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May 20, 2006

For Stephanie White ...

Church is always with her

(Continued)

FAIRMONT —

In church she’s found a family that she wouldn’t have otherwise.

“With the church, it never mattered what you looked like or how much money you had or where you came from or who you associated with. They always loved you.

“I know my brother had been in a lot of trouble. When I started high school, I had an instructor look at me and say, ‘I hope you’re not like what your brother was.’

“I never realized how people can judge you like that. I’d never been compared with him until that time.”



White is now president of the United Methodist Women at her church, the youngest president in the state. She’s making some changes in the organization, small ones, nothing too radical.

“Our first program was a covered-dish dinner. We always had dinners, but not covered dish. There were only 20-some people, but we had enough food to feed 50.”

The group is working on producing a church cookbook. She also wants to set up a church book club. She’s also working on writing two novels.

This year’s Mother’s Day dinner was a change from the norm, too.

“It’s usually a mother-daughter thing. But I invited everybody. That meant mother-daughter, mother-son ... everybody. I didn’t care. A couple of people thought it only should be for mothers and daughters. I don’t care who came in the door. It was food and it was just a time for gathering.

“I love the interaction of the younger generation and the older generation.”

When she first joined the church, she didn’t really know what the organization was all about.

“I knew we cooked and we raised money.” She laughs.

“We always have fund-raisers for something. A lot of the ladies, when we went to Anaheim, they said, ‘We’ll just have another bake sale.’” She laughs more.

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