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    We appreciate you, Judy 

    Judy Walker, one of our two office assistants, was recognized for five years of service as a church employee.

    Five teens from church attend conference
    June 3–9 at Montreat in N.C. mountains

    Five young people from Swift Presbyterian Church attended the Montreat Youth Conference June 3–9 at the Montreat Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville.

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    Swift Church recognizes grads of 2018

    Swift Presbyterian Church honored its 2018 graduates on May 6 at the 10 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary. A reception followed in the fellowship hall. From left are William Vanbrimmer, Jessica Gosa, Philip Melton and Sarah Kleinschmidt. William, Jessica and Sarah have been awarded high-school diplomas and Philip received a certificate in congregational leadership from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Brandon Irwin honored as firefighter of year

    Thank you, Brandon, for your service to the residents of Foley.

    Swift Church member Brandon Irwin has been recognized as firefighter of the year for 2017 in the city of Foley. He and five other outstanding local public employees were honored at a special lunch and awards ceremony Feb. 16.

    The Vosloh Charitable Foundation, established by Sue and David Vosloh in 2008, and the Foley Rotary Club sponsored the event.

    Other award winners were: Angela Hayes, Foley Elementary School teacher of the year; Kathy Kendrick, Foley Intermediate School teacher of the year; Cain Harbin, Foley Middle School teacher of the year, Cain Harbin; Col. Scherry Douglas, Foley High School teacher of the year; and School Resource Officer Labron Williams, Foley Police Department’s officer of the year.

    Brandon Irwin,
    Foley firefighter
    of the year for 2017

    The honorees received a $1,000 bonus from the Vosloh Foundation, with taxes being paid by the city of Foley and the school board. The recipients also received certificates from Gulf Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Moyer Ford in Foley, offering them the opportunity to purchase a new vehicle at dealer cost with no markup.

    Recipients were given a chance to speak with the audience as well as revealing what they will do with their $1,000 bonus.

    Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby introduced the Foley firefighter of the year, Brandon Irwin, who has been on the staff since Darby joined the team nine years ago.

    “I task our shift supervisors each year to make a nomination at the end of the year,” said Darby. “I give them one month to submit to me nominations and to give me some very good reasons why, and they always do.”

    Darby said that when he came to Irwin’s nomination, the shift supervisor had made points that were not at first obvious, as Irwin is a person who often does not want to be at the front, staying behind the scenes instead.

    “One of the key statements that his supervisor made was that Brandon constantly does things both around the station and on those fire scenes that not only get the job done, but make him, his shift supervisor, look good,” said Darby. “And I think all of us in leadership, that’s what we want from all of our staff. If our staff is out there working hard to make us look good, then that makes us work harder to make somebody else look good, and in turn it serves our community well.”

    Irwin grew up in Foley and began volunteering around 2005 before getting the chance to join the staff full time, and he hasn’t looked back since.

    “I feel really blessed to be here,” said Irwin. “It really is an honor, totally a surprise for me … I couldn’t ask for a better job, any better leadership.”

    Irwin says that he hasn’t spent his money yet, but there has been talk in his home of a family vacation.

    The award ceremony closed with statements from Mayor John Koniar.

    “Thank you, Dave and Sue [Vosloh], for what you do for the community, and recognizing all these fine people,” said Koniar. “Congratulations to the winners today, and more importantly thank you to each of you who was recognized today. It means a lot to this community, to our children, to our well-being, to our quality of life.”

    The Vosloh Foundation was created originally to give bonuses to the Foley officer of the year and the Foley High School teacher of the year after a survey done in the city resulted in those being the positions voted by the public as most difficult. Over the years and with additional contributions, the foundation has been able to expand the award to now include teachers of the year from all four Foley schools as well as the police officer of the year and firefighter of the year. The Vosloh Foundation has been partnering with the Foley Rotary Club to present the recipients with an awards ceremony lunch since 2012.

    The foundation’s goal is to have enough funds to make these awards guaranteed indefinitely.

    (Information in this article was taken from a news story by Jessica Vaughn that appeared in The Onlooker and on the Gulf Coast Media website

    Please welcome our newest members 

    Our newest members are Bill and Pat Rickert.

    They worshiped with us several times and joined the chancel choir.

    They are Foley residents and formerly were members of First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores. Both served as elders there. The Rickerts are originally from Michigan.

    █▌A look at what makes a church

    Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the door and see all the people. This is what makes a church.

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    Baptisms of children at Swift Church 


    Snapshots from here and there . . .

     School and college notebook 

    Swift young people receive school honors

    If you are the parent or grandparent of a Swift Church child who has received honors at school, please let us know by using the news submission form on the website.

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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367