January 1, 2017

To:  The Community

As we prepare to enter into a new year, being excited about its possibilities, we
first take a moment to reflect on all that transpired during 2016. Because of your
support this year, H’COLA accomplished much and we thank you all so very much.
Some of our accomplishments were:
1) African-American History Festival
2) Thanksgiving Day meal for our seniors
3) Annual Honor Student’s Luncheon
4) Political Forums
5) Santa Comes to the Hill

We also participated in other community events, such as:
1) The Annual Independence Day Celebration with the Historic Apalachicola Main
Street Program: Our members volunteered man-hours to help prepare and serve
plates
2) Franklin County School’s Graduation: We presented two scholarships with
funds raised throughout the year

As we look forward to 2017, we vow to continue working for the betterment of our
community, as is our mission. It is our commitment to continue with many of the
projects listed above, adding others as the year unfolds.

One new project we are extremely proud of is being tapped by the City to manage
the newly-renovated Holy Family facility, a special jewel in our community. We are
incredibly excited about his, and commit to doing an admirable job with this
assignment, just as the other non-city entities are doing in managing other city-
owned properties. We thank the City for their trust in H’COLA with this special task.

H’COLA recognizes the historical significance of Holy Family to our Hill Community
and looks forward to the many events and programs our community members will
sponsor in the building. As managers, we are merely the overseers of the facility,
assisting the City in this manner. However, understanding the significance of this
building to the Hill’s citizens, its rich heritage and the many special memories for
those who worshipped and/or attended school there, we vow to honor and respect
these memories, intertwining them with its new designation as a Senior Citizen’s
Center and Community building.

As a non-profit, community-based organization, H’COLA appreciates your support
and respectfully requests your continued support in 2017. If you have suggestions,
questions and/or concerns, or interested in membership, please contact a
member of our Executive Board.

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Elinor Mount-Simmons, President
Happy New Year from the President
Elinor Mount-Simmons
President