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ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL TO HOST INAUGURAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR INTERACT CLUB- SATURDAY JANUARY 30TH

 

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – January 21, 2016 The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is demonstrating its support for the next generation of Rotary by hosting young local Interact Club members at the Inaugural Leadership Conference. The Conference will be held on January 30th at The Suites at Station Exchange in Richmond Hill from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Many Rotarians have stepped up to share their expertise. Rich DeLong, President of the Rotary Club says, “It may be one of the greatest things we do as Rotarians to help develop future leaders.” Richmond Hill High School Interact Club has four main areas of focus for its members. Members will connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills, make international connections and discover more opportunities to connect with Rotary; including Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange. The Interact Club carries out two service projects a year. The two service projects are developed to help the school or community and the second to promote international understanding.

 

 

The conference will kick off with breakfast and opening remarks on Qualities of Great Leaders. Sessions will be led by Byron Atkinson, Rotary Grants Chair and Director of Boost by Design, Brad Brookshire, Rotary President Elect for 2016 and Vice President of Ameris Bank, Mary Arocha Rotary High School liaison and Executive Director of YMCA Coastal Georgia as well as current President and Executive Director of The Suites at Station Exchange, Rich DeLong.

Rotarian Byron Atkinson says, “I’m very excited about our Rotary Leadership Conference.  We have amazing young men and women in our Interact Club, which is why we feel this is a good idea.  We have the opportunity to guide these emerging leaders and help them become the best role models, right now. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we learn as much from them as they learn from us.”

Rotarians are focused on setting the example and “Being a Gift to the World”. Through this leadership conference as well as many other projects and programs, 2016 is sure to be an impactful year in Rotary.

 

For more information on Rotary Club of Richmond Hill visit https://www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org/ or for information on the RHHS Interact Club visit http://rhhs.bryan.k12.ga.us/extracurricular/clubs/interact_club

 

 

 

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ROTARY CLUB WELCOMES BACK WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND AUTHOR PAUL C. GRASSEY

 RICHMOND HILL, GA – January 13, 2016 Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met for their weekly meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center. Rotarians gathered and enjoyed in fellowship and lunch as they welcomed back special guest, World War II Veteran and author Paul C. Grassey.

IMG_8583President Rich DeLong announced upcoming dates of importance as well as passed out signup sheets for fundraising committees. Richmond Hill Rotary Round-Up will be held on May 7, 2016 at the Richmond Hill City Center. Rotarians are gearing up for their annual event that will serve as a key fundraiser for 2016. Rotary is striving to make a splash and designate key areas and causes where as a group collectively it can make the greatest impact.

Rotarian Ray Pittman introduced Grassey. He went on to share stories and further insight on his book “It’s Character that Counts”. His book includes: “The experiences of the men who formed the American Eighth Air Force during World War II are rich material for students of character. The flight crews of the Eighth had the highest casualty rates of all American forces in the war. Paul Grassey, a former bomber pilot, immerses you into that world.” (mightyeighth.org)

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As a young man dreaming of becoming a pilot; Grassey shared of his father’s desire to keep him from joining the Army. Grassey eventually went on to get his wings in 1942 and joined the Army Aircorp. Grassey would complete 13 combat missions by the end of the war.

Grassey worked on the development committee for the Mighty Eighth Airforce Museum and currently still serves as a docent.

Songs to Victory; Grassey’s recent project is a musical compilation of classics and World War II memories which can be purchased at the Mighty Eighth on location or online.

For more information on the Mighty Eighth Airforce Museum, Its Character that Counts or Songs to Victory visit http://mightyeighth.org/

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ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL HONORS JR. ROTARIAN AND FOCUSES ATTENTION ON MISSION AND VALUES OF CLUB

Richmond Hill, GA – December 3, 2015 Rotary Club of Richmond Hill gathered for its weekly meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center. The meeting was led by President, Rich DeLong. Members honored Junior Rotarian Megan McFarland for her outstanding works and achievements.

McFarland plans to attend Kennesaw State University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Special Education. Her focus is on making a difference and one day becoming a Superintendent. Mickey Bayens, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director was on hand to introduce Megan and educator Carla Howard. Bayens took a moment to honor Howard for her dedication to RHHS and celebrate her upcoming retirement.

Lisa Larson, mom was on hand as well. Educator Carla Howard of Richmond Hill High School shared personally of how Megan has served as an incredible leader in the FCCLA program at RHHS. Howard who will soon retire, stated she knows McFarland will work hard to make a difference in the lives of students. “I am confident Megan will succeed at anything she puts her mind too,” said Howard.

Rotary President, Rich DeLong pictured with Lisa Larson (mother), Jr. Rotarian Megan McFarland, RHHS Teacher Carla Howard and Asst. Principal/Athletic Director Mickey Bayens

Rotarians continued meeting which was led by Rotarian Tom Sawyer. Sawyer conducted a series of probing questions to challenge Rotarians to analyze and reflect on the current mission and values of Rotary. As a group collectively Rotarians brainstormed and discussed options to improve the club.

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Strategies will continue to be discussed at the next monthly meeting to be held at the Richmond Hill City Center on December 10, 2015.

