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SCSLHA Adopts Say Something Nice Day

The South Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association has adopted the celebration of Say Something Nice Day on June first as one of its special projects. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the immediate past president, Dr. Jackie Jones-Brown, CCC-SLP. The association has more than 1,000 members and touches every corner of South Carolina. Their support will go a long way toward our goal of more respectful speech and of creating a healthier workplace.

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting with old friends and making new ones at the Past President’s Luncheon last Thursday in North Charleston. These folks have dedicated their careers to helping everyone young and old develop more effective communication skills. It is an organization in which I am proud to claim membership. The growth and accomplishments of the association are simply phenomenal.

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Aunt Norma, Uncle Jim and Their Great Surprise – A Family Story

Aunt Norma was married to my Uncle Jim, mother’s brother. She grew up in the area around Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and was very country in her ways. She was fun loving, cheerful and always willing to lend a helping hand. She usually dressed a little too young for her age. Their children, my cousins, went to different schools because we lived in different areas of town.

When I received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Lander University and delivered the commencement address in 1988, my dad had died the year before and my mother was deep in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. When I walked out on stage I was shocked to see Aunt Norma and Uncle Jim seated on my right near the stage. I had no way of knowing that they would be there. They had never attended any event that involved me in the past. I am thankful that I spotted them and was able to acknowledge them along with other members of my family.

Mrs. Jackson, wife of the president of the university, took them under her wing and guided them through the dinner and the reception. Aunt Norma looked great. Uncle Jim had taken her shopping and to the hairdresser. Uncle Jim was always a sharp dresser. They were truly out of their element, but no one would have guessed. They had never attended anything like this. They did it for me and I know also for my mother and dad. It made the event even more special for me. The Gossetts with their French heritage were always more fun loving than the stuffed shirt English Carnells and this was definitely a stuffed shirt event.

The reception was given by Marvin and Kathy Cann. Marvin and I were roommates at Furman University. My cousin Marion Carnell was there. The library on campus was later named for him. My sister, Jean, and my brother-in-law, John, were there. My speech was well received. It was truly a night to remember. My fondest memory of this special time in my life was walking out and seeing Aunt Norma and Uncle Jim in the audience. It is one of those moments that lives forever.

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Thankful Thursday – Colleagues of CSHC

Last Saturday afternoon, June 14, there was a re-union of some of the staff of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center. Since I was at the center for 35 years, the group is only a small sample of those who labored so hard for the welfare of children and adults. When I came to Charleston I had no idea of the great adventure that lay ahead. We made wonderful friendships and together we changed the futures of hundreds of children and adults. If it is possible to have a love affair with a career and a city I am the example. Not only did we have dedicated staff members, but we had members of the Board of Directors who were dedicated to the mission of the organization. On this Thankful Thursday I want to express my gratitude to all those staff members and board members of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center who brightened my life and enriched my soul during our time together.

Charleston Speech And Hearing Center Reunion

Thankful Thursday is a day to recognize and express our gratitude to those who contribute to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. Develop an attitude of gratitude. You will be glad you did.

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Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday – June 1

The Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday is June 01, 2014. It is a day to celebrate the people who bring joy to our lives. The goal is to turn down the harsh rhetoric and to replace it with speech that is affirming, uplifting and more Christ-like. The movement started at First Baptist Church of Charleston, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, and has spread to most denominations including the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. This year the Baptist World Alliance will help promote the celebration.

The steering committee is presenting two civility challenges. These are voluntary and self-monitoring. Civility Challenge One: I pledge that during the next 30 days I will refrain from saying anything ugly, demeaning or derogatory to anyone in my workplace and/or daily activities. If I need to offer correction, I will do it in a respectful manner. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and any reactions directly related to the exercise. Civility Challenge Two: For the next 30 days I will say something nice, uplifting or encouraging to at least one person every day. I understand that comments that involve physical appearance are off limits for this exercise. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and of any specific reactions directed related to the exercise. Cardinal Dolan of New York said, “How wonderful it would be if all churches and their members decided to say something positive about other Christians and Christian groups at least one Sunday per year in recognition of our common belief in Christ.”

Pastor Jan Culpepper, pastor of Park Circle Presbyterian Church, North Charleston, SC, added, “Let’s make this more than a celebration for a day. Let’s make it a way of life.” There is nothing to buy or join. Free materials are available at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the home page and then click Say Something Nice Sunday on the right side of the page. Others are encouraged to develop and share their own materials. In 2014, Say Something Nice Sunday and Say Something Nice Day fall on the same day.

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