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DRIFT BACKWARD in time to the big band era when the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with trombonist Buddy Morrow appears April 18 at
the BCC's Odell Williamson Auditorium.
Walt Andrus will be the featured vocalist when Buddy Morrow and
the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra bring the sound of the big bands to
the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community
College on Monday, April 18.
Andrus joined the orchestra in 1988 after a
stint with The Pied Pipers.
While he likes and listens to all types of mu
sic, he prefers to perform music of the great
singers of the '3()s, '40s and '50s, or new materi
al that fits his style and range. The orchestra's
song list includes vocals like "Marie," "Once in a
While," "Swanee River" and "I'll Never Smile
As conductor of the Tommy Dorsey Or
chestra, trombonist Buddy Morrow insists the
band retain the authentic sound and style of the
late Dorsey, while still having the flexibility to
meet the demands of a variety of engagements.
Moitow, a well-known trombonist, played
with both the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra before touring with a
band of his own.
He also conducted for the Jimmy Rogers VOCALIST WALT
Television Show and was on staff at NBC as a ANDRUS has a style
featured player on the Tonight Show. Morrow is reminiscent of "the
an active brass clinician and guest soloist. voune Frank
According to a news release. Morrow "is one ?
of the rare Big Band band leaders of today; a man
whose skill on his horn is both an inspiration to his band and a thrill to audi
ences wherever he appears."
Curtain time for the April 18 show is 8 p.m. General admission will be
$10, and for students and senior citizens, $8. Tickets are available in ad
vance by calling the auditorium at 910-754-3133 or 754-3134. Several ma
jor credit cards can be used to make reservations by telephone, said
Manager Michael Sapp. Tickets may be claimed at the box office.
Guardians Ad Litem:
Standing Up For Abused, Neglected Children
BY LYNN CARLSON
Abused and ncglccted children can't vote, don't
have money, and almost always carry the heavy
emotional baggage of shame and powerlessness.
And though they have done nothing wrong, they need
someone to represent them in court?someone willing to
make this pledge:
"I shall serve faithfully until the children I shall be
appointed to represent are returned to the full custody of
their Parents or Guardians, or until they are adopted, so
help me God."
If it sounds like a big job, it is.
If it sounds like something that might be depressing, it
If it sounds like the kind of work someone does for
the money, it's not.
It's the last sentence of the oath taken by guardians ad
litem?the dedicated volunteers who represent Bruns
wick County children who've been removed from their
homes because a judge has determined they aren't safe
When children end up in a courtroom because of
abuse or neglect, it's up to judges to decide their future.
To protect those children's rights, North Carolina estab
lished the Guardian Ad Litem Program (loosely translat
ed from the Latin: "guardian for this case"), based on
adult volunteers committed to making sure children's
basic human rights and best interests are represented in
A guardian ad litem is a child's voice in court, making
sure his or her needs are met. The volunteer's responsi
bilities are broad, but they do not include serving as a
foster parent. His or her power is considerable, including
access to usually closed files such as medical records.
Working with an attorney advocate, the guardian ad
litem's duties include:
? investigating and determining the facts, the child's
needs and the resources available to meet those needs,
and to present that information at court hearings;
? helping, when appropriate, to settle disputed issues;
? collecting and presenting to the court all available
reports, evaluations and other information regarding the
child and appearing on the child's behalf at all court
? serving the child and the court by protecting and
promoting the child's best interests;
? conducting follow-up investigations, reporting to
the court when the needs of the child are not being met,
and ensuring that court orders are properly executed;
? petitioning to terminate the parental rights of the
child's parents, if it appears that there is no alternative.
Jane Cassidy, who coordinates Brunswick County's
program, is looking for a few more good men and
women willing to take on a job like that?people who'll
be as thorough and care as much as Gale and Bettye
STAFF PHOTO BY LYNN CARLSON
GALE AND BETTYE WOLNY (left), guardians ad litem, with Jane Cassidy, coordinator of the local
program. The Wolnys first became advocates when they lived in Wake County and now represent
abused and neglected Brunswick County children in the court system.
Gale and Betty moved to Brunswick County from "We were pleasantly surprised to find that the pro
Raleigh, where they first became guardians ad litem. It gram in Brunswick County was every bit as good as the
is difficult to imagine better cheerleaders?or role mod- one in Wake," Gale said. "The judges in both the big
els?for the program. city and this small county all respect the guardians ad
"My daughter was a criminal justice major concen- litem, and the departments of social services were won
trating in the field of child abuse," Betty explained. "She derful to work with both places."
said to me one day, 'You need to volunteer. You have the They've dealt with families from all walks of life; if
time and the means.' there's a common thread they've seen among house
"But I've volunteered all my life," Betty countered. holds where there is child abuse or neglect, it's sub
"You'd be good at being a guardian ad litem," her stance abuse, Bettye says, when a parent or guardian is
daughter replied. "so into addiction, they have no desire to help them
At the time, Betty had never heard of the program, selves."
She and Gale went through Wake County's intensive Their work has taken them far from the boundaries of
training program together and began volunteering as a their own neighborhood and given them a look at all the
guardian ad litem team. faces of Brunswick County, at the local geographic and
When they moved to Brunswick County, they joined socioeconomic diversity most retirees here never experi
the 15 or so volunteers working under the direction of ence first-hand.
Jane Cassidy in the Brunswick County program. That's part of the attraction, they say. "Gale and I are
the type that if we see a road we've never been on,
we're just going to take it," Bettye explained.
Since child abuse and neglect know no class bound
aries, the Wolnys believe it's important to present them
selves to their clients as nothing more or less than caring
advocates?for that reason, they think it's important not
to say, to a reporter or to the children they serve, where
they live or what their background is. Suffice it to say
that they live in the South Brunswick Islands area, that
Gale is retired from a large corporation and that they
have a "blended family" of seven grown children.
While they take their work as guardians ad litem very
seriously?they're currently working on three cases?
Gale and Bettye say this type of volunteer work affords
them the flexibility to pursue the lifestyle retirees have
worked so hard to earn. "We still have time to go out of
town, to have company, to play golf, and to devote the
time we need to doing our investigations, preparing our
reports for the program," Gale added. "TTie only time
that's really structured is when you have to appear in
Cassidy says one advantage of having a husband-and
wife team of guardians ad litem is that they are able to
discuss cases with each other. Guardians working singly
are bound by oath to keep all information about their
cases confidential. Still, the program's structure and pur
pose appeal to all types of prospective volunteers.
"We're seeing more men become volunteers,"
Cassidy said. "This kind of volunteer work frequently is
attractive to men, because they can approach the investi
gations, the interviews, the reporting to the court, almost
as if it were a business."
Cassidy, who's met most of the 500 volunteer
guardians in the program statewide, said she's seen all
kinds of good volunteers?from college students to
businessmen to couples to...you name it.
"But with all the retirees in Brunswick County, I'd
like to see us have more people. We should have a big
ger pool of volunteers to call on."
Her pride in the program, locally and throughout
North Carolina, is obvious. "North Carolina is so berat
ed," she said. "You always read that we're 47th at this
and 48th at that. Well, we're in the top three states in the
whole U.S. with the Guardian Ad Litem Program."
While everyone agrees they wish there were no need
for guardians ad litem, Bettye and Gale Wolny are hap
py to lie of service, whether they're knocking on the
door of a drug-addicted neglectful parent or poring
through a beaten child's medical charts.
"There's a real feeling of citizenship," says Gale.
"You really are making a difference," adds Bettye.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in
North Carolina. If you are interested in becoming a
guardian ad litem, call Jane Cassidy at the Brunswick
County Government Complex, 253-4060.
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