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Thanks for being so patient while your over tasked hostess figured out how to continue blogging Richmond Hill. Stay tuned for some really fun stuff. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas.

Now, the Mayor’s Motorcade…

Richmond Hill Participating in Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade

The City of Richmond Hill will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of the state’s mental health and retardation hospitals.

For 50 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients at Georgia’s seven regional mental health and retardation hospitals through the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.

The program, begun by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in cooperation with Governor Ernest Vandiver, relies on citizen participation in each city to donate gifts for the patients, many of who would not receive gifts or be recognized without the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. According to hospital staff, many of the patients at these hospitals have lived there most of their lives and have little, if any, support or contact with friends and family.

Donated items from the City of Richmond Hill will be delivered to Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Civic organizations, businesses, churches, schools, scout troops and individual citizens are encouraged to help with the collection of gifts for the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.

Drop-off locations include the Richmond Hill City Hall, the Bryan County Courthouse, and the Bryan County Annex/Jack Kingston Building.

Needed items include:
Miscellaneous Gifts:
Board Games
Baseball Caps
Walkman Radios
Top 40 Tapes/CD
Tote Bags
Movies (PG or G only)
Hair Accessories
Personal Care Items:
Shaving Lotion
After Shave
Cosmetic Cases
Body Lotion New Clothing:
(Extra Large through 4XXXX-Women)
Bedroom Shoes
Tennis Shoe
Sweat Shirts/Pants

For more information on how groups and businesses can participate, please call Jan Bass at 912-756-6459 or go online to

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 510 member cities.

SMA Charity Yard Sale

So Many Angels is a local non-profit created to help wage war against Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Our community was blessed with angels, Skylar and Cassidy, in 1997. They were diagnosed with SMA and their family and their community rallied around them.

You can find more information about SMA Angels by visiting their website.

After you do that, show your support at the SMA Yard Sale on Saturday, March 1st, at the Ford Plaza in Richmond Hill.

SMA Angels

**Special Thanks to Andrea Hillis of Hillis Photography for giving me the heads up. 

Toastmasters is coming to Richmond Hill

A while back I mentioned that a group was toying with the idea of starting a local Toastmasters group here in Richmond Hill. Well, we are toying no more.

The first meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 8:30am at Magnolia Manor. All are invited to attend to see what it is all about. In the meantime, you are more than welcome to give me a call if you have any questions.

Special thanks goes out to Rich Delong and the staff at Magnolia Manor for once again opening their home to community events and being incredibly hospitable.

Leadership Bryan County

Leadership Bryan County class #2 had it all over class #1. Don’t get me wrong – learning about my Meyers-Briggs was neat. Hanging out with the cool kids was even better. But nothing could beat spending the day out at Epworth by the Sea.
Started easy enough. Weather was kinda crappy but I didn’t have to drive. Day started early, but there was breakfast when we got there. That’s always a good start.

The morning went well. Brain teasers, team building, lessons learned. Our facilitator was PHENOM!! Which turned out to be good for me because I would need somebody good at his job after lunch.

The afternoon…whew…climbing a rock wall and doing the zip line. Seems easy enough. Till you realize the rock wall is this far up.

And the zip line is up a 45 foot pole with a little platform that you have to jump off. Notice none of those factors bothered Shirley at all. I, on the other hand, kept my eyes closed.

It was a great time. I felt strong at the top of the wall, and fearless even with my eyes closed.

But they day was more that death defying tricks and trying to swing on a rope with out spilling water. We had the opportunity to learn yet more about each other and ourselves. Not mention the really cool porch.


Leadership Bryan County

Whew – have I been slacking on the blog or what? Sorry…things have been a bit busy over at Making Life Work for You and My Beautiful Chaos. But, that is no excuse. So let’s get on with it.

Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its 2007-2008 Leadership Bryan program. Yours truly is a happy participant. So are these others folks

Our first class was last Friday. It was not what I expected at all. I was excited about starting. I knew the class was split between people I knew and didn’t know. I looked forward to seeing the familiar faces and meeting some new ones.

Ice breaker was the introductions. Tons of fun. Each person had to think of an adjective that described themselves and had the same first letter as their first name. Then we had to repeat the names and adjectives of all of those who went before us. Great exercise.

Next, we got into the Meyers-Briggs Personality Profile. You can read all about my no surprise ESTJ outcome. The concept of Meyers-Briggs is to learn how different personalities interact with others and how that interaction affects decision making and work habits. Everyone seemed to agree that the test was surprisingly accurate and enlightening.

There was also a few interactive portions which included a competition to build a tower out of index cards (I won’t tell you which team won), and a pretend distribution of funds for a made up company. Both exercise illustrated how different personalities approach tasks. According to the facilitator, we all behaved rather typically. An interesting experience into group dynamics.

We finished up with a discussion on Servant Leadership. I didn’t get to hear all of that. Kids needing to picked up from school and all.

I had a few observations throughout the day

  • 7 participants are people I know for certain to be entrepreneurs. That’s 50% for those of you who don’t want to do the math. That’s amazing! I think it speaks volumes to the fact that we are holding true to our entrepreneur friendly county status.
  • One person is from the city government and another from the local paper. Talk about making a commitment to be plugged in. These folks are directly responsible for the health of the city and the information we get concerning it. I thought it a positive sign that they chose to be involved.
  • The class was fun! And I am not talking about the structure of the class – I am talking about the genuine interaction between the people. We were interested in each other and in things outside of ourselves. Everyone participated and the session was better for it.

If that’s the way personality testing and leadership training goes – I can’t wait to see what happens at next month’s session. We all travel down to Epworth by the Sea at St. Simon’s to participate in the High and Low Ropes Obstacle Course for some real team building. I’m bringing a camera.