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

October 20,2017
Fall Industry Profile   Tour of Erdrich- Catered meal
at the plant 
October 27, 2017
State of the Film Industry in Georgia  Craig Dominey
/Lee Daniels
(GA Film Ofc)
November 3, 2017
Greg  & Mary Crabb
Nancy Moody
Rotary Club of
Polokwane, South Africa
November 10, 2017
Matt Woodbery
Former Chaplin to Joint Chiefs
November 17, 2017
Georgia School Superintendent  Richard Woods 
GOAL Award Presentation
November 24, 2017
No Meeting - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 1, 2017
Griff Lynch
Exec. Director
Georgia Ports Authority    
December 8 ,2017
Election of Directors  (Student of the Quarter)      
December 15, 2017
Christmas Party  Thursday night
Location TBD
December 22, 2017
Santa Claus
December 29, 2017
No Meeting
New Years

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!


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 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.

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.

State of the State

Speaking to the club about various issues were Representative Matt Hatchett Georgia House of Representatives District 150, Senator Larry Walker, III Georgia State Senate 12th Congressional District and Congressman Rick Allen U.S. House of Representatives District 20.

Steve Franklin


Steve Franklin is an author, educator, speaker, business man and Certified BBQ Judge. Though "semi-retired" from business he works with North Point Ministries creating environments to cultivate increasing generosity among business leaders and families. The former associate dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Franklin, who lives in Atlanta, not only travels for fun with his wife, Elaine, but also in his role as chairman of the governing board for The American University in Dubai, a member of the board of regents at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College, and as a frequent judge at barbecue competitions across the South. He has consulted with and delivered hundreds of keynote speeches to major organizations throughout North America, Europe, South Africa and Dubai including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Federal Express, Northwestern Mutual, UPS, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and Chick-fil-A. He also logged a lot of miles to research a book he wrote titled Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life. “I went to probably 50 different cities for the book and did 200-plus videotaped interviews,” says Franklin, 70, whose goal is to live to be 120 and keep traveling as long as he’s able.

GRSP Student Sofia Stahlfors


Sofia Stahlfors is this year’s GRSP student from the very southern part of Sweden where she lives with her parents and older sister Emma. The upcoming year, she’ll attend University of Georgia in Athens, but also spend a lot of time with her host families: the Walkers in Dublin and the Osbornes in Greensboro.
Sofia is 18 years old and goal-oriented, joyful and ambitious. She is excited to take classes in subjects she's never studied before as she would like to experience courses other than natural science which she is studying at her school in Sweden.
Beyond her involvement in several councils at school, Sofia is active in a local assembly for youths which hosts events such as outdoor cinemas for almost 3,000 people and works to strengthen the contact between politicians and teenagers.
This year is a dream come true for Sofia since she has always wanted to experience life in the United States.