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More than a thousand geocachers from 37 states and four different countries will be wandering around Rome next week for the third Going Caching Mega-Event, taking place Oct. 4-8. One those visitors will be Patricia Chow, who works for the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington D.C.

Chow got hooked on geocaching in 2004. “I must have seen an article somewhere about what people can do with their GPS (Global Positioning System) devices now that they’ve got them,” Chow said.

“Geocaching was one of those options and it sounded like fun. I always enjoyed maps and puzzles and sort of going on a virtual treasure hunt.” She’s been to all kind of events, including the Going Caching event in Pine Mountain last year and two of the Geo-Woodstock events.

Jim Williamson, a co-organizer with Andi Beyer, told Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club members Tuesday that geocaching is a family friendly activity that started off as an experiment in GPS usage. Williamson and Beyer said the technology has changed to the point that most participants now navigate using the smartphones.

Mega-Events, so-called because they typically draw more than 500 participants, were held in Rome in 2014 and 2015. The theme this year is Spy Games, a James Bond meets Austin Powers theme, according to local organizers Andi Beyer and Jim Williamson, who spoke to the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club Tuesday.

Containers will be hidden somewhere and participants will hunt for clues to get the GPS coordinates for them set out to find the containers. Containers typically have log books and small items hidden inside them. “If you take something (from the containers) you must put something else back in,” Willliamson said.

Doug Walker, Associate Editor Rome News Tribune

Optimist, Rotary and Lions recognize first responders in Floyd County

First responders from four agencies were honored with Frontline Awards during a joint meeting of the Seven Hills RotaryRome-Noon Optimist Club and Lions Club of Rome on Tuesday.

Rome-Floyd County Fire Department Battalion Chief Danny Lee, Floyd Medical Center paramedic Sarah Ellison, Redmond Regional Medical Center paramedic Scott Johnson and 911 dispatcher Bill Peace were recognized for their long contributions to public safety in Rome and Floyd County during the second annual Frontline Awards luncheon at the Coosa Country Club.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest GA GENESIS Robotics team recently competed in the FIRST Peachtree District Robotics Competition! The team was selected as the First Alternate - meaning if any of the 8 teams that were chosen to participate in final championship matches had been unable to do so, the GENESIS team would have taken their place.
FIRST events consist of building a robot over six weeks that can perform complex tasks while competing against other competitor's robots. Each year, the complex tasks required change.
The robot that the GENESIS team built this year had to collect a gear, transport it to a tower, and place it on a dangling hook WHILE battling other team's robots who were trying to do the same thing! The hook had to be pulled up the tower by a team member and the gear secured before points could be earned.
Thank you to our sponsors - United Technologies, Georgia Power, Peach State Health Plan, & GE

Winners of the award included:

  • Sgt. Ojilvia Lom of the Floyd County Police Department, who was nominated because of her work and dedication to protecting Floyd County’s young children from abuse.
  • Sgt. Jacob Byers of the Floyd County Prison was recognized for his work in several jurisdictions as well as developing new policies at the institution.
  • Maj. Tommy McGuire of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for his almost 40 years of service to Floyd County.
  • Cpl. Logan Gass of Georgia State Patrol Post 38 for his dedication in making his ultimate goal public safety.
  • Floyd County’s law enforcement agencies gathered Tuesday to honor the men and women who have impacted the community at the annual Respect for Law Officers of the Year luncheon.

    The event was hosted by four local civic clubs — Noon Optimist, Seven Hills Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions — who have come together to recognize Floyd County law enforcement for seven years. (John Popham RN-T)

