Tifton Gazette


February 24, 2014

Salvation Army honors volunteers, employees

TIFTON — Those who have been busy "doing the most good" were honored Monday night during the annual meeting and Volunteer Services Recognition Dinner, hosted by the Tifton Service Center, Salvation Army.

After a welcome and call to order by Scott Goodman, chairman of the Tifton Service Center Advisory Board, Nanette Hamilton, Georgia Division Service Extension Representative led the invocation, followed by dinner.

Goodman introduced the Advisory Board members, and recognized Laura Rowe, Board Member of the Year.

"She is amazing," Goodman said. "She works harder than any of us. She never says I can't. It's why can't I do more? She is an amazing board member."

Susie Waddell, director of the Tifton Service Center, introduced the center's employees. The center's Employee of the Year for 2014 is Dolores Bradley.

"She volunteered and then we begged and pleaded for her to come to work for us," said Waddell. "She's done everything from PowerPoint presentations to play her guitar, to ring a bell. She was the top bell ringer. She and her dog brought in the most money. So we gave them both an award."

Fundraiser of the Year is Leila Dollison, who Waddell lauded for her hard work and determination.

Toni Jones, widow of Billy Jones, presented the Billy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award to Hattie Bonner. Billy Jones was a long-time board member and supporter of the Salvation Army before he passed away a year ago.

"Mr. Billy gave when he might not have had himself," said Goodman. "He was a wonderful man. So we've named our award the Salvation Army Billy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award."

Toni Jones called it an honor to present the award to Bonner.

"It's such a joy for me to get to be here," she said. "I'm just so proud to present this to this lovely person. She has been a volunteer here in Tifton for many years, and has dedicated many hours to help us meet our community's needs, with her can-do attitude and her gentle, humble spirit, she is such a joy to work with. The employees and Advisory Board voted unanimously to make Miss Hattie our Volunteer of the Year."

Goodman presented an award to Waddell as well, thanking her for her work and devotion.

"Without Susie, we wouldn't be the Salvation Army that we are today," he said. "She works hard, 24/7."

Waddell turned the tables on Goodman, presenting him an award as well for his service as board chair.

"He is the best board chair ever. He has supported me, he is awesome at what he does for the Salvation Army," Waddell said. "I'm proud to have gotten to know him through the Salvation Army. He is family to me."

The guest speaker for the evening was Maj. Robert Vincent, Georgia Divisional Secretary. He was introduced by Jim Morrow, Georgia Division Service Extension director.

Advisory Board members include Goodman, Rowe, Dollison, Teddie Denham, Dudley Click, Leila Dollison, Frankie Mathis, Sherry Stover and Mickey Jacobs.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

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