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CONTENTS 10 In the Wild Wildwood Cottage Pottery is the creative venture of Thomasville artist Carola Rodina Rutkowski.
24 Raining Cats & Dogs The Thomasville Humane Society goes to great lengths for fur babies in need of a home.
36 Lake Life Reynolds Lake Oconee is the perfect destination for a summer vacation.
53 Business Spotlight Highlighting some of Thomasville’s finest insurance agents and agencies.
62 Summer Reads Annie B. Jones will fill your beach bag with the best of the best summer titles for 2021.
72 100 Years of Rotary Celebrating a full century of fellowship and service above self with Thomasville Rotary.
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If you’re driving down Clay Street—and not far from Downtown Thomasville—you might be lucky enough to come across a cottage-like home on Wildwood Lane that’s filled with beautiful pottery, an impassioned artist, and two rather large dogs. This is the home and studio of Carola Rodina Rutkowski, owner, potter, and self-proclaimed mess maker of Wildwood Cottage Pottery. It’s also home to Rutkowski’s two Newfoundland dogs she calls her “gentle giants” named Inukshuk and Bhalu. “They hang with me in the studio every day,” she says. “They sleep on the floor, knock over fresh pots, and mess things up. It’s their way of assisting, but they are definitely a part of this for me.” And while the pups may seem quite at home in Rutkowski’s pottery studio and act like it’s been their domain for years and years, that’s actually not the case. Why ceramics? Rutkowski says her dream of becoming a full-time potter was a long time coming. “It was the medium I enjoyed most and was somewhat good at in art, even back in elementary, middle, and high school. I couldn’t draw worth anything,” she laughs in sharing. “I remember my art teacher at one point even saying, ‘Well, let’s just crochet a blanket.’ I’m obviously very tactile and have always been good with my hands.”
I JUST KNEW I WAS GOING TO [DO POTTERY] ONE DAY. IT WAS JUST SO COOL, AND NOW THAT’S MY LIFE
Carola calls herself a functional potter, creating things used in daily life.
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As she got older, Rutkowski was always checking out the
The push she needed
pottery people had in their homes, and she’d ogle at the mugs
displayed in stores. “I just knew I was going to do that one day.
therapist got halted due to COVID-19 in March 2020.
It was just so cool, and now that’s my life!”
Working with her hands came quite easy, too, as Rutkowski
a full-time artist,” she says. “I just wasn’t able to say no to my
was a professional massage therapist for 21 years as well as a
massage clients in the past. I really did love my work, but I just
never gave pottery the full time it needed.”
“Massage was always working with my hands, but over the
Like so many others, Rutkowski’s profession as a massage “The pandemic gave me the full stop that I needed to become
She was pretty much stuck at home around the clock because
years I really wanted to get out of it even though I had good
of the pandemic, so Rutkowski decided to get to work. She
clientele,” she says.
turned her two-car garage into a functioning studio, and that’s
During her travels, she lived in Newfoundland, taking her
where she’s been working for the past year. “The pandemic
first pottery class in 2011. Rutkowski became good friends with
definitely shifted my life in a major way and into what I always
the pottery teacher, visiting her home often and working on a
knew I wanted to do.”
tabletop wheel to learn the craft.
“That’s when I started futzing with it on the side,” she says.
The details in making pottery
Rutkowski eventually returned to Thomasville in 2015—a
There are different types of pottery and ways of making
place she called home in middle and high school—with a short
pottery, but Rutkowski prefers working with clays that can be fired
stint in Asheville, North Carolina in 2017, when she took time to
focus on pottery.
a functional potter, which means I make everyday tableware like
“There are so many awesome potters there that I got to
“Stoneware is what I make, and I would also consider myself
meet and talk with about pottery and the processes they went
mugs, plates, bowls, and dishes,” she says. “I’m not a sculptor.”
through,” says Rutkowski.
include throwing pieces on a pottery wheel, mold slab building,
Upon returning to Thomasville after a couple of months in
The three methods of making pottery that Rutkowski uses
North Carolina, massage remained her main occupation, but
and coil building.
she was always dabbling in pottery on the side. She even set up
a small studio downstairs in her home, visiting it from time to
wheel, but when you make slab-built stuff, you’re basically
time to play in her love of ceramics.
Paying close attention to every step along the way keeps the pottery intact.
“You can make things like mugs and cups using the pottery
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making your own molds,” Rutkowski explains. “I have a few of the long bread bowl trays that I’ve made molds of. Once you have your own mold, you just make slabs and you lay them over that mold, and then you can just continue to pull pieces of the same exact shape off of that.”
Coil building means taking a piece of clay and forming
it into long strands that resemble sausage links. You coil the pieces together for as big or small of a piece as you want, gently laying the coils for a vase or lamp, for example. “You have to use slippery, watered-down clay in between each layer to act like glue,” Rutkowski continues. “Then, you have to smooth the walls. It’s a really time-consuming process. I’ve made a few trays for table centerpieces using this method.”
One of the trickiest things to learn how make at first were
handles for mugs or cups, but one of the more difficult pieces she’s worked on lately is adding handles to her large pieces like the long bread bowl trays.
