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

June 30, 2017
Installatiion of
July 7, 2017
No Meeting
Fourth of July

July 14, 2017
Tara Bradshaw Downtown Developement Authority
July 21, 2017
Dublin High School International Baccalaurate Program
Kristi Garrett
July 28, 2017
GRSP New Student Sofia Stahlfors
August 4, 2017
Steve Franklin
World Champion BBQ Judge
(Memphis in May)
August 11, 2017
Local High School Football Coaches
August 18, 2017
Renee Fontenot
6920 District Awards
RYLA Awards Presentation
August 25, 2017 Breakfast Social 7:30AM / Larry Walker Matt Hattchet
September 1, 2017 No Meeting
Labor Day

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?

logoEmma Dublin Rotary Club GRSP student for 2016-2017 is  Emma Madeleine Stahlford from Sweden.

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Welcome to our Website!

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 78th 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 John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.” Our club is supporting this theme by our continued support of the PolioPlus Program for the eradication of the deadly polio virus.

Other programs that our club continues to support are the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of our student, Emma Stahlfors from Hollviken, Sweden. Our dictionary project begins its third year and will again place dictionaries in the hands of all third graders in our area school systems. Our work to improve the grounds of Northview Cemetery continues as we assist in the beautification process. 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 sponsorship of Laurens Youth Leadership, sponsorship of the Georgia Occupational Awards of Leadership at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College, sponsorship of the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), support of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, sponsorship of a Rotaract Club at Oconee Fall Line Technical College-Dublin and an Interact club at East Laurens High School, sponsorship of the Joint Civic Luncheon during the St. Patrick’s Festival, a scholarship to a deserving local high school senior 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 $1,000 scholarship to each of the district zone winners. District 6920 passed a resolution in May 2016 and renamed the contest the Preston Johnson District Speech Contest.

Our fellowship activities will include a family cookout at the First Friday event at the Dublin Farmer’s Market, meetings held at local industries, breakfast meetings and evening socials at various venues.

The Dublin Club is proud to have several of its members serving on a District wide level, Jep Craig is an Assistant Governor, Frank Seaton as District Trainer for 2017-18, Gerald Smith is the chair of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and Charles Johnson is an Area Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program.Pam G. Lightsey, Augusta South Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920.

This is an exciting year in Rotary as we celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation with the International Convention being held in Atlanta on June 10-14, 2017. The Rotary Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary to do “good in the world.”

If you would like further information about the Dublin Rotary Club and its projects, please feel free to call on me or any of our 130+ members.

Serving Humanity through Service,
Candace S. Christian
2016-2017 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.



In honor of our deceased veterans, Boy Scout Troop 65 places flags on approx. 500 graves at Northview for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
It takes about four hours for twelve scouts and leaders to accomplish this task. With the placement of each flag comes a salute and the call out of the name of the veteran as they are thanked for their service. The Northview flag placements have happened since 2010.
In addition for a number of years they have also placed flags on approx. 500 veteran graves at Memorial Gardens. Cub Scout Pack 65 was formed and for the last two years have taken on this responsibility.
Troop 65 has 29 scouts with twenty one Eagle Scouts, eight who are currently active. In December Troop 65 participates in Wreaths Across America and will place wreaths on veteran graves at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.
Paul Donnell is the Scoutmaster and is assisted by six Assistant Scoutmasters, Wendell Smith, Dana Patisaul, Ryan Cook, Chris Mackey, Martin Kehayes and Aaron Rodriguez


The Nielsen Company


Christian Dixon is a Client Solutions Executive for Local Media Client Services with The Nielsen Company. Christian just celebrated her third year at Nielsen after being in the media industry for a total of seven years. Her past experience includes work at Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and FOX Broadcasting.
Nielsen is a media research company which studies consumers in more than 100 countries to provide the most complete view of media trends and purchasing habits worldwide. Christian is the account manager for the Sinclair Broadcasting Group account within Nielsen. Sinclair Broadcasting is the largest station group owner and operator in the U.S., covering 153 TV stations nationwide. Aside from Christian’s focus on Sinclair’s local TV business, Sinclair has several national and international ventures. Christian graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting. Christian grew up in Dublin, Georgia and current lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband.
ABOUT NIELSEN Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen's Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry's only global view of retail performance measurement. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

Student of the Quarter


Group picture of student of the quarter: Left to right: Jordan Oliver East Laurens, Holden Baisden Dublin, Dublin Rotary President Candace Christian,Samantha Sharpe Trinity and Disha Patel West Laurens.

