Kiwanis Club of Albany-Dougherty County

Kiwanis Club of Albany-Dougherty County Serving the children of the world The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County meets weekly on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Austin's Firegrill, 2817 Old Dawson Road, in Albany, GA.

Kiwanis is a worldwide, volunteer service organization whose membership is dedicated to becoming personally involved in making communities better places in which to live. Particular activity is dedicated to serving the world’s children. Club membership and activities are very diverse as each club strives to meet the particular needs of its own community. Kiwanis is not primarily a social club, though fellowship and friendships are created through Kiwanis that last a lifetime.

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Our program yesterday (Monday, November 1) was a presentation by Shellarella Nealy of the SOWEGA Council on Aging. Shell...
11/02/2021

Our program yesterday (Monday, November 1) was a presentation by Shellarella Nealy of the SOWEGA Council on Aging. Shellarella brought us a review of the services provided through the Aging & Disability Resource Connect program, including homemaker services, elderly and disabled waiver programs, ramp construction, meal deliveries, medical appointment transportation, caregivers, community and nursing home transition, among others. Anyone needing assistance for themselves or an aging family member can contact SOWEGA Council at 800-282-6612 or go to the website, www.SOWEGACOA.org. The council serves 14 counties (Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth) across Southwest Georgia. Their headquarters is at the Kay Hind Senior Life Center, 335 West Society Avenue in Albany. Thank you, Shellarella, for the informative program, and thanks to Sharyn Davis for arranging it!

Our program yesterday (Monday, November 1) was a presentation by Shellarella Nealy of the SOWEGA Council on Aging. Shellarella brought us a review of the services provided through the Aging & Disability Resource Connect program, including homemaker services, elderly and disabled waiver programs, ramp construction, meal deliveries, medical appointment transportation, caregivers, community and nursing home transition, among others. Anyone needing assistance for themselves or an aging family member can contact SOWEGA Council at 800-282-6612 or go to the website, www.SOWEGACOA.org. The council serves 14 counties (Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth) across Southwest Georgia. Their headquarters is at the Kay Hind Senior Life Center, 335 West Society Avenue in Albany. Thank you, Shellarella, for the informative program, and thanks to Sharyn Davis for arranging it!

Thank you, Renea Miller, for sharing this!
10/29/2021

Thank you, Renea Miller, for sharing this!

Thank you, Renea Miller, for sharing this!

Our great program yesterday (Monday, October 25) was by our own Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club and t...
10/26/2021

Our great program yesterday (Monday, October 25) was by our own Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club and their advisor Toni Hatfield. They provided for us a look at what they have accomplished in spite of the pandemic of the past year, including projects such as packing 100 sandwich boxes for the Albany Rescue Mission, gift bags for The Anchorage, Stash the Trash litter pickup, the Thirst Project promoting clean water, particularly in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and numerous awards via the virtual Key Club state convention, among others. They also circulated among our club members for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, collecting a significant amount in contributions, $262.89, to help fight neonatal tetanus worldwide. Great work, kids! We have sponsored this Key Club for years and are extremely proud and privileged to be able to continue to do so.

A recent addition to our club, and this year's chair of our Human & Spiritual Values Committee, the Rev. Gary Brady led ...
10/18/2021

A recent addition to our club, and this year's chair of our Human & Spiritual Values Committee, the Rev. Gary Brady led today's Pastor & Clergy Appreciation Luncheon, honoring members of the clergy and their role in our local community. A number of local pastors and other clergy, invited by club members, were present to hear Rev. Brady commend them for their work, especially during the Covid crisis of the past 18 months, and urge Kiwanians to support them and help them spread the hope and good news of Jesus Christ. The clergy present included: Andrew Kornegay, Lakeside Baptist Church; Hal Pinson, Byne Memorial Baptist Church; John Spencer, Sherwood Baptist Church; Josh Bower, First Presbyterian Church; Ri Lamb, St. John & St. Mark Episcopal Church; Gary Brady, Christ United Methodist Church; Jack Duckworth, Porterfield United Methodist Church; Jim Morrow, First United Methodist Church; and Jim Bullion, retired Episcopal priest.

