October 24,2014 Helen Harper Judge, Probate Court
October 31,2014 Coach Bob Hoffman Coach, Mercer University (basketball)
November 14,2014 Thomas Mogelberg GRSP Student
November 21,2014 Rev. Jack Key
November 28, 2014 No Meeting
Students of the Quarter
Christmas Program featuring Santa Clause
Christmas Holiday January 2,2015
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?
Board Meeting 10:45 AM @
Dublin Country Club
October 3, 2014
Nov. 7, 2014
Dec. 5, 2014
Jan. 9, 2015
Feb. 13, 2015
Dublin Rotary Club’s GRSP student for 2014-2015.
Read back issues of The Rotarian Magazine dating back to January 1911.
Welcome to our Website!
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
Thank you for visiting our website!
Yours in Rotary,
Robert (Bubba) L. East, Jr.
2014-2015 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.
Busy Day at Rotary
DON BRYANT Dublin-Laurens County EMA Don
Bryant graduated from Dexter High School and attended Middle
Georgia College and Georgia College. He began his career as
a firefighter in 1980. In 1990 he be came the chief of rural
firefighters and coordinator of the Laurens County Rural
Don is currently the Emergency
Management Coordina tor for Dublin-Laurens County. He
received his Master Manager certification in 2002 from the
Governors Office of Emergency Management.
Thank You Dublin Rotary
Students from Dublin City Schools give the Dublin Rotary Club a big thank you for the student dictionaries
they received. (right click on video to play)
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Dublin Rotary Club
Former First Lady of the United States Eleanor Rosalynn
Carter is the wife of the 39th President of the United
States, Jimmy Carter and in that capacity served as the
First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
Allen Byrd, CEO SP Fiber Technologies
Allen Byrd is President/CEO and Board member of SP Fiber
Technologies, a sustain- ability oriented emerging market
leader of 100% recycled lightweight packaging papers and
high recycled content newsprint headquartered in Dublin, GA.
Allen’s specialty is extending the profitable life of
existing paper- making operations through reconfiguration of
manufacturing assets and market repositioning.
As a papermaker Allen has extensive manufacturing experience
ranging from containerboard to magazine paper. He ran
national and international Sales & Marketing organizations
for James River, Crown Vantage and Tembec. He led the first
successful North America conversion of a magazine paper mill
to packaging papers.
He has a B.S in Chemistry from Southern Miss, and completed
LSU and Columbia University Executive Programs.
History of Football
SCOTT THOMPSON History of Football Scott
Thompson is an attorney and local historian and author. Some
of his accomplishments include: Honor Graduate, Dublin High
School, 1974; B.S. Accounting, Mercer University, 1978;
Honor Graduate, Atlanta Law School, 1983; President, Laurens
County Historical Society; Director, Dublin-Laurens Museum;
Member at Large, Dublin City Board of Education; Past
President, Dublin High School Band Boosters; Columnist and
feature writer, Dublin Courier Herald; Past Chairman, Dublin
Downtown Development Authority (Main Street); Past
President, Kea Memorial Foundation; Awarded the Carolyn
Watson Community Service Award, 2004; Daughters of the
American Revolution History Award, 1994; Reserve Officer's
Association Outstanding Sophomore Cadet Mercer University
Army ROTC, 1976; Feature Writer, Laurens Now Magazine., and
member of the Statewide history Committee Civil War Heritage
Trails. He is a member Dublin Civitan Club and serves as a
Director, and was Dublin St. Patrick's Festival Man of the
Year .in 2010. Scott is the author of numerous history
articles and at least two books, Pieces of Our Past (Dublin,
Ga.: Emerald City History Co., 2003) and Tales of the
Emerald City and the Land of Laurens (Dublin, Ga.: Gem City,
Students Receive Dictionaries
Rotary Club members began handing out student dictionaries to all third grade students attending Laurens
County and Dublin City Schools. See all school photo's in
Wayne Cain, Police Chief Dublin
Wayne Cain graduated from Dublin High School in 1970. He
attended Middle Georgia College where he earned an Associate
Degree in Criminal Justice while working fulltime for Piggly
Wiggly Southern 1970-1974.
In Sept. 1974, Wayne joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served
two years aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, a Navy air craft
carrier and two years in the infantry in Camp Lejuene, North
Carolina. He service also included numerous assignments
overseas. He was honorably discharged in September 1978.
