Published 7:54 pm Friday, August 5, 2016

The Saturday night Jamboree held its annual hotdog cookout July 9 at the Redmen’s Lodge in Washington.

Loving volunteer Carolyn Jefferson and Carolyn’s daughter registered 134 clients, while Kathy Scrape helped with nametags. Michael Cutler brought photos for distribution taken during the June prom.

Russell Jefferson kept a close watch at the door, while DJ Kenny Beacham played music for dancing, listening and toe-tapping pleasure.

Redmen member Kenny Beacham called games of Bingo and all winners received $1. Other caring volunteers helping for the evening were Marlene Sprouse, Ellwood Sprouse, Tine Woolard, Michael Cutler and Joyce Carawan, Kathy Lilly, Jim Sadler and Kathy Scrape.

A special performance by the 15th Street Church of God New Missions class was led by Terry Connors and Shellie Hodges. The class sang “God Bless America” and performed sign language to “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” They also led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, Christian flag and the Bible. Leslie Hodges asked the blessing.

Redmen members served hotdogs and trimmings. Those serving included Tim Cashion, Kenny Beacham, Gill Davis, Page Davis, Lawrence Beacham, Richard and Sandy Gerald, Roger Ferrell, Hal and Diana Mathieson, Susan Leggett, Kip Huss and Ashley Futrell.

Marlene Sprouse led the activities and thanked the Redmen for the wonderful meal. Participants with July birthdays were honored with a birthday hat while everyone sang “Happy Birthday.”

The Saturday Night Jamboree is celebrating 42 years of monthly events and most of those have been at the Redmen Lodge with support from many dedicated Redmen. The lodge has also been used by many persons in our communities for many years. Now the lodge needs our help. The building is in need of a new roof and other repairs on the inside. To show the Jamboree’s appreciation, it was decided that the Jamboree would host a raffle in an effort to raise funds to save the place that has provided support to so many people in need. A special drawing was held at the July Jamboree for a 64-quart Yeti cooler donated by Ray Harris, Fire Chief of the Bunyon Fire Department; and a 32-oz. Yeti cup and Yeti drink holder, both donated by D&H Equipment. The winner of the cooler was Wayne Craig, Washington, the 32-oz. Yeti cup winner was Lee Smith, Lexington, and the Yeti drink holder was won by Joyce Carawan, Washington.

The next Jamboree will be held Aug. 13, 2016 from 6 until 8 p.m. All mentally/physically-challenged residents and all volunteers are urged to attend.

For more information about the Saturday Night Jamboree, contact Marlene Sprouse 252-229-7831.

Submitted by Tine Woolard, Secretary