Rotary of Blue Ridge recently met in the Chamber of Commerce’s meeting room with special guests Donna Earl and Teresa Ross from the Fannin Literacy Action Group (FLAG).
FLAG offers “To promote and foster increased education in Fannin County and contiguous areas primarily through volunteer teaching of and aid to:”
1- The illiterate and semi-literate. Reading, writing and mathematics skills are improved with the helpful guidance of FLAG staff.
2- Those persons for whom English is a second language (ESL). Dictionaries donated by Rotary Club of Blue Ridge have been especially helpful to these students learning the English language in order to effectively communicate.
3-Encourage individuals, groups and other organizations desiring to increase education through their own volunteer programs.
4- To acquire basic computer and Smartphone skills. This is geared toward older citizens who need to have a better understanding of technology surrounding their lives.
5- Help prepare teenagers/or older adults who may have dropped out of high school take and pass the GED exam. Ross pointed out the organization is also partnering with Fannin County Senior Center to help attain their GED or other literacy skills as well.
To date, FLAG’s accomplishments include:
1- 13 new graduates of the GED program.
2- Helping students complete college preparation courses in mathematics and writing skills.
3- Four students are currently enrolled at Georgia Tech after obtaining GED.
4- Assisting students find better employment after graduating from the Center.
5- Course Completion has helped graduates obtain higher pay. Some students who finished the required courses received advancements in their current employment.
FLAG Adult Education is located at 71 Overview Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 31503. Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Donna Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Ross email@example.com.
Rotary Blue Ridge meets Tuesdays, 12 p.m. at 152 Orvin Lance Dr, Blue Ridge, GA. “Chamber parking is limited so please park in Town and Country’s parking lot closest to the Chamber and not in front of Town and Country’s front door.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
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October 10, 2018
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The Fannin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Leadership Fannin Class of 2019, which will begin in February of 2019. Leadership Fannin is an extremely rewarding experience designed to educate and develop local community leaders. Participants learn about community leadership, gain a greater understanding of issues in Fannin County and network with people from all walks of life and geographic areas of our community.
Coordinating the program for the Chamber is Shannon York, and the 2019 Chair is Chris Hall. If you are interested in applying or know someone who would benefit from the program, please contact Jan Hackett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at 706-632-5680, with the applicant’s name and contact information. The deadline for nominations is November 15. Nominees will receive applications and a schedule of programs in December and the class will be approved in early January, 2019.
Leadership Fannin was established in 1999 in cooperation with the Fannin Cooperative Extension. The Chamber program consists of 14 classes since 2004. Nominees should have lived in Fannin County for more than two years. Tuition is $200 however scholarships are available for representatives of non-profit organizations.
The Clay County Lions Club is hosting a Fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 22, 2018, from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm in the beautifully renovated Fellowship Hall of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located at 1433 US Hwy 64, Hayesville, NC.
The Fundraiser will be an evening of great music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s with a live DJ, a spectacular dance, a fabulous dinner by Amazing Grace Caterers, dozens of door prizes, and an available cash bar.
Tickets are $60 per person and are available at the Historic Hayesville Centennial Exhibit, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Tiger’s Department Store and Bella Boutique in Downtown Hayesville.
Tickets are also available from any Clay County Lions Club Member, and at the Towns County Chamber of Commerce and Monte Alban Restaurant in Hiawassee. A portion of each ticket may be tax deductible.
100% of the net proceeds will go to further the Lions Club’s charitable activities in Clay County, including the providing of free eye exams and eyeglasses to residents in need; donations to local charities such as Clay County Community for Students, Christmas Care of Clay County, the VFW and Shop with a Hero all to help children in need in Clay County; support of Historic Hayesville, Inc.; and recent work to rehab the covered Lions Pavilion at the Clay County Recreation Park that is used by so many residents and visitors to Clay County. For further information, contact Neil Kaplan at (703) 725-9819