Morton MHV Club dedicates new welcome signs in the cityBy JAMES PHILLIPS,
The Morton Homemaker Volunteers held a dedication ceremony on October 3 to unveil new MHV signs at the entrances of Morton. The ceremony was held just off Highway 13 at the entrance to the city.
The signs are visual announcements of the presence and activity of the MHV in Morton and surrounding areas. Morton Mayor Gerald Keeton gave a welcome speech to open the ceremony and praised the MHV for their service in the town of Morton and surrounding communities.
The sign dedication ceremony lasted less than an hour, but the work and time invested by many people helped bring this dream to fruition and was the culmination of a full year of hard work and dedication by all club members, volunteers and city and state officials that ironically came together during the celebration of the MHVs 100th anniversary.
During the sign dedication ceremony State Representative Tom Miles was in attendance and presented the MHV club with a resolution from the Mississippi Legislature commending the organization for their dedicated volunteer service that has amassed thousands of volunteer hours working on local, county and state projects.
MHV Vice President and Special Projects Chairwoman Frisky Roland said that this was the realization of a dream that so many dedicated members, volunteers and officials have worked together to make happen. “I found it to be perfectly fitting that after a full year of work put in by everyone involved everything came together and we were able to dedicate our signs during the ongoing celebration of our organizations centennial anniversary,” she said.
The MHV is a wonderful partner organization with the town of Morton and the Morton Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Keaton expressed his thanks and appreciation to all club members for the time, energy and effort they give volunteering in and around Morton. “Mayor Keaton and all of his staff have been so wonderful in their help and cooperation in helping plan for this event and I, along with every club member, offer our sincerest thank you,” said Roland.
The event was attended by a large crowd many of whom traveled long distances to participate in the ceremony and support the local MHV club. Members from as far away as Pontotoc and Starkville made the trip to Morton to support and celebrate with their fellow club members. Immediately following the ceremony everyone moved across Highway 13 to Roosevelt State Park for a luncheon hosted by the local club.
Roland said that so many community leaders, club members and volunteers assisted the club in so many ways and that the club is forever grateful to each and every one of them. “I would like to offer our utmost thanks and appreciation to each and everyone that had a hand in helping us realize this dream and helping us in seeing that this day became a reality,” she said.