Few of us ever dream of reaching 100 years old, but Mrs. Sadie D. Steele surpassed that mark on September 10, 2011 and celebrated in style at the EOA Aaron L. Buchsbaum Learning Center. Arriving by limousine, Mrs. Steele was escorted into a magnificently decorated room and greeted with a standing ovation by a capacity crowed of over 300 guests.
One could actually feel the love among the huge crowd of family, friends, neighbors, sorority sisters, church members, former students, educators, elected officials, etc. The gathering transcended every ethnic, economic, educational, and religious background. Guests came from as far away as Darien, Georgia; Brunswick, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida, New York; Denver, Colorado; Washington State; and Alaska.
Elected officials who gave greetings, presented proclamations, resolutions, congratulatory letters, etc. included: the Honorable Mayor Otis S. Johnson; Chairman Pete Liakakis; State Senator (District 2) Lester G. Jackson, III; School Board member (District 5) Irene Hines.
Other elected officials present were Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson, Alderman Jeff Felser, Alderman Clifton Jones, School Board member Ruby Jones, District Attorney Larry Chisholm, and a host of mayoral and other political candidates.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Dawn Baker -WTOC-TV Anchor/Reporter, acknowledged letters, proclamations and resolutions from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; US Congressman (District 12) John Barrow; US Congressman (District 1) Jack Kingston; Governor Nathan Deal; Secretary of the State of GA – Brian Kemp; GA Speaker of the House – David Ralston; and GA State Representative (District 161) Edward “Mickey” Stephens and others.
Mrs. Steele’s legacy of service and commitment to education, the community, church, and civic organizations was evident in the many organizations that paid tribute to her at the event. Some of these were: Bunn Memorial Baptist Church; Davis Ark Baptist Church; Haven Home School Alumni Association; Chatham Retired Educators Association; Savannah State University Alumni Association; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Savannah Alumnae Chapter; Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire; Cuyler- Brownville Community Association; Savannah Branch NAACP; Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA); the Davis Family; and the Rogers’ Family Reunion Association.
The climax of the evening was the humble words of gratitude by Mrs. Steele, who was overwhelmed by the love shown by hundreds of well-wishers. She ended her remarks with her favorite signature words: “To God Be the Glory.”
Mrs. Steele is so deserving of this beautiful celebration that will long be remembered in the Savannah.
The Sadie D. Steele Centennial Birthday Celebration Committee extends sincere thanks to the entire community for your love and support.