March is "Women's History Month"
April is "Autism Awareness Month"
Mar. - Apr. 2015

In This Issue
Employee Spotlight: Sara Lim
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
2014 Accomplishments
Administrative Professionals' Day
CCG Administrative Professionals
Women's History Month
APWA Award Winners
Keep Fort Benning Strong
Carla Martin Obtains PHR Certification
Empty Bowl Program
Shirley Winston Tree Planting
Employee Recognition Program Winners
Pet Corner
Healthy Recipes
Healthy Food Quiz
Upcoming Community Events
Quick Links
Employee Spotlight
Sara Lim - Mayor's Office




Sara Lim was employed as the Mayor's Public Information Officer and Calendar Clerk on December 8, 2014. Her duties include scheduling and coordinating meetings and events of the Mayor in addition to serving as the primary contact with the media. She coordinates media coverage and public forums such as "Let's Talk with the Mayor".   Her role is to provide information to the public and get the Mayor's message across to the citizens.


Sara is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Digital & Broadcast Journalism. She was previously a reporter at WTVM. As a reporter, she enjoyed interviewing the Mayor and considered her a role model. Therefore, when she began looking at something outside of news while remaining in the Communications field, she was elated at the opportunity to join the Mayor's staff. Sara finds her job to be very rewarding. It provides her with the ability to help the citizens in a short amount of time.


Sara is a native of South Korea. Her family moved to America when she was seven years old. She learned English by watching CNN. In addition to her parents who reside in the Atlanta area, she has a younger brother and sister. Her hobbies include

shopping, hiking and running. She loves animals, and has adopted two dogs from animal shelters.


She shares the philosophy of Steve Jobs: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." She interprets this quote as encouragement to see your passion and your dreams, follow your heart and step out of your comfort zone. She followed this advice when she accepted her current position.


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees


Citizen Service Center

Crystal Williams

Clerk of Superior Court

Dianne Rozar

Cooperative Extension

Jessica Wynne


Andree` Berry

Phillip Land


Michael Patterson


James F Toelle

Mayor's Office

Sara Lim


Jameka Preston

Jerry Gibbons

Lewis Triester

Federico Aponte

Muscogee County Prison

Wilbure S Anderson

Corey Vinson

James King

Marquis Jackson

Shaquille Wilbon

Ladarius Freeman

Charles Carswell

Municipal Court

Michael McCoy

Jeremy Reynolds

Parks & Recreation

Jeffrey Farmer

Heather Bowyer

Cindy Tedore

Keely Gilmartin

Olivia Jackson

Juan Pinto Paez

Terrance Tarver

Roshandra Williams

Katherin Casteleiro

Trena Hamilton

Roschelle D Hollis

Jeannette Clipp

Marc Holmes

Tonia Morris

Tagina Conner

Stephanie Cousin

Broderick Murphy


Kevin Herrit

Police Department

Johnathan Holloway

Michael Wilson

Merri Parish Hill

Monique Carter

Virginia Duncan

Clayton Feagins

Courtney Hardwick

Matthew James

Ricardo Junco

Cody Kerns

Monica Labranche

Kristen Matheis

Public Works

Christopher Williams

Matthew Tidd

Gregory Collins

David Dansby

Nigelco Mahone

Corren Odom

Kennith Whitfield

Larry Brown

Gregory Harris

Jarvis Echols

Nathan Fuller

Jamal Lovett

Prince Rodgers

Sheriff's Office

Charles Fromkin  

Christophe Ferreira      

John Greer                

Andrea Kuban  

Zachary Mccullum        

Timothy Moore            

Brian Schoenherr

Wayne Lensch              

Evan Joyner  

Superior Court

Audra Kuresa

Victim Witness 

Cindy Owens     

Nichole Smith


Clerk of Council

Lindsey Glisson                     Deputy Clerk of Council


Embry Moore                         Budget Management Analyst

Public Works

Christopher Williams             Equipment Operator II

Melinda Smith                      Administrative Technician

Brandon Wright                      Special Enforcement Supervisor

Donovan Folds                       Equipment Operator II



Police Department

Donald Kraus                          Police Corporal

Helen Mattox                          Emergency Communication Technician II

Adrian Sellers                         Emergency Communication Technician I

Sheriff's Office

Travis Stiles                             Deputy Sheriff

Daniel Talbot                          Deputy Sheriff

Michael Thomas                      Deputy Sheriff

Tax Commissioner  

James Robinson                      Administrative Technician


Retirees December 2014-January 2015

Fire Department

Michael V McCoy


29.5 Years

Parks & Recreation

Kim Dawkins

Community Schools District Supervisor

22.5 Years

Trade Center

Glenda Abercrombie

Conference Facilitator

39.5 Years

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Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Cindy Ware
Sofia White