 

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HORSIN’ AROUND RECEIVES $1,500 GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL

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HORSIN’ AROUND RECEIVES $1,500 GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL

Richmond Hill, GA – November 20, 2015 – Horsin’ Around was delighted to receive a grant from the Richmond Hill Rotary Club for $1500.00 on Thursday, November 19th at their regular weekly scheduled meeting.

Jill Stanberry, Horsin’ Around Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator accepted the check from Rich De Long, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and were accompanied by two young riders from Richmond Hill. Jill Stanberry said, “We appreciate Rotary so much.  This money is going directly to some much needed repairs at the barn so that our riders can continue to ride, learn and grow in a safe environment.”

 

The Horsin’ Around program aims to enhance the development — both physically and mentally — of special-needs individuals by utilizing the unique assets provided by horseback riding and human interaction. Horsin’ Around provides riding experiences for individuals with a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, muscular dystrophy and developmental disabilities.

 

For more information, call 912-748-7917, go to http://www.horsinaround.org/ or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horsin-Around/143154789068113.  For more information on the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill go to https://www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org/ or call (912) 231-7227.

 

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL HEARS FROM WILLIAM (BILL) LEE III, MHA, MBA-CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, MEMORIAL HEALTH

Richmond Hill, GA – November 12, 2015 Rotary Club of Richmond Hill gathered for its regular weekly meeting. Brad Brookshire, President Elect stepped in to conduct meeting while current President, Rich DeLong was away.

Speaker Dr. Bill Lee, MHA, MBA-Chief Strategy Officer, Memorial Health was introduced by Rotarian Brianne Yontz and shared the plans and evolution of the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign. Children’s Hospital of Savannah has been designed and restructured with a focus on the kids.

Bill Lee joined Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in 2010 as vice president of The Children’s Hospital. In 2012, he was named chief strategy officer in addition to overseeing pediatric services, Memorial Health Partners, regional development, and physician growth.  (www.memorialhealth.com)

Lee has more than 15 years of experience in hospital operations, including work at non-profit pediatric teaching facilities. Before coming to MUMC, he served as the executive director of medical affairs administration at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with The Healthcare Company (HCA), Emory Eastside Medical Center, and Piedmont Healthcare, all in Atlanta. (www.memorialhealth.com)

Lee holds both a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oglethorpe University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and past president of the Georgia Society for Managed Care. In 2009, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Lee to serve on the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce. (www.memorialhealth.com)

 

“It’s all about the kids,” said Lee. From the theater space to the larger rooms this facility will be better equipped and more able to meet the needs of patients and families.

The Memorial Health Foundation supports The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) – the only children’s hospital in southeast Georgia. In February 2014, Memorial launched the Kids Only capital campaign, a $20-million, five-year campaign, led by chair Jackie Rabinowitz to open a stand-alone pediatric hospital in partnership with Novant Health. The facility will be called The Children’s Hospital of Savannah. (www.memorialhealth.com)

The Children’s Hospital at MUMC provides inpatient and outpatient services to children from birth through age 18. It is the home of the region’s only Level III neonatal intensive care nursery, a life-saving facility for critically ill or premature newborns. The Children’s Hospital offers cancer treatment, pediatric surgery, special services for children with disabilities, and much more. When you make a gift to The Children’s Hospital at MUMC, you help ensure the health and well-being of children throughout the region. (www.memorialhealth.com)

We invite you to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to support children in our region. Simply text the word MEMORIAL to 50555. Or, donate online. (www.memorialhealth.com)

The meeting was opened up for questions and upcoming events were discussed.

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM FELLOW ROTARIAN GEORGE HABORAK ON ROTARY FOUNDATION

ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM FELLOW ROTARIAN GEORGE HABORAK ON ROTARY FOUNDATION

 Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met on October 22, 2015 to conduct weekly meeting. George Haborak a Rotary Club veteran shared a one of kind presentation on the Rotary Foundation.

 

IMG_5181Rotarians were honored to have one of their own share personal insight and applicable ways for all Rotarians to take membership to the next level. Making a global impact goes beyond regular dues. Haborak shared the three keys to a Rotarians foundation; Time, Talent and Treasure. Each of which are the basis for the Rotary Foundation.

 

 

Haborak stressed our personal and core values determine how we utilize and share these three foundation markers. Time, Talent and Treasure determine the impact of every Rotarian and Rotary Club across the nation.

 

The Mission of Rotary Club is more than a networking pool. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

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Rotarians were reminded of the upcoming social on October 29th. All members of the community interested in learning more about Rotary are welcome to attend. The social will be held at the Richmond Hill City Center, 5:30 p.m. in Redbird Creek Dining Room. Costumes are encouraged. Come enjoy food, fellowship and live music.

