September 28, 2015
President Billy Franke called the meeting to order. Jim Price led the pledge of Allegiance and the invocation. Chris McKinney introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Ridge Whitehurst introduced the Interact Students.
Last week’s CART sponsor Regions Bank and the outside challenger, Regions Bank Mortgage raised $306.48 for CART. This week’s CART sponsor is Judy Downey.
Thom Tuckey gave the Sunshine Report.
President Billy made the following announcements and presentations:
President Billy reminded the club to sign up for the meeting with Rotary International President John Germ. The meeting will be held at the Marriott on February 15th.
Hull Fund Chair Haskell Toporek would like for his committee to meet immediately following the club meeting.
Rick Herring updated the club on a variety of service projects currently underway including:
- Lucy Craft Laney Garden Project lead by Christine Miller Betts
- Phinizy Swamp Project lead by Rick Herring
- Heritage Academy CTOPP2 Testing Project lead by Jerry Rogers and Rick Herring
- Lydia Project Screen Porch repair lead by Steve Farmer
- My Brother’s Keeper Project hosted by the Mayor’s Office
- Turn Back the Block – work day in Harrisburg neighborhood
All club members are invited to help with these projects which are funded by a District Grant obtained by the club and the sweat equity of our members.
Lowell Greenbaum introduced our newest member Lavern Lewis Gaskins, Sr. Legal Advisor for Augusta University.
Kevin Wade introduced our guest speaker, District Governor John Neely. DG Neely has been active in Rotary for 27 years while working professionally as a realtor. He resides in Savannah but has ties to Augusta through his great-great-grandfather.
DG Neely was pleased to find that our club was vibrant, engaged, and actively working on a variety of fundraising service projects. He challenged us to be the best we can be as a club and person, learn by doing/serving, and to give to Rotary of our time, talent, and treasure.
He spoke on the new theme announced by our Rotary International President, which is to “Be a Gift to the World”. We should all take advantage of the opportunity to serve while we can before circumstances and our health becomes an obstacle.
Before closing he challenged the club to continue to innovate, change, and stay fresh for new generations of members. He also urged us to continue to support the Rotary Foundation which aggressively crosses borders to solve problems.
President Billy led the club in the 4-Way Test and adjourned the meeting.
Upcoming Meeting Topics
10/5/2015 Thomas Robertson, Local Author "Resisting Sherman"
10/12/2015 NO MEETING: Columbus Day
10/26/2015 Mike Crapps, Richmond Fed Reserve Board Member
Inside Challenger: Judy Kaye
Outside Challenger: Fuller, Frost & Associates, CPAs PC
Rotary District Governor
Spouse - Rotary District Governor
Darryl Leech 9-21-15 On Line Make up
Ed Presnell 9-21-15 RLI conference
Jerry Rogers 9-21-15 Board of Dir. Mtg.
Betty Carter 9-14-15 On Line Make up