Alyce Thornhill closes out 2014 Rotary Meeting!

At the last Rotary Meeting of 2014, speaker Alyce Thornhill from the Georgia Department of Economic Development updated club members on our state’s economic progress.  Alyce was hosted by Anna Chafin, Chief Executive Officer of the Development Authority of Bryan County.

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Rotary Welcomes Lauren Edwards

‘The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill was delighted to welcome new member – Lauren Edwards owner of Advent Therapy (formerly Scholar Rehab).  In the photograph and wearing a festive sweater is her mentor Teresa Merritt of Life Moves Dance Studio and Club President Lesley Francis’

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Teresa Merritt pins Lauren Edwards as we welcome her as our newest member.

Welcoming New & Returning Members in November!


Inducting Beverly Cosmann of the Richmond Hill City Center


Dr Rafael Nunez (husband of new member), Ray Pittman (Rotarian and Anne’s mentor), Dr Anne Nunez-Liman, our new Rotarian and myself as President inducting her.

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Inducting two new members – Evelyn Fallon and Sandra Elliot and welcoming back Bill Kelly as an active member.

First Annual Military Night Out

Military Night Out Success!


Life Moves Dance Teachers and Rotarians provided a fun afternoon for children providing games, tumbling, dance, bouncy house, movies, crafts, and more at Life Moves Dance Studio.  Free childcare was provided to over 50 families so that active military could leave their children in safe hands from anything from 2-6 hours between 3.00-9.00pm on December 20th.  

Photos show Rotarians Bill Kelly and Jimmie Norris (dressed as Santa) entertaining children – just two members of The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill who, with their wives, gave up their time to show practical appreciation for the families of our military during the festive season.  

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Member of the Rotary Board and owner of Life Moves Dance Studio, Teresa Merritt made this first Military Night Out possible and organized it with the help of Rotarian Anna Chafin who came up with this idea as a way to reach out to our community and Light Up Rotary.”


Teresa Merritt, Owner of Life Moves Dance Studio

Junior Rotarian Awarded

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“The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill awarded December’s Junior Rotarian of the month award to Cecelia Giangacomo. Lesley Francis, President awards the certificate as High School Principal Debi McNeal congratulates Cecelia”


Cecelia Giangacomo and her proud parents celebrate the Junior Rotarian Award.


Military Parent’s Day Out

military relocationThe Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and Life Moves Dance Studio are proud to sponsor this afternoon of fun for children ages infant & up!
For military families only! Cost is FREE!

Watch our news video or read the details below.

When: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00-9:00 pm
Location: Life Moves Dance Studio 11260 Hwy. 144 Richmond Hill, GA
RSVP: Call Life Moves Dance Studio to reserve your space: 912-756-8482

Games, tumbling, dance, bounce house, movie, craft, and more! Bring your kids to have fun while you enjoy an afternoon/evening out! Wrap presents, go shopping, or enjoy some time to yourselves!  Food and snacks will be provided.

A Special Thank You To Life Moves Dance Studio!

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Rotary Club Supports Local Children~With $1200 Donation to Horsin’ Around



RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 13, 2014 today at the regular weekly meeting for the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, President Lesley Francis presented Vice President of Horsin’ Around, Jill Stanberry, with a $1,200 check.

Horsin’ Around applied for this Rotary community grant and was awarded the check from funds raised by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club throughout the year which are then donated to selected community projects and charities.  Stanberry commented “We are very grateful to Rotary as this much needed money will support two young children with special needs from Richmond Hill who benefit from the therapeutic riding experiences we are able to offer.  The mission of our non-profit organization is to enhance the development of special needs individuals utilizing the unique assets provided by horseback riding and human interaction”.

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.  We have a clear procedure for selecting which organizations meet the Rotary criteria for donations and when we reviewed the Horsin’ Around application it became clear that we should help these local children and support Jill and the other hard working and dedicated volunteers at Horsin’ Around.”

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Richmond Hill Rotary Helps with ADA Ramp


Rotarians and family members gathered on June 21st to assist with ramp planning, signage, earth removal, and debris clearing at Henderson Park to assist the non-profit Bryan County Park Bark organization with constructing a much needed ADA compliant ramp.  This project serves the community by providing the park with an ADA compliant ramp that will give park access for all, including the handicapped, seniors, and parents with strollers.  An added community benefit is that this ramp will also serve to connect the parking lot with the paved urban trail system running behind the park which is heavily used by Richmond Hill runners, walkers, and cyclists.  The ADA ramp is expected to be complete by Fall 2014 with the dog park construction quickly following.

Thank you to all who have donated their time and money for this worthwhile community project.  To learn more about how you can support this project or to find out about upcoming fundraiser social events please visit the Bryan County Bark Park website.


Historic Marker Erected in Honor of Savannah Rotary


Following their regular meeting on January 6, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of Savannah gathered at the corner of Bull and Liberty Streets in front of the Desoto Hilton Hotel, their 100-year old meeting place and only meeting place to dedicate a new historical marker. The Rotary Club of Savannah was chartered January 5, 1914 by John S. Banks and a group of 41 other local businessmen. It was the second Rotary Club established in Georgia. The Marker Text is:

“The Rotary Club of Savannah- Service Above Self On January 5, 1914, the Rotary Club of Savannah met for the first time at the DeSoto Hotel. Founded by John S. Banks and a group of local businessmen, this was the second Rotary club established in Georgia. The nation’s first service club, Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 and promotes community and economic development projects at home and abroad. The Savannah club sponsored the formation of eight others around the state. Together, they championed local and regional developments including completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia, and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication, and other global health initiatives.”

Bryan County Development Authority Presents Plans


Newly appointed Director of the Bryan County Development Authority, Anita Chaffin presented plans for Bryan County at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill. Chaffin focused on the new businesses opening in the County especially those at the Belfast Commerce Center. The recent ground breaking by Caesarstone, an Israel-based manufacturer of quartz surfaces, selected this location for its first U.S. manufacturing facility and will create 180 jobs in Bryan County.. The new plant is scheduled to open for business January 2015.