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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KIRBY THOMPSON, Chair Senior Vice President, Community/Government Affairs, SunTrust Bank ERIC ANDERSON Consultant, Egon Zehnder International TIM AYRES Partner, Moore Colson & Co. BRIAN BRODRICK Partner, Jackson Spalding JIM COPELAND Retired Senior Director, Human Resources, Wrigley DAVID FARMER Vice President, Product Strategy and Development, Chick-fil-A TOM FULLER Chief Financial Officer, 22squared, Inc. ROY JONES Managing Director, Walton Opportunity Fund KATE MAINE Director of University Relations, University of North Georgia MICHAEL MOHR Managing Director, Wilmington Trust DAVE POLSTRA Founding Partner, Brightworth LYNN PRICE Chief Financial Officer, Compliance Services, LLC JIM WEBB Chairman of the Board, Triaxia Partners
Whenever I would drive our children to school, as they were getting out of the car, I would put my hand on their head and say, “The Lord is with you.” If they weren’t mad at me that morning, they would usually reply, “And also with you.” You would think that little ritual would be embarrassing to our children in front of their friends. However, I remember one morning when I was particularly distracted. As my son was walking toward the school, he suddenly turned from his friends and ran back to the car to tell me, “You forgot to bless me this morning.” There is power in sending our children off into the world with a word of affirmation. Remembering Jesus’ encouragement to His disciples, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you,” is a great comfort as we deal with life’s many challenges. This newsletter contains poems written by some of our boys and girls as part of a language arts assignment. As you’ll see, there is power in family rituals, and even small things have become forever imprinted in these children’s memories. The children and their families were excited to learn the poems would be featured and that their stories are being told. Thank you for your continued support. Peace be with you and your families. Faithfully,
Eagle Ranch provides a Christ-centered home for boys and girls in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, we pursue family restoration and reunification. We seek to influence and equip others who share a similar calling to impact children, families and future generations.
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BOARD OF ADVISORS
VINCE DOOLEY, Emeritus LOYD STRICKLAND, Emeritus COURTNEY AMOS DAN CATHY NICK CHILIVIS ELIZABETH HARRIS EARL LEONARD DAVID RATCLIFFE DAN REEVES KATHARYN AND MARK RICHT MIKE SMITH WENDELL STARKE JOHN WIELAND PHILIP WILHEIT
EAGLE RANCH FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JOE HAMILTON, Chair MIKE CALLAHAN LYNN PRICE KIRBY THOMPSON DEE ANN TURNER ROBERT WYNNE
EDWIN J. STAUB
EAGLE RANCH, INC.
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Edwin J. Staub Founder and Executive Director Eagle Ranch
Eagle Ranch Hope Home housedad, Jim Phelps, celebrates a catch with Tyler.
I am from my crib From my tea party set, Bratz Dolls, and Polly Pockets, I am from the two-story home with bright red shutters in a middle class neighborhood Partying, Watching The Flinstones, Scooby-Doo, and Sponge Bob on Saturday mornings with my sisters, pigging out on Starbucks. I am from the print in the wall of my basement— being thrown off a toy Jeep From shaking my birthday card envelopes to see if they contained cash and dark olive skin I am from “Burly,” “Zay,” and "Big Ma" From, “Keep your confidence,” and “Be yourself.” I am from going to a Southern Baptist church
Where I'm From
"I think that writing allows students to deal with and think about their experiences."
Language Arts Teacher Eagle Ranch School Pictured above with students
Wearing high heels with my pencil skirt I’m from the city of Roswell, From German, Cherokee Indian, and Irish descent From T-bone steak, homemade eggnog, and stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving, I am from the devastation and broken heart of my daddy’s passing, I am from the family of two older sisters and a mom. I am from the time machine and its magical remote that so sadly doesn’t exist, I am from a life filled with mistakes, but empty of regrets. From many cherished memories and telling everybody now that you just have to stay strong, think positive, accept what’s been done, making the best of it and hope for a better future.
The Eagle Ranch School year has begun, and the students are already showing progress on both an emotional and academic level.
Recently, students completed a writing assignment in their Language Arts class where they followed a template to create a poem entitled, “Where I'm From.” This initial poetry assignment was a great way to both help and encourage the students to break out of their shells and start to sort through their feelings and emotions. It was also a great way for their teacher, Amanda Swindall, to gain insight into where her students came from and connect with them on a deeper level. “I think that writing allows students to deal with and think about their experiences. Allowing the students an outlet to express themselves through writing is important, because it creates a space for them to see that they have a voice and that voice matters,” said Swindall. “I recently had a chance to talk with them about how they are really courageous, because they have a choice. They are choosing to process the experiences in their lives and that is a courageous thing to do.”
