Friends of Flora leader heading to Notre Dame


Friends Of Flora, the local non-profit that picked up the reins of Flora’s defunct Chamber of Commerce in 2020, bid a fond farewell to its first president Nathan Thomas.

Thomas has been awarded a full scholarship to Notre Dame University where he will pursue a Masters Degree in Architectural Design & Urbanism.

Replacing Thomas as president of Friends Of Flora on Aug. 1, will be Tracy Ward, RA & Principal of Benchmark Designs, PC.

Pictured are: Joe Dera, marketing consultant; Elizabeth Rooks-Barber, Barber & Mann, Inc.; Chef David Raines, the Flora Butcher and Dave’s Triple B Restaurant; Helen Rooks Butts; Annette Vise, McCarty Architects; Sheila Blakely, Wisteria Lane Florist; and Chip Estes, independent energy consultant. Outgoing President Nathan Thomas is seated in the forefront.

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