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Happy summer time! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather – on the days when it’s not raining, that is. Insert wink and elbowing here. This month’s issue is something that I am particularly excited about. We’ve given you a lot to digest. And that’s a great thing, trust me! First of all, there’s the Most Fabulous reader poll list, as well as articles about the people you chose. We’re thrilled to be able to present those to you in a bit different format that in the past, and we hope you enjoy it. Congratulations to all who won! There is also the Insight section from Effingham County Schools, an annual tradition in this issue. You’ll not only find useful information, such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses, but you’ll also find encouraging words from the superintendent, as well as information about some of the exciting programs in place in the system. We’d like to take a minute to congratulate the Teachers of the Year as well. You are all heroes in my humble opinion – but then, I have a soft spot for teachers, as my mom was one. Thanks for all that you do to make our future bright! And last, we have an article about the Effingham Methodist camp meeting that we think you’ll find interesting. For many in the area, this annual gathering is something they look forward to all year long. We hope you enjoy reading it. The start of the school year is right around the corner, so enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Methodist campground provides more than just great preaching

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Written By Angye Morrison | Photography by Effingham County Methodist Campground

Since 1790, the Effingham County United Methodist Campground has provided a shelter for worship and fellowship for area believers. According to its website, the site is a “testament to the faith and perseverance by local Methodists throughout the years in an effort to create a wonderful location to worship with others.” The first location, off Sister’s Ferry Road, was the original site from 1790 to 1864.

Gen. William Sherman used the site for horse stables and then burned it during his “March to the Sea.” During the year following, from 1865 to 1866, a brush arbor tabernacle between Turkey Branch United Methodist Church and its cemetery was used for the meeting. From 1867 to 1906, the camp meetings were held on 10 acres that are now downtown Springfield. When the railroad roared into town, however, the need arose to relocate once again. The campground was then relocated to its current location, across

from the Effingham County Fairgrounds, located at 1038 Zoller Drive in Springfield. The 18-acre location is home to a “new” tabernacle, built between 1905 and 1910. The open-air tabernacle is used for the worship services that are held twice a day during the camp meeting each summer. Up until the 1980s, there were three services held. These days, there is one held at 11 a.m., and another in the evening at 7:30 p.m. The campground features about nine “tents,” which are actually small buildings

Above: There is an 11 a.m. service held each day, along with an evening service. Up until the 1980s, there was also a mid-afternoon service.

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that are, for the most part, not air conditioned and offer primitive accommodation. Many families still come and camp for the entire week. The campground is looked after by a board of trustees, made up of members of various Methodist churches in Effingham County. Dr. Whit Myers is the current chair. Myers says when you come to camp meeting, you know you’ll deal with no air conditioning and gnats – but you also know you’ll get some great fellowship, preaching and singing. “Camp meeting is kind of near and dear to my heart. I first went to camp meeting as a part of the youth camp when I was in the seventh grade. I went most of the summers that I could go as a young person to camp meeting,” he said. “Back in those days, the youth camp went the entire week. We went to the campground on Friday evening and stayed until it was over on Wednesday evening. It was just a great time of fellowship and Bible study and listening to all of the great preaching that went on.” Myers said the structure of the camp meeting has changed over the years, with the times. “It’s difficult to get the young people (now) to commit to a whole week,” Myers said. “And we also wanted to involve the children more.” The youth come in for their camp on Thursday night before camp meeting begins, and stay through Sunday evening. The children come on Monday, around mid-day, Myers said, and stay through the evening service on Wednesday. The youth camp focuses not just on fun,

but also on worship and missions. Teens in attendance enjoy recreational activities, and participate in service projects, both locally and regionally. The projects range from cleaning cemeteries in the area, to helping with manual labor projects, to feeding the homeless in Savannah. About 90 to 100 teens attend the camp on average. For the children, the camp is more about fun and music. There are recreational activities, but there is also lots of singing. Camp participants travel to local nursing homes to sing for residents, something Myers says is really special. He has been the director for the children’s camp for the past three years. One of the greatest benefits of such a strong youth program, Myers says, is that the young people grow up and return to participate with their own families. “That’s really nice to see,” he said. Myers says the enthusiasm for camp meeting has increased in recent years. “In the last five to 10 years, we have really seen somewhat of a revival in the enthusiasm and support for the camp meeting and the campground. It’s really kind of special to see that given that we live in an age where a lot of your contemporary churches are booming with growth. It’s nice to know there’s still a place for the old-time religion of the camp meeting and singing the old hymns and gospel songs of those days gone by,” he said. This year’s youth camp begins on July 13, with camp meeting starting on July 14. The final service will be held on July 19. Dr. Steve Webb, who previously served as pastor in Effingham County, will be the guest

preacher. Jake Brown of Springfield United Methodist Church will lead in worship, with Ralph Long returning as pianist. Effingham County’s campground has been around longer than most, Myers said. “We are, actually, according to oral history and the best we can tell from written history, the oldest United Methodist campground in the country as far as continuous service to its people. We have a nice, long history and a great tradition. We’re not the largest camp meeting in our state or country, but I think we have as long a heritage, and as strong a heritage as anybody else,” he said. “It’s just good, old-fashioned preaching.”

A children’s camp is held each year, and the children enjoy activities like an inflatable water slide, as well as crafts and singing.

