President Jim Stapleton called on January Program Chairman Miranda Whitley to introduce David Jordan, Manager of Laura S. Walker State Park. Do you know what happened on February 28, 1861?
Laura S. Walker was born and it was the beginning of a life that was recognized in the naming of what is now Laura S. Walker State Park. In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had named the National Park after Laura S. Walker which was exceptional by being the First woman and a living person to be so honored.
Mr. Jordan polled the members by asking who has been camping and who has stayed in a cottage at the State Park. He emphasized that camping and golf are two of the most important activities at the park. Even in this time of COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, it is a good time to enjoy the natural beauty of the park at the northern point of the Okefenokee Swamp. During his three years at the park and in planning for the future, the park is upgrading and adding to the facilities and activities for greater accommodation and hospitality. He spoke of travelers from all parts of the country using the park for rest and recreation. The park now has six cottages of two bedrooms each that are capable of sleeping six.
The second major attraction is the Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park, an officially recognized “Outstanding Golf Course of the Year-2020”. It can be enjoyed in special packages and to those that are official “Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park”.
A special area for improvement was fishing in the lake. He is working with DNR experts on a fish gate that will help to control the location of the fish and lake grass in a safer and more natural manner. Fishing will remain challenging and alter styles from banks to channel fisherman. As over a million dollar per year entity, its impact on the community is significant and growing. It may be a secret to some but it is a treasure to those that partake of all it has to offer.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION
Our speaker from our last meeting, Marianne Graf- Thomas has applied for membership in our club. Mrs. Thomas is also a vendor at our Flea Market and owner of “Sand Hill Farm” a from my table to your business.
Our Exchange Club Flea Market showed an income of $305.00 despite the weather. Come out and support this worthy cause!