Miguel Ramirez and Jeremiah Cooper Named
GNTC’s 2017 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners    
Miguel Ramirez, a Business Management student from Rome, was named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Jeremiah Cooper, a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.
The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.
Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.
Ramirez, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by his instructor, Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program.
“Miguel always worked hard and excelled at everything he was involved in,” said McFry. “He has never made anything less than an A in every class he has taken.”
Ramirez is currently an Appliance Performer Instructor at Lowes, Inc., and received the Platinum Performer Award from Lowes in 2016. He has volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16, and for Keep Rivers Alive, 2008-09. He was also member of Kiwanis Club, Polk Youth Leadership, Beta Club, Keep Polk Beautiful, and the National Honor Society.
During his junior year in high school, Ramirez had to drop out due to unexpected family events. He obtained his GED© diploma from Georgia Northwestern and went on to attend college at the Floyd County Campus.
“The benefits of attending a technical college are one of the reasons I decided to go back to school,” said Ramirez. “Technical college allows people to be prepared to enter the workforce without running up a lot of student debt.”
Ramirez has made the President’s List each semester at GNTC and has a 4.0 GPA. He works full time and goes to college full time.
“I had economic and personal obstacles that made me put a halt on my dreams of attending college,” said Ramirez. “Thankfully, we have technical colleges that have been designed to turn people’s dream into a reality.”
Jeremiah Cooper, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.
Cooper was chosen for his outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.
“Since my first day as a welding instructor at GNTC, I’ve been convinced that this is what I was put on earth to do,” said Cooper. “I wanted to be able to help people and to witness the evolution of a student in their pursuit of a career.”
Rotarians challenged to build empathy and humanity by Grosvernor Scholar
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Holiday specials at Seven Hills Rotary today! The first was Adrienne Forgette, communications specialist at the Darlington School who detailed her recent voyage to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Society as a Grosvernor Scholar. The second was the induction of four of five new club members. The club roster has grown significantly this year due in large measure to Lee Carter, president. 
Forgette spoke to all Rotarians about more than her travels. Just one example of great communication was her reference to a gentleman named Bruno della Cheese, who at age 23, found himself the only foreigner in an auditorium full of Egyptians in Cairo. A speaker at the podium said, "If you want to know what it means to be Egyptian, go to China, go to America, go to South America-go anywhere but here. To truly understand yourself and what it means to be from a place, you must go. To understand our own culture, he explained, we must enter another one. A fish does not know water." So emblematic of the Rotarian spirit everywhere. 
While Forgette was in San Cristobal, she discovered a Rotary Club had been founded there in 2012. Onward together Rotarians
By Jeremy Stewart Sports Editor

History is something of which the annual Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament has plenty.

And with players and coaches from this year’s tournament on hand for the tournament’s tip-off luncheon Tuesday, a brushstroke of that history was presented by a panel of former coaches.

Andy Akin, Larry Bing, Hazel Hall and Dwight Henderson answered questions from moderator and veteran broadcaster Randy Davis about their memories of the long-running tournament during the weekly meeting of the Seven Hills Rotary Club at Coosa Country Club.

After winning the Holiday Festival title as a player with East Rome, Bing went on to be a part of five more championships as the coach for the Coosa Eagles. He said some of the venues where the tournament has been played are unique.

The tournament began as a boys-only event in old Memorial Gym on West Third Avenue next to Barron Stadium. It then moved to the gym at Georgia Highlands College, then Floyd Junior College, and is now played there and at The Cage Center at Berry College.

“Each of those three places added something to it and made it special,” Bing said, sitting a couple of feet from this year’s Gold Ball trophies. “Of course, nothing is like taking one of those Gold Balls home."

Georgia Hospital AssociationThe Georgia Hospital Association emerged from its status as a committee of the Medical Association of Georgia some 85 years ago to help draw attention to rising health care costs, workers comp payments and the rising number of indigent care patients.

“Sound familiar?,” asked GHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Patten during a presentation to the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club Tuesday

Patten explained that the American version of delivering excellent health care is sick care and hurt care.
“If you get sick or hurt, there’s no place in the world you’d rather be than here,” Patten said. “The rest of the world is investing in things which keep people from getting sick or hurt.”
Patten said the State of Georgia ranks 40th in overall health status in the entire United States based on a survey taken by the United Healthcare Foundation.
Doug Walker RN-T
Carol Willis provided members of Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club a closer look at "Floyd County Teen Maze 2016." The organization is a large, pro-active "life-maze..." filled with decisions and consequences. "All of the life decisions students make in the teen maze are actually randomly drawn or given," Willis said. The topics included alcohol, drugs, sex and distracted driving scenarios. Several area organizations like Family Connection, Public Health, and Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth contribute personnel, funding and support for the "Teen Maze."
Willis added, "We've noticed that students who decide to avoid engaging in at-risk behaviors are able to experience timely high school graduations."

