Sugar Hill Academy Grant Project

Here are a few pictures of everyone working together to build benches for Sugar Hill Academy.
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Remembering Healen's Head's Mill Grill Out 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Introducing our Belle of the Ball Charity Ball Candidate. Gracie Caudell Alan Trembley 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 22 August, 2017 - Syfan Logistics Event 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 08 August, 2017 - Sonja McLendon R.O.C.K 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
We had so much fun painting bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. 
The bowls are given to patrons who purchase a ticket to the Empty Bowl Luncheon. 
Proceeds from the event go to help feed hungry families in North Georgia.
Great time to catch up with our fellow Rotarians and their families and for a great cause!
Rotary on 25 July, 2017 - GA Mountain Food Bank Bowl Painting 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 18 July, 2017 - Kathleen Reichling - Therapy Dogs International
Kathleen Reichling, Rotary Spouse of Kim Reichling,
delivered an informative program about non-profit Therapy Dogs International
Rotary on 11 July, 2017 - New Member Orientation
Please welcome Deputy Stephen Wilbanks to the Rotary Club of Hall County Family
pictured L to R, President Al Trembley, Deputy Stephen Wilbanks and Sponsor Jim Syfan
Jim Syfan pinning Deputy Wilbanks
We are blessed to have Deputy Wilbanks join our club.
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We enjoyed our meeting today as President Al Trembley directed our program.
Several of our members discussed their own avenues of volunteer work that they are active in 
outside of Rotary.
Happy 8 Year Anniversary to the Rotary Club of Hall County
This was too funny!  Emphasis on the "E"
Al has his hand in a little bit of everything.
We are not sure how he juggles it all, but he is doing a
great job!
Kim Reichling volunteers his time with Therapy Dogs International.
An organization that he and his wife donate time to.
Not only does Jim Syphan run a local christian based company,
he also is behind the construction project of a new park that will have a restored centuries old mill
as well as a farm equipment museum.
We are all so excited to see this upon completion.
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Rotary on 23 May, 2017 - Lisa McCormack - Annual Raffle 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 25 April, 2017 - Dianne Cammarata 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 11 April, 2017 - John Hemphill, CDC 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
This week our club got a small look on a few things
we take for granted from our Georgia Rotary student from Denmark.
Caroline Stripp explained how she enjoys going to IHOP and Jeckyll Island.
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Rotary on 28 March, 2017 - Beth Evans- Overcoming Adversity 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
National Forest in Georgia
Al Foster with the US Forestry Service
delivered our program on National Forests in Georgia!
Adrianna, Our GRSP from last year,  sent these photos showing her involvement in Rotaract in her city.
"The university and my extracurricular activities are very demanding, but extremely fun!
I am involved in Rotaract in my city and as you may know, its Rotaract week worldwide.
On Saturday, we went to a little neighborhood and gave some football to kids
(One WorldPlay Project) and gathered home supplies for poor families. It was very rewarding.
I am currently designing a Bio sustainable building for my architecture class,
I havent been able to do the perfect design that fulfills all my expectations, but i will do it! ( harder that i thought)"
rotary-on-21-march-2017-al-foster-us-forestry-service 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
We had an informative meeting today about
National Immunization Day in India
with DG Kim Waters and RDIN David Stovall.
They shared photos and stories about their
recent trip to India to help vaccinate children
against Polio.
We welcomed two new members to our Rotary Club.
Ken Reardon and Kerry Mortenson, we are proud to have you in our club!
Thank You to their sponsors Lisa Ritchie and Todd Mershon
Rotary on 14 March, 2017 - DG Kim Waters and RIDN David Stovall 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
What a fun day to be a Rotarian!
We celebrated March Birthdays, Mark Arnold received
his blue badge and Rotarians
discussed different organizations that they volunteer with around their community.
President Ralph Taylor and Jerry Stedman
recognizing March Birthdays.
From L to R; Nairika Cornett, Don Crane, Janet Allison and Chad Mann
Blue Badge Member Mark Arnold with Sponsor Lisa Richie
and President Ralph Taylor
Rotary on 07 March, 2017 - Al and Jerry Service Above Self 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
We had a very informative meeting from
Scott Cagle with the Department of Juvenile Justice.
52,000 young people receive services provided from the
Department of Juvenile Justice yearly.
Rotary on 28 Feruary, 2017 - Scott Cagle, Dept of Juvenile Justice 2017-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 21 February, 2017 - The Presidency with Dr. Carl Cavalli 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
What a fun program from
PDG Dianne Cammarata.
We wrapped items up for
Valentine's Day for our BLING girls.
We Have two new members! 
One received their blue badge and the other received his red badge.
Congratulations Brannon and Kim!
President Ralph Taylor, Red Badge Member Brannon Duncan and Sponsor Theresa.
President Ralph Taylor and Blue Badge Member Kim Reichling
Congratulations Gentlemen!
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It was an honor to have Greg Langford with us this week.
Greg lead a meeting that had us tickled and teary eyed.
Mortgage Lender by day and comedian all the time, Greg has written
a book entitled "Heroically Well Adjusted", a story based on his family
and traumatic life experiences.
To learn more about Greg Click Here
President Ralph Taylor and Greg Langford
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Our speaker this week was Phil Dodson, Executive Director of Lunches for Learning.
Lunches for Learning exists to break the cycle of poverty in rural Honduras by
providing a healthy lunch to elementary school children every school day at their school;
thereby allowing these children to stay in school so they can complete
at least the sixth grade and enter the workforce as literate individuals.
To donate or learn more
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We learned how to Identity Theft and Fraud and How to spot, avoid and report
attacks from those who don't follow the Four Way Test.  

We welcomed Matt Gaudio from the Hall County Sheriffs Office
Matt Gaudio
Mark Arnold delivered his classification talk as a Red Badge requirement
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We had a blast at our meeting this week. 
Jerry Stedman and Al Trembley delivered a hilarious program
with a game of  "Do you know your fellow rotarian". 
Needless to say, we learned a lot of interesting
things about one another.
New Member Induction Today
Mark Arnold received his red badge.
We are so happy to welcome Mark!
Pictured L to R: President Ralph Taylor, Mark Arnold and Sponsor Lisa Ritchie
Rotarians took our BLING! Girls to
ARTRAGEOUS, an Art/Dance/Musice performance
at Pearce Auditorium.  We had 30 girls attend as well as several
Rotarian Chaperones.
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Having visited 72 Clubs as District Governor since 1 July, Governor Kim made her Official Visit to her home club today! Welcome home, Kim Waters!!!
We had "Welcome Home" celebration cake for dessert today!
Two new Paul Harris Fellows were awarded today!!!
Dan Bacus, Center Left, and Janeann Allison, Center Right, receiving their new Paul Harris Fellowships.  Also pictured, Debbie Duke, Club Rotary Foundation Chair and President Ralph Taylor.
Congratulations, Dan and Janeann!
Governor Kim Presented the "100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Banner" to President Ralph and Chair Debbie.
On behalf of the club, President Ralph presented Governor Kim with a hand made stick dulcimer, made here in Hall County by artisan Allen Williams.  The  artwork was designed by local architectural designer, George Evans.
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Due to the timing of the Christmas and New Year Holidays, the Rotary Club of Hall County will not meet again until 10 January 2017.

Our first program of 2017 will be our very own member, Rotary International District 6910 District Governor Kim Waters.  Please mark your calendars NOW for Governor Kim's visit, so we will have a great turnout, and consider also bringing a guest and/or prospective new member.


Happiest of Holiday Wishes to everyone and your families.

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Rotarians were treated to a tour of the new Sheriff's Office headquarters in
Gainesville.  Plus, we received a personal greeting from Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch!
Our BLING project took the girls to a nice dinner at Scott's on the Square in
Gainesville.  They arrived in style in a Limo and were shown proper eating etiquette.
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Meghan Daves with Special Olympics of Georgia
delivered the program today.
Pictured Here Meghan Daves and Olympic Participant Bradley.
Happy Birthday to PDG David Stovall
who with celebrate his 60th Birthday on
November 25!
President Ralph Taylor and PDG David Stovall
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We had a great meeting today about membership.
Drew Pearl received his Blue Badge and several of
our members were recognized for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
New Blue Badge Member Drew Pearl, President Ralph Taylor and PDG Dianne Cammarata
Our new Paul Harris Fellow Members
To learn more about The Rotary Foundation
Rotary on 08 November, 2016 - Dianne Cammarata The Rotary Foundation 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
This week we welcomed our 4-way test essay contest winners
from Sugar Hill Elementary in East Hall county. 
Each student read their winning essays aloud to the club. 
We are so proud of these hard working students!
Pictured Left to Right: Al Trumbley, Essay Winners, Amanda Lammers and President Ralph Taylor
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Rotary on 25 October, 2016 - Dan O FBI 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Chambers, NE Georgia Regional Director for External Affairs, joined us today. 
Paul delivered an interesting presentation on telecommunications in Northeast Georgia.











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Rotary on 11 October, 2016 - Sam Haut - Human Trafficking 2016-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Georgia Rotary Student Program
Coming to America

Our GRSP student will be providing our program today as she introduces herself to the club.

Bring a guest and/or prospective Rotarian.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Georgia Rotary Student Program.



