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The Quinlan Visual Arts Center recently received $5,000 for assistance for 2012 Summer Art Camp scholarships that was granted by the Jackson EMC Foundation funded by the members of Jackson EMC through the Operation Round Up program.

The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the donations of the cooperative’s members through the Operation Round Up program, has awarded $46,600 to four agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Hall County.

$15,000 was awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County for computers and software, instructor training and course instructor for Project Generation D, a creative digital arts curriculum which teaches club members 12-18 years old how to use technology to create digital content that effectively communicates their ideas and vision, and apply what they learn to their future careers.

$12,000 was awarded to the United Methodist Children’s Home of North Georgia for its Financial Aid Program, which assists low income families with temporary family housing, medical bills and other related needs, such as transportation and child care, that impact their quality of life.

$10,000 was awarded to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.

$9,600 was awarded to Our Neighbor Inc, a Gainesville organization dedicated to assisting young adults with special challenges, to provide two developmentally disabled women with room, board, transportation, life skills training and social activities at Terrie’s House for Women, the organization’s first independent living facility for females.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson



The GFWC-GaFWC Buford Lanier Woman’s Club awarded a $1,500 scholarship to each of the following female students from the 2012 graduating class of Buford High School:

Cassandra Oliver of Buford, graduated with a GPA of 4.0 and will attend Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She hopes to get her doctorate in epidemiology.

Caitlin Hollis of Buford, graduated with a GPA of 3.8 and will attend UGA in Athens. She hopes to get her law degree.For more information about the Buford Lanier Woman’s Club, visit



State 4-H Congress competition, held July 24-27 in Atlanta, decided the best in the state in 4-H, and Hall County can join that circle of winners this year.

Jared Lee won first in the state in the Wildlife and Marine Resources project. Being the first winner means Jared has mastered in 4-H project work. He receives a trip to National 4-H Congress this fall. This honor highlights a year of hard work.

Anna Minor received third place at State 4-H Congress as a District 4-H winner in the Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables project.

Robbie Sheppard competed in Outdoor Recreation and John Washington in History. Attending State 4-H Congress with the 4-H’ers as a parent volunteer was Paula Dobbs.

For more information about 4-H in Hall County, contact the County Extension Office at 770-535-8291