Membership Guide

ROTARY CLUB OF THOMASVILLE

January 1, 2017

Authored by: New Members Committee

Dear Member,

We would like to welcome you as a new or transferring member of our club. In joining you will become a member of our city’s oldest, largest and most active service club. Please take the time to read the information contained in your packet. You will find that it contains a wealth of information.

As a new member you may find that you have many questions. Please feel free to ask your sponsoring member, the Membership Chairperson or any Rotarian for assistance. You will find that being involved with Rotary can be a wonderful and meaningful experience.

You will be asked to do several things, all designed to help you learn about our organization and help you to feel comfortable in the club. These will be outlined and defined within this packet of information. You will find the following information:

• A Brief History of our local Rotary Club

• The Red Ribbon Program

• What is Rotary?

• Rotary International

• The Rotary Foundation

• Responsibilities of Membership

• What constitutes a Make-Up?

• The Four-Way Test

• The GRSP Program

• A Glossary of Terms

• A list of current committees, their major programs and current chairs

On behalf of all of our members, we are honored to welcome you to our club.

Table of Contents

HISTORY OF OUR ROTARY CLUB .......................................................................................... 3

WHAT IS ROTARY......................................................................... 5

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP .......................................................................................... 7

WHAT CONSTITUTES A MAKE-UP .......................................................................................... 8

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL .......................................................................................... 9

ROTARY FOUNDATION ......................................................................................... 11

THE FOUR WAY TEST ......................................................................................... 13

ROTARY CODE OF CONDUCT ......................................................................................... 14

GEORGIA ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAM (GRSP) ......................................................................................... 15

THE GEORGIA LAWS OF LIFE ESSAY CONTEST ......................................................................................... 16

NEW COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: AVENUES OF SERVICE ......................................................................................... 18

GREAT PROMISE PARTNERSHIP ......................................................................................... 18

ANNUAL COATS AND BLANKETS DRIVE ......................................................................................... 18

FOOD DRIVE ......................................................................................... 18

HANDS ON THOMAS COUNTY ..........................................................................................18

ONE BOOK PROJECT ......................................................................................... 18

ROSE SHOW SETUP ......................................................................................... 18

SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE BELL RINGING ......................................................................................... 19

ROTARY HAS HEART FOR SENIORS ......................................................................................... 19

SAFE DRIVE ......................................................................................... 19

HIV/AIDS/ DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS ......................................................................................... 19

TAX AIDE.............................................................................. 19

RECOGNIZING THOSE WHO SERVE: "LOCAL HEROES" ......................................................................................... 19

ROTARY CIRCLE OF LIFE ......................................................................................... 20

ROTARY YOUTH TENNIS TOURNAMENT ......................................................................................... 20

SUPPORT THE TROOPS ......................................................................................... 20

BOOKS ARE MAGIC ......................................................................................... 20

TRIVIA BEE ......................................................................................... 20

BACK TO SCHOOL BLITZ ......................................................................................... 20

LAWS OF LIFE ESSAY CONTEST.................................................................................. 21

YMCA SWIMMING SCHOLARSHIPS ......................................................................................... 21

YOUTH LEADERSHIP THOMASVILLE ......................................................................................... 21

YOUTH SUPPORT PROJECT ......................................................................................... 21

ADVANCED EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS ......................................................................................... 21

SOUNS ................................................................................ 21

BE THE VOICE THAT STOPS BULLYING ......................................................................................... 22

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ......................................................................................... 22

RYLA ................................................................................. 22

INTERACT ............................................................................. 22

CHARACTER COUNTS ......................................................................................... 22

WINE OR WHINE ......................................................................................... 22

CART BUCKET ......................................................................................... 23

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS TEAM SPONSOR ......................................................................................... 23

ROTARY CLUB OF THOMASVILLE ORGANIZATION CHART ......................................................................................... 24

THOMASVILLE ROTARY – WEBSITE HELP ......................................................................................... 25

