Two added to GNO board
Teaching Faculty II
Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship
Florida State University
Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting
Good News Outreach added two members, both with ties to Florida State University, to its board of directors this spring. They are Bud Fennema and Bob Garner.
The board now numbers 12 directors to 12, including board chair Linda Barineau.
Fennema’s, who is an accounting professor, attended Indiana University and earned his undergraduate degree in finance. He earned an MBA from Chapel Hill in North Carolina and later attended the University of Illinois to earn his Ph.D.
“I grew up around Chicago, Illinois,” Fennema said. “I’ve lived in several states because I had traveling jobs,” he said.
“I’m a certified public accountant, so I went to clients and installed computer systems,” Fennema said. “I’d spend weeks or months in a given city working on an installation.”
Fennema started his career as a professor of accounting at FSU and relocated to Tallahassee in 1993.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” Fennema said. “It's pretty unusual for an academic to do their whole career at one school, but this is going to be it for me.”
Fennema recently joined the board of GNO after his wife’s work with our organization.
“My wife works with the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra and they were working with Maryland Oaks to teach some of the kids string instruments,” Fennema said. “She came back with a newsletter about applying to the board and it went from there.”
Volunteering is important to Fennema. He has volunteered with GNO before joining the board by assisting with bagging groceries on Monday mornings.
“I’m lucky and thankful to have everything that I have, so volunteering is just a must for me,” Fennema said. “It needs to be done in some way or form, so I’m thankful to have an outlet for it with GNO.”
Garner has also had a career filled with travel before starting his career at FSU and becoming a GNO board member. Garner was born in Arkansas, before moving to Fort Walton Beach at age 8.
“I spent 12 years with Roadway Express in Valdosta, Georgia, before working my way up to operations manager with the company,” Garner said. “I was then sent to Miami to run the city operation, I then got promoted to Atlanta before being promoted to Montgomery where I had my own facility. After being in Montgomery for about five years I quit and moved back to Arkansas, where I was a Hardee’s franchisee before selling the restaurants and moving back to Tallahassee in 1999 and deciding to get my MBA degree.”
After earning his master’s degree, Garner began teaching at Flagler college. He moved on in 2013 when he was offered a position as a full-time instructor in the entrepreneurship program at FSU.
Garner’s time and connections at Flagler connected him with GNO.
“When I was at Flagler, I worked with Donald Parks,” Garner said. Parks is the executive director of Good News Outreach. “I have a club at FSU that I am the faculty advisor for called the Society for Advancement and Management and we do community service and compete against other chapters in the country for chapter awards. I’m always looking for ways to get my kids involved in community service, so I reached out to Donald to see if he had anything that we could do and we worked with him to paint a building out on Blountstown Highway.”
Garner is looking forward to working with Good News Outreach and contributing to the community.
“I think the mission of GNO is very good and the possibilities are really strong,” Garner said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
New ideas, new home planned for MOC summer program
By Alyssa Blake
The Good News Outreach summer program at Maryland Oaks Crossing is constantly growing and striving to help children within the community. With growth, there is also an increasing need for new ways of doing things and volunteers.
“We have a lot of school supplies, but I would love some new ideas for science projects and virtual tours,” housing director Daryl Jaquette said.
The summer program started in 2020 and included a wide range of activities ranging from virtual zoom tours to science experiments. This summer, the program is hoping to expand on that foundation.
“The overall purpose is to get the students prepared for next school year and to expand their knowledge,” said Jaquette.
The summer program focuses not on only expanding the education of the students, but also 0nn giving them knowledge that contributes to their health.
“I would like to do a garden this year,” Jaquette said. “I used to be a supervisor for the childcare food programs and a lot of studies showed that when the kids are actually involved in the planting of the fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to eat them.”
The summer program will serve the children of Maryland Oaks as well as a few former Maryland Oaks children from families who have recently moved out on their own.
“This year it’s going to be that way because we’re initiating a new program and we’re trying to keep it to about 20 children, but in the fall, we would like to expand within a couple of miles in each direction of the community.”
The summer program is expected to start by June 25. A portable classroom acquired from the Leon County School District will house the program once the portable is in place.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact Daryl Jaquette at (850) 228-1943.
“We greatly appreciate anyone who wants to do any outdoor activities with the kids, help with the garden, or help with the schoolwork. We appreciate any of the help,” Jaquette said.
