Welcome to the Rotary Club of Loganville

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Let's Hear a Cheer for our 2018 RYLA students



LET'S HEAR A GREAT BIG CHEEER FOR OUR 2018 ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS STUDENTS!!!! Vanessa Anim, Richard Bimpa, Rajah Crawford, and Cheyenne Carter were able to attend the 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Camp for District 6910. The camp took place June 6th-9th at the Tallulah Falls School in beautiful Tallulah falls Georgia. Fellow Loganville Rotarian Nancy Davis was able to attend this year as our student sponsor. The camp hosts rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors that are interested in a four day leadership event that will include whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, a ropes course, guest speakers and an opportunity for building lifelong friendships with fellow students. We know how RYLA helps shape the leaders of tomorrow and as you can see in the picture, Rajah Crawford won the trophy for Best Camper/Leader. Thanks Nancy for doing all you do for us as a Club and our RYLA students. Everyone had a blast and we can't wait until next year to sponsor new RLYA students!  For more information on RYLA go to the following link: https://www.ryla6910.com/


Tim Newborn - New Horizons Ministry



On June 7th, Tim Newborn with New Horizon Ministries was our guest speaker. New Horizon Ministries is a local ministry that has a mission to provide Christ-centered nurture for children and families in need, share the love of Christ to incarcerated youth and adults, and to provide programs and experiences for our staff members that foster spiritual and personal growth. The program involves a biblical-based program that provides mentoring and training and teaching job and management skills. New Horizons Ministry also provides transitional housing for New Horizon Recovery Center graduates and offer job placement assistance. There is no doubt that New Horizon is making a positive difference in the lives of so many people in need. We are so blessed to have this impactful ministry and people like Tim, who are committed to serving others in our community. For more information on this ministry, please click here.




Holly Terei - Author of Jacob the Flapping Dinosaur Goes to School



On May 31st, Holly Terei, author of the children’s book “Jacob the Flapping Dinosaur Goes to School” visited with us to bring such an important message about transforming the way children learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Holly explained how her own son was diagnosed with Autism and how over the years she has learned about other children struggle with understanding Autism. With this intimate understanding, Holly wrote the book to engage children to educate them on Autism. Holly said it best, “Every child wants to feel accepted and loved.”  Holly, your work is amazing and so needed in our community and world! For more on Holly and her book please visit the link here.




4th Annual Loganville Wing Fling



BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!

The 4th Annual Loganville Wing Fling held on May 26th was a great success! What an amazing event for the City of Loganville and the Rotary Club of Loganville. It was a beautiful and fun-filled day on the Green.

This year’s Wing Fling Winners with the very best wings were:

Jo Joe's BBQ - 1st Place with 470 votes

Orchard Church - 2nd Place with 420 votes

Dem Boyz BBQ from Albany Ga - 3rd Place with 208 votes.

We just want to express our sincere gratitude to the many sponsors, vendors, contestants, and Loganville Rotary Club’s members and city staff on what we believe was the best Wing Fling ever. Over $20,000 was raised that will go back directly into our local community to help those in need. Looking forward to next year already...




Robby Stewart - Uplift Sports Ministry



On May 24th, we were encouraged and uplifted in spirit by Robby Stewart, Uplift Sports Ministry’s founder, who has been an elite level sports performance coach for over 25 years. His coaching experience started back in 1988 at the University of Georgia’s where he developed the first Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning program. In 1996, he co-founded one of the first and most successful performance training companies in America - Competitive Edge Sports. Robby has assisted in the performance development of over 1,200 professional athletes across the NFL, MLB, NBA, and MLS, as well as Olympians from 9 different countries.

Robby explained how God has led him to begin the development of  Uplift Sports Ministry (USM) to combine the thirty plus years of training experience, both as a player and coach, with sound biblical teaching. Athletes at Uplift Sports prepare spiritually as well as physically in order to become the best leaders possible both on and off the field. Robby, our Rotary Club is encouraged by God’s calling on your life to lead others to Christ through your work. To learn more about Robby and Uplift Sports Ministry please visit: http://upliftsportsministry.com/index.html

  




New Members!! - Marty Thrasher and Randy McGinley



New Members!! - Marty Thrasher and Randy McGinley officially joined the Loganville Rotary Club on May 3rd.  What a blessing it is to be growing with service-minded members like Marty and Randy.

Marty is the owner of Dixie Exhaust Cleaning, a fire protection company. Marty’s services are relied upon in various industries involving different types of establishments and institutions that include but are not limited to: restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, rehabilitation centers and any other commercial organizations that require fire protection.

Randy is the Chief Assistant District Attorney covering both Walton and Newton Counties. Randy was hired in 2011 as an Assistant District Attorney and has served as a prosecutor in both Walton and Newton Counties. Randy is a 2004 graduate of Georgia Tech, with a degree in management, and a 2011 graduate of Mercer Law School.




Welcoming our New Member! Daniel Dodson



We have a new member!  On April 26th, Daniel Dodson, who is a financial advisor with New York Life Insurance Company, officially became a new member of the Loganville Rotary Club. We look forward to Daniel’s service and fellowship for many years to come. Daniel is involved with the Exceptional Kids Athletics, which is a not-for-profit organization that provides sports activities and sports camps for children with special needs. Daniel, it is so awesome to have you in our Club!




Dr. Sinclair Grey - Motivational Speaker and Author



On April 26th, Dr. Sinclair Grey, an inspirational speaker, motivator, and author spoke at our club meeting. Dr. Grey has dedicated much of his life to mobilizing and inspiring others. Dr. Grey provided us with insight on his calling to help others to rise above self-imposed limitations to reach their real potential. Dr. Grey explained his own unique path of professional and personal development after graduating with a degree in Criminology, followed by Master's and Doctorate Divininty degrees. Thanks for what you do Dr. Sinclair to help others have a greater understanding of how to empower ourselves! To learn more about Dr. Grey's work, please visit his website at http://www.sinclairgrey.org/




John Sauers - Loganville Rotary Club President and Unsung Hero



On April 23rd, Mr. John Sauers, Loganville Rotary Club President was recognized by the Walton Tribune as one of Walton County's Unsung Heroes. John, a humble servant of the Lord, has never sought recognition for his service to others and the Loganville and Walton County Community. John recognized the members of the Loganville Rotary Club when he received the deserving award of Unsung Hero of Walton County. We are so honored to serve with John, our own Loganville Rotary Hero. John, thank you for setting the example for us all, and thank you Kay for your support of John and our Club!


Walton County Christian Learning Center



The Walton County Christian Learning Center (WCCLC) exists to prepare students for God's call on their lives. At the WCCLC Annual Gala, Loganville Rotary Club President, John Sauers and fellow Rotarian, Steve Arnold, presented Terri Butcher, Executive Director of the WCCLC with a gift check of $4975. The Walton County Christian Learning Center (CLC) is a nonprofit, tax exempt, SACS CASI accredited school where elective courses based on Biblical principles are taught to almost 1300 students and schools in Walton County. Through WCCLC classes, students are taught Christian concepts like honoring parents and respecting authority at all levels, purity before marriage, developing trust-bond friendships, living a life of integrity, and being God centered leaders. We know that WCCLC is committed to teaching God's word to the next generation. Terri, we are overwhelmed by how God is using the WCCLC as His instrument to reach the next generation. God bless you for your commitment and response to His calling. 

 




Our New Member - Mr. Customer Service - The Honorable Dan Curry



Our Rotary Club is so excited to have the previous Mayor of Loganville among our ranks as an active Rotarian.  The Honorable Dan Curry, our longtime friend and honorary Rotarian, is now on the official roster and he humbly wears the most fitting name tag of "Mr. Customer Service." Dan truly lives the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self," and we are blessed that he would continue serving the Loganville community along side his fellow Rotarians. Welcome Dan, we look forward to all the great things to come!


