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Community development clubs name Man,Woman and Club of Year'

By By Penny Randall/staff writer
Feb. 10, 2002
Randell Palmer and Ruth A. Borland-Lank had just what area community development clubs were looking for in the Man and Woman of the Year a commitment to the community and a desire to help.
Palmer and Borland-Lank were nominated by their individual community club, along with 12 other candidates.
The final decision was made by a committee headed by Steve Strong, a Lauderdale County Extension agent, and Joe Schmidt, the community resource development specialist at Mississippi State University-Meridian.
The honor was announced at the yearly community club awards program Jan. 28.
Clubs serve purpose for Palmer
Community development clubs are like a hub for the community, Strong said, "vital to the overall quality of life and growth of a neighborhood."
Palmer is described by his friends as a man who never wants any recognition for the work he does.
A member of Suqualena Community Development Club, Palmer never says no when asked to visit the sick in the community, whether at their home or in the hospital.
He carries home-cooked meals to shut-ins and helps with chores when they are unable to do for themselves.
Borland-Lank appreciates award
Borland-Lank was equally surprised by her award.
Active in Long Creek Community Development Club for the past 10 years, Borland-Lank has served as the club's reporter for two years.
Members recognize her as a person dedicated to helping others. She serves as leader of the Older Adults Ministries at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, sending cards and letters to shut-ins and the sick.
She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and a 12-year breast cancer survivor. Borland-Lank said her involvement in the club is simple she enjoys it.
n The Collinsville Community Development Club was awarded "Club of the Year" because of its contribution to their community and youth.
Steve Strong, a Lauderdale County Extension agent, said the "overall club is the one that best exemplifies community spirit. All the members must work together as one for the betterment of their community."
Other honors:
Russell CDC: "Best Improvement in Community Safety" for the new railroad safety crossings.
Causeyville CDC: "Highest Percentage of New Families."
Center Hill CDC: "Best Building Improvement."
Suqualena CDC: "Best Activates Promoting Community Unity."
Northeast CDC: "Best Site for Community Activities."
Long Creek CDC: "Best Improvement in Youth Activities."
Best Secretary: Pat Norris of the Russell Community
Development Club.