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Pendleton, SC Friends of the Park

Updated on March 13, 2018
Friends of the Park Veterans Park Pendleton SC
Friends of the Park Veterans Park Pendleton SC

Pendleton's Friends of the Park


New members are welcomed and appreciated..

FRIENDS OF THE PARK (FOTP)

PO Box 408

Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Friends of the Park meets every third Monday at 6:30 pm at Pendleton United Methodist Church in the social hall. Everyone who is interested in the future of our Veterans Park is invited to attend. We welcome new members and also those who just want to visit and learn what all we do for Veterans Park.

Friends of the Park is an organized group of Pendleton area citizens interested in making Veterans Park the best it can be. Friends of the Park is a 501C3 organization and works closely with the Town of Pendleton who owns the land and with Pendleton Recreation Association who provides youth sports.


In recent years, we have contributed generously to the baseball fields for fencing, etc. and proudly completed the Veterans Memorial.

PLEASE CALL 260-4444 TO REPORT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AT VETERANS PARK



"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live."

— George Bernard Show

Spring Work Day 2018

There is a job for everyone so come help keep our playground safe for our children.
There is a job for everyone so come help keep our playground safe for our children. | Source

2018 Friends of the Park Officers


2018 Friends of the Park Executive Board

Chair - Mark Majors

Co Chair - Mike Link

Secretary - Gina Forrest

Treasurer - Kim Beck

Veterans Park

Our Veterans Park includes:

  • Ball Fields
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trotter's Trail
  • Barrett's Place Playground
  • Veterans Memorial

Who is "Friends of the Park?

In February, 2005 a group called Pendleton Pride In Motion decided they wanted to build a community playground. Upon completion of Barrett's Place Playground in October 2005 a need was seen for an organization to continue to work for the betterment of Veterans Park. Friends of the Park was formed the following year.


Where Is Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC?

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VETERANS PARK:
500 Lebanon Rd., Pendleton,SC

get directions

Reserve a Picnic Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC

Available for Rent

RESERVE A Picnic Shelter

3 hr. $35

Call Town Hall 646-9409

Veterans Park Pavilion

Completed 2008

The new Pavilion houses the Concessions stands, restrooms and the PRA office. It also has a beautiful observation deck overlooking the whole park.

Barrett's Place Playground

In Memory of Barrett Beck

Pendleton Pride in Motion sponsored the building of this playground in memory of Barrett Beck, a twelve year old Pendleton resident who tragically lost his life too young, and other young people in our community whose lives we want to remember. Through volunteer efforts and donations, the Pendleton area community built a playground. This large playground includes a climbing wall, play campsite, boat shaped sandbox and lots of swings, slides and monkey bars. This children's activity place stimulates the imagination, while providing a safe and attractive area for our children to play.

Playground Patrol

PLAYGROUND PATROL
PLAYGROUND PATROL

Attention: All Users of Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail

We have had some vandalism and continue to have a lot of litter. We need for everyone that uses the park to assume responsibility for it and help to keep it clean and safe for our children.

Please encourage your children and/or group to help by picking up litter while they are there.

Also please report any misconduct or vandalism to town hall at 646-9022. Thank you.

Join the Playground Patrol to help keep it safe and clean for all the children.

Trotter's Trail

In Memory of Justin Trotter

The "walking trail" was named Trotter's Trail in memory of Justin Trotter. Justin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 while a student at Riverside Middle School. In September 2004, after 2 years, Justin lost his battle at the young age of 15. His love for nature and the outdoors has inspired friends, family and Friends of the Park to honor his memory by building this 1400 foot long trail that will wind through the woods adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground. It has park benches, a bridge and is handicapped usable. The 6 foot wide trail has an asphalt surface for easy mobility and is wide enough for two wheelchairs.

Veterans Memorial

In honor of all our Veterans

On Veterans Day November 11, 2014, the Veterans Memorial was dedicated with a very moving ceremony. This memorial was built using only materials "Made in the USA" and with funds raised by Friends of the Park.