A recent addition to our club, and this year's chair of our Human & Spiritual Values Committee, the Rev. Gary Brady led today's Pastor & Clergy Appreciation Luncheon, honoring members of the clergy and their role in our local community. A number of local pastors and other clergy, invited by club members, were present to hear Rev. Brady commend them for their work, especially during the Covid crisis of the past 18 months, and urge Kiwanians to support them and help them spread the hope and good news of Jesus Christ. The clergy present included: Andrew Kornegay, Lakeside Baptist Church; Hal Pinson, Byne Memorial Baptist Church; John Spencer, Sherwood Baptist Church; Josh Bower, First Presbyterian Church; Ri Lamb, St. John & St. Mark Episcopal Church; Gary Brady, Christ United Methodist Church; Jack Duckworth, Porterfield United Methodist Church; Jim Morrow, First United Methodist Church; and Jim Bullion, retired Episcopal priest.

At today's (October 18) meeting, we gave a gift of $300 to Family Literacy Connection, supporting literacy education in ...
10/18/2021

At today's (October 18) meeting, we gave a gift of $300 to Family Literacy Connection, supporting literacy education in Dougherty County. President Mike Bertram (left) made the presentation to literacy council member and fellow Kiwanian Jerry Wessels.

At today's (October 18) meeting, we gave a gift of $300 to Family Literacy Connection, supporting literacy education in Dougherty County. President Mike Bertram (left) made the presentation to literacy council member and fellow Kiwanian Jerry Wessels.

What a great crowd for our Pancake Breakfast/5K Run on Saturday morning! With the help of our club volunteers and both K...
10/18/2021

What a great crowd for our Pancake Breakfast/5K Run on Saturday morning! With the help of our club volunteers and both Key Clubs, it looks to have been a rousing success and a fantastic start for our newly merged clubs. Thanks to everyone who turned to eat and/or run and to help with the event!

Our Terrell Academy Key Club officers for 2021-22 were featured in this photo that ran in this week's edition of The Daw...
10/14/2021

Our Terrell Academy Key Club officers for 2021-22 were featured in this photo that ran in this week's edition of The Dawson News. Pictured from left, back row, are Layla Gamble, Allie DeBary, Clara Lee, MacKenzie Cooper, Liza West, and Olivia Bevel; front row, McKenzie Cook, Mary Daniel, Abby Carter, and Addie Gilley.

Our Terrell Academy Key Club officers for 2021-22 were featured in this photo that ran in this week's edition of The Dawson News. Pictured from left, back row, are Layla Gamble, Allie DeBary, Clara Lee, MacKenzie Cooper, Liza West, and Olivia Bevel; front row, McKenzie Cook, Mary Daniel, Abby Carter, and Addie Gilley.

Our new club made the news again today as Molly Godley of WALB reported on our merger. Dewey Smith and Mike Bertram were...
10/14/2021

Our new club made the news again today as Molly Godley of WALB reported on our merger. Dewey Smith and Mike Bertram were featured speaking about our mission and some of our projects. If you didn't catch the story on the 6 p.m. newscast, you can find it on WALB's website. Thank you, Molly, and WALB for reaching out to us to tell our story!

Our President-elect/Vice President/Fundraising Chair Doug Lorber appeared today on the WALB Noon Show, where news anchor...
10/12/2021

Our President-elect/Vice President/Fundraising Chair Doug Lorber appeared today on the WALB Noon Show, where news anchor Karla Heath-Sands interviewed him about this coming Saturday's Pancake Breakfast/5K Run. Karla asked Doug about the breakfast and run, but Doug was also able to tell her about the clubs' legacy in Albany and a number of the projects and activities our club supports. Great job, Doug, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the event on Saturday!

Our very interesting and informative program today (Monday, October 11) was brought by Albany's Police Chief Michael Per...
10/11/2021

Our very interesting and informative program today (Monday, October 11) was brought by Albany's Police Chief Michael Persley. Chief Persley spoke about a number of things related to crime and law enforcement in Albany, including the department's manpower shortage, community involvement, social issues, perception of local crime, and others. Thank you, Chief Persley, for your remarks and your and your department's service to our community, and thanks to Tommy Padgett for arranging the program!

Our very interesting and informative program today (Monday, October 11) was brought by Albany's Police Chief Michael Persley. Chief Persley spoke about a number of things related to crime and law enforcement in Albany, including the department's manpower shortage, community involvement, social issues, perception of local crime, and others. Thank you, Chief Persley, for your remarks and your and your department's service to our community, and thanks to Tommy Padgett for arranging the program!

A very special guest at our meeting today (Monday, October 11) was Byron Mullican, Governor of the Georgia District of K...
10/11/2021

A very special guest at our meeting today (Monday, October 11) was Byron Mullican, Governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis. Byron praised our merger of two clubs (Albany and Dougherty County) and noted two other club mergers in the district, including Lee County and the Albany Golden K, as well as the upcoming pancake breakfast and 5K race set for next Saturday. He also announced the district club leadership conference in March and district convention next August, both to be held at the Mariott Centreplex in Macon. Thanks so much for joining us today, Mr. Governor, and we look forward to the rest of this year under your district leadership.

