Meals on Wheels Ministry is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals, daily contact, and vital support services that enable senior citizens and disabled persons to remain independent and living in their own homes for as long as possible. This ministry currently serves more than 3,200 individuals in 30 communities across six East Texas counties.
On Tuesday, October 1, Meals on Wheels will host its Fortieth Anniversary Celebration Banquet. The luncheon, to be held at the CrossWalk Conference Center in Tyler, will include a buffet and silent auction. The program will feature author and community leader, Dr. Paul Powell, and the 2013 Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year will be recognized.
Dr. Aubrey D. Sharpe is serving as board president for Meals on Wheels and invites the community to attend the organization’s Fortieth Anniversary Celebration Banquet. During the past 40 years, Meals on Wheels has served more than 15 million meals to neighbors in need, and the funds raised during this Anniversary Celebration will ensure hot, home-delivered meals can be continued.
Outside of his service to Meals on Wheels, Dr. Sharpe is a board member for both the United Ways of Texas and the East Texas Better Business Bureau. He is a commissioner for the City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the Tyler Economic Development Council. Dr. Sharpe has also been actively involved in our city for the Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Zoning Board of Adjustments, and the Civil Service Commission.
“Volunteerism is the gift of giving back,” Dr. Sharpe said. “It is the full embodiment of what Christ meant in saying, ‘let him who is chief among you, be servant of all.’”
Originally from Miami, Florida, Dr. Sharpe has resided in Tyler for 24 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, and received both his master of divinity and master of arts degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Dr. Sharpe also holds his doctor of education degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He is the dean of continuing studies and executive administrator for Tyler Junior College. Dr. Sharpe is also a contributing writer for BScene Magazine, where he is known as the “Man About Town.” He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 39 years. The Sharpes are members of First Baptist Church.
“Tyler is a vibrant ‘can do’ community,” Dr. Sharpe said. “Its beauty, progressiveness, and high quality of life make it the best kept secret in Texas.”
For tickets or more information about Meals on Wheels’ Fortieth Anniversary Celebration Banquet, please visit www.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org.