Elvina Bollinger receives happy birthday wishes

Friday, February 22, 2013
Members of the Manila Business Women's Club surprised long-time member Elvina Bollinger with a birthday surprise at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Members of the Manila Business Women Club surprised long-time member Elvina Bollinger with a 97th birthday celebration at their regular meeting oMonday evening, Feb. 11, at the Manila Depot.

The meeting was opened with a reading by Willie Whitney.

After the reading, Mrs. Bollinger was surprised as club members sang Happy Birthday. Omega Decker and Juanita Blevins provided a birthday cake.

She was presented a framed certificate of appreciation by Barbara Carr from the club members.

Elvina Bollinger (left) was surprised with a birthday surprise. The cake was provided by members Omega Decker and Juanita Blevins.

"I've been here over 30 years and she was here a long time before I started," Carr said. "She has been here for the pie making every year except this one and she has made tons of dumplings. I wish I had a dollar for every dish she has washed. She has always been here for us. The first meeting I attended was at her home."

"This is a great surprise," Mrs. Bollinger said. "I have enjoyed being with all of you ladies. I have enjoyed the meetings. They have helped keep me going. Before we had this nice building, we met in homes. I enjoyed that, also."

President Janella Caraway welcomed everyone and presided over the business meeting following the meal. Mrs. Caraway thanked Pam Hester, Iris Poteet and Barbara Carr, hostesses.

Guest speaker was Pam Castor, superintendent of the Manila School District. She distributed a survey asking for opinions on building a new high school, renovating and building on to the present high school, asking if they would support a millage increase for a building project, and preference to location. She also distributed information on exactly how much a millage increase would cost per homeowner according to the value of their home.

Castor also told the women a history of the Manila School District, including the schools that have merged through the years, is being compiled. She encouraged the women to share their memories of schools, locations, and dates to help create an accurate history of the Manila District.

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