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Griffitarian - 30June2016 (2016)Wallace Inducted as 93rd President -

Griffin Rotary launched its 93rd year in Rotary with Thursday’s induction of Janice Wallace as our 93rd President. Howard Wallace kicked off the events by acknowledging that there had always been a lineage of leadership in our Club with several sons following their fathers as presidents. But, he proudly noted that this was the very first father-daughter lineage.
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Griffitarian - 14July2016Libraries Are Not Defunct Dinosaurs -

Chantel Dunham, Director of Development for the University of Georgia Libraries, certainly dispelled any speculation that libraries are outdated and defunct with our ready access to information through the worldwide web. The UGA Libraries make up the largest library system in Georgia with four libraries on the main UGA Campus in Athens and several other UGA sites across the state.
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Griffitarian - 21July2016Griffin Rotary Welcomes New Teachers - On Thursday, Griffin Rotarians celebrated our annual tradition of welcoming teachers new to the Griffin-Spalding School System to our community. Superintendent Jim Smith thanked the Club for hosting this event each year saying that it was a great example of the community support for our teachers and the school system.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian - 28July2016Rotary Takes the Challenge to End Human Trafficking - David McCleary of Roswell Rotary explained during Thursday’s program that human trafficking is happening in our own neighborhoods and that District 6900 Rotarians have taken the challenge to elevate the awareness of this problem locally and to also take action to End Human Trafficking Now.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian - 04AUG2016Huckaby Entertains and Inspires - Darrell Huckaby of Athens presented an entertaining and inspirational program at Thursday’s meeting. Huckaby is a lay-minister, humorist, author, and retired educator who uses his many personal experiences to share with his audiences and readers. He is a native of Porterdale where he grew up in a 4-room mill village house with no bathroom. He shared that he did not have inside facilities until he was in the 5th grade. And, now, he is quite proud to own and live in a home with 5 indoor bathrooms (6, if you count the back porch). Huckaby first met Griffin’s Bill Haisten in the 1960s when Bill acquired his telephone number and called him regularly. So, Darrell shared a number of stories of his times with Bill. Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian - 11AUG2016 (2016)Dekle Shares Musical Talents - Mike Dekle was once a classical musician who played the violin from middle school through college including the Georgia All- State Orchestra and the University of Georgia Orchestra. But, once he picked up a guitar given to him as a gift, he immediately loved the new instrument and challenge. He soon was performing and writing music. “I consider myself a great observer of what people do, and I write music about that,” he said. The Athens insurance businessman and Rotarian then performed a number of his songs adding some background information and thoughts on the events that inspired each song. He started with his Road Kill Café saying that
he wished he had royalties for all the roadside restaurants and diners that had and were using his title. He explained he wrote his No Trash in My Trailer after having to inspect a trailer for his insurance company.
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Griffitarian 18August2016Griffin Rotarians and guests welcomed the head football coaches from Griffin High School and Spalding High School as they talked about their upcoming seasons which will kick off on August 26th. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp also dropped in to provide an update on technological advances his office is using for voter registration.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 25August2016District Governor Raymond Ray, Jr., visited the Rotary Club of Griffin this week. A social was held in his honor on Wednesday evening. He participated in our Board meeting on Thursday morning. And he spoke at our weekly meeting on Thursday.pdf
Griffitarian 25August2016District Governor Raymond Ray, Jr., visited the Rotary Club of Griffin this week. A social was held in his honor on Wednesday evening with Griffin Rotary and Daybreak Rotary hosting. DG Raymond participated in our Board meeting on Thursday morning and spoke at our weekly meeting during the noon hour.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 1September2016Stacey Weiss from Bert's Big Adventure explained the efforts of the nonprofit in connecting those families with chronically or terminally ill children. Anna Bozeman-Thompson provided a testimonial of the impact of Bert's Big Adventure on families using her family's experience with their terminally-ill son Lake.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 8September2016Representatives from the four higher education institutions in the Griffin area updated Rotarians on recent enrollment, new programs, and construction and renovations. Katy Arrowood represented Griffin Region Career and College Academy, Randy Peters represented Southern Crescent Technical College, Max Burns represented Gordon State College, and Kirk Kealey represented UGA Griffin. Newsletterspdf