My poem kind of sums up my crazy family and life. I’m sure my mom will wish I hadn’t mentioned the print I left on the wall when my sisters made me crash my toy jeep. But that’s my family for you! We’ve had some rough times and a lot of fun times. Life’s a climb, but I don’t want to live with regrets.
I am from blanket From drawing and music I am from Athens big red brick house Moving many, many times to be near my daddy I am from playing indoors because of ticks outside I am from ham, mashed potatoes, and the turkey at my granddad’s farm From Kirsta and Matt, and Mike “Moon Pie” Wilson I am from go hunting with each other and play in the pool and outside From, “Mara brush your hair” and “brush your teeth” I am from going to a home church in our living room. We read the bible and hang out, sing songs. I’m from Athens, GA, and my ancestors from Holland and Columbia From always having chocolate cake and muffins on my birthday I am from eating ham, turkey, and mashed potatoes on holidays From my first day of pre-K full of excitement to the first time my mom showed me how to put on make-up I am from the pictures on the living room wall and my special memory box They bring back memories of troubling times and good times, too.
I am from basketball, from Nike and Wilson, I am from the noisy, loud arguments of my mom and I— a happy and rough home. I am from the outdoors— countless backyards, too many to remember, converging into one— and the mountain trails of Hot Springs, North Carolina. I am from neighborhood parties at my house and watching The Christmas Story movie every year on Christmas day, from Bill and Debi and Heather. I am from the bickering and fun times from red head and carrot top. I am from Christianity— Baptist Church every Sunday. I’m from Chicago and Evergreen Park, turkey and casserole, from the headaches and fighting. I am from pumpkin patches. Bringing back happy memories.
I love writing, especially songs. Writing is kind of how I get my feelings out on paper. Then I rip out the pages of my notebook and crumple them up instead of getting angry with somebody. I use writing as a way to channel my emotions.
I enjoyed reminding myself about what I did when I was little. It brought back lots of memories, good and bad. It was somewhat therapeutic to be able to get out feelings on paper.
I am from my pink and green polka-dot bed sheets from a worn-down home on the corner lot of the street, Dirty, un-kept, broken. I am from pine trees, and muscadines in the big backyard, I am from celebrating holidays with just my dad and myself, and big noses. From Carson, Denver, and Amber, I am from a family that parties— cookouts every Fourth of July, and a family that’s laidback. From, “Don’t do that!” to, “See what happens if you do.” I am from going to a Baptist church occasionally— a soul that needs to be washed— going through the motions. I am from Flowery Branch, Georgia and hard workers, From homemade rich, chocolate gravy poured over biscuits— usually burnt when my Mimi forgets them, burnt in the oven. From my dad trapping his car in a newly built fence, me trying to tell him, him noticing and tearing the fence back down. I am from taking pictures in front of the cross at church with my dad in my dance costume Looking at that picture every day.
I am from hot cereal, from Power Rangers and Legos. I am from the Victorian house— loud from the noise of the train. I am from the shady, big, sprawling, Elephant Ears. I am from the joyful cheers of my Grandparents and cousins on Thanksgiving in the Buggy House.
I like poetry. I do some writing on my own. Writing this poem brought back a lot of memories. I especially remember the muscadines in my backyard. My dad used to go all the time in the backyard and pick muscadines. I still remember the smell.
I am from the game of Trivial Pursuit, with cake and coffee, From, “Sit up straight,” and, “Chew with your mouth closed.” I am from Sunday worship at a Baptist church every Sunday and church dinners for lunch afterwards. I’m from the small, quiet town of Sandersville and my grandparents in Milledgeville, From the green beans and roast beef, From my grandfather’s story about how he had gotten run over by a tractor. I am from the photos from Yellowstone, where every moment was joyful. The pictures in photo albums bring back pleasant memories.
My mom really liked my poem. My grandma’s going to put it in a frame on fancy paper and hang it up.
