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PAGE 6-A HOG ANSVILI HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2003 Submitted Photo CARTER PRESENTS BIBLE - Jimmy Carter presents a Bible to Tonya Gay, the homeowner of one of two LaGrange College houses that were built during the week. At left is Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity founder and CEO; Rosalyn Carter is at right. LaGrange College 'esident Reflects on Visit By Carters when DASH founder Ricky Wolf approached me 18 months ago about LaGrange College's hosting of the Jimmy Carter Work Project, I could not have imagined then that it would result in the honor of my wife, Kathleen, and me playing host to a former U.S. President and first lady. Our original agreement was that President and Mrs. Carter, along with Habitat for Humanity Founder Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, would stay in the college's recently renovated Sunny Gables Alumni House. Six months ago, we learned that due to security concerns it would not be possible to house the Carters and host a major reception for them in the same location. We conclud- ed that the most logical alter- native would be for my fam- ily to vacate the spacious col- lege president's home, mak- ing it available for both cou- ples and the Secret Service. When discussing our plan with the Carters' personal aid six weeks ago, she informed me that the Carters would refuse to use our home if we didn't also stay.there. They did not want to feel they were disrupting our lives by host- ing them. So, with some hes- itation, we agreed that we would stay in the house. For my stress level, however, I insisted that our two young, usually (but not always!) adorable sons would need to be farmed out. They would stay with my mother-in-law in the luxury of the guest- house of our across-the- street neighbors, Dr. and Mrs. Stan Hall. The Carters, then, would stay in the mas- ter bedroom, the Fullers in the guest bedroom and Kathleen and I in the boys' bedroom. Of the three secret service agents, two would occupy the downstairs, most- ly in the boys' playroom (the agents liked playing with their Rescue Heroes), and one would stay in a strategi- cally placed automobile out- side to monitor external activity. WE WERE TOLD TO expect the Carters arrival at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday evening. I left the Habitat work site early enough that afternoon to get home, shower and receive them. But thanks to an ear- lier than anticipated start that day and the heat of the after- noon while working on house 17, the Carters elected to head to our home earlier than expected. Three minutes after my arrival at home, the secret service notified us that the Carters were on their way and would be arriving in five minutes. Looking about as grungy as I have ever been in my life, I knew I had no choice but to welcome them in my current state. When the Carters arrived at our front door and exited their van, I said "President and Mrs. Carter, we are so honored to have you here. I have always dreamed of meeting a U.S. President, but never in my dreams did I imagine I would look like this!" With a quick reply, President Carter said, "Never did I imagine I would look like this entering a col- lege president's home." Thus began a memorable and delightful visit with the 39th President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize laure- ate and his wife. THROUGH THE COURSE of the next 16 hours before their departure, we would share two meals and some brief conversations. While we never had enough time for extended, in-depth discussion, our talks touched on LaGrange College; the Habitat effort in our commu- nity and his pride in what we are doing; their 11 grandchil- dren; their busy and demand- ing work and travel sched- ule; his numerous hobbies, which include writing, paint- ing, woodworking and furni- ture making, farming, wine- making and reading; and favorite television programs: They watch JAG, West Wing (apparently pretty true to life, although not always as frenetic as the show por- trays) and the Atlanta Braves. The Carters were as down-to-earth, comfortable and lacking in pretension as anyone I have ever known. They seemed as relaxed as my own parents would be in our home, and they seemed grateful for the hospitality we extended to them. Throughout the visit, I found myself marveling at all that President Carter has accomplished in life, and how he maintains so many extra- curricular interests to his pri- mary occupation of world statesman. He lives his Christian conviction by work- ing for a world where peace and justice prevail. I was reminded of the truth of a comment that my mentor, Emory University PresidenL Emeritus James Laney, makes about Mr. Carter when he introduces him: that "Mr. Carter is the only President in U.S. history to use the White House as a stepping- stone." AS I OBSERVED the Carters on the Habitat work site, at the evening reception LaGrange College hosted for them, and in our home, I appreciated how they made others feel at ease. They offered a warm handshake to men, and often embraced and kissed women and children. Prior to their visit I had rehearsed--several times-- with my sons the brief 10- minute interaction they would have with the Carters before the boys would head across the street. When the Carters came down for din- ner, I asked if they would Submitted Photo CARTER HARD AT WORK - Jimmy Carter at work at the Hillside Place site. mind meeting our sons. They indicated that they had "hoped they would have a chance to do so." Thankfully, the boys handled the matter in the way we had planned, but I had