District No. 6920 | Club No. 4189

Rotary Bulletin

October 19, 2015

Meeting Minutes

President Billy Franke called the meeting to order.

Tim Owings led the pledge of Allegiance and the invocation. Margaret Woodward introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Last week’s CART sponsor Brenda Durant and the outside challenger, The Frame Shop,  raised $260.16 for CART. This week’s CART sponsor is Butch Widdon and the outside challenger is Baird & Company. Greg Deloach 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
  • Membership Committee Chair Sue Parr would like for her committee to meet immediately following the club meeting.
  • The tour of Plant Vogtle will take place on October 27th and there are still a few open seats available if anyone is interested.
  • President Billy reminded everyone to keep our GRSP student, Zsolt, in mind if you have any upcoming activities.

Ed Presnell introduced our guest speaker, club member and City Administrator, Janice Jackson.  Janice gave a very informative presentation on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which is more commonly known as SPLOST. 

This is not a new tax, but is an existing tax that must be renewed by the voters to keep it from expiring. The SPLOST funds can only be used for capital improvement projects and are prohibited by law from being spent on operational expenses. Several examples of SPLOST projects include the judicial center, the law enforcement center, and the Augusta Public Library just to name a few.

Ms. Jackson explained that over 50% of the tax is paid for by consumers who reside outside of Augusta. If voters do not approve the tax, capital projects will have to be put on hold until funds can be raised in other ways. Property taxes are typically only 10% of the entire SPLOST tax and, therefore, are not a realistic replacement for SPLOST funds that are voted down. 

Ms. Jackson closed by taking questions from the audience.

Next week’s speaker is Mike Crapps, CEO/First Community Bank and Richmond Federal Reserve Board Member.

President Billy led the club in the 4-Way Test and adjourned the meeting.

Upcoming Meeting Topics

10/26/2015    Mike Crapps, Richmond Fed Reserve Board Member


CART buckets
Inside Challenger: Butch Whiddon
Outside Challenger: Baird & Company CPAs LLC



Janice Jackson
Darrell Byrd
Sean Frantom
James Kendrick
Daniel Rhodes
Amanda Behr
Andrew Williams
Tom Robertson
Daniel Albo
Eddie Bussey

Guest Of
Club Speaker - Rotarian - SPLOST
Thom Tuckey
Ed Presnell
Ed Presnell
Billy Franke
Paul Dainer
Leland Malchow
Scott Williams
Peter Buckley
Fran Forehand

Visiting Rotarians

Gary Teragawa

Colusa California Rotary Club

Interact Club

Meeting Makeup

Shell Berry 10-19-15 Red Badge Orientation
Steve O'Neil 10-5-15 Red Badge Orientation
John Whitwell 10-5-15 Red Badge Orientation

The following will receive a make up for attending a meeting with the Rotary Red Badge Orientation on 10-19-15:

Billy Franke
Jennifer Pennington
Herb Upton
Kevin Wade
John Whitwell
Bill Kemp
Shell Berry
Laverne Gaskins
Steve O'Neil
Margaret Woodward

The following will receive a make up for attending the Rotary Board of Directors meeting on 10-20-15:

Billy Franke
Jennifer Pennington
Dustin Young
Steve Farmer
Kevin Grogan
Jerry Rogers
Ed Presnell
Scott Williams
Dee Beaird


Michael Ash
Rick McMurtrey
Shell Berry
Brad Means
Barclay Bishop
Ian Mercier
Steve Bogolea
Peter Michenfelder
Trex Bolick

Brett Montroy
Tom Coghill
Russ Morgan
Guy Daniels
Jeb Murray
John David
Ned Murray
Bob Evans
Jonathan Powell

Jeff Futrelle
Jim Price
Jason Haddox
Max Stachura
Aimee Hall
Kevin Steffes
Randy Hatcher
Butch Whiddon
Rick Herring
George Williams