City of Loganville Tree Planting and Dedication



The Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. “It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.” The Loganville Rotary took this opportunity to not only plant trees, but to honor our local heroes for their personal sacrifices to protect and support our community and nation. On March 23rd, 2018, the Loganville Rotary donated 25 trees that were planted in front of City Hall along Lawrenceville Road and in other locations on the property. The trees were dedicated to Sgt. Michael Stokely, Sgt. E.J. Murphy, Maj. David W. Gray, Master Sgt. Mark Allen, Mr. Ronnie Gray, Mr. Kury Hansen, Mrs. Marla Panyik, and Mr. Rob Kiser. These individuals will always live on in our hearts and every time we pass by City Hall we can be reminded of their sacrifices to serve us all.  


Matthew Whitley - Director, Internal Audit, UGA



Matthew Whitley, Director of Internal Audit for the University of Georgia was our guest speaker on 3/29/18. Matt is a recognized professional and expert in the audit industry who has been directly involved in over 600 fraud investigation. Matt worked for Coca-Cola as the Director of Finance over the North America Operations. Matt was also the Director of Internal Audit for Gwinnett County's Board of Commissioners. Matt holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance, both from Georgia State University. He is a certified internal auditor and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Matt provided us wth a very insightful presentation on auditing and the importance of this function to any business. He told us that, unfortunately, fraudulent behavior in the private and public sector is continuing to grow. Matt gave us some real-life fraud examples and how these investigations ultimately led to the criminal prosecution of those involved. Thanks to Matt, we all now have a better understanding about the pervasiveness of fraud, how and why fraud occurs, and prudent actions that any business should take to detect and prevent fraud. All members are in very interested in having Matt return for an encore presentation. Thanks Matt for all you do to support and protect UGA and our community. 


Beth McIntyre - Laws of Life Contest!



On March 22nd, Beth McIntyre, from the Rotary Club of Winder, visited with us to provide our members with an overview of the Georgia Rotary Clubs Laws of Life contest.  Beth explained how thousands of students lives have been changed for the better through the contest which is a program for high school students in grades 9-12. The contest involves a student focusing on a single Law of Life statement to write an essay about their own life experiences and values. Beth told us how the essays allow students to reflect on the “silver lining” in their own life challenges, to give the students greater confidence to overcome and to realize their potential to live meaningful and purposeful lives and to discover how writing is a pathway to greater understanding over their own lives. Beth told us that the largest Laws of Life essay contest is the Georgia Rotary Clubs Laws of Life Essay Contest. We are so appreciative of Beth and her work to promote this incredible program!  For more about the Laws of Life contest, please click the link here.




Sheriff Joe Chapman - Guest Speaker



It is always a pleasure to have Walton County’s Sheriff Joe Chapman was our guest speaker. Sheriff Chapman provided us with an overview of the measures being taken to keep our children safe in our schools and community. Sheriff Chapman explained how the Youth Investigations Division is responsible for investigation of juvenile criminal activity, and the benefits of the how the School Resource Officers (SRO’s) assigned within each Walton County school work with school administration to create a safe learning environment for our children. The SRO’s actually teach Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (CHAMPS) classes to all 5th graders, and they serve as a positive role model for students, staff and the community. Sheriff Chapman discussed how social media influence our children and how his Office uses social media as an investigative tool to identify and combat threats to our community’s children. We are so thankful for Sheriff Chapman’s personal commitment to keep our children and community safe each and every day!




The City of Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez and Honorary Loganville Club Rotary Member



We were honored to have our newly elected Mayor, Rey Martinez as our guest speaker on March 1st. Mayor Martinez is believed to be the first Hispanic mayor in Gwinnett, and maybe in the State. Mayor Martinez provided us with his vision for the City and an overview of hard work already underway.  He emphasized his passion for the youth of our community and how he works to encourage every young person to dream and achieve as they represent the future leaders of our world. He also told us about his recent visit to the White House to visit with President Trump. We are so excited to have such a committed and capable leader at the helm and look forward to this tradition as Mayor Martinez takes the baton from outgoing Mayor Dan Curry, our friend and fellow honorary Rotarian. 




Celebrating the life of Ronnie Gray – our friend and Rotary Club President Nominee



Ronnie Gray joined our Rotary Club a little over one year ago and he quickly became our dear friend and President Nominee. Ronnie passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the young age of 45 years oldRonnie’s humor and overflowing optimism lit up our morning meetings, and we will always remember him for his abundant kindness, commitment and leadership, his faith in Christ, love for his family and friends, and his ability to simply make us laugh and smile when we were in his presence. We miss Ronnie, and while it is always difficult to lose those we love so suddenly, we thank God for the opportunity to have known Ronnie, and we are comforted to know that he is with our Lord. Let’s all remember to be in prayer for Ronnie’s wife Lisa and their two sons, Owen and Cooper, as they cope with their loss and move forward.




Loganville High School lnteract Club Members



We were greatly inspired to have the Loganville High School Interact Club with us on March 8th. Interact provides students an opportunity to make a real difference in their community while having fun. Interact members commit themselves to participate in two service projects a year to help their school or community and promote international awareness and understanding. The Interact Club at Loganville High School provides students an opportunity to connect with community leaders, develop their own leadership skills, make connections across the world, and discover opportunities to connect with Rotary. We applaud our local Interact Club and each member’s personal commitment to improve our community and world!!




Donnie Houston – Our Tax Expert and fellow Rotarian



On January 25th, our fellow Rotarian, Donnie Houston, provided us with a great overview of President Trump’s tax plan and its implications for corporations, business owners, and individuals. Donnie gave us better insight on how the new tax code has changed, what is known and how certain aspects of the plan are left to be interpreted by the IRS. Donnie has over thirty five years' experience in general accounting and business consulting. Donnie graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.  He founded Houston & Company in July 1977. Thank you Donnie for helping us to have a better understanding of the new tax plan and preparing us all for the new tax year and things to come.  




New Members - Sharon Hansen and Jason Rush



We are celebrating the addition of two new members,Sharon Hansen and Jason Rush to our Rotary Club. Sharon has been a honorary member of the Loganville Rotary Club for several years. She is an experienced health care professional who has always been passionate about caring for others. When Sharon received her Rotary pin she was overwhelmed with joy and reflection and she stated that her husband Kurt, who was instrumental in establishing our club, would be proud to know that she has joined our ranks as an offical member. Sharon, you are amazing person and we are so proud to have you as our friend and such a valuable member of our Club. Thanks for your commitment to continued Service Above Self!

Jason Rush is the owner of Rush Tech Solutions, which is metro-wide managed service provider offering 24x7 network and machine monitoring, remote computer services, virus removal, onsite computer repair, networking, operating system and software upgrades and installations, data recovery, data transfer from old computer to new. Jason has over 15 years of experience having worked as a tech support specialist for a local computer repair company, as a systems administrator for several larger companies, and as an IT Director. We so look forward to Jason's service to our local community and as a new member of our team.

 


Dr. Barbara Ann Serle



Dr. Barbara Ann Serle was our guest speaker on January 11th, 2017. Dr. Serle has been a chiropractor for 34 years and is inspirational when it comes to treating health problems the natural way - with her hands! Dr. Serle explained how drugs are not going to fix our health problems, but that Chiropractics is the natural method of health care that deals with the nervous system which ultimately controls our overall health. Dr. Serle provided us with an overview of the spinal nerve distribution and how certain ailments and poor health are dependent on a healthy nervous system. Dr. Serle told us about how she uses her hands, no drugs and no surgeries to restore good health. For more information on chiropractic care, please contact Dr.Serle at 678-438-3833 or email her at DrBarbSerle@gmail.com. Thank you Dr. Serle for your for sharing your profession with us, and for your service to improve health in our community! 


