Home of Past District Governors Preston Johnson (1979-80) Jake New (1986-87) Billy Adams (1991-92)

Upcoming Programs

July 25,2014
Denise Forbes,
 CEO, Community Service Bd. Of Middle Ga.
August 1,2014
Chuck Wade,
 State Director, Drugs Don't Work in Georgia
August 8, 2014
Football Coaches 
Augst 15, 2014
District Governor
 Ted Thompson
August 22,2014
Bryan Rogers,
 Laurens County Administrator
August 29,2014
Lt. Governor
Casey Cagle
September 5,2014
September 12,2014
Allen Byrd, President/CEO,
 SP Fiber Technologies

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?


Mr. Thomas Mogelberg from Denmark. Dublin Rotary Club’s GRSP student for 2014-2015.

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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 at 12:30.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Yours in Rotary,

Robert (Bubba) L. East, Jr.

2014-2015 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.

Ron May District Foundation Fund-Raising Chairman

Ron May

Ron May is a native of Washington County. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a BSIM degree. After working in the lumber and building supply business for four years, he returned to Sandersville in 1973 to open a Savings & Loan company. After a series of mergers and/or buyouts he joined the Geo. D. Warthen Bank, the oldest continuous business in Washington County. He retired at the end of 2012 with 39 years in the financial industry.
Ron has been a member of the Sandersville Rotary Club for 40 years. He served as President in 1979-1980 when Preston Johnson was District Governor. He has served as Assistant Governor, District Director and now as District Foundation Chair.
He is the long-time treasurer of the Washington County Development Authority, a member of the board for Washington County Extension Service and is one-half of the radio broadcasting team for Brentwood School athletics.

Ron has a son, Brad, and daughter-in-law, Jennie, and 2 grandchildren, Jocelyn (3) and Sawyer (18 mos).

E. Alex Gregory Chairman, President & CEO YKK Corporation of America


 Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries -- now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. -- as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities -- first as manager of the weaving department, then as assistant vice president of manufacturing, and later as vice president and senior vice president of manufacturing. In the autumn of 1991, he joined YKK Corporation of America (YCA) in its Marietta headquarters as senior vice president of corporate planning. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, corporate development, and in 2001 he was named president and CEO. In 2004, he was named the first nonJapanese Group Officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. From 2008 through 2010, he served on YKK Corporation’s Board of Directors in Japan as YKK’s first non-Japanese Director. In 2011, he was elected Chairman of YCA’s Board of Directors.
 Gregory is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in textile engineering. He also holds graduate degrees from Georgia College & State University. He has mentored students at both universities for more than a decade. He has testified in Washington before the International Trade Commission on two occasions, and in 2005 he addressed the House Ways and Means Committee in support of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). In 2010, Gregory was one of five CEOs featured in a book by Merwyn A. Hayes and Michael D. Comer entitled: Start With Humility: Lessons From America’s Quiet CEOs On How To Build Trust And Inspire Followers.
 Gregory and wife Glenda have two grown children: a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Alex III. They also have two granddaughters, Emma and Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.

2014-15 Rotary President Bubba East

President Bubba

Robert (Bubba) Lee East, Jr. was inducted as the President for the year 2014-2015. He is prepared to “Light Up Rotary” for Dublin Rotary Club. While serving the Rotary club he has become a Will Watt Fellow, Paul Harris Fellow and Hue Thomas Fellow. He has served as a club director for two years.
Born and raised in Dublin, Georgia, Bubba graduated from Trinity Christian School in 1981. He attended Middle Georgia College and Georgia Institute of Technology. Bubba graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, with a minor in Management from Southern College of Technology. He spent two years working as an Industrial Engineer for Lee Jeans Company in Boaz, Alabama. He returned home to work in the family oil distribution business, Lovett & East Oil Company, where he served as Vice President. In August of 1990, he left the family business to start his own business. This year Bubba will celebrate his 24th year as President of Bubba’s Tire Center, an Independent Goodyear dealer.
Bubba and his wife, Jan, have three sons, Rob (21), Ben (21) and Matt (16). Bubba enjoys watching Georgia Tech and Mercer University football and attending any sports events in which his sons participate. He is an active member of First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Dublin-Laurens Leadership and has served on the board of the Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce.

