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?
Serving Humanity through Service,
Candace S. Christian
2016-2017 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.
Dublin Rotary President Candace Christian and her husband Don hosted a drop in reception for this years GRSP student Emma Stahlfors.
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.
(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 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
She is attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and majoring in Audio Engineering and minoring in classical piano performance.
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 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.
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
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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