I am from hot wings From Nike and the cheap red fire truck I am from the old, yellow brick house in the neighborhood The big backyard where we played tackle football and soccer— the ground covered with sticks I am from the dark basement where I watched funny movies sitting on the brown couch from going out of town for Thanksgiving with my family to visit relatives and eating pecan pie from Uncle James, and Aunt Catherine, and my brother, Kevin I am from watching Monday night football with my cousin and working hard I am from to a Baptist church every Sunday with my grandmother And wearing dress clothes to the church I am from small town Albany, Georgia and my great-grandmother who lived to be one-hundred From ham, homemade macaroni and cheese on Thanksgiving, and ordering Papa John’s pizza on Super Bowl Sundays I am from my mom going to jail when I was little and my older twin sisters who died at birth I am from the forgotten pictures in my grandmother’s spare coat-room That only show the good times.
I am from the old, brown coffee table, From Proactive, and Mary Kay. I am from the roses around the house, growing in manicured flower beds, Beautiful, old brick, home by the ocean— the waves could be heard crashing against the shore on stormy days. I am from the purple hydrangeas, and the happy, yellow daisies. I am from loud Hispanic celebrations, and loving family, From Nycole, and Josh, and Ashley. I am from the restful, and playful, from caring, and, “You are my sunshine.”
I am from Christian, from short-term missions trips to South Africa. I am from Ridgecrest and Chocolate cakes and fried chicken From the marriage of my grandparents, Cheerful and wonderful and My being born, painful but worth it. I am from the UCLA buildings of Los Angeles, A moment to remember for life.
I liked remembering the trips we make every year for Thanksgiving.
My favorite part of the whole poem is ‘You are My Sunshine.’ My mom used to sing that song to me when I was little. We grew apart because she was always trying to please my stepdad. But now that my stepdad is not in our lives and we’re here, I feel like so many things have changed and I feel like I can’t thank anybody but God, because He’s who made all this come true.
Honor and Memorial gifts provide an opportunity to recognize a special person in your life in a meaningful way. Your gift directly supports Eagle Ranch’s work with children who are struggling in life. Recipients of these gifts learn about our mission and become part of a legacy to help boys and girls in need.
The Eagle Ranch Honor and Memorial Gift Program
Contributions to the Eagle Ranch Honor Program are listed in alphabetical order by the name of the honoree. Donors are listed after the name of the person in whose honor they contributed (donations May 7 - July 12, 2013). ELIZABETH ANDREWS Anna Grant MS. JENNIFER BAFUNDO The Mohr Family MS. MELISSA BEAM The Mohr Family CARMEL & CECIL BLACKSTOCK Lurene Odell KIM BONDURANT Robert D. Orr MS. LESLEY BOWMAN The Mohr Family ED BROWN John & Gwen Cunningham DWIGHT BURGESS Buford First United Methodist Women MS. MICHELE BURRELL The Mohr Family MIKE CALLAHAN Paige Callahan Hill MS. MORGAN CARNEY The Mohr Family MS. CATHY CAVALIER The Mohr Family LAURI CHILDS Robert D. Orr ANN COBB Milton & Audrey Pierce LAUREN & FRANCES COILE Mac & Jennifer Coile MRS. JAN COLLIER The Mohr Family JOE & JANE CROSS Robert D. Orr LARUE CROW Melanie Smith MRS. DEBORAH ECKSTEIN The Mohr Family MR. JOHN EMBRY The Mohr Family MRS. EMABETH ESPINOSA The Mohr Family CRYSTAL EUBANKS Anna Grant PAT FALK Joyce Billingsley MR. JOHN FAVIER The Mohr Family MRS. LORI FENZL The Mohr Family
