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1. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kesha Whitaker

Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

2. Women’s Foundation Honors Five Legends -

The list of Legends Awards honorees keeps growing. Since 2009, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis will have honored 32 women with the addition of this year’s five Legends Award honorees. This year’s honorees range in age from 86 to 97 but, if anything, their vast years of experience have served as an inspiration to younger women.

3. Women’s Foundation Awards Grants to 29 Organizations -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is awarding $625,000 in grant money to 29 of the city’s organizations that are making a strong impact in the lives of area women.

The Tuesday, Nov. 5, Annual Grants Showcase and Volunteer Recognition event, which is free and open to the public, allows for individuals to speak with representatives from each organization and witness the positive impact in the education, housing and career objectives that each organization has helped to influence.

4. Let’s All See the Light -

ROAD TRIP TO MEMPHIS Recently, I visited my brother in Washington. His home is in the shadow of the National Cathedral, and I strolled up the hill for another pilgrimage – a bit of reflection among the 231 stained glass windows, a quiet moment shared with the 288 angels, and a chuckle or two under the gaze of the 112 gargoyles and the power of the force from the figure of Darth Vader atop the west tower. Really. He’s up there.

5. Tribute Symposium Honors Six Local Women -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis paid tribute to six local women at a sold-out luncheon of more than 1,600 attendees on Friday, April 26.

The Legends Awards honor women whose work embodies the mission of the foundation – to support women and children throughout Shelby County.

6. Changes Continue for Memphis Neighborhood -

The street to Emmanuel Episcopal Center is the only reminder of what used to be part of Cleaborn Homes at Lauderdale Street and St. Paul Avenue.

Where the 1950s-era brick structures once stood are two thriving patches of green in the fertile and early Memphis spring.

7. Try This Spanish Wine for Simple, Fresh Enjoyment -

One could assert, I suppose, that there’s a wine for every time and purpose under the sun, and then there are the wines that just make us happy when we drink them.

Such a wine is the Santo Cristo Selección Garnacha 2008, from Spain’s Campo de Borja region, and already I see the opportunity for an Education Alert!

8. Letitia Robertson Joins BRIDGES -

Letitia Robertson has joined BRIDGES as vice president of Bridge Builders.

Hometown: Memphis
Education: BBA, University of Memphis; MBA, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
Work Experience: Vice President of Operations, Leadership Memphis; Director of Multicultural Marketing, ALSAC/St. Jude; Internet Content Manager, St. Jude; Program Coordinator, Junior Achievement, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family: Husband, Roderick Robertson; three boys: Roderick Jr., 19, Terrence, 9, and Laurence, 4
Favorite quote: “A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa
Last book read: “Memphis and the Paradox of Place” by Dr. Wanda Rushing
Favorite music: Jazz
Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”
Sports team: Dallas Cowboys – do or die!
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy riding my motorcycle with my husband every opportunity I get.
What talent do you wish you had? I have always wanted to be a contemporary dancer. Having two left feet makes it impossible.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? I have had two great mentors at critical times in my career path: Ruby Bright and Deidre Malone.
What drew you to BRIDGES? There is a quiet, youth-led social change movement occurring in Memphis and it begins at BRIDGES. Plans are under way to increase the number of youth served through Bridge Builders from 5,000 to 15,000 annually. I could not pass up the opportunity to work with young leaders who will be uniquely poised to help make our community better.
What will your role as VP of Bridge Builders entail? I will oversee the development and expansion of BRIDGES’ youth programming, thereby ensuring that more young people have access.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? To have played an integral role in helping Leadership Memphis expand and implement its community leadership program continuum has been a great highlight of my career.

9. Cockadoos Brings Southern Spirit to Downtown -

Between John Bradley Wells and his wife, Lana, the two have nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant business.

10. Leadership Memphis to Honor Graduates, Give Awards -

Leadership Memphis will honor graduates from the 2009-2010 program year and recognize award recipients during the “Celebrate Memphis Reception” Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St.

11. Stephenson Finds Success In Memphis -

Susan Stephenson grew up in East Tennessee and followed her heart to Memphis when a young man she knew decided to attend graduate school here.

12. Memphis Urban League To Honor Four Leaders -

The 2009 honorees for the Memphis Urban League’s Annual Empowerment Luncheon are Jocelyn D. Wurzburg, Happy Jones, Ruby Bright and Kathy Buckman Gibson. The four honorees have worked to remove barriers to women and minorities.

13. Women's Foundation Director Shines as Woman of Character -

Ruby Bright has been recognized as a 2006 Woman of Character by the Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South. Bright, who is the executive director of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, was recognized for her courage, confidence and leadership.

14. In Pursuit of L.I.F.E. -

Editor's Note: The following stories comprise the second part of a special series on the state of children in Memphis and Shelby County. To read yesterday's pieces, visit www.memphisdailynews.com.

15. Events -

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in the Skyway at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Phil Cannon, FedEx/St. Jude Classic tournament director, is the guest speaker. Contact Harold D. Dickson at 227-4125.

16. Events -

The Shelby County Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. today at the County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Call 545-4588.

The Mississippi River Commission presents a low-water inspection meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Mud Island River Park Landing. For details, visit www.mvd.usace.army.mil/mrc/index.php.

17. Events -

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in the Skyway at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Luke Yancy, president and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Council, is the guest speaker. Contact Harold D. Dickson at 227-4125.

18. Midsouth Magazine Hosts Home & Design Expo -

Aug. 1

Mpact Memphis presents a "big idea" committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Boscos Squared, 2120 Madison Ave. Call 312-7760.

Aug. 2

19. Events -

The South Main Arts District hosts the monthly Art Trolley Tour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Attendees can enjoy free trolley rides between the galleries and stores along South Main Street. Visit www.southmainmemphis.org.