RED RIBBON PROGRAM ......................................................................................... 28

THOMASVILLE ......................................................................................... 29

CAIRO .................................................................................29

PELHAM ................................................................................29

MONTICELLO............................................................................ 29

TALLAHASSEE NORTHSIDE ......................................................................................... 29

TALLAHASSEE SOUTHSIDE ......................................................................................... 29

MOULTRIE ............................................................................. 30

QUITMAN .............................................................................. 30

TALLAHASSEE SUNSET ......................................................................................... 30

TALLAHASSEE........................................................................... 30

TALLAHASSEE (SUNRISE) ......................................................................................... 30

GLOSSARY OF TERMS ......................................................................................... 30

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ......................................................................................... 32

New Members Guide

Rotary Club of Thomasville, Georgia

History of Our Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Thomasville was chartered on May 1, 1921, with a total of twenty members and is one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in Georgia. At that time the clubs were composed only of men. These men were brought into the club on the basis of classification. Only one man in any one classification was permitted in any club and no city had more than one club. Clubs were, essentially, networking organizations.

During that first year each new member paid an installation fee of $15 and annual dues of $24. At the end of the first year the club’s membership grew from twenty to thirty; a 50% increase. But the visions of those first twenty have inspired the labor of thousands-in our community, the district, the state, the nation and the world.

The club began immediately to serve the community by offering prizes for the best Christmas decorations and financing and manning a live nativity scene which was featured in the Rotarian Magazine. The members also sponsored a float in the next Armistice Day parade. Soon the Club obtained property for Camp Rotary which was used by the Boy Scouts, 4H and the YMCA. Local Rotarians also contributed the materials and hands-on labor to construct the buildings for the camp.

Individually, Thomasville Rotarians have provided leadership for most of the civic endeavors which make Thomasville an exceptional place in which to live. These include the scouting movements, the YMCA, the Red Cross, the Annual Rose festival, the Salvation Army, Archbold Hospital, the Historical Society, the Center for the Arts, Landmarks and most of the other community betterment endeavors. Member Jack Archbold personally gave the community Archbold Memorial Medical Center as an outright gift in memory of his father John D. Archbold, treasurer of Standard Oil. It is an interesting note that Rotarian Jack Archbold's classification was “Capitalist". In 1945 Rotarian Will Watt, who was Mayor of Thomasville at the end of World War II, responded to the call of General Eisenhower to adopt a German town of comparable size to share our food and clothing with fellow human beings who were struggling to survive one of the coldest winters on record in a war-torn country. Under Mayor Will's direction the United States Army flew a planeload of supplies and relief goods to Luneberg in northern Germany.

In 1946 Will Watt gave the Rotary Club of Thomasville the distinction of having founded the Georgia Rotary Student Program. In his lifetime Will Watt was singled out for his brave leadership and for his tireless service. He was eventually made an honorary citizen of Luneberg (one of only two people so honored in 1,200 years) and he was decorated and knighted by the King of Norway.

In 1959, because Thomasville had won the Will Watt trophy for outstanding work in International Service so often, the District Conference voted to once again award it to Thomasville and this time to leave it in Thomasville's permanent possession.

In 1970, while serving as a Rotary International Director, Thomasville Rotarian Pratt Secrest instituted the Family Friendship Exchange which has been one of the most popular means for promoting good will and understanding among the nations of the Rotary world.

In 1976 C.W. McIver, a noted community leader, was inducted as the first black member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville and one of only two blacks in the state. In 1993 Marta Turner was inducted as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville. Today men and women of every race and creed are welcome to become members of Rotary. There is no longer exclusiveness in classification. The only requirement is a desire to serve the community and the world.

As is true for most of life’s truly worthy pursuits, Rotary’s success is directly correlated with the effort and commitment of people who call themselves Rotarians. That success is often fueled by a sense of duty, honor and tradition instilled in us by the memory of those who have gone before us and who practiced service above self as a way of life.

<table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>What is Rotary?</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table>

The Rotary organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905, as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders. It provides a wide variety of humanitarian service, encourages high ethical and moral standards in all vocations and strives to build peace and goodwill throughout the world. Rotary Clubs can be found in almost every corner of the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs located in over 200 countries.

The world’s Rotary Clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. The main objective of Rotary is Service. As such, Rotarians have identified specific causes to target in order to maximize their local and global impact. At the same time each local club targets its own community with its own unique needs and concerns. Through Rotary International clubs are aided in focusing their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Rotarians develop community service projects that address today’s most critical issues such as children at risk, poverty, environmental concerns and other local needs.

