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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.

Sidney De Long - Wildcats

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.

Carl Francis

 

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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Rotary Club Welcomes Sean Almstead

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, is proud to induct their newest member at a recent meeting. Lesley Francis, President and fellow Rotarian Byron Atkinson share in the induction.

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Rotary Makes Impact

Rotary Club Makes Impact, guest Speaker Barbara Rose, President and Senior Partner of New Generations Partnership, Inc, shares of the progress in Haiti. Moving forward and honoring her late husbands dream with the help of Rotary Club, Rose is leading the way for those wanting to step up and help in the cause.

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Rotary Club honors Junior Rotarian, Kristin Marshall of Richmond Hill High School as she embarks on her extraordinary journey with Atlanta Ballet Company.

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Rotary Club hears a brief update from Ryan Chandler of Colonial Group in regards to the Palmetto Pipeline at a recent Rotary Meeting.

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ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL ENJOYS INSPIRING PRESENTATIONS THIS SPRING

RICHMOND HILL, GA – April 14th 2015 The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill enjoyed some inspiring presentations at two recent weekly meetings.

Rotarian Evelyn Fallon enthralled fellow Rotary Club members with an inspirational presentation about Leadership Training.  Beginning with everyone writing down their business title – with a surprising outcome – Fallon demonstrated her own leadership qualities with a thought provoking overview on the subject of leading others.

Evelyn Fallon

At an earlier Rotary weekly meeting, Gary Glemboski focused on Personal Protection Awareness with a thought provoking insight into the considerations around personal protection today.  Covering self-awareness to weapon selection, discussion amongst Rotarians went on long after the close of the formal meeting and presentation.

Gary Glemboski at Rotary

 

Lesley Francis, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said “We are lucky to attract such high quality speakers from among our own club membership and the wider community.   I must give special thanks to our Sargent at Arms and Speaker coordinator Gene Durante who consistently ensures that we enjoy high quality presentations and that members and guests leave our weekly meetings better informed than when they arrived an hour earlier.”

 

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

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

 

ROTARY CLUB HONORS STUDENTS THIS SPRING AND AWARDS $3,000 TO BRYAN COUNTY SCHOOLS

ROTARY CLUB HONORS STUDENTS THIS SPRING

AND AWARDS $3,000 TO BRYAN COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

RICHMOND HILL, GA – March 31, 2014 The Rotary club of Richmond Hill demonstrated their commitment to supporting future generations at a recent weekly meeting.

 

Two High School students were honored – Airam Lopez was awarded the March Junior Rotarian of the Month award along with February student – Jucquez Tyus-Jenkins, as his schedule did not allow him to attend the previous month.  High School Principal Debi McNeal commented “The dedication and work ethic these two young people show is truly amazing and I thank the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill for focusing on Future Generations and our school in particular with these monthly awards which are highly motivating for our students”.

 

President Lesley Francis then awarded $500 to each of the five schools in attendance for the Principals’ funds which allow the principals to help individual students whose families cannot afford expenditure which is important to their child’s education such as reading glasses, books and equipment or joining in school trips.  Each of the five principals received the donation and said a few words of appreciation and explained why it was important to their schools.  In attendance was:

  • RH Primary School – Mary Anne Tiedemann
  • RH Elementary School – Walt Barnes
  • Carver Elementary – Crystal Morales
  • RH Middle School – William McGrath
  • RH High School – Debi McNeal

An additional $500 was awarded to the Richmond Hill Middle School to support their Field Studies Program applied for by award winning Life Science teacher, Robert Hodgdon,

 

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.  This year, we have already committed over $15,000 to young people through these donations to our schools, our J.D. Gardner and Mary Bean scholarships, our GRSP sponsorship, our Backpacks of Love program as well as donations to Family Promise and the young people who benefit from the Horsin’ Around program.  This is the reason so many of us in Rotary work so hard at fundraising and running the club to enable us to serve the community in which we are lucky enough to live.”

 

For more information about the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill visit

www.rotaryofrichmondhill.org/

Presentation to Bryan County Schools 2015 Junior Rotarians -spring 2015

Beth Nelson, HR Manager at Caesarstone Technologies USA Inc was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.

Beth Nelson, HR Manager at Caesarstone Technologies USA Inc was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill.  In the photographs left to right –  her sponsor Lynne Bayens, new member Beth Nelson and Lesley Francis – President of the Club.  The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has enjoyed a growth of 14% since the beginning of the Rotary year on July 1st 2014 and Francis commented `Many people do not realize that we are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. The Richmond Hill Rotary club is vibrant, knows how to have fun and is dedicated to the Rotary principle of Service Above Self. We are part of the global organization of business and professional leaders committed to making a difference”.

