Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership

Greg Dent, Director of the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, speaking to the Club this morning about the organization and their impact on the community. The partnership's mission is to improve community health by identifying sustainable solutions to significant health issues via innovation, benchmarking and application of best practices. They also focus on healthy lifestyles, quality of life at end of life, disease management and access to health care.



Carpet City Rotary Club Supports Special Olympics         

On January 29th, The Carpet City Rotary Club was proud to present the Special Olympics with a check for $8,000. Carpet City Rotary Club has been a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics for a number of years! The club’s annual fundraising event, Swing for the Green, made the donation possible.

 The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Through the program, almost 25,000 Georgia athletes are given the opportunity to train and perform in their respective sports. These brave individuals test their limits every time that they compete. The Special Olympics contributes to positive relationships and healthy self-esteem, but it also brings together the community that has the privilege of hosting the event.

The Carpet City Rotary Club meets every Monday morning at 7:00 AM at the Oakwood Cafe.  

2016 District Conference, April 14-17


Governor Alan wants you
     in Savannah at the 2016 District Conference
    on April 14-17 at the beautiful Marriott Riverfront

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Dalton State Women's Golf


Coach Jim McGrew spoke to the Carpet City Rotary Club about Dalton State's Women's Golf Team. The team is currently ranked fifth in the county. Jim talked about recruiting and and coaching the team. We wish Coach McGrew the best of luck this season.

Dalton State Soccer

Rene Enang, Assistant Coach of the Dalton State Roadrunners, spoke to the Carpet City Rotary Club about Dalton State's new soccer program. The team is made up of several local students, but the program also includes international students as well. Rene spoke about his previous coaching and playing experience, and he offered a little background on the development of the soccer program. We wish the best of luck to Rene and the Dalton State Roadrunners.

Appalachian Regional Port


Brittany Pittman, Sole Commissioner of Murray County, spoke to the Carpet City Rotary Club about the new inland port project and further economic development in Murray County.

The Appalachian Regional Port will provide a direct, 390-mile rail route to the Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal. It hopes to create and expand international markets for regional businesses. The availability of import, export and domestic transit will benefit shippers and Beneficial Carpet Owners throughout the region.

The port will sit on 42 acres in Murray County. The site features easy access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 411, as well as direct rail service to Savannah.

Carpet City Rotary Club would like to thank Brittany for her insight into the Appalachian Regional Port.


 1,000 Words Project

Deanna Mathis visited the Carpet City Rotary Club on September 1st to talk to the group about a new public art initiative in the City of Dalton. Public art may come in the form of murals, sculptures, landscape architectural designs, street performances, or festivals. A few locations have already been selected. Work will begin on murals shortly, so be sure to keep an eye out around town!

Carpet City Rotary would like  thank Deanna Mathis for her commitment in beautifying out community!

Carpet City Rotary Club Names New President 

The Carpet City Rotary Club has named a new President. Jackeline Killings was elected new president of the Carpet City Rotary Club. Originally from Coatopa, AL, Jackie holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and an M.B.A from Kennesaw State University. Jackie is also a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Institute and Leadership Dalton-Whitfield. Jackie loves taking action within the community by staying involved with the Young Professionals of Northwest Georgia, United Way Young Leaders Society, Roman Open Charities, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She enjoys spending her free time watching college football, volunteering with various organizations, and spending time with her six nieces and nephews.

The Carpet City Rotary Club would also like to extend a thank you to Zachary Hash. Zachary did a tremendous job as President for 2014-2015. The club would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication in helping Carpet City Rotary to achieve its goals. We know that Jackie has some big shoes to fill, but we feel confident that Jackie will continue to take Rotary to the next level.

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Carpet City Rotary Club Toy Drive


The Carpet City Rotary Club is proud to celebrate another year of service to the community with its annual toy drive this holiday season.
As a participant in Providence Ministries’ Annual Toy Drive, the club ensures that underprivileged local children have an opportunity to receive gifts for Christmas. The club would like to offer a special thanks to Tim Rowe, Manager of Dalton Funeral Home, who used his facility as a drop-off location for the drive.
“When the club asked me to be the Christmas Elf this year and lead our annual toy drive, I did not hesitate,” he said. “I knew that Dalton Funeral Home would be a great drop-off location. I am always happy to serve in my community.”
If you would still like to participate in the toy drive, please take your toy donations to Dalton Funeral Home at South Glenwood Avenue until December 24th, 2014. Carpet City Rotary Club was excited to participate in this great cause and it looks forward to the next year’s toy drive.

