Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends!
Many of us may reminisce over how good God has been to us and just where he’s brought us from! But have you ever literally strolled down memory lane for more than three hours in your old neighborhoods? Well…… being a native of Savannah, I had the distinct opportunity to do just that! I became a little misty-eyed as I trekked through Savannah. As I walked down each street and turned each corner, memories flashed before me from when I was a little girl and teenager. I took photos of several of the special milestone places in my life.
The race started on Bay Street, we crossed the bridge/viaduct and came upon a restaurant that was once a KFC. That is where I worked my first job and met my husband to be! We turned up Jenks Street and soon passed by the street of Tony’s maternal grandmother – Mama Erma. We came up Augusta Avenue as I recollected walking that street to Jackson Store for candy. We passed Comer Street at the railroad track where my mom and her siblings grew up. I paused for a moment and just let my imagination run away from me….
I went back 35 years to sitting with my beloved granddaddy, Jesse Dukes, on his porch on Comer Street as we watched the Seaboard Coastline (now CSX) trains pass by. I just imagined that a man with the gift of prophecy would walk up and point to little 10-year old Leslie and say, “Mr. Dukes, when your granddaughter grows up, she will marry a man whose family lives right around the corner and he will operate the 1st and 1,000th Chick-fil-A restaurant and by the way, Chick-fil-A will be a billion dollar company.” I can see granddaddy looking over his glasses and speaking like a southern gentleman who really doesn’t believe what the person is saying but is too polite to say so. He would say, “You mean the restaurant in the Oglethorpe Mall that sells chicken sandwiches without the bone? Izz that right?”
The person would continue….. “She is going to write on just about any and every subject for several premier African American publications in America and they will pay her by the word.” Granddaddy would then say… “I know my Messy has a lot to say, but I can’t imagine anyone paying her a dime to say it!” Granddaddy gave many of his grandchildren nicknames. William is Billy, Sylathia is Sissie, Henry is Goatman, Natalie is Boot, David is Milkman and I am Messy! Now, I have no idea how I came by that name, but he sure named me right! I am nothing short of a REALLY “Hot Mess”! But I digress……..
The person would finally say….. “In 2012, the first African-American president, named Barack Hussein Obama, will be running for re-election and she will be on a conference call in October with him and other People of Faith. Granddaddy would say, “Son, do you need to lie down? You must have hit your head. There is no way a black person would be president that soon and my Messy would not be on a conference call with him!”
Tony and I are just so blessed that God took us from our roots in Savannah and placed us where we are in Atlanta! It is just so unbelievable to me! It’s really quite baffling! He has blessed us indeed! Oh! BTW, on the contrary, if a person said that to my beautiful mother, Lizzie Dukes Guess, she would have said to the first, “That’s Right”. To the second, “That’s Right” and to last, “What! You mean SHE’S NOT PRESIDENT!”
I finally picked up my pace a little as we traveled through other areas of Savannah. I think that I am the first person ever to turn a half marathon into a “guided tour and strolling party”! I stopped to dance with the rock bands, high school steppers and rap groups. I slowed up to applaud the cheerleaders and young man playing a bagpipe. I paused to commend the groups that were singing and performing for us! I just had a good time!
Oh! And I want to thank my hometown residents for their hospitality! Many people in the neighborhoods came out to cheer us on! Residents offered us lemonade, scones, donuts and LOTS and LOTS of encouragement! So many different cultures and races were out there cheering us on! They really made us feel quite special!
As I walked the 13.1 miles, when I tired, I thought of Pastor Philip Nash’s, my fellow Berean Christian Church member’s, words of encouragement to me, “the race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong, but to the one who endures until the end”. When I got weary, I quietly celebrated how far God has brought me over the 45 years of my life. When my legs slowed, I fed on the AWESOME energy of all of the neighbors, volunteers and organizers on the sidelines cheering us on! And I thought this is what life is all about! Serving God and loving, supporting and encouraging one another!
I walked the half marathon and could have completed it in three hours and ten minutes. But it took me 40 minutes longer because I wanted to soak it all in. It was so nice to take my time and as the old hymn writer said, “take inventory of my life”. I have come to the distinct conclusion! Lord…. you’ve been good to me!
Thanks again Dan for treating us to such an awesome weekend! Thanks Savannah for your warm hospitality! Special thanks to each of you – my beautiful family, friends, sorority sisters and church members! Your support, kindness and encouragement mean more to me that you will ever know! I look forward to many races in the years to come – both literally and figuratively! As for the next 45 years, and in the words of the songwriter, “I believe I’ll run on see what the end is going to be, something at the end is waiting for me!”
May God richly bless you and your family!
Leslie E. Royal
The 2013 Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar
The Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar is both an annual tradition and a new opportunity to see what those renegade cows will do next in their never-ending battle against burgers. The themes may have changed – from ” The Cows of Reality TV ” to ” Trail Grazers” to this year’s edition: “Royal T-Bones” – but the cows’ message has always been the same: eat more chicken.
For the first time in history, Chick-fil-A Calendar coupons have gone digital. These 12-month masterpieces include a promotional Calendar Card redeemable once per month throughout 2013 and entitles you to one free menu item every month!
