Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
" PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2008) Capt. Robert P. Irelan, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), speaks to Marines and sailors before carving the turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner for Marines and Sailors aboard Iwo Jima. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Strike Group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick M. Johnson-Campbell/Released)"
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We conduct Sunday School every Sunday morning at 9:45 A.M. with a meet and greet and the Lessons commence at 10:00 A.M. Our Pastor also conducts a "Children's Sermon" prior to the Sunday Message during the 11:00 A. M. Worship Service and then the Children are excused to attend Children's Church in the Fellowship Hall.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Covered officials and employees shall not exceed their authority or breachthe law, or ask others to do so, and they shall work in full cooperationwith other public officials and employees unless prohibited from so doingby law or by officially recognized confidentiality of their work. Each covered official and employee of Bibb County shall:
Sec. _ __. Procedure for alleged violations.
The county attorney of any county within the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, except the county attorney for Bibb County, shall make the determination of whether or not a review board should be impaneled. If a review board is needed, three county attorneys within reasonably close geographical proximity to the county will be requested to conduct a public hearing based upon the complaint. Amajority vote, based on clear and convincing evidence, will determine the existence of a violation.
Let's Talk About These Concepts!!
A few of the duly elected leaders of Macon, Georgia are suggesting that the benefits that members of our Law Enforcement Community receive, such as being able to drive Police Cars to Off-Duty Jobs or to approved parking locations should be reviewed in these difficult economic times.
It has been stated that this is not fair for the other City Employees. Let us consider this from the point of view that may not have received appropriate attention. I say that the Macon City Council should be Fair. If the Police Officers can take a car home, all city employees should be able to do so.
Conversely, the Clerks in City Hall should be issued Weapons, trained in apprehending criminals and also work shifts. It would be nice if any Citizen in Macon could conduct business at City Hall 24/7. After all not all citizens work a 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. job.
I am all for equality and fairness. Just think of the impact of all city employees being armed with an appropriate weapon. The criminal element would even have to respect the "Garbage Truck."
All city vehicles could be fitted with speed detection devices. All city vehicle operators would be authorized to make arrest. All city employees would also become targets for the criminal element of our Society.
Yes, I the Flower Child am all for Equality and Fairness!!!!!
Just think of how the crime stats would decrease!!!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
"Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill's wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located. Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948. The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to "bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children." Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservists on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio. This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots. In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today. Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program. Nat "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956. Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots. First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national spokesperson in 1983. First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.
From 1947 through 1979, Marines collected and distributed new and used toys. On Reserve drill weekends during October, November and December, Reserve Marines refurbished the used toys.
From Christmas 1980 through the present, Marines have collected and distributed only new toys. Three factors dictated this change. First, the Secretary of Defense's Total Force Program, introduced in the 1970s, assigned Reserves a greater role in America's defense posture. As a consequence, Reservists had to dedicate every minute of weekend drill time to honing and polishing combat skills. No time was available to refurbish toys. Second, public awareness of the health and safety aspects of toys that developed during the 70s made distribution of used toys legally inadvisable. Third, distributing "hand me down" toys does not send the message Marines want to send to needy children. The goal is to deliver a message of hope, which will build self-esteem and, in turn, motivate needy children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. A shiny new toy is the best means of accomplishing this goal.
In the late 1980s, the Marine Corps determined that a non-profit charity was needed as an integral part of the overall national Toys for Tots program. Based on this need, the Secretary of Defense, in August 1991, authorized the Marine Corps to recognize and work with a charity committed to supporting Toys for Tots. Based on this approval, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation became an operational organization in September 1991 and has been the fund raising and support organization for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program since that date.
The Foundation was able to satisfy the five needs identified by the Marine Corps. First, the Foundation could provide toys to supplement the collections of local units that had fewer Marines due to military cutbacks of the 80s and 90s. Second, the Foundation could arrange and pay for the creation, publication, manufacture and distribution of promotion and support materials to Toys for Tots coordinators - something the declining budgets prevented the Marine Corps from doing any longer. Third, the Foundation could enable individual and corporate donors to Toys for Tots to take a charitable deduction on their income tax returns. Fourth, the Foundation could enter into contracts with corporations to conduct promotions, which would produce royalties for Tots for Tots. (Needs three and four were two important elements of this charitable endeavor that the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, could not fulfill). Fifth, the Foundation could ensure that the Toys for Tots program operates in compliance with IRS regulations, state laws and regulations and charitable standards.
In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 1996, the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve expanded Toys for Tots to cover all 50 states by authorizing selected Marine Corps League Detachments and selected local community organizations (generally veteran Marines), located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in their communities as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
In 1997, the Marine Corps celebrated the 50th anniversary of Toys for Tots.
In 1999, the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve delegated authority to the President, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to approve and manage local Toys for Tots campaigns conducted in communities without a Reserve Unit.
