Free week­end event for mil­i­tary fam­i­lies

The Covington News - - Local - Terri Kim­ble Terri Kim­ble is the 4H Ed­u­ca­tor for Newton County 4-H. She can be reached at (770) 7842010.

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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