Alston Wilkes Society to host 61st annual meeting

On Nov. 16, Alston Wilkes Society will host its 61st annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, honoring top professionals from the fields of law enforcement, corrections, social services, youth services, and veterans’ services.

The event—a luncheon—will be held from 12-2 p.m. at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia.

Andy Broughton and The Messengers Motivational Speaking Group will deliver the keynote.

The Messengers was originally formed at South Carolina’s Youth Correctional Facility. This group has traveled the state of South Carolina and spoken to countless youth and adults about making better choices, choosing positive friends and the power of communication.

After building new lives after incarceration, the speaking team has banded together again to continue offering their stories of change, hope and inspiration.

The team, which comprises speakers all over the U.S., meets together regularly to strategize, encourage and motivate each other in their mission of restoration. By telling their stories, their goal is to encourage others to see change is always possible through positive communication and caring relationships.

All are welcome. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

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