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2014 Accomplishments


  • Unanimously passed a prudent $263 million budget;
  • Passed comprehensive employee healthcare reform saving taxpayers $4.5 million a year while still providing great value to our hardworking city employees;
  • Saved $2.1 million in the first two years of Pension Reform, and increased 15-year projection of savings to over $28 million;
  • Renegotiated Medical Center indigent and prisoner care contract saving the citizens at least $500,000 per year;
  • Instituted Workers Comp administrative reform saving nearly $400,000 per year;
  • Passed with a near 60% approval the referendum on Redevelopment Districts;
  • Returned to office with large majorities all incumbent City Councilors and the Mayor;
  • Continued reduction in Unemployment Rate, now at 7.3%, with 1,300 jobs added through November of 2014 (400 more jobs than last year);
  • Achieved National Accreditation of Columbus Parks and Recreation with a near perfect score, joining just 135 Parks and Recreations Departments out of over 15,000 across the United States;
  • Decreased pet euthanasia rate at Animal Care and Control Center from the horrific 80% rate in 2010 to 29.5% in 2014, and received a much sought after $600,000 grant to continue this important work;
  • Increased recycling revenue 466% with new Recycling Center, which takes in 700 tons of recyclables per month saving millions in landfill costs and averaging $60,000 per month in gross revenue;
  • Adopted the Best Practices Complete Streets standards to make our roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as functional for vehicles;
  • Opened a dual-zip line course across the Chattahoochee River with our partners in Phenix City, Alabama; and
  • Completed a proposed update of our public transportation bus system for the first time since its inception to encourage use and remove economic stigma;
  • Started the transformational process of revitalizing distressed areas in our community by: a) bringing much needed retail with nearly 400 new jobs to Victory Drive; b) redesigning the Buena Vista Road spiderweb roadblock; c) commencing the South Lumpkin Rails to Trails Project; d) re-striping roads during resurfacing to include bike lanes throughout Columbus; and, e) planning the revitalization of City Village, a 30-square block creative village on the bank of the Chattahoochee River;
  • Provided every motorcycle cop with a body camera and every patrol unit with a dashboard camera, and placed an additional 76 Police Officers on the street since the 2009 OLOST;
  • Invested in a long overdue state of the art software system for our Tax Assessor Department and Tax Commissioner's Office to allow taxpayers to pay online and access parcel and valuation information in a snap;
  • Met with the Secretary of Transportation, the Federal Rail Administration and many others to pursue public-private grant partnerships to fund the next step to our proposed High Speed Passenger Rail line connecting Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta with our currently under-utilized Columbus Airport; and
  • Received 255 housing unit vouchers on behalf of our city partner Home For Good through the Zero: 2016 Initiative, which seeks to help end veteran and chronic homelessness outright by December 2015.
April 22, 2015 is Administrative Professionals' Day


We know that you value and appreciate the individual who serves as your administrative assistant on a daily basis but just in case you need a special day to shower "your most valuable player" with special attention, April 22, 2015 has been set aside as Administrative Professionals' Day.


Administrative Assistants formerly referred to as secretaries, have played substantial roles in the history of our society. Though it is unclear when precisely secretaries first came to be, evidence shows the presence of secretaries dating back to ancient Egyptian scribes, comprised of men entrusted with private and confidential matters thus the word secretary, from the Latin word, secretum, meaning secret. Before the invention of parchment and reed pens, tools of the trade for scribes ranged from chisels used upon stone to styluses used on clay, wood or wax tablets. Shorthand became part of the preparation and training of secretaries (and emperors as well, including Julius Caesar and Augustus).  


The historical development of male/female roles in society impacted the gender of those holding secretarial positions. The role of confidant, adviser and scribe were typically male dominated. These individuals were well educated, often spoke and wrote several languages and were known for exemplary penmanship.

