Rotary Club of Albany, Ga

Rotary Club of Albany, Ga The Rotary Club of Albany, Ga meets every Thursday at noon at the Doublegate Country Club. The Rotary of Albany, Ga was chartered on January 11, 1917 as place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form friendships.
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Yesterday our speaker was Walt Davis, introduced to the club by Ken Hodges.Walt is the state business court judge, and w...
11/06/2020

Yesterday our speaker was Walt Davis, introduced to the club by Ken Hodges.

Walt is the state business court judge, and was instrumental in organizing and establishing the state business court.

An interesting fact is that Walt is the first judge in Georgia that did not have to be appointed through a public election.

Today we heard from our Rotary District Governor, Kirk Driscoll.We enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the District Gov...
10/15/2020

Today we heard from our Rotary District Governor, Kirk Driscoll.

We enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the District Governor, and his message that we are made to be social and should feel blessed when we have the ability to reach out to others. You never know how much of a difference a person can make by simply reaching out to someone.

Pictured below: President Chuck Logan and Kirk Driscoll giving Ms. Blitch a Plaque to honor the years of dedicated service served by her husband. David Blitch held 45+ years or Rotary perfect attendance.

Last week we heard from Mark Masters, director of the Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center at Albany State University....
10/06/2020

Last week we heard from Mark Masters, director of the Georgia Water Planning & Policy Center at Albany State University.

Mark gave an excellent presentation with tremendous insight formed by the data they have been continually collecting on our water usage.

If you missed the meeting last week and want to catch a quick 10 minute video, click the link here
www.goldentrianglercd.org/flintfilm

Last week our club heard from Darrell Moore with Valdosta State University.Darrell has been essential in bringing the Ce...
09/29/2020

Last week our club heard from Darrell Moore with Valdosta State University.

Darrell has been essential in bringing the Center for South Georgia Regional Impact to life over the last two years.

They have focused on combing Education and Economic Development across our region of South Georgia. Under Darrell’s leadership they are preforming services such as Financial Impact Studies to new businesses looking to locate in our area.

Pleased to have State Senator Freddy Powell Sims, and State Representative Gerald Greene speak at our club this past wee...
09/21/2020

Pleased to have State Senator Freddy Powell Sims, and State Representative Gerald Greene speak at our club this past week.

They are working diligently to bring funding and promote growth in our district. Thank you both for your commitment to SouthWest Georgia.

Pictured: Freddy Powell Sims, Gerald Greene, Chuck Logan, Cynthia George

This week we heard from Jon Demond, Mary Martinez, and Angela Johnson from Lily Pad.They gave us an overview of their pr...
09/11/2020

This week we heard from Jon Demond, Mary Martinez, and Angela Johnson from Lily Pad.

They gave us an overview of their programs working to end Human Trafficking and Child Abuse in our area. They are open 24/7 free of charge to assist with victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

Thanks for all of your work in our community and the surrounding areas Lily Pad.

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from fellow member Jud Savelle of Bishop Clean Care. Jud explains and demonstra...
08/28/2020

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from fellow member Jud Savelle of Bishop Clean Care.

Jud explains and demonstrates the different disinfectants and foggers used by his company. Bishop Clean Care is up to date on the latest disinfectant strategies against COVID-19 .

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from our very own Scott Steiner. Scott gave us a firsthand look into the operat...
08/22/2020

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from our very own Scott Steiner. Scott gave us a firsthand look into the operations that have been adapted at Phoebe over the last few months in combat to COVID-19.

Phoebe was able to maintain 100% employment during this time, with zero employees being furloughed. Over 600 faculty members stepped up and transitioned into positions that varied from their normal routines. With over 70,000+ overtime hours worked by faculty and staff, we applaud your hard work.

Phoebe continues to invest in research and testing equipment to ensure the safety of our community.

Scott: Thank you and the rest of the Phoebe family for your dedication to keeping our community healthy.

While we all go through this time without our regular Rotary meetings, and certainly looking forward to the day when tha...
05/12/2020
Makeup Programs

While we all go through this time without our regular Rotary meetings, and certainly looking forward to the day when that changes, you can still be a part of Rotary by enjoying Rotary programs online at the eRotary website. Loads of great programs to enjoy and they even qualify for makeups.

Here’s the link:

https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/makeups/articles/

A collection of articles you can read and videos you can watch to complete your makeup obligation.