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INSIGHT 2017 – 2018


2 Working Toward

SUCCESS for Effingham County Students No Limitations Randy Shearouse

Superintendent of Schools

The Effingham County School District works daily to secure a healthy future for our community by investing deeply in our children, both educationally and socially. Our school system embraces its function as a bedrock in the community and is continually working to advance our children towards becoming responsible, educated adult citizens. Our district’s mission statement serves to maintain the focus of the educational goals for our students: To provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success. The Effingham County School District is committed to the post-secondary success of each of our youngest citizens because we recognize that this investment is critical in order for them to have a positive impact on this and other communities in the future. Our school district is a mid-sized school district that successfully provides a number of outstanding educational opportunities for approximately 12,000 students. Our students and staff provide solid daily instruction across a number of programs, and this consistent effort has been clearly rewarded with our district’s 89 percent graduation rate. Our goal is to continue along this path so that all Effingham County students are successfully earning diplomas and poised to pursue post-secondary success. We are very proud of the forward-looking programs we are able to offer our students in Effingham. Both ECHS and SEHS offer a number of Honors courses and Advanced Placement classes that provide college level instruction as well as the opportunity for students to earn col-

lege credit during their high school careers. Our Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) students are successfully completing pathways towards full-time employment, apprenticeships and placement in post-secondary programs. Opportunities such as work-based learning and internships provide our students with invaluable on-the-job training, which translates to a significant advantage in today’s competitive job market. The efforts of our ECCA have even earned them recognition as the “2016 College and Career Academy of the Year” for the state of Georgia! In addition to the well-established opportunities already mentioned, we want to recognize the success of our newly implemented STEM Academy. While initial plans for the development and implementation of the STEM Academy begin in October 2012, the Academy’s doors did not officially open until August 2016. During that time period, district educators, local businesses and post-secondary partners (including local technical colleges and universities) developed a strong working relationship with one common goal: developing a program with a unique and rigorous curriculum focused on real world applications in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Effingham County School District is extremely proud of the solid educational foundation we are able to provide for our students, and we are grateful to do so in collaboration with all of our Effingham families and community stakeholders. Through our shared commitment, we will continue to provide our children with the proper skills to achieve success in each of their future endeavors!

Our Vision The district will equip students to compete in our global society, as evidenced by ranking in the top 15% of districts in the State of Georgia.

Our Mission As a community of learners,in cooperation with stakeholders,our mission is: To provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success.

Our Beliefs 1. We believe all students should graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to attain their career goals. 2. We believe in high expectations for all. 3. We believe data-informed decision making and research-based practices are keys to improved performance. 4. We believe students learn best in a safe and well-maintained environment. 5. We believe in prompt and regular attendance. 6. We believe that continuous growth is a shared responsibility. 7. We believe in open stakeholder communication. 8. We believe in the power and benefits of respectful, responsible choices. 9. We believe in maintaining qualified, positive, caring staff. 10. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity.


3 Effingham County Board of Education Board Meeting Schedule All board meetings are held in the boardroom at the Board of Education Central Office, 405 N. Ash St., Springfield, unless otherwise announced. Meeting agendas and approved minutes are posted on the district website at www.effinghamschools.com. For further information, contact Linda Smith at 754-2537. Following is the meeting schedule through the end of 2017

Effingham County Schools are governed by a five-member board, responsible for setting system-wide school policies designed to deliver the best possible education to each child. These policies govern budgetary, facility and personnel resources, as well as the students, faculty and staff at each school. School board policies also ensure that the local schools comply with state and federal laws. Board members are elected from five militia districts, and consider themselves servants of all Effingham County school children and their parents, representing the best interest of all citizens and the 14 public schools currently operating in the district.

Aug. 3, 2016

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July 20

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Aug. 2

2:00 pm

Aug. 17

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Sept. 6

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Sept. 21

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Oct. 4

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Oct. 19

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Nov.1

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Nov. 16

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Dec. 13

2:00 pm

School board members are elected every two years on a staggered basis to hold fouryear terms. Board members, as part of their service, expect to hear from constituents regarding school-related issues. Parents and individuals who seek information regarding their own children’s unique circumstances are asked to review the policies, speaking first with their children’s teachers, and then the school principal, before contacting other administrative personnel and board members about issues.

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Effingham County Public Schools are accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and meet all standards mandated by Georgia’s Quality Education Act.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Effingham County Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment practices based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap, as required by the 1972 Education Amendment.

C. Robert Grant District One

Term: 1-1-15 to 12-31-18 rgrant912@gmail.com

Troy K. Alford District Two Vice Chairman

Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-20 troyalford@jclewisford.com

F. Lamar Allen District Three Chairman

Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-20 lakeview3214@ windstream.net

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Vickie Decker

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4 Effingham County Board of Education Academic Calendar 2017 - 2018

July 27 – August 2.....................Pre-planning for Teachers July 31........................................Open House for middle and high schools, 4-7 p.m. August 1....................................Open House for elementary schools, 4-7 p.m. August 3.............................. First Day of School; First Day of the First Nine Weeks September 4........................ Labor Day - No school September 5.............................Issue First Nine Weeks Progress Reports October 5..................................Last Day of First Nine Weeks October 5............................ Parent/Teacher Conferences - Students Dismissed Early October 6............................ Professional Development Day - Student Holiday October 9-10....................... Fall Holiday - No School October 16................................Issue First Nine Weeks Report Cards November 10............................Issue Second Nine Weeks Progress Reports November 20 – 24............... Thanksgiving Holidays – No school December 19............................Last Day of Second Nine Weeks; End of First Semester December 20 – January 3.... Christmas Holidays – No school January 3............................. Professional Development Day - Student Holiday January 9...................................Issue Second Nine Weeks Report Cards January 15........................... Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No school February 6.................................Issue Third Nine Weeks Progress Reports February 14......................... Parent/Teacher Conferences - Student dismissed early February 15......................... Professional Development Day - Student Holiday February 15-19.................... Winter Holiday – No school March 13....................................Last Day of Third Nine Weeks March 19....................................Issue Third Nine Weeks Report Cards March 30 - April 6................ Spring Holidays - No School April 23......................................Issue Fourth Nine Weeks Progress Reports May 23................................. Last day of school, Fourth Nine Weeks, and Second Semester May 24-25..................................Post-planning for staff May 25.......................................ECHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at Rebel Field May 26.......................................SEHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at The Corral May 28.......................................Fourth Nine Weeks Report Cards released on Parent Portal at 5 p.m.

Visit www.effinghamschools.com for up-to-date information about the Effingham County Schools, including links to individual school websites, and to view school board meeting agendas and minutes.


