(Photo: The 75th District Choir Performs at Delegate Roslyn Tyler's Legislative Banquet on Thursday, September 11, 2014)
Delegate Roslyn Tyler hosted her annual Legislative Banquet on Thursday evening at the Golden Leaf Commons in Greensville County. This year's event began with a welcome from Mrs. Linda Richardson, followed by a Moment of Silence in remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. After the moment of silence Mrs. Richardson introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Sister Theresa Gee.
Theresa Gee, a Christian talk radio host in Richmond is best known hosting "Talk Back Live" and "Community Hope;" she also presented the one woman show "Through the Eyes of Coretta," a look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King's wife, Coretta Scott King.
Following the presentation of the Colors by the Greensville County High School ROTC, those assembled were led in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
After the National Anthem Dr. Tyrone Brandon, Pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church and the President of the Bethany Baptist Association of Virginia offered words of welcome. Dr. Brandon related that while many people call on him for various reasons, Delegate Tyler is one person that he will always be there to assist, calling her a woman that "knows where the stones are."
By way of explanation, he told the story of a young Pastor at his first posting out of the Seminary. This Pastor was eager to impress, and after speaking to more senior Pastors at the Ministerial Association meeting, was invited fishing. As the boat was leaving the shore, one of the older Pastors remembered that the cooler was in the van. One of the others volunteered to go back and get it, got out of the boat and walked on the water back to the van. Upon his return, it was remembered that the lunches were also in the van, so another of the older Pastors offered to go and collect those, also getting out of the boat and walking on the water to the van. When the group realized that they had forgotten the tackle box, the young Pastor was quick to offer to go back and get it, when he stepped out of the boat, however, he plunged in over his head. Once rescued and revived, he commented about how the other two Pastors were able to walk on the water and wondered why he did not have the ability. One of the senior Pastors out his mind at ease by pointing out that the older Pastors were not walking on water, but simply knew where the stones were.
After the welcome from Dr. Brandon, the 75th District Choir began to gather. Theresa Gee gave a brief history of the group, was began specifically for this annual banquet. The group is led by Anthony Artis, an officer with the Emporia Police Department, and is accompanied by Rufus Tyler, Jr. The choir is composed of members from around Delegate Tyler's Districe, including Emproia, Greensville, Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Franklin, Brunswick and Isle of Wight. The choir performed two selections before Rufus Tyler, Sr, and Bill Cain recognized the guests and sponsors,
The Honorable Charlie Caple, Sussex County Board of Supervisors blessed the meal, which was prepared by A Touch of Elegance Catering with assistance of hostesses and hosts from high schools from across the 75th District.
After the buffet was served, the program continued with the introduction of Delegate Tyler by her husband. During his comments Mr. Tyler talked about how his wife is a Christian who was born and raised in Greensville County. Mr. Tyler shared that the Delegate was not only the youngest person to be elected to the Sussex County Board of Supervisors (at the age of 23), she was also the first woman. She served on the Board for 11 years, and was even selected to serve as Chair.
Delegate Tyler's remarks began with a bit of her history before turning quickly to the changes coming to her District, stating that with the new natural gas power plant being built in Brunswick County that there is finally an "economic engine in the 75th District!" She also highlited Governor McAuliffe's recent announcement of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will bring Natural Gas, not only to the new power plant, but to localities throughout the Piedmont, Central and Southside Virginia. Delegate was rightly proud of the fact that jobs and economic development were finally coming to the 75th District, noting that between the two profect there were 8800 new jobs and $1.42 Billion in economic activity coming our way. She added that finally our "young people have a reason to stay," with sufficient job opportunities.
She also let everyone know that she was heading back to Richmond on September 18 to debate Medicaid Expansion, noting that Virginia was loosing 5 Million Dollars each and every day that Medicaid Expansion is not implemented here. "Medicaid is not only for the poor, but for working families that need to work two and three jobs to pay for healthcare," the Delegate continued, adding that resistance to the President's landmark Affordable Care Act, and resentment of "Obamacare" are not good enough reasons to send our hard earned tax dollars to other states to pay for their healthcare.
At the conclusion of her remarks, Delegate Tyler presented two Memorial Resolutions and Honored members of the Media for an "Outstanding Job in the Mass Communications Industry." Please see the related stories on Monday's Emporia News for details on both the Memorial Resolutions and the Honorees for the Evening.
Ms. Tara Ellis with the Virginia Communications Association assisted with the presentation of the plaques to those honored their contributions to the Mass Communications Industry. In her remarks Ms. Ellis, who is from Roanoke Rapids and considers Emporia to be just as much home, commended Delegate Tyler for her work on the Commerce and Labor Committee in the House of Delegates. "Delegate Tyler represents you very well," Ms Ellis continued, adding that the Delegate's "door is always open." Ms Ellis concluded that Roslyn Tyler is a "great representative for the 75th District, "you are lucky to have her in your corner."