Tragic news for our club President, our club, and our community as John Stephenson’s wonderful wife, Probate Judge Nancy...
04/02/2020

Tragic news for our club President, our club, and our community as John Stephenson’s wonderful wife, Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson, and sister of Rotarian Chris Smith, died this morning. We’re all simply stunned. John is also fighting the virus, so please keep him, and so many others, in your prayers.

Our speaker Thursday was one of our new members, John McCain, the President and CEO of Easter Seals of Southern Georgia....
03/02/2020

Our speaker Thursday was one of our new members, John McCain, the President and CEO of Easter Seals of Southern Georgia. It was interesting to learn that Easter Seals was founded by a Rotarian and that its first chairman was Paul Harris.

Based in Albany, our Easter Seals serves those with special needs so they can live at home, as well as to get out in the community, as far east as Savannah and into northern Florida.

Easter Seal’s Megan’s House has been a huge asset for our region as it can temporarily take in those with special needs, giving their parents and caregivers a respite. It’s the only type resource of its kind south of Atlanta, which allows parents the comfort of knowing their child is in good hands. 

Another of our members, David Rowland, who has a special needs child, was able to share with our club how helpful and important Megan’s House has been to him and his family.

170 different kids used Megan’s in 2019.

Good to see President-elect Chuck Logan having fun at PETS (president elect training seminar) as he gets ready to lead o...
03/01/2020

Good to see President-elect Chuck Logan having fun at PETS (president elect training seminar) as he gets ready to lead our club in July. Another great leader for our club!

Our speaker today was Corporal Dillard Glover, a native of Albany, who has been with the Albany Police Dept for the past...
02/13/2020

Our speaker today was Corporal Dillard Glover, a native of Albany, who has been with the Albany Police Dept for the past 10 years. Focusing on the community needs, in addition to law enforcement, was a large part of his talk today. He even gave our membership a survey to evaluate our opinions on their efforts and services. He also shared the ease of access for insight in area crimes on their website.
A relatively new program he discussed is Ring.com (www.ring.com), which can allow the Police Department to access items you post using your home security cameras. This can be a very helpful resource for apprehending criminals. He also disclosed that the Department offers free evaluations of your home or work security systems to help residents learn about options to help with their needed security, which can include improvements in doorways and other points of access.
A new outreach option which appears very popular is the Citizens Academy, a 13 week class to learn about every unit in the APD. The next class will soon start up with 40 participants; the class after that will be in September. Participants even get the option to participate in a 2-hour ride along with a policeman.
Hiring and retaining quality police officers is always a challenge, but with all of us working together, it’s clear substantial progress can be made.

Great to welcome our club’s newest member, the CEO of Albany’s 4C Academy, Chris Hatcher, to our club. Past President Bi...
02/13/2020

Great to welcome our club’s newest member, the CEO of Albany’s 4C Academy, Chris Hatcher, to our club. Past President Bill Calhoun had the honor of introducing Chris.

Wilhelm Kielland, the 2019-2020 student from Norway that our club helps support though the Georgia Rotary Student Progra...
02/07/2020

Wilhelm Kielland, the 2019-2020 student from Norway that our club helps support though the Georgia Rotary Student Program, was our speaker this week as he gave us an excellent update on how his year in SW Ga is going, along with some insight into his home country. He shared that his primary purpose here is “to learn about the American culture and people.”
Wilhelm, 22, who will begin medical school next year in Norway, loves to travel and has visited 18 countries so far. His hobbies include water skiing (even in Norway), snowboarding, sky diving, cross country skiing, and golf.
In addition to studying and travel, he has served in his country’s military (infantry) for 2 years.
His college life at GSW has been very good; he has even joined a fraternity. Transportation to Albany from Americus isn’t easy for him but he welcomes any chance to spend time with Rotarians and hopes that our members will include him for their family events, golf, and good times.

A special annual program today as Albany Tech’s finalists, lead by its President, Rotarian Anthony Parker, in their Geor...
01/30/2020

A special annual program today as Albany Tech’s finalists, lead by its President, Rotarian Anthony Parker, in their Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) speech contest, gave us their presentations and the local winner announced.
GOAL, which was started in 1971, annually lets many of the finest Technological School students statewide compete for the honor and awards that come with telling their personal stories and the impact of their tech school experiences on their lives. Each year the stories we hear are fascinating and inspiring.
This year the 3 finalists in Albany were Darrius Childs, who’s studying early childhood education, Laura Goddard, who’s studying business logistics, and Rondel Williams, a former Marine, that’s studying radiologic technology.
Each speech was outstanding, but as we heard Rondel tell his story of inspiration from a Drill Instructor at Paris Island, we couldn’t have been prouder to hear that he was the winner.
We wish Rondel the very best as he heads next to regional and State competition.