Highest among the most noteworthy Rotary projects is the global eradication of polio. The US and its international partners have joined in this effort and, since the program’s inception in 1988, the number of polio cases has dropped by 99%. The goal is to have a polio-free world.

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships and take action. Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns and initiatives. The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

Responsibilities of Membership

Being elected as a member of Rotary has long been considered an honor. Yet, with that honor comes responsibilities. Members are expected to attend the club’s weekly programs. We all know that this is nearly impossible. However, there are many ways to “make up” for this. These will be explained on another page.

Members are required to pay annual dues to the Club, the District and to Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Thomasville has developed a program called The Red Ribbon Program. This is a series of tasks required of a new member and is designed to help that new member become engaged with the club and to help him/her learn about how the club functions and how his/her abilities and interests can best be utilized. You are encouraged to join at least two committees.

100% of our members are Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Many of our members are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.

Dues will vary from club to club, often depending on the type of club. Rotary has breakfast clubs, lunch clubs and after hour (evening) clubs. The Rotary Club of Thomasville is a lunch club. We meet every Thursday at noon. Meetings are held at The Plaza restaurant. Your dues which also cover your meals are billed quarterly. Your dues statement will also include a voluntary donation to GRSP and to the Rotary Foundation.

In round figures you can expect to spend about $1000 per year.

We are proud of our quality programs, which help make the weekly meetings more valuable for all. Responsibility for these programs rotates weekly through the membership in alphabetical order. The Program Committee has members that are willing to help you brainstorm speaker possibilities if you would like their help.

We strongly encourage you to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute District Training Sessions when they are in the area. The club will reimburse you for the fee to attend. FYI: We are Club 4148, District 6900, Zone 34.

What Constitutes a Make-up ?

Attendance at your local Rotary Club on a regular basis is the best way to stay involved in Rotary and gain the most satisfaction from the membership and the funds you spend to be a Rotarian.

Sometimes it is impossible to be at your club meeting, but you can gain a make-up to maintain your attendance record.

You can:

• Attend a board meeting of your club which meets monthly

• Attend another club; this can be done worldwide, even on cruises

• Attend an e-club meeting over the Internet

• Attend any Rotary sponsored event

• Attend a Rotary committee meeting

Rotary International

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 35,000 clubs doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International.

As a club member you help elect your own leaders each year and your president works with your president-elect, officers, board members and committee chairs to manage the club. Your club pays dues to RI and in return RI provides resources, training, and programs to help your club run effectively.

Your club and others in your geographic area are part of a district led by your district governor. Districts help clubs connect to each other and access Rotary resources. There are around 530 districts and these are organized into 34 zones. Each zone has about the same number of Rotarians.

Rotary clubs sponsor other service clubs and groups that broaden our reach:

• Interact, for young people ages 12-18

• Rotaract, for young people ages 18-30

• Rotary Community Corps, for non-Rotarians

LEADERSHIP

The president of Rotary International is elected by Rotarians and leads an elected board of directors. The president serves for one year and directors serve for two years.

The general secretary manages staff at Rotary’s headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and additional offices around the world.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

International Conventions are held yearly.

Attending the annual convention is a perfect way to experience Rotary’s internationality, exchange ideas with fellow members, and discover new avenues – and potential partners – for service. Find details about the next event, including venues, housing, speakers and entertainment, breakout sessions, preconvention events, and deadlines at Find Details on the website.

Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

LEADERSHIP

The Board of Trustees manages the business of the Foundation, led by the trustee chair. The Rotary International president-elect nominates the trustees, who are elected by the Rotary International Board of Directors. The trustee chair serves for one year and trustees serve for four years.

HISTORY OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928 it was renamed The Rotary Foundation and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

GROWTH OF THE FOUNDATION

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

EVOLUTION OF FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The Polio Plus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

The first four Rotarians (from left): Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12.

The Four Way Test

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

• Is it the TRUTH?

• Is it FAIR to all concerned?

• Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

• Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary Code of Conduct

As a Rotarian, I will:

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities

2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary

3. Conduct all of my personal, business and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.

4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.

5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.

6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others and to improve the quality of life in my community.

7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.

8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded to others in a business of professional relationship.

Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP)

The Rotary Club of Thomasville has the distinction of having founded the Georgia Rotary Student Program. The program was founded in 1946 by Thomasville Rotarian, Will Watt. As a result Rotarians throughout the state of Georgia have had a hand in promoting world peace by offering scholarships to international students throughout the world. The selected students, which have been recommended by a Rotary Club in that student’s home country, come to the United States in order to pursue their studies for one year in Georgia colleges and universities. It is important to note that this is a Rotary scholarship and not an exchange program.

Each local club selects a host family which selects a student from candidates solicited by the GRSP organization. The selected students then become adopted members of these Georgia "host families" but live on-campus at the school they attend. However, they spend many weekends and holidays with their host families and club members learning about life and culture in the United States. Each year about 50 students are able to make friends with other students, not only from the United States, but also from other nations, and learn about differing cultures and life styles.

Georgia Rotarians believe "Peace is Possible" and strive, through GRSP, to promote international goodwill through the bonds of friendship and understanding. Many life long bonds have been formed through this feature of club life. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has participated in GRSP every year since its inception.

New Committee Assignments: Avenues of Service

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest

Facts About The Contest

• The Georgia contest is the largest essay contest in North America.

• The contest model was created in 1987 by Sir John Templeton, a pioneer in global investments and the founder of The John Templeton Foundation.

• The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a program of the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program, Inc. (GRDCEP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

• The contest is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Georgia Department of Education.

• Challenges young people in grades 9-12 to think about important character values.

• Give students of all academic abilities the opportunity to win significant cash prizes.

• Provides high schools with an easy and effective character education program.

• Offers local businesses and individuals an opportunity to honor and recognize young people who have strong character values.

• Builds stronger community-school ties.

• Is widely recognized as an important workforce development program.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is operated through schools and essay submissions are accepted only from schools that have registered with the contest. The contest welcomes both public and private high schools and students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate. There is no cost for a school to participate but the number of participating schools is limited, so schools are encouraged to register early. (Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Request a packet at http://georgialawsoflife.org/teachers/

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a character education and ethical literacy program for high school students, grades 9 – 12. The contest asks students to select a Law of Life or maxim (such as “Honesty is the best policy,” or “To give is better than to receive”) and to write a personal essay explaining how the Law of Life applies to the student’s life. The program challenges students to reflect upon core values such as perseverance, generosity, courage and compassion, and it rewards those students who are willing to take a stand for their beliefs.

“THE LAWS OF LIFE ESSAY CONTEST GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK WITHIN THEMSELVES AND DECIDE WHICH IDEALS ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM.”

– FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH

Laws of Life are short, pithy sayings or quotations that reveal the core values that make up a person’s character. Memorable and meaningful, these Laws of Life often serve as guideposts to a person journeying through life.

What is your Law of Life? That is a challenging question. And that is exactly what young people are asked when they participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest. There is no right answer or quick response. In order to succeed in this activity, contest participants need to reflect and write from the heart about what they think matters most in life.

Sample Laws of Life

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

“Mistakes are doorways to discovery.”

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford

“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’” –George Bernard Shaw

“Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

“Fall seven times; stand up eight.” –Japanese proverb

“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’” There are many benefits to the Laws of Life essay contest, not only for students, but for teachers, parents and the community at large.

Great Promise Partnership

Thomas County and Thomasville face the challenge of high illiteracy, low high school graduation rates and high youth unemployment along with all of Southwest Georgia. The 12 for Life Program was created by the Southwire Corporation of Carrollton.

Annual Coats and Blankets Drive

Members collect Coats and Blankets for The Thomasville and Thomas County Food Bank which provides warm garments and sleeping blankets to area residents needing assistance.

Food Drive

The Thomasville and Thomas County Food Bank provides supplemental food stuffs to a large number of local residents. We conduct an annual effort among members and associates to gather canned goods and other non-perishable food items for this Food Bank.

Hands on Thomas County

The annual day of service and celebration and volunteerism benefits more than 40 Different project sites and brings together more than 1,200 community volunteers of all ages, resulting in more than 4500 hours of Service.

One Book Project

Every year the Community, under the leadership of the Thomas County Library Director selects a book to be read by the community members in conjunction with various activities including author appearances.

Rose Show Setup

Every April the Thomasville Rose Show is recognized as a regional highlight for horticulturalists and for rose enthusiasts particularly. We provide members and tools to set up the tables and table coverings as the show’s venue is built.

