Midtown: Community

Club Notes

Exchange Club to hold picnic for foster kids

Foster families from throughout Wake County will gather at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Youth Center for an annual picnic held by the North Raleigh Exchange Club. About 200 children from 3 months to 16 years old will attend. Many of these children only see their brothers and sisters once a year at this event, and club members say there is a sense of humility and joy when they gather.

The Exchange Club will provide cookout food, and the entertainment will include pony rides, clowns, face painting, basketball and a DJ. The Raleigh Fire Department will display a firetruck and the young children will observe the gear that firefighters wear during a fire along with the hose and ladders they use. N.C. Central University cheerleaders will also entertain.

Bob Raines, chairman of the project for the North Raleigh Exchange Club, said that the event is paid for through the sale of peanuts at the State Fair and the annual live lobster sale during the first weekend of June.

Occoneechee Lodge attends conference

One hundred delegates from Occoneechee Lodge of Occoneechee Council recently attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.

Every two years, youth and adult members of the Order of the Arrow gather on the campus of a major university for NOAC. The conference is scouting’s second-largest national program event. Lodge members participated in training, ceremonies performance and evaluation, Native American dance and singing competitions, shows and Founders Day. The delegation also assembled for four major shows in the Michigan State Breslin Student Events Center: an opening show; a history/recognition show; a theme show; and a 100th celebration of the Eagle Scout Award show.

Adam Gibbs to address Wake Democrats

Adam Gibbs will address the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday, Aug. 13, at The Clarion Hotel, 320 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Gibbs, the public engagement coordinator for the Democratic National Convention Committee, will provide an update on the Democratic National Convention scheduled Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte.

Gibbs is a native North Carolinian and a graduate of N.C. State University. He worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He is also a veteran of Capitol Hill, having served in the communications department for the office of Majority Whip James Clyburn.

Doors open at 6 and dinner will be served at 6:30. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The program starts at 7 p.m. Make checks payable to the Wake Democratic Men’s Club. To RSVP, email wakedemmen@wakedems.org by 10 a.m. the day of the meeting.

Diabetes support group meeting

A diabetes support group meeting is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Milner Memorial Church, 1950 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. Dr. Joseph Halabis will speak about diabetes and eye health. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Mary at 919-604-3519 or 919-803-3119.

FemCity starts Pink Collar series

FemCity Raleigh is starting a Pink Collar Business Series to provide personalized advice and brainstorming through confidential, informal, focus-group gatherings of professional women. The first Pink Collar event, a roundtable for women who want to launch, expand or rebrand their businesses, is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Simply Crepes, 8470 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110, Raleigh. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers and includes breakfast and consulting. For more information, visit www.femfessionals.com or email raleigh@femfessionals.com.

Autism meeting for grandparents

A meeting to share information and experiences about the joys, concerns and challenges of having a grandchild with autism is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the ASNC office, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh. To RSVP, email Maureen Morrell at mmorrell@autismsociety-nc.org.

BPW Raleigh meeting

The BPW of Raleigh will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Brier Creek Country Club. The meeting will include networking followed by dinner. Linda Watson, author of best-selling book “Wildly Affordable Organic,” will speak on how to turn the career you already have into a career that you love.

For more information, visit www.bpwraleigh.org.