The Dunwoody Homeowners Association puts on a 4th of July parade each year in Dunwoody. Residents line the main boulevard of Dunwoody as floats and assemblies parade by. The estimate is 40,000 people participate in the event. After the parade a host of activities are available for people to enjoy, one of which is the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's Hot Dog Stand. We prepare and sell hotdogs, soft drinks, water, chips and an assortment of pastries. Left overs are donated to the local police and fire stations.
ARC Carroll (Association for Remarkable People) Carroll has been granted a new home for adults who require care due to mental disabilities. Our club provided funds to purchase furniture for this project. We bought 4 recliner chairs; 1 kitchen table and 4 chairs; 2 kitchen tables.
AVID (Acheivement via Individual Determination) is a college
readiness system that will be instituted into Harper Elementary, MacIntyre Park
Middle School, and Thomasville High Schoolfor 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 were supply needs.
For the year, Thomasville City Schools will have 150 students served. Each of these students needed the following: ·3” three-ring binder with clear-view cover, set of tabbed dividers, pencil pouch with three holes, pencils (can be corporate), pens (can be corporate), highlighters (can be corporate), and post-it notes. Rotarians donated items and funds to purchase items during the month of August. On Sept 6 immediately following the club meeting, 23 Rotarians packaged the supplies for transport. A Rotary sticker was added to each notebook, and a Rotary 4-Way Test Card was added to each package. Items were delivered to Laine Reichert, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. She reported that the kids were so thrilled to have new supplies to participate in this program.
School Supplies and back packs were collected and donated along with volunteer hours to stuff bags with school supplies and pass out bags to students and families in a very needy area of our community.
The event was a community event at our local Independence Park. We assisted with registration as well.
Backpack Blessing Mission Statement – To provide a simple solution to a basic need that is not adequately met for many area children — food. To identify students who are food insecure and provide them with kid-friendly food that is distributed discreetly at school at the end of each week.
Our club participated with the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project this year for the second year. Betty Keane, the person that runs the project in Fayette County came to speak to our club, we donated $1000, and our members participated hands-on in this project to provide Christmas presents to local seniors, particularly those that are not well off financially.
Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, Director of the Thomas County Library, is an active member of the Certified Literacy Community Program for the past eight years providing important leadership and the Chair of this committee in our Club. Under this program, annually free books are given to four year olds, dictionaries are given to third graders, a Back to School Blitz is conducted, a fund raising spelling bee is held and GED Scholarships are awarded. Rotary In cooperation with CLEP, Kiwanis, Flowers Foods and Thomas County Family Connections, purchased and distributed 675 dictionaries and 681 books to elementary school children in 25 classes at four elementary schools. The book Gotta Go Gotta Go was read to the children. This program stimulates a love of reading early that is a fundamental skill required for an education enhancing the student's development and academic performance which ultimately benefits the community. Involvement by our Club in this activity reinforces our branding as a major supporter of education and supports our community outreach. This is a continuing activity of our Club each year.
Our club participated in the Dawn Breakers 5K-10K run to raise funds for the Carrollton Boys and Girls Club. We had 7 participants and paid $25.00 per participant. We had 2 members who volunteered to help. The funds from this run will be used to help the local Boys and Girls club. This club focus's on helping kids succeed in school, live healthy lifestyles, and become strong future leaders.
Plan, support, purchase and provide Christmas for children
identified by counselors at Sanders.
20 children are identified by the Social workers and Counselors
at Sanders to participate. These are children that have fallen through the
cracks and don't have adequate support for Christmas Cheer. We provided a bag
full of gifts, and also scarves, gloves and hats for the kids. We host them
during a Rotary function and the munch on chicken fingers and cookies, pay a
visit to Santa and his elves, get their goodies and their picture while
Rotarians entertain them with Christmas BINGO and song, magic and merry making.
We will provide food and manpower to serve super for Circles graduation night for participants who have achieved independence to live and take care of themselves after suffering from drug abuse, physical abuse and other detriments to their lives. The Carrollton Rotary Club helped the Dawn breakers Rotary club of Carrollton to serve and pay for this meal.
We will provide help to harvest corn from a local farmer in Carrollton to give to our senior citizens in Carrollton and Temple. This project was well received. There were 25,140 ears of corn collected. This is approximately 419 bushels of corn. Our club members physically picked the corn and delivered it to senior centers. There were other participants picking corn including business people, high school athletes, school administrators and retired seniors. The corn was distributed to the Temple, GA., Bremen, GA, and Carrollton, GA senior centers. A bushel of corn cost $384.00 as of this post
Due to drastic budget cuts, the Parks of Chehaw continue to lose funding. The Parks of Chehaw provides educational outreach programs that include Clean Water, Clean Air, Animal knowledge, and other programs. The Vans that the staff were using had over 300,000 miles on them and were recently slated not to use for School travel.
Donation of books with labels honoring our speakers
We donate a library book honoring each of our speakers during the past year. We purchase the books, donate labels in honor of our speakers. We give each speaker a plaque after they speak each week and once a year we go to the school's library and put the labels in the books.
