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ROTARY CLUB OF
|Immediate Past President||Teri White|
|Foundation Chair||Kim Walden|
|Membership Chair||Ben Wilds|
|Foundation Chair||Scott Rich|
|Program Director||Al Nicholson|
|Public Image Chair||Marta Turner|
Wayne Lamar Peace, Jr. (born November 3, 1961) is an American former college and professional football quarterback and current high school football coach in Lakeland, Florida. He was born in Lakeland, Florida, and attended Lakeland High School, where he was an all-state football and basketball player. He was recruited by several top college programs and chose to accept a scholarship to play for coach Charley Pell at the University of Florida. Peace became the Gators' starting quarterback just five games into his freshman season of 1980 when a knee injury to starter Bob Hewko propelled the rookie into the lineup, and he performed well enough to keep the starting job for most of the next three and a half seasons. Over his career at Florida, Peace lead the Gators to a 28-12-1 record, four bowl games, and their first ever top-10 ranking in the final AP Poll (No. 6 in 1983). He set several individual records as well; his career completion percentage (61.6%) was a school record and his 7,206 passing yards were second in school history when he graduated. During his junior season in 1982, Peace set an NCAA record for completion percentage (70.7%) which was broken by Steve Young the following year. In one of a series of articles written for The Gainesville Sun in 2006, the Sun sportswriters ranked him as No. 81 all-time greatest Gator of the first 100 years of Florida football. He was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great." In the spring of 1984, Peace signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League (USFL), who were coached by former Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier. Peace played in several games, sharing time under center with another Florida alumnus, John Reaves. After the league folded, Peace was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players, the second USFL quarterback picked after Steve Young. However, he was waived during preseason camp in August 1985. Peace tried out for several other National Football League (NFL) teams over the next two seasons, signing briefly with the Miami Dolphins and playing in preseason games with the San Diego Chargers, but he did not make a regular season roster and decided to retire from football in late 1986. Peace graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1986. In February 1987, he founded a State Farm insurance agency in his hometown of Lakeland. In 2006, while continuing to run his insurance agency, Peace became the quarterbacks coach for the high school team at Lakeland Christian School. In January 2011, he was named head football coach at the school, and has led his team to 6-5 and 7-3 records in his first two seasons.
The election of the Officers and Directors for 2019-2020 is just around the corner! Have you got some great ideas and want to help serve our Club? So often people say they haven’t been asked to serve…so we are asking! If you are interested, and I hope you are, please let me know by emailing Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Callaway, Chairman of the Nominating Committee at Tom.Callaway@ambwealth.com. Thank you so much and we hope to hear from you!
Charlene Hall opened a lot of eyes last week, when she shared her testimony on Alzheimer's disease and how it was important to find a cure for it. Our C.A.R.T. program is more important than ever. She challenged the club for each member to donate $25, so that another Rotarian in District would match the donation. PDG Bob Hall shared Rotary Membership with the club.
AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system that will be instituted into Harper Elementary, MacIntyre Park Middle School, and Thomasville High School for the upcoming school year. The students will receive assistance in organization, study skills, critical reading, writing, and preparing for college and career. The program comes with many needs, some of which are supply needs. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has supplied these items this year for 150 students.