Home of Past District Governors Preston Johnson (1979-80) Jake New (1986-87) Billy Adams (1991-92)

Upcoming Programs
June 24, 2016
Installatiion of Officers
July 1, 2016
No Meeting
Fourth of July Holiday

July 8, 2016 Commissioner
Bert Brantley
Georgia Department of Driver Services
July 15,2016
Laurens Youth Leadership
July 22,2016
African Mission Work
Russ Falk
July 29, 2016
Pam Lightsey
District Governor
August 5, 2016 Breakfast Social 
No Formal Program (7:30)
August 12, 2016
Local High School Coaches Program
August 19, 2016
Leadership Programs  John Bowen 
August 26,2016
Human Trafficking
Tim Chapman
The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Welcome to our Website!

Thank you for visiting the official website of the Dublin Rotary Club. Officially organized on December 8, 1938, the Dublin Rotary Club now enters its 78th year. Our weekly meetings are held on Friday at the Dublin Country Club with the meal beginning at noon followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. We invite Rotarians and all who are interested in the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” to join us at one of our meetings.

Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.” Our club is supporting this theme by our continued support of the PolioPlus Program for the eradication of the deadly polio virus.

Other programs that our club continues to support are the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of our student, Emma Stahlfors from Hollviken, Sweden. Our dictionary project begins its third year and will again place dictionaries in the hands of all third graders in our area school systems. Our work to improve the grounds of Northview Cemetery continues as we assist in the beautification process. Internationally, we continue our annual project in building and repairing water wells in Malawi, Africa, to improve the quality of life through clean water for the inhabitants.

Other projects scheduled for this year are sponsorship of Laurens Youth Leadership, sponsorship of the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, sponsorship of the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, sponsorship of a Rotaract Club at Oconee Fall Line Technical College-Dublin and an Interact club at East Laurens High School, sponsorship of the Joint Civic Luncheon during the St. Patrick’s Festival, a scholarship to a deserving local high school senior through the Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Fund and recognizing local high school students for their achievements on a quarterly basis.

Our club is proud to be the home of Past District Governor Preston Johnson who in 1997 began an annual speech contest for area high school students. The contest has grown to be a district-wide event providing a $1,000 scholarship to each of the district zone winners. District 6920 passed a resolution in May 2016 and renamed the contest the Preston Johnson District Speech Contest.

Our fellowship activities will include a family cookout at the First Friday event at the Dublin Farmer’s Market, meetings held at local industries, breakfast meetings and evening socials at various venues.

The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a District wide level, Jep Craig is an Assistant Governor, Frank Seaton as District Trainer for 2017-18, Gerald Smith is the chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program.Pam G. Lightsey, Augusta South Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920.

This is an exciting year in Rotary as we celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation with the International Convention being held in Atlanta on June 10-14, 2017. The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary to do “good in the world.”

If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please feel free to call on me or any of our 130+ members.

Serving Humanity through Service,
Candace S. Christian
2016-2017 Club President

About Rotary

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Special District 6920 Award Presented To Preston Johnson


In February,  Preston Johnson  was honored by the Dublin Rotary Club naming the speech contest he started, the Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest.

Preston started the high school speech contest in 1997, and it has grown since then, with the 3 Zone winners each receiving $1,000 at the DIstrict Conference, where they recite their speech.
Past District Governor Lloyd Horadan (l) made a special presentation to Preston (r) last Friday at the Dublin Rotary meeting. During the District Conference in May, a vote was unanimously passed to name the speech contest the Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest on a district level.
Preston was presented with a copy of the resolution to officially name the contest . Several PDG's and other district Rotary officers were in attendance for the occasion.

District Conference


Congratulations Dublin Rotary Club. District 6920 Extra Large Club of the Year! 14 consecutive years! Other awards won Best traditional scrapbook, digital scrapbook and Display plus Gold Club Award and Presidential Citation.

Students of the Quarter


Students pictured( l - r) Fred Williams II Dublin High School, Kaylon Marion East Laurens High School, Elizabeth Ann Heard Trinity Christian School and Scotty Hall  West Laurens High School.


German Group Study Exchange

GSE Team

Group Study Exchange program for 2016 is an exchange between District 1800 in Germany and District 6920. The German D1800 (North Central Germany/Saxony Region) GSE Team will be with us from April 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016.
Being a GSE team member is a great way to experience another country and culture close at hand, by staying in Rotarians homes, attending Rotary meetings, participating in vocational matches, visiting Rotary sponsored projects and yes, just seeing the sights.
The team has been with the Dublin Club since Thursday, May 5th


Easter Seals On-Site Visit


In 1907, Ohio Rotarian Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate emergency medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded the Society for Crippled Children, now known as Easter Seals. Over the next 20 years, with the help of many Rotary Clubs and his friend Paul Harris, the organization grew to 37 locations in the United States.
Today, Easter Seals is a network of over 160 affiliates throughout the United States serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs. The organization provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing therapy, vocational training and placement, camping and other recreational opportunities, child care, and adult day care services.
In February 1976, Easter Seals Middle Georgia began providing vocational evaluation services in an office of the current Bank of Dudley building in downtown Dublin. During that same year a voluntary committee of Laurens County residents headed a fund raising endeavor with the goal of raising funds needed to build a vocational development center.
Today in our 40th year of operation, Easter Seals Middle Georgia has 5 facilities in the Middle Georgia area providing industrial services to our military and many local and national partners. We offer Work Adjustment Training Services, Transitional Employment Services, Independent Living Services, Residential Services, Transportation Services and Children’s Services. Our programs assist hundreds of people and their families each year.


