Leadership Paulding Class 22 Brings Flowers to Paulding

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State Representative Paulette Rakestraw Braddock works with Leadership Paulding Class 22 to bring flowers to Paulding County roadways and beautify the County. The project entitled "Paulding is Blooming" was a class project for Leadership Paulding Class 22, which Representative Rakestraw Braddock was a part of.

L-R: Some members of the Leadership Paulding Class 22: Teresa Janiga, owner — Visiting Angels, Sam Elrod, Owner — Elrod Nurseries, State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Braddock (R-HD19), Shelbia Bohannan, V

The Leadership Paulding Class 22 (the twenty-second in the series of classes created to foster effective leadership practices in the county) recently took on a class project to beautify Paulding County. The project, suggested by class member Sam Elrod of Elrod Nursery and titled, “Paulding is Blooming,” involved planting flowers on the medians in the main roads going into Paulding County. Elrod headed up the project and it has been heralded throughout the county as a smashing success.

State Representative Paulette Braddock (R-HD19) commented on the how well the project has been received. “Everywhere I go, people are talking about how beautiful the flowers are,” she said. “When I tell them it was a project from my Leadership Paulding class, they clearly appreciate our efforts. I commend Sam Elrod because he has overcome adversity to make this project a success. He had to re-plant flowers a couple of times due to the rain and the medians being inadvertently mowed. And he funded a lot of the project himself,” said Rep. Rakestraw Braddock. “Sam has exhibited good, old-fashioned American ingenuity and devotion to hard work.” The class undertook and planned the initiative and facilitated fundraising to support the effort. The county, in turn, used prison labor to plant the flowers.

The members of the Leadership Paulding class are as follows:

Brian    Acker    Paulding County Board of Commissioners
Paula    Bechtler    Kennesaw State University
Paulette    Braddock    GA State Representative Paulette Braddock
Erica    Breazele    Olympus Media Inc
Sam     Elrod    Edrod Garden Center
Jamie    Gilbert    Paulding Economic Development
Natalie    Higgins    Hardy Dealerships
Mark    Jackson    Croft & Associates
Teresa    Janiga    Visiting Angels
Cathy    Ledbetter    Georgia Highland College
Clark    Maggart    Paulding County Board of Edcuation
Kara    Marinko    Aspen Village at Lost Mountain
Jim    McMichen    Ragsdale Heating & Air
Tonya    McNabb    Comfort Keepers
Anthony    Murray    Oasis Family Center
Carol    O'Connell    Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center
Doug    Osteen    Ace Hardware of Dallas
Catherine    Owens    United Way
Jody    Palmer    City of Hiram
John    Rakestraw    Raker Construction
Michael     Rickman    Flad Architects
Carmen    Rollins    Main Street Guns, Gold & Pawn
Amy    Turner    US Senator Johnny Isakson

Paulding residents who would like to see the “Paulding is Blooming” project continue to bloom can donate at http://www.pauldingisblooming.com or can support the cause by purchasing a “Paulding Is Blooming” t-shirt from Teresa Janiga at Teresa@westcobbangels.com or 770-222-7388 x102.

Link to Paulding is blooming website: http://www.pauldingisblooming.com

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