Volunteer honored for service at PADV
ATLANTA — Penny Baker was recently honored as the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s Gwinnett Volunteer of the Year.
A PADV volunteer for three years, Baker prepared for her current role as support group facilitator by working evenings on the crisis line. She has also established relationships with key players that support PADV services in Gwinnett County.
“It’s important to me to give back to my community. Surviving a 13-year abusive relationship, I know how important it is to listen with an open heart and mind,” Baker said. “Giving women a sanctuary to connect with other women removes the shackles of alienation and isolation. I can help them see that there is life after a controlling, abusive relationship. I’m living proof.”
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Partnership Against Domestic Violence is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence organizations in Georgia. Serving metro Atlanta, PADV transforms the lives of about 16,000 women and children every year through violence prevention, emergency intervention and long-term advocacy.
Chamber names programs and events manager
DULUTH — The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has announced the addition of Rachel Bartz as its new programs and events manager.
Bartz, who has proven event planning and program management skills, comes to Gwinnett from the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, where she served as event coordinator for the past three years.
As the programs and events manager, Bartz will oversee Drugs Don’t Work, Gwinnett’s Leadership Organization for Women, Human Resource Management Association and Metro Atlanta Council for Entrepreneurship.
Through these programs, Bartz will support the overall mission of the Chamber in creating, promoting and sustaining a responsible pro-business environment by providing quality programs for Gwinnett County’s business and community leaders.
Operation Drive Smart completes 18th program
DULUTH — Duluth Police COPS (Community Oriented Police Services) officers have spent 18 days on high school campuses throughout the state this year teaching and mentoring teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries to young drivers statewide.
This year, more than 14,000 Georgia high schools participated in the Operation Drive Smart Program, designed and managed by the Duluth Police Department in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and public safety agencies around the state.
In Operation Drive Smart events, students at high schools are exposed to the tools used by law enforcement in combating speeding, drunken driving and other traffic-related issues. The young drivers also experience driving with special DUI goggles and listen to emergency room doctors and nurses, as well as other rescue workers.
Church hosts fellowship for older adults
BETHLEHEM — On May 20, STARS (Seniors That Are Really Special) of Bethlehem First United Methodist church hosted an Older Adult Day of Fellowship.
The event’s theme was “Hee Haw,” and the seniors enjoyed a day of fun, fellowship, food, entertainment, music and worship.
The keynote speaker was Gary Whetstone, district superintendent of the Athens-Elberton District of the United Methodist Church.
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