Scouts, New Community Group Ready Plans For Rockbridge Baths Health Fair

The Community Health and Awareness Fair at the Rockbridge Baths Fire Department on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will feature exhibits and activities by many organizations.

Activities for children will be led by the Rockbridge Area YMCA. Food will be provided by the women of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. The Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers and several local musical groups will provide entertainment.

The health fair is the Silver Award project for four girl scouts from Troop 1145: Abby Brooks, Hannah Cason, Gail Evans and Kandice Thompson. It is the kickoff event of the Rockbridge Baths Community Organization.

The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette Scout (scouts in grades 6 through 8) can earn. The Silver Award Project must be a community improvement activity about which the scouts are passionate. They chose to organize the health fair in order to increase community awareness of available health-related services and to help the Rockbridge Baths Community Organization hold its first public event.

The Rockbridge Baths Community Organization (RBCO) will work to build community in Rock-bridge Baths and to help persons live fuller lives. It will bring people together for meals, entertainment, and educational events. It also will help organizations located in Lexington to provide services in the fire department and churches of Rockbridge Baths.

Plans for this fall include exercise and yoga programs, led by the YMCA; a program for senior adults led by Valley Program Services; and “Breakfast with Santa” in December.

Malcolm Brownlee, chair of the RBCO organizing board, said, “Rockbridge Baths Community Organization is neighbors hearing and helping neighbors. We want to help build community and build lives; but before we help, we need to hear from people. We need to get ideas from people about ways we can improve our community and improve their lives. Then we will work together to turn those ideas into services and activities.”

RBCO has not planned any activities for 2020 because it wants those activities to be based on the ideas of people who live in or near Rockbridge Baths. Brownlee says, “We want people to come by our table at the health fair and tell us what they want; or they can call me at 348-6588.”

The four girl scouts leading this project are talented in sports and music and active in church and community service programs. Gail Evans and Hannah Case are eighth-graders at Rockbridge Christian Academy. Kandice Thompson is in the eighth grade at Maury River Middle School, and Abby Brooks is in the ninth grade at Rockbridge County High School.

Girl Scout Troop 1145 began in 2007 and has nine scouts. They enjoy camping and taking trips together. They went to New York City in 2017. Four of the girls are planning a trip to Paris in June 2020.

Hannah expressed a central purpose of this health fair and the RBCO. She said, “I want people to know where to go when they need help with something.” At the health fair many organizations will tell people about the help they offer.

Kandice says, “I am excited about the health fair because I want to get more people volunteering in civic organizations.” Similarly Gail wants to be more involved in her own community. Abby has a more specific hope. She wants people to know how to pack their own emergency kit.

Those who want transportation to the health fair should call 348-5084.

Those who want more information about the health far or the RBCO should call 348-6588.

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