2018-10-11 / Personalities

Johnson Circle hears information on Wilkes’ Kids Hope USA program

Kelli Eisler Kelli Eisler Kelli Eisler was guest speaker at the meeting of the Cornelia Johnson Circle of First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 2, in the fellowship hall.

Mrs. Eisler is the director of the Wilkes County chapter of Kids Hope USA, a tutoring and mentoring program.

She was a teacher of special needs children for Gwinnett County until she and her husband, Joel, moved to Wilkes County several years ago. Her passion for the needs of children didn’t stop when she left Atlanta so she pursued and was successful in getting the Kids Hope USA started in Washington. She found the required home-based church in First Baptist Church, trained to become the director, and began implementing the program in Wilkes County schools in the fall of 2016. Students are selected and volunteer counselors are trained and paired one-on-one. The commitment of the counselor is one year but the desired goal is to be paired with a student early in his/her education and follow this student through to graduation from high school. She stated that building a trusting relationship with that student is the key to Kids Hope USA. Prayer partners are also needed to make the program successful and encouraged anyone who wanted to join the team to do so.

Prior to the program Shelley Warrenfells, president, welcomed everyone and Judy Thompson opened with prayer.

Mrs. Warrenfells led the group in the business meeting which included reports from various officers and committees.

Debbie Holes reported the fundraiser from the Hotcake Supper was a success and thanked Janie and David Cravens of McDonald’s for their generous support of this yearly event.

Approximately 30 friends will receive meals in October as a part of the Food for Friends program and meal prep and delivery teams were organized for November.

Susan Branan led the discussion for the upcoming activity that will be packing and providing goody boxes for the church’s college students and military personnel. Each member was reminded to take baked goods to the November meeting and these will be packed with a devotional to be included in each one. Mrs. Branan also thanked all who participated in the “Supper and Singing” with their attendance and desserts, and gave a special thanks to Rachel Fleeman for the program.

Becky Stover gave details for the Love Washington Explosion October 19-20. The kick-off gathering will be Friday night, October 19, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist. Members were reminded they are to provide water bottles for this Saturday ministry and those details were finalized. Sherrie Williams offered to donate numerous cases of bottled water she had. Also the circle will be providing trays of goodies to be delivered to the support service personnel in the city. This year detergent and household items will be provided by the circle to be given out during the event.

Other discussion included the donations of personal hygiene products to the prison ministry along with a donation to the fund for providing the women supper each month and books for their Bible study. These hygiene items are needed at the local schools as well and a list of needed items will be compiled for this ministry.

The circle also will make a donation to UMCOR to help with hurricane assistance.

Jennifer Cragle gave her report from the sunshine committee.

Present were Shelley Warrenfells, Susan Branan, Laura Toburen, Janet Burgess, Randee Barry, Judy Thompson, Diane Jordan, Kay Bray, Linda Smith, Pauline Bell, Beth Conard, Carolyn Reynolds, Tina Lewis, Lynn Connell, Darla Ward, Alice Lindsey, Lisa Isham, Rachel Fleeman, Janet Pharr, Becky Stover, Marcia Delany, Debbie Holes, and newcomers, Juanita Tyler, Eloise Wood, Sherrie Williams, and Teresa Davis.

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