“How the pottery dries changes with the climate,” Rutkowski
says. “If it’s really dry in my studio and I forget to cover a piece with plastic, it’ll crack and break. I’ve already lost three of the bread bowl trays. It’s all about these steps in between that if you forget one of them, you’re going to lose a piece.”
And as far as what she hopes to learn how to do and perfect
as she continues to grow her business: “I definitely want to make really, really big pieces, such as large pots and shallow, huge bowls that are like 3 or 4 feet in diameter.”
She’d also like to continue making pendant lamps and table
lamps, something she just recently learned how to do. “Pinch me”
“I’m a heck of a lot happier,” Rutkowski shares when asked
if she’s been surprised by how well the past year has gone with starting her own pottery business. “Not that I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, but I knew for a long time that this is what I was going to do.”
She still finds herself often looking around the studio and
saying out loud, “Wow! This is really my life now.”
“It took quite a while to get here, and it’s still not completely
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The Thomasville Humane Society recently met a nationally accepted save rate for the first time ever.
When Thomasville native Chandler Giddes moved back home
I left,” he says. “My entire career has been surrounded by animal
in October 2020 to serve as interim director of the Thomasville-
welfare in some regard, and I’m passionate about it. What might be
Thomas County Humane Society, he was on fire with ideas to move
surprising, though, is that I’m even more passionate about people.
the organization forward. Having previously worked as the humane
That works out because 90 percent of this job is people problems,
society’s animal control director for three years, Giddes left in 2017
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to take an animal welfare position in Gwinnett County, followed
after the fact.”
by a brief stint in Delaware. When the opportunity to return to
his hometown came along, he jumped at it. It was a way to move
systems and procedures in place. “Since I started, we’ve completely
closer to family and also to grow personally and professionally as
changed as many parts of this operation as possible by bringing
a new executive director. After serving three months in the interim
every function in line with industry best practices. It has been a
position, his role became permanent at the beginning of 2021.
tremendously busy and exciting six months.”
“I was excited to be able to return to Thomasville Humane and
revive some of the forward progress and momentum we had when
As soon as he stepped in the door, Giddes began putting new
Giddes first concentrated on looking at ways to improve costs and efficiency. The largest single expense for the shelter was animal
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WE HAVE A SAYING THAT ‘SEEN EQUALS SAVED’
care, so he implemented tactics to shorten each animal’s stay as well as to prevent them from entering the shelter at all. That meant employing strategies like preventative intake measures, owner retention resources and placement assistance, and new foster and volunteer programming. He also hired a firm to manage a targeted social media campaign.
“We have a saying that ‘seen equals saved’,” he says, of the
importance of showing photos of the animals. “Just being able to market these animals in a positive light has made an unbelievable impact on our ability to place them in our community. Our job is to make these animals in our care relevant to people, and social media has been a fantastic way to do that.”
The results of these efforts are impressive. The average length
of stay for an animal was 414 days in October 2020. At the end of the first quarter of 2021, that number dropped drastically to just 11 days. Adoption rates are up. During the first three months of 2021, numbers surpassed the combined adoptions of the same time period in the previous two years. Thomasville Humane also ended Executive Director Chandler Giddes was excited to return to Thomasville for this new role.
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the first quarter with a nationally accepted save rate for the first time since the organization was founded in 1978.
“Our save rate through April was 98 percent,” Giddes notes with
When Betty and Russell Rouse lost their longtime canine
“I can’t tell you how much joy those puppies brought into
companion, Charlie, last fall, his absence left a huge void in
our lives,” says Betty. She also praised the support provided by
their home and in their hearts. In their late 70s, the Rouses felt it
Thomasville Humane, which provides everything from food to
was too late for them to start over with a puppy. But as lifelong
clean towels to bundles of newspaper.
dog owners, they missed the presence of a dog in the house.
When Betty dropped off Charlie’s possessions as a donation for
even made a house call to give the puppies their vaccinations
the Thomasville Humane Society, she asked Director Chandler
because there was no way that we could have handled taking
Giddes about fostering.
that many puppies to the office.”
Giddes lit up right away. “It just so happens that we have
“They made sure we had everything we needed. The vet
By the middle of April, all of the puppies had found homes,
a black Lab here right now giving birth,” he said. Staff were
and Queen found one soon after. The Rouses are glad that they
concerned about the stress for both the mama dog and the
were able to help in a crisis and give the puppies a healthy
puppies in the noisy shelter environment. The long Thanksgiving
start in life. They have befriended several of the new owners
weekend was coming up, which meant that no one would be on
who often send photos and updates. Betty and Russell also are
hand to check on the puppies as often as needed in the first
thankful for the experience that helped them bridge the gap
few days of their lives. “I have to find a foster situation for them
Charlie left behind.
today,” Giddes told Betty.
Betty consulted Russell and, by the end of the day, the black
a dog,” says Betty. “You may not want to start over with a puppy,
Labrador, Queen, and her 10 puppies had moved in with them.
but you can foster as long as you’re well enough to take care of
Although that many dogs required a lot of care, the Rouses were
a pet. It’s such a wonderful experience for both the pet and the
happy to do it.
“What I want people to know is you’re never too old to have
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THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY FOR AN ANIMAL DROPPED FROM 414 DAYS IN OCTOBER TO 11 DAYS FIRST QUARTER OF 2021.