Megan Herndon - The Shephard's Staff Ministries



We were so incredibly blessed to have Megan Herndon, the Director of The Shepherd's Staff Ministries Inc. visit with us on January 4th, 2017. Over the past 17 years, local churches and community partners have supported Shepherd's Staff Ministries continued growth to deliver very strategically designed programs to Loganville residents in need. In fact, Shepherd's Staff Ministries works with approximately 100 grantors, local organizations, agencies, community leaders, churches, businesses, clubs, schools and individuals to help carry out their programs. Core to Shepard's Staff Ministries' purpose is a focus on meeting basic human needs first, so those receiving assistance can place their energy on making permanent life changes in their spiritual, financial and emotional lives. Shepherd's Staff Ministries provides food, education, housing, vision, mental health, and financial services to those they serve. Megan explained that Shepherd's Staff Ministries' service model continues to evolve but a foundational principle of their work is focused on placing those they serve on a pathway of hope by giving them opportunities to improve themselves and the lives of their families. Please visit http://www.shepherdstaffloganville.com or contact Megan at 770-554-9722 for more information. Praise God for the invaluable work of Shepherd's Staff Ministries in our community. Thank you Megan's for your passionate leadership and service to God's glory!




Loganville Mayor Dan Curry



Mayor Dan Curry was our guest speaker on December 14th, 2017. Mayor Curry has been an honarary member of our Club since 2014, and we have indeed been honored to have him among our ranks. His service to the City of Loganville over the past eight years has been a true testament to Service Above Self. The City has progressed both as a commerical center for Walton County and an amazing place to live and work. Mayor Curry has been instrumental in developing the City's Livable City's Initiative 25-year plan. We are greatful for your time with us Dan, your dedicated service to the City of Loganville and to every citizen. We truly know that Loganville is "Where People Matter" due to your commitment to care for others. While we know you can never retire from serving others, congratulations on your and Nancy's latest wonderful transition in life!  


New Member - Michael Hovis



We are so excited to have Michael Hovis, State Farm Insurance Agent in Loganville, as a new member of our Rotary Club. Michael in recently established his agency at 4495 Atlanta Hwy in Loganville.  Please join us in welcoming Michael to our club and we look forward to Micheal's support and service to others within our community. For more information on Michael's and his agency, visit https://www.facebook.com/HovisInsurance/.  Welcome Michael!!


Tracey Bruner - Heart to Heart



We were honored to have Tracey Bruner, the Director of Heart to Heart Family Services, Inc. as our guest speaker on November 30th, 2017.  Heart to Heart was established in September of this year by Tracey after many years of supporting the foster children and foster homes in Walton County through The Ministry Village at the First Baptist Church of Loganville. The mission of Heart to Heart is to provide children a safe place to visit with family members, promote positive relationships and restore hope by keeping families connected.is to serve the children in our community and support those who care for their daily needs. Heart to Heart serves children of all ages,(newborn to 17 years of age), birth parents, as well as foster parents. In Walton County, there are only have 19 foster homes for children to go to and Heart to Heart is approaching 170 sponsored children. Most the children in Walton County must be served in other parts of Georgia. This presents a real personal challenge to the children who are already being pulled from their homes in very difficult situations, but only further traumatized by having to move away from their home community, school, and friends. We pray for your support of these children and foster parents. Please contact Tracey at 678-463-1672, or email her at heart2heartfs@gmail.com for more information or visit http://www.heart2heartfs.org/about.html.  God Bless you Tracey and all those who support Heart to Heart Family Services!


Pregnancy Resource Center - Walton



We are always eager to see Mary Lamont and staff members from the Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton at our Rotary Club meetings. The Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton is a Christian (PRCW) is a 501-c3 non-profit ministry dedicated to the caring, teaching and healing mission of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this life-affirming ministry is to engage in the lives of anyone facing the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy by offering hope through compassion, information and support without judgment or criticism. PRCW provides compassionate care, practical help and evidence-based education to women who believe they’re pregnant and who may be considering abortion. The Pregnancy Resource Center offers help without judgment and a path to Christ, both in word and deed.  All of PRCW's services are offered free of charge and include pregnancy testing, ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, and STI testing. PRWC's support services services include Parenting and Life Skills Education (EWYL), Fatherhood Mentoring (The Family Hero), and Abortion Recovery Assistance.  PWRC also supports abstinence through Impact Walton which is an outreach to community schools, teaching Sexual Health and Fetal Development.PRWC is transitioning to our expanded medical services and a new name – Women’s Health and Wellness Clinic of Walton. For more information please call 770-466-3900 or access PRWC's website at http://prcwalton.com/.




Mark Ross - Right at Home



Mark Ross - Director of Right at Home was our guest speaker on November 9th.  Right at Home provides in-home care, assisted living, hospice, and in-hospital care and assistance through diverse, customized caregiving services as a bonded and insured caregiver. The list of services include light housekeeping, transportation, ambulation assistance, meal preparation, laundry, and an extensive list of other services to allow for those with special care situations caused by numerous medical conditions. Currently, Right at Home provides service in Rockdale, Newton, Henry, Dekalb, Walton and Morgan counties. For more information on Right at Home please visit https://www.rightathome.net/east-atlanta/difference/our-office.  Thank you Mark for sharing and providing such a valuable service to our community and loved ones.

 




Damsel in Defense - Janice Williams



Janice Williams, Damsel in Defense consultant, was our guest speaker on October 26th. Damsel in Defense mission is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves and their families. Janice reminded us that we unfortunately have to be on guard every day to not become a statistic of violent crime. She told us violent crimes, in the form of murder, rapes, robbery, and assault occur every 26 seconds in America. Janice provided us with advice and defense related products that can help women safeguard themselves from becoming victims to violent crime. Janice provided us an overview of the defense products offered by Damsel in Defense. For more information on these products,visit https://damselindefense.net/.  Thanks Janice for reminding us to be smart and protect ourselves from becoming victims. 
 


Kelsey Wiltse - Walton County Health Department



Kelsey Wiltse, Health Educator from the Walton County Health Department was our guest speaker on October 12th, 2017. Kelsey provided us with important facts about how to live healthy livestyles and how diet impacts the quality of our lives. Kelsey told us that about 50% of all adults have high blood sugar which is a major contributor to diabetes and how there is clear data linking high blood sugar to heart disease, blindness, depression, and dementia. Kelsey reminded us about how important it is to avoid starch and sugar in our diets and to eat foods that are low in carbohydrates. She provided with some very valuable guidance from Dr. Sarah Hallberg who says stay away from light, low-fat, fat-free foods, eat Real Food, only eat when you're hungry, and to avoid grains, potatoes, and sugar. A great big thanks goes to Kelsey for being such an impactful life coach to so many and taking the time to be our guest speaker and for providing such a critical message on how to take care of ourselves so that we can have longer, heathly lives by simply eating better. 