If you think that Secretaries and later Administrative Assistants are insignificant jobs consider these facts:

  • During the Middle Ages, secretarial work was performed by clergymen. The word clerk derives from the word cleric which means, "of or pertaining to the clergy". Clerical tasks expanded into record keeping and bookkeeping. As the merchant class began to rise, secretaries were in high demand and gained an even higher status in society. During the Renaissance, clerical roles moved away from the church but men continued to dominate the profession.
  • Rapid industrialization created a need for paperwork and recording. The first widely used American shorthand was invented in 1837 and Gregg shorthand was invented in 1888.
  • The typewriter was invented in 1867. This created more opportunities for women in secretarial roles because their fingers were considered more dexterous. By 1930 women made up 95% of employed clerical workers due to their exceptional typing skills, high literacy rates, and their willingness to work for lower wages.
  • In 1956 a secretary invented a white water-based paint to conceal errors made on modern electric typewriters. Her creation was sold for $47.5 million and became known as Liquid Paper.
CCG Administrative Professionals  

Jennifer McDonald - HR   

When you press Option 4 after calling the Human Resources Department you will likely receive this greeting "Columbus Consolidated Government's Human Resources Department, this is Jenny, how can I help you?" The voice on the phone belongs to Jennifer McDonald, Human Resources Technician I. When she asks if she can help you she REALLY means it.


Jenny, as she prefers to be called, also welcomes a steady stream of visitors to the front desk of the HR Department all day, every work day.   She greets everyone with a smile and goes the extra mile to help the customers even when the information or assistance they need does not involve the Columbus Consolidated Government.


Jenny exudes professionalism and I salute and thank her for her services.



Amanda Dutton - Finance
Amanda is very organized and extremely detail oriented and thorough. She is dependable and keeps the office running smoothly. She is able to handle many tasks at once and meets all deadlines. She is the first person most customers (both internal and external) come in contact with and represents the Finance Department very well. I appreciate all of her hard work for the Finance Department and the city.

Lauren Vance Ratley - City Manager's Office

Lauren Vance Ratley has served the City for over 13 years. Lauren is much more than my Administrative Assistant. She serves citizens in a professionalism manner, always showing them the utmost respect, while working to resolve their concerns and making them feel like they are the most important person she will talk with all day. She is truly an ordinary young lady doing extraordinary works. We are proud of Lauren and all of her accomplishments, and continue to wish her every success in the future.


Tonna Williamson - Planning
Tonna Williamson shows her zeal for life by the positive attitude and energy she provides.  She is bright, articulate, and seeks to ensure that the workings of the Planning Department are met on a daily basis.  We are very fortunate to have someone of her talent as a team member.

Patty Glaser - METRA
When you think of our Office Manager the words dedication, hard working, caring, and thorough come to mind.  Patty Glaser, follows in the footsteps of a list of professional METRA Office Managers.  It is a privilege to publicly recognize Patty for her business sense and her professionalism which help our department run smoothly every day.  From the staff and management at the Department of Transportation/METRA we say, Thank You Patty!

Tammie Lavery - CPD
I'd like to thank Tammie Lavery for her hard work and dedication.  Tammie does a superb job keeping up with her tremendous work load.  She is a valuable and reliable employee who has a positive attitude and is always willing to help others.  Tammie is definately an asset to CPD.

Margaret Russell - State Court
I would like to thank my Administrative Professional, Margaret Russell, for her tireless dedication, commitment and hard work working  to keep my office running smoothly.  She is the consummate professional. I thoroughly appreciate her courteous demeanor and manner.  Thank you Margaret for everything and Happy Administrative Professionals Day! 
March is Women's History Month


The theme for the 2015 Women's History Month is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives".


If you love to tell a good story, why not use the month of March to tell stories about the lives, accomplishments, talents, sacrifices and heroism of women you know personally as a family member, friend, or community leader. If you have problems thinking of a personal acquaintance, the National Women's History Project is recognizing the following individuals during the 35th Anniversary of the Women's History Movement and the National Women's History Project:


Delilah L. Beasely

(1867-1934) - Historian and Newspaper Columnist who was the first African-American woman to be regularly published in a major metropolitan newspaper and the first author to present the history of African-Americans in early California.  



Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005) - Mohegan Medicine Woman, Anthropologist and Tribal Elder whose life spanned the entire 20th Century. She grew up in the Mohegan community I Uncasville, Connecticut learning traditional practices, beliefs and herbalism. She co-founded Tantaquidgeon Museum with her brother and father. It remains the oldest American Indian Museum in the United States.


Eleanor Flexner (1908-1995) - Historian and Independent Scholar who published a groundbreaking book - Century of Struggle: The Women's Right Movement in the United States in 1959. This book marked her as a pioneer in the field of women's studies.


