The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 22, 2013

Auxiliary completes coal show


— The Friends of Coal Ladies just completed a very successful three-day event at the Bluefield Coal Show.

Although the present administration has declared war on coal, one of the nation’s most abundant energy sources, our state is still pushing forward to keep “The Lights On.” The coal show was sponsored by the Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and thousands of coal supporters visited the area. The visitors along with the 240 exhibitors from 30 states were a tremendous economic boost for the Bluefield and the Beckley area.

Guest speakers were present from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association.

The latest products and services, including equipment and new technology, were showcased at this event.

The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary set up a booth and sold its new line of merchandise, as well as having several items for giveaway.

We would like to thank all who volunteered in our booth and those who transported our merchandise to the show. Every dollar we receive from sales goes into funding our projects. Without these sales, volunteers, donations from businesses and community members we would not be able to continue Coal in the Classroom, our Veterans project, Giving Hearts or aid those in desperate situations due to loss of jobs or serious illness in the family.

As a “Thank You” to the ladies for their positive community involvement the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary decided to sponsor a seminar on crime prevention and personal safety. “Refuse To Be A Victim” will be held Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at 144 Whitestick St., Mabscott. The seminar is made possible by a grant from the NRA Foundation to the Beckley Gun Club. Admission is free with no prior registration necessary.

 The program will be presented by certified instructors Jim Cozart and Kevin Burgess as a service to the community. Attending this seminar will help to acquire the mindset, skills and knowledge needed to be self-reliant when it comes to protecting ourselves.

Come out and practice simple skills and techniques while gaining basic attitude and knowledge for developing a strategy to take charge of your own safety. When you improve safety for yourself and your family you minimize the impact of a criminal encounter of any kind. Be Prepared - Be Safe.

Please support the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary by attending our meetings on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 144 Whitestick St., Mabscott.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is challenging West Virginians to help their neighbors by volunteering during a “Day to Serve” Sept. 15-29, but at the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary we know every day is a “day to serve.”

Help us to help others — shop our online store at www.friendsofcoalladies.com. For additional information please e-mail at friendsofcoalladies@gmail.com or call 304-255-1457, ext. 20.