Shepherd’s Center of Greenbrier Valley just keeps celebrating.
On Friday, June 17, the group celebrated the 20th anniversary of our Gwen’s Meals Program.
They gathered at the Clingman Center at Montwell Commons in Lewisburg. It was a great event with volunteers from the churches who prepare the meals each week, drivers who deliver the meals, and a few recipients of the meals were present.
They celebrated Gwen Clingman who had a wonderful restaurant in downtown Lewisburg and prepared good home-cooked meals for locals working downtown. Many students from the osteopathic school would come for lunch as the meals weren’t too expensive.
If someone in the community was under the weather or going through a rough time, Clingman would send someone to deliver a meal to their home.
As Clingman’s health declined, she was worried who would “take care of her people?” Shepherd’s Center took over preparing and delivering meals to home bound older adults in Greenbrier County.
They currently deliver 140 meals to individuals in the Greenbrier Valley, Meadow River Valley, and the Alderson Community.
It was special to hold their celebration at the Clingman Center, named after Clingman. Several in attendance shared their memories of Clingman and how special she was to everyone. Shepherd’s Center of the Greenbrier Valley says it is an honor and a privilege to carry on her memory.
The Lewisburg Rotary Club had several members as one of their service projects come and help with set up, serving, and clean up. Bill Visted, David Hammond, Kim Beard, and Martha Hilton from the Lewisburg Rotary Club joined in the fun and fellowship and were a huge help.
The food was delicious. Cross Creek Hospitality catered the event with chicken and pork barbeque with all the trimmings.
They also enjoyed some Irish music provided by Lewisburg’s own Patrick O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty. entertained them with great Irish background music and then played a request or two.
O’Flaherty plays at various venues around town. If you haven’t heard O’Flaherty play, check out his website and find out where he might be playing.
Shepherd’s Center wasn’t finished celebrating yet – they went to the Meadow River Valley and met at the Rupert Library with the ladies from Rainelle and Rupert. It had been two years since the group had been together, and it was great seeing everyone again. Planning has begun for the fall 2022 Adventures in Learning classes, crafts, devotions, etc. with classes starting in September in Rainelle at the First Baptist Church.
If you might be interested in attending Adventures in Learning in Lewisburg or Rainelle, call their office and they will make sure you receive a brochure when plans are finalized.
Lunch followed our meeting in Rupert at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant where the group celebrated Deloris Lilly’s 90th birthday.
Several of the ladies give her cards and gifts, and the group had her a birthday cake. Lilly was surprised and everyone enjoyed celebrating with her.
She is an amazing “young” woman who enjoys life and coming to Shepherd’s Center.
|Deloris Lilly celebrates her 90th birthday.|
|Sally Lane, SCGV board president, speaks at the Clingman Center.|