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August TS, 2018 2018 Kingdom uilders Fall projects are planned Plans are underway for Monroe County Kingdom Builders to work on local building projects at homes of the elderly and needyin Monroe County Oct. 12-13. Applicants for assistance, as well as those willing to volun- teer to do the work and those making donations for purchase of building materials, are needed now. The group also requests prayers for success of their upcoming projects. According to John Knox, longtime Kingdom Builders volunteer, Kingdom Builders, now entering its 11th year in Monroe County, has provided youth and adult volunteers to work on over 100 homes— repair- ing roofs, doing plumbing, electrical and painting projects, rebuilding bath- rooms and porches and adding wheelchair ramps. It has also served the com— munity working through nursing homes, assisted living, Circle of Care, the Senior Center, the Care Cottage, Children’s Day Camp, the Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Reconciliation House. An additional goal of Kingdom Builders is to provide long—term benefits derived from engaging the local youth in its min- istry, which organizers feel impacts their spiri- tual development through projects. “We have no overhead,” Knox said. “100 percent of all donations go toward purchasing materials and tools. Everyone is a volun- teer— There are no salaries, no overhead. All funding comes from grants, from Page 7C Kingdom Builders volunteers work on a Monroe County home in 2017. , local businesses, individu- al donations and Church fundraisers.” Donations can be made through the office manager at the Circle of Care, through local churches, or through the office of the Forsyth United Methodist Church at 478—994-5706. “To complete our plans, we need all kinds of work- ers— plumbers, construc- tion crews, laborers, run- ners,” Knox said. “If you have a pickup truck and can haul supplies, if you can work in the kitchen 1 and prepare meals for our volunteers, if you can be a runner going out to our various work sites, we need your help. Regardless of what your skills are, we have something for everyone who wants to contribute. All we need is a willing heart!” Homeowners who wish to apply for assistance may pick up Kingdom Builders application forms at the Circle of Care in Forsyth, at the Monroe County Reporter office or participating churches in the county. Applications should be submitted by Sept. 9 to the office man- ager at the Circle of Care or through local churches. The planners will review applications during September and evaluate work sites as applications come in, in preparation for Kingdom Builders weekend, Oct. 12 and 13, which coincides with fall break. Traditionally at least 10-12 sites are selected—— However— “The potential to directly assist and lift up those in need in our community is limited only by the amount of com- munity support that we can gather in the form of your service, your dona- tions and your prayers. Last year was very suc— cessful, we were able to assist 15 families with home repairs. With con- tinued engagement from the community we can have another successful year improving the lives of our neighbors, right here in Monroe County: Knox said. Rotary swears in new officers The Forsyth-Monroe County Rotary Club swore in its 2018- 19 officers. They are President Barbara Dean, President Elect Marcy Sanders, Secretary Mike Howard, Trea- surer lsabelle Tanner, Membership - Dr. Mike Hicl..nan, Programs Alicia Elder (Not Pictured), Public Relations Cheryl Treadwell (Not Pictured), Sergeant at Arms - Roger Onstott (Not Pictured). Pictured, left to right, are Hickman, Howard, Vibha Singla Assistant Governor District 6900, Dean, Sanders and Tanner. Apply for Southern Rivers Energy’s . Bright Ideas grants Bright Ideas, a‘ grant program sponsored by Southern Rivers Energy and the Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc., funds innova- tive lessons and projects to energize learning in their students. The Bright Ideas program grants up to $1,000 for certified teachers in grades Pre—K through 12th at public or private schools located in the co-op’s nine— county service territory The grants are not for profes— sional development, general classroom supplies, iPads or Smart Board purchases. “Students are the future of our communities and deserve to have innovative, creative learning experienc— es,” said Kathryn Claxton, Communications Specialist at Southern Rivers Energy. “It is our hope that these grants will inspire teachers to think outside the box and create exciting projects that will re-energize their classrooms.” Certified teachers in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bibb, Southern Rivers Energy Bright Ideas Brigade awarded Annie Dyke $993.60 last October for her "More than aMeal" ‘ proiect. Annie is a teacher at Monroe County Middle School. Coweta, Crawford, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and Upson. All ap— plications must be submit- ted online by Sept. 1, 2018. Any applications received ing for a $250 OfficeMax gift card. Grant winners by Aug. 17 will be entered in will be notified when the an Early Bird prize draw Bright Ideas Brigade makes its rounds in October. For more information or to apply online, visit southem- riversenergycom. Rotary Club hears of Area Rotarians heard from Leadership Monroe Class of 2018 spokesper- sons Wanda Freeman and Lisa Lee. Each year individ- uals in leadership positions around the commwity learn and participate in the nuts and bolts of local . government and com- merce. The class selects a community project as their contribution and orches- trates the completion. ‘ This year the class chose to design a walking scavenger huntfor Forsyth and Monroe County. The hunt is designed around a “Fox Hunt” theme using the Fox as a town mascot on identifiable signs near historical siges around the comm/unity. The purpose is tapromote tourism, sup- port literacy by enhancing the knowledge of the town history and to stimulate commerce . The project will be turned over to the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). There are plans to create a board game as well associated with the Fox Hunt. Pictured,lett to right, are Rotary President Barbara Dean, Freeman and Lee. 2018 Leadeship oros ox Hunt project