HUMANE SOCIETY DOING GOOD
pride. “That’s the best thing I could hope for.” Of course, fundraising is a key component for any nonprofit. Giddes has attacked that with a newly structured Fund Development Committee, incentivized corporate partnerships, and monthly fundraising events. He reports that the organization is in the black and has received $98,000 in grant money in the last six months. An endowment provides continued support, and Giddes hopes to encourage more donations to the fund.
Looking ahead, Giddes has even loftier plans for Thomasville
Humane. A capital campaign may be on the horizon, as well as the ability to serve an even larger area. Noting that 13 out of 19 Southwest Georgia counties have no animal welfare services at all, he says it’s important for his organization to step up. His vision is an expansion through contracts with outlying municipalities to provide other communities with the services and strategies that are working so well for Thomas County.
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I think that we have an opportunity, if not an obligation, to try to fill some of those needs, if and when we can.” When trying to pinpoint the formula for Thomasville Humane’s successful six-month turn-around, Giddes says that while all the strategies put in place are important, it all boils down to a renewed idea of what the organization means to the community, along with a commitment to provide services in the most efficient, costeffective, and transparent way.
“I’m going, and we’re growing,” he states with conviction.
“Thomasville Humane is dedicated to doing anything and everything we can to move animals out of our care and into homes of their own.” TM To learn more about the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, visit their website at thomasvillehumane.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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Local Health The importance of staying hydrated & how to do it without sacrificing taste Stephanie Rice B.S. Exercise Science, Jacksonville University ASCM, Certified Personal Trainer ACE, Weight Management Specialist Balanced Body Pilates Instructor MBG Functional Nutrition Specialist Fit Fab Life – Owner firstname.lastname@example.org; fitfablife.biz
BY STEPHANIE RICE
id you know that the human body is 55 to 75 percent water? The younger you are, the more water your body retains. This is why it is so important to make hydration
a priority, especially during the hot summer months. Every organ and system in your body relies on water to function properly. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water, and the lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin contains 64 percent, muscles and kidneys 79 percent, and even the bones are a watery 31 percent. As you can see, our bodies need water for more than just hydration. Here are some amazing benefits of water—some might just surprise you! • Nutrient and oxygen transportation • Immune system, detoxification, and digestion support • Blood pressure and heartbeat regulation • Waste and bacteria removal • Healthier stool and bowel movements • Muscle repair • Joint lubrication • Weight loss • Electrolyte balance
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There have even been studies that suggest staying hydrated can help prevent mood swings and increase cognitive performance. (Dr. Shaun Riebl) Dehydration is serious, even fatal, especially in the summer months. Signs of dehydration can include poor concentration, fatigue, low energy during workouts, headaches, weakness, low blood pressure, and dizziness. Think hangover! Adults (especially the elderly) and athletes need to be even more mindful to avoid dehydration. And be sure to check medications to see if they increase fluid loss, as that will increase the need for more water intake. Alcohol also leads to dehydration because it is a diuretic, meaning it causes you to take extra trips to the bathroom. Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic
are magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chloride,
beverages will help stave off dehydration. Sticking to
and bicarbonate. Benefits of electrolytes include:
only one alcoholic drink is ideal. Good news is that there are some easy ways to increase your water intake. By making the water have taste, most people will begin to drink more. My favorite way of adding flavor to water is by adding electrolytes or freshly squeezed lemon.
• Regulating fluid balance
• Promoting nerve and muscle function • Supporting heart health
• Improving bone strength • Maintaining brain health
Electrolytes are incredibly important to overall health. They are found throughout the body and play a vital
role in everything from fluid balance to heart health and
UltimaReplenisher. Any of these would be a great addition
brain function. Some of the most common electrolytes
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Local Health because they all taste amazing! Lemon water is also very good for you. Half of a fresh squeezed lemon in warm or cold water in the morning can help: • Boost your immune system and mood (thank you vitamin C!)
• Improve blood pressure • Improve liver function
• May support weight loss
• Helps maintain hydration Lemon water was found to be effective in uplifting your mood, especially when you’re deficient in vitamin C. A 2011 study from the journal Nutrition showed that vitamin C-deficient patients had a higher risk of suffering from mood disturbances and that
food colorings like sucralose, dextrose, red 40, etc., as
supplementing concentrations of vitamin C helped
these can cause a host of other problems.
improve their mood states by up to 34 percent. (Dr. Joseph Mercola) Remember, the body is very adaptable. Over the
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees about how much water we should drink each day. Here are recommendations from a few major health authorities:
years I have come across a lot of people who say they don’t like the taste of water. It’s actually the lack of
The Institute of Medicine recommends
between nine and 13 cups per day for
taste people don’t like. If you are one of these people,
just start small. Drink a glass in the morning when you get up, drink a glass with or after a meal, drink a glass around brushing your teeth or taking medication. In no
time at all your body will start craving the water and it
Harvard Medical School uses four to
six cups as a standard recommendation
for generally healthy people.
won’t taste so bad. If these tricks still don’t work, you can add the electrolytes or lemon to your water or drink fruit-
infused water. Other low-calorie, no sugar added
drinks that help hydrate are caffeine-free herbal teas, unsweetened coconut water, and nut milks like almond and coconut. Believe it or not, bone broth can also increase hydration. I will caution you to stay away from liquid and powder flavorings for water that are made of fake sugars and
Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health suggest between six and 10 cups per day is adequate.
