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Dublin Country Club

August 15, 2014
Dublin Country Club
with District Governor
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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.

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.

GRSP Student and Host Families

Host Familiy

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 Mller.

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 (OCGA 34-9-410).
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 Middle Georgia

 Mental Health

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 10-county area.
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 appointed CEO.
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 Fund-Raising Chairman

Ron May

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 Chair.
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


 Alex 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.