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Lula City Council member Mordecai Wilson received a certificate of recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute


Lula City Council member Mordecai Wilson received a certificate of recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayor’s Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials.

To receive certification, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 credits, including three required courses.




The Northeast Georgia Council Eagle Board of Review approved Cameron Drake, of Troop No. 15, for advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 5.

For Drake’s Eagle Scout service project, he supervised the construction of a playground for Saint Paul United Methodist Church on S.E. Summit Street. The pastor is Rev. Clarence Thrower.

Boy Scout Troop No. 15 is sponsored by Saint John Baptist Church, located on E.E. Butler Parkway. The Rev. Steven Samuels is the pastor.

Drake is a 16-year-old junior at Gainesville High School. Drake is the son of Robert Drake and Patrice Westbrooks.





A 68-year partnership between Lions Club International and the United Nations was celebrated on Feb. 1 at the U.N. World Headquarters in New York.

Past District Gov. Joseph Hirsch and his wife Marilynn, represented both the Lions Club of Georgia and the Dawsonville Lions Club at this meeting.

The annual event offers an opportunity to reflect on the common goals of the two organizations, the accomplishments of working together and a shared commitment to meeting the humanitarian needs of the global community.

The meeting included a message from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a luncheon with U.N. ambassadors and delegates.

Three hundred and thirty Lions from all over the world were in attendance.

Wayne A. Madden, International President of Lions Clubs spoke of a new focus on how people can work together to improve literacy and access to education, and strengthen commitment to serve people with vision loss.

"Literacy is critical to the future of all communities. Literate citizens contribute to their society’s stability, economy, health and growth. The contribution of the Lions organization, through its 4,000 plus clubs throughout the world and its 1.3 million members, to global literacy will change the lives of millions of people," Madden said.

Hirsch is board chairman of the Reading and Education Association of Dawson County.

Hirsch is teaching and supporting of schools in Honduras, Dominican Republic and Liberia.

"Many of the concerns that we have about illiteracy here at home are not too different from those existing in other parts of the world," Hirsch said.