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ROTARY RAISES $25,000 WITH ABBA FUNDRAISER

RECORD BREAKING EVENT AS ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND HILL RAISES $25,000 TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – February 16th 2015 last Saturday evening on Valentine’s Day the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill not only brought a fantastic evening to the Richmond Hill City Center but also raised around $25,000 to help our local community.

Over 250 people of all ages attended, many of them in 1970s costumes, and danced the night away to the legendary Abba Girlz Tribute Band.  They had left snow bound New York to perform live in concert at the City Center in three amazing sets interspersed with a delicious three course buffet, signature 1970s style cocktails, wonderful raffle prizes and exciting live and silent auction action.

Many Rotarians worked extremely hard to make the event a success. Rich de Long, President Elect was masterful as emcee and fundraiser co-chair.  Teresa Merritt and her team transformed the City Center into a 1970’s nightclub with a Greek flair in honor of the Broadway musical and Meryl Streep/Pierce Brosnan movie, Mamma Mia.  Auction Directors Beverly Cosmann, Ashley Roberts, Brianne Yontz and Sandra Elliot created their own magic to raise vital funds assisted by charismatic auctioneer Ted Flake.  Highlights included generous members of the community making a real difference – Toby Roberts and Michele Henderson provided an extra dinner cruise so two bidders at the live auction could both enjoy the experience, Gulfstream and Gary Freeman provided an amazing jet plane simulator experience worth $8,000 and Carl Francis donated back over $428 he won in the 50/50 raffle challenging the audience to match this amount again by passing the hat, therefore tripling the worth of this raffle to generate income to help the community.

Lesley Francis, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill said “This year Rotary’s theme is to ‘Light up Rotary’ and we really did light up Richmond Hill this Valentine’s Day.  The event brought in over $40,000 which is a record breaking amount and we hope to net around $25,000 after all expenses are paid.  About 18 months ago past President Larry Barker and I brainstormed ideas and we took a calculated risk to bring in Abba Girlz as we needed to attract great support, publicity and ticket sales.  I am delighted to say that the plan paid off so we can do more to support people in need in our community.  I am personally thrilled and so grateful to the core team of Rotary members who worked so hard for many, many volunteer hours to make this come together.  They are too many to mention but they put Service Above Self to raise these funds – every cent of which goes back to help our community.  I moved here from London, England six years ago and the generosity of people in Richmond Hill never ceases to amaze me; businesses and individuals sponsored our event and provided wonderful auction items and many people bought tickets and chose to spend Valentines night at the City Center for which I thank them all”.

Event sponsors, in addition to Title Mamma Mia $2,000 sponsors The Richmond Hill City Center, included Dancing Queen $1,000 sponsors: The Suites at Station Exchange and Station Exchange at Home, Lesley Francis PR, Life Moves Dance Studio, Coastal Endontics, Keller Enterprises, Ameris Bank, South State Bank, Coastal Electric Cooperative, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, James R.Gardner LLC, Henderson Law Firm, McDonalds, Powertrain Inc. and Roberts Shooting Preserve and The Bryan County News.

Waterloo $500 sponsors included Megateeth Fossils, Michael Roberts Construction, Waterways Township, Southeastern Bank, Canady’s Heating & Air, ReMax Accent, Whit & Debbie Hollowell, Tom Sawyer and Reflections Magazine.

SOS $250 sponsors included Wards Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Ways Company Inc., Crossroads Center LLC, Thomas & Hutton Engineering, Paper Chemical Company, Barker & Associates and Magnolia Coastal Properties.

ROTARY DONATES TO FAMILY PROMISE OF BRYAN COUNTY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – March 2nd, 2015 at a regular weekly meeting for the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, President Lesley Francis presented Family Promise Board member, Shane Gray with a check for $2,000.

 

Family Promise applied for this Rotary community grant and was awarded the check 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.  Gray commented “I’m thrilled that Rotary is interested in partnering with Family Promise of Bryan County in the important work of ending family homelessness in this community.  Your generous donation will help us purchase beds for the families and brings us an important step closer to accomplishing our goal later this year.  We have 11 of the 13 churches required for the temporary housing program and we hope to be ready to begin our program later this year.” Family Promise Presentation - Shane Gray and Lesley Francis

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.  I personally cannot think of a more important issue than protecting, feeding and housing children and Family Promise’s mission to help homeless families find a permanent home touched many of our hearts.  We were informed that there are currently 66 homeless kids attending Bryan County Schools and we hope that the purchase of beds through this latest Rotary grant helps Family Promise begin their important work in our community as soon as possible.”

For more information visit www.familypromisebryancounty.org

 

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

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