Fruit exchange “pulps up” pantry offerings
Tabitha Frazier delivers a box of grapefruits to the pantry. The fruit was collected through the nonprofit Leon county Fruit and Nut Exchange, which she started five years ago.
This year’s citrus season is passing on, but memories as sweet as an orange blossom linger in the air at Good News Outreach thanks to the Leon County Fruit and Nut Exchange.
Founder Tabitha Frazier makes frequent citrus deliveries, usually a couple of 40-pound boxes, to GNO during the November-to-May picking season. She aims for Wednesday and Thursday deliveries when the pantry is open.
The program started in 2016 with a $50,000 grant to the Leon County Water and Soil Conservation District. Since then, 90,000 pounds of fruit have been donated to pantries around Leon County and Marianna.
The exchange helps the conservation district teach the public about water and soil conservation through agriculture and gives GNO supporters who have fruit or nut trees another way to help the pantry.
Residents can register their trees at leoncountyfruitandnutexchange.org (850-766-3217). There are volunteer teams that will help you glean or pick fruit off the trees.
As of May 25, there were 189 people registered with the exchange. The number grows about 20 percent each year.
Michelle Young Profile
Michelle Young has quickly become a key team member working to sustain Good News Outreach’s growth.
Young joined GNO’s board of directors in March. She also chairs the Communications/Development committee that puts on such events as the annual Prayer Breakfast, which this year will feature state Rep. Allison Tant as keynote speaker. It will be held Oct. 9.
Events are just one part of the committee’s mission to share GNO’s story with the community, and to invite people into its ministries, as board members, volunteers and donors.
Since first learning about GNO, the Mercy House ministry of housing and helping formerly incarcerated men transition back to life on the outside has especially touched her heart.
“I have had many family members who have struggled with addiction, and were incarcerated due to their addiction,” she said.
Young is excited about GNO’s efforts to start a housing and reentry-into-society program for women leaving prison, noting that “women are often left with nowhere to go.”
The Communication/Development committee she leads takes on multiple fundraisers such as the Prayer Breakfast in the fall and the Tallahassee Beer Fest at Tucker Center in August. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, the latter event raised more than $36,000 for participating nonprofits.
Coming soon: quarterly meet-and-greets featuring a mini program with tours of GNO ministries, for board members and people in their circle who might like to contribute and/or participate.
The committee also works to secure stories, photos and videos of GNO volunteers and testimonials from people helped through GNO programs.
Young brings to the organization skills she honed with her 30-year career working in the Legal Department and as the only statewide Member Benefits specialist for Florida Education Association, the largest labor union in the Southeast. She also served 28 years on the Tallahassee-area board for the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds and awareness for more than 170 member-hospitals across the United States and Canada.
At Good News Outreach, she sees many and varied ways to make our community stronger. These include passing out groceries on pantry days, delivering food to the elderly; helping with children’s activities at the Maryland Oaks Crossing rental community or simply donating money.
Contributors to GNO, Young says, “can make a big change with a small investment.”
More about Michelle Young
Lifelong Tallahassee resident
Married 38 years, to high school sweetheart
Three children; three grandchildren
Quality time with family, travel and service work in many forms
Proud union member who believes in fairness and equal rights for all workers
Learning Center demolished at Maryland Oaks Crossing
The moldy, deteriorating Learning Center at Maryland Oaks Crossing was reduced to a pile of rubble this morning by Crowder Excavation and Land Clearing.
The demo makes way for a manufactured classroom for the summer program, which is scheduled to begin June 23. The classroom will be acquired from the Leon County School District.
The classroom might not be ready in time, but Maryland Oaks Housing Director Daryl Jaquette is working to line up an alternative, nearby so the program can start as planned.
Once the roomier space is available it will be big improvement, according to Beth Emmons, a Maryland Oaks resident who brought Mavrick, 3, her nephew, to watch the demolition work.
The learning center “was always so crowded, with too many little rooms. With a more-open floor plan, there’ll be more room for the kids to do activities,” Emmons said. The improvement will make Maryland Oaks an even better place to live, according to Emmons. “I love it out here; it’s so quiet. And, the kids love the playground.”
You can help keep Maryland Oaks a pleasant place to live. Learn about volunteer and donation opportunities.
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The summer enrichment program launches Wednesday, June 23, for Maryland Oaks Crossing. There's more in store now that the site for a classroom/activities building has been cleared. Listen to Housing Director Daryl Jaquette talk about what's ahead . . .