MR. JOHN FREDERICK The Mohr Family BUDDY & CHERRY GAY Joan Tilghman GOD Jerry & Brenda Moore SARAH ULMER GREEN Bill & Elinor Tyre MS. DEBORAH GUILBEAU The Mohr Family SIGNE & DICK HAGLUND Nel Shawver DR. LIBERTY HALL The Mohr Family REV. & MRS. JOE F. HARNEY, SR. Steve & San Short & Family MRS. LYNETTE HARRIS The Mohr Family MRS. KIM MARIE HEDGES The Mohr Family URSULA HENRY Robert D. Orr MRS. SARA HRIC The Mohr Family BRIAN JOHNSON Robert D. Orr MS. TERESA JOHNSON The Mohr Family ANNIE & ROBERT JONES Robert D. Orr MR. BRION KENNEDY The Mohr Family MS. KRISTIN KRAMER The Mohr Family MARY ANNE LANIER Patrick Lanier Your Boys Jaime Lanier ZEB LOCKE Sara L. Posey ISAAC & KATIE LOCKMAN Gary & Frances Grier MS. RUTH LOUDERMILK Grandchildren of Randall & Jean Cochran MR. STEVEN MAIER The Mohr Family DR. CHARISMA MANLEY Nina & Bill Bugg MISS CANDACE MANLEY Nina & Bill Bugg BRITTON McLEOD Robert D. Orr NAOMI & DREW McNEIL Robert D. Orr SHAN & MERI BETH MORRIS Gray & Elizabeth Coulton DIANA & JACQUES MURPHY Robert D. Orr CONNIE NOWELL Joy Cobb
LURENE ODELL Daniel & Glenda Odell ANN PARSONS ODUM Brian & Jan Batson CLIFF & AMANDA ORR Robert D. Orr JENNIFER & BARRY PARKER Robert D. Orr MR. & MRS. WADE PEARCE & FAMILY Mr. & Mrs. J. Wray Pearce L. RICHARD PLUNKETT Robert D. Orr JULIE PORTER Robert D. Orr BRANKO & SUSAN RADULOVACKI Ginny Ferguson CORY REED Irene Reed ROBERT REYNOLDS James Calder BUCK RIDDLE Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company REVEREND DOCTOR JEFF & SHERRY ROSS Steve & Kittie Ross MS. ANITA ROY The Mohr Family MRS. MARY RYAN The Mohr Family MRS. BARBARA SCHNEIDER The Mohr Family BERNIE & IDA SCHWIND Deborah Wilbanks HUGO SEWELL Terri & Keith Ellis David & Leigh Westcott The Freeman Family The Bohans Mr. & Mrs. Ray Johnson John & Karen Oliver Ashley & Mike Baisley Jan & Mike Callahan Lee Porter MS. JANE SHALOUB The Mohr Family MS. ASHLEY SHARPTON The Mohr Family MRS. CHARLES L. SHORT Steve & San Short & Family JUANITA SIMPSON Mr. & Mrs. Robert Simpson RANDY STARGEL Robert D. Orr DANIEL STAUB Ann England EDDIE STAUB Mike & Mary Casper
MRS. ROBBIE STEVENS Margaret Sims MR. GARY TURNER The Mohr Family MRS. GRAY WALTS The Mohr Family DAVID & ROSEMARY WHITE Robert D. Orr GLENN WHITE UCB Buford Team & Loan Operations HARRY WILKES Buford First United Methodist Women TYLER WILLIAMSON Earl & Bebe Leonard ANDREW & KATE WILSON Mr. & Mrs. Tim Fairchild MR. JOSEPH WINLAND The Mohr Family MR. NEIL YARRINGTON Sardis Enrichment Clusters Beading For A Better World
Contributions to the Eagle Ranch Memorial Program are listed in alphabetical order by the name of the deceased. Donors are listed after the name of the person in whose memory they contributed (donations May 7 - July 12, 2013). JERRY K. ABERNATHY Mr. & Mrs. George Breedlove WILLAM WALL ADAMS Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Marler MRS. DELORES ALLEN A Friend FRANCES J. ALLEN J. David Allen GARDNER ALLEN Ann & Walter Allen BESSIE CASH ALLISON Charley & Dixie Simpson Annette Harkins Sylvia Cooper Mr. & Mrs. Robert Reed, III Nancy Cash Powell Mary Hanes BUD ALTMAYER Bruce & Nancy Fields MR. & MRS. AGNEW ANDREWS, JR. Cal & Terri Andrews MARGARET PARSONS ANDREWS Jenny Gilroy ELIZABETH ARBUCKLE Susan & Peter Hodgson
