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Remembering the first Day for Southern
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      During my 28 years as director of Institutional Development I had the privilege of assisting in the framing of what is now the Georgia Southern University Foundation. This took place in the early 60s under the keen leadership of F. Everett Williams, local pharmacist and for many years President of the Sea Island Bank.
      Additionally, in 1973 it was during a foundation executive committee meeting held in President Pope Duncan's office as we reviewed where the foundation was and where it needed to go, that I witnessed Charlie Robbins offering causally, "Why don't we do a drive in one day..." The rest is history. With me that day, were Hal Averitt, Robbins, Ed Eckles and Francis Allen - all who had or would eventually serve as foundation president.
      I commend the rhetoric of Jenny Lynn Anderson who brought back the term, designed and determined by these fine aforementioned individuals - investment. It was a constant reminder to the leaders of the foundation and those called on that their giving was not a donation nor a gift, but an investment that would bring a return to those who gave, as these dollars found their way to and into the lives of GSC students whose dreams became their well deserved reality.
Ric Mandes

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