not prepared them for the fact that President Carter would also ask if he could give them a hug. It is a moment I shalllong remem- ber. Prior to their departure, President Carter presented Kathleen and me with an autographed copy of his recent book, which is the lec- ture hegave when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. When he handed it to me, he said he wanted us to have it "as some- thing to remember their visit by." While thrilled to have this generous gift, Kathleen and I shot knowing glances at one another that said, "How could we ever forget the blessing of playing host to a former U.S. president and first lady." DEACON OF THE WEEK: Jim Campbell As you pray, remember Bob Tillman, Lucile Wilson, Sarah Beall, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Neighbors, Pauline Powers, Elizabeth Garner, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Crawford, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Moore, Tom Flournoy, Wendy Irvin, Mildred McWhorter, Lou Palmer, Nita Windsor, Mary Smith, Marge McBride, Alan Brice, Mary Jo Keith, Evelyn Spivey, Iris Burgess, Larry Miller, Rev. Helen Henry, Ella Mae Pittman, Robert Reason, Ann Knighton, Marcellite Broussard, Clara Byrd, Susan Fleming, Horace Worley and Ruth Smith., Our Christian sympathy is extended to the families of Frank Fuller and Mrs. Barney (Linda) Philpot at their recent deaths. We were happy to have many visitors with us Sunday. CHIIJ)REN'S WORSHIP: Beth Maxwell During the Congregational Prayer time, Rev. Willis had all Father's to stand and he said a prayer for them. At the end of the morn- ing service, all Fathers pres- ent received God's Challenge for Today's Man Stand Firm, a devotional book. The adult Choir music Father's Day Child of Rev. ing message Father's was "A job Fathers." The text Ephesians 6:4. This is a l tinuation of a series Family Values. Welcome new THE MEN'S breakfast is June 8:30AM at the Ho Church of God. The fifth song service is June at the Hogansville God. The adult choir will l ent a cantata "In Trust", a patriotic Sunday, July 6 during llAM worship. We will have our Sunda Day noon, July 6 at the Huell and Mar Stephens at 4PM. be vi evening night. If you don home, we would invite: come worship with at Hogansville First Church, located Main Street: Thursday June 19 Dennis Barber, Bonna M. Hatcher, Tony Johnson, ] Mrs. Charles Behrendt (A), and Mr. & Mrs. Jody Hale Friday June 20 Annette Duffee, Conner Mathews, Jana Balaam, Fisher, Mr & Mrs. David Martin (A) (A), Mr. & Mrs. Guido Rinaldo (A), Mr. & Mrs. (A), and Mr. & Mrs. Sam Richardson (A). Saturday June 21 Danny Searels and Mr. & Mrs. Keith Wegienka (A). Sunday June 22 Brenda Bussey, Matt Johnson and Mr. & Mrs. Howell (A). Monday June 23 Anne Smith, Ethan Shirah, Jesse Dean, Julie Laurie Lott, Patrick Bonner, Virginia WiUiamson Perk Hammett (A), and Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Smith (A). Tuesday Jane 24 Erma Jean Todd, Marianna Reynolds, Paula Sarah Glanton, Zana VanLeeuwen, Mr. & Mrs. E.R. (A), and Billy Strain (Mem.). Wednesday Jane 25 Earline Cavalcante and Kelley Spradlin. Wills l!qamed Miss Wheelchair By BILLY BRYANT Talbot County native Billie Ann Wills was named Miss Wheelchair Georgia at a coronation program at the Liberty Theater in Columbus on Saturday evening, May 31. The talent portion of the pag- eant was held earlier at the Four Points Sheraton in Columbus. Billie Ann Wills is the daughter of Billy and Anne Wills of Talbotton. Her pater- nal grandparents are Lucile Moonlight Ball Saturday 'It The Moonlight Ballroom Dance Club of LaGrange and the Troup County Parks and Rec will hold a casual dance on Saturday, June 21, from 8:00 11:00 p.m. at the Callaway Auditorium, Dallis Street, in LaGrange, Ga. Music will be the IBM Band. Visitor couples are welcome - $15.00 per couple. Enjoy rock-n-roll, foxtrot, swing, shag, rumba, cha-cha, tango and more! For information on the dance or ballroom dance lessons, call (706) 637- 9295 or (706) 884-5857. Future dance dates: 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/24, 11/141 12/12. Georgia, lives in Talbotton and is employed by Bellsouth in Columbus. She has been chair person of a spelling bee team who participated and won two county spelling bees sponsored by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. During Billie Ann Wills' reign as "Miss Wheelchair Georgia" during the year 2004, she plans to travel the state of Georgia discussing Americans With Act (ADA), access to the disabled this viewing for future pageants. plans to talk on "acceSS and check for are accessible. Billie Ann will in "Miss America" to be held at l and date to be later in Richmond, BILLIE ANN WILLS Wills and the late Eugene Wills of Webster County. Maternal grandparents are Alice Ruth Jones and the late John Fred Cooper also of Webster county. Billie Ann got her early elementary education in Talbot County public schools and graduated from high school at Manchester. She received her college diploma from Trinity College of the Tampa Bay, Florida area. MISS WHEELCHAIR Hogansville Recreation Department June and July Schedule June 9, 2003 Summer program 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 - Friday Ages- 6-12 Hogansvflle Elementary Gym June 24, 2003 Movie Night 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., There will be a $1.00 Admission Fee. July $, 2003 9110 Baseball District Community Bank and Trust, All-Stars Pike Co. Time" July 12, 2003 11/12 Baseball Body Shop, All-Stars. Manchester. Time - Hogansville Recreation Department 407 Church Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Phone: 706 637-4427 637-8090.