Introduction by Beth Evans


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OUR GRSP STUDENT Caroline Stripp, delivered our program today.  She explained
the difference in living in America compared to her home, Denmark.
This young lady is going places and we are so happy to have her with us!
President Ralph Taylor and GRSP Student Caroline Stripp
Our Rotary Club has a new member! 
We are so blessed to have Faith Stancil as a member of our fun little club!
Pictured L to R:
Kayla Shoemake, Faith Stancil and President Ralph Taylor
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We had a blast volunteering for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank
Empty Bowl Luncheon!!
This Week with BLING at
 Harrison Square
Rob and Kim Frisbee demonstrated basic self defense using the Israeli Krav Maga style
(generally regarded as the most effective defense)
Thanks to Kim and Rob!
And Emily and Candler!
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We were very blessed to have Senator Miller join us this week for Rotary.
He and Past President Sonja McLendon held us captivated with wonderful stories from days gone by.
Sen. Miller recognized Lisa Chester, of Gainesville, at the Rotary Club Of
Hall County, following an inspirational message for Rotarians.
Chester is featured on the cover of The Times'
MOXIE magazine for her work
with at-risk girls with Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA), where she
coordinates one of the two Building Leaders in
North Georgia clubs (BLING).
The Club Received a Grant for our Community Project BLING
Pictured L to R: PDG Bill St. Clair, President Ralph Taylor and Jim Chapman
BLING was launched in 2016 for at-risk girls in GHA housing and its goal
is to raise graduation rates, reduce pregnancy and risky health behaviors,
gang activity, drug and alcohol use ­ and then to challenge the girls to
dream, create goals and to navigate successfully in society beyond public
The Bling girls, together with Rotary, recently painted bowls for the
annual Empty Bowl Luncheon for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. BLING is
a partnership of the Gainesville Housing Authority, the Hall County Health Dept. District
2, the Rotary Club of Hall County, the Marta Chapman Memorial Foundation
(of the North Georgia Community Foundation), The Georgia Mountain Food
Bank and others.
To learn more about BLING, contact Jim Chapman at 770-536-1294 ext.
Our Fun Little Club!
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What a Blessing it was to have
Former Marine One Pilot
at our Club.  He Flew for president Carter and Reagan!
Pictured Here: President Ralph Taylor and Major General Robert Flanagan
(Building Leaders in North Georgia)
We had a great turn out for our very first session and
we are seeking volunteers to help guide these precious girls!
Lisa McCormack and Ralph Taylor
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We all had a great laugh with our fun little club
for annual Joke Telling Day.
Drew Pearl did a wonderful job on his
classification talk as a Red Badge Requirement.
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We had an excellent meeting at the Lanier Tech Business Incubator.  So many wonderful ideas are brewing right here in Hall County!
Dr. Carroll Turner delivered great information about advancements in the medical field.
The MDC's mission is to provide direct assistance to:
  • Small companies... to accelerate the evolution of existing companies as they seek to move to the next stage of enterprise development.
  • Start up's... to increase the prospect of ultimate commercial success.
Our club meeting today will be a Vocational Visit to the MDC Business Incubator.  It is located at 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville. The parking lot is just north of INK. - See more at:
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Rotary on 2 August 2016 - Past Rotary International Director 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
We had an informative meeting on the Work Based Learning Program.  They provide a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents, school systems, coordinators, and post-secondary institutions which will lead the participating student into meaningful careers.
Jim Chapman completed all Red Badge Requirements and Received his Blue Badge.
Pictured Left to Right: President Ralph Taylor, Jim Chapman and Jim Syphan
Janet Allison received special honors for being a Paul Harris Society Member
The mission of the Work-Based Learning Program is to assist in providing a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents, school systems, coordinators, and post-secondary institutions which will lead the participating student into meaningful careers. - See more at:
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We had a great time with our club and Georgia Mountain Food Bank
Painting bowls for the Empty Bowl Luncheon. 
We were joined by family, friends and intercity youth.
President Ralph Taylor
Several of the bowls that we painted!!
Hen with Eggs.....
Rotary on 19 July- Pizza Party and Bowl Painting 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Drew Pearl was Presented with his New Member Red Badge today.
Congratulations Drew!!!
Pictured Left to Right: President Ralph Taylor, PDG Dianne Cammarata, Drew Pearl, PDG Gary Moore, District Governor Kim Waters
Past District Governor Gary Moore joined us today and reflected on the seven year history of the Rotary Club of Hall County.
PDG Gary Chartered our club on 30 June, 2009 and presented a great talk on how an outsider views our strong little club.
Rotary on 12 July - Reflections on 7 years as a Rotary Club 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
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We have six new Paul Harris Fellow Members!!!!
Pictured Left to Right: Club President Sonja McClendon, Janet Allison, Al Trembley, Kayla Shoemake, Ralph Taylor, Teresa Woods, Michael Lancaster
Jerry Stedman received his permanent Blue Badge today!!
Pictured Left to Right: Jerry Stedman, Al Trembley, Sonja McClendon
President Sonja had a Graduation ceremony before passing the gavel.  She handed out class superlatives.
President Sonja ended the meeting by handing over the gavel to our new club president Ralph Taylor.
Pictured here: Ralph Taylor and Sonja McClendon
Rotary on 28 June - Year End Celebration!!! 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Steven Emery, Assistant Park Superintendent, was our program today, and he presented a very informative program about Don Carter State Park, Georgia's newest state park at only 3 years old, and the ONLY state park on Lake Lanier.  Comprising over 1,300 acres, the park features cabins, pavilions, swimming, boating, and soon to be another 9 miles of day hike trails added to the existing infrastructure.  It's the perfect place for a day visit or a staycation, right here in Hall County, Georgia.
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No Regular meeting on Tuesday 7 June!
It has been a great year for the Rotary Club of Hall County and now it's time to celebrate!
Our end of the year banquet will be Thursday, 9 June, at the Botanical Gardens.  The fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
See you there!

No regular meeting this week.

The Annual Change of Gavel Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 9 June, at the Botanical Gardens.

It has been a great year for the Rotary Club of Hall County and now its time to celebrate!  Our end of the year banquet will be Thursday, June 9, at the Botanical Gardens. The fun will begin at 6:30 pm.  Just hear what the candidates are saying about the banquet:
Its gonna be really, really big!  Its gonna be HUGE!  -Donald Trump
I am so pleased that the Rotary Club members are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of assembly! -Ted Cruz
Listen, everybody gets a meal-and I mean everybody! -Bernie Sanders
I am close personal friends of all Rotary members worldwide, and I look forward to hearing great reports about this epic event (but no emails please)! -Hillary Clinton
So SAVE THE DATE!  More details to follow.

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Posted on May 31, 2016





17 July, Angela Drew-Morris

17 July, Paula Phillips

21 July, Todd Mershon

31 July, Kim Waters

4 August, Melody Marlowe

13 August, Dianne Cammarata

16 August, Jim Cagle

20 August, Pat Freeman

31 August, Ralph Taylor

2 September, Janeann Allison

3 September, Lisa McCormack

26 September, Scott Stowers

30 September, Jim Syfan











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Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth spoke to our club today concerning the activities of the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's (CRK) mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and preserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system.



CLICK HERE to learn more about Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.



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Another great day at the Rotary Club of Hall County.
Red Badge member Jim Cagle gave a great vocational talk about his life.
Our Georgia Rotary Student gave a wonderful 'farewell' presentation in review of her year here in Georgia, studying at Brenau College.
And then excitement (and bubbles in the air) as we prepare to draw the winners in our Annual Raffle Fundraiser.

Paint Night Party for 5: Barclay Rushton
Hand Made Wood Turned Bowl:  Kathy Fauscett
A Compute Stick: Kevin Shoemake
Spring Cleaning Package: Kim Waters
2 Nights in Highlands, NC: Emily Russell
Yeti Cooler: Bob Sproul
Personal Art Piece: Annette Baker
Large Big Green Egg: Dan Enzmann

Thanks to all who purchased tickets from our members!

We raised $7,870 to do good projects in our communities.

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Another great day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!
Five 'Red Badge' members received their permanent blue badges today!
As a recognition of the Public Service sector members of our club, Three members of the Fire and Sheriff's departments were presented Paul Harris Fellowships at our meeting today.
Pictured left to right:  Past District Governor Dianne, Chad Black (Hall County Fire Dept.), Past District Governor Lona, Chad Mann (Hall County Sheriff's Dept.),
President Sonja, Scott Stowers (Gainesville Fire Dept., District Governor Elect Kim, Past District Governor David, Michael Lancaster, Club Rotary Foundation Chair.
Lona Pope presented an update on the Community Service Tribute project which the three clubs in the county have been working on for several years!
The dedication date and time will be 8 December at 2:00 p.m. at Washington Square.  The project has steadily grown to the point that the City and County have undertaken a complete renovation of Washington Square to showcase our public service tribute. 
Thanks to all who have been involved in this community effort.
Just a "FEW" of our members who are working at the Olympic Rowing Venue Pan American Canoe/Kayak Championships this weekend.  VIVA LA ROTARY!
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Marty Owens, founder of Randy & Friends, and Colleen Prickle, Employment Specialist,  made a great presentaton to us today about their ministry that equips individuals with disabilities with new skills and friendships so that they may enjoy success and self-advocacy. Their goal is to help individuals achieve a goal of independence and self worth.
Pictured:  Colleen Pirkle, Employment Specialist @ Randy & Friends'

Marty Owens will be speaking to the club today about Randy & Friends,  ministry that equips individuals with disabilities with new skills and friendships so that they may enjoy success and self-advocacy. Our goal is to help individuals achieve a goal of independence and self worth.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the organization.

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The upcoming Pan American Championships May 19 - 22nd at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park is fast approaching!  This event is a pre-Olympic (Rio 2016) qualifying event. Athletes from 12 countries from North, Central and South America will be competing for a spot on their countries Olympic team in canoe/kayaking.
The event cannot be successful without the help of volunteers! Volunteers will receive (a really cool moisture-wick type) t-shirt, breakfast or lunch (depending on the time they volunteer) and tickets to the opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th at 6 p.m. at Pearce Auditorium on Brenau's campus. Sign-ups can be done through online by
If you have teens at home - that’s a plus and they are needed!  
Let's show the WORLD how great our community is - - we were known worldwide during the 1996 Olympics for our hospitality so help us carry on that reputation in May!
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Rotary on 26 April - Georgia Mountains Regional Commission 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Another Great Day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!
Kayla Shoemake, center, received her permanent blue badge today, having completed the new member orientation program.
Pictured left to right:  President Sonja, Kayla, David Stovall (Kayla's sponsor)
Congratulations to Jim Syfan, who received his Paul Harris Fellow +3 recognition today!
Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency, presented a great program today.
He spoke on the Myths & Realities of the current real estate market.
Today's program will be presented by Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency. He will be speaking on the myths and reality of Real Estate. - See more at:
Today's program will be presented by Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency. He will be speaking on the myths and reality of Real Estate. - See more at:
Today's program will be presented by Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency. He will be speaking on the myths and reality of Real Estate. CLICK HERE to learn more about The Norton Agency. - See more at:

Today's program will be presented by Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency.

He will be speaking on the myths and reality of Real Estate.

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Norton Agency.


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Today's program will be presented by Tommy Howard, Chief Operating Officer of The Norton Agency.

He will be speaking on the myths and reality of Real Estate.

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Norton Agency.


- See more at:
Rotary on 19 April - Tommy Howard, The Norton Agency 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Our Club Group photo 2016-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Great day at Rotary.  Celebrating our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Presented today!!!
pictured:  Club Foundation Chair Mike Lancaster, Janet Allison, and District Governor Elect Kim Waters

