The Distinguished Service to Children Award recognizes efforts for and contributions to the Middle Georgia community focused on improving the well being, care, general welfare, opportunities and education of children ages 18 and below. Eligible nominees must live in Bibb, Monroe, Jones, Crawford, Houston or Twiggs County. They must be nominated for VOLUNTEER work, not for professional or paid work.
The 2016 award was presented to Ruth Hartzog at the Kiwanis Club of Macon's annual banquet on September 20. Ruth was recognized for giving unselfishly of her time and resources to improve the lives of children in the Jones County community. Working through the Garden Club of Gray, she meets with students and advisors in the Jones County elementary schools to select fifth and sixth grade students to attend summer camp - students who would not ordinarily have the opportunity for a camp experience.
Selected students attend camp at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, host of the annual Wild and Wonderful Experience. There they experience fishing, night hiking, star gazing, birds, butterflies, archery, gardening and other outdoor activities. Another theme of the camp is clean water and water supply.
The yougsters who attend camp through Ruths' efforts return with memories to be cherished and skills to be better citizens.
The $500.00 donation that accompanies the award will enable the Garden Club of Gray to send several more students to camp next year. The Kiwanis Club of Macon is grateful to Ruth for advancing our common goal of service to the children and youth of the world.
President Neil Struby presents the award to Ruth Hartzog, center. Also shown is Mary Musselman who nominated Ruth