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Bell Ringing

The Thomasville and Thomas County Salvation Army is a critical provider to the community members in need of spiritual, housing, clothing and other support. The RCT has a long history providing members to serve as bell ringers at the Thomasville Wal-Mart.

Rotary Has Heart for Seniors

Rotary sponsors the Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for about 80 seniors. The community was included by having white trees with heart ornaments displayed in several locations.

Safe Drive Map

For the past decade our club has published a SafeDrive map created to alert the community and young drivers about the most dangerous traffic intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region.

HIV/AIDS/ Drug Abuse Awareness

The Morehouse School of Medicine has partnered with several schools, community-based and faith-based organizations to implement the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. This 5 year federally funded initiative of $1.2 million per year serves over 1,000 students.

Tax Aide

The Tax Aide Program is a partnership with Rotary, Thomas University, Hands on Thomas County, the Thomasville Library and Williams Accounting. These five groups have come together to provide free tax service to the citizens of Thomas County.

Recognizing Those Who Serve: "Local Heroes"

We honor each of the local service branches of our community - Law enforcement, Fire Department, EMT and the Utility Department. This committee provides a way for Rotary to serve those that serve us so selflessly.

Rotary Circle of Life The Rotary Circle of Life program, in partnership with the Archbold Foundation, provides health and medical information in the home of senior citizens for emergency medical responders when called to the senior citizens residence.

Rotary Youth Tennis Tournament

The Rotary Junior Tennis Tournament is our oldest, continuous Community Service project, going back to 1978-79! It offers boys and girls ages 6-18 from various states a USTA sanctioned tournament.

Support the Troops

The Rotary Club 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.

Books Are Magic

Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, Director of the Thomas County Library, has been an active member of the Certified Literacy Community Program for the past eight years providing important leadership and is the Chair of this committee in our Club.

Trivia Bee

The Thomas County Certified Literacy Committee sponsors a community wide team Trivia Bee Competition and we provide two teams of three Rotarians to participate in the trivia bee.

Back to School Blitz

Our Club participates in the "Back to School Blitz" for 2000 students sponsored by Thomas County Family Connections. Many participants and vendors are on hand to donate free school supplies and share information concerning resources available to the community.

Laws of Life Essay Contest

In this program high School students write an essay on a character value and how it applies to the student's life. Our Club participates in this program with our local high schools.

YMCA Swimming Scholarships

This program provides eight hours of swimming lessons at the YMCA for sixty disadvantaged youth from Harper Elementary School.

Youth Leadership Thomasville

Our Club supports Youth Leadership Thomasville. This program for high school juniors is adapted from the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership and Community Development of the University of Georgia.

Youth Support Project

This project covers various activities in support of the youth of our community. Such as Camp Arrow which provides a camp experience to handicapped children similar to what their friends experience at camp.

Advanced Education Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Thomasville awards five $1,000 scholarships for advanced education to deserving students from Thomasville High School, The Scholars Academy, Thomasville Central High School, Bishop Hall Charter School and Brookwood High School.

SOUNS

SOUNS is a program developed by Montessori and championed by Brenda Erickson to help children read earlier and better. Our Rotary Club provides SOUNS kits wherever needed.

Be The Voice That Stops Bullying

Bullying is widespread in schools across America. Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems. The "BE THE VOICE" program, created by leaders in the Rotary Club of Roswell, works through Interact Clubs.

Students Of The Month

Our Club recognizes students each month for academic and technology achievements. Each student is asked to describe his/her major activities and discuss plans for the future.

RYLA

The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsors two or more students to The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). They are invited to give a report at a club meeting.

Interact

Interact clubs bring together young people to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Character Counts

This is a program funded by a District Grant and contributions from our Club. Rotarians discuss six Character Pillars with students at The Vashti Center, Marguerite Neal Williams Boys and Girls Club, and Thomasville Community Resource Center.

Wine or Whine

The Club hosts a Wine or Whine event the first Tuesday of each month at a local venue, often owned by a Rotarian. It is a good time for members and spouses to gather for beverages of their choice and snacks after a hard day's work.

Cart Bucket

The CART buckets found on each table weekly provide funds for Alzheimer’s disease research.

YMCA Youth Sports Team Sponsor

The Rotary Club of Thomasville supports local community youth sports as a means of developing physical, mental and spiritual sides of our youth.

