Junior Rotarian for March: Julia Mazel

On March 8 the Richmond Hill Rotary Club congratulated Julia Mazel for being the March Junior Rotarian. Julia is an AP scholar at Richmond Hill High School. She’s also a leader in the band and a Science Olympiad. Julia plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in Animal Science. From there she’d like to join the U.S. Army and work with the Vet Corps. 

Visit with Hamsa Thota, District Governor

It was so nice to visit with Hamsa Thota, our Rotary District Governor, on Thursday, December 7. He shared his Rotary story as well as some district/club goals for 2017-2018. Many thanks to Hamsa for his leadership and inspiration!

February’s Junior Rotarian: Nick Shimalla

Congratulations to our Junior Rotarian for February, Nick Shimalla!

Pictured Left to Right: Brad Brookshire, Rotary Club President; Fred & Jen Shimalla, parents; Nick Shimalla, Junior Rotarian; Erin Turner, Teacher and Nominator; Mickey Bayens, RHHS.

January’s Junior Rotarian: Ethan Maikranz

Congratulations to our first Junior Rotarian of 2017, Ethan Maikranz!

Ethan plays lacrosse and wrestles for RHHS. He is also a dedicated Eagle Scout.

Ethan has applied to West Point, Georgia Southern University and Georgia Tech. We wish him success pursuing civil engineering!

December Student of the Month

Congratulations to Avery Waters – a Senior at Richmond Hill High School. Avery is an active volunteer in her community, runs cross country and track, and has recently been accepted to the University of Georgia. Way to go!december-student-of-the-month





RICHMOND HILL, GA – May 16th 2015 This May the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill had a rootin’ tootin’ time at the Richmond Hill City Center as over 150 people enjoyed a delicious country buffet, well dressed cowboys and cowgirls, line dancing and country music.  Live music was provided by The Rogues, and Richmond Hill locals Carrie and Zeke Ondriezek won the 2-step dance contest. The most important part of the evening was that $20,000 was raised to help our local community, and the majority of the funds raised will be used to help senior citizens and supporting education.


Many Rotarians worked extremely hard to make the event a success. Teresa Merritt helped fellow Rotarian Beverly Cosmann decorate the City Center in a country and western theme and Teresa also led much of the line dancing. Auction Director, Emily Markesteyn oversaw a great effort which contributed over $8,000 to the total raised assisted by charismatic auctioneer Ted Flake.


Rich de Long, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said “This year we took our fundraiser out west and had a rootin’ tootin’ good time into the bargain.  I am personally thrilled that our club once again has the resources to make a difference to our community.”


Covered Wagon $1,000 sponsors included: Richmond Hill City Center, Station Exchange Senior Care, Ernest Signature Custom Homes, Coastal Endodontics, Ameris Bank, South State Bank, Coastal Electric Cooperative, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, James R.Gardner LLC, Henderson Law Firm LLC, McDonalds, Pittman Engineering Company, The Bryan County News and Reflections Magazine.

Stallion $500 sponsors included Southeastern Bank, ReMax Accent, Whit & Debbie Hollowell, Tom Sawyer, Alilyn Connection, Lanyard Development, Inc. and The Savannah Distillery Alehouse.


Wrangler $250 sponsors included Lesley Francis Public Relations, Megateeth Fossils, The F.A. Bartlet Tree Experts, Gaster Lumber, InterLINC, Cathy & Keith Gregory, FireFly, Yates Astro and Line-X.


Media enquiries to [email protected] or on (912) 429 3950 or Rich de Long at [email protected] or on (912) 531-7867


RICHMOND HILL, GA – April 21, 2016 At a regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, Watershed Outreach Coordinator Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman presented an update about the outreach programs of the local non-profit organization Ogeechee Riverkeeper, which is tasked with protecting, preserving and improving the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal rivers.

Demonbreun-Chapman entertained the club with photos of Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s important work in the community.  He commented “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.”   He also encouraged members to join the organization and enjoy taking part in monthly paddle trips at no cost beyond their original membership.  “It’s a great, inexpensive way to experience so much natural beauty in a short period of time and we have kayaks and canoes available to rent if you don’t have your own boat. We expect some big groups to hit the water with us, and it should be a lot of fun.”

For more information, become a member (individual membership is $35, household membership is $50 and corporate membership is $250) or to support the work of Ogeechee Riverkeeper visit and for more information about Rotary.


Media enquiries to [email protected] or on (912) 429 3950 or [email protected] or on 912-220-2976