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SPECIAL EVENTS

 

2007

CERT APPRECIATION BANQUET - FEBRUARY 16, 2007

FIRST RESPONDER CLASS - FEBRUARY - MARCH

CHRISTMAS IN ACTION -  PRESSURE WASH - APRIL 7, 2007

CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - PROJECT DAY - APRIL 14, 2007

CAMPOBELLO FEST - APRIL 21, 2007

SPRING FLING - MAY 5, 2007

SCOUT DAY - MAY 12, 2007

RHODIA OPEN HOUSE - MAY 12, 2007

RELAY FOR LIFE - MAY 18-19, 2007

LYMAN FEST - MAY 19, 2007

HAM RADIO CLASS - MAY 07 - JUNE 07

WINGS & WHEELS - JUNE 2, 2007

RELAY FOR LIFE - WOODRUFF, SC - JUNE 8-9, 2007

MIGHTY MOO - COWPENS, SC - JUNE 16

JOIN HANDS DAY - WOODRUFF, SC - JUNE 30, 2007

LOCKWOOD GREENE - SAFETY DAY - JULY 26, 2007

REGENESIS HEALTH FAIR - JULY 28, 2007

HARVEST TIME MINISTRIES - HEALTH FAIR - AUGUST 4, 2007

HANGAR YOUTH ACTIVITY - AUGUST 10, 2007

SUMMER BASH - AUGUST 11, 2007

LOWES SAFETY DAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 2007

SEARCH & RESCUE CLASS - SEPTEMBER 9, 2007

CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - STEPS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2007

MEMORY WALK - SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

WOODRUFF FALL FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

MILLIKEN HEALTH FAIR - SEPTEMBER 18, 2007

RESTORATION CHURCH - HEALTH FAIR - SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

LDS - 100 YEAR CELEBRATION - SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

CLEVELAND PARK FAMILY JUBILEE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2007

INMAN HARVEST DAY - SEPTEMBER 29, 2007

ARCADIA ELEMENTARY HEALTH FAIR

JACEY BAGWELL BENEFIT - OCTOBER 6, 2007

SAR - FIELD EXERCISE - OCTOBER 6-7, 2007

RR DONNELLEY - HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 9-10, 2007

PIEDMONT INTERSTATE FAIR - OCTOBER 8-14. 2007

CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - OCTOBER 13-14, 2007

PACOLET INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 20, 2007

MORNINGSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 23, 2006

JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH -HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 27, 2007

BOILING SPRINGS HARVEST FEST - OCTOBER 31, 2007

SPARTANBURG VETERANS DAY PARADE - NOVEMBER 11, 2007

LANDRUM CHRISTMAS PARADE - NOVEMBER 29, 2007

WELLFORD CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 1, 2007

GREER CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 2, 2007

COWPENS CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 3, 2007

BRADSHAW AUTOMOTIVE: CPR MANIKINS - DONATION - DECEMBER 6, 2007

PACOLET CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 8, 2007

REIDVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 8, 2007

WOODRUFF CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 9, 2007

SPARTANBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 11, 2007

INMAN CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 15, 2007

CERT HOLIDAY/APPRECIATION BANQUET - DECEMBER 18, 2007

GOODFELLOWS - DECEMBER 20, 2007

SPECIAL EVENTS - 2007

CERT APPRECIATION BANQUET - FEBRUARY 16, 2007

The first Annual Appreciation Banquet was a huge success.  We had a great turnout and some awesome food.  I would like to thank the following restaurants for their generous donation of food for our Appreciation Banquet:

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken - Gaffney SC - Chicken and Biscuits

  • Mutts Barbeque - Spartanburg, SC - Sweet Potato Crunch, Cups, Ice, Tea

  • The Junction - Spartanburg, SC - Mash Potatoes, gravy, and rolls

  • Little Caesars - Boiling Springs, SC - Pizza for the Kids

Please make an effort to support the restaurants listed above.  They went above and beyond and we are very thankful for that.  In addition, I'm very thankful for the gift I received from the instructors.  I hope they enjoyed their carrying case and that everyone enjoyed their shirts and hydration packs.  I would like to thank everyone who attended the Banquet.  While the food was late, it was well worth the wait.  In addition I would like to thank CERT's official photographer, Doug Nissley, for taking some great pictures.  I'm looking forward to next year's event.  I hope we can continue to get bigger and better.  Without the dedication of our great volunteers, the CERT program could not be possible.  Thank you again for all that you do.  I anticipate that 2007 will be our best year yet.


