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

December 15, 2017
Christmas Party  Thursday night
Location TBD
December 22, 2017
Santa Claus
December 29, 2017 New Years
No Meeting

January 5, 2018
Winter Industry Profile 
Valmiera Glass
Catered Tour of Facility
January 12, 2018
Secretary of State Brian Kemp
January 19, 2018
Winter Social BREAKFAST SOCIAL @Local Yokal 
(and R85 Q & A?)
January 26, 2018
Speech Contest
February 2, 2018
Chamber Large/Small Biz of the Year, Biz Man/Woman of the Year
February 9, 2018
State of the County Bryan Rogers
February 16, 2018
Steve Franklin
Living to be 100
February 23, 2018
R85 Table Scramble and Q &A 
Non-traditional Program
March 2, 2018 
State of the Base
Dan Penny 21st Century Partnership
March 9, 2018
State of the City  Lance Jones
(Student of the Quarter)
March 16, 2018
Joint Civic Luncheon

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?

logoSofia Dublin Rotary Club GRSP student for 2017-18 is  Sofia Stahlfors from Sweden.

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Welcome to our Website!

BrownThank you for visiting the official website of the Dublin Rotary Club. Officially organized on December 8, 1938, the Dublin Rotary Club now enters its 79th 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 Ian Riseley chose “Rotary: Making a Difference” as his theme for 2017-2018. During this year, we will answer “What is Rotary?” with the theme “Rotary: Making a Difference”. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference. Our Club emulates this theme in many ways but most notably through our support of local elementary school students in the distribution of dictionaries and other learning tools. 
In addition, we will again support the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of Hannah Sofia Stahlfors from Hollviken, Sweden. The scope of our support within our community will continue to encompass the sponsorship of Laurens Youth Leadership, the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership (GOAL) at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), and support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, and the Rotaract Club of OFTC, as well as the Interact Club of East Laurens High School, the Joint Civic Luncheon during the annual St. Patrick’s Festival, scholarships to deserving high school seniors 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 $1000 scholarship to each of the district zone winners. District 6920 passed a resolution in May of 2016 to rename the contest the Preston Johnson District Speech Contest. 
Our fellowship activities will continue to include a family friendly event in conjunction with First Friday at the market, meetings held at different locations, breakfast meetings, and evening socials at various other venues.  The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a district wide level. Eugenia Powell is an Assistant Governor, Frank Seaton is a District Trainer, Gerald Smith is the chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Hamsa Thota, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. 
Come visit and learn how Rotary makes a difference in our community and around the world. 
If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please contact me or any of our 130+ members.   
Making a Difference through Service, 
William (Bill) C. Brown III  
2017-2018 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 rings for Salvation Army

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Georgia Ports Authority


Griffith V. Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, an 1,100- person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.
As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations. Directing one of Georgia’s largest economic engines, he administers a $380 million annual budget. Before becoming executive director, Lynch served as GPA chief operating officer for five years. As COO of the single largest container terminal in North America and second busiest U.S. auto port, he was responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of all operations, and maintaining world-class operating standards.   A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings 29 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.

Dictionary Project


The Dublin Rotary club receives a big thank you from local elementary schools for distributing dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in city and county schools. The Dictionary project has been on going for the last three years.

Georgia’s School Superintendent


Richard Woods was born in Pensacola, Florida and while growing up in a military family, lived in California, Hawaii and Virginia before moving to Georgia. He graduated from Fitzgerald High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree from Valdosta State University. Woods has over 22 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. Woods was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. During his tenure, he was also selected as Teacher of the Year. For eight years Woods served in various administrative roles such as assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordina- tor, pre-k director, and alternative school director.
Woods also brings a business background to the superintendent's position, having been a purchasing agent for a national/multi - national laser company and a former small business owner. He and his wife Lisha, a retired 30  year educator, are long  time residents of Tifton and have been married for 26 years.

Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Office

Film Industry

Craig Dominey is the Creator and Manager of the State of Georgia ’ s Camera Ready Program, a groundbreaking initiative ena- bling county representatives to promote their unique shooting locations and other production assets directly to film and television producers. Craig oversees a network of 159 Georgia counties, manages the state ’ s location photo database, and trains Camera Ready coun- ty liaisons on how to work with the entertainment industry.
Craig also serves as the Senior Film Location Specialist for the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. For over sixteen years, his primary job has been to promote the state to production companies as a shooting location for feature films, television shows and other media productions. Craig scouts and photographs a wide variety of shooting locations through- out Georgia based on the scene requirements of a particular screenplay.
Craig is the founder and producer of The Moonlit Road.com, a Southern storytelling website, podcast and radio show recently broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Craig graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Speech Communication Radio/TV/Film. He has served on the board of directors of Atlanta Film Festival 365, a media arts center devoted to independent film, and worked as a scriptwriter for numerous commercials and corporate videos. Craig has also served as a contributing writer for regional websites, magazines and newspapers