Good News Clinics Mission

The mission of Good News Clinics is to provide free medical and dental care and specialty referrals to uninsured Hall County residents who cannot afford health care.
Charlotte Crow, from Good News Clinic, presented a very informative program about the work of Good News Clinic.  Over $30 million of healthcare provided last year in Hall County.
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Rotary on 5 April - iTN Lanier 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Another GREAT DAY at the Rotary Club of Hall County!!!
New members Chad Black and Chad Mann received their permanent blue badges today, having completed the New Member Orientation Program.
Pisctured, left to right:  Michael Lancaster, Chad Black, President Sonja McLendon, Chad Mann.
Wedding Bells can be heard in the air, and Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting was a GREAT FAMILY OF ROTARY EVENT, as the club held a wedding shower for Corrie Hill (member) & Corey Hulsey!
The shower benefited their favorite charity, 'My Sister's Place'. 
My Sister's Place has a  wishlist set up on Amazon: If you order through that link, which is connected to Amazon Smile - My Sister's Place will get a monetary donation for the purchase amount at no additional cost to them.
Currently, their greatest needs are for daily goods like paper towels, toilet paper, OTC medication for adults (pain relief, allergy medicine, cold medicine, cough syrup) and cleaning supplies. They could also use bath towels.
Also, monetary contributions can be made directly to My Sister's Place. Please email managing director Brandee Thomas at or call 770.532.5111.
This FAMILY OF ROTARY event proved to be a lot of fun, while at the same time benefiting a local charitable organization.
Brandee Thomas, Executive Director of My Sister's Place, explains their ministry to the club.
Members brought gifts for My Sister's Place, and/or made online donations through
On behalf of the club, President Sonja presented Corrie and Corey a hand turned bowl.  Turned by Sonja's dad!
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We met today at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank at 11:30 (lunch provided by Northeast Georgia Health System) for a short program by Phil Dennis followed by a service project at the food bank. Members brought over 250 pounds of donated food and over $400 in funds donated to help a need at the food bank.
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Rotary on 15 March - Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust 2016-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
President Elect Ralph Taylor led a club brainstorming session today, as we identified new projects and activities for our club and members in the upcoming 2016-2017 Rotary year.  We divided into groups, each discussing activities concentrating either on youth, seniors or community.  WOW!!! So many new possible activities, and such enthusiasm.  Look out Hall County, the Rotary Club of Hall County is on the advance!
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Rotary Club of Hall County goes Global 2016-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 1 March - Rotary Foundation Scholar Christina Barnes 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Alan's March Newsletter 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Vocational Talk - Don Crane 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Today was another great day at Rotary!
Since today is Rotary International's 111th birthday, President Sonja brought a birthday cake to the meeting!
Scott Stowers received his permanent Blue Badge today from President Sonja, having fulfilled the Orientation program for new members.
We enjoyed a great presentation today by our District 2 Georgia Commissioner of Public Service, Tim Echols.  From Bogart, Commissioner Tim represents our District 2 (of 5 in the State) very well.  He addressed Georgia's Future Energy, a statewide project which he helps shepherd.
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Rotary on 16 February - Rotary Foundation Centennial 2016-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
L. C. Teasley, one of our newer members, received his permanent Blue Badge today, having completed the New Member Orientation program.
Congratulations, L. C.!
Welcome to our newest member, Jim Chapman, inducted into the club today!
Our very own Mike Freeman presented our program today!  He is an active volunteer with Shelter Box.
Shelter Box has a partnership with Rotary in providing emergency shelter and supplies.
After Mike's presentation, President Sonja, on behalf of the club, presented a check to ShelterBox for $1,000, gifting another ShelterBox from our Club.
Rotary on 9 February - Shelter Box 2016-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Great Presentation at Rotary today by Robyn Turner from CNN International!
A graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in history, Robyn Turner is a senior planning producer at CNN International in Atlanta. Recently, her work took her to Las Vegas to cover Democratic and Republican presidential debates, and she expects to be heavily involved in CNN International’s coverage of this year's U.S. elections. She also covered the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 from outside the U.S. Capitol, and multiple regular sessions of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. 
Rotary on 2 February - CNN 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
GREAT day at Rotary!!!
Angela Drew-Morris received her permanent Blue Badge from her sponsor, Kim Waters, and President Elect Ralph.
Welcome to our newest member, Jerry Stedman, inducted today by his sponsor Al Trembley and President Elect Ralph.
Today's Program:
Morgan House, Director of the Lake Lanier Rowing Venue, shared a great presentation of his life's kayaking, and the 'goings on' at the Olympic Rowing venue on Clarks Bridge Road.
Rotary on 26 January - Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Venue 2016-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 19 January - Mike Burgamy, Ga. DNR 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Mimi Collins, CEO of the Longstreet Clinic shared local Health Snapshots for Hall County families.  This information is being presented through the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Vision 2030 committee on Healthcare. 


The work within Vision 2030 ( continues as the Healthcare Consortium gathered actionable data and information on the health of Hall County adults and children. Mimi Collins, a member of the Consortium, will share the most recent findings on our children's health. From these eye opening results, Mimi will also explain the group's newest initiative to bring about life changing steps for an exceptional quality of life and a healthier Hall County. 
Rotary on 12 January - Longstreet Clinic 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rudy Lonegan, with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, presented a great program on "Lean & Green" Hospitals.
Rudy is an architect and Director of Facilities Development for Northeast Georgia Health System who managed the design and construction of the Gainesville North Patient Tower and new Braselton Hospital.
Rudy will share Lean and Green, a summary of the building planning and operational efficiencies that were incorporated into the Braselton Hospital making it one of the most sustainable hospitals in the country.
Bring a Friend, Guest, and/or prospective Rotarian!
President Sonja and member Bob Sproul exchanged banners today!  Bob brought a banner from the club he visits while he is out west every year, and President Sonja  'unveiled' our BRAND NEW CLUB BANNER!!
Rotary on 5 January - Lean & Green Hospitals 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING ON 29 DECEMBER 2015-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 15 December - Club Christmas Evening Gathering 2015-12-15 05:00:00Z 0


On the second week of our new meeting venue, members and guests are enjoying the wonderful buffet line!


Red badge member, Kayla Shoemake, presented a wonderful Classification Talk towards receiving her permanent blue member badge.


Two members, Tina Weatherford and Carol Martin, received their permanent blue badges today!




Todd Allums discussed Georgia Power's new business line, that of providing charging stations statewide for Electric Vehicles in Georgia.


Georgia Power, the state's largest electric utility, is getting into the transportation energy business.

The utility is investing $12 million in a pilot program that will boost the number of electric vehicle chargers in Georgia. One of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle, according to IHS Automotive.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Georgia Power's investment in Electric Cars.


Happy Birthday to fellow member, L. C.!!!







Rotary on 8 December - Georgia Power ELECTRIC CARS 2015-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Great first meeting at our new venue, the Gainesville Civic Center, today.  We are now at 45 members, with a few more in the offing!
New member, Chad Black, gave a very interesting Classification Talk as to his career!
Dwight Blackwood, Vice President & General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, discussed the formation of the Federal Reserve System and its functions/purposes as our program today.  
Rotary on 1 December - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0


Beginning on 1 December, our new Meeting Venue will be
The Gainesville Civic Center, located at 830 Green Street, NW, Gainesville
(across the street from Gainesville 1st Baptist Church)
Upstairs to the conference room on the right and at the end of the hall.
Still Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Rotary on 17 November - Sugar Hill Elementary Four Way Test Contest 2015-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
What a great evening of Rotary Fun & Fellowship!
The culmination of our 15 week Membership Drive netted 16, count 'em, 16, new AWESOME, MOTIVATED, & INSPIRED new members.
The two teams each had 8 new members, so noone ate Beans, but we ALL ate steaks to celebrate.

Viva La Rotary Club of Hall County!!!













Rotary on 10 November - Membership Drive Steak Dinner Celebration 2015-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Dan Bacus                                                                                                              Scott (Smiley) Stowers
Great day at Rotary today!
New members Dan Bacus and Scott (Smiley) Stowers gave their classifications talks today, and we enjoyed a day of Club Fellowship.
Rotary on 3 November - Classification Talks 2015-11-06 05:00:00Z 0


Great program at Rotary today!  
Andy received his permanent Blue Badge from his sponsor, Kim Waters, & Club President Sonja.
Our membership campaign concluded today, and we inducted FIVE new members into the club:
All in all, over the past three months, our club's two teams have recruited 16 new members, putting our membership now at 44!
And the whole club benefits!
Tiffany Ervin, a well known and traveled speaker, presented a great program today which was very appropriate for our new members:  Why Rotary?
Thanks, Tiffany!
Rotary on 27 October - Get Your Club's Message Out! 2015-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 20 October - Lets Welcome our GRSP Student 2015-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 13 October - Hall County Department of Family and Children Services 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Great day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!
President Sonja officially 'pins' our President Elect for 2016-2017, Ralph Taylor.  Congratulations, Ralph!!!
FOUR NEW MEMBERS inducted today!!!
Our membership campaign is in full swing!!!
Pictured left to right:  L. C. Teasley, Dianne Cammarata (sponsor), Janeann Allison (sponsor), Scott Stowers, President Sonja, Jim Syfan (sponsor), Jim Cagle, Dan Bacus
Hall County Superintendent of Schools Will Schofield brought an update on Good Cents for Education from the previous four referenda and what a "Yes" vote to continue the one-penny education sales tax will do in the next five years. 
The Hall County School System employs 1,843 certified staff members in educating nearly 26,000 students enrolled in 20 Elementary, 6 Middle, 6 High and 1 Evening / Alternative High schools. Superintendent William Schofield heads the Administration Department, located at 711 Green St. in Gainesville. 
Rotary on 6 October - Hall County ESPLOST 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Great Day At Rotary!!!
New member, Tina Weatherford, gave her classification talk today.
Birthday member Jim Syfan and President Sonja.  Jim, you are NOT as old as you say you are.  We say you act like you are 25?
Our own Foundation Chair Michael Lancaster provided our club with a touching story of how Rotary impacts so many through The Rotary Foundation.  
Rotary on 29 September - Our Rotary Foundation 2015-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 22 September - Empty Bowl Luncheon 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Great day and meeting at the Rotary Club of Hall County today...
Pictured, left to right, District Governor Alan, our newest member-Chad Mann, President Sonja, and PDG Dianne Cammarata.
Welcome, Chad!
District Governor Alan presents a Paul Harris Fellowship on behalf of the club to Immediate Past President Paula Phillips for her service.
Congratulations, Paula!!!
Governor Alan presented an inspiring and informative program.
Thanks, District Governor!  Great to have you visit with us today!
In appreciation, President Sonja presented DG Alan with a specially made wooden bowl...  Crafted by her dad!
District Governor Alan even got President Sonja into his presentation as he solicited attendance at the District Conference in Savannah next Spring!
Pictured left to right: District Governor Elect Kim Waters, District Governor Alan Smith, Past District Governors Dianne Cammarata, Lona Paulos Pope & David D. Stovall.
We feel fortunate that we have THREE Past District Governors and the District Governor Elect among our membership.  More District Governors than any other club in the district!!!
Rotary on 15 September - District Governor's Visit 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on 8 September 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Why Did YOU Join Rotary? 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor's September Newsletter 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Why Did YOU Join Rotary? 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
September is Youth Activities Month in Rotary 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

The Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA) was created by the Georgia Legislature and functions as an insurance marketplace of last resort providing basic property and liability insurance.  GUA insures over $3 billion dollars in real and personal property.

The Georgia Underwriting Association does not compete with the private market, but rather as a complement to the free market. Because GUA exists, the tens of thousands of Georgia families and businesses who may not find other insurance available now have protection.
Through a subsidiary known as Georgia Arson Control, they offer a reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of those guilty of the crime of arson. 

In November 2011, the Board of Directors of the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA) concluded an extensive search to recruit and hire a new President. Jim Beck’s background includes working in an independent insurance agency as well as serving for over a decade as Senior Director of Government Relations for a Fortune 150 insurance company. Jim Beck’s service to the state also included a term as Deputy Insurance Commissioner as well as Chief of Staff for the current Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens.  

Jim Beck serves as a Deputy Sheriff for the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department where he established the agency’s first Crime Prevention Unit.  He was appointed by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to serve on the board of Carroll County Department of Family and Children’s Services. He is a Deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, where he has been a member for over 20 years. He and his wife, Lucy have one son, Jimmy Beck Jr. who is a senior at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Georgia Underwriting Association.


