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Local Rotary Clubs Donate to MAP International to Assist with Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

(BRUNSWICK, GLENNVILLE, AUGUSTA, GA) The Glennville and Augusta chapters of Rotary presented $2,250.00 to MAP International in Brunswick to supply over 200 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Hamsa Thota, District Governor of Rotary District 6920, presented a check for $2,000.00 from the Augusta Rotary Club to MAP International President and CEO, Steve Stirling. The donation will supply 200 DHK’s to Puerto Rico citizens.

“Our desire to aid hurricane victims has tied in nicely with our recent collaboration with MAP International,” said Dr. Thota. “MAP is the perfect partner for us to provide relief to people in Puerto Rico who are in dire need right now.”

MAP International and Rotary launched a program last Tuesday to provide life-saving medicines to uninsured or underinsured low-income people in surrounding areas. At the launch event, Margaret Jacobs, District Governor Elect, and Mike Muldowney, Assistant District Governor, presented an additional $250.00 given by the Glennville Rotary Club and Virginia Ellis, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, to provide 25 DHK’s to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

“MAP is profoundly grateful for the generous support from Rotary,” says Stirling. “Their support through this partnership will save lives here in Georgia.”

Rotary Club of Augusta

The Rotary Club of Augusta Donates to MAP International to aid in Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Glennville Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Glennville donates to MAP International to aid in disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

About MAP International
MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality, or ethnic background. For more information, visit map.org

About Rotary International District 6920
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary District 6920 consists of 63 clubs with a membership of over 3200 Rotary members scattered throughout southeast Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.

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CCDS Executive Director and Board Member Both Receive Statewide Awards

(SAVANNAH, GA) Coastal Center for Developmental Services (CCDS) is proud to announce that CCDS Executive Director Kathy Thomson and board member Daniel Massey were each recently honored by The Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) at their spring conference in Augusta.

Thomson was selected to receive the SPADD Trail Blazer Award which honors an organizational leader who has, through leadership, advocacy, program development or some other meaningful contribution, has made a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities within their own community, or across the state. Thomson, who will be celebrating 40 years with CCDS this year, has not only advocated strongly for individuals at CCDS, but also across the state by serving on several committees and boards that determine state policy on service. Additionally, during her time as executive director, CCDS developed three new programs to meet its people’s needs, moved the agency onto a stronger technological path, and encouraged strong community partnerships for all facets of the agency.

Massey received the inaugural SPADD Employer of the Year Award for hiring, supporting, and advocating for people with disabilities in his business. Currently, he is the Clerk of Superior Court for Chatham County, an office he has held since 2004. In his current role, Massey has made significant improvements in technology availability and data sharing in the court system, even moving to a paperless environment for one division. Massey has served on the CCDS Board of Directors since 2010 and has hired two individuals through the CCDS Community Employment program.

Both Thomson and Massey were recognized at awards ceremony the last evening of the SPADD conference.

About CCDS
Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501©(3) agency that provides training and employment-related services to more than 400 individuals with developmental disabilities. With the goal of empowering our people to make life choices, CCDS is dedicated to the rights and responsibilities of full community citizenship. This is achieved through education, advocacy, services and supports, and driven by individual choice. To learn more, to volunteer, or to donate, visit http://www.ccds-sav.org or call (912) 644-7500.

About SPADD
The Service Provider Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) was founded in April 2002. SPADD members meet regularly to share information regarding issues that impact the services of individuals with developmental disabilities. SPADD works as an inclusive association of both public and private providers of any community based MR/DD service for the purpose of improving services to persons with developmental disabilities in Georgia. As a professional organization, SPADD is committed to its mission which includes Education of Providers on Best Practice, Advocacy and Education Regarding Public Policy.

Contact
Jarrell Dickey
Phone:(912)644-7497
E-mail:jdickey@ccds-sav.org

Citizens Called to Public Hearing on Proposed Palmetto Pipeline Threat on Thursday, May 7 in Waynesboro

Citizens Called to Public Hearing on Proposed Palmetto Pipeline Threat on Thursday, May 7 in Waynesboro

http://www.palmettopipeline.com

(WAYNESBORO, GA) Citizens of the 12 counties affected by the proposed Palmetto Pipeline route are being asked by the coalition, Push Back the Pipeline, to take a final stand against builder Kinder Morgan and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) permitting process.

