In this week’s Worth a Mention segment: A special dedication is held at Best Friends Humane Society for a member who lost her battle to cancer in January 2013; the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce and several guests attended ribbon cutting ceremony for Sylvester’s newest business; Worth Middle School recently observed FFA week and now recognizing Social Work within the school system; this and more below:
In Memory of Beth
The Best Friends Humane Society in Worth County held a special event Thursday afternoon at the Ephesus Church Road shelter location. Family members and friends of the late Beth NeSmith Campbell were a part of BFHS’s dedication ceremony of the onsite Memorial Garden established in Beth’s honor.
The dedication ceremony was held at the garden area with Pastor Mike Davis of Pinson Memorial United Methodist Church sharing thoughtful words with guests and recognizing Beth as one of the original organizers of the Best Friends Humane Society. Beth was an attorney who also donated her legal services to the development of the organization.
The BFHS staff: “This Garden will grow over time and provide shade and a place for the dogs to play. I think Beth would like that.” See photos below:
Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy
March is Social Work Month. The theme for National Professional Social Work Month 2013 is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy”
Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts, sometimes involving child or spousal abuse.
Extend a special thanks this month to Worth County Schools’ Social Worker Tracie Turner, pictured right below) and Social Worker Intern from Valdosta State University LaTosha Howard (left).
PHOTO: Worth Co. Schools
Worth County Middle School FFA Celebrates National FFA Week
Sylvester, Georgia- Worth County Middle School FFA will celebrate National FFA Week March 4-8, 2013. “GROW” is the theme this year and more than half a million members around the nation will Participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels. “Growing” leadership and career skills are a way of life for FFA members, but it’s also a call to action for others. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethic and community service activities.
The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for youth in agriculture. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. From urban to rural schools, FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of success in one of the 300 careers in agriculture.
As a part of National FFA Week, Worth County Middle School FFA members will participate in the following special events:
- Mrs. Sevier, Principal; signing the FFA Week Proclamation
- Wear FFA Colors Day (National Blue and Corn Gold)
- Agricultural Awareness Facts and Activities
- Lyla Griffin Competes in the Area V FFA Creed Speaking Contest
- Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
- School Sidewalk Cleanup Service Project
FFA members are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals and be the leaders of tomorrow. They stand out by recognizing the importance of being active in their schools and communities and are urged to step up when volunteers are sought, friendship is needed and leadership is required.
Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference for members every day. FFA members have opportunities to attend leadership contests, develop a supervised agricultural experience project, learn life skills and serve their communities with civic engagement. FFA members are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and Worth County Middle School FFA members are the future of these important industries. The Worth County Middle School FFA Chapter has 100 active members. While membership on the national level is over 550,000 strong, Georgia has 285 Chapters and is currently third in membership with over 34,000 members.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
WCMS FFA Officers L-R Standing: Seth Williams, Chaplain; Marquez Hope, Parliamentarian; Drew Bennett, Treasurer; Lyla Griffin, Sentinel Seated L-R: Chase Roberts, President and Day Story, Vice President (Photo submitted)
New business, Summer Palace on West Kelly Street, celebrated their opening with a Chamber Ribon Cutting event Saturday. Despite cold temperatures a large group attended for the event and settled in the comfort of the facility to mingle. The business offers its location for parties, weddings, anniversaries, conferences, business meetings and more with amenities provided to make such events a success. See event photos below: