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This Week January 11, 2018
This week's meeting will be the club assembly. All officers and directors should be prepared to give report. All members should be in attendance because we will also discuss the District Governor's visit.
January 4, 2018
Alicia Michael, Past District Governor, spoke about the RFHA, Rotarians For Fighting Family Health and Aids Prevention.
Donation
 Alice Jane Wasdin thanks Bremen Rotary Club for their generous donation of $1000 to Ferst Foundation for Children Literacy.
G.R.S.P. STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – WEEKEND IN JANUARY
 
The Rotary Clubs of Dunwoody, Decatur and the DeKalb Rotary Council host the G.R.S.P. students each year during the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend in January.  The activities are held at the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.  Students have an opportunity to interact with Rotarians, hear world renowned speakers, and just have fun!  Students also enjoy learning about "Fierce Conversations", class involvement and group projects.  It is a weekend that encourages the students to make a difference in their world by getting involved.  They learn the meaning of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF!
 
THANK YOU FOR SHARING OUR CULTURE AND VALUES!
December 28, 2017
There will not be a lunch meeting. The next meeting will be held on January 4, 2018.
Much excitement from the Bremen City Schools after the Bremen Rotary donated dictionaries to third grade students! Rotary also are purchasing 3 sets of tub books for our reading program. #EXCELLENCE
December 21, 2017
There will not be a lunch meeting this Thursday. Remember that Christmas is on Monday. Have a safe and merry Christmas.
WHERE HAVE G.R.S.P.’S INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COME FROM SINCE 1946?  From 1946 through school year 2007-08, GRSP international students have come to Georgia from:
 
Africa  = 80
Asia       = 326
Australia/New Zealand  = 101
America (Central)   = 51
America (North) (Canada/Mexico)   = 20
America (South)  = 375
Europe =2,007
     TOTAL =3,060
 
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR HOMES, HEARTS AND ROTARY IDEALS WITH THESE STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
Christmas Party
The Christmas Party was an amazing night filled with joy and laughter. Much gratitude goes to the decorating committee and all of the Rotarians who participated in the program and made it such a success.
 
December 7, 2017
 
John Fletcher introduced John Sammon.  Mr. Sammon discussed the transformation of the Lion Golf Club to the Lion Hills Winery Event Center.  Immediately following the meeting there was a field trip to the event center.
WHERE HAVE G.R.S.P.’S INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COME FROM SINCE 1946?  From 1946 through school year 2007-08, GRSP international students have come to Georgia from:
 
Africa                                                                   = 80
Asia                                                                    = 326
Australia/New Zealand                                          = 101
America (Central)                                                 = 51
America (North) (Canada/Mexico)                          = 20
America (South)                                                  = 375
Europe                                                               = 2,007
     TOTAL                                                           = 3,060
 
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR HOMES, HEARTS AND ROTARY IDEALS WITH THESE STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
November 30 2017
Alisa Goldin introduced Dr. Allison Key of 3:16 Healthcare. Dr. Key discussed the importance of preventive healthcare.
 
November 16, 2017
 
Congratulations to  Dr. Allen and Judy Wilburn for  being recognized as the Bremen Rotary's 50th Farm Family of the Year. A special thank you goes out to Robin Campbell and Dorothea Graham from the Haralson County Extension Office for helping us to see the impact the Wilburn's are making in our community.
 
“PEACE”
 
Verse 1
Peace, oh what a lovely thought
That angry wars no more be fought,
Death and violence be wrought
Peace, oh what a lovely thought!
 
Verse 2                  
Peace, oh what a perfect way
In which to live our lives each day
In thought and deed; in work and play.
Peace, oh what a perfect way!
 
Chorus    
Peace, oh what a lovely thought.
Peace, oh what a perfect way.
Peace, oh what a glorious time.
Yes, it’s possible!
Peace, oh what a lovely thought.
Peace, oh what a perfect way.
Peace, oh what a glorious time.
Peace, yes it is possible!
 
Verse 3                     
Peace, oh what a glorious time
When man on earth in perfect rhyme
Will co-exist in harmony.
Peace, oh what a glorious time!
 
Chorus   
                   
Bridge-Sing Twice
Peace, yes it is a possibility
To make this world what it should be
Through G-R-S-P!!!
 
