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?
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 77th year of existence. 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 our meetings.
We continue to support the PolioPlus Program for the eradication of the deadly polio virus. Our support of the Georgia Rotary Student Program continues with the sponsorship of our student, Solveig Baera, from Nesbru, Norway. Our dictionary project begins its second year and will again place dictionaries in the hands of all third graders in the Laurens County School System, Dublin City School System and Trinity Christian School. Our work to improve the grounds of North View Cemetery continues with the assistance of a local boy scout troop. 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 working with Habitat for Humanity, sponsorship of the Joint Civic Luncheon at the St. Patrick’s Festival, sponsorship of the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, sponsorship of the CART Fund, support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and recognizing local high school students for their achievements on a quarterly basis. Our Club will provide a scholarship to a deserving local high school student through the Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Fund.
Our fellowship activities with our club members will be highlighted by the Biennial Auction planned for the first Friday in February. The money raised from this event serves to fund our Club’s operations. Other fellowship activities will include a family cookout on the First Friday event at the Dublin Farmer’s Market, meetings held off site at local industries, breakfast meetings, and evening socials at a local restaurant.
The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a Districtwide level. Helen Harper is an Assistant Governor. Frank Seaton is a District Trainer. Gerald Smith is the Chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. John L. Neely will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. He is from the Savannah East Rotary Club.
If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please feel free to call on me or on any of our 130+ members.
Yours in Rotary,
Edward B. Claxton III
2015-2016 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.
Rick W. Allen was elected to represent Georgia’s
12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014.
Prior to his election to Congress, Rick spent his career
starting and building his own business from the ground up.
At the age of 25, he founded the construction company R.W.
Allen & Associates, which has enhanced economic development
in Georgia and created thousands of jobs in the Augusta and
Athens communities for more than 35 years.
As a conservative, small businessman, Rick knows firsthand what it takes to live within a budget, make payroll and successfully grow a business. His extensive business background guides his commitment to promoting policies that allow the private sector to thrive and fighting against regulatory burdens the federal government is placing on the backs of business owners.
The son of a farmer, Rick is proud to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture. This role further enables him to work as an advocate for farmers in Washington and shape legislation to bolster Georgia’s number one industry. Rick is also a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, which focuses on strengthening our nation’s schools and expanding opportunities for Americans in the modern workplace.
Football coaches from our local high schools shared their high expectations for their teams up-coming season. Coaches pictured (l-r) Dublin High School Head Coach Roger Holmes, West Laurens High School Head Coach Stacy Nobles, East Laurens High School Interim Head Coach/ Denfensive Coordinator Chris Robinson and Trinity Christian Head Coach Jimmy Fields.
Club members Alan Barfoot and Russ Falk travel to Malawi in August. They will be on a humanitarian and mission trip. They will work on a variety of projects, including repairing wells, purchasing sewing machines and carpenter tools, Bibles, church building repairs and more. President Bo-J presents Alan with a $3000 check donated by Dublin Rotarians and other Rotary Clubs.
JACKIE PITTMAN CURTIS(c) Executive Director
Communities in Schools, Laurens County For the
past 16 years, Jackie Pittman Curtis has served as the
executive director of Communities In Schools of Laurens
County, Inc. The organization serves three school systems
(Dublin City Schools, Laurens County Board of Education, and
Twiggs County Public Schools).
She holds a BSS in Social Services from Mercer University, an MBA from Wesleyan College and certification in non profit management from Capella University.
Our Purpose “The mission of Communities in Schools of Laurens County, Inc. is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”
Tiffany Lofton is the CEO of the Heart of Georgia College & Career
Academy. She has a wide range of educational experience,
including teaching special education, teaching elementary
grades, high school students, and providing post-secondary
education and training. She began her career teaching in the
Lowndes County School System in Valdosta, Georgia. After
moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Tiffany became an
Associate Professor and the Department Chair of
Developmental English at Horry Georgetown Technical College.
Tiffany is a native of Moultrie, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Southern University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. She holds Georgia Professional Certifications in teaching and leadership. Tiffany is also a Dublin Rotarian.
Chip Blalock is the Executive Director of North America’s
Premier Farm Show, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition.
2015 will be held in Moultrie, Georgia at Spence Field on
October 20 - 22. Expo is the largest outdoor farm show with
field demonstrations in the world. In 2014, Expo had 1215
exhibitors and thousands of visitors from all over the
world. Chip is passionate about spreading the good news of
Agriculture and loves the role that the Sunbelt Ag Expo and
all Farm Shows play telling the story of the importance of
Blalock received a B.S. degree in Agriculture (major, Animal Science) from the University of Georgia in 1987. He served as a County Extension Agent in Dooly County and Colquitt County (Georgia) from 1987 through 1990. He then became Sales Manager at Moultrie Farm Center and held that position through July of 1997, at which time he began his career with the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition.
John L. Neely District Governor 2015-2016.
John and his wife Carolyn both grew up in Atlanta, and both graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they met. John then served in the US Peace Corps in Brazil, and later attended graduate school at the University of Georgia. John and Carolyn then moved to Milledgeville, GA, where John worked in city and regional planning. Carolyn became a social worker with the Dept. of Family and Children Services.
In 1979, the Neelys moved to Savannah, where John became Economic Development Director with the City of Savannah, working on downtown revitalization and historic preservation. For the past 30+ years, John has worked as a broker in commercial real estate in Savannah, specializing in port-related, downtown and historic properties. He is currently principal with Colliers International – Savannah, a diversified commercial/industrial real estate firm.
John’s civic activities have included leadership roles with: Leadership Savannah, the Georgia Downtown Development Association, the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, the Historic District Board of Architectural Review, the Savannah Council on World Affairs, and Step-Up Savannah, a unique poverty reduction organization.
Chantel Dunham is the first Director of
Development for the University of Georgia Libraries.
Starting from scratch 20 years ago, she has enjoyed the
challenge of establishing a Board, finding prospective
donors, creating unique events, and igniting some enthusiasm
for this hidden “treasure” of the University of Georgia.
Prior to this, Chantel owned a corporate gift business in
Southern California, and a corporate travel company in Maui,
Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Chantel has a degree in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She serves on the Georgia Women of Achievement Board of Trustees.
Since working with the University of Georgia Libraries, she has been involved with the planning and fundraising for the $45M Special Collections Libraries Building which opened in February of 2012. She has developed an active and generous Board of Visitors and has helped develop and endow the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame program as well as created signature engagement events like White Glove Dinners and travel programs around the state and beyond that have attracted the University’s top donors.
Chantel is also the Director of Development for the UGA Press and The Georgia Review.
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