Thomasville Rotary – Website Help

1. Facebook – This is a great place to go to see current activities of the club and members. Go to your Facebook App or Facebook.com and log in, click on the three horizontal bars in the upper left hand corner, search for “Rotary Club of Thomasville,” and click on the site with “light Up Rotary” our site, “Like” the site and plan to upload comments and pictures. Uploading pictures and content to the site is somewhat device dependent. The easiest way is to use an IPad to find our Facebook page on Safari as described above. Under the banner at the top, click on “post.” Click on the camera icon in the bottom of the box. Then select either Choose Existing, to choose a photo you have already taken, or choose Take Photo or Video, to shoot a new picture or video. If you choose Take Photo or Video, your camera will come up. Shoot the picture and select Use Photo in the lower right or, if you do not like the picture, select Retake in the lower left. After you select Use Photo, the photo will be loaded in the square. Then enter a post by typing in your description of what is going on in the photo. When you are through, click Post and the post will go to Lauren Vann who will upload it. If you do not have an Apple device, you can upload a picture with comment to your Facebook page, click on the picture on your page and tag it with the Rotary Club of Thomasville tag. This comment and picture will be sent to Lauren who will approve it and post it. If you are having difficulty uploading, contact Lauren who will help you.

2. Rotary Club of Thomasville, http://www.thomasvillerotary.org/ At this site you can find information about our club, which is a good site to send prospective members, check on the weekly programs, go to the other sites including the new District Web Site, the District Database and Rotary International Club Central. This site is also linked to our Facebook Page for convenience.

3. New District 6900 web site, https://www.rotary6900.org/site/login . This site has the latest information about the District at the top and, under the Resources Tab, has links to documents for every committee that provides best practices. After you log in you will see, at the top of the page, your name and the name of our club. If you click on your name, you will see your profile. If you click on the name of the club, you will see information about our club. At the bottom of the page, if you click on Club Directory, you will see data on all our members, but without a picture. If you go to the top of the page you will see a PDF Version button. If you click on this, you will see a directory with pictures that can be saved of printed. If you click on Projects at the bottom of the page, you will see the projects which our club plans to accomplish for the year. In order to log in, everyone has been assigned a new User Name by the District. You will need to use your new District User Name and create a new password. To get your new user name, click on forgot user name and it will be provided to you.

You can also get your User Name by emailing Joe Brown at imscorp@ix.netcom.com. To establish your password, do the following:

• Click the Login link in the main menu

• Click the Forgot Password? link

• Put in your username and email address

• Click Submit

• You will receive an email with a reset link (be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t get it in your inbox within a minute or two)

• Click the reset link and you should be taken to the reset password screen of the website

• Enter your username and the password you want to use (at least 8 characters: 1 upper, 1 lower, 1 digit and one special). You will need to enter it twice.

• Click submit

• You should get a message that your password has been reset successfully

• Click the login link

• Login with your new password

• Once logged in, you should see your name and your club in the center of the blue banner at the top. Click it to see your information.

• To access club information click on the club name at the top.

• You can access a club Directory on line or get a PDF version with from this site. See the PDF symbol at the top of the Directory page.

This site will be the main source of information for the District for projects, and for District Awards. Directors will be asking Committee Chiefs for the Project Planning Data Sheets and these will be updated to the District and Rotary Central Sites. After a project is completed Committees will prepare an Activity report giving the results of the project with pictures, videos and any press releases. By clicking on the project edit choice on the side (pencil) you will come to a screen that will let you input accomplishments, files describing the project in more detail and pictures of the activity.

4. District Data Base, https://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/SecLogin.c... the old District Data Base is still in operation, but you will need a separate password for this. It is initially your email address and your Rotary International number that you can find on the address label of your Rotary magazine or ask our Club Secretary for the number. Once you log in you can change your password. This is the site our Club Secretary uses to update the personal data for the club. You can go to My Club to go to the Club Directory. There you will find the club leadership and pictures and information on club members. You should check your personal data and be sure your picture is there and the data is up to date. This data can only be accessed by Rotarians. The Club Dashboard provides a snapshot of club data on new members, birthdays and anniversaries and demographics. You can also print out a club directory in various formats.

