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.

Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, offers discounts on products and services from local and global merchants, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary. Visit Rotary Global Rewards for more information. 

What a great program about the Broken Shackle Ranch. We appreciate David Cobb’s presentation about how this work has impacted over 8,000 young men since 1984.  There will be a Board Meeting February 1 at 11am and all Red Badges are encouraged to attend (to get rid of the Red Badge)!  The program will be by one of our very own, Colonel Jim Galloway (Ret).  He will be sharing his experiences while on assignment with the Royal Air Force.

What an inspiring program today as we had four students compete in the Rotary Speech Contest! It is refreshing to hear how the next generation “gets” what Rotary is all about and makes one proud to be a part of it. Congratulations to the winner, Nada Kent (Valdosta HS), second place Annie Eilders (GCS), third place Lauren Burgess (Lowndes HS), and fourth place Patrick Childress (Valdosta HS). They all did a fantastic job! See you Tuesday for the joint meeting with Valdosta North on Tuesday, January 24 at the Rainwater Conference Center.

The 2015 State Legislative Luncheon will be held at the Rainwater Conference center from 12p-1:30p. The program will be presented by State Legislators on issues on tap for the upcoming State Legislative Session. Our State delegation includes Senator Ellis Black, State Representative Amy Carter, State Representative Jason Shaw, State Representative Dexter Sharper and State Representative John Corbett. For more information and tickets, visit the Valdosta chamber of Commerce website.

Dr. Brad Lawson will discuss the history of the Arlington National Cemetery and the Honor Guard’s role over the years.Dr. Brad Lawson

Dr. Doug Farwell is currently the Executive Director for the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Department Head of Music at Valdosta State University. Doug holds a DMA from the University of Illinois and an MM VSO Dr. Doug Farwellfrom

the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also the principal trombonist with the Albany and Valdosta Symphony Orchestras and a substitute with other regional Orchestras. Doug will discuss the upcoming events of the season, the collaborations between the city and the University, and how the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra adds to the cultural opportunities in Valdosta.


Salvation Army Majors Pamela and Robin StarrPamela and Robin Starr, officers in The Salvation Army, will share with us the beginnings and current projects of the Salvation Army. They met at the Salvation Army Training College in Atlanta. Pamela was commissioned as an officer in June 1993 and Robin was commissioned as an officer in June 1992, and they were married in December 1993. They have served together in several locations including Chattanooga, TN, and Valdosta.

Robin graduated in 1985 from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, TN, with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. Pamela graduated in1993 from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, with a degree in Elementary Education. They have three children: Jackie(20), Jennie(20) and Josh(12).


Contact Us

Rotary Club of Valdosta
P.O. Box 517
Valdosta, GA 31603-0517

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