The Veterans Memorial committee of Friends of the Park under the leadership of Joan Kelly along with the Town of Pendleton made this dream come true.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Memorial Dedication
Veterans Memorial Dedication | Source

Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA)

Chris Lollis - Recreation Director - Hours 3 - 5 M-F

Pendleton Recreation Association

Veteran's Park, Lebanon Road

PO Box 904

Pendleton, SC 29670

Telephone: 864 646-9226

FAX: 864 646-9226

The Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA) is a privately run-non-profit 501-C3 association of area residents set up to provide recreation programs for the youth of the Pendleton Community. The association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and employs a part-time recreation director to coordinate programs and activities. The PRA contracts with and receives limited funding from the Town of Pendleton. They also receive limited funding from Anderson County.

Youth Programs include:

  • Baseball (including T-Ball and Coach Pitch)
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Sftball

Call 864 646-9226 to sign up for programs.

Friends of the Park and PRA Donate Nearly $34,000 for Ballfields

FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops
FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops | Source

Friends of the Park presents Check to Town of Pendleton for Ball Fields

FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops. Even more importantly, FOTP delivered a check of nearly $34,000 to the Town collected through Step Up To The Plate fundraising efforts over the past years. Along with FOTP, the PRA and the Town will be providing funding for these upgrades to the ball fields. We are all grateful to the volunteers and donors that have made this day possible. A lot of hard work has gone into making the park better.

Above Photo: pictured left to right of Steve Miller - Town Administrator, Mark Majors - Chair FOTP, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, Kim Beck - Treasurer FOTP, and Cass Brown - Chair PRA

Spring Work Day 2015

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Thank you to all the Volunteers who came Out to the Spring Work Day 2015 at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's TrailCarol Burdette hard at workSpring Work Day 2015Wonderful volunteer for Spring Work Day at Barrett's PlaceVolunteers are great!special thanks to all our volunteersBusy Davie!
Thank you to all the Volunteers who came Out to the
Thank you to all the Volunteers who came Out to the
Spring Work Day 2015 at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
Spring Work Day 2015 at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail
Carol Burdette hard at work
Carol Burdette hard at work
Spring Work Day 2015
Spring Work Day 2015
Wonderful volunteer for Spring Work Day at Barrett's Place
Wonderful volunteer for Spring Work Day at Barrett's Place
Volunteers are great!
Volunteers are great!
special thanks to all our volunteers
special thanks to all our volunteers
Busy Davie!
Busy Davie!

Congratulations to our 2014 Volunteers of the Year

2014 Volunteers of the Year:  Frances Swaney and Don Peppers
2014 Volunteers of the Year: Frances Swaney and Don Peppers | Source

Great Lunch for our Volunteers

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Thank you to everyone who helped make lunch possible
Thank you to everyone who helped make lunch possible
Thank you to everyone who helped make lunch possible

Spring Work Day 2013

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Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

2012 Volunteers of the Year - Mark Majors and Curt Carter

2012 Volunteers of the Year for Friends of the Park
2012 Volunteers of the Year for Friends of the Park

Fall Work Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail

 - Volunteers are always needed
- Volunteers are always needed

Missy Nail Recognized as the First Chairman for FOTP

 Missy was recognized at our Spring Brunch
Missy was recognized at our Spring Brunch

2013 Friends of the Park Officers

Good Leadership is the Key to a successful organization L to R - Mark Majors, Kern Cox, Kim Beck, Regina Forrest
Good Leadership is the Key to a successful organization L to R - Mark Majors, Kern Cox, Kim Beck, Regina Forrest | Source

Pendleton Elks Lodge Donates $1,000 for new benches for Trotters Trail.

Trotter's Trail received two new benches which will be installed at the May 19th work day.

At its regular meeting, April 26, the Pendleton Elks Lodge presented $1,000 checks in support of each of two community organizations, the Supper's On Us Pendleton (SOUP Kitchen) and The Friends of The Veterans Park.

During the presentation Carrie Gibson, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, praised both organizations for their important contributions to the welfare and health of Pendleton citizens.

One of the objectives of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is to assist deserving local charitable organizations such as the two honored last month in Pendleton.

