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Last updated 9/16/2020 at 5:10pm

Janet Robertson is overjoyed with the addition of a commercial dishwasher to the Dunn's Rock Community Center kitchen. (Courtesy photo)

What Will We Do Without Janet?

Regular readers of this column have surely surmised that Janet Robertson is a key part of the Dunn's Rock Community Center.

Having grown up attending events there as a girl, and serving as an officer of the center since the 1980s, Janet is a walking history of its activities. Her mother, Betty Sanford, was one of the original officers. If Janet doesn't know the answer to a question about the center or the community, Betty probably has something in one of her scrapbooks that will help.

The other thing that readers might conclude is that Janet is a hard worker. As community center treasurer, she keeps the books. As facilities coordinator, she schedules the center, meets renters and makes regular checks on the center's condition. As kitchen coordinator, she plans meals, purchases food and supplies, cooks and serves meals for the center's dinner and programs. Her crew of helpers affectionately call her "the Boss."

Janet has loved the Dunn's Rock Community Center and cared for it as if it were her own. Nothing makes her heart happier than seeing folks fill it, laughing and enjoying one another's company.

While Janet's fondness and desire to help at the center continue, her work on its behalf will have to take a backseat to some surgeries scheduled for the new year. Out of necessity, at that time she will be resigning from her posts.

The Community Center Board knows that filling Janet's shoes will take more than one person. While other officers are willing to take on some of her responsibilities, they would like to cast a wider net and bring in others to help. There's no better way to show Janet your appreciation for her work, than to volunteer for the center she cherishes.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact me at [email protected] or Dewey Aiken, board president, at (828) 553-7694. Thank you!

Community Center News

There is an exciting new addition to the kitchen – a commercial dishwasher. This is good news for the volunteers who've spent the hours following dinner and program nights washing every dirty pot, dish and utensil by hand.

Purchased with the help of a generous county grant, the dishwasher will expedite cleanup and will insure the sanitization of dinnerware. Gratitude and thanks to Gary Compton, who helped install the dishwasher.

Despite the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, there are still things going on at the community center. The Community Playgroup for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers meets outside on Fridays at 10 a.m.

The center is being rented for private events, and Dunn's Rock Baptist Church uses it for congregational gatherings. Community nonprofits and school teachers have used the space, and neighborhood kids play basketball on the outside court. Folks still take advantage of the center's Wi-Fi and cellphone booster, and the center will be used as a polling precinct in November.

Dinner and program events, though, have been cancelled for the rest of the year. We hope that someday soon that we can gather again safely.

Folks interested in renting the Dunn's Rock Community Center can contact Janet Robertson at (828) 883-2678. Renters will be required to conform to state COVID-19 recommendations and will need to disinfect the center after use.

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