The latest update from ITNLanier
Board of Directors Update
 
  We have completed our first 7 months and delivered 600 rides!

As 2016 comes to an end, I reflect on the blessing of being involved in iTNLanier. Little did I know three years ago that the seed of an idea to better serve Hall County’s older adult population through 24/7, door through door, arm in arm transportation would lead us to where we are today. I am very proud of the hundreds of volunteer hours our 10 Board of Directors and 22 Advisory Council have given to get to this level. Only 7 months after opening our doors…we have driven over 12,000 miles, given 600 rides, have 61 members and 35 volunteer drivers. Many of these rides have been remarkable stories which touch my heart and remind me that older adults and the sight impaired are important and valuable members of our community who want to be actively involved and have a lot to contribute.

So many wonderful stories! From one individual who uses iTNLanier because she can no longer drive her husband to his appointments due to her sight challenges, to another individual who lives with her working daughter and uses iTNLanier so she can volunteer at the hospital…all model examples of how we have helped people in need in a meaningful way.

Many of you will be visiting loved ones over the Holidays. I suggest you take a look around you at your parents, grandparents, and older adult friends. Should they be driving? Would they be driving if they had a safe alternative provided by trained, background checked volunteer drivers?

It is time for each of us to open our eyes and evaluate what our relatives will need to remain active, healthy, safe and independent as they age.

The need for senior transportation services continues to grow in our families and the community. It is time to adopt and embrace iTNLanier which will keep older adults and the sight impaired from being isolated.

Please consider becoming a member, volunteer driver or donating to help provide rides for older Hall County citizens. We need you and you need us.
 
Erika Walker
Chair Person
ITNLanier
ITNLanier Success Stories
Why Senior Transportation Is So Important?
 
We have a gentleman who is in a nursing home. His wife, also a senior, is not physically able to pick him up, transport him to his appointments, stay with him, and then take him back to the nursing home. ITNLanier is able to help by providing rides to his appointments where his wife meets him and stays with him. She is then able to take him back afterwards. This gives her peace of mind knowing that he will receive the care that he needs by getting to his doctor and dentist appointments.

We have two ladies who go to Senior Centers for day care. Each member has two daughters who share the care of their mother. By using ITNLanier for transportation to the centers, the daughters are able to work their regular schedules and still have care for their mothers. Most days, the trips are one way as the family members are able to provide rides either going or coming.

One of our members goes to the hospital once a month for a blood transfusion. This is a 6 or 8 hour procedure and finishes late in the evening. By using ITNLanier, this member is assured that she will be able to get home after her procedure and this gives her the ability to set up her treatments when she needs them without worrying about how she will get there and back home.

We have a member who is a volunteer with oncology registration one day per week. She lives with her daughter. The daughter works and is not always able to pick her up after her shift. With ITNLanier, our member can do her volunteer work and contribute to the community. It is a win, win for her.

One of our members is using our service to take her to various food banks in the area so that she can receive the assistance she needs at this time. She is a scholarship recipient and is so grateful for this help that allows her to have healthy meals.
Welcome to Our New Board Members
Julia Greene, Emily McCord, Patrick O'Rouke, Kathy Oates
 
Please welcome our newest board members:

Julia K. Greene joined Stewart Melvin & Frost in January of 2014, concentrating her practice in family law and civil litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College and her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She began her law career in 2005 as the staff attorney for the Honorable Kathlene F. Gosselin, Judge of the Superior Courts of Hall and Dawson Counties. As a staff attorney, Julia worked on all areas of civil litigation, domestic matters and criminal cases.

Julia is active in the community currently serving on the Quinlan Visual Arts Center board and she is a member of the Grace Episcopal Church Vestry. She is the Past-President of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. She was a member of the Leadership Hall County class of 2008-2009. She is a member of the Orr Inn of Court, having previously served as secretary-treasurer. She previously has served on the Agnes Scott Alumnae Board, Habitat for Humanity Woman Build Board, North Georgia AIDS Alliance, the Northeast Georgia Speech Center and as President of the Lakeview Academy Alumni Association.

Emily McCord joined the Kimbrough Law Firm in 2016. Originally from Georgia, Emily completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. For several years, Emily worked as a counselor at Medical Center of Central Georgia for the Palliative Care Team. She also served as a counselor for the Psychiatric Unit of Coliseum Hospital.

