What Is Marshall County PALS
Marshall County PALS (People Against a Littered State) is a non-profit volunteer citizens organization, dedicated to the eradication of litter from our roadsides. This diligent group of Marshall County citizens works tirelessly to educate the public regarding Alabama’s anti-litter laws and the effect of litter on the environment, as well as coordinating with the County Commissioners, Sheriff’s Department, City governments, and other organizations that share our mission, to hold anti-litter events and conduct litter pickups throughout the county.
In 1992 a group of Marshall County citizens concerned over the
ever-worsening problem of litter accumulations on our roadsides, parks, shorelines, and other public and private properties decided to take action toward a long-term solution. The effort was spearheaded by Jane Walley, the group’s organizer and first president, encouraged and supported by her late sister, Faye Markham (deceased Feb 15, 2006). The group was organized as an official chapter of Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State), then and still headquartered in Montgomery. Alabama PALS is still directed by Spencer Ryan as it was then, and has been a constant source of support in various ways to our local chapter and to the many other city and county PALS organizations throughout the state.
PALS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) member-based organization supported by annual membership dues, individual and business donations of money and in-kind services, and local government (cities and county) contributions from their environmental community service budgets. Office space is provided by the County, located on the ground floor of the Courthouse in Guntersville (just inside the Blount Street entrance). A part-time employee (now Executive Director Cecilia Pullen) coordinates the various projects and programs sponsored each year by PALS. The organization’s business is directed by elected officers and appointed committee chairpersons, with an elected Board of Directors numbering up to 50, plus several ex-officio members.
- Deborah Adams, Horton
- Nancy Birdwell, Guntersville
- Julie Booth, Grant
- R.C. Burgett, Joppa
- Gilbert & Hilda Burks, Albertville
- Mike Bush, Guntersville
- Darrell Campbell, Boaz
- Tom Cole, Albertville
- Amanda Ferguson, Horton
- Tamara Frazier, Albertville
- Ben Gamel, Guntersville
- Gary Gore, Guntersville
- Sam Harvey, Guntersville
- Scott Lacks, Boaz
- Leitha McClain, Guntersville
- Douglas McLaughlin, Albertville
- Jack Paschal, Horton
- Harvey Poss, Guntersville
- Virginia Scott, Union Grove
- Donna Shields, Guntersville
- Jackie Thrower, Arab
- Byron & Nancy Waldrop, Albertville
- Jane Walley, Guntersville
- Ed White, Guntersville
WE’RE WORKING ON THE NEXT 20 YEARS NOW On September 15, 2012, at Civitan Park, PALS celebrated its 20th Anniversary,with a special program held in conjunction with the Annual Awards and Recognition event.
Marshall County PALS is Community Driven !
Marshall County PALS is Governed by a Board comprised of community leaders, business owners, and concerned citizens who want to actively participate in the PALS Mission to achieve a litter-free Marshall County.
Each year the Directors elect officers, and committee chairs are appointed to conduct the business and affairs of the organization
Calendar of Events -2017
- October 19, 2017
- Membership Meeting
In The Spotlight
PALS’ work and areas of concern are structured under the following
- Business and Industry
- Law Enforcement
- Local Government and Legislation
All programs of PALS are aimed at raising public awareness of the litter problem, engaging in clean-ups, promoting and enrolling sponsors for the Adopt-a-Mile and Adopt-a-Stream programs, and otherwise enlisting the help of concerned individuals in each community to adopt the goal of a litter-free County and to work toward achieving it.