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

July 20, 2018
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July 27, 2018
Marc Fordhan
Federal Reserve Congress & the Economy
August 3, 2018 Congressman
Rick Allen
August 10, 2018 Football Coaches Program

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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This year the Dublin Rotary Club will celebrate its 80th 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. 

This year’s theme from Barry Rassin, 2018-2019 President of Rotary International is “Be the Inspiration”.  “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to crate lasting change---across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Our club emulates this theme by inspiring students through our support of local elementary schools in the distribution of dictionaries and other learning tools. The scope of our support within our community will continue to encompass the sponsorship of Laurens Youth Leadership, the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership (GOAL) at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), and support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, and the Rotaract Club of OFTC, as well as the Interact Club of East Laurens High School, the Joint Civic Luncheon during the annual St. Patrick’s Festival, scholarships to deserving high school seniors 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 $1000 scholarship to each of the district zone winners. District 6920 passed a resolution in May of 2016 to rename the contest the Preston Johnson District Speech Contest. We are proud to be the home of the annual Preston Johnson District Speech Contest which is held in early February and honors Preston for his forethought in founding the contest and inspiring young students to learn about Rotary and provides us a glimpse of the talented students in our community.

We support the Rotary Foundation through Polio plus and the annual fund. By members becoming a Paul Harris fellow, we contribute to all the good works the Foundation does throughout the world, as we change lives and make the world a better place for all of us.  Additionally, we support the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of this year’s student, Christian Hjorth from Denmark. Our club supports the continued success of this program that has been in existence since 1946 and promotes peace through understanding by offering a scholarship to students from around the world to attend a Georgia college or university for one year.  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 villagers. 

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. Eugenia Powell is an Assistant Governor, Frank Seaton is a District Trainer, Gerald Smith is the chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Margaret Jacobs, from the Jessup Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. 
Come visit and learn how you can be the inspiration in though Rotary in our community and around the world. 
If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please contact me or any of our 100+ members.   

Be the inspiration through Service, 
Susan Brandon  
2018-2019 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.

Hanna Holley - Miss Georgia Contestant 2018

HollyHanna Holley is the 22 - year - old daughter of Dennis and Dawn Holley. She is a graduate of West Laurens High School and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in public relations and entrepreneurship. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority . Hanna served on the executive board of Talking Dog, UGA’s full service, student run public relations and advertising agency.
She has received several honors and awards including the Distinguished Young Woman of Laurens County Scholarship, Outstanding Citizen of the State recognition in 2013 from Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Dublin Exchange Club American Citizenship Speech Competition winner, Scholar Athlete for 4 years, and the Distinguished Young Woman Self Expression Scholarship as well as numerous other honors. In high school, she was Student Body President and served as vice president in the BETA Club, a member of Citizen’s Bank Advisory Board, Laurens Youth Leadership, and sat in on Dublin Downtown Development board meetings as a student ambassador.
Hanna has competed in the annual Miss Georgia Pageant for the past three years -- most close to her heart, was competing as Miss University of Georgia. Hanna has promoted her platform entitled “ Children’s Miracle Network: Crowns and Capes for Children” where she delivers crowns and capes to children in hospitals across the state. Hanna was a top ten finalist at the Miss Georgia Pageant competition in June 2017 ,as well as a swimsuit preliminary award winner and overall on stage question winner.
Hanna looks forward to movi ng back to Dublin one day to become her dad’s boss at JT Hanna Promotions.

Jeff Cox Chief Meterologist

CoxJeff Cox is Chief Meteorologist for WGXA News and can be seen at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on FOX24, and at 6 and 11 p.m. on ABC16. Jeff rejoined the WGXA News team in August of 2009. He also worked as Chief Meteorologist at WGXA from April 2005 to August 2007. Jeff grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2005 with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences with a concentration in Weather Forecasting. He has over a decade of broadcasting and forecasting experience.  He worked as a radio broadcast meteorologist for the Weather Channel in Atlanta, broadcasting on radio stations across the nation and on XM/Sirius satellite radio.
Jeff owes his love of weather and dedication to forecasting to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and the Blizzard of '93 in March of 1993. He is a two-time winner of the Georgia Association of Broadcaster's 'Weathercast of the Year'.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys cheering on his UNC Asheville Bulldogs, the Atlanta Braves and watching NASCAR with his wife, Kacey, daughter Harper, and their beagle, Abby.



