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December 3, 2019


December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

12/5 April Norton and Madison Eaton to present Thomasville Main Street, Victorian Christmas and First Friday Sip and Stroll.
12/12 Regular Meeting
12/19 Regular Meeting - District Governor Jim Squires Official Visit
12/26 N0 Meeting today - Merry Christmas

Our Rotary Family

12/6 Andy Sheppard
12/10 Andy Jones
12/11 Eric Ward
12/13 Bob Drummond
12/14 Walter Gilbert
12/16 John Bracey, Jr.
12/16 Mike Bixler
12/23 Eugene McNease
12/24 Carlton Bryant
12/25 Oscar Mims
12/29 Susie Shin
12/31 Rob Milberg
12/31 Lisa Billups
12/31 Robert Jackson
12/31 Sally Hernandez
12/31 Tara Hagan
12/31 Dawn Hunnewell


12/1 Harry Tomlinson (40)
12/11 Rankin Smith, Jr. (28)
12/19 George Stephens, Jr. (67)
12/21 Fran Milberg (50)
12/22 Shelba Sellers (28)
12/27 Frederick Buechner (44)
12/27 Matt Brown (29)
12/29 Joe Brown (61)
12/30 Tim Filston (24)


12/1 Scott Rich (42)
12/1 Rebecca Strickland (16)
12/1 Pat McLeod (32)
12/2 John Brown (9)
12/3 Thomas Carlton (4)
12/3 Howard Stephens (4)
12/13 Gerhard Sommer (18)
12/13 John Blackmon (1)
4 years in Rotary
12/13 Matt Brown (1)
5 years in Rotary
12/13 Julie Cannady (1)
12/13 Susie Shin (1)
12/13 Barbara Williams-Anderson (1)
12/18 Shanna Derby (5)
12/18 Frank Helms (5)
6 years in Rotary

Rotary Online



Thursdays, 12:00 pm
The Plaza Restaurant
217 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792


President Kim Walden
President-Elect John Brown
Immediate PP Andre Marria
Vice President Terry Rouse
Treasurer Rick Piper
Treasurer Teri White
Secretary Angela Williamson
Foundation John Glenn, Jr.
Membership Adam Carvin
Foundation John Glenn, Jr.
Bulletin Editor Susan Backofen
Program Director Jay Flowers
Sergeant-at-Arms Mary Beth Donalson
Sergeant-at-Arms Danny Braddy
Public Image Mike Bixler

This Week's Program

April Norton and Madison Eaton with Thomasville Main Street, to present Victorian Christmas and First Friday Sip and Stroll.

December 12-13
6:00PM - 9:00PM

Both nights feature:

  • Carriage rides ($5/person)
  • Train rides for children
  • Plenty of photo opportunities including real, live reindeer
  • Performances in the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
  • Live nativity presented by First Baptist Church
  • Visits with St. Nick at The Ritz Amphitheater
  • Marshmallow toasting
  • Chestnut roasting
  • Plein Air Artists
  • Street performers
  • Delicious food vendors of all types
  • ...and more!

Unless noted, all activities and attractions are free.

RLI coming to town!

Rotary Leadership Institute is Jan 18th at SRTC.

Dec 20th is the deadline to register.

Rotarians should register and once they have attended the course, our club will reimburse the registration fee.

What is Rotary Leadership Institute?

It is generally agreed throughout the Rotary world that the success or failure of a Rotary Club depends on the quality of leadership. It has been said that poor club leadership is the primary cause of membership losses. Because of the annual turnover of club officers, Rotary needs a constant influx of knowledgeable Rotarians who have the leadership skills necessary to move a club forward. Leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different from business leadership skills. RLI provides an opportunity for quality Rotary education that is usually not otherwise available.

The Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/participation as possible. Discussion breakout sessions are limited to approximately 15 persons. Lectures are strictly limited. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving workshops and creating projects. Everyone participates during one of the lnstitute's sessions. Course materials including session outlines, the dally program, faculty listings and resource materials are provided to all participants.

Faculty members are carefully selected for their teaching abilities. Many are present and past R.I. directors, district governors, presidents and those with experience in special areas. Each new faculty member must attend a full day training program and various periodic reorientation programs. The results of course evaluations help to improve the course content and instruction.

Any Rotarian may attend RU courses who have the potential and interest for future club leadership, not necessarily as club presidents, to attend. The ideal candidate has a strong interest, and is prepared to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary outside of the club.

​Rotarians Needed To Make a Difference and Change Lives

The Thomasville Rotary Club has made a difference in the lives of Thomas Counties’ youth for many years. One of the many successful endeavors of the Thomasville Rotary Club has been Character Counts. Character Counts was created in 1992 and is the largest character development organization in the world.

Our Rotary Club has underwritten the cost of this character building program for many years. Our members volunteer to facilitate discussion sessions in four local schools and youth development organizations on the Six Pillars of Character which are taught as part of the organizations curriculum.

Six Pillars of Character:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Character Counts Centers of Influence

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Vashti
  • Scott School
  • Community Resource Center


Two volunteers will facilitate Character Counts sessions in one of our organizations. The session lasts about 45 minutes. A great session is when the students carry most of the conversation and the volunteers have a chance to see the hope and joy of our future. Ideally it would be great for a volunteer to be willing to facilitate for six sessions or about 6 hours of service in 2020. Volunteers will be equipped with discussion materials and outlines before each class.

Please email Matt Brown at Matt.Brown@TCFederal.com