Congressman Austin Scott – 2015-08-19

Austin ScottAustin Scott is in his third-term as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District. Prior to his election to Congress 2010 he was a small business owner and spent 14 years in the Georgia state House, beginning with his first election at age 26.

Austin, who graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance, owned and operated an insurance brokerage firm for nearly twenty years.
He is known as a conservative on both economic and social issues and as a fierce defender of limited government, a strong national defense, and our 2nd Amendment rights.

Austin’s political experience on the state level and background in risk management has given him a unique perspective in Washington. He utilizes that understanding to draft and promote legislation which works to open access to capital for American businesses, eliminate burdensome regulations on entrepreneurs and investors, and provide economic opportunities for the next generation.

In the 114th Congress, Scott was appointed Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. Additionally, he continues his post on the House Armed Services Committee where he serves on the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee and the Readiness Subcommittee.

Join us at noon on Wednesday at Rainwater Conference Center for this presentation.


Club Assembly – Membership – 2015-08-12

This week we will be focusing on our own club during our Monthly Club Assembly. We will be inducting a new member, give out a blue badge, recognizing  a Will Watt Fellow, learning more about being Paul Harris Fellow or Will Watt Fellow and the Rotary Foundation, learning about the District Database and and disussing how we can recruit and retain new members. We will have an update on the Imagination Library from Dennis Marks.

Looking forward to seeing you at noon on Wednesdayrotary-emblems

Jack Hartley
President 2015-2016


Jim Zachary – Valdosta Daily Times – 2015-08-05

Jim Zachary
Jim Zachary

Jim Zachary is the editor of the Valdosta Daily Times. He is a member of the board of directors of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the founder and Director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, a member of the board of directors of the Red & Black newspaper at UGA and a regular presenter at journalism workshops and seminars for the Georgia Press Association, Georgia College Press Association and Tennessee Press Association.

Jim is a newspaper veteran who has championed open records and open meetings causes throughout his career. Largely due to his work as a public watchdog, Jim has been recognized by his peers this year with accomplishments that include:

• 2015 Associated Press Media Editors Award: First Place Freedom of Information • 2015 Associated Press Media Editors Award: First, Second, Third Place Best Editorials • 2015 Georgia Press Association: First Place Community Service for Open Government Advocacy • 2015 Georgia Press Association: First Place Editorial Page



Georgia Transportation – Russell R. McMurray

Russell R. McMurray
Russell R. McMurray P.E.

Russell McMurry was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation by a unanimous vote of the State Transportation Board on January 20, 2015.

Prior to being named Commissioner, he was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Planning Director. He had served as Chief Engineer since January 1, 2013.

Commissioner McMurry began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1990, as an engineering trainee, and has served in a variety of roles throughout his career. His experience ranges from serving as Construction Project Manager to District Engineer for 5 years. At the State level, he served as State Roadway Design Engineer, while also serving in a joint role as the Assistant Division Director of Engineering.

Commissioner McMurry is a Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Southern University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.

Please join us on Wednesday at noon.


Top Ten Leadership Lessons – Shana D. Young – 2015-07-22

Shana D. Young
Shana D. Young

Shana Young is a certified Human Behavior Consultant focusing on helping individuals to understand theirs and other personalities in order to improve communication and become a more effective leader. Shana is also a certified executive coach and was the lead on research, development, and writing of the ‘City of Columbus’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.’

Shana currently serves on numerous boards in Columbus, i.e. Hope Harbour, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Home for Good, and the Jr. Service League.

Shana is married to Donnie Young, also of Columbus. They have two daughters, Parker Ruth and Camryn Ann.

We are considering a new member this week and our greeters are scheduled to be Carl Cates and Stacey Bush, please  join us at noon on Wednesday at the Rainwater Conference Center.


