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GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Bar Association earns honors from State Bar

Special Photo
 State Bar of Georgia President Bryan M. Cavan, left, presents the Award of Merit to Gwinnett County Bar Association President Angela Couch Nguyen. 

Special Photo State Bar of Georgia President Bryan M. Cavan, left, presents the Award of Merit to Gwinnett County Bar Association President Angela Couch Nguyen. 

Gwinnett Bar Association earns honors from State Bar

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Bar Association was recently honored with three statewide awards, presented by the Local and Voluntary Bar Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

The group received:

• The Award of Merit for voluntary bar associations with 251 to 500 members, recognizing dedication to improving relations among local lawyers and devoting endless hours to serving their communities.

• The Best Newsletter Award for voluntary bars of 251 to 500 members with newsletters that provide the best informational source to their membership.

• The Law Day Award of Achievement for voluntary bars of 251 to 500 members, recognizing excellence in planning and carrying out activities in their respective communities to commemorate Law Day on May 1.

County panel nomination deadline nears

LAWRENCEVILLE — Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may begin nominating eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.

FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.

This year’s elections for Walton County Farm Service Agency will be held for producers who live in northern Gwinnett County and southern Walton County who are eligible to vote.

To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates.

All nomination forms for the 2010 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business on Aug. 2. Voting takes place in the fall.

For more information about FSA county committees, visit a local USDA Service Center or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov and select the County Committee Election Page.

Credit union awards $64K in scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Board of Directors and the Clarke Community division of Gwinnett Federal Credit Union recently announced that 29 career advancement and student scholarships were awarded in 2010.

The winners from Gwinnett are as follows:

• Melissa Alvarez, Kanoheda Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Ursula Armstrong, R.D. Head Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Carmen Carrera-Enamorado, Hooper Renwick School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Theneshia Dixon, Brookwood Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Carrie Fusi, Mountain Park Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Tisha Little, Nesbit Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Whitney Nash, Riverside Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• William Shelton, Mill Creek High School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Tracie Titshaw, Patrick Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Jennifer Westbrook, Dacula High School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Sarah Wiktorski, Beaver Ridge Elementary School, $2,000 Career Advancement Scholarship

• Kayla Cannella, Grayson High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Kaitlyn Flagg, Brookwood High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Ashley Marton, Dacula High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Andrea Riker, Dacula High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Sydney Russell, Grayson High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

The student winners from neighboring counties are:

• Samantha Greaves, Loganville High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• William Hentenaar, Winder-Barrow High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Lexie Miller, Jackson County Comprehensive High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

• Blair Watson, Winder-Barrow High School, $2,500 Student Scholarship

The Next Stop seeks volunteers

SUWANEE — The Next Stop, a nonprofit program for adults with mild disabilities located at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, is in need of volunteers.

This program meets from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

The goal of The Next Stop is to provide a program where members can experience social, recreational and learning opportunities with their peers. Volunteers support and assist members as they participate in planned activities and become an important part of a team that seeks to enhance the lives of our members.

Requirements include one pre-visit, a background check and fingerprinting.

To learn more, visit www.thenextstop, visit the organization’s Facebook page or e-mail Vicki LaRoche at vicki@thenextstop.org or call 404-932-3953.

State Farm agent named to President’s Club

DULUTH — State Farm agent and Duluth resident Ron George has received the company’s prestigious President’s Club award.

In addition to recognizing an agent’s outstanding sales ability, the top award honors agents who align their business with the long-term direction of the company and who act as advocates for their customers. Only a select few agents within State Farm receive this honor annually as there are strict qualifying criteria and sales goals that must be met.

George is located at 3680 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. He provides a range of insurance and financial services products.

Bethlehem church hosts Older Adult Day of Fellowship

BETHLEHEM — Seniors That Are Really Special of Bethlehem First United Methodist Church hosted an Older Adult Day of Fellowship in May.

The theme of the event was “Hee Haw.” The seniors enjoyed a day of fun, fellowship, food, entertainment, music and worship.

Gary Whetstone, district superintendent of the Athens-Elberton District of the United Methodist Church, was the keynote speaker.

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