5 2017 - 2018 Teachers of the Year

Blandford Elementary

Each year the Effingham County Schools’ faculty and staff recognize the individual teachers on their campuses who exemplify professionalism and dedication to making a difference in the lives of children. While all our teachers work diligently to provide their students with a quality education, these individuals stand out among their peers. The 2017-2018 Effingham County Teacher of the Year has been selected and she is Jincy Hinely, physical education teacher at South Effingham Elementary School. We are so proud of each educator who was selected for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for all that you do to make our school system successful!

Lynda Durant South Effingham High Kristen Horton Sand Hill Elementary

Julie Denton Ebenezer Middle Lisa Seeley South Effingham Middle

Holly McNally Marlow Elementary

Jincy Hinely South Effingham Elementary

Theresa Cooper Blandford Elementary

Jami Baxter Effingham County High

Bobbie Tootle Guyton Elementary

Denice VanCleave Ebenezer Elementary

Renee Oglesby Springfield Elementary

Amanda Castillo Rincon Elementary

Helen Ward Effingham County Middle

Kim Larson Effingham College and Career Academy

Blandford Elementary School’s mission is to inspire its students to strive for their highest potential, to create a passion for learning, and to provide tools for making life choices that ensure lasting success. Latoya Jones, Principal 4650 McCall Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-826-4200 FAX 912-826-4747

Marlow Elementary

Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment that will enable our students to grow academically and socially. Leslie Dickerson, Principal 5160 Hwy 17 South Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-3262 FAX 912-728-4477


6 Ebenezer Elementary

Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment that will enable our students to grow academically and socially. Beth Kight, Principal 1198 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-754-5522 FAX 912-754-5527

South Effingham Elementary

Our mission is to meet the learning needs of our children while helping them fulfill the requirements of schooling. Anna Barton, Principal 767 Kolic Helmly Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-3801 FAX 912-728-4487

Guyton Elementary

As a community of learners, in cooperation with stakeholders, our mission is to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success.

Charlotte Connelly, Principal 719 Central Blvd. Guyton, GA 31312 912-772-3384 FAX 912-772-5523

Rincon Elementary

Our mission is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive a quality education through the teaching of essential skills, knowledge, and concepts while encouraging students to be problem solvers who produce quality work. Dr. Paige Dickey, Principal 501 N. Richland Ave. Rincon, GA 31326 912-826-5523 FAX 912-826-4052

Springfield Elementary

Sand Hill Elementary

Springfield Elementary: where our mission is to meaningfully teach every child, every day.

Our mission is to enable each unique individual to become an independent lifelong learner by providing optimal learning experiences that promote academic, social and physical growth.

Lisa Woods, Principal 300 Old Dixie Hwy Springfield, GA 31329 912-754-3326 FAX 754-7172

Christy Brown, Principal 199 Stagecoach Avenue Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-5112 FAX 912-728-5125


7 Effingham County Middle

Ebenezer Middle

South Effingham Middle

The mission of Effingham County Middle School is to provide a high-quality education through a structured and differentiated learning environment.

The mission of Ebenezer Middle School is to nurture and facilitate the academic, social and emotional growth of our diverse learners so they can successfully transition to the secondary environment.

The mission of South Effingham Middle School is to inspire all students to become confident, internally motivated, lifelong learners through challenging educational experiences.

Timothy Hood, Principal 1659 Hwy. 119 South Guyton, GA 31312 912-772-7001 FAX 912-772-7005

Amie Dickerson, Principal 1100 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-754-7757 FAX 912-754-4012

Brigid Nesmith, Principal 1200 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-7500 FAX 912-728-7508

South Effingham High

Effingham County High

Effingham College & Career Academy

As a community of learners, in cooperation with stakeholders, our mission is to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success.

As a community of learners, in cooperation with stakeholders, our mission is to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success.

To create a high-tech career focus to better serve our team members’ needs for those entering directly into the workforce from high school and those planning further postsecondary options.

Dr. Mark Winters, Principal 1220 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-7511 FAX 912-728-7529

Billy Hughes, Principal 1589 Hwy. 119 South Springfield, GA 31329 912-754-6404 FAX 912-754-6893

Dr. Barbara Prosser, CEO 2940 Hwy. 21 South Rincon, GA 31326 912-754-5610 FAX 912-754-5611


8 2017 - 2018 Building a Future for Students

The new Rincon Elementary School is currently under construction, and is expected to be complete by the end of the year or early in 2018. The school will feature a new layout on the front, and the “wings” will fan out from a common area, much like what’s in place at Springfield, Marlow and Blandford elementary schools. The new school will be much larger than the current facility – about 142,000 square feet – and will accommodate about 1,200 students. Photos by Birk Herrath


9 2017 - 2018 Aspiring Leaders It has been said that to fail to plan is to plan to fail. School success is based upon purposeful planning and strategic leadership. Our school system has had a great tradition of quality leadership, but from generation to generation, new leadership must be cultivated. To this end, we established our Aspiring Leaders Program. This leadership cohort identifies potential teacher leaders within each school staff, and with the principal’s recommendation, these teachers begin a journey to explore their leadership capacity and to reach for heights of personal excellence they may have never before attempted. This year-long program exposes teachers leaders to the aspects of school leadership and what that role might entail. There are 18 participants in the 2016-17 training class and of those, one third will be assuming new leadership roles in the 2017-18 school year. Two new school principals completed a previous program of study and will be taking the reins for leading elementary schools for the coming year. Research supports training aspiring leaders as a strategy to both recruit and retain highly effective leadership. If our system is to continue to perform in the top percentiles of Georgia schools, training our leaders must take priority. Without a vision, we cannot have progress, and these leaders are lighting the way for future paths to success.


