The Lowndes/Valdosta Chapter of the Fort Valley State University annual alumni banquet was held on March 21, 2014 at The Elks Lodge and Club.
This event is held annually to raise funds to provide scholarships for local area students to attend Fort Valley State University. This year’s event was an overwhelming success with the largest group of attendees ever.
The program was highlighted by the motivating message delivered by Dr. K. Daniel Dawsey, Pastor of the Central Union Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Valley, Ga. Dr. Dawsey, former Valdosta resident and member of the class of 1972 of Fort Valley State University, spoke on the subject of ”Planting Shade Trees Under Which You Know You Will Never Sit.”
Also, the Sharper Boys serenaded the record audience with selections entitled:”Sing Your Way Home,” “Just My Imagination” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which took most in attendance for a stroll down memory lane.
The God’s Army Praise Dancers of First Antioch Baptist Church, coupled with the ministerial leanings of Dr. Dawsey, kept a religious mood ever present, thus heightening the feelings of hope and renewed energy among those in attendance.
A special presentation was made to president emeritus, Mrs. Thelma Branham to celebrate her 38 years as the chapter’s president. She also turned 100 years old on last Christmas. Many feel that she has been the glue that has held the local alumni chapter together.
The local alumni chapter’s president, Mrs. Linda Akins summed it all up as she thanked the audience for their undying support.
“Words can’t capture the symbolism of how thrilled we are with how well tonight’s program has played out,” Akins said.
Local officers are: Linda Akins-President; Anne Bentley-Vice President; Della Lawton-Treasurer; and Essie Rayford-Secretary.
Donald “ Butch” Williams,