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January 26--  Emma Elizabeth Venable has been chosen to represent Toombs County as its nominee for “The Servant’s Heart Award,” an award to be given by Georgia Children’s Cabinet and Georgia’s Fist Lady, Sandra Deal.

Upon Governor Deal’s election, First Lady Deal chose her platform to be “With a Servant’s Heart.”  She asked that County Commissions from each county in the state nominate one young person that they believe serves his or her community through “volunteerism, community involvement, and the betterment of the community.” 

{mosimage}The Toombs County Commission has chosen to nominate Emma Elizabeth Venable, a senior at Toombs County High School. (L-R) Toombs Commissioners Jeff McCormick and Wendell Dixon, Emma, Commissioner Roy Lee Williams, Chairman Blake Tillery and Commissioner Darriel Nobles.

Emma excels in her academic studies and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership team as well as the One Act Drama Team, Mathematics Team, BETA Club, FFA, FBLA, the girl’s golf team, and Student Council.  Emma is the Senior Class Vice President, and the cheerleading squad captain.

Emma spends much of her time volunteering and was chosen for this nomination because of her efforts to make a difference in our community and for displaying the definition of a servant’s heart.

When asked how volunteerism changed her life, Emma said, “I’ve done a lot to serve, but I believe that my community has helped make me who I am today.  I’ve always wanted to impact my community in the way that it has impacted me, and volunteerism has changed my life completely. At a young age, I was taught how important it is to volunteer and give back to a community that has given so much to me.

"It has taught me that by giving back, I am a part of something bigger than myself. It has taught me that my world is bigger than me. It has given me experiences, and allowed me to meet people that I will cherish for a lifetime. Most importantly, I have been able to show others the love of Christ through my actions of service”.

Emma is the daughter of Mike and Connie Lothridge and Shan and Gail Venable.