Kern Cox at the Spring Work Day for Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail

Barrett's Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day Oct 20, 2012

We will be working at the playground and Trotter's Trail
We will be working at the playground and Trotter's Trail

Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend March 16-18 , 2012

Barrett's Place Playground gets a Face Lift from the ground up.
Barrett's Place Playground gets a Face Lift from the ground up.

Spring Workday 2012 - A ReBuild

Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend was a huge success and the playground was re-opened for visitors on Monday. We will have to schedule another Work Day soon so please call Nancy if you would like to help.

Many people donated food or money so we could feed to workers and that was greatly appreciated. There were also volunteers who worked hard the weeks before in preparation for the Work Weekend.

Thank you to all who came to stain/seal the wood, dig mulch away, and gather supplies.

Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park Thank you to Ed and Davie Kirkley -  On October 15, 2011 Friends of the Park named Shelter 3 in honor of the Kirkleys for all the work they have done for our Veterans Park.
Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park Thank you to Ed and Davie Kirkley - On October 15, 2011 Friends of the Park named Shelter 3 in honor of the Kirkleys for all the work they have done for our Veterans Park.

Debra Goss Chooses Friends of the Park

Debra Goss of Clemson University chose Friends of the Park as the organization to donate her time.
Debra Goss of Clemson University chose Friends of the Park as the organization to donate her time.

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Alumni Softball

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend  Raised $1,025.93 - Softball, Crafts, Food, Games and lots of fun for everyone!
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Raised $1,025.93 - Softball, Crafts, Food, Games and lots of fun for everyone!

"Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge"

Pendleton Recreation Association presented the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge- Friends of the Park is proud to have worked with PRA on this fundraiser. It's not about the Golf, but rather about us telling our story of Veterans Park!
Pendleton Recreation Association presented the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge- Friends of the Park is proud to have worked with PRA on this fundraiser. It's not about the Golf, but rather about us telling our story of Veterans Park!

Barrett's Place 6th Birthday/Maintenance Day - Oct 15

Barretts Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day
Barretts Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day

Maintenance Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail

Barrett's Place Maintenance Day Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard  - Volunteers are GREAT!
Barrett's Place Maintenance Day Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard - Volunteers are GREAT!

Thank you, Caroline Jamieson!

Friends of the Park  - Even with a broken arm, Caroline is working hard promoting Freedom Fest on July 2
Friends of the Park - Even with a broken arm, Caroline is working hard promoting Freedom Fest on July 2

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC at Veterans Park

FREEDOM FEST JULY 2 AT VETERANS PARK
FREEDOM FEST JULY 2 AT VETERANS PARK

Friends of the Park helps the PRA with the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge

- Over $20,000 was raised for the ball fields at the Golf Tournament. Thank you Kim and Caroline for working so very hard selling our Step Up To The Plate Merchandise:Shirts - $12 Stress Balls - $5 Cinch Bags - $10
- Over $20,000 was raised for the ball fields at the Golf Tournament. Thank you Kim and Caroline for working so very hard selling our Step Up To The Plate Merchandise:Shirts - $12 Stress Balls - $5 Cinch Bags - $10

BINGO at Fall Harvest Festival

Friends of the Park at Fall Harvest Festival
Friends of the Park at Fall Harvest Festival

Maintenance Day Oct 30, 2010 at Barrett's Place Playground

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Thank you to everyone who showed up on  - for our annual maintenance day at the playground and Trotter's Trail
Thank you to everyone who showed up on
Thank you to everyone who showed up on
 - for our annual maintenance day at the playground and Trotter's Trail
- for our annual maintenance day at the playground and Trotter's Trail

Thank you to all the Volunteers who made our Nov 14 Workday a Big Success

Friends of the Park Volunteers
Friends of the Park Volunteers

Barrett's Place Playground 4th Birthday/Maintenance Day & Trotter's Trail Dedication

 - Over 50 people showed up for this wonderful day.
- Over 50 people showed up for this wonderful day.

