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Pinehurst) - The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange will be hosting their public Annual Meeting at the Pine Crest Inn on Thursday, May 9th. Current members and the public are invited to attend the event which begins with registration at 10 a.m. The Annual Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with recognition of volunteers, events and a recap of the year’s finances for the non-profit. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Following the buffet luncheon, guests will enjoy the historical stories and true tales of long time Moore County resident Jesse Wimberley. As a fourth generation landowner, Wimberley has spent the past 30 years restoring his family’s 1870 home and longleaf forestlands in West End. His family pulled up to the vast acreage in a covered wagon claiming the property as ‘Lighter Wood Farm’.

Lighter Wood Farm has developed into an outdoor classroom for local school and civic groups where Jesse teaches the cultural, ecological and economic significance of the Sandhills. Over these three decades, he has engaged hundreds of people in the use of prescribed fire on his own land. His latest project focuses on six Sandhills counties helping other landowners accomplish their management goals. The Prescribed Fire Association became a reality to help landowners overcome barriers and gain self-sufficiency in the management of their own longleaf forestlands.

Reservations are $25 pp for this Annual Meeting, lunch fundraiser for the non-profit cabin. Call 910-295-4677 to reserve a place to learn about our local history while supporting the stability of the SWE.

The Board members for the SWE non-profit include Co-presidents Barb Summers and Marie Carbrey, Kathleen Causey, Char Rohr, Kim Tills, Alice Robbins, Anne Wright, Elizabeth Toomey, Judie Wiggins, Beverly Raffaele, Dee Anderson and Pat Welch. Advisors to the board include Cav Peterson, Ron Rhody, Joyce Reehling, Amanda Jakl, Audrey Moriarty, John Strickland and Laurie Bogart Wiles.

The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for this spring season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The SWE will close for the summer on Saturday, May 18. The cabin is staffed by volunteer waitresses and volunteer cashiers for the artisan gift shop. So be sure to treat your friends to lunch and shop for unique artisan gifts before that date. To-Go orders may be made by calling 910-295-4677. Follow us on FACEBOOK and our website www.sandhillswe.org

(Pictured above Jesse Wimberley)

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