|GITC Membership has it advantages|
GITC dues (Single: $12 Family: $18) include your membership in the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and are used to cover GITC race insurance which we get from the GITC RRCA membership. By being a paid GITC member, you receive a newsletter by email which includes invitations to GITC social events and special events. Please make checks payable and mail to: GITC, PO Box 20651, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 or give to Vince M on a Thursday night.
GITC Parties & Social Gatherings are throughout the year and members are notified by e-mail of the events. Christmas, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl, St. Patrick's Day and several beach parties are held. Members and guests also gather at the summer "music in the park" outdoor concerts and picnic.
Golden Isles Track Club
About our Members
Dave Stone is seen with President Jimmy Carter at the Georgia Peanut Festival 5K race in Plains on Sept 27, 2014. President Carter had just celebrated his 90th birthday and presented to Dave his third place award in his age group.
Lea King-Badyna is Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful's executive director. Since 1979 KBGIB and its volunteers have played an important role in the Golden Isles and contributed immensely to the quality of life here. Lea is a great believer in the power of volunteerism and is excited about KBGIB’s ‘cleaner and greener’ mission to make a difference in our own backyard.” Lea with the help off Christy Trowbridge, Executive Assistant (also a GITC Member), are busy. Check out their website kbgib.com.
Leah is also a living donor having donated a kidney to her mom in 2002 and she is LifeLink of Georgia community volunteer. LifeLink of Georgia is Georgia's only organ recovery organization and Leah presented the club with an Award of Recognition for its efforts in organ donation awareness. To learn more about organ donation log onto donatelifegeorgia.org.
Leah is involved with the annual “GA/FL Football Weekend Community Beach Sweep”. Several GITC members have assisted with the cleanup after the GA/FLA game weekend celebration. It's our way of helping keep the Golden Isles Beautiful for all.
Bob Lafferty was honored with the Dr. Robert M. Strimer Honor Award. The award honors graduates of Ohio Wesleyn University who have made outstanding, widely recognized, and sustained contributions to the field of athletics. While at Ohio Wesleyn, Bob Lafferty played football and was elected captain of the 1957 football team. He also lettered in track & field. After graduating, he served as an assistant coach in football and track & field. He went on to graduate school at the University of Toledo, getting his master's in health, physical education, and recreation and education. There he served as a graduate assistant to the HPER department and as an assistant football coach. He was an instructor and head coach at Marietta College. From there he served in various teaching and coaching positions at the College of Wooster, Robert Morris College, the University of South Alabama, and Columbia Southern University. Throughout his career, he continued to deliver sports management courses to administrators of national governing bodies and Olympic committees in Hong King, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Botswana.
He also co-directed the honorary doctorate program of the US Sports Academy to the Hall of Fame Directors of Athletics of the National Assocaition of Collegiate Athletics Directors. Bob served as assistant to the president of the US Sports Academy, directing the departments of development, special projects, special activities, communications, and marketing. He also served as Assistant Dean of Student Services and Executive Director: Awards of Sport, and international recognition program plus was Dean of the Sport Education Center and Sport Advisor to Bahrain. He was an athletics administrator for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), a consultant to the Alabama Sport Festival, and President of Wilkins International, Ltd., a construction management company for sports and recreational facilities. Considered a trailblazer in women's athletics,he coached of the first women's collegiate track & field team in Ohio. He co-founded the US Women's Track Coaches Association, which is now a standing committee of the national governing body, the US Association of Track & Field. He also served on the Founding Board of Governors, for the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Christy Trowbridge can draw from a photograph of your favorite furry friend and return to you a wonderful drawing of your pet. Perfect for the pet lover in your life. You will find that these make unique, affordable gifts for the pet lovers in your life. Find out more on her blog: http://paintingispretty.wordpress.com
Joe Connolly joined the Marine Corps in 1963. He trained at Parris Island, S.C., and then at Camp Geiger, Mo., for advanced infantry and tank operations. In tank training, he learned how to be a driver, loader, funner and tank commander. His first assignment was a peacekeeping mission in Santo Domingo, where the Marines were sent to settle a civil war. “It was eye-opening,” he said. “You find out all of a sudden that it’s not just training and exercises. It’s the real thing.” Next, he went to on a Caribbean cruise for three months and then spent six months in the Mediterranean, working with the French in NATO mock battles that included using live fire when no one was in harm's way.