Bottom line, dehydration is dangerous for every system of your body. Drinking more water can be easy, still taste good, and is one of the best decisions you can make for your overall health. TM
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ABOVE: The Caldwell & Langford team has grown throughout the years. The company cut the ribbon on their Smith Avenue location in 2003.
erving as the oldest insurance agency in Thomasville, Caldwell & Langford has centered their decades of success around their commitment and reputation, standing behind and going above and beyond what they offer their clients and giving them buying power when it comes to their insurance. With the first policy of insurance written in May of 1871, the original agency, Hansell & Hansell (later changed to Hansell & Merrill and then to Merrill & Moore) emerged from a confederate soldier, who was an attorney. He, along with other attorneys, started
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the agency as a side business, and the first company represented by the agency was Southern Mutual Insurance Company of Athens, Georgia, which signed a contract in 1898 and is still in force at the agency. In 1926, the first insurance-oriented person to join the firm was T.T. Caldwell, and in 1930 the agency name was changed to Moore & Caldwell. When Caldwell passed away in 1948, his son-in-law, Edward R. Langford, joined the agency and soon the name was officially changed to Caldwell & Langford. Caldwell’s wife worked in the agency part-time, retiring in 1957. Through the decades, the agency continued to acquire and partner with additional agencies around the region. Among those was the 2005 merger with MacIntyre & Edwards, the second oldest insurance agency in Thomasville. In 2012, the agency was converted to an employeeowned agency and in 2019, Caldwell & Langford purchased another locally owned
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agency, The Orso Agency, making them the longeststanding, locally owned, and employee-owned business in Thomas County. Through this long lineage of progression, Caldwell & Langford has maintained its philosophy of serving its clients with the best customer service around. With the acquisitions, the agency strengthened its insurance options, solidifying the buying power that has earned them the reputation they still have today. “We take pride in our communication with our clients,” says Danny Braddy, principal/agent for Caldwell & Langford. “We believe in delivering policy options to our clients with detailed summary reports, reviewing everything line by line, to help our clients understand the policy and what their options
are. This has built our good reputation, which is the most important aspect of our agency that we are extremely proud of.” Serving as an independent insurance agency, Caldwell & Langford represents over 100 companies through direct company contracts and brokerage agreements. They offer home, business, auto, farm, bonds, and life insurance. Find out more about Caldwell & Langford by visiting caldwellandlangford.com.
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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AT THE HEART OF THE GAINOUS STATE FARM AGENCY IN THOMASVILLE
The Gainous agency was recognized for its renovation of this historic building in downtown Thomasville.
upporting the local community is something Stephen Gainous, Thomasville State Farm agent, says is at the heart of the agency’s mission of giving back to the community they serve. The agency makes it a priority to support educational initiatives as often as possible, including the local schools, university, technical college, and youth sports. Located in historic downtown Thomasville at 117 W. Jefferson Street, the Gainous State Farm Agency is located in a building they restored, moving the agency office in 2015. While restoring, they were careful to maintain the historical integrity of the building and even earned a Historic Preservation Award from the Thomasville
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Historical Society for the project. “We love the downtown area and are proud to now be the downtown insurance agency for Thomasville,” says Gainous. Starting the agency in 2012, after long-time agent Charlotte Arnold retired, Gainous is no stranger to the insurance business. He began his career with State Farm in 2009. During his early years, he spent time at various agencies, gaining experience and helping them streamline their processes and grow their business. Later, he was sent to Atlanta to help evaluate and train oncoming agents for a couple years before he transitioned to take over the Thomasville agency for Arnold. A native of Cairo, Gainous is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Thomasville. The Gainous Agency prides itself on developing and maintaining a relationship business model, going above and beyond to provide the help they need. “We try to get to know our policyholders, treating them as family members,” says Gainous. Serving as a captive State Farm Agency, the Gainous Agency specializes in auto, home, life, and some health insurance as well as financial services, including credit cards, deposit products, and some investments. They also offer insurances for businesses and
recently became licensed to write insurance policies for Florida residents and businesses. Gainous says that 2020 was the agency’s best year ever, and they are already on track to surpass their goal for 2021. “We made sure that our employees were taken care of and remained employed during the 2020 COVID pandemic,” says Gainous. “We were fortunate to come out on the other side without having to downsize our agency. I told my team we would get through, with everyone still having a job.”
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years as a customer service representative at Thomasville’s oldest agency, Caldwell & Langford, she opened her Farmers Agency in 2017. Prior to joining Farmers, Causey served as an agent with Georgia Farm Bureau in Grady County. Specializing in business, home, auto, and life insurance, Causey is a passionate agent who doesn’t stop until she finds the best solutions for her clients, ensuring they always get the quality products they need at the best prices. “This philosophy of business is the driving force behind my agency,” says Causey. “I believe in going above and beyond for my clients and continuously troubleshoot each client’s needs and follow through with the best solution possible.” Farmers has a brokerage company called Kraft Lake which gives Causey access to other markets if the risk doesn’t fit Farmers. So, in addition to an amazing customer experience, clients can expect to have options designed to fit their needs with Causey’s agency. Her assistant, Laura Poole, has been with the agency for just a year but has worked in the insurance realm for seven years. Causey says she has the same spirit of customer
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from the bar
SUMMER SIPPIN’ When the temperatures rise, so does the appeal of a cold adult beverage. For
those who prefer, all three of these are easily converted to mocktails simply by leaving out the alcohol. Cheers to summer!