2001: Despite the trauma the nation experienced as a result of the 911 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, the economic downturn and the anthrax scare, the 2001 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign was the second best in the previous 54 year history of the program. Local campaigns were conducted in 388 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This was the most extensive coverage to date.The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary as the fund-raising and support organization for Toys for Tots in 2001. The highlights of the year were that the Foundation had its most successful campaign to date plus was ranked #289 in the 2001 "Philanthropy 400". This was the first time the Foundation earned a ranking in the "Philanthropy 400".
In 2002, Charity Navigator awarded the Foundation a 4-star rating and the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the Foundation #267 in the “Philanthropy 400”.
In 2003, the DMA Nonprofit Federation named the Foundation the “Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year” for 2003. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the Foundation #341 in the “Philanthropy 400”. Starburst ranked the Foundation website #9 of the “Top 100 Toy Websites”. Reader’s Digest, in the November 2003 edition, named Marine Toys for Tots Foundation “America’s Best Children's Charity”. In the December 2003 edition, Forbes included Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in it's "Gold Star List" of charities.
During 2003, the Foundation assumed full responsibility for managing the after action reports for all local Toys for Tots Coordinators
Despite the continuous worldwide war on terrorism, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the mobilization of 35% of Marine Forces Reserves and the Presidential election which siphoned a great deal of America’s disposable income, the 2004 Toys for Tots Campaign was the most successful to date. Local campaigns were conducted in 481 communities – the most extensive coverage to date. Marines distributed more than 19 million toys to 7.5 million needy children. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation supplemented local toy collections with 8.8 million toys valued at $40.9 million. The Foundation also distributed to local coordinators promotion and support materials valued at more than $700,000. Importantly, the 2004 campaign enjoyed the most extensive visibility at the national level in the history of the program, due in large part to the support of ABC TV and radio.
During the 2005 Toys for Tots Campaign, local Toys for Tots Coordinators distributed 18.5 million toys to 7.5 million needy children. Concurrently, local campaigns were conducted in 516 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico - the most extensive coverage ever. Although the number of toys distributed was fewer than the 2004 campaign, local coordinators reached 7.5, million children; hence the 2005 and 2004 campaigns are the two most successful campaigns in the history of Toys for Tots.
During the 2006 Toys for Tots Campaign, local Toys for Tots Coordinators distributed 19.2 million toys to 7.6 million needy children.Concurrently, local campaigns were conducted in 558 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands - the most extensive coverage ever.
Over the 59 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after needy children at Christmas. Over its 16 year life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 70.2 million toys valued at more than $387 million; plus has provided promotion and support materials valued at over $4.7 million."
I would encourage all the readers of this Blog to Support the U. S. Marines this year, 2008 as they conduct another "Toys for Tots."
Here you see two Angels close up. They are special to me because My Brother always told me that you can never have too many Angels in your life.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
- Caol Ila
- Johnny Walker Red
Behind these selections was a teaspoon and a glass filled with water.
I learned the following information about enjoying Scotch:
- Whisky means "Water of Life"
- Water wakes up the flavor
- There are five areas in Scotland which produce Whisky
- Age may not be as important as I had heard. All Whisky is bottled when ripe.
- There is a definite protocol employed to enjoy/savor Whisky
As we tasted the selections I learned that the Aberfeldy is very pleasant and is generally considered as an appropriate Scotch for someone just starting to enjoy great Scotch.
Caol Ila is enjoyed with a good cigar. Most cigar smokers enjoy Caol Ila as they smoke cigars.
Talisker is considered by many as an appropriate before "Dinner Drink."
The Johnny Walker Red is a blend and is the most popular Scotch based on sales volume. It is a blend of 40 types of Whisky.
I learned that the distilling of Whisky is a science. Blending is an art.
The Scotch Seminar presenter also informed us that the best Whisky is the one that the consumer enjoys the most.
After the Scotch Seminar we viewed the 1995 Movie "Braveheart," staring Mel Gibson. As I enjoyed this great epic movie which featured the struggle, more appropriately called a War; between Scotland and England many years ago. Two quotes from the movie struck me as being very germane today:
"What Will You Do Without Your Freedom?"
"Men Follow Courage."
These two phrases were used to motivate the Warriors. Certainly a great "Man Night!"
Friday, November 14, 2008
This event happened on November 11, 2008 - Veterans Day. It is always comforting to realize that many, many peoples from around the World look to the United States of America as the land of opportunity. These peoples willingly serve in our U. S. Military and also apply for citizenship in our Great Land.
Congratulations to these New Heroes of our Country!!!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So I continued the routine of stopping by the Macon Dodge Dealership on Riverside Drive here in Macon on my way home at about 7:13 A.M. from my job at B&W. I could shop the lot without any salesman bothering me.
Then one day I stayed up later and went to the Dealership after they opened and I inquired why they did not have any Dodge Ram Pickups like I wanted. I was informed that I could buy any of the Dodge Pickups on the lot. Unfortunately, none met my requirements.
