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.
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 invite the Policeman of the year, the Firefighter of the year, Deputy of the year, State Trooper of the year, and EMT of the year; along with their family and supervisor to our meeting for lunch. We present them with plaque and photograph to be displayed at their place of work. These are also placed in the local newspaper.
Our Club partnered with local
police officer, Travis Goodman, to raise funds for the Keep Safe 5k. The Keep
Safe 5K was a race in which all proceeds went to provide car seats to mothers
of newborns within the community. Our club supported this fundraiser by
providing funds, hosting the organizer of the event and promoting the event
within the community.
On Thursday, July 11th, nine (9) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to prepare 1,054meals for children served by MUST Ministries’ Summer Lunch Program. MUST Ministries addresses a great need in our community- food insecurity. During the academic year, school personnel observe children getting sick from overeating after experiencing hunger-filled weekends. This problem is grossly exacerbated during the summer when children do not have access to the meals provided in school. In response, MUST Ministries offers its Summer Lunch Program to kids in Cobb, Fulton, Douglas, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Pickens counties. It prepares and delivers approximately 6,000 meals daily and 300,000 meals annually during the summer months. MUST Ministries staff member LaShonda Daniels says of her work: “It makes me happy to know that I am a part of helping these children receive such blessings.” We totally agree with her, and were pleased to offer our assistance to help remedy this serious problem affecting children in our local communities.
On a trip to the Marta y Maria Orphanage this week in Jalapa, Guatemala we found the water pump for the well not working leaving the orphanage without clean drinking water and sanitation. The well needs be excavated to be deeper which will cost an estimated $100/foot to dig and a new pump needs to be installed. The cost of the pump and piping can not be determined until we see just how deep the well needs to be dug. The Orphanage is currently having to purchase bottled water for $66 every two days and carry waste off in buckets. The expense of purchasing the water makes affording the repairs impossible and is depleting the money needed for food. The Orphanage currently houses 170 young girls in Jalapa, Guatemala. In the past our chapter assisted them in purchasing a commercial oven to bake bread. They are also in need of a new commercial stove, burner and tortilla machine as they are currently cooking on a tin placed over an open fire for items that cannot be cooked in the oven. Rotarians will volunteer their time to assist with the purchasing, and installation of the well pump and the new kitchen equipment. Photos of the girls are posted with this project wearing their new uniforms they were able to make with the sewing machines Rotary provided in 2018 which is also giving the girls training for possible future jobs.
The Quitman County School System is located in one of the poorest counties in Georgia with students who test very low in reading. The school system received a government grant last year to provide computers and tablets to the students. The school asked the Rotary to help them provide Scholastic Magazine's and the included online educational resources to use with those computers. The magazines were purchased in 2018 and the school system reported a great improvement in reading scores. These magazines bring current reading materials which the kids can relate to and expose them not only to reading, but also math, science, art and the world around them. The school is asking us to please renew these subscriptions for the 2019/2020 school year. The magazines are provided to all age groups in the school system. Rotary Volunteers spend time passing out the magazines and reading to the children at the school.
- Mitchell Co is 100% Free School Meals County - purchase of basic back to school supplies is a financial burden for many families - provide basic classroom supplies (pencils, glue, markers, etc.) for every Pre-K-1st grade classroom in the county in branded storage box -impact three school systems - Baconton Charter, Mitchell Co Primary/Elementary; Westwood Schools
Member of the club will provide home made baked goods to be auctioned to the general public to raise money for the projects the club does locally and internationally. Sale is conducted at the Hospital Auditorium from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
We will have a table set up at the event with Rotary Information, club activities, and End Polio information.Local businesses and hundreds of customers and people seeking employment will be invited to the event open to the public.
Our volunteers helped students identify work areas that they may be interested after high school. The students took a survey/test showing their interests and abilities. Our club paid for this testing last year, and we brought our experiences in business to help the students understand how their education will allow them to succeed in the workforce.
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 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.
Support the newly re-established Boys and Girls Club in Plains, Ga. (the "Club") to achieve its goal of enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. This unit is much needed in a county with 54% of all children living in poverty. The Club is named in honor of President Jimmy Carter, and he and his wife Rosalyn are active participants with the local Boys and Girls Club. The Rotary Club of Americus will provide much-needed computing equipment and dedicate volunteer time to support their efforts.
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.