As you have already heard, the 33rd annual Health Fair that was held April 17th was a huge success. We had over 550 in attendance. To provide this service to the community, over 145 local and Augusta medical professionals and community volunteers gave their service the day of the fair.
There are so many I would like to thank for making this day possible. Kathy Linebarger, head County Nurse Manager for the McDuffie County Health Department, has been my medical advisor. Her help has been tremendous. I also need to single out Carol Farr and the ADK Teacher's Society and Rev. Beverly Casstevens. These two ladies really make the fair go each year! Mrs. Farr and her members contacted local businesses to provide light refreshments for those who fasted for the blood chemistry.
Testing could not have been done without Health Fair packets. Rebecca Bracknell put together the packets for the event. She and Diane Bracknell have been involved with the actual "putting together" of the fair for numerous years. These two ladies are the "backbone" of the fair. Thank you.
I would like to thank the school system and especially Thomson High for providing such nice facilities. As we grew years ago, we found that the Depot, and later the National Guard Armory, were too small to accommodate the large number of educational exhibitors coming to the fair. Thanks THS for your help. I also appreciate the school system handing out fliers to their students.
Having the large involvement that we had, I found that I needed more tables than the school could provide. I called the City of Thomson for help in that area.
No matter how much planning goes into a fair, without publicity no one would know about it. There are so many I need to thank in this category. Begg's Funeral Home provided all of the fliers that were distributed over the CSRA. Timmerman Oxygen, Georgia Data Shred, Culpepper Ford and Thomson Chiropractic Center provided folder printed materials. WTHO provided radio spots along with Greg Harden inviting me to be on his Saturday morning talk show. Thanks, Greg and WTHO, for your help each year.
The McDuffie Progress and The McDuffie Mirror gave excellent coverage during the weeks prior to the fair. Even surrounding newspapers as the Jefferson Reporter, Washington News and Reporter, The Spartish and Warrenton Clipper let their readers know of the fair. Thanks also go to Sean Kelley of Kelley Business Printers of Dearing for help with printed material.
Churches and local businesses placed fliers in their churches and businesses while local clubs and organizations made announcements to their groups.
Begg's Funeral Home provided the $100 prize drawing which was won by Rita Story.
A very special recognition goes to the nursing students from Augusta Tech for helping with blood pressure testing and other areas. They showed in force and made me very proud of their professionalism and skill displayed at the fair. We are fortunate to have that facility in our community. Also volunteering in large numbers were members of the Thomson Camellia City Lions Club and the MRMC Hospital Auxiliary. Mary Brooks was chairman of volunteer duties.
I would like to give a special thank you to the numerous people from McDuffie County who helped with educational exhibits and tests. Doctors, local nurses, various city and county departments, and health organizations joined in making this an educational experience for our participants.
There are many others I would like to thank. Please forgive me if I have omitted a name. I am indebted to each of you for your help. This is not a "Dot's" fair but a community fair.
I am sure this year will be no exception. We will find some health problems that will be checked in time to prevent permanent damage or shortened life. For that I praise God for helping me to bring the community together in this endeavor.
As for another fair, yes. Next year I hope to have it at the same time in April, the week after the Masters.- unless Easter should fall that weekend.
As I write this, the results of the blood chemistry tests have not reached me. I will begin checking, processing and mailing them as soon as I can. When you get your results notice that the thyroid test will be labeled as "TSH."
Should you find a problem you need to contact me about or if you need your results before they are mailed out, you may call 706-595-2501. I'll be glad to help you. Notice also, if you filled out an envelope for your physician, he will receive a copy of your results.
Note that he will be getting the results the same day as you. Please give him a couple of days to look over the results before calling him.
The fair was a total success. Thank all of you who came. I hope you found this to be a beneficial and enjoyable day.
As I close, I would like to recognize those businesses who donated food to those who had fasted for the blood tests. Without this gesture, our participants would not have been able to linger and enjoy the other tests and exhibits.
Businesses donating included:
Amigo's, Arby's, Balloon Delighst, Bi-Lo, Burger King, Chalkers, Dairy Queen, Domino's, Econo Lodge, Huddle House, IGA, Ivery's, Kent's, Krystal, Long John Silver, McDonald's, Michael's, Ming Wah, Neal's BBQ, Race Track, Ryan's, Sonic, Subway, Taco Bell, Thomson Janitorial, Tuff Luck, Waffle House -- North, Waffle House South, Walmart, Wendy's, and Zaxby's