They say all good things must come to an end — a saying we felt here at Communities In Schools last week as we said goodbye to five long-withstanding board members.
On Thursday, March 14th, 2013 — CIS honored Brenda Sales, Linda Zinger, Matt Daye, Sheneele Wagoner, and Scott Perry with a small luncheon, enjoying some great food, fun, and fellowship as we said goodbye. The meal was catered by Tim Adams.
Along with some laughter, some tears, some silly hats and a sillier song — we took the time to honor each of these outstanding citizens for their hard work and dedication over the years. Read on to find out more about each of them — and see what “honorary title” they were given during our shenanigans.
Brenda Sales, a board member since 1995, is retired from the North Carolina Juvenile Justice office. During her time with us, she served as bother chairman and vice chairman. She has been instrumental in our fundraisers, from chicken-ques to our booth at Merle Fest, so with love and affection she was heralded “Bean-Slinger of the Year.”
Linda Zinger, a realtor for Carolina Realty has served since 2005. Acting as vice-chair during her tenure here, she has volunteered not only time on the board, but as a mentor in both the Friends of Youth and Lunch Buddy programs. She has gone above and beyond, even contributing a portion of profit from her realty sales with a program called Lots for Learning. She is due the title of best all-around, though “Best Straight Up and Down” was much more fitting for her physique.
Moving onward is Matt Daye, who served from 1996 and acted as both our assistant treasurer and treasurer during this time. He’s a senior vice-president at Yadkin Valley Bank, and has spent time volunteering for our mentoring programs as well. Through all our recent changes, he has been the frugal voice of reason — earning him the title of “Penny Pincher of the Decade.”
Sheneele Wagoner has been with us since 2001. She works as a lead instructor at Wilkes Community College, and has volunteered time not only as secretary of our board, but within the New Century Scholar steering committee as well. With a full-time job, her family, and going to school for a doctorate — we have been awestruck at her dedication to our programs at CIS. Therefore, Sheneele was given the “Most Scholarly Award” as we said our farewell.
Last but not least is another long time runner from 1995, Scott Perry. He is employed with the North Carolina office of Juvenile Justice — and served as chair of the nominating committee during his time with us. Not only this, but he was always a loyal attendee of every CIS chicken-que fundraiser — helping us pack chicken into boxes in a manner that deserved the title “Best Chicken-Handler.”
In all seriousness, we here at Communities In Schools would like to extend our gratitude out once again to all of these former board members. It has been through your help and dedication that we have been able to reach and impact our local students. We thank you for taking the time and making the difference in their lives.