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Thank you to our 2009 volunteers

By Gareth Fenley

Published in the December 2009 NAMI Augusta Azalea newsletter

Thank you, Suzanne Bloom, for your service as Treasurer of NAMI Augusta, and Andy Magruder for service as our corporate Agent.

Thank you, Kelly Post, for completing service as Vice President and stepping back over into the role as NAMI Augusta's Treasurer, and "Legal Eagle" Dan Hamilton, for agreeing to serve as our new corporate Agent.

Thank you, Cheri Stephenson, for becoming our spirited new Secretary, as well as making many contributions to the Azalea.

Thank you, Brian Mulherin, for continuing devoted service as our representative to the Bert Yancey Memorial Tournament.

Thank you to our all-star cast of Advisors to the Board of Directors.

Thank you to our terrific Family-to-Family teaching team, Donna Adams, Susan Nyhoff, and Lynn Tyson, MD.

Thank you, Michael Bells, for launching our web site.

Thanks to Helen Blocker-Adams for hosting Minority Mental Health breakfasts and putting NAMI Augusta on the radio.

Thank you, Renea Soos, Deborah Daughtry, Donna Adams, and Buddy Sanders for representing NAMI Augusta at health fairs.

Thank you to the facilitators of our two Connections support groups, April Warner, Precious Wiley, Cheryl Martin, Gareth Fenley, and our newest support group volunteer Tracy Butler.

Thank you to our loyal "behind the scenes" database administrator for keeping our electronic membership records and mailing list.

Thank you to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and Friendship Community Center for donating space for our programs.

Thank you to Dr. Lynn Tyson and colleagues leading the Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health Ministries for organizing ecumenical services and educational events.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers of NAMI Georgia and NAMI National who have provided constant and invaluable support to NAMI Augusta.

Thank you to the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) coordinator Pat Strode for coordinating two trainings in Augusta; to Dr. Peter Buckley for leading MCG's strong support to NAMI Augusta, including going the extra mile for the CIT trainings; to Judge Jolles for speaking; to the MCG residents who volunteered as teachers: Dr. M.J. Albright, Dr. Brian Miller, Dr. Rizwan Khan, Taryn Myers, Dr. Philip Sinato, Dr. Anil Saini, Dr. Jackie Williams, Dr. Erica Smith, Dr. Claire Slocumb, Brandon Register, Dr. Catricia Tilford, and Dr. Miranda Harris; and to our volunteers Lewis Chestnut, Tracy Butler, Harvey Barksdale, Mikey Coffman, the lovely ladies from NAMI Aiken, and the volunteer presenters from Behavioral Health Link and the Alzheimer's Association, as well as the police officers who assisted in the training and the great folks at the VA for hosting.

Thank you to Dr. Brian Miller for running a half-marathon to raise awareness and more than $500 from generous donors for NAMI Augusta, and to Melissa Feldhaus, Matt Diamond, and Marshall Frost from Long's Drugs.

Thank you to all of our 2009 educational speakers!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered that I forgot or ran out of space to mention! And I shouldn't neglect to thank myself for work I do as President.

Finally: a big, big, BIG warm thank you to all of our sustaining and renewing members and donors. We couldn't do it without YOU!!

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