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October 20, 2020


October is Economic and Community Development Month

10/22 The Innocence Project of Florida
10/29 District Governor KIRK DRISKELL
11/5 Will Watt - Major Henry Elrod
11/12 Regular Meeting - Liza Donnelly, Cartoonist for The New Yorker & CBS News

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

The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a non-profit organization founded in January 2003 to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. Our mission is to:

  • Screen and investigate cases in which meritorious innocence claims are identified;
  • Secure DNA testing when biological evidence exists;
  • Advocate for the release and/or exoneration of individuals whose cases present meritorious innocence claims based on evidence of actual innocence;
  • Provide transitional and aftercare services to exonerees; and
  • Advocate for necessary criminal justice reform to avoid wrongful incarcerations in the future.

Honoring our Local Heroes

Don't Forget!

Our first event on October 28th at noon in front of the Police Station/Sheriff's Office.

We will cook, as usual, then we will package a hamburger, a hot dog, a bag of chips and a cookie.  

We need volunteers to help us make this first cookout a success and to show the community that the Rotary Club is still in action! If you are available to assist that day, please let me know so that I can keep a log of who we have. The Heroes committee thanks you in advance for your assistance with this and can't wait to get back out in the community! 

What You Missed Last Week!

Last week’s meeting had a combined attendance of sixty-one. If I’m not mistaken, there were thirty-seven at the Plaza and twenty-four on Zoom. The bloodmobile was available for those desiring to donate blood, plasma or platelets. Remember that donations can be made anytime at the One Blood Center on U. S 19 South.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Tom Callaway and his family, along with all our fellow Rotarians who are challenged with health issues and losing family members.

Fortson Rumble was our program speaker. He is the owner of Rumble Office City located at 1319 W Jackson Street here in Thomasville. This family owned business has been serving Thomasville for some seventy years. As Fortson said, selling office supplies was not on his radar as a career. But life has a way of helping us make decisions we try to run away from. Not only is Fortson a business owner, he is also a world record holder as a sky diver. He is one of just 130 Americans to participate in a World Record Jump over Thailand. Thanks for sharing some of your life experiences with us, Fortson.

If you do not attend the meetings online or in person, you are missing more than you think. At the end of each meeting, we recite the Four Way Test. These are not just words recited and they should never be. These words remind us who we are as Rotarians and members of the community. They tell us of the character we are to display in our daily lives. They are an excellent way to live each day.

Academic Students of the Month

Congratulations! Pictured above are our October Academic Students of the Month. From Left: Abby Allensworth, representing the Thomas County Central High School. Kinsey Kelley, representing Thomasville City Scholar’s Academy. Congratulations again to these award recipients. Please congratulate them if you see them out and about! 

Club Received Platinum Certification!

Every year club presidents are given goals by the Rotary International President so we can all work towards similar desired outcomes. There are 3 levels of achievement and it is an honor for a club to meet and/or achieve the highest level of certification this exemplifying excellence at the club level.

Congratulations Members! The Rotary Club of Thomasville was awarded the Platinum Certification for the 2019/2020 Rotary Year. Thanks to our members for all you do to make our club so exceptional!