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Way To Go, Junior League of Columbia!

JLCCheckColumbia was a busy place Thursday night as events were happening all around the Midlands. The event of choice for us, of course, was the Junior League of Columbia’s annual End Of The Year Celebration.

I’ve attended this meeting for 15/16 or so years in a row now, and always leave feeling proud of what the women of League accomplish. The photo above is the dollar amount raised, through fundraisers such as Holiday Market, Clean Sweep, and Touch-A-Truck,  which is distributed back into our community, respectively. While the amount of money is incredible, what I’m always in awe of is the impact of ‘womanpower’ the League provides. I’m not really sure how to put into words, but to see the JLC in action is, well, pure action. Given the number of women combined with the enthusiasm, their action turns into impact. It’s big, and it’s real.

On a personal note, I proudly stood beside Jennifer and League president, Kim Leighton, as together we presented the Kinsey Black Jones Award to Jessica Atwood. If you don’t know the story, Kinsey and I were married 11 months. Before and during those months, she was an excited and super-active member of the League until she was admitted to Baptist Hospital for the last time. The board elected to honor her memory by creating an award that recognizes the outstanding first, second, or third year Active Member.

Big “Shout Out!” and CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS to Jessica Atwood!!! I know Kinsey and the Black family would be so proud!

Once again, well done to the Junior League of Columbia. We had fun and a good time was had by all!

Thank you!

Franklin Jones

Newest Listings Hit Market @ 29205.

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Twitter: From Lifeblood To Life Support?

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  In the next day or two be on the lookout for this image sitting in your mailbox. "What's the big whoop, you ask?" Not much, other than spring has sprung, and I wanted to remind everyone that we do what it takes to be 'out front' in regards … [Continue reading]

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In June of 2008 I posted "My Real Estate Business Owes A Lot To Starbucks. New Realtors often ask me, “How did ‘you‘ get started?” I often respond, “I went to Starbucks.” When they look at me puzzled I continue, “Then I would go to another … [Continue reading]