Rick Hudson YKK


Rick was born and raised in middle Georgia. He received his BBA in Management and Marketing from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, and earned his MBA from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
Rick began his career with Blue Bird Corporation. He worked at Blue Bird for 25 years, serving the last 10 years as Director of Human Resources. In 2004, Rick began working at YKK AP in Dublin as the Director of Human Resources.
Rick is married to his high school sweetheart, Belinda. They just celebrated 36 years of wedded bliss. Rick and Belinda have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Davis-Hilburn Scholarship Recipients and Fellows

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Scholarship recipients (ul) Joanne Hilburn, Cammie Hatchett, Candace Christian, Brooke Nardi, Judy Davis. (ur) Davis-Hilburn Fellow Frank Seaton with Rotary President Candace Christian.(ll)  Davis-Hilburn Fellow Ashley Torpy(r). (lr) Davis-Hilburn Fellow Ben and Pat Cochran.

Don Avery Fairview Park Hospital


Don Avery became the President and CEO of Fairview Park Hospital in May of 2008. Don is a former U. S. Air Force captain and has held executive positions with several healthcare systems. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and hospital administration from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in management from the Air Force Academy.

District Conference

District Conference

Lance Jones City Manager


Lance Jones was appointed City Manager in 2017, after serving as interim manager due to the retirement of Mr. George Roussel. Prior to City Manager, Lance served as Municipal Court prosecutor and then as the City Attorney. As City Manager, Lance advises the Mayor and Council on their decisions and supervises day-to-day operations of the City.

Heart of Georgia United Way

United Way

Johnny Payne - United Way, Marie Townsend - TLC CASA, Vicky Dave - United Way Internand Candace Christian Dublin Rotary President.

St. Patrick's Festivities Update

St. Patrick

Preston Johnson Speech Contest

Speech Contest

Pictured (l-r) Maxwell Wallace, West Laurens High School  third place, Laralin Rogers,Trinity Christian School second place, Jordan Oliver, East Laurens High School first place, Rotary Club president Candace Christian.


Goal Program

Pictured(l) Nathanael Williams of Sandersville was announced as the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Oconee Fall Line Technical College. Also pictured, Rotary President Candace Christian and OFTC  Instructor of the Year Kevin Corbin.
The GOAL award is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Williams, along with the three other semi-finalists, competed in a series of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry and was judged on qualities like academic achievement, personal character, leadership ability and enthusiasm for technical education.
Williams is enrolled in OFTC’s Networking Specialist Program and was nominated by OFTC Computer Information Systems Instructor, Laura Layfield.
As the college winner, Williams will compete in regional judging against winners from other TCSG and Board of Regents colleges in February. The top region finalists will go to Atlanta to compete at the state-level in April where one student will be named the statewide 2017 GOAL winner.

President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley chose Rotary: Making a Difference as his theme for 2017-18.

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Hans Christian Kjolseth

Hans Christian Kjolseth was a Dublin GRSP student (2002—2003) from Norway and attended Georgia Southern University. He grew up on a rural Norwegian farm but does not miss having to tend to the fox they raised. Bob and Marcia Dixon were his host parents. His sister, Marie, was the Dublin GRSP student in 2004. Today, Hans is representing his country as a diplomat, currently serving at the Permanent Delegation of Norway to NATO in Brussels. Prior to this, he worked three years at the Norwegian Embassy in Luanda, Angola. Educated with a Master of Political Science at the University of Oslo, Hans also participated in exchange programs at Universidad de Costa Rica and Freie University of Berlin.
Before joining the National Foreign Service Academy in 2010, Hans worked as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs as a journalist and political advisor to the Centre Party in the Norwegian Parliament. Hans enjoys writing and has won awards in several essay contests.