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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM JOE MARCHESE, 10TH ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY BUDDY WALK 2015

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM JOE MARCHESE, 10TH ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY BUDDY WALK 2015

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – Rotary Club of Richmond Hill met on September 3, 2015 to hear from Joe Marchese of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. He gave insight on the 10th Annual Buddy Walk that will take place on October 3rd. The event will be held at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the walk starts at 10:00 a.m. Festival of Fun will run from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

For more information on the walk and how to participate visit http://www.ldssga.org/ or Contact John and Candy Bogardus at 912-728-8505. Donation options run from $25.00 up to $500.00.

Marchese shares information on the 10th Annual Lowcountry Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

“The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion,” according to www.ldssga.org/

 

 

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ROTARY CLUB ATTENDS SAND GNATS GAME AND DONATES TO WORTHY CAUSE

ROTARY CLUB ATTENDS SAND GNATS GAME AND DONATES TO WORTHY CAUSE

RICHMOND HILL, GA-Members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill joined over 100 local Rotarians at the Savannah Sand Gnats game on August 21st.

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Rotarians Christopher Lea, President Rich Delong & wife Jennifer, Melissa & Derrick Smith, as well as Debbie & Whit Hollowell of Richmond Hill.

Other Clubs represented were Savannah South, Savannah Metro, Savannah East, West Chatham and Pooler. Club members gathered to enjoy the game and contribute to St. Mary’s Home sponsored by St. Joseph Chandler Hospital. Members donated personal goods items such as; Kleenex, paper towels, tooth paste/brushes, mouthwash, etc.

 

Rotarians also welcomed and shared the experience with incoming GSRP Students who also attended the game.

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Pictured L to R: Rotarian-Christopher Lea, President-Rich De Long, GSRP Student-Elizabeth McGhee, Scotland, Rotarian (green shirt)-Derrick Smith, GSRP Student-Harry Vickers, England, GSRP Student-Nipuna Ambandpola, Sri Lanka, and Rotarian Whit Hollowell (back right) 

 

 

 

 

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ROTARY CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW MONTHLY EVENING SOCIAL

ROTARY CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW MONTHLY EVENING SOCIAL

 

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – Rotary Club of Richmond Hill announces new monthly meeting format to start on August 27th. The evening gathering will be located in the Red Bird Creek Dining Room at the Richmond Hill City Center. This will be in lieu of regular lunch time meetings.

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Rotarians are welcome to invite prospective members and guests, as well as spouses to the social. The meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The theme is tropical and there will be music and refreshments.

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ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MICHAEL WINCKLER, CEO FOR THE GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE

ROTARY CLUB HEARS FROM MICHAEL WINCKLER, CEO FOR THE GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE

RICHMOND HILL, GA – August 20, 2015 last Thursday Rotarians gathered at the Richmond Hill City Center to hear an outstanding presentation on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire. Michael Winckler, CEO shared on Mission Services, Donated Good/Retail Services, Business Services, G-Star Staffing, and G-Force Technologies.

Michael Winckler, CEO Goodwill Coastal Empire

Goodwill celebrates their 50th Anniversary of service to people and communities across the country. The company started in 1965 with eight employees and a $60,000 budget in a time when there were few community organizations helping people with disabilities.  Today, they have more than 850 employees and a budget of $27+ million.

In 2014, Goodwill provided services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region. Goodwill served more than 320 veterans in various programs; by providing classroom employability training, job search assistance, job placement for veterans, life skills and money management training, and referring veterans to housing programs.  From offering meaningful services for individuals with disabilities and their families to fostering a sense of community among these groups, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire makes a difference in the community it serves.

Goodwill CEO, Michael Winckler and Rotary President, Rich De Long

Rich De Long conducted the meeting and announced upcoming opportunities for make-up meetings. Rotarians can gather for music, food, and beer on August 28th at Coastal Empire Beer Company. Register online or at the door, price $30.00.