FIRST RESPONDER CLASS - FEBRUARY - MARCH 2007

Twenty-nine people took DOT First Responder from Chief Eddie McNeil and I'm glad to report that all 29 passed their test.  We are very excited about this accomplishment.  Feel free to check out a few pictures Doug Nissley took of his class.


CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - PRESSURE WASH - APRIL 7, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out on a cold day in April to pressure wash and scrape our House for CIA: Paul Barriage, Steve Brown, Arif Chaudhary, William Culver, Tina Eller, Richard McAbee, and Tim Praytor. 

Without their efforts we could not have had such a great day on April 14.


CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - PROJECT DAY - APRIL 14, 2007I would like to thank the following people for coming out to help with CIA: Paul Barriage, Steve Brown, Arif Chaudhary, William Culver, Tina Eller, Douglas Martin, Mary McAbee, Richard McAbee, Doug Nissley, Tim Praytor, Beth Rogers, Philip Scoolbred and Richard Yoo.

In addition to our great CERT members, Ralph George done an awesome job with the plumbing issues and Barry Burrell done a terrific job with all of the electrical issues.  Without their assistance and everyone's assistance, there is no way CERT could have done everything CIA requested.  For everyone who took time to help, thank you.


CAMPOBELLO FEST - APRIL 21, 2007

Steve Brown took a few pictures at Campobello Fest.  I would like to thanks Steve Brown for helping out with this Public Relations effort.  In addition, I would like to thank Marta Batche for all of the treats.  We were glad to see Marta doing so well.  Despite low attendance, they had some great Festival Food and Chief McNeil makes a great hot dog.  We look forward to next year's festivities.


SPRING FLING - MAY 5, 2007

Steve Brown took a few pictures at Spring Fling.  I would like to thanks Steve Brown and Tony Scruggs for helping out with this Public Relations effort.  Despite low attendance due to the rain, they had some great Festival Food and entertainment.  We look forward to next year's festivities.


SCOUT DAY - MAY 12, 2007

Steve Brown took a few pictures at Scout Day.  I would like to thanks Steve Brown, Bob Grudzien, and Barbara Grudzien for helping out with this Public Relations effort.  In addition, I would like to thank Paul Barriage, Steve Harry, Richard Yoo, and Jennifer Barriage for helping support and feed us.  So far this year, it has been our most successful event.  Various Scout Troops expressed a real interest in the TEEN CERT program.  We hope to see many of them on 5/23/2007.


RHODIA OPEN HOUSE - MAY 12, 2007

After taking the scenic route to Rhodia, the CERT booth was set up and Rhodia Open House began.  I would like to thank Brent Lewis for helping set up and tear down the booth.  I would also like to thank Doug Bryson for coming out and helping tear down the booth.  Rhodia does an awesome job with this event.  Everyone in the Arkwright community should try to come out and show their appreciation.  Rhodia provides food, rides, and prizes free of charge to everyone in the community.  I took advantage of the food and rides.  I cannot thank Rhodia enough for their hospitality.  They went out of their way to make us feel right at home.  I hope you enjoy the few pictures I took at Rhodia's Open House.