Rotary Club of East Cobb proposes to use the District 6900 funds for a basic education and literacy improvement project at Brumby Elementary School, located at 1360 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067. Brumby E.S. has been our “adopted school” for several years and our club continues to conduct and participate in numerous projects there, such as at-risk student mentoring, student group readings, acquisition of needed school equipment and supplies and similar projects. Specifically, our club intends to pay for a one-year subscription to Education City’s Learn English program and Computing for Brumby E.S. students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The subscription gives these students access to an online, interactive platform both in and away from the classroom. The platform allows educators, mentors and tutors to introduce and reinforce the English Language and Computing concepts to students and help these students master state and Common Core standards and gain digital literacy through digital lessons and activities. The school plans to host a training for Rotarians to learn about the platform and become familiar with the various lessons plans. Once familiarized, the Rotarians will mentor and tutor students using the Education City materials in the school’s computer lab.
Each year Muscogee Rotarians team up with first responders in our community in order to have an event at Easter Seals of West Georgia. At this even the clients of Easter Seals meet first responders to be familiarized with them and their work. These interactions increase the likelihood that they will understand first responders are there to help should they need emergency assistance. We also have guest characters from local businesses such as the Chik-Fil-A cow and others. Muscogee Rotarians and other guest volunteers interact with the Easter Seals clients and spend time in their classrooms reading to them in order to promote literacy and communication development.
Muscogee Rotarians will be purchasing sensory education items for Easter Seals of West Georgia funding by a $2,000 Rotary District Grant. Muscogee Rotary Club will organize and conduct a sensory education event schedule for September 13th, 2018 at Easter Seals and feature a specialist in sensory disorders as guest speaker at their regular meeting on September 6th, 2018. Muscogee Rotarians will meet with Easter Seals staff to select proper sensory education items, fund the purchase of these times and plan, organize, and volunteer at the sensory event.
FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) is an organization that collects used medical equipment and refurbishes it for distribution to people who can't afford to buy new.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody joins the DeKalb Rotary Council (all the Rotary Clubs in Dekalb County) on a Saturday, in a project organized by the Rotary Club of North Atlanta to collect equipment for FODAC. In July 2018, we collected $250,000 in used medical equipment.
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.
Cairo Rotarians will present student dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in Grady County and provide funds to one school media center to augment their budget shortfalls for reading and STEM materials.
Camilla Rotary Club will come alongside Mitchell County Recovery Group to assist with educational materials, goal-attainment recognition tools, and banquet sponsorship.
Mitchell County Recovery Group exists to provide an accountability group for community members in addiction recovery. Recent statistics from Mitchell County and Southwest Georgia indicate a significant number of community members adveresly affected by substance abuse, many of whom also present mental health concerns.
The Mobile Literacy Center is a new project of the Crisp County School System. Crisp County Schools will retrofit a bus into a mobile literacy lab. This bus will travel to neighborhoods and special events to help parents on location with the education of their children.
This project is organized to honor the men and women who risk their lives every day to serve the public. The focus is on the lost lives during 9/11/2001. Ron Jones headed up this very successful project with his team that included: Kathy Smith, Angela Harvey, Bob MacDonald, Asir Justifus. The audience included the Johns Creek Mayor, Council Members, Senator Albers, local firefighters. The chorus from Autrey Mills Middle School sang. Veterans of America performed a military salute. Teri MacDonald shared a heartfelt story of one of the firefighters who gave his life that day and noted the impact his loss had on his wife and three children. Sugo, a local restaurant, generously provided lunch for any and all of the Johns Creek first responders.
Peachtree City Police and Fire Department Banquets
Our Club sponsors our local police and fire departments in various ways. Besides offering an open-ended weekly invitation for either police or firefighter to attend weekly Rotary meetings, the club’s main annual project is the sponsorship of the annual holiday awards banquet.
The third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM Muscogee Rotarians visit Easter Seals of West Georgia in order to read to the clients of ESWG. Rotarians interact with children and adult populations to promote literacy and help in the development of listening and communication skills.
Members of Muscogee Rotary Club in conjunction with Redeem of Columbus GA is having a "take the city" Uptown service day. Members and volunteers of MRC will invite local Uptown businesses to display flyers with a helpline number for those affected by human trafficking. This is 1 of 2 Redeem service days scheduled for the 2018-19 year.
Members of Muscogee Rotary Club in conjunction with Redeem of Columbus GA is having a "take the city" day. Members and volunteers of MRC will invite local businesses to display flyers with a helpline number for those affected by human trafficking. This is 2 of 2 Redeem service days scheduled for the 2018-19 year.
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.
S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
This fair was a vocational event that included booths where students can come and take a vocational assessment questionnaire to see what vocation might best suit them. Local businesses had hands demo stations at booths so that students could meet and understand various industries and what is involved with various vocations. Rotary helped to get local businesses to participate and also had a "What is Rotary" table to introduce students and their families to Rotary. We passed out Rotary brochures and materials and spoke to the students about Rotary and Interact Clubs. Several Rotarians that have businesses participated by having a hands on booth as well.
