Thursday, August 29, 2002

Some Good News

Speaker kicks off fund drive

        A nationally known motivational speaker and corporate trainer will kick off a fund drive for the 32nd-Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown, at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 14.

        Gary Puckett, who has trained throughout the country for 15 years, will address an audience that includes 37 dyslexic children about creating their personal road maps for life.

        The Scottish Rite Masons sponsor the center.

        The program, “Isn't Failure Wonderful,” is offered nationally and was created specifically for young audiences, Mr. Hillis said.

        Tickets for the speech are $15 and can be purchased at the learning center. All money goes to fund the children's reading programs at the center.

        Contact Mr. Hillis for purchase information at 741-1444 or at

        The program teaches dyslexic children to see, say, recall and write the letters of the alphabet.

        It costs $10,000 for one child to go through the two-year tutoring cycle.

        The fall call-for-volunteers campaign at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Cincinnati continues through September.

        “Throughout Greater Cincinnati, over 700 Society members volunteer their time to help those in need, regardless of religious or ethnic background, by providing companionship, food, goods and services through a number of programs,” said Liz Carter, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

        To help, join a small volunteer group to call on neighbors in need and assist them with food, clothing, rent, utilities, transportation and companionship.

        Volunteers are needed to help collect, sort and distribute groceries, clothing and household items at St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores and food pantries.

        St. Vincent de Paul will provide a truck or van to organize drives to collect food, clothing and diapers for those in need. Volunteers also are needed to transport people to jobs and from classes at Christ Hospital and Xavier University.

        For more information, call 562-8841, ext. 25.


        Young artists will have their works displayed in a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., downtown.

        The reception is free and open to the public and includes entertainment, poetry readings and refreshments. For more information, call 251-4222.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions, let him know at 768-8362, e-mail or by fax at 768-8340.



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