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PEMBROKE — A former U.S. Air Force officer who uses her culinary skills to help military veterans recently shared her knowledge with area women looking to make an impact in the defense industry.
Ret. Lt. Col. René Locklear White was the keynote speaker when the North Carolina Defense Business Association Women In Defense met Thursday at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Entrepreneurship Incubator in downtown Pembroke. White is the Culinary and Horticulture specialist at the Boulder Crest Retreat Veteran Wellness Center in Bluemont, Va. She aims to prepare five-star nutritious, seasonal meals for veterans staying at the retreat. Overseeing the Wallis Annenberg Heroes Garden, White manages the organic garden just steps away from the kitchen. She helps immerse participants in a farm-to-table experience with practical take-home knowledge and skills. White believes that growing and preparing food in a good way is part of the healing exchange and vital to reducing suffering for our military veteran families — one ingredient at a time. The mission of Women In Defense is to empower women business leaders in the North Carolina defense industry. Members aim to sharpen leadership skills, establish best business practices, encourage and brainstorm, and elevate other WID members through our own connections. The group’s director is Tammy Everett and its chairperson is Freda Porter.
Sanctuary on the Trail offered a Food Is Medicine Demo during the Economic Summit, giving away $500 of food to attendees as they spun a wheel and learned about better food options for various issues including diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
By Mark A. Locklear 910.521.6351 email@example.com University of North Carolina at Pembrok University Communications & Marketing
Dozens of local and state business leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners converged and exchanged ideas at the second annual Lumbee Nation Economic Summit on Thursday.
Breakout sessions focused on construction, environment, health care, cybersecurity, and agribusiness sectors. There were also workshops detailing the importance of expanding broadband and digital capacity to allow startup businesses a chance to compete in the global market.
"The Summit opened to an excited group of attendees at the social on Wednesday night,” said Tribal Administrator Freda Porter.
“Folks were afforded the opportunity to visit the exhibits housed in the Southeast American Indian Museum, and they were able to hear an encouraging message from Chairman Harvey Godwin and Chancellor Robin Cummings.”
It also provided an opportunity for Gov. Roy Cooper, who dropped in, to announce he will help lead the fight for full federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe.
“Needless to say, the speech delivered by Gov. Roy Cooper at the opening session today was powerful, heartfelt, and truly set the tone for the rest of the day,” Porter said.
“We have received great reviews from people and feel we were able to deliver sessions that will positively impact economic development opportunities in our region.”
Traditional Indian food sampling, a trade show and an American-Indian Artisan Market were also part of the event.
The two-day event was held at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and co-hosted by the Lumbee Tribe, the North Carolina Military Business Center, Sen. Richard Burr, and UNCP.
The theme of the summit was “Recovery to Prosperity” referencing the destruction to businesses from Hurricane Matthew. Organizers spoke about opportunities to restore and grow local businesses affected by the storm.
In his welcoming remarks, Governor Roy Cooper commended event organizers for providing networking, learning and economic development opportunities.
These types of events help develop a stronger, well-trained work force which Cooper says is always a focal point when he is recruiting industries.
“That is the first question they ask, do you have a well-trained workforce,” Cooper said.
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (retired) René White is Lumbee and President of the Native American Church of Virginiathese Healthy Cooking and Eating demos
“This economic summit is a wonderful idea,” he said. “I want to commend you for pulling these resources together. We must play to our strengths in order to attract jobs.”
“I want a North Carolina population that is better educated, that is healthier, and they have more money in their pockets and the opportunity to live a more abundant and purposeful life.”
Federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe, Cooper said, would also boost the local and regional economy. The governor announced his plans to support the tribe gain full recognition. Cooper said he has requested North Carolina’s 13-member congressional delegation to stand together in support of this effort.
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said he appreciates Gov. Cooper’s support and he is pleased the governor made the announcement on the campus of UNCP.
“The Governor’s announcement advances a vital bi-partisan effort which includes strong support from Senator Burr and Congressman Pittenger,” Cummings said.
“Recognition is long overdue and would have a transformative effect not only on the Lumbee People but our entire region.”
Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. agreed, saying federal recognition is the crowning jewel that will take the Lumbee Tribe to prosperity.
“It will provide economic development, not just for the Lumbee people but the whole region and state of North Carolina,” Godwin said.
“Economic development, job creation, workforce training, and developing a strong work ethic … that’s what this summit is about.”
Other guest speakers included, Lynn Douthett, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s North Carolina District Office; Ret. Lt. Col. Scott Dorney, executive director of the N.C. Military Business Center; Victor Gavin, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space; Tim Michels, president of Energy Resources Group; Kyle Winder, president of N.C. Veterans Business Association; and Annette Stevenson, supplier diversity manager of the SAS Institute.
Rene Locklear White and her husband, Chris, led a “Food is Medicine” demonstration in between the breakout sessions. They oversee the Sanctuary on the Trail, Inc. Independent Native American Church of Virginia. The couple gave away fresh fruits and fish and spoke about the importance of a healthy diet.
