MOULTRIE — Below is information on Colquitt County's community organizations with names beginning with the letters A through F, as published in the 2012 Community Guide.
As The Observer prepares the 2013 Community Guide, set for publication March 31, we are asking local groups to confirm their information below and email Adelia Ladson at firstname.lastname@example.org to either confirm or change it. If your group is not represented below, please email her to add it to the list. She can also be reached by phone at (229) 985-4545.
We cannot publish information on groups that don't contact us, so please get in touch with us. Deadline is Tuesday, March 12.
Civic Groups A-F
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Purpose: To inform seniors on advocacy, health, tax and foundation issues. Also Moultrie AARP Chapter focuses on community service, speakers forum and community socials — Ice Cream Party and Annual Christmas Gathering at Maule Aircraft Pilot Lounge.
Activities: Driver safety classes at CRMC are given. For registration, call 229-890-3548 and for more driver safety class information on hosting or class registration, call 888-227-7669 or go online to www.aarp.org/drive. Taxation at Library is Feb. 1 through mid-April. For more taxation information, call 888-AARP-NOW or go online to www.aarp.org/taxaide. Call 985-6540 for appointment at the library.
Meetings: 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Ferguson Room at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Discount Dinner at 5 p.m. in the CRMC Dining Center. Membership dues are $5 annually. For membership information, call 229-339-4379 or 229-985-3444 or e-mail email@example.com.
Eligibility: Anyone over 50 can join the national AARP for $16 per year. Call 1-888-OUR-AARP or go online at www.aarp.org.
American Cancer Society
Contacts: Local, Val Bell, 1-229-873-1974, firstname.lastname@example.org; Community Manager/South Atlantic Division: Jo Clevenger, 1-229-446-1073, email@example.com.
Purpose: The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, volunteer-driven organization with a local presence in thousands of communities nationwide. Everything the Society does is designed to improve the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers at the local level in every community. ACS partners with hospitals, doctors, churches, schools, civic organizations and others to provide the best possible education, prevention and support programs right in this community. ACS also is in the forefront of breakthroughs in research and treatment that will save more lives and advance our mission to find a cure for cancer. ACS is the largest funder of cancer research other than the federal government, investing $3.5 billion in cancer research to date. The Society has also funded 46 cancer researchers who have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Right here in Georgia, ACS has research grants in effect at institutions statewide totaling more than $10 million.
Relay for Life: It is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people across the country each year to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has taken so much! In 2011, our community raised a whopping $94,587 for the fight against cancer. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. They provide participants an opportunity to celebrate, remember, and fight back.
Reach to Recovery: Links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors to help them cope with cancer; and more. Thanks to funds raised at Relay and other events, cancer patients and their caregivers in Colquitt County have 24 x 7 access to the Society’s toll-free number, 1-800-227.2345, where trained specialists provide the latest cancer information and links to community-based resources any hour of the day or night; www.cancer.org, the most comprehensive cancer information site in the world.