Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TheCall Houston Report

On January 17 & 18, 2010, American Family Association (AFA) joined with organizer Lou Engel of TheCall to Conscience along with pro-family leaders and thousands of pro-life Christians in Houston, Texas, to condemn the opening of Planned Parenthood’s abortion “Super Center” and celebrate the sanctity of life. Planned Parenthood is preparing to open the 78,000 square-foot facility in Houston, Texas, and will become the largest abortion clinic in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world.

An estimated 7,500 pro-life Christians gathered at Houston’s Grace Community Church on January 17 for an intercessory prayer service and the next day an estimated 10,000 gathered on the grounds of Houston’s Catholic Charismatic Center to decry the opening of the abortuary and celebrate the sanctity of life. I was most impressed with the numbers of young people in attendance at both the prayer meeting on Sunday and rally on Monday. I think we are reaching the next generation with the message that killing babies in the womb is reprehensible. The need for and blessings of adoption was a common theme that was reiterated throughout the events of our days in Houston.

I was greatly encouraged to join with pro-life Hispanics and African-Americans on Martin Luther King’s birthday to proclaim that every baby in the womb deserves to be a part of Rev. King’s dream, and to have the chance at life that our Founders knew is a God-given right. You can’t honor Rev. King’s memory and legacy by killing the very people he gave his life for.

From the legalization of abortion in 1973, over 50 million children have been killed. In that time, the number one provider of both surgical and chemical abortion is Planned Parenthood. Houston’s abortion “Super Center” is right in the middle of four minority neighborhoods. Three of these neighborhoods average an 85% Hispanic population and the fourth is 80% Black American. Planned Parenthood says they are simply trying to serve the minority communities, but you don’t serve them by killing their babies before they have a chance to be born.

In 2010, Planned Parenthood will receive more than one million dollars every day from the pockets of American taxpayers. Approximately every 30 seconds since Roe v. Wade, a son or daughter has been killed. And although black women make up 12% of the population, they have 37% of abortions according to a recent Centers for Disease Control study. A black child is five times more likely to be aborted that his white counterpart.

The only way to stop the funding of this mass genocide company is to be vocal. Call senators and representatives to let them know that Americans are tired of murder for hire business.

But also realize that Planned Parenthood relies on more than federal money. Many local facilities are funded by state and local taxes.

Find out if a local Planned Parenthood is being funded by state taxes or if your city is praying Planned Parenthood for “family planning.” STOPP International has a plan to stop Planned Parenthood at the local level. It can be found at

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Friday, January 15, 2010

TheCall Crisis Houston 2010

Lou Engle of TheCall is featured in the above video. I will travel to Houston, Texas, Sunday, January 17, 2010, to represent AFA at TheCall and a protest surrounding Planned Parenthood's opening of a mammouth abortuary in the city. I am posting the AFA Press Release below. In addition, I'm including a link to an article titled "Worth Saving?" from the January edition of the AFA Journal.

Contact: Cindy Roberts

January 14, 2010

American Family Association condemns abortion super center

Planned Parenthood intends to open a six-story, 78,000 square-foot abortion facility in Houston, Texas. Numerous pro-life leaders from all across the United States will attend a prayer vigil on Sunday evening, January 17, and a silent march followed by a national press conference on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. day, to protest the opening of this massive abortuary.

Said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association (AFA), "This center is smack dab in the middle of four minority neighborhoods, three of them 85% Hispanic and one 80% African-American. This is just a continuation of the genocidal agenda of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, an agenda picked up by Adolph Hitler.

“Planned Parenthood will try to say they are simply trying to serve minority communities, but you don't serve them by killing their babies before they have the chance to be born, Wildmon said. Killing utterly defenseless babies in the womb is hardly noble. It's reprehensible, and we stand with pro-life Hispanics and African-Americans to condemn this temple to the god of death.”

Added Buddy Smith, the executive assistant to the president of AFA, “It's fitting that this march will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, the day we've chosen to honor the pioneer of civil rights. We believe every African-American baby in the womb deserves to be a part of Rev. King's dream, and to have the chance at life that our Founders knew is a God-given right.

“You can't honor Rev. King's memory and legacy by killing the very people he gave his life for.”

Mr. Smith will attend the prayer vigil on Sunday evening and the march and press conference on Monday.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Casey Smith - Junior Leader of the Year for the Dixie Section PGA for 2009

Thompson: Dixie Section announces its award winners
By Ian Thompson -- The Birmingham News
January 14, 2010, 9:10AM

Chet Hallman of Gunters Landing took home two PGA Dixie Section awards.The Dixie Section of the PGA, the governing body for club professionals across Alabama and northwest Florida, recently announced its annual award winners.

Professional of the Year went to David Musial, head professional at Heron Lakes in Mobile. Other award winners include Player of the Year, Gary Rusnak, Seascape in Destin, Fla.; Player of the Year (Assistant), Bryan Clarke, Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear; Player of the Year (Senior), Fred Holton, Arrowhead GC in Montgomery; Teacher of the Year, Mark Blackburn, Gunters Landing in Guntersville; Horton Smith Award, Bud Rousey, AC Read GC in Pensacola, Fla.; Bill Strausbaugh Award, Brent Krause, Wynlakes in Montgomery; Junior Leader, Casey Smith, FarmLinks in Sylacauga; President's Plaque, Valerie Vaughn, Eagle Point; Merchandiser of the Year: private club, David Allen, Gadsden CC; public facility, Scott Gomberg, Grand National, Opelika; and resort facility, Chet Hallman, Gunters Landing.