Mayor Randy Hayes at the Nov 14 Work Day

Pendleton High School Environmental Awareness Club - Volunteers at Barrett's Place

Camp Proverbs Volunteers at Barrett's Place Playground

Thank you, Dr. John Martin - Donation to Veterans Park

Dr. John Martin donated the needed money for a lighted flagpole at Veterans Park. Thank you, Dr. John!
Dr. John Martin donated the needed money for a lighted flagpole at Veterans Park. Thank you, Dr. John!

Wanda Batten and Mary Jo Craig - 2009 Volunteers of the Year

Friends of the Park 2010 Volunteers of the Year
Friends of the Park 2010 Volunteers of the Year

Spring Cleaning at Barrett's Place Playground

There is always work to be done at the park so please let us know if you would like to volunteer.
There is always work to be done at the park so please let us know if you would like to volunteer.

Duke Energy Donates $1,000 to Barrett's Place Playground

Thank you, Duke Energy
Thank you, Duke Energy

Duke Energy Donates to Playground

Jason Walls of Duke Energy met with representatives from Pendleton Pride In Motion and Friends of the Park on December 30, 2008 at Barrett’s Place Playground. He proudly presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the playground from Duke Energy. Children, Parents and Grandparents who were playing in the Playground joined in the celebration. Mr. Wall’s handed out red Duke Energy Volunteer T-shirts to the children and made a big hit to all those present. Duke Energy is no stranger to Barrett’s Place Playground, a playground built by more than 1600 community volunteers in 2005. Duke Energy believes in giving back to the community and they were very involved in the beginning with making this dream come true. In the past three years, volunteers and generous donors have continued to work to make Veterans Park the best it can be. The Playground Area now has three Picnic Shelters which are rented for Birthday Parties and other gatherings. The proceeds from the rental allows the Town Of Pendleton to maintain the playground on a daily basis. The organized group of volunteers, Pendleton Pride In Motion’s Friends of The Park, gather together twice a year to do the bigger maintenance jobs and keep the playground safe and long lasting for generations to come. The money that was so generously donated by Duke Energy will be used to help make the Playground even better. They also plan to provide volunteers for the Spring Maintenance Day. PPIM, Friends of the Park, and the Town of Pendleton are most appreciative of all their help.Veterans Park has continued to improve over the past years with the recent completion of the Pavilion which houses a concession area, office for Pendleton Recreation Association, and rest rooms. Trotter’s Trail has also been a welcomed addition and plans are in the making to complete the entrance to the trail in 2009. The main fundraiser for Friends of the Park is the Freedom Fest which is held at Veterans Park on the Saturday before July 4. Their next meeting is planned for January 19, 2009 at Pendleton United Methodist Church at 6 pm and all interested citizens are urged to attend and get involved in making Veterans Park the best it can be.

2008 Bi-Lo Charities Grant Recipient

We were one of many worthwhile organizations to receive monies from Bi-Lo Charities. We would like to thank Amber Barnes for all her hard work on the Grant. Even though this is far from the amount we requested, we do appreciate it very much.Friends o
We were one of many worthwhile organizations to receive monies from Bi-Lo Charities. We would like to thank Amber Barnes for all her hard work on the Grant. Even though this is far from the amount we requested, we do appreciate it very much.Friends o

Yard Sale Raises $1,217 for Veterans Park

Fran Butler's family worked very hard this past weekend holding a Yard Sale at Fran's home. They wanted the money to go to Friends of the Park for Veterans Park because they knew that is what their dad would have wanted. Friends of the Park is very grateful to Fran's family for this generous contribution and this money will be used wisely in his memory.Thank you!

In Memory Of Fran Butler

Passed Away October 25, 2008

I had often seen Caroline Jamieson and Fran Butler walking around town. They always looked so happy that I would usually take a second look. It wasn't until we started the build for Barrett's Place that I actually got to know him. He was one of a group of men who showed up weeks ahead of the build week to get everything ready. There was a lot of pre-work that had to be done and Fran was there. He continued to volunteer with the group of "granddads" who got together periodically to do maintenance at the Playground and at Trotter's Trail. Fran didn't miss many Friends of the Park Meetings and was always willing to help where needed. He helped with fundraising by selling merchandise at many events.Fran was known for being our "Uncle Sam" at the 2008 Freedom Fest and did a super job for Friends of the Park.Fran Butler made a difference in Pendleton and I am proud to have known him. He will be missed!