Carpet City Rotary Welcomes Renee Davis


Renee graduated from Dalton High School in 1996. She then attended Berry College where she graduated in 2000 with a B.S in Animal Science. She has been happily married to her husband, Jeremy Davis, for 14 years. Renee has been an active member of Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church for 9 years. After graduation from Berry College 2000, her first job was with Dr. Emily Felker at House Call Vet Clinic. In May 2005, Dr. Emily Felker and Renee started Four Paws Pet Resort, a business that offered both boarding and grooming at their main facility located outside of town. Renee became sole owner the business in January 2013.

In an effort to become more involved with the community, Renee attended and graduated from Emerging Leaders Institute in 2013 and Leadership Dalton Whitfield in 2014. “From the time I opened my business I wanted to use it to be a positive role model and influence in the community. I have always been very passionate about helping out through the Greater Dalton Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, and that’s why I wanted to join Carpet City Rotary Club”, says Davis. Carpet City Rotary Club is proud to welcome Renee Davis. The club looks forward to what Renee can bring in the coming years!

Mary Thelma Norris Named Assistant Governor


Mary Thelma Norris has been named Assistant Governor for Area 1 of Rotary District 6910. This includes the Rotary Clubs of Carpet City, Chatsworth-Murray, Dalton, and Ringgold. An assistant governor in Rotary acts as a connection between the individual clubs and the district. Their primary role is to assist the governor with the administration of the assigned Rotary clubs by helping them to be more effective.

Mary Thelma Norris is the Director of Friendship house, a private not-for-profit child care facility located here in Dalton, GA. Friendship house is a three Star Quality Rated, NAEYC Accredited Center serving children from six weeks to five years of age. May Thelma has held this position for over 29 years and considers one of her greatest accomplishments to be the recruitment and retention of staff. One of Mary Thelma’s greatest challenges is identifying, securing and then managing several funding streams including federal, state, civic, foundations, church and board sponsored fundraisers.

Mary Thelma is a passionate, outspoken advocate for early childhood education and the children of her center and community. She is Past President of the Carpet City Rotary Club, serves on the Board of the League of Women Voters, the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee and is Chairman of the newly created local chapter of Smile for a Lifetime.


Matt Land Visits Carpet City Rotary Club


Matt Land, Dalton High football coach, visited the Carpet City Rotary Club on September 9th, 2014. Matt Land took the job in 2010, and he is a former player who had spent 17 year as an assistant. Land talked about the importance of developing kids on and off the field. Land talked about mentoring programs that assist players in developing personally and athletically. Carpet City Rotary Club would like to wish the Catamounts and Matt the best of luck this fall!

John Relaford of United Way of Northwest Georgia Visits Rotary


John Relaford, Director of Resource Development for the United Way of Northwest Georgia, came to visit the Carpet City Rotary Club. Mr. Relaford informed the group of the many activities here in Northwest Georgia that the United Way is involved in. The United Way of Northwest Georgia invests in local programs that serve the local community based on its needs. More information about the United Way of Northwest Georgia is available at Carpet City Rotary Club is very proud of the commitment that both Mr. Relaford and United Way have made to our community!

Carpet City Rotary and Special Olympics


On Tuesday, August 21st the Carpet City Rotary Club welcomed Lisa Hughey and Laura Ogas from the Dalton / Whitfield County - Special Olympics to its weekly meeting.  The Carpet City Rotary Club has been a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics for a number of years.  The club’s 9th annual fundraising event, Swing for the Green, raised $12,000 this year.  

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.  Through the program, almost 25,000 Georgia athletes are given the opportunity to train and perform in their respective sports. These brave individuals test their limits every time they compete. The Special Olympics contributes to positive relationships and healthy self-esteem, but it also brings together the community that has the privilege of hosting the events.  “Volunteering with this organization is truly rewarding; the level of enthusiasm the athletes show is unrivaled and inspirational.  Nothing in this world can defeat the power of a determined soul and the Special Olympic athletes are proof of this fact.” – Zach Hash, Carpet City Rotary Club President.      

The Carpet City Rotary Club meets every Tuesday morning 7:00 AM at the Oakwood Cafe.  

