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President Cindy Haddon
President Elect Stuart Cofer
Secretary Tammy Gilland
Treasurer John Quackenbush
Past President James Deaton
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Foundation Director Dianne Wright
Youth Services Director Al Rother
Club Membership Director Tom Odom
Sergeant-At-Arms Stuart Cofer
Public Relations Director Eadaoin Waller
Fund Raising Director Rick Waller
Ramp Co-Chair Joe Chaffin
Club Administration Director Joe Crosland III
Service Projects Director Will Ross
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Rotary Club of Oconee County

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM

Watkinsville Community Center

191 VFW Dr
P. O. Box 76
Watkinsville, GA 30677
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Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 22, 2014

Terry was raised in Brunswick GA and had the great opportunity to attend and graduate from the USAF Academy in Colorado and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in 1963.  Col.Boswell was in the USAF for 31½ years,  His last combat mission was flying a F-4 (one of 7 combat plus many commercial aircraft) in the Vietnam Conflict.  He took us through the development and use of laser terminal guidance missiles and details of his Vietnam flights.  Terry is currently servng as Secretary of the Washington GA Rotary Club. Thank you for visiting us today and thank you for your distinguished service to our country..

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 22, 2014

Club Member Johannes Kohler introduced two German school principals (Johannes Seel and Chrustioher Textor) who are part of a six person VTT team of educators from the Frankfurt area studying how GA handles the integration of nonnative speakers into the school system. They are members of the Rotary Club of Bad Homburg and are sponsored by the Rotary Foundation.  Our member, Johannes, was the host of these gentlemen over Easter.  A similar team from the USA will be visiting Germany in May which is coordinated by Classic City Rotarian Paul Matthews.  Many thanks, Gentleman,.for your visit to our club.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 18, 2014

Rocky Branch Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for April 2014 is Maddy Dickens who is shown here with Al Rother, Club Director of Youth Services, Mother Dana Dickens and Grandparents Andra and Wanda Dickens.

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 15, 2014

Dr. Donald Leo was the Speaker at our 14 April 2014 meeting. Don Leo, a Virginia Tech vice president and former associate dean was recently named the first dean of the newly created College of Engineering at UGA in 1 July 2013.. Don earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his master's and doctorate degree from the University of Bulffalo.  He spoke about the vision of the newly created school and engineering which is already recognized as a leading engineering program in the country. We were delighted to meet him and hope to have a return visit in a few years. 

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 14, 2014

High Shoals Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for April 2014 is Kate Eggleston who is shown here with father and mother Randy and Joanne, brother Drew and Al Rother, Club Director of Youth Services.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 08, 2014

To celebrate the occasion, Club President Cindy Haddon turned the meeting over to Charter Members.  Jack Curtis (President 1980-1981), with gavel in hand, opened the meeting in style and grace.  The same can't be said about Steve Denman acting as the Sgt.-at-Arms (but he is not expected to be).  Bob Marable served as Secretary, and Fred Liebl sold Raffle Tickets which resulted in our largest 50-50 Jackpot ever going to James Morris.  Thanks guys, for sticking around for 34 years.  Your past leadership is greatly appreciated.  Jack and Steve are shown in the photo taking charge of the rowdy members.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 08, 2014

Major League Baseball Star Randy Jackson joined us on 8 April 2015 (the Club's 34th Anniversary) to tell his many tales of experiences in college and the majors.  Randy is noted for a 9 year career as a third baseman with the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, L. A. Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and back with the Cubs in his last season.  He also helped lead both Texas Christian and Univ. of Texas at Austin to consecutive Cotton Bowl Classic appearances as a halfback.  He shared many light hearted experiences with us and he was truly enjoyable.  Randy is shown in the photo at left with Jack Curtis, our 1st Club President (1980).
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 07, 2014

Eleven Members of Oconee County Rotary Club gathered at a residence on Rays Church Road to build a ramp for Marvin and Velma Barber.  The construction team consisted of (l to r) Marion Butler, Will Ross, Steve Miller, Bill Ross, Al Rother, James Morris and Doug Weiraugh.  Not shown are Dean Bright, Johannes Kohler, Dan Sawyer and Art Zimmerman.  Also shown are Velma,  Ashlyn (grandaughter) and Marvin (sitting on porch).  The work began at 8:00 AM and wrapped up at 1:30 PM.  