Sandi Shaw – Thomasville Entertainment Foundation – 2015-07-15

Sandi Shaw
Sandi Shaw

Sandi Shaw is a current board member of the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Sandi is also the owner of the Accidental Gallery where she teaches art and curates art shows.

Sandi is a past president of the Kansas City Symphony Guild and a past board member for the Kansas City Metropolitan Theatre.

During Sandi’s career, she enjoyed teaching social work at San Jose State University, and directing the Spelman Medical Foundation in Kansas City. Sandi was also a trustee for Starr King School for the Ministry, part of the UC Berkley School of Graduate Theology.

Sandi and her husband, Mark, live in Thomasville with their retired cat and dog.

See you at noon on Wednesday at the Rainwater Conference Center.


Passing of the Gavel – 2015-06-24

As I compose my last email to you as President of our Club, I need to say THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING! It has been an honor I never dreamed of having. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun. And YOU have done a great job to help Light Up Rotary.

This week we celebrate the Passing of the Gavel to our incoming President Jack Hartley.

We are in great shape with our leadership as Molly Deese will be our President-Elect and Tom Gooding our President Designee. (Just a reminder that Molly will serve as our Membership Chair this year and Tom will be our Program Chair. Please pass along your program suggestions to Tom!)

Thanks again for the honor of serving.

Your friend in Rotary,

Terminal President Bob

Passing of the Gavel Photos – 2015-06-24

Safe Routes to School – 2015-05-20

Chelsea Carter
Chelsea Carter

Chelsea Carter has been a School Outreach Coordinator with the Safe Routes to School Resource Center for 2 years. As a Mass Communications graduate of Valdosta State University, Chelsea happily lives in Valdosta while assisting 62 counties in SRTS program implementation, networking and event planning.

Come to Rainwater Conference Center at noon on Wednesday to hear this about this vital program for school safety.


Nepal Relief – Special Giving – 2015-05-13

Today is club assembly week but we will be having a special donation for Nepal.

The disaster in Nepal has staggered that nation. Thousands have been killed. Almost 3 million are homeless.

Shelter Box Contents
Shelter Box Contents

Rotary is one of the organizations that wants to respond and help. District Governor Ted Thompson is giving $10,000 from Global Grants to this project. He has challenged each Club to give a $1,000 ShelterBox (a special tent with basic survival supplies). See DG Ted’s letter below.

I called a special Board Meeting today to present this need. Corey Hull, who headed up Racing with Rotary, suggested that we use $600 in profits from Racing with Rotary. We also have $250 committed from Global outreach. That put us at $850. One of your outstanding Board members said, “I’d like to give $50.” Four others chimed in.

Here’s the bottom line: We have enough for the $1,000 ShelterBox. But Rotarians aren’t known for doing just enough to get by. We want to do more and make a difference by generously putting service above self.

So I’m asking if there is anyone else in the Club who would like to make a contribution so we can give more. The amount doesn’t matter. Just give what you feel called to give. No pressure. No guilt. Only if you feel led to do so.

Would you bring that to TODAY’S MEETING? I’d like to present a check to DG Ted that totals all that we have–including what we all bring today — Wednesday – May 13th.

Your friend in Rotary,

Bob Moon, President


Red Cross & Hurricane Preparedness – Terri Jenkins – 2015-05-05

Terri Jenkins
Terri Jenkins

Terri Jenkins has worked for the American Red Cross for six years and is currently the American Red Cross Executive Director. Her duties include volunteer development, fundraising, relationship management and working with the board of directors to reach financial goals set for the chapter.

Jenkins joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in 2007 when she joined the board of directors. She was the Recording Secretary for two years then became the Philanthropy Committee Chair.

In 2009, Jenkins was hired as the executive director of the chapter which then covered four counties. A year later, the coverage area grew to 11 counties when she acquired the chapters in Moultrie and Thomasville and the Valdosta Chapter became the South Georgia Chapter. As of January 1, 2015, the American Red Cross of South Georgia covers 20 counties.