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Page 4C Pictured are LTC Jonathan Adams and tion Chapter on Sept. 24. Adams and East last year. CPT Matthew Silva, center, surrounded by members of the Lt. James Monroe DAR Chapter and the Liberty Tree Children of the American Revolu- Silva thanked the group for their efforts in coordinating a community project to send care packages to their units while they were in the Middle By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net In recognition of U.S. Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23), the Lt. ]ames Mon- roe Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) asked Rep. Dale Washburn to speak at its meeting on Sept. 24 at the Conley Building. Washburn represents southern Mon- roe County and northern Bibb County in the 141st district of the Georgia House of Representatives. Washbum said that it is an honor to represent both his district and all of Georgia in the state legislature and that his goal is to vote for what is best for Georgia families and businesses. He said he was honored to vote for the Heartbeat bill, which prohibits abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, usually at six weeks. He said many ladies talked to him, and he listened politely, but he believes life begins when two cells combine and that life should be allowed to continue until God decides #I #CT W^LTl l GOOO 0N FORSYTH CITY COUNCIL POST 1 differently. Washbum read the Pre- amble to the U.S. Constitu- tion and said the Constitu- tion is the U.S. government's foundational plan for operation. It provides for three branches of govem- ment and their separation. "My core beliefs about government are Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Washbum said he knows God has a plan for indi- viduals and for the county, state and country and has both short-term plans and long-term plans. He said that he and his wife, Donna, to whom he has been married for 44 years, have two sons and one daughter. He said he told his children to find something honest, honor- able and that they liked To benefit the C Cottage of Monroe Co. November 2, 2019 - Sign-in 10 AM Ride will begin at 11:00 AM from 524 Cabaniss Road Forsyth, GA 31029 After-The-Run Get Together at the Monroe Co. Moose Lodge Raffle Baskets, Prize Drawings, Free Food Entertainment, Saturday 1:00 PM BIG MIKE & THE BOOTY PAPAS ~795~263~ !t Ryland handle your i i cu ide pickup : Pay for year in advance, get one month FREE Please make your gift or donation at least $10 Let's make this a special Christmas for all Monroe County Kids!!!! For more into call 478-957-2853 No calls after 9 PM **This event is for the sole purpose of helping Monroe County children at Christmas. It is not sponsored by nor associated with any organized motorcycle club. Everyone is welcome to participate and we appreciate your generous donations, however, we much ask that you leave any colors, attitudes and weapons at home for this event. The organizer of this event is not responsible for any loss or injury to any person or property. doing for a living and that everything else would fall into place. "God wants us to be productive. Happy people have something they enjoy doing,' said Washburn. "God wants us to train our children to be productive." He said that God's plan for our economy is that we all do the best we can at whatever we do. He said that in his career in real estate, he would do his job and get paid and would in turn make purchases and contracts for services for which he would pay others, expecting them to do their jobs. He said it is God's plan that we each do the best we can and the economy flourishes. "There will always be those who need our help, but we know that as indi- viduals. We don't wait for the government to help" said Washburn. "Less government is better. It's like Vitamin E--We need some b too much will kill you. We heed to be careful not to let government grow beyond its plan" He said being produc- tive every day is not always an easy thing but is always the best thing. He advised getting up every day and deciding what you will do to please God. He said he is excited to have the new opportunities and chal- lenges he has by being in the Georgia legislature. Amanda Garnett thanked Washburn for speaking. She said that when she told him the DAR motto is "God, Home and Country" he said he would have no problem finding a topic on which to speak as he talked about the Constitution. Other special guests at the DAR meeting were LTC Jonathan Adams of the 201st Regional Support Group and his wife and CPT Matthew Silva, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry, 48th Brigade and his wife and son. Both men are with Georgia National LTC Jonathan Adams presents Amanda Garnett. Guard units deployed to the Middle East last year. The Lt. James Monroe Chapter DAR of Monroe County coordinated a project put- ting:together care packages for the soldiers while they were deployed to let them know people back home appreciated them. The packages were first planned for the unit commanded by Adams, who serves as the district attorney for the Towaliga Judicial Circuit, but when it became apparent that so much was contributed that it would not all reach his unit before it returned, Adams suggested care packages be sent to Silva's unit, which is based at the armory in Forsyth. Adams presented the Lt. James Monroe Chapter DAR a flag that flew over the headquarters base camp in Iraq. Adams said his unit's mission was to defeat ISIS in Iraq. He spoke of how he enjoys living in Monroe County with his family and of how soldiers sent overseas experience a "disconnect with home" and are appreciative of all connections, like those the PLEASE JOIN THE FUN a.m.- 5 p.m. a flag to DAR regent CARE packages bring. He said he was excited to be able to share that with the 48th Brigade. Silva, who was the train- ' ingofficer for his battalion and is now the personnel officer, said he got an angry phone call when the first five big Care Packages ar- rived. Assuming the pack- ages were something he had ordered, those delivering them did not want to carry them all the way up the hill. That changed quickly when the packages were opened. Silva said the packages were appreciated and make a big impact on the soldiers. "How happy it made them;' he said. "We have an unshakeable resolve to defend freedom." Silva also presented Lt. James Monroe DAR Chap- ter with a flag that flew over his unit. Regent Amanda Garnett'accepted the flags and thanked Denise Her- ring and Haleigh Herring for their hard work in raising donations, packing boxes and sending them to the Middle East "We couldn't have down it without them--their knowledge of the military, postage, fundraising" she said. "We had to close it off because people kept send- ing funds. Gentlemen, we love you. We're blessed you came home safe"