President Anna Gladdin with new officers

January 16, 2009 - New Officers from left to right: Anna Gladdin - President,
Kelly Schroter - Vice President, Kathy Malone - Treasurer, Karen Jordan - Secretary

Union County Interagency Group

Union County Interagency Group busy in 2009

The Union County Interagency Group recently met to coordinate plans for 2009. Members expect a busy year in Blairsville, Georgia with regular meetings, the annual festival, and other activities on the calendar.

2009 brings three new officers to the Interagency Group including Vice President Kelly Schroter, Treasurer Kathy Malone, and Secretary Karen Jordan. Anna Gladdin will remain President for another year.

 

Union County Interagency Group holds May meeting

May 13, 2009 - Union County Interagency Group holds May meeting

The Union County Interagency Group recently met to discuss issues affecting Blairsville, Georgia and surrounding areas. The Interagency Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Union County Civic Center. They offer an excellent chance for networking, informative guest speakers, and up to the minute information about services available in our communities.

 

Interagency Group partners with Home Depot

October 4, 2008 - Interagency Group partners with Blairsville Home Depot

The Union County Interagency Group recently partnered up with Blairsville's Home Depot to combine the annual Union County Interagency Fall Festival of Community Services and the annual Blairsville Home Depot Children's Safety Day. The event, while concentrating on providing information, also offered free give-a-ways, live music, expert advice, and fun activities.

Hundreds of kids participated in the festivities which included hands-on building projects, clowns, jugglers, face painting, animals, visits from Air Rescue 1, visits from local emergency teams, and free food. Adults received information about various ways to save money on insurance, ways to plan for the future, and ways to improve quality of life.

Union County Interagency Group President Anna Gladdin and Interagency Group Secretary Dana Ensley were on hand to welcome guests. They also had a big money tree from United Community Bank for one lucky winner. Other Union County Interagency Group members provided an array of informative presentations and free gifts.

Blairsville Home Depot Customer Service Representative Norma Garrett, Home Depot Associate Stacy Burch, and other Team Depot volunteers worked hard to organize the event and to feed the crowd. Hot dogs, chili, baked beans, cokes, bottled water, and chips were available throughout the day.

After visiting all the exhibits, visitors enjoyed relaxing under the big tent while kids ate or worked on fun projects. Norma says, "It's because of our manager, John Wischmeyer, that we are able to sponsor events like this in our local community. John really believes in giving back."

The combined event was a huge success. Booths and exhibits featured everything from diabetic footwear and exercise facilities to home healthcare and domestic violence. Visitors collected lots of valuable information.

Fire safety was a "hot" topic at the event. Advice included the following tips: never play with matches, always have an adult to help with cooking projects, remind parents to check batteries in smoke alarms, and practice an escape plan regularly. Firemen and emergency workers taught children what to do if their clothes catch fire. "Stop, drop, and roll" is easy to remember and extremely effective in emergency situations.

An updated Union County Resource List was handed out at the event and is currently available free of charge from the Union County Interagency Group. The 2008 Union County Resource List includes aging services, alcohol and drug related services, animal welfare groups, childcare services, consumer information, domestic violence services, educational facilities, emergency contact information, employment services, financial advisors, various ministries, health services, housing options, immigrant services, legal assistance programs, mental retardation associations, transportation services, networking opportunities, and veteran services. Contact information on everything from AARP to the Union County Recreation Department is listed.

WCNC 102.7 FM Radio personality Jeff Crane did a great job as Master of Ceremonies. Thanks to Jeff and everyone else that helped make the event a success. Special thanks go to Home Depot Manager John Wischmeyer and Customer Service Representative Norma Garrett for allowing the Interagency Group to partner up with Home Depot Children's Safety Day.

Blairsville and the community would like to express their gratitude to Blairsville Home Depot and the Union County Interagency Group for hosting this yearly event. Home Depot Associates and Interagency Group members work hard to prepare for the children's Home Depot Fire Safety Day and Fall Festival of Community Services.

Union County Interagency Group
Back Row: Janette Longairc - Georgia Mountain Hospice, Norma Garrett - Home Depot, Harriette Bryant - Healthcare Needs, Kathy McIntyre - Georgia Mountains Hospice, Deborah Raleigh - Always Care Nursing Service, Tracy Steely - Enotah Child Advocacy Center, Vicki Franklin - S.A.F.E., Stephany Vogel - Child Care Resource and Referral, Kathy Carter Adams - Branan Lodge/Wesley Mountain Village, Dana Ensley - United Community Bank, Anna Gladdin - United Community Bank, Dottie Byrd - Insurance for Seniors. Front Row: Kelly Schroter - Union County Anti-Drug Coalition, Linda Beaver - New Hope Counseling & Mountain Education Center, Karen Jordan - Veteran's Services, Kathy Malone - Compassionate Friends, Judy Quillen - Compassionate Friends.

May 14, 2008 - Interagency Group plans 2008 Fall Festival and new website

The Union County Interagency Group recently met to discuss plans for their upcoming Fall Festival which includes informative exhibits, live entertainment, free food, and fun for the whole family. The Fall Festival is a chance for businesses and other organizations to showcase their services and products. It is a day for the public to learn about what is available in the area. Festival date, time, and location will be announced later this summer.

The Union County Interagency Group is also planning a new website. During the meeting a committee was formed to oversee development and gather content. Interagency members will be listed on the website along with other agencies and groups. There will be a directory, contact information, photo gallery, and more. The website promises to be a great resource for Union County citizens.

