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October 13, 2020


October is Economic and Community Development Month

10/15 Fortson Rumble - running a successful small business
10/22 The Innocence Project of Florida
10/29 Regular Meeting - Ed Laughlin from Ghosts of Georgia Paranormal Investigators via Zoom
11/5 Will Watt - Major Henry Elrod

Our Rotary Family

10/1 Pat Choice
10/2 Howard Stephens
10/3 Dicky Demott
10/3 Philip Leabo, Jr.
10/5 Morgan Bailey
10/5 John Comita, Jr.
10/11 Nic Rahming
10/12 David Flowers
10/13 Scott Sterling
10/23 Walter Marria, Jr.
10/24 Wilson Carraway, Jr.
10/25 Wallace Goodman
10/29 John Glenn


10/10 Frances Parker (28)
10/10 Terry Rouse (28)
10/15 Susan O'Neal (26)
10/15 Nick Murray (15)
10/16 Carol Jones (56)
10/22 Dawna Bicknell Tanner (4)
10/24 Vann Middleton (22)


10/2 Terry Rouse (12)
10/3 Julie Carter (1)
10/4 Kurt Stringfellow (2)
6 years in Rotary
10/9 Arlen Yokley (6)
10/13 Teri White (9)
10/16 Tim Filston (6)
10/16 Francis Lilly (6)
9 years in Rotary
10/20 Coy Irvin (4)
8 years in Rotary
10/27 Michele Arwood (9)
10/27 Jim Carter (9)

Rotary Online



Thursdays, 12:15 pm
The Plaza Restaurant
217 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792


President John Brown
President-Elect Wayne Newsome
Immediate PP Kim Walden
Treasurer Teri White
Secretary Angela Williamson
Foundation Fran Milberg
Membership Janet Liles
Public Image Mike Bixler

This Week's Program

Fortson will share stories from his experience running and growing a 70 year old small family business.

He will add a few stories about jumping out of airplanes.      

Upcoming Events--Mark your Calendar!

10/15 - Blood drive at The Plaza. The Big Red Bus will be there. We need volunteers.

10/17 - Hands on Thomas County.   Volunteers needed at Vashti Saturday morning 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.  Contact Bill Dickey to volunteer!

10/20 - Fireside Chat at Harry Tomlinson's Fish Camp. 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. RSVP to Angela.

10/28 - Honoring our local heroes in front of the Police Station/Sheriff's Office. Volunteers arrive at 10:45 A.M. Lunch is served at noon.

10/28 - District Governor's Reception at the Business Exchange above the Chop House Restaurant, at125 North Broad Street. 6:00 P.M.

10/29 - Board meeting. 10:45 A.M. 

Shotgun Raffle is in full swing.  November 12 deadline!  If  you do not have your tickets, check with Cameron Jahnke

Coats and blankets are needed to restock the Coat closet.  

What You Missed Last Week!

Thanks to Mary Beth and her team, the Student of the Month program is back up and running. It is somewhat changed, but it is still doing what it was designed to do. It is another example of how “your” club is making a difference in “your” community. Gail Roberts did her classification talk and we got to know and appreciate her journey to Rotary. Remember to be mindful of those among us challenged with health issues.

Thomasville City Manager Alan Carson, our program speaker, gave an overview of Thomasville during these difficult times. Thomasville is learning to be creative in carrying out its everyday business. Several city projects which were started prior to Covid-19 are still moving forward. West Jackson Streetscape is almost 100% complete. South Pinetree Boulevard and the Remington Avenue Streetscape Project are yet to reach their start date.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” 

Whine and Wine

Tuesday evening we returned to Whine and Wine after eight months of being shut down. We had a nice group of fourteen and had a nice evening at Relish. Our host, Cameron Jahnke, served up some great hors d'oeuvres and wine.

The next Whine and Wine will be November 3, 2020. Mark your calendar and be there.

Celebrating GRSP

This spring, GRSP will be 75 years old. Over these years, the Rotary Club of Thomasville has sponsored 90 of the total 3,791 GRSP students. We are appreciative of the past generosity of our members, and we thank you for helping us reach our goals this past year as we:

  1. Hosted a GRSP Student-Thanks to Host Parents-Will Watt III and Machelle Watt;
  2. Had 100% of our Club members donate to GRSP;
  3. Raised $33,612.63 (exceeded 2019-2020 goal by $8,112.63); and
  4. Won again the Jake Cheatham Award at District Conference-honored for being first place in per capita giving for Clubs our Size in District 6900 with $245.35 in per capita giving with 137 members

Enjoy this GRSP produced youtube video, “Georgia Rotary Student Program-What are we all about?” Click on the link below to access. You will hear from GRSP organizers, Will Watt III, and GRSP students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmBDKKs8os&feature=youtu.be

read more about GRSP