Chuck Smith of Carter Hope Center Speaks at Carpet City Rotary Club


Chuck Smith, Program Director for Carter Hope Center, spoke to the Carpet City Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 29th. Chuck talked about the service that Carter Hope Center offers to the community with the treatment of drug and alcohol additions. Chuck also updated the group on the 24 hours of hope fundraiser that took place on July 18-19, 2014. Carpet City Rotary is pleased to have organizations like Carter Hope Center serving the local community. 

Jennifer Baxter Discusses Ethics at Carpet City Rotary Club


Jennifer Baxter spoke to the Carpet City Rotary Club this morning about ethical behavior in the workplace. Her presentation was very thought-provoking and insightful. Carpet City Rotary Club is happy to have citizens like Jennifer serving in our community! 

Chamber of Commerce President Brian Anderson Speaks at Carpet City Rotary Club

Posted by Anthony Cline

The Carpet City Rotary Club was happy to have Brian Anderson speak to the group on June 24th, 2014. Brian talked to the group about progress that that the Chamber of Commerce has made in a number of projects. These projects include the attraction of new businesses to our region, support for current businesses, and the continued growth of collaborative relationships that support participation in community endeavors. The Chamber of Commerce is very fortunate to have someone like Brian Anderson, and the Carpet City Rotary is happy to have someone with his passion and knowledge serving our community. 


Carpet City Rotary Welcomes Tim Rowe


Carpet City Rotary Club is happy to announce the addition of Tim Rowe! Tim Rowe serves as the Manager for Dalton Funeral Home. Tim has been in the Funeral Profession for more than twenty years. Carpet City Rotary is excited about what Tim can bring to the group! 

Chip Whitfield Speaks at Carpet City Rotary Club

Chip Whitfield spoke at the Carpet City Rotary Club on June 10th, 2014. Chip's program discussed a recent homicide that took place in Dalton. Chip's presentation was insightful because it helped everyone in attendance gain a better understanding of the investigation process for these types of crimes. Carpet City Rotary Club would like to thank Chip and everyone that contributes to the safety of our community.  

American Cancer Society

Cynthia Wilson of the American Cancer Society spoke at the Carpet City Rotary Club on March 18th, 2014. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to helping people who face cancer. It supports research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education. Cynthia spoke about the Relay for Life fundraiser. The 2014 Relay for Life of Whitfield County will be held on May 2, 2014 at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. Carpet City Rotary Club would like to thank Cynthia and the American Cancer Society for their service to those fighting the battle against cancer. 

Carpet City Rotary and the Special Olympics



Lisa Hughey from Dalton Parks and Recreation Department visited the Carpet City Rotary on January 14th to discuss Carpet City Rotary's involvement with Special Olympics Georgia. Carpet City Rotary has been a supporter of Special Olympics Georgia for years. Carpet City Rotary is honored to be a part of such a great cause! Please watch the video below for information on Special Olympics Georgia.

Special Olympics Georgia


Steve Card of Dalton Parks and Recreation Dept.

Steve Card spoke at the December 17th Carpet City Rotary Meeting about the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department.

The Dalton Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining over 644 acres of land, 12 parks, 26 athletic fields, 24 tennis courts, and 10 playgrounds. It operates the John Davis Recreation Center, the Mack Gaston Community Center, the Dalton/Whitfield Senior Center, and Nob North Golf Course. Dalton is growing and Dalton Parks and Recreation is taking the steps to meet that growth. In 2012, it finished the first phase of a new Strategic Parks and Recreation Plan. This plan included two full size gyms, an artificial football/soccer field, the largest play ground in NW Georgia, a Splash Pad (water play ground), meeting spaces, an indoor 1/8 mile track, and a workout facility with state of the art aerobic and nautilus weight machines. With continued community input and extensive research, the comprehensive plan of phase 2 – 4 will be completed in future years.

The Carpet City Rotary Club would like to thank Steve and the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department for their service to our community.


Roy Johnson and Providence Ministries

On December 10th, Roy Johnson of Providence Ministries talked to the Carpet City Rotary Club about Providence Ministries' impact on the community. Providence Ministries provides meals and housing to the homeless, treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, and participates in many other charitable activities throughout the community.

Providence Ministries conducts a toy drive at the end of the year for underprivileged children. This toy drive assists many struggling families throughout Northwest Georgia. Carpet City Rotary is proud to announce that it has had the privilege of participating in this event for many years. Carpet City Rotary would like to thank Roy Johnson and Providence Ministries for their service to the community.  

