As the flowers bloom SICARS is also
blossoming with new members, renewed interest in our mission and renewed commitment
to our goals. We are continuing to offer services to the Hog Hummock Community
such as fax, notary and copying services. We were indeed delighted to furnish
programs for First African Baptist Church’s Pastor’s and Church’s Anniversaries.
We were also very pleased to print copies of the Mother’s Day Programs for St.
Luke Baptist Church. We are here to serve the community.
We are in the process of
establishing a corp. of volunteers. Persons who reside on and off of Sapelo
Island can serve as volunteers. We solicit the aid of all who are interested
in volunteer time. If you are willing to serve as a volunteer, please email
us at email@example.com,
mail a not to us at P. O. 6, Sapelo Island, GA or call us at (912) 485-2197.
Motivations+commitment+persistence+working together=SUCCESS. We must
working together=SUCCESS. We must not be defeated. Our ancestors endured the
hardships of slavery to allow us to have and enjoy this beautiful pristine island.
Dr. Carolyn Dowse
SICARS Membership Drive
This past February marked
SICARS’s first ever National Membership Drive. The membership committee sent
a total of over 600 membership packets to Area Chairpersons in Brunswick, Savannah
and Atlanta, Georgia. Packets were also sent to Area Chairs for descendants
in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, the Great Lakes area, the
Mid West, and Hawaii! Many thanks to the following SICARS members who served
as area chairpersons: Betty Johnson Cooper, Gwendolyn Johnson Spence, Andrea
Dixon, Eldora Cabral, Mary Lewis Overton, Karen Grovner, Gracie Lewis Chandler,
Carolyn Lewis Dowse, Sharon Banks, and Ronald Johnson. We’re expecting a bountiful
harvest from their efforts.
Gracie L. Chandler,
*Anyone wishing to submit announcements
and/or articles for the GRIOT may submit them to SICARS multipurpose center
or email at the above address.
SICARS Board of Directors’
SICARS Board of Directors
recently held its first annual weekend Board of Directors retreat at Penn Center.
Persons in attendance were Executive Director Carolyn Dowse, President Ronald
Johnson, Vice-President Andrea Dixon, Secretary Karen Grovner, membership chairperson,
Gracie L. Chandler and Board members Sarah F. Deloach and Larry Johnson. The
weekend agenda included Policies Workshop sessions, a tour of St. Helena Island
and a time for camaraderie during meal times in the dining hall. The tours consisted
of visits to the Indigo house, sights of the prayer houses remaining on the
island, a visit to the oldest church; culminating with a visit to a novelty
gift shop. Board members were afforded an opportunity to view first hand some
St. Helena projects similar to projects included in SICARS land use plan.
SICARS Spring Jazz &
annual Spring Jazz & Food Festival was held on March 30, 2002. The balmy
weather condition was very conducive for the Spring Festival setting. Several
attendees commented on their written evaluations.,"The music and the setting
under the oaks overlooking the marsh with enough good breeze to deter the bugs
Seen among the crowd were
young, middle aged, elderly, boys, girls, men and women. Throughout the day
approximately 1,000 persons paraded through the vendor bedecked driveway and
the grounds of the Sapelo Island visitor’s Center, Meridian, GA. Many came in
the morning, ate, shopped and relaxed all day. Many came throughout the day.
All enjoyed the food; vendors’ merchandise and live jazz performance of the
Phil Morrison Trio featuring Keith Williams, Teddy Adams and local artist L.
C. Quarterman. Drawings for prizes took place at 3 p.m. and continued throughout
the afternoon. The event seemed to have been enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks
to all who came out and supported this great event.
SICARS New E-mail Address
SICARS has a new
e-mail address. Our new e-mail address is
SICARS Advisory Task
Advisory Task Force was officially organized on Saturday, February 16, 2002
at SICARS Multi-Purpose Center on Sapelo Island, GA. Cornelia Bailey, a Sapelo
Island native and full time Hog Hummock Community resident and James O. Thomas,
a former McIntosh County resident and present resident of Washington, D. C.
were appointed to co-chair the Advisory Task Force. LaShaundra Bailey, Hog Hummock
Community youth was elected as secretary, Rev. B. T. Smith, pastor of the historic
First African Baptist Church, Sapelo Island, was elected as the chaplain and
Cornelia Bailey was elected as historian.
