Community activist David Titus is taking a step back, but he is far from done.
Titus retired in August as the executive director of the Family Connection of the CSRA, a nonprofit group focused on helping children perform better in school and promoting a stable family life.
At 65, he decided it was time to spend more time with his own family.
"I've had a number of different careers and challenges," Titus said. "My wife and I have decided we want to do some traveling and engage in some other activities. Principally, I have become a national officer in the Military Order of the World Wars. Currently, I'm serving as vice commander in chief."
A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and former Columbia County commissioner, Titus might be slowing down, but he still can't resist the need to serve.
David Titus supervised a spaghetti dinner last year at Marvin United Methodist Church to benefit Columbia County Cares.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
He was elected recently to a second term as the board president of Columbia County Cares - an offshoot of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in Columbia County.
"That's my principal engagement in assisting the community now," he said. "Because we're an affluent county, most people don't think about people being out there going hungry. Well they exist, and they need our help."
Julie Miller, a former assistant director for Family Connection in McDuffie County, took over for Titus on Oct. 1.
Titus' primary achievement with Family Connection took place at Harlem Middle School, where he established an after-school program that ended up being eliminated this year because of budget cuts.
But Titus said he also is worried about other youth issues.
"One of the trends in Columbia County that is a matter of concern to me is the juvenile crime rate," he said. "Those rates are rising faster than the state average. I'd like to be a part of helping turn that around."
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