May 18, 2011

Letter: Thank you for making event a success

On May 1, the community turned out to enjoy a much needed, beautiful, spring day at our 15th Ecumenical Earth Day in Dalton. The goal was to promote stewardship, celebrate God's creation and encourage folks to “get in the dirt” with composting and gardening. The event was, once again, a great success, and we hope all participating enjoyed it as much as we did.

This year the Community Caretaker Award was presented to Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful (KDWB) for commitment to the community in the areas of education, litter prevention, recycling and beautification. KDWB also won a national Keep America Beautiful Award this year. There are KDWB programs available to all residents, who can look to them for recycling, composting and disposal questions for all materials.

Ecumenical Earth Day thanks our community partners Dalton Utilities, Keep Dalton Whitfield Beautiful and Love Funeral Home. For their help in publicizing this community event, we also appreciate the work done by Charter Media, The Daily Citizen, Jane Harrell and the North Georgia Radio Group.

Attendees to the event were greeted by a large group of exhibitors. Thank you to the Dalton State College Environmental Club, Sallie Jones’ recycled crafts, Dalton Tree Board, Dr. Frank Lawrence of the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement, Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful, Whitfield County Extension Agent Brenda Jackson, Energyware, S.W.I.M., Lisa Dunbar’s face painting, Lakeshore Community Garden, Keep Dalton Whitfield Beautiful and Recycling Ben, Dalton Utilities and Tom Phipps for their exhibits, activities and door prizes.

We had a wonderful music program this year with thanks going out to Gordon and Cathy DeLashmitt, Larry Gibson, Craig Owens, Martha Ann Brooks and Robby Hopkins.

None of this would be possible without the members of our planning committee who contribute financially and through their preparation for the event, cooking the food and the free plant giveaway. Finally, we thank the members of our churches, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mineral Springs UMC, Mount Vernon UMC and the host Christ the King Lutheran Church, who support this event with their attendance and in helping us with setup before and cleanup after the event.

We now begin the planning for the 2012 event and hope everyone will join us again. The psalmist put it best, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”

Cheryl Phipps


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