Fort Mill Times

Club news - June 17, 2009

IL DAR hosts discussion

The Indian Land Chapter of the DAR will hold a roundtable discussion 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy., Indian Land. The discussion will revolve around how to become a member and find your patriot.

The DAR will assist in the geneology research. Bring any available information and documents about ancestors. New members and women who want to transfer their existing membership are always welcome.

For more information, call Pat Donatelli at 547-1315 or Ann Sligar 547-0713 or visit

GM retirees forming club

There will be a GM Metropolitan Charlotte Salaried Retirees Club Reception at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Golf Club Clubhouse in Indian Land 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. All retired salaried GM employee and their spouse residing in the area are invited.

The purpose of the club is to get together for social events, to have informative guests speakers and to keep members informed on matters dealing with General Motors. There will be a cash bar. The charge to belong to the the club is $10 per family upon completing a registration form.

For more information, call Bill Henderson at 233-4943 or Jim Abel at 322-8897.

Vintage Club active

Members of the Tega Cay Vintage Club invite you to join in their fun activities. For membership information, call Marty Camhi at 396-8550 or send an e-mail to martycamhi@live.com0.

Daughters of the Confederacy

The Florence Thornwell Chapter 246, United Daughters of the Confederacy in Fort Mill welcomes new members as well as descendants of former chapter members. The chapter was originally chartered as the Fort Mill Chapter 246. The name was changed to the Florence Thornwell Chapter in 1909 to honor its first president, Florence Thornwell. Thirty-five ladies, whose husbands, fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles served the Confederacy, were charter members. Many of the members' surnames are as familiar today in Fort Mill as they were 110 years ago when the chapter was chartered. Ladies aged 16 and older who are interested in joining the UDC can call Gail Robinson at 548-9395.

Knit together

To anyone interested in crochet or knitting, a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library. For more information, e-mail Rose Baker at, or visit

Down Syndrome support offered

A support group for Fort Mill area residents who have loved ones with Down Syndrome is now available. For more information, call Theresa Marino at 802-0332.

VFW has membership drive

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9138 is actively working to recruit all eligible veterans and active duty military personnel into the VFW. Anyone who ever served or is currently serving in any of the five branches of the U.S. military, including the Reserves or National Guard, is welcome to join. Call 547-5480 after 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Birthmother group meets regularly

A support group for women who have given up children for adoption meets in Fort Mill. The goal of this group is to help heal from the pain of losing children. Confidentiality at these support group meetings is stressed and remains a high priority. For information, contact Carolyn at 548-7698 or e-mail

Calling all gardeners

Members of Gardening on the Cay may not all have green thumbs, but they are eager to learn as much as they can about gardening while enjoying the social aspects of the club. Gardening on the Cay is affiliated with the Garden Club of South Carolina Inc., and a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc.

The club is open to all ladies in Fort Mill Township. Meetings are held in members' homes on the second Monday night each month and dues cost $20 for the year.

For more information, call Christine McCallion at 547-3537.

Have something to say? Say it here!

Toastmasters offers educational material on such topics as overcoming the fear of speaking and giving advanced speeches such as roasts and other humorous speeches. Other programs that can provide helpful material are the Better Speaker Series and the Leadership Excellence Series. The Fort Mill chapter meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. Call Tim Gunnels at 493-9048 or Andy Hanschu at 704-287-0687.

Elks meet

The New Fort Mill Elks Lodge meets at the American Legion on the first and third Mondays of the month. Anyone interested in joining the Elks or more information, can contact Exalted Ruler Patrick Coyle at or 704-968-7219

Bridge, Lego groups

Interested in learning to play bridge fast? Interested in starting a Lego creative play group? For more info, send an e-mail to or visit

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon meetings are for anyone who has been affected by someone else's drinking.

• Fort Mill meetings are held at the little brick house beside First Baptist Church on Monroe White Street on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

• Tega Cay meetings are held every Monday at 8 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church on Hwy. 160 at Gold Hill Road.

River watchers

The Lake Wylie Covekeepers meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Red Fez Club, just south of the Buster Boyd Bridge on Hwy. 49, on the North Carolina side of the river. Call Steve Johnson at 802-5368.

Sierra Club meets

Henry's Knob Group of S.C. Sierra Club meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Wesley Foundation, Stewart Street and Park Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call Pat Grant at 980-4000.

Blues club jams

The Fort Mill Blues Club meets to jam twice a month from 7 p.m. until closing at McHale's on Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. Bring your ax, harp, sticks, vocals - whatever your blues chops require. Call 951-837-0008 or send an e-mail to

Dads group meets

York County Dads is a group for stay-at-home dads who meet with their kids for weekly playgroups. For more information about dates, times and events, send an e-mail to

Moms club meets

Fort Mill Mothers of Preschoolers meets every other Friday. MOPS formed to encourage, equip and develop every mother of a preschooler to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader. It strives to develop meaningful relationships through small groups and to share their love of Jesus Christ. Visit

Moms of multiples

Attention all mothers of twins, triplets or more. The Mid-Upstate Mothers of Multiples Support Club of South Carolina (the MUMMS Club of SC) is in search of new members for a new area chapter. The MUMMS Club is a nonprofit organization designed to provide support to mothers and expectant mothers of multiple birth children. For details, call Monica at 831-5343 or Ruth at 329-1813.

CFS support group

The Piedmont Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Piedmont Women's Center, Conference Room D, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. For more information, call Ann Norman at 366-4799 or Pansy Yates at 329-1234.