Wayne then returned to college and joined the Dublin Police
Department in March of 1979. He worked as a patrol officer
from 1979 to 1984. He was promoted to Detective Sgt and
worked as a detective from 1984 – 1986. From 1986 to 1996,
he worked as a Narcotics Investigator and in 1996 he was
promoted to Lieutenant over Investigations. While serving in
the Narcotics division, he taught D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education) in Dublin City Schools for six years.
He was promoted to Captain over patrol and was the Patrol
Commander from 1998 to 2002. He served as Interim Chief of
Police and was appointed to the Chief’s position in March of
Dublin-Laurens County Development
As of August, 2014, Brad Loftonis the new President of the Dublin-Laurens Co
Development Authority. He has fifteen years of
experience in community and economic development, and his
background and experience includes success stories in
energy, advanced manufacturing, food, logistics, technology
Prior to Dublin and Laurens
County, Brad served as the President and CEO of the Myrtle
Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and created
over 1,500 jobs over a four year period. Success stories
included the relocation of two of America’s premier gun
manufacturing companies, a publicly traded call center, the
relocation of BauschLinnemann’s corporate headquarters, the
North American location of a large Canadian stainless steel
manufacturer, and multiple industry expansions.
He also served as the Executive Director of the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority. During his
tenure in Valdosta, Georgia, and despite a national
recession, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
created over 3,000 new jobs with capital investment
exceeding $500 million. During that time, Site Selection
Magazine listed Valdosta as the number 3 location in the
United States for new job creation based on communities with
populations of 200,000 or less.
Brad is a native of Moultrie, Georgia. He has an
undergraduate degree in Economics from Mercer University and
a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia
Southwestern State University. He has served on the board of
directors for the Georgia Economic Developers Association
(GEDA). In 2004, he was named one of the top 40 most
influential Georgians under the age of 40 by Georgia Trend
J. Bent Gay, Jr., R.Ph. Chief Executive Officer(c)Gayco
Healthcare is the vision of J. Bent Gay, Jr. A native of
Dublin, Georgia, Gay returned home in 1988 after earning a
Bachelor of Science in Micro-biology (1985) and a Bachelor
of Science in Pharmacy (1988) from The University of
For the first five years of his pharmacist career, Gay
worked local retail pharmacy. In 1993 he purchased MBP
Institutional Pharmacy, which was a closed door pharmacy
that served four facilities. In 1995 Gay renamed the
company, Gayco Healthcare. Under Gay’s leadership Gayco has
multiplied more than 10 fold.
The company was recognized by the Bulldog 100 in 2010, 2011,
and 2012, as being one of the fastest growing businesses
owned or operated by a UGA alumnus. In 2012, Gay was named
the Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year by the
Rotary Club Project
President Bubba shows the club the student dictionary that will be
distributed to students throughout all schools in Laurens
County by the Dublin Rotary Club.
Casey Cagle Lieutenant Governor State of Georgia
A successful entrepreneur and respected former State
Senator, Casey Cagle (c) made history in 2006 by becoming
the first Republican ever elected to Georgia’s second
highest office. In November of 2010, in recognition of his
outstanding efforts on behalf of the state his family has
called home for seven generations, Georgia voters
overwhelmingly re-elected him, returning Lieutenant Governor
Cagle to office for another term.
Born and raised in Hall County, Casey is the son of a single
mother. Though there were lean times growing up, he received
love and devotion from his mother, who instilled in him the
values of hard work, dedication, and an enduring love for
God. These values continue to sustain him to this day. A
talented athlete, Casey graduated from Johnson High School
and attended Gainesville College and Georgia Southern
University. When a sports injury ended his dreams of playing
college football, Casey returned home to Hall County to
start his first business venture - a small tuxedo shop. He
later grew to be a leader in the banking and real estate
industry in northeast Georgia
As Lieutenant Governor, Casey works tirelessly to ensure all
children in Georgia have access to a personalized
educational environment suited for their individual talents
and needs. Thanks to his Charter System Initiative, entire
school systems can now convert to charter system status and
focus their efforts on educating students instead of
complying with burdensome mandates.
Additionally, he launched the Georgia College and Career
Academy Network, a partnership between local community
leaders, school systems, and Georgia’s technical colleges.
The college and career academies provide a relevant and
rigorous curriculum aimed at preparing students for a highly
skilled, 21stCentury workforce upon graduation. Thanks to
Casey’s leadership, Georgia has 23 college and career
academies today with additional academies planned every
Pictured with the Lt. Governor is State Senator Ross
Tolleson (l) and Rotary President Bubba East (r).
The Family of Rotary Special
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
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
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