"Industry Appreciation" with Guest Speakers Dr. Ron Newcomb, President Chattahoochee Technical College & Missy Cusack, Executive Director Chattahoochee Technical College Featuring the 2019 Industry or the Year & 2019 Service Industry of the Year Award Presentations.
Paulding County Rotary Club member Tina Drummond introduced her two guests to the Rotary Club. Aileen Culberson, Manager of the Paulding County Animal Shelter and Jason Flatt owner-operator of Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue. Mr. Flatt is looking to expand to a larger facility. The rescue is saving funds to purchase land to that end. They are looking to stay in Paulding to remain close to the animal shelter and veterinary partner that provide his rescue with much-needed support.
Superior Court Judge David Lyles spoke to the Rotary Club about the most recent accountability Court in Paulding County. It is a program designed to provide case disposition for people with a documented mental illness who have been charged with a crime. In many ways, Georgia is leading the nation in prison reform, and Paulding County is leaving the state through Accountability Court programs.
The Shepherd's Rest Ministries Women's Shelter operates around the clock, 24 hours and 7 days a week to take calls from women and families in dire need. During 2018 over 16,700 calls were answered and 14,892 calls were followed up on. Legal advocacy helped 457 women with temporary restraining orders. The 2 crisis houses that they operate provided shelter for 26 women and 60 children.
Paulding Rotary welcomed Seth Bice. Mr. Bice is a Cobb County firefighter and a resident of Paulding County. Last year Mr. Bice founded and coordinated the first Paulding Public Safety Rodeo. The rodeo was held in March of last year in Earl Duncan Park. While first-time benefit events are usually difficult to coordinate, the rodeo was very much a success.
Paulding County UGA Extension Master Gardener Volunteers recently recognized Marcia Riley as Paulding County Master Gardener of the Year as well as the Tracy Grice of the Paulding County Farm Bureau as the Friend of Master Gardeners at their Annual New Beginnings Celebration Dinner.
Volunteers in Paulding offer a local scholarship, available to Paulding County residents that are incoming freshmen or students attending post-secondary accredited institutions.
A Paulding Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting was recently held at Marietta Dermatology and The Skin Cancer Centers for the expansion of their West Cobb office. The new office is twice the size to accommodate community demand. The new address is 5041 Dallas Hwy, Suite 200-D.
Paulding County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers traveled to Georgia Highlands College in Rome to attend a public speaking competition. At the event, there were 12 counties represented and a total of 579 students in attendance.
Taylor founded the Alternative Baseball organization in 2016 for teens and young adults ages 15 years and up with autism. As a developmental baseball organization, this would give the opportunity to those unable to enjoy this port first-hand. Mr. Duncan explained that the mission is to provide an encouraging experience to promote personal growth and development for teens and adults with autism and other special needs. The program is a true baseball experience, using professional league rules.
Paulding County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta on Feb. 12 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Paulding County Farm Bureau delegation visited with many of our state legislator and officials.
32nd Annual Student Art Show Sponsored by the Paulding Fine Arts Association. This year we received 126 student works from 20 Paulding Public Schools, 10 homeschooled students and 8 private school students for a total of 144 works. The school with the most entries was Baggett Elementary with 55, the second best contributor was Hiram High with 11 and tied for third were PB Ritch Middle and South Paulding Middle with 8 entries each. We appreciate our teachers and thank them for their support!
Paulding Rotary Club participated in the Feeding America Backpack Program this February. The club sorted and delivered over 5000 pounds of food to 16 elementary schools in Paulding County. Many children right here in Paulding County need easy to prepare food for weekend meals. More than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the national school breakfast & lunch programs.
Mrs. Imogene Nelson of the Paulding WellStar Nursing Home visits the Paulding Rotary. Mrs.Imogene brought members of the club up-to-date on the changes at the WellStar Paulding nursing home. She also recounts how the Rotary Club has made a difference to the patients at the nursing home over the years.
With a population in excess of 150,000, Paulding County is able to sustain two (2) Rotary Clubs: Dallas Rotary Club AND Rotary Club of Paulding County.
The Dallas Rotary Club is the newer of the clubs. It was established in 2003 and has 17 active members. This club currently has its regular meetings on Thursday mornings at Audrey’s Cafe. Please check Facebook for schedule.
The Paulding County Rotary Club, the first Rotary Club in Paulding County, was chartered in 1969. It has approximately 42 active members and meets regularly.
Although the clubs are different from one another, the common mission is the same – SERVICE TO COMMUNITY. We invite you to visit each club to determine which is the best fit for you. Please see each club on Facebook for current meeting schedule. FOUR WAY TEST: Of all the things we think, say or do…. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?