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 attending the Summit 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.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville last year developed a program to honor each of the local service brances of our community: Law Enforcement (Thomasville Police and Thomas County Sheriff), both City and County Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Utility Department.
TaxAide is dedicated to providing totally free tax preparation to low, and moderate, income families in southwest Georgia. The service is delivered by a partnership between the IRS, AARP, Thomasville Rotary, Thomas County Library, Thomas University, Envision Credit Union and community volunteers. From its award winning first year as the best new program in District 6900, TaxAide has served over 1,000 families resulting in direct refunds over $750,000 with a dollar stimulus over $3 million for the local economy.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville partnered with The United Way in order to hold a golf tournament at Country Oaks in Thomasville. This year we had 23 teams, 52 hole sponsors, a $5000 sponsor (Envision), a $2500 front 9 and back 9 sponsor (Synovus), a breakfast sponsor (David Hufstetler), and a lunch sponsor (Mary Beth Donalson and John Glenn). We also offered two hole-in-one CAR options (thanks to Flowers and Spence). 25 Rotarians volunteered to make this a success. Other club members were hole sponsors, team participants, and donated prizes. This is an annual project for our Club and brands Rotary's concern for supporting worthwhile community projects. Check present to the United Way in the amount of $15,000.00
Rotary sponsored the 4th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 70 seniors Feb 14, 2019. Due to Valentine's Day falling on a Thursday, our Rotary Meeting Day, the seniors were invited to join us at The Plaza for a meal and program. Many were excited and had anticipated this day since the beginning of February. The seniors were greeted by many of our Rotarians. They enjoyed a delicious meal while listening to love songs and joined us in hearing Tim Filston talk about the differences between man and woman. All seniors were given a Valentine stuffed animal and box of candy. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money. Three Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed on the day of the event. There were twelve community sponsors. Several representatives of our sponsors came to volunteer at the party. One senior from the Scott Senior Center was heard saying that the morale at the center had increased greatly as the day of this event got closer and closer. The participants were eager to dress up in their finest and go downtown for a Valentine meal. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors.
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.
Playground Maps of USA in Thomas County Elementary Schools
Elementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville County School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. Our Club’s
project involved tracing and painting a large, colorful map of the United
States on the playground of Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School.
Thomasville Rotarians goal was two fold: to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books and secondly to secure books to give to both the YMCA and Boys and Girls club after school participants. We were able to fill the little libraries with donated books from Rotarians and we go periodically and add more books.