Welcome to the Rotary Club of Griffin website. I am honored to have been selected as the 96th President of our club. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to serve our club and the community where I was raised. I am one of several second-generation presidents in our club. My father was a long-time member of this club and president of the Rotary Club of Griffin for the 1961-62 year. Rotary is an organization that I was aware of at a young age. I remember my parents going to “Jekyll” and having “foreign students”, as they were called in that era, visit our home.
I plan to continue the club’s traditional community projects that we have fostered for years, including several that date back to the early 60’s. I also have new projects planned that will get our members young and old outside and participating in hands on segments of these projects. It is important to the club membership to get our younger members active in more that just attending meetings. Projects enable new members to bond with long time club members creating friendships.
The club will continue to seek quality members to join the club this year and quarterly membership drive socials will continue to be held. We must bring in young new members to assure that the club will continue to thrive and provide service to our community, nation and the world for years to come.
Our club will continue to live stream our meetings each week and the video of each meeting can be easily viewed any time after the meeting from the club’s website. The Rotary Club of Griffin is the first club in the state and District 6900 to utilize this technology to promote our club and enable members that are absent to view and enjoy the meeting they missed.
I thank you for visiting our website and we welcome you to visit our club if you are interested in learning more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Griffin.
Charles N. Penny
Rotary Club of Griffin
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Stories about Rotary as told by our membership.
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