James Spann visits Vincent ‘Good Life Club’

Published 2:58 pm Monday, November 5, 2018

By Kathy Copeland / Community Columnist

The senior citizens of the self-titled “Good Life Club” had a special treat on Monday, Oct. 29.  James Spann, chief meteorologist with ABC 33/40, was the guest speaker at the Senior Center, currently located at the Vincent First United Methodist Church.

It is fair to say that most people in Alabama are at least familiar with Spann. After all, he has been on television for a pretty long time, joining ABC 33/40 in the fall of 1996. Spann’s acknowledgments for his achievements in the weather world are numerous—from an Emmy to an honorary Doctor of Law degree, to Broadcaster of the Year; he has made his mark.

On Oct. 29, Spann made his mark on the hearts of those surrounding him as he spoke about his life and life in general. Completely captivated, the members listened as Spann described his morning routine. “Each morning I wake and pray that God opens my eyes and my ears to the needs of others,” said Spann.

Spann shared with the ladies and gentlemen that he is a man of very strong faith and believes in giving back. He is the Chairman of the Board of Grandview Medical Center, serves on the Board of Southeastern Bible College, and is a member of the University of Alabama College of Communication Board of Visitors.

While all of that is very impressive, the room was all smiles when he talked about leading Children’s Worship every Sunday at Double Oak Community Church in Mt Laurel. In describing the morning’s event, Ernestine “Cricket” Norwood said: “I watch him all the time on TV, but I had no idea how much he does for others.”

Spann also talked about his mother and the sacrifices mothers make for their children. He especially focused on single mothers raising children sharing that he was raised by a single mom. “He really spoke to me!” said Caravella P. McGinnis.

The members of the “Good Life Club” gather daily for fellowship and lunch. It is a treat for them to enjoy entertainment. Pastor Patti Copeland, who obviously loves doting on the seniors at the center, said, “It is so much fun watching these beautiful people smile and enjoy their morning.” Copeland said. “It brings me great joy.”