MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- A group of 18 wide-eyed and inquisitive women rode around the Maintenance Center in a mule train, small carts pulled by an engine cart, May 10, asking questions and sharing comments.
The Ice Breakers group, sponsored by Security Bank of Albany, toured the base, to include the Maintenance Center, before enjoying lunch at the Crossroad Restaurant.
Aida Cerney and Dorothy Lee hosted the afternoons events, while Jackie Pantone, customer services representative at the Maintenance Center, hosted the tour.
We (Maintenance Center personnel) organized the tour as soon as we received the request, said Pantone.
Overall, I believe the tour went extremely well. The ladies made up one of the nicest groups Ive had, she added.
I think Jackie Pantone was quite impressive, said Debbie Blanchard, currently the marketing officer at Security Bank.
Her delivery and knowledge of the Maintenance Center was very smooth, and everything was very well organized, Blanchard continued.
The Ice Breakers is a newcomer activity for women who have resided in Albany fewer than 12 months.
It was founded in 1988 by Blanchard.
Events sponsored by Ice Breakers are held monthly, and include an informative series of programs about southwest Georgia.
Each month features a different program about the surrounding community.
Although the program functions are usually held from September through May, additional events are currently being planned for June, July and August.
Ice Breakers is a nonprofit organization that does not have dues, meeting requirements, budgets or by-laws.
All costs associated with Ice Breakers are nominal and are designed to simply cover the cost of expenses, according to Blanchard.
This organization is designed to be very informal and relaxed, Blanchard said. We just want people to be able to come, enjoy themselves and learn about Albany and where they live.
Lee and Cerney have participated in Ice Breakers all year, said Lee, while enjoying Ice Breakers activities in the community.
We (Cerney and Lee) thought it would be a great opportunity for ladies of the local community to come see whats on the base as well, Lee said.
Its another way to let the community know what we do, and what the base provide, Lee added.
For more information about Ice Breakers activities, or to be included on the monthly invitation list, call 430-7078. Relocation packages are also available for area newcomers who attend Ice Breakers.