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?
Dr. Brian Otott update members on the status and plans for the Paulding school system. Dr. Otott marked the growth of the Paulding school system as well as the research and planning to keep up with that growth. In addition to quantity, Dr. Otott also spoke of the programs, opportunities, and grants that are being applied to our school system.
Ford Thigpen, President of the Paulding Rotary Club welcomed Mary Carol Sheffield of the UGA Extension Office. The Rotary Club acknowledges the positive impact and effort that the 4-H Club brings to students in our County's school system. Mr. Thigpen presented a check for $1000 to Mrs. Sheffield as a donation on behalf of the Paulding Rotary Club.
Paulding County Rotary Club president, Ford Thigpen welcomed guests from East Paulding High School. In addition to our club members, we were joined by East Paulding's Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Brad Thomason, Head Coach Billy Shackelford, and Community Coach Bill Driskell. Coach Driskell explained the mentoring program for East Paulding.
Mikey Curtis of the Paulding County Shrine Club visited the Paulding Rotary club. Mr. Curtis explain some of the histories of the Shrine Club for the Rotarians and updated them with information on their upcoming charity golf tournament.
This year the 7th Annual Pigskin Preview took place at the Dallas Civic Center in Downtown Dallas. Organized by the Paulding County Rotary Club, Club President Ford Thigpen greeted everyone. Following the provided lunch Mr. Thigpen thanked them for their continued support and participation in this event. He expressed what a privilege and honor it was for the Rotary club to participate in this event annually with our high schools.
The Paulding County Rotary Club welcomed this year's participants in the RYLA program. RYLA is a Rotary program that offers leadership skills and training to youth. This year's participants were Callie Benson, Addie Thigpen, and Marion Plumley. All of the participants shared their experiences with the club and all agreed that it was a worthwhile program.
Deputy Terry McAdams, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, received the “Officer of the Year” award from the Paulding County Rotary Club at their regularly scheduled meeting. Deputy McAdams was accompanied by Sheriff Gary Gulledge along with his family and supervisors at a luncheon held in his honor.
The Paulding Rotary annually recognizes first responders with Public Safety Awards & Recognition. Our emergency services in Paulding County are always available and stand ready to come when called. They respond to fires, automobile accidents and defend us against crime. Individuals recognized here are heroes that give more than what is asked.
The Paulding County Rotary Club welcomed guests from Truth in Nature and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Both groups are Christian-based youth ministries active here in Paulding County. The Paulding Rotary club is a supporter of both ministries for the good work they do here in the county.
During this month of June, the Paulding County Rotary Club has reached out to several children's organizations and programs that provide and protect children in our local communities. Earlier this month Yolanda Newell of the Paulding Boys and Girls Club updated the club members on the current progress of their afterschool programs for Paulding County youth and teens. Additionally, Christy Wilson of the Paulding County Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) also visited the Rotary Club.
The Paulding County Rotary Club had their Annual Senior Cookout at the Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center in Dallas this past week. Paulding Rotary club members began to arrive around 11:30 AM to start preparing the meals for the center's senior residents and staff members.
Missy Cusack CTC Paulding Executive Director of Admissions and a member of the Paulding County Rotary Club thanked the Rotary club for their continued support of the scholarship program. She updated the club members on the Paulding Chattahoochee Tech campus and its achievements this past year.
Paulding Wellstar hospital welcomed its new president John Kueven this past March. This past week he visited the Paulding Rotary Club as guest speaker. Mr. Kueven has well over a decade of experience in hospital administration all across the country and is excited to be welcomed to the Paulding community.
Jessica Moore the Executive Director of McKenna Farms gave everyone an update and progress report. McKenna Farms has been providing therapy since 2001. Over 500 children receive therapy here on a weekly basis. They currently have 25 therapists on staff and a total of 45 employees.