Piano & Flute Solo
 
Chorus-Sing Twice       
Peace, oh what a lovely thought
Peace, oh what a perfect way.
Peace, oh what a glorious time.
Yes, it’s possible!
Peace, oh what a lovely thought.
Peace, oh what a perfect way.
Peace, oh what a glorious time.
Peace, yes it is possible!

 
This Week's Meeting 10/26/2017
Tara Chapman presented Eric McDonald, Grow Haralson.  Mr. McDonald updated us on the Grow Haralson initiative.
Thank you everyone for working together as a team to achieve our goal of $10,000. Our gross revenue was $9,900. 
 
 A special thanks to those that stepped up at the last minute to help us get within $100 of our goal.  Without the calls that you made on Thursday and Friday before the event, we would not have come as close as we did to raising the funds needed for our special projects.
 
If you have pictures from Radio Day that you would like to share with us, send them to office@lynnclarkelaw.com, and we will make sure that they get posted.  The pictures below are of our very own GRSP Student, Tino Dube, two students from Interact and Lynn Clarke.
 
 
                
 
 
October 19, 2017
 
Left to right:  President Karen Steed, GRSP student Philip Kutschker and Lynn Clarke
 
We enjoyed a wonderful presentation at last week's Rotary meeting. Our GRSP student, Phillip, spoke about his home country, Germany! His presentation included information regarding German culture as well as government and education facts. Thank you Phillip for a great meeting!
 
October 12, 2017
Walter Hatchett introduced Janet Pope, Assistant Principal at Haralson County High School.  Ms. Pope spoke about graduation rates in our community.
 
Left to right:  President Karen Steed, Janet Pope and Walter Hatchett
October 5, 2017
 
From left to right:  President Karen Steed, Aletha Smith, Cathy Armstrong and Rotarian Joanie Lowe
 
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Image courtesy of The Carrollton Menu
Aletha Smith from the Bremen Junior Women’s Club presented a program on the Bremen Veteran’s Park. The BJWC has partnered with the City of Bremen to expand and update the Bremen Veteran’s Park.  The park is to create a public display to honor and commemorate the service of American Veterans.  For more information please visit Bremen City Hall.  Cathy Armstrong, President of Bremen Junior Women's Club, was also a guest at this presentation.
 
September 21, 2017
Last week, we had the honor of hearing our GRSP student, Tino, speak on her native country, Zimbabwe! She gave an excellent presentation on the culture there and how it compares to our culture here. An interesting fact, they like grits (or something similar) with almost every meal! We can all relate to that in some way. Thank you for supporting her as she receives further education here in the states!
 
 
From left to right:  President Karen Steed, GRSP Student Tino Dube and Lynn Clarke
September 14, 2017
Our meeting last week pulled on our heart strings as we were honored to have Rob Goldin bring Dr. Karen Curtis in to speak with us regarding CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Dr. Curtis shared with us the need for volunteers within CASA & the specifics of volunteering. She also shared with us the dynamics in which CASA is organized.
From left to right:  President Karen Steed, Dr. Karen Curtis and Rob Goldin
September 7, 2017
Our club had the pleasure of a great program presented by Rotarian, Tom Crawford. Tom spoke about the poultry industry in Georgia and how the West Georgia area is thriving in production. He also informed us of how the poultry industry has improved in engineering and has VASTLY grown in the past 30 plus years in Georgia. We appreciate the wonderful presentation given by Mr. Crawford.
 
From left to right:  President Karen Steed and Rotarian Tom Crawford
August 31, 2017
BHS student Andrew Weaver was the program! Go Blue! To watch a video of his outstanding performance, visit our Facebook page.
 
August 24, 2017
 Dr. Dennis Cowart presented Mrs. Susan Wis with RenewLife and Wellness Coaching in Bremen. She is a holistic health educator. Mrs. Wis spoke about ways to improve our health with dietary changes. She also was informative on what we can do to change our chronic diseases with a holistic approach.
 

 August 31st, we are celebrating after hours at The Varsity, followed by dessert at Krispy Kreme.  We will be departing from Lynn and Steve's office at 5:45pm.

