Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Clubs

Provides organized programs of recreation, athletics and educational, social, cultural and other special activities to promote character development for boys and girls ages 6-18.

Marietta Street Unit
1001 S. Marietta St. Gastonia 28052
: (704) 865-3410

Joe R. Hudson
East Gaston Unit

715 N. Main Street
(704) 824-4773

Mountain View Unit
425 Edwin
St. Gastonia
: (704) 86

West Gastonia
Boys and Girls Club

Provides organized programs of recreation, athletics and special activities for boys and girls ages 5-15, sponsored by the United Way of Gaston County.

3105 Boyd Street
P.O. Box 12222
Gastonia 28053
(704) 864-6171

Gaston Boys &
Girls Club

Provides social, educational, cultural, vocational, recreational, character and leadership development for boys and girls ages 6-18, sponsored by the United Way of Gaston County.

311 N. York St.
(704) 864-5681


Boy Scouts
of America

Builds character development, citizenship, leadership and fitness of mind and body through participation in weekly meetings, camping and enrichment opportunities.

1222 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia 28054
(704) 864-2694

Pioneer Council
Girl Scouts
of the U.S.A.

Offers to girls 5-17 an informal educational and recreational program, which is designed to encourage girls to be creative, caring and competent citizens by promoting high ideals and community service.

250 S. New Hope Rd
Gastonia 28054
Phone: (704) 864-3245


 If you would like to have your group added to The Answer Book, please contact Fran Farlow at The Gazette, (704) 864-3291, ext. 1818 or mail a listing of your club name, address, phone number and a contact person to her, in care of:

The Gazette
P.O. Box 1538
Gastonia, NC

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Chambers of Commerce

Belmont Chamber of Commerce
Address: 32 N. Main St., Belmont 28012
Phone: (704) 825-5307

Bessemer City Area Chamber of Commerce
Address: P.O. Box 1342, Bessemer City 28016
Phone: (704) 629-3900

Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
Address: 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia 28052
Phone: (704) 864-2621
Fax: 854-8723

Gaston County Economic Development Commission
Address: 2551 Pembroke Road, Gastonia 28053
Phone (704) 867-4771

Stanley Area Council
Address: 514 Old Mount Holly Road, Stanley 28164
Phone: (704) 263-1986

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Civic Groups
(listed alphabetically)

Alpha Delta Kappa-Beta Rho Chapter

Mary Alice Holland
1304 Kendrick Road, Gastonia 28056
Phone: (704) 866-9584

American Legion Post 144
Commander: David Teague
P.O. Box 932, Belmont 28012
Phone (704) 825-9022

American Legion Post 100
Leon Jackson
215 N. Pink St., Cherryville 28021
Phone: (704) 435-4343

American Legion Post 155
Commander: Richard Wallace
513 E. Gold St.
P.O. Box 804, Kings Mountain 28086
Phone: (704) 739-6387

Belmont Woman’s Club
Nancy Dills
P.O. Box 1143, Belmont 28012
Phone: (704) 827-0351

Cherryville Charity League
Ladies’ service organization whose primary goal is to assist Cherryville families in need. The League conducts various fund-raisers throughout the year to help with services, sponsors yearly scholarships for Cherryville High School seniors, sponsor of Cherryville Police Cadet Drill Team, Cherryville Area Ministries, Cherryville schools, and community. Meetings held third Thursday of each month.
President: Janet Fisher
P.O. Box 243, Cherryville 28021
Phone: (704) 435-2749

Dallas Woman’s Club
Helen Wheless
211 W. Trade St., Dallas 28034
Phone: (704) 922-3976

Gaston County Art Guild
Rosemarie Weisenhorn
Phone: (704) 866-4329

Gaston County Extension Homemakers
Louise Kenner
1306 Wildflower Drive, Gastonia 28056
Phone: (704) 867-9698

Gaston County Organization for Community Concerns
David Moore
721 Boulware Ave., Gastonia 28052
Phone: (704) 864-5850

Gaston County Shrine Club
P.O. Box 543, Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 922-9920

Gaston County Young Republicans
James White
Phone: (704) 861-1976
Home: (704) 922-4040

Gaston-Lincoln Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
Michael Schwartz
212 South St., Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 866-4702

Gaston Sertoma
Mark Calvert
Phone: (704) 734-2347
Gene Minges Jr.
Phone: (704) 867-6791

