In this program high School students write an essay on a character value and how it applies to the student's life. Our Club participated in this program with Thomas County Central High School involving over 1,000 students, Thomasville High School and Bishop Hall Charter School. This program encourages students to think about values that are keystones to becoming good productive citizens. Winners will read their essays at a club meeting and be publicized in the Thomasville Times Enterprise newspaper. Rotarians plan to participate in the evaluations of the essays.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville is sponsoring six students to RYLA this coming June. A rising junior from the following schools will be selected. C.H.A.R.T., Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Thomas County High School, Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School. The selection of students will begin in January and will be completed in March. One Hundred and forty four young men and women will receive leadership skills, team activities and develop lasting friendships.
Our club members participated in Character Counts teaching character to the youth in our community. Our Rotarians use their vocational skills to share their viewpoints on the topics of Kindness, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness and Respectfulness to the children of the Boys and Girls Club, Community Resource Center, Vashti and Scott Elementary School. Pictures weren't taken as they are all of children at each session.
The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to HIV/Aids and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit. Another 175-200 teens will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.
The Rotary Cub of Thomasville supports the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard. This company has deployed to the combat zone in Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the last 10 years. The Club honored some two hundred and sixty of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 2nd at the Exchange Club this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. The hall was decorated with holiday themes, holiday music and a Bounce House and slide were provided. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University a Noncommissioned Officers was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Thirteen Rotarians and other volunteers prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Twenty-two Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforces our brand of supporting First Responders and soldiers as this year's overarching theme and is an annual event.
Rotary sponsored the 5th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 80 seniors Feb 14, 2020. This year we were excited to add a "kissing booth" and props to use for extra cute photos. Our Rotarians greeted the well-dressed seniors and encouraged them to take a turn getting their picture taken. (We printed these photos and delivered them to the center the next week for each person.) We had music playing and a little dancing. Our volunteers from Magnolia High Alumni were the best dance partners. The seniors enjoyed a great meal catered by Henderson's. Our very own Rotarian Carol Jones made cheesecakes and chocolate mousse for dessert. No party would be complete without gifts. Our community did outstanding this year providing gifts. Special thanks to Southern Pines and both TNB locations for allowing Rotary to have the white trees with ornaments listing senior names and requested gift. Some seniors chose to not open their gifts until they were home. Others couldn't wait and had to know right away. We had several new committee members this year who brought creative ideas and lots of hands on help.
Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems.
Be the Voice that Stops Bullying – We have purchased and received 2 kits. We have distributed to two local middle schools (Thomas County Middle School and McIntyre Park Middle School) in October. Once they have completed the project, we will invite them to the Rotary Club to share the results.
SafeDrive is an initiative to save lives in our community by raising awareness of local driving hazards... particularly among newcomers to our city and student drivers. The key component to the SafeDrive initiative is the SafeDrive Map, offered in both hardcopy and digital form. The SafeDrive Map shows the locations of the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region and provides safe-driving tips for each location. The SafeDrive Map is updated about every 3 years, and the latest (6th) Edition debuted in January 2017.
Thomasville Rotarians goal was to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books, to paint and refurbish the Little Free Libraries and to register and add them all to the Little Free Library World Map. We know the community loves and heavily uses these LFL's and we wanted to 'claim' them and make sure they were looked after by our club.