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January 12, 2021


January is Vocational Service Month

1/14 TBD
1/21 William Lokey - Lessons from Hurricane Katrina --That Was Then, This is Now
1/28 Regular Meeting

Our Rotary Family

1/1 Paul Hancock
1/1 Ellis Jackson
1/1 Randy Watts
1/6 Terry Rouse
1/7 Kim Walden
1/8 Julie Carter
1/9 Teri White
1/9 Carol Jones
1/9 Frances Parker
1/10 Debbie Quinton
1/13 Albert Park
1/13 Hinson Arwood
1/16 Ray Thompson
1/16 John Archer, Sr.
1/21 Erik von Hellens
1/21 Tim Filston
1/22 Susan Backofen
1/23 Nate Tyler
1/25 John Brown
1/25 Shelba Sellers


1/6 Mike Bixler (48)
1/9 Bob Drummond (39)
1/14 Wayne Newsome (42)
1/17 Debbie Goodman (40)
1/17 Wallace Goodman (40)
1/18 Howard Stephens (51)
1/20 Warren Stafford (58)
1/24 W. Clay Campbell (40)


1/1 Powell Jones (35)
40 years in Rotary
1/1 Richard Vann (25)
1/1 GRSP Admin (4)
1/9 Paul Hancock (7)
1/10 Nathaniel Abrams (8)
1/14 Scott Smith (13)
1/15 Vann Middleton (6)
1/24 Charlene Parrish (19)
1/26 Claire Bowen (4)
1/31 Dawna Bicknell Tanner (2)
1/31 Lorraine Williams Rahming (2)

Rotary Online



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


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

What You Missed Last Week!

The new year brings us new opportunities to put “Service Above Self.” The year also reminds us of fellow Rotarians who are no longer with us. We keep their families in our prayers and thoughts as we forge ahead, serving our community and the world. We have other members who are facing health challenges and planned surgeries. Then there are those recovering from surgeries or illnesses. We are all blessed to be in our present station in life. Where we find ourselves, is where we can do the most good in helping to make a difference in our corner of the world.

Tom Everett gave his classification talk last week. Thank you Tom, for sharing your life, profession and community involvement with us. Tom showed us how what we want may not be our real purpose in life. Had he continued on his original path, Thomasville would have been robbed of all the good he does in our community. Continue to bless Thomasville, Tom.

We had sixty-two in attendance last Thursday and the program was William Lokey. William gave us a snapshot of his involvement in the World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts in New York after 9/11. As was mentioned in the last newsletter, he has had a long career of travel, adventure, supporting science in polar areas, climbing mountains, and helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster.

Helping communities is something Rotarians know how to do. We do not necessarily wait for a crisis to appear. We take action if we see the crisis developing. Rotarians are constantly working to make our world a better place to live.

And as Phil McGraw said, “We don't wait until we're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan." Many thanks to William for sharing. 

This Week's Program

A surprise!  Be sure to join in to see what Lauren has in store for us!

See you in person or on Zoom!

Honoring our Local Heroes

Mark your calendars!  Our next Honoring our Local Heroes is scheduled for January27 at the Remington Fire station.  Plan to join us in thanking the individuals in our community who serve  us.

Board Meeting THIS week

Rotary Board Meeting will be held at the Plaza in the Garden Room at 10:45 am on Thursday.    

ABC's of Rotary

International Responsibilities of a Rotarian

As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country. membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. In the early 1950s a Rotary philosophy was adopted to describe how a Rotarian may think on a global basis.

Here is what it said:

"A world-minded Rotarian:

  • looks beyond national patriotism and considers himself as sharing responsibility for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace;
  • resists any tendency to act in terms of national or racial superiority;
  • seeks and develops common grounds for agreement with peoples of other lands;
  • defends the rule of law and order to preserve the liberty of the individual so that he may enjoy freedom of thought, speech and assembly, and freedom from persecution, aggression, want and fear;
  • supports action directed toward improving standards of living for all peoples, realizing that poverty anywhere endangers prosperity everywhere;
  • upholds the principles of justice for mankind;
  • strives always to promote peace between nations and prepares to make personal sacrifices for that ideal;
  • urges and practices a spirit of understanding of every other man's beliefs as a step toward international goodwill, recognizing that then are certain basic moral and spiritual standards which will ensure a richer, fuller life."

That is quite an assignment for any Rotarian to practice in thoughts and actions!