Daughtry speaks to Kiwanis


The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting, Tuesday night, March 7, 2023. With President Tammy Allen presiding, there were 17 members in attendance. Club members shared information about the loss of their good friend and Kiwanis member, Ruby Virginia (Ginny) Lockhart Smith. The 16-layer chocolate cake, donated by Sondra Fortner was won by Sondra Fortner. The Domino's pizza donated by Domino's Pizza was won by Jill Briercheck.

The program for the evening was hosted by Jim Daughtry, who entertained guests with commentary about his “Last Coon Hunt in Stillmore.” In his story, Daughtry explained that he was accompanied by a few of the elite citizenry of Stillmore, some of whom were his relatives. Taking place sometime in the 60’s, the hunt involved dogs, guns, windshields being shot out of a truck, at least one participant being shot by accident, and expansion of the coon hunt into a possum hunt. No one was arrested, but it did end up in court. Since this was the 60’s and the story was so convoluted, no one was charged or fined.

Petite Garrett used the Kiwanis spotlight to honor the memory of Ginny Smith. Smith hosted numerous events at her home, taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for 40 years in the Emanuel County School System and sang in the Methodist Church choir. She and her husband Dess enjoyed many RVing trips around Georgia and the US for 46 years. They have camped in all 48 contiguous states.

If you would like to become a member of the Kiwanis Club, please contact their membership chair Jane Durden at 478-494-4113 or e-mail her at hsdurden@bellsouth.net. Also, if you would like more information about the Club and the many community service projects that they do each year, go to their Club website at http://www.swainsborokiwanis.org or to their Swainsboro Kiwanis Facebook page.