It's All About Family and Love that Binds Us!
It's All About Family and Love that Binds Us!

Submit your Accomplishments, Achievements, and Honors to via the Contact Us link for 2012 and 2013.

The is no better way to get to know family other than sharing our accomplishments.  "It's All About Family and the Love that Binds Us."


Black History Month Honoree: Winston M. Strickland

Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA)


Mr. Speaker, in celebration of Black History Month, I want to recognize African Americans from throughout Georgia’s 11th Congressional District who have a major impact on their community.

Today, I rise to honor Winston Strickland of Marietta, Georgia.  Winston – known to most Cobb County residents as Strick – has been a cornerstone of the business community for more than 40 years. Marietta residents have likely frequented one of Winston Strickland’s establishments – including Strick’s Barber Shop, Strick’s Grill, as well as his successful Laundromat.

In addition to Winston Strickland’s many accomplishments in the business world, he has also had a major impact on the youth of his community – helping to found the Cobb organization of Blacks United for Youth.  This community organization builds positive relationships between young people and officials in the school system and the business community through mentorship programs and the Leadership Academy.  The organization has provided more than $100,000 in college scholarships to local youth. Last year, Blacks United for Youth honored Strickland by renaming the annual Making a Difference Award the Winston M. Strickland “Making a Difference” Award. Strickland has also been honored as the “Citizen of the Year” by the Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi fraternities.

Winston Strickland strives to be a man of peace who helps others and is a role model for the community; one who, through his commitment to God, family and community service can help bridge the gap between those in need and those who are willing and able to provide assistance. I ask that my colleagues join me in thanking Winston M. Strickland for his leadership and service to Cobb County and his commitment to improving his community. I yield back the balance of my time.


Sweet Claudette (Johnson) Harrell

A great talented singer a favorite on the Detroit circuit.  One of our own.  Born in Heflin Al and moved to Detroit at the tender age of 5.  Always busy with creative projects, she decided at age 50 to become  a professional vocalist. 

Her albums include:
Linament and Collard Greens
Ain't Gonna Wash Your Dirty Clothes
Sending You to Man School
Live & Kickin
That Man's Got to Go

Did you know that John Johnson was Governor of the Alabama District of Kiwanis in 2004?  John is and was committed to community and family:  "If it is to be, it up to me.  Let's commit ourselves to service with humble excellence."

What do you know about the Kiwanis:

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana.  Kiwanis emphasizes service to children and youth, both through initiatives intended to improve the quality of life of children around the world, and through their Service Leadership Programs, made up of about 7,000 youth clubs with about 320,000 youth members. Kiwanis members have helped shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They have developed youth as leaders, built playgrounds, and raised funds for pediatric research

Kiwanis clubs and members are guided by six "Objectives:"

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

But you knew all this right?


One of our own:  Cynthia Johnson also known as CJ:

Local Author Highlights Domestic Violence in Her Book:

C.J. published a book, "Stop the Music", which you won't be able to put down until you've reached the end.  C.J. is one of 5 siblings and a native of Detroit and married to Andrew Johnson.  

The book, "Stop the Music", is a fictional novel, with clear sounding ring to a real life drama that many women who experience domestic violence acros America endure on a daily basis.    

I found it on ebay...get it, it is truly a great work.