Camp Jekyll Dedication

first_imgJekyll Island, Ga. — For some Gwinnett County seventh grade students, it may be their first time to Georgia’s coast. For others, it may be their first overnight trip without family. However, they will all be part of the first official group to attend Georgia 4-H environmental education camp at the new Camp Jekyll on Feb. 1.The new, $17 million state-of-the-art campus was dedicated on Dec. 5, 2016, during opening ceremonies led by Governor Nathan Deal, first lady Sandra Deal, Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Director James Hooks and State 4-H Leader and Director Arch Smith, alongside local 4-H club members and state 4-H board officers.“This new facility is a place to visit, study and learn for all the youth of Georgia, and those beyond its borders,” said Deal. “The heart of this camp is education…[it] is a magnificent opportunity for youth to understand that there is a big world to explore. Young people are in a very impressionable part of their lives. Many of them have never had the opportunity to even see the ocean. So this is a tremendously important facility.”Funding for the project was proposed by Gov. Deal following a 2013 visit to the center and voted into the FY14 budget by the state legislature.The new JIA-owned facility can house up to 256 guests at a time and will continue to be managed day-to-day by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program. Richard Chewning, who served as program coordinator for the center for nearly a decade, has been named director of the camp, and Lauren Nys will oversee environmental education programming.This reopening of the camp continues the legacy of 4-H programming and events held at the site from 1983 to 2014. Camp Jekyll will again host residential environmental education programs during the school year and week-long camps during June and July.“Georgia 4-H is pleased to be continuing our relationship with the Jekyll Island Authority at Camp Jekyll,” Smith said. “We appreciate Governor Nathan Deal’s commitment to make this wonderful new facility a reality. We are also excited to welcome other K-12 youth groups to rent and use Camp Jekyll.”More than 15 acres of the campus includes a learning center – honoring Sandra Deal for her commitment to youth education – that has a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms and offices; two 64-bed and four 32-bed cabins; one 14-bed staff cabin with two private live-in apartments; one 300-seat dining hall; two outdoor pavilions; a basketball and volleyball area; and a maintenance building. A dune crossover for beach access was partially renovated and extended to total 1,080 feet.The historic pavilion, home to the camp’s canteen and gift shop, is the one structure that was preserved and restored. It was constructed in 1955 as a place for African-Americans to visit the then-segregated beach.The site was originally home to the Dolphin Club and Motor Hotel that opened in 1959. Many famous musicians visited the Dolphin Club lounge and restaurant, including B.B. King. It closed in 1966 and was leased by the JIA to UGA for use as a 4-H center summer camp in 1983.In 1987, the program was expanded to include year-round environmental education programs. More than 279,000 students have participated in classes like beach ecology, herpetology, seining and more since the 4-H program began at Jekyll.For more information or to schedule a group, visit To see more photos of the dedication and camp, visit read more

Employment opportunities and procedures for Filipinos presented in Split

first_imgAccording to Antonija Bašić from ŽK Split, in the first half of the year over 60% of quotas were used or are in the process, and most workers are missing in tourism and catering, construction, shipbuilding. Today’s presentation is a continuation of a series of activities that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Split has implemented this year with the aim of supporting members in solving the problem of finding labor.  Director of the Agency for Employment Mediation of Seafarers Pasat doo, Ino Munitić, on whose initiative the presentation was organized, has the best experiences with Magsaysay, who are his long-term partners, and with the Philippine workforce. ”Given the great shortage of labor in Croatia, Filipinos represent a quality, replacement workforce, and in my experience they are calm, quiet and hardworking people. The process of bringing Filipino workers, from issuing their exit visa to issuing a work visa in Croatia, takes about a month. ” said Munitic. The only real solution is to raise wages and working conditions in tourism and focus on quality, not mass. On the other hand, we have a high VAT, a large tax burden and levies, a short season, etc.… I absolutely agree and that is why tourism is not competitive for us, but the domestic labor force is not to blame for this situation. Participants were interested in many details of the employment of Filipinos such as the duration of the recruitment process, the length of their contracts and the possibility of their employment not only in tourism and hospitality but also in other activities such as viticulture, stonemasonry or elevators. Today’s interest of Dalmatian employers in information on employment opportunities and ways of Filipinos, organized by HGK – Split County Chamber and in cooperation with Pasat, was presented by representatives of the Philippine Employment Agency Magsaysay International Corporate INC.  “In 2019, more than 65.000 permits for employment of foreign labor were approved, twice as many as in the previous year. Our quotas are higher than ever, there is a shortage of labor and this is a problem that plagues not only Croatia but also neighboring countries in the region. Therefore, colleagues from the chambers of FBiH and Montenegro are with us today, in order to share information about the possibilities and procedure for hiring the Philippine workforce.”, Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, Joze Tomaš. One of the largest employment agencies in the Philippine workforce, Magsaysay International Corporaticon INC., Based in Manila, was presented by Marlon Ronja, President of Magsaysay People Resource Corporation, and the procedures themselves by Jay A. Fernando, Vice President and CEO of Magsaysay Global Services. Although the import of labor, especially from the Philippines, is one of the worst developments in our tourism, in a situation where there is a chronic shortage of labor, and the season has already begun, employers in tourism are ready to take such measures and adventures. In the long run, this is certainly not good because apart from going back to the root of the problem – cheap labor, not quality, workers from Asian countries cannot be ambassadors of our destination, do not spend in the local economy or plan to relocate. But if we want cheap labor, then we will have such tourism, cheap, mass, seasonal, which means that we must significantly reduce prices in all segments. As much money as there is music – says a folk proverb. Smart enough.last_img read more