Government and Legislative Affairs is the focus of the Milton Century Club meeting each October. This year Sen. Ernesto “Ernie” Lopez, R-Lewes, was the guest speaker. Lopez stated that he loves his job representing the residents of the 6th Senate District in Delaware and is grateful that elected officials in Delaware and Washington work cooperatively with each other regardless of party affiliation to support the needs and interests of the people of Delaware.
Lopez provided an example to prove this point involving the arrival in Washington, D.C. of 35 agriculture students from Central and South America hosted by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources during the shutdown of the federal government. Due to the shutdown, it would have been impossible for the students to tour the U.S. Capitol. However, Lopez contacted Congressman John Carney to see if a tour could be arranged. Carney, a Democrat, made arrangements to personally take the students on a tour during a break in his schedule. In addition, the audience learned that elected officials in Sussex County meet regularly to discuss common concerns and issues and means to address them.
Lopez serves on the following committees: Children, Youth and Families; Education, Health and Social Services; Highways and Transportation; Natural Resources and Environmental Control; and Sunset. He is particularly concerned about food safety, availability and technology and how the world’s growing population will be fed in the future. Lopez said he appreciates hearing from his constituents and encouraged members to contact him with their suggestions and ideas.
The Milton Century Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The GFWC is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Each club sets its agenda and works on projects and programs that address the specific needs of their communities. It meets on the second Tuesday each month.
During the October business meeting, members voted to donate to The Home of Brave Foundation’s effort to provide shelter for homeless women veterans and their children in Delaware. Club members will also participate in Fall Into Milton to be held Saturday, Oct. 19 and are continuing preparations for the annual Holiday House Tour to be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in Milton. For further information, contact Maryann Donnan at 302-684-0368.