Letters to the Editor - October 29, 2010

Cripple Creek efforts very succesful

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The White House “turned” pink for one night to bring attention to the search for a cure. NFL teams and college football players wore pink this month to also remind everyone of this cause. Sixty-mile three-day walks have been held all over the country to raise awareness and donations.

Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club was decked out in pink during the annual Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament and the Pink on the Patio Party. The committee, under Chairwoman Donna Murray’s guidance, reported raising almost $30,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

This was Cripple Creek Women’s Golf Association’s 14th year to raise funds, and with this summer’s event over $267,000 has been contributed. Kudos to our volunteers and our local businesses who generously donated auction items, time and money to insure the success of this fundraiser. We look forward to continuing this proud tradition in 2011.

Gloria Farrar, Committee Member
Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament and Pink on the Patio Party

Letter-writer wishes to clarify comment

Thank you for publishing my recent letter to the editor, titled: “Reader is tired of Animosity in Politics,” in the Oct. 22 edition.

With deep regret, I must sincerely apologize to all those gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends I may have offended with my poor and unintentional choice of words.

To my own disbelief – especially since my husband and I are such ardent supporters and advocates for this cause – I used the totally inaccurate term “sexual preference,” instead of “sexual orientation,” when referring to this group of individuals, who do not enjoy the same freedom and justice intended for “all” of our citizens.

We all learn from these blunders, and what I have learned is that even my socially liberal brain can be negatively and unknowingly influenced by what we hear or see every day.

For me, it was a wakeup call of incredible proportions, and I thank my dear friend who advised me of this after reading my letter.

Let me be very clear – there is no “preference” in sexual orientation… period – end of discussion!

Marilyn Paugh
Ocean View

Local Rotary continues to give to community

The Southern Sussex Rotary Club believes in building a strong community.

Over this past year, the club – which meets at the Fat Tuna on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. weekly for a breakfast meeting – has held a tractor raffle, scooped ice cream and manned a coloring station at the Millville Pumpkin Festival, encouraged businesses to recycle computer printer cartridges and other items in bins set out by the club, recognized two wonderful community volunteers, Jan Thompson and Melanie Chin, with the “Service Above Self” award, rang bells for the Salvation Army, donated a bike rack and park bench to the Town of Ocean View park, and held its fourth Annual Crab Feast.

Southern Sussex Rotary has given back to the community by distributing dictionaries to third-graders and collected food for the local food pantry, donated to the Delaware Burn Camp and to art education through the Joshua M Freeman Foundation. The club has continuously supported Easter Seals by sponsoring camper-ships to Camp Fairlee and participating in camp clean-up days. A portion of our funds from our recent crab feast were donated toward art education that the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation provides during the summer concerts and workshops.

The Southern Sussex Rotary club also embraces helping outside our local community. Club members annually donate to the Rotary Foundation that award grants for international projects, such as the eradication of polio and clean water projects around the world.

We are extremely grateful to local business and residents who have donated or participated to our fundraising efforts. You are helping Rotarians “Make a Difference in Our Community.”

Southern Sussex Rotary Club

SVFC golf tournament still a strong event

On behalf of the officers and members of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company, we would like to thank you for the great coverage you gave us in the Coastal Point for our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Cripple Creek.

Many teams said they saw it in The Point when they registered, and when we had to postpone until Oct. 15, we even picked up some players that saw the announcement in the paper.

We had another successful tournament and would like to thank our major sponsors, Bunting & Murray, Murray Brothers, Murray Sod and M&L Contractors, as well as PNC Bank, Mountaire Farms, Holly KIA, and, of course, all of our hole and raffle sponsors. Thanks to all the players that took part, and congratulations to our winning team from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Co.

Ray Gould and Brasure Lynch
Co-Chairmen, SVFC Golf Tournament