10 2017 - 2018 Effingham County Schools: Success! Photos by Zack Lee


11 2017 - 2018

Grow your own educators:

Energizing teachers for the future Prompted by a December 2015 study completed by the Georgia Department of Education, school systems across Georgia were challenged to find a way to interrupt the trend of losing 44 percent of new teachers within the first five years of teaching. Effingham has enjoyed a heritage of excellence in education dating back to the days of John Adam Treutlen. So the question became….”What can we do to make sure that our county does not fall prey to this statistic?” Our response: “Grow” your own educators. Most educators will tell you that they chose education themselves because of a charismatic educator in their own lives. With this program, we pair those awesome educators with high school students who may be contemplating a future as an educator. This initiative began in the summer of 2016 in partnership with Georgia Southern University and has received acclaim statewide. Through a generous grant from the university, Effingham County educators involved with the Teaching as a Profession Pathway have been equipped to lead high school students at both Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School to discover a love for education and to encourage these students to pursue this as a lifelong career. On May 17, 2017, South Effingham High School hosted its first Future Educator Signing Day during which six future educators and their families were presented with certificates and words of encouragement from their teachers and administrators. Students were challenged to pass the “TEST” of educator preparation by showing Tenacity, Enthusiasm, Support, and Teamwork. Students were encouraged to “come home” after college and become part of Effingham’s team of educators. On June 20, Effingham County partnered once again with Georgia Southern to sponsor a professional development day for all teachers of the Teaching as Profession Pathway teachers in our First District RESA region. State pathway leaders Linda Brimmed and Terri Michael presented to our group, and teachers engaged in a round table discussion of how to continue to build the program in our respective school systems. Strategies learned during the day will energize our high school teachers as they continue to serve and be a light for the future educators of Georgia.


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Board of Education Directory

EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FAX: 754-7033 754-6491

Susan Hartzog Director of Human Resources shartzog@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Tamie Patnaude Payroll Supervisor tpatnaude@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5619

Linda Smith Administrative Asst. to the Superintendent lsmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2537 | FAX: 912-754-8899

Lori Dasher Human Resources Coordinator ldasher@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Luann Howell Benefits Manager lhowell@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5618 | FAX: 912-754-2515

Karla Sasser Human Resources Specialist ksasser@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Jessica O’Leary Nutritional Services Coordinator joleary@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5633 | FAX: 912-754-6560

Vonda McDonald HR Administrative Asst. vmcdonald@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Clara Barnes Nutritional Services Technician/Trainer cbarnes@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5632

Dr. Yancy Ford Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mariella Manhatton PR Specialist/ Administrative Asst. to the Asst. Superintendent mmanhatton@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491 David Smith Hearing Officer/ Disciplinary Designee davidsmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2511

Renota Jackson Receptionist/ Administrative Secretary rjackson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491

Amanda Ginn Nutritional Services Bookkeeper aginn@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6416

Mark Rahn Payroll/ Benefits Administrator srahn@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2512

Melanie Exley Nutritional Services Bookkeeper mrexley@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5632


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Board of Education Directory Karen Warnell Nursing Coordinator kwarnell@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491

Brett Martin Transportation Coordinator bmartin@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574

Dr. Slade Helmly Executive Director of Administrative Services shelmly@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5630

Eric Harris Assistant Transportation Coordinator eharris@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574

Carolyn Conaway Administrative Asst. to the Executive Director of Administrative Services cconaway@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5630

Larissa Knight Energy Manager lknight@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517

Ronald Wilson Director of Finance rlwilson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5885 | FAX 912-754-5642 Kathy Morgan Assistant Director of Finance/ Purchasing Agent ksmorgan@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5620 Tammy Mongin Accounting Technician tmongin@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5622 Cathy Duttenhoffer Purchasing Technician cduttenhoffer@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2517 Mary Exley Head Bookkeeper mexley@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2505 Shirley Morgan Printer shmorgan@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5643

Sandra Cone Transportation/Clerical scone@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574 Bekki Hall Transportation/Clerical bhall@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574 Dana King Administrative Assistant to the Transportation Coordinator dking@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574 Jim Anderson Maintenance Coordinator jpanderson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517 Jackie Davis Administrative Assistant to the Maintenance Coordinator jdavis@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517 Cynthia Orr Maintenance Clerk corr@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517

Travis Nesmith Executive Director of Curriculum and Technology tnesmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508 Lisa Byrd Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Curriculum and Technology lbyrd@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508 | FAX: 912-754-5637 Wendy Porter Curriculum Coordinator 6-12 wporter@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508 Dr. Melodie Fulcher Assistant Curriculum Coordinator K-5 & K-12 Gifted mfulcher@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508 Kristie Long Student Academic Intervention & Support Specialist klong@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508 Roni Edenfield Testing Coordinator vedenfield@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5636 Cecilia Nixon Administrative Secretary for the Testing Coordinator cnixon@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5636 Linda Howard Administrative Secretary for the Testing Coordinator lhoward@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5636


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Board of Education Directory Missy Roddenberry Information Systems Coordinator mroddenberry@effingham.k12. ga.us 912-754-5621 Dawn Everett Information Systems Assistant Coordinator dneverett@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5621 Jeff Lariscy Information Technology Coordinator jlariscy@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Holly Lewis Information Technology Assistant Coordinator hlewis@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Mike Cale Information Technology Security Administrator mcale@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Crystal Dowd Information Administrative Technician cdowd@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Jack Sinopoli Information Technology Specialist jsinopoli@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Amy Burgin Webmaster webmaster@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Gregg Miles Instructional Technology Specialist gmiles@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Kim Gosyne Administrative Secretary- Data/ Budget Specialist kgosyne@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Justin Keith Instructional Technology Specialist jkeith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Dr. Lindsay Blakey Program Manager-Eligibility/ IEP Compliance lblakey@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Dr. Sandra Nethels Special Programs Coordinator snethels@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5629

Dr. Joy Sheppard Program Manager- High Schools jsheppard@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6404

Dr. Jackie Brown Social Worker/ Homeless Liaison jbrown@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6404

Dr. Ashly Hunter Program ManagerBehavior & Discipline ahunter@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-7757 (w) | 912-433-2790 (c)

Erin Woodcock Social Worker/ Foster Care Liaison ewoodcock@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-728-7511

