Dedicated to the memory of our friend and fellow BSSL member, Lexine Harper. This program is to recognize exemplary seniors graduating from Cherokee County high schools who have committed themselves to service of others in the community. This scholarship awards two $1,000 scholarships to qualified graduating students from high schools in Cherokee County, Georgia. The 2019 Scholarship application deadline is April 18th. Find out more.
This is an open invitation to all past members of the BSSL. We are celebrating our 15th year and asking past members to clear their calendars for August 20th at 7PM. We would love to celebrate our Welcome Back meeting with you. Some of the current members don’t know the history of our organization and would love to hear your stories. Please leave a message for Nicole Shippy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending. We hope you can join us.
The Barbara Nugent Summer Lunch Program was a huge success again this summer. Special thanks to Susan Gaines, Linda Emore and Judy West for organizing and purchasing all of the items needed to make 2500 delicious lunches for children of Cherokee County. Lunches were delivered Monday to Friday in 8 Georgia Counties serving over 8000 children daily. This summer we helped provide over 250,000 lunches to children in Georgia. Thank you members of BSSL and your children for helping prepare sandwiches and assembling the lunch bags for distribution.
Our other project for the summer was providing Hygiene Bags for parents of children that received free backpacks at Give A Kid A Chance in July. In addition these children received free haircuts, dental checkups, eye exams, clothing, stuffed animals and free books. Thanks so much Lynne Weimer and Caroline Zipkin for leading this project for the second year. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of the woman and children who showed up to pack and transport the Hygiene Bags. We couldn’t have worked so efficiently without your help.
The next scheduled meeting of the BSSL will be on August 20th at the Terrace at 7PM. Don’t forget to bring your SCAT items to the meeting. This month we are collecting prepackaged snacks for Elementary children. No peanuts please.
I can’t believe the summer is just flying by. The Bridge Mill Sixes Service League is in full swing with the Barbara Nugent Summer Lunch Program to provide lunches for children in Cherokee County who would receive free lunch during the school year. Thank you so much to co-chairs Susan Gaines, Linda Emore and Judy West for all of the organizing and shopping that you have done in order for the summer lunch program to run. Thank you to all the women, children and grandchildren who have helped us make and pack lunches. We certainly couldn’t have made 1500 lunches so far without your help. And thank you to our 2 anonymous donors who year after year continue to support this very worthy project.
This month, in addition to making lunches, we will be assembling Hygiene bags for the tenth annual Give A Kid A Chance. It’s dedication from our co-chairs Lynn Weimer and Caroline Zipkin that will make for another successful BSSL project. Please join us on July 16th at the Terrace as we pack the bags from 3-5PM. Our members will be distributing bags at the First Baptist Church in Canton on July 18th beginning at 9AM. If you are interested in helping to assemble the bags please contact Ruth Clark.
The next scheduled meeting of the BSSL will be on August 20th at the Terrace at 7PM.
Wow the summer is here already. Hope you are enjoying the sun, the great outdoors and the pool. Bridge Mill Sixes Service League is also on vacation for June and July, sort of. We won’t be having any regularly scheduled meetings during the summer, but we are still very busy. We will be meeting every other Wednesday night and the following Thursday making lunches for children in Cherokee County who otherwise receive free lunch at school. We will be preparing 2500 lunches this summer. Please contact Susan Gaines, if you would like to help.
Did you attend the Classic Car Show? This new annual fundraiser made for a wonderful day at the Terrace Parking Lot. So many thanks go out to Jay and Marlyn Patouillet, Pam Yagoda and their team.
Did you know that the BSSL offers scholarships to Cherokee County Graduating Seniors? We gave $1500.00 Scholarships this year to two deserving High School Seniors. Lauren Griffin has devoted many hours to volunteering at Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy, the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, the ALS Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, MUST Ministries and Habitat for Humanity. Lauren will be attending the University of Georgia with a Major in Biomedical Engineering.