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Apr 02, 2014

Greg McGariy was our speaker on 1 April and gave us a great overview of the athletic dept. at the University of Georgia.  Greg joined UGA in August 2010 after having the same job at the University of Florida for 18 years.  In the short time that he has been here, he has injected imagination and innovation into the GA. Athletic Association.  McGarity overseas a 21-sport athletics program supported by a $92 million budget.  He has created a nutritional program, customer service as well as community service, scoreboard upgrades and the development of leadership programs fostering staff development.  Also, he has accepted new ideas such as moving volleyball competition to Stegeman Coliseum and helping bring a concert to Sanford Stadium.  All the sports have flourished since his arrival at UGA.  Thanks to Judge Lawton Stephens (a long time friend) for securing his visit.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 31, 2014

Oconee Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for March 2014 is Kylie Tottenl who is shown here with Al Rother, Club Director of Youth Services
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 25, 2014

Here is one of the "Garden Markers" that Club President Cindy Haddon acquired for the Rotary Club's Bulb Planting Project.  Will Ross, Projects Director, created the bulb planting concept. 

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 25, 2014

In 1985, Rotary International launched "PolioPlus", the first and largest health initiative to end Polio in 125 countries with an initial pledge of US$120 million.  In 1988, Rotarians raised US$247 Million.  Today, we have eradicated 2.5 billion children and there are only 3 endemic countries left with this crippling disease.  Our club members are joining the likes of Bill Gates, Archie Panjabi, Psy, Jackie Chan, Ziggy Marley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Amanda Peet, and Jack Nicklaus in taking part in Rotary’s “This Close” campaign.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 25, 2014

The Club collected food and cash ($489) from members for "Food for Kids" program of the Oconee Area Resource Council.  Shown at left are Club Members and OARC Executives: Jerry Wages, Will Ross, James Morris, President Cindy Haddon, Ann Hester (OARC), Johnny McCutcheon, Ann Gerber (OARC) and Scott Norris.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 25, 2014

Prof. Kretzchmar entertained our membership at our meeting this mornig when he spoke about "Southern Dialects: What's Happening".  Currently, he is pursuing his research and teaching on American English, language variation, and computer methods for description, analysis, and presentation of language data from literary sources.He is developing a Web site to accommodate thousands of hours of audio presentations on various unique variations in language. Bill is shown at left with Club President Cindy Haddon. Thanks, Bill, for an informative and entertaining presentation!
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 18, 2014

Doug Bolton,a Rotarian from the Covington GA Club and currently serving as Assistant District 6910 Governor visited our Club today to tell us about GSE (Group Study Exchange)..  In 2010, he was the GSE Team that went to England for one month.  The Team consisted of four professionals that are Non-Rotarians.  The team visited many Rotary Clubs in England and stayed at a Rotarians home as they moved about England.  The photos that Doug showed this morning in a PowerPoint presentation were very colorful and educational.  Thanks for the visit, Doug and we will see you during District 6910 activities in the future.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 17, 2014

High Shoals Elementary 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for February 2014 is Madi Gillespie who is shown here with her parents, Matt and Anna and brother, Andrew.  Also shown is Rotary Club Youth Services Director, Al Rother.  Congratulations, Madi!
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 17, 2014

Club Members Dianne Wright and Jerry Wages attended District 6910 Training on Grant Wright and Management.  The training session was held on Saturday 15 March 2014 at Young Harris Methodist Church in Athens, GA.  Dianne provided a photo of Jerry in a studious pose during half-day session.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 04, 2014

Oconee Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for February 2014 is Drew Mitchell who is shown here with parents and Rotary Club Members (l-r) Stuart Cofer, Al Rother, President Cindy Haddon and Scott Norris.  Congratulations, Drew!
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 04, 2014

Oconee Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month for January 2014 is Jackson Fuqua who is shown here with parents Bill and Susan and Rotary Club President Cindy Haddon.  Congratulations, Jackson!

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Mar 11, 2014

Ann Hester and Pat Gerber spoke to us this morning about the Programs of the OARC; especially "Oconee Food for Kids" and "Oconee Mentor Program".  Other programs under the direction of these two ladies are "Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program" "Adopt a Senior" and "Summer Oconee Food for Kids". Their goal is "All Oconee County residents will live in a healthy, safe and stable environment". Club member Johnnie McCutcheon arranged the program today.  Thanks to all for their contributions to the County Residents.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 28, 2014

Rotary/CFES BULB PLANTING.  Pictured is the result of an October 2013 Planting.  Assisting from Rotary Club are Al Rother (Pictured) Youth Services Director and Will Ross(who facilitated the planting  Aren't they pretty?
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 27, 2014

Colham Ferry Elementary School's 4th Grade Citizen of the Month of February 2014 is Chloe Talyor who is shown here with Al Rother, the Club's Youth Services Director.  Congratulations, Chloe!