Gloria Young Program Manager- Curriculum gyoung@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Ruby Andrews Homeless Liaison Assistant randrews@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491 Terri Johnson Early Learning & Student Support Coordinator/ Coordinator for Early Intervention Services (CEIS) terrijohnson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5677 Tracy Wright Director of Exceptional Students twright@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Amy Ambrose Parent Mentor aambrose@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Renee Arnsdorff Registrar- Central Registration rarnsdorff@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2530 | FAX: 912-754-2531 Mollie McLeod Registrar- Central Registration mmcleod@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2530 Amy Burgin Webmaster webmaster@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533


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Gregg Miles Instructional Technology Specialist gmiles@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Justin Keith Instructional Technology Specialist jkeith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533 Dr. Sandra Nethels Special Programs Coordinator snethels@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5629 Dr. Jackie Brown Social Worker/ Homeless Liaison jbrown@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6404 Erin Woodcock Social Worker/ Foster Care Liaison ewoodcock@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-728-7511

Terri Johnson Early Learning & Student Support Coordinator/ Coordinator for Early Intervention Services (CEIS) terrijohnson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5677 Tracy Wright Director of Exceptional Students twright@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Kim Gosyne Administrative SecretaryData/Budget Specialist kgosyne@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Dr. Lindsay Blakey Program ManagerEligibility/IEP Compliance lblakey@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Dr. Joy Sheppard Program ManagerHigh Schools jsheppard@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6404

Dr. Ashly Hunter Program ManagerBehavior & Discipline ahunter@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-7757 (w) | 912-433-2790 (c) Gloria Young Program Manager- Curriculum gyoung@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Amy Ambrose Parent Mentor aambrose@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623 Renee Arnsdorff Registrar- Central Registration rarnsdorff@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2530 | FAX: 912-754-2531 Mollie McLeod Registrar- Central Registration mmcleod@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2530


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What does it mean to be “fabulous?” Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find that the definition is something that is incredible, astonishing or wonderful. “The ultimate expression of enthusiasm and joy. Characterized by wonder, adoration, inspiration, exaltation and love.” Wow. We’re pretty sure that if you asked any one of these great folks, they wouldn’t use the word “adoration” when describing themselves. However, we are sure that those who know them best and love them most would certainly use the word, “inspiration.” So we present to you this year’s list of winners in the Effingham Living Most Fabulous 2017 Reader Poll. Our readers have spoken, and pointed to who they feel the word fits best – and we couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to you all! 34 • Effingham Living


Most Fabulous Business Owner : Tateum Chatfield Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent: Karen Miller Most Fabulous Insurance Agent: Sundi Williamson Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker: Chris Beecher Most Fabulous Financial Planner: Michele Shuman

Most Fab business men, women chosen by readers By Angye Morrison

Most Fabulous Woman Vera Jones

Most Fabulous Man Larry Jenkins

Most Fabulous Couple Vera and Dennis Jones Most Fabulous Local School Band South Effingham High School Mustangs Most Fabulous Local Developer Dennis Jones Most Fabulous Business That Gives Back to the Community Thrivent Financial

Sundi Williamson was shocked to hear she had been chosen as the 2017 Most Fabulous Insurance Agent by Effingham Living’s readership. But she quickly pointed toward the staff at her office as being the reason for any “fabulousness.” “I would attribute it to my team here at the office,” she said. “We truly care about the clients we are blessed to serve and help with their financial hopes and goals. Our customers are not just a number to us. We know that each family has goals that they wish to accomplish.” Sundi says she relates to the customers especially because of the loss in her own life. She lost her husband, Michael, in April 2014, after his battle with glioblastoma (brain cancer). “Since I have lived through losing a spouse and being a single mom, it is almost more than a passion to me to make sure that my clients are taken care of and not faced with financial struggle if something bad happens,” she said. Sundi lives in Guyton, and owns a State Farm agency in Rincon. She has been with State Farm for 24 years, and has been an agent since 2001. She is a member of the Exchange Club, and is on the South Effingham Elementary School Council. She’s

also coached basketball for the 6-years-and-under team and 8-and-under soccer for the Effingham County Recreation Department. She has a 7-year-old daughter, Skylar Blu, and two stepsons: Dylan, who is 19 and is a student at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, and Hayden, who is 17 and attends Islands High School. Karen Miller was chosen as the 2017 Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent. She’s in her fourth year as an agent, employed at Southern Georgia Homes in Springfield. She sells all over Effingham and Chatham counties, and the surrounding area. Karen and her husband, Duane, have been married nearly four years, and call Rincon home. She has a daughter, Kayla Connelly, who is 24, and engaged to be married, living in the Atlanta area. Karen also has a son, Sean Connelly, who lives in Miami. He’s 28. In addition, she has two stepsons: Michael Miller, 27, who lives in Guyton, and Matthew Miller, 14, who lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Karen serves on the Effingham Family Promise board, as well as the Springfield Revitalization Board, and is president of the Rincon BNI chapter. She’s proud of what she brings to the community and to her clients. “I strive to represent my clients well and make them feel welcome in the community and create lasting relationships,” she said. This year’s Most Fabulous Business Owner is Tateum Chatfield, who owns Twisted Scissors Hair Salon in Springfield. Tateum is married to Sgt. Chris Chatfield, U.S. Army Infantry, retired. They’ve been

married for eight years, and have two fur babies: Trixie Dee and Jewel. In addition to her work at the salon, she is involved with Weddings for Warriors, and Twisted Scissors is an ambassador salon for Wigs for Kids, which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns or other medical issues, all at no cost. “It is a great honor to be recognized as the Most Fabulous Business Owner,” she said. “Thank you so very much.” Also chosen by our readership this year were Chris Beecher, Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker, and Michele Shuman, Most Fabulous Financial Planner.