Lynn Sherr

(1943- Present) - Broadcast Journalist and Author who began her career at Conde Nast, when she won the Mademoiselle magazine Guest Editor Competition in college. She moved on to the Associated Press, then WCBS-TV, PBS, and ultimately ABC, where she covered politics, space and social change for more than 30 years.  



Judy Yung

(1946-Present) - Oral Historian, Author and Professor who is best known for her groundbreaking work in documenting the immigration history of Angel Island and the life stories of Chinese American women. As a second - generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown, Ms. Yung embarked on a lifelong mission to reclaim the history of Chinese Americans and to educate Americans about the lives, struggles, and contributions to this country.  



Darlene Clark Hine (1947-Present) - Historian and Educator who seeks not only to explore African-American history but to expand the discipline of history itself by focusing on Black women "who remained at the very bottom of the ladder in the United States." A leading expert on the subject of race, class and gender in American society, Ms. Hine is credited with helping to establish a doctoral field in Comparative Black History at Michigan State University.


Holly Near (1949 - Present) - Singer, Songwriter, Social Activist has inspired generations with music that chronicles progressive activism of the late 20th centuries. During the war against Indochina Holly began to write songs based on historic and current events that were challenging progressives in the United States. She wrote about the killings at Kent and Jackson State, the struggles of The United Farm Workers and the frightening consequences of nuclear war.


Vicki L. Ruiz (1995- Present) - Educator and Pioneer in Latina History is the first in her family to receive any advanced degree. Ms. Ruiz earned a PhD in History at Stanford in June 1982. Two months later she showed up for her first teaching position with a baby on her hip and another on the way. Over the course of three decades, Ms. Ruiz has been a major force in shaping the field of Chicana History.

American Public Works Association (APWA) Award Winners


Congratulations are in order for three CCG employees for winning awards from the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA):


Deborah Abraham has been selected as the winner of the 2015 APWA - Georgia Chapter Facility & Grounds Manager of the Year Award.


Ann Marie Amiel has been selected as the winner of the 2015 APWA - Georgia Chapter Administrative Manager of the Year Award.


Leslie "Les" Moore has been selected as the winner of the 2015 APWA - Georgia Chapter Solid Waste Manager of the Year Award.


The presentation of the awards will be made at the APWA - Georgia Chapter Annual Meeting that will be held from July 9-11, 2015 at the Sea Palms, St. Simons, Georgia.    


These employees serve as examples of the highly dedicated and quality people who work tirelessly for the CCG. Congratulations!  

Keep Fort Benning Strong!   


An enthusiastic group of over 500 individuals attended a public meeting with the Department of the Army Listening Team on February 18, 2015 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center in the Foundry Room from 5-7pm.


The group's mission is to continue working hard to help grow Fort Benning and to minimize the impact of any potential loss of troops through budget cuts. U.S. Congressmen, Army Officials, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, members of the Columbus City Council, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, and many other Columbus stakeholders participated in the meeting.


Fort Benning is not just a military installation. It is an historical and integral part of our local and regional economy that has received nearly $7 billion in investments from the federal, state, local governments and private sector.   These investments are related to the last Base Realignment and Closure process according to a statement issued by Mayor Tomlinson. She further stated "as a result, this community stands ready to accept new troops and new resources from the consolidation that may occur at other bases around the country".




Carla Martin Obtains PHR Certification  


Congratulations to Carla Martin, Human Resources Manager for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, for obtaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. She passed a three hour computer based test consisting of 175 multiple choice questions.


The Professional in Human Resources Certification demonstrates mastery of the technical and operational aspects of Human Resources' practices and U.S. laws and regulations in Business Management and Strategy, Workforce Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Labor Relations and Risk Management.


Carla's certification is valid for three years. Well done Carla!

Empty Bowl Program    



Sunday March 8th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Northside Recreation Center, the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department holds its main charity fund-raiser "The Empty Bowl Brunch" for the local Kids Café, a program of Feeding the Valley, our local food bank. The Kids Cafe program provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe programs offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational, and social activities.    


The annual "Empty Bowl" Brunch allows ticket holders to choose a bowl (to keep) from among hundreds of unique pieces and enjoy all-you-can-eat "homemade" style soups, breads, desserts and drinks - and 100% of the proceeds go to the Kids Café.  


It brings people together to create and express ideas in a relaxed family type setting. Parks and Recreation partnerships help to create and decorate over 1300 bowls each year and to put on a brunch that touches every area of the department and helps the entire community.