 

 

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MARSHALL TUCK, GULFSTREAM AND HONORS RHHS JR. ROTARIAN HAILEY REEVES

ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MARSHALL TUCK, GULFSTREAM

AND HONORS RHHS JR. ROTARIAN HAILEY REEVES

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met on October 15, 2015 at the Richmond Hill City Center. Ray Gastor, Rotarian hosted special guest speaker Marshall Tuck-Corporate Small Business Officer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

 

Marshall Tuck sharing a story with RotariansRotarians learned about the Worldwide Service Network and of the 900 million dollars spent with small businesses in the Coastal Georgia area. As a leader in cutting edge aviation, Gulfstream prides itself on utilizing local and small businesses. Gulfstream is known for “Creating and Delivering the World’s Finest Aviation Experience”. Named “Best in the World” by multiple pilots associations in 2014 and 2015, Gulfstream continues to set the bar and currently has estimated 16,000 employees; 13,000 of which come from the Savannah/Richmond Hill areas.

Tuck sharing on Gulfstream and the 900 million dollars spent utilizing local and small businesses in Southeast Georgia.

 

 

Debi McNeal, Richmond Hill High School Principal was on hand to introduce Jr. Rotarian recipient Hailey Reeves, and her parents Brian and Beth Reeves.

President Rich DeLong pictured with Jr. Rotarian Hailey Reeves and RHHS Principal, Debi McNeal

 

Hailey is a passionate student pursuing engineering and has aspirations of one day working for Ford Motor Company.

 

Jr. Rotarian recipient Hailey Reeves pictured with mom, Beth and dad, Brian at the Richmond Hill City Center on October 15, 2015

 

Bryan_County_Bark_Park_logoRotarians learned of events coming up such as the Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour to be held at Fish Tales, October 29th in support of Bryan County Bark Park. For more information visit http://www.bryanbarkpark.com/

 

Attendance is requested at 2nd Annual Ogeechee Oyster Roast Fundraiser which will be held on November 5th. This event will count for a make-up meeting as well. For more information about the 2nd Annual Oyster Roast, sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org   or call (866) 942-6222.

 

Rotary Club will conduct the Evening Social-Halloween Theme on October 29th at the Richmond Hill City Center. It is sure to be a festive time. Rotarians are encouraged to come enjoy food, fellowship and music.

 

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MICHAEL FLEISCHBEIN AND INDUCTS TWO NEW MEMBERS AT OCTOBER MEETING.

 

ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MICHAEL FLEISCHBEIN AND INDUCTS TWO NEW MEMBERS AT OCTOBER MEETING.

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met on October 1, 2015 for weekly meeting and heard from guest speaker Micheal Fleischbein; Financial Advisor with First Command Financial Services in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Fleischbein was introduced by Rotarian Howard Rush and shared stories of his father’s journey during World War II, and of his Polish heritage.  His father was one of thousands that experienced and survived Auschwitz; a concentration camp that was a German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. After surviving horrific conditions, including being shot; Fleischbein brought his family to the United States.

Guest speaker Michael Fleischbein shared of an incredible story of his father's survival at Auschwitz concentraion camp

The Fleischbein’s were the sole surviviors of their lineage. Michael their son, still shares the incredible story of survival to carry on the legacy of his family history. His mother and father both marked by an identification number on their left forearms, beat incredible odds and still managed to find love and build a life in America.


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Ogeechee Riverkeeper and newly inducted Emily Markesteyn poses with Rotarian and sponsor Lesley FrancisNew members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, both were present and pinned by their sponsors. Rotary welcomed Emily Markesteyn-Ogeechee Riverkeeper and Executive Director; sponsored by Lesley Francis, former Rotary Club President. Chuck Dickson, Retired was also inducted and sponsored by Rotarian Jimmy Burnsed and Jimmy Norris .

President Rich DeLong leads new member induction ceremony.

Pictured L to R: Rich DeLong, Jimmy Burnsed, Jimmy Norris, Chuck Dickson, and Emily Markesteyn

 

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM BAILEY GREEN ON CAMPUS CRUSADERS FOR CHRIST MOVEMENT, GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM BAILEY GREEN ON CAMPUS CRUSADERS FOR CHRIST MOVEMENT AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

 

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met on September 10, 2015 for lunch and meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center. Guest Speaker Bailey Green shared her personal testimony of how she came to know Christ through a campus organization at Georgia Southern University. Now, she serves in the ministry that changed her life.

Bailey Green of Campus Crusadesr for Christ of Georgia Southern University shares her story of how she came to be involved with Cru Ministries.

 “There are less than 2,000 involved in campus ministry out of the 20+ thousand enrolled this year,” said Green. These are not good odds. Despite these low numbers students on campus have resources through the CRU ministry which holds bible studies and events all over campus.

In 1951 CRU was established at UCLA by Bill and Vonette Bright with a focus on connecting people to Jesus and sharing the Gospel. Now, in 2015 this ministry is thriving across the nation. For more information on CRU visit www.cru.org

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Rotarians were honored to hear from Green and learn how they can get involved. Dates to remember were discussed. Saturday, September 26th is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Ellis Square in Savannah. For more information or to register for this event visit www.georgiawalk.org

 

Members were also encouraged to participate in this year’s Pacing for Polio coming up on October 3rd, sponsorship information and details were available for members. October 23rd is World Polio Day.

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Rotarians read program is under way and soon Rotarians will be reading to students within Bryan County Schools.

 

 

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