Community Mental Health Center of
DENISE FORBES, CEO Community Mental Health
Center of Middle Georgia, is a life-long resident of Laurens County. She
holds an Associate of Science Degree from Middle Georgia
College and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science both
from Georgia College in Milledgeville where she was a member
of Phi Kappa Phi. She is a Mental Health Professional and a
Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Georgia.
She is also a Board Certified Professional Counselor with
the American Psychotherapy Association.
She has been employed by the Community Mental Health Center of Middle
Georgia in Dublin, GA for the past 31 years and currently
holds the title of Chief Executive Officer for Mental
Health, Substance Abuse, and MR/DD services for our
Denise began her career at the Mental Health Center in 1982 in the
capacity of Behavior Specialist, Sr. coordinating services
for the Aging Program from 1982 until 1988. In 1988 she
transitioned to the duties of Social Services Day
Coordinator for Mental Health Adult Day Services.
In 2003 she was appointed as the Senior Coordinator for Adult Mental
Health and Substance Abuse Services. She served in this
capacity until 2007 when she was appointed as Deputy
Director for Adult & Child and Adolescent Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Services. In 2012 after the sudden and
unexpected death of Dr. Patsy H. Thomas, Denise was
Denise has been and continues to be very involved and instrumental in the
development of programs and community projects to enhance
and provide mental health and substance abuse services for
those in need, both in this community and the local
10-county area that is served.
Ron May District Foundation
Ron May is a native of Washington County.
He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a
BSIM degree. After working in the lumber and building supply
business for four years, he returned to Sandersville in 1973
to open a Savings & Loan company. After a series of mergers
and/or buyouts he joined the Geo. D. Warthen Bank, the
oldest continuous business in Washington County. He retired
at the end of 2012 with 39 years in the financial industry.
Ron has been a member of the Sandersville Rotary Club for 40
years. He served as President in 1979-1980 when Preston
Johnson was District Governor. He has served as Assistant
Governor, District Director and now as District Foundation
He is the long-time treasurer of the Washington County
Development Authority, a member of the board for Washington
County Extension Service and is one-half of the radio
broadcasting team for Brentwood School athletics.
Ron has a son, Brad, and
daughter-in-law, Jennie, and 2 grandchildren, Jocelyn (3)
and Sawyer (18 mos).
E. Alex Gregory Chairman, President
& CEO YKK Corporation of America
Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in
1973 when he joined YKK Industries -- now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
-- as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s
then new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of
increasing responsibilities -- first as manager of the
weaving department, then as assistant vice president of
manufacturing, and later as vice president and senior vice
president of manufacturing. In the autumn of 1991, he joined
YKK Corporation of America (YCA) in its Marietta
headquarters as senior vice president of corporate planning.
In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president,
corporate development, and in 2001 he was named president
and CEO. In 2004, he was named the first nonJapanese Group
Officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. From 2008 through
2010, he served on YKK Corporation’s Board of Directors in
Japan as YKK’s first non-Japanese Director. In 2011, he was
elected Chairman of YCA’s Board of Directors.
Gregory is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in textile
engineering. He also holds graduate degrees from Georgia
College & State University. He has mentored students at both
universities for more than a decade. He has testified in
Washington before the International Trade Commission on two
occasions, and in 2005 he addressed the House Ways and Means
Committee in support of the Central America Free Trade
Agreement (CAFTA). In 2010, Gregory was one of five CEOs
featured in a book by Merwyn A. Hayes and Michael D. Comer
entitled: Start With Humility: Lessons From America’s Quiet
CEOs On How To Build Trust And Inspire Followers.
Gregory and wife Glenda have two grown children: a daughter, Kristen, and
a son, Alex III. They also have two granddaughters, Emma and
Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.
2014-15 Rotary President Bubba East
Robert (Bubba) Lee East, Jr. was inducted
as the President for the year 2014-2015. He is prepared to
“Light Up Rotary” for Dublin Rotary Club. While serving the
Rotary club he has become a Will Watt Fellow, Paul Harris
Fellow and Hue Thomas Fellow. He has served as a club
director for two years.
