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February 4, 2019

Club Calendar

February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

2/7 Regular Meeting - Heather & Kelly Abbot: "Small Business Rock Star" South Life Supply Co.
2/14 Regular Meeting-Rotary has Heart Event
2/21 Regular Meeting -
2/21 Board Meeting @ 10:30 am at the Plaza

Our Rotary Family

2/1 Clay Campbell
2/5 Gregory Adams
2/5 Claire Bowen
2/9 Michele Arwood
2/11 Nick Murray
2/12 Lorraine Williams Rahming
2/15 Tom Callaway, III
2/16 Renee Oliveto
2/19 Tom Harrison, Jr.
2/19 Marta Turner
2/25 Shelley Zorn
2/27 Ronnie Godwin


2/4 Bob Ackerman (51)
2/15 Erik von Hellens (18)
2/22 Eugene McNease (52)
2/28 John Archer, Sr. (5)


2/1 Bradford Jackson (25)
2/1 Marta Turner (25)
2/1 Tom Hill (46)
2/1 Russell Chubb (42)
2/4 Nancy Tillinghast (20)
2/5 Al Nicholson (4)
9 years in Rotary
2/8 Joe Tarver (1)
2/22 Andrea Collins (1)
2/26 Nate Tyler (21)
2/26 Al Bryan (4)
2/27 Shelba Sellers (4)

Rotary Online



Thursdays, 12:15 pm
The Plaza Restaurant
217 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792 May 1, 1921
Active Membership: 142 FacebookInstagram

ROTARY CLUB OF Thomasville
PO Box 1277
Thomasville, GA 31799

President Andre' Marria
President-Elect Kim Walden
Immediate Past President Teri White
Vice President Tom Callaway, III
Treasurer Teri White
Treasurer Rick Piper
Secretary Angela Williamson
Foundation Chair Kim Walden
Foundation Chair Scott Rich
Membership Chair Ben Wilds
Public Image Chair Marta Turner
Sergeant-at-Arms Janet Liles
Program Director Jay Flowers
Sergeant-at-Arms Krista Peace

From the President Andre's Desk

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Whine or Wine-Tomorrow-Tuesday, February 5th @ Hubs & Hops

First Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. It's a great time to get to know one another and it is a make up!

This Week's Program
Kelly and Heather Abbott, South Life Supply Co.-Small Business Rock Star

The adage "necessity is the soul invention," proved true for Thomasville, Georgia-natives Kelly and Heather Abbott. In the midst of the economic downturn in 2010 and on the heels of twin layoffs, Heather wished out loud that she could have a new pair of earrings to wear to their family Thanksgiving celebration. Knowing only too well the state of their shoestring budget, Kelly's eyes landed on a small jar of spent 40-caliber bullets a dear uncle left at their home. While crafty with his arsenal of tools, he'd never attempted anything similar. Love for his wife motivated his determination to create something original to make her feel beautiful. He stayed up all night, tweaking and fashioning a stylish pair of studs Heather was proud to wear the next day. The couple walked away from that dinner with 25 orders from friends and family and the rest, as they say, is history.

Kelly continued creatively repurposing discarded shells - which would otherwise end up in the trash - into stunning, classic jewelry and leather goods, while Heather applied her considerable business acumen to growing South Life Supply Co. into a national brand. Inking an exclusive licensing agreement with Remington in 2014 sealed the company's place among great Southern heritage brands, with each piece conceived in a lofty barn on their sprawling South Georgia farm.

Necessity may be the soul to invention, but love, hard work and a little luck have made South Life Supply Co. the leader in bullet and shotgun shell style.

Volunteer Readers Needed

We have opportunities for six Rotarians to read to Hand in Hand students on Friday, February 8 at 8:15a.

It's a very short book called "Pigsty" that shouldn't take but a few minutes of your time.

Please contact Trent Reynolds at trent@tcpls.org if you would like to read.

USA Map Service Project Painting

The date has been set for Saturday, February 9th to paint the USA Map at Garrison-Pilcher school.

8a - 2p

We need 10-12 volunteers to assist in this project. All it takes is a willing heart. Supplies will be provided.

The map will be located on the courts to the right of the school's circular driveway.

Let Susan O'Neal know if you can join in on the fun for the day.

Welcome New Members
Dawna Bicknell Tanner & Lorraine Williams Rahming

ABC's of Rotary

Rotary's Wheel Emblem

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that the gear wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the centre of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.

Come learn about our club during
Fireside Chat

On Tuesday, February 19th, Teri will host our Fireside Chat at her Barn. Click here to reserve your place https://thomasvillerotary.org/v2/reservation/creat...

900 Clyde Griffin Road, Thomasville

5:45p - 7:45p

Join the fun, fellowship with new members, food, and great discussion.

Susie Shin giving her Classification Talk

Thursday, February 21st @ 5:30 pm
February Board Meeting, at the Library