The Push Back the Pipeline Coalition is inviting members of the public to attend the final GDOT hearing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at the Augusta Technical College – Burke County Campus located at 216 GA-24, Waynesboro, GA 30830.

At the only other public hearing on Tuesday, April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center, a crowd of 600 landowners, business owners, environmentalists and concerned citizens attended in an effort to raise questions and concerns to GDOT.

Kinder Morgan, a Houston-based energy infrastructure company, is seeking needed approvals to construct a 210-mile pipeline across Georgia for delivery of petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the South East. Because 202 miles of the proposed route are on private property, Kinder Morgan requires GDOT to issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, authorizes them to condemn the private property of 398 landowners and cannot be appealed. Time is running out on the 90-day period to fight the application and the GDOT public hearing on Thursday, May 7, is the last chance for the public to confront Kinder Morgan and GDOT representatives with unanswered questions.

Top Reasons Why Citizens Against the Palmetto Pipeline:
• Eminent Domain for a Private Company is WRONG.
• Big Oil Monopoly = Higher prices at the pump.
• 250 Georgia jobs lost.
• Private Property will be TAKEN.
• Georgia deserves answers from Kinder Morgan not Empty Promises.
• Pipeline would endanger rivers, marshes and wetlands.
• Palmetto pipeline is not earthquake proof; Savannah and Coastal Georgia run along a fault line and are exposed to seismic risk.

DIRECTIONS TO MEETING:
• FROM GA-121 S/US-25 S:
– Follow GA-121 S/US-25 S
– Continue onto US-25 BYP S/Burke Veterans Parkway
– Turn right onto GA-24 N
– Destination will be on the left

• FROM GA-56 S:
– Take US-25 BYP S/Burke Veterans Parkway/Burke Veterans Pkwy
– Turn right onto GA-24 N
– Destination will be on the left

• GA-80 S/Waynesboro Rd:
– Continue to follow GA-80 S
– Slight left onto GA-24 S/GA-80 S
– Turn right onto GA-24 S/S Liberty St
– Continue to follow GA-24 S
– Destination will be on the right

• GA-24 S:
– Continue to follow GA-24 S
– Turn right onto GA-24 S/S Liberty St
– Destination will be on the right

INFORMATION ON EMINENT DOMAIN
The Fifth Amendment states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. In the past ten years, massive restructuring of the eminent domain rules to protect owners has occurred with 47 states. Nine years ago, Executive Order 13406 was issued by President George W. Bush, stating: “It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.” However, it is the right of the states to make their own decisions about what qualifies as public use.

PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTE THROUGH GEORGIA:
Richmond, 2 miles
Burke, 25 miles
Screven, 34 miles
Effingham, 39 miles
Chatham, 12 miles
Bryan, 7 miles
Liberty, 18 miles
Long, 2 miles
McIntosh, 17 miles
Glynn 24 miles
Camden, 18 miles
Charlton, 12 miles

CONTACT:
KC Allan
Push Back the Pipeline
pushbackpalmetto@gmail.com
http://www.palmettopipeline.com

Citizens Called to Public Hearing about Palmetto Pipeline Threat on Tuesday, April 21 in Richmond Hill

Citizens Called to Public Hearing about Palmetto Pipeline Threat on Tuesday, April 21 in Richmond Hill

www.palmettopipeline.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) Local citizens are asked by the Facebook group Push Back the Pipeline and Ogeechee and Savannah Riverkeepers to join together to voice their displeasure at the proposed pipeline and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)’s handling of this process. The collaboration invites all concerned persons to meet and discuss the implications of this project at the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center (520 Cedar Street) beginning at 5 p.m.

Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, plans to build the buried pipeline to transport gasoline, ethanol and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the South East. The company applied to the GDOT for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which if approved, will authorize it to condemn property from private citizens and cannot be appealed. Time is running out on the 90-day period to fight the application and after the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21, it will be too late for citizens to voice their issues.

Top Reasons Why Citizens Against the Palmetto Pipeline:
• Eminent Domain for a Private Company is WRONG.
• Big Oil Monopoly = Higher prices at the pump.
• 250 Georgia jobs lost.
• Private Property will be TAKEN.
• Georgia deserves answers from Kinder Morgan not Empty Promises.
• Pipeline would endanger rivers, marshes and wetlands.
• Palmetto pipeline is not earthquake proof; Savannah and Coastal Georgia run along a fault line and are exposed to seismic risk.

