June 18, 2018
Ring Bell @ 12:15 p.m. – Monday, June 18, 2018, Meeting Comes to Order
Pledge-Invocation: Jim Price led us in the Pledge and gave the Invocation
Guests/Visiting Rotarians: introduced by Clay Jolly
Sunshine Report: Gould Hagler
CART: At our last meeting, we raised $284.88. Inside challenger was Rotarian President Elect Leland Malchow and his law firm Nimmons, Malchow, and Johnson was the outside challenger. This week the inside challenger is Rotarian Neita Mulherin and Rotarian Bob Baisden is the outside challengers. CART Fund reminder. Let’s continue helping the committee as we transition years so we can maintain our leadership in the District.
Special Presentation: Rotary Resolution in memory of Past President Dee Brucker and Paul Harris Fund plus 3 presentation to Dee’s wife Karen and daughter Caroline by Bill Keogh and President Ed Presnell.
New Member Introduction: New member Gwendolyn Comer was introduced and sponsored by Janice Jackson.
Hull Fund Report: given by Haskell Toporek
Announcement: Please complete the survey for President-Elect Leland Malchow
Program: President Ed summarized the highlights and achievements of the past year, including:
1. Membership has grown to 175-180, depending on how we interpret reports.
2. We have brought in over 20 new members.
3. Our programs have been terrific and very diverse in subject matter.
4. Jakob was a wonderful GRSP student who had a great year with us.
5. We presented 40 Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, 25% of which were new, 75% PHF+. In the March PHF campaign, we raised $9,500 which was matched by the Gates Foundation for Polio Plus, thus yielding financial impact of $28,500 alone.
6. We raised over $15,000 for Alzheimer’s research through the CART fund weekly blue bucket donations.
7. Our total financial giving impact aggregated $152,000 including support for the following organizations and projects: CART, PHF, District Grant program, Global Grant participation, RPM (Richmond County School program), MAP, GRSP, Will Watt Fellow, Hull Fund support for students, Literacy, speech contest, Polis Plus, 2 GED certificates,
Augusta Library, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, and many more.
8. Our major projects were The Human Trafficking Training for over 100 Law Enforcement Officers, assisting the Red Cross with smoke alarm installations, and reading to elementary school students on Dr. Seuss day. The Human Trafficking training grant was our signature project funded by our District 6920 grant money.
9. With 180 members, assuming each participated in an average of 3 other community civic or church activities, our Rotary reach touched at least 540 organizations in addition to Rotary.
10. FOOTBALL FOLLIES was once again a weekly highlight.
11. Family of Rotary activities were very successful, including GreenJacket game outing, Augusta Canal boat tour, fabulous Christmas/Holiday/Santa/ice cream/Jakob sharing Denmark family traditions, Valentine’s Day Social, and fantastic golf outing!
12. All committee chairs were asked to stand and be recognized, then the entire club was asked to stand......it was a total Rotary membership participation year in our club.
Bob Baisden...CART and Roster
Haskell Toporek...Hull Fund
Bill Kemp...Rotary Information
Laverne Gold...Speech Contest
Bill Keogh...Memorials and Resolutions
Richard Isdell...Sgt at Arms
Jim Price...Pledge and Invocation
Jim Laura...Public Relations
Shanda Vaughn...Family of Rotary
Scott Kelly...Member Talks
Jeff Simless...College Pick ‘Em
T R Reddy...Global Service
Patrick Cullinan...Community Service and Grants
13. Most significantly, we conducted all board meetings abiding by The Four-Way Test (especially one in particular!), and concluded every meeting with The Four-Way Test.
14. In summary, it was a fun, productive year once again, and next year should continue our 114-year tradition of The Rotary Club of Augusta. We were honored at the District Conference several times as a club by DG Hamsa Thota.
Reminders: Next week we will pass the gavel….President-Elect Leland, please be present!
The membership joined President Ed in the Four-Way Test: Of all the things we think, say or do, 1st: Is it the Truth, 2nd Is it Fair to all concerned, 3rd Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships, and 4th: Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.
The Bell was rung at 1:15 PM to adjourn the meeting.
Easy links to pages on our website
Rotary schedule of meeting dates and speakers
Member Proposal Form
Online directory - Find a member or update your information
Bulletins - Weekly bulletins from 2014-current
Inside Challenger: Neita Mulherin
Outside Challenger: Bob Baisden
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Augusta Tech Rotaract Club
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Chris McKinney 6-18-18 Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
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