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Cherokee County Veterans Set Nationwide Anti Litter Example

Gary Chamberlain (far right) joins North Carolina Cherokee County veterans and school football spectators to promote litter free sports events education during a local game.

Sedona AZ (August 26, 2018) – On August 24, 2018, Murphy American Legion Post 96, Cherokee County Veterans Services office and the North Carolina Litter Free Coalition (NCLFC), co-sponsored a litter awareness event at the Murphy High School versus Franklin High School football game.

Thanks to the Murphy High School teachers, students, Murphy American Legion Post 96 and the North Carolina Cherokee County Veterans Service Office, all were able to raise an awareness of “spectator litter” at the Murphy vs Franklin football game.

Spectators from the Murphy and Franklin teams were willing to “Take and Pass” the orange garbage bags handed among the crowd for litter collection.

Young and old willingly placed “Don’t Litter” stickers on their clothing and, in one case, a face!

Event sponsors want this Anti Litter effort to stimulate the positive version of “Monkey see, monkey do” by encouraging sporting spectators to take pride in their school, their team, their community and their country.

American Legion Post 96, the Veterans Service Office and the NCLFC will be conducting anti litter events at every Murphy HS football home game with the hopes of promoting community pride.

This exclusive SedonaEye.com article by Gary Chamberlain of Murphy, North Carolina. To organize an anti-litter event in your area, contact FolksvilleUSA@gmail.com for information and help to utilize local resources.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Know that these community efforts go to making our America beautiful. Our land is in good hands. Thank you all.

  2. Gary Chamberlain says:

    I thank you directly for the support of the SedonaEyE.com.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Murphy American Legion Post 96-Media Liaison
    North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition-Spokesman

  3. Helen W. says:

    Wonderful effort and nicely reported by Sedona Eye Times. Don’t litter is an important lesson to teach our young and to remind our elders. Carry a plastic bag to help pick up litter and drop it in a garbage can to protect our health and safety and all animals and our desert ecosystem. Don’t use plastic water bottles if you can use a stainless refillable water bottle. Some Midwest communities have free “refill” machines for water bottles along streets and museums and parks and beaches and it was nice.

  4. gary chamberlain says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    On September 14, 2018, I will discontinue all of my Cherokee County anti-litter efforts and want to thank all of those that have been, and continue this effort.

    One of my personal goals was to unite people of differing ethnicities, political affiliations, and religious preferences by working together TO RESTORE THE TRUE BEAUTY TO AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL by picking up litter.

    I will leave the future of this anti-litter effort in the hands of those that are more than capable of doing so, and they consist of Cherokee County residents, parents, educators, students, sporting spectators, news media organizations, Girls Scout Troops, churches, American Legion Posts, VFW posts, Chamber of Commerce organizations, Boy Scout Troops, NCDOT construction departments, businesses, civic organizations, and our elected leaders.

    Our elected and appointed community leaders must be the ones to lead this anti-litter effort, they must pull the string and lead from the front and publically recognize the efforts of the anti-litter groups and individuals in their community for their efforts. A THANK YOU GOES A LONG WAY.

    For over two years, the students of Cherokee County have been taught why litter doesn’t benefit the image and economy of Cherokee County and our students are now getting the anti-litter message into their homes.

    In 2018, our Murphy American Legion Post 96 submitted an entry that was the “feature story” in the 2018 American Legion “Dispatch” where Martin’s Creek School and Murphy Middle School were honored for their anti-litter efforts.

    After 9 years of anti-litter efforts in North Carolina and Arizona, I have reached the point where I can no longer be effective and wish those who continue this effort through their words, actions, and leadership much success.

    There is no single reason that I’m discontinuing my efforts, but one big reason is that there are too few people doing too much for too many people doing nothing. If everyone would contribute their Words and Actions, we will get the desired Results. If our elected and appointed officials would promote and participate in litter events on the third Saturday of February, May, August, and November ~ or four dates of their choosing ~ along with inviting all of the anti-litter advocates to a year-end meeting and thank them for their efforts, then real change occur.

    Lastly, I can’t thank Publisher David Brown, Editor Matthew Osborne and their staff enough for the news coverage they have given this effort along with Tim Radford-WKRK, and I hope that others will reach out to them so that Cherokee County will continue to benefit from its true beauty.

    Animo et fide every day.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Spokesman-North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition
    PO Box 98, Murphy, NC 28906
    (928) 202-1186 (AZ cell)

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