Meeting Recaps and First Thursday Review
Speaker: Debra Furtado
|Speaker Debra Furtado of Senior Connections|
Classification Talk - Jim Crabb with Perry, Crabb & Associates explained they do mechanical and electrical Engineering work mainly with hospitals. According to Jim, hospitals have traditionally been energy hogs and he is working to help reduce that.
Perfect Attendance Pins - Al Adams, Charlie Bell, Bob Berg, Amy Nash, John Robinson, and Betty Spiker all received Perfect Attendance Pins for the past year. Congratulations!
From the Speaker - Walt Bryde introduced speaker Debra Furtado, CEO of Senior Connections. Debra joined Senior Connections in 2005. They have now expanded their service to 10 counties in metro Atlanta and Bibb County. Their mission is to maximize independence for seniors through advocacy, information and services. They serve 2,700 meals per day and deliver 1,000 meals per day to Macon.
By 2030, one in five Georgians will be age 65 or more. In DeKalb County 8,000 people age 65 or older live below the poverty line. Senior Connections assists those who wish to stay in their homes and maintain some self-sufficiency. In addition to Meals on Wheels, they provide catering and home repairs. Half of their funding comes from contracts with counties. Funds also come from HUD, Medicaid and private donations.
Volunteering is a key component to Senior Connections and they need volunteers 6 days a week. If you are interesting in finding out more call Sharon Steele, 770-455-7602 x104.
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Speaker: Hank Klibanoff
|Speaker: Journalist Hank Klibanoff|
Classification Talks - Ginny Byrd Porter's classification is Consulting/Grants. She is with Research Associates and works with public school districts in the Southeast to help them acquire grants and then implement programs to use the grant funds.
Walt Bryde is a CPA. He owns his own practice and focuses on tax compliance and preparation as well as financial planning.
From the Speaker - Rhonda Davidson introduced Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Klibanoff who was the managing editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution until June, 2008. He is currently a journalism professor at Emory University.
Hank received the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2007 for the book The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, co-written with Gene Roberts.
Hank noted that every case of civil rights injustice that has been in the last few decades has been the result of the work of a journalist. He is currently working on a project to help bring cases to light and is teaching a course at Emory to investigate unsolved civil rights cases saying that nearly 25 people have gone to jail as a result of this work. Hank is passionate about this cause because there is a large section of the population that will never have peace until these crimes are solved.
|Socializing at the end of the Oct. 7 meeting|
Around The Room
First Thursday Review
The October First Thursday Social, held at Cafe Lily in combination with the Stone Mountain Club, was a smashing success. Take a look at the photo collage for a visual recap. The November First Thursday Social will be held at No. 246 (in downtown Decatur in the space where Eurasia used to be - or, if you are a long-time Decatur member, the space where The Square Table used to be!)