During the meeting, guest speaker Janice Boling gave a short presentation about planning the new website. Main points included defining your audience, choosing a designer, budget considerations, updates, hosting companies, and domain names.

The Union County Interagency Group is comprised of various agencies, civic groups, businesses, ministries, and individuals interested in making comprehensive service information and resources on health, education, and well-being available to all citizens of Blairsville, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Union County Interagency Group Fall Festival

October 20, 2007 - Union County Interagency Group hosts Fall Festival in Blairsville, Georgia

The Union County Interagency Group recently hosted the annual Fall Festival 2007 with information, exhibits, entertainment, free gifts, food, and fun for the whole family. WCNC Radio personality Jeff Crane did a great job as Master of Ceremonies. Singer Rhiannon Clayton, from Blairsville, Georgia, gave several performances throughout the event and was a big hit with visitors.

Many groups participated in the event. Avita Community Partners, Care South, Comfort Keepers, Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Support Center, Health Care Needs, Inc., Legacy Link, the Union County Senior Center, Mountain Education Center High School, New Hope Counseling of Blairsville, North Georgia Talking Books Center, North Georgia Technical College, Primerica Financial Services, Response Link of North Georgia, TULIP (Towns Union Literacy Instills Pride), Union County Anti-Drug Coalition, Union County Lions' Club, Women's Enrichment Center, Curves of Blairsville, Georgia Veteran's Association, Union County Nursing Home, and Regency Hospice made the event a success. Many thanks to all of the above.

The Union County Interagency Group is comprised of various agencies, civic groups, businesses, ministries, and individuals interested in making comprehensive service information and resources on health, education, and well-being available to all citizens of Union County.

Fall Festival of Community Services

Fall Festival of Community Services in Blairsville, Georgia

The Fall Festival of Community Services, sponsored by Union County Interagency Group, was held recently in Blairsville, Georgia, at the Ingles parking lot. The festival was fun and informative with exhibits, free food, prizes, and live music. There were 47 vendors present with information about the many community services available in Union County. Everything from the Alzheimer's Association to the Women's Enrichment Center was represented. There were booths about special shoes for diabetics, saving native plants, talking books, and beating methamphetamine addiction. Lots of excellent information was available.

National American Miss Georgia Pre-Teen, Kelsey Lockaby, opened the festival by singing the Star Spangled Banner. Representative Charles Jenkins, gave an informal speech. He said, "It's great that we have people in Union County that will go out and do something to help their neighbors."

There were many teenagers participating in the fair. Ashley Taylor and Georgia Simony, two Criminal Justice students, were recruiting for North Georgia Technical College. They were handing out logo items and information packets. Their friendly smiles and professional manner should attract many new applicants for fall quarter.

Candice Domme and CJ Penland were volunteering their time for the Mountain Education Center by painting stars and other designs on children's faces. Face painting was a main attraction with lots of little Panthers requesting purple paw prints!

Union County Health Department had two displays. One group was doing child safety seat checks. The other group was giving out bicycle helmets and doing free blood pressure tests.

The Union County Fire Department was on hand to explain the various parts of the rescue vehicles. The Blairsville Police Department was teaching little kids about safety. Officer J. D. Davis asked, "Who do you call if there's an emergency?" Then he sang a short song to help them remember to dial 911. Officer Davis even let the kids sit in his patrol car and run the blue lights. His goal was to teach children that policemen are their friends. Davis was also giving out gun locks to parents.

The music was provided by the band, Eternal Security. The food was donated by Blairsville Ingles. Travis Adams, of Mountain Presbyterian Church, did the cooking. Kathy Carter Adams, President of UCIG, and Vice President, Shawn Howell, did a great job bringing it all together. The 2005 Fall Festival of Community Service was a huge success.

Interagency Festival

5th Annual Interagency Festival in Blairsville, Georgia

The 5th Annual Union County Community Services Fall Festival recently attracted a large crowd of people. The public event, sponsored by the Union County Interagency Group, showcased different resources available to citizens. The festival featured exhibits, information booths, raffle drawings, entertainment, and free food.

Many civic groups participated. Young members of the Civil Air Patrol were on hand to direct traffic. Eric Aulet, Tanner Ueltzen, Dalton Hooper, Joseph Hughes, and Cadet Commander Cameron McClure looked sharp in their military uniforms.

The Blairsville Lion's Club, Union County Nursing Home, the Georgia Department of Labor, New Hope Counseling of Blairsville, the Cancer Treatment Center, TULIP, the Alzheimer's Association, Turning Point Treatment Center, the Union County Fire Department, the Union County Health Department, the Department of Family and Children's Services, SAFE, the Mountain Education Center, and North Georgia Technical College were just a few of the many organizations and institutions that joined up with the Union County Interagency Group to help educate the public about various agencies.

A free resource list is available. Compiled by the Union County Interagency Group, the 2006 Union County Resource List includes aging services, alcohol and drug related services, animal welfare groups, childcare services, consumer information, domestic violence services, educational facilities, emergency numbers, employment services, financial advisors, various ministries, health services, housing options, immigrant services, legal assistance programs, mental retardation associations, transportation services, and veteran services. Contact information on everything from AARP to Union County Recreation Department is listed.

Nancy Chancy, Tammy Miller, Jeff Crane, and the Hitchhikers provided entertainment. Raffle tickets were drawn throughout the day and many free gifts were given out. Everyone enjoyed hotdogs, chips, and soft drinks. Welcome to Blairsville, Georgia!