March 28, 2016
President Billy rang the bell to call the meeting to order and mentioned that this is “Water & Sanitation” Month. The pledge and invocation was given by David Hudson. Dora Hogg welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians. CART: Thanks to last week’s inside challenger, Dee Bruker and outside challenger, Sanford, Bruker, & Banks, we raised $312.42 for CART. This week the challenger is David Fields. Thom Tuckey gave our Sunshine Report.
- President Billy announced that former GRSP student, Ben Amaechi passed away last week. He will be buried in the Philippines. Anyone interested in contributing to help the family pay the burial expenses can use the link on the club website.
- President Billy announced that the club had been given 90 copies of the book, The Reason, by the author. The book is being turned into a movie that is being filmed here in Augusta. Pick up your copy at the door while they last, donations for the books are being accepted and will be used to fund our Global Grant project in Kijabe Kenya.
- District Conference May 13-15th-Savannah Desoto Hilton. Raffle tickets are available for sale to help defray the cost of the event.
- Service Project -Phinizy Swamp-April 30th
- Our GRSP student, Zolt, will need a ride to Pelham, Georgia this weekend. If you are able to help please contact President Billy or Zolt.
- The club will hold its annual golf tournament on May 16th. More details to follow.
- Committee assignment sheets are in the buckets today, please take one and let Billy know which committees you would like to serve on during the upcoming Rotary year.
President Billy Franke called on Dee Bruker to introduce our guest speaker, Lamar Garrard, local baseball historian to talk about “Augusta’s Ty Cobb”. Mr. Garrard is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, he is active with several mission trips, enjoys reading, collecting, and writes columns for several local publications.
Mr. Garrard began his remarks with quotes and stories from some of the legends of the game including Casey Stengel, Rogers Hornsby, and Tommy Lasorda. He then gave us a history lesson on baseball in Augusta which can be traced back to 1884 when teams played at Warren Park. In 1904 the local team joined the Sally League (South Atlantic League) and they are still a member today.
He provided brief histories on three of the most successful baseball players to come through Augusta; George Stallings, Bill Johnson, and of course, Ty Cobb. Mr. Garrard shared many career accomplishments for all three players, however, he emphasized the many achievements of Ty Cobb following his 24 year baseball career.
Mr. Garrard explained that Ty Cobb’s reputation has been tarnished by movies and stories which paint him as a character that was not well liked and to some degree despised. In reality, Cobb was a very successful businessman following his career and was well respected by the community.
Cobb used his financial success to help others by donating $100,000 to start the Royston Hospital in 1950 in his hometown and establishing the Ty Cobb Educational Scholarship in 1953. The scholarship fund pays out nearly $500,000 per year to worthy candidates. At the time of his death in 1961, he donated 25% of his estate, which was valued at $10-12 million, to local charities.
Mr. Garrard expressed regret that both Atlanta and Detroit have recognized Ty Cobb with statues in their ballparks, but that the city of Augusta, where he played and lived for 30 years, has neither erected a statue or a marker on his former home.
No meeting next week, Enjoy the Masters!
The meeting was adjourned by reciting the four way test.
Rotary Golf Tournament
Monday, May 16th
River Golf Club – 1:00 Shotgun
Guests Are Welcome
Inside Challenger: David Fields
Guest Speaker, Augusta's Ty Cobb
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