Davis/Hilburn Scholarship Presentation


Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Recipient Abby Drake with parents Jud and Lee Drake receives her award from Rotary President Bo-J Claxton. Abby attends Trinity Christian School.
The Dublin Rotary Club established the Davis-Hilburn Memorial Fund in 2007 under the Dublin Rotary Club Foundation umbrella. Any senior in Rotary District 6920 is eligible to apply for the $2000 scholarship and it is not limited to one nominee per school.
Jim Hilburn and Jeff Davis III were past presidents of the Dublin Rotary Club. Donations are made to the foundation to support Rotary Club endeavors, such as the memorial fund, to continue to support the things that were important to Hilburn and Davis. Additional Photo's


GRSP Student Heading Home

GRSPHost Family

SOLVEIG BAERA  is a freshman at Georgia Southern University majoring in business and economics. She was born in Kongsberg, Norway and has lived in the United States, South Africa, Tanzania and Washington DC. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, horseback riding, volleyball and tennis.
Solveig graduated as Student of the Year from Nesbru High School and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award seminar in March 2015. Thad and Laura Haygood have been Solveig’s host family.


Rotary District Program


Alfie Cofield grew up in Atlanta and moved to Claxton after spending just over 2 years at Georgia Tech, and continued education at Georgia Southern. His career in sales began during those years as he worked for a company traveling much of the southeastern states and learning how to build strong relationships with customers.
 In 1982 Alfie created his own business that has now developed into a career selling and installing floor covering in many south Georgia homes and businesses.
Rotary entered his life in 1991, as he became part of The Rotary Club of Claxton. Since that time, he has served as Club President, District Assistant Governor, District Director, and now as District Membership Chair. Rotary has become a passion for Alfie, and he hopes it shows!


Yellow Dot Program

Yelloww Dot

No one wants to think about being in an accident or having a medical emergency but it can happen to anyone. When it does, you may not be physically able to give medical personnel important information they need to make the best medical decisions about your care.
 Laurens County has been chosen as one of only two counties in Georgia to pilot a new program called Yellow Dot. Georgia’s Yellow Dot program is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that critical first hour after a medical emergency.
 The Department of Humans Services and the Department of Public Health are working closely with Fairview Park Hospital, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and Laurens County EMS to pilot this program in Laurens County.
 Georgia’s Yellow Dot program is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a medical emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver side rear window of your vehicle or the "triple tree" of your motorcycle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment. The Yellow Dot program can also be used in the home by placing the decal on or beside your front or entry door. This Yellow Dot Program is made possible by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Alliant Georgia Medical Care Foundation.
Pictured (l-r) Elizabeth Head, Elizabeth coordinates the GOHS funded Older Driver Safety Program,housed in the Injury Prevention Program at the

Georgia Department of Public Health. President Bo-J Claxton and Amanda James.a Forensics Specialist with the Forensics Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU) for the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. She has a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University, a Certificate of Gerontology from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelors of Family and Consumer Sciences in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Amanda also serves as a board member for the Georgia Gerontology Society.


OFTC Rotaract Club Members participate in recent event


The Oconee Fall Line Technical College Rotarct Club assisted with the recent Saint Patrick's Joint Civic Luncheon held March 18 at the DuBose Porter Center at the technical college. Rotaract is one of the youth programs of Rotary, specifically geared for young professionals from the ages of 18 to 30 years old. The Dublin Rotary Club is the sponsor of the OFTC Rotaract Club. Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Warnock, Valerie Malone, Michelle Simpson, Darrick O'Neal and Christian Washington.




Tim Echols, Commissioner Georgia Public Service Commission and Allie Kelly, Senior Vice President Georgia Conservancy speak about clean energy possibilities along the I-16 corridor from Dublin to Metter.
Tim Echols was elected to the Commission in the general election of November 2010 after spending 15 years in the non-profit sector. Echols founded "TeenPact" and grew the mock legislative youth program to 38 states in his tenure. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
An Atlanta native, Allison Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She worked for United Parcel Service’s Public Affairs office in Washington, D.C., before returning to Atlanta in 2000 to direct a clean air project for the Rockefeller Family Fund, advocating for stricter air pollution controls and healthier air quality statewide.
 In 2002, Allie founded Georgia Watch, the state’s only consumer watchdog organization. In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president


Students of the Quarter


Students of the Quarter pictured top left to bottom right.Kristin Watson,Dublin High School, Emily Miller, West Laurens High School,Trusha Patel, East Laurens High School, Matt East,Trinity Christian School.

Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest

Speech Contest

(l-r) Kristin Watson (2nd Runner Up) Dublin High School, Jake Williams (1st Place)Trinity Christian School, Kadijah Evans (1st Runner Up) East Laurens High School, Jared Warren (3rd Runner Up) West Laurens High School.