Union County

Lions Club celebrates 30 years in Waxhaw

Windi Henderson is the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year for Safe Kids/Communities of Union County.
Windi Henderson is the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year for Safe Kids/Communities of Union County. COURTESY OF KIM KARPOVICH

Safe Kids/Communities of Union County is a coalition led by Carolina's Medical Center-Union. There is a common goal – keeping your kids safe.

Based on the needs of the community, this group implements programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics designed to help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

Windi Henderson has been named Outstanding Member of the Year of the Safe Kids/ Communities of Union County.

She received the award May 21 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord at the Safe Kids annual meeting.

Kim Karpovich, coordinator of Carolinas HealthCare System Union, Safe Kids/Communities of Union County, summarized Henderson’s contributions.

Karpovich said Henderson is employed by the Hamby Bridge Fire Department as an administrative assistant to the chief. Outside of work, Henderson has volunteered many hours assisting with Safe Kids and organizing the N.C. Buckle Up Program. She set up four permanent checking stations. She also coordinates the six permanent car seat check locations for Union County.

As the creator of our Safe Kids Facebook page, she keeps it up-to-date and gets the word out to the community on injury prevention and great events that the group hosts.  

For information about Safe Kids, contact Kim Karpovich via email at kim.karpovich@carolinashealthcare.orgor phone at 704-225-9221

Lions Club

On June 26, the Waxhaw Lions Club will mark 30 years of service.

Club Secretary Frank Hawfield said Lions Club International chartered the Waxhaw Lions Club on June 26, 1985.

From the beginning, the club was involved in community projects around Waxhaw. Club members provided manpower to assist the town in installing decorative antique streetlights along Main Street.

When the town dug up the sidewalk to bury electric cables for the streetlights, club members laid bricks over the cables. Waxhaw Lions also took part in building book carts for Western Union School, and provided special equipment with adaptive technology for visually impaired students there.

In February 2015, the Waxhaw Lions Club participated in a community drive to help a Western Union first-grade teacher fund a project to provide books for students.

More recently, the club has served the vision needs of the entire Waxhaw community by bringing the NCLI Mobile Screening Unit on April 4 to conduct vision and hearing screenings. The club has collected 600 pairs of recycled eyeglasses that will be sent overseas to third world countries.

Visit their page on Facebook for information. To receive a membership application, learn dates and locations of upcoming meetings, or for other questions, call Hawfield at 704-571-8462 or email him at fhawfield2@carolina.rr.com.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.