Buzz: Miss the pimento cheese sandwiches at The Masters? The YMCA has a solution. Friend of Scouting seeks $500,000 in support; honors Evie McNiece, Bill Collins.

Buzz: Miss the pimento cheese sandwiches at The Masters? The YMCA has a solution. Friend of Scouting seeks $500,000 in support; honors Evie McNiece, Bill Collins.


The event is set for 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, April 8, in the YMCA parking lot. On sale: A pimento cheese sandwich and a cold glass of lemonade “as our youngest YMCA Cause Squad members, Mary Burke and Harper, Tee it Up for the Y.” Or scan the above to help in another way.

The Northwest Georgia Council Friends of Scouting campaign has a need of $500,000 in annual giving. Friends of Scouting provides the operating funds needed to provide the services offered to support local unit programs, such as training, insurance, program materials, advancement materials, camping facilities and programs, council and district activities, and more.

The 2021 Rome/Floyd American Values Luncheon will not be held in April as has been our custom. However, we will continue the tradition of honoring heroes in our community. This year we honor Evie McNiece and Bill Collins for their unselfish service to the citizens of Rome and Floyd County and to the Scouting program. McNiece and Collins exemplify the values of service, honor, and dedication to community that make our country great. Both honor us by allowing us to honor them.

For more information or to contribute, please call the Council Office at 706-235-5545. To make a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible gift to local Scouting please feel free to make an online donation at or mail the donation directly to the Northwest Georgia Council, BSA, P.O. Box 1422, Rome, GA 30162.


Evie McNiece: The owner of Accounting Solutions Plus, McNiece has contributed a lot of her time to serving the Rome community. She served as Rome’s mayor for three years from 2011 until 2014. She has given her time as a City Commissioner serving on Redevelopment Committee, Finance Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Downtown Development Authority, and the Planning Commission. She was on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association and was chair of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. She is a board member of Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Summit Quest Adventures and the Community Criminal Justice Foundation. She and her husband, Doug, have two adult sons; Brian and William, and two grandchildren; Davis and Aubrey.


Bill Collins: Agraduate from West Rome High School, is the owner of Collins Auto Clean Up. His company has a track record of hiring many employees who are trying to get back into society after incarceration.  Bill has served the Rome community in several ways including his role as Rome’s Mayor for 2019-2020; he has served on the Rome City Commission since 1996.  He has served as Chair-Redevelopment Committee, Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, Noon Optimist Club, Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association. In 2019, Bill and Faith Collins received the Heart of the Community Board of Governors Award. They have two grown children, William II and Sara, and are grandparents to Tyler, Marquez and Faith.



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