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April 1, 2014

Calhoun to speak at Women's Day program

MOULTRIE — Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church at 501 8th Street N.W., will be observing its annual Women’s Day Program on

Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. This year’s theme IS “Women Honoring God with their Minds.” The Speaker for this year’s occasion is Robin L. Calhoun.

Born Robin Lavern Elzia, she is the only daughter of a powerful preaching Baptist minister, the late Rev. Robert N. Elzia Jr., and the late Rosa Lee Elzia, a home economist and teacher’s assistant for the profound mentally retarded, of Waycross, Ga. She was nurtured in a Christian home and baptized by her father at the age of nine. Her earliest memories, she said, are of being brought up working in Sunday School, making recitations in Union meetings, taking meals to the elderly and needy with her mother, playing the piano and singing in the church choir.

Upon moving to Albany in 1966, where her father had already been called to pastor the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, she continued to grow in stature, wisdom, favor, and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, she said. She has served the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia as coordinator of youth and host site director for the Angel Foods Ministries at the New Hope Baptist Church in Perry, Ga. She is a member of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Albany.

She pursued a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Albany State College (now University since 1978). A summa cum laude graduate, she was awarded a one-year Minority Fellowship from the Ohio State University, where she completed her Master of Arts in early and middle childhood education in 1979. During this formative period in her educational career, she studied abroad in England, touring

infant and junior schools.

Now, Calhoun, a 35-year veteran and professional educator, has earned an education specialist degree in educational leadership and supervision from Albany State University. Her services to the profession include primary, elementary, and middle grades teacher in Seminole, Dougherty, Houston and Colquitt counties, since 1979; instructional support specialist for the America’s Choice Student Achievement Initiative with the Georgia Department of Education, 2001-2004; lead teacher for Migrant Education, Dougherty County; and educational consultant for the Columbus Preschool Laboratory. In 2011, she was appointed dual roles of assistant principal and instructional support specialist for Colquitt County Schools. Her educational pursuits now include a doctorate of educational leadership with emphasis on higher education through Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including 1994 Teacher -of-the-Year finalist for Dougherty County; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1994, 1996, and 2004); and Albany Area Reading Council Middle Grades Reading Teacher of the Year (1995 and 1999).

Calhoun is a life-member of both the Georgia Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc. and the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc., where she was appointed to serve on the committee for student affairs and is the Georgia Southeast Regional Director. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1975 and is affiliated with the Thomasville Alumnae Chapter.

She is a mother and the wife of the Rev. R. O. Calhoun.

The chairpersons are Evangelist Betty and Sis. Mary Bridges. Music will be rendered by a Live Oak’s combine Women Choir. Rev.

The Rev. J. W. Greene Jr. is the pastor.

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