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August 13, 2019


August is Membership and New Club Development Month

8/15 Regular Meeting - Jeremy Emmett to share plans for the new Marriott Hotel
8/22 Regular Meeting
8/29 Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?
9/5 Scooter Grubbs will present Zack Grage

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

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Thursdays, 12:00 pm
The Plaza Restaurant
217 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792


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.
Sergeant-at-Arms Mary Beth Donalson
Program Director Jay Flowers
Sergeant-at-Arms Danny Braddy
Bulletin Editor Susan Backofen
Public Image Mike Bixler

This Week's Program

Jeremy Emmett, Chief Operating Officer of Southern Lodging Chief Operations Officer, will share plans for the new Marriott hotel.

In addition to providing a place for quality overnight lodging, the hotel will employ more than 50 people and the construction phase involves a $12 million investment.

Justin Allen - Broadstreet Media

Justin and his family moved to Thomasville from California where he had a successful career. He was looking for a opportunity to have a quality of life where he was able to spend more time with his family. He is appreciative of the warm welcome he has experienced, learning to enjoy driving a truck, and avoiding the traffic!.

Broadstreet media focuses on creative story telling that captures the emotion and 'heart' of businesses. He enjoys working with organizations in Thomasville and the surrounding area.

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

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

August is Membership Month!

September is Basic Education and Literacy month!

September's Rotary focus is Basic Education and Literacy. Below are just some of our club's initiatives.

Literacy Day/Month – Fill all the “little libraries” in the community with new books and give books to YMCA and The Boys and Girls Club.

Laws of Life Essay project - Encourage creative writing by hosting an essay writing contest for high school students. Students are asked to write an essay on character and value and how it applies to the student’s life.

SOUNS - SOUNS is a program developed by Montessori and championed by Brenda Erickson to help children read earlier and better. Our Rotary Club provides SOUNS kits wherever needed.

Character Counts - Character Counts is an educational and character development program in which Rotarians discuss the six Character Pillars with students at The Vashti Center, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club, the Thomasville Community Resource Center and the Thomasville City Schools' Scott Elementary School. Each month focuses on a different character trait. Two Rotarians meet with the students to discuss how the trait of the month has impacted their personal and professional lives. The students are then involved in a discussion about how this trait could apply in their lives and the difference it could make.

Student of the Month - Our Club recognizes students each month for academic and technology achievements.

Advanced Education Scholarships - The Rotary Club of Thomasville awards five $1,000 scholarships for advanced education to deserving students from Thomasville High School, The Scholars Academy, Thomasville Central High School, Bishop Hall Charter School and Brookwood High School.

If you would like to become involved in one of these projects or have additional questions, please contact Krista Peace at kpeace@tnbfinancial.com

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Bank of America also donates $100 to Rotary for every activated account.

For information about rates, fees, other costs, and benefits associated with the U.S. Rotary credit card from Bank of America, click Apply and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit card application. This credit card program is administered by Bank of America, N.A.