June 2, 2014
President John opened the meeting and called on Betty Dyches who led the pledge and invocation.
Russ Morgan introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians and Brad Means provided the Sunshine Report. President John gave thanks to last week's Club CART Challenger, Tim Owings, who helped us raise $274.50 for the fund. This week's CART Challenger is Richard Isdell and the outside challenger is Priority Care Ambulance Service.
President John made the following announcements:
- He thanked everyone who participated and sponsored the Annual Rotary Golf Tournament and Frank Mulherin for coordinating the event. He also congratulated the winning team, Steve Hobbs, Jeff Flowers, Bill Bates and Kevin Belanger (they shot 61).
- Jerry Rogers, President Elect, is attending the Rotary International Convention in Australia this week.
- David Hefner with GRU will be our guest speaker next week.
Marc Miller introduced our guest speaker and Paul Harris Fellow, Mr. Clint Bryant. Coach Bryant has served as the Athletic Director for GRU for the last 26 years. During his career he has served on several NCAA Committees and has been named the Big South and Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Coach Bryant discussed several issues facing student athletes, the University, and the NCAA. The recent union activity and discussions around paying athletes will continue to be a hot topic for years to come until it is addressed.
The majority of his comments centered around the students and our community. Coach Bryant shared with us that academics, and not sports, is the highest priority at GRU. His programs have achieved a 94% graduation rate among athletes who complete their athletic eligibility requirements. Thanks to the generous contributions of one local supporter, financial assistance is available for student athletes who continue to work on their degree after their athletic scholarship has been exhausted.
Coach Bryant is also working with Thom Tuckey on a partnership between the athletics program and the military community. They recently met with the NCAA in Indianapolis to garner support for the initiative.
In closing, Coach Bryant reminded the club that our area is primed for rapid growth with expansions at GRU, Fort Gordon, and Plant Vogtle and encouraged all of us to take an active role in supporting the community and embracing the future.
President John thanked the speaker and adjourned following the recital of the Four-Way Test.
If you would like the opportunity to tell us about your business at an upcoming meeting, please contact Frank Mulherin -706-414-4922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CART Blue buckets
Club Challenger: Richard Isdell
Outside Challenger: Priority Care Ambulance Service
Athletic Director - GRU (Speaker)
Aiken Sunrise Rotary
Neita Mulherin 6-2-14 Augusta West
Neita Mulherin 5-20-14 River Club @lunch time (Golf)
Kevin Wade 5-5-14 On Line Make Up
Chris T. Johnson 5-12-14 On Line Make up
Chris T. Johnson 5-5-14 On Line Make Up
Jerry Rogers 6-2-14 Rotary International Convention - Australia
Jeanette Cummings 5-27-14 Martinez - Evans Rotary Club
Jeanette Cummings 5-5-14 On Line Make Up
The following will receive a make up for the Red Badge Orientation Meeting held on May 12th
The following will receive a make up for the May 19th Meeting -Golf Outing
David Hogg (Sr.)
The following will receive a make up for the Board of Directors Meeting on May 20th:
Christine Miller Betts
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