Tom Daglis and Kevin Brundle

Tom Daglis, executive director of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, said he is planning to keep his staff busy. Daglis told members of the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome on Tuesday that bids will be made on virtually all types of tournaments to bring players to the 60-court complex. Daglis said the center would host the Girls 14 Nationals in Rome next August and has already bid on 12 to 14 other tournaments for next year.

Just last week the center bid on the NCAA Division III tournament. Berry College is a Division III member.

Daglis said the center would also reach out to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics affiliate colleges in North Georgia to test their interest in bringing the NAIA championships to Rome.

Daglis also envisions Davis Cup action and event pro circuit tennis events coming to the center.

Doug Walker for RN_T

Capt. Ray Plymel (from left), Training Division Chief Jamie Stone, Cpl. Don Bullard, all with the Rome-Floyd County Fire Department,  FMC paramedic Ben Harbin, Redmond paramedic Sherry Peace, and Lt. Sherry Battle of  Floyd County 911 are all honored with FrontLine Awards given by the Rome Noon Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club of Rome, Seven Hills Rotary Club and Rome Lions CLub Tuesday. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

 Four local civic clubs came together Tuesday in praise of law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to protect the community.

An officer from each of the five local agencies was honored at the “Respect for Law Officers of the Year” banquet co-hosted by Seven Hills Rotary, Rome Noon Optimist Club, Rome Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Rome.

District celebrates Laws of Life Character Education Winners


Dozens of clubs throughout District 6910 support The Georgia Laws of Life Eassy Contest, a character education and ethical literacy program for high school students. The contest encourages students to reflect on and write about the core personal values that mean the most to them, values such as honesty, perseverance, generosity, courage and compassion.

District 6910 salutes Chandler Kelley, North Forsyth High School, the statewide winner in 2016. His Law of Life is “At the core of all anger is a need not being fulfilled,” by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Renee Welch has been elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. She will also serve as the district’s liaison for the character education program.


A synops of Chandler’s winning essay:

It’s not easy to pinpoint an exact moment in my life that I felt this confusion, but if I were to attempt to with the best of my ability, it would be a cool, fall day on the football field my sophomore year. I remember running plays for hours without break as punishment for my behavior at the most recent football game the previous day. What started as the usual game banter between players quickly escalated into a brawl at the mention of my father due to word getting out about him being in prison for his laundry list of crimes. It all happened so quickly. Like someone flipped the switch inside of me, my rage consumed me and blinded me from what was wrong and what was right. By the time the fight was over, I had to be pulled off two other players by my coach, the one man in my life who seemed to see something more in me. I saw a flash of disappointment in his eyes as he glanced at me, saying nothing more to me than, “You’re done for the night. Go home and meet me on the field bright and early.”

To register a school or become an individual, corporate or Rotary Club sponsor, contact Susan Mason, director at:

Just one example of the impact of Rotary’s Character Education Programming, Tuesday, April 19, three young women from Rome High School, their mentor-teachers, their parents and Superintendent Mike Buck were honored by Rome Seven Hills Rotary as local Rotary "Laws of Life" winners 2016. The contest presents more than $20,000 in cash awards to students and teachers annual. RSHR's Juli Mull Lemming coordinated the local contest for Laws of Life. Both Rome Rotary and Rome Seven Hills Rotary participate as state-wide sponsors. All three of the Rome High winners were invited to read their essays for club members. RSHR president Eric Waters said, "Our members are in agreement that this program is one of the most poignant and impactful on our agenda because its focus is our young people." Winners received medals and the school award winner received a cash prize as well. “What a great day for Rotary in our District 6910,” Waters concluded.

The restoration of white-tailed deer to Georgia is one of the great success stories in wildlife management, according to Professor George Gallagher, chairman of the Animal Science Department at Berry College.

Gallagher said that 115 years ago, hunting depleted the deer population to an estimated 5,000 animals. By 2015, the number was closer to 1.2 million.

