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Amick Memorial Fund

One of our church missions is a utility assistance program named “the Amick Fund.” This program distributes funds to needy families on the second Tuesday of every month from 1:30 to 3:00pm. Currently, those needing assistance gather in the CEC (Christian Enrichment Center). Call the church office for more information: 770-228-3020.

The following paragraphs tell about the history of the Amick Fund (submitted by Cathy Brooks).

In the 1960’s, a young couple, Joe and Donna Amick and their three sons, Doug, Daryl, and David were active members of Griffin First United Methodist Church. Joe was employed with the Georgia Experiment Station here in Griffin. The family had moved to Thailand in 1969 for Joe to participate in a project sponsored by the Station. It was a sad day for Griffin when word came that the family had been involved in a collision with an Army truck overseas and four members of the family had been killed in the accident. In their memory, the Board of Stewards renamed a memorial fund in memory of the Amick Family. The two following articles will introduce you to the Amick family and give insight into the establishment of the fund:

From the front page of the Griffin Daily News, June 14/15, 1969

FOUR FORMER GRIFFINITES KILLED IN THAILAND WRECK

One Child Survives Family

“Dr. and Mrs. Joe Amick and two of their sons, David, 12, and Darrel, 9, were killed yesterday in a collision with an Army truck near Karat, Thailand. Their only other son, Doug, 13, was thrown clear of the wreckage. One report said he was in critical condition and another said he was thought to be shaken up in the wreck. The Amick family previously lived in Griffin. Dr. Amick was on the Georgia Experiment Station’s staff here. He was in the Agriculture Economics Department. The Amicks were on a two-year assignment in Thailand helping to get an experiment station program started. They went there last August. The project was under the direction of the University of Kentucky. The university developed and trained teams of agricultural scientists to go to Thailand to develop the stations. Dr. Amick trained about six weeks at the University of Kentucky then took his family with him for the two-year project. Dr. Robert Rudd of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky told the Griffin Daily News that an explosion followed the wreck. He said the victims were burned beyond recognition. Relatives of the Amicks in Monon, Indiana, were notified of the accident yesterday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Dr. and Mrs. Amick were active in community affairs in Griffin. They made their home here about 10 years. Dr. Amick received his university training at Purdue University in Indiana. His job with the Griffin station was one of his first. He taught some economics courses at Gordon Military College in Barnesville on a part-time basis. The family was active in the First United Methodist Church in Griffin. Dr. Amick served on the official board. He and his wife taught a Church School class.”

The following article from the Minutes of the Board of Stewards meeting November 3, 1969 was included in The History of The First United Methodist Church Griffin, GA 1841-1991 (Chapter 9):

Mrs. Ashley Hurt presented a resolution on the “Amick Fund.” This was approved. From this time forward the charity fund was to be known as the “Amick Fund.” The resolution presented by Mrs. Hurt explains the circumstances of this action:

“For several years our church was fortunate to name among its members the Joe Amick family. Donna and Joe were active as Sunday school teachers. Family Life Committee workers, Commission members, and Joe in the Men’s Club, Donna in the Women’s Society of Christian Service. With their three boys, this couple always found their place in one of the front section pews for every worship service. Joe and Donna were vitally interested in the workings of this church and were teaching their children to be participating members of this group. One of the strongest concerns of the Amicks was that the church have a wide and compassionate outreach.

The opportunity came two years ago for Joe to take his knowledge as an agricultural economist to Thailand – there to assist in the development of an Experiment Station under the sponsorship of the University of Kentucky and the United States government. The whole family rose to the challenge and met it as an exciting adventure and as a true chance to be of help to others.

Unfortunately, four months ago, Joe, Donna, and two of their sons, Dave and Daryl, were killed in a tragic car accident in Thailand. Doug, the oldest son, was only injured and is now with grandparents in Indiana.

These were good Methodist laymen, and we as their Methodist friends would like to see established a living memorial that might exemplify the spirit that they showed while here with us. Since their concern was for the outreach of this church, we should like to do something in their honor that would extend and forward this outreach.

Griffin First has long had a fund used for charitable purposes, titled simply “Special Fund.” This fund is spent only at the request of reputable sponsors and at the discretion of the Senior Minister. Its resources are the contributions left on the altar at communion.

We would like to give money to this already established fund in memory of the Amick family and in order that more needs in this community be met by this church. We therefore propose that this Fund continue to exist as it is set up, only changing it name to the Amick Memorial Fund, and allowing individuals to give money directed to this purpose. Not only would gifts be given this year, but year after year in order to perpetuate the fund in such a way as to be a truly living memorial to Joe and Donna, Dave, and Daryl Amick.

I make the following motion:

That this resolution be written into the minutes,

‘That the SPECIAL FUND be renamed the AMICK MEMORIAL FUND, continuing to be used for charitable purposes at the request of reputable sponsors and at the discretion of the Senior Minister,

That individuals be able to contribute money to the church, earmarked for this fund,

That gifts may be made from now on, year after year,

That promotion for such gifts take place at least once a year and that a copy of this resolution be sent to Doug Amick.”

-Mrs. Ashley Hurt