RELAY FOR LIFE - MAY 18-19, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for participating in Relay for Life (tasks in parenthesis):

  • Steve Brown (All Night - Setup - Booth - Primary Photographer)

  • Richard Yoo (All Night - Trash Pickup)

  • Ron Rutledge (All Night - Booth - End of Day Trash - Breakdown)

  • Teresa Foster – (PR Person - Setup)

  • Lt. Ashley Harris – (Trash detail during peak hours - booth)

  • Cherise Crosby – (Presentation for Warriors Inc on Friday and Saturday)

  • Richard and Mary McAbee – (Setup, supplies, luminaries, breakdown)

  • Michael and Debbie Tate -  (brought the food - booth - thank you)

  • Bill Leeder – (Booth - Set up lighting - Setup Tent)

  • Joe Tonkovic (and Family) – (Booth - Cooking)

  • Douglas Martin – (Booth - Setup Tent - Photographer)

  • Carol Robinson – (Brought plates/cups - Setup luminaries - Booth)

  • Jared Foster - (Brought ATV - Transported People and Supplies)

  • Shelly Cook – (Luminaries - Booth)

  • Ann Rutledge – (Luminaries - Booth - Breakdown)

  • Leigh Moore - (Luminaries - Booth)

 

Everyone who came out did an awesome job.  In addition to the CERT members above, the following CERT members served with the State Guard that night and did traffic control/security: 

  • Sanjay Patel

  • Bruce Cook

 

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures Steve Brown, Doug Martin and Ashley Harris took.  While they were no pictures of trash cleanup, we done that all night :)


LYMAN FEST - MAY 19, 2007

I took a few pictures during this years Lyman Fest just to prove we were there.  I wish I would have taken some earlier and got a picture of the McAbee's.  I would like to thank Richard and Mary for coming out and helping setup and man the booth.  I would also like to thank Steve for coming out and helping.  Like myself, Steve done an all nighter and assisted me with Lyman Fest.  I hope everyone likes the 9 pictures.  This is not my best work.  I basically got up and snapped some visitors, the tent at different angles, and then Ready Fox when he arrived.  Hope you like them.


HAM RADIO CLASS - MAY/JUNE 2007

For our first ever HAM Radio class, we had near 30 people enroll.  One of the students, Doug Nissley, took several pictures during a recent class.  Feel free to check them out. 


WINGS & WHEELS - JUNE 2, 2007

I would like to thank Steve Brown, Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Ben Grudzien, Bobby Grudzien, and Doug Nissley for helping out with Wings and Wheels.  Due to inclement weather, we chose not to attend Wings and Wheels on June 3rd.  I hope you enjoy the pictures Doug Nissley and I took. This was the debut of Red E Fox (the robot), so there are a lot of great pictures of him.


RELAY FOR LIFE - JUNE 8 - 9, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for participating in Relay for Life (tasks in parenthesis):

  • Steve Brown (Setup - Booth)
  • Richard Yoo (All Night - Trash Pickup)
  • Teresa Foster (PR Person - Setup - Booth)
  • Doug Nissley (Photographer - Booth)
  • Arif Chaudhary (Setup - Booth)
  • Richard and Mary McAbee (Setup, Supplies, Breakdown)

 

Everyone who came out did an awesome job.  I hope everyone enjoys the pictures Doug and several others took.

This was the second year we participated in Mighty Moo and our first year in the parade.  Since it's seen 6 months since our last parade, we were a little rusty.  However, everything went well and I would like to thank the following people for their support:

  • Bob Grudzien (Setup - Booth - Tear Down)

  • Barbara Grudzien (Setup - Booth - Tear Down)

  • Bobby Grudzien (Setup - Booth - Parade - Tear Down)

  • Doug Nissley – (Photographer - Parade)

  • Eric Bremer (Setup - Booth - Parade - Red E Fox)

  • Ron Rutledge (Setup - Parade)

 

As always, thanks for your time and continued support. If you were not able to make Mighty Moo, I hope you enjoy these pictures.

 

The following CERT members assisted the Woodruff Community on 6/30/07: Arif Chaudhary, William Culver, Teresa Foster, and Robbie Swofford.