Griiffitarian 15September2016Griffin Rotary held our Fall Club Assembly to catch up on Club business which included installing a new member, enjoying a historical perspective on the Four-Way Test, planning for upcoming events and projects, and enjoying some Sunshine for guest Steve Wallace.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 22September2016Trudy Gill, a member of the Advanced Leadership Certification Program with The John Maxwell Team spoke on leadership styles taught and developed through the Maxwell Team.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 29September2016Jim Smith, Superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding School System, provided Rotarians with an update of the state of the local school system. Our Annual Fall Outing is scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, at Cherokee Rose.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 06October2016Griffin Rotarians kicked off the fall season with a Club Outing at Cherokee Rose on Thursday afternoon. Tim Hearn, Jeff Jacobs, Brandon Stooksbury, and Jason Robinson earned winning team honors in the clay shoot. John Dillon and Stooksbury were high scorers. A buffet dinner and Board Meeting followed the afternoon of fun.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 13October2016Stefanie Jehlitschka of the German American Chamber of Commerce and Mark Whitlock of the Coweta County Central Educational Center explained the adoption of the German-style apprenticeship program in Coweta County.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 13October2016Stephanie Davis presented a program on the Miracle League which originated in Conyers in 1999. League facilities are now in over 300 communities in 4 countries with an average of 20 being opened each year. Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 27October2016Brittany Stikes, Executive Director of the Griffin Spalding Historical Society, presented our program on the Society and its continuing works to restore, preserve, and promote our local history.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 3November2016Will Garner Executive Director of the Georgia Division of the Midwest Food Bank presented this week's program. Garner explained the history of the Midwest Food Bank and its service to those in need.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 10November2016Our meeting on the eve of Veteran's Day 2016 honored our veterans who are members of our Club.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 17November2016Margie Kersey, District 6900 Rotary Foundation Chair spoke to the Club on the Rotary Foundation and its support of local and global community projects.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 01December2016UGA President Jere Morehead spoke to members and guests on the impact of UGA in the state, focusing on the research and teaching components of our Land Grant University.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 8December2016Tamara Ison, Senior VP and President of Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital and Wellstar Sylvan Grove Hospital, provided an update on Wellstar's investment into local healthcare.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 15December2016Steve Mulder provided an entertaining Annual Christmas Program with group singing, duets, and solos of Christmas and Holiday music. Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 15December2016Steve Mulder presented our Annual Christmas Program with group, duet, and solo performances from Erin Bernier, Brittain Gill, Valarie Gill, Alyssa Laud, Erynn Leferre, Grace Mulder, Maryanne Postin, and Adison Smith.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 05January2017Dick Morrow, Griffin Mayor and Chair of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority, updated Rotarians and guests on the status and progress of construction of the new airport in eastern Spalding County.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 12January2017Our Annual Blood Drive netted 51 units for the American Red Cross Donor Services. In our program, Brian Fern of the Red Cross iterated that each unit donated saves three lives and that Georgia is currently experiencing a blood shortage.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 19January2017Dorsey Jones, author and Human Trafficking activist, spoke on her experiences of being exploited and abused as a young girl and her subsequent battle to happiness and hope.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 19January2017Dorsey Jones, author and Human Trafficking activist, shared her humiliation and turmoil of exploitation and abuse as a young girl and her subsequent battle to regain her self-esteem, confidence, happiness and hope.Newsletters
Griffitarian 26January2017Chris Waugh, CEO and President of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, spoke at our weekly meeting. The GSHOF is the oldest and the largest state sports hall of fame in the nation with over 3,000 artifacts on display in the 41,000 sq-ft museum.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 2February2017Our Groundhog Day Club Assembly celebrated local groundhogs seeing their shadows earlier in the day, thus signaling 6 more weeks of this nice shirt-sleeve weather!Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 09February2017Southern Crescent Technical College showcased their Rick Perkins Award and GOAL Award winners at Thursday's meeting. Roslyn Johnson McCurry, an Early Childhood instructor at SCTC's Henry Campus, was honored with the 2017 Perkins Award for outstanding instruction and significant contributions to student learning at SCTC. Eric Copes, a student in SCTC's Radiology program, was named SCTC's GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership)student for 2017.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 16February2017Jackie Culliton of The Carter Center spoke on the history, mission, and accomplishments of The Center. Jim Kirby was inducted by President Janice Wallace as our newest Griffin Rotarian. Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 23February2017Rotarian Chris Brand spoke to the Club on the nonprofit Friends of Disabled Adults and Children. Volunteers at the facility in Stone Mountain refurbish donated home medical equipment to distribute to disabled individuals who do not have the financial resources to do so. We also welcomed a new member - Kathleen Smith - to the Club. Kathleen is Director of the WellStar Foundation.