Neighbor 2 Neighbor Holds Clean-Up Event

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Volunteers Jane and Clarence Huffman work along the main path near the Rector Community Center

A group of hard-working volunteer gardeners with community spirit rolled up their sleeves under ideal weather conditions at the Rector Community Center Saturday with the purpose of cleaning up the grounds immediately surrounding the Center. The Community Center Committee, Rector Garden Club, Rector High School's 4-H Club and the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Committee combined to prune shrubs from the sidewalk area, cut back crepe myrtles, rake out leaves and prepare the center for spring.

"It was a total team effort," N2N organizer Marvin Gatewood said. "We had an outstanding group of volunteers turn out and work."

Rector Community Center Director and Garden Club member Linda Robinson joined the workers as they tackled all the garden areas surrounding the community center, including the berms at the main entrance to Memorial Park. The Neighbor 2 Neighbor Committee initiated the work day, but was quickly supported by the various other committees. The amount of work required at the site was accomplished in a short time with multiple groups working together.

"With a group like that working together, we accomplished a great deal in one afternoon," Marvin Gatewood said. "It was fantastic!"

After lunch, provided for the 17 workers by N2N funds, three trailer-loads and four pick-up truck beds of brush, limbs and leaves were removed. The center appears fresh and ready for spring following the clean up effort.

"The Neighbor 2 Neighbor committee, Community Center Committee and the Rector Garden Club thanked each other and all volunteers repeatedly during the morning's work and the result shows how much can be accomplished when Neighbors work together with a common goal," organizer Jane Gatewood said

The volunteers who took part in the effort included: Linda Robinson, Clarence and Jane Huffman, Kenneth and Alma Webb, Martha Thompson, Susie McCarroll, Raymond and Melba Bradbury, Charles Faught, Janet Manchester, Regina Vangilder, Lyn Bookout, Martha Banks and Mary Banks and Marvin and Jane Gatewood.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor is currently planning another clean up event in August as part of preparation for the Labor Day Picnic.

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