Radio host joins Towns County Movers and Shakers as moderator

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – It’s a new year, and the Towns County Mountain Movers & Shakers is off to a fresh start, recently adding EXtreme Carolina radio host Michael Levi Borkman to its list of weekly moderators. The group of concerned citizens meet each Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the Sundance Grill in Hiawassee.

Michael Borkman, a charismatic gentleman who enjoys making newcomers feel welcome, says the group is moving in a positive direction and looks forward to further involvement with the community.

Mountain Movers & Shakers exists to increase local political awareness, address direct concerns from citizens, improve the the community as a whole, and assist the Towns County school system to foster a better climate for youth. While the group describes themselves as “noticeably conservative in philosophy,” they maintain a non-partisan posture. Weekly meetings are open to all political persuasions, religious affiliations, and creeds.

Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw updated the community on the county’s thriving tourism at a recent meeting

Over the years, Movers & Shakers has logged an extensive amount of community service while providing thousands of dollars to fund various community projects. The participants co-sponsored three public candidate forums during the 2016 election cycle, placed poll watchers at voting precincts, improved the appearance of both the east and west entrances into Towns County, raised $4000 for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) along with other high school programs, provided funds for “Quilts for Valor”, and participated in Towns County Clean Sweep week in an effort to curb litter the area. Their contributions also include the provision of expert voluntary personnel at the high school and the development of annual youth leadership speech training which begins a new cycle on Jan. 25.

Movers & Shakers welcomes speakers from all walks of life, encouraging individuals to share what their organization is doing in Towns and surrounding counties. Because there are no officers, a different person acts as the moderator each week conducting the meeting.

Breakfast is available for purchase to enjoy while listening to the scheduled speakers. On occasion, the meeting will be devoted solely to upcoming project discussion.

For additional information, contact Michael Borkman at michael@mybizsolutions.net

Featured Photo: Michael Levi Borkman

 

Grace Howard, of Hamilton Gardens, at a 2017 meeting

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Towns County speech training program encourages student participation

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Speech Development and Showcase will begin a new year’s program on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the new Senior Center in Hiawassee. Sponsored in partnership with the Towns County Movers & Shakers and the University of Georgia (UGA) 4-H Extension, the training is geared to provide local students with an opportunity to improve their public speaking abilities, increase communication skills within group settings, and offer a chance for students to share their voices throughout the community.

“The Movers & Shakers speech contest provided me with the tools I need to be more confident and efficient in public speaking,” past participant C.J. Owens said. “The training I received has helped open doors for me in my education, as well as in the business realm.”

The goals of the program are designed to build student confidence levels in order to aid their interactions in classroom discussions, enhance the English, Language, Arts (ELA) Standards of Excellence, prepare for success in the workforce, and empower by helping the students to use their voices, rather than their actions, to solve problems.

“The Mountain Movers & Shakers speech competition has helped me more than I ever thought it could. Learning to speak in public has opened so many doors for me and has certainly helped to boost my confidence in social atmospheres,”  Emma Kate Ledford expressed.

The benefits of the speech training include necessary development for student body leadership positions, the ability for youth to create a “name” for themselves within the community, increased confidence levels in work or school interviews, and an opportunity to add program participation to college applications and employment resumes.

The training sessions will be held each Thursday from Jan. 25 until Feb. 22, 2018. The showcase will take place on March 1. All events are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the new Senior Center, 954 North Main Street in Hiawassee. Participation in the showcase itself is not mandatory but encouraged.

For more information, contact Andrew Smith at 706-400-8754.

 

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