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December 13, 2018

Club Calendar

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

12/20 Regular Meeting-Lt Col Reg McCutcheon
1/10 Regular Meeting-Shelly Zorn-Development

Our Rotary Family

12/2 Roy Campbell
12/6 Andy Sheppard
12/10 Andy Jones
12/11 Eric Ward
12/13 Bob Drummond
12/14 Walter Gilbert
12/16 John Bracey
12/16 Mike Bixler
12/23 Eugene McNease
12/24 Al Nicholson
12/24 Carlton Bryant
12/25 Sabrina Boykins Everett
12/25 Oscar Mims
12/31 Rob Milberg
12/31 Lisa Billups
12/31 Robert Jackson
12/31 Laine Reichert
12/31 Tara Hagan


12/1 Harry Tomlinson (39)
12/11 Rankin Smith (27)
12/19 George Stephens (66)
12/20 Al Nicholson (15)
12/21 Fran Milberg (49)
12/22 Shelba Sellers (27)
12/27 Frederick Buechner (43)
12/29 Joe Brown (60)
12/30 Tim Filston (23)


12/1 Pat McLeod (31)
12/1 Rebecca Strickland (15)
12/1 Scott Rich (41)
12/2 John Brown (8)
12/2 Craig Wentworth (8)
12/3 Howard Stephens (3)
12/3 Thomas Carlton (3)
12/13 Gerhard Sommer (17)
12/18 Frank Helms (4)
5 years in Rotary
12/18 Shanna Derby (4)

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Thursdays, 12:15 pm
The Plaza Restaurant
217 South Broad Street
Thomasville, GA 31792 May 1, 1921
Active Membership: 139 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
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

Might you be willing to host a GRSP student for a year of incredible experiences with us?

Please let Kim Walden know! Anyone who has ever done it has said it was Wonderful!

In 1946, Will Watt gave the Thomasville Rotary Club the distinction of having founded the Georgia Rotary Student Program. GRSP sponsors students from around the world for academic studies at Georgia colleges and universities. The Thomasville Rotary Club has participated in GRSP every year since its inception.


Many years ago in a land far from here,

A Rotarian, Will Watt, had an idea.

After World War II there was an international need, From his thoughts the Rotary program did seed.

The idea was simple, to bring to this state

Some international students to integrate. America would benefit and so would they, By all the culture transferred each way.

Since its beginning, the program has grown.

This year 65 students came here alone. During their year they study, travel and play, Each of them in their own different way.

The concept is wonderful, of that there's no doubt.

International understanding is what we're about, Which brings me back to my original verse: The Rotary principle that Service comes first.

Maybe this poem's a little bit sappy,

But now that it's finished I feel quite happy. Not having written many poems before,

I think these six verses settle the score.

On behalf of the students who came here this fall, Georgia Rotarians: We salute you all!

But let me finish by saying just this: What's the deal with these tasteless grits?!

Gordon S. Anderson Bellingham,


Class of 1990-91

Reception for District Governor Court Dowis

The reception for District Governor Court will be on Wednesday evening, December 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the home of Michele Arwood located at 331 Remington Avenue.

Thursday morning, December 13th @ 10:30 am
December Board Meeting, at the Plaza Garden Room

District Governor Court Dowis

Court joined the Rotary Club of Harris County in the fall of 2000 and served in almost every club position before becoming President for the 2007-2008 Rotary year. He was presented the Sheffield Award for Leadership as Club President. He is also a Major Donor, a Paul Harris Society member, a Benefactor and a level 3 Bequest Society member. His proudest accomplishment to date is a continuing service project building handicap ramps for those in need.

His service does not stop at the club level. Court has gone on to serve his district as an Assistant Governor (3 years), District Vocational Chair (2 years), PETS facilitator (4 years), Foundation Annual Giving co-Chair and as a member of the District Training Committee. He has served on the District Finance Committee and Planning & Advisory Committee for the past 2 years.

Court is more than just a Rotarian. He has served his community as the Chairman of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of FOCUS, he is a Boy Scout Aviation Eagle instructor and a SCCA competition driving instructor.

Court and his wife Annette live on site at their family owned resort, Pine Mountain Club Chalets located near Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. The 65 acre Family friendly Resort Destination has over 100 Chalets/Cabins for vacationers. Court is the second generation to serve as President, following his parents, Courson and Gussie Dowis, who started the development 47 years ago.

While growing up, Court and his family lived in Roswell, Ga., he then attended Southern Tech in Marietta, Ga. studying Architecture and Construction Management. After college he worked for a few firms in the construction industry until he started his own construction company in 1984 in Pine Mountain. Ten years later he took the full time duties of the Resort as President.

Annette and Court have four grown children, Michael, Joe, Amanda and Meagan and five grandchildren that all live in the surrounding area. When he isn’t volunteering, handling vacationers or spending time with his family, he enjoys flying airplanes and racing Formula Sports Cars.

Last Week's Program
Georgia Rotary Student Program - Will Watt & Debbie Goodman

Will Watt III and Debbie Goodman

GRSP Mission Statement

Promote peace through understanding.
Encourage the exchange of cultural and social experiences.
Advance the ideals of Rotary.
Create opportunities for friendship.
Envision a world where peace is a reality

G.R.S.P. Awards

Will Watt Award-Mike Stephenson, David Flowers & Doris Yokely.  Hue Thomas Award-Arlen Yokley

GRSP Student: Robert Carias

Next Week's Program
Lt Col Reg McCutcheon

Reg McCutcheon is a retired US Air Force Lt Colonel with over 34 years of service, he is a combat veteran and Bronze Star recipient, with two Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals, NATO Medal, and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal along with a host of other medals and awards for his service.

He is a Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Colonel McCutcheon has served in many capacities in his career to include Squadron Commander, Chief of Operations Training, NATO Senior Planner, Combat Crew Commander and Regional Director of Admissions at the USAF Academy along with several other Space and Missile Operations Officer positions. He is a graduate of the Valdosta State University with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Graduate of Webster University with a Master of Arts in Business and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

He is also a graduate from US Air Force, Air University: Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer’s School, Undergraduate Space Training and Undergraduate Missile Training programs.

Currently, Reg is the President and Chairman of the board of Kindle Lodge in Quitman GA. Through Experiential and Post Traumatic Growth programs Kindle Lodge provides a wide range of nonresidential support programs to include individual, couple, family, and group therapy, peer-mentoring, and coaching. They are passionate about helping veterans, first responders and their families overcome the traumatic impacts of service.

December 17-21 @ WalMart Food Entrance
Rotary will be ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army

This Thursday, December 20th at the Plaza
Blood Drive starting 11am - 2pm-We need your BLOOD!

Message from the President's Desk

Be a Blessing to others in your attitude and actions

Receive the blessings from other by celebrating the gift of love they give.

Look to the New Year with hope and expectations that what you have to offer will be enough.

Let our Motto” Service Above Self “be your Mantle

Open Doors to new Friendships and share the gift you!

Believe that will truly be are enough!

That what we have in Rotary is the way to “True Peace and better understanding through a world of Fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”

Be The Inspiration!


Time for Rotary Leadership Institute
Want to learn more?

RLI – Thomasville, GA – 6900

January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

$100 value paid by the club!

Rotary is a worldwide organization that accomplishes change in the world. RLI shares the knowledge of rotary on a deeper level and will give you a greater understanding of your membership organization. please join us for a day of fun, inspiration and learning on the house!

Email kimberlywalden@gmail.com to sign up or learn more!