Home of Past District Governors Preston Johnson (1979-80) Jake New (1986-87) Billy Adams (1991-92)
Upcoming Programs
November 27, 2015
No Meeting

December 1, 2015
Tuesday Night Cocktail Party
Fred Roberts 6PM

December 4, 2015
No Meeting
December 11,2015
Student of the Quarter/Election of Directors
December 18, 2015
Santa Claus / Kelly Knight Group
December 25, 2015
No Meeting
Christmas Holiday

January 1, 2016
No Meeting
New Years

January 8 2016
 Breakfast Meeting
Teen Challenge (David Kincaid)
January 15, 2016
Rotary International Director Robert Hall
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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Claxton    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 77th year of existence. 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 our meetings.
We continue to support the PolioPlus Program for the eradication of the deadly polio virus. Our support of the Georgia Rotary Student Program continues with the sponsorship of our student, Solveig Baera, from Nesbru, Norway. Our dictionary project begins its second year and will again place dictionaries in the hands of all third graders in the Laurens County School System, Dublin City School System and Trinity Christian School. Our work to improve the grounds of North View Cemetery continues with the assistance of a local boy scout troop. 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 inhabitants.
Other projects scheduled for this year are working with Habitat for Humanity, sponsorship of the Joint Civic Luncheon at the St. Patrick’s Festival, sponsorship of the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, sponsorship of the CART Fund, support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and recognizing local high school students for their achievements on a quarterly basis. Our Club will provide a scholarship to a deserving local high school student through the Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Fund.
Our fellowship activities with our club members will be highlighted by the Biennial Auction planned for the first Friday in February. The money raised from this event serves to fund our Club’s operations. Other fellowship activities will include a family cookout on the First Friday event at the Dublin Farmer’s Market, meetings held off site at local industries, breakfast meetings, and evening socials at a local restaurant.
The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a Districtwide level. Helen Harper is an Assistant Governor. Frank Seaton is a District Trainer. Gerald Smith is the Chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. John L. Neely will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. He is from the Savannah East Rotary Club.
If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please feel free to call on me or on any of our 130+ members.

Yours in Rotary,

Edward B. Claxton III

2015-2016 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.

Commissioner Georgia Department of Transportation


Russell McMurry was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation by a unanimous vote of the State Transportation Board on January 20, 2015.
Prior to being named Commissioner, he was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Planning Director. He had served as Chief Engineer since January 1, 2013, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Engineering, Construction, Operations, Intermodal, P3/Innovative and Program Delivery, as well as the Offices of Organizational Performance Management and Engineering Services. He previously served as the Division Director of Engineering.
Commissioner McMurry began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1990, as an engineering trainee, and has served in a variety of roles throughout his career. His experience ranges from serving as Construction Project Manager to District Engineer for 5 years. At the State level, he served as State Roadway Design Engineer, while also serving in a joint role as the Assistant Division Director of Engineering.


Gary W. Black, Commissioner Georgia Department of Agriculture


Serving his second term, Commissioner Gary W. Black is the sixteenth Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department’s inception in 1874.
Black earned a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Throughout his 35 year career in agriculture he has championed sound state and federal policies impacting food safety, science-based environmental stewardship and agricultural marketing.
The mission of the Georgia Department of Agriculture is to protect consumers, promote agriculture both locally and globally and assist our customers using education, technology and a professional workforce.
The vision of the Georgia Department of Agriculture is to continue to be a globally recognized leader in agricultural excellence through a commitment to safety, quality, growth and innovation.


