The Stokes Partnership for Children Annual Meeting was held on Dec. 4 at YMCA Camp Hanes, sponsored by NewBridge Bank. Key stakeholders of the organization, including board members, donors, elected officials, early childhood professionals, K-12 public school staff and officials, program contractors and SPC staff gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.
Perry Carroll, board chair, brought the meeting to order after a meal was served by camp staff. Outgoing board members with terms expiring were recognized for their years of service: Sharon White, Donna Burge and Emily Burgess. New board members Stephanie Shockley, Forsyth Tech; Reverend Neil Routh, King Moravian Church; Renee Goins, Wells Fargo; Erin Haynes, parent; and Susan Hairston with MudPies of King were approved and welcomed. Board terms were renewed for Kathy Payne, YVEDDI Head Start; Jen De Ridder, YMCA Camp Hanes; Janet Whitt, mayor of Danbury; and Cindy Roberts, community representative.
Officers for 2013 were elected and include Perry Carroll, chair; Carolyn Byerly, vice chair; Joan Sherif, secretary; and Ann Watts, treasurer. Cindy Tuttle, SPC executive director, thanked Perry Carroll for his continuing service to SPC.
Tuttle explained that the meeting agenda would deviate from years past and that no formal program, committee or fiscal reports would be given orally. Tuttle stated, “Our thoughts are that it is time to move forward from the challenges of the past, such as budget cuts and to recharge our batteries and move into the future inspired and motivated to serve the young children and families of Stokes County.”
Tuttle then introduced Fred Baker, training associate from Leading to Change, who led the group in a fun, interactive, and powerful presentation challenging everyone to raise their game for the way they work with and support young people in Stokes County, all with the goal of learning to work together. Baker described the presentation titled “Stand and Deliver: Raising Your Voice and Raising Your Game for Children” as “one part team challenges, two parts laughter, and three parts motivation — this music filled experience celebrated our commitment to young people in Stokes County!”
Fred Baker is a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and joined the United States Air Force in 1987 where he served his country for 10 years. During that time, he traveled the world extensively. He is a disabled veteran of the first Persian Gulf War. In 1995, Fred moved to Fayetteville, N.C., where he currently resides, and is the co-owner of D.F. Marketing Inc., a multi-media company. He is very active in his community, especially with children and youth.
Prior to the conclusion of the event, Shannon Cox, SPC program manager, and Cindy Tuttle recognized the 2012 Champion for Children Award recipients. Roosevelt Pitt, of “Charles the Chef” fame, was named the Champion for Children Individual Partner. The Stokes County Schools were named the Champion for Children Community Partner and YVEDDI Head Start was named the Champion for Children Early Learning Partner. The Champion for Children awards recognize individuals, community organizations and early childhood programs that exemplify exceptional support to the young children of Stokes County through monetary donations, time or talent or provide exceptional services and programming for young children.
Stokes Partnership for Children, known primarily as the administrators for local Smart Start and NC Pre-Kindergarten funds, is a non-profit organization designed to provide programs and services for families and young children in Stokes County. For more information call 336-985-2676, join us on Facebook or visit www.stokespfc.com.