District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

Rotary Bulletin

November 3, 2014

Meeting Minutes

President Jerry opened the meeting and called on Walter Sprouse who led the pledge and invocation. Brett Montroy introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Richard Rogers gave the Sunshine Report and shared some observations about the recent spate of negative campaign advertisements which should end tomorrow (unless runoffs are required. He also provided good news with the announcement that UNISYS will be bringing 700 information tech jobs to Augusta and the CSRA over the coming 5 years.

President Jerry gave thanks to last week's Club Cart Challenger, Carl Brown, and the Outside Challenger, the proceeds of this contribution are derived from surplus funds that the Court is allowed to disburse to charitable entities, who helped us raise $623.72 for the fund. The Club CART Challenger for the meeting is Stan Stanton and the Outside CART Challenger is Colonial Oil.

President Jerry made the following announcements and presentations:
Assistant District Governor Kathy Tuckey announced that Augusta West is sponsoring a Hay Bales and Cocktails charity event to support CART on Thursday, November 13. Tickets are $25 (or 2 for $40). Administrative costs are covered and so all money goes to charity.

  • November is Rotary Foundation Month
  • A District Grant to Sao Paulo efforts to improve reading was associated with a drop in illiteracy from 55% to 50%.
  • A Member Moment was delivered by Pete Michenfelder.

David Hogg presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to T.J.Reddy, engineer, real estate developer, and philanthropist. The presentation was unusual in that Dr. Reddy is not a Rotary Club member. At the conclusion of his remarks of appreciation, Dr. Reddy presented President Jerry with a check for $1,000, asking that our club use it to create a Paul Harris Award for his mentor, Bob Richards who was in attendance at the meeting.

New Members:
Bobby Gagnon introduced new member Shanda Browning Vaughn who is the owner of Day Break Adult Day Care Services in Evans. Welcome to Augusta Rotary, Shanda Browning Vaughn!

Tim Owings introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Batt Humphreys who spoke about how to get the Media to recognize your business.
Mr. Humphreys gave the club a history of his own growth and development in media relations by way of explaining how he learned the keys to getting out the message. "Content is Key!" but you must recognize content, platform, and timing. "Don't try to compete with a story that has grabbed the nation's or the world's attention on that day." You will succeed if your message is valuable, if it provides a strong take-away thought, and if it is easy to understand. You will fail if your pitch is complex, if you are perceived to be inflating yourself or your message, or if your timing is bad.

Next week's speaker will be Scholarship awards for students, Hull Fund, Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation.
The meeting was adjourned following the recital of the Four-Way Test.

Upcoming Meeting Topics

11/10/14 Hull Fund, CART, and Polio Plus

11/17/14 Steve O'Neil 


CART Blue buckets
Club Challenger: Stan Stanton
Outside Challenger: Colonial Chemical Solutions


Club Guests

Batt Humphrey
Mike Tomberlin
Kathy Tuckey
Mark Vaughn
Cookie Sprouse
Zoe Rogers
T.R. Redding
Dr. Redding

Guest Of
Speaker, Entreprenuer and Author
Rotary, Assistant District Governor
Bobby Gagnon
Walter Sprouse
Richard Rogers
Club ? David Hogg
Club ? David Hogg

Visiting Rotarians



Richmond County Interact Club

Alyssa Krouse
Elizabeth Harison

Meeting Makeup

Curt Roberts 11-3-14 On Line Make up


Forester Adams
Rick Herring
Erin Armstrong
David Hudson
Michael Ash
Susan Jernigan
Bob Baisden
Scott Kelly
Susan Barcus
Darryl Leech
Christine Betts
Tony Lever
Bill Bohling
Brad Means
Trex Bolick

Marc Miller
Betty Carter
Erick Montgomery
Tom Coghill
Jita Morrison
Jeanette Cummings
Jeb Murray
Guy Daniels
Ned Murray
Neal Dickert
Jennifer Pennington
Mieko DiSano
Jonathan Powell
Sandy Dykes
Darlene Price

Steve Farmer
Jimmy Richards
Laverne Gold
Curt Roberts
Kevin Grogan
Charles Shaefer
Aimee Hall
Rabbi Sirull
George Hall
Charles Stewart
Rick Hall
Butch Whiddon
Randy Hatcher
Scott Williams
Jerry Woods

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Bob Baisden, MD
Charles Coleman
Sandy Dykes
Steve Farmer
Sam Maguire
Mahendra Mandawat
Connie Melear
Robert Osborne
Jimmy Richards
Kevin Steffes
Phil Wahl
Scott Williams
Dustin Young


November Birthdays
Michael Ash
Steven Bogolea
David Brendza
Dee Bruker
Judy Kaye
Peter Michenfelder
Ned Murray