This week’s speaker: Carrol Dadisman author of “Dear Old U-G-A”

Carrol Dadisman is the author of Dear Old U-G-A, a 120-year history of the University of Georgia as reported and reflected in pagescarrol dadisman of The Red and Black, UGA’s independent student newspaper, since its founding in 1893. The book was inspired by his service on the board of directors for The Red and Black.

Carrol graduated in 1956 with a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He is a retired publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat. He has been a Knight International Press Fellow and was the founding president of the Community Foundation of North Florida in Tallahassee. Carrol has been a member of Rotary in Marietta, Columbus and Tallahassee, and currently resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Mildred.


Making the most of your Millennials – Shirley Serini – 2015-04-01

Shirley Serini
Dr. Shirley Serini

You may have them in your home or in your office. They wait on you in every retail establishment you enter. They are the Millennials—the approximately 80 million young adults born between 1980 and 2000. They are the best educated, most optimistic, digital natives who haven’t learned yet not to ask “why?” They’re frustrating, enchanting, and profoundly changing the world of work forever. How do you make the most of them? Shirley Serini, one of our members, will share some insights and ideas in this week’s program. Shirley is an assistant professor who teaches public relations at VSU. Her research interest in Millennials is based on the young adults she teaches and the hope for the future she sees in them. An accredited public relations professional, she has both a professional and a teaching background in public relations. Originally from Chicago, she has been teaching for more than 30 years, the last four at Valdosta State University. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, a masters from the State University of New York, and a doctorate from the University of Iowa, as well as a diploma in Family Life Ministry from Creighton University. She has worked as a professional fund raiser, communication director, broadcast art director, public relations consultant, free lance writer, and retail manager, in addition to providing public relations consulting and services to a variety of local and national not-for-profit organizations. She is an award-winning scholar who has presented her research nationally and internationally.



Brad Lawson and Georgia Christian School – 2014-11-19

Brad Lawson
Brad Lawson

Continuing with the education theme, our own Rotary member Brad Lawson, will bring us an overview and update on Dasher’s Georgia Christian School. Celebrating its centennial this year, Brad is currently the President and he regularly brings InterAct students from the school to our meetings.

Brad grew up in the Chattanooga, TN area. He received a BA in Social Science from Harding University (’95) and moved to Valdosta to teach middle/high school at Georgia Christian School (GCS). In 2000, he joined the US Army and was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area (The Old Guard). After four years, he returned to Valdosta to teach at Echols County until 2008. Since 2008, he has been the lead administrator at GCS and currently holds the title of President.

Brad earned his Master’s in Education in ’03 (UMUC), his Educational Specialist in Leadership in ’06 (VSU) and is currently finishing work on his Ed.D. in Leadership (VSU). He is married to Patience McMullen Lawson and they have three boys, Reagan, Rowan, and Ryder.



Julie Hiers – Scintilla Academy – 2014-11-12

Julie Hiers
Julie Hiers

What is a Charter School and Scintilla Charter Academy ?

The mission of Scintilla Charter Academy is to increase student achievement and develop social responsibility through educational innovations in a safe community of involved families and educators. 


Julie Hiers, president of Scintilla Charter Academy, will give a presentation about the recently approved charter school in Valdosta.


Julie Hiers, an “air force brat” who moved to Valdosta her Junior year of high school, considers this town her home. She graduated from Valdosta High School, received a ECE undergrad and Masters in Interrelated Special Education from VSU, and a Specialist degree in Leadership from Nova Southern University. She worked for 17 years at SL Mason as a Para educator, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, and academic coach. She then was an Assistant Principal at J.L Lomax for 2 years and at Sallas Mahone for 4 years. Hiers is married to David Hiers, and they are members of the First United Methodist Church. She is very involved in the community including: Leadership Lowndes, VSU FCA Board Member, Georgia Association of teacher Educators (Gate), and Troop leader for American Heritage Girls.