Just sharing information….. from Tonya Sanford
Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies
Each year businesses honor veterans and service members, as well as their families, with Veterans Day discounts on goods, services, and dining.
Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
The following is a list of 2012 Veteran and military discounts and Buy One Get One (BOGO) offerings. This year’s offerings even include some honest-to-goodness free meals.
Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
[This list will be updated as more businesses announce their 2012 Veterans Day offerings]
Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:
7-Eleven – Offers will be offering veterans and service members a free small slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.
Applebee’s – All Veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – On Monday, November 11, 2012 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will offer veterans and service members will be able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini or individual pizza. Click here to find a location near you.
Chili’s – Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited seven-item menu from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day.
Famous Dave’s — Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location. Click here for list of locations and specific offerings.
Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday November 12, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.
Hooters – All Veterans and active duty get 10 Free Boneless Wings with the purchase of a drink.
Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & Veterans get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars® Pizza – Little Caesars will honor members – past and present – of the armed forces on Monday Nov. 12, 2012, by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.
Lone Star Steakhouse – On Monday, 11/12/2012, all veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from our Stars & Stripes Menu. See your local restaurant for details. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation.
Max and Erma’s – On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a freeBest Cheeseburger in America Combo.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On November 11, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s to ensure they are participating.
O’Charley’s – O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12. With their military I.D. or other proof of service, servicemen and women will receive their choices of meal from the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.
Outback Steakhouse – The week of November 11th- 12th, Outback will be offering Veterans and service members a Free Bloomin’ Onion and Cocoa-Cola product (non-alcoholic) beverage. In addition, Outback is offering all military service members and veterans who present a proper ID* or a photo in uniform, will receive a 10% discount off their entire guest check.
Sizzler Steak House – Veterans and service members can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012 until 4:00pm. The limited menu includes 3 entrees – 6 oz. Steak, Malibu Chicken, or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Click here to check if your local restaurant is offering the Veterans Day freebie.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Service members can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day offer.
The Olive Garden – Veterans and service members can get a free entrée choice from a special menu. The entrée choices include garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad. The offer is good on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 at locations in both US and Canada.
Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations – nationwide – will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for ALL veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.
UNO Chicago Grill – Veterans and active military members can get a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value. This offer is good from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.
Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:
Aqua Hotels & Resorts – 10% off for veterans.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, US Virgin Islands – Active and retired military get 30% off room-only rates and $150 in island credits. The offer is available on a minimum four-night stay between November 1 and November 30, 2012, subject to availability.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – Special rates for members of the military and first responders for stays beginning Veterans Day (November 11) through January 3, 2013. Active duty and retired members of the military are asked to request the Salute to Service rate (rate code: GOV) when they make their room reservations at www.jwsanantonio.com or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 866-882-4420. A military or service I.D. is required at check-in.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Active and retired military receive special rates and discounts on golf and amenities from November 8 – 11, including resort hotel room discounts, discounts off golf packages, and discounts on beach and umbrella rentals.
Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:
AARP Driver Safety – Get a free AARP Driver Safety classroom course or 50% off an online course.
Banana Republic – Veterans, military personnel and their families can get 50 percent off three full-priced items from November 12-15. Service members, veterans and families who shop at Banana Republic on November 13 also can participate in special events geared towards helping veterans find jobs, including interview and resume tips from an HR expert, styling advice and refreshments.
Grace for Vets – Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on November 11.
Home Depot – Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year round to for active duty and retirees.
Lowe’s – All Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.
Steve Madden – The shoe seller is doubling its everyday military discount for service members on Veterans Day, for a total 30 percent off all regular-priced merchandise. Bring a form of military identification (past or present) to a Steve Madden store.
National Parks – Veterans Day weekend (November 10-12) Veterans will be invited to visit over 100 National Parks for free.
Year-Round Veterans Discounts:
Foot Locker – Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.
Home Depot – Offers a 10 percent discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled Veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other Veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Lowe’s – Lowe’s offers a year-round 10 percent discount offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Service members and their immediate families. All other Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. The offer can’t be used on sales at Lowes.com, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive the discount.
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Day-to-day, this position will involve the following:
Support the commercial and consumer loan areas for each affiliate bank.
Incumbents will have primary responsibility for specific application(s), as
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BB & T @ Work Program
Stonecrest Location ONLY
Greetings Friends and Family! I spoke with Art Crutcher, the manager at BB& T at 8190 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038. He has an awesome program that is good only at the Stonecrest Location! Firstly, the will place $50 cash into your account on the day that you open it as long as you will be using Direct Deposit! How Cool is That! Here are other program Highlights!
· Monthly Maintenance Fee Waived
· Free BB&T OnLine Banking w/Bill Pay
· FREE First Order of Checks
· Regular savings account with no minimum balance requirement
· Interest rate discount on auto and home equity loans
· Special Offer for Students under 24 years of age
· Plus much more
Please note: FREE Plus package benefit or cash equivalent at account opening. The account must be opened at Stonecrest branch to receive cash equivalent. Please go in to see him today! He can be reached at 770.484.2001.