A rally is also scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at noon on Johnson Square in Savannah, but it is believed that the real impact will come from the demonstration presented at the GDOT public hearing on Tuesday, April 21.
For more information on the public hearing, visit https://www.facebook.com/pushbackthepipeline?fref=ts.

DIRECTIONS TO MEETING:
• FROM I-95 SOUTH:
– Take exit 90 for GA-144 toward Fort Stewart/Richmond Hill
– Continue on GA-144 E. Drive to Cedar St (1.9 mi)
• FROM I-95 NORTH:
– Take exit 87 for US-17 toward Coastal Hwy/Richmond Hill
– Turn right onto GA-25 N/US-17 N
– Turn right onto Ford Ave
– Turn left onto Cedar St

INFORMATION ON EMINENT DOMAIN
The Fifth Amendment states that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. In the past ten years, massive restructuring of the eminent domain rules to protect owners has occurred with 47 states. Nine years ago, Executive Order 13406 was issued by President George W. Bush, stating: “It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.” However, it is the right of the states to make their own decisions about what qualifies as public use.

PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTE THROUGH GEORGIA:
Richmond, 2 miles
Burke, 25 miles
Screven, 34 miles
Effingham, 39 miles
Chatham, 12 miles
Bryan, 7 miles
Liberty, 18 miles
Long, 2 miles
McIntosh, 17 miles
Glynn 24 miles
Camden, 18 miles
Charlton, 12 miles

CONTACT:
KC Allan
Push Back the Pipeline
pushbackpalmetto@gmail.com
http://www.palmettopipeline.com

Rivers & Glen Trading Co. Announce New General Manager for Savannah Store

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rivers & Glen Trading Co. announces it has appointed Bryan H. O’Dell as General Manager of its new Savannah store, located at 24 Drayton St. This is the second location for the Augusta-based sporting retailer.

Prior to joining Rivers and Glen, O’Dell worked in the shipping industry for 20 years in the ports of Charleston and Savannah. But the opportunity to join a locally–based company providing anglers with clothing, equipment, education and destination fishing trips was the perfect lure to switch careers, and O’Dell took the bite.

“I enjoy working with people who are interested in fishing from the first-time beginner to the professional looking for that record catch,” said O’Dell. “I am excited to be involved with helping revive the art of fly fishing in Georgia, and I look forward to offering lessons, tying workshops and other educational opportunities to Savannah area anglers.”

“Bryan is such a good fit for the Savannah store and an asset to our team,” said Walker Hopkins, owner of Rivers & Glen Trading Co. “Like me, he grew up in a small town and has been an avid fisherman all of his life. He understands the art and beauty of fly fishing, and knows the coastal waters here like the back of his hand.”

O’Dell attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and the College of Charleston, where he studied Intermodal Transportation. He serves on the Board of the Savannah Yacht Club and is Chair of the Power Boat Committee. The native of Sullivan’s Island, SC, enjoys fishing in his leisure time. For more information, call the Savannah branch of Rivers & Glen Trading Co. at 912.349.2352 or visit riversandglen.com.

ABOUT RIVERS & GLEN TRADING COMPANY
Rivers & Glen Trading Co. is a sporting retailer based in Augusta, which has now expanded into Savannah, Ga. The locally owned and operated stores carry popular brands of apparel, luggage, fly fishing and hunting equipment including Orvis, Barbour, Simms, Patagonia, Filson, Mountain Khaki and Fishpond. Striving to be the region’s fly fisherman’s dream store, Rivers & Glen stores carry every Orvis and Sage rod available on the market. Both locations are open Monday from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Savannah store is located at 24 Drayton St. The original Rivers & Glen Trading Co. store is located in the middle level of Surrey Center in Augusta Ga. For more information, call 912-349-2352 or visit http://riversandglen.com/

Contact:
Bryan H. O’Dell
bodell1812@gmail.com
912.272.3738
www.riversandglen.com

Media Contact:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Organic Fare Coming to Enmark Stations

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmark Stations announces that 25 of its larger format stores will now carry UNFI products in an effort to offer customers healthy snacking options. UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce.

