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.





Racing with Rotary 2015



The Rotary Clubs of Valdosta invite you to join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at McKey Park for Racing with Rotary.  This family event includes a 5K race that begins at 7:45 AM and a Walk/Run that begins at 8:45 AM.  T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners.  Register NOW online at:   You can also download your printable registration form here:  2015 Racing with Rotary Registration, or by clicking on the Racing with Rotary registration form below.


All of the proceeds from the event will benefit local charities and help sponsor our Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP).  Georgia Rotarians believe that “Peace is Possible” and through GRSP promote international goodwill through the bonds of friendship and understanding. To learn more about GRSP, visit

Register ONLINE NOW at:

OR, download your printable registration form TODAY!

2015 Racing with Rotary Registartion

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.



Club Assembly – Literacy Month – 2015-03-11

Literacy TeamClub Assemblies are time when we recognize the achievements of the club and of our members. It’s the time when we have new members join, mark milestones like birthdays and anniversaries and “upgrade” from red to blue badges.  This week we will hear from the Imagination Library team about the project to deliver books to children in our community, free of charge. Last week, team members were with us as a warm up.


Don’t forget that we are meeting at the Valdosta Country Club this week (not the Conference Center!)  See you there.


Community Foundation for South Georgia – 2015-02-04

Randae Davis
Randae Davis

Randae Davis earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. He joined the Community Foundation of South Georgia in 2008. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Davis had a rewarding career serv- ing the citizens of South Georgia as a law enforcement officer and as a Senior Claims Representative with Progressive Insurance. He is married to Joy and they have two children, ages 9 and 6.

He is responsible for managing the relationships with the donor base, fund rep- resentatives and nonprofit organizations. He oversees development and completes due diligence for all grant advisements and handles the marketing and communications for the foundation. Randae is a 2012 Hull Fellows graduate and alumni of the 2013 class of the Institute of Georgia’s Environmental Leadership.



Tim Riddle – Valdosta Lowndes Tourism Authority – 2015-02-25

Tim Riddle
Tim Riddle

Don’t miss today’s program!  We will hear from Tim Riddle, the executive director of the Valdosta Lowndes Tourism Authority.

Our meeting location, Rainwater Conference Center is the home of the Tourism Authority.  If you aren’t familiar with all the features of this great facility be sure to ask Tim for a tour. But tourism is more than just the conference center, so come and hear what Tim has to say.


Club Assembly – Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Bob Stump – 2015-02-11

Dr. Bob Stump
Dr. Bob Stump

At our club assembly, we honor and commemorate a special member of the Valdosta Rotary Club, Dr. Robert L. Stump, Jr. He is celebrating his 100th birthday as well as
68 dedicated and faithful years as a Valdosta Rotarian. We are here to celebrate with him!

He received a degree in medicine from Emory University in 1940 and practiced as a medical physician for the local Valdosta community as well as in St. Louis, Indiana, and Tennessee as well. Dr. Stump was inducted as a member of the Valdosta Rotary Club in 1946 in legacy of his father, Robert Stump, Senior, and holds the po- sition as the longest sustained Valdosta Rotarian to-date.