Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Guest blog: NSL’s Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt

We want to thank Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt for sending us yet another update on the most recent and “healthy” ways Norwood Service League is giving back to our community. Congratulations to Harriet “Hap” Wolf Arnold for being awarded NSL’s Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award!

NSL Recognizes Sixty-Six Years of Volunteer Service
Norwood Service League celebrated its wonderful volunteers and donors with a Volunteer Donor Appreciation Luncheon held Monday April 20 at the Family Life Center-Ashland Ave. Baptist Church. There were dozens of people in attendance, and many were given Awards of Appreciation for their years of support.

Special recognition was given to Harriet "Hap" Wolf Arnold, a member of Norwood Presbyterian Church. Harriet began volunteering as a 13-year-old teenager helping with the child care program after school. She continued to help until college; church and raising her own family kept her busy in other ways. As a widow (Roger Arnold), and mother of Carol Burke and Ruth Arnold, grandmother of three grandchildren, Harriet has been actively involved again in volunteering. Her interests are children, education and civic affairs. Today Harriet serves as a volunteer in the NSL Food Closet program and has done so for years. Harriet was given Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award for giving and caring for others all of her life, and basked in the praise of family and friends.

Norwood Do Right! Walking Club Launch
Tired of cabin fever? Want to get in shape? Come to the Norwood Do Right! Walking Club Launch to be held Saturday, May 2, from 9-11 AM at the R.E.Lindner YMCA.

The Norwood Do Right! community health program will host an informational launch with guest speaker Henry Brown, a longtime member of the Avondale Running Club, give-aways, sign up for charity walks, and more. Take the Norwood Do Right! Challenge to win a pair of running shoes from Bob Ronkers Running Spot; up to 30 pairs can be earned. Sign up for your own neighborhood group or age group or just a bunch of friends on the road to better health by intentionally walking or running. (The director of NSL is encouraging older beginners to join her "Over the Speed Limit---for 55 years and older" group!)

And don't forget the H-O-T Zumba! exercise classes held Tuesdays at Su Casa in Carthage, 7036 Fairpark Avenue; Wednesdays, 10 AM at Norwood Community Center, 1810 Courtland Avenue; and Thursday’s at 5 PM at R.E Lindner YMCA, 2039 Sherman Avenue.

Look for healthy cooking demonstrations series at Norwood Presbyterian Church, Norwood Branch Library and other locations. For more information, call Aline at 924-1200. These healthy opportunities are brought to you by Norwood Do Right! a health initiative of The Center for Closing the Health Gap. Check our website for developing community events SOON!

Lupe Gonzalez Hoyt
Executive Director
Norwood Service League