Free weekend event for military families
When a friend thought she was moving from Georgia to Alaska on Army orders, I chalked it up to “ patriotic duty” and offered to drive with her.
That sounds adventurous enough even without factoring in her three kids, aged 10-15. My trip didn’t work out, unfortunately, because the Army ended up making her wait on her husband to arrive back in the US.
But today I’m giving you a much easier way to serve military families than driving thousands of miles with a million rounds of travel bingo: Simply clip and share, or copy and paste, this column. Post it on the company notice board, run it in the church newsletter, pass it around at your club meeting, or e-mail a link to your friends.
March 19-20 is the annual Georgia 4-H Military Family Weekend, open to any family in Georgia with a member serving either on active duty, in the reserves, or as a National Guard member.
Registration is handled online at www.georgia4h.org/omk, or you can pick up all the paperwork at our office.
Last year Newton County had one of the highest registrations for the event, even though we aren’t home to an active-duty base.
Help us serve the men, women and children serving our country as military families by spreading the word again this year.
On Saturday, March 19, families will arrive at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and settle into cabins if they’re staying overnight. Youth and adults will head out to Cloverleaf Circle for exhibits and inflatables, walk around the camp, and start choosing activities. They’ll play miniature golf, work together to conquer the low ropes, explore the history museum, wade into the lake for lake ecology, hike to the Rock Eagle mound, or paddle out on canoes.
Clovers and Company, Georgia’s performing arts group, arrives that evening to “Turn Up the Music” and keep families entertained. One of Newton County’s 4-H’ers, Mary Lathem, is a fourth-year member of Clovers.
The group performs all over Georgia and the Southeast each year with youth ages 10-19 singing, dancing, and playing in the band. Famous alumni include Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Hillary Lindsey, a songwriter for Carrie Underwood.
After the show, families will enjoy a picnic dinner and evening recreation including a dance, campfire and movies.
Families aren’t required to spend the night, but those that do will stay in Rock Eagle cabins.
On Sunday, March 20, the day begins with a flag-raising and citizenship ceremony and breakfast. Optional activities which do cost are the Clovers and Camo 5K/Fun Run and Rock Eagle’s famous Sunday brunch.
Clovers and Camo is open to anyone who would like to participate ( not just military families). Registration is $15 through March 11, $ 20 after that date, and $ 50 for families.
All early registrants receive a T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to top finishers as well as all Fun Run participants.
Points are available for both the Run and See and Clover Glove series.
The Rock Eagle Sunday brunch is available for $ 12, or $ 5 for children ages 4 to 10.
Funding for military families to attend Georgia 4-H Military Family Weekend is provided by the Operation: Military Kids project through US Army Child, Youth and School Services and the Office of Secretary of Defense-Military Family & Community Policy.
Now get out there! Here’s your easiest opportunity to do a little service for a military family—spread the word.
To register for the military family weekend or the Clovers and Camo race, check www.georgia4h.org/omk or drop by the office.