Reflections by Lee Teeter is an open signed edition depicting the Vietnam Veterans Wall being visited by a former soldier of that war.  Reflected in the wall are the gentleman’s memories of his fellow soldiers who were lost in the war, and whose names are on the wall.  It is a sad image yet inspirational in that after the war and the trauma he experienced, he moved on with his life, becoming a business man, lawyer, doctor, teacher, etc. but still remembered his friends.  They would want him to move on and have a successful life… after all, that is one of the reasons for which they fought and died.  Every US soldier fights for our freedom and their sacrifice will never be forgotten.


Dell Spry Retired FBI Agent


Retired agent Dell Spry served in the FBI for twenty years. During his career, he primarily worked counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counterterrorism investigations. While assigned to FBIHQ, Dell was a member of the National Security Council Counterterrorism Working Group. He was liaison to the CIA Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group and was the lead investigator for the FBI in the Aldrich Ames case. Dell was involved in the two-year-long investigation where he, as the FBI case agent, along with a team of FBI and CIA personnel, was successful in identifying Ames as a KGB mole. Ames, who was directly responsible for the execution of several Soviet and Russian assets and operatives, was charged and convicted of espionage in 1994 and is serving a life sentence. Dell received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Counterintelligence Investigation and the CIA Director’s Meritorious Service Award for his efforts. Prior to retirement, Dell supervised a Counterintelligence squad in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, as a consultant, Dell teaches an advanced course of instruction to novice and experienced FBI personnel on human intelligence (HUMINT) collection, intelligence tradecraft, and counterintelligence matters.

State of the City


Lance Jones City Manager City of Dublin
Lance Jones was appointed City Manager in 2015. Prior to serving as City Manager, Lance served as Municipal Court prosecutor and then as the City Attorney for Dublin. As City Manager, Lance advises the Mayor and City Council no their decisions and oversees the day - to - day operations of the City.

St. Patricks Joint Civic Luncheon

Joint Civic Luncheon Guest Speaker Mark Cathy

Mark Cathy serves on the Operator Support Team at Chick - fil - A, Inc.
As one of Chick - fil - A founder S. Truett Cathy’s grandchildren, Mark is part of the third generation of the Cathy family to take leadership roles at the quick service restaurant chain. He is the eldest son of Donald "Bubba" Cathy, Executive Vice President of Chick - fil - A, Inc. and President of Dwarf House, Inc.
Prior to joining the Chick - fil - A home office staff in 2009, Mark was a Chick - fil - A restaurant Operator in California for two years. His first role at home office was as a Business Consultant, advising Operators on ways to grow their business and help them solve chal- lenges unique to their restaurant.
Mark graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He then received his Executive MBA for Entrepreneurial Management from Pepperdine University in 2010.

Centenarians Secrets To Success


Dr. Steve Franklin is an educator, researcher, author, and business executive. He also is a Centenarian Wannabe on a mission to "capture their Wisdom" (and wit) and share it with the Younger Generation.
While Associate Dean and tenured professor at the Goizueta School of Business of Emory University, he co-authored two textbooks adopted in hundreds of colleges/universities, and over 50 scholarly and practitioner articles on management and entrepreneurship. Three times he was ranked the number one teacher as evaluated by students. His research has been reported by major newspapers throughout the country including The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune and many more. He has appeared on Fox and Friends, Fox Business News, WXIA 11 Alive Atlanta, Fox 5 Orlando, Huffington Post Morning Rush, and numerous other radio and television programs broadcasting the Gannett Broadcasting Series "Million Dollar Dreams" that was viewed by millions of viewers across America.
He serves on the Board of Regents for Oxford University's Harris Manchester College in the UK and is Chairman of the Governing Board for The American University in Dubai. As founder of Global Access Learning, he has lectured to business executives in the U.S., UK, Europe, Middle East, and South Africa for companies including IBM, Coca-Cola, Federal Express, AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Kodak, General Electric, the Young President's Organization, the World President's Organization, and numerous other profit and non-profit organizations.
His recently published book by Wiley, Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life, was recently highlighted on several television and radio programs and climbed to Amazon's #6 Business Book, #9 Biography & History Book, #12 Personal Finance Book.
His personal goal is living to 120 "healthy, wealthy, and wise," and he is passionate about capturing and sharing this priceless Wisdom and advice from America's Most Senior Citizens.

