White named Volunteer of the Year

NEIGHBORHOOD HERO: Asheville City Council member Vijay Kapoor presented Renee’ White’s Volunteer of the Year award. Photo courtesy of the city of Asheville

East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association President Renee’ White has been named the second recipient of the city of Asheville’s Volunteer of the Year award. White received the recognition during the May 22 meeting of Asheville City Council.

“The East End is a historically African American neighborhood that celebrates and clings to its roots in the ever-changing Asheville development boom,” said resident Amanda Broderick in a city press release. “Renee’ leads the (neighborhood) organization with inclusiveness and welcomes all residents, whether they are newcomers or have lived a lifetime in the East End.”

White has organized neighborhood cleanups, a fall festival and yard sale and a Neighborhood Watch program; she has also promoted cleanup of derelict properties in her neighborhood. Her resume includes numerous other civic activities with political and and charitable organizations.

YMCA offers reduced rate to military individuals and families

The YMCA of Western North Carolina announced its new Military Appreciation membership program for active service members, veterans, and families. Along with reduced membership rates, no joining fee is required.

The YMCA of WNC will continue to participate in the Military Outreach Initiative, which provides free Y memberships to deployed military families through the Department of Defense. More information can be found at ymcawnc.org/military-memberships. Applications are available at any YMCA location to get the Military Appreciation program rate. Requirements include a valid military or veteran ID card, a DD214 form showing release from active duty, or a driver’s license indicating a veteran designation.

Asheville Chamber to lead business visit to Raleigh

The Asheville Chamber, in conjunction with six other area chambers, will visit Raleigh Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6, to discuss issues with legislators and state agencies vital to our regional business environment.

Events include meeting with the North Carolina House and Senate leadership, meeting with the new director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, observing a Republican and Democratic political strategists’ debate, as well as an evening reception with the WNC legislative delegation.

Anyone may register to attend. For more information and to register, visit avl.mx/4zt.

About Virginia Daffron
Managing editor, lover of mountains, native of WNC. Follow me @virginiadaffron

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