We appreciate the great leadership that Tom Gooding provided this past year as President and look forward to another great year with Jeremy Chick as incoming President. A big thanks to the 2017-18 Board of Directors as well as the 2018-19 Board of Directors.
Congratulations to Patrick Childress (Valdosta High School) and Annie Eilders (Georgia Christian School) who placed 1st and 2nd respectively at the Zone level of the Rotary Speech Contest in Macon (April 7). They were the 1st and 2nd place winners at our Rotary Speech Contest as well.
The 2018 L.E.A.D. raised more money than any previous year! Thank you to the Valdosta-Lowndes community for showing your support of those who put their lives on the line every day. http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/local_news/lead-dinner-honors-law-enforcement/article_073d45f3-10b6-523e-a2e4-87eb2c99ad5b.html
It is once again time for Valdosta Rotary Club’s signature event, the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner (L.E.A.D.). The proceeds from this event being held Thursday, February 15, go to help officers and their families when they are in need. Thank you to all who have sponsored tables in the past or bought single tickets as we recognize the men and women that protect us day in and day out! Visit the L.E.A.D. page for more information on sponsorship and obtaining tickets.
Great day at Rotary! We appreciated having Liz Smith and Lewis Gordon to tell us about Special Olympics Georgia. Liz serves as the volunteer and event manager and Lewis Gordan has participated for almost 30 years and has 9 gold medals to date! We were also honored to have Maria Staley and some Y-LEAD (Youth Leadership Exploration and Development) members with us today from Lowndes Middle School. This program is for 7th and 8th graders that exhibit service and character attributes. The 7th grade year focuses mainly on service and the 8th grade year shifts more towards leadership. Refreshing to see young people involved in service and we hope they will be in the Interact Club when they get to high school.