Rich Panyik - Rotary Foundation



It is always an honor and pleasure to have our friend Rich Panyik, the current President of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett, as our guest speaker. Rich inspired us with an educational and passionate discussion about Rotary Foundation's history and achievements. Rich discussed how Rotary Foundation began with its first contribution of $26.50 in 1926. He told us about how at the first national convention, held in Atlanta in 1917, Arch Klumph, president of the then International Association of Rotary Clubs, spoke of the need for some type of endowment in order to carry out "some great educational service to mankind." He said, "it seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational or other avenues of community service."  Rich told us about how the support of Rotary International through the foundation led to the launch of the PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. Rich shared the amazing news that in 2016 there were only 37 cases of polio reported across the globe and in 2017 there have only been 10 cases reported. Our very own club is part of this incredible journey through its support of Rotary Foundation, and what an awesome legacy to leave this world. Rich, we love you and thank you for all of your personal efforts to share the importance of Rotary Foundation with us all!

 




New Members! Nancy Davis and Brian Peart



September 21st, was a GREAT DAY!  Nancy Davis, Retired Gwinnett County Teacher, and Brian Peart, Founder and President of Nexus Financial Group AE, became members of the Loganville Rotary Club. We are so excited about having Nancy and Brian in our club and look forward to sharing in fellowship and service to our community with such wonderful people. Their presence, life experiences, professional accomplishments, and can-do attitudes will serve to make us a stronger Rotary Club for the sake those we servce. Let's all provide a very big warm "Good morning "Beautiful People" as our newest members! 


GLASS - Ann Gagnier and Theresa Rice



Ann Gagnier and Theresa Rice with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) were our guest speakers on 9/14/2017. Ann and Theresa described how GLASS provides free library services for individuals who are unable to read standard print materials due to visual or physical impairment.  

Eligible patrons include anyone who is unable to read or handle standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability; persons who are legally blind or cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print; persons who are unable to hold or turn pages of print books, and persons who are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability. There is an estimated 1000 patrons in this program in the Atlanta region alone. GLASS provides access to over 83,000 thousand digital books and over 70 top magazines available in audio and in braille, with thousands available for download. Large print and braille formats are also provided.

Theresa demonstrated how to use the special playback equipment that is needed to listen to the books and magazines. This equipment is lent to eligible users free of charge for as long as the individual is a user of the reading material provided by National Library Service and its cooperating libraries. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this valuable program, please call 1-800-248-6701, email glass@georgialibraries.org, or visit their website at www.georgia.libraries.org/glass.  A great big THANKS goes out to Ann and Theresa for serving others through this incredible program.   



13th Annual Loganville Rotary Golf Tournament - October 13th



We welcome you to join us on October 13th for the Loganville Rotary's 13th Annual Golf Tournament. It will be a great day of fellowship and friendly competition at Cevera Lakes Golf Club in Loganville in support of our local community. We are so grateful for the support from our sponsors each year and the hard work of many volunteers who make this a fantastic event each year. A special call out goes to Metro Waterproofing Inc., Maxie Price Chevrolet, Peachtree Pest Control, Walton EMC, Legacy State Bank, Creekside Denistry, TAPP Plumbing, McMichael and Gray PC, Snellville Heating / Air / Plumbing, IHOP, JoJo's Barbeque, Dixon Golf and Cevera Lakes Golf Club for their support of this year's event. Come test your skills and luck and try to for a hole-in-one on Hole #10 to WIN A CAR! There are also cash prizes for 1st, 2nd , 3rd Place Teams, and longest drive and closest to the pin. So dust off the old clubs and show us what you've got. In the famous words of Ben Hogan, "the only thing a golfer needs is more daylight" so we are getting an early start at 7:30 on the driving range. Click here or call 678-618-0498 for more information.


Balazs Tomasics - GRSP Student



Join us in welcoming our 2017 Georgia Rotary Student Program sponsor student Balazs Tomasics to America! Since 1946, Georgia Rotarians have promoted world peace by offering one-year scholarships to international students who attend Georgia colleges and universities through this program. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students who are recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country. The students become adopted members of a Georgia “host family,” living on-campus at the school they attend. Balazs is from Budapest, Hungary, and is studing Business Entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia. He has an impressive resume that reflects his focus on being successful in all aspects of life. We know that our lives will be enriched by Balazs and we are committed to showing him what "Southern Hospitality" is all about. Welcome Balazs! Click here for more information on this impactful program. 




Chad Myers - Student Pastor - First Baptist Loganville



Chad Myers - Student Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Loganville was our guest speaker on 9/7/17. Chad has been active in the ministry for over 25 years with the majority of his time in the children's ministry. Referencing Genesis 2:15, Chad delivered a passionate, biblically-based message about our responsibiltiy to cultivate and protect our hearts, family, church, businesses, community and world. Chad's work in the ministry has been centered on cultivating and protecting youth, and he provided us with insight on how the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization has provided an open door to go into the schools of our community to bring hope through God's love to the lives of staff and students. Chad spoke about the many challenges facing youth today in our schools and how we can become involved through support of FCA. Chad also shared Fields of Faith, which is a student led event where students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ.  An athletic field provides a neutral, rally point where a community can come together. We are grateful for Chad's ministry to our local youth and our prayers are with him, FCA, and Fields of Faith for the postive impact all are having on cultivating and protecting the youth of our community.


Repairing Hands Ministries - Michael Stephens



Michael Stephens of Repairing Hands Ministries was our guest speaker on August 31st. Michael shared how Reparing Hands Ministries works to share the love of Jesus Christ by repairing homes and hearts in our community. Michael knew that although he was successful in his trade within the private industry, God was directing his life in a totally different direction to serve others through his God-given talents. Repairing Hands Ministries partners with local contractors to provide a much needed service that can lead to having a worry-free home environment for families. Michael explained how the organization seeks out families that are in need of assistance with home repairs, and he provided us with an overview of recent home-improvement projects that not only the improved the physical lives of individuals through more livable homes, but demonstrated how God's love for individuals was real and they were not forgotten in their time of need. Learn more about how you can contribute to this organization with your skills and financial support by visiting www.repairinghands.org.  Thank you Michael for responding to God's call to be His instrument in our community to help those who are unable to repair their homes, and for sharing God's love through your work!


Make-A-Wish Georgia



On August 24th, our special morning guest speaker was Swetha Gupta who provided our Club with an inspiring presentation about how Make-A-Wish Georgia serves to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation focuses on delivering four wish types - I wish to GO, I wish to MEET, I wish to HAVE, and I wish to BE to children and their families during some of most challenging times of their lives. Make-A-Wish Georgia has granted nearly 7,000 wishes since it was founded in 1995, and almost 400 wishes in 2016 alone. We received a special local "Wish Story" from parent Cindy Lee about her daughter's fight to overcome T-cell sarcoma and how Make-A-Wish Georgia came into their lives to provide much needed break from the battle. Callie's surprising ultimate wish was to go to London to see Big Ben, and the Make a Wish Foundation responded to this unique wish request and Callie and her entire family were able to go to London to escape for just a brief moment to enjoy their lives together. This personal and intimate first-hand story highlighted the postive impact of Make-A-Wish Georgia's work. There are over 800 children in Georgia waiting to have their wishes fulfilled and ten right here in Walton County. The financial need in Walton County or is $100,000. We encourage everyone to visit www.georgia.wish.org to find out how you, your club, or your company can invest in Make-A-Wish Georgia. Thank you Swetha for all you do with this incredible organization to grant the wishes of such special children in their time of need.


Kevin Little - Chairman, Walton County Board of Commissioners



Chairman Kevin Little, of the Walton County Board of Commissioners was our guest speaker on August 17th, 2017. Chairman Little provided us with an overview of the County's budget and the priorities of the Board for the coming years. He shared that Walton County is still a growing and prosperous community and an attractive location for large businesses now and in the future. Chairman Little discussed how important it is to be a good steward of the citizens' taxes to ensure the sustainability of government services the citizens deserve. Chariman Little is a "roll up your sleves, hands-on, and hard working leader for our community. We thank you Chairman Little, for your commitment to service and to improving the quality of life in Walton County. Keep up the great work for us all!


