Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument
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THE BUCKET            

NEWSLETTER  

 

FRIENDS OF BOOKER T WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT

THE BUCKET NEWSLETTER

2018 SPRING-SUMMER EDITION

 

FRIENDS OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT

P O Box 755

Hardy, VA 24101

www.friendsofbookertw.org

friendsofbowa@gmail.com

 

 

 

MISSION

In partnership with the National Park Service, The Friends support Booker T.

Washington National Monument and its mission to preserve and protect the birth site

and childhood home of Booker T. Washington and promote public awareness and

appreciation for his legacy.

To BTWNM Brittany Webb as new park ranger. She has been working at

Tuskegee University and it’s good to have her back with us.

Friends of BTWNM

P O Box 755

Hardy, VA 24101

 

UPCOMING EVENT Mark your calendar!! FUN FOR ALL!

JUNETEENTH --Saturday, June 16, 2018. CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM featuring JARELL

SMALL & CO.,The Faithful Travelers, Shockoe Boyz, EnVue, Victoriouz Praize and

Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven and performances by the Monument’s Living

History Guild. There will also be a children’s village, petting zoo and food vendors.

Time: 11 AM to 4 PM

For information call (540) 721-2094 or check out website: www.nps.gov/bowa

See the Park flyer on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BookerTWashingtonNPS

LEGACY DINNER 2018

Our Legacy Dinner had the biggest attendance yet with 200+ tickets sold. Our speaker

was Beth Macy, author of Truevine. We thank her for honoring as our speaker this

year. She emphasized the struggles of a mother in search of her missing boys

encompassing this year’s theme “A Mother’s Quest” in honor of Booker T.

Washington’s mother Jane and all mothers. We received several beautiful tributes to

local mothers for our program journal. Penny Blue of the Living History Guild was our

MC and presided as Booker’s mother, Jane.

The Friends chose to honor several people who have made meaningful service

contributions in the community. We recognized these “Angels Among Us”: Carla

Whitfield, our Park Superintendent; John Whitfield, Historian; Beth Macy, Author of

Truevine, and Nancy Saunders, niece and caretaker of the Muse brothers in their final

years of life.

Music was performed by Kyana Waters, granddaughter of Dr. Gloria Freeman-Martin

and hostess of the event, in her rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. Kyana is a

2017 graduate of Spelman College. She ended the program leading us in our Negro

National Anthem.

Two Five Hundred Dollar Scholarships were awarded to very deserving students from

Franklin County High School. Rowan Abshire Sims, daughter of Ranger Timothy Sims

and Ella Green.

The Friends appreciate the support of all those in attendance, businesses that bought

ads, new memberships and renewals and our special guests and participants. We

want to give a special shout out to Judy Starkey and her crew as our caterer for the

past seven years since our inception of the Legacy Dinner. She has done an

exceptional job. Last but not least, thanks to Gloria Freeman-Martin and her

committee for all their work in planning all aspects of this very special event. It is a

daunting job and they really pulled it off.

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE FRIENDS?

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Our membership initiative is from the Legacy Dinner through Juneteenth which is June 16th.

Please make sure you have renewed. You are important to us and we don’t want to lose you.

Our membership is headed by Ruby Penn and Richard Millar.

You can go to our website and use PayPal or send checks payable to FBTWNM, P O Box 755,

Hardy, VA 24101.

WAYS TO DONATE ONLINE--Both can be done from our website www.friendsofbookertw.org

amazon.smile.com--Whenever you order, remember us. This also includes orders

through Prime.

PayPal--Make donations or join or renew your Friends Membership.

We have eleven new memberships as of May 11, 2018.

GO FUND ME--The Friends have a page on Facebook. It’s a Summer Enrichment fundraiser.

Our goal is $10,000. CHECK IT OUT and DONATE!! www.gofundme.com/summer-enrichment

Help us prevent and reduce the Summer Learning Lapse along with help children develop

additional and new skills in a fun environment.

We have eleven new memberships as of May 11, 2018.

GRANTS

We received $2000 in grant funds for the Friends Alliance Meeting in

Washington, DC for two members to attend.

101 Challenge - -The FBTWNM have in honor of the 101st anniversary of the National Park

Service created a new fundraising campaign for the park called the 101st Booker T.

Washington Bucket Challenge. 101 members of the community, local leaders and businesses

are invited to support the park through the Friends group. Richard Millar is the fundraiser

chairperson. He says the challenge can help offset some of the budget cuts the park has

faced recently. The name of the fundraiser came from a speech Washington gave in Atlanta in

1895 that described his growing up on the Burroughs plantation where the park now stands. In

a recent article in the Laker Weekly, it was stated that “If the friends group is able to meet its

goal of 101 donations of $100, it would bring in $10,100, which could enhance existing park

programs, as well as add new ones.”

Rites of Passage Program

ROPP Summer Camp Press Release: The Booker T. Washington Rites of Passage

Program(ROPP) for youth will kick-off its Summer Program this year during Summer Camp.

The FBTWNM will partner with the Good Neighbors Program of Smith Mountain Lake, three

churches--Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Rocky Mount, Sweet Union Baptist

Church of Roanoke and the National Park Service and others.

