BRCO meeting Nov. 9

WITH HONORS — From left are Tom Kolaski, retiring board chairman; Kara Kolaski; Carol Litchfield, incoming president; and Mike McLean, retiring president.

Bethel Rural Community Organization (BRCO) recognized leaders during its Nov. 9 meeting whose contributions have enabled BRCO to function in spite of COVID and devastating flooding in the community.

Stephanie Quis-Garrett was recognized for her role as treasurer and food pantry co-chair; Glenn Garrett was recognized for assistance with the pantry and building maintenance. Both worked at the Blue Ridge Heritage Festival and with WNC Communities census project.

Tom and Kara Kolaski were acknowledged for their work with beautification. Kara designed the rock garden and circle drive, and Tom assisted with the grant for that project. Both worked with the Tinsel Trail project at Shelton House — which received first place honors at last year’s event — as well as yard sales and a recent clothing distribution.

Tom also was recognized for his work as board chair.

Mike McLean, BRCO president, has led the organization so that, even during COVID and flooding, BRCO has stayed in good standing. McLean has worked tirelessly with Shelton House’s Blue Ridge Heritage Festival; spearheaded WNC Communities census project; and directed assistance to flood victims. In addition, he has presented programs to membership while simultaneously procuring speakers for meetings.

Carol Litchfield is the newly elected president of BRCO.

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