HOKE WRIGHT & DELBERT ARIAIL Debbie Wright JACQUELINE ASHFORD Hanna & Bill White ELIZABETH BALLENGER Mr. & Mrs. Pierce B. Tidwell, Jr. JESSE LOGAN BARNETT Harris & Ann Wilbanks HANNAH BARROW Esther J. & Benny B. Barrow MRS. BLANCHE BARTH Billie Bob Hoskyn BETTY LOU SIMS BATUSIC Jim & Rachel Woeste WANDA G. BEITUNI Augustus E. & Patricia Ayers CHARLES MILLEDGE BELL Kay Herrin & Leigh H. Odell Larry & Jackie Pardue FURMAN BISHER Presbyterian Women of Northwest Presbyterian Church VINCENT BORDENCA Richard Penfield SHERRY EMMETT BRADLEY Jim & Rachel Woeste Lloyd & Florence Smee & Family GAY H. BRASELTON Joan (Mrs. Ted) Dyar KIT & PEGGY BRASELTON Patty Patten PEGGY BRASELTON Daisy V. MacLean Randall & Faye Duck FREDDIE BRATTEN Harris & Ann Wilbanks NEAL BREWER Gaye & Charlie Cronin CHARLES O. BRIDGES Nick & Patti Chilivis ROBERT "BOB" BROOKS Williams, Provy & Laura Slade JIM BROOM Mary Ann Wilson DOUG BROWN Dr. Fred Ingle MILDRED BROWN Steve & Fannie Mae Cash Doug & Diane Magnus Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson ERNEST PAUL "SONNY" BURNETT, SR. Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slade, II THELMA BYRD A Friend BUSTER CALLAWAY Linda Callaway JAMES R. CAPE William Head REV. GRADY CARPENTER Melanie Smith Randall & Jackie Smallwood Richard & Sandra Hulsey Reggie & Vivian Forrester JUDGE ED CARRIERE, JR. Joyce Paris ALLEN CARTER Doug & Diane Magnus Bob & Linda Fowler Mr. & Mrs. Edmund A. Waller, Sr. Tommy & Jimmye Aaron DOROTHY CARTER Dale Carter
DONALD ADAMS CARVER Robert D. Orr BEA CASH & REBECCA CASH Mr. & Mrs. J. Bradley Perry Mr. & Mrs. James Cornett MELBA CAVALLIN Lucy Gill JEAN CAVENDER Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Humphries GENE CHANNELL Carol & Dick Inman JOHN P. CHAPPELL Anne D. Chappell CHRIS CHILDERS J. C. & Carolyn Childers MARY LOUISE CHRISTOPHER Marion & Wayne Henderson Family BEN CLARK Jim & Jeanette Manley CAROLYN J. CLARK Phil & Martha Albertson Henry & Kathy Moore JOHN K. COGGINS Colonial Hill Foundation RICHARD COLEMAN Lloyd & Florence Smee GUS L. CONNELLY Helen & Dennis Calhoun JOANN CRAIN Karen & Bob Jernigan NAN GREY BAILEY CRAWFORD John & Janet Cook & Family MR. & MRS. J. B. CRETIN Mr. & Mrs. Max F. Ward BRAD CRIST Jan & Mike Callahan CECIL CROW Melanie Smith Anne Larue Crow JULIA MAE CROW-PUCKETT Hazel D. Harris CARTER DANIEL Johnny & Susie Solesbee CHARLES DAVIS Lucy Gill HOMER DAVIS The Don Dorsey Family Mancel & Emogene Oliver SENATOR NATHAN DEAN Elizabeth & Joe Frank Harris BILL DOLE Bill & Libby Nabors KATHY DOOLEY Danny & Becky Clark KURT DUFFY John & JoAnna Russell MR. & MRS. OTTO DUKE Mr. & Mrs. Joseph R. Duke HELEN EARLEY Mac & Jennifer Coile ALICE LOUISE EIDSON Susan Steffey & Judith Long MARGIE ELROD David & Barbara Coker Joyce Sexton Charles & Elaine Peck ANDY EPTON Bill & Cheryl Epton KEITH ETHEREDGE Patrick & Nancy Horvath MRS. LOUISE ETHERIDGE Marcia & Ernest Smith
GRACE FAIRCHILD Mr. & Mrs. Tim Fairchild NEAL BOLES & LEONARD "BUDD" FEITT Margaret Boles BETTY & HARDY FERRELL Carole Mendenhall MICHELE L. FETZ Hardy & Lois Pickering EDWARD LOUIS FLOM Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slade, II LINDA FORTNEY Lisa Lance RALPH FRAZIER Rick & Dana Hunter MARILYN FREEMAN Jim & Rachel Woeste KAYE FROST Jim & Rachel Woeste BEBE GAINES Mr. & Mrs. William M. Slade, II VICKIE GARRETT Margaret S. Murphy JOHN GIBSON Mr. & Mrs. James Tart Dianne & Danny Wright Jewel P. Richardson