“The food we are eating isn’t real food,” Chris White said. “They add fertilizer, pesticides and poisons to the foods we eat. We are here reminding folks of the items that are good to eat, like salmon.”
The Whites hope local entrepreneur will consider opening a restaurant that serves strictly natural foods.
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Blanket Honor Ceremony for Susan during the Native American Indian Village project in 2016.
2010 Children's art class Susan helped make happen here at Sanctuary on the Trail.
Susan supported us at Sanctuary on the Trail and helped in various ways from her kind words, professional editing to helping us help veterans and children. Susan was the first person to introduce us to the Loudoun County community and first to immediately embrace our Native American Church and way of life.
Miss You Already Susan !!!
Susan at Sanctuary on the Trail.
SUSAN FREIS FALKNOR - Editor, local historian, and activist -- died at her home in Bluemont, Virginia this Easter, April 16. A professional editor and researcher, Susan specialized in putting complex matters into plain words through her business Plain Words Copywriter. She drew on her substantial experience in nonprofit think tanks (such as the Urban Institute and theAmerican Enterprise Institute), as well as for-profit information companies. Susan was president of Friends of Bluemont and had shepherded the restoration of that town’s Snickersville Academy, Bluemont’s first school and church. In the policy arena, Susan was co-publisher of the conservative blog Blue Ridge Forum where she wrote most of the book reviews as well as editing all the posts. In the run-up to the last presidential election, she helped organize northwest Virginia working people. Holding degrees in Humanities and English from the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland, Susan was a published poet. Susan’s father Edward D. Freis was a nationally recognized research physician. Susan is survived by her husband of nearly twenty years, Richard Falknor; by her brother Richard Freis and Catherine Freis of Jackson, Mississippi; by her son David Ezell and Sarah Combs of Maryland; and by her daughter Ama Dunnington and Tim Dunnington of Nashville, and their children Chance and Petra. Susan was a devout Christian: a member of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Leesburg as well as the Bluemont United Methodist Church in whose musical activities she regularly participated.
ROBESON CO. NC - With Christmas and winter here, hope for the displaced comes in many forms from coats and gift-cards to hugs and prayers. Hundreds are still displaced following the flooding by Hurricane Matthew and many of you across the nation helped us make this possibility a reality just in time for Christmas.
This week we had the previlege of deliverying a truck load of winter gear and gift cards, thanks to many.
You include individuals and groups from: California, Utah, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Others who also supported with monetary and clothing donations include: Clarke County Virginia’s: Crums United Methodist Church, Clarke County American Legion Auxiliary, Clarke County American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War; Fredrick County Virginia’s Fairview United Methodist Church; and internationally: Humanity Healing International, Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, The Human Accelerator and Sanctuary on the Trail (Native American Church of Virginia). (MORE WHO GAVE FORWARD)
The Native American Indian Church of Virginia, co-founded by Lumbee native René Locklear White, second from left, and her husband, Cherokee Chris White, left, donated of gift cards for 75 students in the Lumberton High School Adopt-A-Pirate program affected by Hurricane Matthew. Accepting the gifts on behalf of students are Adrian Hammonds, school counselor, and Savon Maultsby, assistant principal. Each gift bag contained a $30 Walmart gift card and a $10 Chick-Fillet gift card. The church also delivered a truckload of coats and other winter gear which were taken to Robeson County Church and Community Center.
Funds you donated went to purchase $3,000 in Christmas gift cards for 75 displaced students and their families at Lumberton High School and winter clothing to Robeson County Church & Community Center for distribution.
$3,000 in GIFT CARDS Thanks to René's neice Amelia J. Pearson for recommending this high school. Amelia has volunteered relentlessly helping the flood victims and is familiar with the hardest hit areas. “We have been collecting and fundraising for you since the flooding began,” said René who is also a retired military veteran and graduate from Lumberton’s Magnolia High School class of 1983 and UNC Pembroke 1988 and 1989. “We want the people of Robeson County to know that they are not forgotten and we have your back here in Virginia and across the nation.”
TRUCK LOAD OF WINTER CLOTHING The Sanctuary on the Trail™ non-profit team of volunteers collected and delivered new and gently used designer and vintage: 104 winter coats (long, short, leather, wool and quilted coats), 88 sweaters, 59 pairs of pants, jeans and shorts (all sizes boys, girls, ladies and men’s), 70 boy’s shirts, 29 ladies skirts and dresses, 74 ladies blouses, 38 knitted scarves and 20 knitted hats, 9 men’s sweaters, 28 pairs of gloves & mittens, 6 blankets, and miscellaneous hand towels, tights, socks, ear muffs, watch, pillows, pajamas, sweat suit men’s and ladies shoes, sheets, T-shirts and more. “For the clothing and things, we picked Robeson County Church & Community Center” because they are the oldest and largest non-profit around and because we believe Robeson County Church & Community Center is Robeson County’s best kept secret,” added René. Robeson County Church & Community Center is still in need of many items which are listed on their web site: http://www.robesoncccc.org/wish-lists. For more information about the Native American Church of Virginia visit: www.SanctuaryontheTrail.org.
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