Remembering Our Rotarians


William Malcolm Towson, Sr. May 31, 1923 - June 13, 2013
James (Jimmy) A. Layton January 10, 1917- July 16, 2013
John Wesley Davis February 22, 1939 - December 6, 2013

Rotary Wheel Plaza Dedication

  • President Jay Studstill begins the dedication ceroemony.
  • 75th Anniversary Rotary Wheel plaque
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    Ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the Rotary Wheel to the citizens of Dublin.
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    Rotarians Allen Barfoot and Russ Faulk draw the first water from the Rotary Wheel .

It is the objective of this project to educate the citizens of our community on the need for clean drinking water around the world. The plaza was designed to emulate the Rotary International Wheel, with a hand water pump at the center to represent a “symbolic spoke”. The water pump represents Rotary’s humanitarian focus on providing clean water to those in need, which will enable them to live healthier and more productive lives.
We hope as visitors sit and enjoy the surroundings the Farmers Market area provides, they are reminded how for- tunate we are in our community to have safe drinking water.
Clift Crews Rotary Wheel Plaza Committee Chairman stated, “President Jay Studstill, Immediate Past President Jeff Davis and the Board of Directors are to be commended for their vision for this project. The Rotary Wheel Plaza will keep us mindful of the need for clean drinking water in Third World countries for years to come.
The Rotary Wheel Plaza committee members include Clift Crews, Chairman, Emily Kight, Josh Christian, Bill Brown, Jeff Davis, Phil Thacker.

Safety at Georgia Power

Georgia Power

S. Hamilton Hardin, III General Manager Georgia Power In this role, Hardin leads Georgia Power’s Safety, Health, Wellness, Training, and Workforce Development programs plus Southern Company Services, Inc.’s Safety & Wellness programs.
In 1979, Hardin joined Georgia Power’s Cooperative Education Program working in Distribu- tion Operations. Since graduating from Auburn University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Hardin has held several positions with Georgia Power including Distribution Engineer – Metro Atlanta North; District Engineer – Americus, GA; Power Delivery Manager – North West Region (Rome, GA), just to name a few.
Hardin led the effort to deploy Outage Management and Automated Resource Management applications within Georgia Power. Both apps provide tools for effective and timely diagnostics of outage and resource allocations. He also led Storm Response Teams during Hurricanes Hugo, Opal, and Fran plus Tornados impacting Dunwoody, Americus, and Macon. In his current role, Georgia Power has achieved the best OSHA (2011) and LWDC (2012) Safety Performance during the Company’s 129 years of operation. Lastly, Wellness has been brought forth in importance for Employees and now Spouses with over 72 % participation in LAB Profiles for disease prevention.
He is a graduate of the Goizueta Executive Program from Emory University, Class of 2008. In the community, Hardin has volunteered with numerous organizations. Some include Junior Achievement, 1996 Summer Olympics, Rotary (Rome & Northlake), the Alliance Theatre, and Zoo Atlanta. He served as President of The Citizens of Georgia Power – HL Thomas Chapter for 2007 & 2008.

  • Johnny Payne
  • Various photo's of the wall
  • Johnny Payne with President Jay Studstill
  • Allan Thomas viewing wall photo's
  • Johnny Payne
  • Various photo's of the wall
  • Johnny Payne with President Jay Studstill
  • Allan Thomas viewing wall photo's

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 350 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions. Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit, known as The Wall That Heals, allows the many thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.
Johnny Payne is currently the Executive Director of Economic Development and Community Relations for Southeastern Technical College. He also serves as Executive Director of STC’s Foundation which provides funds for scholarships for students- faculty, funds for capital expansion, and funds for improvements for the college. He currently is on the Executive Committee of the Pine Tree Festival in Swainsboro and handles the Marketing and Public Relations for the Festival. Johnny is a resident of Dublin. He and his wife, Sue Ann, have four children and four grandchildren. He has always been involved in his community, and is currently a member of the VFW & American Legion.
This year Mr. Payne was named as Man of the Year by the St. Patrick’s Committee.