Strawberry Mojito We can’t think of a better use of these sweet summer jewels. Mojitos can be enjoyed with nearly any fruit as the star ingredient, so experiment away! 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 6 strawberries handful of mint leaves 1 lime 4 oz rum ice lime flavored club soda In a small saucepan mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil on medium heat. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Put the strawberries and some crushed mint leaves in two tall glasses. Muddle the strawberries with a fork or spoon. Cut the lime in half and slice two slices from the middle. Add one to each glass. Juice the remaining lime and divide between the two glasses. Add about ¼ cup of the simple syrup to each glass, followed by half the rum in each. Stir to blend well. Fill glasses with ice and top with club soda to taste. Garnish with more mint.
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A paloma is a Mexican cocktail that is traditionally made with tequila, grapefruit soda, and a squeeze of lime juice. Here we’ve suggested mezcal instead, but either works well. JALAPEÑO SIMPLE SYRUP 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 water 2 jalapeños, coarsely chopped Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 15 mins. Strain and reserve. FOR THE COCKTAIL 2 oz jalapeño simple syrup 1 oz lime juice 4 oz mezcal 4 oz grapefruit juice 4 oz club soda Kosher salt Grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slices for garnish Pour some salt onto a plate, then rub the edges of two tumblers with a grapefruit slice and dip into salt. Fill the glasses with ice. Combine all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into two glasses. Garnish with grapefruit and jalapeño slices.
Blueberry Lime Thyme Mashup This recipe includes ingredients for one cocktail, but who has just one, am I right? Double, triple, or quadruple and enjoy with friends. 2 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries, plus more for topping 1-2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus a sprig for serving juice from half of a lime 2 tbsp blueberry or blackberry jam 1 ½ oz bourbon or tequila ½ oz elderflower liquor, such as St-Germain sparkling water for topping lime slices for garnish (optional) Fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, muddle the blueberries, thyme, and lime juice, mashing everything to release the juices. Add the jam, bourbon, and elderflower liquor. Fill with ice and shake until combined. Strain into your glass, top off with sparkling water, then gently stir to combine. Garnish with thyme sprig and a slice of lime.
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FROM THE BOOKSHELF
SUMMERTIME READS BY ANNIE B. JONES, Owner of The Bookshelf
t’s hard to believe, but summer is finally upon us. The hottest time of the year is also when even non-readers begin to gravitate toward new books.
Everyone’s looking for something to stuff in their beach bag or take on the plane, particularly this year when vacations feel more like a gift and a luxury than usual.
Of course, this is where The Bookshelf shines. Our
staff is excited to put books into your hands this season to get you vacation-ready with your next great read. Enjoy our suggestions, spanning genres and encompassing various literary tastes.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid I’ve appreciated Taylor Jenkins Reid’s thoughtful, easy-todevour fiction for years, but she finally garnered the attention of a wider audience of readers after her publication of Daisy Jones and the Six, an oral history of a fictional rock band that had everyone talking. Now Reid is back with Malibu Rising, a novel about a group of siblings bound by their love of surfing and their complicated relationship with their famous father. Malibu Rising is set over the course of one chaotic evening, with flashbacks to the family’s past, and as a result, readers
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
will be immediately sucked in. I couldn’t put this one down,
Olympus, Texas might be my favorite book of the year, but
and I can’t think of a better book to take to the beach this
our manager Olivia is already declaring Project Hail Mary
summer. For fans of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
hers. Author Andy Weir was a software engineer and space enthusiast before he caught the attention of publishers,
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
critics, and readers with the resounding success of The
This debut novel is in the running for my favorite book of the
Martian. (Remember Matt Damon harvesting potatoes in
year. Filled with richly drawn characters who feel larger than
space?) Weir has continued to be a successful writer, and
life and yet like people you know, Olympus, Texas is perfect
Project Hail Mary is being proclaimed as his best, perfect for
for plot-driven readers, too. Stacey Swann has created a
the serious science fiction aficionado and for lay readers like
satisfactory pager-turner about a sprawling, complicated
me, depicting a lone astronaut desperate to save the world
family whose secrets lead to bloodshed, infidelity, and,
from potential disaster. For fans of The Wanderers by Meg
ultimately, redemption. Swann also smartly incorporated
classical Greek mythology into her story, and even though I’m sure some of those details were lost on me, other readers’
My Time Will Come by Ian Manuel
experiences will only be enhanced by those complexities. For
Nonfiction may not be the most obvious genre for vacation
fans of East of Eden by John Steinbeck
reading, but some of my fondest memories are of sitting beachside with my family, each of us armed with a different
Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
nonfiction book, sharing stats and statistics and stories
Set in suburban Atlanta in the 1990s, Gold Diggers belongs
back and forth, all open to new information, willing to learn
to Neil, a second-generation teenager trying to find his way in
something new. My Time Will Come is Ian Manuel’s memoir
the world. Desperate for achievement but lacking ambition,
about surviving the juvenile justice system. Back in 1991, he
Neil joins forces with his friend and neighbor Anita, whose
was sentenced to life without parole for a mugging attempt;
own immigrant mother brews a potion from stolen gold to
he was 14 years old. The case garnered the attention of
help her daughter conquer her goals. I don’t know how debut
attorney Bryan Stevenson (of Just Mercy fame), and his
novelist Sanjena Sathian managed to capture such a wide
organization the Equal Justice Initiative began working
range of genres in one well-told story, but Gold Diggers is
for Manuel’s release. Manuel’s story is one of redemption,
completely compelling, combining coming-of-age, magical
forgiveness, and grace, and I love that he’s telling it in his own
realism, historical fiction, love story, and a thrilling heist, too.
