The Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc. held its 59th annual membership meeting the end of May on the grounds of their campus. The celebration included dinner, recognition of volunteers and community organizations, approval of By-Law revisions, a new slate of GARC Board of Director's and staff recognitions. Following dinner, Lisa Sassaman, Executive Director and Dr. Robert Hayden, GARC Board President recognized the Junior Guild of the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society. For over twenty five years the Junior Guild has faithfully provided their time, talent and energy to the people served through the GARC by putting together the best parties; usually with music, dancing, games and refreshments.
The Spalding Kiwanis Club was also recognized as an outstanding volunteer organization. Representing the club were Ivan Betts, Jim Goolsby, Ronnie Cox and Henry Moxley. The Spalding Kiwanis Club began volunteering with the GARC back in the earliest history of the organization, some 55 years ago. At that time the GARC was known as Play to Learn, located at St. George's Episcopal Church. Each year the Spalding Kiwanis Club sponsors the best GARC Men's Christmas party. The Christmas party always includes dinner, singing Christmas carols, and a special gift for each man.
Become a member today: Suggested Annual Membership fees are listed below.
Single - 25.00, Joint - $50.00, Family - $75.00, Business - $100.00
GARC is griffin's best kept secret and is is time that everyone knows about us. Come and join us. We need you!!! We will serve food and drinks.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!
A message to an expectant mother from young adults who have grown up with Down syndrome is promising to challenge the fears and perceptions surrounding the condition.
An email received by the National Association of People with Down Syndrome from a pregnant woman worried about the quality of life a child with Down syndrome will have was met with a reassuring message from young people who have the condition.
The message is simply: "Dear future mum, your child can be happy. Just like I am. And you'll be happy too."
The video, Dear Future Mum, was made ahead of World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to raise awareness and advocate for rights, inclusion and wellbeing of those with the condition.
The Griffin Area Resource Center, Inc. is proud to receive a check from the Kiwanianne Club of Griffin. The Kiwanianne Club of Griffin and their project , the Korn Dawg Booth, has become one of the highlights of the Kiwanis County Fair. Each year, with much hard work from many dedicated people, a sizable amount of sales are generated making and selling their famous Korn Dawgs. The proceeds of the Korn Dawg sales are given back to the community through various projects, charities and scholarships. Accepting the check for the Griffin Area Resource Center are from left to right, Michelle Burnham, Lisa Sassaman and Leslie Nichols.
After eight years of asking, David’s life- long dream finally came true. David has been asking for a vacation to Florida to visit Walt Disney World and Mickey. Finally, Cindy listened to David and began the process of helping David’s dream come true. David invited Michelle to come along and Cindy and Wanda, who are GARC staff member’s planned the trip with a full itinerary of visiting the four theme parks and a special invitation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Breakfast with Mickey too.
David will always be a dreamer. He now is dreaming of a cruise……….A Disney cruise at that!