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

September 22, 2017 District Governor/ Rotary Foundation Hamsa Thota
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October 6. 2017 John P, Girard (MGSU) Future and Impact of Technology

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?

logoSofia Dublin Rotary Club GRSP student for 2017-18 is  Sofia Stahlfors from Sweden.

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Welcome to our Website!


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 79th 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. 
Rotary International President- Elect Ian Riseley chose “Rotary: Making a Difference” as his theme for 2017-2018. During this year, we will answer “What is Rotary?” with the theme “Rotary: Making a Difference”. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference. Our Club emulates this theme in many ways but most notably through our support of local elementary school students in the distribution of dictionaries and other learning tools. 
In addition, we will again support the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of Hannah Sofia Stahlfors from Hollviken, Sweden. 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. 
Our fellowship activities will continue to include a family friendly event in conjunction with First Friday at the market, meetings held at different locations, breakfast meetings, and evening socials at various other 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. Hamsa Thota, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. 
Come visit and learn how Rotary makes a difference 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 130+ members.   
Making a Difference through Service, 
William (Bill) C. Brown III  
2017-2018 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.

State of the State

Speaking to the club about various issues were Representative Matt Hatchett Georgia House of Representatives District 150, Senator Larry Walker, III Georgia State Senate 12th Congressional District and Congressman Rick Allen U.S. House of Representatives District 20.


Steve Franklin is an author, educator, speaker, business man and Certified BBQ Judge. Though "semi-retired" from business he works with North Point Ministries creating environments to cultivate increasing generosity among business leaders and families. The former associate dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Franklin, who lives in Atlanta, not only travels for fun with his wife, Elaine, but also in his role as chairman of the governing board for The American University in Dubai, a member of the board of regents at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College, and as a frequent judge at barbecue competitions across the South. He has consulted with and delivered hundreds of keynote speeches to major organizations throughout North America, Europe, South Africa and Dubai including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Federal Express, Northwestern Mutual, UPS, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and Chick-fil-A. He also logged a lot of miles to research a book he wrote titled Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life. “I went to probably 50 different cities for the book and did 200-plus videotaped interviews,” says Franklin, 70, whose goal is to live to be 120 and keep traveling as long as he’s able.

GRSP Student Sofia Stahlfors


Sofia Stahlfors is this year’s GRSP student from the very southern part of Sweden where she lives with her parents and older sister Emma. The upcoming year, she’ll attend University of Georgia in Athens, but also spend a lot of time with her host families: the Walkers in Dublin and the Osbornes in Greensboro.
Sofia is 18 years old and goal-oriented, joyful and ambitious. She is excited to take classes in subjects she's never studied before as she would like to experience courses other than natural science which she is studying at her school in Sweden.
Beyond her involvement in several councils at school, Sofia is active in a local assembly for youths which hosts events such as outdoor cinemas for almost 3,000 people and works to strengthen the contact between politicians and teenagers.
This year is a dream come true for Sofia since she has always wanted to experience life in the United States.

Dublin High School International Baccalaureate Program


Dublin High school began the three year process of obtaining International Baccalaureate certification in 2011 and was authorized as a full IB world school in 2014. Students are enrolled in the IB program during their junior and senior years, but some prerequisite courses are highly recommended during their freshman and sophomore years to prepare students for the rigor of the program.
There have been two graduating classes at DHS so far with two students earning the full IB diploma. Other students in the program have received IB certificates for meeting the requirements of individual IB classes.
Dublin High School hopes to continue to grow the IB program by recruiting highly motivated students who want to gain experience in rigorous educational and real-world settings while potentially earning college credit along the way.
Any questions about Dublin High School's IB Program can be directed to Dr. Susan Thornton at (478) 353-8040.

Downtown Development Authority


Tara Bradshaw is Downtown Dublin ’ s yes - girl, rock star, chief do - er, and biggest fan. Her can - do attitude and adventurous spirit have fostered many ideas – and turned them into reality. As Executive Director of the Dublin Downtown Development Authority, Tara oversees many downtown investment projects and is constantly working to engage and attract entrepreneurs, developers, artists, and visitors into downtown. A graduate of Valdosta State University with a BBA in Marketing and Management, Tara brings with her over ten years of experience in community development and a passion for making Downtown Dublin, Georgia a premier destination for business and culture.
During her tenure with Dublin DDA, Tara has successfully recruited new businesses into downtown by building and branding valuable investment resources for entrepreneurs. She has also overseen the renovation of historic public properties including the Carnegie Library and Theatre Dublin and planned and implemented a number of large civic events in downtown.
Her work entails overseeing DDA ’ s historic rehabilitation and financial incentives, building partnerships with developers and community organizations, managing four landmark public facilities, promoting historic preservation, creating and organizing many of downtown ’ s banner events, and overseeing all administrative activities for DDA ’ s board of directors.
Tara is a certified Downtown Development Professional (Georgia Downtown Association) and a graduate of Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She and her husband Matthew, a civil engineer for the City of Dublin, are devoted to creating a place their two children, Maggie Claire and Lane, will be proud to call home.

Installation of Club Officers 2017-2018

Bill BrownOutgoingOutgoing22017-18 Officers