Seventeen years ago, Bob Haworth, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Miami Springs, organized a coed softball league. And for all of those years, Haworth has served as the commissioner. Comes this summer, the good commissioner will move to Winter Haven, where his wife Diane, has started a new career.
On April 28, all seven teams in the league honored Haworth on the field for his years of service. It was a fitting show of appreciation for the man who, not only founded the church league, but who also played third base for Grace's team.
Joni Precht said she has played with the church team for the past seven years, "and they just don't make men like Bob Haworth anymore."
Precht said Haworth started the Church League in Miami Springs 17 years ago, "and we've won the series all 17 years," she said.
You might remember the name Haworth. His daughter, Miami-Dade police detective Mandy Haworth, was one of two officers killed in the line of duty a few years ago. She left a teenage son. Recently, Precht said the ball field in Miami Springs where the games are played each spring was named in Mandy's honor.
Here's wishing only the best for Bob Haworth as he and his wife embark on another leg of their life journey.
Seminar teaches positive thinking
Unity on the Bay will present Michael Beckwith at a seminar titled, "Living from the Overflow: How to Embody a Consciousness of Wealth" at 7 p.m. on May 30 at Unity, 411 NE 21st St. The event is a part of the center's 2013 Speaker Series.
Beckwith, an international speaker and teacher of meditation, is a renowned spiritual leader and is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. He is the featured teacher in the best-selling book and film, The Secret, and has appeared on Oprah's Best Life Week series. His books include "Spiritual Liberation - Fulfilling Our Soul's Potential", "Inspirations of the Heart", "Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast", and "A Manifesto of Peace". His most recent book, Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gift and Highest Potential, was released in 2012. In addition to Oprah, Beckwith has appeared on Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley and his own PBS special, The Answer Is You.
In a press release from the center Beckwith said, "Happiness, health, love — and yes, money — are all manifestations of what the universe has to give." At the seminar participants will be taken on a "journey" that will "cultivate" a mindset of authentic wealth, exploring meditation, affirmative prayer and visioning and understanding how gratitude and generosity create a magnetic field for wealth.
In addition, Rickie Byars Beckwith, singer-songwriter, will perform transcendent music at the seminar to "open the heart, touch the soul and uplift the spirit." She has performed for the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America and at many peace concerts the promote unity and the principles of non-violence.
Tickets to the event are $50 each and are available online at, www.unityonthebay.org. Or, you may contact Diana Perez at 305-573-9191, ext. 215.
Pastor celebrates eight years
Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Joreatha McCall Capers, the senior pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, who will celebrate her Eighth Annual Pastor's Appreciation Anniversary at 2 p.m. on June 1, at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd.