February 6, 2017
President Jennifer Pennington rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Barry White gave the pledge and invocation. President Jennifer shared a Rotary project that provided 500 wheel chairs given by Canadian Rotary to San Salvador, El Salvador. Peter French set up a plant to manufacture wheelchairs that has now been given to San Salvador. Frank Ward welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians. Willie Williams introduced our Richmond Academy Interact Club guest, Hill Nixon and Loflin Phillips.
Thanks to our inside challenger, Jeff Partl, and the outside challenger, Sonny Tucker, Gerald Jones Audi, we raised $336.96 for CART at our last meeting. This week the inside challenger is Dave Brendza and the outside challenger is ADP. Brad Means gave our Sunshine Report and announced member birthdays and years of service. TR Reddy presented our new member Anna Reeves. Anna is the owner of Paws and Claws Pet Bakery that has grown to be 25 stores. Anna has served at Historic Augusta, Junior League and the Heart Association. President Jennifer welcomed Anna into the Rotary Club of Augusta. Bryan Kyzer announced our project to paint the Green Room at the Imperial Theatre and asked that we sign up for March 18 or March 23.
- Valentines Party is on Friday February 10, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Augusta Country Club in the Wallace House.
- Annual Rotary Golf Tournament April, 17, 2017.
- Safe Homes Drive: needed are umbrellas (small), Journals (ladies/youth) and socks (ladies, boys and girls).
- The district conference will be held this year at Jekyll Island on March 24 and 25. More information can be found on the district website.
- You are also invited to attend the International Convention which will be held this year in Atlanta on June 10 – 14. More information can be found at riconvention.org or on the district website.
Scott Kelly introduced member talks, an opportunity for the club to hear interesting stories from our members. Our speakers for today are John Whitwell and Lowell Greenbaum.
John, was born on December 2, 1975 in Ontario Canada and lived in Niagara Falls. John played both hockey and golf all four years in college. He was captain of both teams in his senior year. John moved to Augusta in 1998 to play for the Augusta Lynx. John played for the Lynx for four years and coached one year. While in Augusta John met his wife Shannon and decided to stay. They have two children. In addition to many honors from his sports career, February 8 was named as John Whitwell day.
Lowell, is retired now after spending 46 years in academia. He received his PhD at Tufts University in Medical Physiology. Lowell was recruited to Columbia University for 16 years where he rose to Professor, was recruited to MCG for 16 years and retired as Professor of Pharmacology Emeritus, Dean of the Graduate School Emeritus and Vice President for research Emeritus. Lowell and Gloria, his wife of 66 years have three children, nine grandchildren and two greats. Jim Puryear introduced Lowell to Rotary in 1988. Lowell’s mother gave him a violin when he was 10, he was forced to practice and in 1941 was admitted to the High School of Music and Art. After 60 some years Lowell decided to open his violin case, had it repaired and found a teacher. Lowell treated the club by playing his 89 year old violin.
Following the presentation, President Jennifer welcomed our Roteract guest and our new member Anna Reeves.
Our next meeting is Monday February 13, 2017 and our guest speaker will be Hazel Cook of the Central Savannah River Land Trust.
No meeting on Presidents Day, February 20, 2017.
President Jennifer led us in reciting the four way test and then adjourned the meeting.
SAVE THE DATE
Annual Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Monday, April 17th
Sign up begins in March
Easy links to pages on our website
Rotary schedule of meeting dates and speakers
Member Proposal Form
Online directory - Find a member or update your information
Bulletins - Weekly bulletins from 2014-current
Rotary International Convention
HOST ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE
Inside Challenger: Dave Brendza
Outside Challenger: ADP
Richmond Academy Interact Club
Augusta Tech Rotaract Club
Darryl Leech 1-30-17 On Line Make up