Rotary on 1 September - Georgia Underwriting Association 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Great day on Saturday at 2015 Laurel Summer Fest, working our Community Service Project Booth.  A dozen of our members worked the tent during the day, offering free bottles of water, and soliciting donors for our 3 Club Community Service Tribute for Roosevelt Square.
Community Service Project at 2015 Laurel Summer Fest 2015-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Hear from one of our newest members:
CLICK ON the Theme Image below.
Why Join Rotary? 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 25 August - Ethical Culture for making Decisions 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new Georgia Rotary Student, Millie Paintain, from England.
She is originally from Netley and currently lives in Southhampton England with her parents and younger brother. She has completed two years of college and will going into the Navy to complete her nursing degree.
She will not be having a phone number of which to reach her, but will be receiving communication for now via messenger on Facebook or Google chat if you would like to contact her.
                 "Millie Paintain" is her name on Facebook.
Let's all welcome her and make her feel comfortable while she is here.
WELCOME, GRSP STUDENT 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Great meeting at Rotary today!
Our Georgia Rotary Student, Millie, has arrived from England, and Beth Evans introduced her to the club today.
Andy Novobilski gave his Classification Talk today.  Great presentation, Andy!
James Mills, of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, was our speaker today.  Great presentation on the Board of Pardons and Paroles, their role, duties and requirements.
Rotary on 18 August - Ga Board of Pardons and Paroles 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our Newest Member, Tina Wetherford!
Formally inducted today and pictured with (L to R) Melodie Marlowe (her sponsor), Tina, and Sonja McLendon (Club President).
Welcome to our Newest Member! 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Gregg Burkhalter, the LinkedIn guru, made a great presentation at our Rotary Club today on how to be effective in this form of social media. You might want to search him out for personal coaching or for group training.



Rotary on 11 August - Are you LinnkedIN? 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor's August Newsletter 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Dale Jaeger with the Jaeger Group presented the City of Gainesville Approved Plan on the update of Roosevelt Square, which includes the 'Service Above Self' recognition for public service individuals within the community of Hall County.  Our entire project is approximately $80-$90 thousand of an overall renovation which is expected to near a $1 million.  Retired Police Chief Frank Hooper and Retired Sheriff Steve Cronic also presented the value of this project to the Public Safety Community.
Our club has already committed $7,500 to this project, and it is imperative that we further support it by purchasing bricks for the area to be covered.
Rotary on 4 August - Community Service Project 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
We met this week after hours at Regions Center for a pizza party and to complete a project for the Georgia Mountains Food Bank.  Not only did we have a great time but we painted over 25 bowls for the GMFB Empty Bowl Luncheon later in the year.
Our fun little group of 30 people came together from all different walks of life, this evening, and contributed over 25 unique bowls for the Georgia Mountains Food Bank Empty Bowl Luncheon later in the year.  Just ONE of these bowls wil provide food for 125 meals in Hall County.  Yea TEAM ROTARY CLUB of Hall County!
Wanna join us???
Rotary on 28 July - After Hours Social 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 21 July - The Economics of Oil 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Another Great Day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!!!
Rotarian Joe (yellow shirt) is 'served up' his permanent Blue Badge by his sponsor, Jim Syfan, Dianne Cammarata and Don Crane (3 members of the Membership Committee), along with President Sonja.
The Membership Committee also 'served up' birthday cupcakes to fellow Rotarians Paula and Todd.
The Membership Committee announced a 15 week team challenge to increase our membership.  It's called the "M&M Campaign" (More Members - Membership Matters).  The club was divided into two teams, and the winning team will be served a steak dinner by the losing team on November 10th!
President Sonja with OPPOSING team members from the Membership Committee, Rotarians Jim and Don.
Rotary on 14 July - Club Membership 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
District Governors's July Newsletter 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month in Rotary, and our Membership Committee (Dianne Cammarata, Jim Syfan, and Don Crane) will be presenting our program today as they lead a discussion as to how we can effectively and efficiently grow our membership.
This meeting promises to be a fun and exciting presentation.  Don't miss it!
Bring a guest and/or prospective Rotarian!
Rotary on 14 July - Club Membership 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

Today was the first meeting of the year for our new President, Sonja McLendon, but it was ALSO her birthday today!  In honor of both, the Family of Rotary committee presented her with her very own Princess tiara and Magical Wand.

Happy Birthday, President Sonja.

Phil Dennis from Georgia Mountain Food Bank presented our program today.  He explained the difference between a 'food bank' and a 'food pantry', then went on to explain the significant impact of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank in the communities which it serves.

Last year, the GMFB reached over 1.2 million people, collecting and redistributing 1.99 million pounds of food.  Since its inception in 2008, it has handled over 24 million pounds of foodstuff.

On July 28th, we will be having an after hours social/service project as we paint bowls for the Food Bowl Luncheon which is a community event in September.  In September, which is Hunger Action Month, we will be having an after hours vocational visit and project at the food bank.

Phil Dennis


Click here to learn more about Georgia Mountain Food Bank.




Rotary on 7 July - Georgia Mountain Food Bank 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new Rotary International President Ravi 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 23 June - Sheriff Gerald Couch 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker broke his leg the day before our meeting, but Program Chair Al came up with an impromptu program which seemed to be enjoyed by all.  Since Fathers Day is Sunday, we all shared a fondest memory of our Father.
Happy Fathers Day, All!!!
Rotary on 16 June - State of Georgia Rangers 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 2 June - "Next Chapter Book Store 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 26 May - Club Assembly with President Elect Sonja 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
I already arrived to Cartagena!! My family greeted me at the airport with a sign while shouting jajajajaj. They immediately took me to my favorite ice cream and now we are having a dinner, i am really happy! Everything went well with the plane, and my luggage arrived fine. Thank you again for everything, i cant believe I am at my other home!! (Georgia is one too) 
Here are some pictures of today. 
This is my grandmother and all her sisters!
That's my "bonche" (gang) from Cartagena.
A Message from Adriana upon her arrival back home 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 19 May - The Four Way Test Workshop 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 5 May - Georgia Poultry Federation 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 28 April - Vocational Visit to Elachee Nature Science Center 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
President Elect Sonja was honored today by District 6910 Paul Harris Society Chairman David Haynes as becoming the newest Paul Harris Society Member in District 6910 by making a commitment of $1 thousand per year to The Rotary Foundation in donations.  Congrats, Sonja, and Thanks!
New Paul Harris Society Member 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
NEED AN ONLINE MAKEUP? 2015-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 21 April - A New Walk Christian Fellowship 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Adriana Acosta, our GRSP (Georgia Rotary Student Program) student did her farewell program this past Tuesday, showing photos of her outings and fun times during the past year.   She named experiencing four seasons for the first time in her life as one of her favorite things about Georgia.  Adriana brought several beautiful pieces of pottery she had made in art class and gave to members as gifts.  During the past year, Adriana decided that her studies back home in Columbia will focus on architecture with the goal of working as an architect.  We will miss Adriana, a regular attendee of our meetings.  
Rotary on 14 April - GRSP Farewell 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Andy Novobilski with University of North Georgia is inducted and presented red badge today and 4 Way Test plaque and is shown with Sponsor Kim Waters and Membership Chair Carroll Todd.
New Member Induction Today 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 7 April - Office of U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson - Tate O'Rouke, Area Rep 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 30, 2015
President Elect Sonja (left) received her first Paul Harris Fellowship award recognition from President Paula.
Member Jim Syfan received a pin backing recognition in honor of his sponsoring of new members into the club.
Member Recognitions today 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 30, 2015
Our newest member, Debbie Duke (center), Her sponsor and President Elect Sonja McLendon (left), and President Paula Phillips (right).
New Member Induction Today 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor's April Newsletter 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Stepheine Hood, with Meals on Wheels in Hall County updated us on their program and activities. The Meals on Wheels program is a nutrition program for frail elderly persons living in Hall County.  Approximately 350 seniors receive hot lunches delivered by friendly volunteers each Monday through Friday. For some seniors, this daily visit may be the only social interaction they have during the day. 
Rotary on 31 March - Meals on Wheels 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2015

We had a surprise program today.


We had a great time with the "Rotary Game Show".  Trivia questions about Rotary International and its history.


Rotary on 24 March David Stovall 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Waters on Mar 16, 2015

This week's meeting was a vocational visit to Vine and Cheese at 1175 Thompson Bridge Road NW, Gainesville GA.  Members sampled a variety of reds and many members experienced this locally owned wine shop and its wines and cheeses for the first time.  Thanks to member, Ralph Taylor, for arranging this fun evening.Image

Vocational Visit to Vine and Cheese on Tuesday, March 17th Kim Waters 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Bill's Monthly Newsletter for March 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 24 February - Hall County Chamber of Commerce 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 17 February - NO MEETING 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Theme for 2015-2016 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Governor's Newsletter 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 10 February - 'Path of Choice' program at Sugar Hill Elementary School 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2015


Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a nationally acclaimed collaboration between the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, Theatre Professionals, and the Northeast Georgia Community, and Jim Hammond, who is celebrating 25 years with GTA gave wonderful presentation on the Alliance.




Rotary on 3 February - Gainesville Theatre Alliance 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2015


Mark Johnson, Mentalist and Psychic Entertainer, also Buckhead Rotary Club member, joined us today. He brought the house down with his psychic demonstrations, from guessing Burton Brown’s childhood dog’s name to Louise’s childhood  boyfriend’s name—WOW. Most impressive was the number board and actually duplicating Debbie Duke’s hand drawn sketch as they stood back to back. Amazing stuff today. 



CLICK HERE to learn more about Mark!

Rotary on 27 January - Mark Johnson 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2015

StandUp For Kids is a non-profit organization, with its national headquarters in Atlanta.  It was founded over 20 years ago by a group of volunteers in San Diego.  The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness.


A program has begun in Gainesville that models the North Fulton Initiative, in the North Fulton County Schools.  The mission is to help "homeless" or "at risk" teens stay in school and graduate.    We accomplish our mission by providing mentoring every other week.  We provide a consistent adult role model that cares, listens, provides emotional support, and positive reinforcement.  As the relationship grows, the student begins to trust the mentor.  That is when the "magic" begins.  At this point in the student/mentor relationship, mentors are able to provide so much insight, guidance, and really help these struggling teens.


CLICK HERE to learn more about StandUp for Kids.




Rotary on 20 January - Stand Up For Kids 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 13 January - ANNUAL CLUB JOKE TELLING COMPETITION 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2015
Hall County Rotarian Kick Off.  What we learned in 2014 and what’s ahead!   
Our Club members represent some top shelf talent in our community.   At the first meeting of 2015, it’s important to reflect and one great way to do this is through the lens of our fellow Rotarians?   
Each member will be given the opportunity to share a lesson learned in 2014 and what’s around the corner in 2015.   Please think about two important questions that will be facilitated on the 6th;
1)    What was the one great lesson from 2014
2)  Within membership classifications, please think and prepare a brief prediction or thought in your field of expertise.  
Al Trembley will facilitate our discussion.
Rotary on 6 January - Member Forum 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2014

The Rotary Clubs of Gainesville, Hall County and South Hall are partnering with a number of community volunteers to erect a monument dedicated to the men and women of Gainesville-Hall County’s public safety agencies, who, through the choice of their profession, reflect the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.”   

The monument will be located in Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville.  

CLICK HERE to purchase a brick(s).


Bricks surrounding the monument are being sold as an opportunity for citizens to further honor public safety employees, both past and present.  

The official unveiling of the monument is set for Monday, May 4 at Roosevelt Square.

That's MY BRICK !!! 2014-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 30 December - NO MEETING 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2014



A funz time was had by all!!!



Dirty Santa was a real treat, with lots of taking and regifting.  The highlight, though, was Member Ralph Taylor, who was number 1, taking Member Al Tremley's sweater as his final pick---and Al's sweater wasn't even a gift.  He wore it to the event.  Al wasn't too upset, though, because he got Ralph's blazer, which included his wallet and iPhone in the pockets.  Awesome, Ralph and Al!