The Advisory Task force will meet
quarterly at the SICARS Multi-Purpose Center. The major goal of the Advisory
Task Force is to provide support and assistance to SICARS. The members agreed
to assist with fund raising, membership campaign, annual events and community
service projects. In addition to the officers the other members of the Advisory
Task force are Tracey Alexander, Shannon Anthony, Mary Bailey, Sharon Banks,
William Banks Jr., Herbert Dixon, Betty Ector, Robert Gilbert, J. R. Grovner,
Olympia Hamilton, Benjamin F. Lewis, John Littles, Rev. Griffin Lotson, Willie
Mae Robinson, Rev. B. T. Smith, Gwendolyn Spence, Zanthia Sutton, Doretha Tyson,
Lula Walker, Shakira Walker and George Williams. Also in attendance were Sherman
Robertson, SICARS HUD technical advisor, Ronald Johnson, president and Carolyn
L. Dowse, executive director.
SICARS Sponsors Proposal
sponsored two HUD supported free grant-writing workshops at SICARS Multipurpose
Center on Sapelo Island, Saturday, March 16, 2002 and St. John Baptist Church,
Savannah, GA, Saturday, April 13, 2002. Sherman Roberson, president of 21st
Century community and Economic Development Corporation, Inc., Columbia Maryland,
conducted the workshops. Mr. Roberson wrote the HUD winning proposal grant for
SICARS and serves SICARS as technical advisor. The topics for the two workshops
included, but were not limited to: Identifying Funding Opportunities Using the
Internet, Developing Persuasive Program/Project Needs Statements, developing
Program/Project Goals and Objectives, Developing Winning Technical Proposals,
Preparing Line Item Budgets and Justifications, Developing Winning Scientific
Based Program/Project Evaluation Plans and Developing Timelines and Milestones
for Programs/Projects. Forty-five persons attended the two workshops. The participants
have requested a follow-up workshop.
June Beach Splash
Beach Splash will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at the beautiful pristine
beach on Sapelo Island. In an effort to promote community pride and spirit,
SICARS, under the leader of Hubert (Ren) Hillary, is organizing a volleyball
competition. Children’s activities are also being planned. Mary Bailey will
work with activities for the children. Donation for adult tickets is $16.00
and donation for children, ages 21-5 is $8.00. Ticket holders will be entitled
to ferry transportation to and from Sapelo Island Dock, transportation to and
from Sapelo Island Beach, 1 rib or chicken dinner and 1 drink. Food will also
be available for sale on the site for other attendees. The ferry will depart
from the Meridian Dock promptly at 10:15 a.m. and from the Sapelo Island Dock
at 6:15 p.m. Persons who desire tickets are requested to send a stamped, self-addressed
envelope to: SICARS, P. O. Box 6, Sapelo Island, GA 31327. Checks for mail order
tickets must be received in the SICARS office by June 17th. Request
tickets immediately. A limited number of tickets are available. For further
information relative to the Beach Splash you are requested to call or e-mail
the SICARS office.
SICARS Prepares to Establish
SICARS is renovating
the interior of the Hog Hummock Community Foundation building (old school building)
for use as a Media Center. The first Hog Hummock Community library housed in
the SICARS Multi-purpose Center very quickly outgrew the area in which it was
housed. SICARS is extremely grateful to Molly McMillan and the students from
Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina who spent one week camping
at Stanley Walker Campgrounds, moving books, bookshelves, painting the interior
and a portion of the exterior of the Hog Hummock Community Building, arranging
books on shelves, examining computers and printers to determine which ones could
be used, hanging valances to the windows, etc. Additional renovation is being
completed by Jerome Dixon.
The Georgia Librarians’
Association, under the leadership of Susan Robertson, has agreed to render assistance
with the library project. Jim Darby, regional library director, is also assisting
SICARS with setting up and maintaining a professional library. Librarians throughout
the state are pledging donated time to come to Sapelo Island and assist us with
SICARS is soliciting donations
of computer for Media Center computer lab.
Hog Hummock Youths to
be employed on Sapelo Island
Through the initiative
of SICARS Job Training Unlimited on Sapelo Island will employ four Hog Hummock
youths. Two youths will be employed in the SICARS office, one at the Reynolds
Mansion and one at the DNR office. The youths will be able to work 20 hours
during the summer. This program is a year round program. Therefore, youths can
also be employed during the school term. The maximum number of work hours during
the school term is 10. The SICARS office is the facility for intake and other
business relative to this program.