Our speaker today was Major General Joseph Shrader, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. Genera...
01/23/2020

Our speaker today was Major General Joseph Shrader, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. General Shrader, who enlisted in 1981 and then was commissioned in 1989, leads our base and its worldwide mission, which is basically to oversee a responsive inventory control of Marine materiel to maximize readiness and sustainment. This is largely done through 13 prepositioned ships throughout the globe, along with equipment in 7 caves in Norway and in Kuwait.
Lifecycle management of all the Marine’s equipment, from rifles to tanks, is a heavy focus, considering that some items, such as tanks, are projected to be in service until 2050.
MCLB has a total of 4,656 people in their mission, which is comprised of 2,472 civilians, 1,878 contractors, 73 Marine officers, and 233 enlisted Marines.
Their objective is to ensure that every action taken conforms to the Operating Force’s needs while maintaining 100% control over equipment, all while being innovative, taking risks, and acting with urgency.
Today’s major focus is on upgrading facilities, many of which were designed and built in the early 1950’s. There is now a $1.9 Billion 25-year plan, which has 3 phases, to repair, repurpose, and construct facilities for future depot needs. The next 7 years will comprise the first phase which will include a new 200,000 square foot storage facility in Albany. The General also hopes that a new $138 million equipment painting facility can get funded for Albany by 2023 as the facility we have now can’t handle the current equipment sizes.
To support our base, the General asked that we attend the events at the base when we’re invited; it really helps the Marines to see that they’re supported. All of us in the Albany area couldn’t be prouder of our Marines and their worldwide impact on keeping our country safe.

Our speaker today was Albany ARC Executive Director, DeAnna Julian. The Albany ARC, which was founded in 1963, currently...
01/16/2020

Our speaker today was Albany ARC Executive Director, DeAnna Julian. The Albany ARC, which was founded in 1963, currently helps over 400 people in 30+ area counties, while employing 700 people. It is a wonderful resource for SW Georgia as they help those with disabilities live and work independently, truly changing the lives of many in our region.
While there are some governmental funds to help, most around us need our help. Be on the lookout for a change in their branding as soon they’ll be known as the ARC of Southwest Georgia.

Great to welcome to Rotary, our newest member, Dr. Buck Davis. Buck is a surgeon with Albany Surgical and was introduced...
01/16/2020

Great to welcome to Rotary, our newest member, Dr. Buck Davis. Buck is a surgeon with Albany Surgical and was introduced by his business partner, Rotarian Dr. Chris Smith.
We all know dogs can quickly recognize the character in someone’s heart. It’s clear Rotary got a great new member today!

A very insightful program yesterday as Craig Pendergrast, at attorney in Atlanta that specializes in areas concerning th...
12/20/2019

A very insightful program yesterday as Craig Pendergrast, at attorney in Atlanta that specializes in areas concerning the Tri-state law suit, commonly called the “water war,” gave us some timely insight into the recent court decision on this ongoing issue. His talk was complimented by additional comments by Gordon Rogers, the Director of the Flint Riverkeeper.
Much of the recent court decision focused on the impact of irrigation on the flow of water from the Flint into Florida. With the boom in irrigation systems in SW Georgia since 1950 and the unlimited water usage Georgia landowners are allowed, Florida has targeted that as the culprit for their periodic oyster industry problems, especially during drought years. The court, however, determined that the fluctuation in Flint flows have been largely offset by the improved water management in the Chattahoochee River, creating a neutral effect on Florida. As a result, on 12/11/19 the court recommended dismissal of the Florida claims against Georgia and that any further proceedings would go to the US Supreme Court.
All in all, things are looking good for our critical SW Georgia agricultural industry.

