Community News & Events for Jan. 27

Scouting fundraiser
The Shenandoah Area Council of Boy Scout will host its annual Friends of Scouting fundraising dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester.

The guest speaker will be 17-year-old Matthew Moniz, an Eagle Scout from Boulder, Colorado. Moniz was in Nepal preparing to climb Mt. Everest when an earthquake struck. He helped save several lives and then stayed behind for a month to help the injured and then assist in reconstruction and fundraising efforts.

Information: 540-539-6186 or don_louque@hotmail.com.

Farming workshop
Feb. 5 is the deadline to register for a workshop on land leasing for farming in the Shenandoah Valley at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at Creekside Plain and Fancy in Edinburg. The workshop is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Extension office.
The cost is $5 for the meal. Registration, information: 459-6140.

Church history book
The Toms Brook United Methodist Church has printed a history book that spans the 137 years of the church from 1878 to present. The book, which costs $6, is available from the church office or at The Market in Woodstock. Information: Gloria Ryman, 436-3652.

Democrat honored
Bob Lowerre, of Woodstock, was one of 10 Congressional District 6 members who were honored recently with Democrat of the Year presentations at Beth El Temple in Harrisonburg.

Former Harrisonburg Mayor Joe Fitzgerald presided over the dinner as the Congressional District 6 chairman.

Congressional District 6 member Sandra Price-Stroble, a member of the Harrisonburg Electoral Board, cited Lowerre for serving on the Congressional District 6 committee for six years, including four as committee chair. As a member of the Shenandoah County chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Lowerre is the national legislative chairman for the local body. He also served as chairman of the Shenandoah County Democrats for two terms. He is a retired attorney from Wisconsin who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Luther Santiful, of Edinburg, was introduced as the new Democratic Committee chairman in Shenandoah County. He is also serving a second term as president of the Edinburg Lions Club.

Santiful, who worked as a civilian for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army for over 50 years, was the Equal Employment Opportunity Program Director for the Army when he retired in 2005. He spent 11 years in West Germany, where he was the first director of the EEO program, followed by the Army’s EEO program director for the European Command.
A Shenandoah County resident for 15 years, Santiful has served as past president of the Virginia Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. He is also a member of RSVP People Inc., which is the largest retired senior volunteer program in the nation.

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