Victoria (Tori) Anderson has also devoted many hours to volunteering at her church and school. She has sung in the Church choir and played the hand bells for the past 4 years, taught Vacation Bible School, assisted in the Church nursery and has been a soccer coach for Pre-K children for the past 2 years. Tori has been awarded the very prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award for her assistance in building a playground and refurbishing the school house at her sister church in Nicaragua. Tori will be attending Kennesaw State and majoring in Biology Education. Good luck to both young ladies.
Were you at Chico’s on May 6th when The Bridge Mill Sixes Service League modeled Chico’s fashions? We were able to collect 10% of all sales between 4 and 8 at Chico’s on the 6th as we partnered with them. Thank you to Judy West and thank you Chico’s.
Did you attend the Relay for Life at Creekview HS in Canton on May 8th? We did and we helped the American Cancer Society in Cherokee County raise funds for rides to and from patients’ treatments, support for breast cancer patients, 24/7 support to patients and their caregivers, some patients and their caregivers were able to stay at the Hope Lodge while going through treatment, other patients received free wigs and we helped to support research grants. A great big thank you to Nicole Shippy and Barbara Germano for co-chairing our Relay team. Perhaps you attended the Cherokee Lanes on May 30th to support Strike Out Cancer? We raised additional funds there.
Bridge Mill Sixes Service League donates $2000.00 to Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Zach Blend enlightened us with facts about Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and the 40 boys who call the Ranch their home, the Goshen Community Care program to assist young men and women transition from foster care into adulthood and the Goshen Homes in Canton available to reunite brothers and sisters in the state foster care system at our April meeting .
The BSSL donates 6 diaper bags overflowing with items to bring home new babies from the hospital to MUST.
The month of May will be a busy month for the BSSL. On May 6th stop by Chico’s at the Outlets from 4-8. The Bridge Mill Sixes Service League has partnered with Chico’s and we will receive 10% of all sales. See your favorite outfits as some of our members model fashions starting at 6:30.
On May 8th we will be involved with Relay for Life. This year’s theme for the Bridge Mill Sixes Service League Team is Wonder Woman. Join us at Creekview High School from 6 – 12 midnight as we remember those who have lost their battle with Cancer and rejoice with those cancer victims who are in remission. Strike Out Cancer Bowling is scheduled for May 30th at the Canton Bowling Lanes. Bring your family and have some fun bowling, meet some new people and win prizes.
The BSSL will have no meetings in June and July however that doesn’t mean we won’t be active. Sign up to help make 2500 lunches during the summer and to work on preparing hygiene bags for Give A Kid A Chance to be distributed in July.
BSSL honors Jay Patouillet for 5 years of service working with the BSSL and Golf Fore Charity fundraiser. To date we have collected over $66,000 profit from Golf Fore Charity which we have been able to give back to Charities such as Angel House, Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy, Inc., CASA, Cherokee Family Violence Center, The Epilepsy Foundation, Give A Kid A Chance, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, MUST Ministries, Papa’s Pantry, Reinhardt University A-Day Scholarships, The Hope Center and Turn Around Ministries. A heart felt thank you and a wish that you are able to continue working with us as a leader on Golf Fore Charity.
Our first fund raiser of 2015 took place on March 28th. A great big thank you to co- chairs Denisha Austin and Julie Purcell. The food was amazing, the DJ entertaining and the fashions were awesome. Thanks so much for including fashions of young girls through adults. A special thank you to Kathy Fulton owner of McStatts’ Printing for the beautiful printed materials and to the committee that worked so tirelessly on this fundraiser.
Our next project is the Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day. Bridge Mill Staff and Bridge Mill Sixes Service League will be working together on this event. The classic car show will take place from 2:00PM to 6:00PM on April26th in the parking area near the Athletic Office and the Terrace. If you would like to enter your classic car please visit bsslcarshow.org. Featherstone’s staff will be providing food and drinks at the Halfway Café along with a live band and games for all ages near the clubhouse. From 6:30PM to 9:00PM a drive in movie will be shown on the lawn. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, or golf carts.