The Memorial Service held by Clemson Little Theatre was a beautiful tribute to a Great Man!

Fran's sons and their families are having a yard sale Friday and Saturday and want to donate the money to Veterans Park. This is such a wonderful thought on their part and greatly appreciated. Please come to 603 Bailey Ave Fri and Sat beginning at 8 a.m.

This was made by  Janusz. Thank you!
This was made by Janusz. Thank you!

Freedom Fest

A Fundraising Event for Veterans Park

Freedom Fest '08 was a big success thanks to all our many sponsors and volunteers. We estimate that about 2,000 people were there to "salute our heroes", eat great hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon, snow cones and homemade baked goods. They also enjoyed Bingo, Horseshoes, Childrens Inflatables, Face Painting, Fun Merchandise and more. They received a free balloon and a button when they walked Trotter's Trail and they won great prizes at The Great American Turtle Hunt held at Barrett's Place Playground! It was a time to be proud to be an American and especially proud to be a Pendletonian!

Freedom Fest 08

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      Connie Rasbury 

      8 months ago

      So many people in your community work so hard. I enjoy reading about all the projects.

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      Connie Rasbury 

      8 months ago

      What a wonderful project and wonderful people. Thank you for sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      looking forward to the Veterans Memorial

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      cancerfunds1 

      5 years ago

      Wish we all could enjoy with our mother nature more these days.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ruthi: Ruthi, did you see the video that shows your picket in our playground? It is on our "Squidoo Friends of Friends of the Park" lens. Take a look.

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      Nancy, thank you for stopping by to share the fantastic news! Proud to be a Friend of FOTP! (And of Squidoo, naturally!)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Fun to stop by here again to see the updates and great work that is being done in the park. Its awesome to see a community pulling together to get the job done. - God bless Friends of the Park, and you, Nancy. :D

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      OhMe, you do an awesome job of keeping this page updated. You are indeed a shining star in the Squidoo sky!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      5 years ago from Royalton

      Until you joined Squidoo I had never heard of Pendleton, SC. Now it is on my Bucket List of places I'd like to visit. What a tremendous amount of community spirit you have shown here. Congratulations on all of the successful fund raising. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This is a wonderful example of a community pulling together for a cause and you have been able to give it a voice. Well done!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Thanks to Squidoo for choosing Steip up to the Plate for gift.

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      Ruthi 

      7 years ago

      Makes me wish I lived near enough to visit the park on a regular basis! Here to let you know Friends of the Park is now my "tithe" charity for Squidformation Highway.

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      Absolutely delightful lens. You are doing such a fantastic fundraising work. SquidAngel blessed. I am also making a lens (My Squid Angel Memorial Day Weekend Bus Trip Quest) on my SquidAngel Quest and I'll feature it there. Come and visit in a couple of days.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Valentine ***Blessings*** to you today, dear OhMe!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Due to OhMe's hard work, FOTP continues to be one of our most active and successful charities.Congrats on having one of the 33 Best Charity Profiles!https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-best_...

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      This is such a great lens about how a park can be such a great way to pull the community together and provide a place to work and play together. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      AllyVuitton 

      7 years ago

      Such a sweet, good lens!

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Awesome lens for Friends of the Park.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Just dropping by to FB "like" this wonderful lens!!

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      sheriangell 

      8 years ago

      Nancy, I love how much you love and give to your town and the people who live there. You set an incredible example for the rest of us to follow. Blessed by an Angel today and featured to Pay It Forward.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Spook LM: Thank you, Kevin

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      Happy Birthday Nancy and many,many more. Apart from all you do at Pendleton, thank you for all you do at Squidoo and especially for me. Have a lovely day.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Congrats! Thanks to AJ you've earned another $99 towards the park in the Sunshine Award. http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/07/13/suns...

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Congrats! Friends of the Park has earned their first $99 in the Sunshine Award contest! Thanks to BevsPaper: http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/06/08/suns...

