Upcoming Speakers
Dr. Zwade J. Marshall, MD, MBA
Sep 24, 2020 12:00 PM
Alliance Spine and Pain Center
Alliance Spine and Pain Center
A true Rotarian who put others first!  He was known for his servant's heart.  We are all better people (and Rotarians) for having the opportunity to share the earth with him!  He will be missed; and will be remembered for his contribution in service and the many lives he touched.
The PTC Rotary and Rotaract clubs partnered on Saturday, September 12, to pick muscadines at the Real Life Center Orchard.  These will be given to families with hunger insecurity in Fayette and Coweta County.  Pictured (Top L-R):  Rotarians Mandy Timmons, Tim Milis, Jessica Walker, Azell Francis, Patti Kadkhodaian, and Tundi Jones; (Middle L-R):  Rotaractors Brooke Turner, Azell Francis, Faith DeBartola; (Bottom L-R):  Rotarian Patti Kadkhodaian, Friend of Rotary Joy Koehl, Rotarians Fergus Esezobar, John Belizaire and Mandy Timmons
Local non-profit, the Armed Forces Mission, works to “turn the tide on suicide” by providing training for individuals in the area of suicide prevention. In the wake of COVID-19, we have already seen an increase in our nation’s successful and attempted suicides, thus highlighting the need for innovative and successful training platforms. In effort to do jus that, the PTC Rotary club obtained a $5,000 District Grant that will be used to develop an online suicide prevention training program for the Armed Forces Mission. Our club was honored to attend filming for this new program.
Pictured L-R (back row):  Dale Phenicie, John Belizaire, Tim Milis, Chris Thompson, AFM Founder Kenneth "Lou" Koon
Pictured L-R (middle row):  Katy Spade, Mandy Timmons, Joel Norris, Steve Ivory, Holly Davanzo, Jessica Walker, Diana Roman
Pictured L-R (front row):  Azell Francis, DeAnna Herr, Amy Benton, Patti Kadkhodaian, Tracy Elmore, Tundi Jones

What an awesome day of service at Midwest Food Bank!  We packed over 800 bags of canned goods that will be distributed to over 300 agencies across GA, FL, AL, TN and KY.  We are blessed to have this organization in PTC and our fellow Rotarian Will Garner as its Executive Director!  Thanks to the Rotarians who were able to join us as well as our guests (and potential future Rotarians)!  #serviceaboveself #peopleofaction #midwestfoodbank #fighthunger 
Rotary on Tap is a great social event to hang out with fellow Rotarians and bring prospective members to meet everyone in a relaxed, social environment!  We had our first Rotary on Tap of the 2020-2021 year on Tuesday, August 18 at Line Creek Brewing followed up by a quick meal (and more drinks) at Big Shots (owned by PTC Rotarian Ant Murphy).  Pictured (L-R):  Fran Davanzo (husband of Rotarian Holly); Rotarian Ant Murphy, Rotarian Jessica Walker, Rotarian (and Membership Director) Holly Davanzo, Rotarian Steven Newton, Rotarian (and New Generations Director) Donna Chapman and Rotarian Sam Chapman.
In our professional lives, many of us are responsible for hiring or training new employees to bring them up to speed as fast as possible!  Why do we think Rotary should be any different?  We introduce people to Rotary and get new members, but then assume that their ‘sponsor’ is doing all of the work to get them up to speed to “All Things Rotary”!  Our Membership Director, Holly Davanzo, has kicked off a new program for our club this year with our “Fireside Gatherings”.  This is a time for old / new / prospective members to come together and share information on ourselves, why we joined Rotary and even more important why we have stayed in Rotary! 
We had a great time tonight (although it was a little warm by the ‘fireside”)!  We had a prospective member in attendance and several Rotarians that have been in the club for 10+ years and just as many that are still ‘new’ as they have been in less than 2 years!  We learned that Jessica is a classical pianist (pretty sure we convinced her to perform at our Christmas party)!  We learned that Tim delivered newspapers as his first job.  Amy prefers college sports over professional.  Holly was a professional ice-skater (and a laminating master).  Patti’s hometown was a suburb outside of Chicago.  Steve gave us a few plyo push-ups!  JD is definitely a ‘night’ person versus a morning person!  Joel is from the south and thus a Coke person versus Pepsi!  Fran’s dream car is a Porsche.  LeAnn’s favorite emoji is a purple heart.  And Mandy’s favorite movie is Top Gun!
Can’t wait to have our next social outing to introduce more prospective members to our Rotarians!

With help from PTC Rotary and PTC Rotaract members, our club was able to donate another set of back packs to Path to Shine, a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary school children in Georgia.Their purpose is to provide the academic and social support to encourage children to thrive in school and build self-confidence to achieve their dreams.

This was an awesome opportunity to do a service project with our new Rotaract Club. Rotarians donated money and items and the Rotaract Club purchased the backpacks and packed them for the donation to be given to Path to Shine.

Pictured are Rotaract Secretary / Public Image Kellie Benton, Rotaract President and Rotary Community Service Director, Azell Francis, Rotaract Vice President / Treasurer Brooke Benton and Path to Shine Executive Director, Leslie-Ann Drake.


Located just off of highway 54 in Fayetteville, Georgia, you will find a local charity striving to make a difference in the lives of Georgia’s foster care children. With a mission to “strengthen children in foster care and empower the families who care for them,” Bloom Our Youth seeks to achieve this goal by providing these children and families with basic necessities. Necessities range from clothing, shoes, baby gear, books, and even stuffed animals. Anything to help make a difficult life transition for our state’s youngest a little less painful.
As summer approaches its end, basic necessities now come in the form of school supplies. If you are a parent or a teacher, you know this can become costly. Thankfully, Bloom had friends that were ready and willing to help. Rotary International, an international service organization with over 1.2 million members, has six areas of focus. One of which is the support of education. The Peachtree City Rotary Club recently partnered with Bloom to help do just that. With the needs identified by Bloom, the Peachtree City Rotary Club was able to purchase back-to-school backpacks, with all supplies, for over 60 foster care children. Whether kids go back to school in person or learn virtually from home, 60 more kids have the necessities they need to help them succeed.
In a time when everything in the world feels so uncertain, when it feels like we take one step forward just to take two steps back, there is something comforting in knowing there are those who are still striving to provide service above self.
September 2020
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302 Clover Reach
Peachtree City, GA 30269-1428
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