Gastonia Jaycees
President: Jon Jimison
P.O. Box 4, Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 864-3291

Gastonia Music Education Foundation
Teresa Pearl
2321 Woodfield Circle, Gastonia 28056
Phone: (704) 853-1042

Junior League
2950 S. Union Road, Suite A, Gastonia 28054
Phone: (704) 853-8502

Golden K Kiwanis Club
Taylor "Skip" Ribbeck
225 Upper Spencer Mountain Road, Stanley 28164
Phone: (704) 263-8014

Kiwanis-Kings Mountain
Hal Schwantes
Home phone: (704) 865-9595

Edgar Eogle
P.O. Box 981, Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 867-3688

Lions-Bessemer City
Louis Philbeck
5010 Tary Court, Kings Mountain 28086
Phone: (704) 629-3841

Alan Teague
Phone: (704) 867-9809

Ray G. Wellman
Phone: (704) 864-5808

Jimmy Bowers
1106 Timberlane Drive, Lincolnton 28092
Phone: (704) 735-5617

Don Sapp
P.O. Box 411, Stanley 28164
Phone: (704) 263-2236

Lions-Union Road
Donna McPhail
3634 Club Colony West, Gastonia 28056
Phone: (704) 867-2470

Pam Smith
P.O. Box 1652, Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 825-5271

Randy Heiderman
Phone: (704) 825-4704

Optimist-Bessemer City
Todd Hoffman
Phone: (704) 629-1031

Kenny Ballard
Phone: (704) 867-7153

John Rudisill
100 Ridge Drive, Stanley 28164
Phone: (704) 263-8895

Optimist-Union Road
Marilyn Grieves
P.O. Box 2691, Gastonia, 28053
Phone: (704) 853-2161

Piedmont Chapter of the Links
Elizabeth Brooks-Gordon
Phone: (704) 866-8950

Pilot Club of Gastonia
Emily Krickhan
Phone: (704) 867-2704

Wallace Aldridge
Phone: (704) 825-9861

Norman Warlick
P.O. Box 23
Cherryville 28021

Tim Helms
Phone: (704) 864-2621

Ernie Nivens
Phone: (704) 865-3076

Tim Pascal
P.O. Box 3586, Gastonia 28053

Rotary-Kings Mountain
Steve Padgett
P.O. Box 491, Kings Mountain 28086
Phone: 734-2115

Darrell Gettys
Phone: (704) 435-5401
Home phone: (704) 735-0852

Rotary-Mount Holly
Bill Gary
Phone: (704) 827-3151

Sharps & Flats Music Club
Susan Allen
Phone: (704) 861-0319

Southern Hospitality
P.O. Box 2211, Gastonia 28053

The Grand Spinners
First United Methodist Church
Phone: (704) 864-4371

Welcome Wagon
Rosanne Locascio
Phone: (704) 824-0934

Woman’s Club of Gastonia
Carol Lewis
Phone: (704) 865-7039

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Amy Neely
P.O. Box 2353, Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 865-7567

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The Citizens’ Academy is one of several programs that have developed from the Gaston County Police Community-oriented Policing philosophy.

The academy is a 10-week program designed to provide Gaston County residents, in an academy setting, first-hand information about how their police department works.

This year, Gaston County police offered a two-week summer program for youth.

The Department attempts to reflect the broadest possible range within the community. This includes young and old, men and women, and representatives of special ethnic, cultural and civic groups.


Requires a commitment of one night a week for the 10-week period. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at the Gaston County Police Department, 2300 Remount Road, Gastonia.

Subjects Covered

Sessions include patrol procedures, major crime and drug investigations, juvenile investigations, community services programs, records, crime analysis, training functions and property/evidence management.

There will also be demonstrations from the ERT, K-9, Hazardous Devices and Crime Scene Search Unit Teams.

Also, at some point beyond the second session, members may ride in a patrol car for one shift to see first-hand what officers see and hear and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.

Throughout, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with department personnel.


The Academy is designed to increase understanding between citizens and the police through education. The intent is to acquaint citizens with law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and provide increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work.

With better understanding, it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.


The instructors are officers and personnel from the department who teach in their own areas of expertise. Each has years of training and experience in the subject. The officers also bring street experience into the classroom.

To Apply

Contact the Support Services Captain at the Gaston County Police Department for an application. The phone number is 866-3320.

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601 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

Phone: 704-864-2621
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8461
Fax: 704-854-8723


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