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

Upcoming Programs

October 3, 2014
Bob Driggers
Polio Plus
October 10.2014
Allen Byrd
SP Fiber Technologies
October 17,2014
October 24,2014
Helen Harper
Judge, Probate Court
October 31,2014
Coach Bob Hoffman
Coach, Mercer University (basketball)
November 7,2014
November 14,2014
Thomas Mogelberg
GRSP Student
November 21,2014
Rev. Jack Key
November 28, 2014
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Thanksgiving Holiday

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?

Board Meeting
10:45 AM @
Dublin Country Club
October 3, 2014
Nov. 7, 2014
Dec. 5, 2014
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The Rotary International Theme for the 2014-2015 year is “Light Up Rotary.”  We are excited about the new Rotary Year. Our Directors, Officers, Committee Chairs and Members, and membership have committed our club to another year of “Service Above Self.”  Our program of work will consist of starting a Student Dictionary Project for all third grade students in the Dublin-Laurens County school systems along with Trinity Christian School.  Our club would like to begin reaching out to young school children to raise awareness of the importance of Rotary, and how it benefits people all over the world.  Also, our club will continue to support the Polio Plus Project along with our partners around the world in Malawi, Africa where we will be building and repairing water wells to improve the quality of life for those who live there.

A few select service projects for the year include GED and literacy efforts such as “Mrs. Claus Reads,” and support of our Rotaract and Interact Clubs and Laurens Youth Leadership Program.  We will recognize outstanding local high school students with our Student of the Quarter awards and through the awarding of our annual Davis-Hilburn Scholarship.  We are again sponsoring a student in the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) and are in cooperation with the Milledgeville Rotary Club in a joint sponsorship of Thomas Mogelberg from Denmark, who will be our student.  

The Rotary District 6920 Governor for this year is Ted Thompson of the Sandersville Rotary Club.  Our Assistant Governor is Past President of Dublin Rotary Club, Helen Harper.  Our District Trainer is Past President Frank Seaton of the Dublin Rotary Club.

We invite all Rotarians and those who are interested in joining Rotary to visit one of our weekly meetings on Fridays at the Dublin Country Club.  We begin with a meal at Noon followed by the program at 12:30.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Yours in Rotary,

Robert (Bubba) L. East, Jr.

2014-2015 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.

History of Football


SCOTT THOMPSON History of Football Scott Thompson is an attorney and local historian and author. Some of his accomplishments include: Honor Graduate, Dublin High School, 1974; B.S. Accounting, Mercer University, 1978; Honor Graduate, Atlanta Law School, 1983; President, Laurens County Historical Society; Director, Dublin-Laurens Museum; Member at Large, Dublin City Board of Education; Past President, Dublin High School Band Boosters; Columnist and feature writer, Dublin Courier Herald; Past Chairman, Dublin Downtown Development Authority (Main Street); Past President, Kea Memorial Foundation; Awarded the Carolyn Watson Community Service Award, 2004; Daughters of the American Revolution History Award, 1994; Reserve Officer's Association Outstanding Sophomore Cadet Mercer University Army ROTC, 1976; Feature Writer, Laurens Now Magazine., and member of the Statewide history Committee Civil War Heritage Trails. He is a member Dublin Civitan Club and serves as a Director, and was Dublin St. Patrick's Festival Man of the Year .in 2010. Scott is the author of numerous history articles and at least two books, Pieces of Our Past (Dublin, Ga.: Emerald City History Co., 2003) and Tales of the Emerald City and the Land of Laurens (Dublin, Ga.: Gem City, 1998).


Students Receive Dictionaries

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Rotary Club members began handing out student dictionaries to all third grade students attending Laurens County and Dublin City Schools. See all school photo's in photogallery.


