HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Dr. W. George Gaines, Director of Open Enrollment at Israel Military Industries (IMI) Florida Academy for Advanced Homeland Security, is scheduled to address the Mountain Movers & Shakers Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 a.m. at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee. Meetings are open to the public.
“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Caveat: Good guys need to be trained to use those guns,” Mark Wolchko, a spokesman for Mountain Movers & Shakers, said. “(Gaines) will speak to us about how Israeli Training is having an impact on U.S. law enforcement and civilians.”
IMI Florida Academy is an affiliate of Israel’s IMI Systems Advanced Homeland Security Academy, recognized worldwide as the leading provider of Homeland Security for integrated training solutions to combat terrorism.
Established in 1999 by veterans of the Israeli security forces, IMI Academy is a subsidiary of Israel Military Industries Ltd., a government-owned company. Like its parent, IMI Florida Academy offers advanced training to law enforcement, military, and security industry professionals by enhancing the human factor through methods and skills derived from the Israeli Military and Homeland Security Experience. IMI Florida Academy offers state-of-the-art training to law enforcement through NCJA.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library, fifteen members of U.S. Security agencies and police departments travelled to Israel in September 2015 to engage in counter-terrorism training sessions, led by Israeli counter-terrorism officers. The trip was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, and according to the organization’s director, the participants, “learn[ed] lessons from Israel in terms of tactics and strategies and the evolution of terrorism.” Officials hailing from the U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, Oakland and Miami-Dade police departments, participated in this training exercise. A diverse group of 52 law enforcement officers from 12 U.S. states visited Israel and participated in joing training sessions with their Israeli counterparts during September 2017. This program, known as the Police Unity Tour, has been held periodically since 1997.
Dr. Gaines holds an impressive list of additional creditials, including:
- American Red Cross
- Adult First Aid, CPR, AED #0Y14MN
- NRA Credentials #190369292
- Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor
- Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
- Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor
- Recruiter #XI030621
- Personal & Professional Instructor Liability Insurance # 1210024043
- State Credentials #190369292
- Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License #WX1237800
- Florida-Approved CCW Instructor FL s. 790.06
- North Carolina Concealed Pistol Permit #1141268
- North Carolina Justice Academy Certified CCP Instructor #0081-6013
- USCCA Credentials #190369292
- Certified Instructor
- Certified Training Counselor
- Certified Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals
- US Gun Class Certified Instructor
Memberships & Honors
- Chatuge Gun Club Member
- Florida Carry Sustaining Member
- Florida Firearms Academy Member
- International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Active Member
- Mountain Rod & Gun Club Member
- NRA Life & Endowment Member
- NRA Golden Eagles Member
- NRA National Patriots Medal
- Union County Gun Club Member
- USCCA Platinum Member
- First Firearm, .22LR Mossberg bolt action rifle, Age 14
- Carried Firearm Since 1968
- Competitive NRA Bullseye Shooter
- NRA Pistol Marksmanship Simulator Course
- Florida Firearms Academy, Rapid Draw Class
- FrontSight (Nevada) Defensive Handgun Course
- Stopping Active Threats – The Israeli Experience, Honors Graduate
- IMI Florida Academy Seminars, Chief Range Safety Officer
- B.A., University of Alabama, 1965
- M.A., Atlanta University, 1969
- Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1971
Previous Teaching Experience
- Florida, Georgia Secondary Public Schools, 1965 – 1969
- University of Georgia, Teaching Assistant, 1969 – 1971
- University of Georgia, Supervisor of Student Teachers, 1969 – 1971
- University of New Orleans, Associate Professor of Education, 1971 – 1976
- Louisiana State University Medical Center, Coordinator of Instructional Services, 1973 – 1976
- Conducted Professional Educator Workshops at Numerous Colleges & Universities, 1976 – 1982
- Directed and Mentored Junior Staff in Private Industry, 1983 – 2013
- University of Florida, College of Business, Visiting Professor, 2011 – 2013
- University of Central Florida, College of Business, Visiting Lecturer, 2012 – 2015
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The loss of a loved one is an experience that many people will encounter at some point in their life, and GriefShare is a weekly support group designed to help those in mourning better cope with what may be delibitating pain. Larry Tomlinson and George Dinsmore, Blairsville-based facilitators who were once participants in the faith-based program, shared information with the Mountain Movers & Shakers on the support group’s healing mission. GriefShare offers 14 weekly meetings with the final session devoted to a celebration of the lost loved one’s life.
Each meeting involves a three-tiered approach in dealing with the loss associated with the death of a loved one: a counselor-conducted video seminar, workbook studies, and support group discussions. “What you tell us in GriefShare stays there,” Tomlinson assured, adding that family members that jointly attend the program are encouraged to split into separate groups in order to allow each individual to open up freely. “We have found through experience that it’s better to separate family members.”
