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The 2018 Year End Review
“Each of the past 5 years I have called incredible, but 2018 has really had an incredible impact on my life. I’ve been blessed throughout the years and this year is no exception. This year many can see and kinda get a glimpse of my works, projects, and recognitions by viewing my recent awards. I gladly share my joy and outlook. Incredible cannot fully describe, ” shares Jason Irby.
Dr. Wanda M. Hamilton received recognition before an attentive audience for her historical community and civic contributions at the annual Women’s History Month Observance hosted by author Jason Irby.
Hamilton was unable to accept her award at the 2nd annual Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month was established by Jason Irby in February 2016 as part of his Awareness, Wellness, and Choices forum.
This has been an incredible year. Many achievements and many challenges. I am thankful to have such a great diversity of support. I appreciate you all. Each of you keep me encouraged and inspired.
Another incredible year has come to an end. It has been an amazing year of experiences and accomplishments.
“I am so thankful for those who have been a part of this effort,” shares Irby.
Please join author Jason Irby for lunch and special presentations at the annual End-of-Year Review & Showcase on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12 Noon – 1 pm at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center located at 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Refreshments will be served.
This year’s special guests include:
“The people and the organizations that I have had the opportunity to partner with, meet, and address for the common cause of making our communities and world a better place to live, has been a humbling experience in 2014”—Jason Irby
Hosting the Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial Commemoration Ceremonies, the Awareness, Wellness and Choices events, and participating as a panelist and speaker were incredible experiences. It was a great honor to stand with our nation’s military servicemen and women, police officers governmental officials, civic leaders and members of the community.
Speaking before youth from the University of Arkansas at little Rock (UALR), the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway, Arkansas, the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission summer youth (L.E.A.D), and other youth groups, such as, the African-American and Hispanic youth initiatives.
The 30th annual United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Motorcade was held Sunday, December 7th and Irby rolled out the red C6 Corvette.
Irby joined the Fraternal Order of Police motorcade with Capital City Corvette Club, a local corvette club in which Irby is a member. The corvette club often participates in community and charitable events.
“The toys bring happiness and cheer, as well as, helping to make so many children have a Merry Christmas. The officers are very community minded and enjoy the opportunity to reach out to the public in which they serve and protect,” Irby said.
Irby hosted an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month on October 25, 2014 at the senator’s office located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Guest speakers and presenters included Dorcas VanGilst, LPC and Director of the Women’s Ministries at the Dorcus House for Women and Children, Rev. Edna Morgan of Healing Place Ministries, and Officer Robert Sturd formally of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional participants included University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) youth mentoring organizations Essence of a Woman and Black Male Achievers, Shannice Ears of Fitness Boot Camp, Angela Johnson, Vice President of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UALR) Ethics Bowl Team, and the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.
Presenters at the observance event offered substantial information and resources that are available to address domestic violence and related issues.
On October 25, 2014, Irby will host an event along with Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers in observance of National Domestic Violence Month. The event will be held at the offices of Senator Flowers located at 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas beginning at 2:30pm.
Community leaders and organizations participated in the “Arkansas Flag-Wabbaseka Memorial’s Inaugural Year Celebration.”
The Ceremony was held at Wabbaseka City Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The ceremony commemorated the one year establishment of the Memorial Plaza in Wabbaseka’s Community Park. The memorial is the concept of author Jason Irby who grew up and attended schools in Wabbaseka.
“Recognizing history and giving back to my hometown and community has always been a goal in my life,” says Irby. “I am proud that the community has joined and participated with me to lift and recognize the history of Wabbaseka, a fading small town surrounded by agriculture that I call home.”