GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Senior Leadership names class of 2011

Gwinnett Senior Leadership names class of 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Senior Leadership will welcome the 2010-11 class of new members to the organization this afternoon with a reception at Garden Plaza in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Senior Leadership is made up of a diverse group of Gwinnett’s mature residents who have an interest in contributing their experience and adding value to the Gwinnett community. Monthly programs for the class will focus on justice, education, power, growth, government, the region, health and human services.

The program, which is hosted by Gwinnett Technical College, is unique to Gwinnett and the state of Georgia. It is led by the Board of Trustees, steering committee members and program day chairs.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Gwinnett Senior Leadership chairman Elliott Brack will welcome the new class, which includes Janice Bullock, Frances Davis, Libby Fannin, Sonny Gilreath, Nita Halford, Norman Harrison, Kathy Hedrick, Jean Holley, Cathy Karlsen, Ross Kaul, Wally Kelleman, Maureen Kelly, James “Jim” Kwater, Jack Mason, Glenn McFall, Ernest Melton, Linda Newton, Keith Roche, Nancy Segars, Rudolph Smith, Kent Swanson, Betty Warbington, Diane Witmer and Jerome Wright.

“We’re very excited about the eleventh year of Senior Leadership Gwinnett,” Brack said. “It is the largest class we’ve had and the program is gaining popularity with seniors in Gwinnett.”

BJ’s foundation donates $17K to nonprofits

NORCROSS — BJ’s Charitable Foundation, as part of its quarterly giving schedule, donated $17,500 in grants to the following Norcross local nonprofits: Jewish Family & Career Services, Auditory-Verbal Center and Tiny Stitches.

The recipients support the Foundation’s focus of providing basic need services in the areas of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care or education and primarily benefit needy children and families residing in the communities BJ’s Wholesale Club serves.

Jewish Family & Career Services in Atlanta received $7,500 to purchase dental materials and supplies for the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, which provides free dental care to more than 8,000 low- and no-income Atlanta-area residents annually.

Auditoriay-Verbal Center of Atlanta received $5,000 to purchase supplies and equipment for the Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program that teaches children with mild to profound hearing impairments to listen and speak without the use of sign language or lip reading.

Tiny Stitches in Suwanee received $5,000 to purchase yarn, fabric and supplies for the Blankets for Newborns program that helps indigent newborns in North Georgia get a healthy start in life by providing them with hand-sewn clothing, blankets and other items.

BJ’s Charitable Foundation donated a total of $579,032 to 86 nonprofits throughout its footprint.

Bank collects 3 tons of PB&J for food banks

ATLANTA — Bank of North Georgia collected more than 3,800 jars of peanut butter and jelly during its third annual “Back to School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive,” which benefited 27 food banks near its 43 offices in metro Atlanta.

The bank collected 5,787 pounds — or nearly three tons — of peanut butter and jelly. That is enough to make about 46,300 sandwiches for children in metro Atlanta.

Food banks in Gwinnett that received donations included the Breaking Down Walls Ministry in Lilburn, the Norcross Cooperative Ministry and the North Gwinnett Co-op in Buford.

Bank of North Georgia held the three-week food drive in July.

St. Pius X student receives athletic accolade

NORCROSS — St. Pius X Catholic High School senior William Brazell of Norcross won the bronze medal in shooting at the National Junior Olympics in July.

Tied for sixth place with three other shooters, Brazell posted a perfect score to advance to the finals in a shoot-off. Once in the finals, he tied for second but came home with the bronze following an additional shoot-off.

Brazell also won the 2010 Georgia State Tournament earlier this summer.

Belk hosts ‘Engagement Party’ for couples

BUFORD — Brides and grooms-to-be are invited to Belk at the Mall of Georgia on Thursday for the store’s signature Engagement Party event that offers couples a fun-filled evening with food, beverages, entertainment and prizes.

The three-hour event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the store’s gift registry department. This event is free and open to the public.

Certified bridal consultants will be on hand to give advice and help couples determine what items they need for their new home and life together. Consultants will help guests create a personal registry for each bride-to-be’s gift selection, including fine and casual china, silverware, crystal, cookware, kitchen essentials, bedding and bath merchandise and more.

Guests will receive a Wedding Registry Planner and those who open a new gift registry or add to an existing one will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Call Mall of Georgia Belk at 678-714-9914 for more information.

Snellville resident honored with Hero Award

SNELLVILLE — Snellville resident Cathalene Teahan, a registered nurse and consultant who lobbies with the Georgia state legislature on public health issues, was one of three winners of the first annual School Health Hero Awards, presented by the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

The Georgia Association founded the awards program this year to honor people who actively supported the key role school nurses play to improve health outcomes for students and school staff statewide.

As Georgia school nurse programs faced a complete loss of state funding last spring, Teahan got the word out to Georgia residents and elected officials about the key role school nurses play in their children’s health, wellness and academic achievement. She also assisted discussions to engage state legislators to recognize school health as a core and essential program in the schools. Those efforts led to state funding being preserved in a year when Georgia faced serious budget challenges.

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