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Most Fabulous Local Photographer: Sara Dasher Most Fabulous Local Artist: Morgan Webb

Dasher and Webb bring passion to their art By Angye Morrison

Apparently, being fabulous is genetic. Sara Dasher is this year’s Most Fabulous Local Photographer, and the daughter of the 2017 Most Fabulous Man, Larry Jenkins. Sara has been a working photographer for only a short period of time, but has been pursuing it as a hobby for several years. She is the owner of Sara Dasher Photography, and says her passion is working with children and families. “As a mother myself, I see how fast the short, precious years of childhood go by, and I love capturing it through the art of photography,” she said. Sara is married to Ron Dasher, and the couple makes their home in Guyton. They are the proud parents of Payton, 5, and Mason, 2. “I feel so undeserving but extremely humbled that the community has voted me Most Fabulous Local Photographer of Effingham. Thank you to all who have voted for me!” she said. Morgan Webb, this year’s Most Fabulous Local Artist, lives in Springfield with her husband, Dennis. The couple has been married for 17 years. They have four grown children: Lindsay Webb, 33; Nicholas Webb, 29; Abby Newland, 29; and Quinton Nease, 27. Abby and her husband, Adam, have one child, Brooke, who is 4. She’s Morgan’s only grandchild, and she shares her grandmother’s love of art. “I sat her down on a large piece of paper with brushes and non-toxic paint when she was about 8.5 months old, and she has loved to paint ever since,” said Morgan. Morgan has been painting since she was a child, but started professionally in 1987. She began with folk art and murals, and now teaches art classes to children and adults. She paints murals, as well as portraits of people and pets in oil and acrylic. She also does face and body painting, as well as tummy painting for moms-in-waiting, and bald head painting for cancer patients. “My greatest honor is my work with children (and some adults) with cancer,” said Morgan. I volunteer with CURE Childhood Cancer, Catie’s Fund, Sisters on a Journey and with St. Baldrick’s.” Amidst all the volunteer work she does, Morgan says her time spent doing art lessons with Ella Bothwell, a previous Most Fabulous Local Artist winner who passed away from brain cancer, was one of her “greatest blessings.” “It means so much for my work to be recognized and I feel very honored. The best part is that it gives me another platform to mention the charities that I work with and to tell people about these amazing children and adults I’ve met through them. Most of my artwork pays the bills but my artwork that I get to do with/ for the children and adults with cancer blesses my heart. I feel like I receive a gift every time I get to paint with one of those amazing people. I think they are certainly fabulous,” she said. 36 • Effingham Living

Most Fabulous Local Photographer Sara Dasher

Most Fabulous Personal Trainer Helen Hobby

Most Fabulous Local Artist Morgan Webb


Most Fabulous Personal Trainer: Helen Hobby-Hardin Most Fabulous Healthcare Professional: Dr. Joe Ratchford Most Fabulous Veterinarian: Webb Animal Clinic Most Fabulous Dentist: Dr. Richard Taylor

Health care professionals in Effingham are more than fabulous By Angye Morrison

Helen Hobby-Hardin has been working with the YMCA in Effingham County for two years. In addition to her duties at the welcome center, she also works in the fitness and aquatics department. She is a certified personal trainer through Interactive Fitness Trainers of America, is a certified swimming instructor and is certified in Aquatics. She also owns H2O and You, providing swimming lessons for people of all ages in the community. Is it any wonder she was chosen as the 2017 Most Fabulous Personal Trainer? What’s more fabulous about Helen is that she only just received these certifications. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and was bedridden until 2009. She was in a wheelchair and then walker up until 2014, and did her own physical therapy at home. She walked into the YMCA using a cane and starting exercising on her own, attending classes there. “I received so much encouragement from the staff and instructors,” she said. She suffered a serious flare-up and was bedridden again at the end of the year in 2014, but didn’t give up. She said she got herself back to the YMCA and started over. “Again the encouragement and motivation from the staff at the YMCA was phenomenal. I was there every day. And I am there still every day,” she said. “So one day I thought, how can I find a way to continue to help others as I had to retire from nursing due to my multiple sclerosis?” She began studying for her personal training certification in September 2016, and received it in February of this year. She also began studying for her swimming instructor and Aquatics certifications in January, and received those in March. “Through the grace of God and the YMCA, I have been mobility independent for almost three years,” she said. Helen is married to John Hardin. They’ve been married for almost seven years. She has three children: Jesse Miller, 33, who lives in Statesboro; Heather Laycock, 26, who is stationed in the Air Force with her husband, Kyle; and Brandon Stayton, 21, who lives in Warner Robbins. She also has one grandson, Camren Stayton, who is 1. Helen attends Grace Community Church, and is volunteers with Faith Equestrian Center, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Savannah Together, Winston Warriors and Compassion Ministry. “I am grateful, humbled and honored to have been voted for this award. No words can express how grateful I am for all those who voted for me. I would have never dreamed in a million years that I would have ever been able to find another way to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. I now have a new purpose in life. I know I have done my job when I see the look of pride in my clients’ faces as they achieve their goals through either personal fitness training or through swimming lessons. That is what my job is really all about, making a positive difference in the lives of others,” she said. Effingham Living readers also voted Dr. Joe Ratchford the 2017 Most Fabulous Healthcare Professional. A native of Guyton, grew up farming, raising cattle and hogs, and working at the family market, Ratchford’s Market in Guyton. He and his wife, Mona, have two sons, Ryan and John. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and working in his yard, as well as reading and cooking. Dr. Richard Taylor was voted the 2017 Most Fabulous Dentist. Patients at this Rincon practice say that he is not only a great dentist, but a “super person.” “He tells you what he’s doing in a straightforward, friendly manner,” said one patient. Another called him “nice, professional and clear.” Customers who are usually afraid of going to the dentist walk into a gentle, comforting atmosphere, and find that Dr. Taylor and his dental team go beyond just caring for their teeth. Webb Animal Clinic was voted the Most Fabulous Veterinarian this year. Client Chelsea Ryan said Webb is “exceptional and simply refreshing.” “How amazing is it to walk into a vet clinic and not only have a friendly conversation over the phone booking the appointment, but every interaction you are greeted with a warm smile and positive attitude. And not only is the environment pleasant, but for a doctor to actually see the big picture and recommend the medical work-up so a diagnosis can be made. Wow! We have finally landed on a vet for our four-legged family,” she said. Summer 2017 • 37