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 02March2017U.S. Park Service Ranger Rebecca Karcher spoke on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta and the impacts that the Site is making in preserving and fostering Rev. King's legacy of social and nonviolent change.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 09March2017Ike English of Dauset Trails spoke to our weekly meeting about the history, facilities, and events held at the Nature Center near Jackson, Georgia.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 23March2017Elly Zhilyak of the GSC Mentoring Program explained the objectives of the local mentoring program and invited all to volunteer as a mentor for a student in our school system. Eight Rotarians were honored with Dare To Be Better certificates for their efforts in our Club's mission.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 23March2017Elly Zhilyak of the GSC Mentoring Program explained the objectives of the local mentoring program and invited all to volunteer as a mentor for a student in our school system. Eight Rotarians were honored with Dare To Be Better certificates for their efforts in our Club's mission.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 23March2017Elly Zhilyak of the GRiffin-Spalding Collaborative Mentoring Program spoke at Thursday's meeting on the mentoring program, it's impacts and its needs. She asked all to consider volunteering as a mentor. President Janice Wallace also presented Dare To Be Better certificates to 8 Rotarians for their Service Above Self to our Club and our Community.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 30March2017Ed Tigchelaar spoke on the history and the impacts that Raleigh Studios, located in nearby Senoia, has had in the film industry, in Senoia, and with its various other partnerships with investors and businesses. President Janice Wallace also recognized Niles Murray, Jim Fortune, and Stephanie Windham for earning Paul Harris Plus honors for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 06April2017Kent Wessenger of Athens spoke on how Millennials are impacting our economy and our workforce in the U.S. and globally. The Millennials have now surpassed all other generations in numbers, and Wessenger suggests that we need to understand what motivates this generation and embrace them in all aspects of work, politics, and more.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 13April2017REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO WEEKLY MEETING ON APRIL 20TH DUE TO TRAVEL TO DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Our program on the 13th featured Norman Richardson, Artistic Director of the local Main Street Players. Richardson spoke to the impact that Main Street Players has made and is making in the Griffin community. Richardson also explained a new project upon which she is embarking which will hopefully replicate the Story Bridge Method of empowering communities.
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Griffitarian 27April2017Kristen Miller, Chuck Copeland, and Will Doss updated Rotarians on the local UGA Archway Partnership in our local community. District 6900 Governor Raymond Ray was our special guest as he presented awards and recognitions following the District Convention. Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 04May2017Carl Broder was inducted as our newest Griffin Rotarian, and District Governor Raymond Ray presented the Club with the RI Zone 34 Public Image Award. DG Raymond also recognized Bruce Bartholomew with a Governor's Centennial Award for his donation to the Foundation's Centennial Project.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 4 May 2017We experienced an unfortunate electrical blackout during Thursday's meeting and, unfortunately, our scheduled program could not be held. However, President Janice Wallace was able to induct Karl Broder as our newest Griffin Rotarian, and District Governor Raymond Ray presented the RI Zone 34 Public Image Award to the Club and recognized Bruce Bartholomew with the Governor's Centennial Award for his contribution to the Foundation's Centennial Project.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 4 May 2017We experienced an electrical blackout during Thursday's meeting and, unfortunately, our scheduled program could not be held. However, President Janice Wallace was able to induct Karl Broder as our newest Griffin Rotarian, and District Governor Raymond Ray presented the RI Zone 34 Public Image Award to the Club and recognized Bruce Bartholomew with the Governor's Centennial Award for his contribution to the Foundation's Centennial Project.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 04May2017Although we experienced an electrical outage during Thursday's meeting and could not have our regularly scheduled program, President Janice Wallace did induct Karl Broder as our newest Griffin Rotarian and District Governor Raymond Ray presented the Club with the RI Zone 34 Public Image Award and also recognized Bruce Bartholomew with the Governor's Centennial Award for his contributions to the Foundation's Centennial Project.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 11May2017Julie Andersen, from Denmark, made her final visit to the Club in her capacity as our GRSP Student. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, was inducted as our newest Rotarian. David Luckie was recognized as a Will Watt Fellow. And, a number of Rotarians received Dare To Be Better awards for recording the Club video and to Bill and Alyson Dallas for serving as Julie's hosts.Newsletters
Griffitarian 11May2017Julie Andersen, from Denmark, made her final visit to the Club in her capacity as our GRSP Student. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, was inducted as our newest Rotarian. David Luckie was recognized as a Will Watt Fellow. And, a number of Rotarians received Dare To Be Better awards for recording the Club video and to Bill and Alyson Dallas for serving as Julie's hosts.Newsletterspdf
Griffitarian 18May2017The Laws of Life Essay Winners for Griffin High School read their winning essays to Rotarians and guests. Newsletterspdf