Farmer’s Alliance Hall
The projected completion
date for the predevelopment analysis and the study of the Farmer’s Alliance
Hall project is July 1, 2002. Sources of funding for the predevelopment phase
of this project were $8,100 grant award from the Historic Preservation Division
of the Department of Natural Resources and $5,400 grant award from the Friends
of coastal Georgia History. Upon the completion of the predevelopment phase
of the project funds will be sought for the second phase, the actual restoration
of the building. Upon completion of the restoration the Hall will serve as an
archival storage unit and museum, a place for community gathering/meetings,
fundraisers and cultural events. The contract for the consulting firm was awarded
to Prescon Consulting Firm.
Attorney Receives Award
Attorney Skipper StipMass, the recent recipient of the 2001 Newton Florist Club
Partnership Award and the Alec Little Environmental Award. The Newton Florist
Club (NFC) serves a predominately African-American Community in Gainesville,
GA, by fighting for environmental justice. Attorney StipMass serves as legal
counsel to the NFC as the organization develops a community land trust and acquires
funding for housing rehabilitation and other community capacity building ventures.
The Athens Land Trust was named winner of the 2002 Alec Little Award, along
with three of the land trust’s longtime members. Attorney StipMass, Nancy Stangle
and Laura Hall Gabriel. All three winners received plaques. Stangle and StipMass
founded the Athens Land Trust in 1994. Since the organization’s inception they
have preserved about 100 acres of Land through conservation easements.
First African Baptist
The First African Baptist
Church of Sapelo Island held their 136th church anniversary on May
2-5, 2002. On Thursday nigh, May 5th Rev. Alfred Jackson, pastor
of the Fishers of Men Harvest Church of Brunswick, GA, delivered an inspirational
message. Services continued on Friday night, with the sermon being rendered
by Rev. Ronnie Leggett of the St. Luke Baptist Church of Sapelo Island, Ga.
On Sunday morning the guest church was the First African Baptist Church of St.
Simons Island, GA with Rev. Leroy Williams, who was in charge of the services.
Rev. Gerald Thomas and the congregation of Elm Grove Baptist, Meridian, GA concluded
the services on Sunday afternoon, May 5th. Also in attendance for
the evening service was the Rev. T. L. Benton and congregation of the First
United Christians Baptist Church of Brunswick, Ga. All had a glorious time.
Thanks to all visitors and friends who took the time out to share in this special
Rev. B. T. Smith, Pastor
St. Luke Baptist
The St. Luke Baptist
Church, of Sapelo Island, GA, will conduct their church anniversary celebration
on June 6, 2002 – June 9, 2002. The initial anniversary service will be conducted
by Rev. Garfield Jackson and the First African Baptist Church of Meridian, GA.
The ferry will depart from the Meridian dock at 5:30 p.m. on June 6th
and will depart from the Sapelo Island Dock at 10 p.m. On Friday night, June
7th Rev. B. T. Smith and the First African Baptist Church of Sapelo
Island will be in charge of the services. The June 9th Sunday services
will begin with Sunday School at 10 a.m. followed by morning worship services
at 11 a.m. with the First African Baptist Church of Harris Neck in charge of
the services. The anniversary sermon will be delivered by Rev. Edgar Timmons,
Jr., pastor of First African Baptist Church of Harris Neck. The communion services
will be held at 3:30 p.m. The Emmanuel
Baptist Church of St. Simons Island,
GA will be in charge of the communion services. The communion sermon will be
delivered by Rev. Robert Leggett, Sr., pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. The
public is cordially invited to attend these services. There will be an afternoon
ferry departure from Sapelo Island following the 3:30 p.m. service.
Rev. Ronnie Leggett, Pastor
The First African Baptist Church,
Raccoon Bluff of Sapelo Island will celebrate their second Annual Homecoming
for all Sapelo Island Descendant on Sunday, August 26, 2002, at raccoon Bluff.
The guest speaker will be Rev. J. D. Shaw of Augusta, GA. This event will consist
of a spiritual worship services beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by a picnic
under the tents on the grounds adjacent to the church. The ferry will depart
Meridian, GA at 9 a.m. and depart Sapelo Island at 4 p.m. We are asking all
Sapelo Island descendants to make a special effort to attend these services.
The public is cordially invited.
Sis. Annette Mitchell, Chairperson
Sis. Karen Grovner, Co-Chairperson
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BEACH SPLASH 2002
June 29, 2002
Sapelo Island, GA
Cultural Day 2002
October 19, 2002
Farmers Alliance Hall
Hog Hummock Community
Sapelo Island, GA
November 23, 2002
Senior Citizens Building
Hog Hummock Community
Sapelo Island, GA
number of tickets will be available for each event on Sapelo Island
For more information please call