The section is divided into the Alabama and Gulf Coast chapters. The Alabama chapter winners: Professional of the Year, Chet Hallman, Gunters Landing; Teacher of the Year, Neil Thompson, Oxmoor Valley; Junior Leader, John King, Saugahatchee CC in Opelika; Horton Smith Award, Mark Blackburn, Gunters Landing; President's Plaque, Steve Cutler, Wynlakes; Merchandiser of the Year, Bryan McMurray, Riverchase CC; and Player of the Year, Ricky Smallridge, Auburn University Club.

All awards are voted upon by the selection committee except players of the year, which are based on performance in section events.

Musial has been at Heron Lakes for nine years. Prior to that he was known to many Birmingham area golfers as an assistant pro and then head professional at Hoover Country Club.

He has held various section positions and is the outgoing president of the Gulf Coast chapter.

"I remember in school we had to write a paper about what we wanted to do (when he grew up) and interview someone in that profession. I wrote down golf professional and interviewed Jack Payton, who was the pro then at Burningtree Country Club where I grew up in Decatur."

It turns out he was prophetic as he got his start as an assistant at Terri Pines in Cullman in 1990 and he's been in the business ever since.

Vaughn has been a PGA member since 1995 and said this was her greatest honor in golf since becoming a PGA member.

"It is most rewarding to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much in my life," she said.

The President's Plaque recognizes someone who has made extraordinary contributions in supporting various PGA of America initiatives. Eagle Point has numerous such programs that Vaughn and her team have implemented in recent years.

Smith said his award would not have been possible but for the support of the Pursell family, the owners of FarmLinks, and their strong support of The First Tee program.

"The First Tee helps not just with golf skills, but with life skills," he said. "Virtues such as integrity and sportsmanship are emphasized."

Smith said FarmLinks has upwards of 150 children in its program.

Ian Thompson's golf column appears every Thursday in The Birmingham News. E-mail him at and check out his bimonthly digital golf magazine at

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

PROfiles- Casey Smith, PGA

PROfiles- Casey Smith, PGA
Name: Casey Smith, PGA
Year Turned Pro: 2006
College/University: Mississippi State University
Facility and Job Title: FarmLinks Golf Club, Head Golf Professional

Our son, Casey, is profiled this month on the Professional Golf Association's (PGA) Dixie Section website. The Dixie Section PGA is the governing body of the PGA of America Club Professionals throughout Alabama and Northwest Florida. As you might expect, Carol and I are very proud of Casey.
Please give a summary of your background and credentials.
I am a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Mississippi State University. While attending MSU, I held internships at North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, AL; FarmLinks Golf Club in Sylacauga, AL; and Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, VT. Upon graduation in December of 2005, I was offered the position of 1st Assistant Golf Professional at FarmLinks Golf Club in which capacity I served for the first 11 months and afterwards promoted to Head Golf Professional.

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
My motivation to become a PGA professional was the opportunity of being around the game I love and helping people at the same time. God has blessed me with a love for the game and a love for people and this seemed to be a perfect fit. The commitment of extra hours and holidays on the job make it all worth while when one sees the difference made in lives for the good.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
It’s hard to nail it down one area because as PGA professionals we are disciplined to specialize in most all aspects of the golf business. One specialty I consider particularly challenging is discovering what people do well and utilizing that to motivate them and cultivate their strengths.

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications and Tournaments).
-Executive Director of The First Tee of Pursell Farms
-2008 Alabama Chapter Dixie Section Junior Leader of the Year
-Guest Speaker at Mississippi State University to PGM Students
-1st Place 2008 Yamaha Pro-Superintendent

What was your greatest moment in golf?
My greatest moment in golf is the day I played golf with Butch Byrd (mentor), Jim Remy (President, PGA of America), and Ted Bishop (Secretary, PGA of America). These professionals have played an integral role in shaping me into what I am today and I am greatly indebted to each of them.

What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
I have to start by saying that my personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord along with the influence of my family has profoundly shaped my personal life. The one person who has had the greatest impact upon my career is Butch Byrd. Not only do I consider him a mentor but the most genuine friend I have. What I appreciate most is his exemplary life and leadership style that he consistently portrays on a daily basis. He has always shown a vested interest in me and I can never thank him enough. I believe everybody needs someone like Mr. Byrd who will encourage you with praise when you are doing well but caring enough to offer constructive criticism when it is needed.

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
I always enjoy spending time with family and friends, singing when I get the chance, working out, taking care of my yard, traveling, and cheering on the Mississippi State Bulldogs!

If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?
I would love to play Augusta National with the Big Three (Arnie, Jack and Gary)!

What is your favorite golf instruction tip?
My favorite instructional tip would be using different sports as an analogy for weight transition. For example, in football, most quarterbacks who throw a pass off of their back foot will more than likely be intercepted or not have the desired results. When they properly transition their weight to their lead or front leg they will have more accuracy/consistency. The golf swing works the same way. When you properly transition your weight to your lead leg in the downswing, it will lead to more consistency and power in your golf swing.