District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

Rotary Bulletin

June 22, 2015

Meeting Minutes

President Jerry opened the meeting and called on Steve Farmer who led the pledge and invocation.

Pete Michenfelder introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. President Jerry gave thanks to everyone for contributing to the fund last week. We were able to raise $178.17 to benefit the Red Cross. This week's Club Challenger is Chris Etterlee and the Outside Challenger is Fuller, Frost, and Associates. Greg Deloach gave the Sunshine Report.
President Jerry made the following announcements/presentations:

  • The Rotary Greenjackets game is tentatively scheduled for August 7th.
  • Presented Tim Owings with his Paul Harris plus 3 pin.
He called on President Elect Billy Franke to give the club an update on the local grant process. The deadline is 7/1/15 to submit a request. The club has $4,200 in funding to support the local community.

He called on Scott Kelly to introduce new member, Dora Hogg, attorney with Fulcher Hagler and a Rotary "legacy" as the daughter and daughter in law of Rotarians. He called on Russ Morgan to introduce new member Rick McMurtry, consultant with the UGA Small Business Development Office. Rick is a former Rotarian having served in three clubs previously.

Connie Melear introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Sudha Ratan, a Professor in the GRU Department of Political Science. Dr. Ratan is a nationally recognized expert on International Terrorism and Foreign Policy who is often called on to consult on national matters.

She delivered a presentation on the Rise of ISIL and the Challenge to US Foreign Policy. Dr. Ratan did a great job of providing an overview of ISIL and explaining the history of the caliphate. She discussed several of the challenges of trying to unify the region which include geographical borders that were established centuries ago without any regard for the diversity of the populations.

As a result, both religious and political views are being forced on populations that have long held on to opposite views. Had the original borders been based on the diversity of the populations instead of commercial interest of foreign countries like France and Great Britain much of the unrest in the region would not exist today.

She also blamed the European countries for "dragging us into the middle" to help fight their battles for them. This has contributed to the strong feelings of hatred toward the USA. Dr. Ratan concluded her remarks and accepted questions from the audience.

The meeting was adjourned after reciting the Four-Way test.

Upcoming Meeting Topics

6/29/2015 Year in Review and Passing of the Gavel
7/06/2015 No meeting for July 4th holiday
7/13/2015 Club Assembly
7/20/2015 Catherine Wahl, Harry Jacobs Orchestra
7/27/2015 Fran Forehand, Georgia Power


CART buckets
Inside Challenger: Chris Etterlee
Outside Challenger: Fuller, Frost & Associates, CPA, PC



Sutta Rhatan
Jason Murphy
Stacie Adkins
Kim Gains

Guest Of
Professor of Political Science & Terrorism Expert
Haskell Toporek
Haskell Toporek
Christine Miller-Betts

Visiting Rotarians



Meeting Makeup

The following will receive a make up for attending the Rotary Board of Directors Meeting held on June 16.
Jerry Rogers
Billy Franke
Scott Kelly
Jennifer Pennington
John Whitwell
Scott Williams


Forester Adams
Jim Hawkins
Erin Armstrong
Randy Hatcher
Susan Barcus
Chris James
Dee Beaird
Bill Keogh
Kathleen Bogolea
Tony Lever
Steve Bogolea
Mahendra Mandawat
Trex Bolick
Rob McKenzie
Marilyn Bowcutt
Ian Mercier
Peter Buckley
Andrew Mize

Greg Capers
Jita Morrison
Tom Coghill
James Osborne
Charles Coleman
Robert Osborne
Jeanette Cummins
Sheri Osburn
Guy Daniels
Susan Parr
John David
Jeff Partl
Thomas Denlinger
Ed Presnell
Neal Dickert
Darlene Price
Chris Etterlee
Jeff Schwab

Bob Evans
Harold Scott
Jeff Flowers
Rabbi Sirull
Fran Forehand
Jeff Spears
Bobby Gagnon
Max Stachura
Laverne Gold
Brinsley Thigpen
Jason Haddox
Butch Whiddon
Aimee Hall
Barry White
George Hall
George Williams
Margaret Woodard
Dustin Young