Henry K. Burtner Post 53, American Legion Department of North Carolina has selected two young men from local high schools to attend the 80th Session of Tar Heel Boys’ State on June 16-23 at Catawba College in Salisbury.

Those selected include Brandon Speight, a junior at Caldwell Academy, and Skylar Staley, a junior at Southeast Guilford High School.

Tar Heel Boys’ State is a weeklong leadership program that teaches the principles of good government at the city, county and state levels. The program is open to rising seniors in high school.


The Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library, 1420 Price Park Drive in Greensboro.

Jon Roethling, director of Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University, will speak on the plans for native focused initiatives at the century-old gardens in Winston-Salem, once part of the home of business magnate R.J. Reynolds.

Roethling has an extensive background in public horticulture and landscaping over nearly 30 years.

For information, visit or call 336-493-3070.


The Guardian Nomad Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will hold the third annual Memorial Ride and Auction in honor of Charles “Shellshock” Ladd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at American Legion Post 290, 446 S. Main St. in King.

Former Staff Sgt. Charles Ladd (who served eight years in the U.S. Army, including two combat tours in Iraq and four in Afghanistan) died on Feb. 7. He suffered from PTSD.

The ride and auction will benefit maCares, a Greensboro-based nonprofit that sponsored Ladd’s service dog’s follow-up training/testing and daily care expenses. Additionally, Ladd’s wishes to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery were honored with the help of maCares supporters.

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Greensboro Hadassah’s Game Night will begin at 6 p.m. June 20 at Beth David Synagogue, 804 Winview Drive in Greensboro.

The cost is $36 per player, which includes dinner and door prizes.

Make checks payable to Greensboro Hadassah and mail them to Carole Kaplan, 1003 Canonero Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410, by June 15.

For information, contact Paula Becker at 336-282-3627 or Carole Kaplan at 336-339-2899.


Furnitureland Rotary honored its Fairview Elementary School Students of the Month for March, April and May at a meeting on May 20. Students were: J.R. Gomez, March; Johnathon Yanez, April; and Aniyah Lytch, May.

Each month the faculty at Fairview nominate a fifth-grade student who has demonstrated good citizenship and academic growth during the year. These students are recognized at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Furnitureland where the teacher’s letter of nomination is read. The students are eligible to participate in a drawing to receive a Shirlee Carda Scholarship at the end of the school year.


High Point University Civitan Club has earned the Campus Service Project of the Year award from Civitan International for its support of hurricane victims. This is the sixth time the club has won this award since 2013.

For this year’s project, the Civitan Club prepared emergency hygiene kits in response to Hurricane Florence. The club was able to put together 412 kits, which were delivered to hurricane victims in partnership with Church World Service.

The HPU Civitan Club was chartered in 2005 and is sponsored by the local High Point chapter of Civitan International.


Fontay Shaw, an eighth-grader at Western Guilford Middle School, and Elizabeth Spears, a senior at High Point Central High School, were named as Summit Rotary’s March Students of the Month.

April Students of the Month were Jason Procopio, a sophomore at Southeast Guilford High School, and Alyssa Chisley, a senior at Southwest Guilford High School.

Students of the Month are nominated for recognition based on positive progress in academics, attendance and attitude. Their achievement is often in the face of substantial obstacles. The winners, along with their nominators and family, are invited to a Summit Rotary lunch meeting to receive their award and speak to the membership.

The program is a partnership between Summit Rotary, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, Southern Guilford Rotary, Guilford Education Alliance, Awards of Excellence and Carson-Dellarosa Education.


Rachel Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s new regent is Charlotte Layton of Summerfield. She recently attended her first State Conference, where Rachel Caldwell won the Constitution Week Bowl.

The chapter received awards for raising $1,100 for the C.A.R. service dog project, distributing 2,266 American flags and sharing first place with Guilford Battle for the best news article. The chapter newsletter was recognized as well. The chapter was number six in the top 10 chapters with the most subscriptions to Spirit Magazine.

The chapter focused on veterans this year, planting poppies at Gateway Gardens to commemorate the end of World War I, sponsoring a Vietnam veteran’s flag raising ceremony in March, collecting feminine hygiene products and toiletries for homeless shelters and taking part in a Stand Down. Ladies attended Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies in Greensboro, Jamestown and Kernersville, had a Veterans Day breakfast at Caldwell Academy and High Point University, and attended Raleigh’s Mary Lou Veal’s program about her mother who was a WAC in World War II.

Jane Thomas made a two-disc DVD from the History Channel’s 70th anniversary celebration of D-Day to give every DAR chapter in the state.

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