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 25, 2014

The 2013-1014 Rotary Club Annual Dictionary Project with distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd Grade Students in Oconee County is still in process.  President Cindy Haddon and President-Elect Stuart Cofer visited Westminster Christian Academy after regular Club Meeting on Tuesday 25 February 2014 to give each 3rd Grader a Dictionary.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 25, 2014

Burney Dobbs is the Franchise Partner of FASTSIGNS but his visit today is to share his experence with the new DACdb database and web design.  A few of the Clubs in District 6910 have transferred the website hosting to the new Host, DACdb, and probably many more in the near future (including our Club}.  Burney shared his experience and knowledge of the functions of the website. Burney is the Secretary of the Athens Rotary Club.

See you at the March 8th Training Sessioon at Athens Technical College.

Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 18, 2014

Steve visited our Club on 18 Feb. 2014 to tell us about Stadion.  He was a Marketing Consultant to Stadion for 7 years and then joined their management team in 2007 and is currently Senior VP of Marketing.  For nearly 2 decades, Stadion has been changing the way investors view financial success by offring them a strategy that seeks to deliver satisfying returns with less volatility.  Steve enjoys family, golf, travel, and "Auburn" football.  Thanhks for the presentation, Steve.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Feb 04, 2014

Club Member Charles Bullock is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science.  "Chuck" is always a great speaker for our voting year previews.  He spoke about all the local, regional and state candidates and their chances of election or re-election.  Thanks Chuck, we always learn a great deal from coverage of the political scene here in Georgia..
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Jan 28, 2014

Mark is a Senior Advisor Consultant for OppenheimerFunds and he works exclusively with Edward Jones financial advisors with a library of financial solutions including Global/ Domestic Equity, Fixed Income, Portfolio Construction and the award winning CEO Advisor Institute.  Mark holds a BS in Economics lettered in lacrosse and was an All-American and All Academic NCAC.  He has been with Openheimer since 2009.  He discussed the varous items to watch in 2014 - Interest Rates, Credit, and Income,  Mark was introducted by Rotarian Todd Whitacre who is associated with Edward Jones.  Thanks, Mark and Todd!
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Jan 31, 2014

Adam Bentley was selected as the 4th Grade Citizen of the Month at Colham Ferry Elementary School on 30 January 2014.  Pictured (from left) are Parents Lawton and Susan Brantley, Adam Brantley and Al Rother (Rotary Club Youth Program Director).
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Jan 23, 2014

Will Benett was selected as the 4th Grade Citizen of the Month at Rocky Branch Elementary School on 23 January 2014.  Pictured (from left) is Al Rother (Rotary Club Youth Program Director), Mother and Sister, Will and Father.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Jan 21, 2014

Rich Panyik, Past District 6910 Governor, visited our Club on 21 January to give us an update on the Rotary International initiative Polio Plus.  The project was initiated in 1986 in an effort to eradicate polio and other children's diseases with vacine injection.  Volunteers from all over the world have visited all countries not engaged in major wars to inject children with the vacine.  Rich showed the progress on a PowerPoint presentation and announced that only 3 countries, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afganistan, still remain for eradication efforts.  Thanks, Rich, for a very informative presentation.
Posted by Art Zimmerman on Jan 14, 2014

Scott Stricklin, who led his alma mater Kent State to five NCAA Regionals and the 2012 College World Series, has been named head baseball coach at the University of Georgia for the 2014 Season. Scott spoke to our club this morning about his experiences and his plans for the baseball team at UGA.

Stricklin, 41, posted a 350-188 record during a nine-year stint with the Golden Flashes, winning five Mid-American Conference regular season crowns and five MAC Tournament titles. Known for developing student-athletes on and off the field, 30 KSU players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft during his tenure, and from 2010-12 the team has registered a perfect 1,000 score in the NCAA's Academic Performance Rate (APR) report.  KSU was one of only 16 schools in the country to reach this academic accomplishment and the only public institution on the list. Also, the Golden Flashes were honored in Omaha in 2012 for having the highest team Grade Point Average (GPA) of all the eight participants at the College World Series (CWS), owning a 3.09 GPA. For the spring semester of 2013, the KSU baseball team registered a 3.06 GPA.

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