A very special guest at our meeting today (Monday, October 11) was Byron Mullican, Governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis. Byron praised our merger of two clubs (Albany and Dougherty County) and noted two other club mergers in the district, including Lee County and the Albany Golden K, as well as the upcoming pancake breakfast and 5K race set for next Saturday. He also announced the district club leadership conference in March and district convention next August, both to be held at the Mariott Centreplex in Macon. Thanks so much for joining us today, Mr. Governor, and we look forward to the rest of this year under your district leadership.

A great turnout this morning for the Terrell Academy Key Club at their first meeting since new officers were inducted. W...
10/05/2021

A great turnout this morning for the Terrell Academy Key Club at their first meeting since new officers were inducted. We are proud to be their sponsor as they embark on another busy year of service to school and community!

A great turnout this morning for the Terrell Academy Key Club at their first meeting since new officers were inducted. We are proud to be their sponsor as they embark on another busy year of service to school and community!

Our primary program yesterday (Monday, October 4) was hearing our committee chairs describe the purpose and plans of the...
10/05/2021

Our primary program yesterday (Monday, October 4) was hearing our committee chairs describe the purpose and plans of their particular committees, but we did have a brief presentation prior to the main program from Michelle Williams of Albany Technical College. She informed us and asked us to spread the word about a Community Development Block Grant for disaster program she administers at ATC that pays full costs to eligible students for job training. A total grant of $8.3 million was awarded to ATC and Southern Technical College with about 60 percent of that going to ATC. Thus far 20 students have been approved for a grant and $100,000 allocated. Anyone wishing to apply for the 4-year grant can contact Michelle at [email protected] or 432-2882. Thanks very much, Michelle, for this valuable information!

Our primary program yesterday (Monday, October 4) was hearing our committee chairs describe the purpose and plans of their particular committees, but we did have a brief presentation prior to the main program from Michelle Williams of Albany Technical College. She informed us and asked us to spread the word about a Community Development Block Grant for disaster program she administers at ATC that pays full costs to eligible students for job training. A total grant of $8.3 million was awarded to ATC and Southern Technical College with about 60 percent of that going to ATC. Thus far 20 students have been approved for a grant and $100,000 allocated. Anyone wishing to apply for the 4-year grant can contact Michelle at [email protected] or 432-2882. Thanks very much, Michelle, for this valuable information!

From the front page of today's (Oct. 1, 2021) Albany Herald...
10/01/2021

From the front page of today's (Oct. 1, 2021) Albany Herald...

From the front page of today's (Oct. 1, 2021) Albany Herald...

Monday night (Sept. 27) marked the end of a chapter for the Albany Kiwanis Club (established in 1921) and the Kiwanis Cl...
09/29/2021

Monday night (Sept. 27) marked the end of a chapter for the Albany Kiwanis Club (established in 1921) and the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County (chartered in 1952 and sponsored by the Albany club), but the beginning of a new era as the merged clubs, now known as the Albany-Dougherty Kiwanis Club, celebrated with a delicious dinner and installations, member inductions, and awards at Albany's Austin's Firegrill & Oyster Bar. Below, from left, Mike Bertram (who will serve as the new club's 2021-22 president) and Mel Almond (outgoing Dougherty president for 2020-21 and new Immediate Past President) and Sybil Thomas (the Albany club’s president for the past year) and Dewey Smith show off the new club's banner received from Kiwanis International. Inducted as officers were Mike Bertram, president; Doug Lorber, president-elect/vice president; Tommy Gay, secretary; Bill McDaniel, treasurer; and Mel Almond, immediate past president. Directors for the new club are Sharyn Davis, Tommy Padgett; Joan Seay, Jerry Wessels, Kristina Baranko, Joy Knighton, Dewey Smith, and Sybil Thomas.

