The members and guests of the Rotary Club of Effingham County were entertained by the Barbershop Quartet Fully Invested at their last meeting of 2008. The club meets at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rincon, on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and will resume their meetings on Jan. 8.
Gregory P. McGahee graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard.
Lisa Woodcock of Citizens Bank of Effingham recently completed graduation requirements for Compliance School, sponsored by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA). She has been with the bank since its founding in 1998 and currently serves as a compliance officer overseeing deposit controls and various aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act set forth by Congress.
Army Spec. David M. Riecke has returned to the 164th Military Police Company at Fort Richardson, Alaska, after being deployed to an overseas forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club President Bonnie Dixon congratulated Sgt. Ramsey Mannon of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office for his work with the Law Enforcement Explorers program.
Effingham Sunrise Rotary President Bonnie Dixon thanked members of the Treutlen House board, Mose Mock, Joyce Anne Tuten and Rebecca Boston.
Air Force Airman Bradley M. Collins has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces the local graduates from the 2008 Region 12 Multi-Day Training Program. Effingham County graduates at the Nov. 20 ceremony included Amy Rogers of Effingham Hospital and Kia Westmoreland of the city of Rincon.
Effingham Sunrise Rotary donated $1,000 for the Effingham Empty Stocking Fund. Reggie Loper and Donnie Rahn accepted the check that was presented by President Bonnie Dixon.
On Dec. 6, retired former members of the old Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 214th Field Artillery, a Georgia Army National Guard Unit from Springfield, had a reunion at Rahn's Pond. The old unit became Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 214th Field Artillery in the reorganization in the summer of 1968. This unit remained as the same artillery unit until its deactivation in August 1993 (a total of 25 years of continued service).
Senior Master Sgt. Reginald McPherson has been named as the senior non-commissioned officer of the quarter, fourth quarter 2008, for the 165th Airlift Wing.
The Red Hatters of Rincon recently had a two-fold celebration. It was "National Cookie Day" and "Reduation Day" for one of their members.
Effingham County School System Superintendent Randy Shearouse spoke to the Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club and gave a positive update on the current state of the school system. Shearouse told the group that they are "on track" with all initiatives such as new schools and better test scores while remaining within budget.
Airman First Class (A1C) Jason L. Burgstiner of Rincon recently graduated from the 12 week Air Force Cryptologic Technical Training School at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.
Lt. Col. Rainer "Speedy" Gomez has been promoted to the rank of colonel and has taken command of the 165th Operations Group, a unit of the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard.
In celebration of the Farm City week Nov. 18-24, the Effingham Farm Bureau held a food drive for the local food banks.
Effingham Sunrise Rotary President, Solomon Smith, is shown here thanking Betsy Tallent RN, BSN of Effingham Hospital. Tallent is the chief nursing officer and spoke to the group about the modernization project at Effingham Hospital. If you have any questions for Tallent, contact her at (912)754-6451 or visit www.effinghamhealth.org.
Liz Longshore, executive director of MedBank, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Effingham County. MedBank helps eligible patients access the Patience Assistance Programs of large pharmaceutical companies to obtain free medications. Through their staff and volunteers, MedBank provides assistance with applications and they work with referrals from physicians, hospitals and social service agencies. MedBank operates on- site services at several area clinics, including one in Effingham County.
Georgia State Patrol troopers and Effingham County Sheriff's deputies were kept busy Wednesday afternoon - for reasons they liked.
The 58,000-square-foot, $30 million dollar expansion and modernization project of Effingham Hospital and Care Center is nearly complete, and on Jan. 28 the community is invited to attend a special ceremony, open house and behind-the-scenes tour of the new Effingham Health System.
The Effingham County Health Department and Georgia State Patrol will hold a Give Kids a Boost community event Jan. 18 from 3-5 p.m. in the parking lot of Lowe's in Rincon. Booster seats will be given, at no cost, to income-eligible participants including those enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, PeachCare, or Medicaid, who can provide proof of eligibility.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jarrod R. White graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Residents living in and around the Rincon community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Faith Presbyterian Church will host Life Line Screening on Jan. 18. The site is located at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon.
Colon health is not often a subject of discussion among women having a night out. But perhaps the subject should come up more often, since according to the National Institute of Health, there were over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed in 2011.
Effingham Sunrise Rotary President Solomon Smith is shown here thanking Maria Waller of Hancock Askew and Co. LLP for her presentation on filing 2011 taxes. Waller is a senior accountant with Hancock Askew and spoke to the group about all of the tax code changes that are pending for 2012 and the possible effects of those changes. If you have any questions for Waller, please feel free to contact her at (912) 234-8234 or visit ...
Cheryl Ferguson recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Effingham County regarding the GED Initiative Tutors' program.
With a check for more than $3,600, the Elves for Catie campaign is making an impact on childhood cancer.
Effingham Hospital employees collected 425 pounds of canned and packaged food for "The Fillin' Station" located in Guyton.