And Merry Christmas to All!




Rotary on 16 December - NO NOON MEETING 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Janeann Allison Receives her Blue Badge today 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2014

Heritage Academy is a unique, private school that utilizes an integrated instructional approach to education in order to produce a higher degree of academic achievement.  The school is essentially a concrete expression of a new educational model, in which two proven elements of educational success—the professional instruction of a classroom teacher and the one-on-one instruction and/or guidance of each student’s parent—are combined in a single unified program.  Other proven elements, which are a part of this school’s programming, include low student/teacher ratios, hands-on learning, and a strong work ethic for students, effective curriculum, and local school operation and management.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Heritage Academy.



Rotary on 9 December - Pat Baker, Heritage Academy 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Hall County Salvation Army Bellringers on 4 December 2014 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 2 December - Habitat for Humanity, Hall County 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2014

What a great day at our club meeting today!

We had District Rotary Leadership from all over the district join us as we celebrated our Rotary Foundation involvement of the past Rotary year.  Our per capita giving for the 2013-2014 year was over $900, an unheard of level in any sized club.

It was also announced that one of our members, Past District Governor Dianne Cammarata, was recently awarded the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, one of the two highest honors bestowed by The Rotary Foundation, and awarded to less than a hundred Rotarians around the world in any year, from among 1.2 million Rotarians.

After that, Dr. Tom Smiley, Senior Pastor of Lakeview Church presented a wonderful talk on Gratitude and Thanksgiving.  Thanks much, Dr. Smiley!


CLICK HERE to hear an excerpt from Dr. Smiley's presentation.





Rotary on 25 November - Thanksgiving 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2014
The speaker today was Mike Freeman, a Response Team Member with Shelter Box Disaster Relief. Mike has been on 16 deployments around the world delivering shelter and other aide when people who lose their home in a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, and tornado. In addition to the United States, he has served in Japan, Central and South America, and Africa.  Mike’s most recent trip was to the Philippines in March of this year when the country was devastated by the worst hurricane in its history.  The team delivered and setup tents to replace hundreds of bamboo huts destroyed by the storm.  The presentation provided information and pictures showing the work done in establishing temporary housing in order for the people to rebuild.

CLICK HERE to learn more about SHELTER BOX.



Rotary on 18 November - Shelter Box 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on 11 November - The Four Way Test Essay Contest 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2014

November is Rotary Foundation Month in Rotary, and PDG Dianne Cammarata presented our program today with a video detailing the close alliance between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Rotary in our fight to END POLIO NOW!

CLICK HERE to view the video.



The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as  and . Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary .



Rotary on 4 November - Rotary Foundation Month 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2014


Fellowship is the key word today l

We will be having our social (dinner included) at the Martha Hope House, which is located at 528 Prior Street, NE.  

Come around 6 o'clock or so.

If you go to the Civic Center and go around back, down the hill beside the tennis courts, It's across the street from the tennis courts.

Rotary on 28 October - After Hours Social Event 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2014
Rotary International will be recognizing World Polio Day on Friday October 24, 2014
It's Purple Pinky Day at Rotary. Our club raised $848 in less than 10 minutes. After all matches translates to $5,088 - providing vaccination for 8,480 children! End Polio Now!
(When children are immunized in an Immunization Day Event, their pinky is marked with a purple marker to show that they have been immunized to other immunization volunteers.)
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14 October - Three PDGs at our meeting today 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 13, 2014


PDG Gene Windham gave us "food for thought" on how we should retain members, engage members and encourage us to attend Rotary Leadership Institute. Excellent Program.

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control.

CLICK HERE to see a short video concerning RLI.

CLICK HERE to learn even more about RLI.

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Rotary on 7 October - Amanda Bridges & Camp Jackie 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2014



Walt Davis, Warden of the Hall County Correctional Institute, presented a very informative discussion concerning the activities in his department of Hall County government at the Hall County Correctional Institute.  

We will also be planning a Vocational Visit to their new facility, which will be opening after the first of the year.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Hall County Correctional Institute Programs.


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Posted on Sep 22, 2014

Colonel Ben Malcom (Retired) gave a very informative talk about his time in the Korean conflict.  Colonel Malcom explained how he trained and led converted North Koreans against their own North Koreans during the time.



Colonel Malcom is known throughout the Armed Forces as laying the foundation for today's Special Forces Operations. He is the author of " White Tigers -My Secret War in North Korea". He is on the speaking circuit and speaks about 25 times each year across the nation. He also teaches several classes each year at the John F. Kennedy Special Forces School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Colonel Malcom held various positions during his 29 years of service in the United States Army, leading soldiers from platoon to brigade level.  He commanded a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. and also served as G-3, Plans and Operations officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. He also commanded a brigade in the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea. He worked as a Staff Officer at the Pentagon for 6 years, and his final position of active duty was as Garrison Commander of three U.S. Army installations:  Fort McPherson, GA., Fort Gillem, GA., and Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.





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Posted on Sep 15, 2014

You've met her, unofficially, but on Tuesday, Adriana will OFFICIALLY introduce herself to the club, and has prepared a wonderful presentation about her home country of Colombia.  Come and join in welcoming Adriana to our club, community, and Brenau University.

Better yet, bring a Friend and/or Prospective Rotarian!

See you at Rotary on Tuesday!



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Georgia Rotary Student Program.


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Posted on Sep 08, 2014




Lots of Happy Dollars...


Our GRSP Student, Adriana Acosta, from Columbia...


A District Funded Rotary Foundation Grant in the amount of $2,500 for our Hall County Memorial Project...


Members Elizabeth Evans and Sherman Britton receive their Blue Badges and surrender their Red Ones...


Welcome to our TWO newest members, inducted today, Teresa Woods and Joe Thomas...


Rotary International District 6910 Governor Bill Strickland and our Club's Officers and Directors...


Our club has THREE Past District Governors (Dianne, Lona, & David) and the District Governor Nominee for 2016-17 (Kim)...



Rotary District 6910 Governor Bill Strickland made his Official Visit to our club on Tuesday.  What an inspiring and enthusiastic message he shared with us!  Yay, Governor Bill!  You certainly fit the theme for the year, "LIGHT UP ROTARY."



Viva La Rotary!!!




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Posted on Aug 25, 2014

New member Sherman Britton gave his Vocational Talk today:



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Welcome to GRSP Student Adriana Acosta from Columbia 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2014



Eagle Ranch provides a Christ-centered children’s home for boys and girls in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, we pursue family restoration and reunification. We seek to influence and equip others who share a similar calling to impact children, families and future generations.

Eddie Staub, Executive Director, spoke to us about his program, NOW ENTERING ITS 30th YEAR!!!


CLICK HERE to learn more about Eagle Ranch.



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Posted on Aug 11, 2014

Welcome to our newest member, Michael Lancaster, inducted at the meeting today.


Pictured, left to right:  Carroll Todd (membership chair), Al Trembley (Michael's sponsor), newly inducted member Michael Lancaster, and Club President Paula Phillips.



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Rotary on August 5th - Martha Zoller "Fix The Debt" 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2014

Debbie Allen, Director of Operations, Beloved Atlanta, presented an very informative program on the issue and problem with sex trafficking and prostitution in the Atlanta area.   This organization, Beloved Atlanta, is working to help women 22 and older escape sexual exploitation.  This includes prostitution, sex trafficking, exotic dancing, and adult entertainment.  We learned that Atlanta is the predominant (#1) city for sex trafficking and prostitution due to its proximity to Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport and its popularity as an international convention venue.  The Christian faith-based program has instituted a program offering housing to abused women, counseling, and job opportunities. 


CLICK HERE to learn more...



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Posted on Jul 21, 2014


Stellar day at Rotary Club of Hall County. Fantastic fellowship, Superb program, AND PDGs Dianne and David presented Paul Harris Fellowships to members that they each sponsored into the club. Congratulations, Jim Syfan and Bob Sproul.

AND... The Rotary Club of Hall County's Per Capita giving to The Rotary Foundation for the fiscal year just ended was an ASTOUNDING over $900 per capita!!! Way to go, club members!



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Posted on Jul 21, 2014

Great program at Rotary Club of Hall County today. Anthony Williamson, VP of Development at NGMC-Braselton discussed the new hospital, to open in January. It will feature: 100 Beds, 4 nursing units, and a 12 bed ICU. It will boast a 17 Bay Emergency Department, and 7 Ors, 2 Cath Labs, Interventional Radiology, and 2 Endoscopy Suites, among other items.

CLICK HERE to learn more about NGHS!


See Pictures Below.



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Rotary on 15 July - Vocational Visit and Lunch at the Boys and Girls Club of Gainesville 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2014





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Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Today, we begin a new Rotary year under the leadership of President Paula Phillips.

The Rotary International theme for the year is "LIGHT UP ROTARY", and we look forward to Paula's leadership.


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Posted on Jun 23, 2014



Our Annual Awards Banquet was today, and we will be had a luncheon banquet at Luna's, in the Hunt Tower.

We were honored to have Past District Governor Gary Moore, who charted the club on 30 June 2009, as our Special Guest.


Here are a few pictures of the event:



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Rotary on June 17th - Club Assembly in Planning for the New Rotary Year 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2014


And the WINNERS are...

1st prize - One Week Stay in Destin, FL at Pope's Paradise - Mike Caudell

2nd prize - Fly Fishing Experience with Gourmet Lunch for Four -Tracy Tesmer

3rd prize - Hand Turned Burles Walnut Bowl by Bob Ford - Beth Evans

4th prize - 50 bales of South Georgia Pine Straw - Barbara Vickers

5th prize - South Pacific Necklace & Dusk Earrings - Tracy Ward

6th prize - Regions Green Bicycle - Greg Leach






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Rotary on June 3rd - Hall County Chamber of Commerce 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted on May 19, 2014

Dr Carroll Turner with Lanier Technical College presented a program today on the impact of the Incubator Program in Hall County and the world.  The Lanier Technical College's Business Incubator is in the sixth year of operation having served 16 clients representing 9 patents, 3 copyrights, and over 700 new jobs created.   It is evident Dr. Turner has a passion for his work and loves what he do, as he delivered a very interesting and informative program with enthusiasm.

Also, Lona Pope and Kim Waters were presented with the new Rotary Pin with Blue Back in Recognition of Sponsoring a New Member.  With the next member sponsored, the back will then be bronze, recognizing the Bronze Membership Sponsor Level.


CLICK HERE to learn more about LTCBI.


Dr. Turner's bio is below:

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Martha Ezzard, Author 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2014

Pepper Pettit, from the Rotary Club of Dawson County, shared with us some of the activities which his club has engaged in to grown and train their membership.  He related to us that one of the strongest aspects of club growth is actually member retention through engagement of the new Rotarian.


He noted that "you're not in a Rotary Club unless you have Rotary in your heart."


CLICK HERE to read an interesting article on Rotary Club Membership Recruitment and Retention.






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Posted on Apr 28, 2014


Andrea Timpone, Executive Director of Elachee Nature Science Center in Chicopee Woods, made a great presentation on Elachee Nature Science Center, a 1,400 acre development within the City of Gainesville. 

Elachee Nature Science Center has a lot of activities to become involved in.  Click below to learn more.

CLICK HERE to see a short video detailing Elachee Nature Science Center.

