Broken Shackle Ranch

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.

Annual Rotary Speech Contest

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.

This Wednesday: Rotary Club of Valdosta and Valdosta North Rotary Club proudly presents the 2015 State Legislative Luncheon

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.

This Wednesday’s speaker: Dr. Doug Farwell of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

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.

 

This Wednesday’s speaker: From the Salvation Army, Majors Pamela and Robin Starr

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).

 

This wednesday’s speaker: Valwood School Head Football Coach Ashley Henderson

Ashley HendersonAshley Henderson, head Coach at Valwood School, started his current position in 2012. He received a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree from Valdosta State University. Ashley’s work as a graduate assistant under David Dean and Chris Hatchers led the way for a successful career.

In 2012-2013 Ashley was named Coach of the Year by Southeast Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletes and named 2014 GISA All-Star game Offensive Coordinator. Ashley was named the Region 3AAA Coach of the Year in 2014 and Region 3AA Coach of the year in 2013. His career head coaching record is 36-3 and thirteen of his players have signed football scholarships.

 

This week’s speaker: Carrol Dadisman author of “Dear Old U-G-A”

Carrol Dadisman is the author of Dear Old U-G-A, a 120-year history of the University of Georgia as reported and reflected in pagescarrol dadisman of The Red and Black, UGA’s independent student newspaper, since its founding in 1893. The book was inspired by his service on the board of directors for The Red and Black.

Carrol graduated in 1956 with a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He is a retired publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat. He has been a Knight International Press Fellow and was the founding president of the Community Foundation of North Florida in Tallahassee. Carrol has been a member of Rotary in Marietta, Columbus and Tallahassee, and currently resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Mildred.