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      squid-janices7 

      8 years ago

      I love how much information you have on this lens and clearly you update it all the time. I need to be better about updating my CAER Food Shelf & Minnesota Food Helpline lenses. I hope you win lots of money in this summer's charity contest!

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      Joan4 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on Giant Squid 100!!!!!!! yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! 100 fantastic lenses!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Well done on the Purple Star for Pendletons Friends of the Park Nancy!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star and best wishes with your new charity. :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great cause and great volunteers! Congratulations on the purple star and your new Squidoo charity partner status!

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      NWTG 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming a Squidoo partner nonprofit and also on your pretty purple star!!

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      Carol Fisher 

      8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star for this brilliant lens. You've put so much work into this and done a marvellous job on telling us about your town's park.

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      Yvonne L B 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Congratulations on that lovely Purple Star and on becoming an official Squidoo charity. You've done a great job for a great cause.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 

      8 years ago

      Well, congratulations indeed, my Purple Squid! You have left no stone unturned in the creation of this masterpiece.By the way, it's already featured at https://hubpages.com/community/purple-star-awards

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      What a great lens, and what a wonderful town, what dedicated volunteers! I read everything, even most of the minutes from the very beginning. We have our struggles of course. I prefer to focus on the good will that comes from cooperative efforts that occur over and over again in Pendleton..

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      steveffeo lm 

      8 years ago

      Congrats I was talking with Joan earlier I think this is a wonderful lens and a great NP, it is important people come together as a community and this Park provides a place. Humm you could write an Ebook on your experience let it be the blueprint for other towns perhaps? Let me know if I can help.

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      Nancy! As usual you are the soul of your great town... I admire you for all town activities you promote...LoveMichey

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming an officially sponsored Squidoo charity. You be da friend of da park. Best wishes with raising funds for charity. Whoew-ha!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Spook LM: Oh Kevin! That would be wonderful and very much appreciated. Thank you, thank you.

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      Now that you are official I will try to change my lens donations to FOTP. I trust this will be OK with you. Sorry but I'm a bit slow at getting around. Congratulations and so well deserved.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Yes, we are so excited to now be an independent 501c3 organization and will be so thrilled and appreciative if we are approved as a Squidoo Charity.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Wednesday-Elf: I haven't heard anything official yet and am waiting on pins and needles. I don't know how long it takes to hear. Thank you for your help with proofreading.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wonderful story about Pendleton's Friends of the Park. You and many other Pendletonians are tireless volunteers to this wonderful park in Pendleton. Congratulations on becoming an official Squidoo charity!

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      Joan4 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations, Friends of the Park, on your new status! Waiting patiently --or impatiently --for your approval as an official Squidoo charity!

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      You inspire me! This is a wonderful organization, well deserving of being a part of the Squidoo Charities.

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      This is beautiful Nancy, I always admire your love for your town. 5*, favRegardsMichey

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What beautiful community spirit you have there! Also the park plan is amazing. 5*/ Blessed!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have to come to Pendleton. Another great lens from Queen Ohme!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Janusz] Whew. I sure needed that blessing and it is so much appreciated. Thank you!

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      Janusz LM 

      9 years ago

      Nancy, I love your lenses about Pendleton.. Blessed by your feathered friend :)

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens 5*

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      poutine 

      9 years ago

      Hello OMe,After reading your lens,now I understand why "Friends of the Park organization in Pendleton SC "is your favorite cause.What a wonderful community you have there.Poutine

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      This is an outstanding example of what a community can do! Actually, I was "on site" for some of the Barett's Place Playground Construction, and oh, was I ever impressed with the volunteer sector of the Pendleton area. The dedication of volunteers and the support of businesses, big and small, add up to "goal accomplished!" A major feat! Congrats...

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      OhMe, Nan, Nancy, Joan, John, Oh, I get so confused! :0) This is another great lens and I'm glad to see it is doing so well too! - You can Squidoo girl! I grew up at Kabetogama 'United Methodist Church.' - I just added a photo last night of the alter that was hand carved by a resident of Kabetogama, who passed away some time ago. - It is beautiful!!! - I had my first spiritual experience at age 10 in the church during communion when I went to the alter. Have a wonderful day!