Free hot breakfasts and lunches will be served daily. The youth will participate in a Mega

Skills activity to enhance and enrich their public school education. They will share in the

reading, critical thinking and analysis of Black History to aid in their cultural growth and

development. They will participate in Service Projects at BTWNM and other organizations to

start and build their accumulation of service hours for scholarship application and internships.

Also, community and business leaders will be invited to share their career experiences with

the youth to aid in their transition to college and leadership roles. Tutoring, counseling,

college prep and service in the community will broaden their knowledge of historical and

cultural events and strengthen their desires and aspirations to learn.

The Summer Enrichment Camp in Franklin County will take place for Franklin County students

ages 4-18 at Holy Trinity Baptist Church Monday through Friday, June 4 -29 from 8:30AM to

12:30PM.

Yes, some recreation, sports, games and tours will be included! A staff of leaders will be

trained, who will come to us from the local colleges and universities. For questions or

applications, please contact: Dr. Gloria Freeman-Martin, 540 420-4641 or Email:

glofremar3@gmail.com

Also support this program on our GoFundMe page www.gofundme.com/summer-enrichment .

New Board Member Added

The Friends have partnered with The SML Good Neighbors organization and have added and

welcomed representative Lisa Leitz to our Board.

NOTICE: The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument will have several retiring

members of our Board of Directors. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October

27, 2018. The offices of President, Vice President, Recording Secretary and Corresponding

Secretary are open for nomination and also six Members at Large positions. Please consider

Interest in becoming a member of the Board and let us know.

 FRIENDS OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON       Website: www.friendsofbookert.org        Email:  friendsofbowa@gmail.com 

FBTWNM Board Officers 

President:  Cindy Simmons 540-874-4872 

Vice President:  Ruby Penn    

Secretary:  Paula Clay             

Treasurer:  Kaye Hancock           

Recording Secretary:  Edith Morgan

 
MISSION In partnership with the National Park Service, The Friends support Booker T. Washington National Monument and its mission to preserve and protect the birth site and childhood home of Booker T. Washington and promote public awareness and appreciation for his legacy

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."        Booker T. Washington

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Welcome new members!  The Friends of Booker T Washington National Monument is so happy to have you on board with us.  Our recent membership drive brought us 35 new members and Ruby Penn, our recording secretary won the membership drive prize with the most new memberships.  A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERS!

We would like to keep this momentum going so tell your friends and neighbors to join us.  Our website is able to receive memberships and payments and you can also call us for a brochure and mail in your membership. 

MEMBERSHIP TO FRIENDS We welcome new members to be part of our   Friends organization:      

Students--$5

Patrons--$100-$499

Individuals--$15

Sponsor--$500-$999

Family--$25

Benefactor-$1000+

Organizations--$50

Memberships may be paid by mail or at our website  through Paypal. 

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Welcome new members!  The Friends of Booker T Washington National Monument is so happy to have you on board with us.  Our recent membership drive brought us 35 new members and Ruby Penn, our recording secretary won the membership drive prize with the most new memberships.  A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERS!

We would like to keep this momentum going so tell your friends and neighbors to join us.  Our website is able to receive memberships and payments and you can also call us for a brochure and mail in your membership. 

ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER 29, 2016

On your next visit to the Park please check out our scrapbook of memories the Friends made in the 8 years our group has been around!  Take a brochure for your neighbor, or better yet bring them with you to see the new movie, THE MEASURE OF A MAN.  Our next Annual Meeting is right around the corner so please mark your calendar for October 29 and plan to join us to learn more about our year’s activities and upcoming plans.  ~By Robertson Simmons, Vice President, FBTWNM

Say it ain't so.  Summer is about over and October is fast approaching.  October is special for the Friends because it is the month we host our annual metting.  We like to acquaint ourselves with our new members and reacquaint ourselves with our members that have been with usfor a while.  It is also when we elect our officers and new board members.  This year we will be electing a new President, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary and a few new board members.

If you are interested in being an officer or joining our board please let me know.  This is my last year as president and I am chairing the nominating commettee.  We need more help by those that believe in our cause to help take the Park and Friends to greater heights.

If you are not interested in joining the board, come out anyway and help us elect those that will help guide the Friends over the next two years and join us for a cup of coffee, a bite to eat and conversation.   ~By Penny Edwards Blue, President,FBTWNM

 

 Grant, Membership and Scholarship News

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
A Letter of Intent has been sent and received.  This grant is to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American Cultural Heritage.  The fund supports Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning and Programming and Interpretation.
 


The Friends have been awarded a scholarship for $2000 to help in travel expenses in attending the Friends Alliance Meeting in Washington, DC in March.  Two board members Gloria Martin and Ruby Penn have been chosen to attend.  
 
 

In honor of the 101st anniversary of the National Park System and the 62nd anniversary of the BTWNM, the Friends Group is inviting 101 local leaders and businesses to start a tradition of sponsoring the park through the Friends Group by joining the 101st Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge with an annual donation gift of $100.  The leadership gift will preserve this piece of history right here in our community so that future generations can discover the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the richness of Smith Mountain Lake, VA.  The Membership committee is headed by Rich Millar and Ruby Penn.
 

     
The Friends will be awarding two $500 student scholarships this year at the Legacy Dinner to FCHS students.

 

We are a non-profit organization.. If you would like to help out, please contact us for a list of our most needed items or volunteer opportunities.

 

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