Dinsmore, who fondly recalled his “prepper” partnership with his late-wife, shared the emotional trauma and mental anguish that he experienced after losing his spouse to cancer. “We were prepared for everything. I was ready for everything, and then my wife died…I was so deep in the pit that I couldn’t function…Grief rewires your brain,” Dinsmore expressed. “I’m so committed to GriefShare and what it did for me.” Dinsmore attended two GriefShare series after the death of his wife, and has served as a support facilitator through 10 following seasons.
The initial 14-week GriefShare meeting will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, from 3:00-5:00 pm, at the First Baptist Church Ministry Center, Suite C, in Blairsville. For additional information, dial 706-745-2469.
McC0nnell Baptist Church in Hiawassee is scheduled to begin the fall series of GriefShare Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10 am to noon.
Participants are welcome to interchange locations if scheduling conflicts arise. Additional information on the GriefShare program is available by clicking this link.
HIAWASSEE, Ga.- FetchYourNews (FYN) spoke with Nancy Rowland, a group leader with the organization DivorceCare, Wednesday, July 10, ahead of Rowland’s scheduled presentation at Mountain Movers and Shakers this Friday. Rowland has volunteered as a support coach with the non-profit support group for the past eight years, and spoke from experience, describing the insurmountable heartache that stemmed from the dissolution of her 20 year marriage. “It was literally the hardest thing I ever went through,” Rowland confided.
DivorceCare, which is affiliated with Grief Share, began operating locally two years ago, and focuses on healing the trauma associated with divorce. The 13-week session, held each spring and fall, begins Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church Sweetwater Campus in Clay County, North Carolina.
“‘Gray divorce’ is the newest trend. Couples are divorcing at a later age in life,” Rowland said, and many of the divorces involve second or third marriages. For those over 50, the rate of divorce for those who are in remarriages is two-and-a-half times higher those in first marriages, often the result of discord from blended families. “We offer hope. The classes deal with issues such as lonliness, depression, children, finances, and the emotions involved with the life changing experience.” The courses consist of a tri-fold of workbook studies, a video presentation, and a discussion session, allowing networking opportunities between participants. Rowland’s second husband, Jay, also a divorcee, also facilitates the DivorceCare group. A $20 fee is requested for the cost of the workbook, although scholarships are available.
Rowland will address the Mountain Movers and Shakers Friday, July 12, at 8 a.m. at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee. The meeting is open to the public. Additional information on DivorceCare is available online.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party, in cooperation with Towns-Union Tea Party, is scheduled to host a presentation on Islam, Jihad, and Sharia Law, featuring Chris Gaubatz, a renowned expert on the subject. The presentation will take place Thursday, March 28, at the Towns County Civic Center in Hiawassee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge.
The following morning, Friday, March 29, Gaubatz will address the Mountain Movers and Shakers at 8 a.m. at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee. Meetings are open to the public.
Gaubatz trains law enforcement on strategies and modus operandi of jihadists in order to locate and prosecute the networks, testifying before the U.S. Senate on the importance of minimizing radical Islam in combatting terrorism. Gaubatz works with citizens, legislators, and leaders at the local and state levels to expose and dismantle the networks.
“Muslim terrorists, by whatever name, are all believers in fundamental Islam and have declared war against western civilization, especially America and the Jewish State of Israel,” Gaubatz said.
Gaubatz is Vice President of Understanding the Threat.com, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education and training for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies, and designing strategies at all levels of the community in order to defeat the jihadi threat. As the son of a career Air Force OSI Special Agent, Gaubatz grew up in England, Korea, California, and Utah, and today calls southwest Virginia home. Gaubatz worked for several Fortune 500 companies conducting fraud investigations and asset protection, as well as insurance sales.
In 2007, Gaubatz began researching the threat of jihadi organizations in the United States by posing as a Muslim convert and attending Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas conferences gaining access as an intern with the Hamas organization Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Virginia.
While working at the CAIR MD/VA office, Gaubatz uncovered a fraud scheme perpetrated by CAIR’s “immigration attorney” who was defrauding Muslims in the community while lying about handling their immigration proceedings. When the office was shut down by CAIR in an effort to conceal this criminal activity, Gaubatz was invited by Hamas/CAIR leaders to work at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. During that time, Gaubatz obtained over 12,000 pages of documents from Hamas/CAIR and over 300 hours of covert audio/video recordings. The entire story is featured in the book Muslim Mafia authored by investigative journalist Paul Sperry and Dave Gaubatz.