CLICK HERE to visit the Elachee Nature Science Center website.



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Posted on Apr 21, 2014


The District 1820 (Germany) Vocational Training Team (VTT) has arrived safely in Georgia! 

The Six member team visited our Club on Tuesday.  They are able to visit only a few select clubs while here, so we are very fortunate to have them.   

We had a very informative meeting as they discussed what they are experiencing and learning while here in the United States.  The group is all educators, and they have been visiting numerous schools (all grade ranges), colleges, and universities in District 6910.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Rotary Vocational Training Teams.

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Posted on Apr 14, 2014

What a great Vocational Visit to President Elect Paula Phillips' organization.  The club had lunch, heard from Paula about the abundant activities in her organization, and toured the facility.  Rehabilitation Industries of Northeast Georgia (RING) essentially serves citizens with disabilities in either giving them employment, training, and/or counseling to enable them to join the workforce.


Members enjoying lunch and fellowship.


Paula explaining some of the manufacturing processes which they undertake.


CLICK HERE to learn more about RING.




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Posted on Apr 07, 2014


Joe Elam from Habersham Bicycles provided a program on bicycling today.  the reasons many individuals bike is for fitness and stress relief, challenging for distance, and opportunity for a family to interact together.

Joe also talked about personal safety and responsibility that each cyclist has for riding in a safe manner and following the laws that apply to bicycling.  Part of being responsible is choosing both the time and location for safe cycling.  Helmets are required for anyone under 16 years of age and may be required on trails based on jurisdiction of trail.  He provides safety education information when someone purchases a bike from his shop.

In his discussion, Joe also takes about how the State of Georgia is slowly starting to become more bicycle friendly with bike pathways and lanes being developed for this activity.  Some communities are moving forward sooner, like the Silver Comet Trail, as a good example of a biking pathway.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Atlanta Bicycling Coalition.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Habersham Bicycles.


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Posted on Mar 31, 2014

David Post, Chairman of Care For Cops, discussed his organization with the club today.

David Post

CLICK HERE to see a very compelling video concerning Care For Cops

Assisting Families of Our Fallen Officers


Every day those in law enforcement risk their lives to protect us. The rising numbers of officer deaths in recent years has made us aware of the sacrifices we ask these men and women to make every day. Together we can help families of fallen officers in their time of need.

Care for Cops is a non-profit organization that has provided direct financial assistance to more than twenty-eight families since 2004. We provide direct financial assistance to families that have lost a loved one, helping to:

  • Provide resources in times of great need
  • Bridge the financial gap when a loved one is lost
  • Acknowledge the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers in Georgia


Law enforcement officers deserve to have the peace of mind of knowing their families will receive the assistance needed if they are killed in the line of duty.



To learn more about Care4Cops, CLICK HERE.

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Posted on Mar 17, 2014



From left to right:  Darren Hollis, Elizabeth Evans, Janeann Allison, Sherman Britton

Our Program today:


Tommy Howard from The Norton Agency

For over 25 years, The Norton Agency has presented an Economic Forecast for the coming year.

Tommy Howard presented the 2014 Norton Native Intelligence Report to our club.

CLICK HERE for Norton Native Intelligence.



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Posted on Mar 10, 2014


Our club has united with the two other Rotary clubs in Hall County to design and construct a monument to honor public safety personnel in Gainesville’s Roosevelt Square, with a May 2015 completion date set.  Members were updated on the project Tuesday.


“They don’t really consider themselves heroes,” Hooper said.


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Posted on Mar 03, 2014

...and some great humor!!!  What a great presentation!  Gordon gave us a lot of interesting history tidbits about Gainesville's and Hall County's history.


Gordon Sawyer and his wife, Jean, have been involved in this community’s activities so long that their pastor accuses them of personally remembering any history that comes up. In 1960, Gordon founded a business-to-business advertising agency here that dealt in national and international marketing. He retired from that in 1991, and dabbled in Republican politics in the year when Hall County went from all Democrat to all Republican. In 2001, he became founding chairman of RED CLAY Interactive, an internet marketing company located in Buford. But all the way, he admits he has been  a history nut.

He focuses on the history of mountainous Northeast Georgia and its people, pointing out this history is totally different from the traditional plantation history of Georgia. He has written six books about the history of this area, and today will talk with us about the book on Confederate General James Longstreet, who is buried in Gainesville’s Alta Vista Cemetery.

CLICK HERE to read more of Gordon's Articles



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Posted on Feb 24, 2014


Great program for Hall County Rotarians this past Tuesday. PDG Rich Panyik told us how he trained and rode in a 107 mile Ride for Polio. The annual ride is held in Tucson, Arizona, and this was the first time in over 50 years it rained and the temps were in the 50s.  It took Rich a little over 10 hours to complete the ride because of the incliment weather. 

$2.1 million was raised from the riders and matched from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Rich raised $9,000.00 that turned into $27,000 once matched.  

Rich's passion for Rotary and Eradication of Polio was very prominent in his presentation. 

After being asked if he took Performance Enhancing drugs to complete this ride...we all laughed and appreciated Rich's wonderful spirit.  He also trained and rode with his daughter, Cary. 

Thank you Rich and his wife Marla, who is a new Rotarian in Loganville, for a great program !


CLICK HERE to learn more about RIDE TO END POLIO.



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Posted on Feb 17, 2014

Steven Mickens, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County was our guest speaker today.  The folks at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County are doing an amazing job.  Great program, Steven.  If you aren't familiar with their activities, click below.

Also, the annual Boys and Girls Club Duck Derby is upcoming.  You DO NOT want to miss purchasing ducks for this fundraiser to be held at the Clarks Bridge Road Rowing Venue.



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County.





Steven Mickens, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County will be our guest speaker today.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

Steven Mickens, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County will be our guest speaker today.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

Steven Mickens, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County will be our guest speaker today.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

Steven Mickens, with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County will be our guest speaker today.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

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Posted on Feb 10, 2014

Unfortunately, due to the severe weather this week, it was necessary to cancel this event.  It will be rescheduled for a later date.


Our club will participate in a Zone 33/34 initiative to ensure no child is hungry February 14th.  With 67,000 Rotarians focusing on this single effort, we will make a difference.  
We will meet and have lunch at:  2145 Centennial Drive, Gainesville GA at SS Revolution Ministries to pack the backpacks for students who are hunger challenged.  These will go home with the kids on February 14th.  Please keep these suggestions in mind when you bring food for this project: 

Click on "MORE" below to see the rest of the story...


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Posted on Jan 20, 2014


Local Radio Personality, Ken Coleman spoke to the club about his experiences, his new book, and his success in "walking on" to a radio show two years ago.

Among other items Ken shared, he shared his "Sweet Spot" concept, which will probably be the topic of an upcoming book.  He stated that your "Sweet Spot" is that place in you where your GREATEST TALENTS are completely aligned with your GREATEST PASSIONS!!!

Great presentation, Ken!!!


Click here to learn more about Ken Coleman



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Posted on Jan 13, 2014

April Cummings gave a great presentation on "Serving Our Seniors" and how North Ga Senior Resources is doing so much to help our senior citizens and be a resource for families.

April is a native of Gainesville, GA growing up in the North Hall area and later moving to Oakwood where she graduated from Johnson High School. April is the Marketing Director for Southern Companions Home Care, a professional vocalist and worship leader at First Presbyterian and is now serving as the President of the North GA Senior Resources for 2014. Community is important to April and she is an active volunteer in the North GA Community including The Guest House, GA Mountain Food Bank and serves on the John Jarrard Foundation board.


CLICK HERE to learn more.



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Posted on Dec 16, 2013

Just a reminder to all that we will not have a luncheon meeting on Tuesday the 17th.

We will meet at the McClendon home for our Club Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m.

Remember:  The theme is MAD ABOUT PLAID!!!

See you there!


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Posted on Dec 09, 2013

Red Badge member, Tom Calvert, presented a very interesting Classification Talk in seeking his permanent Blue Badge.


Our newest member, Jim Syfan, was officially inducted into the club today as our newest Red Badge member.  Rotary Club of Hall County - Strong, and Growing!

Pictured below, left to right:  David Stovall (Jim's sponsor), Newest Rotarian Jim Syfan, Club Membership Chair Carroll Todd, and Club President Pat Freeman.





Past District Governor Bill Saint Clair, R/C Gainesville, delivered a great presentation on the Georgia Rotary Student Program which was founded in 1946.  The Georgia Rotary Student Program is unique to all of Rotary, and became  a model for The Rotary Foundation in its Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program.

Bring a guest and/or prospective Rotarian!

CLICK HERE to learn more about GRSP.

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Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army at Walmart today 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2013

What a day at Rotary Club of Hall County.  The winners of The Four Way Test Essay Contest at our Partners in Education School, Sugar Hill Elementary, arrived in our limo for the fourth consecutive year.  Parents, Guests, Members, and SHES staff were treated to three magnificent presentations of their speeches.

Viva La Rotary!

Viva La Sugar Hill Elementary School!

(a 2013 Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence School in Georgia)  

The really amazing thing, as Principal Beth Skarda explained, is that this school is a "poverty" school, as over 90% of the student population is on free or reduced lunch program.  Principal Skarda and all of her staff beam with pride when they talk about their school, and the Rotary Club of Hall County is very proud to be their Partner in Education.



Our Partner In Education:


CLICK HERE to learn more about The Four Way Test.



Meeting Preliminaries:

Lisa McCormack (below left, left side) and Ralph Taylor (below right, middle) trade their "Red" badges for their permanent "Blue" Badge after completing their initiation requirements.  Both are pictured with President Pat (right) and DGND Kim Waters.



We have an excited and growing club, now at 25 members, with another induction next week!  If you need a makeup, come join our fellowship.  We'd love to have you visit our club!



Sugar Hill Elementary School Principal, Beth Skarda, opened up the program with an explanation of her staff and school.  You can't talk with Principal Beth nor any of her staff and come away with anything but excitement about what they are being able to accomplish with the students at Sugar Hill Elementary.



3rd place winner, Anyrhi McCray presenting his essay. Great speech!


2nd place winner, Jocelyn Castro, whose public speaking skills are way more advanced than her years!  What a treat!




1st place winner, Malia Bryan, "brought the house down."  What an amazing application of The Four Way Test!!!

Congratulations to all three of you young stars!



All of the winners received plaques, certificates of recognition, and monetary recognition from the club.  

Awesome day at the Rotary Club of Hall County.



(The link above is a 15 minute YouTube audio of the entire Program today.)






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Posted on Nov 25, 2013


Fellow club member, David Stovall, spoke about The Rotary Foundation.  David served as a District Governor of RI District 6910 in 1994-95, has served as an International Assembly Training Leader, Chairman of the Zones 33 & 34 Institute in 2001, in numerous other Zone and International capacities, and served a term as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator of Zones 33 & 34 from 2002-2004 (Georgia, Florida, all of the French and English speaking countries of the Caribbean, and three countries on the north coast of South America).


CLICK HERE to learn more about The Rotary Foundation on your own.



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Posted on Nov 18, 2013


In honor of her recent selection as District Governor Nominee Designate for Rotary International in District 6910 in 2016-2017, the members of the Rotary Club of Hall County proclaimed her "Queen for a Day" of the club.  She was presented a crocheted crown and a large vase of fresh flowers.  She is pictured with District Governor Elect Bill Strickland who happened to be visiting with us at the meeting.



