Director helped in time of need
Mary Ellen Anable’s contributions and impact as executive director of the local American Red Cross are best illustrated by the words colleagues used to describe her. Traits such as patient, calm, available, tough and tender were used to paint the picture of the woman who retired from the post Wednesday after 10 years in charge.
All those words would be appropriate to describe how she handled a monumental challenge during her career as an emergency official: the June 7, 2008, flood that caused significant damage to Columbus and Bartholomew County. She mustered the agency’s resources to help nearly 1,000 displaced Columbus residents.
Anable’s aid and comfort to those affected by disaster made a difference at a vulnerable time in their lives. That’s something worth celebrating.
Kudos to Kalia for musical work
Roger Kalia deserves thanks for his contributions to the mostly volunteer Columbus Symphony Orchestra, serving as its music director for four years. He bid farewell June 8 by conducting the orchestra’s pops-oriented season finale at Mill Race Park.
Kalia brought a new perspective, which showed in the programs he planned. They ranged from an Earth, Wind & Fire rhythm-and-blues piece to a modern, jazz-infused holiday concert.
However, his energy earned him the appointment of assistant conductor of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Symphony Orchestra. While that’s a loss for Columbus, what he contributed to the community deserves appreciation.
Girlfriend Ride wheely good
Women riding bicycles around Bartholomew County on June 14 had fun and helped an important cause. That’s the purpose of the annual Girlfriend Ride, sponsored by Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.
The women- and girls-only event pampered the riders while also bringing support and awareness for victims of domestic violence. However, this is an event that the entire community can rally around to lend assistance.