance at Donoho. “In my 22 years in the field of education, Richard is one of the few students for whom I have given my highest recommendation for not only the DAR Good Citizen Award but for admission to colleges for his outstanding achievements.”

Bateman is the son of Drs. Blane and Margaret Bateman of Anniston.
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