“Get in the Game”
By: David Money
In 1988, I left the mayor’s office after twelve years in municipal government. There was no doubt in my mind that a career in public service had ended. Our business was going through some challenging times and I needed to devote all my energies to bringing it back. Then, in 1999, I attended ‘The Walk to Emmaus’ in the Big Bend community near Tallahassee. That weekend I heard a talk from a lay speaker that centered on Isaiah 6:8 – when the Lord asked, “Who will go for us – whom shall I send?” And Isaiah answered, “Here am I, Lord…send me.” I’ve never forgotten that talk…and that became a life verse for me. It reminds me that we are all called to missions…to serve others. Karen, Erin and I have since been on numerous mission trips – to help establish churches in Costa Rica and Belize…to assist in the vaccination of sheep, goats, horses and dogs on the Navajo Reservations of New Mexico and Arizona…to take supplies to the poor regions of Appalachia surrounding the Red Bird Mission in eastern Kentucky. The more we served the more blessed we became. And it opened my eyes to how much I missed public service.
After selling the dealership in 2011 a door opened that would allow the opportunity for a return to public service. For the past 4 ½ years, I’ve been honored to serve as your probate judge and county commission chairman. I’ve recently shared my desire to serve one final term. A strong foundation has been laid but there’s still much work to be done. We’ve just returned from the annual convention of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (A.C.C.A.) Strategies were developed that should lead to more jobs for our citizens, better county roads, a plan for a revised juvenile justice system and improvements in many other areas of concern for those of us in Henry County. The convention’s theme was ‘Get in the Game.’ Last Thursday, I was elected as the A.C.C.A. vice president for the coming year. With it comes an opportunity to have an even stronger voice for Henry County on the state level.
Public service is much like mission work…it can and should be a ministry of sorts…a calling to serve, to meet needs, to be there for others. Since January of 2013, I’ve centered my work around a second verse of scripture, Micah 6:8: “Seek Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God.” May that be our guiding principle as we all seek to ‘get in the game.’
30 Day Update:
- Probate Court Activity for July: one probating of a will; two adoptions; two involuntary commitments; two guardianships; seven miscellaneous hearings; five final settlements; two name changes and seven marriage licenses issued
- If your last name begins with ‘J’ – ‘K’ – ‘R’ today is the final day to renew your tags and avoid a penalty. Last names beginning with ‘Q’ – ‘S’ – ‘T’ will renew in September.
- July 31 – We welcomed U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks as he visited Henry County.
- August 2 – I attended an A.C.C.A. Workers Comp board meeting in Montgomery.
- August 3 – Abbeville and Headland Chambers sponsored a luncheon honoring Wallace Community College baseball coach Mackey Sasser and WCC President Dr. Linda Young.
- August 5 – We attended the Henry County Historical Group’s annual dinner/meeting.
- August 7 – Around 80 poll workers attended our poll worker’s training at AUMC.
- August 8 – I interviewed for vice president of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama in Montgomery – the election will be held on August 24
- August 15 – We had a small turnout (app. 18%) for the U. S. Senate primary election.
- August 16 – I attended an Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force meeting at the Capitol.
- August 21-25 – We attended the A.C.C.A. annual convention in Orange Beach.
- August 28 – HCHR board meeting – noon at HCHR board room.
- August 28 – I represented Henry County at the dedication of ‘The Rainbow Soldier.’ It was exactly 100 years ago (August 28, 1917) that 3,677 WWI soldiers departed Union Station in Montgomery. Several from Henry County were in that 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division, including my grandfather and great uncle. They have all now been memorialized with the unveiling of a bronze statue at Union Station.
- August 31 – Henry County Commission 2017/18 budget preparation work session.
Dates to Remember:
- September 4 – Enjoy a safe Labor Day holiday.
- September 7-10 – Bethlehem Walk to Emmaus (Dr. Perry Mobley is the lay director.)
- September 12 – Wallace College Foundation Board meeting
- September 12 – September Administrative meeting – 9:00 AM – Probate Court Room
- September 12 – September Commission meeting – 10:30 AM – Probate Court Room
- September 13 – E911 board meeting – Headland annex
- September 13/14 – A.C.C.A. board member seminar – Lake Martin
- September 14 – SEARP&DC board member/annual dinner – Ozark Civic Center
- September 21 – Henry County Youth Leadership conference at Troy University
- September 22 – ‘Leadership Alabama’ regional luncheon – Dothan Country Club
- September 26 – Republican runoff for the U. S. Senate election