Towns County Republican Chair Betsy Young encouraged the community to attend the presentation. “Please plan to come and hear Chris open your eyes,” Young remarked. “Bring a friend.”
NEWS FLASH: WE LIVE IN THE FOREST. Fully 70% of Towns County is Federal or State Forest. And when you live in the Forest, you must be aware of Forest Fires. That’s why we are glad to welcome back dear friend Mr. Frank Riley, he of all things Fire Safety related, as he introduces us to Towns County’s new Firewise Communities Coordinator, Mr. Michael Courey. For the un-enlightened, Firewise is the way to be in these Mountains. Teaming with the County, Communities(such as Wood Lake, where I live) get together, remove underbrush, combustibles and such, and generally agree to keep the Community in good order. Towns County is a leader nationally in the number of Communities that are Firewise and Fire Aware. Get to the Sundance Grill early this Friday, February 15 to learn how you can get your Community involved. Be wise, be Firewise.
Do you belong to a local Organization or are you an Elected Official with information that affects our Community? Then why not join us and fill us in on what’s going on! Everyone is invited to come hear what our weekly Guest Speakers have to say, and we have always had a few minutes for impromptu Speakers with pertinent information. Everyone is invited for Conversation, Information and Breakfast with the Mountain Movers and Shakers. Our Non-Partisan Group meets at 8am every Friday at The Sundance Grill, a great place to meet, and the food is really good and reasonably priced. So come join us… You are sure to find Interesting Speakers, Championship Caliber Youth, and a fine group of Friendly Mountain Folk! The More People Know, the More People Know…
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Enotah Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Chairman Liz Ruf joined the Mountain Movers and Shakers on Friday, Oct. 26, to promote the annual Dancing with the North Georgia Stars fundraising event, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Union County Schools Performing Arts Center in Blairsville.
The event is sponsored by United Community Bank.
Funds raised will benefit the Enotah CASA program with the training and management of additional volunteers to serve as a consistent adult figure, and a voice for the vulnerable children, within the foster care system of Towns, Union, Lumpkin, and White counties.
“CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family,” the CASA website explains.
Each North Georgia Star will be paired with a professional or semi-professional dancer from the region to present a variety of dancing genres, from modern jazz to classical ballroom. Each team will perform choreographed dance routines before a live audience.
Each dollar earned by a dancer equals one vote. Fans can vote for their favorite celebrity couple through Nov. 3, until 11:30 a.m. online, and at the event.
Donate to a favorite couple using the links listed below.
A People’s Choice Award will be presented to the couple who raises the most funds.
Dance teams will be judged the night of the competition on costume, choreography & technical performance by an impartial three judge panel. The winning dance team will be awarded the Mirror Ball trophy.
Tickets for the event are available on the Enotah CASA website.
The 2018 dancing duos are as follows:
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – North Enotah Drug Court Coordinator Barbara Honaker shared the details of the judically supervised program, extended to felony drug offenders as an alternative to imprisonment, with the Mountain Movers and Shakers on the morning of Friday, Oct. 12.
North Enotah Drug Court encompasses the counties of Towns and Union, and works closely with law enforcement to promote positive change in the lives of those convicted of drug violations. “You have to have a heart for what we do,” Honaker explained at the beginning of the presentation. The program addresses addiction while coaching individuals on how to live productive, drug-free lives.
The non-profit organization consists of a team of experts, focused on treating the whole health of the individual, instructs on personal finance, addresses parenting matters, and provides cognitive behavior intervention, in addition to moral reconation therapy. The rehabilitation program requires accountability from enrollees, with rigid guidelines set in stone. Participants receive counseling, attend numerous classes, including Alcoholics and/or Narcotics Anonymous, partake in volunteer service, and receive random drug screening to ensure abstinence from illicit substances and alcohol. Securing and maintaining employment is mandatory. Failure to abide by the stringent regulations set forth results in an “intense contract” which Honaker likened that of house arrest, with additional requirements applied. Honaker explained that enrollees must waive their Fourth Amendment right to search and seizure upon entering the program.
While considered a voluntary decision to enroll, candidates are required to admit before a judge that their arrest was drug-related prior to acceptance into the minimum 18- to 24-month program. Honaker informed that the felony accountability treatment results in a 73-percent success rate, saves taxpayer funds by reducing the number of inmates housed in jails, restores family units, and ultimately, changes lives.
North Enotah Drug Court is in its sixth year of operation, with the first graduation occuring in July of 2015. Upon inquiry, Honaker estimated that approximately 35-percent of participants engaged in opioid abuse prior to graduating from the program, although methamphetmine is the leading substance of addiction in the region.
Additional information on North Enotah Drug Court is available at http://www.northenotahdrugcourt.vpweb.com
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