Rotary District 6910 University



On August 12th, President John Sauers, President Elect Rick Reagan, and Public Image Chair Robert McLaughlin attended the Rotary University for our District. It was a day of wonderful fellowship, learning, and entertainment for us all. We are always inspired each time we hear from our District leadership and our District Governor David Cooper provided us with valuable insight on the year ahead. We also were so honored to hear from William G. Nordmark, III as our featured speaker. William is President and Chief Exective Officer of The Nordmark Consulting Group, working with health care organizations and businesses since 1993. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield where he served for over 18 years. He was also President of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. William shared his life story of surviving polio himself and ultimately graduating from Georgia State University where he overcame all odds to become a 4-year letterman on the Georgia State University Panther Basketball Team. What an amazing testimony to overcoming life's obstacles to be such an impactful servant to our community and the world. Thank you William for all you have done and continue to do!


District Governor - David Cooper



All Rise! We had a very special guest on August 10th. Our very own District Governor - David Cooper "Coop"!  It's always a blessing to have our District Governor visit with us to provide us with an overview of his top priorities for the District. Coop has a passion for Rotary and is a real inspiration to us all when it comes to service, dedication, and action. Coop provided us with personal coaching on running a more effective club that can have a greater impact on the community we serve.  On the professional front, Coop is president of Premier Platforms, Inc., an aerial lift rental and sales company he founded in July 1994. Coop joined the Rotary Club of Rockdale County on April 19, 2006, noting that the "Fun Club" knew how to have a good time while doing good things in their community. At the club level, Coop has served as International Service Chair, Club Administration Director, Club Secretary (twice), President Elect and President. Coop, we look forward to the year ahead under your leadership and the spirit of Service before Self that you represent.


Roger Duffell - My Drone Aerial Photography



Roger Duffell, owner of My Drone Aerial Photography, was our guest speaker at the Rotary Club breakfast meeting on 8/3/17. Roger has been a FAA Licensed Pilot for 38 years and is an expert drone operator who holds a master's degree in architectural engineering. My Drone Aerial Photography provides professional high-resolution aerial photography and video services. Roger's clients inlcude real estate agents, appraisers, insurance agents and property managers. Also, Roger has provided services to many movie industry projects. Roger covered many interesting aspects of drone operation including the regulatory requirements to legally operate a drone. Roger has worked closely with the FAA and others to advance safe operation of drones. It was such a pleasure having Roger and his wife who assists in with his work. If you want more information on My Drone Aerial Photography services visit http://www.mydroneaerialphotography.com/. Thanks for educating us all Roger! 


Fill the Bus - 2017



On Saturday, July 29th, Loganville Rotarians had the opportunity to participate in the "Fill the Bus" drive for needy students of Walton County schools. Rotarians partnered with our friends from the Lion's Club of Loganville, the Legacy Lions Club of Loganville, the Kiwanis Club of Loganville, Walmart Distribution Center volunteers, and the Walton County School volunteers to collect school supplies from generous Walmart customers. It was another hugely successful day for this event and we are always amazed at the generosity of so many kind people who contribute to this worthy cause. Thank you so much Walmart for all you do to support this annual event and a shout out for the wonderful volunteers who also make this day so special for everyone - especially the students. Great work everyone!


Walton County Probate Court Judge Bruce Wright



It was such a pleasure having Probate Judge Bruce E. Wright as our guest speaker on 7/27/17. Judge Wright provided us with great overview of the responsibilities of the Probate Court and how he works to run the operation as a business with focus on being effective and efficient everyday for the sake of the citizens and tax payers. Whether you are seeking a marriage or a firearms license, or even a passport, the Probate Court is standing ready to serve. We learned that probate court judges address certain misdemeanors and traffic cases too. Judge Wright shared with us how he views court operations as a business and how he is always looking for ways to reduce expenses while still delivering quality services. We are grateful for Judge Wright's perspective on service and how accountable he feels as a leader in our community. Thanks for all you do Judge Wright, we deeply appreciate your service to us all. Visit www.waltoncountyga.gov/courts/probate-court/ to learn more. 


Hannah Brooks - Interact Scholarship Winner



Hannah Brooks, our 2017 Rotary Scholarship Winner, and graduate of Trinity Prep School of Loganville, was with us on 7/27/17 to receive her $1000 scholarship award. Hannah shared her life experiences with us through her essay and we are so thankful that she understands the importance of service before self. In fact, Hannah has visited Nicaraqua twice to provide food school supplies, shoes and Jesus to remote villagers. There is no doubt that she sets the example for future generations to come with her passion for serving others. We know that Hannah will make such a positive difference in this world with her contributions. Congratulations Hannah!


Destiny Rescue - Albert Arts



Albert Arts, the Atlanta Regional Manager of Destiny Rescue, was our guest speaker on 7/20/17. Destiny Rescue is an internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade industry. Albert shared how the vision of Destiny Rescue was to rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and be a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves. Destiny Rescue operates in Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and India. Since 2011, Destiny Rescue has rescued nearly 2000 children enslaved around the world, and their programs have prevented others from becoming slaves in sex trade. Albert shared individual stories with us about children who were exploited and how Destiny Rescue worked to free these children and restore their lives for a bright and happy future. We are blessed to have such a impactful organization working so hard, even putting their lives on the line, to end this horrific exploitation of children. We are so grateful for Destiny Rescue and the role Albert serves in getting the word out to the world. For more information on Destiny Rescue and the incredible call to service they provide, please go to https://www.destinyrescue.org/us/


Mike McHugh, Loganville Police Chief



On 7/13/17, Loganville Police Chief, Mike McHugh, was our guest speaker at our breakfast meeting. Chief McHugh has been involved in public safety for over 25 years and has been the police chief in Loganville since 2002. Chief McHugh shared how the department has grown from 13 to 30 officers since 2002 and discussed some of the current challenges and opportunties facing the police department. Most of us didn't know that Chief McHugh is also an accomplished artist who was commissioned by the Georgia Department of Public Safety to paint the "Lest We Forget" series of portraits of Georgia State Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty since 1937. Chief McHugh expressed how this opportunity has been a humbling experience and such an honor to be a part of creating this tribute to the fallen troopers. He expressed how he always places his trust in God to reveal the plan for his life. We are blessed and honored to have Chief McHugh as our Loganville Police Chief. Thank you for your service and all you do for our community Chief McHugh!


Passing of the Gavel



On 7/6/17, Rotary Club President Renee Park passed the gavel to our 2017-2018 President, John Sauers.  We are so blessed to have such amazing leaders and dedicated Rotarians as John and Renee in our Loganville Rotary Club. Renee is a very dedicated, effective and enthusiastic leader and we are so grateful that she served as our president over the past year. John is an Investment Advisor residing in Loganville, GA and has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry. He has been instrumental in our club's success for many years and previously served as our president in 2007 to 2008. He is a true servant of the community and exemplifies "service before self" in every aspect of his life. Thanks to both John and Renee for their invaluable contributions!  


Imani Arnold - Interact Scholarship Winner



Imani Arnold, Loganville High School Senior Class President, athlete, and Interact Club President, is our 2017 Interact Scholarship Winner, and we were blessed to have Imani with us as our guest speaker on 6/29.  Imani earned the $1000 scholarship by writing an essay describing "What Interact has meant to me."  She definitely sets the example for us all when it comes to commitment and dedication and truly embraces Rotary's Motto "Service before Self." Imani will be attending North Georgia University this Fall where she will be pursuing a Pre-med Biology degree and with the goal of one day becoming an orthopedic surgeon. We are so proud of Imani and know that she has an incredible future ahead of her. Congratulations Imani - you're AMAZING!