Fall Industry Profile Erdrich USA


Young Professionals of Dublin Laurens County


 Meg Greer Young Professionals of Dublin Laurens County
Following graduation from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Meg Greer moved to Dublin in 2013 to begin her career in law. The granddaughter of H. Dale Thompson, a long - time Dublin attorney, Meg worked in Estate Planning and Administration and Real Estate law before founding Warren Greer Law in 2017.
A summa cum laude graduate from the Honors College at the University of Alabama, she was named Greek Woman of the Year in 2010 and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and The XXXI. Since planting her roots in Dublin, Meg has served as the President of Dublin ’ s Junior League from 2014 - 2015. She was a member of the Dublin - Laurens Leadership Class of 2014 - 2015 and served on the Dublin - Laurens St. Patrick's Committee as the Vice President of the Order of the Blarney Stone.
She has been a Board Member of the Dublin Laurens Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program since 2014. Meg served as President of the Dublin Bar Association from 2014 - 2016 and is a founding member and the current President of the Young Professionals of Dublin Laurens County. Last year, Meg was selected as a member of the Fall 2016 Class of Georgia Forward's Young Gamechangers program. In the Summer of 2017,Meg joined the Dublin Rotary Club as one of it ’ s newest members.

The Future and Impact of Technology


Dr. John Girard holds the Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair in Information Technology at Middle Georgia State University ’ s School of Information Technology. His research interests include how technology, leadership and culture enable knowledge management, innovation, and globalization. He has traveled to over 100 countries to witness globalization in action. John is founder and Chief Knowledge Strategist of Sagology ( www.sagology.com ), a firm dedicated to connecting people to facilitate collaboration, learning, and knowledge sharing through keynotes, workshops, and consulting. He gained valuable insights about university leadership as a dean, executive program director, and as the faculty advisor to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. John is very proud of his service in the Canadian Forces; he retired at the rank of Lieutenant - Colonel in 2004 after 24 years in uniform.

District Governor Visit

District Governor

District Governor Hamsa is the president of Innovation Business Development, Inc. (IBD), an innovation management training and consulting company. His company helps client organizations to sustain growth with new products and services.
Hamsa has been a member of the St. Simons Rotary Club since 1978 and served as its president in 1983 - 84. In 1985, he received Rotary International District 6920 Governor's New Club Builder Award for starting two new Rotary Clubs: the Rotary Club of Jekyll Island and the Rotary Club of Camden County. He served as the Coastal Georgia Area Coordinator for the first Polio Plus Campaign during 1986 - 1987. He served as the Governor ’ s Group Representative for five District Governors during 1984 - 89. In 1988 - 89 Hamsa served as the District Group Study Exchange (GSE) Chairman and exchanged GSE Teams with India. The St. Simons Rotary Club recognized him as the Man of the Year for outstanding service to the Rotary and the community in 1991. In 2002 Hamsa received the Four Avenues of Service Citation from Rotary International.
District Governor Hamsa served the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) as a Host Family, Line Trustee (1993 - 2000), District Endowment Vice - Chairman (2001 - 02) and District Chairman (2003 - 2009). He is currently an Emeritus Trustee of GRSP (Since 2010).
Hamsa led the Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to India in 2010. He organized the Polio camps in his grandfather ’ s village in South India (2004 - 05) and constructed latrines and drinking water wells for the village poor (2001 - 02). Under the Future Vision program and with funds from the Rotary Global Grants projects (2011 - 2016), he distributed wheelchairs for Polio victims, sewing machines for village women, and partnered with D3150 in India to transform government run schools in Andhra Pradesh (south India) into Happy Schools

Luke Christian CEO/Founder of Surcheros


Luke Christian is the CEO/Founder of Surcheros Franchising Corporation in Douglas, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a BS in Psychology and opened his first restaurant in Douglas in 2007, then named Rancheros Fresh Grill. The build - your - own style Tex - Mex restaurant quickly gained popularity. Therefore, in 2008, Christian opened a second location in Waycross. Then, in 2012, a third location in Tifton.
With the desire to grow and branch out to more areas, the decision was made to begin franchising. Franchising would mean moving into not just rural South Georgia, but nation- wide. Because of this, it was determined that a re - branding was necessary. This involved changing the look of the company and the name. In November 2016, the existing Rancheros restaurants changed their name to Surcheros and the first official Surcheros opened in Dublin shortly thereafter. More Surcheros locations have since opened in Moultrie and Jesup with Brunswick, Valdosta, and Kingsland to follow in 2018.