August 17, 2017
Last Thursday, Alisa Goldin introduced Dr. Amy Eubanks to speak to our group regarding the Rapha Clinic. Dr Eubanks was inspirational and very informative regarding the Clinic she chairs. The Rapha Clinic provides health and dental services to those who don't have the monetary means or insurance to obtain healthcare services. We are truly grateful for all Dr. Eubanks does to help our community be a better, more beneficial place!!
From left to right:  President Karen Steed, Dr. Amy Eubanks and Rotarian Alisa Goldin
August 10, 2017
Bremen Rotary Club had a great time at our "Pep Rally" meeting last week! We had the honor to welcome coach Davis Russell, as he spoke about the football program at Bremen High School. Coach Russell is truly enthusiastic about his team this season as he spoke about the upcoming schedule and his plans for a winning season! He also reflected on his first season at Bremen as he informed us there are now 9 players now playing on the collegiate level. Dr David Hicks introduced coach Russell along with our Bremen City School guests, Dr. Tim Huff (Principal at Bremen High School) and Bill Garrett, Director Of Special Programs for the school system. Bremen Rotary wishes the best to Bremen this football season. GO BIG BLUE!!

Pictured below are President of Rotary, Karen Steed, Dr. David Hicks, Coach Davis Russell, Dr. Tim Huff, Allen Pullen, and Bill Garrett.
 
August 3, 2017
 
We had a busy meeting last Thursday at Bremen Rotary! Our Assistant District Governor, Guy Moore, was one of our guests as he presented our club with TWO awards! Brandall Lovvorn, Rotary president in 2015-2016 accepted the award of 100% participation in Rotary Foundation Giving as well as 100% participation in our Polio eradication efforts! Wow! We are so proud to have these two honors! 
 

Our guest speaker was brought to us by Mrs. Tara Chapman; his name is Mr. Tommy Baker with Paxen. Mr. Baker graduated from Shorter University with a degree in Middle Education. He has taught in public schools for 18 years and coached Basketball and Tennis. He also has been awarded, "Teacher of the Year, twice! He was very informative about Paxen and what they offer for our communities. They offer two programs to help with job placements for those who have not received their GED and for those that are graduates but can not find the appropriate career paths. They are funded by federal grants and are truly beneficial in helping young adults achieve their career goals.
July 27, 2017
 

Karen Steed introduced Roni Tewksbury, Director of West Georgia Regional Library.  When most of us think about the public library, we think of card catalogues and musty smelling books.  This coupled with the invention of E-readers would make you think the library is obsolete.  According to Ms. Tewksbury, this is a false statement.  In fact, she says the library is as “busy as ever”.  Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is a lending network for over 280 libraries covering over 140 counties and services over 28 million residents a year.  Your PINES library card gives you access to most of the materials throughout this system, including E-books and magazines.  Each library branch offers activities for children and adults, such as story time and book clubs.  Residents of Georgia are using their PINES cards to receive free or discounted admissions to state parks, Zoo Atlanta and the Center for Puppetry Arts, among other things.  The library also provides computers with internet access and classes to assist with learning how to use a computer.  A goal of the library system is to be able to lend laptops to library card holders.
 
For more information regarding your local library, visit www.wgrl.net.
 
WHAT IS G.R.S.P.?    THE GEORGIA ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAM IS A ONE YEAR AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WITH THE FOLLOWING MISSION:
 
            Promote peace through understanding
            Encourage the exchange of cultural and social experiences
            Advance the ideals of Rotary
            Create opportunities for friendship
            Envision a world where peace is a reality.
 
OVER THE NEXT YEAR, WE WILL COME TO YOU WITH A SHORT WEEKLY MESSAGE ABOUT THE GEORGIA ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAM (G.R.S.P.) AND THE NEED FOR OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION.   WE LOOK FORWARD TO TELLING YOU OF THE G.R.S.P. STORY AND ABOUT THE LIVES THAT IT HAS TOUCHED OVER THE YEARS.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF G.R.S.P. AND ITS MISSION.
July 20, 2017 Program
 
Jeannie Ethridge presented Tami Meeks, Membership Recruiting Manager of
Air Med Care, who spoke about air ambulance services in West Georgia.
 June 22, 2017
Year End Appreciation
 
       
From left to right:  President Elect Karen Steed and President Rob Goldin
 
 
 
  
From left to right:   Rotarian Walter Hatchett and  President Rob Goldin
 
 
  
