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Martha Ray

Tonight we honor another husband and wife team - John and Martha Ray. Both John and Martha are exceptionally committed members of States-boro's First United Methodist Church and both are heavily involved in their church's mission program, with John serving as chairman of Missions. By the time John and Martha go to Mexico in August, it will mark John's fourth mission trip and Martha's third. Upon retirement from Appalachian State University, the Rays settled in Savannah, where John became active with the Second Harvest program. Since moving to Statesboro, he has continued his work with Second Harvest ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


John Ray

Tonight we honor another husband and wife team - John and Martha Ray. Both John and Martha are exceptionally committed members of States-boro's First United Methodist Church and both are heavily involved in their church's mission program, with John serving as chairman of Missions. By the time John and Martha go to Mexico in August, it will mark John's fourth mission trip and Martha's third. Upon retirement from Appalachian State University, the Rays settled in Savannah, where John became active with the Second Harvest program. Since moving to Statesboro, he has continued his work with Second Harvest ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Moena Mullis

Moena Mullis is a happy, soon to be 90 year old, who was just awarded a special bar for her name tag signaling her completion of more than 3,000 hours of volunteer services at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. While she really enjoyed the years she spent cheering people in the hospital as she visited patient's rooms delivering the Statesboro Herald, she now welcomes those who need assistance at the front desk. Some of you will recall that former President George Bush called on every American to contribute 4,000 hours of community service in their lifetime. As ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Sara Melford

One friend describes Sara Melford as "the most caring person I have ever met." Despite a few medical issues, Sara is dedicated to helping improve the lives of others. She is an active volunteer with ACTS - Area Christians Together in Service - volunteering for at least three hours each week as a database researcher. Sara has just assumed the responsibility for the First Methodist Soup Kitchen, where, on average, 250 individuals are served a hot meal every Saturday. Sara possesses a "spiritual gift" for shopping and puts that gift to work creating gift packages for those in need - creating over 300 ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Brian Kent

Brian Kent is a very giving volunteer in this community, often doing work that may go unnoticed by the public, but certainly not unnoticed by the person he is helping. Brian is very active in the American Diabetes Associa-tion work, serving as chairman of the local campaign, raising money for diabetes education and to try to lower the 9.2 percent incident rate of adult diabetes in Bulloch County. As part of their program of service, the ADA is seeking to lower Bulloch County's rate of adult obesity - currently more than 29 percent. Brian also volunteers his time and ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Kenneth Johnson

Over the past dozen or so years, Kenneth Johnson has continually volunteered for various duties at Bulloch County schools as the official clock keeper for both football and basketball home games. He is president of the Statesboro High School Track boosters club, and organizes and manages the concession stand - the proceeds from which support the track teams. In addition to volunteering at various school events, Kenneth has been a volunteer coach for the Statesboro/Bulloch County Recreation Department's soccer and football programs. After college, Kenneth formed a group of young men dedicated to community service projects including visits to ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Penny Harris

It's hard to believe that every 10 seconds an animal is beaten or abused! But it's true and that's why people like Penny Harris work so diligently with the S.T.A.R.S. project - that's Save the Animals Rescue Society - an agency she helped start in an effort to save the homeless and abused animals and to increase public awareness of the needs and suffering of animals. Penny is a diabetic and works tirelessly as a team leader in the Bulloch County Walk for Diabetes program - seeking to increase public awareness of this dreaded disease ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Lynda Hamilton

Lynda Hamilton's service to others covers many years, and has touched many individuals. One friend suggests that Lynda was taught to serve others by her mother, whose guiding principle was "it needs doing and you can do it." Lynda's local service includes serving three years as president of Altrusa, during which she worked to start a Mother's Day project for Safe Haven children, the local shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families. When Lynda closed her gift shop, she contributed her inventory and furniture to Safe Haven, enough to supply the core offerings for Safe ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Julie Franklin

People provide service to their communities in various ways. For Julie Franklin, much of her volunteer work is one-on-one. Perhaps it is trying to find shelter for a homeless person, or seeing a child that needs foster care. For many years Julie provided foster care for "Ronnie" and her love and caring for Ronnie recently moved to the adoption stage. Julie's belief in the fostering concept helps her work closely with Chris Yaughn, another of tonight's honorees, on the Fostering Families Bulloch organization. Julie has been an energetic supporter of Statesboro First Methodist Church's soup kitchen, now ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Jerry Forehand

In the Stilson community, there is one constant: People always seem to help each other. So, as we honor Jerry Forehand for his service to his community and to its people, to some degree, we honor the whole community. Jerry owns a retail store, and when people of his community are down on their luck or have lost their job, he frequently helps by providing food at no cost. When Jerry learns of someone with a disability or illness, he has helped by providing labor, material or money to build ramps or other items needed to make their home more ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Gary Davis

Few people have used their businesses for the betterment of their community to the degree Gary Davis has with his six Bulloch County Subway locations. In the past 15 years, Gary has commissioned the Annual Subway Challenge, which has raised more than $150,000 for the benefit of local charities including March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association, Habitat for Humanity, American Diabetes Association, Ogeechee Area Hospice, Humane Society, Josephs Home for Boys, Fostering Families of Bulloch and the United Way. Gary has been generous with his financial gifts and gifts-in-kind to many other local ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Anne Clifton

Anne Clifton is the medical coordinator for Statesboro's Hearts and Hands Clinic. In this capacity, she has volunteered 1,500 hours in 2011 and so far in 2012. She is demonstrating a remarkable level of dedication and selflessness in this role as she schedules patients and physicians, serves as women's health coordinator, works tirelessly as a fund-raiser and grant-writer, helps ensure that the clinic's patients have adequate transportation and so much more. Anne's work in improving health care is a vital part of improving our community. Anne is a former president of the Statesboro Garden Club ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Brian Cartee

Brian Cartee is a community servant and a man with a big heart. Brian continually works to help people and his community by volunteering his time, energy, resources and kindness to people from all walks of life. Brian genuinely cares about people and he always looks for someone in need. He helps organize fundraisers, including being on the team that raised more than $18,000 for a local 17-year old who was diagnosed with lymphoma. He is a strong supporter of the 4-H Equestrian Team, and has chaired the 4-H booth at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair for three years. Brian ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


Dal Cannady

As an area reporter for a Savannah television station, Dal Cannady has many opportunities to see volunteers in action. That's part of the reason Dal makes time in his busy schedule to include service for others. Dal has completed many years of service to the area Red Cross and currently serves on the Red Cross advisory board for Bulloch, Candler, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs and Wheeler counties. He sees first-hand the terrible human needs often left in the wake of fires and natural disasters. In fact, when Ellis Wood travels to communities hit hard by natural disasters, Dal Cannady ...

April 25, 2012 | | Life


A Social Celebration

Honorees enjoyed socializing during the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards Coffee at Pittman Park United Methodist Church Wednesday.

April 15, 2012 | By SCOTT BRYANT | Life


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