Continuing Education’s ‘Women’s Forum’ and ‘Festival of Trees’

Posted On November 24, 2008

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festival_of_trees_02web1I have been at Georgia Southern University’s Center for Continuing Education and Public Service since August. I am happy to say that I have now seen the fruits of my labor come into fruition for the first time since beginning my internship.
The first event, scheduled for October 15, was rescheduled for the spring due to lack of participation. The event was a large scale operation with not enough time to secure the corporate sponsors and participants needed.

However, on Monday, two events kicked off on the same day. The ‘Women’s Forum’ and the ‘Festival of Trees’ both began last Monday, with a great turnout for the Forum. The Forum is a women’s only lunch meeting that is held three times a year at the Nessmith-Lane Building. Each meeting features a female speaker who entertains and inspires the audience. This time, award-winning author, Mary Kay Andrews, was the speaker. Andrews summarized her books and gave eager readers a few clues about what will be happening with favorite characters in the future.

The ‘Festival of Trees’ display also opened in the Nessmith-Lane Building the same day as the Forum. Unlike the Forum, the Festival lasted all week. Opened to the public on Monday, the Festival featured Christmas trees and wreaths donated and decorated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Viewing the display was free of charge, but the trees and wreaths were up for raffle for $1.00 per ticket. All raffle ticket proceeds went to benefit “Toys for Tots” and “Christmas in the Boro/Bulloch.” On Saturday ‘Festival of Trees’ welcomed Santa Claus, the Statesboro Regional Library, vendors, and more. The Christmas spirit was livened by Dr. Michael Braz, Associate Professor of Music, who performed Christmas tunes on the piano.

The Festival was wildly successful for a first year event, and I can not say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone who participated or donated advertising space. So many local children will benefit from the fund raising. I am also very appreciative that I was given the chance to help organize the event. It has been great experience seeing an event take shape and evolve until it is finally presented to the public.

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