From left to right:  Rotarian Jeannie Ethridge and President Rob Goldin
 
 
President Rob Goldin thanked everyone for a great year and expressed how much he appreciated everyone.  He gave out awards to President Elect Karen Steed and Rotarians Jeannie Ethridge and Walter Hatchett.  Other awards will be given later when the respective Rotarians are present.  Rotarians Walter Hatchett and Gene Vineyard spoke about their experience at the convention.
 June 15, 2017
 
From right to left to right President and CEO of Higgins General Loy Howard, Rotarian Dr. Bonnie Boles, Rotarian Lynn Clarke, and President of Bremen Rotary Rob Goldin
 
Rotarian Lynn Clarke introduced guest speaker Loy Howard. Mr. Howard is President and CEO of Higgins General Hospital in Bremen and has been with them for 27 years. Rotarian Dr. Bonnie Boles from Higgins General Hospital, joined him and spoke about how the money will be used at Higgins. Equipment in different departments will be updated.  Higgins General is also pushing forward with the construction of a new state of the art surgical center that has a sound financial plan to make necessary improvements while keeping the hospital in operation.  Support from Georgia HEART helps defray the growing amount of charity care the hospital must cover, enabling it to invest in the new services and equipment upgrades that will allow it to provide a higher standard of care in Haralson County and West Georgia. You can go to www.georgiaheart.org to get more information regarding Georgia HEART tax credit and complete the HEART tax credit form.  
 June 8, 2017
 
Right to left President Elect Karen Steed, guests speaker Joe Garrett and Rotarian Brandall Lovvorn. 
 
Rotarian Brandall Lovvorn introduced guest speaker Joe Garrett.  Mr. Garrett is married with four boys and is a columnist for The Times-Georgian.  The columns he writes are based on what he feels at that moment.  He said there are three things we need to do daily Laugh, Think, and embrace Emotions that move you to tears. The book he wrote consists of the columns that he’s written over the years.  He organized the flow based on the four seasons. The loss of his son inspired him to write the book. He named the book "Easy to Love", a song that was played at his 8-year-old son's funeral. The stories he read us were enjoyed by all. 
 
 
 June 1, 2017
 
Left to right:  Rotarian Kathy Yates, Christopher Pike and President Rob Goldin
 
Rotarian Kathy Yates introduced guest speaker Christopher Pike.  Mr. Pike is the Director of Downtown Development and Tourism in Villa Rica, GA.  The challenges for development in Villa Rica are the North loop, rapid growth, limited resources, the walk-ability of the area and the business mix. What's being done?  Mr. Pike uses "Vibrancy, Destination, and Innovation” to help create a downtown people will want to visit. His business bucket list consists of a Destination which will draw businesses such as Gabe’s Restaurant, salons, insurance companies and retailers that will stay open late. The Vibrancy index that he lives by is to have three line blocks, ten restaurants, ten specialty retailers and ten businesses that will open Saturday after 6 pm. His Innovation is to have new parks, a museum of gospel and jazz, and a hotel and conference center that will have 72 rooms and will be built next to the amphitheater.
 
May 25, 2017
 
From left to right:  Rotarian Tara Chapman, Brian Krasielwicz and President Rob Goldin
 
Rotarian Tara Chapman introduced Brian Krasielwicz as the 2017 Business Person of the Year.  Brian is on the Chamber Board for Haralson County, secretary for L.A.M.P. and Chairman of Keep Haralson Beautiful.
 
Brian was born in Long Island, New York but grew up in Snellville, GA.  At 18, he became the manager of Papa John's Pizza in Bremen.  One year, he gave out free pizza coupons to 300 students at Tallapoosa Primary School, but only a handful redeemed their coupons.  He returned to the school to find out why so few were redeemed and was told that many did not have transportation to get to the store because many came from low income households.  This story made a large impact on Brian and he continues to find a way to help the community, even offering employees full pay for volunteering in the community.   The store continues to only break even, since profit margins for a Papa John's franchise are not as high as other pizza delivery companies.  The franchise owner has made a commitment to the community because of Brian's commitment.  
 
