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September 10, 2019


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

9/12 Regular Meeting - Linda Schuyler Ford Storyteller/Educator/Story Retreat Facilitator performs "A Certain Slant of Light"
9/19 Mike Stephenson will introduce Wiley Grady to update us on County News
9/26 Hurricane Preparedness with the Red Cross
10/3 Regular Meeting - GRSP Student Maria Luisa Carbonell & Campaign Kickoff

Our Rotary Family

9/1 Mary Beth Donalson
9/2 Rick Piper
9/3 Dawna Bicknell Tanner
9/6 William Felts
9/7 Vann Middleton
9/8 Arlen Yokley
9/9 Ed Titus, Jr.
9/11 Warren Stafford
9/11 Debbie Goodman
9/20 Jonathan Cleveland
9/24 Joe Brown
9/24 Doris Yokley
9/24 John Blackmon
9/27 Dan Bain, III
9/28 Eddie Smith
9/30 Tom Everett


9/4 David Lewis (65)
9/4 Ron Salter (59)
9/4 Teri White (20)
9/15 John Brown (60)
9/18 Elijah Miranda (15)
9/22 Jay Flowers (29)


9/1 Gary Tucker (37)
9/1 Tom Callaway, III (33)
9/1 Debbie Goodman (25)
9/4 Rick Piper (5)
9/4 Randy Watts (5)
9/11 Mike Stephenson (11)
9/15 Tom Everett (13)
9/21 Perry Mustian (19)
9/23 Andy Jones (9)
9/25 Wayne Newsome (5)
24 years in Rotary
9/30 Nick Murray (2)
12 years in Rotary

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

This Week's Program

Storyteller Linda "Schuyler" Ford

Linda Schuyler Ford brings stories to life, and life to stories!

Linda grew up in New York's enchanted Hudson Valley, hearing the stories of her Dutch and German ancestors. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow played out across the narrow streets and woodlands of her childhood home. It's no wonder she became a storyteller!

Linda now travels up and down the East coast giving storytelling concerts, facilitating storytelling workshops and leading Story-based support groups for caregivers and health care professionals.

Her latest concert, Speak Peace: Storytelling to Open Our Eyes and Lift Our Hearts, is a treasure trove of wisdom, laughter, compassion. Here, Linda brings folktales, fairy tales and true personal stories to life for adult audiences. While the richness of the stories stand alone as pure entertainment, listeners will take away uplifting messages, and an unspoken invitation to take action for good.

Whether she is telling a Dutch folktale, a haunting ghost tale, or a true-life story, she embodies the magic and wonder that carry audiences away.

Musician John Henry Redgate said: Linda Schuyler Ford keeps it lighthearted, but goes soul-deep."

"Little Free Libraries"

We are ready to move forward in refurbishing and restocking the communities “Little Free Libraries.” We are looking for teams to spruce up the libraries themselves with a fresh coat of paint and to make sure they are stocked. Please help with this worthy cause! Donations of good used (or new) books to restock these little libraries and be taken directly to the library. Let them know it is for this purpose.. We are also taking donations!

We are hoping to have our ROTARACT students help in providing GPS mapping, and our libraries will then be registered so others can easily find them.

Thomasville High School Football Program

Thanks to Zack Grage, Thomasville High School Head Football Coach

Zack provided us with an inspiring and spirited program concerning his program at Thomasville High school. He and his coaches are dedicated to providing for the 'whole' students (feeding, academics, attitude and assisting them with plans after high school). His goal is to have 100% of his graduate seniors in college, working or in the military. He works to instill actions, habits, character and destiny in all his players and is clearly dedicated and passionate about his calling.

United Way Golf Outing Results

THANK YOU to all who helped make this year's United Way Golf Outing a HUGE success! We raised over $20,000 for a very worthy cause!

Congratulations to the winners

1st place Gross Sam Bryan
Matt Wear
Micah Elkins
Corey Butler

1st place Net Jack Johnson
Gerald Driggers
Ryan Farrell
Ed Guy

2nd place Net Thomas Speigner
Sean Sellers
Roddy Suber
Gradyn Grobe

3rd place Net John Wheeler
Terry Henderson
Robert Singletary
Connor Singletary

Long Drive Micah Elkins
Closest to pin Gerald Driggers
Accurate Drive Mike Regina



It is a glorious day! Our new website is officially live. The website address remains the same - www.grsp.org


People in the Bahamas are in need of basic necessities. We have the opportunity to donate right here on our community. Food, water, other basics will be taken directly to the islands. Contact First Presbyterian Church for information.


Join others in the community for this event commemorating 9/11. Ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. You can register at the YMCA.


If you haven't paid your last quarter dues, please make that a priority. Payments can be made online by signing in to the Rotary website.