Joan Briton, a five-year resident of Pickens County, has assumed the duties of office manager for Keep Pickens Beautiful (KPB).
KPB operates out of the small green building on the south end of Main Street. Their primary activities include promoting recycling, adopt-a-road, and education.
Briton takes over following the retirement of Carol Opdenhoff who served as office manager for the past decade.
The work of office manager is the day-to-day operation of the organization including bookkeeping and bill payment and keeping membership lists current.
Brtion said she had been in a volunteer working on membership for the non-profit, when Opdenhoff retired. With book-keeping experience she was hired as the part-time manager.
Briton said she got involved with KPB after becoming more environmentally aware through several books she had read and was looking for some way to make difference. She met current KPB president Mary Anne Rentz who encouraged her to volunteer.
“I want to see the world go on,” she said.
Briton has lived in Pickens County for five years. Following many years of vacationing in the mountains of North Georgia she moved here from Fort Lauderdale.
Among the upcoming projects that KPB is working is on:
• They will host the shredder on July 23rd from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of the former Post Office behind the KPB offices. Briton said this is a good opportunity for households and businesses to see any documents they aren’t comfortable throwing in the trash shredded on-site while they wait. She said this is a great opportunity for law firms or medical businesses to get rid of old records safely.
• On a longer range scale: KPB is working to establish “a central recycling center drop off site.” This would be a spot where recyclable materials could be held for Pickens and surrounding counties until they have full truckloads. Briton said the project is about increasing the efficiency of recycling operations.
For more information on KPB call their office at 706-253-3600.