Cultural society honors members at luncheon

Jeroline McCarthyRichard Barnes, former Board of Directors chairman, greeted the crowd at an annual 2013 Awards Luncheon presented by the African American Cultural Society (AACS). He capably touted the honorees’ involvement.

Elegant, impeccable table settings were visible and indicators of the talented members in the organization. Edward Tucker Caterers had returned with Donald Bryant for his deejay sets. Chaplain Muriel Carey lifted the organization in thanksgiving.

It was said that the late President Clarence Mauge’ instituted that the awards be given annually since he had been honored with an AACS award in 1997.


Said guest speaker Robert Whiting, “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. Community service and volunteering can lead one to be aware of their own strengths and blessings by being able to give to others.

“It takes discipline to regularly attend meetings, which are sometimes boring,” Whiting quipped.

Whiting, a board member, graduated magna cum laude in business administration and later earned an MBA with a concentration in finance from George Washington University. He’s a retired federal exec, jazz musician, karate black belt, and researcher on the Nile Valley civilization, studying under Ankh Mi Ra, the only African-American to write an Egyptian hieroglyphs grammar book. Whiting is a Flagler County school lecturer from the organization’s speaking bureau.

Award winners
Board of Directors Vice Chairman William Seeney introduced the meritorious awards.

Lynda Baten, excursions and fund-raisers extraordinaire, is the AACS treasurer, chairman of the 20th Anniversary Hospitality Committee, and fund-raiser of more than $10,000 from booking trips, among other offerings like chairing the Nominating Committee and being involved with the Ways & Means.

Vivian Richardson is the consummate AACS member that Seeney desires to be cloned. She’s the board of directors chairman, past president, former first and second vice president, among other benevolence like bringing Ambassador Andrew Young as the organization’s 20th anniversary guest speaker.

Diana McKie Robinson was pegged the face of the AACS, the first person to greet members and visitors. She’s the Cultural Center Administrator, the booking/scheduling manager, and the playwright/director, who has presented two theatrical productions, raising $6,500, plus other contributions.

Awards Chairman Walter Boone and Ways & Means Chairman Sybil Dodson-Lucas provided a launching pad that President Edmund G. Pinto, Jr. took off, presenting the Distinguished Long-Term Service Awards.

Robert A. Brooks was conferred with significant handling of African American Studies at both high schools since Flagler County was the last in the state to desegregate its schools. Brooks was the first board of directors chairman, among other achievements.

Dorothy G. Robinson helped direct African-American children in Bunnell and Espanola as Third Eye Computer Assistant Director. Not once has the organization failed a health inspection deserving of Robinson’s being the Amenities Chairman. She’s been the Executive Board Recording Secretary and a stakeholder in other duties.

The awards luncheon aspired and motivated the involvement that the founders had envisioned.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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