THE BULLETIN BOARD: Sanford remembers Mannie Leroy Clark for September 11th

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Mannie Leroy Clark - “Mannie Boy”

In Memory of Mannie Leroy Clark, who died in the World Trade Center Tragedy on September 11, 2001.  Mannie, son of the late Mr. Mannie and Mrs. Carolyn Clark of Sanford, was born on May 16, 1947.  He graduated from Crooms Academy High School in 1967 and moved to New York City in 1969.   
His siblings: 5 sisters, Claudette Clark-Hutchison, Cynthia Clark-Washington, Carolyn Clark-Doswell, Vevelyn Clark-Black, and the late Ellen Clark-Kelley; and 2 brothers, Furman “Bo” Clark and the late Anthony Clark.   Family and friends called him “Mannie Boy”.  He was a son, a brother and a father.  
Mannie was Head Supervisor of Security in the First Tower covering floors 86-100.  The airplane that struck the First Tower struck the same side of the building where his office was located on the 93rd floor.  He and 59 other employees from the Marsh & McLennan Companies were killed. 
The narrative, “What If?”, was written by Cathy Goretsky of Sanford on Sept. 15, 2001, several days after the nine-eleven tragedy, which she says prompted a series of “what if we” questions.  (1) “What if we like so many people on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, knew that would be our last day? What if we (2) had the opportunity to call someone in our last few minutes of life? (3) left important words unspoken? (4) harbored resentment toward someone? (5) felt hatred toward a fellow human being because they did not share our religious beliefs? (6) cut someone off in traffic? (7) started our day with prayer?  (8) sent our kids off to school with a hug and an "I love you!    (9) took the time to help someone else, knowing that our own life was in jeopardy? (10) realized what is really important? (11) rearranged our priorities? (12) realized that life is not certain? (13) gave up our seat on the subway, bus, train so that someone else could sit down? (14) thought about what we're really doing here? (15) asked God to help us? (16) felt, asked for and practiced forgiveness? (17) reached out to someone who looked lost and alone?  (18) felt strong and proud? (19) felt confused? (20) remembered to thank God for another day of life?
Depending on your particular situation and your location on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, your feelings about these questions, and your answers will be unique. This is a time of great emotional overload. We are feeling so many emotions at the same time, while hearing updated news reports every few minutes. We think we know how we feel, and then we see an image or hear a few words, and our emotions take another roller coaster ride! How can we make sense of it all? What are we supposed to feel? It is, I believe, a time for most of us to turn off the TV and the radio and take some quiet time to reflect on those things that are important to us - none of us know how long this life is going to be.  
Let us allow Tuesday, September 11, 2001, to be the day that provides an eternal focus for re-ordering our priorities. I hope that some of these questions can be of help to each one of us in accomplishing that task. I do believe that love can be defined as 'unconditional good will toward another'. If we are able to understand that, it means we are able to carry out the command that Jesus gave us to love one another.”

• God’s Harvesters Ministry, Inc., will be serving a baked chicken meal at Zion Hope M.B. Church;710 Orange Ave. in Sanford (Rev. Michael Griffin, Host Pastor); on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, starting at 11 a.m.; walk-ins only.  If you would like to partner with them as a part of their committee, volunteer during an event, and/or make a donation, please contact Deacon Eugene Alexander, III, President, at 407-323-9105.  God’s Harvesters Ministry is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; their aim is to provide meals for Central Florida area communities regardless of race, creed, color or religion.  They offer meals to those in need, senior citizens, disadvantaged and others.  All cash contributions are tax-deductible.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support of their organization as they labor to help others.

• The Annual Unity in the Community Inter-Faith Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Steering Committee of Sanford, will be held on Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, at 9 a.m., at the Westside Community Center, 919 S. Persimmon Ave. in Sanford.  Ticket donation, $10.  Pastor Robert Bradley, of Bread of Life Christian Church in Sanford/Midway, will be the Guest Speaker.  For additional information and tickets, call 407-257-9566.

• Full Gospel House of Prayer, 1826 Jerry Ave. in Sanford, will celebrate their Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at 4 p.m., with the theme, “Armed and Dangerous”; Elder Henry Bradley, Sr., Pastor; Mother Amanda Stokes, Chairperson.

• Save the date and plan to attend a Musical Extravaganza, an evening of song, praise and worship, on Saturday, October 21, 2017; at Divine Temple of God; 1006 W. Sixth St. in Sanford; at 7 p.m.   This event is free and open to the public.   Elder Richard Grey, Minister of Music; Elder Gradey Roberson, Shepherd.

• Event Cancellations due to Hurricane Irma:
Christian Fellowship Baptist Church postponed their Annual 100 Women in White Service that was scheduled for Sept. 10; the new date and time will be published in this column when the information becomes available.

• The Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Working Group Meetings for planning the revitalization of the Goldsboro Community, scheduled for the week of September 11, 2017, have been postponed.  The new dates and times will be published in this column when the information becomes available.  If you have any questions, please call Tamara Johnson, Project Manager, at 407-895-3300, Ext. 4010.

Sheralyn Brinson can be reached at SBrinson@MySanfordHerald.com

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