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Senator Tyler Harper Guest Speaker for 11th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner

The Rotary Club of Valdosta will host the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner (L.E.A.D.) on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.  The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., followed by recognition of Officers of the Year representing Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol.

This year’s guest speaker is Georgia Senator Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee. He also serves as a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and Appropriations Committees.

At the age of 26, Harper was first elected to the Georgia Senate in 2012 and continues to be the youngest serving member of the Senate.

Harper is a champion for agriculture, natural resources, and public safety. He started the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the State Capitol and hosted it for a number of years in his role as Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Since being elected to the Senate, Harper has received numerous awards and honors including being named “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservatives Union and by GOPAC as one of 20 Emerging Leaders, a program comprised of promising state legislators from across the country.

He has been named Legislator of the Year by the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia and the Georgia State Firefighters Association/Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. Harper was honored with Associate Life Membership by the Peace Officer Association of Georgia and was recognized by the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police for his work on public safety issues.

A graduate of the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Harper is dedicated to issues of importance to South Georgia including transportation and rural broadband. In addition, he served on Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission, which intently evaluated the state’s education system and funding, and as a member of the Governor’s Law Enforcement Task Force.

Harper began his political career serving as a Congressional Fellow for Senator Saxby Chambliss, as well as county campaign chair for Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. He is an avid outdoorsman and a rated helicopter and fixed-wing pilot.

L.E.A.D. has become the Rotary Club of Valdosta’s signature community service program and is designed to honor men and women working with local law enforcement agencies. Proceeds generated from the event are placed in the Rotary Law Enforcement Fund, which provides assistance and recognition for officers who serve the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County. In the past ten years, the fund has repeatedly assisted officers and their families in time of natural disaster, medical emergency, and urgent needs. If a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, as happened this past year, this fund provides financial assistance to the family in a substantial way.

Tickets are $100 a person and available for purchase online at www.leaddinner.com or email jtdominey@bellsouth.net.

 

 

2017 LEAD Dinner: Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock, Georgia State Patrol Sergeant Tracy Tabb, Georgia State Patrol Corporal Chris Kelch, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Patrick Orr, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Perry Connell, and Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk.

 

Please join us for dinner to support your Local Law Enforcement Professional

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Reception: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dinner & Program 7 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

The Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner is an opportunity for our community to say thank you and to show its appreciation for local law enforcement professionals serving in Lowndes County. All Lowndes County communities are invited to participate each year.

The two-fold purpose of this dinner is:

1) To give recognition to law officers in general and to honor “Officers of the Year” from area agencies, and

2) To set up a law enforcement assistance fund where 100 percent of the net proceeds from the dinner are used to assist law enforcement professionals and their families in times of special need. Browse our site for complete information on the L.E.A.D. Dinner and its purpose.

The 11th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner

The Rotary Club of Valdosta will host the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner (LEAD) on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.  The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., followed by recognition of Officers of the Year representing Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol.

LEAD has become the Rotary Club of Valdosta’s signature community service program and is designed to honor men and women working with local law enforcement agencies. Proceeds generated from the event are placed in the Rotary Law Enforcement Fund, which provides assistance and recognition for officers who serve the citizens of Valdosta and Lowndes County. In the past nine years, the fund has repeatedly assisted officers and their families in time of natural disaster, medical emergency, and urgent needs. If a law enforcement officer should ever be killed in the line of duty, this fund will be available to support the family in a substantial way.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.leaddinner.com or email jtdominey@bellsouth.net