Wayne Cain, Police Chief Dublin Police Department


Wayne Cain graduated from Dublin High School in 1970. He attended Middle Georgia College where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice while working fulltime for Piggly Wiggly Southern 1970-1974.
In Sept. 1974, Wayne joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served two years aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, a Navy air craft carrier and two years in the infantry in Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. He service also included numerous assignments overseas. He was honorably discharged in September 1978.
Wayne then returned to college and joined the Dublin Police Department in March of 1979. He worked as a patrol officer from 1979 to 1984. He was promoted to Detective Sgt and worked as a detective from 1984 – 1986. From 1986 to 1996, he worked as a Narcotics Investigator and in 1996 he was promoted to Lieutenant over Investigations. While serving in the Narcotics division, he taught D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in Dublin City Schools for six years.
He was promoted to Captain over patrol and was the Patrol Commander from 1998 to 2002. He served as Interim Chief of Police and was appointed to the Chief’s position in March of 2004.

Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority


As of August, 2014, Brad  Lofton is the new President of the Dublin-Laurens Co Development Authority. He has fifteen years of experience in community and economic development, and his background and experience includes success stories in energy, advanced manufacturing, food, logistics, technology and defense.

 Prior to Dublin and Laurens County, Brad served as the President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and created over 1,500 jobs over a four year period. Success stories included the relocation of two of America’s premier gun manufacturing companies, a publicly traded call center, the relocation of BauschLinnemann’s corporate headquarters, the North American location of a large Canadian stainless steel manufacturer, and multiple industry expansions.
He also served as the Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority. During his tenure in Valdosta, Georgia, and despite a national recession, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority created over 3,000 new jobs with capital investment exceeding $500 million. During that time, Site Selection Magazine listed Valdosta as the number 3 location in the United States for new job creation based on communities with populations of 200,000 or less.
Brad is a native of Moultrie, Georgia. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Mercer University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southwestern State University. He has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA). In 2004, he was named one of the top 40 most influential Georgians under the age of 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine.

Gayco Healthcare


J. Bent Gay, Jr., R.Ph. Chief Executive Officer(c)Gayco Healthcare is the vision of J. Bent Gay, Jr. A native of Dublin, Georgia, Gay returned home in 1988 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Micro-biology (1985) and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1988) from The University of Georgia.
For the first five years of his pharmacist career, Gay worked local retail pharmacy. In 1993 he purchased MBP Institutional Pharmacy, which was a closed door pharmacy that served four facilities. In 1995 Gay renamed the company, Gayco Healthcare. Under Gay’s leadership Gayco has multiplied more than 10 fold.
The company was recognized by the Bulldog 100 in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as being one of the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by a UGA alumnus. In 2012, Gay was named the Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year by the NextGeneration Pharmacist.

Rotary Club Project


President Bubba shows the club the student dictionary that will be distributed to students throughout all schools in Laurens County by the Dublin Rotary Club.

Georgia Lt.Governor

Lt. Governor

Casey Cagle Lieutenant Governor State of Georgia A successful entrepreneur and respected former State Senator, Casey Cagle (c) made history in 2006 by becoming the first Republican ever elected to Georgia’s second highest office. In November of 2010, in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of the state his family has called home for seven generations, Georgia voters overwhelmingly re-elected him, returning Lieutenant Governor Cagle to office for another term.
Born and raised in Hall County, Casey is the son of a single mother. Though there were lean times growing up, he received love and devotion from his mother, who instilled in him the values of hard work, dedication, and an enduring love for God. These values continue to sustain him to this day. A talented athlete, Casey graduated from Johnson High School and attended Gainesville College and Georgia Southern University. When a sports injury ended his dreams of playing college football, Casey returned home to Hall County to start his first business venture - a small tuxedo shop. He later grew to be a leader in the banking and real estate industry in northeast Georgia
As Lieutenant Governor, Casey works tirelessly to ensure all children in Georgia have access to a personalized educational environment suited for their individual talents and needs. Thanks to his Charter System Initiative, entire school systems can now convert to charter system status and focus their efforts on educating students instead of complying with burdensome mandates.
Additionally, he launched the Georgia College and Career Academy Network, a partnership between local community leaders, school systems, and Georgia’s technical colleges. The college and career academies provide a relevant and rigorous curriculum aimed at preparing students for a highly skilled, 21stCentury workforce upon graduation. Thanks to Casey’s leadership, Georgia has 23 college and career academies today with additional academies planned every year.
Pictured with the Lt. Governor is State Senator Ross Tolleson (l) and Rotary President Bubba East (r).

The Family of Rotary Special Presentation


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 forward to.
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 Robertson.

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.