Leading Mike to Bevill State last Monday at noon allowed him an opportunity to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Jasper about the happenings in Downtown Jasper. The Kiwanis Club is Jasper Main …
Leading Mike to Bevill State last Monday at noon allowed him an opportunity to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Jasper about the happenings in Downtown Jasper.
The Kiwanis Club is Jasper Main Street’s partner in the building of Wade Park on 19th Street and Euclid Avenue, which will be the site of the East Gateway sign leading you into Downtown Jasper. Also, I’m sure I’ll visit it many times on my leads in downtown.
As Mike was putting up Jasper Main Street’s pop-up signs, passing out Cases for Support, and setting up the sketches of Wade Park along with the 2019 work plans, I was entertained by Kristin Kiefer, quite a lovely Kiwanis human who happens to be an assistant district attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
Robert Richardson, President of Kiwanis and attorney located on 20th Street in Downtown Jasper, asked Jerome Wassman to lead the prayer, Sam Bentley to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Billy Doss to lead the song, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” acapella.
Tina Aaron from YAP Inc., Youth Advocate Programs, was the first speaker where she talked about the mission of reuniting parents with children. Children are taken from homes due to the lapse of parental accountability, and that’s where YAP can come in and assist, educate, and possibly reunite.
Located in Downtown Jasper on 20th Street, the YAP building has been beautifully renovated inside and out. Tina is always on the lookout for donations for her families, what she calls YAPPERS, and always trying to get your picture on the red sofa. Mike has been on that sofa; I’ve seen the picture, and he hates for his picture to be taken, yet he takes mine daily. What a double standard!
In the meantime, Kristin passed me off to Terry Gurganus, Senior Business Lender at Pinnacle Bank in Downtown Jasper while Mike was feeding me a nice hamburger steak from Warehouse 319 ½, the cafeteria at Bevill State.
Then, Mike did his regular update on happenings and projects going on in Downtown Jasper, but really focused on Wade Park. The Kiwanis Club of Jasper and especially Todd Thompson, President/CEO of Security Federal Bank, and the real mastermind behind Wade Park are the real reason this park and East Gateway Sign are becoming a reality. Judge Stanley Wade, the park’s namesake, provided funding for the Kiwanis Club to purchase the property, and Todd Thompson, who now owns and wears Judge Wade’s Kiwanis jacket, took the lead on all the details of the sale.
This park is going to be a beautiful spot that will welcome residents and visitors to our flourishing Downtown Jasper!
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