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ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER WITH $300 DONATION FOR EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS

ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER WITH $300 DONATION FOR EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
RICHMOND HILL, GA – August 24, 2015 At a regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, President Rich DeLong presented Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Emily Markesteyn with a check for $300. This donation will go towards funding the many educational outreach programs that the Riverkeeper provides to protect and preserve our community’s waterways.

Rotary President Rich De Long, pictured presenting donation to Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Emily Markesteyn

Ogeechee Riverkeeper applied for this Rotary community grant and the donation was made from funds raised by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club throughout the year, particularly at the club’s annual fundraisers. These funds are ring fenced and then donated to selected community projects and local charities.

Marketsteyn commented “I’m so grateful that Rotary has continued to help us in our vital work over the years and we really appreciate the tremendous support from the Richmond Hill area. Our educational outreach program is one of our most important because we have to educate our youth about the changes they need to make to ensure the river remains clean and healthy for us all.”

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For more information, become a member or to support the work of Ogeechee Riverkeeper visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org
and www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org for more information about Rotary.

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ROTARY CLUB DONATES $2000 TO SD GUNNER FUND AND HEARS FROM ATTORNEY CHARLES BOWEN

RICHMOND HILL, GA – August 13th 2015 last Thursday members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill were honored to have special guest Erica Aklan; soon to be recipient of “Jake” a newly trained dog courtesy of SD Gunner Fund. SD Gunner Fund owners Britnee and Hamilton Gunner were on hand to share in the presentation of the second donation of $1000. Total donation equates $2000. The Gunner’s attended with special guest “Gunner” their trained dog; he was sporting a gold Rotarian t-shirt.

Gunnar posing in his very own Rotarian t-shirt

Erica Aklan currently lives in Pooler, Ga. with her two sons, while husband John is deployed. “Jake” will be trained to meet the needs of the Aklan’s two autistic sons. After completing Basic Obedience  and Task Training; “Jake” will join his family in Pooler.

Pictured left to right: Rotarians Bill Eberlein, Teresa Merritt, President-Rich DeLong, Britnee & Hamilton Gunner of SD Gunner Fund, recipient Erica Aklan, and Rotarian George Haborak.

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Rotary members gained insight on the “Top 10 Tips to Keep Businesses Law Suit Safe” presented by Attorney, Charles Bowen.

Bowen educated Rotarians on the importance of establishing an LLC/LLP, buying insurance, transferring key assets, keeping business contracts simple, always engage in good business practices, put every agreement in writing, take time to look up-read-and understand the laws that relate to your business, communicate when a problem arises, forge a relationship with an attorney, and lastly avoid crazy people.

“In reality; 9 times out of 10 clients acknowledged they had a bad feeling about that person. Continue to use your best judgment and gut instincts”, says Bowen.

Pictured left to right: Charles Bowen, President-Rich DeLong, and Emily Rice, Paralegal, Bowel Law Group.

Charles Bowen, Rich DeLong, and Emily Rice of Bowen Law Group

 

Bowen sheds light on the difference between arbitration and mediation

Rotary club donated a book in honor of Charles Bowen for the Rotarians Read Program.

Rotary Club proudly donates a book to the Reading Program in the name of Charles Bowen, Bowen Law Group

Rich De Long conducted the meeting and announced upcoming opportunities for make-up meetings. Members can join other local Rotarians at the Sand Gnats game on August 21st, or gather for music, food, and beer on August 28th at Coastal Empire Beer Company. Register online or at the door, price $30.00.

Rotarians Read Program is set to launch after Volunteer training at Richmond Hill Primary School, August 18th at 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

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ROTARY CLUB HONORED BY GUEST SPEAKER, AUTHOR AND WORLD WAR II VETERAN, PAUL C. GRASSEY

 

 

ROTARY CLUB HONORED BY GUEST SPEAKER, AUTHOR AND WORLD WAR II VETERAN, PAUL C. GRASSEY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – August 10th 2015 last Thursday members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill enjoyed a special guest speaker at their weekly meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center. Members were honored to hear from legendary World War II Veteran and Author of “It’s Character that Counts”; Paul C. Grassey.

