Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Serving Humanity through Service,
Candace S. Christian
2016-2017 Club President
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.
Russell Falk is a graduate of Syracuse University
Environmental School of Forestry where he received a BS
degree in Resource Management. In 1979 he moved to Dublin
Ga. to work as a procurement forester with Georgia Pacific
Corporation. In 1986 Russell started Timberland Resource
Services Inc. a consulting firm that specializes in Forest
Management, Land Appraisals and Real Estate Brokerage. In
2003 Russ began to study at Reformed Theological Seminary
and is 15 credit hours short of a Masters Degree in
In 1996 Russell started Go Forth Ministries International which assists African Churches with water wells, orphan assistance, bible distribution and teaching the bible. Go Forth has one full time missionary from America serving in Malawi with one staff member both of whom serve in the orphanage built in 2013. In 2010 Russ organized the Celebrate Recovery Ministry in Dublin which ministers to over 100 people each Monday night at First Baptist Family Center. He serves as the ministry leader there and was ordained last year as a Baptist Pastor.
Russ is married to the former Marybeth Murphy whom he invited to her Senior High School Prom as their first date. They have three children, Katy Johnson who works with Dublin Eye Associates in Dublin, Carly Falk who is a counselor at Sunspire Rehabilitation Center in Hilton Head and Ryan Falk who received his Associates Degree in Forestry at ABAC and is working towards an Environmental Engineering Degree hopefully at Ga Tech.
Today Russ comes to share on the work done in Africa on behalf of Rotary on the trip he, Melissa Senn, Curt Kersey and Chris Kersey made last month to Africa.
(2nd from left) graduated from East
Laurens High School in 2001, and went on to further her
education at Wesleyan College in Macon. In 2005, Jennifer
graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing
and Communication. Upon graduating from college, Jennifer
began her career at Oconee EMC and is now the Member
Having been a member of Laurens Youth Leadership’s charter class, Jennifer knew she wanted to continue to be part of the program. After graduating from college and moving back to Dublin, reconnecting with LYL was a natural next step. Laurens Youth Leadership has been developing Dublin-Laurens youth leaders for the past 18 years and in the process of starting its 19th year. This upcoming class will be Jennifer’s 12th year as a Program Director. Alongside Jennifer is co-founder and Program Director, Kathy Allgood, and Program Directors Leigh Ann Tribble and Madison Horne. Pictured above Left to right. Leigh-Ann Tribble, Jennifer Bryant, Kathy Allgood, Madison Horne.
Bert Brantley, a native Georgian, was appointed as
Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Driver Services
(DDS) by Governor Nathan Deal and the DDS Board of Directors
in March 2016.
As Commissioner, Bert assists almost 1,000 DDS team members in issuing over two million secure IDs and licenses each year. With 66 centers around the state and more services available online than ever, DDS is providing Georgians with numerous options in renewing their license or receiving any other service the agency provides.
Bert previously served in several state agencies, including the Georgia DOT, Department of Economic Development and the State Road & Tollway Authority. From December 2006 to January 2011, Bert served as Governor Sonny Perdue’s chief media spokesman during his entire second term.
Bert grew up in several different towns around South Georgia, the son of two longtime state employees – his father retired from the Georgia State Patrol and his mother retired as a local and regional leader with the Georgia Department of Labor. He graduated from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, and went on to the University of Georgia to study journalism and political science. He also earned a master’s degree with honors in public administration from UGA.
Past President Marsha Dixon inducts Candace Christian as the new 2016-17 Dublin Rotary Club President.Candace
Spicer Christian is a Certified Government Financial Manager
and is employed by the State of Georgia with South Central
Health District. Born and raised in Dublin, Georgia, Candace
graduated from Dublin High School in 1976. She attended
Georgia College and State University and Kaplan University.
Candace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Accounting in 1999 and received her Masters of Science in
Accountancy in 2012. She spent nine years working as a staff
accountant and real estate title examiner with Scott B.
Thompson, Sr., PC. In February 2010, she was employed as the
Administrator for the South Central Health District.
Candace is a member of Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church where she is a member of the choir, an Elder and serves as chairman of the Administrative Committee. She is a member of the Dublin Service League and has served on the board of directors as Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian. She is a graduate of Leadership DublinLaurens having served on the board of directors from 2013 - 2015. She is a member of Georgia Public Health Association and serves as Treasurer. She joined Rotary in March of 2011, having been proposed by Lawton C. Davis, MD. Her Rotary service includes membership on the Board of Directors, Paul Harris Fellow +1, Will Watt Fellow and Davis-Hilburn Fellow. Her father, George William Spicer, was also a Dublin Rotarian.
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.
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 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.
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.
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