This will be our third year sponsoring Homestretch by entertaining children so that the parents can participate in some very important training. We have hired a face painter, balloon twister and Santa, of course. We plant to engage the 45 children in crafts while the wait their turn to spend time with Santa, have their face painted and receive a well crafted animal balloon.
This will be our third year sponsoring Homestretch by entertaining children so that the parents can participate in some very important training. We have hired a face painter, balloon twister and Santa, of course. We plant to engage the 45 children in crafts while they wait their turn to spend time with Santa, have their face painted and receive a well crafted animal balloon.
There are three early-literacy GG's in place this Rotary year. Two are coming to closure, and one is midway through. Our club has an active training and monitoring part, not just a financial part, in these grants.
GG1412635 has recently filed its final report. This grant is for Souns materials for 2353 disadvantaged preschool children in Head Start in southwest Georgia, USA.
Our Club recognizes academic and technology students of the month, their parents and advisors. Each student is asked to identify his guests at the meeting, typically parents and advisors or sponsors, describe their major activities in high school and their plans for the future. Having an opportunity to speak before a group teaches them about preparation and gives them confidence about such opportunities to speak in the future. The students are awarded certificates for their selection and have a picture made to be published in the Thomasville Times Enterprise. Recognition of these students rewards them for their hard work and encourages others to emulate them leading to more productive citizens. This activity supports our Brand as encouraging scholarship and citizenship in our student population. This is a continuing activity each year.
Usually, people give gifts to the children of DFACS, but not so this year! The Children actually got to shop for gifts for others.
Children were receiving gifts but did not have the opportunity of experiencing the joy of giving. One Rotarian noticed and our club started the “Giving Side of Christmas” and the event has been a huge success.
In connection with Thomas County Certified Literacy Committee Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast from our Club sponsors a community wide team trivia Bee Competition and we provided two teams of three Rotarians to participate in the trivia bee. Each team that enters pays a $300 entrance fee. The proceeds from the event are used to purchase dictionaries and other books to be given to elementary students in the community. The Club swept the competition with the Rotary GTD -- Greatest Trivia Dominators consisting of Rotarians Don Sims, Gene McNease and Rotary spouse Theresa Brown, winning the competition with the Rotary Nerds, Ron Salter, Lauren Basford and Jeff Zoller placing second out of nine teams.
Decor took a nod from the Rotary theme "Making a Difference". We incorporated jewel tone colors to mimic the theme logo. The bright tablecloth was set off by a royal blue organza overlay. Wooden lodge dishes were set off by a bright orange origami napkins and bright blue cups (glassware was not allowed at event). Anchoring the table was a gold Manzanita tree centerpiece with fresh greenery (courtesy, Singletary's Flowers). Multicolor ribbons were hung from the tree with little cards listing achievements by Rotarians worldwide and locally.
Welcome Children Back to School with Rotary Pencils
Rotarians greet families and children back to school at Jackson Elementary School with Rotary logo pencils. This is a great way to boost Rotary public image. We are there at the door when the families arrive and give out pencils and greet and shake hands with family. It is inexpensive, but is great for public image and helps the students as well.
Our Club participated in the "Back to School Blitz" for 2000 students sponsored by Thomas County Family Connections. Over 27 participants handed out free school supplies and shared information concerning resources available, school activities and health support. Free eye exams, hearing tests and health screening were conducted. This activity provided school supplies to students who otherwise may not have been able to obtain them. The health screenings were very valuable to be sure that there were no physical obstacles to learning. Over 47% of Thomas County families are considered to be at the poverty level and need the support. This project reinforces our Rotary brand of supporting education and provides community interaction. This is a project that is supported each year. Rotarians participated in the planning of the event, packaging and handing out the supplies, as well as security. We contributed $1000 to purchase supplies.
CampSTEMtastic at Thomas University serves three distinct purposes:
promotion STEM fields to low-income students, offering teachers-in-training real world experience working with studens on STEM lessons, and acting as a long term research project to collect data
on the outcomes of early and frequent exposure to STEM fields of study.
Partner project with Rotary Clubs and local resort in Cancun Mexico. We send volunteers and financial support for the project to provide much needed school supplies for special needs schools in Cancun and surrounding Islands.
The total amount cash donations was $3700 from all the clubs, along with individual families staying at the resort hotels who were curious about the project when it was shared with them by Rotary members of each club.
Our club introduced Dragon Boat racing to our community in 2007. Since then, on the last week in September every year 4 to 5 thousand residents, paddlers, and vendors gather at the lake to enjoy the excitement. Every year this race has grown and is now one of the yearly premier events in Peachtree City.
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.
This year nearly 400 pounds of food goods were collected.
Essay contest for critical thinking and expression - cash award for students at Garrett Middle
Essay is to be written on their understanding of The Rotary annual theme
The 6th., 7th. and 8th. grade English classes student participate in this project and there is a 1,2,3 place winner from each grade level. We hold an awards luncheon for the student, his/her teacher, family members and school support staff.
