Your opinion: Sept. 21, 206

Published 4:00 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Schley auction a great success
I want to commend Nancy McMath Young, President, and all members of the Ellaville-Schley County Historical Society for conducting a very successful benefit Auction on Saturday, September 17, at the Thomas Wall American Legion in Ellaville. I would also like to thank Mrs. Lettie Royal, Master Quilt Maker, for making and donating Special Quilts that have raised thousands of dollars for the organization over the past four years. Thanks also go to Larry Wall for preparing the delicious bar-b-que that everyone enjoyed for dinner. Over 150 lbs of BBQ was sold at the event. Net proceeds for the Auction, BBQ, quilt raffle and 50/50 raffle totaled over $7,750.
Net proceeds from the auction totaled almost $4,000 and included 150 items that were donated by area businesses, historical society members and local individuals. Items included everything from a new Ruger All American 22 Bolt Action Rifle, a pair of Porch Rockers from Railway Freight, a John Deere tricycle from Albany Tractor Co., bird houses donated by Tommy and Susan DeVane to a new refrigerator donated by Mark and Helen Murphy.
A very special thanks to the Auction Committee whose members are too numerous to mention. The committee was so efficient that they organized, displayed, numbered and set up the auction within three hours. The clerk, cashiers, displayers and ring men did an excellent job to make the auction both exciting and fun.
Over 100 people attend the Annual Auction and BBQ to show support for the organization’s continuing efforts to preserve our past. I would like to thank all the supporters who attended the auction each year, as well as all the businesses and industries throughout Schley County and surrounding areas that donate goods and services each year for this worthy cause.  Without your continued support, preservation efforts would not be possible.
It is important that we preserve the history of Ellaville and Schley County. Preservation of the Schley County Courthouse has been completed and is just the first step. Think about all the local historic homes, churches, businesses and cemeteries in Schley County that might disappear forever without your help with preservation and conservation efforts. The Ellaville/Schley County Historical Society provides an excellent venue for preservation efforts to begin.
John T. Greene, coordinator
Georgia Family Connection, Schley  County Collaborative

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Americus Times-Recorder donated a one-year subscription to the auction.