Augusta's 'go-to' people are givers who elevate community

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This is the fifth in a series of articles that highlights the “go-to” people in Augusta who give so much of themselves to make our community better.

These articles serve a number of purposes:

• to thank people for their outstanding service to our community;

• to give them a modest boost as they reach out to ask for help for their important projects;

• to highlight them as role models that we all can emulate;

• to inspire them to continue (and perhaps increase) their already substantial efforts.

Here is a list of a few of those who have been saluted in the past. All of them continue to contribute:

Ann Boardman, Doug Barnard, Clay Boardman, Clint Bryant, Terry Elam, Martha Scroggs, Randy Smith, Pete Caye, Keith Shafer, Julia Jackson, Jeff Foley, Donnie Thompson, Laurie Ott, Bo Bovard, Bill Geiger, Jane Howington, Fred Gehle, Mike Firmin, Tom Sutherland, Jeff Schwab and Richard Rogers.

At the top of the latest list is Monty Osteen. He has provided leadership to many important civic and religious organizations, including the Augusta Museum of History, the Community Foundation of the CSRA, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Georgia Health Sciences Foundation and Augusta State University.

Perhaps Monty’s greatest contribution to our community was his founding of Augusta Tomorrow. Monty, one of the premier business and banking executives in the CSRA, has been, over the past 30 years, a hard-working member of more than 20 boards of nonprofit organizations. In many cases, he has served as chairman of these boards. It is an amazing record.

ANN AND ANTHONY Ewell are premier examples of people who have moved to Augusta in recent years and immediately began to find ways to help our community. Both retired from their jobs in New York City but they have not slowed down one bit.

For all of their hard work, they receive no compensation – in fact, they are generous givers. Ann serves with distinction on the board of trustees at the Augusta Museum of History; as a vestry member and treasurer of St. Paul’s; and as treasurer of the Augusta Choral Society. As an AARP tax aide, she prepares tax returns for seniors at no cost. Her skills are especially strong in financial matters.

Anthony is involved with a wonderful community outreach program of retirees that does construction work for nonprofits such as Heritage Academy and Turn Back the Block. Anthony also mentors a number of wounded warriors in their return to civilian life, helping them find jobs and educational opportunities. He also has mentored children at Heritage Academy and Craig-Houghton School.

As a couple, they are both active with St. Paul’s Manna Pantry, a food distribution outreach program in downtown Augusta.

Lowell Dorn recently provided outstanding leadership as president of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. Thanks in large part to his hard work, this club is not only the fastest-growing Kiwanis club in Georgia it also is the second-largest Kiwanis club in the state. Recently he has joined the board of the Augusta Museum of History, and already is actively involved in recruiting new board members and raising funds.

AS A MEMBER of the board of the Augusta Aviation Commission, he has been a part of the successes of the Augusta Regional Airport in recent years. Lowell also serves on the board of Camp VIP, the Augusta Boys and Girls Club and the Augusta Sports Council.

Nancy Glaser, the director of the Augusta Museum of History, has provided outstanding leadership during a very difficult financial period for the museum. She is a real dynamo, providing a combination of plain hard work, sound judgment and creativity.

She is especially talented in creating new displays, then finding foundations that are willing to fund these displays. Recent examples are the Local Legends and golf exhibits on the museum’s second floor.

In 2012, she has already had a great success – the Jimmie Dyess Symposium. Former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard and Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall (each recipients of the symposium’s Distinguished American Award) were delighted with the event and the standing-room-only turnout at the museum. Nancy also serves her community as a board member of the Family Y and the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. Working with her is a delight.

Please feel free to contact me with your ideas on other civic-minded citizens who should be highlighted in future articles.

(The writer, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, is the president of the board of trustees of the Augusta Museum of History, and serves on the board of the Augusta Warrior Project. His email address is genpsmith@aol.com.)

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