In 1966, he headed out to Vietnam, where he was stationed at the Chu Lai airport with the 3rd Marine Division. “A lot of times there you didn’t know who you were fighting. That was one of the real problems,” he said. “They didn’t all wear uniforms.” He made use of his tank training, beginning as a driver before becoming a commander. “The tank commander was the dummy with his head sticking out,” he said. “You control the direction of the tank and who’s doing what.” When his time in Vietnam concluded, he went straight to Okinawa, which was under martial law at the time, and worked with the Armed Forces Polic Force. “There was a little Okinawan police force,” he said. “They just carried sticks and took care of parking tickets.”
Returning stateside, he taught thank operations at the Officer Training School in Quantico, Va., before leaving the Marines as a sergeant. In 1988, he got a job at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center with the Environmental Protection Agency. He spent three years with the EPA before holding other division chief positions during his 11-year career at the law enforcement center.
Jane Lafferty’s road to a healthy lifestyle began at the age of 40 when she quit smoking. “You could say my father, Robert McMurdo, was my inspiration to give up smoking and become healthier,” says Jane, director of Human Resources at King & Prince Seafood Company. “I promised him before he died that I would quit smoking.” She made good on that promise and soon discovered a new passion –running. “I was living in Atlanta and seven of us women decided we wanted to run the Peachtree Road Race (the world’s largest 10K run held on July 4 in Atlanta each Year),” she says. “It was September and we literally got ready by running one block at time. By the time of the race, we were ready, and were able to finish. After that, I was hooked on running.” That was 1988, Jane says, and since then, she has completed the run another 14 times. Not only did running get her in excellent physical shape, she met her husband, Bob, thorough a running club she joined while living and working in Mobile, Alabama.
It was in Mobile, AL that Jane first became connected to King & Prince Seafood Company. “The company I was with, Fish King, had merged with King & Prince,” says the Camden, S.C. native. At this point, Katrina intervened. “The facility was completely destroyed by Katrina,” she says. “We had eight feet of water in the plant--it was total devastation.” Fortunately, the Lafferty’s home on Mobile Bay was directly behind a massive retaining wall and survived intact. Also fortunate was the she was offered a position as a Human Resources manager at the King & Prince Brunswick facility. After spending a year in Los Angeles helping to tie-up loosed ends with the merger, Jane and Bob relocated to Brunswick in 2006. “People here are wonder,” she says. “I am very much a people person and I enjoy meeting different types of people with different perspectives and backgrounds. I could never be totally alone.“ After arriving in the area, Jane hit the ground running, figuratively and literally, when she joined the Golden Isles Track Club and began encouraging fellow employees to take up running and walking. “I helped start our King & Prince running team right after I got here,” says Jane, who was promoted to HR direct in 2008. “We’ve run a lot of races as a group, including the Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run, where several of our members have won or place in their categories. We also have members who walk, and we encourage that as well. Having the team has also inspired many of our people to participate with their families – we have a lot of parents participating with their children,” she added.
In addition to participating in other organization’s races, Jane and her fellow team members established their own run three years ago. The four-mile Coastal Georgia Trail Run and two-mile walk is generally held in April on the campus of the College of Coastal Georgia and benefits the American Cancer Society. “It’s different than other area events in that it covers running over trails with different types of terrain,” Jane says.
Mike Tigani has been burning up the roads in local races. Besides his wife Lori, family and working at King & Prince Seafood, running is his passion . Mike has been an avid runner since 1981. Mike is a member of GITC and King & Prince Seafood's running group. It is not unusual for the King & Prince Team to win the largest Team award in race; as they come out in force at our local races as well runs in Waycross, Jesup, even Jacksonville for the Gate River Run plus Atlanta for the Peachtree Road Race. The King and Prince Seafood philosophy is to support local events, and associated charities, and bring along as many of our 300 closest friends for the health & fun of it!
Last Updated (Saturday, 18 October 2014 19:35)