Valdosta Civic Roundtable
Members present: Jane Osborn, Donald Davis, Jerome Tucker, Cheryl Oliver, Dennis Marks, Charlie Oliver, Shannon Jenkins, Pam Brewer, Kim Corey, Angela Kufrovich & Leslie Jacobs.
Meeting called to order by Jane Osborn. Treasurer's report given by Cheryl Oliver: $242.59. Some increase should be seen soon in the account due to service charges being incorrectly deducted & should be reimbursed by the bank.
*Pam Brewer, Choices for Life: There is an ongoing need for foster parents. Please call them for more info at 244-1707. She mentioned their day at Home Depot, in helping to bring about community awareness.
*Kim Corey, Hospice of South GA: Katie Hardin was unable to be present today, so Kim told us about the new, easy to remember phone number: 1.800.HOSPICE. There will also be two volunteer training sessions: Wed., July 22 & Thurs., July 23, from 8:30-noon.
*Angie Kufrovich, Valdosta Humane Society: She passed out The Paw Print, a newsletter published quarterly, which tells of adoption stories, animals in need & ways you can help. She wanted us to be aware of the low cost spay & neuter program.
*Shannon Jenkins, Girl Scouts: We had no idea there were so many unsold Girl Scout cookies! Please help out by purchasing some of these still-good cookies! Camp is coming up, called Launch Your Future, a camp for girls in the STEMs program. There is a nation-wide fundraiser going on with Dairy Queen. In June & July, Girl Scout cookies will be offered in Blizzards, with a portion of sales benefitting Girl Scouts.
*Cheryl Oliver, Turner Center for the Arts: Summer Arts Camps are starting. July 13, 7:30 p.m., Boyette Gallery – A first-of-its-kind performance in Valdosta by CristoFouri. Imagine the sound of four grand pianos filling our Center! Ed Barr and three of his friends will present a memorable concert of piano music from Broadway to The Beatles. The audience is invited to try to stump them with requests. I expect a sell-out crowd, so please make your reservations early. We’ll need to limit attendance to the first 225 reservations. $25 in advance; $10 for children under 10. After the concert we’ll serve coffee, wine and desserts. Kid’s Chance Bowling & Auction will be held on Aug. 8th.
*Donald Davis, Lowndes County Historical Society: The World War II exhibit will be on display through Labor Day.
*Dennis Marks, Rotary Club & Lowndes County Democratic Party: The new officers will be installed on July 1. The Rotary Club is looking for non-profit leaders interested in becoming Rotarians. Contact Dennis for info. There will be a Blood Drive on June 27 at Southeast Elementary. The annual barbeque for the Democratic Party will be held on July 6. This will be held at the Knights of Columbus on St. Augustine Rd.
*Charlie Oliver, Literacy Volunteer Program: Volunteers, tutors, learners & sponsors are needed. Call 333-7515 for info. There will be a meeting in the South GA Regional Library on June 6, from 9:30-12:30.
*Jerome Tucker, American Red Cross, CPIE: Blood donors are always needed. On a different subject, USDA is having a Farm Service Agency meeting for farmers & landowners on June 25 at 7:00 PM at the Civic Center. CPIE: their goal is to improve graduation rates & decrease dropout rates through mentoring.
*Jane Oliver, 211: meeting rooms are available at DOL & Hospice. On June 8 there will be a conference on Parenting Autism. 8:45 Registration, workshop 9:00-12:15. This will be at the Lowndes Human Resource Building, 206 S. Patterson St. The PSST (Peach State Summer Theatre) gets underway in June with “Big River”, “Once on This Island”, & “The Producers”. Call 259-7770 for tickets & info. Georgia Dream Home Ownership Program has many classes coming up. Call Carolyn at 245-1330/ext. 22. The Foster Grandparent & Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is seeking persons 55 & older. Call Gloria at 671-1414. There are Career Readiness Classes being offered on Communication in the Workplace, Resume Writing, First Impressions & Online Job Resources. All are at the Valdosta Lowndes County Library.
*Leslie Jacobs, Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.: Summer Camp begins on Mon., June 8 & will run each morning from 9:00-noon, through the 12th. There are still a few spots open for campers & we never turn away volunteers! This is our 9th year of camp & we always have a fun-filled week. There will be riding times available in the mornings once camp is over, for special needs & beginning able riders. Call for info, 794-1188.
That concludes the minutes from the June meeting. They are submitted for your review.