Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, is the keynote speaker for the 2012 Top Ten banquet, the 25th annual event hosted by Cairo Rotary Club, June 5, at Cairo High School.
The invitation-only banquet will honor those 10 students in each grade who have the highest grade point average in their classes. The Rotary Club invites each student and two guests of each students’ choosing to the banquet.
Mrs. Deal is very familiar with education being the child of teachers, and a teacher herself after graduating from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
She often says, “As a teacher, I didn’t just teach to one child. I taught every student in the class” and that is Sandra Deal’s approach to her platform as First Lady, “With a Servant’s Heart.”
Volunteerism, community involvement and outreach are the foundation of “With a Servant’s Heart.” Mrs. Deal says, “When we reach out to become involved in helping mold a new beginning for another person, we bring hope for that individual and we in turn receive joy. My goal is that every Georgian, no matter the background or circumstance, finds a way to serve others. I believe that a person’s actions speak louder than their words. When someone gives freely of their time and their resources, they are truly living life ‘With a Servant’s Heart.’”
Mrs. Deal was born in Gainesville, Ga. As a student at what was then called Georgia State College for Women, a friend set her up on a blind date with a college student from nearby Mercer University, the future Governor Nathan Deal. The Deals have been married for 45 years and have four grown children and six grandchildren and are members of First Baptist Church in Gainesville.