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Celebrate 75 Years of GRSP This August in Thomasville

by GRSP Trustee Scott Rich, Rotary Club of Thomasville

A tremendous project is underway in downtown Thomasville, Georgia to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. To be located at the main entrance to a strikingly new downtown hotel, Rotary Districts 6900, 6910 and 6920 have the opportunity to name the main hotel entrance plaza and fountain in honor of the 75th GRSP anniversary year, 2021.

The plaza of the hotel will be named the GRSP Peace Plaza. The fountain located in the plaza will be named the Will Watt Memorial Fountain. A 24-inch bronze seal will be placed in front of the fountain denoting the anniversary and dedication date. A historical marker will be located at the hotel - with one side denoting Will Watt’s vision for GRSP and the other side  the history of GRSP.

You can join in the celebration and see the fountain when the Rotary Club of Thomasville hosts the 75th Anniversary GRSP Conclave in August 2021.The event is scheduled for August 20-21 ... mark your calendar now and watch for details.

Why Thomasville? GRSP was founded by Past District Governor and Thomasville Rotarian William A. (Mr. Will) Watt, Sr., in 1946 at the conclusion of World War II. Mr. Will wanted to promote world peace through understanding. For generations, Rotary members in Districts 6900, 6910 and 6920 have promoted world peace by generously funding and offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in a Georgia college or university. Georgia Rotarians believe “Peace is Possible” and through GRSP promote international goodwill through friendship and understanding.

Posted by Scott Rich
February 5, 2021

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