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

March 22, 2019
Eric Bland
March 29, 2019
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April 5, 2019
First Friday Merger
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April 12, 2019
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April 26, 2019
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Randy Toms
Davis-Hilburn Scholarship
May 3, 2019
District Conference

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?

logostudentIntroducing Christian Hjorth, from Denmark. Christian is attending UGA.  Michael and Natalie Maffett are the host family. 

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Susan Brandon

This year the Dublin Rotary Club will celebrate its 80th 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. 

This year’s theme from Barry Rassin, 2018-2019 President of Rotary International is “Be the Inspiration”.  “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to crate lasting change---across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Our club emulates this theme by inspiring students through our support of local elementary schools in the distribution of dictionaries and other learning tools. 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. We are proud to be the home of the annual Preston Johnson District Speech Contest which is held in early February and honors Preston for his forethought in founding the contest and inspiring young students to learn about Rotary and provides us a glimpse of the talented students in our community.

We support the Rotary Foundation through Polio plus and the annual fund. By members becoming a Paul Harris fellow, we contribute to all the good works the Foundation does throughout the world, as we change lives and make the world a better place for all of us.  Additionally, we support the Georgia Rotary Student Program with the sponsorship of this year’s student, Christian Hjorth from Denmark. Our club supports the continued success of this program that has been in existence since 1946 and promotes peace through understanding by offering a scholarship to students from around the world to attend a Georgia college or university for one year.  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 villagers. 

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. 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. Margaret Jacobs, from the Jessup Rotary Club, will serve as our District Governor for District 6920. 
Come visit and learn how you can be the inspiration in though Rotary 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 100+ members.   

Be the inspiration through Service, 
Susan Brandon  
2018-2019 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.

Rotaract's Gifted Hands Project

This year, the Dublin Rotary Club and the OFTC Rotaract Club gave out 750 of the "Gifted Hands" books to all 5th grade students in the city, county and private schools of our service area. This year they were able to also give 25 of the books to their own Adult Literacy Program at OFTC. This has been a wonderful way for the Rotaract Club members to encourage students and share a positive message.

Tiny House Project Eric Cannada


A “tiny house” is exactly what the name says a small house that has the features and requirements of a larger home, just on a much smaller scale. The houses are built from an architectural drawing and are 128 square feet. The Tiny House Project at Dublin High School was created to teach students construction and the skilled trades associated with the construction industry. Classes teach students these trades by actually building a tiny house.
The Tiny House Project has teamed up with a non profit organization, The Widows Oil Ministry, to take ownership of the homes and use them to help the working poor and homeless. The plan is to locate the houses inside the city limits of Dublin. The non profit will set the requirements to determine those chosen to live in the houses.
Students learn a skill while building and helping the community. They are gaining a sense of pride in their hard work and will be able to see a finished completed home that will be lived in for years to come. Eric Cannada is the CEO of the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy. He and his wife Tracie moved to Dublin in 1989 with Fairview Park Hospital and quickly transitioned to a career as a teacher and coach with Dublin City Schools. Thirty years and three kids later they are still here. ”We decided Dublin is a good place to raise a family and now our children know no other home.” While at Dublin City Schools, Eric worked in Technology and Transportation as well as the Career Technical and Agriculture programs. Their oldest child, Briceton, graduated from Dublin High and the Air Force Academy. Jon-Luke graduated from Trinity Christian School and Georgia Southwestern. Their youngest child and only girl, Kate Cannada, is a senior at Trinity Christian School this year. 

Allen Thomas “It Happened in Laurens County”


Allen Thomas served as Clerk of Superior Court for 20 years. Since retirement, he has been going through old probate records and recording them by a person’s name. Allen is a historian for Laurens County and for The Dublin Rotary Club. Allen is a servant of the community having served as Past Chairman of the Saint Patrick’s Festival Committee and Past President of The Dublin Rotary Club.

Georgia Military College


Lieutenant General (Ret.) William B. Caldwell, IV is the 21st President of Georgia Military College. Georgia Military College’s growth has been significant since the arrival of President Caldwell on November 1, 2013. New campuses were opened in Fayetteville, Dublin, Eastman, Albany, and Zebulon growing the GMC footprint in Georgia to 14 campuses plus an on-line campus. In each of the four years he has been president, enrollments have set new records, with the most recent year reflecting a 4% increase in enrollments from the previous year to 14,343 students. At the same time, stu-dent success has also improved: graduation rates have increased from 25% to 28%. Programs at GMC have also expanded. GMC currently offers 23 two-year degree programs and has developed strategic partnerships with high schools, technical schools, and four year colleges to help close gaps with traditionally disadvantaged students. The college also now offers three four-year B.A.S. programs developed for Technical School graduates in Georgia to continue with their educational goals. (see bulletin for full bio)

Rotarians Ring for the Salvation Army


A. Tim Chatman Dublin City Police Chief


Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia


Rhonda Walker reviews the Literary Task Force program with club members.L4GA offers a unique approach to improving literacy by unifying community-driven action with research-proven instruction. Georgia’s state plan promises to improve literacy learning by establishing partnerships that utilize evidence-based practices with proven success for improving student learning, teacher learning, classroom literacy instruction (birth to grade 12), school climate, family literacy and community-school partnerships.

Students of the Quarter


Ansley Mole,Trinity, Emily Johnson, West Laurens, Hailey Mullis, East Laurens, Jalicia McRae,Dublin

Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership

This years GOAL nominees Michelle Purvis Sterling, Business Management, Brandi White, Cosmetology,Tiffany Darnell ,Early Childcare Care and Education and Christian Hancock, Welding and Joining.

GOAL strives to stimulate the community's interest in and knowledge of technical education by recognizing outstanding student talent, as well as strengthening the association between educators and the business community. GOAL emphasizes the importance of technical education in today's world and rewards students who exemplify excellence in their chosen program of study. The recipient of the state wide GOAL award is recognized as the TCSG STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

Shelter Box


Shelter Box has been a Rotary International project partner since 2012. About 85 million people around the world are currently displaced by natural disaster and conflict. Shelter Box is working to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for these families, Shelter Box is transforming despair into hope.

Mr. Ogie Shaw Ogie Shaw Fitness® & Ogie Shaw Wellness


Mr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with B.A. degrees in both Speech and Physical Education. He also holds a Master of Sacred Ministry degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon and earned a certificate as a Cooper Trained ™ Health Promotion Director from the Cooper Insti- tute® in Dallas, Texas.
He played on two State Championship baseball teams, studied Karate in Japan, and holds a Second Degree Black Belt. He served four years in the U.S. Army and was pre- sented the Army Commendation Medal for his work in Military Intelligence in Vietnam. He has served as Brigade Fitness Director for the Oregon National Guard. Ogie has lectured at over a dozen Northwest colleges and universities. In 1979 he designed an off season conditioning program for the Portland Trailblazers.
He has served as a consultant and instructor for the Seattle Seahawks in the use of isokinetic aerobic exercise. He has given over 4,000 talks on Fitness Motivation.
He is Executive Director of Community Fitness Leaders, which is a training program for health and fitness professionals, and he is President of Ogie Shaw Fitness® & Ogie Shaw Wellness in Beaverton, Oregon