On February 26, the Rotary Club of Highlands welcomed guests Abby Braswell and Kaine Matthews from the Macon County Tax Office. They shared an overview of property taxes in Macon County and the statutes and processes related to the recently completed 2019 property tax revaluations.
Pictured left to right are Chairman of the Macon County Board of Commissioners (and fellow Rotarian) Jim Tate, Abby Braswell, and Kaine Matthews.
January-February Students of the Month
Due to inclement weather, the January and February Students of the Month were honored together at the February 26 meeting. Pictured are school Assistant Principal, Sara Holbrooks, January high school winner, Toby Barnes, January middle school winner, Getsi Hernandez, club President Jerry Moore, January elementary school winner, Daniel Wisniewski, school Counselor, Nicole Lui and February elementary school winner, Blake Chastain. Not pictured are February high school winner, Abigail Olvera and February middle school winner, Caleb Burrell.
Sallie Taylor was the featured speaker for the March 12 Highlands Rotary meeting. Sallie shared information about Blue Zones, an initiative she is spearheading to bring to Macon and Jackson counties. The Blue Zones program help reduce healthcare costs, employee absenteeism, as well as other positive outcomes by showing people how to live more fulfilling and healthy lifestyles.
On Thursday, March14, the Rotary Club of Highlands partnered with the Highlands School PTO to sponsor Bingo. All net proceeds will benefit our local PTO.
On March 19, the Rotary Club of Highlands sponsored the Highlands community supper. The photo shows Rotary members getting ready to serve a large crowd who enjoyed good food and fellowship.
For the March 26 Rotary Club of Highlands meeting, Rotarian Bill Edwards introduced Leigh Tabor and Christie Black as the featured speakers. Tabor, Director of Macon County Veterans Services, and Black, Veterans Service Officer, discussed the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. Additionally, they covered the critical services provided by Macon County Veterans Services
February-March Students of the Month
February and March Students of the Month were honored together at the March 26 meeting. Pictured are February high school winner, Abigail Olvera, March middle school winner, Brittany Damian Clemente, February middle school winner, Caleb Burrell, March elementary school winner, Axel Mendoza Tentle, March high school winner, Jake Billingsley, School Counselor Nicole Lui, and club Past President, Rick Trevathan.
Robert E. Smith, member of the Rotary Club of Highlands, introduced Brent Martin, who was the featured speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Highlands on April 2, 2019. Mr. Martin, Executive Director of the Bartram Trail Society, discussed William Bratram, an eighteenth-century naturalist who traveled extensively in the southeast including the Highlands’ area, in the 1770’s. He wrote a popular book on his travels which was published in 1791. He was a talented artist who published many beautiful drawings in his book, while also collecting many botanical specimens that were shipped to England.
Martin also discussed the Bratram Trail which follows the approximate route of William Bratram’s southern journey in 1775. The local section is a hiking trail that winds about 115 miles (185 km) from the North Georgia mountains into North Carolina. The Bratram Trail Society maintains and marks the trail on a regular basis. New members of the Society are encouraged.
On April 5, the Rotary Club of Highlands and the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Club sponsored Dental Examination Day at Highlands School for students in grades K-5. Drs. Chris Dyer and Smith volunteered their time and expertise to examine the students. After each student was examined, a form was completed and sent home to the parents indicating any potential dental problems. Students were also given a dental gift bag containing a toothbrush, dental floss and tooth paste. In addition to the annual dental examination day, the two clubs jointly sponsor and fund a weekly fluoride rinse and a yearly dental education day for students in grades K-5.
At the Rotary Club of Highlands meeting on April 9, 2019, three 5th graders from the Highlands School discussed the recent 5th grade school trip to Charleston, South Carolina. They were introduced by Rotary Club member, Derek Taylor.
Cayden Pierson, Nicole Taylor, and Kristopher Magliocca each gave a wonderful summary of the various activities that the 31 students from the 5th grade did while in Charleston. These activities included an eco-tour, visits to Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown, and a plantation tour. The entire 5th grade class raised the money themselves to cover the trip cost. The trip to Charleston has been a yearly event for some time to help exposure these young people to a city on an ocean which played a major role in American history.