Cherokee Boys Club Report – Feb. 16

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Thursday, February 16 – Safety Committee – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, February 20 – Presidents’ Day (Club, Tribe & School holiday)
Tuesday, February 21 – Health Screen – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 22 – School Early Release – 1:45 p.m.
Monday, February 27 – School Furlough Day

Board of Directors Agenda for February 15 Meeting:
Resolution 2476 – Approve 2012 Agreement with Cherokee Historical Association to provide Shuttle Bus and Parking Service for Unto These Hills

The following was submitted by Travis Smith, Manager of the Club’s Construction and Facilities Department as part of the Club’s 2011 Annual Report.  Information contained in the report is for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Construction and Facilities Department Annual Report
     The Construction and Facilities Department employs 14 staff that includes some of the best carpenters, a mason, a plumber, an electrician, heavy equipment operators and truck drivers.  These employees are responsible for maintenance and new construction for the Cherokee Boys Club and Tribal HIP program.  In April of 2011, the Boys Club hired Travis Smith as the new manager for this department.  Since that time, long-time employee Charles Arch was named Assistant Manager.  The department is broken down into three sub-departments:  General Construction, Tribal HIP and Infrastructure.

     The C&F General Construction division is responsible for maintenance on all of the Cherokee Boys Club buildings and properties.  Facilities provide services to the Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, Tribal Juvenile Services, Tribal Audit, Tribal Housing, Child Support Enforcement and any other Boys Club or Tribal need.

     The Tribal Housing Improvement Program (HIP) has been administered by the Cherokee Boys Club’s Construction and Facilities Department for several years. The HIP program provides housing for qualified elderly and/or disabled enrolled members of the Tribe on Tribal lands.  This year the Construction and Facilities Department completed 10 new homes with five more under construction.  These homes are funded by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

     C&F Infrastructure Department has combined this year with the Club’s Hauling Department.  This department is responsible for all new site development for the HIP Department.  This includes all site prep, roads, foundations, gutters and final grading.  All of these functions are provided through the Tribal Housing Infrastructure Department.  The Club also provides support and assistance to Tribal programs and residents on the Boundary with heavy truck hauling needs.

     Travis Smith and his staff in the Boys Club’s Construction and Facilities Department would like to thank the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ HIP Committee for their continued support.  Without this support the Club would not be able to provide the employment opportunities to provide services for the members of our Tribe and community.

     The Club’s Construction and Facilities Department has an opening for a Lead Mason and for a Carpenter’s/Electrician’s Helper.  See the Employment Section in this issue of the Cherokee One Feather for details. 

     Cris Weatherford, Children’s Home Manager, and his brother-in-law, Matt Hensley, won third place in the Shiver in the River Fishing Tournament recently.  Approximately 20 two-person teams participated in this event sponsored by the EBCI and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. 

     Congratulations to Tsa li di Sequoyah for scoring his 1,000th career point at Blue Ridge on Friday, January 27.  Sequoyah was also listed as number one in rebounding this year for all boys’ teams in Western North Carolina. 

     Congratulations to all Winter Sports Seniors who were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 7.  The following girls were recognized for the Basketball Team:  Shayna Ledford, Meshay Long, and Elizabeth Wahnetah.  For the boys Basketball Team:  Gabe McMillan, Forrest Stamper, Tsa li di Sequoyah, Taylor Toineeta, Jeremy Wolfe and C. J. Yates and for the Wrestling Team:  Will Bird, Wesley Long, Cain Oocumma and Colby Yanez.

     The Boys Club is proud of all of our young people.  We send our best wishes out to the Winter Sports Seniors with hope that their futures will be bright and successful.   

     Congratulations to the Varsity Lady Braves who won the Smoky Mountain Conference for the regular season!

     A short note from a community member was presented to the announcer at the basketball game which was passed along to be added to the Bulletin.  It said:
 “Two members of the Cherokee High School Basketball Team were seen tonight helping a man in a wheelchair to get his car cranked.  This type of kindness should not go unnoticed.  Way to go Taylor Toineeta and C. J. Yates for being caring members of our school and our tribe.”

     The Boys Club congratulates the Oconaluftee Job Corps who recently received one of twelve MLK Drum Major for Service Awards from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  “This award is the highest national service award offered by the USDA and represents a tremendous commitment to improving the lives of others through community engagement.”

     Congratulations to Randy Lossiah and Ike Sequoyah on the birth of a grandson, Brannon Carl Arch, born on Saturday, February 11.  Brannon is the son of Stephanie and Andy Arch.

     Congratulations to Children’s Home Social Worker Monica Wildcatt and former Bus and Truck Department employee (and current part-time bus driver) Damian Solis for being selected to participate in the 2012 Right Path Program.  In addition to these two participants, Jeremy Wilson, Patrick Hill, Kelly Murphy, Michael Thompson, Lucretia Hicks and Janet Owle round out the class. 

     The Right Path program is a year-long adult leadership program developed by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.  Trista Welch, CBC Printing Manager, is a 2011 graduate of this program.