2019 LaGrange Police Department National Night Out
Nationwide Annual "National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and standing to fight back against crime.
Our club ends each Rotary year with a Family of Rotary banquet where we highlight what we have accomplished for the past year and welcome in the new Rotary year. This event is always a highlight for our members, their families and community members. This year we are also going to focus on the talent we have in our club by asking members to use their talents to provide the evening's entertainment.
Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament is set for April 26th at the Highland Country Club. This annual event is our main fundraiser that helps us fund many of our Rotary projects.
This event is our most popular fundraiser and includes club members as supporters, golfers and workers. Family members are also included in the day's fun, it is an event that we all look forward to each year.
n August 2018, Rotary Club of LaGrange raised $1,250.00 to assist the Interfaith Food Closet in LaGrange buy food for the community. The United Way agency is able to buy more food per dollar than individuals can, so we raised the money for them, which will be above the support they get from United Way. Seen here, Rotary members who served on the committee presented the checks to the Interfaith Food Closet head at the United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon on September 5th. Left to right are: Clark Johnson, Rotary project chair, Jennifer Tenney, Food Closet head; and Rotary committee members Teresa and Mike Phillips.
This is our fifth year that we have participated in District 6900's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) project.
Special purple cups make their appearance on our members' tables on our first January meeting. An explanation is given at the beginning of the meeting then with reminders for the program at each successive meeting. The cups are brought out for all of the meetings January through February.
This February’s Super Bowl in Atlanta will also be an opportunity for victims of slavery and human trafficking to be brought into the area. Rotarians across Georgia are working towards increasing public awareness of this problem and providing these victims information on how to reach out for help.
This is the tenth year that the LaGrange Rotary has been involved in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 42nd annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Miracle on Main Street". This year our own Rotarian Bobby Carmichael was selected as being the 2018 Christmas Parade Marshall.
LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program-Project North Pole
The LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program is designed to motivate young students to work to their full potential, graduate high school and to continue onto a post high school learning environment. This is an ongoing program that was the brainchild of both Rotarians Bill Price and Fred Jones in May 2009, after some revisions it was finally approved by the LaGrange Rotary Board in November 2009.
This year it was decided that we wanted to take the next step in our literacy program for children in Troup County. This program was designed to increase the number of hours that we actively engage young children in literary adventures.
Rotary volunteers read monthly to LaGrange pre-school children in 10 different learning centers, some also to elementary schools for K-2nd graders. Bright smiles, enthusiastic dialogue, and genuinely appreciative response from kids, teachers, and assistants are balanced by warm feelings by Rotarians who participate.
This luncheon was sponsored by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Guild to raise money for their organization while showcasing community organizations. Project Leader Karin Thompson got a chance to express her artistic side along with the other members of this project while they were getting the message of Rotary out to others.
Star: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program
ar Teachers and students were celebrated at our February 14th meeting. The LaGrange Rotary is the only original sponsor of this program, participating in it since its conception in 1959. Five area high schools take part in this event with each school identifying the senior who was in the top 10% of their class and has the highest score in one sitting of the SAT exam through November of their senior year. The selected senior then selects the teacher whom they wish to honor.
Sweet Land of Liberty - Children's July 4th Parade
July 4, 2019, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 36th annual children's 4th of July parade. The origin of this celebration was the idea of the wife of Rotarian Jim Boyd, Annette Mills Boyd. This parade was established to give the children of LaGrange an opportunity to participate in a festive celebration of the birth of our great nation.
Each year our Rotary Club has representation in the National Walk for Alzheimer's Disease awareness and collect funds for District 6900's CART program.
The walk is annually held in September and is locally held at the grounds of Vernon Woods Retirement Community. This year the walk was held on September 14th and seven of our Rotary members participated.
The Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund is a continuously run program that began in 1997 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the LaGrange Rotary Club. The program is a joint project of LaGrange College and our club. Having been both the LaGrange College President (1980-1996) and the Rotary 6900 District Governor (1991-1992), Dr. Murphy was the ideal person to be honored.