words. For fans of Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-
For fans of Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Cannino and Ronald Cotton
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SOUGHT AFTER FOR ITS HEALING PROPERTIES, A TURMERIC CROP IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA IS ALSO BRINGING RENEWED LIFE TO RARE BIRDS. 64 THOMASVILLEMAGAZINE.COM | SUMMER 2021
T urmeric Taking Flight BY SARAH D. SHEARER
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THE AMERICAN TURMERIC COMPANY FAMILY AFFAIR
Ryan and Janell Cleveland together with her parents, Ed and Diane Taylor, operate The American Turmeric Company. The family farm is dedicated to growing and producing high-quality turmeric.
the benefits of turmeric. Although the South is an ideal locale for growing turmeric, not many are doing it because of the labor involved. The humid climate, heat, and the occasional freezes here create the perfect environment for turmeric to grow and thrive. This turmeric growing family is currently focused on enriching the soil and planting native grasses to help their turmeric plants succeed. After it is picked, the root is consumed, much like ginger. They work hard to cultivate their crop before turning it
into a paste or powder to distribute through their online business, The American Turmeric Company. hat do you get when you combine a
Their products, appropriately titled “Georgia Gold,”
molecular biologist, a criminal defense
come in a paste that looks like pureed sweet potatoes
attorney, and 20 acres of farmland
and powders that are a brilliant orange. The paste is much
in Boston, Georgia? A thriving turmeric enterprise and a
more potent and effective because it comes straight
haven for rare birds, apparently. A conversation with Ryan
from the plant. The only added ingredient is a probiotic,
and Janell Cleveland reveals interesting facts about the
so the paste is incredibly pure and unadulterated, unlike
healing properties found in turmeric and the surprise visits
many trendy turmeric products found at the store that
of rare birds to their Southwest Georgia front yard.
have been heated and boiled, causing the turmeric to
Ryan is an attorney by day but wholly devoted to farm and
lose much of its therapeutic value.
family when he’s not at work. His passion for his land and
The paste tastes best when combined with sparkling
what they are accomplishing through their turmeric growth
water or added to a glass of V8 juice, says Janell. The
is palpable. Janell is a molecular biologist who worked on
latter method is reminiscent of a Bloody Mary, boasting
top government projects before altering her career path to
a tangy, spicy, delicious flavor. And it doesn’t just
have a family. Together, these highly educated individuals,
taste good; turmeric has been found to be extremely
along with Janell’s parents, Ed and Diane Taylor, make the
beneficial, chiefly because it is an anti-inflammatory.
perfect team for educating the generational public about
When inflammation is found in the body, joint pain,
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THE AMERICAN TURMERIC COMPANY
arthritis, asthma, and other conditions are rampant. Turmeric is one of the few herbs that has been welldocumented to help with inflammation. It also aids with depressive moods and auto-immune disorders. While it is no miracle drug, turmeric can be a wonderful supplement to improve overall health and well-being. Ryan and Janell are passionate about turmeric and have a great vision for the future of their business, but they need more farmers to partner with them and start
CURCUMIN IS THE MAIN ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN
the process of growing turmeric. Much of their crop is located in Bainbridge, where their distribution facility is located. It is of the utmost importance that their
TURMERIC. IT HAS POWERFUL
products be the highest quality, which is why growing it
The “Georgia Gold” is an incredibly unique product
AND IS A VERY STRONG ANTIOXIDANT.
is such a rigorous process. and contains a high level of curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric. The Clevelands are dedicated to excellence in every aspect of production. They both have fallen in love with South Georgia and want to see awareness grow for the health benefits of turmeric, ultimately making this area a hub for growing the crop.
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The incredible antioxidant properties found in The American Turmeric Company’s products can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. One of the most popular is “Golden Milk.” Recipes abound on the internet for this healing brew, which is often made with coconut or almond milk, turmeric, ginger, and a healthy sweetener like honey.
