Senator Stone speaks to Kiwanis

by | August 28, 2013 4:43 pm

   The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Catered Creations at 7 p.m. Guests for the evening were Manny Alleman and Gwen Ford. President Chip Durden presented 15-year old Manny Alleman a gift card for being selected as “Youth of the Year” at Herrington Homestead and was one of the top five in the Georgia Sheriff’s Homes.

   The combined Boards (incoming and outgoing) will meet on September 19. Lt. Gov. Tim Goodman is doing new member orientation next Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. (just before the regular meeting). All un-oriented new members need to attend. 

   September 24 is Installation Night for the new Club Officers and Board of Directors. It is also a Spouse’s Night.

   The program for the evening was hosted by Kiwanian Dwight Watt, newly-elected President of the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club, located in Georgia, but part of the Kentucky/Tennessee Kiwanis District. Watt holds dual membership in the Fort Oglethorpe and Swainsboro Clubs. Since he could not be at the meeting, Dess Smith introduced the program for the evening: State Senator Jesse Stone from Waynesboro. Senator Stone is not a stranger to Swainsboro, having lived here some 15 years before moving back to his home town. He divides his law practice between Swainsboro and Waynesboro. He talked of his days with “Travel’n Troop 75, ” especially his Philmont Scout Ranch experience in the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico. He also picked up the bicycling bug while in Swainsboro. 

   Stone is the Senator for the 23rd District, which includes part of Emanuel County. The 23rd includes all or part of 11 counties in Georgia. Since the Georgia Legislature only meets 40 days, he spoke of the importance of the committee structure which strives to (1) screen out bad legislature, (2) make good bills better, and (3) fix legislation which has unanticipated or undesired outcomes. Stone is on the Education and Youth Committee and the Ethics Committee. He is Chair of the Non-Civil Judiciary Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. He pointed to the experience of local state legislators Senator Jack Hill and Representative Butch Parrish and the assistance they have given him.

   If you would like to join the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, founded on May 31, 1922, please call membership chairman Dess Smith at 478-299-1039 or e-mail him at Also, if you would like to find out more information about the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club and the many community service projects that they do, go to their website at or go to the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club Facebook page.

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