It was great to introduce FOUR new Rotarians to our club today. Rotarian John Culbreath (center) helped Past President B...
12/20/2019

It was great to introduce FOUR new Rotarians to our club today.
Rotarian John Culbreath (center) helped Past President Bill Calhoun, who was filling in today for President John Stephenson, introduce and welcome the group. From left to right is Walter Allswell, the Administrator at Wynfield Park Nursing Home, A.L. Fleming, the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Albany State University, Scott Steiner, the new President and CEO at Phoebe Putney Health Systems, and lastly, Dr. Suresh Lakhanpal, a neuroradiologist and President of the Phoebe Physician Group.
Welcome to these new Rotarians!

Diane Rogers, the Executive Director at the Liberty House, a domestic violence program for the 17 counties around Albany...
12/05/2019

Diane Rogers, the Executive Director at the Liberty House, a domestic violence program for the 17 counties around Albany, was our speaker today. Some of the counties are dependent on mobile services from the Albany location for support.
Most of the victims are women but there also cases of men that need help; children are often severely impacted, especially emotionally. Friends, relatives, and even law enforcement are regularly vulnerable as well.
Leaving a dangerous relationship is the easy thing to recommend, but fear of the next step holds too many in tragic conditions. Legal help, food, and shelter is provided to many of the victims.
A new shelter is soon coming for the Liberty House, which is very needed. Volunteers are a key component to their success, especially for help with the children of victims.
The problem in our area is large, but we’re fortunate to have such a resource to help and protect those exposed to such a difficult challenge.

Our speaker on November 7th was Dr. Doug Patten, the Associate Dean of the SW Ga campus of the Medical College of Georgi...
11/14/2019

Our speaker on November 7th was Dr. Doug Patten, the Associate Dean of the SW Ga campus of the Medical College of Georgia. Albany was the first regional campus of MCG; now there are others around the State.
95% of MCG students here are from Georgia, a key factor in helping retain physicians in our area.
Overall health outcomes across our State are not good; usually in the country’s bottom 10. Some of the worst counties are in SW Georgia. Studies show that better education standards create better health results.
In general, the evidence shows that high teenage pregnancy severely impacts high school graduation. This is among the issues in Georgia.
Efforts are now in place to implement more efficiency in medical school training, especially during the clinical years. There’s also a heavy focus on improving patient empathy and communication. An ongoing effort to develop primary care skills is also in place.
70% of residents that have come through the SW Georgia residency program are now practicing within 100 miles of Albany, clearly showing MCG’s objective for helping our area is achieving many of its hopes and goals.

Our speaker today was Kenneth Cutts, the District Director for Congressman Sanford Bishop. Kenneth discussed a wide rage...
11/14/2019

Our speaker today was Kenneth Cutts, the District Director for Congressman Sanford Bishop. Kenneth discussed a wide rage of issues currently going on in Washington DC after explaining that the primary Constitutional objective of Congress is to pass a budget, a charge that Congress has failed to achieve for about the past 25 years. Over that time, they’ve only been passing continuing resolutions, as budget deficits have exploded and created what will be a very serious situation at some point.
Congressman Bishop remains heavily involved with agriculture and its importance to our country. With fewer Congressmen now coming from such a background, getting things done is often a challenge.
When discussing the current gridlock between the House and Senate, he suggested that the gerrymandered districts, causing many Congressmen to get elected without having to reach across the aisle and appeal to the middle ground, as a possible factor in causing it.
Kenneth emphasized the need to pray for our country with the hope that Americans will soon look at the big picture start working together.

Our speaker today was Terry Ho, friend of many in our club, as he discussed some of his remarkable business successes an...
10/31/2019

Our speaker today was Terry Ho, friend of many in our club, as he discussed some of his remarkable business successes and his plans for community outreach to help some of the troubled children in our area.
Terry wants to inspire and help fund business innovation among young entrepreneurs throughout the SW Georgia region while also finding new ways to financially support at-risk children in their early years, rather than wait for problems to emerge.
Terry’s “Yum Yum” sauce, outside of many restaurants, is quite a story in itself; he’s currently building a new manufacturing facility in Lee Co. He also will soon be debuting a new app that will compete with other restaurant deliver services that will not divert revenues from the local communities.
Well done, Terry!

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Today I was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Dougherty County, only to discover the Rotary Club of Albany probably has more members familiar with my topic. Lewis Grizzard was a close friend of Bugar Seely. I will be in Albany Thursday and understand you meet then. I wish to visit if possible and will soon be a member of Rotary E-Club of the South. Please call Peter Stoddard - 678-725-5889. Thank you.
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