 
Congratulations to Brian for a well-deserved honor.  Brian truly epitomizes Rotary's motto- "Service Above Self".
May 18, 2017
Left to right President Rob Goldin with speaker Dr. Lana Wachniak, PHD and Rotarian Gene Vineyard
 
The club presented a check to Patty Jones from Haralson County Ministries to assist with roof repairs.  Haralson County Ministries is a local charity in our community that provides assistance for those in need.
Each year Bremen Rotary honors its public servants and first responders.  This year, we were graced with the  presence of the following honored members of the sheriff’s, police and fire departments:
  • Richard Harrison
  • Keith Pesnell
  • Thomas Howard
  • Josh Newman
  • Robert Bell
  • Jason Painter
  • Ben Hurston
  • Cory Coggins
  • Brian Walker
  • Jason Hurley
  • Terry Langley
  • Eddie Mixon
  • Wade Williams
  • Joel McSwain
Rotarian Gene Vineyard was our host for this special event.  He shared the story that inspired him to appreciate the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect their community.  Several years ago, Gene was driving East on I-20. He saw several blue lights heading West.  When he got to his designation, they had the TV on showing the reason. He learned later that a Villa Rica police officer by the name of Robbie Bishop had been murdered by someone he pulled over.  For some time, it kept coming to Gene’s mind that these people are putting their lives at risk each day when they go to work.  He began to feel that we as a community need to take the time to thank those that are out there protecting our families and our freedom. 
Our guest speaker was Dr. Lana Wachniak.  Dr. Wachniak has a PHD in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She teaches at Kennesaw State University. She spoke to us about the important roles our police, fire and emergency medical technicians play in our lives. 
May 11, 2017
Left to right Rotarian David Hicks, Dr. David Huff, Teacher of the Year Scott Hodges, and President Rob Goldin
 
 Rotarian David Hicks introduced Dr. David Huff from Bremen City Schools. Dr. Huff introduced "Teacher of the Year " Scott Hodges.  Growing up Scott had a hard time.  He was constantly fighting. But he was lucky the teachers in Bremen did not give up on him.  Because they believed in him, his teachers took him in.  Scott decided to give back to his community. He has been teaching for 25 years.   As a teacher and coach he pushes his students to do better. Why are good teachers important?  The relationships they develop with students and the knowledge they give to each student, helps the student and the teacher to grow.
 
 
 
May 4, 2017
 
From left to right President Elect Karen Steed, Rotarian Billy Sewell, Contest Chair Teacher Jessica Allen, 10th grade student  Carsyn Sauls, 11th grade Kaylen Smith, 12th grade Casey Carroll and 9th grade Jackson Pirch. 
 
What is the "Laws of Life"?
Thursday May 4th, Rotarian Billy Sewell introduced our 2017 Laws of Life contest winners.  The Georgie's Laws of Life Essay contest asks students to select their own Laws of Life, and to write about how it applies to their lives. In doing so, students reflect deeply and write from the heart about what they think matters most. The contest celebrates the students’ stories and their often profound reflections.  Each student was presented a check from Bremen Rotary Club and Rotarian Ruth Kennedy manager of the Bank of North Georgia (Bremen).  The students shared with us their Laws of Life essays. The students who won are 9th grader Jackson Pirch - "Pride", 10th grader Carsyn Sauls - "Special Moments", 11th grader Kaylen Smith "The Road Less Traveled", and 12th grader Casey Carroll -"A not So Happy Perfectionist". The 2017 Contest Chair Teacher is Jessica Allen.  This is our clubs 18th year sponsoring and celebrating the Laws of Life.
 
 
April 27, 2017
 
From left to right:  Rotarian Lynn Clarke and GRSP student Kirsty Purves
 
Thursday April 27th, Rotarian Lynn Clarke introduced Kirsty Purves, our GRSP student from Scotland, as our speaker for this meeting. She spoke of the differences in our cultures. They drink hot tea and here in the South we are sweet ice tea drinkers. Their biscuits are sweet and more like a cookie, and our biscuits are bread. We have 51 GRSP students from 17 different countries participating in the program.  While in the States, Kirsty has gotten to go to Conclave in Augusta, Clayton County, Atlanta touring the CNN building and the Aquarium, Washington D.C., and is going to the Bahamas with another family on her birthday.
 Being involved with Rotary has given Kirsty self-confidence, an understanding of different cultures, and reinforced the importance of friends and family. 
 
 
 
 4/20/2017
 
From left to right Rotarian Tara Chapman and speakers David and Lucas. 
 
