Don Daniel

In my former role as a spokesperson for government entities, private companies and renowned personalities, I have done a lot of speaking. It’s not all necessarily entertaining speaking, but presenting information the public needed to know. That was sorta like starting at my big toe to get to my ear. 

When FEMA assigned me to a particular part of the country suffering a disaster, I had to search affected communities for church groups and civic clubs, any organization that needed and wanted information. I had a stack of over 30 club certificates, pens and pins presented in appreciation for my speaking. I recently spoke to the  Dahlonega Rotary Club about media relations, which I teach and consult with clients.

Although I have not had the opportunity to speak (not invited) to the Forsyth Lions Club nor the Forsyth Exchange Club, both clubs have relinquished their charters to their charterers, ceasing to meet under their banners. But their community involvement efforts will be long remembered. 

I wonder where I will be able to purchase a Lions Club broom. They sold them at the Forsythia Festival. Maybe a member has some stashed away and will bring them out at the next festival if COVID-19 doesn’t forbid the festival.


A DEACON at one of our churches explained to me why congregations can’t or no longer have traditional Sunday sanctuary preaching and singing and passing of the collection plate: fear of retribution such as a member suing the church for endangerment and the liability factor. A member who “comes down with the virus” could, as my friend explained, sue the church for all medical expenses and God forbid, funeral expenses.

The member and family could claim the church was negligent in not providing the proper protocol for member protection. If that ever happened, I am sure there would be a lawyer eagerly wanting to take that case. Guess prayer just didn’t work.

What has been novel is the way churches have circumvented sanctuary/church meeting. I have heard radio, telephone, internet, parking lot with loud speakers used to reach out with the sermon. Hey preacher people, give me some the ideas you are using to continue reaching out to you congregations. Email me.


THIS UPCOMING November election for us in Monroe County is going to be unusual. County commissioner hopeful Lamarcus Davis, as reported in last week’s paper, has gathered enough signatures for his name to be on the ballot in District 1 opposing long-term commissioner Larry Evans. 

Then independent candidate Joe Reed’s name is likely to be on the ballot along with incumbent State Representative Susan Holmes who represents part of Jones, Jasper and portions of Butts and Monroe Counties.  Reed seems to have enough signatures instead of his being a write-in candidate. 


I DON’T think I am revealing a secret but editor Will Davis shared with me the cover of his forthcoming book, which is a compilation of his columns. The best cover for book goes to Vicki Smith, a book about her dog. Both will be interesting reads.

I added two books to my library: “Too Much and Never Enough” by the niece of President Donald Trump and the White House Memoir “The Room Where It Happened”. Both have started off being very informative reads. More as I get into both.


EVERYTHING FROM barns to pools were listed in The Building Permits for the month of June in last weeks’ edition. Go get it out of the birdcage or unwrap the fish because here’s The Question: How many building permits were issued in June?  First correct answer after twelve noon on Thursday gets the certificate for dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Jonah’s Pizza, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie, sliced green tomato appetizer at the Whistle Stop, Scoops single dip and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. 

Monroe County’s emergency alert system is now called “Code Red” and Barbara Churchwell was the first with the correct answer with the new name and she gets the goody certificate.


AND THE battle begins! I am  sure Will have the story about 45 residents in the Juliette area near Plant Scherer have filed suit against the utility provider. According to news reports, the suit was filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court alleging the plant is poisoning their well water. 

Our county commissioners have announced they are extending water lines into the area as fast as they can spend taxpayer money to lay pipe. Wonder what happens if those 45 suing residents sign up for water and get county water. Does the lawsuit just go away or will they continue in an attempt get damage money?


WOW! DIDN’T know we had so many Who’s Who in the county until I read The Reporter’s special supplement on who the  who’s are. Outstanding group of people. Will, an idea: publish a Who’s Who edition of those of us who are over being Who’s Who.



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