FLORENE GILLILAND Wayne & Linda Strickland PATRICIA ANN GLENN Robert D. Orr KATE GOODSON Vivian Allen Charley & Jessica Allen JANE ANN GRAHAM Doug & Diane Magnus JOHN C. GREEN Bill & Elinor Tyre ZEN GREENLEE Lucy Gill MR. FRANK GRIZZLE, JR. Verdis & Mary Puckett MR. HUGH GRUBB Mr. & Mrs. R. Millard Braswell, Jr. COACH BOBBY GRUHN Don & Frankie Frazier WILLIAM H. "BILL" HAFF Winford & Elaine Popphan Loyd & Stan Evans CHERI HALL Stan O'Dell THOMAS F. HARDMAN, MD Lonnie & Lillian Keyes Regina & Austin Edmondson Doug & Diane Magnus Benjamin E. Hampton, Jr. Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, Inc. PHYLLIS HARDY Bill Hardy JACK HARRIS Doris, Ernest & Lee Smith LT. NOAH HARRIS Mr. & Mrs. Rick Harris RON HARRISON Jim & Shirley Gailey Johnny & Susie Solesbee JOHN HAYNIE Brenda & Vicki Powell MARTHA KILGORE HEAD John & Rebecca Smith Junior & Sharon Flanigan Tom & Mary Ann Patelidas
SELENE HENDRIX Glenda & Danny Scroggs JACOB WILLIAMS HICKMAN Charlotte Watson JIM HILL Steve & Fannie Mae Cash Randall & Jackie Smallwood MILDRED OWENS HILL Lounette & Dwight Ryals Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Waller, Sr. Vivian & Roland Smith EWELL HILLIS Duane & Pat Nesbitt BILLY HIX Jerry & Judy Rice WILMER THOMAS HOLBROOK, JR. Jimmy & Sylvia Bailey E. T. HULSEY The Grant Family Charles & Linda Scarborough Connie Chastain Andrea Chastain Lamar & Sonja Carter McEver Kindergarten Team Paul & Patti Kravitz Estate Of James Curtis Scarborough Becky Grant Lake & Ann Gibson Master's Work Sunday School Class, First Baptist Church Oakwood J.P HULSEY The Grant Family MIKEY HUMPHREY Susan & Richard Gilbert Jim & Liz Gober Jerome & Jill Bradford Lamar & Beth Sudderth GEORGE HUTCHINSON Doug & Diane Magnus & Family SHELLIE H. INZER Bill & Sandi McClain WADE HAMPTON JACKSON Rachel Matheson Marcia & Ernest Smith Ann Short Judge & Mrs. T Penn McWhorter Gayle Wheeler Stan & Suzanne Angle Gregg Staggs & Family Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hall John & Genene Stell David & Andrea Jackson Becky Jackson & Andrew Jackson Charles & Juanita Medlock Mr. & Mrs. Larry Wall Tonya Thornton Ann Cronic, Jason Scott & Family Jarrod Scott & Family Jean & Bob Howard-Wortman JUSTIN JAMES Marie Bond DR. ROBERT M. JENNINGS, SR. Isabel Ramsbottom Mrs. John W. Jacobs, Jr. BRUCE H. JONES, JR. Bette & Brent Binkley CHARLES JEFFERSON JONES Charlotte Hancock, Beverly, Kyle & Michael LIB JULIAN Larry & Mary Ann Ray
AARON C. KAPP Tom & Mary Billman EVALOU KELLEY Micki & Jerry Irvin Teresa & Larry Waters Bree, Carolynn & Scott Brown MEG IKEDA KELLEY Jim & Patti Burt David & Arlee Kachensky DORINDA KEMP Maria & Stanley Harrison DOUG KENT Gerald & Delores Matthews Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson MADGE KILGORE Betsy & Randy King FORREST & FRANCES LATTNER Lattner Family Foundation CHARLES LAUGHRIDGE Barb & Barry Stover JODY BACON LAW Starlet Rhodes Jones ROBERT H. "BOB" LEDFORD Mrs. Nancy Ledford CAPTAIN H. A. LEEUWENBURG, JR. William W. Whorley KEITH LESTER Randall & Jackie Smallwood MERRITT LEVITAN Roy Marshall Judson NORMA JUNE LONG Mac & Jennifer Coile J. C. & MOENA LOTHRIDGE Mike, Connie, Morgan, Lindsey, Emma & Evan MAJOR CHRISTOPHER LUCAS Richard & Patti Reed JOYCE B. MANOUS Becky & Clark Franks ERA DEL MARASCALCO Specialty Clinics Of Georgia Orthopedics & Specialty Clinics Spine Intervention ALBERT M. MARAZITI, II Dorothy Maraziti SARAH CORRY MARKETTE Mr. & Mrs. Roland C. Smith CURTIS PINKNEY MARTIN Mr. & Mrs. Joe Wilson Reggie & Vivian Forrester RONNIE MARTIN Mr. & Mrs. Don Kell DAVID MASSEY Johnny & Susie Solesbee LEE McDONALD David & Deborah Clark PAMELA JONES MEES Dr. & Mrs. William F. Staub & Family THOMAS ROBERT "BOB" MERRITT, JR. Mary & Calvin Adkins & Family Mr. & Mrs. O. R. Mosley DOROTHY MILLS Sojourners Sunday School Class ELISE MILLS Duane & Patricia Nesbitt MIRIAM D. MINTER Anna J. Newman BILLY P. MIXON Mac & Jennifer Coile LARRY ANDREW MOON Phil & Jan Bell