On Thursday April 20,2017, Rotarian Tara Chapman introduced guest speakers David and Lucas from the Blake House.  The Blake House has a 10-month Regeneration Program that helps restore addicts “to a better state”.   They have 27 participants now but can house up to 32. The Blake House consists of a wood shop, thrift store, program training, community classes and discipleship training.  Alcoholism led David to The Blake House. He had lost his wife, his home, and his job.  David spent 10 months in the program and with that he found his peace with God and his want to help others. He brought guest Lucas with him from the Blake House. Lucas spoke of his journey from childhood to now. He was a good student and played sports. But his home life was different. Lucas' parents were divorced, drugs and alcohol were easily accessible in the home, and with no support he turned in the wrong direction. He was 13 when he started with the drugs and alcohol and consequently was out on the streets on his own at 15. He was arrested 9 times between the ages of 17-19. It took years and a loving sister to get him to where he is now.  The testimonies that these 2 young men shared with us are living proof that the Regeneration Program works. 
Fun was had by all that cruised with us on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas.  Rotarians attended two plenary sessions while on the ship.  One Bremen Rotarian attending the conference received an individual award.  Fellowship among District 6900 Rotarians is the ultimate goal at our district conferences.
April 13, 2017
Thursday April 13th, Rotarian Jeannie Ethridge introduced guest speaker Debra Redmond, Executive Director of Win Win Equine Services and Therapy or WEST.  They are in their third year of existence. WEST’s continued success comes from a board membership. In partnership with regional social service agencies, this nonprofit organization is raising money to create West Georgia's first PATH-certified Equine therapy program.  The horses at WEST have the potential to teach the over 200 foster kids that are in each county about social skills, relationships, self-esteem, communication, and leadership. On September 30th, a fundraiser, the "Barn Dance", will be held at Carrollton’s AG Center. Their goal is to raise money to help 45 foster care families every month. 
 
From left to right:  Rotarian Jeannie Ethridge, Debra Redman, Executive Director of WEST and Rotary president, Rob Goldin
April 6, 2017
Rotarian Karen Steed introduced guest speaker Jennie English, Executive Director of the Rapha Clinic. The word "Rapha"  means "to heal or restore". People without insurance can come in for a screening and check their finances to make sure they qualify for medical and dental services. They have volunteers from dentist to dental hygienist and MD's. There are two locations: The Bowdon Clinic and The Temple Clinic. Their mission: To deliver high quality medical and dental treatment with a caring spirit to the uninsured; empowering self-respect, autonomy, and responsibility for making positive changes through Christ. 
 
 3/30/2017
Todd Anduze, Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Georgia
 
 
March 23, 2017
 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Rotarian John Fletcher introduced guest speaker Donna Armstrong-Lackey, Senior Vice President of Carroll Tomorrow and the Burson Center Executive Director. The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded Carroll Tomorrow a $250,000 grant to create The Tinker’s Box. The Tinker's Box provides shared space, equipment and tools for product prototyping and testing for Regional inventors to collaborate and develop concepts and ideas. It will be housed by the Burson Center. The Burson Center has been in Carrollton for 11 years. It is a mixed use business incubation and resource center focused on the development of information technology, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and business service companies. There have been 135 businesses come through with around 82% currently still in business.  
 
March 16, 2017
 Rotarian David Hicks invited us all to have lunch and tour the new high school gym.

 
 
March 9, 2017
Bremen High School's Star Student this year is Sam Zimmerman.  Sam has a long list of achievements that include winner of our "Laws of Life" program and he’s a part of the Mock Trial Team.  He has the highest SAT score at Bremen High School and scored a 32 on his ACT which is well above the national average. His GPA is over 4.0 and he has earned 24 college credits while in high school.  Sam established a Service Club that has raised $750 in the past two years.  He will be attending Georgia Tech after he graduates. His peers voted him "Most Likely to Succeed".  Pictured below is President Rob Goldin presenting him with the Star Student Award. 
 
 
Star Teacher of the Year from Bremen High School is Dan Gurly.  Mr. Gurly was chosen by Star Student Sam Zimmerman.  He is pictured here with President Rob Goldin. 
 
 
 
President Rob Goldin presented Rotarian Bill Sewell, Sr. with the Paul Harris Award. 
 