Carpet City Rotary Club Welcomes Jennifer Baxter


Carpet City Rotary Club grew on Tuesday. Jennifer Baxter officially joined Carpet City Rotary Club. Jennifer is from the Dalton area and practices law at Smith, Lewis, and Haley. We would like to welcome Jennifer to the club!

See Roadrunners Golf Director and Rotary Member Ben Rickett on WYHB's Sports View PointsImage

Lew Migliore Receives Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence



On Tuesday, November 12th, Lew Migliore walked into what he thought was going to be a typical Carpet City Rotary Club meeting. David Gregg had asked Lew's long-time friend and former co-worker, Benny Wood, to talk to the group about the small business outlook for Dalton. After a brief presentation, Benny presented Lew with the Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence.

 The W. Lee Arrendale Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence was implemented during Rotary year 1990-91. This award, in memory of Mr. Arrendale, seeks: 

  • To recognize the importance of service of the individual to society through excellence in one's vocation 
  • To promote high ethical standards in the community by recognizing those individuals who most highly exhibit Rotary International's motto of "Service Above Self" 
  • To inspire vocational leadership and to recognize and reward achievers in the community 
  • To set an example to others, particularly youth, of the need to pursue and strive for vocational excellence to the benefit of our fellow man, our  vocation, and the community in which we live. 

“We are very fortunate to have Lew Migliore as a member of Carpet City Rotary. Congratulations to him on his award and service to this community,” said Carpet City President Zachary Hash. 

Natima Walker and The GreenHouse

Posted by Anthony Cline

Carpet City Rotary Club would like to thank Natima Walker for speaking at its meeting on November 5th. She talked about the positive things that The Green House is doing for children who have been victimized by crime.

The GreenHouse is a special place for children who have been victimized by crime. It is a safe and comfortable cottage designed especially for kids. Children receive services at The GreenHouse designed to minimize trauma and to restore a measure of childhood innocence. Our goal is to help a child be a child again.

As a Child Advocacy and Sexual Assault Center, The GreenHouse serves children suspected of being victims of sexual assault and/or severe physical abuse as well as adult victims of sexual assault.

Services of The GreenHouse have been expanded to include adult victims of sexual assault and plans have been drafted for a new GreenHouse with expanded space to serve children and adults. Current District Attorney Bert Poston intends to launch a capital campaign to fund construction of the new GreenHouse within a matter of months.

Carpet City Rotary would like to thank The Greenhouse for its continued service to the community.

Steve Laird and Teen Maze

Posted by Anthony Cline on Oct 29, 2013

Steve Laird visited Carpet City Rotary Club on October 29th to talk about Teen Maze. Teen Maze is an event at which students have the opportunity to face consequences of randomly selected life-style choices associated with risky youth behaviors in a safe and controlled environment. The maze is set up as an interactive “Game of Life”. Students have the opportunity to examine the consequences of life’s choices in a hands-on, realistic and educational way.

Teens navigate through a maze that presents different scenarios and related consequences. The goal is to increase their understanding of personal responsibility and the importance of making positive life choices. Each scenario is staffed by appropriate professionals who present the information and discuss the consequences associated with that scenario.

Steve shared some great feedback from this program. Many lives have been touched as a result of this program. Carpet City Rotary would like to thank Mr. Laird and Teen Maze for their continued service to our community. 


Steven Fox Visits Carpet City Rotary

Posted by Amy Grammer on May 06, 2013

Steven Fox visited Carpet City Rotary today.  Steven is originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee is an American amateur golfer who won the 2012 U.S. Amateur. Fox attended Hendersonville High School and currently attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and told Carpet City Rotarians that he has missed six weeks of school this year because of tournament play and travel. Steven won the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club on the 37th hole after being down two with two holes to play. Fox was the 63rd player to qualify for match play. He had to survive a 17-man playoff for 14 spots in stroke play to qualify for the match play of the U.S. Amateur. With the win, Fox qualified for the 2013 Masters Tournament,2013 U.S. Open, and 2013 Open Championship provided he maintained his amateur status.