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Posted on Nov 14, 2013

Just after this picture of Kim Waters and Rotary International President Ron Burton, he turned to Kim and said "When will you be a District Governor, Kim?"   THE ANSWER:  Chosen on November 15, 2013 to serve as Governor of RI District 6910 in 2016-2017.

Congratulations, Kim!  The entire club is behind you.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2013

What an exciting day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!!!

We converted THREE members from their RED badge to their BLUE badge!

AND, we inducted TWO new RED badge members!



Sonja McClendon, center, with her sponsor, Lona Pope, and President Pat.


Tracy Tesmer, center right, with his sponsors, Bob Sproul & Kim Waters, and President Pat.


Al Trembley, center, with his sponsor, Tracy Tesmer (also turned Blue Badge today), and President Pat.




Tom Calvert, center, with his sponsor, Al Trembley (also turned Blue Badge today), and President Pat.


Corrie Hill, center, with her sponsor, Kim Waters, and President Pat.


SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to both Tracey and Al, who have sponsored new members within THEIR first couple of months of membership!



Club member Tracy Tesmer was recently named the "2013 Hall County Master Craftsman Award for Residential Builders" by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

All of that BEFORE a wonderful program!

Lorra Lee of the Small Business Access Partners, located in Gainesville, presented an excellent program on Small Business Administration loans to businesses.  Her company, SBAP, is a non-profit Certified Development company authorized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide Section 504 SBA financing throughout the entire State of Georgia.  She shared many interesting aspects of SBA lending, including qualifying, participation with commercial banks, and the entire loan completion process.  Thanks much, Lorra.


To Learn more about SBA 504 loans, CLICK HERE.

WOW!  What a day at the Rotary Club of Hall County!!!




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Posted on Oct 21, 2013


Retired Marine Colonel George Bailey spoke on Tuesday about ethics and specifically The Four Way Test.   Col. Bailey is District 6910 Guardian of Ethics Award Chair.   Accompanied by Jim Robinson, the district's vocational chair, the club heard from him about the Lee Arrendale Award and the Robert Stubbs Guardian of Ethics Award. 

George entered the United States Marine Corps Officer’s Candidate Program in 1952. His military occupation and
vocational duties while on active duty included:
•        Chief Judge for The U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps for the Northern Sector, Far East;
•        Solicitor General equivalent for the U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps;
•        Director of the United States Marine Corps Far East Law Cener;
•        General Court Martial Judge for the South Eastern United States for the USN and USMC;
•        Staff Judge Advocate for the Second Marine Division and Administrative Assistant to the J-7 Directorate, CINC-MEAFSA (Commander in Chief, Middle East, Africa,Southeast Asia). 

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Posted on Oct 14, 2013



Ronda Rich kept the Rotarians smiling and laughing as she shared her life story with us.  From a Gainesville Times writer to best-selling author and now an actress. Rhonda is living her passion all with her southern roots and accent intact. What a great informative and entertaining program. She is also teaching others to write in her workshops. One of which is coming up soon and has openings.



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Posted on Sep 30, 2013

Club members served a baked potato meal to teachers, parents, and students at our Partners in Education School, Sugar Hill Elementary School, on Tuesday October 1st.  Great fun and fellowship!!!

Sugar Hill Elementary was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, one of only eight public schools in the state to receive such distinction in 2013!

See pictures below.  (Or click on more... if it's minimized).

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Posted on Sep 30, 2013


Deborah Dietzler with Club President Pat.

Deborah Dietzler, Executive Director of the UGA Alumni Association, presented a wonderful program on the Univiersity of Georgia Alumni Association and its history, activities and accomplishments.



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Posted on Sep 23, 2013



Bill Whittel led a very interesting, informative, and thought provoking program as to Emergency Preparedness.  He even brought his "Emergency Backpack", and shared some of the items in it.  He explained that it's not just for a "National" emergency, but for any family emergency.  The items in his pack would be good to have on hand all of the time, and Bill explained that he carries the pack in the trunk of his car most of the time.  That's "FULL TIME" preparedness.  Gotta go start on my pack...

What would you do in the event of a National Disaster? CLICK HERE




Rotary on September 24th - September is Emergency Preparedness Month 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2013

Don Grimsley and Andrew Oxley spoke with us today on transforming to positive results in the workplace.

CLICK HERE to see more about their company's work. 

Four members of the club had taken their DISC personality quizzes, and they provided assessments of those individuals based on the answers each member provided.  It was a very informative and thought provoking program as to how the four personality types interact and function in both the workplace and private life.

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Rotary on September 17th - Transformation in the Workplace 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on September 10th - YouTube "HOOT" Day 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on September 3 - LABOR DAY HOLIDAY. NO MEETING! 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2013



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Posted on Aug 26, 2013


ImageGeorgia Secretary of State, Brian P. Kemp, presented a very informative overview of the Office of the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.  The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.  Secretary Kemp also had a question and answer session where he answered questions from members and guests.  Thanks, Secretary Kemp, for a great program!

CLICK HERE to visit the Ga. Secretary of State Website



Rotary on August 27th - Brian Kemp Secretary of the State of Georgia 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary on August 20th - Hall County Health Department 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
GRSP STUDENT Alexandra "Alex" Barraclough 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2013

We had a very informative presentation today by two members of the Narcotics Task Force for the area.  They discussed drug traffic in the area, and their efforts and successes in lessening drug traffic.

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Posted on Aug 05, 2013


Welcome to our newest member, Al Trembley (center, below), who was inducted into the club today.



Al is pictured with his sponsor, Tracey Tesmer (left), and Membership Committee Member, Dr. Don Crane (right).

Remember, August is Membership Month in Rotary.   Bring a guest and/or prospective member to Rotary next Tuesday.




Club members Melody Marlowe and David Stovall led an interactive workshop at our program today in bringing all of the membership "up to speed" on using ClubRunner, our website, accounting, and membership software for the club.  They also covered online makeups at both Rotary eClub of the South and Rotary eClubone.


Rotary on August 6th - Using ClubRunner 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2013

WELCOME, Governor Anton !!!




Governor Anton presented a very informative and interactive discussion of his walk in Rotary, and also entertained the Club a bit with his mind reading capabilities.  Shown above is Sonja having her mind read, Governor Anton in discussion with the club, and President Pat presenting a check to Governor Anton for one of his favorite charities, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, an organization which Governor Anton has been involved with for a long while.

Thanks, Governor Anton, it was great to have you visit with our club.  We thank you for your Leadership in District 6910.

Rotary on July 30th - District Governor's Official Visit 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
First Rotary International Female Vice President David Stovall 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2013


US NAVY Captain Jerry Moeller, Retired, gave a wonderful presentation and PowerPoint program to the club membership today.  Entitled "What Did You Do in the War, Dad?", Captain Moeller shared excerpts from his book on his naval experience which included detail not ordinarily heard as to World War II. 


Rotary on July 23rd - Jerry Moeller, USN, Retired 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
This is Rotary... 2013-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2013

Our club made a contribution to The Redbud Project, which funded the Linwood Nature Preserve on Gainesville City owned property.  The preserve, located at 160 Springview Drive, just off Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville, offers 3.5 miles of walking trails, bridges over a stream, a walk by Lake Lanier and through the forest.  In addition to this, there are several decks, making this the perfect escape for a lunch break.  For more info on The Redbud Project, visit their website at


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Posted on Jul 15, 2013

A Gainesville family well known for encouraging and advocating for people with disabilities has a good thing going. 

Helping extend the entrepreneurial spirit to more of the community, Randy Owens and his mother Marty came up with the idea of the Rooster's Perch.

The perch shop offers hand created gifts and coffee. The gift items are crafted by people with disabilities, according to Marty Owens.

"We sell gifts that they have made. It is a way for them to be employed, make some money and make contributions to the community," she said.

Those gifts are a diverse collection, including jewelry, yard art, scarves, head bands, fishing lures and turkey calls to name a few.

Marty Owens also said they plan to open a green house and garden center on site. The shop is part of the Randy and Friends organization and is at 869 Main Street.

The hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Marty Owens said they hope to expand those hours.
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Rotary on July 9th - Smart Lunch Smart Kid 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2013

Hai Dong presented a stiring presentation today on the Falun Gong persecution in China.  It is a topic which needs more publicity around the world.  Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School.  It is a discipline in which "assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) - is the foundation of practice."  Hai's presentation centered on the persecution of those practicing this ancient art. 



Dong was born and raised in Zhejiang province, China. He came to the US as an international student 16 years ago, studying polymer at Ga. Tech.

During his spare time, Hai Dong is involved in sporting several non-profit organizations. He gives presentations to share his understanding about China and traditional Chinese culture. 

Hai Dong holds multiple degrees in the field of engineering, and is currently a computer software engineer. 




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Posted on May 06, 2013

Fred Lanier's program today, entitled "Guide to the Markets" was a very informative presentation of financial information.  Fred covered not only domestic market data, but global financial information as well.  Fred shared, through charts and graphs, insight into the market which one might not otherwise garner. 



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Posted on Apr 29, 2013

Newly elected Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch made a wonderful presentation to the club today.  Recently elected, he explained a great number of changes and improvements which he is making in the department.  As he explained the changes, it was easy to see and feel his enthusiasm as the new Sheriff of Hall County.  In the process, he also detailed how a great number of his changes are more cost effective, and will save millions in costs of operating the Department.  Let's look for a really efficient, streamlined, and motivated Sheriff's Department in the near future under Sheriff Couch's leadership.




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Posted by Kim Waters on Apr 23, 2013

There was not a dry eye in the room as our GRSP (Georgia Rotary Student Program) student talked about GRSP and how it had changed her life.  Anne, along with her host 'mom' Lona Pope, encouraged members to consider hosting as a secondary host in the coming year.  Lona attested as to how the relationships developed as a host have enriched her life with past GRSP students still in touch and visiting with their children.  Anne had previously studied in Taipei and compared studying in Gainesville GA at Brenau University to that.  She said she felt as if she belonged everywhere she went.  Also, she spoke of the leadership skills and public speaking abilities it had helped her to develop.   She has traveled extensively during her time in the States and called her visit with the Denmark Ambassador in Washington DC one of her life's favorite moments.  She will go home next month and will return to political science studies, as she has learned here that is an area for which she has interest in pursuing.  We will all miss you, Anne!  Stay in touch with Anne on Facebook. 


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Posted on Apr 15, 2013

WOAH!!!  Out of all of the Rotary Clubs in Zone 34, which covers Georgia, Florida, and all of the English and French speaking Caribbean, only 56 clubs received the Rotary International 2012-2013 Public Image Citation.  The Rotary Club of Hall County was one of only 5 clubs in our district of over 75 clubs to receive the citation. 


Way to go, Rotary Club of Hall County Members!!!



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Rotary on April 16th - Hal Coleman 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 08, 2013


Rick Aiken, Executive Director of Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, told the story of how a humble cinder shelter building evolved into a modern spay/neuter facility.  Rick will soon retire after 25 years of service and his story was all about gratitude.  He told of how he fell in love with a dog at a young age after having his parents divorce.  From that time on, animals were a big part of his life. He worked in a zoo for many years and even lost his thumb to a hungry cat at the zoo.  A new Executive Director has been selected.  And a big retirement party is being planned.  


