Local Newsmakers - March 4, 2008

Jeannine Burger recognized by national Red Cross

American Red Cross volunteer Jeannine Burger with the Upper Palmetto chapter has been honored by national headquarters with the Red Hot Partner Volunteer Fundraiser Award.

The national award recognizes a volunteer fundraiser who has collaborated and done something significant to further the work of the Red Cross development department.

Burger was recognized for more than 10 years of service to the chapter, including three years in leadership positions and her contributions to a national project, the strategic fundraising initiative.

She began her volunteer career locally in 1996 after being elected to the board of directors. She implemented the first Board Giving Campaign, started the chapter's major gifts campaign and established a system to recognize donors.

Burger now serves on the board of directors and the executive committee and she chairs the financial development committee. She has served on the Mid-Atlantic Resource Council and most recently has been one of only two volunteer members of the National Strategic Fundraising Initiative Advisory Board, responsible for developing and implementing a fundraising plan for chapters nationwide.

The Upper Palmetto chapter serves York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Scouting dinner raises $137,400

The York District of the Boy Scouts of America's annual Friends of Scouting Pacesetter Dinner on Feb. 19 raised $137,400 for the Palmetto Council's activities.

The speaker was Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody, who talked about her father, a Scoutmaster for 44 years. Scheduled guest speaker William F. "Rick" Cronk, current National BSA board president, had to cancel because of a death in the family. Eddie Brown chaired the event held at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek in Rock Hill.

Proceeds support the council's activities. During 2006, 116 boys from the council, including 56 from the York District alone, were recognized as achieving the level of Eagle Scout.

Winthrop grad receives activity assistant honor

Winthrop University graduate Dee Cote, an employee at Atria Forest Lake in Columbia, has been named South Carolina's Activity Assistant of the Year.

The award is presented each year to an activity professional who has showcased outstanding performance and contributions in senior living. Cote was nominated by her coworkers.

Lake Wylie Lionesses host bash for White Oak patients

The Lake Wylie Lioness Lions Club hosted its 30th annual Valentine's Day party for patients at White Oak Manor in York. The 109 guests feasted on dessert and punch while opening gift bags, which included personal items and a large chocolate heart.

Lioness Lions Club Second Vice President Ann Sturcken presented a gift of a karaoke machine to be used by White Oak patients. Sturcken and her family, including husband Larry and son Tom, initiated the party four years before the club's involvement.

York student competing in state poetry event

A'derrica Roseboro of York Comprehensive High School in York is among nine South Carolina high school students who will compete at the state Poetry Out Loud event Saturday.

Roseboro is one of three finalists in the Upstate regional Poetry Out Loud competition who will advance to the state level. Saturday's event, to be hosted by the Columbia Museum of Art, is a competition for the state title. The winner will advance to the national finals in April in Washington, D.C.

The state champion also will receive $200 and a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for their school library. A state runner-up will receive $100 and their school library will receive a $200 poetry book stipend. The event is sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission and the University of South Carolina poetry initiative.