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?
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
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.
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.
Congratulations Dublin Rotary Club. District 6920 Extra Large Club of the Year! 14 consecutive years! Other awards won Best traditional scrapbook, digital scrapbook and Display plus Gold Club Award and Presidential Citation.
Students pictured( l - r) Fred Williams II Dublin High School, Kaylon Marion East Laurens High School, Elizabeth Ann Heard Trinity Christian School and Scotty Hall West Laurens High School.
Group Study Exchange program for 2016 is an exchange between
District 1800 in Germany and District 6920. The German D1800
(North Central Germany/Saxony Region) GSE Team will be with
us from April 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016.
Being a GSE team member is a great way to experience another country and culture close at hand, by staying in Rotarians homes, attending Rotary meetings, participating in vocational matches, visiting Rotary sponsored projects and yes, just seeing the sights.
The team has been with the Dublin Club since Thursday, May 5th
In 1907, Ohio Rotarian Edgar Allen lost his son in a
streetcar accident. The lack of adequate emergency medical
services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell
his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a
hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new
hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with
disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by
this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded the Society for
Crippled Children, now known as Easter Seals. Over the next
20 years, with the help of many Rotary Clubs and his friend
Paul Harris, the organization grew to 37 locations in the
Today, Easter Seals is a network of over 160 affiliates throughout the United States serving children and adults with disabilities and special needs. The organization provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing therapy, vocational training and placement, camping and other recreational opportunities, child care, and adult day care services.
In February 1976, Easter Seals Middle Georgia began providing vocational evaluation services in an office of the current Bank of Dudley building in downtown Dublin. During that same year a voluntary committee of Laurens County residents headed a fund raising endeavor with the goal of raising funds needed to build a vocational development center.
Today in our 40th year of operation, Easter Seals Middle Georgia has 5 facilities in the Middle Georgia area providing industrial services to our military and many local and national partners. We offer Work Adjustment Training Services, Transitional Employment Services, Independent Living Services, Residential Services, Transportation Services and Children’s Services. Our programs assist hundreds of people and their families each year.
Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Recipient Abby Drake with parents
Jud and Lee Drake receives her award from Rotary President
Bo-J Claxton. Abby attends Trinity Christian School.
The Dublin Rotary Club established the Davis-Hilburn Memorial Fund in 2007 under the Dublin Rotary Club Foundation umbrella. Any senior in Rotary District 6920 is eligible to apply for the $2000 scholarship and it is not limited to one nominee per school.
Jim Hilburn and Jeff Davis III were past presidents of the Dublin Rotary Club. Donations are made to the foundation to support Rotary Club endeavors, such as the memorial fund, to continue to support the things that were important to Hilburn and Davis. Additional Photo's
SOLVEIG BAERA is a freshman at Georgia Southern
University majoring in business and economics. She was born
in Kongsberg, Norway and has lived in the United States,
South Africa, Tanzania and Washington DC. She enjoys
traveling, scuba diving, horseback riding, volleyball and
Solveig graduated as Student of the Year from Nesbru High School and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award seminar in March 2015. Thad and Laura Haygood have been Solveig’s host family.
Alfie Cofield grew
up in Atlanta and moved to Claxton after spending just over
2 years at Georgia Tech, and continued education at Georgia
Southern. His career in sales began during those years as he
worked for a company traveling much of the southeastern
states and learning how to build strong relationships with
In 1982 Alfie created his own business that has now developed into a career selling and installing floor covering in many south Georgia homes and businesses.
Rotary entered his life in 1991, as he became part of The Rotary Club of Claxton. Since that time, he has served as Club President, District Assistant Governor, District Director, and now as District Membership Chair. Rotary has become a passion for Alfie, and he hopes it shows!
No one wants to think about being in an accident or having a medical emergency
but it can happen to anyone. When it does, you may not be physically able to
give medical personnel important information they need to make the best medical
decisions about your care.
Laurens County has been chosen as one of only two counties in Georgia to pilot a new program called Yellow Dot. Georgia’s Yellow Dot program is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that critical first hour after a medical emergency.
The Department of Humans Services and the Department of Public Health are working closely with Fairview Park Hospital, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and Laurens County EMS to pilot this program in Laurens County.
Georgia’s Yellow Dot program is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a medical emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver side rear window of your vehicle or the "triple tree" of your motorcycle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment. The Yellow Dot program can also be used in the home by placing the decal on or beside your front or entry door. This Yellow Dot Program is made possible by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Alliant Georgia Medical Care Foundation.
Pictured (l-r) Elizabeth Head, Elizabeth coordinates the GOHS funded Older Driver Safety Program,housed in the Injury Prevention Program at the
Georgia Department of Public Health. President Bo-J Claxton and Amanda James.a Forensics Specialist with the Forensics Special Initiatives Unit (FSIU) for the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. She has a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University, a Certificate of Gerontology from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelors of Family and Consumer Sciences in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Amanda also serves as a board member for the Georgia Gerontology Society.
The Oconee Fall Line Technical College Rotarct Club assisted with the recent Saint Patrick's Joint Civic Luncheon held March 18 at the DuBose Porter Center at the technical college. Rotaract is one of the youth programs of Rotary, specifically geared for young professionals from the ages of 18 to 30 years old. The Dublin Rotary Club is the sponsor of the OFTC Rotaract Club. Pictured: (l-r) Amanda Warnock, Valerie Malone, Michelle Simpson, Darrick O'Neal and Christian Washington.
Tim Echols, Commissioner Georgia Public Service Commission
and Allie Kelly, Senior Vice President Georgia Conservancy
speak about clean energy possibilities along the I-16
corridor from Dublin to Metter.
Tim Echols was elected to the Commission in the general election of November 2010 after spending 15 years in the non-profit sector. Echols founded "TeenPact" and grew the mock legislative youth program to 38 states in his tenure. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
An Atlanta native, Allison Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She worked for United Parcel Service’s Public Affairs office in Washington, D.C., before returning to Atlanta in 2000 to direct a clean air project for the Rockefeller Family Fund, advocating for stricter air pollution controls and healthier air quality statewide.
In 2002, Allie founded Georgia Watch, the state’s only consumer watchdog organization. In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president
Students of the Quarter pictured top left to bottom right.Kristin Watson,Dublin High School, Emily Miller, West Laurens High School,Trusha Patel, East Laurens High School, Matt East,Trinity Christian School.
(l-r) Kristin Watson (2nd Runner Up) Dublin High School, Jake Williams (1st Place)Trinity Christian School, Kadijah Evans (1st Runner Up) East Laurens High School, Jared Warren (3rd Runner Up) West Laurens High School.
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