Speaking to the Seven Hills Rotary Club on Tuesday, Gallagher also tried to dispel some common misconceptions about the deer herd at the college.    (Doug Walker-Rome News Tribune)

Rome Seven Hills Rotarians take a closer look at Southeastern Mills today on a tour of their facilities and discover much more than even they expected!  Southeastern Mills, a fourth-generation food company headquartered in Rome, offers a wide range of complete ingredient solutions for food processors, foodservice companies and consumers.
Mary Margaret O'Malley Wright

Mary Margaret O'Malley Wright


Mary Margaret O’Malley Wright (from left), of Darlington School, was named the Region 1 PAGE STAR student during a banquet Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Coosa Country Club. Wright is pictured with her STAR teacher Kelly McDurmon; Allene Magill, the executive director of PAGE; and Eric Waters, president of the Seven Hills Rotary Club.(Kristina Wilder / RN-T)

Seven Hills Rotary welcomed the 2014 winner of Georgia Author of the Year for a First Novel, Victoria Wilcox, author of a trilogy on the life of Doc Holliday. Pictured here with Seven Hills Rotary President-Elect David Early, Mrs. Wilcox stayed after the meeting and signed copies of her books for club members.

New Seven Hills Rotary Club officers

The Seven Hills Rotary Club recently inducted its 2015-16 officers and board members, including president-elects who will serve the club through 2018:

Lee Carter, attorney with Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson and Davis, LLP, is president nominee for 2017-18; Nina Lovel, web developer at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is immediate past president; Eric Waters, principal at Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, is president; David Early, a vice president at Floyd Medical Center, is president-elect for 2016-17; Lisa McWhorter is treasurer; Kevin Payne is secretary; Carol Hatch is sergeant-at-arms; Matt Davis is membership chair; Angie Douglass is foundation chair; and board members are Bill Byars, Chuck Shaw, David Tomlin, Matt Robbins, and Wilson Meads.

Also, Bill Byars received the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence for his work at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and J.R. Davis received the Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Award for his work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia.

LAW by Elizabeth Davis WLAQ Radio
The 2015 Respect For Law Officers of the Year were named during the regular meeting of the Seven Hills Rotary Club at the Coosa Country Club in Rome on Tuesday afternoon.

Respect For Law is a program presented through the cooperation of the Seven Hills Rotary Club, the Rome Noon Optimist Club, the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome Lions Club. It’s based on a nationwide program that originated in 1965 with former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Respect for Law co-chair Tom Caldwell, Chief Deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, says that the aforementioned clubs are happy to honor those who do so much to keep the community safe.

Five sectors of local law enforcement honored their own at Tuesday’s ceremony.

The winner for the Rome Police Department was Lieutenant Chris DeHart. Chief Elaine Snow singled DeHart out for his work with the department’s Selective Enforcement Unit. He has been a member of the RPD since August 1999.

Major Tom Ewing recognized Officer Brandon Broome as the Floyd County Police Department’s Respect For Law award recipient. Broome is responsible for 100 drug related arrests since joining the department in April 2014.

Correctional officer Joshua Reynolds took home the award for the Floyd County Prison. The US Marine Corps veteran was selected for the honor by Warden Michael Long.

Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter honored Deputy Carrie Edge for her “attitude and character”. Edge is slated to become a post-certified deputy on May 8th.

The Georgia State Patrol also honored one of its members at the Respect For Law ceremony. Commander Scott Thompson of Post #38 accepted the award on behalf of TFC Stan Smith, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who was unable to attend the meeting due to an injury.

US Congressman Tom Graves was among those in attendance for the event. He believes its important to support local law enforcement to demonstrate that the community has ‘got their back’.

This was the fourth year for the Respect For Law Officers of the Year program to be held on this level, according to Caldwell.

Seven Hills Rotary Club essay winners

Juli Mull Leming (left), essay coordinator for the Seven Hills Rotary Club, and Dawn Faulkner (right), AP English teacher and Rome High contest coordinator, pose with winners Sergio Ocampo, Robert Raymond and Elisabeth Ashton.


The Seven Hills Rotary Club honored local essay winners during the club’s luncheon on April 21.

