Letters to the Editor — June 6, 2014

AAUW champions NAACP Youth Council grant request


The American Association of University Women supports women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Although our focus is primarily on women and girls, discrimination for any reason is unacceptable to us.

The NAACP Youth Council asked for money to host financial education workshops for young people, family-friendly fitness events and to send members to a national convention. We support these goals and will be contributing to the Youth Council’s work.

We support the financial education workshops for young people. According to the U.S. Census, there is a wage gap based on gender, race and ethnicity. Overall, women make 77 cents for each dollar a man makes. If that woman happens to be black, she makes only 69 cents on the dollar, and if she is Hispanic, she makes 57 cents. Black and Hispanic men also experience a wage gap.

One of the goals of AAUW is to bring about pay equity to people of all ethnicities, races and genders.

Fitness includes physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. The current generation of teenagers is the unhealthiest in our history. A third of children between 2 and 19 are overweight or obese. They are developing health problems that formerly were only seen in adults. Information and activities related to family-friendly fitness may help this problem.

Concerns about emotional well-being can arise from a hostile environment and discrimination such as that expressed by Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips at the Sussex County Council meeting. We all need to be part of an environment that actively supports equality and inclusion.

Some Youth Council members want to attend a convention in Las Vegas. They themselves did not choose this location. Conferences provide youth with opportunities to raise their level of expectations about themselves and others. They get new ideas and inspiration to create a better life for themselves and others. Let us be sure when they return home to Sussex County that their ideas are valued, their inspiration is encouraged, and that their words fall on respectful ears.

We believe that the NAACP Youth Council has chosen important projects that deserve to be funded. The C-G Branch of AAUW will make a financial contribution to help ensure the projects’ success.

Penny Deiner, President
Coastal-Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women

A picnic of thanks for the LEO Club


On Sunday afternoon, the Fenwick Island Lions Club hosted an end-of-the-year picnic at Camp Barnes for the Indian River High School LEO Club — as a way of saying “Thank you” to its members for the service work they do in the community and for helping us with our fundraisers.

The Indian River High School LEO Club was established in 2003, with the Fenwick Island Lions Club as its sponsor. Today, the club is one of the largest at the high school and has over 130 members. Service projects are overseen by the very competent and gifted advisor Ms. Laura Quillen, who is a much-admired geometry teacher at the school.

Typical picnic fare was served, including hamburgers, hotdogs, salads and drinks, but clearly the paddleboards were the hit of the day! Rick Haden, who locally supports wounded service personnel through his House of David Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, kindly provided both the boards and instructions on a strictly voluntary basis, and Jim and Shelia McGrath of Bethany Surf Shop donated most of the boards and threw in both T-Shirts and Bethany Surf Shop stickers, to boot. We are incredibly grateful to Rick, Jim and Shelia for their generosity and giving spirit.

We were also delighted to welcome a group of students who attend Sussex Tech and are interested in starting a LEO Club at that school. Lion Jack Bauer and his wife, Lion Janet, as well as several other Lord Baltimore Lions, also attended the affair and helped with the preparation of the food. We were also delighted to welcome our Lions district governor, Mary Lee Phillips from the Millsboro Lions Club, as well as our District governor-elect, Cheryl Jones from the Laurel Lions Club.

We would certainly be remiss if we failed to thank the Delaware State Police, who oversee Camp Barnes, for the use of this wonderful facility.

Aren’t we lucky to call this our home and to have as neighbors such caring and giving individuals?

Thank you, LEOs, one and all.

Bruce Schoonover, President
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Legislators: Keep discussion on course


I’m sure many of you have heard by now the news that the Coast Guard will continue to maintain the channel markers in Pepper and White creeks, at least for now.

Ever since the Coast Guard announced it would not maintain those navigational markers, we have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from concerned constituents about this and other key issues — such as dredging — related to our waterways.

We want to thank the more than 100 residents who attended the public meeting we hosted earlier this month at the Millville fire department to talk about these important issues. And we’re grateful to the representatives from DNREC and others for participating in the meeting and answering a lot of questions.

We’re glad the federal government has apparently listened to these concerns and decided to continue to maintain the navigational aids, at least for the time being. Still, many questions remain about how to address the short- and long-term management of our waterways. Who will lead that effort — the state or the federal government? And how will we pay for it?

At least in this case, we’ve seen that open communication is perhaps the most important factor in getting results. As we tackle the difficult decisions ahead of us, much more communication and cooperation will be needed. As always, you can reach the two of us at Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us and Ronald.Gray@state.de.us.

Please continue to let us know of your concerns, and we’ll make sure the proper officials at the state or federal levels are made aware. We all have the same goal: to make sure our state waterways are properly maintained for this and future generations.

State Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th)
State Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th)

IRHS alumni keeping plenty busy


We are proud IR graduates, and we are proud members of a community that jumped up to help us with our biggest fundraiser ever. The Indian River High School Alumni Association hosted the second annual “Food & FUN-raiser” in April to connect alumni, celebrate green-and-gold and begin our goal of building a school sign at Armory Road.

When we sought contributions to defray event costs of food, drinks, entertainment and auction items, we were amazed at how many people, businesses and groups sent us gifts of all kinds and sizes. Each gift brought us closer to raising the funds providing scholarships and working to build IRHS the quality sign it deserves.

We gratefully thank the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company for their exceptional support and use of their facility. A full list of donors will be available at www.IRHSAlumni.com.

Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and joined us for a night of delicious homemade food, cornhole, auction items and more. People got lucky with some incredible ticket, silent and live auctions. They supported a local food pantry with much needed non-perishable food items. Plus, watch the roads this summer as more IR alumni license tags are attached to vehicles this year.

We also facilitate the annual IRHS Hall of Fame induction (recognizing outstanding graduates) and IR Pride Scholarship (to students who make IR a better place).

For free registration or more information, visit www.IRHSAlumni.com, email IndianRiverAlumni@gmail.com or call IR High School at (302) 732-1500.

We are IR!

Indian River High School
Alumni Association

JBH fundraiser a hit, thanks to many


A big thank-you to all of our JBH staff, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, visitors, our families and wonderful friends! You all made this year’s event a sell-out. The Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Justin’s Beach House 5K is slated to be a premier event every Memorial Day.

Thank you also to the Bethany Beach police and fire departments and the city council of Bethany Beach! God bless you all. Thank you.

R. Craig Nantais, Chairperson
Justin’s Beach House

Fashion event a hit, thanks to supporters


Through the generosity of our guests and the donations from our supporters for the May 14 “Splash into Fashion” event, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club has been able to continue its scholarship program for both IRHS seniors and a continuing-education nursing student at Beebe.

A tremendous thank-you to our donors: Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Bethany Diner, Dickens Parlour Theatre, All-About-U-Salon, Curves, Cotton Club, Harry & David, Good Earth Market, Hocker’s, Japanesque, Kool Bean Bistro, Louie & Frank’s Italian Specialties, MAC’s Catering, Miller’s Creek, Papa John’s, Robert’s Repair, Treasure Island and UPS (Ocean View); and extended thanks to Lioness friend Mary Ann Shoemaker for her special talents.

An additional note of appreciation to our presenters, Dress Barn and Pineapple Princess, both of Rehoboth Beach, and our host venue, the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.

Since 1990, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club supports not only the Lions International but also services local community needs, in addition to the scholarship program. Come join us at our next “picnic” meeting, June 11, at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church Hall (Central Avenue) at 6 p.m. Please RSVP at (302) 541-8419 (Bonnie) or (302) 381-0898 (Mary).

Karen Lucas, Secretary
Lord Baltimore Lions Club