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Letter: Volunteerism is the backbone of what makes this community great
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Justin Davis picks up trash Saturday, Sept. 14, during the 31st annual Shore Sweep organized by the Lake Lanier Association. - photo by Kenneth Hucks

On Sept. 14, the American spirit of volunteerism was on full display at the Lake Lanier Association’s 31st Annual Shore Sweep program that cleans up Lake Lanier.

Over 1,800 volunteers collected more than 80 tons (160,000 pounds) of trash from our precious Lake Lanier shoreline. The record-breaking numbers were the result of a passionate and committed Lake Lanier community coupled with solid planning and leadership from the Lake Lanier Association.

In the weeks leading up to and on that day, diverse groups of volunteers were organized and called to action including Scout Troops, Jet Ski clubs, boaters, kayakers, friends and as many as three generations of family members working to scour the lake for all types of trash, debris and building materials. 

While the Lake Lanier Association organizes Shore Sweep, it cannot be accomplished without the cooperation and support of many. I want to thank all of our volunteers, our members, our business partners, commercial entities, government agencies as well as other advocacy groups that contributed to the most successful Shore Sweep ever and perhaps the biggest inland water cleanup in the U.S.

No program is successful without leadership, focus and direction. We are extremely fortunate to have Bonny Putney, LLA board member and volunteer extraordinaire, as chairperson. She has all of these attributes plus the experience it takes to be the driving force making this program work year after year.

I cannot say thank you enough to all who have dedicated so much time, talent and resources to this worthwhile effort. It makes me so proud to be a LLA member, a volunteer and part of an event that brings the community together and makes Northeast Georgia a great place to live.

Jennifer Flowers

Executive director of Lake Lanier Association

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