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.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville has provided landscape services at The Vashti Center, a residential and outpatient service for troubled adolescents in Southwest Georgia, a ministry of the United Methodist Church.
On a Saturday, October 21, 2017, 13 Rotarians, 1 Rotarian Spouse, 2 Rotarian kids and 8 Vashti volunteers joined together to refresh the landscaping on the commons areas at Vashti. This multi acre site was raked of debris, shrubs were trimmed, fifty bales of pinestraw were spread, and a refreshed look was created.
In this program high School students write an essay on a character value and how it applies to the student's life. Our Club participated in this program with Thomas County Central High School involving over 1,000 students, Thomasville High School and Bishop Hall Charter School. This program encourages students to think about values that are keystones to becoming good productive citizens. Winners will read their essays at a club meeting and be publicized in the Thomasville Times Enterprise newspaper. Rotarians plan to participate in the evaluations of the essays.
Every year the Community under the leadership of Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, the Thomas County Library Director, and Rotarian Andre Maria selects a book to be read by the community members in conjunction with various activities including author appearances and other activities. This year our Club donated $1,000 as a Silver sponsor to the One Book project which will involve a title to be announced. This project encourages the youth of the city to read as they and their parents get involved.
The Thomasville Rose Show in April annually is recognized as a regional highlight for horticulturalists and rose enthusiasts particularly. We provide members and tools to set up the tables and table coverings as the show’s venue is built.
Another great time in 2017. Easy 5 hours of Coffee and stapling. I always enjoy the people and feeling of accomplishment
The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsored two students to RYLA last summer and plans on sponsoring four rising juniors for The Youth Leadership Academy this year after which they will be invited to give a report at a club meeting. Last year's students, Keldron Riddick, from Scholars Academy, and Stuart Allen, from Brookwood, reported that they improved their leadership skills learned in team activities and developed new friendships from among the 100 other Georgia attendees. They will be prime candidates to become Rotarians in the future. This activity reinforced our Club brand as supporting education and is a project we support each year. This year we are only authorized two slots, but we have requested that we have two additional slots if they become available.
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 Walmart to gather Contributions from store patrons. RCT members take responsibility for an entire week during the pre-holiday fund raising period.
This program funds taught sixty disadvantaged youth from Harper Elementary School eight hours of swimming lessons at the YMCA as requested by the president of the Harper Parent Teacher Association. This project serves two purposes. First it validates the importance of parents participating in the Parent Teacher Organization, a long term school goal which our Club has been supporting, but second it teaches important life saving skills to youngsters who would otherwise not be able to swim. This project enhances our Club's brand as doing all we can to support the youth of our community. The President of the Thomasville YMCA is Rotarian Tom Everett.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville has been and will continue to support local community youth sports as a means of developing physical, mental and spiritual sides of our youth. This year our club sponsored a YMCA football team and Director Will Felts coaches a YMCA soccer team.
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. It focusses on developing leadership skills, team building and community awareness. This year's facilitators featured Rotarians Mary Beth Donalson and Lauren Basford as well as financial support from our Club. This activity further supports our Rotary brand of educational enrichment to develop future leaders in our schools and community.
The Morehouse School of Medicine 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 will serve approximately 3,450 middle and high school aged youth over a five-year period in eight counties: Dekalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Grady, Jasper, Putnum and Thomas. All counties have teen birth rates above the national rate of 26.5 for every 1,000 adolescent females, ages 15-19. Under the leadership of Rotarian Andre Marria, Key Consultant, and Fidelity Manager, who was responsible for the program in Thomas and Grady Counties. Our club will be a partner in the program for Thomas County. An MOU is being drafted that will define our role and financial contribution.
In 2016, The Rotary Club of Barnesville hosted the first Honor Walk for first responders in Barnesville and Lamar County. There is no other event or project in our community that recognizes our first responders. We invite all first responders, Rotarians, and community members to participate in the Honor Walk, which is in downtown Barnesville. Afterwards, we treat everyone to lunch and a short program to honor our first responders. In addition to the Honor Walk, we provide red ribbon bows to businesses and residences to display in honor of our first responders. At the end of the year, this first time event was the top rated service project by our Rotarians.
An annual project for over 15 years our club has produced the SafeDrive Map to alert citizens, especially newcomers and student drivers, about the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region. One indicator of the map's success is the fact that 4000 copies are distributed free of charge with help from all six Interact Clubs associated with our Club, all area auto insurance companies, the Georgia State Patrol Drivers' and Examination office and others. The map credits the Rotary Club of Thomasville as sole sponsor, branding Rotary as a leader in driver safety for the community.
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 will honor some two hundred and eighty five 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 will celebrate each other, being,provided gifts and a traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The hall will be decorated with holiday themes, holiday music and a Bounce House and slide will be provided. Santa Claus will make an appearance with gifts for the children and, in cooperation with the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe, a soloist will sing Christmas and Seasonal songs. In addition, supported by Thomas University a Noncommissioned Officers will be honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for their service to the community. Rotarians and other volunteers will prepare the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Thirty Rotarians will provide homemade desserts for the party. The event will be covered in the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforce 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.