From picking out the bowl to eating in a family type setting, this event brings everyone together knowing each person is helping to fight hunger in our area. Since becoming a department-wide event in 2009, $40,216 has been raised for Feeding the Valley. This is 100,000 meals for the Kid's Café program. Individuals, businesses, and the local RSVP (Retired Volunteer Senior Program) donate the bowls and supplies. The bowls are decorated by volunteers during programs and then fired by Parks and Recreation staff.  


All of this helps to enhance our community by creating and coming together to help those in need.


For more information on the Empty Bowl, contact Lisa Castile at 706-653-4196, or stop by Britt David Studio at 2700 W. Britt David Rd. Columbus, GA 31909.


Shirley Winston Tree Planting   


The City of Columbus' Keep Columbus Beautiful is a community improvement program that promotes and coordinates litter cleanups, graffiti prevention, recycling and beautification projects to fulfill the vision of making Columbus the best place in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department along with Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Kinetic Credit Union formed a partnership to continue this wonderful vision on Monday, February 16, 2015 by planting close to 100 trees on the beautiful campus of Shirley B. Winston Park. The Kinetic Credit Union family stated that it was an honor to be able to do such a wonderful program such as planting trees at the Shirley B. Winston Park and this will be something we will remember for years to come.


Employee Recognition Program Winners 

2nd Quarter 2014 Winners 

Individual Excellence Award Winner

Alina Phillips

2nd Quarter 2014 PEER Award Winners
Duane Melvin
Holli Browder
Jan Truitt
Jeff Sharpe
Susan Shelton


Pet Corner

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month 

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) urges supporters across the country to "Go Orange for Animals" to raise awareness. Join us!

Here are a few ways you can help spread the word about preventing cruelty to animals:

Support Your Local Animal Shelter 

Coordinate a "Go Orange for Animals" event, such an adoption event or donation drive, with a local animal welfare group or shelter of your choice and donate the proceeds and/or supplies that you collect.

Show Your Virtual Support

Spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month by posting on your social media networks using the hashtag #fightcruelty and tagging @aspca. You can also follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Play Dress-up

Open your closet and get out those bright orange pants, shirts, ties, shoelaces and socks and don them throughout the month of April.


Become an Animal Activist

Visit our Advocacy Center and join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to receive emails about important animal welfare-related legislation and find out how you can make a difference.


For more information on the above information, please visit


Columbus Animal Care & Control Center at 706-653-4512 


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center**

($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)


Healthy Recipes


Leprechaun Pie


1 reduced fat graham cracker pie crust

8 oz fat-free whipped topping, thawed

1 box fat-free pistachio pudding

20 oz can crushed pineapple in its own juice



Mix thoroughly the whipped topping, pudding mix and drained pineapple. Pour into crust, chill and enjoy!


Nutritional Info


Servings per recipe: 8

Amount per serving:

Calories: 135.2

Total Fat: 0.1g

Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Sodium: 61.6mg

Total Carbs: 11.1g

Dietary Fiber: 0.6g

Protein: 0.1g


Mint Meringues


2 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp mint extract

3-6 drops green food coloring

Green colored sprinkles (optional)



Heat oven to 200 degrees. Grease two large cookie sheets, set aside. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in medium bowl. Beat until foamy. Add sugar 1 Tbsp at a time, beating until egg whites are very stiff and glossy and sugar is dissolved. Beat in mint extract and food color. Fit a decorator bag with a large star tip. Spoon meringue into bag. (May use freezer style zip lock bag, cutting small hole in corner). Pipe meringue in 1-inch puffs on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Place cookie sheets on center rack of preheated oven. Bake for 2 hours. Remove from oven immediately and cool completely on wire racks.


Nutritional Info:

Servings per recipe: 16

Amount per cookie:

Calories: 26.6

Total Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 25.1mg

Total Carbs: 6.3g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 0.4g


  What's Your Nutritional IQ?

Healthy Food Quiz  


Test your Food IQ and Enter in for a Chance to
Win a $5 gift card to Subway! All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to by April 15, 2015.    
CCG Employees Only




1. Water is the healthiest thirst quencher, but many of us choose sweetened beverages, instead. If you are going to vend, which should you spend your dollars on? 

a. Vitamin Water
b. Flavored Iced Tea
c. Non-diet Soda
d. Lemonade


2.  You're hitting the 3pm slump and nothing can stand between you and caffeine. Which of these popular Starbucks drinks has the healthiest calorie and fat content?
a.Caramel Macchiato with Whole Milk, Size Grande.
b. Mocha Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream, Size Grande
c. Cafe Latte with Whole Milk, Size Grande
d. Iced Coffee with Whole Milk, Size Grande
3. Fact or Fiction: Granola bars are always a healthier alternative to candy bars? 
a. fact
b. fiction