In May we will be involved with Relay for Life and Strike Out Cancer Bowling . Watch for further information or better yet stop by the Terrace on April 16th to meet some amazing woman who are always asking what’s coming next and how can I help. Come make some new friends and help us give back to our community.
As Spring approaches so does our first fundraiser of the year, our annual Spring Fling. This women’s luncheon and fashion show is scheduled for March 28, 2015 at the historic Rock Barn in Canton on Marietta Hwy from 12-2 PM., next to Canton Elementary School with catering by Event Wise. Our co-chairs Denisha Austin and Julie Purcell and their committee are busy finalizing retailers, models, and raffle donations. Please contact the BSSL if you are interested in donating. Find out what prominent community member will be at our event. Please see any BSSL member for a ticket or go to the Spring Fling fundraiser page to order your ticket on line. Tickets sell out quickly as we are limited to 100, so don’t wait to the last minute to purchase yours. Bring your mother, your sister, your daughter and your friends for this year’s Spring Fling.
Applications for the Lexine Harper Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. This scholarship is based on service to the community and is available to graduating Cherokee County High School Seniors. Please visit our scholarship page to download an application then mail your completed application to BSSL, 3760 Sixes Road, Suite 126, Box 185, Canton, Ga. 30114. Deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015.
Membership to the Bridge Mill Sixes Service League is open to all women who live on Sixes road or on Bells Ferry near the Bridge Mill area. We are always looking to make new friends. Past members have moved from the area as far as Buck Head and they still return to see what’s new with BSSL. Have you just moved into the area? Are you looking for some female friends to socialize with? We not only raise money for Charities in Cherokee County, we also go on day excursions, try out new restaurants, support each other when times are difficult or celebrate when times are wonderful, perhaps you would like to join a BUNCO group or a book club. We do it all. Check us out on Facebook, call Ruth Clark at 678-493-8943 or send an email to RuthJClark1953@comcast.net for more information or just show up at our next meeting on March 19th at the Terrace across from the Athletic Center near the pool at 7PM.
Thank you to BSSL member Judy West for notifying the board about this new project, the Children’s Park of Georgia. In fact it is right around the corner from us. This park will be built on Pope Drive and Pope Circle off Butterworth. We were touched by the information shared by Christy Ziegler (founding mother of the park). We hope our donation along with the donations of other community members, help to complete the building of this park in memory of children who have lost their lives in Cherokee County.
Please join us at our February 26th (note week change) meeting at the Terrace at 7PM as we share our love for newly born babies of disadvantaged mothers. Please choose from the items below as we prepare layettes. Needed items include: undershirts, nightgowns or onesies, socks or booties, sweaters, hats, receiving blankets, crib or bassinet sheets and blankets, baby towels and wash cloths, bottles, items for nursing mothers, newborn diapers, baby wipes, baby oil, baby shampoo, baby wash, Vaseline , Desitin ointment or other items that you know are needed for a diaper bag for a newborn. Help us as we help our neighbors bring healthy children into this world. Even if you can’t attend this meeting please send in a donation with a friend. This will be February’s SCAT (Schools and Communities Acting Together) project. Depending on the amount of items collected, we will purchase diaper bags to fill.
Are you ready for some spooktacular family fun? Oct. 19th is our annual 5K/1M fun run and it is better than ever! The event will be a twilight run with racer registration starting at 5:00pm. There will be a DJ, bounce house and Featherstone’s grilling to keep all the hungry goblins satisfied. The 5K race starts promptly at 5:30pm going over the beautiful and challenging back 9 holes of BridgeMill’s golf course. Feel free to walk or run depending on your abilities. The 1 mile fun run at 6:30pm will take a tour around the BridgeMill facilities and every running ghost will get a participation medal and high five. The night will cap off with the pet costume contest parade and award presentation. There will be awards for top 3 male and female racers and the winner of the fun run as well as best dressed pet and spookiest racer. It is going to be a great time for all and as always the proceeds go to local charities and families in need. Be sure to sign up right now!