EnmarkEnmark Stations will offer UNFI snack items such as kale and falafel chips, Tanka buffalo jerky, organic candy, drinks such as kombucha and organic sodas, and frozen products including ice cream and frozen entrees from Amy’s.

UNFI LogoStephanie Walker, UNFI Regional Sales Manager, said, “We were very happy when Enmark expressed an interest in our service and products. As the first convenience store chain serviced by our Atlanta warehouse, Enmark’s commitment to providing healthy snacks for its customers is a step above what most convenience stores are currently doing.”

“Enmark has always had an interest in making our communities healthier. The Savannah Bridge Run has been an important event for us for many years, we’ve organized the Encourage Health lecture series, and we have a history of working with our suppliers to carry their healthier product options,” said Matt Clements, Director of Marketing at Enmark Stations, “In order to take the healthy options to the next level, we had to seek out a new supplier. UNFI embraced our interest and helped us organize this vision. Over 50% of Americans snack three or more times per day. Why not make it easier for them to make a healthy choice when they snack?”

There are plans for the remaining Enmark stores to start carrying these items in the near future.

ABOUT UNFI
UNFI’s mission is to create partnering relationships of trust, integrity, customer satisfaction and loyalty. UNFI strives to provide the widest selection of natural and organic, wellness, and specialty food products of the highest quality. Organic grocery stores around the country offer UNFI items. UNFI boasts a commitment to the community by supporting local economies and making meaningful contributions to the quality of life for residents. UNFI supports socially responsible initiatives that protect the environment and foster stewardship of the land.

ABOUT ENMARK STATIONS
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc. is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 60 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced gasoline, food and beverages, lottery services and more. Enmark’s gasoline is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmark customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an Enmark Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 
or visit www.enmarkenjoy.com.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmark Stations
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

(AUGUSTA, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, JAN 13, 2014

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department and WKZK- the Spirit Radio will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Celebration, Thursday, January 16. Reverend K.B. Martin will be the guest speaker. Come out and enjoy the celebration and remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision. For more information, please contact 706-821-2827 or 706-821-1754.

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will held Saturday, January 18. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. Parade route: The parade will start at Dyess Park Community Center located at 902 James Brown Blvd. The parade will proceed south on James Brown Blvd; then west on Wrightsboro Rd., north onto Augusta Ave., east onto Laney Walker Blvd., north on 11th St., and east on D’Antignac St. and end at Dyess Park. For more information contact, please contact the City of Augusta Special Events Office 706-821-1754 or the NAACP Office 706-724-0390.

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Friday, January 17 @ Noon, the Morris Museum of Art presents Virginia artist Eldridge Bagley who will discuss the exhibition Images of Hearth and Home, drawn from the Morris’s extensive collection of his paintings. Reserve by January 15. Also at the Morris, enjoy a performance of original piano compositions by Daniel Maltz, Sunday, January 19 2:00 p.m. http://www.themorris.org

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series presents Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott this Friday, January 17 @ 7:30 p.m. These acclaimed singers, songwriters, and musicians will perform for the first time at the Imperial Theatre. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit imperialtheatre.com

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Join the Young Professionals of Augusta (YPA) at the Partridge Inn Tuesday, January 14 for its monthly meeting with guest speaker Tara Simkins of the Press on Foundation. Tara is a mentor and inspirational speaker. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. by our program at 6:15 p.m. http://www.ypaugusta.com/

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Augusta Metro Chamber’s Women In Business monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, January 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Legends Club, 2701 Washington Rd. Guest Speaker: Judy Boyle Chun, Founder & President of People Solutions, LLC. The mission of the Women In Business program is to strengthen the business community by providing programs and services that enhance the professional and personal goals of women. http://augustachamber.net/

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Lucy Craft Laney Museum will hold its Eighth Annual Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Gala on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 6:00- 10:00 pm at the Augusta Marriott, Two Tenth Street. Deadline for ticket purchases is Jan. 21. See http://www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com/gala.htm for details.

(AUGUSTA, GA) – An African-American Doll Exhibition Honoring Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark is open now through February 2014 on the third floor of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair Street. Library hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. FREE Admission

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Georgia Regents University’s Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Jag20 Emerging Leader awards program. The Jag 20 honors 20 outstanding younger alumni who have upheld the values of Georgia Regents University and have made a significant impact in their chosen career field, their community and/or their alma mater. http://grualumni.com/Jag20

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