With two separate projects going on (Bird Bath and Woodruff City Hall sign), Arif, William, and I focused on the Woodruff City Hall.  All in all, it went very well and I hope the City is pleased with our efforts.  Feel free to check out the photo gallery. 

 

During the Lockwood Greene Safety Day on 7/26/07, the following CERT members assisted with this effort:  Steve Brown, Jim Patterson, and Jane Patterson

I would like to thank Jim Patterson for setting this up for us, Steve Brown for his support., and Jane Patterson for bringing her camera.  This was a great event and I hope several employees of Lockwood Greene join the CERT Team.  Feel free to check out some of the photos we took. 

 

On 7/28/07, the Spartanburg CERT Team had the privilege of setting up a booth at the ReGenesis Health Fair.  Personally, this was the best fair/special event I've ever attended.  For a 4 hour period, we continuously handed out information and took some great pictures. 

I would like to thank the following CERT members for assisting with the ReGenesis Health Fair:  Steve Brown, Leigh Moore, Teresa Foster, and Louis Tibbs

 

Without Leigh's assistance, Steve and I would have struggled during this event.  In addition, we were very pleased to see Louis and Teresa later in the day.  Check out some of the photos that were taken during this event.  Red E Fox Jr. almost ran over Sir Purr (Carolina Panthers Mascot) and squirted several kids during the event.

 

The following CERT members assisted with Harvest Time Ministries:  Steve Brown and Marge Woodruff.

 

I would like to everyone who put this event together.  For a first time event, it was a huge success.  We look forward to participating in next year's event.  Feel free to check out the pictures.  As always, Red E Fox was a hit.


HANGAR YOUTH ACTIVITY - AUGUST 10, 2007 

 

I would like to thank Kathy Hurry and Teresa Foster for helping out with this activity.  This was a huge success.  The event was well organized and the kids seemed interested in the material.  Teresa took several good pictures during this event so place check them out.


SUMMER BASH - AUGUST 11, 2007

With over 70 people in attendance, the CERT Summer Bash was a blast. I would like to thank the following people/organizations for their contributions: Bob and Barbara Grudzien (storing food, cooking, setting up, shirts, etc), Kathy Hurry (setting up - cooking), Steve Brown (setting up, tearing down), Bill Leeder (grill, setting up, cooking), Joseph Tonkovic (grill, setting up, cooking, tearing down), Ashley Harris (grill), Bill Bomar (providing Boat rides for our CERT team), Bi-Lo (donation), and SAM's (donation). In addition, I would like to thank those who attended and we look forward to doing it again next year.


LOWES - SAFETY DAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 2007

Lowe's Safety Day was an interesting event.  While it wasn't well attended, everyone at Lowe's went the extra mile to make you feel like you were home.  While I didn't have any of the free pizza, they bought pizza for all of the exhibitors.  Since the event was only two hours long, only a few pictures were taken.


SEARCH & RESCUE CLASS - SEPTEMBER 9, 2007

Doug Nissley took some great pics from our Sunday class at ESA.  I think everyone enjoyed the Search & Rescue Class.  Check out this gallery to get a glimpse of what the class involved.


CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - STEPS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2007

Doug Nissley came out to take a few pics on 9/13.  Actually, this was our third day on the project (building crawl space steps).  I would like to thank the following people for assisting with this effort: Richard McAbee, Arif Chaudhary, William Culver, Doug Martin, and Johnny Tucker.  The pictures taken Thursday will give everyone a preview of the house.  We begin our actual project on 10/13.


MEMORY WALK - SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

I would like to thank Bruce Hurry, Kathy Hurry, and Steve Brown for doing memory Walk.  We were double booked this day.  From what I hear, this was a great, well attended event.  I would like to thank everyone who helped and the Alzheimer's Association  for inviting us.  Please check out the pictures that Kathy took at this great event.


