December 3, 2018
Bell rung at 12:15 PM
Pledge/Invocation: Tim Owings
Guests/visiting Rotarians: John Sebby
Interact Student Introduction: Willie Williams
Sunshine Report: Brad Means
Just after the pledge/invocation, President Leland turned the microphone over to Scott Sidell who introduced his very special guests from the Augusta Players. Three performers and a pianist who performed two different musical numbers from their show The Christmas Story, a Musical, entertained us. It was a great performance enjoyed by all.
At our last meeting, we raised $173.16 for CART. We will continue raising money and awareness for Alzheimer's through contributions to the blue bucket, however we are going to suspend the Inside and Outside challenges for December and January while we focus on the Smash Alzheimer's Campaign and the upcoming Signature Fundraising Raffle.
COLLEGE PICK 'EM
Report given by Jeff Simless, announced that George Hall was the weekly winner. The leaders for the entire season are Chris Melcher, John Whitwell, and Jeff Simless, respectively.
SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE
President Leland updated the club on our efforts selling tickets for the raffle. So far, we have 42 members committed to buy or sell 243 tickets towards our goal of 500 tickets. We also had a very special guest, Dr. Mac Bowman, who spoke about the drive to create his Foundation and his calling to help others. He encouraged all of us to use our gifts given to us by God, to help others. A special thank you from both President Leland and Dr. Bowman to two guest in the audience, Nate Chatman and Dee Pierce from Mercedes-Benz, for their creation and ongoing support of the raffle.
- Wes Brown reported that 115 Boy Scouts took part in a merit badge workshop focusing on 15 different badges taught by 20 volunteers logging nearly 150 service hours. Almost half of the volunteers were Rotarians.
- Past President Ed Presnell introduced his guest, Alisa, who is applying for the Osler Scholarship through the GRSP Program.
- Our GRSP student, Linnea, turns 21 on this Thursday and the club sang Happy Birthday to her.
- Paul Dainer reported that Bill Bloodworth, former club member and Past President of Augusta University, was recovering from his cancer treatment and sent the club his regards. Dr. Dainer also shared that the Oncology students at AU hosted a Beard Auction to raise money for cancer research.
Rotarian Ann Katherine Murray introduced our guest speaker, Lauren Dallas, Executive Director of Turn Back the Block. Turn Back the Block is a non-profit faith based organization founded in 2010 to help rehabilitate the Harrisburg neighborhood.
Harrisburg was developed over 100 years ago, as a "mill village" comprised of employees of the King, Sibley, Enterprise and Sutherland Mills. It currently has over 300 vacant properties in need of rehab work. Ms. Dallas is the only full time employee of the organization; however, she has a legion of volunteers who call themselves FROGS, Faithful Retired Old Guys Serving.
Using donated materials and volunteer labor; houses are restored and made available to residents under very affordable terms. In addition to providing "sweat equity" by helping restore their new homes, owners are also required to participate in pre and post purchase counseling. New owners must remain in a homebuyer education program for at least one year following the purchase and they are prohibited from selling the home for a stated period to keep individuals from trying to "flip" their house for a profit.
Ms. Dallas concluded her presentation with a video featuring local resident, Marty Rose, who obtained a house in Harrisburg and is a shining example of the great work Turn Back the Block is doing to serve our community.
- Lowell Greenbaum reminded everyone that December 4 is the runoff election for several state offices. Everyone is encouraged to vote.
- General Perry Smith will speak on December 10th and December 17th will be our traditional Christmas Party with children running the meeting. The Salvation Army will be onsite ringing the bell for their Kettle Drive on the 10th and 17th.
- There will be no meetings on December 24th or the 31st because of the holidays and then our first meeting in January will be the CSRA Economic Forecast Luncheon at the Marriott.
President Leland led the club in the 4-way test and the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.
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