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One of the ways the Clevelands are almost accidentally drawing attention to their farm is through several rare bird sightings. This has more of a connection to turmeric than one might think. About three years ago, Janell spotted a vermilion flycatcher in her yard, and its beauty absolutely captured her. “This was my spark,” she says, and that bird sighting ultimately pulled her into the bird world where she began to voraciously research birds she discovered in the area. Another aviary of note that has made an appearance is the calliope hummingbird, the smallest bird native to the United States, whose sighting in this part of the country is extremely rare. When Janell posted her discovery on the Georgia Ornithological Society Facebook page, the farm was swarmed by hundreds of bird enthusiasts who drove from all over for a chance to see the hummingbird. While there, one spectator found another surprise as he was taking photographs. He happened upon a rough-legged hawk, a bird virtually unknown in Georgia. Roughlegged hawks are native to the Arctic and may fly as far south as Michigan, but to be seen in Georgia was a rare treat for a Southern birdwatcher. After the visit from the vermilion flycatcher—affectionately dubbed Juan Carlos—Janell began cultivating a welcoming environment for birds and has curated a beautiful hummingbird garden in the hopes that the calliope hummingbird will return for another winter visit. She has also formed a Red Hills chapter of the Audubon Society for this region and looks forward to creating opportunities for children and students to come and learn about birds and their habitat. “Birds have lost so much of their habitat… if you think about what birds need, most people think trees. But most birds need open prairies and plains. This area is called Coastal Plains, but
RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS
After experiencing many rare bird sightings on the farm, Janell formed a Red Hills chapter of the Audubon
is to grow the turmeric alongside native plants and grasses that will provide both bird habitat and turmeric.” In the months and years to come, Ryan and Janell look forward
Society. Hundreds of enthusiasts flock to the farm to see
to growing their crops, their gardens, and their business, but
rare species like the calliope hummingbird above that are
more importantly, they want to grow community, establishing
attracted to the farm’s turmeric grown alongside native
you really don’t see that anymore….our thought with the turmeric
plants and grasses that provide ideal habitat.
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100 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Fellowship & Service BY MARTA JONES TURNER
PICTURED: Members of the club in 1967 gather at lunch to plan service projects. embers of the Rotary Club of Thomasville
organization remains strong in spite of challenges brought
on by the pandemic. Meetings were by Zoom for much of
speakers, but it’s the organization’s
the past year, but the club carried on its mission to serve. Ten
purpose—”service above self”—that makes being part of
community projects, 16 youth projects, and five fundraisers
the club most worthwhile. That’s true today as it has been
were completed in 2020. “Our wide range of projects, all
through the club’s 100 years.
of which have a positive impact on the community, allow
“Our members have a passion for serving that impacts the lives of countless people in our community and around
members to choose areas of service that interest them,” Brown commented.
the world,” past president Teri White said. Members serve
To appreciate what Rotary is and what it works to
as volunteers, fund local projects, and contribute to Rotary
accomplish, we share a few stories of members and how
International’s global programs.
Thomasville Rotary President John Brown reports the
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Youth projects have dominated the club’s service work since 1921. Here, Rotarians and members of Interact Clubs from Thomasville High School, Thomas County High School, and Brookwood work together to paint a map of the United States on a local school playground.
*Most events shown were prior to COVID.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR YOUTH Andre’ Marria knew her decision to join Rotary was the right one when she attended her first Rotary International conference. “These people really make a difference,” she realized. “I saw the vision, realized what Rotarians accomplish around the world, and returned home to discover my club also has a heart to serve.” Marria has offered guidance for the club’s youth programs in recent years. She is most proud of a fiveyear partnership with Morehouse College that allowed Rotary to help reduce teen pregnancies in the region. The program involved innovative curriculum in local schools and at the Boys & Girls Club. Among the more than 3,000
From anti-bullying programs like “Be the Voice” at McIntyre Park School to “Character Counts” at the Boys & Girls Club to Little Free Libraries, the Rotary Club makes a positive impact on youth in our community.
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local students participating in the five-year program, only one pregnancy occurred. Although the partnership and funding from Morehouse has ended, Thomasville Rotary Club continues to fund the local Teen Pregnancy Program. Rotarians also volunteer and fund other meaningful youth programs that encourage ethical behavior, help develop good character, stop bullying, recognize outstanding students, offer scholarships, and more.
Rotarians turn out to support the club RALLYING FOR UNITED WAY In 2016, United Way asked Rotary to take responsibility for their annual golf
sponsored fundraiser golf tournament for United Way. Result in 2019-$17,000 raised for local charities.
tournament when the previous sponsor, Caterpillar, announced their Thomasville operation would close. “It seemed a natural partnership for us. United Way and the organizations they support have mission statements that align closely with Rotary’s purpose,” said Scooter Grubbs, who chairs the annual tournament. Grubbs took on the challenge. More than 25 club members volunteer for the annual tournament and their efforts have paid off. Funds raised for local charities have grown from $7,000 to more than $17,000 in 2019. Last year’s event was cancelled because of COVID, but the 2021 tournament is scheduled for August.
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HONORING LOCAL HEROES Mary Beth Donalson has “pattied out” almost every hamburger served at Rotary’s Honoring Local Heroes luncheons since the first event in 2016. That’s hamburgers for about 1,800 meals, but Mary Beth and others who help consider it a privilege to serve lunch to city and county law enforcement officers, fire and rescue teams, and utility linemen. It was Will Felt’s idea to show first responders that the community appreciates their service. He shared the idea with his fellow Rotarians and Honoring Local Heroes became a reality. Six years later, the program is still going strong. For each lunch, Barbara Williams-Anderson shops for ingredients, Andy Jones mans the grill, and Joe Tarver,
Serving law enforcement and other local community heroes
David Flowers, Donalson, and Felts step in to do their
provides an opportunity to
parts. Other Rotarians stop by to help serve the meals
build goodwill and connection
and show appreciation to first responders. This year, team members from the county health department and city sanitation department were served lunch as a show of thanks for their extra efforts during the pandemic.
