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logoEmma Dublin Rotary Club GRSP student for 2016-2017 is  Emma Madeleine Stahlford from Sweden.

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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 78th 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 John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.” Our club is supporting this theme by our continued support of the PolioPlus Program for the eradication of the deadly polio virus.

Other programs that our club continues to support are the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of our student, Emma Stahlfors from Hollviken, Sweden. Our dictionary project begins its third year and will again place dictionaries in the hands of all third graders in our area school systems. Our work to improve the grounds of Northview Cemetery continues as we assist in the beautification process. 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 sponsorship of Laurens Youth Leadership, sponsorship of the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, sponsorship of the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, sponsorship of a Rotaract Club at Oconee Fall Line Technical College-Dublin and an Interact club at East Laurens High School, sponsorship of the Joint Civic Luncheon during the St. Patrick’s Festival, a scholarship to a deserving local high school senior 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 $1,000 scholarship to each of the district zone winners. District 6920 passed a resolution in May 2016 and renamed the contest the Preston Johnson District Speech Contest.

Our fellowship activities will include a family cookout at the First Friday event at the Dublin Farmer’s Market, meetings held at local industries, breakfast meetings and evening socials at various venues.

The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a District wide level, Jep Craig is an Assistant Governor, Frank Seaton as District Trainer for 2017-18, Gerald Smith is the chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program.Pam G. Lightsey, Augusta South Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920.

This is an exciting year in Rotary as we celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation with the International Convention being held in Atlanta on June 10-14, 2017. The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary to do “good in the world.”

If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please feel free to call on me or any of our 130+ members.

Serving Humanity through Service,
Candace S. Christian
2016-2017 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.

Rotary members welcome GRSP Student Emma Stahlfors


Dublin Rotary President Candace Christian and her husband Don hosted a drop in reception for this years GRSP student Emma Stahlfors.

Georgia State College Leadership Program


Since 2005, John Bowen has served as the coordinator of leadership programs at Georgia College, where he directs the Emerging Leaders Program, the Leadership Certificate Program, the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program, and the Inspire! Student Leadership Forum. John also serves as faculty secretary for Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), and advisor to the student-led organization Bobcats Against Hunger. From 2007-2011, he taught in the GC Outdoor Education program, instructing courses and workshops in wilderness living, backpacking, rock-climbing, and caving. John earned a Master’s in Outdoor Education Administration from Georgia College, a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Georgia, and an Associate’s in Language and Literature from Andrew College. While in graduate school he completed a 70+ day semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the backcountry of Alaska.

Local High School Football Coaches


(l-r) Dublin Fighting Irish Head Coach Roger Holmes, Trinity Crusaders Head Coach Jimmy Fields, Rotary Elect President Bill Brown III, East Laurens Falcons Head Coach Chris Robinson and West Laurens Raiders Head Coach Stacey Nobles.

Georgia Claire Bourassa


Georgia Clair Bourassa is the daughter of Rotarian Jo-ne Bourassa. In 2015, she not only won Distinguished Young Woman, but also won the Talent Award and the Spirit Award at the local program. At the state program, she placed first in the talent competition. In her junior year, she placed first in Region Literary and second at State Literary for her piano solo. In her senior year she placed first in Region Literary and first in State Literary for her piano solo. Georgia Claire participated in soccer all four years of high school.
She is attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and majoring in Audio Engineering and minoring in classical piano performance.

Allstar Assembly


We had ten visiting Rotarians including our speaker for Saturday’s All Star Assembly, Tiffany Ervin from Hendersonville, NC and Debra Lowe, Rotary International Senior Major Gifts Officer for Zone 34. The All Star Assembly was a huge success with 134 plus in attendance from around the district.  Thank you to Karen Core, Jo-ne Bourassa, George Best and Jep Craig for attending with me.  We loaded the tractor trailer with items for Broken Shackle Ranch.  The residents and staff were elated when the tractor trailer delivered the items on Monday.

District Governor Visit


District Governor 2016-2017 Pam Lightsey Rotary Club of Augusta South Pam is excited to serve as your District Governor 2016-17 and is looking forward to celebrating 100 years of The Rotary Foundation at the RI Convention to be held in Atlanta, June 10-14, 2017.
Pam has been a member of the Augusta South Rotary club since 2003. She served as president from 2006-07 and Assistant Governor 2009-12. After serving as a host family for Georgia Rotary Student Program she served as a Trustee from 2009-12 and Director from 2012-17. Pam is also a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow+5, Sustaining Member, Bequest Society Member. She was named “Hero Among Us” by Past District Governor Bob Griggers. Pam chaired the Stop Hunger Now Project in 2010 and 2012. She served as the Chair for the Rotary Area Council which consists of 13 Presidents and President Elects representing three districts (6910, 6920, 7750). She currently serves as Vice President for the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy which works to put books in the hands of children from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Richmond, Columbia and Burke county.
Pam has been employed for 25 years at Augusta University, formerly known as Augusta State University/Georgia Regents University. She was asked to start a new office nine years ago on campus, which is now known as the JagCard Office. Her office serves all faculty, staff and students with their official university id, as well as, all other functions as door access, debit card functions, etc. With the consolidation of two universities, she now serves over 20,000 faculty, staff and students on both campuses to include the hospital.