Born and raised in Dublin, Georgia, Bubba graduated from
Trinity Christian School in 1981. He attended Middle Georgia
College and Georgia Institute of Technology. Bubba graduated
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering
Technology, with a minor in Management from Southern College
of Technology. He spent two years working as an Industrial
Engineer for Lee Jeans Company in Boaz, Alabama. He returned
home to work in the family oil distribution business, Lovett
& East Oil Company, where he served as Vice President. In
August of 1990, he left the family business to start his own
business. This year Bubba will celebrate his 24th year as
President of Bubba’s Tire Center, an Independent Goodyear
Bubba and his wife, Jan, have three sons, Rob (21), Ben (21)
and Matt (16). Bubba enjoys watching Georgia Tech and Mercer
University football and attending any sports events in which
his sons participate. He is an active member of First
Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Dublin-Laurens
Leadership and has served on the board of the Dublin-Laurens
Chamber of Commerce.
Remembering Our Rotarians
IN MEMORY OF:
William Malcolm Towson, Sr. May 31, 1923 - June 13, 2013
James (Jimmy) A. Layton January 10, 1917- July 16, 2013
John Wesley Davis February 22, 1939 - December 6, 2013
Rotary Wheel Plaza Dedication
It is the objective of this project to educate the citizens of our
community on the need for clean drinking water around the
world. The plaza was designed to emulate the Rotary
International Wheel, with a hand water pump at the center to
represent a “symbolic spoke”. The water pump represents
Rotary’s humanitarian focus on providing clean water to
those in need, which will enable them to live healthier and
more productive lives.
We hope as visitors sit and enjoy the
surroundings the Farmers Market area provides, they are
reminded how for- tunate we are in our community to have
safe drinking water.
Clift Crews Rotary Wheel Plaza
Committee Chairman stated, “President Jay Studstill,
Immediate Past President Jeff Davis and the Board of
Directors are to be commended for their vision for this
project. The Rotary Wheel Plaza will keep us mindful of the
need for clean drinking water in Third World countries for
years to come.
The Rotary Wheel Plaza committee members
include Clift Crews, Chairman, Emily Kight, Josh Christian,
Bill Brown, Jeff Davis, Phil Thacker.
Safety at Georgia Power
S. Hamilton Hardin, III General Manager Georgia
Power In this role, Hardin leads Georgia Power’s
Safety, Health, Wellness, Training, and Workforce
Development programs plus Southern Company Services, Inc.’s
Safety & Wellness programs.
In 1979, Hardin joined Georgia Power’s Cooperative Education Program
working in Distribu- tion Operations. Since graduating from
Auburn University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in
electrical engineering, Hardin has held several positions
with Georgia Power including Distribution Engineer – Metro
Atlanta North; District Engineer – Americus, GA; Power
Delivery Manager – North West Region (Rome, GA), just to
name a few.
Hardin led the effort to deploy Outage Management and
Automated Resource Management applications within Georgia
Power. Both apps provide tools for effective and timely
diagnostics of outage and resource allocations. He also led
Storm Response Teams during Hurricanes Hugo, Opal, and Fran
plus Tornados impacting Dunwoody, Americus, and Macon. In
his current role, Georgia Power has achieved the best OSHA
(2011) and LWDC (2012) Safety Performance during the
Company’s 129 years of operation. Lastly, Wellness has been
brought forth in importance for Employees and now Spouses
with over 72 % participation in LAB Profiles for disease
He is a graduate of the Goizueta Executive Program from
Emory University, Class of 2008. In the community, Hardin
has volunteered with numerous organizations. Some include
Junior Achievement, 1996 Summer Olympics, Rotary (Rome &
Northlake), the Alliance Theatre, and Zoo Atlanta. He served
as President of The Citizens of Georgia Power – HL Thomas
Chapter for 2007 & 2008.