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2006-2007 Activities

PRESIDENTS Annual Report

We enjoyed another year of interesting and informative programs: Kelly Spratt told us about the work of preserving historic Darien while planning for future changes; Christy Crisp of GHS gave us off-beat info on James Oglethorpe; we heard about the Jekyll Island Clubs women members from June Hall McCash; Pamela Bauer Mueller reviewed her book MARY MUSGROVE, QUEEN OF THE CREEKS; James Jordan recounted his story of the illegal slave trade in America through THE SAGA OF THE SLAVE SHIP WANDERER; Mary Evelyn Hoffhaus told us of her family’s long history in McIntosh County; Laura and Meredith Devendorf of Melon Bluff recounted the role of the live oak in Georgia and the world; and Robert Weber of GHS taught us about the common soldier of the American Revolution. 

The summer picnic at the Fort, our “Show and Tell” night, and the Christmas party at Belvedere with Everett’s eggnog were the social highlights of our year. But undoubtedly the program “highlight” was Buddy’s presentation, “Early Spanish Settlement on the Georgia Coast, 1525-1721,” to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 80 people. in November and December we sponsored Buddy’s six-lecture series on “The History of Darien and McIntosh County” which was held at the Fort and enjoyed by many McIntosh and Glynn County participants. 

“Altamaha Echoes” saw a “changing-of-the-guard (i.e., editor)” this year, as Myrtle Newberry left us --and McIntosh -- to move to a Stone Mountain retirement community, turning over this job which she had held for 15 years to Carole Williams. David Miller agreed to be responsible for Myrtle’s other job - taking care of Publications and Books. 

We had two great field trips arranged by Jean Hawkins — McIntosh Seed’s bus tour of the Harris Neck area and a walking tour of Civil War sites in Savannah. 

We continued our membership in the Chamber of Commerce, gave $100 in support of the Blessing of the Fleet, installed a plaque and planted an oak tree at Fort King George in memory of long-time member Dyson Flanders, contributed $1,000 to the McIntosh Art Association, and persevered for months until the light in the Fort King George parking lot was finally installed. We sent a letter in support of Darien’s grant application for funds to help set up a Darien historic sites walking trail, had input into the DOT’s assessment of the historic value of various areas in the county that would be affected by highway projects (VP Jack Godfrey took on this job for us), and our Scholarship Committee chaired by Ann Howard presented the Buddy Sullivan annual scholarship award to Mallory Jarriel, one of MCA’s top graduating seniors. 

Jim Bruce continues to do a wonderful job as our webmaster, keeping everything up to date and adding archives when material is available. Howard and Jeanne Klippel are integral to the life of LAHS, taking care of programs and membership. The Clarks are masters of hospitality, and we now have an LAHS historian - Buddy Sullivan. All our committee chairs are much appreciated and needed and deserve a “round of applause” for their hard work; likewise, your secretary, Betty Ewing, and treasurer, Kaye Traer. 

We continue to enjoy our relationship with Fort King George through the generosity of Steven Smith, Superintendent. As far as I can see, LAHS is thriving because of everyone’s participation and interest, and I have enjoyed serving you as president during this first year of my two-year term. 

Harriet Roberson, President