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August 27, 2019


August is Membership and New Club Development Month

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 - Linda Schuyler Ford Storyteller/Educator/Story Retreat Facilitator performs "A Certain Slant of Light"
9/19 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



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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.
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Maria Carbonell - GRSP Student for 2019-2020

Welcome Maria Carbonell! Maria is our GA Rotary Student Program (GRSP) student from Colombia. Will and Machelle Watt are her host parents this school year as she studies at VSU. The GRSP program was started by my grandfather, William Watt, Sr., in 1946 and since its founding has brought 3,650 students from around the world to study at Georgia colleges and universities.

District Conference - Save the Date!

Planning is well underway for next April’s District Conference on beautiful Jekyll Island. We have secured room blocks at the Westin, Home2 Suites, Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn (along with the Days Inn for the GRSP attendees).

The link to book your hotel is active on the district website. Or click this link and it will take you right there: https://rotary6900.org/v2/page/525. Several clubs have already booked their rooms so don’t delay. It’s going to be a fun weekend, filled with Rotary fellowship and inspiration PLUS some beach time!

Don’t forget the Taste of the District on Thursday night. Is there a recipe your club or town is known for? Get the recipe and send it to lyoung285@earthlink.net. We’ll gather the best ones to kick off the weekend.

This is your chance to Connect with Rotary. Don’t miss it!

Annual United Way Golf Outing

Rotary's annual United Way Golf Outing was a huge success! Thank you for all our sponsors, participants and volunteers!

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?

Join Mark Lowe, Jessica Burns, Palliative Medicine Nurse Practitioner, and Sheri Walters, the Administrator of Hospice of Southwest Georgia will present information on Hospice and Palliative care.

Hospice Of Southwest Georgia is a Freestanding Hospice care center situated at Thomasville, Georgia. This palliative care is medicare certified. Hospice Of Southwest Georgia accommodated approx. 324 Medicare beneficiaries whose average age was 80.5 years. The mission of the Hospice of Southwest Georgia since it’s beginning in 1989, is to provide comprehensive care for patients with life-limiting conditions, within the familiar surroundings of one's own home or home-like setting. Hospice offers support services to the family as well as the patient. Education and emotional support for the family members during the illness and bereavement support afterwards are an important part of the scope of hospice care.

When a member of your family is facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of Southwest Georgia can help patients and families by providing the support you need.

  • Management of pain and symptoms
  • Respite care for the caregiver
  • Medical equipment and medications related to hospice diagnosis
  • Education on illness
  • Assistance from hospice aides with baths and other activities
  • Supportive emotional care for the family and caregivers
  • Spiritual support
  • Assistance with advance directives
  • Assistance obtaining community resources
  • Support during and after the “journey of life”
  • Volunteer services (reading, visiting, sitting, running errands, making phone calls)
  • Pet therapy
  • Patients receive fresh flowers from our volunteers each week
  • Camp Heal annual camp for bereaved children ages 6-17

Hospice of Southwest Georgia serves the following counties: Thomas, Grady, Mitchell, Brooks, and Colquitt

Andy Jones - "Can you not see?"

Thank you Andy for sharing the film about the integration of the high schools in Thomas County. The documentary featured the football coaches and others that helped manage the atmosphere around Thomasville in 1970. It highlighted all the positives of conscious community involvement while avoiding the obvious conflicts of the forced integration. The program was informative and inspiring.