Submitted by Rita Elliott
As we wind up 2005, we send a hearty THANK YOU to our dedicated supporters this year; those individuals who have contributed financially to The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s Endowment Fund. These individuals include Lucy Banks; Marjorie Gay; Terry Hynes, in honor of Dr. Alfred Messer; and Mary Beth Reed, Jim D’Angelo, Betsy and Michael Shirk, and the SGA Board in memory of Katherine Kilgore. Their generosity is exemplary and shows that an individual can make a difference. All contributions continue to go in the separate Endowment Fund, where the principal cannot be spent, but the interest accumulates for archaeological education, research, and preservation.
Contributions this year were down, perhaps as a result of the many natural disasters and resultant need for charitable contributions. To date, the 2005 contributions to the SGA Endowment Fund total $335.40, bringing the fund to $15,671.61. During this season of gift giving and end-of-the-year charitable giving, please consider a gift to the Endowment Fund of your very own SGA. Why not begin the New Year with good karma, by taking SGA down a road of steady and vibrant endowment growth to reach our goal of $100,000? All contributions are tax-deductible as fully allowable by law. All contributions are acknowledged with an official tax letter and a personal thank you note. Gifts in honor or memory of someone also are acknowledged by a personal note to the honoree, or to the family of the one remembered. All contributions, of any size, are significant and useful. And finally, all contributions are deeply appreciated by SGA membership, officers, board of directors, and especially the public who will reap the rewards of the public outreach programs, scientific discoveries, and preservation of archaeological sites funded by this endowment.
Give the gift of yesterday, today, and tomorrow all at once! Please make out your contribution check to The Society for Georgia Archaeology and note ‚“For Endowment” on the front. You may send your gift to: SGA, P.O. Box 693, Athens, GA 30603. Questions? I’d love to talk to you. You can reach me at (912) 826-5214.