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YEARS OF SERVICE
ROTARY CLUB OF
|Immediate PP||John Brown|
|Vice President||Jeff Zoller|
|Public Image||Adrian Burns|
Last weeks program was Michelle Dean, and she did a presentation on Pope Museum. Very few of us knew of this museum prior to Michelles presentation. Imagine that, a national treasure right in our back yard, and we learned so much about it firsthand.
The presentation was actually about Laura Pope-Forrester and what she accomplished in the art world between 1917 and 1953. Laura Pope-Forester was born on 31 January 1873 in Thomas County, Georgia. As a child, she was taught to sculpt with clay and create dyes from berries and other natural materials.
Between 1917 and 1953, Laura created what is possibly the oldest known outside art space in the United States. This Georgian depicted people, particularly women, whose traits and achievements she admired. She built her figures using found objects, such as scrap iron and tin cans, which she then covered in concrete, and colored them using handmade dyes.
The Pope Museum is located in Grady County and is the former home of Laura Pope Forester. She was known not only for creating a large art environment of high quality around her house and store, but also as one of the few female artists to do this in the twentieth century. Thanks, Michelle, for sharing with us this hidden treasure in our own back yard.
Did you attend last weeks meeting either at the Plaza or on Zoom? Did you receive the club newsletter by email? If you didn’t, you missed a lot. Our weekly meetings and the newsletter are two ways we stay in touch and stay informed. I think this anonymous quote says it all, “Be well, do good work and keep in touch.”
The Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”® the annual event has more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss. The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need.
On behalf of Scooter Grubbs, and the planning committee we want to say Thank You, to each Rotarian who help make this event possible. It was a great event, with a great turnout and we raised some money for United Way! Helping others and our community is what we do. The winner of W.C. Niebaum Trophy for the Local High School Team Competition, sponsored by Rick Piper goes to Thomas County Central High team. A special Thank you to all of our sponsors! The winning teams: 1st Gross; Sam Bryan, Matt Were, Matt Shiner, JV Vines. 1st Net; Hinson Arwood, Garrison Hardy, Cullin Hamm, Jamie Lawrence. 2nd Net; Brandon Ryan, Chad Ryan, Brad Eunice, Charlie Taylor. 3rd Net; Rick Pearce, Corey Potter, Brad Harper, Rick Zweydorff.