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August 6, 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 - Fall Risk for Seniors

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 (6)
8/7 Niki Gatlin (9)
8/8 Ben Wilds (49)
8/10 Bill Dickey (51)
8/13 Coy Irvin (42)
8/18 Arlen Yokley (62)
8/18 Doris Yokley (62)
8/19 Gary Tucker (59)
8/19 Carlton Bryant (44)
8/20 Russell Chubb (59)
8/22 Shelley Zorn (27)
8/24 Roy Campbell (68)
8/28 Al Park (48)
8/29 Andre Marria (1)
8/29 Walter Marria, Jr. (46)
8/30 Scott Sterling (39)


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

This weeks' program

Justin Allen, Broad Street Media

Justin started his career in 1998 as an actor selling you products you didn’t know you wanted -- everything from Wendy’s to Verizon. He is thankful he was never cast in a Valtrex commercial. 15 years ago he transitioned to the other side of the cam- era producing indie films and working in Television, most notably on four seasons of AMC’s Mad Men. He has developed and sold television shows to Warner Bros, Sony’s Crackle, Fox, Universal Television, and NBC. In Film, Justin most recently produced Winter Light, based on the James Lee Burke short story, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

Institute on World War II and the Human Experience

G. Kurt Piehler, Associate Professor of History and Director of Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at FSU provided an interesting program on August 1st. He brought two who read letters home from two soldiers.

All collections have been donated. Visiting scholars regularly come to review available materials. If you are interested in donating, please contact Dr. Piehler at 850-644-9324.

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.

August is Membership Month!

Rotary and Shelterbox Celebrate the Power of Partnership

Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date.

First adopted as a millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in 2000, the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world saw ShelterBox become Rotary’s Project Partner in Disaster Relief in 2012. Since then, the partnership has helped transform ShelterBox into an internationally recognized disaster relief charity, supporting families with emergency shelter after disaster.

The partnership extends far beyond financial support. Around 1,000 Rotary members are involved in ShelterBox as volunteers, staff or response team members. And clubs worldwide offer valuable, practical assistance to help ShelterBox reach more families fleeing disaster or conflict.

Caroline White, interim Chief Executive at ShelterBox, said: “Whenever disaster strikes, Rotary is beside us. From the earliest planning stages to final evaluations, Rotary members help ShelterBox make community contacts, organize logistics, and reach disaster-affected families in remote areas who might otherwise go without.

After floods triggered by Cyclone Idai left tens of thousands homeless in Malawi, Rotary members connected ShelterBox with communities in the Blantyre region, helping them understand local needs and culture. Members helped deliver emergency shelter to almost 2,000 families. And ShelterBox supported the Rotary Club of Limbe to join the wider disaster response, enabling the club to deliver food to communities whose entire crops had been destroyed by the floods.

Facts and figures

  • 90% of ShelterBox responses assisted by Rotary
  • 1,000 Rotary members have roles in ShelterBox, in the UK and internationally
  • £54m+ raised for ShelterBox by Rotary supporters since 2000