On Sept. 9, the Public Servants Luncheon will honor those key in keeping Bartow County and the community running smoothly for the 16th year.
For Daneise Archer, president of Arco Ideas & Design, honoring the “unsung heroes” hits close to home.
“Back in April, I wrote an editorial about how within four minutes of my 911 call, firemen and EMTs were in my home, saving my husband’s life. The men and women who work tirelessly for the people of Cartersville/Bartow County deserve accolades every day. They are our heroes,” she said. “... We don’t see the names of the police officers, firemen, EMTs in the paper; they are our unsung heroes. The people who work through the night restoring electricity or preparing roads to prevent accidents or providing the daily necessities of life are other unsung heroes. I enjoy being a part of the recognition of these fine men and women.”
Archer will assist the luncheon by providing a homemade dessert — “I am trying to decide between devil’s food with peanut butter icing, earthquake cake or caramel-topped German chocolate.”
Volunteers are key in making the event a success, whether they refill tea, bake a dessert or, as the Cartersville IHOP location will do, assist in carryouts.
“We discovered that taking care of the high volume of carryout business was the best way we could add value,” said Joe Scripture, owner of the IHOP at 640 E. Main St. “We usually have around 15 people who volunteer from the Cartersville IHOP, and all of them are highly skilled and just wonderful people. They make the task look far easier than it is.”
Held at Cartersville Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch will be a T-bone steak meal with all the trimmings from Flavorful Events.
Both Archer and Scripture credit the luncheon’s founder, Parnick Jennings, with bringing them on board.
“Parnick Jennings keeps me informed of great opportunities to serve others, such as the Public Servants Luncheon, the Christmas luncheon for the needy, the Chamber Quarterly Luncheon,” Archer said. “... We have the most wonderful community. It is a community that is built on service. The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Advocates for Children, our own churches — all of these provide opportunities to help others. Helping others is not a hobby. It is a calling as a disciple of Christ.”
Saying he wished every county in which IHOP does business had a “Parnick,” Scripture noted how important recognizing public servants is for the local restaurant.
“... They create the infrastructure and provide the services, which makes Bartow County such a special place. In fact, we have recommended this idea to other communities, but it must appear too large a task as we have had no ‘takers’ yet,” he said. “Businesses have several approaches they can employ in communities where they do business. One, they can run ads in media or try other vehicles to increase awareness of their business. Two is simply to look for methods to be involved and help make the community better for everyone. We believe that being involved and giving back to the communities we do business in is the best business profile possible. Being involved fits our culture and values.”
“We do business in eight counties in the greater Atlanta area, and we have discovered the level of pride and involvement in all things Bartow far surpasses what we see in our other business locations,” Scripture added.
Sponsored by Fleetwood Security and Electronic Services, Bank of the Ozarks, Parnick Jennings Funeral Home, ShawHankins, Black Oak Asset Management, Taylor Farm Supply, IHOP, Terry Reid Hyundai, The Daily Tribune News and WBHF AM 1450, the luncheon program, featuring the playing of taps, a three-volley salute and the last fire call, will begin at noon.