WOODRUFF FALL FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

The Woodruff Fall Festival was a great event.  From 10:00am until 10:00pm, people flooded the streets of Woodruff.  Later in the day Red E. Fox made an appearance.  Red E Fox and the 911 simulator were huge successes.  I would like to thanks Teresa Foster, Steve Brown, Richard McAbee and Mary McAbee for helping.  I can't thank Richard enough for helping setup and helping tear down.  Also, thank you Teresa for helping tear down.  Without their support, Woodruff Fall Festival would not have been possible.


MILLIKEN HEALTH FAIR - SEPTEMBER 18, 2007

I would like to thank Linda Burns for telling me about the Milliken Health Fair, Steve Brown for helping me with the booth all day and Teresa Foster for her assistance.  This was a well attended event.  If you're ever near or at Milliken, I encourage you to try the cafeteria.  The food is extremely reasonable and pretty good.  I think everyone enjoyed their time at Milliken.


RESTORATION CHURCH HEALTH FAIR - SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

I would like to thank Linda Burns with ARC/CERT for telling me about this event and Steve Brown for helping man the booth.  This was a great event and to my surprise, my cholesterol numbers were great.  Unfortunately, my picture taking abilities were not.  However, check them out and judge for yourself.


LDS - 100 YR CELEBRATION - SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

I would like to thank Barbara Grudzien for setting up and manning the booth at the 100 Year Latter Day Saints Celebration of being in the community.  We shared a booth with the Greenville CERT team.  Check out some of the pictures Barb took at this great event.


CLEVELAND PARK FAMILY JUBILEE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out to this event: Steve Brown, Crosby Family, Bob Grudzien, and Barbara Grudzien.  I hope everyone enjoys the pictures Barb took at this event.


INMAN HARVEST DAY - SEPTEMBER 29, 2007

Inman Harvest Day, like always, was a great event.  This year, we set-up our booth and the Girl Scout Booth.  I would like to thank the AmeriCorp kids who assisted us with the booth.  In addition, I would like to thank Ted Button and Steve Brown for maintaining the CERT booth.  While they were maintaining booths, Jared Foster, Teresa Foster, and myself picked up trash.  Several pics were taken by AmeriCorp and myself of this event.  Please check them out.


ARCADIA ELEMENTARY HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 4, 2007

Doug Nissley and I had a great time at the Arcadia Elementary Health Fair this year.  For those who didn't go, feel free to check out this photo gallery taken with Doug's Camera Phone.


JACEY BAGWELL BENEFIT - OCTOBER 6, 2007

The Jacey Bagwell benefit was a huge blessing to everyone involved.  First, I would like to thank Mike and Debbie Tate for getting CERT involved with the benefit.  In addition, I would like to thank Marge Woodruff, Richard McAbee. Mary McAbee, Lyn Smith, Arif Chaudhary, and Douglas Martin for also volunteering their time.  CERT was assigned First Aid and Parking duties.  Thanks to their work and dedication, both went extremely well. 

 

If you're reading this and you're not familiar with Jacey's battle, please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jaceybagwell.  At the event, several cute pics were taken of Jacey working and controlling Red. E. Fox.  I hope everyone likes them.


SAR COURSE - FIELD EXERCISE - OCTOBER 7-8, 2007

Saturday, we finished the classroom portion of the SAR course and went to Camp Croft.  Overall, everyone seemed very pleased with the course Denver Holder and Safety Navigation conducted.  During our field training, Doug Nissley took some great pictures of the following CERT members in action: Linda Bridges, Brian Brown, Steve Brown, Ted Button, Wendell Button, Marie Chaney, William Culver, Tina Eller, Sam Etheredge, Teresa Foster, Barbara Grudzien, Bryan Grudzien, Robert Grudzien, Bill Leeder, Tim Praytor, Doug Nissley, Robbie Swofford, Joe Tonkovic, and Johnny Tucker.


R.R. DONNELLEY - HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 16-17, 2007

I would like to thank Linda Burns with ARC/CERT for telling me about this Health Fair.  Since the fair is taking place at the same time, I quickly set up a booth and left it un-staffed for two days.  Despite that, numerous brochures were taken and two employees signed for CERT.  Thanks again Linda for fielding questions about CERT.


