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Kiwanis Club names 2017 honorees

Dave Gilbert

Mary Carpenter

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe's Distinguished Service Awards luncheon will celebrate the event's 10th anniversary on May 3 by recognizing Catoosa County resident Mary Carpenter and for Walker County the Gilbert family of LaFayette.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the outstanding career, community and civic contributions made by the honorees and the positive impact they have on bettering our community. Kiwanis is an international service organization dedicated to helping change the world one child and one community at a time.

"The beauty of the Distinguished Service Award is that we bring the community together to celebrate their accomplishments. It really is a feel-good event that our club members look forward to organizing." Club president Kim Brunner said.

Mary Carpenter is from Columbia, Tenn., and has been in the banking business for 35 years, moving to Catoosa County in 1993. She worked at Northwest Georgia Bank, Gateway Bank and currently serves as vice president and director of culture and marketing at First Volunteer Bank.

Carpenter's list of volunteer and civic accomplishments are great and include raising over $100,000 for Communities in Schools through its 5K run, chaired the Walker, Catoosa and Dade United Way campaign, served as chairman of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce in 2015, has taught the banking class for Junior Achievement at Graysville Elementary for 14 years, was a 2016 Dancing Star of Northwest Georgia to benefit Alzheimer's Association then emceed the event in 2017. Special Olympics and the Sundress Ball have also benefited from her leadership and fund-raising expertise. Carpenter has selected the Performance Learning Center as her beneficiary of half of the silent auction proceeds raised at the luncheon.

The legacy of the Gilbert family is deep-rooted in North Georgia, dating back to 1914 when Walker County Bank opened

for business on the square in LaFayette with C.C. Gilbert as the bank's cashier. In January 1932 The Bank of LaFayette and Walker County Bank merged, retaining the name of the older Bank of LaFayette. C.C. Gilbert served as executive vice president then was elected president in 1939 and held that position until his death in 1953. He was followed as bank president by his sons Bob D. Gilbert and Charles M. Gilbert. C.C.'s grandson, Dave Gilbert, is chairman of the board and CEO of the bank today. Another grandson, Henry Gilbert, is president of the bank.

The family's community and civic support also has a long and distinguished legacy having supported over eighty local, state and national charities that promote health, education, economic development, aid to women, children and seniors, scholarships, safety, local libraries, Boy Scouts and the YMCA. Of particular note is the LaFayette Empty Stocking Fund which Ethel Gilbert helped to establish and the family has selected it as their charity to receive half of the silent auction proceeds from the luncheon.

Kiwanis Club member Chris McKeever met with Dave and Henry Gilbert to learn more about the family's history. "When I met with Dave and Henry about the family's philanthropy, there was so much family history and how the extended Gilbert family had positively impacted not just LaFayette and Walker County but also the development of Fort Oglethorpe after the Army Post closed. I had a hard time keeping up with all they had to say."

The Distinguished Service Award luncheon allows the club to showcase the international service mission of Kiwanis International and the local programs and projects that are sponsored by the club. Individual tickets are $35 each and a corporate table for eight is $350. Reservations are needed to attend and auction items are also being collected. Contact Chris McKeever at 706-861-2860 or chris@6thcavalrymuseum.com.


Artillery at Battlefield

On Saturday, April 29, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct artillery programs at the Brotherton Cabin (Tour Stop 4), in Chickamauga Battlefield, at 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 1:30 p.m, 2:30 p.m and 3:30 p.m., with each program lasting approximately 30 minutes. The Brotherton Cabin is located along LaFayette Road, at the intersection of Brotherton and Dyer roads. Please follow the "Special Event" signs to the parking area.

The fields and woods around the Brotherton farm are most often associated with the Confederate breakthrough on Sept. 20, 1863. However, it was the scene of vicious and chaotic fighting the day before and near the area where Union forces overran Carnes' Tennessee Battery. Join us for a special artillery demonstration and program on these Tennesseans and their actions in the woods near the Brotherton farm.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit park website at www.nps.gov/chch.


Rabies clinics scheduled

Walker County Cooperative Extension and local veterinarians are sponsoring a series of rabies inoculation clinics. The cost is $15 (cash only) per pet.

