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

February 23, 2018
Preston Johnson Speech Contest
March 2, 2018 
Debra Lowe
RI Foundation Major Grants Officer/ Student of the Quarter
March 9, 2018
Steve Franklin - Centenarians
March 16, 2018
Joint Civic Luncheon
March 23, 2018
State of the City  Lance Jones
(Student of the Quarter)
March 30, 2018
No Meeting Good Friday / Easter

April 6, 2018
Valmiera Glass
Catered Tour of Facility
April 13, 2018
Bryan Rogers - State of the County
April 20, 2018
Jackson Plaza 5PM Davis - Hilburn Award
April 27,2018
District Conference
No Meeting

May 4,2018
Rotary Auction

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.

Father Jim Ball - Priest and Movie Director


Fr. Jim Ball was a musician, photographer and filmmaker for twenty years before coming to conversion in 1992. Having been led to the Lord by a Pentecostal gospel singer, and having grown up with a Catholic father and a Missouri Synod Lutheran mother, he quickly began to explore the different branches of the Christian faith. Finding God in so many different churches, he began attending church at the Assemblies of God on Sunday mornings, Mass at the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday evenings, and then returning home to watch Ben Haden and Charles Stanley preach on TV. 
Having such a rich and varied experience, he developed a heart for the unity of the church, and was grieved over the contentions between the different denominations. He also wondered where he would fit as there seemed to be no one church that was Charismatic, Evangelical and Catholic all in one. He attended St. Michael’s Seminary and in 1998, he was ordained a priest and sent out to plant Holy Apostles CEC in Westminster, Maryland.  Father Jim continued to make films for churches and Christian schools for the next few years. In 2007, he co-wrote and directed "The Sins of the Fathers", which was based on experiences he encountered while working in the generational healing ministry. The film was completed in 2008 and won numerous awards at both secular and Christian film festivals.
Along with his good friend and collaborator Richard Cutting, he wrote the feature film Order of Rights which tackles the abortion debate head on.  The film chronicles the journey of a high school athlete whose pregnant girlfriend has decided, against his will, to terminate her pregnancy. As a media storm brews around them, he fights for his rights as a father and his unborn child’s right to live. 
Fr. Jim  lives in Westminster, Maryland, has been married to his wife Barbara for fifteen years and has a teenaged daughter, Emily.  He remains active in music, film, photography, writing, and enjoys sports – especially football, and most especially the Ravens.

State of the Base


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has served as Secretary of State since 2010. The Secretary of State is responsible for the administration of secure, accessible, and fair elections; registration of corporations; regulation of charities and securities; and oversight of professional license holders.
Secretary Kemp has implemented many e - government solutions while in office. He has also worked to communicate more efficiently with Georgia ’ s businesses, promote voter registration, cut bureaucratic red tape, reduce costs on Georgia taxpayers, and deter corporate identity theft.
As Georgia ’ s top elections official, Secretary Kemp works to ensure all eligible citizens have access to the polls. He has also been instrumental in moving Georgia to the forefront in the presidential nomination process. Working with his colleagues in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Kemp led the movement to hold a regional presidential preference primary on March 1, 2016. This date, now dubbed the “ SEC Primary, ” was the largest regional primary since 1992 to bring the road to the White House through America ’ s new heartland – the South.
Secretary Kemp was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2002 and served until 2006. During that time, he served as chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and vice - chair of the Higher Education Com- mittee. During his professional career, Secretary Kemp has founded and developed many small businesses. He remains an active small business owner today with com- panies involved in agribusiness, financial services, and real estate management and investment.

Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) Program


Goal Student Jamie White (l) Early Childhood Care & Education GOAL winner and the Rick Perkins Award Instructor of the Year Lee Radney(r) Electronics & Mechatronics.
GOAL is a statewide program within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. White, along with two other semi-finalists were nominated by OFTC instructors and competed in a series of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee made up of representatives from local businesses and industries; they were judged on qualities like academic achievement, personal character, leadership ability and enthusiasm for technical education.
As the college winner White will compete in regional judging against winners from other TCSG and Board of Regents colleges in February and will represent OFTC at the state-level in April when one student will be named the statewide 2018 Goal winner in Atlanta.

Breakfast with the Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce


Rotary rings for Salvation Army

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