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Volunteer of The Quarter

2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011
 
 1st Quarter 2012 - Judy Ricketson & Debora Hines
Traditionally, most GERL activities take place in North Georgia because that is where the greatest concentration of our members can be found. I am delighted to report that in the past few years, we have acquired some enthusiastic new members in South Georgia who are excited about the path that GERL now follows as a way to accomplish even more for horses in need. When we realized the importance of encouraging yearly vaccinations for all horses, especially in the southern part of our state where the largest concentration of EIA is reported, then new member, Debora Hines stepped up to organize and host a GERL sponsored Vaccination Clinic near Cairo. Long time GERL member and supporter, Judy Ricketson, who had just moved to the area, never hesitated to step up to help. Judy later organized a second vaccination clinic in Valdosta. These two remarkable horsewomen managed to put on yet another Vaccination Clinic the following year and have co-hosted two hugely successful and well attended Multi-County Meetings on behalf of GERL as well. In addition, Debora organized the first South Georgia Castration Clinic in November 2011 with Dr. Alex Greenberg of Cairo Animal Hospital. A resident of Thomas County, Debora Hines presently holds the title of GERL Area Coordinator Director for South Georgia. She was previously recognized as one of our special GERL Volunteers in 2010. Judy Ricketson has been an active GERL member since the early nineties. Always ready to volunteer, Judy now serves as GERL Education Lead and Area Coordinator for Lowndes County where she now resides. They are both what I like to call real “go getters”. Both of these task oriented ladies have proven their willingness and ability to orchestrate the planning of successful events. GERL is extremely fortunate that they are willing to bring awareness to, and encourage support of our work in the south. We are very pleased to recognize their hard work by naming them our special co-volunteers of this quarter. All attendees enjoyed learning about the work of GERL and how they might more effectively enforce Georgia’s Equine Protection Laws.

 2nd Quarter 2012 - Ginny Scarritt
What can we say about a wonderful person like Ginny Scarritt? She is a working wife and mother who, even though she does not own a horse, made a special effort to be involved with, and find a way to raise money for GERL.
Approximately four years ago, Ginny became aware of a Southern States program which pays money to nonprofit organizations for collecting Proof of Purchase seals which are printed on each of their horse feed bags. She asked if she could initiate the program on behalf of GERL and be responsible for receiving the seals and turning them in to Southern States. Wow, Ginny! You mean YOU want to DO this? You aren’t just telling us that WE need to do this? Totally refreshing.
When she started promoting this program, I don’t think that Ginny person-ally knew any other members of GERL. Since that time, we were fortunate enough to have her attend one of our rides and we were all thrilled to finally meet her and give her a hug of appreciation. She enjoyed getting to ride one of Steven Neal’s beautiful TWH geldings on several of the organized rides during the weekend.
Over the years during which Ginny has administered the Southern States Program, she has raised thousands of dollars for Georgia Equine Rescue League! She took the initiative to make this happen. She does all of the work and GERL gets the total benefit. We would like to express our ongoing and most sincere thanks to Ginny Scarritt as well as Southern States.

3rd uarter 2012 - Elaine Bishoff
Traditionally, most GERL activities take place in North Georgia because that is where the greatest concentration of our members can be found. I am delighted to report that in the past few years, we have acquired some enthusiastic new members in South Georgia who are excited about the path that GERL now follows as a way to accomplish even more for horses in need. When we realized the importance of encouraging yearly vaccinations for all horses, especially in the southern part of our state where the largest concentration of EIA is reported, then new member, Debora Hines stepped up to organize and host a GERL sponsored Vaccination Clinic near Cairo. Long time GERL member and supporter, Judy Ricketson, who had just moved to the area, never hesitated to step up to help. Judy later organized a second vaccination clinic in Valdosta. These two remarkable horsewomen managed to put on yet another Vaccination Clinic the following year and have co-hosted two hugely successful and well attended Multi-County Meetings n behalf of GERL as well. In addition, Debora organized the first South Georgia Castration Clinic in November 2011 with Dr. Alex Greenberg of Cairo Animal Hospital. A resident of Thomas County, Debora Hines presently holds the title of GERL Area Coordinator Director for South Georgia. She was previously recognized as one of our special GERL Volunteers in 2010. Judy Ricketson has been an active GERL member since the early nineties. Always ready to volunteer, Judy now serves as GERL Education Lead and Area Coordinator for Lowndes County where she now resides. They are both what I like to call real “go getters”. Both of these task oriented ladies have proven their willingness and ability to orchestrate the planning of successful events. GERL is extremely fortunate that they are willing to bring awareness to, and encourage support of our work in the south. We are very pleased to recognize their hard work by naming them our special co-volunteers of this quarter. All attendees enjoyed learning about the work of GERL and how they might more effectively enforce Georgia’s Equine Protection Laws.

4th Quarter 2012 - Lynne Robinson
Our featured volunteer this quarter is Lynne Robinson. Although Lynne has been involved with GERL for a relatively short time, she has jumped in neck deep. Not only has she accepted the Area Coordinator position for Cobb and surrounding counties, but she is first to volunteer to help with any event with which GERL might be associated. Any time there is a need for a GERL ambassador, Lynne Robinson is there! In spite of the fact that Lynne does not own a horse, or have an opportunity to ride them any longer, she wants to be involved with making certain that horses receive the care they deserve. Therefore, INVOLVED, she IS! She has done farm inspections for potential GERL foster and/or adoptive homes, and has actually helped find a home for at least one horse. In addition, Lynne has already organized and tended more than one GERL Information Booth. Although Lynne feels that she is just beginning to learn about the organization, she is passionate about getting the word out concerning the needs of the many unwanted horses in our state. This lady is not one to sit back and wait for something to happen. She made her own “booth box” which contains everything needed to make a presentation on behalf of GERL. She has been instrumental in assembling information so that others will be able to do the same. Lynne is always willing and anxious to write for our newsletter or for any other publication which calls attention to the work of GERL. She writes beautifully and always presents GERL in the most positive terms. It was the “brain child” of Lynne Robinson to have our Area Coordinators write a short biography to be posted on the GERL Website. In this way, those who visit the site can get to know the AC in their area as well as learn more about the duties of ACs in case they may be interested in becoming one. Of course, Lynne’s bio was the first to be submitted and it can be seen on our site at www.gerlltd.org. In addition to all of this, Lynne Robinson is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Always positive, she spreads that attitude anywhere she goes. Everyone looks forward to working beside Lynne at every opportunity!

 
 
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