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  • Honoring the Life of Mike Banks

    by Representative Doug Collins

    Posted on 2014-01-09

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    COLLINS of georgia in the house of representatives Thursday, January 9, 2014 Mr. COLLINS of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the life of a great Georgian, Mike Banks.

    Earlier this week, Mike lost his earthly battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

    Mike's absence leaves a void in several Northeast Georgia circles, ranging from banking and broadcasting to community service organizations and his home church.

    Mike's commitment to community service was inspired by Matthew 25:36- 40, ``whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'' Among his many outlets of civic involvement, Mike was a founder of the John Jarrard Foundation.

    Under the leadership of Mike and the rest of the Executive Committee, the John Jarrard Foundation grew from an annual concert to a regionally-recognized organization supporting songwriters and a number of great causes.

    The Foundation supports a number of wonderful music programs, including a songwriting education program for Georgia students. In addition, the Foundation sponsors songwriting concerts throughout the Southeast.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to Mike's family as they mourn a loss that will be felt by many in Northeast Georgia.


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