2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta



Rotary’s biggest gathering of the year brought more than 33,000 members from 174 countries to Atlanta for five days to celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good in the World. Words cannot capture the excitement of this event for Rotarians. The Rotary Foundation Centennial bell that was forged at a 1,000-year-old foundry in Agnone, Italy, in honor of the Foundation’s centennial was sounded to kickoff the centennial celebration. The event included many guests including Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Rotary polio ambassadors WWE Superstar John Cena and golf icon Jack Nicklaus, actor and philanthropists Ashton Kutcher and Bill Gates. RI President John Germ was quoted stating that “If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that when two Rotarians get together, and start talking about service--there’s just no telling where that might lead."  We are so thankful for John's leadership, and the countless and invaluable personal contributions of so many Rotarians from across the globe to wipe out polio and modern slavery and human trafficking.  See you next year in Toronto!


3rd Annual Wing Fling Winners!



Congratulations! On June 15th, the 3rd Annual Wing Fling Winners were our guests at our morning breakfast meeting. 1st Place Winner (again) was Jo-Jos BBQ, 2nd Place Winner was The Orchard Church, and 3rd Place Winner was Oasis Outdoor Lighting.  We are so thankful for these and all contestants who commit themselves to be a part of this incredible charitable event in our local community.  The wings were so delicious and we can't wait until next year's event.


Winston Menzies - The Character Trait Journal



Winston Menzies, pastor of Greater Grace Church, a non-denominational, spirit-filled church in Covington was our guest speaker on June 7, 2017.  Wenston is the son of a World War II instructor pilot, and Winston was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Army upon his graduation from Texas A&M. After a successful military career, he then entered the private sector, enjoying additional success in the areas of real estate, building and design before being called into the ministry at the age of 44 years old.  Winston has written a dozen books on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from simple how-to steps for building a debt-free home to practical guidance for living a more fulfilled life in Christ. Winston's latest book, "The Character Trait Journal," details how a person's success in life will be determined by their character. Winston shared with us important life lessons to live by and explained how character breeds success and happiness. Rather than reading a character book and forgetting it, this book gives you and your family a method to easily and enjoyably embrace and never forget these traits to make them a permanent part of our lives. We are so blessed to have Winston's insight on the importance of character and his work as an author and pastor to "save the next generation."  God Bless you Winston!


Nancy Burgess - A Child's Voice



Nancy Burgess, Executive Director of A Child's Voice, was our guest speaker on May 25th, 2017.  Nancy told us how A Child's Voice exists to coordinate care and investigations for child abuse cases in Newton, Walton and the surrounding counties. The Children's Advocacy Center model utilizes teamwork and coordination between all agencies involved in the case, while keeping the child first. The model prevents the child from having to experience mulitple interviews with all agencies involved and allows for ongoing case tracking to ensure quality services children for whom allegations of sexual and/or physical abuse have been reported.  A Child's Voice conducts medical exams, provides family support, and works with a multi-disciplined team comprised of law enforcement, DFCS, mental health, and prosecution to communicate the status of cases and ensure that all agencies are working together to best support children and families.  We are so thankful for A Child's Voice and the incredibly important role it serves in protecting children.  Thanks Nancy for all you and A Child's Voice does for our community.


Donna Hill - E2E Benefits Services, Inc.



Donna Hill, the Director of Individual and Senior Sales for E2E Benefits Services, Inc., was our guest speaker on May 11th, 2017. Donna has over 30 years of experience in health insurance, both individual and group, and she specializes in providing education to people who are turning 65 and entering the world of Medicare. She helps Seniors understand their Medicare choices and offerings so they can make the best choices that meets their needs at the best available price. Donna provided us with a breakdown of the 2017American Health Care Act explaining how the new bill differs from the current Affordable Care Act. Donna helped us understand the real impact of the proposed bill on millions of Americans. We are very appreciative for the clarity Donna brought to this topic for us by getting down to the “real” facts. Should you need additional information on health insurance matters, Donna can be reached at donna.hill@e2eresources.com.




Loganville's 3rd Annual Wing Fling



The Great City of Loganville's 3rd Annual Wing Fling was held on May 27th, 2017.  We were blessed with great weather, amazing chicken wings, and delightful entertainment.  Contestants competed to stake claim to the Best Chicken Wings in the land.  Steve Arnold, the Wing Fling chairman and Loganville Rotarian, believes that charity begins at home, and with the help of fellow rotarians and the City of Loganville, this year's event generated almost $17,000 for local charities.  This event provides funding to the Shepherd’s Staff, the Ministry Village, the Pregnancy Resource Center, local scholarships for the schools, and the Christian Learning Center,” among many other notable local charitable organizations, and to individuals in need. Congratulations to our Winners - 1st Place Jo-Jos BBQ, 2nd Place The Orchard Church, and 3rd Place Oasis Outdoor Lighting.  A big THANKS goes to Steve and the City of Loganville for the commitment to serve the local community through this annual event. We are already looking forward to the 2018 Wing Fling!

 




Tami Wilder Postive Impact International



Tami Wilder from Positive Impact International was our guest speaker on April 27th. Positive Impact International, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves children and families in the community by providing life impacting social services including performing arts and sport programs to children and families throughout economically challenged communities across Metro Atlanta. Tami also educated us on Project Safe Place which is a nationwide program serving 1,500 communities across the U.S. through 140 youth-serving agencies in 39 states and the District of Columbia. According to a recent National Safe Place annual report, up to 2.8 million teens run away from home each year. Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. The program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign. QuikTrip gas stations represent one of our local businesses that support this program and the youth of our community. Thanks for all you do Tami!


Georgia Rotary Student Program - Wayne Pugh



On April 20th, Wayne Pugh, our fellow Rotarian for the Covington club, was our guest spearker. Wayne provided us with an inspirational presentation on the Georgia Rotary Student Program and explained how our program is able to offer scholarships to young people who consider themselves “ambassadors” of their countries. In turn, we Rotarians of Georgia represent our community and are examples by which they judge the United States. As is always the case, in the application of “Service Above Self”, the giver benefits as does the receiver. We are blessed to have come to know so many wonderful young people through GRSP and look forward to continued involvement in such a wonderful program. Thanks to you Wayne for all you do to support GRSP.    


Rotary International Convention - Gary Moore



Gary Moore, our fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Rockdale County, was our guest speaker on April 13th.  Gary is an attorney and is serving as the Associate Judge for the Rockdale County Magistrate Court and the Municipal Court for the City of Conyers. Gary also has served as the Rotary District 6910 Governor (2008-2009). We were honored to have Gary provide us an update on the 2017 Rotary International Convention which is being held in Atlanta. In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. Gary shared several stories about past conventions across the world that he has had an opportunity to attend, and urged us all to be at the convention in Atlanta. We are expecting over 40,000 Rotarians at the convention and need volunteers to make this the most memorable Rotary International Convention ever.  Don't miss business leader and philanthropist Bill Gates talk about the importance of our continued commitment to a polio-free world.  Go to http://www.riconvention.org/en to get all the details on registration and all of the great events.   


Managing Social Media - Karen Shields



Karen Shields, Gwinnett County Water Resources' Communications Manager and Public Information Officer, was our guest speaker on April 6th.  Karen has spent her over 25 years in marketing and communications arena in both the public and private sectors and previously served as the PIO/Communications Manager for the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments. Karen provided us with a very insightful video "The Social Media Revolution."  This video emphasized how social media is not a question if we DO social media, but a question of how well we Do it, and that social media isn't a fad, it is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. Karen covered how important it is for every business to tell their story on social media becuase it will be told by someone. She also emphasized to have a professional help business owners establish a social media presence. Thanks for taking the time to visit with us Karen, we all have a greater appreciation for the power of social media.   


