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Gainesville Jaycees honor '09, look forward to 2010

The Gainesville Jaycees concluded a very successful 2009 and set the tone for 2010 on Saturday with their annual Awards and Installations banquet at Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

The Jaycees set the bar high for 2010 after raising record amounts in donations, aiding a record number of needy children in Hall County and breaking ground on several successful new ventures -- this on top of continuing longtime successes such as the Mule Camp Market and Gut Check program.

All of these ventures and those that worked hard to make them happen were honored on Saturday, while a new class of officers and directors were sworn in for the coming year.

These Jaycees received special recognition for their efforts in 2009:

-- Directors of the Year: Zach Pittman and Chance Jones

-- Officer of the Year: Michael John Lovell

-- Jaycee of the Year: Sam Latimer

-- Keyman Award: Lincoln Griffin

-- Distinguished Service Awards: Andrew Joyner and Morgan Lee

-- Presidential Awards of Honor: Reagan Wolfe, Ben Hawkins and Ryan Hudson

Danny Sanderson became the 65th president of the Gainesville Jaycees and promised that 2010 will be even better. He will be joined by these officers: Ryan Hudson (treasurer), Matt Dubnik (secretary), Chance Jones (vice president for community development), Michael John Lovell (vice president of operations), James Hatcher (vice president of membership), Blair Marshall (chairman), Andrew Joyner (state representative) and Jason Voyles (legal council). Meanwhile, the Jaycees directors for ’10 are: Brett Fowler, Britton Adams, Bryan Hughes, Clark Pierce, Daniel Blalock, Jamie Smithson, Josh Trawick, Lincoln Griffin, Luke Anderson, Morgan Lee, Sam Latimer and Trey Wood.

This group will look to continue the good work completed in 2009, including a successful Empty Stocking Fund -- a project that raised over $17,000 and helped provide Christmas for 493 needy children in Hall County.

The Jaycees will also continue their successful operation of the Mule Camp Market this fall in downtown Gainesville. This year’s market saw the addition of live music and evening entertainment for the first time.

Gut Check will also remain a focus of the club. Begun in 1997, Gut Check provides leadership and life skills to pre-teen boys in Hall County. The program guides “candidates” through an intense, weekend-long experience focusing on team-building exercises -- including ropes course work and rappelling -- all backed with military-style discipline.

The Jaycees also look forward to holding their annual Young Man/Young Woman of the Year award ceremony on Feb. 25. The awards are provided to those younger community members who show the greatest commitment to leadership and the betterment of their community.

The Jaycees are also looking forward to continuing two projects just begun in ’09. This fall saw the successful completion of the very first Stocking Scurry 5K run and the InteractiveAngler.com Charity Fishing Tournament, both run in conjunction with Mule Camp.

On top of that, the Gainesville Jaycees completed numerous work projects and aided individuals and organizations throughout Hall County, including developments at Challenged Child and Friends and CASA. The club also provided a disabled Vietnam veteran with badly needed home repairs.

“We are looking forward to improving on our hard work of 2009 and doing even more in 2010,” Sanderson said.



Special thanks to Access North Georgia and Morgan Lee for this article. You can see the original article here.


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