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August 1, 2019


August is Membership and New Club Development Month

8/8 Justin Allen - Broad Street Media
8/15 Regular Meeting - Jeremy Emmett to share plans for the new Marriott Hotel
8/22 Regular Meeting
8/29 Angela Williamson will present Scott Romanowski - Physical Therapist with Vereen Center

Our Rotary Family

8/3 Dawna Bicknell Tanner
8/6 Janet Liles
8/9 Cameron Jahnke
8/9 Andre Marria
8/13 Andy Vann
8/13 Harry Tomlinson
8/13 Joe Tarver
8/15 Scott Smith
8/17 Donald Sims
8/18 Christy Cooke
8/22 Frank Helms
8/23 Rankin Smith, Jr.
8/26 George Keeling, III
8/29 Mike Stephenson


8/2 Krista Peace (5)
8/7 Niki Gatlin (8)
8/8 Ben Wilds (48)
8/10 Bill Dickey (50)
8/13 Coy Irvin (41)
8/18 Arlen Yokley (61)
8/18 Doris Yokley (61)
8/19 Gary Tucker (58)
8/19 Carlton Bryant (43)
8/20 Russell Chubb (58)
8/22 Shelley Zorn (26)
8/24 Roy Campbell (67)
8/28 Al Park (47)
8/29 Andre Marria (0)
8/29 Walter Marria, Jr. (45)
8/30 Scott Sterling (38)


8/1 Walter Gilbert (28)
8/1 Wilson Carraway, Jr. (36)
69 years in Rotary
8/1 Fran Milberg (23)
25 years in Rotary
8/2 Adrian Burns (1)
8/2 Doris Yokley (1)
8/2 Walter Marria, Jr. (1)
8/2 Pat Choice (1)
8/2 Carlton Bryant (1)
8/3 Susan Backofen (2)
7 years in Rotary
8/8 Scott Sterling (11)
8/10 Dawn Hunnewell (7)
8/10 Debbie Quinton (7)
8/10 Heather Lindquist (7)
8/13 Mark Lowe (10)
8/13 Jonathan Cleveland (4)
8/13 Cameron Jahnke (4)
8/16 Niki Gatlin (1)
8/20 George Keeling, III (2)
13 years in Rotary
8/23 Philip Leabo, Jr. (1)
8/24 Krista Peace (2)
8/24 David Hufstetler (2)
8/25 Andy Sheppard (3)
8/27 David Flowers (10)

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

Rotary Supports Thomasville High School Men's Soccer Champions!

The Thomasville HIgh School Men's Soccer Team received their championship rings at the Rotary Club of Thomasville's meeting on July 25, 2019.

"After you do all the work all year long, and then you win a state championship, the last thing you want is for the boys to have go out and do the fundraising for rings," Coach Keith Gwaltney told the Rotary Club. 'You guys were extremely generous. We really appreciate that."

Camp STEMtastic

April Penton and several students presented information on Camp STEMtastic. This is the 6th year of the program serving students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from Thomasville City and Thomas County schools. Students are recommended by their teachers.

This year, four camps were held including the 'Bottlecaps to Benches' project which provided Buddy Benches to local schools. The goal was for 2,000 pounds of bottle caps and they received 2,600 pounds. The Rotary Club of Thomasville will have a bench in their new pavillion currently being designed.

Several Camp STEMtastic students attended the program and provided information regarding their experiences over the last six years.

Annual United Way Golf Outing....Volunteers and Sponsors Needed!

August 24th, Thomasville Rotary will be hosting it's annual Golf Outing benefiting United Way at Country Oaks. Volunteers, sponsors and teams are needed! Please help support this worthy fundraiser.

This Week's Program

G. Kurt Piehler, Associate Professor of History and Director of Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at FSU.

Founded in 1997 by the late Dr. William Oldson, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience strives to preserve the photographs, letters, and artifacts of service members and their families. Since its founding, they have continued to enable thousands of veterans to preserve their legacies of service. The collections of primary resources now total over 7,000, largely in the form of personal papers. They are contained in nearly 800 cubic feet of paper documents, 75 cubic feet of photographs, 382 linear feet of books, more than 600 maps, paintings, and magazines, and 300 cubic feet of artifacts. These collections came to Tallahassee from 49 states and Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of collections from around the world . One of the Institute’s largest collections, donated by Tom Brokaw, contains the thousands of letters, photographs, manuscripts, and books he collected while writing The Greatest Generation and subsequent works. Our first major collections came from Paul Dougherty, a photographer with the 9th Air Force and 3rd Army, and George R. Langford, who served in the 20th Armored Division under General George Patton in France.

G. Kurt Piehler is a specialist in U.S. History with an emphasis on the Twentieth Century. He received his bachelor’s degree from Drew University (1982) and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University (1990). Piehler is author of Remembering War the American Way (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995, reprint ed., 2004), World War II in the American Soldiers’ Lives Series (Greenwood Press, 2007), and co-editor of Major Problems in American Military History (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

He is consulting editor for the Oxford Companion to American Military History (1999) and associate editor of Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront (Macmillan Reference/Gale, 2005). His articles have appeared in the History of Education Quarterly, Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, and the anthology, Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity (Princeton, 1994). Piehler is book series editor for World War II:The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension published by Fordham University Press.

As founding director (1994-1998) of the Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, Piehler conducted over 200 interviews with veterans of this conflict. Many of the interviews conducted by Piehler can be found on the Internet at: http://oralhistory.rutgers.edu. His televised lecture, "The War That Transformed a Generation," which drew on the Rutgers Oral History Archives, appeared on the History Channel in 1997.

Piehler has also held academic positions at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Drew University, and Rutgers University. He held the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Fellowship at the Peale Family Papers, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (1988-1989). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

We need volunteers
Back to School Blitz - August 3rd


Please join us on Friday, August 2 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Thomas County High School Gym together with Thomasville Kiwanis Club members to pack bags with school supplies.

Also, we need volunteers to assist with the distribution of packed bags on Saturday, August 3 from 8 - 11 a.m.

Please email Krista Peace at kpeace@tnbfinancial.com if you are able to volunteer.