PIEDMONT INTERSTATE FAIR - OCTOBER 8 - 14, 2007

Well, another fair has came and gone.  Needless to say this fair had some controversy surrounding it.  I hope, next year, they reinstate the $5.00 general admission for those who do not want to ride.  Plus, I hope their Board President takes some PR lessons or just steps down.  You don't tell people to stay home if they do not want to spend the $14.00 admission rate.  Whether he's there or not, we're looking forward to a much improved Fair in 2008.  If you were one of the many who chose to skip the fair this year, check out these pics taken by Doug Nissley and myself.  The pictures taken by Steve Brown and Bill Leeder will be added once I receive them.  Thanks again to all of the CERT members who helped.


CHRISTMAS IN ACTION - OCTOBER 13-14, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for helping out with this Christmas in Action Project:

Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Tina Eller, Tim Praytor, Sam Etheredge, Tony Scruggs, William Culver, Buffie Johnson, Elaine Kennedy, Carol Robinson, Stephanie Wright, and Doug Nissley.  With everyone working together, along with the two carpenters that were sent to assist with bathroom, we completed another CIA project.  While this project lingered on into Sunday, we completed our tasks and I'm very thankful for everyone who helped.  To see what we accomplished, please check out the photo gallery.


PACOLET INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 20, 2007

On October 20, Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Doug Nissley, and myself had the privilege of participating in the Pacolet Indian Summer Festival. This was a great event and the town of Pacolet should be proud. The Parks and Recreation Department did an awesome job bringing this together. As always, the kids loved Ready E Fox Jr.  However, this was the last event that Red E Fox kind of worked at.  At our next event he completely died on us. 


MORNINGSIDE BAPTIST HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 23, 2007

 Steve Brown, Doug Nissley, and myself found ourselves at the Morningside Baptist Church Health Fair on a Tuesday afternoon.  This event marked the official death of Red E Fox.  However, I'm glad to report that he returned to the office on 11/7 as a new Robot.


JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH - HEALTH FAIR - OCTOBER 27, 2007

Doug Martin, Doug Nissley, and myself concluded a month filled with health fairs at Joy Lutheran Church.  This was a very well organized Health Fair.  Everyone who participated and came out thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Joy Lutheran were great host and went out of their way to make everyone feel at home.


BOILING SPRINGS HARVEST FEST - OCTOBER 31, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out and helping at the Boiling Springs HarvestFest: Steve Brown, Sam Etheredge, Bog Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Tim Jamison, Elaine Kennedy, Bill Leeder, Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Patrica Rice, Johnny Tucker, and Marge Woodruff.  Luckily the event was pretty uneventful from a First Aid Stand Point.  However, we took a few good pictures so check them out.


SPARTANBURG VETERANS DAY PARADE - NOVEMBER 11, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out to the Spartanburg Veterans Day Parade:  Steve Brown, Richard McAbee, Doug Nissley, Doug Martin, William Culver, and Carol Robinson.  Like last year, the parade was a lot of fun.  I would like to especially thank Marta Batche and Costo for donating candy for this and every parade this year.  To see some of the pics Doug Martin and Doug Nissley took, please check out the photo gallery.


LANDRUM CHRISTMAS PARADE  - NOVEMBER 29, 2007

The Landrum Christmas Parade was a huge success this year.  Unlike last year, the temperature was manageable and more people came out to see the Christmas Parade.  I would like to thank the following people for coming out and supporting CERT in Landrum: Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Lee Terry, Tracy Terry, Dawn Shinkar, Lauren Landis, Steve Brown, and Doug Martin.  During the parade, Doug Martin took a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. 


WELLFORD CHRISTMAS PARADE  - DECEMBER 1, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out to the Wellford Christmas Parade: Richard McAbee, Doug Martin, Anthony Crosby, AJ Crosby, LJ Crosby, DJ Crosby, Chantella Crosby, Matt Andrews (w/son), and Doug Nissley (w/Chelsea).  While there were more people in the parade than watching it, it was still fun.  During this parade, Doug Nissley and Doug Martin took some great pictures. 


