President Kevin opened the meeting and called on Dan Brown who led the group in the pledge and gave the invocation. Bill Keogh introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians. Richard Rogers gave the Sunshine Report. The Cart challenger for the meeting was Bob Baisden and the outside challenger was W.R. Toole Engineers. Joyce Jones introduced our three interact students.
President Kevin introduced a special guest Sam Olens, Georgia’s Attorney General. Mr. Olens spoke to the group about the 1st Annual Georgia Food Frenzy which will take place April 23-May 4. This is a statewide food drive sponsored by Georgia lawyers. They are asking for both financial and food donations. Proceeds will benefit the local Golden Harvest Food Bank. So far there are 165 lawyers participating and they have a goal of having over 230 join the cause. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to also contact your attorney to encourage them to join the effort.
President Kevin reminded the group that our annual golf tournament is coming up on 4/23/12. Frank Mulherin is coordinating the event and is looking for players and prize donations.
The district conference is coming up May 18 – 20. Our club will be well represented and is in the running for several prestigious awards.
President Kevin reported that Bill Kemp will have the new member orientation later this afternoon at the IntelliSystems office. He also reminded the club that Connie Melear has placed committee and member surveys on the table. If you have not already completed one please do so as soon as possible and turn it in to Connie.
Lowell Greenbaum spoke briefly about the Women in Philanthropy organization and called on Carolyn Maund to introduce our guest speaker, Dr. Faye Hargrove. Dr. Hargrove is the President and CEO of Hargrove Leadership Services. Dr. Hargrove is the Chair of the Grants Committee for the organization.
Dr. Hargrove shared with us the story of how Women in Philanthropy came into existence and its connection to both the Community Foundation of the CSRA and the United Way. The organization began in 2007 with 31 members who made a personal financial commitment of $1,000 each and by August of 2008 they had over 100 Founding members.
Women in Philanthropy is celebrating its 5th anniversary and has already contributed $310,500 through its grants program to a variety of local groups. Information on how to join or to apply for a grant can be found on their website wipcsra.org.
In closing Dr. Hargrove challenged the club members to “pay it forward” by helping others and as a way to show appreciation to the ones who have helped shape our lives and careers.
The meeting was adjourned following the recital of the Four-Way Test.