 
March 2, 2017
PUTTING CONTEST
 
Greeter
Dennis Cowart
 
February 23, 2017
Dennis Cowart introduced GW Rogers of West Georgia Technical College
 
From left to right Rotarian Dennis Cowart, speaker GW Rogers and President Rob Goldin
 
Thursday February 23, 2017 Rotarian Dennis Cowart introduced guest speaker GW Rogers.  Mr. Rogers is the Executive Director of Campus Operations at West Georgia Technical College and has been there for the past 14 years.  The campus opened in 1968.  In that time, they have grown to five campuses.  They attribute their growth to local companies funding and providing training to the students. For example, Swift Transportation offers a 60-month program, Crane Industries will train 20 students at a time, and Precision Manufacturing provides welding training.  High school students can take these classes and work towards a degree. 
 
 
 
 
February 16, 2017
Phil Wren presented Randy Carver from Bremen Tire to discuss auto service
 
Left to right:  Rotarian Phil Wren, speaker Randy Carver and President Rob Goldin. 
 

On Thursday February 16th, Rotarian Phil Wren introduced speaker Randy Carver, the owner of Bremen Tire and Auto.  Mr. Carver spoke to us about ways to maintain our cars so that we can receive top-notch performance.  He discussed the importance of using our owner's manual, regular oil changes, rotating, balancing, and keeping the right amount of air in our tires, and checking out the check engine light when it comes on.
 
Rotarian Gene Vineyard presented Dr. David Cooper, Pastor of Mt. Paran Church of God, who gave a wonderful musical program as well as a program on empowerment. Gene also presented Randall Redding a plaque in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community. Randall spoke of how Rotarian Bill Sewell helped him get into Auburn University by writing a letter and about working in the restaurant his parents owned in town "Making a Difference".
 
 
 
Mr. Gene Cook
From left to right:  District Governor Raymond Ray and Gene Cook
 
The Bremen Rotary Club lost an outstanding Rotarian this week.  Gene Cook will be greatly missed by his club, his church, his family, and his community.
 
As most of you are aware, Gene not only served our club as president, but had 56 plus years of perfect attendance in Rotary.  Gene also served our club as Sergeant-At-Arms for several years.
 
Rotary was well represented at Gene's funeral this week with several Rotarians from our club, the Carrollton  Club, and the Atlanta Club.

ROTARY IS FAMILY!
 
This Week's Meeting 02/09/2017
Valentine's Day Party
 
Greeter
Bob Winiarczyk
 
Last Week's Meeting
Farm Family of the Year 2016
Jason and Lisa Hudgens of Faith and Hope Farms
 
From left to right:  Rotarian Walter Hatchett, Lisa Hudgens, Jason Hudgens daughters Addison Hope, Alyssa Faith, and President Rob Goldin
 
This Week's Meeting 01/26/2017
Kathy Yates 
 
Greeter
TBD
 
Last Week's Meeting
 
 
Rotarian Lynn Clarke gave Rotarian Joanie Lowe the Will Watt Fellow Award.  This award honors the founder of the Georgia Rotary Student Program.
 
 
 
Rotarian Ruth Kennedy invited Ned Fowler to speak at the meeting January 19, 2017. Speaker Ned Fowler is a Financial Consultant and Licensed Insurance/Annuity Agent with Synovus Securities, Inc. and Senior Vice President of Bank of North Georgia. He is A 30 year Rotarian of Douglasville, Georgia. Ned spoke to us about long term care. In one year a person can spend up to $80,000 living in a nursing home or in an assisted living facility. Investing in an asset based long term care insurance can help with your care down the road.
 
This Week's Meeting 01/19/2017
Ruth Kennedy will present Ned Fowler of Synovus Securities
 
Greeter
Bill Sewell
 
Last Week's Meeting
 
President Rob Goldin introduced speaker Tima Humphries. She is a survivor, advocate and speaker against domestic violence. She spoke of the domestic violence that happened in her life and the struggles she went through. There are four basic types of violence:  physical assault, sexual assault, psychological assault, and attacks against property and pets. She works with law enforcement and goes into businesses to train the employees. She helps people that need and want it. On the back of her business card it states "Together we can make a difference, Break the Silence and, Break the Cycle of Abuse".