GREER CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 2, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for coming out to the Greer Christmas Parade:  Steve Brown, Doug Nissley (w/Chelsea), Diane Maybin, and Matt Andrews (w.son).  This was one of the best parades I've ever been in.  I would like to thank the Greer Jaycees for allowing us in the parade.  Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed their experience.  I would like to thank Doug Nissley and Chelsea for taking some great pictures. 


COWPENS CHRISTMAS  PARADE - DECEMBER 3, 2007

The Cowpens Christmas Parade was our first night time parade of the year.  Fortunately, everything remained lit and no problems occurred with the inflatables.  This is a very promising sign since the Spartanburg Christmas parade is quickly approaching.  I would like to thank the following people for coming out to Cowpens on a chilly night: Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Eric Bremer, and Doug Nissley,  As always, Doug took some awesome pictures of this great hometown parade.


BRADSHAW AUTOMOTIVE - CPR DONATION - DECEMBER 6, 2007

William Bradshaw and his courteous staff were kind enough to present Bob Grudzien and I four CPR manikins they so graciously donated to the Spartanburg County CERT team.  I would like to thank Bob Grudzien for finding out about this opportunity and pursuing it.  In addition, I would like to thank Brent Lewis with North Spartanburg Fire Department for making Bob aware of this.  By working together, we were able to enhance our Advanced CERT program.


PACOLET CHRISTMAS  PARADE - DECEMBER 8, 2007

The Pacolet Christmas Parade was a lot warmer than last year.  However, we had about the same turnout.  I would like to thank the following people for coming out to Pacolet: Richard McAbee, Doug Nissley, Sam Etheredge, and Johnny Tucker. As always, Doug took some awesome pictures as did Johnny of this of this great hometown parade.  Sam and Mr. McAbee done a great job with Red E Fox during the parade as well.


REIDVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 8, 2007

The Reidville Christmas Parade seemed bigger and better than last year.  Also, we had a better turnout for this parade than last year.  I would like to thank the following people for coming out to Reidville: Richard McAbee, Maty McAbee, Doug Nissley, Sam Etheredge, Johnny Tucker, Doug Martin and Kathy Swaney (and Family). As always, Doug took some awesome pictures as did Doug Martin of this of this great hometown parade.  Sam and Mr. McAbee, yet again,  done a great job with Red E Fox.


WOODRUFF CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 9, 2007

Other than Greer and Spartanburg, I believe more people watch the Woodruff parade than any other parade we do all year.   This year Mr. and Mrs McAbee were in front of us driving the Red Cross BMW.  However, they did assist us with the float.  I would like to thank the following people for riding on the CERT float this year: Doug Nissley, Beth Rodgers, Holly Mitchem, Lyn Smith (and friends), Bobby Abercrombie, and Lisa Abercrombie.  Once again, Doug took some awesome pictures and Chelsea, along with Beth, done a great job with Red E Fox.


SPARTANBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 11, 2007

The Spartanburg Christmas Parade was bigger and better then last year.  With temperatures in the 60's, there was a great turnout.  I would like to thank the following CERT members for taking the time to participate in this great parade: Leslie Bright, Steve Brown, Arif Chaudhary, AJ Crosby, DJ Crosby, Chantella Crosby, Cherise Crosby, LJ Crosby, Jared Foster (and family), Teresa Foster (and granddaughters), Amber Grudzien (with Kinsey), Bryan Grudzien, Buffie Johnson, Brittany Johnson, Willie Jones, Elaine Kennedy, Bill Leeder, Harvey Lux (and grandchildren), Doug Martin, Diane Maybin (and family), Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Gloria Mondonedo (and family), Michael Murphy, Doug Nissley (and crew), Debbie Tate, Mike Tate, Shirley Williams, and Richard Yoo.  Everyone who attended seemed to have fun.  It was great to see Shirley and Willie again.  Also, Doug Nissley (first 229 pictures), Doug Martin, Steve Brown, and Teresa Foster took some great pictures.  Feel free to check them out.

