The Family of Rotary Special
The Family of Rotary Committee, chaired by Yvonne
Robertson(r), is a committee that does nice things for
former Rotarians and/or their spouses.
The Dublin Rotary board recently approved a project that
they felt was deserving to be a Family of Rotary project.
Joe Durant was Dublin Rotary president, in 1975-76, and
served the club well during his year. He and Ruth Durant(3rd
from l) attended all of the Jekyll Island district
conferences, and their presence was enjoyed by all. They
always enjoyed walking at night with the group, looking for
sea-turtles laying eggs and/or making their way back to the
safety of the water. Of course, devouring the delicious
Dublin-cooked shrimp was something they always looked
Unfortunately, Joe died at a relatively young age, and has
been missed over the years by many. Joe and Ruth both loved
Rotary, and Ruth misses those "Rotary Days."
She mentioned to past governor Preston Johnson(l), who was
president of Dublin Rotary the year before Joe, that she
made a discovery that she could not find Joe's president's
pin, which had a diamond in it. Preston pointed out that the
president's pin did not have a diamond, and is passed each
year from outgoing president to the incoming. He indicated
to her that it had to have been a Past President's pin, that
she missed so much.
Preston thought that this would
be a good Family of Rotary project, and discussed it with
president Bubba, who took the idea to the Dublin Rotary
board, who approved it. Chairperson Yvonne Robertson was
contacted and on August 26, 2014, at a presentation
ceremony, Yvonne, with appropriate words, presented the Past
President's pin to Ruth, who was VERY appreciative to the
committee and Dublin Rotary.
Pictured left to right Past District
Governor Preston Johnson, Rotary President Bubb East, Mrs
Joe Durant,and Family of Rotary Committee Chairman Yvonne
Bryan Rogers County Administrator
Bryan Rogers County Administrator for Laurens County(2nd from left) gave an informative presentation to Rotarians about this years budget and upcoming projects
for Lauens County .Pictured with Brian is Rosco Brower(L),Rotary President Bubba East and Past District Governor Preston Johnson.
Laurens County History Laurens County was
one of six new counties created by an act of the General
Assembly approved Dec. 10, 1807 (Ga. Laws 1807, p. 3).
According to that legislation, Laurens County's original
boundaries were specified as:
. . all that tract or parcel of land herein after pointed out, long and
being in the county of Wilkinson, beginning at the mouth of
Big Sandy Creek, on the Oconee river, running south sixty
degrees west to the Ocmulgee river; thence down the meanders
of the same to the upper corner of the fourteenth district
on said river; thence north sixty degrees cast to the Oconee
river; thence up the same to the beginning. . . .
Georgia's 34th county was named for Col. John Laurens of
South Carolina. Laurens, who had been aide-de-camp to George
Washington, was involved in numerous battles -- including
the siege of Savannah -- and was killed in battle in 1782.
On Dec. 13, 1808, the legislature created Pulaski County
from Laurens County (Ga. Laws 1808, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 52).
On Dec. 11, 1858, portions of Laurens County were used to
create Johnson County (Ga. Laws 1858, p. 32).
Communities in Schools Contribution
District Governor Ted Visits Dublin
Ted Thompson District Governor 2014-2015. Ted was born and
raised in Central Florida. Following high school graduation
attended and graduated Lees-McRae College, then attended the
University of Florida. In 1967 Ted married his high school
sweetheart Charolette. Later that year he joined the U.S.
Army and served for three years. While stationed in Germany
they had a daughter, Wendy, who was born in Nuremberg. In
1970 Ted and Charolette started a wholesale flowering plant
nursery in Apopka, FL. Growing several varieties of indoor
foliage plants, and specializing in container grown
Gardenias, they shipped plants throughout the U.S. and
Canada for 35 years. In 2005, they retired and moved to
Sandersville, GA. Ted’s Dad’s family had moved from
Washington County in the late 1920’s. Ted joined
Sandersville Rotary Club in 2007, received Rotarian of the
Year - 2008, Governor’s Citation - 2009, and while serving
as Club President 2010-2011 his club received the Gold Club
Award, 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Award, Club Presidential
Citation, & Best Club Scrapbook Award. He has also served as
Assistant Governor – 2 years., District Silent Auction Chair
- 5 years, Northern Zone Speech Coordinator – 3 years,
District Speech Contest Chair – 2 years, graduate of Rotary
Leadership Institute and District RLI Chair, served on the
RLI Board of Directors - Sunshine Division, PETS Discussion
Leader – 2 years, and PETS Committee. Ted is a Will Watt
Fellow, a Multi Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, and a
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Charolette is a Paul
Harris Fellow and both are Major Donors and Members of the
Bequest Society. Ted has been active in his church and
served as Treasurer for four years. In the community Ted is
an active volunteer and has served on the Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors for three years. Ted and
Charolette’s daughter Wendy is married to Ralph Acosta and
they live in Sandersville also. They have one child, a son,
Logan. Ted’s hobby is woodworking.
GRSP Student and Host Families
Thomas Mogelberg(c) is our GRSP student and is hosted by the
Dublin and Milledgeville clubs. Thomas arrived in Georgia
this week. His host families are Randy & Pam Green and
Barron & Susan Brandon. Thomas will present our Rotary
program on October 3, 2014.Pictured with Thomas are Susan
Brandon and Randy Green.
High School Football Coaches
Local High School coaches presented an outstanding football
program to Dublin Rotarians. (l-r)President Bubba
Smith,Trinity Crusaders Trinity Christian School Head Coach
Matt Hammett, Dublin Fighting Irish Dublin High School Head
Coach Roger Holmes, West Laurens Raiders West Laurens High
School Head Coach Stacy Nobles, East Laurens Falcons East
Laurens High School Head Coach Gary Morton and Rotarian Rob
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs
Chuck Wade (left) is the Executive Director
of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs as well as State
Director of Drugs Don’t Work in Georgia.
Wade previously served as a police officer for 15 years,
working as an undercover narcotics agent for more than 10 of
those. He has been certified to teach drug identification by
the Peace Officers’ Standards of Training Council of
Georgia, has taught undercover drug investigation classes at
the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, and has conducted
employee drug education and supervisor training classes for
businesses throughout Georgia.
With Wade’s leadership, the Drugs Don’t Work program in
Georgia has been adopted by sixty-eight counties and was
named one of the Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention
Programs by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the
National Center for the Advancement of Drug Prevention, and
the Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies.
Drugs Don’t Work (DDW) in Georgia is a program of The
Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Inc. a 44 year-old nonprofit
501(c)3 drug prevention agency headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia. DDW in Georgia is a partnership program of The
Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia State Board of
Workers’ Compensation, the Georgia Department of Behavioral
Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Prevention
Services and Programs, and local chambers of commerce. The
DDW program is the official drug-free workplace services
provider of the state of Georgia as mandated by Georgia Law
Founded in 1969, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has
evolved into a national provider of drug and alcohol
training and compliance services that feed the Council’s
prevention and intervention programs and initiatives.
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.