Let’s Park by Lynne Cunningham

The first quarterly meeting of Friends of the Legion State Park was held on January 15 at the Legion Lodge. Attending the meeting were Sylvia and Bob Clark, Henry Brandt, Noneine Keene, Tracy and William McCully, Kline Shepherd, James Russell, Esther Taylor, President Frances Ball, Vice President Paul Simmons, Treasurer Elaine Thompson and reporter Lynne Cunningham.

President Frances Ball presided and gave a review of projects sponsored by Friends of the Park in 2012.

The Fishing Rodeo for kids 12 years and under was again a big hit with the young fishermen and fisherwomen. Also the nature tours were eye-opening to treasures found in our own backyard and with Dr. Lelia Kelly conducting a tour highlighting plants and trees along the walking trail. And Dr. Jeanne Jones gave a tour pointing out trees and plants which thrive in the park and give vital habitat subsistence to resident birds and transient visitors who use the Legion State Park as a feeding and resting stopover along the Mississippi Flyway as they travel North and South. A new flagpole was erected in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Lodge, now designated as a National Historic place, and a special flag raising ceremony took place with an old fashioned cookout/picinc following. Closing the 2012 year the Friends sponsored a Christmas Tree Decoration gathering and offered lessons for young and old in making peanut butter studded pinecones sprinkled with seeds as Christmas Gifts For The birds.

The new officers for the current year are President Frances Ball, Vice President Paul Simmons, Secretary Marveen Moody, Treasurer Elaine Thompson, Reporter Lynne Cunningham.

William McCully will establish a website for Friends of LSP giving an additional avenue for sharing information and current park news.

President Ball urged all friends to remind all their neighbors and fellow nature lovers to join the Friends volunteer group to help support the park; $42 annual pass for all Mississippi State Parks (per family) and Friends annual dues $10 (per person) guests and nature lovers welcome to visit meetings at no charge.

This show of support by joining will help keep our state parks alive and well and will give you a wonderful avenue for enjoying Nature and exploring Legion State Park! Join today. Don’t forget The Great Backyard Bird Count will be coming up in February 2013.