Rev. Dr. Stanley Easton, Deacon, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville and retired Professor of Education and Department Chairman, Jacksonville State University spoke on “ Working with College Students.”
He explained that the Canterbury Club is a JSU recognized campus ministry and a mission of the Episcopal Church. Rev. Dr. Easton, and Rev. Dr. Michael Rich, priest and rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, serve as the campus ministers. The University of Alabama, Auburn University and the Birmingham universities all have full time chaplains, but the Jacksonville State University ministers are parish based. This means this ministry is parish supported by the Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.
Each Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Dr. Rich and Easton and members of the Canterbury Club meet in the Campus Ministry room of St. Luke’s at the corner of Church Street and Drayton Ave. for prayer, supper and conversation. You do not have to be an Episcopalian to attend.
As a mission and service project, for five years members of the club have traveled to the Gulf Coast on Spring Break to help rebuild homes damaged by hurricane Katrina. This year they will travel to Long Island, NY.
For the holidays, the students of the Canterbury Club joins St. Luke’s members to help with the Thanksgiving Day feast to help feed the hungry and homebound in Jacksonville. Further, on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon at the Campus Ministry on the corner of Church and Drayton they distributed rice and beans to those in need. However, Dr. Easton does not feel they are reaching as many as they should, so if you know of anyone in need of these services please let them know.
Each fall there is a Fall College Conference, which is their annual fall get-away, held at Camp McDowell which between Double Springs and Jasper in the Bankhead forest.
Mary L. White read a thank you note from the Second Chance and a note from Sonja Parris recommending membership for Ruth Hobbs.
Constance Sims, treasurer, gave the Treasurer’s Report which reflected a balance of $490.97. She discussed the fact that Regions Bank now wants to charge $3 per month to get a printed statement. This item was tabled until the next meeting.
President Calvert welcomed new member, Bobbi Neumann, and discussed the bake sale which is to be Saturday, April 27.
Mary White addressed the issue of reduced clubs in District II and a proposal to request that the Calhoun County clubs be assigned to District V. Mrs. White will prepare a letter to the District II Board of Directors requesting this action be taken.
President Calvert thanked Shelby Thornton and Sonja Parris for the wonderful decorations and refreshments.
Constance Sims expressed appreciation for the efforts of Joe Maloney in arranging the Gallant Pelham Memorial which was held March 16 and 17.
Members attending were Carolyn Brooks, Kenneith Calvert, Eloise Moersch, Linda Read, Sonja Parris, Maxine Rose, Carolyn Sasser, Constance Sims, Margaret Stem, Shelby Thornton, Sandra Walker, Mary L. White, Margaret Valine, and Bobbi Neumann.