August 29, 2022
Meeting MinutesPresident Faye Hargrove rang the bell and called the meeting to order.
Jeff Flowers gave the pledge and invocation.
Bill Keogh gave the Sunshine Report today.
Club members introduced their guests in attendance today.
Simbai Mutoti recently attended the GRSP Conclave at Lake Lanier Island. He joined students from 20 other countries who came to share stories, learn from each other, and build lifelong friendships. Georgia is the only state in the country with this type of program.
Simbai also exchanged club flags with President Faye and she shared a letter from his home club in Harare, Zimbabwe thanking us for our support of this program.
CART: President Faye asked everyone to please continue to contribute to the blue buckets on the table or online at mycartfund.org using the same login credentials you use with DACDB. During the last Rotary year we donated $17,262.55 to CART.
This week the inside challenger was PDG Pam Lightsey. Cart Chair Steven Munn reported that we are looking for weekly inside and outside challengers for our meetings. Anyone interested should reach out to Steven.
Rick Franza kicked off our program today with an overview of the annual College Pick’em contest. Prizes will be awarded for weekly winners, as well as, the overall top 3 finishers. To be eligible for the grand prizes you must compete in 11 out of the 15 weekly contests. Please watch for an email from Ashley Duren and submit your picks by noon on Fridays. You must include your name and email address for it to be a valid submission.
Following the rules portion of the program, Rick was the Master of Ceremonies for our annual college football scouting reports. The following prognosticators gave informative and entertaining reports on the upcoming season for their favorite teams;
Adam Cobb – Georgia Tech
Dee Beard – Clemson
Billy Franke – Auburn
Stacy Tallent – Tennessee
Sanjev Singhal – Georgia
Chris McKinney – Oregon
Rick Franza – Notre Dame
At the conclusion of our reports President Faye led us in reciting the four-way test and adjourned the meeting.
- Please continue to sign in each week so that we have a record of attendance.
- We have added the virtual meeting option back for those who cannot attend in person but still wish to participate in meetings.
- President Faye played a compelling video showing the impact of Rotary around the world and encouraging young members to join us.
- President Faye shared that Augusta University celebrated India Day on August 27 and noted that club member Surendra Gupta is Chair of the committee and member TR Ready was honored that day for his support and accomplishments.
- Chair Haskell Toporek announced the Hull Fund Trustees would be meeting immediately following todays meeting.
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There was no formal speaker today as this was our last official meeting on the Rotary year. President Shanda gave her heartfelt appreciation to the Club for their support this year and specifically thanked those who have mentored and guided her during the year.
Following her remarks, she invited all club members who had served as President of another club to stand and be recognized. She then invited all prior Augusta Rotary Club Presidents in the room to line up in preparation for the Passing of the Gavel ceremony.
The gavel passed from one to another with each person stating their name and years of service. It was quite an impressive group of men and women who have given of their time and talents to serve the club.
After receiving the gavel, Shanda presented it to President Elect Faye Hargrove and congratulated her on her new role.
President Faye thanked Shanda for her service and presented her with a gift from the Club and her new pin. Shanda then graciously accepted the gifts and her new title of Immediate Past President.
President Faye reminded the club of our next meeting on July 11 where we will have our Club Assembly then she led us in reciting the four-way test and adjourned the meeting.