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On Thursday, July 7, Jim Kautz took a group from Macon County Summer Edventure Camp to the Cherokee Mound in Cowee.

Following a powerpoint introduction of William Bartram’s travels through the area in 1775, the 15 “young scientists” traced Bartram’s steps to the mound where they viewed the beautiful “Vale of Cowee.”


Ann Clark of Franklin announces the engagment and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Rebecca Dovie Green, to Colton Tyler Harden, son of Larry and Christie Mace of Otto.

The wedding is set for Dec. 3 and will be held at Otto Fire Department.





Larry Stenger, president of the 2010-11 Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club, recognized Billi Black as Rotarian of the Year for her support for Rotary ideals.

Black, the ’09-’10 president became a Rotary District Trainer and an assistant District Governor in addition to her support of the local Rotary club.

Black has also given of her time, talents and efforts to work with 55 other Rotary clubs in the district.


The Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club held annual elections at the June 14 meeting to determine officers for July 2011 to June 2012. Newly elected officers include Cindy Stringer, treasurer/secretary, Barbara Cook, VP of public relations; Nancy Porter, president; Judy Step, VP of education; John Becker, Sergeant at Arms and Mike Kesselring, VP of membership.

As the 2010-2011 Toastmaster’s year comes to an end, Gem City Forum reflects on the dedication of its members who helped to make it one of the most successful years in club history. Jim Alvord, former Area 11 Governor, was instrumental in the club’s achievement over the past year.


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