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Mayor visits with Wake Forest Juniorettes

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WAKE FOREST — Mayor Vivian Jones was the guest speaker March 20 during the Wake Forest High School Juniorettes’ general meeting at the school.

Jones attended by invitation from the Juniorette Club’s president, Olivia Gonzales. The mayor talked to the Juniorettes about what it was like to be mayor of Wake Forest when she was first elected in 2001, compared to what it is like today.

She shared that the population of the town of Wake Forest was 12,000 in the year 2001. Today’s population is 44,000, and the concern most often voiced by citizens today is traffic control. Mayor Jones reminded the audience that “mobility” means getting from where we are to where we need to be.

In 2001 most Wake Forest residents drove to Raleigh for shopping, entertainment, and personal services; but now there are more of those types of businesses right here at home. She said she is proud that her efforts to promote bus service in Wake Forest and the cultural arts in Wake Forest have brought those improvements to the community.

She said the biggest obstacle in all our future projects might be finding people who are willing to work together. People bring different ethical values with them. Three important ethical values that Juniorettes need to practice, said the mayor, are honesty, reliability and sincerity.

The Juniorettes gave Jones a Juniorette T-shirt as a thank you and a remembrance of her visit with them.

Jones’ parting words were: “Always believe that you are gifted. You are a person of worth. Because of your gifts, you can make a significant contribution to the world.”

The Wake Forest High School Juniorettes are sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club. Co-advisors who attended the meeting were Marilyn Bonnett, Amy Brown, Lisa Martin, Sue Meehan, and Nancy Ruffin.