Floyd Truetken, manager of the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Barbara Yehl, co-founder of Lighthouse Foster and Adoption Support, spoke at recent Roswell Sertoma Club meetings.
Truetken presented a fascinating slide show depicting the beginnings and early days of the refuge. The refuge is a major flyway for migrating birds and, in recent times, has become well known as a habitat for dragonflies and damselflies. The release of Monarch butterflies at the September Dragonfly Festival is quite popular.
Barbara Yehl talked about how the Lighthouse organization supports new foster and adoptive parents. Clothes and necessities are provided to foster parents because children often are dropped off in the middle of the night with nothing. The foundation is trying to stock up on new packages of socks and underwear. All of the work is being done through Grace Community Church.
The Roswell Sertoma Club assists in the purchase of hearing aids and speech therapy to people with need, provides 27 $500 college scholarships each semester and supports various youth activities and other charitable causes. Anyone wishing to join the club is welcome to attend one of its meetings at noon at the Elks Lodge every Friday. Forms to apply for assistance are posted on the club’s website, roswellsertoma.org.