4. You're too busy for lunch - which of the following vending machine snacks is the healthiest choice?
a.  A bag of sunflower seed kernels
b. A two-pack of strawberry toaster pastries
c. A bag of potato chips
d. A peanut, chocolate and caramel candy bar
5. Pork rinds are a popular snack for Atkins dieters (and at least one former U.S. prsdient) - but are they a healthy snack choice?

a. Yes
b. No
c. Both Yes and No  


Jan/Feb 2015 Health Foods Quiz Winner- Lauren Cheatham, Trade Center

Answers to the January/February 2015 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1.A; 2.C; 3.B; 4.A; 5.B



Upcoming Community Events
March - April 2015 



Easter Egg Hunt 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 
Noon at South Commons Softball Complex 
All children ages 1 through 12 are invited to attend and enjoy the activities. For more information contact Columbus Parks & Recreation 706-225-4658.
During the March, Psalmond Road is preparing for the prom dress giveaway to teen girls in need of a prom dress. The deadline for submission is March 6, 2015 with the teens contacting us at (706)565-6060 for further information.

Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
4:30pm -6:30pm
Join us at Psalmond Road Recreation Center as we celebrate Earth Day with tasty treats, arts and crafts, and the "No Bottles Challenge."


Health Assessment Fair For the Seniors of Boxwood & Carver Heights
Thursday, March 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Boxwood Recreation Center




March 17th

" Irish for a Day" observance of St. Patrick's Day

Target group - elementary and middle school students


March 23rd - 27th


Daily activities / themes

We will target all students

12:00 - 4:00 PM



April 1st - 3rd

Spring cleanup / area beautification



April 25th

Mentoring Program (Boys / Girls)

Partnership with 4th Street Baptist Church

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Frank Chester Senior Center
March / April Programs

All events, except as noted, will take place at:
1441 Benning Drive Columbus GA 31903

March 16 - National Chocolate Day - passing out Hershey Kisses to everyone - all day event

March 17 - Red Hat Luncheon - Applebee's Airport Thruway @ 11 am

March 19th 2:30 pm - Birthday / Tea Party - St. Patrick's Day theme

March 20th - 12 noon in the dining room - St. Patrick's Day Lunch - door prizes for wearing most green

April 1st - April Fools jokes - all day event

April 3rd 12 Noon - Easter Lunch / Egg Hunt immediately following lunch on the grounds of Frank Chester Senior Center

April 14th - National Volunteer Recognition Program

April 16th - Easter themed Tea Party & Birthday Party @ 2:30 pm

April 20 - 24 - Memphis Tunica Trip



Digital Bookmobile & Personal Device help available on most Wednesdays. Call the center for exact times & dates - 706-653-4964


Therapeutic Recreation Wellness Programs

Water Aerobics

Monday and Wednesday
1:00 pm
Columbus Aquatic Center
1603 Midtown Drive

Walking Club

9:00 am
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street

Chair Fitness

10:00 am
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street

Fitness Class

11:00 am
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street

Therapeutic Recreation
Adapted Sports

Sit Volleyball

Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 pm
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street

Unified Kickball

April 2nd- April 30th
Thursday 2:00 pm (athletes only)
Thursday 4:00 pm-6:00pm (athletes and unified partners)
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street

Therapeutic Recreation
Special Events

Friday Night Dance

March 27th and April 24th
7:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Pop Austin Recreation Center
1331 Alexander Street


Muscogee County School District Transition Fair

March 10th

5:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Columbus State University Recreation Center

For additional information contact Paula Dukes at 706-748-2298


Therapeutic Recreation Parent/Caregiver Quarterly Meeting

March 16th

5:30 pm

Pop Austin Recreation Center

1331 Alexander Street

For additional information contact Melissa Crawford at or 706-304-5560


CORTA Special Olympics Tennis Tournament

April 3rd


Cooper Creek Park Tennis Courts

For additional information contact Deby Caldwell at or 706-317-4136


Columbus Special Olympics Aquatics State Invitational

April 11th

8:00am - 5:00pm

Columbus Aquatic Center

For additional information contact Melissa Crawford at or 706-304-5560


Autism Awareness Resource Fair and Fun Day

April 25th

10:00am -1:00pm

Pop Austin Recreation Center

1331 Alexander Street

For additional information contact Melissa Crawford at or 706-304-5560

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