November 28, 2016
President Jennifer Pennington rang the bell and called the meeting to order.
The pledge and invocation was given by Jeff Spears. President Jennifer gave a “Rotary Moment” and told the club about a Rotary Ireland project in which 2000 bicycles were collected and refurbished for distribution to underprivileged children.
Pete Michenfelder welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians.
CART: Thanks to our inside challenger, Steve Farmer, the club raised $312.57 for CART at our last meeting. This week the inside challenger is Ian Mercier.
Faye Hargrove gave the Sunshine Report, pointing out that $9.1 billion was spent on Black Friday, which was down 7% from the year before, but for the first time, men spent more than did women. She also issued a Sunshine Challenge: “Be the light”. Light, she pointed out, needs only to be the essence of itself. “Put it on every morning” she challenged.
Jeff Simless announced the end of the Football Follies. We had 76 participants, 12 of whom participated in all 13 weeks. Clay Jollie won with 69% correct predictions
- Dora Hogg made a Book Drive presentation to Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle and her guests.
- District Conference this year will be held at Jekyll Island on March 24-25. All members are invited to attend and more information can be found on our district website at http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net/
- President Jennifer reminded the membership that Rotary International will be meeting in Atlanta (June 10-14, 2017). Philanthropist and polio fighter Bill Gates, actor/activists Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai are among those who have been invited to speak. More information can be found at the riconvention.org or on the district website.
- President Jennifer reminded that the Club’s Holiday Party will occur on December 19. Guests and children are welcomed.
Ed Presnell introduced new Club Member, and former Augusta Rotary Club speaker, Pat Cullinan, State Representative to the Police Benevolent Association, who was accompanied by his wife.
Susan Rice introduced our speaker, Ms. Lee Ann Liska, CEO of Augusta University Medical Center. Ms. Liska spoke to the benefits of having an Academic Medical Center in our community. After describing the history of the Medical College of Georgia and its transformation through the Georgia Health Sciences University, then Georgia Regents University, and then its joining with Augusta State University to form the present Augusta University which is home to MCG, the state’s only Dental School, and Colleges of Allied Health, Graduate Studies, and Nursing. She described unique resources such as the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Cancer Center, Neurosciences Center, and Family Care Program. She emphasized the challenges and the benefits of being the Country’s 9th largest and 13th oldest Medical School with a tri-partite focus of service, education, and research served by 615 Full Time faculty, 534 Residents, 924 Medical Students. She described $99 million in research support of which $51 million is from the National Institutes of Health. Through all of its activities, she pointed out that our Augusta Academic Medical Center puts the patient first.
Following the presentation, President Jennifer led us in reciting the four way test: Of all the things that we think, say, or do:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it bring good will and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned.
She then rang the bell and adjourned the meeting.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, December 5th with speaker Allen Hobbs talking to us about the PGA Tour.
Rotary International Convention
HOST ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE
Inside Challenger: Ian Mercier
Lee Ann Liska
Guest Speaker CEO, Augusta University Medical
Richmond Academy Interact Club
Augusta Tech Rotaract Club
Rotary - District Governor
Shell Knox Berry 11-28-16 Aiken Rotary Club
A K Gulati