Tax Aide is a Rotary award winning program in partnership with AARP, Thomas University, Hands on Thomas County and the Thomasville Library. Rotary and these organizations had initially come together to provide free tax service to the citizens of Thomas County for a second year. However, the reputation of the program has brought in clients from the neighboring Grady and Colquitt counties and distant Lowndes county. The service is provided every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The service started February 1st and will conclude after 11 weeks on April 18th. Through the first week in March over 110 low and moderate income households from Southwest Georgia will have been provided free Federal and Georgia tax preparation service. The results of this service are over $300,000 in refunds and credits for our most impoverished citizens. Subscribing to the theory that every dollar in a community turns over 3 times, then the impact on the community is the local circulation of $900,000. With the number of citizens served and the amount of their refunds, there is definitely joy in "Mudville".
This is a program funded by a District Grant and contributions from our Club in which Rotarians discuss six Character Pillars with before and after student evaluations for fifty students at The Vashti Center, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club, the Thomasville Community Resource Center and the Thomasville City Schools' Scott Elementary School. Vashti offers a residential program for students who are not able to live with their families and the Boys and Girls Club and the Resource Center are after school programs which helps young people become productive citizens. The Character Counts Program from the Josephson Institute involves the staff discussing with the students each of the character traits of Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respectfulness, and Responsibility for one month. Two Rotarians then meet with the students to discuss how the trait of the month has impacted their personal and professional lives. The students are then involved in a discussion about how this trait could apply in their lives and the difference it could make. The assessment of the program at Vashti was that “The Character Counts Curriculum has proven to increase the morale and values of the youth in the program.” We have branded our Club as giving priority to educational projects and this program reinforces this branding in the community. We expect this innovative program to have a similar impact this year and plan to continue it in the future.
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 from the Roswell Club. 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.
Rotary sponsored the 3rd Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 85 seniors Feb 14, 2018. The community was included by having white trees with heart ornaments displayed in three locations (Thomasville National Bank on Broad Street, Thomasville National Bank on Remington Avenue, and Southern Pines Senior Living). Each ornament had the name of a senior and their desire for a Valentine gift. The community was encouraged to purchase a $10 gift or donate $10. The party began at 11:00a with dancing. Watching seniors move, smile, and cheer was the best part. One gentleman present had a feeding tube and rarely ventured from his walker. Yet, the music called him to the dance floor to show us his moves. Again, Rotary was able to offer a catered lunch by Henderson's, and Southern Pines donated a variety of desserts. Awards were given for Lady Valentine/Guy Valentine, best lady/guy dancer, and best lady/guy smile. ALL seniors were then given a Valentine gift provided by the community. Photos were taken by Rotarian Ben Wilds who captured some great candid moments. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money and donations. Seven Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed gifts/donations for our seniors. Three members of a sponsorship came to volunteer at the party. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors. CNS was present to capture some footage, which has been broadcasted numerous times.
The Rotary Junior Tennis Tournament is our oldest, continuous Community Service project, going back to 1978-79! Last year marked the 36th Year of offering boys and girls ages 6-18 a USTA sanctioned tournament. Competitors from four states including South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Georgia have gained State Southern and National rankings while staying close to home. In past years numerous Rotarians helped man concessions and assisted with tournament administrative duties. Today only 2-4 Rotarians are needed for the two day tournament. Over the years the tournament has been self sustaining and actually has made money for scholarships in most years. Gene McNease and Tom Harrison are very proud of having provided leadership in keeping this valuable service project viable and well administrated for all these years. Our Club has hosted as many as 200 players in one tournament but normally it runs 50-75 players today. The Tournament this year will be 30 April and 1 May on the new Glen Arven hydroclay tennis courts. This is a continuing project that demonstrates to families from the southeast the commitment Rotary has to Youth.
The Terrell County Education Resources Project continues the Club's efforts to provide county students with basic materials to further their education. The multi-pronged approach focuses on providing a Dictionary to each 3rd grade student in the county, a Thesaurus to each 8th grade student and a Vocabulary Builder to each 11th grade student. The Club will insert book plates in these books to reflect the Rotary gift. The club will also purchase library books for the Terrell County Library focused on the Library's Children's Book initiative including; Picture books for toddlers, Science, Animal, Sports and History books. The final piece will be supporting the County 4-H Club students in their STEM teaching programs by providing a projector and screen for class room support.
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 City 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. The five Rotarians with participation from fifteen Interact Club students and their faculty advisor completed painting a 20’ x 40’ map of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) under the covered playground (pavilion) at Harper Elementary School. The map will be used to provide geographical education to elementary students at the school.
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. This money provides financial support to students who face ever increasing costs of post secondary education. Rotarians are involved in fundraising by conducting a weekly drawing and a football competition. Rotarians serve on the school selection committees and award the scholarships at graduation ceremonies. The media coverage of this project supports the branding of our club as having a primary focus on education and provides significant community awareness.