Monday night (Sept. 27) marked the end of a chapter for the Albany Kiwanis Club (established in 1921) and the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County (chartered in 1952 and sponsored by the Albany club), but the beginning of a new era as the merged clubs, now known as the Albany-Dougherty Kiwanis Club, celebrated with a delicious dinner and installations, member inductions, and awards at Albany's Austin's Firegrill & Oyster Bar. Below, from left, Mike Bertram (who will serve as the new club's 2021-22 president) and Mel Almond (outgoing Dougherty president for 2020-21 and new Immediate Past President) and Sybil Thomas (the Albany club’s president for the past year) and Dewey Smith show off the new club's banner received from Kiwanis International. Inducted as officers were Mike Bertram, president; Doug Lorber, president-elect/vice president; Tommy Gay, secretary; Bill McDaniel, treasurer; and Mel Almond, immediate past president. Directors for the new club are Sharyn Davis, Tommy Padgett; Joan Seay, Jerry Wessels, Kristina Baranko, Joy Knighton, Dewey Smith, and Sybil Thomas.

Photos from Kiwanis Club of Albany-Dougherty County's post
09/29/2021

Photos from Kiwanis Club of Albany-Dougherty County's post

We were privileged to have for our program today (Monday, September 20) the Honorable Ken Hodges III, an Albany native a...
09/20/2021

We were privileged to have for our program today (Monday, September 20) the Honorable Ken Hodges III, an Albany native and former Dougherty County District Attorney who is a member of the State of Georgia Court of Appeals. Ken gave us a review of the court system in Dougherty County (magistrate, superior, municipal, and probate) and overview of the state appellate court's purpose. He is one of two appeals court judges from Albany, the other being the Honorable Herbert Phipps. The appeals court hears cases filed for review from superior and municipal courts statewide (except for murder cases and constitutional questions). The Georgia Court of Appeals is one of the busiest in the nation, he said, but is extremely efficient, generally handing down rulings within two court terms out of the three held in a year. Parties unsatisfied with a ruling can appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, he added. Technology has enabled the appeals court to continue hearing case arguments during the pandemic through the use of the Zoom virtual platform. Ken is one of 15 appeals court jurists. He was elected in 2018 in a commanding statewide victory. Many thanks, Your Honor, for a very informative program, and thanks also to Mike Bertram for arranging it!

We were privileged to have for our program today (Monday, September 20) the Honorable Ken Hodges III, an Albany native and former Dougherty County District Attorney who is a member of the State of Georgia Court of Appeals. Ken gave us a review of the court system in Dougherty County (magistrate, superior, municipal, and probate) and overview of the state appellate court's purpose. He is one of two appeals court judges from Albany, the other being the Honorable Herbert Phipps. The appeals court hears cases filed for review from superior and municipal courts statewide (except for murder cases and constitutional questions). The Georgia Court of Appeals is one of the busiest in the nation, he said, but is extremely efficient, generally handing down rulings within two court terms out of the three held in a year. Parties unsatisfied with a ruling can appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, he added. Technology has enabled the appeals court to continue hearing case arguments during the pandemic through the use of the Zoom virtual platform. Ken is one of 15 appeals court jurists. He was elected in 2018 in a commanding statewide victory. Many thanks, Your Honor, for a very informative program, and thanks also to Mike Bertram for arranging it!

Members of our Terrell Academy Key Club journeyed down to Albany last Thursday evening (September 16) to Phoebe Putney M...
09/19/2021

Members of our Terrell Academy Key Club journeyed down to Albany last Thursday evening (September 16) to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's main campus during shift change time to pay tribute to the health system's medical personnel for their courage and dedication during the Covid pandemic. Phoebe President and CEO Scott Steiner stopped by to chat with the students and thank them. Snacks and beverages were also provided for the health workers. Way to go, TA Key Club!

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Lt. Governors snd Georgia District Officers installation Council Meeting at Stone Mountain Marriott Evergreen this weekend. Charlene Pennymon District 5 outgoing Lt. Governor passes banner to incoming 21-22 Lt. Govonor Larry Price from Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County.
Come support our Dougherty Co Kiwanis Club and the Dancers at the Pritchin Pippin Dance Recital tomorrow and Friday night, May 20th and 21st at 6:30pm at Lee HS. Tickets can be bought for $12 online at
Our Pritchin Pippin Dance Recital tickets go on sale tomorrow on https://buy.tututix.com/KiwanisofDoughertyCounty. All online tickets! Come see the dancers on Thurs May 20th and Fri May 21st at 6:30pm at Lee HS!
I'm honored to be nominated in the Medical category. And Kristin Caso is nominated in the City Employee category. View for us! You can vote every day! Go Kiwanis Ladies!!
A great club. It does great services for the city and community.
I really enjoyed visiting my hometown Kiwanis club today! Great energy and enthusiasm for helping the kids in Dougherty County! I'll be back to visit the next time I'm in town! Oh, and check out the view today! No snow or double digit below temps.... hooray!