Saturday, April 29

1-2 p.m. at Rock Spring Elementary School

3-4 p.m. at East Broomtown Road Fire Hall

4:30-5:30 p.m. Gilbert Elementary School

Saturday, May 6

1-2 p.m. at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School

3-4 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church

5-6 p.m. at Naomi Elementary School


Older Americans Month: May 2017

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. Every president since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation changing the name of this observance to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate the age 65 and older population through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

Population

47.8 million

The number of people age 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2015. This group accounted for 14.9 percent of the total population. The age 65 and older population grew 1.6 million from 2014.

98.2 million

The projected population of people age 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. Of this number, 19.7 million will be age 85 or older.

Income and Poverty

$38,515

The median income of households with householders age 65 and older in 2015.

8.8 percent

The percentage of people age 65 and older in poverty in 2015, down from 10.0 percent in 2014.

$170,516

The median net worth for householders age 65 and older in 2011.

13.7 percent

The supplemental poverty rate for those age 65 or older, equating to 6.5 million people in 2015. Excluding Social Security from income would more than triple the poverty rate for this group.

Serving Our Nation

9.3 million

The estimated number of U.S. veterans age 65 and older in 2015.

Jobs

4.6 million

The number of men age 65 and older in the labor force in 2015. There were 3.7 million women age 65 and older in the labor force in 2015.

5.3 million

The number of full-time, year-round workers age 65 and older with earnings in 2015.

Business Owners

15.6 percent

The estimated percentage of business owners in respondent firms with and without paid employees in 2012 who were age 65 and older.

13.2 percent

The estimated percentage of women business owners in respondent firms with and without paid employees in 2012 who were age 65 and older.

Education

82.8 percent

The percentage of the population age 65 and older in 2015 who had completed high school or higher education.

25.8 percent

The percentage of the population age 65 and older in 2015 who had earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

Marital Status and Living Arrangements

57.8 percent

The percentage of the population age 65 and older in 2016 who are married.

24.0 percent

The percentage of the population age 65 and older in 2016 who are widowed.

Computer and Internet Use

35.3 million

The number of responders age 65 and older who reported living in homes with computers in 2015. This is an increase from 2014 (32.9 million). Additionally, 30.9 million accessed the internet through a high-speed internet connection in 2015, up from 28.8 million in 2014.

Voting

59.4 percent

59.4 percent The percentage of citizens age 65 and older who reported casting a ballot in the 2014 elections.

Homeownership

79.5 percent The percentage of householders age 65 and older who owned their homes as of fourth quarter 2016.

Services for the Older Population

4,815

The number of continuing care retirement communities in 2012. These businesses employed 423,627 people and generated $27.6 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 5,373 such establishments, employing 416,402 people and generating $24.7 billion in revenues. These establishments provide a range of residential and personal care services with onsite nursing care facilities for the elderly and other people who are unable to care for themselves, and the elderly and other people who do not desire to live independently. Individuals live in a variety of residential settings with meals, housekeeping, social, leisure and other services available to assist residents in daily living.

The number of business establishments providing services for the elderly and people with disabilities in 2012. These businesses employed 901,359 people and generated $34.1 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 20,433 such establishments, employing 621,545 people and generating $25.3 billion in revenues. These establishments provide nonresidential social assistance services to improve the quality of life for the elderly, persons diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or persons with disabilities. Senior citizens centers are among the establishments in this industry

Geography

19.4 percent

The percentage of Florida's population age 65 and older in 2015, followed by Maine (18.8 percent). Alaska had the lowest percentage (9.9 percent) followed by Utah (10.3 percent).

54.8 percent

The percentage of the population in Sumter, Fla., age 65 and older in 2015, which led all of the nation's counties.

118,891

The estimated population of The Villages, Fla., metro area on July 1, 2015. The Villages, a metro area located to the west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation's fastest-growing metro area between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, with its population increasing by 4.3 percent. The metro area is home to one of the largest age-restricted retirement communities in the world.

Centenarians

53,364

The number of people age 100 and older counted by the 2010 Census. In 2010, over half (62.5 percent) of the 53,364 centenarians were age 100 or 101.

20.7

20.7 The number of centenarian men in 2010 for every 100 centenarian women.

43.5 percent The percentage of centenarian men who lived with others in a household in 2010, the most common living arrangement for this group. For their female counterparts, the most common living arrangement was residing in a nursing home (35.2 percent).

3.3

The number of centenarians per 10,000 people in North Dakota in 2010. North Dakota was the only state with more than three centenarians per 10,000 people.