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 of letters that are used to associate sounds with letters so that children can associate letters with words that they can pronounce. Rotarians are also involved in the evaluation phase of the program to determine the progress of the students. Our Club supports SOUNS in the Thomas County Head Start program to approximately 159 children taught by 18 teachers. Each child participates in a 15 minute SOUNS exercise each day. Interviews with the teachers indicates that it is an effective tool to improve reading skills. This program will be conducted each year branding Rotary as an organization that cares for the next generation to have a chance at a quality education and it all begins with strong reading skills.
Rotary Club of Thomasville's Public Image enhances the Rotary brand by telling Rotary’s story to the public and promote the club’s projects and activities with a strong emphasis on all three (3) themes: our local club: “Recognizing Those Who Serve”, District 6900: “Dare To Be Better”, Rotary International: “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Our Stellar Rotarian, John Brown, has given real impetus to the Interact program in our Club.
The Club Supports six existing Interact Clubs. The Interact clubs are Brookwood Upper School, Scholars Academy, Thomas County Central High School, CHART Home School, Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Orchestra and Bishop Hall Charter School. These clubs now comprise 205 students and 6 faculty advisors. They accomplished a record number of community and International Club projects. The students have had 193 volunteers to date that have worked on thirteen projects which have had a very positive impact on our community for 1795 volunteer hours and have raised $240 for an African Missionaries project with Global Outreach international. The report on the individual club's projects and activities is attached below. In addition to the student volunteers listed below, three Rotarians served as mentors for Interact Club students.
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. Typically a Director will update the group on a project or other matter of interest and then great fellowship and conversation ensues. Those Rotarians who participate earn a Make up.
The Rotary Club of Milton will host a meal packing event that provides meals to children in developing countries. By targeting hunger - specifically by partnering with school feeding programs - we can help combat the world's most challenging issues: disease, poverty, education, gender inequality, child labor and economic decline.
"I have been in education for 36 years and this is the first program that truly addresses what a bystander can do to help a victim of bullying. All of our students from grades 4-12 have been active in the BTV campaign for 2 years and it has made a huge difference in the way they treat their fellow peers and view each others differences. As educators, we appreciate the ease of implementing the program and how involved our students are in "Being the Voice" at school but also out in their community. Thank you so much to the Roswell Rotary Club for bringing this program to our school."
The Roswell Rotary Club and Roswell High School have sponsored an invitational track meet. The purpose of this sponsorship is to provide a high profile opportunity for high school track & field teams from throughout Georgia to compete against the best in the state. Annually 25 to 30 high schools are represented with both boys and girls teams participating. A full slate of field events are held in the morning session followed by track and relay events in the afternoon. The strong emphasis on relay events builds a spirit of teamwork among the athletes and creates a high energy atmosphere during the daylong event.
In 2016, our annual school graduation trip was led by Terry Taylor, Kay Love and Theo Keyserling. As a club, we are proud to partner with Lunches for Learning (L4L). to continue our sponsorship of a school. Working with L4L we are able to travel in country, do mission work and safely deliver
meals and the means to prepare them at schools in southern Honduras.
The Mission: Continue to grow and strengthen one of the biggest Interact networks in all of Rotary.
This Year: In 2018-2019, Roswell Rotary supports 12 Interact Clubs with nearly 300 members. Those clubs serve their schools, the Roswell
community and the world. The students elect
officers and hold meetings. Regular projects include food-can collections, toy and coat drives and raising money for Polio. But mix in fun as they paint the Youth
Day Float and walk the parade route. Interact groups educate their classmates and participate
in Roswell Rotary’s International Service Project in Honduras by collecting school supplies.
Roswell Rotary Club
and the Interact Clubs will provide and pack supplies and letters for a platoon. Volunteers will pack handwritten letters, sugarless chewing gum,
energy bars, small packages of coffee, throat lozenges, lip balm, beef jerky,
paper, pens, envelopes and all types of toiletries.
The Blessed Trinity Interact Club has over 30 members, 2 teacher sponsors and 2 Roswell Rotary Liaisons. BT Interact collects all of the recycle paper throughout the school and keeps the school clean and green! BT Interact has also purchased whiteboards for schools in Honduras. Blessed Trinity Interact was awarded the Zone Award and the Presidential Citation in 2017-2018.
The Crabapple Middle School has over 30 members,
3 teacher sponsors and 2 Roswell Rotary Liaisons. They meet twice per month and
have promoted Be THE Voice throughout the entire school for three years in a row, and rode in
the Youth Day Parade. Crabapple Middle School was awarded the BeZone Award and Presidential Citation in
Our club has been and will continue to be a big supporter of the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of our club have served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program which governs the contest.
In addition to our annual contribution of $1000 to the program we dedicate one of our meetings to the award winners from Roswell High School and Independence High School. Students read their essays to our club and are presented with their medals during the meeting. There usually isn't a dry eye in the room.
