The tour came shortly after Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers signed a proclamation declaring May 20 to be “Thank You for Making a Difference in My Life Day.”
During the tour, one of the middle school students said the city hall “looks nice.” Bailey responded by saying that he and other city officials are proud of the city hall building.
Cadiz City Council Member Regenia Wilkerson-Jasper and Shannon Matthews-White are sponsors of the group, which the proclamation said is a self-esteem program that teaches girls ages 9 – 14 about how to be empowered “by turning negatives in positives through exercise, healthy eating, abstaining from drugs, focusing on academics, sports and the arts.”
According to the proclamation, the girl power club is a participant in the “Thank You for Making a Difference in My Life” movement. Wilkerson-Jasper said a goal of the organization is to make it a countywide project that will eventually reach across the state.
The club honors parents, teachers, ministers and local and state officials who have a positive impact on people’s lives and encourages its members to send thank you notes attached to blue ribbons to those that have made an impact on their lives, according to Matthews-White.
The program was originally started by former Department of Health Secretary Donna Shalala. Involved in the local group are Janice S. Boyd, ASK YSC coordinator, Carmen Finley of Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and Family at Risk Liaison Jerry Bacon.