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Dr. John Gerguis

Most people can and do appreciate the tremendous time demands of a physician's private practice - including long hours and a heavy caseload - but when you couple that with the added responsibility of serving as Medical Director of Ogeechee Area Hospice, you get a better understanding of how strong Dr. John Gerguis' commitment is to our community and its health care needs. In addition to his role as medical director, John has accepted primary care of patients who have no local physician. John also serves voluntarily as the chair of the ethics committee at East Georgia Regional Medical Center - a ...

May 03, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Audio introduction of the 2011 Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award recipients

Listen to Statesboro Herald president Joe McGlamery's introduction to the 2011 Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award recipients.

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Manzy Brown Jr.

A giving spirit - that best describes Manzy Brown. He is the one of the first to respond when there is a need in the Stilson and Brooklet areas, providing the physical labor needed to do the kinds of things people sometimes cannot do for themselves. Manzy has a special love for children - often providing clothing and toys for children of families in need. When a neighbor's road was washed away making it difficult for family and friends to visit the man who was losing his battle with cancer, Manzy repaired the road at no charge. At Thanksgiving, Manzy and ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Debra Sabia

Debra Sabia has spent the last 20 years demonstrating the importance of community service. Debra has been an advocate for low-income migrant workers and immigrant families. She is the founder and chair of the Commit-tee for Tolerance and Community Collaboration. Working through partnerships with other groups the committee provides medical care, English as a Second Language classes, education, citizenship training and youth mentorship. In 2000, Debra became the founder and director of the Center for Latino Outreach and Research Services, serving business organizations and Latino families in Bulloch County. Debra is an active volunteer with the Southeast Georgia Communities Project ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Ruth Ann Rogers

When Ruth Ann Rogers retired from her full-time employment at Georgia Southern four years ago, she quickly transitioned into full-time service to others. Combin-ing more formal service to community organizations with informal service to others, When Ruth Ann retired, she knew she wanted to do volunteer service with the American Red Cross in remembrance of her mother-in-law who spent 50 years as a Red Cross volunteer. Ruth Ann has held a number of roles in Red Cross, and currently serves as coordinator for the Mims Monroe Blood Service Center at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Ruth Ann also admired the ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Stewart Moody

Stewart Moody has served for a decade as Chaplain of the Georgia Southern Eagles football team, speaking to the team and coaches each week as a source of inspiration and encouragement. Stewart is the college pastor at First Baptist Church and, in that role, spends a great deal of time on the Georgia Southern campus. When tragedy struck Georgia Southern and two college students were killed in an automobile accident, Stewart went to the student's hometowns and ministered to the grieving families. Stewart's service to mankind extends into other facets of community life, too. He has served on ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Madison Merrifield

Our youngest recipient is 16-year old Madison Merrifield, a senior at Statesboro High School. Madison has already accomplished more, touched more lives and volunteered more of her time than most of us do in a lifetime. When she was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. She has battled this cancer three times and her life is an example of courage and grace through trials. Bravely, Madison decided early on to give back and embrace life at the same time she was fighting cancer. Most days find Madison participating in activities at Statesboro High ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Jan Martin

Some people are natural caregivers - those who see a need and immediately begin to help fill that need. Jan Martin is just such a person. Whether it is supporting her students at Ogeechee Technical College, volunteering at Ogeechee Area Hospice, or just offering assistance to a friend in need, Jan has the big heart needed to be effective. Jan Martin has volunteered at Hospice for seven years, and last year logged over 280 volunteer hours. Jan's professional background gives her the technical ability to help and her caring attitude and determination shine through in every situation. From providing first ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Ric Mandes

I believe in you. You can do it. You will do it." With these encouraging words Ric Mandes has helped countless young people he encountered over the many decades he was a fixture at Georgia Southern - as Public Relations Director and later as Director of Development. Ric's job description made no mention of the term mentor, but scores of young students will tell you that Ric had a profound influence on their lives as he urged them to "Do your best, do it right, be confident, have integrity ... and the rest will come." Ric has found countless teaching opportunities ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Lori Grice

Lori Grice has the heart of a giver. With both a business and a home in downtown Statesboro, she has worked tirelessly for downtown improvements. Lori often works in the background on projects like the Blind Willie McTell Trail, the East Main Streetscape Project, and the renovation of downtown buildings into new, modern usages that brighten and modernize downtown. As a cancer survivor, Lori Grice works closely with others in our community to make Statesboro's Relay for Life one of the most successful in the nation for a city of our size. Lori founded Big C Sisters, a non-profit ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Ginger Gregory

Someone has said that everyone serves whether they know it or not. Ginger Gregory is a good example of how one can bless the live of those around us with simple, ordinary things that can affect those lives in profound ways. Whatever the occasion, Ginger Gregory demonstrates service to others. Whether a birthday, a wedding, a new baby or just walking life's pathway, Ginger is often there with her camera, recording life's joys, ready to record the event at her own expense. Often, she then fashions a memory book so the event will live on and on. A ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Barbara Fox

One friend says, "No one does more for her fellowman than Barbara Fox." Since moving to Statesboro in 2005, Barbara has become immersed in a host of worthwhile endeavors. A lifelong sports' enthusiast, Barbara and friend Mary Phelps bake cookies and brownies for the team to enjoy on road games. Barbara is a faithful member of Statesboro's First United Methodist Church where she has found many avenues of service, including volunteering in the church office, working with the backpack buddies ministry to ensure children are not hungry on weekends when they are away from school breakfast and lunch programs ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Jeff Davis

You would not be surprised that Jeff Davis is such a "go to person." As vice president for Technology and Institutional Support at Ogeechee Technical College, you would expect Jeff to have a lot of skills. But if you watch Jeff Davis in action, you may be surprised at all the ways his skills impact our community. He is very active with the Averitt Center for the Arts and Averitt Stars, working behind the scenes - literally - to make sure the shows go on. He is a member of Kiwanis, where Jeff will take on any job - large or small - to ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Lisa and Ronald Campbell

We again honor a husband and wife team for both their individual service to the community as well as their shared efforts to make this a better community - especially for our young people. Ronald and Lisa Campbell worked as a team to develop the Campbell's Youth Ministry BRAVA program. Their vision was a to begin a performing arts and sports outreach ministry that would help groom children in Bulloch County for service, scholarships and personal success while developing their God-given talents. The Campbells launched the teen component of their program in 2002 when they formed the Teen Lift track ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

Scott Bohlke

As a board certified physician, you are not surprised that Dr. Scott Bohlke is a strong advocate for improved health care. But you might be surprised how much of Scott's time in given free to helping provide improved health care. A great example is his willingness to service as medical director of the Hearts and Hands Clinic in Statesboro - a clinic providing free medical care to over 600 of our citizens. Scott declined to seek reelection to his seat on the Bulloch County Board of Education, in part to allow him more time and energy to devote to this ...

May 02, 2011 | | Deen Day Smith Awards -2011

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