The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar R. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals. When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


Guest speaker Gary Smith became involved in the Rotary Club of Fitzgerald in 1996, served on the board of directors for two years, and served as club president in 2005 – 2006. He currently serves as club web-master and as project director for the club’s End Meningitis Now campaign. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (8) and a Sustaining Member, a Will Watt Fellow and Sustaining Member, and Sue is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Sue are Rotary Foundation Benefactors, members of the Bequest Society and members of the Paul Harris Society. He and Sue have honored all of their children and grandchildren with Paul Harris Fellowships. He was the recipient of the Fitzgerald Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award for 2010 – 2011.
Gary has served District 6920 as an Assistant Governor for the years 2008 – 2011 and District Chair for Benefactor and Bequest Society for 2010 - 2011. He also served as the District’s Future Vision Chair and Annual Programs Fund Chair. He currently serves as District 6920 representative on the P.E.T.S. Executive Committee; District 6920 representative on the Host Organizing Committee for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta; Zone 34 Rotary Has Heart Coordinator; Rotary International Director Advisory Council; Zone Institute Chair of Registration and Information Desk


Malawi Trip Update with Russ Falk  & Alan Barfoot

Malawi Trip

Club members Alan Barfoot and Russ Falk recently traveled to Malawi on a humanitarian and mission trip. While there they worked on a variety of projects, including repairing wells, purchasing sewing machines and carpenter tools, Bibles, church building repairs and more from funds donated by club members.

Family of Rotary Night

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GRSP Student

GRSP familySolveig Baera is 20 years old and is a freshman at Georgia Southern University majoring in business and economics. She was born in Kongsberg, Norway and has lived in the US, South Africa and Tanzania. Thad and Laura Haygood and their girls are Solveig’s host family.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards


This years attendees (l-r) were Disha Patel from West Lauren High School, Ethan Nathaniel Wood from East Laurens High School, Isaiah Harmon from Dublin High School and Samantha Sharpe from Trinity Christian School. Pictured with the students are Kelly Harrington Chairman RYLA committee and Rotarian Dr. Fred Williams Dublin City Schools Superintendent.
 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals.
RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: Leadership fundamentals and ethics,  Communication skills,  Problem solving and conflict management. Community and global citizenship


September 11th Dedication

Patriot Day

Kathy Jones, Kelly Knight and Meda Hester perform a tribute honoring the memory of those lost on September 11,2001.

Welcome New Member


Dublin Rotary Club welcomes it's newest member Dr. Edward Hayes, who was sponsored by Ted Short

Rick Allen U.S. Representative


Rick W. Allen was elected to represent Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014. Prior to his election to Congress, Rick spent his career starting and building his own business from the ground up. At the age of 25, he founded the construction company R.W. Allen & Associates, which has enhanced economic development in Georgia and created thousands of jobs in the Augusta and Athens communities for more than 35 years.
As a conservative, small businessman, Rick knows firsthand what it takes to live within a budget, make payroll and successfully grow a business. His extensive business background guides his commitment to promoting policies that allow the private sector to thrive and fighting against regulatory burdens the federal government is placing on the backs of business owners.
 The son of a farmer, Rick is proud to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture. This role further enables him to work as an advocate for farmers in Washington and shape legislation to bolster Georgia’s number one industry. Rick is also a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, which focuses on strengthening our nation’s schools and expanding opportunities for Americans in the modern workplace.


High School Football


Football coaches from  our local high schools shared their high expectations for their teams up-coming season. Coaches pictured (l-r) Dublin High School Head Coach Roger Holmes, West Laurens High School Head Coach Stacy Nobles, East Laurens High School Interim Head Coach/ Denfensive Coordinator Chris Robinson  and Trinity Christian Head Coach Jimmy Fields.




Club members Alan Barfoot and Russ Falk travel to Malawi in August. They will be on a humanitarian and mission trip. They will work on  a variety of projects, including repairing wells, purchasing sewing machines and carpenter tools, Bibles, church building repairs and more. President Bo-J presents Alan with a $3000 check donated by Dublin Rotarians and other Rotary Clubs.

Commmunities In Schools


JACKIE PITTMAN CURTIS(c) Executive Director Communities in Schools, Laurens County For the past 16 years, Jackie Pittman Curtis has served as the executive director of Communities In Schools of Laurens County, Inc. The organization serves three school systems (Dublin City Schools, Laurens County Board of Education, and Twiggs County Public Schools).
She holds a BSS in Social Services from Mercer University, an MBA from Wesleyan College and certification in non profit management from Capella University.
Our Purpose “The mission of Communities in Schools of Laurens County, Inc. is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”