Emily began her career in Elder Care Coordination in 2011 when she joined a firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Emily has a passion for improving quality of life. She spends her time at Kimbrough Law Firm working with the client, families, and the team to develop a plan of care that will maximize the client’s independence while coordinating and advocating for the most comprehensive care available.

Patrick O’Rouke is a Fisheries Biologist with Georgia Power.  As part of Georgia Power’s Environmental Affairs department, he is responsible for fisheries and compliance issues across the state related to company operations.  Prior to joining Georgia Power, he was the biologist responsible for managing Lake Lanier for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  Patrick and his wife, Tate, have been living in Hall County since 2011 and in 2014 welcomed twin sons, Wright and Benson.  Patrick is a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a 2013-2014 graduate of Leadership Hall County.  He currently serves on the Youth Leadership Hall County Planning Team.  Patrick is a native of Sugar Hill, GA and holds a BSFR from the University of Georgia and a MS from the University of Florida.

Kathy Kirkpatrick Oates is a retired Special Education teacher.  Now she supervises student teachers for UNG part time.  She is a native of Gainesville who enjoys volunteering at the NEGA Medical Center and NEGA History Center.  Her family has deep roots in Gainesville and she is glad to have more time now to give back to her community.  After being very involved with her late mother’s care, she knows firsthand what is needed for transporting seniors who need drivers.  Kathy is married to Richard and they have 2 grown sons.  More importantly, they have grand twins–identical toddler boys.
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Year End contributions
 
Help iTNLanier with a One Time or Scheduled Tax Deductible Donation!
 
Please consider contributing to iTNLanier, Hall County’s newest senior transportation program. Many donors make quarterly donations and we invite you to consider that option.
 
$50 Donation
  – 5 Rides
$50 Month Donation ($600 Annual)
  – 60 Rides a Year
 
$100 Donation
  – 10 Rides
$100 Quarterly Donation
    ($400 Annual) 
  – 40 Rides a Year
$100 Bi-Monthly Donations
    ($600 Annual)
  – 60 Rides a Year
 
We currently have 35 drivers and 61 rider members and are receiving frequent phone calls and emails from seniors or their caregivers who need our service. The Board has adopted a conservative business plan and is working in the community to gain support. Consider donating to our scholarship funds to help those who cannot afford to pay for their transportation. Or help us meet our goals to provide 1500 rides in the first year by supporting our operations. We are asking you to join us in this important new program for Hall County seniors who can no longer drive.
 
Please take the time now to make a donation to help us continue to serve the transportation needs of our members.
 
Maximize your contribution
 
Certain owners of individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have until December 31, 2016 to make a direct transfer of part or all of their required minimum IRA distributions (RMDs) to an eligible charity including iTNLanier. An IRA owner, age 70 ½ or over, can directly transfer, tax free, up to $100,000 per year to an eligible charity regardless of whether the owners itemize their deductions. Please check with your tax advisor to find out further details. Further information is available at the IRS web site.
Why ITNLanier? 
 
Watch this video from your Hall County community explaining the value of this new 24/7, door through door, arm in arm senior transportation program.
 
Free Eyecare Trips
 
Thanks to the generosity of Regeneron, all eyecare trips provided by ITNLanier are now free.  Any trips that you take that are eyecare related will automatically be charged to Regeneron. This is a free benefit to being an ITNLanier Member.
 
Scholarships
 
ITNLanier has a limited number of scholarships available to support members who cannot afford to pay the full cost of their transportation.  Please contact Becky at (678) 696-0360 for details on how to apply for a scholarship.
Board of Directors 
 
Erika Walker, Chair
Jerry Butler, Treasurer
Stan Appleton, Secretary
Julia K. Greene
Richard Hunt
Jolinda Martin
Emily McCord
Vicki Miller
Patrick O'Rouke
Kathy Kirkpatrick Oates
 
Council of Advisors
 
Kathy Amos
Sandra Bailey
Cheryl Christian
Jay Crews
John Gram
Pat Guthrie
Lane Jones
Sissy Lawson
Phillippa Lewis-Moss
Mary Jane Locklear
Gale McKibbon
Cara Mitchell
Martha Nesbitt
Larry Preiss
Jessica Robinson
Jeff Rock
Cindy Staszak
Lydia Sartain
Olivia Erberle Skey
David Stewart
Caroline Van de Pol
Bill Youngblood
Sandra Williams
ITNLanier  Newsletter
December - 2016