Most Fabulous Man: Larry Jenkins Most Fabulous Woman: Vera Jones

Jones and Jenkins grateful, humbled by honor By Angye Morrison This year’s Most Fabulous Man and Most Fabulous Woman have something in common – they both believe in giving back. And we believe that alone makes them incredibly fabulous. Vera Jones is a Rincon resident, and has been for 25 years. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 36 years. The couple has been chosen as this year’s Most Fabulous Couple, and Dennis was also selected as Most Fabulous Local Developer. So it’s obvious there’s a lot of “fabulocity” in their home and in their marriage. They have one son, Gerald “Mitchell” Jones, married to Jessica, and they have two children: Landon, 8, and Landry, 10 months. Vera and Dennis jointly own four businesses: D.M Jones Construction Inc., D.M. Jones LLC, Ladies & Shears and Sunkist Tanning. They’ve been in business for more than a decade in each of their endeavors. Vera is the District 2 Effingham County Commissioner, now halfway through her second term. She previously served on the Effingham County School Board in District 5, and was the chair for two of the seven years she was in office. She and Dennis are both very active in the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. On being named Most Fabulous Woman, Vera says it’s an honor and humbling. “It is truly my heart to make a difference in a positive way, and here is a quote I feel sums that up: ‘To make a difference, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.’ I hope that’s the thing people can see in me, that I don’t profess perfection, but I do genuinely care, and have worked hard to make a difference,” she said. Most Fabulous Man Larry Jenkins had a distinct reaction when he was informed of the EL poll’s outcome – an eye roll and a good belly laugh. Larry doesn’t see himself as “fabulous” at all, and his humble, kind nature is to blame, says his two daughters, Claire Jenkins, a teacher in Grovetown, Georgia, and Sara Dasher, a Guyton resident and this year’s Most Fabulous Photographer winner. A Springfield resident, Larry has been married to Elaine Hendley Jenkins for nearly 30 years. The couple has two grandchildren: Payton, 5 and Mason, 2. Sara is married to Ron Dasher. Larry is a partner in Precision Marketing Inc. and Oglethorpe Mortgage Company Inc. He has been in the outdoor advertising game for 30 years, and in the mortgage business for 10. He’s an active member of Centerpoint Community Church, and is involved in the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. “He’s fabulous because he’s the most selfless person I know. He puts everyone’s wants and needs before his own. I know he’s always there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on, and he always knows how to put a smile on my face,” says Claire. Sara agrees. “Everyone who has the pleasure of knowing my dad knows that he is as genuine as it gets. He would do anything for anyone, whether he’s known you for years or he has just met you,” she said. “He’s full of wisdom and is an amazing man of God. He’s always there to make you smile, no matter what.” Wife Elaine echoes what her daughters say about her husband, calling him a “man of great integrity.” “He works very hard to provide for his family, but more importantly, Larry prays for and with us each day,” she said. “One of the many reasons why our marriage has worked is because we enjoy each other’s company and we love to laugh with, and sometimes at, each other. There’s never a dull moment being married to Larry Jenkins! We are definitely two imperfect people who are perfect for each other.” 38 • Effingham Living

Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer Jose Ramirez

Most Fabulous Firefighter Corey Rahn

Most Fabulous EMT Toni Broussard Most Fabulous Financial Planner Michele Shuman Most Fabulous Veterinarian Webb Animal Clinic Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker Chris Beecher


Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer: Jose Ramirez Most Fabulous Firefighter: Corey Rahn Most Fabulous EMT: Toni Broussard Most Fabulous City/County Employee: Clarence Morgan

Public servants thankful for recognition By Angye Morrison

Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent Karen Miller

Most Fabulous City/ County Employee: Clarence Morgan Most Fabulous Dentist Dr. Richard Taylor

Most Fabulous Insurance Agent Sundi Williamson Most Fabulous Historic Location Ebenezer Retreat Center Most Fabulous Local Salon Salon Retreat

People who work in service to the public are, more often than not, some of the most humble and dedicated people you will ever meet. Such is the case with this year’s crop of winners in the 2017 Most Fabulous reader survey. “No way, Jose!” was the response from this year’s Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer, Jose Ramirez, winning for the second year in a row. “I am very humbled, once again,” Jose said. He has been with the Rincon Police Department since 2007, and has been in law enforcement for more than 17 years. In addition to his service to the community as an officer, the lieutenant and RPD Commander of Operations is also involved at the Treutlen House, the Georgia Baptist Boys Home in Baxley, Faith Equestrian Center, Youth Intercept in Chatham County and Learning for Life. He is a youth leader at First Baptist Church in Rincon, and serves as East Region Vice President for the Georgia Gang Investigators Association. “This award of recognition by the citizens of Effingham County is once again one of my highlights of my career,” he said. “Being a police officer in this time of age is a challenging task more than ever, and to be recognized by the citizens I serve is humbling. . I believe in taking full advantage of every opportunity that the Lord places in front of me while in the performance of my duties, so I live by the moto of ‘Serving everyone with HONOR because EVERY LIFE has VALUE.’” Clarence Morgan, the 2017 Most Fabulous City/County Employee, is the Recreation Director for Effingham County. He lives in “Sprincon,” between Springfield and Rincon, with his wife of 33 years, Pamela. The couple has a daughter, April Lawson, 31, who is married to Walt. Thy have two children: Tyler, 6, and Morgan, 2. Clarence says he’s been involved with Effingham County youth and adult sports since 1965, and involved with Effingham County Recreation and Parks since it started in 1875. He’s been Recreation Director since 2001. He taught and coached at Effingham County High School and Effingham County Middle from 1970 until his retirement in 1999. Clarence was the Athletic Director and coach at Effingham County High School and Effingham County Middle School in numerous sports for 29 years. And on top of all that, he’s been involved in community activities and events in Effingham County for more than 40 years. Now that’s fabulous. “It is so amazing that this happened. So many great things are happening to me the last couple of years, and this is just so super and so much appreciated,” he said. Corey Rahn was named Most Fabulous Firefighter, while Toni Broussard was named Most Fabulous EMT. Both have been described as caring, dedicated and passionate about what they do, and very deserving of this distinction. Summer 2017 • 39