Steven described his experience of playing in the masters as a lifetime achievement for him and an extremely emotionally moving experience.  He played with "Bubba" Watson, Jr., but was eliminated after the first round.  Fighting back tears, he described his experience of sharing the first day with his father and expressed his gratitude to his family for their support throughout his life.  It was an, “emotionally terrific experience.”  Fighting nerves from the line-up paring with Bubba, and with Tiger Woods playing right behind, was a little bit intimidating.  “Off the Tee, the course isn’t that bad, but the greens are extremely difficult,” said Fox.  “You don’t get a lot of spin because they cut the grain right into you so you’re not getting a lot of roll-off.  Missing the cut was number five, the second day, I went against Ben’s judgment and ended up making double (always trust your caddy), that was kind of the turning point, but you can’t really have a bad week at the masters.”  During pre-match play, Fox played with Phil Mickelson, and learned a lot from him.  He describes Mickelson as, “an outgoing, great guy, who runs his own sports management agency. Phil’s probably my favorite player right now. What you see is what you get with him.  One of the big things I learned from Phil is that, you practice each shot that you could have, so that you are not surprised in the tournament.  You should hit your practice shots with a purpose.  Phil’s short game is phenomenal.”  Steven is planning now for his next 6 weeks of play regionals, the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, then Nationals, the St. Jude tournament in Memphis, TN, and then the US Open in Marion, PA and then and hopefully a little vacation right after tha




Special Thanks from Laura Ogas (Ringgold Rotary) Regarding The Special Olympics

Posted by Vickie Burns

I did not get to see most of the Rotary members at the completion of our Basketball event last Friday, but I wanted to extend a "Thank you".  As always, we can not hold our competitions without our volunteers.  The Rotary continues to be a fantastic group of volunteers and we look forward to seeing each of you at all of our competitions. 

Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 26th at Coahulla Creek High School.  This will be our Spring Track and Field Competition.  We would also like to extend an invitation to the Ringgold Rotary if you guys are interested in having them come volunteer with us that day.  As you know, that competition takes over 100 volunteers. 

Thanks again for the continued support!

-Laura Ogas

Welcome to our New December Member!

Posted by Anthony Cline

Anthony Cline has joined Carpet City Rotary.  He is the Operations Manager for Carpet America Recover Effort.  Everyone please take a moment and get to know our new member, Anthony.  



A Message From Ebba

Posted by Vickie Burns on Aug 23, 2012

August 23, 2012
I'm sending you a picture of our GRSP group, 2 years after the Savannah conclave. This past weekend 24 of the 2010/2011 GRSP gathered in Stockholm Sweden to spend some time together. We have been out in the archipelago, swimming in the sea, cooking and eating together. I miss you all so much and I really hope that you're doing well. I guess your new GRSPs just arrived, I really hope that they will have an amazing year. 

I'm about to head back to Lund for the fall semester to start my second year on my bachelors in Service Management. I really wanna come back and visit you soon. 

Send my love to the rotary clubs. 

Lots of hugs

RLI for all Rotarians

Rotary Leadership Institute
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Fellowship - Collaboration - Promotion - Learning
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to strengthen Rotary Clubs through quality leadership education.

Rotary Foundation Grants Meeting in Gainsville

Local Rotary Club leaders attended the Rotary Foundation meeting for community project grants on Saturday in Gainsville Georgia.

From left to Right, Brian Anderson, Dalton Rotary Club President, Sandra Stone, Dalton Rotary    Club Foundation Chair,  Nancy Kennedy, Dalton Rotary Club Assistant District Governor, Mary Thelma Norris, Carpet City Rotary President, Amy Grammer, Carpet City Rotary Sec

New Member Inducted

Carpet City Rotary welcomes David Pennington IV to our club.


Members of Carpet City Rotary Club Dedicate Park

Posted by Amy Grammer on Feb 16, 2012

Members of Carpet City Rotary Club recently dedicated the grand opening of the Carpet City Rotary Park.  The park is located across from Harmon Field.

Acting District Attorney Bert Poston, a 20 Year Veteran of the DA’s office.

Posted by Amy Grammer on Jan 23, 2012

 “It’s funny how a career sneaks up on you,” says Bert Poston.  When Poston began with the District Attorney’s office in 1992, just after finishing law school at UGA, the DA’s office was a place where most attorneys’ went to get some court room experience, and then moved into private practice. Poston states that he looked up one day and he had been in the office for four years as an Assistant Prosecutor. Since that time, he says that the office has become an office of career Prosecutors, which have been in the office 10-15 years each. The office’s mission is to add value to our community.  They achieve their mission, by getting criminals off of the street.




















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