Fellow Thomasville Rotarians
As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, our Rotary Club’s leadership discussed the idea of some kind of ‘big-impact’ project that would benefit our community for years to come. We were tasked with helping to identify some alternative big-impact project ideas. To that end, on June 19th we conducted a brainstorming session with a number of community leaders, and in that session, we learned a great deal on issues ranging from ‘health and wellness’ to ‘food and nutrition’ to ‘housing’ to ‘safety.’
One of our enduring impressions from that June brainstorming session has been the wish that our fellow Rotary Club members could have attended that session to hear and learn about important quality-of-life issues within our community. After sharing our thoughts about this with other club leaders, we came up with a plan that we believe accomplishes the goal of generating awareness of some of the more pressing community problems and unmet needs. In turn, the heightened awareness could translate to Rotary Club members finding new avenues for ‘service above self.’
The plan is to dedicate two of our regular Thursday Noon Rotary meeting programs to conducting moderated panel discussions which focus single-mindedly on one of the topics covered in the June brainstorming session. The first of these panel discussions will focus on the food-related issues that were initially explored on June 19 and is scheduled to take place on October 28 at the Plaza Restaurant. We will serve as moderators or facilitators. (See below the list of food-related issues that will be explored.)
Panelists will include Marvin Dawson (Legal Department - Flowers Foods), Ashley Griffin (Director of Marketing at Archbold and Director of "Live Better" , Dr. Rachel Anderson (Archbold Primary Care), Scott Chastain (Entrepreneur, Owner of Everfan and Tisk Task), Angela Kiminas (Executive Director of Hands-On Thomas County), and Jeana Smith (Director of School Nutrition- Thomasville CIty Schools).
FOOD-RELATED ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED OCTOBER 28 Obesity, diabetes and hypertension Food insecurity Fresh food access
Rotary's motto is Service Above Self. As members it is important that we recognize the blessings we enjoy in our Thomasville lives. It is also important that we hear this panel discussion to learn about the daily life challenges many endure in our community.
Please plan to hear this program on October 28th, and the Housing-Related program on November 11th.