Rome High School students Sergio Ocampo, 12th grade winner and overall school winner; Robert Raymond, sophomore winner; and Elisabeth Ashton, freshman winner read their essays and received their awards. Junior class winner Isabella Schlitz was unable to attend the ceremony.

Ocampo won $100 cash and the others received $50 cash.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a statewide essay contest for high school students sponsored by Georgia Rotary Clubs. Fifty-nine schools across the state participated this year, and 45,233 students wrote a Laws of Life essay.

The contest asks students to select a Law of Life — a wise saying or quote — and write an essay on how the maxim applies to their lives. The student winners are selected on how well they have applied that Law of Life to their own life.

There are similar Laws of Life contests across the nation and internationally, but the Georgia contest is the largest Laws of Life contest in the United States, and the largest essay contest of any kind in North America.

The Georgia Laws of Life Contest is a program of the nonprofit Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program.



Wonderful evening at LaScala in downtown Rome for our annual Valentine Social!



Written by Matt Davis on February 3, 2015. Posted in News/Weather

Courtesy of WLAQ News

Alice Towe has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s GOAL Award winner for 2015. Towe, who studies environmental horticulture at GNTC’s Floyd County campus, was named the school’s GOAL Award winner during the regular meeting of the Seven Hills Rotary Club on Tuesday. She was nominated for the honor by instructor Shannen Ferry.

Towe indicates that she opted to receive her education at GNTC because the technical college teaches job skills that are immediately transferrable. She enthuses that she always has the option of working towards her associate’s degree at a later date.

Towe will proceed to the state GOAL competition April.

Other GOAL nominees for GNTC included Chasity Baugh, Brent Freeman and Jennifer Lively.

GNTC has named dental assisting instructor Allison Patnode as the school’s Rick Perkins Award winner for 2015. Patnode will now proceed to the regional competition in March. Region winners will go on to the state competition in April.

Christian Harrington is GNTC’s EAGLE Award winner for 2015. He was also recognized at Tuesday’s ceremony.

GOAL is an acronym for Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership. The local GOAL Awards were presented by Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

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The Seven Hills Rotary Club heard firsthand Tuesday afternoon at Coosa Country Club how much winning the Rome News-Tribune Seven Hills Rotary Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament means to local athletes.

“The single most exciting moment of my life so far has been winning the Gold Ball,” Darlington senior Rachel Simon told the club and guests when asked how much winning the tournament the last two years with the Tigers meant.

The Lady Tigers have hoisted the coveted Gold Ball Trophy, which goes to the girls’ and boys’ champions, the past two seasons. The meeting featured coaches and players from the 10 teams competing in this year’s event.

Josh Hembree, who has coached the Darlington girls to the last two tournament championships, said he has a good group of girls returning this season and hopes to be competitive again. Cartersville’s teams couldn’t compete in this year’s events meaning the defending boys’ champion won’t compete this time.

Model boys’ coach Jacob Travis, whose Blue Devils finished as runner-up to Cartersville in an epic finals clash last season, said he and his players are looking forward to the tournament.

Something special in this year’s tournament will include the 1964 Berry Academy Falcons, who won the tournament title 50 years ago, being honored at halftime of the boys’ final.

by Elizabeth Davis WLAQ

Acts of heroism by law enforcement officers were honored with the 2014 Respect for Law Officers of the Year Awards during the regular meeting of the Seven Hills Rotary Club at the Coosa Country Club on Tuesday afternoon. 

Respect for Law originated with Optimist International in 1965.  Members of the Rome Noon Optimist Club have worked together with other clubs in recent years to present the program locally, according to Chief Tom Caldwell with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, co-chair of the Respect for Law program.  Clubs involved with the effort include the Rome Noon Optimist Club, the Seven Hills Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome Lion’s Club.

This year’s honorees and their departments are as follows:

Correctional Officer Phillip Skeen, Floyd County Prison

PFC Chad Matthews, Floyd County Police Department

Investigator Jeff Richerson, Rome Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Matt Maddox, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office

TFC Doug Shamblin, Georgia State Patrol

In addition to the awards, a special presentation was made at the Respect for Law program to celebrate the Floyd County Police Department’s 100 years of service to the community.  The presentation featured a brief history of the FCPD