Community news for March 13

March 12, 2014 

Leo Club’s inaugural meeting March 19

The public is invited to attend the Clover Lake Wylie Leo Club’s inaugural meeting at 4 p.m. March 19 at Clover Middle School.

The purpose of this newly chartered club sponsored by the River Hills Lions, is “to promote service activities among the youth of the community, which will develop the individual qualities of leadership, experience and opportunity (LEO), and unite its members in friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding.”

Clover Lake Wylie Leo team members already have packaged 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now charity at the South Carolina’s Leo Club Conference. They are collecting recyclable items throughout Clover Middle School, maintaining the Gloria Reid Memorial Garden and the safety patrol.

River Hills Lions advisers Frank Van Leer, JP Russell and Morgan Lombardo, as well as school adviser Leslie Williams, will conduct the ceremony. According to Lions Club International more than 160,000 young people in 140 countries volunteer to serve local communities.

GOP group to focus on U.S. Senate races

The Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club will hold a “Red to the Roots” town-hall style luncheon meeting to talk about South Carolina’s 2014 electoral cycle on March 28 at the River Hills Country Club. Emphasis will be on U.S. senatorial races.

Wes Climer, chairman of the York County Republican Party, will serve as moderator. A question and answer segment will follow the presentations.

The South Carolina Republican Party “Red to the Roots” campaign has as its focus the election of more Republicans to local office.

The meeting begins with social time at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and speaker forum at noon. Cost is $18 per person. To reserve your seat with or without lunch, call 803-831-1814 by March 25.

The group also will hold a White Elephant Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 in the R.P. Boggs & Co. parking lot at Lake Wylie Plaza. Proceeds go to Clover Area Assistance Center Easter meal program.

Donations of gently-used items including purses, belts and specialty items are accepted. However, no clothing please. For more information or for donation pickup, call 803-431-1691.

Clover Optimists oratorical contest March 29

The Clover Optimist Club will host its annual oratorical contest for children at 10 a.m. March 29.

Children will be asked to write and speak on the topic “How my passions impact the world.” The speech must be four to five minutes long.

Each contestant must prepare his or her own speech and may receive advice in the preparation.

The contest is open to all youths younger than 19. Parental permission is required.

The contest will be at the Clover Optimist Club, 1500 Tom Joye Road, Clover. Entrants should bring a copy of their speech, a copy of their birth certificate and the application.

For details or an application, call 803-684-2008 or email

Women’s club holding game lunch

The Clover Woman’s Club will meet 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Lake Wylie Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Local author/artist Jonathan Miller will speak. Mr. and Mrs. Cary Grant will give a brief talk on the history of Bethel Presbyterian Church as the church celebrates its 250th anniversary.

The club will hold a “Downton Abbey” card and board game luncheon at 1 p.m. April 4 at Clover School District office, 604 Bethel St.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Lunch is served at 1 p.m. followed by the games. Cost is $15 and includes door prizes. Call 803-684-5271 for information.

5K race planned for Relay for Life

The Stars of Hope Relay for Life team of First Baptist Church in York will sponsor a 5K Hippity Hoppity Hope Easter run/walk.

The event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and the route will begin at the church and go through a residential part of York.

Early packet pickup will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the church fellowship hall. Race-day registration and packet pickup will be from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

For details, call 684-4297 or go to Online registration is available at

Preschool registration underway

First Baptist Church Preschool of York is taking registration for 3- and 4-year-olds for the 2014-2015 school year.

Half-day programs are offered for three and five days from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call Beth at 803-448-6439 or visit

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