David & Lane Laney Tommie Henry Charles T. Moon Linda Callaway Michael Henry Tom, Meredith, Charlie & Julia Dunn Will & Pat Hargrove Early S. Hannah Bill & HuEllen Connolly Alice Walker Laura Hester The Bostardi Family Linda & Jim Nash Janet Paul Mrs. Ted Ellis C. L. "SLICK" MORRIS Don & Janice Kell GENE ROBERT MYLER Lyle & Sue Diamond Kent & Elizabeth Rogers Mr. & Mrs. Phil Markert REX NELSON Bill Hardy HELEN SHAW NEWBOLD Reverend Doctor Jerry Newbold, Jr. ROGERS ODELL Lurene Odell Daniel & Glenda Odell MR. W. N. OLIVER Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson MATTHEW OLSEN Craig, Suzanne & Buster Stone BENITA PARKER T.W. & Evie Jones JOHN E. PARKER Gary & Nancy Reyes & Family Robert & Ruthella Parker SHIRLEY A. PARKER Marcelene & Bill Fulton PATRICK DONALD PARKS Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson Men's Bible Class Mr. & Mrs. Billy Whelchel Jane & Doug Skelton Nathan & Sandra Deal Richard & Jan Brown Johnny & Susie Solesbee Martha & Gene Tanner DURWARD PENNINGTON Linda Crawford ROY PEPLIN Phyllis Peplin MR. BRIAN PERKINS Marcia & Ernest Smith GERTRUDE PERROTTA Gene & Faye Westbrook RAYMOND L. PHILLIPS William Phillips JACK PHILPOT, JR. Hartwell & June Quattlebaum RAYMOND PHILPOT Billie Bob Hoskyn GERATHA PIERCE Hardy & Lois Pickering JOSH PIRKLE Patty Patten VIRGINIA SAUNDERS PITTS Robert D. Orr ROSE E. PIZZI Barry Stover GEORGE N. POPE Brent & Janet Thomas
MR. MARCUS "PETE" PORTER Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson FRANK ROSS & B. H. PROPES Steve & Kittie Ross JULIA MAE CROW PUCKETT Denise & Mike Brown Jim & Jane Haynie Tiny Cox Mildred Barie Melanie Smith Wilmirth Wood Larue Crow Alwilda Wallace MARGARET RAGAN Paul & Barbara Brown GARY L. RAKES Mrs. Brenda Rakes JOSEPH DOUGLAS "BUDDY" RALSTON David & Deborah Clark Doug & Diane Magnus Harrison J. Martin Jimmy & Marie Faulkner Gina, Ricky & Sandi Waters Carol & Ronnie Ransom Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Waller, Sr. CHARLIE LEE RATHEL Don & Janice Kell MR. TIM REED Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson JAMES J. REEPE Junior & Sharon Flanigan MRS. PAT REIL Mrs. Peggy F. Trettel THOMAS W. RENTZ, SR. Don & Janice Kell DR. PHYLLIS JANE RIVERS Terry & Sandra Clark Schneider FAY & HICKS ROGERS Robert D. Orr WILLIAM C. SAILORS Barbara & Raymond Adams MARTHA ASBELL SAULS Kenneth & Jean Glass Ms. Linda Brown FRANCES SCHUSTER Jan & Mike Callahan CHARLES E. SEXTON Gene & Fran Sexton MARIETTA SEXTON Amy & Woody Brooks FRANCIS B. SHAWVER Gary & Sally Ewoldt CHARLES L. SHORT Steve & San Short & Family BETTY SIMS Micki & Jerry Irvin CHARLES SLAY Rosemarie Leypoldt D. LARRY SMITH Jake & LaTrelle Waters Gainesville High School Class of 1955 Tommy & Jimmye Aaron REBA SMITH Harris & Ann Wilbanks HERMAN "GUS" STINE Tom & Mary Billman LONNIE STRICKLAND Wayne & Linda Strickland MARY STROHLEIN Dorothy M. Maraziti ED SWANSON William Nabors