African Mission Work


Russell Falk is a graduate of Syracuse University Environmental School of Forestry where he received a BS degree in Resource Management. In 1979 he moved to Dublin Ga. to work as a procurement forester with Georgia Pacific Corporation. In 1986 Russell started Timberland Resource Services Inc. a consulting firm that specializes in Forest Management, Land Appraisals and Real Estate Brokerage. In 2003 Russ began to study at Reformed Theological Seminary and is 15 credit hours short of a Masters Degree in Theology.
In 1996 Russell started Go Forth Ministries International which assists African Churches with water wells, orphan assistance, bible distribution and teaching the bible. Go Forth has one full time missionary from America serving in Malawi with one staff member both of whom serve in the orphanage built in 2013. In 2010 Russ organized the Celebrate Recovery Ministry in Dublin which ministers to over 100 people each Monday night at First Baptist Family Center. He serves as the ministry leader there and was ordained last year as a Baptist Pastor.
Russ is married to the former Marybeth Murphy whom he invited to her Senior High School Prom as their first date. They have three children, Katy Johnson who works with Dublin Eye Associates in Dublin, Carly Falk who is a counselor at Sunspire Rehabilitation Center in Hilton Head and Ryan Falk who received his Associates Degree in Forestry at ABAC and is working towards an Environmental Engineering Degree hopefully at Ga Tech.
Today Russ comes to share on the work done in Africa on behalf of Rotary on the trip he, Melissa Senn, Curt Kersey and Chris Kersey made last month to Africa.

Laurens Youth Lesdership


Jennifer Bryant (2nd from left) graduated from East Laurens High School in 2001, and went on to further her education at Wesleyan College in Macon. In 2005, Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing and Communication. Upon graduating from college, Jennifer began her career at Oconee EMC and is now the Member Services Director.
Having been a member of Laurens Youth Leadership’s charter class, Jennifer knew she wanted to continue to be part of the program. After graduating from college and moving back to Dublin, reconnecting with LYL was a natural next step. Laurens Youth Leadership has been developing Dublin-Laurens youth leaders for the past 18 years and in the process of starting its 19th year. This upcoming class will be Jennifer’s 12th year as a Program Director. Alongside Jennifer is co-founder and Program Director, Kathy Allgood, and Program Directors Leigh Ann Tribble and Madison Horne. Pictured above Left to right. Leigh-Ann Tribble, Jennifer Bryant, Kathy Allgood, Madison Horne.

Georgia Commissioner of Driver Services


Bert Brantley, a native Georgian, was appointed as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) by Governor Nathan Deal and the DDS Board of Directors in March 2016.
As Commissioner, Bert assists almost 1,000 DDS team members in issuing over two million secure IDs and licenses each year. With 66 centers around the state and more services available online than ever, DDS is providing Georgians with numerous options in renewing their license or receiving any other service the agency provides.
Bert previously served in several state agencies, including the Georgia DOT, Department of Economic Development and the State Road & Tollway Authority. From December 2006 to January 2011, Bert served as Governor Sonny Perdue’s chief media spokesman during his entire second term.
Bert grew up in several different towns around South Georgia, the son of two longtime state employees – his father retired from the Georgia State Patrol and his mother retired as a local and regional leader with the Georgia Department of Labor. He graduated from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, and went on to the University of Georgia to study journalism and political science. He also earned a master’s degree with honors in public administration from UGA.

Officer Installation


Past President Marsha Dixon inducts Candace Christian as the new 2016-17 Dublin Rotary Club President.Candace Spicer Christian is a Certified Government Financial Manager and is employed by the State of Georgia with South Central Health District. Born and raised in Dublin, Georgia, Candace graduated from Dublin High School in 1976. She attended Georgia College and State University and Kaplan University. Candace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting in 1999 and received her Masters of Science in Accountancy in 2012. She spent nine years working as a staff accountant and real estate title examiner with Scott B. Thompson, Sr., PC. In February 2010, she was employed as the Administrator for the South Central Health District.
Candace is a member of Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church where she is a member of the choir, an Elder and serves as chairman of the Administrative Committee. She is a member of the Dublin Service League and has served on the board of directors as Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian. She is a graduate of Leadership DublinLaurens having served on the board of directors from 2013 - 2015. She is a member of Georgia Public Health Association and serves as Treasurer. She joined Rotary in March of 2011, having been proposed by Lawton C. Davis, MD. Her Rotary service includes membership on the Board of Directors, Paul Harris Fellow +1, Will Watt Fellow and Davis-Hilburn Fellow. Her father, George William Spicer, was also a Dublin Rotarian.

Special District 6920 Award Presented To Preston Johnson


In February,  Preston Johnson  was honored by the Dublin Rotary Club naming the speech contest he started, the Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest.

Preston started the high school speech contest in 1997, and it has grown since then, with the 3 Zone winners each receiving $1,000 at the DIstrict Conference, where they recite their speech.
Past District Governor Lloyd Horadan (l) made a special presentation to Preston (r) last Friday at the Dublin Rotary meeting. During the District Conference in May, a vote was unanimously passed to name the speech contest the Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest on a district level.
Preston was presented with a copy of the resolution to officially name the contest . Several PDG's and other district Rotary officers were in attendance for the occasion.