June 5, 2017
President Jennifer Pennington rang the bell and brought the meeting to order at 12:15 PM, Monday, 5 June 2017. David Hudson led the club in the pledge and invocation. President Jennifer provided the Rotary Moment by giving a history of the International Convention which will take place in Atlanta next week and include participants from 165 countries. Patrick Cullinan introduced visiting Rotarians and member guests. President Jennifer reported that at our last meeting, we raised $736.86 with the support of inside challenger Walter Sprouse and outside challenger Pollock. This week the inside challenger is Dora Hogg. Brad Means gave the Sunshine report.
- President Jennifer invited Kevin Wade to come forward and accept a $1000 check for the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy.
- Bob Baisden reported that the club is trying to update our directory before the end of the month and asked everyone to pick up a copy of the instructions on how to use the club’s online tool, DacDb.
- Gould Hagler reported to the club that Dee Bruker is currently in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta awaiting surgery to treat kidney cancer. Everyone is encouraged to keep Dee and Karen in your thoughts and prayers. Downtown Dee Day will take place on Wednesday 6/7/17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Metro Pub and Coffee House to celebrate Dee and wish him well.
- President Jennifer announced that the International Convention attendees and the Hull Fund Committee will both meet immediately following this meeting.
Program: Erick Montgomery introduced our guest speaker, Ms. Kaye Menchew, who is an historian and author of A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia. Ms. Menchew currently serves as Chair of the Friends of Georgia Archives and History. She has received numerous awards including the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Government Archivists.
Ms. Menchew shared pictures and stories from her book detailing the connection between President Roosevelt and Warm Springs, Georgia. She told stories of his life and times before becoming president. He was stricken with polio in his early twenties and would spend the rest of his life trying to find relief from the constant pain.
Having spent some time around coastal Georgia, he was familiar with the area. It was recommended he visit Warm Springs to see if the waters would help with is pain. Roosevelt enjoyed Warm Springs so much that he became a regular visitor and with his support and name recognition, Warm Springs became the place to go to for treatment of polio related ailments.
The city and the state began making investments in the area and developed a first class treatment facility and amenities. While resting on the porch of “the little White House” in Warm Springs, the President slumped over and passed away.
Warm Springs has a special connection with Augusta, as Augusta University Medical Center has a partnership to manage the medical facility there.
Next week’s meeting is cancelled due to the International Convention taking place in Atlanta. Our next meeting will be June 19th and President Jennifer will give the year in review update.
The meeting was adjourned following the recital of the Four Way Test
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