Shelby County Legislative Delegation Support Locals' Contribution to Alabama's Bicentennial

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Shelby Delegation presented Bobby Joe and Diane Seales of Shelby County with a donation to their pictorial history book, “Alabaster & Siluria The Early Years ~ A Pictorial History.” The book is a compilation of pictures from the Alabaster and Siluria areas and is being published in recognition of the Alabama Bicentennial.

“We are proud to support Bobby Joe and Diane and the hard work they put into this pictorial history book,” said Shelby County’s House Delegation Chair, Representative April Weaver. "They have tirelessly worked to preserve the history of Shelby County and we are excited that they have put this book together, so everyone can have a piece of that history in their homes. “

Bobby Joe Seales is an Ambassador to the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and is a former president of the Shelby County Historical Society. Under his leadership, Shelby County Historical Society became the largest historical society in the state.

For more information about “Alabaster & Siluria The Early Years ~ A Pictorial History,” produced by Bobby Joe and Diane Seales, and how to purchase the book at a discounted price, please visit Alabaster.PictorialBook.com .

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Director's Update

Fall 2017- In the District

By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director

Since the 2017 Legislative Session ended back in May, our Delegation has been out and about supporting community events and schools. Shelby County cities and organizations have been busy over the past few months with farmers markets, festivals, and events to raise money for Shelby county groups. Some of the events that our Delegation members have attended and are planning to attend include: the annual CASA Roast, tours of local farms with Alabama’s Farmers’ Federation, visiting the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, Montevallo’s Bicentennial Celebration, and the Ground Breaking of the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trials. The Delegation members are also participating in many events around the county on their own, so keep an eye out for them in your area or at your local schools.  

The fall is always a great time for the Legislators to visit schools in their district. Legislators in Alabama are given access to grant money to provide community service projects in their districts. Grants are requested by local schools, libraries, and organizations that work with our public schools. The amount of money that Legislators can access each year is limited and varies depending on revenue brought in by the state.

The grants given by our Delegation members this fall have covered a variety of needs. Some of the grants impacted students and teachers in the classroom, like technology updates and funding for educational programming. Grants outside the classroom will help cover structural updates for school facilities. Some of the organizations awarded grant money for this fall provided students access to programs and community service opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to participate in. The final grants awarded each year are a joint contribution from the Delegation to the overall winners of the Shelby County Schools’ Teacher of the Year recipients. Three teachers, who are named the overall age group winners by the Shelby County Education Foundation, are awarded grant money that can be used by the winners for classroom supplies, technology, or programs.

Providing grants for projects like these and supporting events in the district is a highlight for our Delegation each year. These are a few small ways that we can give back to the communities we serve and love. 

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