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Grassey of Savannah, Georgia, now in his 90’s, explained the six pillars of Character in his book while sharing stories about his friends and fellow soldiers. He currently speaks and serves as a tour guide at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah. Proceeds from his book “It’s Character that Counts” contribute to the Museum’s work. For more information or to purchase a copy of his book visit www.shop.mightyeight.org

Grassey donated a copy of his book “It’s Character That Counts” to the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. He is pictured here presenting the book to President, Rich DeLong.

Grassey donated a copy of his book, It's Character That Counts to the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.

 

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and the Chatham County School District has developed a partnership to help local schools implement a new educational initiative – Character Counts. The museum raises funds to help support the program which promotes the importance of character to students. Grassey is an advocate for Character Counts and hopes to see this program expand in other school systems in the area. Rich De Long conducted the meeting and announced new initiatives to take place throughout the upcoming quarter. Next meeting is scheduled for 12.30pm on Thursday August 20th at the Richmond Hill City Center and will feature speaker Charles Bowen who will present on ‘Tips on keeping your business lawsuit proof’.

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ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES WITH END OF YEAR EVENT AND INSTALLATION OF NEW PRESIDENT

 

ROTARY CLUB CELEBRATES WITH END OF YEAR EVENT AND INSTALLATION OF NEW PRESIDENT  

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – June 29th 2015 last Thursday evening saw the ending of one Rotary year and the beginning of a new one as members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the Richmond Hill City Center.

Assistant District Governor Karl Bohnstedt commended outgoing President Lesley Francis (CEO of Lesley Francis PR) on her achievements in membership, fundraising and charitable giving, Rotary awareness and leadership during the previous twelve months and installed Rich de Long (Executive Director at the Suites at Station Exchange) as the club’s new President.

Awards were given to members of the club and community:

Rotarian of the Year was presented to Teresa Merritt, (Owner of Life Moves Dance Studio) for her service on the Rotary Board and to quote Francis “she has brought more potential and new members to our club during the last 12 months than anyone and really helped me with membership.  She shows up – to most lunch meetings, board meetings, make ups and service opportunities, she is full of wise counsel about focusing on what is truly important in Rotary and life.  She transformed the city center into a Greek night club for our Mamma Mia themed Fundraiser in February and she ran an amazing military night out for military families to leave their children to have fun and be cared for by Rotarians for no charge to enable military families to prepare for the holidays last December”.

Teresa Merritt - Rotarian of the Year

Jim Bayens Rookies of the Year were presented by Lynne Bayens to honor her late husband’s memory and as there were 12 new members over the past 12 months, three new members were presented with this prestigious award – a baseball bat inscribed with their name – as all three had given a great deal of time, energy and skill to assist Rotary in numerous ways.  Ashley Roberts – whose service for Backpacks of Love and PR in the club were especially noted, Evelyn Fallon for her commitment to website and social media management for Rotary and Beverly Cosmann who gave so much of herself to ensure the success of the annual fundraiser, were all delighted to receive their awards and personalized baseball bats.

Ashley Roberts and Bayens Family - Rookie of the Year

 

 

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The club’s Vocational Service Award which is awarded to a non-Rotarian every year was given to Barbara Eloi, a caregiver for Georgia Living Management, INC (The Suites At Station Exchange and Station Exchange At Home) for four years.  Ms. Eloi is the epitome of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self” as she creates and fosters a loving and caring relationship with both the people she serves and their family members.

 

The club’s second non-Rotarian award – the Community Service Award was given to Lou Gambill. Lou operates My Grandfathers Place in Richmond Hill and is a big volunteer with our recreation department who has coached numerous youth baseball teams. Recently he was recognized as the outstanding volunteer in recreation for the entire state of Georgia.

 

The younger generation has been a big focus for the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill especially over the last year and the club was delighted to welcome scholarship recipients from the Richmond Hill High School with their families.  Sgt At Arms Gene Durante presented the $2,000 J.D. Gardner Scholarship to Zachary Balcomb and the $1,000 Mary Bean Scholarship to Maximilian Makhinson.

