12th Annual Rotary Blues Event September 15th 2017 in Downtown Blue Ridge

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The Rotary Club of Jasper will hold a dedication ceremony for its Peace Pole on May 24, 2017

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper will dedicate our Peace Pole. The dedication ceremony will be held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper.  The GPS address is 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Our Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, our monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the pole, two different languages will display the Peace Pole message of, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper.

We invite you to join the Rotary Club of Jasper in this celebration of peace. A light lunch will be served immediately following the dedication.  For planning purposes, please RSVP to jaspergarotary@gmail.com. For further information, call or contact:

Steve Lawrence, Public Image Chair
Steve@stevelawrencerotary.com
Mobile: 770-289-6685

 

PEACE POLE DEDICATION AT JASPER ROTARY PEACE PARK

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., the Rotary Club of Jasper dedicated its Peace Pole. The dedication ceremony was held at Rotary Peace Park located behind the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper. The GPS address is 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia.

One of Rotary Internationals primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the world.

Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument for peace. They symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.

Peace Poles bear the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the different languages of the world.

In considering a Peace Pole for their park, the Rotary Club of Jasper recognized the unique opportunity available to us as the home of Georgia Marble. Their Peace Pole was manufactured locally by Blue Ridge Marble and carved from the same marble as was used in Washington, DC to build the Lincoln Memorial.

Placed on a marble base, the monument totals ten ft. in height. On each of the four sides of the pole, two different languages will display the Peace Pole message of, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a total of eight different languages. Our Peace Pole displays English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian languages.

2017 will also mark the 100th year of the beginning of the Rotary Foundation. This Peace Pole will serve to commemorate that event for the Rotary Club of Jasper.

 

Mardi Gras in the Mountains 2017 crowns new King and Queen

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Residents from local counties in North Georgia were representing their community in the contest to be Mardi Gras in the Mountains King and Queen while raising some money for a good cause.

Mardi Gras in the Mountains is an annual joint fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Jasper, The Knights of Columbus and Georgia Mountains Hospice. The annual event was held Saturday, February 25th  from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper, Georgia. The evening was enjoyed by a large attendance.

The night included fine dining, a band, silent auction and coronation of the King and Queen and Honor Court.   Congratulations to all for the fundraising and special recognition to this year’s King Lonnie Waters and Queen Amy Leake.  Attendees enjoyed a great  dinner and wonderful entertainment.  If you would like to find out more about Georgia Mountains Hospice please click this link:  Georgia Mountains Hospice

Please enjoy the slideshow and video below:

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Yes or No on Governor Deal’s Amendment 1 Opportunity School District discussed at Rotary

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Pickens County Board of Education Chairman Mike Cowart and State Representative Chris Coomer led presentations concerning Governor Deal’s proposed Amendment 1 creating Opportunity School Districts to help some 130 failing schools in Georgia.  There has to be a constitutional amendment because the legislation gives control of local schools to the state rather than elected school boards. dsc_3209-1280x1018-1

State Representative Chris Coomer, from Cartersville, and Mike Cowart, Chairman of the Pickens County Board of Education, led a discussion about Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District known as Amendment 1 on the November 8, ballot.

At issue is Governor Deal’s Constitutional Amendment to address some 130 failing schools with 68,000 students.  These “F” schools are defined as scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure (CCRPI) for three consecutive years.

The top three counties with failing schools include: Dekalb 28, Atlanta Public 22 and Richmond 19.  Some 60% of all Georgia students qualify for free and reduced lunches with 35% of those students living in poverty.

The reason for an Amendment to the Georgia’s constitution is that the Opportunity School District replaces local control with a state takeover.  Article VII, Education under Section V Local School Systems states, “each school system shall be under the management and control of a board of education, the members of which shall be elected as provided by law.”

In proposing and pushing the legislation Governor Deal has stated, “we have a moral duty to do everything we can to help these children.  When we talk about helping failing schools, we are talking about rescuing children”

Coomer addressed several myths that have circulated concerning Amendment 1.  “The state is not going to come in and take over a school without community support and involvement. The Opportunity School District would have it’s administrative leadership appointed by the Governor but local business persons, parents and community leaders would be part of the process”.

Also, he pointed to Tennessee and New Orleans with similar programs where student’s scores have increased.  In New Orleans nearly 65% of African-American males are graduating as compared to 60.2% across Louisiana.

An OSD would remain under the Governor’s supervision for five consecutive years or if it performed above “F” for three years it could be removed.  The legislation says no more than 20 schools per year or no more than 100 eligible schools at any given time.

Pickens County Board of Education Chairman Mike Cowart informed the group that the Pickens Board of Education joined with Dawson, Cherokee, Forsyth and more in passing a resolution against the proposed resolution.

Cowart said, “we see no need in the Amendment.  Last year our Board of Education signed the State Department of Education’s Strategic Waiver Contract stating we would increase test scores 3 out of five years.”  All Boards of Education had to decide between the Strategic Waiver or being a Charter School..

He continued, “each of our schools have an Advisory Council composed of an administrator, teacher, business or community leader and parents. Much of what is in  Amendment 1 we are already doing.”

In a recent AJC story Governor Deal told about his dad Noah Deal being booted out of a south Georgia teaching job.  “My family has experienced when politics becomes a dominant factor in education,” stated Deal.  He continued, “we have relegated the authority to these local school boards forever and the result is exactly what we are up against now.”

Both Deal’s parents and wife were educators and his commitment to education may be seen in noticing 55% of all state dollars in FY 2016 budget is spent on education.  He has spent more of the state’s general funds budget K-12 than any governor in the past 50 years and increased QBE funding by 21%.

For more information visit Georgia.gov>opportunityschooldistrict and local Board’s resolution link at www.pickenscountyschools.org.  The Rotary Club of Jasper meets Wednesday noon for fellowship and service to the community and the world.  The meetings are open to learn more Jasper Rotary

by:  Max Caylor

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Eleventh Annual Rotary Blues Train Event was held Sept 16th in Blue Ridge

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The Rotary Club of Blue Ridge held its Eleventh Annual Rotary Train Event on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad Friday, September 16, 2016.  Once again,  its Founding Title Sponsors North Georgia Ford and Autotrader.com presented the Rotary Blues Train.

Proceeds from the event will support both the Programs of Rotary and the Ferst Foundation Literacy Project which provides books to children from birth to five years of age.  More than 400 children in Fannin County have received free books mailed to their homes each month through this program.  Over 20,000 books delivered through this program in Fannin County so far!

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Blues & BBQ Saturday Sept 17, 2016 Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

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