VFC executive director presents program at 20th Century Club meeting

The final meeting of the 20th Century Club for year 2013-2014 was held recently at Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center.

There were 11 members present with three visitors — Carolyn Fendley, Evelyn Glover and Juanita Fendley. After the blessing of the food, a delicious lunch was served by the Jenkins Food Service.

JoAnn Gregory introduced the speaker, Kim Smith, who has strong ties to this community. After graduating from Jefferson Prep, she went on to study political science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is married to Mark Smith and has two girls, Brittany and Alli.

Smith attends Watson Chapel Baptist Church where she works with the college and career group. She has worked with children and families through non-profits for more than 20 years, becoming the executive director of Voices for Children in 2009.

Voices for Children, a non-profit agency, is an active member of the National and Arkansas Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and is one of over 900 Court Appointed Special Advocate programs across the U.S. VFC opened its doors in 1999 and began serving the abused and neglected children of Jefferson County in 2000 and in Lincoln County in 2001. There are many opportunities for adults 21 years or older to become volunteers for VFC. Volunteers receive 30 hours of pre-service training. The Voices for Children Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is a non-profit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children throughout the court process.

Smith gave a most informative program and answered many question from members.

The next meeting will be in September when the 20th Century Club will continue a study of islands of the world.