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      sittonbull 

      9 years ago

      Nancy...been at the eye doctor all day trying to lift my Mr. McGoo syndrome, but finally got to FofTP. You have done a marvelous job here, just as you have in person and on the phone of promoting the Park as well as Pendleton Proper. 5*faved

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      sittonbull 

      9 years ago

      Nancy...been at the eye doctor all day trying to lift my Mr. McGoo syndrome, but finally got to FofTP. You have done a marvelous job here, just as you have in person and on the phone of promoting the Park as well as Pendleton Proper. 5*faved

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      Tobbie LM 

      9 years ago

      Caught your squidcast...Nice and clear videos..watched them all. Your new toy might be a good idea for a lens.

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      Joan4 

      9 years ago

      You slide show for 3rd birthday is great! I don't know how I missed that before!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      This is such a good use of Squidoo!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      I may come up to Pendleton over Christmas break. I really want to look around this town.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      Great lens. When my kids were small we went to the park all the time. Now I take the dog.5*Lizzy

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      VBright 

      10 years ago

      GReat job! Poll looks fine to me...do I get a vote??? lol just kidding

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Love this site!!!!! Very informative.Keep up the good work.

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Lovely lens 5*!

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      eccles1 

      10 years ago

      great job!What a nice lens!!!

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      Within LM 

      10 years ago

      Well done....a very nice update to a lovely lens. Congrats to all involved,Within

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      Joan4 

      10 years ago

      I love the new "keep your playground clean" poster! And your new products! The lens looks really great!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I want to be just like you when I grow up! Great Job. Remember Doc said if you did any more that a divorce was coming! I guess you are pushing the limits huh? lol

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      Delia 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for your sweet comment on one of my lenses! This Pendleton Veterans Park is going to be awesome! My husband was a part in helping with the establishment & building of the "Medal of Honor" walkway in one of our Parks(City of Parks) now he is involved with moving all the Veteran Memorials in town into this park and have a real "Veterans Park" ...5*s

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great job Nancy! Wish I had your talent at putting things together like this page. Thank you so much for all you do for our little town.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I am constantly amazed at all accomplished by Pendletonians! The volunteer and business commitment to the community is unbelievable! Great job here, Nancy...my "tip of the hat" to you and all who give and support each other in "our hometown."

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      What a super nice lens for FOTP! The first lens is most exciting, after getting the hang of it. LOL Looks like a very fun and lovely park for all to enjoy. Thanks for your kind vote and I'll return the favor to you. 5* :o)

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      bigjimj 

      10 years ago

      Excellent lens! Very nice work for your hometown. Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.

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      bigjimj 

      10 years ago

      Please come over and submit your lens to the Squidoo City Guide. Thanks.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Nancy, this is great. Thanks for keeping us informed of the various happenings around our town.

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      sbaokay 

      10 years ago

      You've done a great job with your lens. You're a natural! Definitely 5 stars from me!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Very impressive first effort! Good information and very well presented.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sorry. Faye Ladd was also at the meeting. She and her committee did an exceptional job at honoring our heroes at Freedom Fest.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We had a good FOTP meeting last night. The following members were in attendance:Joan Kelly, Caroline Jamieson, Fran (Uncle Sam) Butler, Mary Jo Craig, Meg Jones, Surrea Wooten, and Don Brewer and myself.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great job, Nancy. You do so much for our community, and I appreciate you so much.Love the picture with your name.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I am impressed. I am not easily impressed, but quite impressive. Great means of entertainment and information.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Keep up the good work. It is great to see such dedication and hard work. As a Vetran all I can say is THANKS!

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      magicpocketz 

      10 years ago

      What a great lens! Ilearned some great things about Pendleton. Which is as it should be eh? Cheers keep moving forward. Onward and upward!Becky

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Very nice lens! Nobody visiting will know it's your first if you don't spill the beans. Good Work! Kudos!

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      Joan4 

      10 years ago

      Wonderful job!!! Keep em coming! 5* FAV

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is my first lens so please be patient with me while I learn how to do this. Thanks, Nancy

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