John Winstanley - Internet Safety



John Winstanley was our guest speaker on March 30th. John was born in England, lived in Germany for a few years and came to the United States in 1985.  John is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering and minored in German. John discussed the very serious and real topic of internet safety with a focus on addiction to internet pornography.  This addiction affects children and adults, male and female alike. John told us about his own struggles and his life purpose in delivering help to those who are caught in the destructive cycle of internet porn addiction.  John has created a website "The Fortress, which is a safe place for kids, students, parents, grandparents, schools, and churches to go to get advice, tips, tricks, hacks, hope, and knowledge about all things related to internet safety – with the Porn Pandemic as a major topic of discussion. For more information on John's work please go to http://www.fortsafety.com/.  Thank you John for your commitment to help others.  


Gwinnett Tech - Jennifer Hendrickson



Jennifer Hendrickson, the Director of Institutional Advancement for Gwinnett Technical College, and fellow rotarian, was our guest speaker on March 16th.  Jennifer provided us with a great overview of Gwinnett Tech and the various degrees and certificates offered by the college.  Gwinnett Tech offers over 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less and the college serves over twenty-thousand students.  Jennifer also introduced the Move on When Ready program which provides opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to enroll full-time in postsecondary institutions to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.  A high school student in the dual enrollment program can earn an associate's degree by the time he/she graduates high school.  What a great opportunity for any high school student!  We are so appreciative of Jennifer's support in coordinating and supporting the Marla Panyik Scholarship Fund at Gwinnett Tech. 


Joe Pinson - Celebrate Recovery



We were so blessed to have Joe Pinson share the history and purpose of the Celebrate Recovery program with us at our Rotary Club meeting on 3/9/17. The purpose of the Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power through the 12 Steps of Recovery. By applying Biblical principles, the program helps individuals begin to grow spiritually and become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. Our prayers are with Joe and everyone involved in this program and congratulations on the program's 10-year anniversary at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville. We want to thank Joe for taking the time to tell us about such meaningful and life-changing program. If you need additional information, please contact Joe at pinson.joe@gmail.com for more information.  


Bill Jones, Retired City Manager of Loganville



Bill Jones, Retired City Manager of Loganville, was our guest speaker on 3/2/17.  We are so grateful to Bill for his dedicated service and accomplishments over the past 15 years.  Bill was instrumental in always getting to the "Bottom Line," advancing and formalizing the City's business practices, and setting the course for a great future for the City and its citizens. Bill also introduced our new City Manager, Danny Roberts. Danny provided us with an overview of the City's top priorities.  We look forward to Danny's leadership, and we wish Bill a long, healthy, happy, and prosperous retirement.  Great Job Bill! Enjoy the rocker!


Terri Braswell - Guest Speaker - Jan 26th



Terri Braswell was our guest speaker on January 26th.  Terri provided us with a good education on the importance of disclosure documents, and great advice on navigating through the process of selling or buying a home. Terri, one of our newest Rotarians, is an active member and past President of the Walton-Barrow Board or Realtors.  She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.  With Terri’s wealth of experience makes her a real expert in the industry. You can learn more about Terri’s work at http://www.tbraswell.com/.  Thanks Terri for sharing some of your wisdom with us, and for all of your hard work in making Loganville and all of Walton County a community of choice for so many.    




Frida Eriksson, our 2016-2017 GRSP Student - Guest Speaker



On February 9th, Frida Eriksson, our 2016-2017 GRSP Student provided us with a wonderful overview of her life in Sweden complete with family pictures and the beautiful scenery of Sweden. Frida educated us on what life is like in Sweden covering topics like education, cuisine, and how Sweden observes certain unique seasonal holidays.  She also told us about her past experiences as a world-class downhill skier.  It was wonderful to hear about how Sweden was working to become energy independent through alternative energies that help preserve Sweden’s precious environment. We are truly blessed to have Frida as our GRSP student.  




Ronnie Gray - Guest Speaker - Feb. 23rd



On February 23rd, Ronnie Gray was our guest speaker. Ronnie, one of our newest Rotarians, provided solid advice on protecting our homes - top to bottom, including our lawns - from all types of pests.  He explained how Flexible Pest Services’ unique service model was the basis for preserving their customer base and continuing their growth as a company.  You can learn more about Flexible Pest Services at their website - www.flexiblepestservices.com. Thanks Ronnie for all the commitment you and Flexible Pest Services has to providing superior service to our community and beyond. 




Terri Braswell - New Rotarian!



Congratulations are in order!  In January, Terri Braswell became our newest Rotarian!  Terri is recognized as a true expert in the real estate industry.  Terri is a Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Preferred in Loganville/Monroe Georgia.  She is an active member and past President of the Walton-Barrow Board or Realtors.  She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.  We are so grateful that Terri has chosen to be a part of our Rotary and we look forward to all of her friendship and contributions toward our success as a Club in serving others.  Welcome aboard Terri!




Marla Panyik



We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and fellow Rotarian Marla Linenberger Panyik who went to be with the Lord on January 13th, 2017.  We celebrate Marla’s life for what she meant to us, her family, and the world around her.  Marla was a servant to all and we will always remember her gentleness and kindness and the way she made each one of us feel special, welcomed, and loved.  Please raise her husband Rich and family up in your prayers as they journey through this difficult time.




Ronnie Gray - New Rotarian!



January 12th was a great day for our Rotary as Ronnie Gray became our newest Rotarian!  Ronnie has been a long-term resident of Loganville where he grew up and attended high school.  Ronnie currently works as the Operations Manager for Flexible Pest Services, an independently owned and operated family pest control business headquartered in Loganville.  We look forward to Ronnie’s friendship, and his involvement and contributions to our community and the Club’s success towards serving others. Welcome aboard Ronnie! 




Caring for Seniors



Amy Stranitzke and Alison Reid helped us kick off the new year as our guest speakers at our Breakfast Meeting on January 4, 2017. Amy is the Community Relations Director and Alison is the Executive Director of Dogwood Forest Assisted Living and Memory Care of Grayson. Dogwood Forest is subsidiary of  the family-owned Trinity Lifestyles Management located in Alpharetta which if founded on the principles of providing Georgia’s senior community with lifestyle alternatives focused on overall wellness with emphasis on the Mind, Body & Spirit. The company’s senior executives have nearly 100 years of combined senior living industry experience. The company's seven Dogwood Forest communities offer assisted living, memory care, adult day services, temporary stays, post-operative care and care at-home care. We all wish the staff at Dogwood Forrest much success as they deliver the invaluable services to seniors in our community.  


Fellow Rotarian Don Vansant Moves Along



Our fellow Rotarian, Don Vansant, announced his retirement from Snellville Heating and Air and his move to Saint Marys, Georgia.  We are going to dearly miss Don, but we wish him and his wife well in their transition.


Rotary Foundation Presentation by Rich Panyik



We were honored to have Rich Panyik join us on November 17th for our weekly Rotary meeting. Rich provided us with a wonderful Rotary Foundation Presentation that highlighted the organization's history and importance to all Rotarians.  Rich has been a loyal and committed Rotary leader for many years. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett and has served as Club President and various other positions in the Avenues of Service. On the District level, he has served a District 6910 Polioplus Chairman in 1987-88, District Conference Chairman in 1990-91, an Assistant Governor for 3 years and District Trainer in 1996-97. He was District Governor in 1999-2000. Other activities include District 6910 Foundation Chair 2002-2005, District Trainer 2004-2006 and General Chair of the Zone Institute in 2006. He participated as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego in 2006 and 2007. Rich served as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC) in Zone 34 for The Rotary Foundation in 2007-2010. He currently holds the position as Chair of the RI Leadership Development and Training Committee. Rich is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member.  Among these great accomplishments, Rich also serves as the designated driver for his beautiful wife and our fellow Rotarian Marla. A real big "THANKS" to Rich and Marla for all they do to serve us all!




