Volunteers, board vital to INASMUCH

To the editor:

First I would like to thank you for these 12 years that you have printed articles to keep INASMUCH Program before the people of Scotland County.

In addition, may I include Cory Hughes for the recent write-up for our volunteer recognition. I made one phone call last Friday to Chris English at the chamber of commerce to ask if anything was coming up, state or countywide, that I could use to recognize the hard work done by INASMUCH volunteers this school year.

By our workday on Wednesday, Scotland County leaders were out in force — Chris, WLNC’s Gary Gallman, Cory Hughes from The Exchange and Kevin Patterson, Coy Moody and Carol Nichols from United Way. They were joined by Beacham Macdougald, who made a beautiful presentation about the work done by volunteers, along with a hand-carved plaque and a mention of Scripture about the Lord’s call to Peter to “feed my lambs” and “feed my sheep” — so like what the volunteers had done — 50,371 bags this year.

One group that is so important to INASMUCH but had been neglected this year — the board of directors for INASMUCH: Brenda Hartis, assistant director, who works so hard to keep in contact with all the volunteers and works with me to choose the foods for the bags and to get the food on hand for the bags.

Other board members are Catherine Quick, Etheleen Locklear, Jeanne Hardee, and Nancy Short. The men members are Robert Norris, Jimmy Weeks, and Thomas Locklear. All decisions made about INASMUCH and its day to day workings are made by this Board.

As to who is responsible for the success of Project INASMUCH this year and all the others years since its beginning in February 2006, I believe is found in my favorite verse: “To God by the glory, great things HE hath done.”

Virginia Ray

Executive director for Project InAsMuch