Diane Fletcher – Cancer Coalition of South Georgia 7/23/14

Thanks for a great turnout last week at the Hilton Garden Inn.


This week’s program will be presented by Diane Fletcher of the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia. Every one of has been touched by this disease in some way. Diane will give us a report from the front lines in this battle.

Our greeters this week are the Barnes twins–Felicia and Steve!

See you on Wednesday as we take another step to put Service above Self.

Your friend in Rotary, Bob

NOTE: RI President Gary Huang has asked Rotarians around the world to observe Aug. 16 as Family of Rotary Day. In that spirit, we are planning a cookout in partnership with Valdosta North and the Nashville/Berrien Club.

  1. We will have the event at McKey Park beside the tennis courts on Saturday, Aug. 16, 11:00-1:00.
  2. Burgers, dogs, and great Rotarians!
  3. Our own Jeremy Chick is rallying the troops to help make it all happen.
  4. Since that will be our Club meeting that week, we will NOT meet the prior Wednesday, Aug. 13.
  5. We need you to SIGN UP so we can prepare the food appropriately.
  6. YOUR WHOLE FAMILY IS WELCOME! Just let us know how many…

Club Assembly – July 9, 2014

Bob Moon

We’re anticipating a great day at Rotary at the Rainwater Center!

This Club Assembly launches our year with an overview of our work and plans for 2014-2015. It will be fast-paced and informative. Sometimes we’re unaware of the scope of Rotary’s impact and our Club’s part in it. This week’s program will help dispel some of the fog and bring clarity to our mission. Plus we’ll send you off with a great tool to help you invite others to be a part of our Club. And if that doesn’t make you drool with anticipation, I’ll teach you RI President Gary Huang’s “Happy Clap” from his Taiwan Club! President Gary has chosen this as his year’s theme.

Click on the link for this week’s Rota-Reel.  July 9 2014 RR

Dont’ forget! NEXT WEEK (July 16) OUR ROTARY CLUB MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN at 1702 Gornto Rd. (The Rainwater Center has scheduled maintenance during that time. We will return to the Rainwater Center the following week.)

See you at the Rainwater Center as we Light Up Rotary!

Your friend in Rotary, Bob

Changing of the Guard Today! – June 25, 2014

Dear Friends,

Bob Moon and I are looking forward to seeing all of our fellow Rotarians at the last meeting of our Club year TODAY, Wednesday, June 25.  Yes…we will be meeting at Rainwater Conference Center!  You will have an opportunity to thank this year’s outstanding Rotary Board of Directors for their exceptional work on membership recruitment, LEAD, Imagination Library, Golf Tournament, Racing With Rotary, Service Above Self Award, Speaking Contest….and the list goes on.

We also will meet our 2014-15 Board members, and welcome the new leadership team today. Like any good leader, Bob Moon has been preparing himself for this important leadership role for months. You won’t believe the great plans he and the Board have for making our Club even more meaningful to our members, our community and our world!

It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve as your president this year. Thank you — sincerely — for giving me this opportunity.

Your friend, Myrna

2014 June 25 Rota-Reel


LEAD Dinner February 20th

On Thursday, February 20th our Rotary Club will be hosting the 7th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. This dinner, a signature event for our club, is used to raise money to assist our local law enforcement officers and their families in times of need. The 2013 LEAD Dinner was attended by more than 425 area business leaders and Rotarians, in addition to an ample representation by both the Valdosta Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. Rotarians should buy their tickets now and make plans to attend. The event is held at the James Rainwater Conference Center with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and dinner starting at 7 p.m. There will be presentations made to each department’s “Officers of the Year” with the festivities slated to end around 8:30 p.m. The photo above shows last year’s Officers of the Year, Officer Derrick Keene and Deputy Todd Moye. Make plans to attend now.

From left to right: LCSO Chief Deputy Joe Crow, Deputy Todd Moye, Ga. State Attorney General Sam Olens, Officer Derrick Keene and VPD Chief Frank Simmons.
From left to right: LCSO Chief Deputy Joe Crow, Deputy Todd Moye, Ga. State Attorney General Sam Olens, Officer Derrick Keene and VPD Chief Frank Simons.

January 8 Declared Bill Booth Day

Rotary Members gather to honor Bill Booth
Rotary Members gather to honor Bill Booth


January 8th was declared “Bill Booth Day” (pictured above in the center sitting down). Bill is a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Valdosta and Rotary District 6920 who was honored for his many contributions to the club. Bill is retiring to Quitman and will be moving his Rotary membership to the Quitman Club.

5th Annual LEAD Dinner










The Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner (L.E.A.D.) is the signature project of the Rotary Club of Valdosta. The dinner is attended by Valdosta and Lowndes County government officials, area agencies involved with the law enforcement community and businesses and individuals who support our area’s law enforcement professionals.

The 5th annual LEAD dinner was held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.  Judge John Edwards Jr. was the event’s master of ceremonies. After acknowledging the city and county officials who were present, the judge said, “We expect law enforcement to be there when we need them…we want to know they are patrolling our streets and protecting our neighborhoods…but tonight is the night we need to be there for them.”

Photo credits: Dawn Castro/Valdosta Daily Times.  Click here to read the entire article: LEAD Article

GRSP Update

We are sad to report that this year’s GRSP recipient Emma Harte decided to return to her homeland of Scotland this semester.  This does, however, free up one-half of our financial commitment allowing us to move forward with securing a student for the 2012-2013 school term.

Our first choice for the new term is a young man from Turkey.  We have just received word that he has accepted our scholarship offer to attend Valdosta State University.  Now he must make application to attend VSU and apply for his student VISA.  Once he has completed these measures we will be able to establish personal contact.  We are very excited about the coming year and hope to establish lifelong friendships.

We will be making several pleas over the next few months asking for volunteers and additional hosts to help make his year in Valdosta a profitable and memorable year for him as well as the members of our club.  We look forward to showcasing all that the Valdosta community and South Georgia has to offer.  For more on the Georgia Rotary Student Program visit:  www.GRSP.org.