 Click to learn more about the Humane Society




Rotary on April 9th - Humane Society of Northeast Georgia 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 01, 2013


Dr. Bill presented a very informative program on networking, and the proper ways in which one may most effectively network in today's environment.


President Dianne presented Blue Badges to Todd Mershon and Janet Allison at our meeting today.  Congratulations, Janet and Todd !!!

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Posted on Mar 25, 2013


CLICK to view Sugar Hill Elementary School Website

We met today at our Partners In Education school, Sugar Hill Elementary School, on US Highway 129 South.  We heard about how much the school has changed over the past five years, including to the point that they are in nomination for a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award.  One of only eight nominees in the whole state!

ImagePresident Dianne presents the School Librarian our Speaker Recognition books.

ImageWe sat in toddler chairs, and they told us that the Kindergarten chairs were even smaller.  Fun visit!

ImageGreat to fellowship with the school teachers.

Rotary on March 26 - Sugar Hill Elementary School 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2013





ImageWhat's a WAPI???   It's a Water Pasteurization Indicator, and we are having a WAPI Party with pizza included at the home of Richard and Lona Pope from 6 til 8 p.m.  Members, Guests, and Friends, come join us.  We will be constructing WAPIs for shipment overseas where people are in dire need of these REUSEABLE devices.  It promises to be a fun AND PRODUCTIVE evening for our club and guests.

See pictures below...


Rotary on March 19th - WAPI Night at the Popes 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 11, 2013


Eric Nyuma ( pronounced Numa) spoke to our club at the invitation of Randy and Friends, a local non-profit organization, whose purpose is to see that people with disabilities are given the same choices, as any member of the community expects.

Mr. Nyuma is a social advocate and motivational speaker, whose heart is to see that Liberia is rebuilt and each Liberian is given equal opportunities. He works at the Ministry of Finance with the Department of Administration. He volunteers with the Second Lady of the Republic in her fight for the needs of women, children and people with disabilities. 

He showed a wonderful powerpoint presentation which made his talk really "touch home" with the membership.  We hope to work together with Eric, through Randy and Friends, to implement a project in Eric's region in the upcoming Rotary year. 

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Posted on Mar 05, 2013

Daniel Hagmaier, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, spoke of his beginnings as a football player turned youth minister.  His ministry has led him around the country, from small town Pennsylvania to Pacific Palisades, California.  Gainesville and First Presbyterian Church are blessed to have him serving here, as his passion about his work and calling are evident.


Rotary on March 5th-Reverend Daniel L. Hagmaier 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 25, 2013


Hall County's Habitat for Humanity chapter Executive Director, Ann Nixon, presented a wonderful and very informative program on Habitat for Humanity's efforts in Hall County.  She discussed their new store, which is located in the old Walmart Shopping Center, and discussed the new alliance with Hall County, which will enable Habitat for Hall to secure housing for at least six more families annually than in the past, a great enhancement to their activities.  Ann also discussed Volunteer Days at a Habitat worksite.  Hopefully, our club can plan a workday(s) in the upcoming Rotary year.


 Click Here to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity organization.



Rotary on February 26th - Habitat For Humanity 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 18, 2013

We met on the 19th at 5:30 p.m. for a "Happy Birthday Rotary" party at "The Cabin" behind the Gainesville Civic Center.  Everyone enjoyed barbeque and fellowship, PLUS a birthday cake for Rotary!!!

See pictures below...



Rotary on February 19th - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARY Party 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2013


Great program today!  Retirement Consultant, Chris Caldwell, presented a program on retirement planning unlike no other.  We typically think finances when discussing the topic, but Chris suggested happiness in retirement in dependent on much more.  Through his personal interviews with hundreds of retirees, Chris discovered there are five areas to consider for a happy retirement: 

·       Finances:  Plan on living a long time, save as much as possible, and have zero debt before retiring. 

·       Family:  Build relationships prior to retiring in order to enjoy family in retirement.

·       Fitness:  Our greatest asset is our health.  Take care of yourself: live healthy before retirement to assure good health in retirement.

·       Faith:  A relationship with God is essential for the support in dealing with life situations. 

·       Fellowship:  Retirees need a place to go – a sense of contributing.  It is easy to feel disconnected from society without association with a civic club, church, or other group.

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Posted on Feb 04, 2013

Image Ms. Jing Chen presented a wonderful program today concerning the history of China, its beliefs, customs, etc.  Jing is also a member of the Shen Yun Society of Atlanta.  Be sure to click on all of the links below to learn more about Shen Yun's chronology of over 5,000 years of Chinese history.


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Posted on Jan 28, 2013

Unfortunately, our Speaker for today had a "bout" with laryngitis, and was unable to join us.  We will definitely reschedule with him for a later date.

Instead, we played the Unlikely Answers Quiz.  Maybe you'd like to take it, too.  Answer all of the questions before you look further down for the answers.

Ten Questions:

  1. How long di the Hundred Years War last?
  2. Which country makes Panama hats?
  3. From which animal do we get catgut?
  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
  5. Of what material is a camel's hair brush made?
  6. The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean are named after which creature?
  7. What was the first given name of UK's King George VI?
  8. What colour is a purple finch?
  9. Where do Chinese gooseberries come from (location)?
  10. What is the usual colour of the black box in a commercial airplane?
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Posted on Jan 07, 2013

We celebrated Anne's (our GRSP student) 21st birthday today, and as a special treat, her parents and family are here visiting, and joined us at the meeting.


See more pictures below...

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Posted on Jan 07, 2013
peace-286Alliance for Smiles is a not for profit humanitarian organization that provides free cleft surgery around the world and works with local medical professionals to develop long-term multidisciplinary care to address the speech, hearing, dental, orthodontic and social suport neeeds of patients after surgery.

Last Summer, District 6910, sponsored a cleft surgery mission to Singida, Tanzania. While in Singida, the team worked with local surgeons and nurses to begin a training process which will ultimately enable them to provide this care.

The Elisha family is an example of their work. Four children from this family received free surgery for cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The Elisha family lives in the remote bush. In a family of 7 members, 6 have cleft lip and or palate. Every child in the family is impacted. They were unable to correct the palate of the youngest child because he was only one month old and needs to be one year before they operate on his palate. The one (who has cleft palate) is 26 years old and had to care for the children having surgery. She will decide if she wants her palate repaired during the next mission.

District 6910 has submitted a Matching Grant to TRF for a mission to Dhaka, Bangladesh leaving in March of 2013. Eleven of 19 team members are Rotarians, with five of those coming from District 6910.  Barbara will be discussing this very important work of Rotary International and District 6910 as our program on Tuesday.

Rotary on January 8th - Barbara Fisher and Alliance for Smiles 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 24, 2012


All of the Members of the Rotary Club of Hall County wish the Friends of our Club and our Fellow Members a Most Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holiday Wishes!!!


We will NOT meet on Christmas Day.




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Posted on Dec 17, 2012

As an outreach of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, Donna Redfeather and others brought a wonderful program of song and history of the Cherokee People in Northeast Georgia. 

This  program, sponsored by the History Museum of Sautee Nacoochee Community Center, tells a story of the Cherokee people that lived in our area.  Much more than a history, the daily lives of the native people are explored and wonderful legends are told--all supplemented with authentic music including flute, drums and vocals by Women of Heart.

The presentation is designed to be enjoyed by folks of all ages.

It informs and entertains and brings the Cherokees alive as a people with a well-ordered society, and traditions; not just another tribe. 

To learn more about other activities of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, "CLICK HERE". 

Rotary on December 18th - Live Legends & Music of the Cherokee People 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Christmas Party on December 13th 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Dec 03, 2012

We had an event packed and great meeting today at the Rotary Club of Hall County.

As a show of appreciation to our weekly program speakers, we donate a children's book to the library at Sugar Hill Elementary School in honor of our speaker, with a placard in the binder.  Shelley Palmour and Shelley Palmour State Farm sponsor this project for us, and today, Shelley presented President Dianne and the club with TWO baskets of new books for us to use in honoring our weekly speakers.  See pictures below.

We inducted the newest member of Rotary International today (at least for a few minutes) as we welcomed Janet Allison into the Rotary Club of Hall County.  See pictures below of her sponsor, Melody Marlowe, "pinning" Janet as the newest Rotarian worldwide.

John Haynes III, District 6910 C.A.R.T. Chairperson, gave an informative presentation to the club about the background and activities of the Coins For Alzheimer Trust.  The effort was founded in the Carolinas and has already spread to much of the Southeastern United States in Zones 33 & 34 of Rotary International.


See pictures below...

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Posted on Nov 26, 2012


PDG Nathan Carmack presented a stirring powerpoint presentation on the Haiti Project, in which Rotary Clubs in all of RI Zones 33 & 34 provide assistance and project implementation in Haiti. 

Also, at the meeting...

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Posted on Nov 19, 2012

Benny Nix presented our program today, with thoughts on how we can learn to be content with what we have in life.  He also discussed how many people say "Thanks", with no meaning, and explained how we can learn to be truely thankful in life.

 Benny is a Baptist preacher, but in the words of his daughter Melody, who is a member of our club, "Don't hold that against him." He was born and raised in Gainesville and currently lives in Clermont with his wife Mary Lou. Benny was ordained in 1963 and has spent his adult life serving in churches in Hall, White, and Union Counties. Currently he serves as Pastor Emeritas at Union Baptist Church, where he was pastor for 48 years. Benny is well-known throughout our community for his comedy skits and musical entertainment that he shared with many over the years. He is a journalist/writer and an accomplished guitarist. Plan on attending this special Thanksgiving meeting.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2012

Leo Lawrenson from the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett spoke on the "WAPI PROJECT."  What's a WAPI?

Leo presented a powerpoint program to the club, explaining what a WAPI does, why it's needed, and constructed a WAPI during his presentation.  Basically, WAPI stands for Water Pasteurization Indicator.  It's used in areas where there may be organizms in the water which would render it unsafe to drink.  When a WAPI is inserted into a container of water over heat, the wax in the WAPI melts at the temperature of 149 degrees, the same temperature at which microorganisms die. 


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Posted on Oct 31, 2012

As of 1 November 2012, Rotary International approved our new name - Rotary Club Of Hall County. While our old website is still operational, we have a new website up at: 

We still have some redesign in the coming week to remove Sunset from all of the documents, but feel free to give this new website to friends and colleagues. The old website redirects to our new home, so not to worry.


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Posted on Oct 29, 2012
ImageOur program today was the 4Way Test Essay Contest winners from Sugar Hill Elementary School.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the fifth grade each presented their essay to the club.  We picked them up at school in a limo, brought them and their teachers and parents to the meeting, and delivered them back to school.  Each of these young ladies gave wonderful presentations.  The judges had a daunting task in making these decisions.  Member Tim Lovell gave a "Rotary in 5" presentation on the history of The 4Way Test, and how its author, Herbert J. Taylor, used the test to rescue Club Aluminum Company from insolvency.
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Posted on Oct 22, 2012

Rotary Group Study Exchange Team member Melissa Gill gave a wonderful presentation concerning her 2010 Group Study visit to England.  It was a life changing experience for her, and she has now joined Rotary, and is the President Elect of the Rotary Club of White County!!!

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Posted on Oct 08, 2012

Congratulations to the NEWEST ROTARIAN IN THE WORLD.  Welcome to our club, Todd.





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Our Club's President Elect for 2013-2014 Announced Today 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0