The Hembree Springs Elementary Interact Club has 25 members, 2 teacher sponsors and 2 Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club participated in a Thanksgiving food drive with Children's
Restoration Network, Christmas Stocking project for Children's Restoration Network, helped Student Council with Hembree Springs
Recycling, helped Hembree teachers with projects involving
organizing and cleaning, raised money for Pennies for Patients, launched Be THE Voice and visited seniors at Brookdale Assisted Living
(Chambrel). The Hembree Spring Elementary Interact Club received the Zone Award in 2017-2018.
Throughout this Rotary year, we are recognizing the policemen, firemen & EMTs in our community. We started by honoring both the police chief and fire chief and making them honorary members of our club. They attend Roswell Rotary regularly and are recognized at each visit. In addition, on August 2, we honored our Roswell police officers, EMTs and firemen and women at our meeting and learned about their service to our community. All Roswell First Responders were recognized with a special certificate of appreciation.
The Mountain Park Elementary Interact Club has over 20 members, 2 teacher sponsors and 2 Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Mountain Park Elementary Club was awarded the Zone Award and a special District Governor's Award in 2017-2018.
The Roswell High School Interact Club has over 40 active members, 2 teacher sponsors and 2 Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wed. of every month during the school year. In 2018-2019, the RHS Interact Club will sponsor the Be THE Voice campaign, including recording and producing videos and walking the Youth Day Parade route with the banner, collected garbage bags for North Fulton Community Charities, collected supplies for Adopt-A-Platoon and packed the boxes, and heard an update on a school in Honduras and donated money to the school. RHS Interact received the Zone Award and Presidential Citation in 2017-2018.
The Roswell North
Elementary Interact Club will support the Be The Voice Campaign to stop
bullying. Students have produced videos for the morning announcements, made
posters, and nearly all faculty and staff proudly wear their BTV t-shirts
to show support. Bracelets and stickers have been distributed school wide.
At the conclusion of all Interact planning and work meetings, Roswell North
students recite the 4-Way Test.
RRC is proud to have been one of the two Rotary clubs to sponsor the North Fulton Rotaract Club.
Rotaract Clubs come in two flavors; School based or Young Professional based. Ours is the latter and has grown to a club of nearly 30 members of 20-somethings that already have a heart for service and are willing to put their time and money on the line to prove it.
In 2018, Roswell Rotary sponsored ten students from three high schools in Roswell to RYLA, paying the full tuition and travel expenses for these students. The students attending RYLA raved about the leadership skills and new friends made during the program.
The Sweet Apple Elementary Interact Club has 36 members, 2 teacher sponsors and one Roswell Rotary Liaison. The Interact Club members collected supplies and helped pack boxes for Adopt-A-Platoon. They also made Valentine's Day cards and visited Arbor Terrace to make the residents feel special! The Sweet Apple Elementary Interact Club won the Zone Award in 2017-2018.
Each month during the school year, Roswell Rotary recognizes a student and teacher in the local community schools who demonstrates leadership and outstanding academic achievements. Each student and teacher is presented to the club at a regular meeting and is provided with a certificate of achievement. Additionally the club awards a Visa gift cards for each student and teacher.
The Cottage School Interact Club has 10 members, 2 teacher sponsors and one Roswell Rotary Liaison. The Club collects canned goods and toys for North Fulton Community Charities annually. The Cottage School Interact Club received the Zone Award and the Presidential Citation in 2017-2018.
In the last 11 years, this Roswell community event has grown from a small gathering on Canton St. to a city wide celebration once per month all during the spring, summer and fall. Canton St. is closed to traffic and drinking laws relaxed to allow folks to stroll the streets and enjoy food, music and exhibits by local businesses and non-profits.
Rotarians supported by our Interact Clubs provided for and/or solicited donations of new toys to be distributed to children of needy families in the greater Roswell Community. More than 350 toys were collected, purchased, and delivered to North Fulton Community charities for distribution to children of all ages
Don and Barbara Thomas were always strong supporters of the Georgia Rotary Student Program.Through the years they helped entertain Roswell Rotary Club’s GRSP students.Barbara and Don were Will Watt Fellows, Hue Thomas Fellows and Kendall-Weisiger Fellows.
Not only did the club build the Rotary Dream Field so those with special needs would have a place to play, we also volunteer our time. During a "season" of play, volunteers from our club will buddy up with a player to help them get in the game and have a good time.
To create an ongoing cultural exchange and understanding, Roswell Rotary participates in and financially supports a program of sending a Roswell school teacher to and hosting a school teacher from Pilar, Argentina. This program is the outgrowth of an original student exchange program started by the president of the West Jacksonville, Florida Rotary Club in 1974. The program evolved into a teacher exchange program and was brought to our club by his son, Roswell Rotarian Lee Hollingsworth. After visiting respective school systems and communities for about two weeks, the teachers bring back experiences to their students, faculty, and community. It is also a reward for deserving teachers who are never recognized enough for their contributions to the youth in their communities. The program builds awareness of Rotary in the world community and brings international cultural experiences to those who might normally have the opportunity. This year's teacher, and the 4th to be hosted by our club, was Dario Rosa who teaches history and philosophy at Magno College Secondary School in Pilar. Dario was selected as Teacher of the Year for his District in 2016. This was his very first trip to the U.S. After a lengthy selection process among many applications, Ms. Angelique Hayes, a teacher at Crabapple Middle School in Roswell was chosen to represent our club for two weeks in Pilar, Argentina. Angelique will demonstrate local teaching methods and experiences while observing a variety of educational techniques in both private and public schools in Argentina.
