The Effingham Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol met at Sweet Water Grill for its annual Christmas dinner.
Following the meal, Squadron Commander, Lt. Richard Bush announced that Cadet Capt. Twibell will be the Squadron's Cadet Commander effective Jan. 1, 2011. Twibell set out his plans for the year which include regular meetings, several day trips and implementation of the "Cadet of the Quarter" program.
Besides the cadets and members of their families, Deputy Commander Maj. Carl Godbee and Group 6 Commander, Maj. Gene Warnock were also in attendance.
Members of the Exchange Club put their money where their mouth is - loose change in a cup to contribute to the Empty Stocking Fund.
"All of us have loose change laying around the house, on the dresser, in the desk drawer, in a can in the closet, etc," said Reggie Loper, chairman of the fund drive. "This is money that can make a big difference for the Empty Stocking Fund and will really not be missed by those of us who habitually leave the coins laying around. Members have also given bills and checks but we like the idea that ...
Coach Rick Tomberlin from Effingham County High School was the guest speaker at the Exchange Club of Effingham County.
Coach Tomberlin, who is in his first year at ECHS, led the Rebels to a 6-4 season.
His other career accomplishments include an overall record of 228-105, three state championships, nine region championships, five appearances in the Georgia Dome, winning four of them, and five state weightlifting championships.
However, his proudest accomplishment is his family, including his wife of 29 years and his 22-year-old daughter who will give him his first grandchild, a boy who hopefully will follow in his footsteps.
Staff Sgt. Gil Sheppard, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Sexton spoke with the Effingham Rotary Club on Veterans Day about their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the most recent deployment which began in March 2009. Sheppard and Sexton are joined by Leland Sanders, center, Rotary Club president.