MOULTRIE — Below is information on Colquitt County's community organizations with names beginning with the letters G through M, 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 G-M
Girl Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of Southwest Georgia serves girls ages 5-17 in 34 counties in Southwest Georgia. It is also open to adult men and women who subscribe to the ideals stated in the law and promise.
Contact GSSWG at (229) 432-9188, 800-448-4762 or online at www.gsswga.org.
Contact: Susan Pearson, 985-8703.
Purpose: Provides Colquitt County and the surrounding areas with educational programs on wildlife, conservation and the environment.
Meetings: The Southwest Chapter of the Georgia Conservancy meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through November and January through May, at 7 p.m. in the social hall of First Presbyterian Church. The December meeting is at a different time and will be announced prior to the meeting; the Conservancy doesn’t meet in June-August.
Habitat for Humanity Inc.
Contact: Myra Jane Brown
Purpose: An ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.
Activities: Bringing together church mission groups, civic organizations and volunteers with the sweat equity of future homeowners to build their houses. The Habitat Home Store offers good, usable items at low cost, thereby giving hope that material things are attainable.
Meetings: The board of directors meets the second Thursday of each month at the Home Store location.
Colquitt County Ham Radio Society
Contact: Robbie Pitts, Secretary/Treasurer, 798-4896
Purpose: To recognize and enhance the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
Activities and Meetings: The society meets on the second Saturday of each month. Meetings and conversations can be technical in nature, but they are all family oriented. Meeting times and dates can be checked at www.WD4KOW.org or by calling 798-4896.
Every Tuesday, at 8:30 p.m., the society holds a friendly net meeting on 146.790 MHz (PL 141.3). You must be an FCC licensed Amateur Radio operator to transmit, but anyone may listen with a scanner that is capable of receiving that frequency.
Eligibility: Open to all ages
Dues: $24/year - single or $36/year - family. Meetings are open to the public free of charge
Hands and Hearts for Horses
Contact: Kirsten McGee or Virginia Summerell at email@example.com or 229-551-0086. It is located at 3824 Lower Cairo Road, in Thomasville.
Purpose: Hands and Hearts for Horses is a NARHA Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center, which offers riding lessons to individuals with disabilities ages 4 and up. As a non-profit organization Hands and Hearts counts on grants and donations, which are tax deductible, to fund its operation.
Activities: Hands and Hearts will be holding its first spring horse show and open house. The show will start at 9 a.m. and will feature riders from Hands and Hearts, Jacob’s Ladder in Hahira, Ga., and the Colquitt County Special Olympics Equestrian Team in Moultrie. Drill team patterns and a Parelli Natural Horsemanship demonstration will follow the show. Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase. A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Meetings: The program runs Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Colquitt County
Contact: Sandy Allen, 985-7503
Purpose: To develop an appreciation of local history through education, preservation and restoration by focusing on people, places and events that have shaped Moultrie and Colquitt County.
Activities: Historical research, writing and publishing; middle school-college student involvement; annual house tour; lectures, workshops and seminars; local museum supporter and contributor.
Meetings: Regular meetings and special events are held throughout the year.
Eligibility: Open to all
Dues: $12 - individual, $20 - family, $25 and up - business/organization
International Reading Association
Contacts: Pamela Jackson, 985-6558, Marcie Tadlock, 891-3763, and Dianne Stephens, 985-4156.
Purpose: To promote literacy development among adults and children within our schools and communities in coordination with the local school system, adult literacy programs and community businesses.
Meetings: Held monthly at various times and locations.
Eligibility: Open to all teachers, administrators, central office personnel, adult literacy promoters and community businesses.
Dues: $6 per year.
Ladies’ Community Bible Study
Contact: Lita Clifton, 890-2169
Purpose: To disciple women in using the Inductive Study Method to understand scripture and apply it. This method involves observing scripture, learning to interpret it according to context and see how to walk out those truths in day-to-day lives.
Activities: Small group discussion of lessons that are completed at home, worship and large group teaching. Preschool children enjoy structured time in the nursery area, learning songs, doing crafts, having a snack and listening to Bible Stories.
Meetings: Mondays during the school year at First Baptist Church of Moultrie, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Eligibility: Women of all ages
Dues: Participants pay for their workbooks each session (usually about $20) Scholarships are available.
Moultrie Junior Woman’s Club
Contact: P.O. Box 941, Moultrie, Ga., 31776
Purpose: Established in 1940, the MJWC is a member of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The purposes for which this club is formed is to promote fellowship and opportunities for service as well as to promote personal culture and civic betterment. The club participates in six community service programs: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues as well as supports a Community Improvement Project and Tallulah Falls School.
Activities: The club annually hosts its “Movies Under the Stars” in May and its Moultrie tradition, “Santa Breakfast” every December. These fundraisers make it possible to support local charities and needs in our community.
Eligibility: By invitation
Contact: Ken Turnipseed, president
Purpose: Provide support for local organizations.
Activities: The group donates 5,000 hours a year to various projects, including the city recreation department T-ball program, the Special Olympics and scholarships for Colquitt County High School seniors. Members also host a group of Russian farmers during the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo.
Meetings: 1 p.m. each Thursday at Sunset Country Club.
Dues: $95 per quarter.