5. Rotary International and Club Central, https://www.rotary.org/en this is a newly designed site that has a section called My Rotary. You will need a different log in to access this site and if you have not registered for the site, click on My Rotary and Register. Once you log in, you see much information about Rotary International. Click on My Rotary If you are already registered, just sign in. You will find that Rotary Central has much useful information under the headers and historical data on our club. Click on our goals for more information. The site will be continually updated

6. This is all a bit complicated and if you are having difficulty contact Joe Brown imscorp@ix.netcom.com or Howard Stephens mhicks9s@gmail.com and we will help you.

Red Ribbon Program

Club locations within a 50 mile radius

Monticello

Rotary Club

Monticello, FL, United States

First Presbyterian Church Parish Hall Behind FMB Bank 290 E. Dogwood St. Monticello, FL 32344 United States

Meets Fri, 12:00PM

Tallahassee Northside

Rotary Club

Tallahassee, FL, United States

Holiday Inn and Suites at 2725 Graves Road, Tallahassee 32303. 2725 Graves Road Tallahassee, FL 32303 United States

Meets Thurs, 12:30PM

Tallahassee Southside

Rotary Club

Tallahassee,, FL, United States

Homewood Suites 2987 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee,, FL 32301 United States

Meets Mon, 7:30AM

Tallahassee Sunset

Rotary Club

Tallahassee, FL, United States

Hotel Duval 415 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States

Meets Tues, 6:30PM

Tallahassee (Capital)

Rotary Club

Tallahassee, FL, United States

Hilton Garden Inn Central 1330 Blair Stone Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States

Meets Tues, 12:00PM

Tallahassee

Rotary Club

Tallahassee, FL, United States

FSU Alumni Center 1030 W. Tennessee St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States

Meets Wed, 12:30PM

Tallahassee (Sunrise)

Rotary Club

Tallahassee, FL, United States

Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Tallahassee 316 West Tennessee Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States

Meets Tues, 7:30AM

Cairo

Rotary Club

Cairo, GA, United States

The Foundry 120 South Broad St. Cairo, GA 39828 United States

Meets Wed, 12:00PM

Pelham

Rotary Club

Pelham, GA, United States

Pinecrest Country Club 2415 Old Georgia Hwy. 3 N. Pelham, GA 31779 United States

Meets Tues, 12:30PM

Moultrie

Rotary Club

Moultrie, GA, United States

Sunset Country Club 2730 S. Main St. Moultrie, GA 31768 United States

Meets Tues, 1:00PM

Quitman

Rotary Club

Quitman, GA, United States

Brooks County Museum & Cultural Center 121 N. Culpepper Street Quitman, GA 31643 United States

Meets Thurs, 12:00PM

Camilla

Rotary Club

Camilla, GA, United States

Camilla Chamber Commerce, The Depot 212 E Broad St Camilla, GA 31730 United States

Meets Thurs, 12:00PM

Glossary of Terms:Avenues of Service - Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service

Badge - Name tag worn during meetings, which should not ever leave meeting place.

Board of Directors – the governing body, comprised of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and a number of other club members representing avenues of service as specified in club bylaws. Board meetings are held at least monthly, and all members are invited to attend.

Classifications - Identifies Rotarians business or profession.

Club Assembly - A special meeting of all members, where club business is conducted.

Club Officers:

President - Conducts weekly meeting and is an elected position for one year.

President-Elect - President for the following year and board member.

Secretary/Treasurer - Keeps membership records, records attendance at meetings, sends out notices of meetings of the club, board, and committees.

Fireside Chat – New members learn and to ask questions of each

Four-Way Test - A 24-word code of ethics for all Rotarians to follow in their business and professional lives

Greeter – On two separate occasions, new members are asked to greet people at the door. This gives that new member a chance to meet current members.

Interact - High school-level Rotary club

New Member Orientation - A meeting with incoming members as a formal introduction to Rotary

Rotaract - College-level Rotary club

Rotary International - Home office for Rotary located in Evanston, Illinois.

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – In an informal atmosphere, groups of outstanding young people spend a designated period of time in a challenging program designed to enhance personal development, leadership skills, and good citizenship.

Sergeant-at-Arms – Records the names of visitors to the club

Membership Directory

See Rotary Club of Thomasville Website:

https://thomasvillerotary.org/v2/