By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The 55 Plus Club is getting back into the swing of things now that its regular meetings at noon on the second Wednesday of each month have started up again. The September meeting drew a record crowd with Sheriff Ben Stewart, and the Club hopes for an equally big crowd this month.
The October meeting features guest speaker Ben Harris, Chair of the Madison County Memorial Hospital Special District Board. The 55 Plus Club invites everyone 55 and older to come back out and bring a friend, for some Christian fellowship, an always interesting presentation, and of course, some good food.
Harris, this month’s guest speaker, will have a presentation on the hospital, along with some thoughts on faith and family, with a little local history stirred in, followed by a question and answer session.
Harris was born to Madison County natives Isham and Annie Harris, graduating from Madison County High School in 1961 and FSU in 1966. His varied career has included working for the Sinclair Oil Company, managing the Florida Film Commission, and Managing the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. He has lived in several Florida cities, including West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
However, for the last 26 years, Harris and his wife, Kaye, have called Madison their home. They have two sons, Wade, who is a Commander in the US Navy, and Price, the head football coach in Frostproof, Florida, along with five grandchildren.
After retiring in 2008, Harris has been busier than ever, listing his hobbies as work, work and more work. In addition to chairing the hospital board, he also chairs the Tourist Development Council and represents Madison County with the Original Florida Marketing Group. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church of Madison.
He’ll be addressing the Wednesday, Oct. 12 meeting of the 55 Plus Club shortly after lunch. The Club meets every second Wednesday at the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Center on the corner of Colin Kelly Highway and Dill Street, about five miles north of town. There are no fees or dues of any kind. For 55 and above, the food and good times are free. Just come on out and enjoy.
For directions or more information, contact Deborah Brown, UMCM Coordinator, at (850) 929-4938.