2016-03-24 / Personalities

Pilot Club meets March 15; program on Soto presented

The Kettle Creek Pilot Club members and guests heard a program on Soto Assisted Living at the meeting Tuesday, March 15, at Talk of the Town.

Tena Blakey was guest speaker and gave a brief but powerful history of mental care, or lack of, in our nation and shared images of the horror people faced as few as 30 years ago. She then related the story of Soto and her personal attachment to her career through her brother who has autism. She gave a reminder that all people have disabilities and we are capable of special talents and tasks. Mrs. Blakey noted that residents at Soto do a lot in their communities from volunteering to having paying jobs. This is a great motivator for residents to become integrated in their communities and it is great for members of the community to become familiar with Soto participants. They go on field trips and learn life skills that help further enmesh them in their neighborhoods.

Carol Jackson, president, conducted the business meeting prior to the program and gave a short overview of the club for the guests in attendance. Among the upcoming activities discussed were the Spring Tour of Homes on April 2 when the club will sell rib eye sandwiches and the Spinning Spokes for Safety Bike Ride on May 21. She also led an opening devotional.

Members voted to continue another year with the present slate of officers who are Carol Jackson, president; Amanda Robb, vice-president; Margaret Armour, secretary; Rachael Dawson, treasurer; Helen Holmes and Rachel Jackson, directors.

Present for the meeting were members, Carol Jackson, Margaret Armour, Amanda Baker, Barbara Burns, Amanda Robb, Annie Edwards, Rachel Dawson, and guests Christina and Randy Ogletree and Victoria, Wanda Hubbard, and Mrs. Blakey.

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