By David Shivers
The Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, came home from a recent district awards banquet in Valdosta as the winner of the Third District Volunteer of the Year (for populations 70,001 and over) award.
The honor – bestowed by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association and presented by GRPA Third District Commissioner Craig Potter – recognizes the students as volunteers whose efforts have had a lasting effect on recreational programs in the Albany-Dougherty County community.
The GRPA’s Third District encompasses 33 southwest Georgia counties, with more than 30 agencies and 115 individual members.
These Key Club students, led by adult supervisor Darlene Butler, lend invaluable contributions of time and labor annually to events organized by the Albany Recreation and Parks Department, including “Easter Eggstravaganza” in Albany’s Tift Park and “Family Day” (in conjunction with the Albany Museum of Art), as well as other civic activities such as:
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful’s “Stash the Trash, DoCo Kiwanis’ Fall Pancake Breakfast, Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse, “adopting” a troop in Iraq, running the SWGHSA Fall Festival, the Salvation Army Christmas “Angel Tree”, bag lunches for Albany Rescue Mission, The Anchorage (facility for drug and alcohol abuse treatment), the Cystic Fibrosis Walk, assisting with the Nutcracker Ballet, flower sales at the Pippin-Pritchett Dance Recital, a National Arbor Day project, the Flint RiverQuarium free day for the public, the Autumn Horse Show, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society “Light the Night”, “Rebuilding Together” to repair and/or enhance homes of senior citizens, the Library for the Blind, and the SWGHSA Field Day.
The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County is proud to be the sponsoring agent for this fine group of young people. Kiwanis DoCo member Kristin Caso, who is marketing and special events planner for the city of Albany, nominated the SWGHSA Key Club for the recognition.
PHOTO BY KRISTEN CASO
Pictured (from left) at the Valdosta awards banquet are SWGHSA Key Club treasurer Thomas Allen, advisor Darlene Butler, former club president Hannah Yarborough, vice-president Landon Butler, secretary Bethany DeMott, media-publisher Catherine Garrett, president Tyler Campbell, GRPA Third District Commissioner Craig Potter, and Albany Recreation and Parks marketing and special events planner (and DoCo Kiwanian) Kristin Caso.