Roses to Miriam Slifkin for 40 years of advocacy and support of survivors of sexual violence.
“Miriam Slifkin is one of many women that came together in the 1970s to form what we now know as the Orange County Rape Crisis Center,” writes Shamecca Bryant, the center’s current executive director.
“Following attacks on three elderly Chapel Hill women, Miriam organized a community meeting in her home which led to forming a local rape crisis response line. On September 16, 1974, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Rape Crisis Center, as it was then known, opened its phone lines to support those in need. From the very beginning, the need for a rape crisis center in the community was self-evident. The calls came most often from victims that were fearful to come forward and worried of what others in the community would think of them.
“Elaine Carmen, Mary King, Andrea Sedlak, and Miriam Slifkin are just a few of the many women that helped to provide our community with a place of help, hope, and healing for survivors of sexual violence,’ Bryant writes. “As the Orange County Rape Crisis Center commemorates 40 years of service, they would also like to celebrate the bravery of the women, some known, most unknown, that took a giant leap to create an organization that has impacted the lives of thousands of women and men in search of support, justice, and healing.”
You can help the Rape Crisis Center by attending its Holiday Auction at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at The Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen of Chapel Hill will speak at the event, which will feature the center’s signature dessert auction and the unveiling of a special project commemorating 40 years of providing help, hope, and healing in our community.
Find out more and purchase tickets at ocrcc.org/auction.
Roses from the Chapel Hill Rotary club to P.H. Craig for teaching shag dancing to a group of 15 doctors, nurses and other professionals on a group study exchange program from Brazil.
Many of the visitors spoke Portuguese and Craig cautioned them not to use the term “shag” to a Brit. To the English, that term means something entirely different.
The impromptu lesson took place at the Chapel Hill Country Club to the tune of “Carolina Girls” playing on one of the group’s cell phones. They left the room smiling and chanting 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5,6..
Craig is known for his free, introductory shag lessons to small groups around the community.
Roses to Schley Grange for continuing their time-honored tradition of donating personal dictionaries to every third grader in Orange County Schools, including the county’s three Title One schools.
Over the last 10 years, the Grange has issued over 7,000 dictionaries. Elementary school teachers use the Grange dictionaries to teach vocabulary and usage to upper classes.
The best part by far is when a gaggle of third graders learn that the new, bright yellow dictionaries are theirs to keep and that they they can fill in their own names on placards in front. Grange members take the time to protect the dictionaries in individual plastic bags that symbolize how precious the books are to the kids.
Veteran teachers remind us that Orange County kids use their dictionaries for years.