District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

June 3, 2024

Meeting Minutes

President Bill Keogh rang the bell and called the meeting to order. David Hudson gave thepledge and invocation. Matt Barrett introduced the visiting guests. Gould Hagler gave the Sunshine Report.

Announcements

  • President Bill invited Rotarians to participate in the upcoming club social event.
  • Augusta Greenjackets Baseball Game June 4, 2024, at 7:05pm $28/ per adult. The first 25 children under 4-12 will be free. All children 3 and under are free. Millie Huff is handling the signup for the event.
  • President Bill congratulated Rotarian Bennish Brown and recognized the fifth anniversary of Augusta and Company.

Memorial Resolution

President Bill recognized past Rotarian Ed Tarver for his service to the community. He read a memorial resolution on behalf of the club that will be included as an attachment to these minutes.

CART: Today’s Cart Challenger is Carletta Sims Brown. PresidentBill 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. Also, please complete our club’s Google form to sign up to be a Cart Challenger.

Upcoming Speakers

  • June 10 – Dr. Brooks Keel, President of Augusta University
  • June 17 – No Meeting
  • June 24 – Passing of the Gavel
  • July 1 – No Meeting
  • July 8 – Club Assembly
  • August 17 – Rotary Leadership Institute in Valdosta

Guest Speaker/Program

President Bill introduced our guest speaker, Carla Hamann, MPA from the Sexual Assault Response Center. She shared a history of the organization with the Club. It started as a grassroots effort in 1975 and was operated under the United Way of the CSRA. After the program grew traction, it transitioned to become a program of University Hospital in 1985. It operated as a component of University Hospital until last summer when it became a separate stand-alone organization. The application for nonprofit status was submitted in August 2023, and approval was received in February 2024. The organization is primarily funded by grant funds and conducts many programs around sexual assault support and awareness. The programs include:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Advocacy and crisis intervention
  • Counseling services
  • Education and prevention
  • Community outreach and awareness

The organization and its staff are a part of the Augusta and Columbia County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). It is currently working to increase the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in our community through training and certification programs. Although the organization’s location is undisclosed, it has a brick-and-mortar office with multiple exam rooms. It collaborates closely with the local hospitals to respond to sexual assault incidents when they occur. She shared recent efforts around fundraising for the organization to support its programs and services beyond what the current grant funds support. Two successful fundraising initiatives were recently conducted through the Augusta Greenjackets and Broad Street Tattoo Studio. She invited the club members to consider making a gift to the organization so that it can expand its programs and services within our community.

President Bill led us in reciting the four-way test and then adjourned the meeting.

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