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Beyond her works with local churches, she founded The Holy Spirit Emergency Shelter in 2014, which provides shelter to homeless individuals during inclement weather. Services of the shelter included showers, clothing, laundering, hot meals, fellowship and Bible studies. Under her leadership, the shelter expanded services to include assistance for medical or prescription needs and monthly Carroll EMC is a Member-owned cooperative providing Resource Days where anyone in need could utilize electricity to approximately 50,000 homes and businesses. The existing services plus haircuts, medical screenings or co-op serves Members in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, referrals to other agencies. During 2016, the shelter Polk and Troup counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information visit the partnered with two local churches to provide new cooperative’s website at or follow Carroll EMC on locations and additional support. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn. “Laddie is such a dedicated and giving person,” Carroll EMC: Community Built. Community Builder. said Rebecca Smith, past president for the Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club. “Her vision and hard work address a serious need for most communities. It truly takes a servant’s heart.” Laddie Carter is a Carrollton native and attended West Georgia College. She and her husband, Bill, have been married more than 50 years and have two sons, Brett and Matt. Before her philanthropic work, Carter managed her family-owned company Groover Smith Furniture Company from 1980 to 2005 and has owned antique booths in Bowdon, Ga., and Wedowee and Oxford, Ala. The Carters are members of First United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with their daughters-in-law Marianna and Kelly and four grandchildren Caroline, Cole, Katy Beth and Chloe. Past President, Jay Gill, presents award to Laddie Carter. Hilton Forth Worth where it drew more than 100 communicators from across the country. The four-day educational program included a variety of professional development sessions ranging from effective social media tactics and video production, to photography tips and writing workshops.

Carter Receives Service to Mankind Award

Photos by Rebecca Smith.

Sertoma (Service to Mankind) was established in 1912 as the Cooperative Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Now, Sertoma clubs can be found throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Historically, the organization has focused on speech and hearing health problems, particularly in children, but has since adopted programs targeting drug-use education and projects promoting freedom and democracy to school-aged children. Local Sertoma clubs also sponsor and support teen and collegiate clubs in area schools.

Laddie Carter pictured with her family. (Left to Right: daughter-in-law Kelly Carter, Matt Carter, Laddie Carter, Brett Carter, daughter-in-law Marianna Carter, grandchildren Cole and Caroline Carter)

Laddie Carter has been honored by the Carroll County and Carrollton Evening Sertoma (Service To Mankind) Clubs with the Service To Mankind Award for 2017. The award recognizes local philanthropists for their works in the community and at large. As the 2017 recipient of the award, Carter has been a community leader for volunteerism and outreach for more than a decade in the Carroll County area.

The float built by members of GFWC Carrollton Civic Woman's Club won First Place in the General category in the July 4th People's Parade. Club member and float designer/director Debbie Waters accepts the award. The giant cake represents the club's 50th anniversary celebration this year.


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West Georgia Woman Magazine August 2018  

West Georgia's only women's lifestyle magazine, and the most read, popular and preferred magazine in West Georgia.