The Junior Service League of Rome’s annual poinsettia sale is going on now through Nov. 15. Proceeds benefit JSL’s League 4 Learning program which provides needed school supplies to more than 1,500 students in our community as well as funding to Chieftain’s Museum and other initiatives to improve the lives of women and children in Rome and Floyd County. For every plant sold, the Junior Service League can provide school supplies for one student in need from our community. Poinsettias can be ordered online at www.jslofrome.com or from a JSL representative until Nov. 15. Once ordered, poinsettias may be picked up at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free delivery is available for orders over $150 and 50 percent of each order is tax deductible. These beautiful plants make lovely gifts or decorations for the holiday season.
The Floyd County Homemakers Bazaar is Nov. 11-12, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m on Saturday at the Rome Civic Center. The homemakers will have food available in the kitchen for purchase. There will be handmade craft items a well as homemade cakes, pies, candy, jellies, jams and honey for sale in the different booths. Come them for breakfast, lunch or both and shop with various vendors. For more information, please call 706 234-1890.
Nearly 250 students participated in U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ third annual Youth Leadership Summit in Calhoun a week ago. The students were high school juniors and seniors from 25 schools across the 14th Congressional District, each of whom was recommended for attendance by their teachers and school administrators. Among the high schools taking part: Arumuchee, Coosa, Model, Pepperell, Rome, Calhoun, Gordon Central, Sonoraville, Trion and Unity Christian. The conference provided them with an opportunity to learn from and engage with Georgia leaders who represent industries ranging from the energy sector to social media startups. Besides Rep. Graves, this year’s speakers included Lauren Claffey, Executive and Internal Communications Director at Southern Company; Caleb Beavers, student at the University of Michigan and Youth Leadership Summit alumni; Phillip Edge, Senior Manager of Learning Solutions at Sodexo; and Blake Canterbury, founder of Purposity.com. Claffey encouraged students to believe in themselves and find what they love. She urged the students not to fear failure, but cautioned “once you figure out what you love, you have to hustle.” Said Beavers: “To expand your comfort zone, you have to get out of your comfort zone,” he noted. “The most rewarding path is the one that takes you out of your bubble.”
Casey Blankenship has been named Program Director for Heyman HospiceCare. Heyman HospiceCare provides compassionate, comfort-oriented care to patients with a life expectancy of less than six months and serves patients in Floyd, Chattooga, Polk, Bartow and Gordon counties. Blankenship earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree in healthcare administration from American InterContinental University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Before coming to Floyd, she worked as an Administrator at PruittHealth Hospice in Rome and as a Senior Administrator at United Hospice in Calhoun.
Calhoun Gordon County for the Arts receives grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts. The council announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities grant, including Calhoun-Gordon County for the Arts. Eighty-five entities received more than $297,963 in funding. GCA received 112 applications requesting $394,961 from 69 counties. The Vibrant Communities Grant was made available to organizations in counties that did not receive an FY17 Project or Partner Grant.