Robert Brannon, Extension Agent for Gwinnett County



Robert began serving as an Extension Agent in Gwinnett County in July 1994 and has more than 30 years of work experience as an Extension Agent in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Georgia Fanning Leadership Center. As an educator, Robert is dedicated protecting Gwinnett County’s natural resource by providing citizens, businesses, and green industry professionals with practical information to solve horticultural problems without harming the environment. Robert also works with 4-H and youth development programs to help provide skills for the next generation of leaders in Gwinnett.


Robert Mclaughlin - Operation Photo Rescue



Robert Mclaughlin, our fellow Rotarian, and professional photographer and graphic artist introduced our club to Operation Photo Rescue (OPR). OPR is a volunteer network of professional photojournalists and amateur digital photographers, graphic designers, image restoration artists and others. OPR’s mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters at no cost to the people who own them. Robert shared a few stories with us and told us about the tedious and challenging restoration process. Thank you Robert for dedicating yourself to such a valuable mission by using your professional skills to restore cherished photographs that will help preserve the precious memories of those you serve. Great job Robert!  


Tim Cash, Lead Pastor, the Cross church in Loganville



We were truly blessed to have Lead Pastor of the Cross church in Loganville, Tim Cash speak at our September 29th Rotary meeting.  Tim shared his faith with us and how God had provided him with the unique opportunity to use his profession to share Christ with so many fellow athletes and others across the world. Born and raised in Newnan, GA, Tim spent 5 years playing professional baseball with the Astros and Dodgers. He joined the ministry of Unlimited Potential Inc in 1989 and served with UPI for over 20 years as its North American Executive Director ministering to professional athletes and their families. Tim and his wife Barb came to The Cross Loganville in December of 2010. 


Congressman Jodi Hice



We were honored to have U.S. Representative of Georgia's 10th Congressional District, Congressman Jodi Hice, as our guest on August 18th. Congressman Hice once served as senior pastor of Bethlehem First Baptist Church, and served as first vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and Professor of Preaching at Luther Rice Seminary. Congressman Hice also served as senior pastor at The Summit Church in Loganville.  Congressman Hice is a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that works to exercise effective oversight over the federal government and works proactively to investigate and expose waste, fraud, and abuse.  Many thanks to Congressman Hice for his service as our Representative in Washington D.C.


Fill the Bus!



Loganville Rotarians and Walmart Distribution Center staff joined forces on July 30th at the Loganville Walmart to help Fill the Bus with school supplies for children in need. Thanks to the generous donations from the community this year's Fill the Bus campaign was a huge success.  The school supplies are distributed across Walton County schools and then provided to students throughout the school year.  A special thanks goes to Walmart for their support on this very worthy cause. 


Walton County Christian Learning Center



Terri Butcher, the Director of the Walton County Christian Learning Center, was our guest speaker at our weekly meeting on 7/28. The Walton County Christian Learning Centers exists to help prepare students for God's call on their lives. That purpose is accomplished through teaching public school students the absolute truths of the Bible in relevant ways to affect transformational change in their lives and prepare them to positively impact their families, schools, communities and world.  The Loganville Rotary Club is blessed to have the opportunity to hear from Terri and to support four students this year who attend the learning center.  

The 11th Annual Loganville Rotary Golf Tournament



Whether you're new to our tournament, or are one of the many "regulars" who play every year, we invite you to enjoy a fun day of golf on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at the Cedar Lake Golf Club at 5720 S Sharon Church Road in Loganville.  Registration is at 8:00 A.M. and Tee Time is at 9:00 A.M. So, dust off the old clubs and get your team together for a great day of fellowship and fun.  Learn more about this exciting event including prizes and more by calling 770-813-1033.  


Rotary Scholarship Winner



Congratulations to this year’s Scholarship winner Cameron Taube! Cameron is a graduating senior and accomplished student and athlete at Loganville High School. The Loganville Rotary Club supports academic endeavors and future leaders within the community by providing financial support through annual scholarship awards. We are excited about what the future holds for Cameron as he moves on to the college experience. 
 


F.I.S.H.



We were so honored to have Denise McCance with us on September 22nd. Faith in Serving Humanity (F.I.S.H.) is a Christian outreach ministry sponsored by various churches in Walton County. Their staff is almost entirely volunteer, with over 200 active volunteers,and comes from our supporting churches. Conceived by the local ministerial association as a way to respond to the truly needy in the community, F.I.S.H. operates as a nonprofit charity with 501 (c) (3) status, making all donations tax-deductible. F.I.S.H. offers a variety of services to qualifying neighbors in Walton County.  

The Mission Statement of F.I.S.H. is "Because Jesus Christ calls His believers to be in service to the poor and needy among us, F.I.S.H. endeavors to respond to the spiritual, physical, and financial needs of Walton County residents."  Denise gave us a glimpse into the many services provided by F.I.S.H., including the amazing Faith In Serving Humanity's Medical/Dental Clinic that serves the uninsured and underinsured of Walton County. What an amazing organization supporting our community!  



Loganville Rotary Club President



Congratulations! Renee Park has assumed the position of President of the Loganville Rotary Club for 2016-2017. Renee brings a wealth of understanding as a long-time member and previous experience as club president.  Renee will be taking the leadership torch from Mike Albright who has led the club as president over the past year with his wonderful commitment and exceptional leadership.  


Rotarian John Sauers and the Economy



John Sauers, Financial Analyst and Loganville Rotary Club Member, was our guest speaker on June 2nd, John shared some very interesting facts about the world economy and his insight on emerging challenges and opportunities facing the world and national economy. It’s always good to hear from John on these important matters. 
 


Project Jumpstart



Several of the Loganville Rotarians were blessed with the opportunity to support the Ministry Village Project Jumpstart program over the past few weeks with their painting, cleaning, and general landscaping, construction, and maintenance skills. Thanks to all who were able to participate and a special thanks to John Sauers who coordinated the workdays and provided the team with helpful onsite training and coaching.

Project Jumpstart is a program offered by Loganville Community Ministry Village. The goal of Project Jumpstart is to help families or individuals progress from dependence upon governmental agencies or charities to self-reliant financial freedom; from poverty to freedom in Christ. The Ministry Village is an invaluable resource to the Walton County community. For more information on the Ministry Village visit http://www.ministryvillagega.org/.




Rotary Leadership Institute



Congratulations to Mike Albright, our Club President. Mike was among the graduates at the RLI training held on Saturday, April 30th at Athens Academy. The RLI offers Rotary knowledge courses in three sessions (Parts I, II, and III). The courses are designed to provide leadership skills while advancing Rotary knowledge and understanding. Great job Mike!




Kurt Hansen Memorial Bench Dedication



On November 2, 2014, the club met at Loganville's Destination Park to dedicate a park bench in honor of Kurt Hansen.  The beautiful ceremony, with Kurt's wife, family, coworkers, and friends on hand, was the culmination of the club's hard work at beautifying the area and providing a lasting memorial to a man who will always be remembered as one who lived out the Rotary 4-way test.  While Kurt will always live on in our hearts, his bench will remind the community of the importance of "Service Above Self."