Most Fabulous Couple: Vera and Dennis Jones Most Fabulous Local: Developer: Dennis Jones

It’s not what you get, it’s what you give By Angye Morrison Vera and Dennis Jones are fabulous. End of discussion. Your argument is invalid. Just take a look at Vera’s Facebook page, and you’ll see pictures of the couple’s family, as well as their adventures. And it’s obvious they’re happy and, well, just plain fabulous. The couple is heavily involved in the community – Vera is a county commissioner, and the couple owns four businesses jointly. To say they’re busy is an understatement. But you will still often find them at Effingham County Chamber of Commerce events like ribbon cuttings and ground breakings, as well as at athletic booster events, the Relay for Life, Olde Effingham Days and more. Yes, they’re everywhere. And the community is better for it. Dennis is a commercial and residential general contractor, and has been building and developing in Effingham County for more than 25 years. He loves giving back to the community, but shies away from the spotlight. “I believe the biggest factor in contributing to Dennis deserving this award, is simply who he is as a man,” says Vera. She points to the downturn of the economy in 2007, when many in his field were finding themselves in dire straits. Vera says Dennis prayed not only for their family, but that everyone who had ever bought or sold in their subdivisions would be blessed. “That’s the kind of man he is,” she said. “I believe that prayer is one of the reasons we survived in this economy.” Dennis says his philosophy is described best by a Winston Churchill quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 40 • Effingham Living

Most Fabulous Place to Take Kids for Fun Mars Theatre

Most Fabulous Business Owner Tateum Chatfield at Twisted Scissors Hair Salon

Most Fabulous Supermarket/Grocery Kroger Most Fabulous Consignment Store My Sassy Sister

Most Fabulous Healthcare Professional Dr. Joe Ratchford Most Fabulous Sporting Event ECHS vs. SEHS football game

Most Fabulous Florist New Life Most Fabulous Pharmacy Quick Rx Most Fabulous Furniture Store Wiley’s

Most Fabulous Mani/Pedi City Nails

Most Fabulous Barbecue Supply Store Smoke & Bones

Most Fabulous Barber Shop Amy’s Vintage

Most Fabulous Animal Care/Farm Supply Store Tractor Supply

Most Fabulous Boutique That Dress Most Fabulous Antique Store A Guy, A Girl and a Red Door

Most Fabulous Vehicle Repair/ Collision Repair Shop Harold’s Paint & Body


Most Fabulous Place to Buy a Car Springfield Chrysler

Most Fabulous Sushi Tomo’s

Most Fabulous Bank Customer Service Bank of America

Most Fabulous Convenience Store/Gas Station Parker’s

Most Fabulous Company to Work for in Effingham The Tin Fin

Most Fabulous Overall Restaurant Schnitzel Shack

Most Fabulous Daycare/Childcare The Learning Treehouse

Most Fabulous Soul Food Southern Kafe on 17

Most Fabulous Seafood The Tin Fin

Most Fabulous Wings Rusty Pig

Most Fabulous Burger 108 Ale House

Most Fabulous Pizza Stoner’s Pizza Joint

Most Fabulous Take-out Schnitzel Shack

Most Fabulous Business Lunch Location Schnitzel Shack

Most Fabulous Annual Party or Event Springfield Fall Festival

Most Fabulous Fried Chicken Mrs. Jean’s

Most Fabulous Local Charity or Nonprofit Organization Coastal Pet Rescue

Most Fabulous Barbecue Rusty Pig

Most Fabulous Neighborhood Lost Plantation

Most Fabulous Wedding Venue in Effingham Woodlawn Plantation Most Fabulous Cold Beer 108 Ale House Most Fabulous Location for Date Night The Tin Fin Most Fabulous School Spirit Effingham County High School Most Fabulous Place to Get Fit YMCA Most Fabulous Category We Forgot Was Fabulous Golf Cart Repair/Sales: Cross Resurrection Autos

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Most Fabulous local developer Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones is a commercial & residential general contractor licensed in the State of Georgia, & has been building in Effingham County for approx. 25 years, when he moved here for the Schools. He has developed several beautiful subdivisions here, namely: Autumn Woods, Settler’s Point, South Effingham Plantation, & Buckingham Plantation, (now featuring Mungo Homes.) One of the many great things about his communities is that they held their values through the down turned economy. This was an extrodinary accomplishment & benefit to both the homeowners, & the tax base of the community. This is due to the fact that Dennis genuinely cares about every development, home, and customer. He always wants the customer to receive a true value for their hard earned money, and it shows in every project he builds. Dennis is truly thankful and honored by this recognition, and thinks a Henry Ford quotes says it well: “ To do more for the world, than it does for you, that is success.”

Most Involved couple & Most Fab woMan

Dennis and I are both truly honored & humbled by being voted for to receive these awards. We learned a long time ago that the only way to have a truly fulfilled life, is to give back to others. I believe I was literally “blessed with a burden,” to try & make a positive difference & impact on our local community. While we were able to volunteer in many capacities , one of the highlights was the priviledge of participating in the welcome home celebration that our community spontaneously put together for our true home town hero, Winston Hencely, injured in Afghanistan while in service to our Country. Additionally, I was honored to spearhead a fundraiser for our local law enforcement to have additional safety equipment for tactical needs. These people are the truly “fabulous,” and we count it as a special priviledge to be able to support them in whatever small ways we can. Because I believe others can usually say things better than myself, I will end with two quotes. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Margret Thatcher and “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”- Eleanor Roosevelt


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