On 12/25/07, WSPA aired the Spartanburg Christmas Parade at 5:30am.  Once again, Spartanburg County CERT had the privilege of participating in this great parade.  For those who might have missed our small segment in the parade or the parade itself, please feel free to view the following clip:


INMAN CHRISTMAS PARADE - DECEMBER 15, 2007

I would like to thank the following people for attending the last, and one of the coldest Christmas Parades of the year: Steve Brown, Elaine Kennedy, Mike Tolman (and family), Doug Nissley, Richard McAbee, Teresa Foster, Jared Foster (and family), Grayson Bonds, and Hamilton Bonds.  Like every year, the Inman Parade was very well organized and attended.  I hope everyone enjoys the pictures taken by Doug Nissley and Mike Tolman's wife.


CERT HOLIDAY BASH - DECEMBER 18, 2007

Once again, Ken Tuck and the Spartanburg Water System was kind enough to let us utilize the Rainbow Lake Pavilion for our third annual Holiday Bash.  This was by far the best Bash we have ever had.  With over 120 in attendance, it was a huge success.  I would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions:

  • COSTCO - Desserts & Rolls

  • Big Daddy Hawgs - Baked Beans

  • Hardees - Mike & Debbie Tate - Cups, Condiments, etc

  • Fatz Cafe - 50% Discount on Chicken/Mash Potatoes

  • The Junction - Macaroni

  • When Pigs Fly Productions - Sound/Matt Andrews

Since 100 or so CERT members attended, I'm not going to list everyone.  However, I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported CERT throughout the year.  At the Bash we acknowledged 30 volunteers who went above and beyond (w/green fleeces).  In addition, the following CERT members were formally recognized for their contributions:

  • Steve Brown - CERT Volunteer of the Year

  • Bob Grudzien - CERT Instructor of the Year

  • Doug Nissley - CERT Media Excellence Award

  • Richard McAbee - CERT Excellence Award

Once the night was finished, everyone left with a full stomach and a red fleece.  Also, I gave a token of appreciation to the following CERT instructors for their their hard work throughout the year:  Ashley Harris, Bob Grudzien, Robert Grudzien, Steve Brown and Kathy Hurry.  All in all, it was a great night and I cannot thank everyone enough for coming out and taking part in it.  With that said, I  hope everyone enjoys the pictures Steve Brown (first 90 pictures) Doug Nissley (next 247 pics), and various others took.


GOODFELLOWS - DECEMBER 20, 2007

The Spartanburg County CERT Team had the privilege of assisting Goodfellows again this Christmas.  We were honored to assist them and look forward to doing so again next year.  I would like to thank the following CERT members for taking the time to help Goodfellows this Holiday Season:  Evelyn Blakley, Linda Bridges (and grandchildren), Steve Brown, Tim Buckner, Marie Chaney, Arif Chaudhary, Anthony Crosby, AJ Crosby, DJ Crosby, LJ Crosby, Chantella Crosby, Cherise Crosby (and friends), James Dorsey, Evelyn Eller, Jared Foster (and family), Teresa Foster (and family), Bruce Hurry, Kathy Hurry, Karri Issac, Rick Issac, Buffie Johnson, Brittany  Johnson, Carol Justice, Bill Leeder, Dana Leeder, Douglas Martin, Leigh Moore, Mary McAbee, Richard McAbee, Tim Praytor, Patricia Rice, Savannah Sabo, Tony Scruggs, Jasmine Snoddy, Johnny Tucker, Tracey Wert (and family), Tommy Wert, Marge Woodruff, Cynthia Wortma (and daughter) and Stephanie Wright.

 

With 40 CERT members attending, 60 overall (inc family members), we had another a great showing.  I would like to thank everyone who came out.  I hope you enjoy the pictures Steve Brown and Teresa Foster took at this wonderful event.