Eligibility: Invitation only.
Contact: president, Duncan Sinclair, 985-8211, or secretary, Jan Sinclair, 985-8211
Purpose: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. A major emphasis is sight preservation through a number of activities, including support for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse, the Georgia Lions Children’s Eye Care Center at Emory University, Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and the Leader Dog program, among others. They also target hearing, speech and youth. They are a member of Lions Club International. Their main fundraiser is selling concessions at football games. They also have an annual barbecue. The club and international motto is: “We serve.”
Meetings: At 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at Western Sizzlin’.
Eligibility: Guests are welcome. Membership is by invitation but applications can be submitted for review by the membership committee.
Dues: $22/month, includes two meals and dues for the local, district, state and international levels with a one-time registration fee of $25.
Magnolia Civitan Club
Contact: Scott Howard, 890-8307, and Ralph Dorminey, 782-5040.
Purpose: To assist community members with developmental disabilities with their needs. To be assistance to all citizens of the county who are in need. Their motto is: “To be builders of good citizenship.”
Activities: Hosting Clergy Appreciation and Special Education Teacher Appreciation Nights once a year, support the Colquitt County Special Olympics Equestrian Team financially and with manpower, provide coaches and volunteers for the equestrian team, assist with local Winter and Spring Special Olympics, assist with Special Olympics pre-game supper, host Spring Picnic for Green Oaks clients, sponsor two campers and transport all Colquitt County campers to Camp Civitan each summer, assist needy children and families as needs are identified, contribute to Colquitt County Food Bank, support Sheriff’s Boys Ranch and other local groups, donate monthly bingo door prizes for Moultrie Senior Center, assist with building of local wheelchair ramps, contribute annually to Civitan International’s Research Center in Birmingham, Ala. Their fundraisers include Annual Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey and Boston Butt Sale, Annual Easter Smoked Boston Butt Sale, sponsor Annual Herring Cole Memorial Golf Tournament, Peebles Santa Pictures, and provide candy/coin boxes in local businesses.
Meetings: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Western Sizzlin
Eligibility: Open to all
Dues: $21 (includes two meals) with a one-time registration fee of $25.
Magnolia Garden Club
Contact: Peggy Bridges
Purpose: Beautify city and county, and to educate members in horticulture
Meetings: First Tuesday of each month, in the homes of members
Eligibility: Open to all
Military Vehicle Preservation Association
Contact: Jim Butler, 890-2890
Purpose: Their mission is the preservation of military transport. Established in 1976, the M.V.P.A, is a non profit organization of more than 7,000 members, including 38 affiliated groups in the United States and ten affiliates in other countries.
Activities: Members provide restored vehicles and transport veterans to commemoratives all over the world. They participate in convoys, camp-outs, trail rides, car shows, and parades honoring those who preserved their countries’ freedom.
Meetings: As required to plan parades and club outings.
Eligibility: Open to all. Owning a vehicle is not a requirement.
Dues: None, but should belong to national club for latest happenings.
Moultrie C.H.A.T. (Christian Homeschoolers Associating Together)
Contact: Information, Jill Tomlinson, 891-1165, or membership, Payge Ladson, 891-8650, or website, www.moultriechat.com.
Purpose: To support and encourage homeschoolers in Colquitt County and provide fellowship and opportunity for classes that lend themselves to a group setting (speech, gym, etc.) This group is a co-op meaning that each member participates by sharing their expertise with the group.
Activities: Field trips, testing, classes, music, art, speaking and badge work.
Meetings: Every Friday morning at Trinity Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Eligibility: All homeschool families in Colquitt County and surrounding areas.
Dues: $60 per year; some activities have additional fees.
Moultrie Federated Guild
Founded: In 1948 by 20 ladies who met in their homes. Mrs. E. Price McLean was elected the group’s first president.
Activities: The Federated Guild’s only money-making project is the annual Antique Show, held at the Colquitt County Arts Center. This project makes possible the group’s support of local scholarships and student aid, the Colquitt County Arts Center, the Food Bank, the Senior Center, the Veterans Hospital, Tallulah Falls School, the YMCA, the Humane Society, the Moultrie-Colquitt County Recreation Department, Serenity House and many other activities. The club has seven departments, Arts, Home Life, Education, Conservation, International Outreach, Public Issues and Tallulah Falls School, and is a member of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Moultrie Shrine Club
Contacts: Any local Shriner, Hasan Temple, 229-432-1011 or www.hasanshrine.org, Shriner’s Hospital, 800-237-5055.
Purpose: The Moultrie Shrine Club operates under the umbrella of Hasan Shrine Temple in Albany, Ga., and is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principals of brotherly love, relief and truth. Membership in Shriners International consist of the Masonic brotherhood in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Phillipines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama.
The Moultrie Shrine Club supports Shriners Hospital for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
Activities: Receives donations for hospitals through the Annual Paper Crusade, Automotive Swap Meet and other local approved events; assist local medical community with children in need of specialty medical care; and supports fundraising activities in 31 counties of Southwest Georgia that provides free hospital transportation of patients to Shriners Hospitals.
Membership: 340,000 members of Shriners International in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Phillipines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama; 1,124 members of Hasan Temple in Albany, Ga.; and 42 members of Moultrie Shrine Club.