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UPCOMING JOBS FAIRS: On Nov. 8, military veterans seeking work will have a chance to shop their skills at a job fair in Atlanta that will feature more than 300 employers. For more, click HERE.
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM GRANTS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program. The new deadline is January 15, 2013.
Museum and Library personnel are invited to participate in a web conference to learn more about the program on Thursday, November 15, from 3-4 p.m. EST. ClickHERE for more information about this funding opportunity, including program guidelines, contacts, and Webinar access information.
HIGHER EDS’ HIGHER PURPOSE: I’m pleased to announce an opportunity for colleges and universities in the Fourth District to receive recognition for their achievements in community service. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually awards honors in two categories: (1) General Community Service and (2) Special Focus Area, which includes projects related to three priorities in education and innovation. The deadline for applications is November 29, 2012. For more, click HERE.
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. EST on the Ellipse in Washington. Tickets for the general public will be awarded via an online lottery.Registration for the lottery closes at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 29. Lottery winners will be notified via email by Thursday, Nov. 1. For those who do not have access to a computer, please call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery.
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C#.NET for Web (MCP)/ASP.NET (MCP)
C#.NET XML Web Services (MCP) and C#.NET WCF Services
C#.NET for Windows (MCP)
C# ADO.NET 3.5AJAX Control Toolkit/AJAX
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)Visual Studio .NET 2010/2008
Visual Studio .NET 2005/2003Specialties
Identify, coordinate, and manage resources and key stakeholders for project. Ensure effective change management occurs throughout the course of the project.
Manage all communication plans, training and documentation. Communicate project status to all stakeholders on a regular basis throughout the lifecycle of the project.
- Experience with Oracle technologies such as Stellent/UCM, WCI or IPM
- Minimum 3-5 years of project management experience.
- Experience in managing full lifecycle web based application development projects
- Expert knowledge of MS Project, Excel (Pivot Tables), MS Word and Visio.
- Excellent oral and written communications
- Interpersonal, negotiation, project planning, judgment, leadership, decision-making, analysis and problem-solving skills.
- PMP certification and Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution
- 5 or more years experience required in Information Systems/Technology (IS/IT)
- Experience with Oracle technologies such as Stellent/UCM, WCI or IPM
- PMI Certification (how long?)
- Experience as a Manager of Business Analysts (how many? How long? Where?)
- Enterprise Content Management
- Enterprise Portal
- Web Strategy
Location: Atlanta, GA/Perimeter Mall area
Type: 6+ Month ContractCCCi has an immediate opportunity for a Business Analyst with a strong understanding of the software development lifecycle, specific to Web Portal development. Our client is at the beginning of building a new Customer Experience Portal, and is looking for a strong senior Business Analyst who has solid knowledge of this type of product / initiative.Key Responsibilities
– Elicit business requirements from our clients’ business community
– Translate into system requirements, working in conjunction with internal IT personnel
– Document business requirements
– Produce functional design specifications
– Document system / SIT / UAT test scripts / cases
– Document discussions and meeting notes from requirement sessionsBasic Requirements
– Strong history of Business Analysis working with Web Portal initiatives
– 5 to 7 years of experience in a Business Analyst role, working with the SDLC
– Good experience / knowledge in developing user interfaces, taking direction from the technical lead
– Excellent communication skills
– Excellent documentation skills
– Knowledge of both Agile & Waterfall methodologies
– Strong knowledge of Visio
– Strong analytical skills.
– Develops detailed business user requirements, system documentation, and workflow procedures
– Negotiates plans, time frames and trade-offs while ensuring client understands the final results of the project
– Produces reports, timelines, and graphics using advanced functions of a personal computer.
– Creates reports from existing client databases to satisfy user requests, data sampling, project analysis, or testing verification.
– Build effective relationships with business units to develop a joint vision.
– Works together with Consultants and Project Managers to ensure the client’s business needs have been met
– Well-developed communication skills, oral and written
– Good analytical and negotiation skills with close attention to detail
– Preferred experience in CMMi process traditional methodologies and settings
– Experience in Healthcare industry preferred, but not necessary
– Relationship with IIBA or CBAP Certification preferred
– PMP Certification or working knowledge of PMBOK methodology
– Ability to travel up to 10% (may require some overnight)
– Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check and drug screen
– Candidates local to Atlanta, GA are strongly preferred, but will consider candidates outside of these areas if able to be onsite 4 days per week at the client location.
knowledge of Quick Books, MS Word and Excel to work full time. Needs to
be organized, detailed, and have good communication skills.Responsibilities:
Full-charge bookkeeping for multiple clients using Quick Books, both in
the office and at client’s office.
Payroll – calculation/preparation of payroll tax deposits, quarterly and
annual payroll tax reports.
Sales Tax – calculation/preparation of monthly sales and use tax
Annual preparation of forms 1099s and W-2s.
Annual preparation of Business Personal Property Tax reports.
Respond to client requests for bookkeeping, sales tax, and payroll
Assist CPAs with work paper preparation and organization of tax records
for clients, as needed.Income tax preparation skills are a plus.Compensation will depend on experience.
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