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  • Christmas In Conyers

    Every year, people from around the state gather to help support and create memories for the young women in the residential program, and the children and youth in the Conyers Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program.  The support of the Georgia Elks Aidmore Auxiliaries, and the growing support from our community partners, has been nothing short of spectacular.  This year, gifts were provided to approximately 114 foster children and youth from 75 different individuals and organizations (sponsor list will be posted on the website in early January).

    The Auxiliaries and campus residents worked for several hours on Saturday, December 9th, decorating the Aidmore gymnasium.  On Sunday, December 10th, attendees at the Christmas Party were treated to “Christmas Around the World” by the Aidmore residents. Each resident chose a special country and displayed a visual about that country Following the presentation, attendees joined Aidmore staff in a sing-a-long featuring some Christmas favorites.  A BBQ meal provided by Pippins BBQ, and LOTS of homemade desserts, topped off the morning.  Thank you to the Georgia Elks Aidmore Auxiliaries, and everyone else who made this a day to remember.  A special thank you is extended to the Aidmore Committee.  Members of the Committee are: Dianne Milling (Chairman); Saundra Abel (Advisor); Sandy Fambro (Southwest District); Deborah Johnson (Southeast District); Peggy Jones (Northwest District); and Theresa Parker (Northeast District).  Thanks, also to Angela Spivey, Pat Harper, Heather and Bea Hickey, and Diane Stevens for pulling “kitchen duty” for the event.  Due to Saundra Abel’s recent illness, Theresa Parker stepped in at the last minute to help coordinate the meal. Santa and Mrs. Claus (Garry and Shelli Stevens, Augusta) had to turn their sleigh around and head back to the North Pole due to a family illness, but Georgia Elks Association Past State President Larry Emmett and Theresa Parker filled the positions admirably.

    The following Saturday (December 16th) in Conyers, approximately 200 foster parents and children attended the Therapeutic Foster Care party for North Georgia.  The children and youth, ranging in age from 0 to 18, participated in a variety of activities.  A local girl scout troop led the gathering in Christmas songs, and a dance contest was held for the foster youth and foster parents.  Foster parents were given door prizes throughout the event.  The highlight of the day was, of course, the visit by Santa Claus (portrayed by Elks Aidmore Family Consultant Supervisor Emory Walker).  Jim and Nick’s BBQ provided the meal for the celebration.  An extra special debt of gratitude is extended to the TFC Christmas Committee of Recruiters Joann Joseph and Lateshia Stewart, Family Consultant Dacie Lawrence and Foster Parent Lisa Rudolph.  Our gratitude to the many staff who served our foster parents and children on this day.

    As we say goodbye to 2017, and open the page on a new chapter in our Aidmore history, we give thanks to our friends and supporters, past and present, who have contributed to the story line of Elks Aidmore.