District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

Rotary Bulletin

October 30, 2017

Meeting Minutes

President Ed Presnell rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Jim Price led the club in the pledge and invocation. Clay Jolly introduced our guest visiting Rotarians. Thanks to our inside challenger Laverne Gold and our outside challenger Sonny Tucker of Gerald Jones the club raised $107.66 for CART at our last meeting. This week the inside challenger is Forrester Adams, MAI Risk Advisers and the outside challenger is Dickinson Architects. Barclay Bishop gave our Sunshine Report and announced member birthdays and club anniversaries. Barclay asked that we continue to support providing cooling vest to the Richmond County sheriff’s office and announced that Deek Copenhaver has been named the Interim Director of Richmond County economic development.

Jeff Simless provided a week nine Football Follies update. Dora Hogg was the weekly winner, selecting 80 percent of the winning teams. John Whitwell and David Hogg are in a two-way tie for second with 70% of winning teams picked.


President Ed called on Anna Reeves to introduce our newest member Kurt Mueller. Kurt attended the Citadel and Saint Louis University. Kurt established Consolidated Planning in 2012. Kurt is married to Megan Mueller and has two sons 1 and 4 years old. President Ed welcomed Kurt to the club.


  • President Ed asked that we pick up membership rosters at today’s meeting. 
  • He also thanked Shanda Vaughn and the Family of Rotary for organizing the very nice canal boat cruise.  
  • Jakob Fahl our Rotary GRSP student needs a ride to and from Atlanta this weekend. Please call President Ed if you can help.

Kevin Grogan introduced our member and speaker for the day, Anne Catherine Murray.

Ann Catherine is from Chapel Hill NC, graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned a Masters degree in historic preservation at the University of Georgia. Ann Catherine has helped lead rehabilitation of several historic Augusta buildings including Enterprise Mill and Sutherland Mill. She has served as the executive director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta since 2015. Ann Catherine spoke on SOA and the Miller Theatre the new home of SOA. The Miller opened in 1940 and closed in 1984 has been through a $23 million restoration funded by generous private donations, grants from several foundations, historic preservation tax credit and about $5 million from the SPLOST. Maestro Dink Meyer from Duluth Minnesota joined SOA as Music Director in 2017 also serves as Music Director of the Duluth Symphony Orchestra. Dirk and his wife Paula are making Augusta their home.

Ann Catherine then introduced Marty Elliot the General manager of the Miller Theatre. Marty joined the Miller team with more than twenty-five years of experience in venue and event management. She has served as the leadership of Fifth Third Bank stadium and executive director of Kennesaw State sports and entertainment. Marty shared her enthusiasm for the future success of the Miller. Her goal is to bring seventy events per year to the Miller in dance, theatrical, comedy and family.

President Ed welcomed Kurt to the club.

President Ed Reminders:

  • Jakob Fahl our GRSP student needs a ride to Atlanta this weekend.
  • Our next meeting will be November 6. Our speaker will be Mayor Hardie Davis.

President Ed led us in reciting the four-way test and then adjourned the meeting.  

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Save the Date:


CART buckets
Inside Challenger: MAI Risk Advisors
Outside Challenger: Dickinson Architects



Anne Catherine Murray
Tabatha McDaniel
Evan Reade
Steve Wade
Jim Lyon
Sam Mueller
Alice Bennett

Guest Of
Guest Speaker
Deborah Sleeth
Anna Reeves
Ashley Duren
Patrick Cullinan
Max Stachura
Rick Herring

Richmond Academy Interact Club

Augusta Tech Rotaract Club

Visiting Rotarians



Meeting Makeup

Eddie Bussey Red Badge Orientation 10-20-17


Forester Adams
Brian Kyzer
Erin Armstrong
Mahendra Mandawat
Michael Ash
Carolyn Maund
Steven Boler
Ben McElreath
Eddie Booth
Rob McKenzie
Conley Braun
Travis McNeal
Dave Brendza
Brad Means
Carl Brown
Connie Melear
David Bullington
Ian Mercier

Eddie Bussey
Robert Osborne
Greg Capers
Tim Owings
Gretchen Caughman
Sue Parr
Tom Clark
Jeff Partl
Jeanette Cummings
Leigh Porterfield
Tom Denlinger
Jonathan Powell
Rob Dennis
Angela Pringle
Neal Dickert
Daniel Rhodes
Bob Evans
Richard Rogers

Fran Forehand
John Sebby
AK Gulati
Steve Smith
Chad Harpley
Jeff Spears
Randy Hatcher
Walter Sprouse
Will Hatcher
Barry White
James Heffner
John Whitwell
Janice Jackson
George Williams
Brooks Keel
Margaret Woodard
Russell Keen
Dustin Young