The Paulding County Rotary club had their Annual Senior Cookout at the Wellstar Paulding Nursing Center in Dallas. A beautiful day greeted the Rotary club members as they arrived around 11:30 AM and began to unload 320 meals that they had prepared.
Paulding County Rotary Club president Travis Miller brought the meeting to order for May 2nd, 2017. Upon completing the updates for scheduled events Mr. Miller turned the meeting over to Ford Thigpen. Mr. Thigpen introduced Paulding County Sheriff, Gary Gulledge.
Mr. New shared with the Rotary club members information about CERT volunteers and their importance to the community of Paulding County. CERT is an acronym for Community Emergency Response Team. During times of emergency such as severe weather, natural disasters or extreme emergencies such as fire emergency responders can become overwhelmed in dealing with these types of emergencies.
Longtime Dallas City Council member, Mr. Henson introduced our guest speaker, Mrs. Cherry Waddell. Mrs. Waddell gave her presentation noting the upcoming 40 year anniversary of the New Hope plane crash disaster of 1977.
Mr. Grant took the podium and greeting everyone he shared his enthusiasm for the coming year. Mr. Grant shared the new thing for the Rotary, "Making a Difference." This new theme fits hand in glove with Mr. Grant's optimism and expectations for the service as president he is looking forward to.
Every year the Rotary Club of Paulding County organizes an Invitational Christmas Parade for an for the city of Dallas. All proceeds are donated to Paulding Christmas, a local organization dedicated to providing for families and children.
Principal Wilcox recognized many members of the club as he himself is a long-standing member of the community and an educator of 22 years. Two years ago he became principal of the Paulding in high school. As our County has grown it now currently has five high schools, Paulding County high school being the original high school.