GINGER TANNER Harris & Ann Wilbanks CLARK THACKERSON Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson FLORENCE TURK TUMLIN Sue T. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Jackson MARYLEE BONNER TURNER Elaine & Charlie Odell SAVANNAH VEALE Barb & Barry Stover JAN WAGONER Anna & Bob Sisk JOAN DAY WALKER Allan M. Walker BECKY WALLACE David Benton & Frank Parker MR. & MRS. FLOYD WARD Mr. & Mrs. Max F. Ward MR. HAROLD WATSON A Friend ROLAND WEAR Isabel Ramsbottom FRED B. WEBB Mr. & Mrs. Delmas L. Webb, Jr. JEFFERSON WEEKLEY, JR. Wiley & Doran Stanford Ed & Genie Troncalli Petie Freeman Jere & JoAnn Rivers Sandra Bottoms Jeanne Ebbs Hon. & Mrs. Richard McCully Dave Erickson Wendell & Gail Lewis C.V. & Diana Williams Mike & Deborah Foran Dar & John Baugus Ralph & Carol Gibson Harold & Barbara Lea Mr. William A. Vogel Mike & Elisa Pignato Lilie Jane & Bob Hudson The Leach Family Friday Bridge Club Mrs. James Fargason Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Johnson Rob & Jackie Capell Mr. & Mrs. Lovic Brooks John A. Dudley Jeff & Gail Weekley GARRISON WHALEY Mr. & Mrs. John C. Whaley MR. A. C. WHITE Gail Lowe JOHN WILBANKS The Grant Family JOHNNY WILBANKS Winford & Elaine Popphan GEORGE "BUBBA" WILSON Mary Ann Wilson LILLY MAE WILSON Paul & Ann Marie Barnes FORD WINGO Barbara Wingo WILLIE DEE WOFFORD Jim Hayes MAE BELLE WOOD Donald & Nancy Roberts WILLIAM BEN WOODALL, JR. Mr. & Mrs. William D. DeBardeleben, Jr. RUBY F. YOUNG Phyllis Baker
In Loving Memory of Mr. Loyd Strickland
I was first introduced in 1982 to Loyd Strickland by a mutual friend in the Hall County area who described him as a generous, Christian man. We met in his office and he asked a lot of questions— some of which I knew the answers to, some I didn’t. He was very kind throughout our conversation, but I left his office not knowing how he really felt about Eagle Ranch, the venture I was undertaking. I didn’t hear from Mr. Strickland for over a month. I was housesitting in Powder Springs, northwest of Atlanta, and had to be out of that home in a week. I only had $50 to my name and I was on the verge of quitting my dream to start a children’s home. Ironically, the next morning I got a call at 8:14 a.m. It was Mr. Strickland. I’m not even sure how he got my number. He asked what I was doing. I told him that I had been praying, to which he replied, “Son, get off your knees, my foundation’s going to help you. You need to get back up here to Hall County.”
Loyd Strickland (left) & Vince Dooley (right). They were Eagle Ranch's first two 'Eagle Award' winners.
Over the years, Mr. Strickland became a friend and mentor to me and a great advocate for Eagle Ranch. He was always willing to take the time to share his wisdom and counsel. Mr. Strickland was a man of great vision. I saved some of the notes from our meetings, and it is amazing how predictive he was of the Ranch’s future— a girls’ ranch, an on-campus school, and our Wings Initiative (our effort to help start or retool existing programs to best practice). He shared these expansion scenarios with me as much as five to ten years before they actually became a reality. I wonder if he knew there needed to be a home for children in crisis in Northeast Georgia before I did! We are truly honored that the Ranch will always be remembered as part of Loyd Strickland’s rich legacy.
–Eddie Staub, Eagle Ranch Founder and Executive Director
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