Board Members Meeting Dates
February 26 Canceled
All meetings will be held at Noon at the GA Power Office at 117 S. Calhoun Street.
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Rotary International Theme for the 2013-2014 year is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”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 ranges from celebrating our 75 years as a Rotary Club to developing a Rotary Wheel Plaza in our beautiful downtown area for our citizens to enjoy to working with our partners around the world in Malawi, Africa where we will be improving the quality of life for those who live there.
A few select service projects for the year include the continuation of building efforts in Malawi with a matching grant, GED and literacy efforts such as “Mrs. Claus Reads,” and support of our local Rotaract and Interact Clubs and the 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 Jason Cleland from Scotland, who will be our student. This will mark the second consecutive year that a student from Scotland will be with us.
The Rotary District 6920 Governor for this year is Gary Smith of the Fitzgerald Rotary Club. Our Assistant Governor is Helen Harper of the Dublin Rotary Club, and who is a Past President of our club. Our District Director is Frank Seaton of the Dublin Rotary Club and also a Past President of our 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,
2013-2014 Club President
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.
Our GRSP Student is Jason Cleland. Jason grow up in the small town of Whitbum, Scotland, located 25 miles west of Edinburgh. Jason attends Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA., where he has adjusted well to his surroundings. Randy and Pam Green have served as his host family this year. Jason will be giving his going away presentation today.
This year's Joint Civic Luncheon featured guest speaker Demarius(BayBay) Thomas of the Denver Broncos. Rotary president Jay Studstill presented Thomas with a ceremonial blazer.
Rogier van der Ouderaa( second from l) is currently the General Manager of Dinex Emission Inc. and has overseen their successful startup in Dublin, GA. The Dublin location is the first manufacturing facility for Dinex in the United States. Dinex manufacturers exhaust and emission systems for the major OEM and aftermarket diesel and automotive manufacturers globally. Dinex produces more than 95% of all material for its complete exhaust systems including advanced emission technologies. Prior to starting in his current role, Rogier served as General Manager for Dinex Exhausts Ltd in the United Kingdom helping to grow the market for Dinex there. Mr. van der Ouderaa is a graduate of the University of Birmingham with degrees in Accounting and Finance.
Bert Williams(left) has just finished his fourteenth season as head football coach and athletic director for Georgia Military College after serving three years as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Bulldogs. Coach Williams has accumulated a record of 113-37 in his 14 years at the helm for the GMC Bulldogs and has led the program to have one of the highest win percentages in junior college football in the country. He has led the Bulldogs to nine NJCAA bowl games, three national championship games in 2001,2002, and 2013, has previously been named National Coach of the Year in 2001 (NJCAA), 2002 (AFM/ Schutt), and 2013 (NJCCA and AFCA) and was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame in 2010. His program has developed 67 NJCAA All-Americans and two NJCAA Players of the Year. He has also served his profession as the NJCAA Football Coaches Association President and the ACCFCA President in previous years. He currently serves as the permanent Secretary for the ACCFCA and as Junior College Liason to the AFCA.
Coach Williams made history in 2001 by bringing GMC its first ever national championship with a 31-19 win over Butler CC in the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl. During his tenure, Coach Williams and his staff have also developed 64 NJCAA All -Americans at Georgia Military College, including The Lea Plarski Award Winner Jermaine Harris in 2002.
Kaylon Marion (far right) won first place in the Rotary Speech Contest . Kaylon attends East Laurens High School. First runner up was Hanna Holley from West Laurens High School.Second runner up was Jake Williams from Trinity Christian School and third runner up was Maci Wood from Dublin High School.
Russ Falk, Rotary Member, gave a presentation on his mission trip to Cuba with Alan Bar- foot. Russ shared with us their enthusiasm for mission work and the desire to share their faith with individuals that live under a socialist government. Spiritual needs are great in a country that has a mixture of poverty, church suppression, and limited religious freedoms. Their prayer is to bring Gospelink, an organization that raises funds monthly to support pastors and churches in the poorest nations of the world, to Cuba. They are looking forward to going back and hope to have a program for youth, family ministry and pastor training when they return.
Dublin Rotary member Alan Barfoot, along with Russ Falk visited the Dublin Rotary Club sponsored projects in Malawi. Our club has been a sponsor every year since 2009. Projects included work with orphanages, installing widows and new wells, repairing wells, goats to the needy, maize mill, orphan homes and installing kitchens. Russ and Alan also go to Malawi to share the gospel, teach, carry Bibles, etc.
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