Provide gently used coats to the needy in the greater Roswell Community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. Rotarians initiated a coat drive to collect gently used coats to support the efforts of the NFCC. Approximately 50 coats were donated by Rotarians and distributed to NFCC on or around Dec.1st. 2 Roswell Rotarians collected and delivered the coats to NFCC. Close to 20 hours was spent on this project.
This is an ongoing project of Roswell Rotary that we do for residents of Roswell Nursing & Rehab. called the "Penny Auction".
This activity is held on the third Thursday of each month at 2pm, directly after regular Rotary meeting. This is a program that the residents really enjoy and was no longer being provided by the previous sponsor. The residents are provided 25 pennies each to bid on items provided by us. These items are typically from the Dollar Store and go for 1 to 25 cents. The attendance is typically 30 to 40 residents. We would provide 30 to 40 items each month. The list of items needed is provided to the club members as needed.
Roswell Rotarians and family members participated in the 29th Annual Rivers Alive Cleanup on the Chattahoochee River. Rotarians in waders fording the river and in canoes and kayaks floating on the river collected over 800 pounds of trash and debris. Others walked both sides of the river banks and picked up discarded cans, bottles, paper products, and other articles that were washed inward from the fast-paced river flow. All trash collected was loaded into a truck and transported to a recycling area. Rotarians got together afterwards for hamburgers, hotdogs, and beer to talk about the adventure and enjoy some fellowship. The Chattahoochee River provides 70% of the drinking water for the greater Atlanta area. It is therefore paramount that we keep the river as clean as possible and to protect the wild life habitat. Hence, there are literally thousands of people that benefit from this effort. We list only 100 beneficiaries at right to complete the project; as the actual number is impossible to know, but far greater than shown.
On the Friday before Thanksgiving, more than 10 Roswell Rotarians presented information about their careers to all of the World History classes (comprised of about 700 Sophomores) at Roswell High School. Each Roswell Rotarian shared information about his or her career, including educational requirements, future opportunities and compensation information. The students were given an opportunity to ask questions and make contact with local professionals.
More than fifteen Roswell Rotarians actively work with the RHS Construction program by serving on the Advisory Board, fundraising and mentoring students. Ken Briggs teaches classes on HVAC, Dave Schmit and Mike Hampton provide construction sites for site visits, Becky Stone organizes resume reviews and interview skills training and more than 10 Roswell Rotarians serve on the Advisory Counsel.
We will be sponsoring, for the second year, a Roswell Nursing resident
in their annual Pageant. Roswell Rotarian Nancy Diamond will be the emcee again this year. We
purchase a dress and shoes for the contestant and go over the day of the
event to "fluff" her up with makeup, etc. and cheer her on. Then we crown the "Magnolia Queen"!
In partnership with Senior Services North Fulton, Roswell Rotary Club members hosted a fall prevention bingo at Crabapple Senior Center. Fall prevention bingo is a great way to help seniors learn how to avoid falling while having a great time playing bingo.
Stand Up for Kids is an organization that focuses on identifying homeless kids who need support and motivation to stay in high school until they graduate. To stay in the program, students have to attend school regularly, maintain a C average, and meet with mentors for guidance, counseling, motivation, and moral support. Roswell Rotarians provide mentorship for this program at Roswell High School, Centennial High School, and Independence High School. Mentors meet with their student twice a month for a one hour lunch at their respective High Schools for the entire school year. At the end of the year, each student's accomplishment is recognized with a celebration party and various awards.
Roswell Rotary collects items for the "MeMaws" Store. MeMaws Store is located in the activities
director's office in a small corner. Residents are able to purchase items there
with their Bingo winnings, etc. No one item is more that $3.00. This was
started by a former resident's family when MeMaw passed away and her items were
donated to the store.
The reason RRC does so much good in the community and in the world is because we are truly a family of members pulling in the same direction. Part of the secret sauce is making it fun to be a Roswell Rotarian.
Gary Garrett's Fun on the Farm Party has become an annual tradition of the club. Before the beer flows, we bring out the shotguns to kill clay pigeons. Burgers and dogs come off the grill and everybody pitches in to bring lots of tasty side dishes. Some get a little crazy!
Roswell Rotary setup 2 tents, provided drinks and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and enjoyed time with our Rotary family. A quick storm blew through soaking all of us, but we had a great time and watched spectacular fireworks at Roswell High School. Over 75 Rotarians and their families enjoyed the evening.