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August 20, 2019


August is Membership and New Club Development Month

8/22 Andy Jones - Can You Not See
8/29 Mark Lowe will present - Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?
9/5 Scooter Grubbs will present Zack Grage
9/12 Regular Meeting

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)

Rotary Online



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

Annual United Way Golf Outing

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 to benefit United Way.

We have 17 teams of 4 playing....65 hole sponsors (we are still taking hole sponsors and teams!)

Special thanks to our generous sponsors for their support.

$5,000 Sponsor

$2,500 Sponsor

American Pawn - Breakfast

John Glenn and Mary Beth Donalson - Luncheon

Rick Piper for establishing the W.C. Niebaum (Rick's grandfather who introduced him to the game of golf) trophy for the high school competition. Rick also sponsored the entry free for the three high school teams.

Abrams Document Destruction
Adele Creative
Ag-Pro Companies
Arlen and Doris Yokley
AMB Wealth Solutions
Big Oak Benefits
Bill Dickey
Blue Bear Farms
Caldwell & Langford
Chubb Realty
Clanton, Malphus, Hodges Veterinary Hospital
CT Rouse
Diversified Benefit Administrators
Dixon Pest Control
Eddie Smith
Flowers Auto
Fran and Rob Milberg
Gene McNease
Georgia Farm Credit
Godwin Jewelers
Harry and Mary Tomlinson
Howard and Patsy Stephens
Hurst Boiler
Insurance X-Press
J. Smith Lanier
Jeff and Leisa Zoller
Joe and Linda Tarver
John and Pat Glenn
Kevin's Sporting Goods
Lanigan & Associates
Miss Kitty
New York Life
Onward Reserve
Rick and Barb Piper
Rumble's Document Solutions
Sellars & Mitchell
Thomas University
Wallace and Debbie Goodman
Walter and Andre' Marria
Wiregrass Electric

Marriott in Downtown Thomasville

Jeremy Emmett from Southern Lodging, Inc. provide us with information regarding the Marriott in downtown Thomasville. The site is convenient to the downtown and historic districts and is anticipated to open in August of 2020.

Architectural drawings show a facility that is open and welcoming to the public and will blend with the historic look and feel of Thomasville. It will provide 100 rooms, accommodating up to 400 guests. Three meeting rooms will be available that can accommodate 75 people each, or be combined to seat 150. They are estimating generation of $3 million in revenue for Thomasville businesses. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is a $12 million investment and brings up to 50 new jobs.

August is Membership Month!

Our greatest strength as an organization comes from our membership, so that is why there will always be a continued effort to attract good Rotarians engage them early, and keep them around for a lifetime of service! Know someone interested in joining Rotary or learning what it's about? Bring them to Rotary!

Guests and sponsors at August 15th meeting:

  • Andy Jones brought Lee Wagner - Boys & Girls Club
  • Jay Flowers brought Ian Quinton
  • Julie Cannady brought Noel Ellis - TC Federal
  • Andre' Marria brought Bonnie Hayes
  • Tom Callaway brought Harry Vann, Robbie Pitts, Rodney Hunter - Allen Mooney & Barnes
  • Shelba Sellers brought Rebecca Cannady - United Way
  • Kim Walden brought Julie Carter - Ponder's
  • Rebecca Strickland brought Harris Strickland (husband)

BLOOD DRIVE will be on August 22nd

Andy Jones - "Can you not see?"

Join us for a film about the integration of the high schools in Thomas County. It is a documentary that features the football coaches and others that helped manage the atmosphere around Thomasville. It highlights all the positives of conscious community involvement while avoiding the obvious conflicts of the forced integration. Several of the participants will be available to answer questions. It is a very positive and uplifting story. Andy Jones is one of the featured speakers in the film.

Location-La Fagota's on Highway 19 S
Board Meeting, this Tuesday August 27th at 5:30 pm