Later in the day, after I awoke from my day sleep and my oldest Son was home from school, he told me to try the Dodge Dealership in Perry. I drove to Perry that evening and ascertained that they did not have any Pickups that I was interested in.
However they did inform me that they would do a vehicle search and find what I wanted.
When I awoke from my day sleep the next afternoon the Dodge Dealership in Perry had called my Bride to tell me they had found a pick up in Red with a V-6 Motor with a Stick transmission.
I traveled to Perry that evening and completed the deal. They arranged to have the Truck transported to Perry and I would be able to pick it up the very next evening.
So customer service and dealer attitude plays a lot of importance when customers decide to acquire a new "whatever."
This story can be played out in any city, but the morale is, Business Owners need to train their employees to render Customer Service. It is time to respect the customer and to also develope and train employees to have the correct attitudes. Employees need to realize that their attitude can impact their future employment.
This is my take on how to develop a great business environment here in Macon, Georgia.
Nothing new here, but simple common sense.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
For many years now, we here in Middle Georgia have viewed bunches of mature females run around at various public events draped in purple gowns and covered with red hats. Of course they are known as "Red Hatters."
Therefore I was certainly impressed and also happy to read last Friday's Out and About in The Telegraph that the Cox Capital Theatre at 382 Second Street in Macon would be hosting a "Man Night" this Friday, November 14th. The doors will open at 5:00 P.M. for this evening of Scotch, cigars and "Braveheart" which stars Mel Gibson. Cigars on the patio until until 7:00 P.M. with a seminar on the tasting of fine Scotches at 7:00 P.M. and the movie will commence at 7:30 P.M. The cost for the Movie is $5.00. The Scotch and Cigars will be available. I assume that we can purchase these two items as we desire.
While I have nothing against "Red Hatters" I certainly feel that we males can also exercise our right to bond with males here in Middle Georgia. I am looking forward to this event. Maybe we could wear "Blue Hats!!"
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"Yes, we all have a great Heritage. We all have been given a great Legacy. I would now like to share with you some of my ideas of what you, each of you and I as well; can do to perform our Duty as we all continue onward in our respective lives.
- First of all we can always show appropriate respect to the symbol of our Great Country, our Flag.
- We must take every opportunity to show our respect for those who have served........ Let them know that you appreciate their service to our Country.
- Continue to take pride in our Country by our daily actions.
and most vital:
Become involved in your community.
As the presentation concluded with the speaker addressing the students with this challenge:
You, the Southwest Scholars here today are the future of our United States of America. Always remembering that 'We the People,' are you the citizens of the United States of America."
The final activity for the Flower Child and his Bride was at the Forest Hill United Methodist Church in Macon where 34 Choir Members presented a "Liberty" Concert. This uplifting Concert was also a joyous event which featured the great Songs about our Great Land as well as the Armed Forces Medley. Of course no Patriotic Concert would be complete without Katherine Lee Bates's "America The Beautiful."
No Posting about an appropriate Veteran's Day would be complete without Taps.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
- A Democrat Friend asked me "How Are You Doing?"
- A Republican Friend asked me why I have not yet posted a "Blog" entry about the recently completed Historic Presidential Election.
In addition to considering the above queries I have engaged in some serious observations of what is happening around me. As but one individual I have observed the following:
- Married couples are still enjoying sexual activity.
- Teenagers are still probably conducting exploration activities.
- Senior Citizens are still conducting their weekly marketing activities on Wednesday at Kroger.
- The Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance Firms are still maintaining the gardens of my neighbors homes.
- Children are still riding school buses to the many Public Education Facilities here in West Bibb County.
- Children are riding in their Mom's SUVs to gain access to the plethora of Private Schools that abound in West Bibb County.
- Children who have the use of an automotible are still driving to various Schools. Some even operate Hummer SUVs and Porsche Automobiles.
- Citizens are still praying for the well being of our Nation's Defenders who are engaged in the War on Terrorism as well as their respective families.
- The College and Professional Football Schedules and the various team's performances still dominate the Sports Pages of print media as well as capture considerable time in the electronic media.
- Those who choose to break our Nation's Laws are still conducting their criminal activity.
- Moms and Dads still have high expectations for their progeny.
- The Obituaries of the recently deceased/departed are still being published, although the name of the page in the local print media is now known as the "In Memory" page.
- OB/GYN Professionals still have a full patient load.
- The Child birthing facilities at our Health Care Centers are still active.
Yes, we as a people have a lot to look forward to. We as a people have a lot to accomplish in the future; but I am reminded of an adage I have often heard:
"The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same!!!!"
God Bless Us All!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Yesterday, November 1, 2008 he again maintained his focus. Under his right eye was "Phil" and under his left eye was "4:13." During a break in the game I looked up Philippians 4:13 to read: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Here was Tim Tebow, who the commentators stated was possibly the best Quarterback in the Nation acknowledging that he was not alone. In addition to the other members on the Florida Gators Football team he displayed his number one focus: "Faith."
What more can I say this Sunday morning. Tim Tebow has stated it all.