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in the community.
SUPPORTING THE TROOPS When the 1230th Thomas County Georgia National Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, Rotarian Joe Brown stepped up with a plan to show support. Rallying Rotarians and others in the community, Brown led the effort to send gift baskets and offer encouragement in other ways while the unit was stationed in Afghanistan. When the unit returned home, Rotarians began hosting an annual holiday party for the guard and
Rotarians joined in to support our troops serving in
their families. Rotary funds the event and members prepare a traditional Christmas meal for about 250
the 1230th Thomas County National Guard unit
attendees. The meal is served by the guard’s officers
in 2013, offering encouragement when soldiers were
and noncommissioned staff at the local armory.
deployed to Afghanistan. Each year, as in this photo from 2016, club members prepare a holiday meal for soldiers and their families.
“We appreciate each member of the guard and their service,” Brown said. “My fellow Rotarians were quick to support efforts to host the holiday event and to offer encouragement during the unit’s deployments.”
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Inspired by projects that touch them personally, Rotarians are often finding ways to serve others locally. OPPOSITE: Rotarians serve in diverse pojects like the Salvation Army bell ringing, a Valentine’s Party for seniors, and stuffing bags for kids going back to school. RIGHT: Twenty live oak trees were planted in Paradise Park to celebrate the club’s 100 year anniversary.
A PASSION TO SERVE The list of ways Rotarians can serve is long and always developing as members share inspiring ideas. Rotary Has Heart for Seniors was inspired by Rotarian Angela Williamson’s passion to support seniors in our community. She brought an idea to fellow Rotarians and they gave enthusiastic support for a Valentine’s party for clients at the Scott Senior Center. Strengthening families within the Boys & Girls Club organization is Nate Tyler’s new passion. He recently spoke to his fellow Rotarians about the Family PLUS program he now heads at the Boys & Girls Club. It’s an effort to empower adults and enhance family stability. Nate encouraged members to become mentors for the program. “You can make a difference here,” he said. The Thomasville Rotary Club is both of the community and for the community, according to past president Jeff Zoller. He shared a quote from Alec Smythe, past district governor of Rotary: “We unite leaders from all walks of life, amplifying their individual efforts to make our communities and the world a better place to live and work.”
100 YEARS AND STILL SERVING
TOP: Rotarians helped prepare
The Rotary Club of Thomasville was founded in 1921 with 20 members
for the Boy Scouts Boys Week
chosen because of their influence and business status. This year marks the club’s 100th anniversary and today’s membership of 130 includes a diverse mix of individuals from across the community. Through its history, the club
Parade in 1924.
has served the community in impactful ways, for example, establishing
BOTTOM: The Rotary Club
Camp Rotary (now Camp Pineywoods) and sponsoring hundreds of
of Thomasville recently captured
surgeries for children impacted by polio. Honoring this hallmark year,
a photograph to commemorate its
Rotarians planted 20 live oak trees in Paradise Park and established a memorial plaza honoring Will Watt, a Thomasville Rotarian whose vision created efforts to promote world peace following WWII. TM
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Summer EVENTS JUNE 1-AUGUST 13
Art Exhibition & Sale THOM Artist Collective Exhibition, featuring the works of THOM Collective members. All artwork for sale between $100-$1,000. Main Gallery hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday
to Friday and 2nd Saturdays. Thomasville
Center for the Arts gallery, 600 East
This free community-wide event held to
Washington Street. For tours, call
unite and educate will offer free health
screenings, live entertainment, a car show,
JUNE 4, AUGUST 6 & SEPTEMBER 3 First Friday Sip and Shop
COVID-19 vaccines (provided by Archbold Medical Center), informational displays, vendors, kids activities, and more. 11am
Starting at 6pm, enjoy dinner, grab an adult
to 5pm at Douglass High School Alumni
beverage from your favorite downtown
Association, Inc., Forrest Street. For info,
restaurant or venue, and shop ‘til you drop.
Participating shops will have extended hours, with many bars and restaurants open
until 10pm. Live music at the amphitheater
Independence Day Show
begins at 8pm.
Join the City of Thomasville and CNSNext as we celebrate Independence Day with
fireworks at Remington Park. Fireworks
Hearts for Art
will start at 9pm. Please note the following
Enjoy art created by Vashti Center’s
rules for this event: pets are not allowed,
Clubhouse students, with special pieces
golf carts will not be allowed on the grass
available for purchase. Your patronage
or fields at Remington Park, and personal
supports the transformative work of the
fireworks (including sparklers) are not
Vashti Center! Held at The Bookshelf,
allowed. For more information,
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Thomasville Landmarks Derby Party The 2021 Thomasville Landmarks Derby Party brought together preservationists for a fun-filled fundraiser event. In addition to many numerous sponsors, the party enjoyed a special sponsorship from Woodford Reserve. Committed to the preservation and restoration of the area’s landmark buildings, Landmarks has saved many historic buildings in the community.
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