 

Rotarians receiving Paul Harris Fellowships included: Byron Atkinson, Brad Brookshire, Gene Durante, Rich de Long and Gary Stanberry.  Blue badges to newer members who had graduated from this status through service to the club were presented to Sandra Elliot of Game Changers and Dr. Chris Lea.   The new Board for 2015-16 was installed as follows:

 

            President                                             Rich de Long

            President Elect                                    Brad Brookshire

            Secretary                                             Lisa Ward

            Treasurer                                            Jon Seagraves

            Sgt at Arms                                          Gene Durante

            Immediate Past President                   Lesley Francis

            Director                                               Byron Atkinson

            Director                                               Teresa Merritt

            Director                                               Derrick Smith 

 

New Rotary Board

 

Rich de Long, the new Rotary President closed the meeting with some inspirational videos about the work of Rotary and a commitment to fulfil the new year’s Rotary mission to ‘Be A Gift to the World’.

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ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL CELEBRATES NEW MEMBER, WILDCATS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY

ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL CELEBRATES NEW MEMBER, WILDCATS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – June 22nd 2015 The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill recently celebrated a new member, received a thank you from Wildcats cheerleader and learned about new technology at the regular weekly meeting at the City Center.

 

President Lesley Francis Rotarian inducted the club’s latest member – the club’s 12th this Rotary year – Jason J. Anderson who is Vice President at South State Bank’s Investment Services Division.  Anderson grew up in Richmond Hill and was nominated for membership by South State Bank President Jon Seagraves.

Sidney De Long, daughter of Rotarian Rich de Long presented a thank you to the club for the recent donation to the cheer leading team to assist with travel and other team support.

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Finally Francis welcomed speaker, and husband, Carl Francis who  enthralled fellow Rotary Club members with an update on consumer electronic technology.  Francis is CEO of P2i Inc. a nanotechnology company whose technology creates an invisible but 100% effective barrier to water, oil or any liquid – which is invaluable in protecting mobile telephones, medical devices and other consumer electronics.

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Lesley Francis, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said “I have been privileged to serve as President to such a lively and committed club over the last twelve months and to have seen such a growth in membership.”

Visit www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org for membership inquiries and more information about The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.

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ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL WINS FAMILY PROMISE OF BRYAN COUNTY’S FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL WINS FAMILY PROMISE OF BRYAN COUNTY’S FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT

RICHMOND HILL, GA – May 19 2015 Family Promise of Bryan County’s first annual golf tournament at Black Creek Golf Course on May 15, raised nearly $5,000 to help bring Family Promise’s mission to permanently rehome homeless families one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

The winning team was a talented foursome from the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.  Jason Anderson, Gene Durante, Brad Brookshire and Tom Sawyer (pictured left to right) volunteered to play in the tournament and The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill awarded a check for $500 from the club’s charitable fund to enter the tournament.  In addition, individual Rotarians and businesses from our community including Boost By Design, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, Lesley Francis PR, The Tourism Leadership Council and Cedar Animal Hospital sponsored holes at the Golf Tournament bringing in $1,000 for Family Promise.

Rotary Team at Family Promise Golf Tournament

Lesley Francis, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said “Our club’s objective this year is to Light Up Rotary and to support future generations in particular.  It is distressing to think that there are 66 homeless kids attending Bryan County Schools in the north and south of our county and we admire the board of Family Promise who are determined to begin their program in our community as soon as possible.  Nationwide Family Promise has an excellent track record of  protecting, feeding and housing families and in Bryan County 13 churches are committed to providing temporary shelter to families who enter the program.

Accepting the check at a recent Rotary Club meeting, Shane Gray and Candice Stewart-Fife, chairwoman of fund development and public relations for Family Promise of Bryan County said “Ultimately, we empower families to regain stability and independence, and to break the cycle of dependence on social programs and government assistance,”

Check Presentation to Family Promise - Lesley Francis Shane Gray Candice Stewart-Fife

For more information visit www.familypromisebryancounty.org

and www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org for more information about Rotary.

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