Debra Lowe Senior Major Gifts Officer, Zone 34 The Rotary Foundation


Debra joined The Rotary Foundation in 2009 as the first Major Gifts Officer on staff who lives within their assigned zone. She covers Zone 34 consisting of 14 Rotary Districts (3 in Georgia, 8 in Florida and 3 in the Caribbean). The focus of her position is to enable Rotarians and non - Rotarians to fulfill their philanthropic goals of supporting The Rotary Foundation with a single gift or commitment of $10,000 or greater to the Annual Fund, Areas of Focus, Endowment Fund, PolioPlus or Rotary Peace Centers.
In addition to being a staff member with the Rotary Foundation, Debra has been an active Rotarian in District 6980 for nearly 15 years. She served as President of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay in 2005 - 2006; District Grants Subcommittee Chair from 2007 - 2009 is now a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Debra joined General Secretary John Hewko, colleagues and Rotarians from around the world to participate in Miles to End Polio in conjunction with the 106 mile El Tour de Tucson bicycle ride.
Through the support of Rotarians and the 2:1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the team raised more than $30 Million these past three years towards our goal of a Polio - free world. She continues training in anticipation of the 2018 Miles to End Polio Ride.

Preston Johnson Speech Contest

Speech Contest

The annual Preston Johnson Speech Contest, conducted in Rotary District 6920, was founded in 1997 by Dublin Rotary’s own Preston Johnson. High school contestants from across the district participate in the local club contest, and the winners progress to the Zone contest level and then District level.
Preston Johnson served as the Dublin Rotary Club president in 1975 - 1975 and the Rotary District Governor 1979 - 190. He founded the speech contest out of a desire to encourage the young people of our community to grow in the area of public speaking and scholarships. Preston was a member of Toastmasters International, an educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. He believed the fundamentals of the Toastmasters to be essential for effective and professional public speaking and is why the Toastmasters guidelines for public speaking are the heart of the judging process for the annual contest.
Pictured (l-r)Winner Briah Bailey,1st runnerup Sydney Stephens, 2nd runnerup Hailey Bouck, 3rd runnerup Silentah Stanley

Father Jim Ball - Priest and Movie Director


Fr. Jim Ball was a musician, photographer and filmmaker for twenty years before coming to conversion in 1992. Having been led to the Lord by a Pentecostal gospel singer, and having grown up with a Catholic father and a Missouri Synod Lutheran mother, he quickly began to explore the different branches of the Christian faith. Finding God in so many different churches, he began attending church at the Assemblies of God on Sunday mornings, Mass at the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday evenings, and then returning home to watch Ben Haden and Charles Stanley preach on TV. 
Having such a rich and varied experience, he developed a heart for the unity of the church, and was grieved over the contentions between the different denominations. He also wondered where he would fit as there seemed to be no one church that was Charismatic, Evangelical and Catholic all in one. He attended St. Michael’s Seminary and in 1998, he was ordained a priest and sent out to plant Holy Apostles CEC in Westminster, Maryland.  Father Jim continued to make films for churches and Christian schools for the next few years. In 2007, he co-wrote and directed "The Sins of the Fathers", which was based on experiences he encountered while working in the generational healing ministry. The film was completed in 2008 and won numerous awards at both secular and Christian film festivals.
Along with his good friend and collaborator Richard Cutting, he wrote the feature film Order of Rights which tackles the abortion debate head on.  The film chronicles the journey of a high school athlete whose pregnant girlfriend has decided, against his will, to terminate her pregnancy. As a media storm brews around them, he fights for his rights as a father and his unborn child’s right to live. 
Fr. Jim  lives in Westminster, Maryland, has been married to his wife Barbara for fifteen years and has a teenaged daughter, Emily.  He remains active in music, film, photography, writing, and enjoys sports – especially football, and most especially the Ravens.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has served as Secretary of State since 2010. The Secretary of State is responsible for the administration of secure, accessible, and fair elections; registration of corporations; regulation of charities and securities; and oversight of professional license holders.
Secretary Kemp has implemented many e - government solutions while in office. He has also worked to communicate more efficiently with Georgia ’ s businesses, promote voter registration, cut bureaucratic red tape, reduce costs on Georgia taxpayers, and deter corporate identity theft.
As Georgia ’ s top elections official, Secretary Kemp works to ensure all eligible citizens have access to the polls. He has also been instrumental in moving Georgia to the forefront in the presidential nomination process. Working with his colleagues in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Kemp led the movement to hold a regional presidential preference primary on March 1, 2016. This date, now dubbed the “ SEC Primary, ” was the largest regional primary since 1992 to bring the road to the White House through America ’ s new heartland – the South.
Secretary Kemp was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2002 and served until 2006. During that time, he served as chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and vice - chair of the Higher Education Com- mittee. During his professional career, Secretary Kemp has founded and developed many small businesses. He remains an active small business owner today with com- panies involved in agribusiness, financial services, and real estate management and investment.

Dictionary Project


The Dublin Rotary club receives a big thank you from local elementary schools for distributing dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in city and county schools. The Dictionary project has been on going for the last three years.