The Paulding County Rotary Club would like to thank Governor Court Dowis and District GRSP Director Guy Gebhardt for their visit. Our club appreciates the time you had to spare and your dedication to our district.
Ms. Newell thanked the members for the opportunity to come back and speak again to the Rotary Club. She recounted that the Paulding Boys and Girls Club was founded 1995 and that the Paulding Rotary Club was one of the founding charter members. Ms. Newell thank the club members again for their continued support and reminded them that all donations stay here within the county. Ms. Newell introduced the new Paulding Boys and Girls Club Director, Raiko Jones. Ms. Jones was very excited about their current progress working with the youth after school. The Boys and Girls Club goals are to inspire and empower youth to reach their full potential.
The Parental Accountability Court Program seeks to remove the underlying issues that cause noncustodial parents to become chronic non-payers of child support. Through judicial oversight, the program assists to transition non-custodial parents with barriers to self-sufficiency through parent accountability, employment, and education.
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.
Introduced by club president Ford Thigpen and member Brian Headrick, the Paulding Rotary is one of three local Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsoring him in the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Mr. Gabriel is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.
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.
Ford Thigpen provided Debbie Freeman and Marcus Young of the Relay for Life program with a check for $1000 as per their annual donation. The Paulding Rotary gives an annual donation to this and many other local nonprofit groups which provide for needs here in Paulding County.
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.