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April 5, 2014

Day celebrates Americorps volunteers

TIFTON — Georgia 4-H recently celebrated National Mayors Day this month.

According to local city employee Jessica Jones, the city of Tifton signed a proclamation designating the day and attended a regional meeting to learn more about the national designation and “the wonderful contributions made in our communities by volunteers of the AmeriCorps.”

The nation’s mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost effective strategy to address city and county challenges, stated a press release provided by local 4-H AmeriCorps Community Service Specialist Conny A. Davidson. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps programs have a positive and lasting impact, making cities better places to live.

To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and county officials across the country participated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1. On this day, mayors held public events and used traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities.

The press release further stated that this year, more than double the number of mayors and other elected officials have signed proclamations recognizing the day compared with last year. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Cities of Service, the National League of Cities and Mesa, Ariz. Mayor Scott Smith, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

At least 20 mayors, county commissioners and other county officials in the 24 Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps Counties throughout the state of Georgia agreed to sign a proclamation and participate in the day, recognizing the contributions that a Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps member has made within their county or city during this past year. These and additional officials also participated in activities within their counties that were held on Mayors Day.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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John Gamble (right) is joined by John Reid at the Tiftarea YMCA Saturday.

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