Midtown: Community

Club Notes, Feb. 20

Fitzsimon to address Wake Senior Democrats

Chris Fitzsimon of N.C. Policy Watch will address the Wake County Senior Democrats on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Crabtree Marriott Hotel, Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. A Dutch lunch will begin at 11 a.m.; the program will follow.

Author to address Wake AARP chapter

LeRae Sikes Umfleet, author of “A Day of Blood: the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot,” will be the featured speaker at the February luncheon meeting of AARP Raleigh-Wake County Chapter 3689 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Abbotswood at Stonehenge, 7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Lunch is $7; those wishing to attend but not eat lunch are welcome to do so. For more information, call 919-435-0861 or 919-788-7620.

Timely Topics: Human trafficking

Dr. Ellen Blair of Partners against Trafficking Humans in North Carolina will speak at the Timely Topics brown bag lunch of the League of Women Voters of Wake County at noon Friday, Feb. 22, at Finlator Hall, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. For more information, visit www.lwvwake.org or call 919-783-5995.

BPW panel of speakers

The Business and Professional Women of Raleigh will present a panel of speakers on the community transformational effects of nonprofits at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh. Dinner will begin at 6:15. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.bpwraleigh.org.

Wake autism chapter to meet

The Wake County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 100 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary. The topic will be Behavior Intervention and Planning: Practical Strategies for Parents and Caregivers. For more information, email nightskygazer2@aol.com.

Voller to address Democratic women

Randy Voller, newly elected chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, will address the Democratic Women of Wake County during a luncheon meeting Thursday, Feb. 28, at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The cost of the luncheon, payable at the door, is $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for anyone wishing to attend but not eat. For reservations, email democraticwomenwakecounty@gmail.com or call 919-467-0151. The reservation deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Substitute Teachers Association of Wake

The Substitute Teachers Association of Wake County will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Red, Hot and Blue, 6615 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. RSVP to stawakecounty@gmail.com.

Optimist Club oratorical contest

Northern Wake Optimist Club is holding an oratorical contest on the topic “Why My Voice is Important.” Applications and typed oration must be received by Sunday, March 31. The speech must be 4-5 minutes long. The contest is set for Sunday, April 7.

The contest is open to high school students 19 and younger as of Dec. 31, 2012. For the official rules and to apply, go to www.optimist.org and search “Oratorical Contest.”

Winners will be invited to give their oration at the club’s Tuesday, April 23 meeting. At the district level, $5,000 in scholarships will be given to the top three winners.

Club offers scholarships to women

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh offers scholarships to college students residing in Raleigh. Scholarships of $250 to $1,500 are offered to women 30 or older, who, after a break in their education, are now attending a college or community college in North Carolina.

For requirements and an application, go to www.womansclubofraleigh.org. For more information, email scholarships@womansclubofraleigh.org or call 919-782-5599.

Rescue Mission Boosters seek members

The Raleigh Rescue Mission Boosters Club is seeking new members to help meet the needs of the mission thruough community outreach, projects and support. The club meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month at 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. For more information, contact Emalie Levine at emalielevine@gmail.com.