 
 
This Week's Meeting 01/12/2017
Rotary President Rob Goldin will introduce Tima Humphries, Community Family Violence Prevention Initiative
 
Greeter
Terry Williamson
 
Last Week's Meeting
 
 
President Rob Goldin with Rotarian Don DeFoor. Mr. DeFoor received the Paul Harris Award for donating $1000. 
This Week's Meeting 01/05/2017
Tom Crawford- Host
William Sewell, Sr.- Greeter
 
 
This Week's Meeting Program 12/22/2016
No Meeting
 
Last Week's Meeting 12/15/2016
 
Rotarian Terry Williamson introduced guest speaker Karen Kirschler. Karen is head of the Adult program at West Central Technical College. The classes are free and help with getting their GED. In the past enrollment was higher, but over the years it has declined.   There are 25% ages 25 and older that do not have a high school diploma in Haralson County. The students take a practical test to see how they score in hopes of getting scholarships.  So far this year, there will be eight adults to graduate with 18-20 to graduate in the future. Our rotary club is a part of funding this program.
 
From Left to Right: Terry Williamson, Karen Kirschler and Rotary President Rob Goldin
This Week's Program for 12/15/2016
Terry Williamson will present Karen Kirshler of West Georgia Technical College
 
This Week's Greeter
Tom Crawford
 
 
Bremen Rotarian Billy Sewell introduced speaker Robin Huey, owner of the Bremen Health Club on Thursday December 1, 2016.  The health club is a 24 hour facility with programs for 65 and older, cardio training, strength training and yoga classes. There are four personal  trainers.
 
 
 
(L-R) Rotary President Rob Goldin, Guest Speaker Jim Winchester, Rotarian Sara Anderson
 
Invited Speaker Jim Winchester is with the Tallapoosa Circuit Accountability and Resource Court.  Jim Winchester is the Court Coordinator for Accountability and Resource Court for Michael Murphy the Court Judge. The mission of the Tallapoosa Circuit Accountability and Resource Court is to seek to improve the lives of citizens who exhibit chronic and co-morbid conditions which often include mental illness, criminal arrests and in many cases addiction. The ARC strives to assist those affected by these chronic conditions to lead lives that are free of criminal behavior. 
 
 
This Week of 10/20/2016
Bobby Mehan will introduce Blaine Cochran, Bremen Police Dept Lieutenant
Greeter for 10/20/2016
Phil Wren
 
 
 
It is nearly time to draw for the golf cart, which was kindly donated by Pioneer Ford to help fund the many projects that Bremen Rotary supports.  Sales have been brisk and we will also be drawing for consolations prizes this Saturday at the Bremen Towne Festival.  Tickets are only $50 and we only have a few left.  The golf cart can be seen at Brandall Lovvorn's office now and will be brought to downtown Bremen the end of the week to be showcased in front of the Law Office of Lynn Clarke.  Please ask any Rotarian if you are interested in buying a ticket.    
This Week of 10/13/2016
Walter Hatchett will introduce Dr. Stacy Hollingsworth who will be giving a report on stem cell replacement in animals.
 
Greeter for the Week of 10/13/2016
John Fletcher
The Bremen Rotary Club welcomed Robert Hall to a regularly scheduled Rotary meeting to encourage Rotarians to attend the RI Convention – perhaps a once in a lifetime event in Atlanta.  The Bremen Rotary Club has a member, Mr. Gene Cook, who had led the club in perfect attendance for nearly 55 years.  Gene and his “Rotary Ann”, Jean Cook, were both regulars at nearly every district conference for 55 years and used to welcome each district governor to their home where they served dinner to the entire Rotary board, the AG and the District Governor.  Being in the clothing business for many years, Gene made sure that each DG received a tie and either a jacket or suit from “The Clothing Center of the South” aka Bremen, Georgia.  He wanted to make sure that each DG was “tied” to the Bremen Rotary Club.  Gene has had some health issues lately and has not been able to attend meetings for nearly a year.  Once it became apparent that Bremen Rotary would not see Gene Cook, it was decided that Rotarians would take them a meal after every Rotary meeting.  When Robert heard that Bremen Rotary needed a speaker, he knew it was time to make a visit to the Club and then afterward, the Cooks.  So Robert ended up on the food committee for the day and helped bring in lunch plates for the Cooks and share some memories of Rotary past.  Pictured on the front row are Robert, Jean and Gene Cook.  Pictured on the back row are Lynn Clarke and Steve Sampler, both of the Rotary Club of Bremen.
 

If you are at this website, you are interested in Rotary.  We'd like to invite you for lunch on any Thursday.  Call Dennis Cowart, our Membership Chair, at (770) 537-5246 to let him know you are coming.


Bremen Rotary supports the Georgia Rotary Student Program. 
 
 
Bremen Rotary supports the Georgia Rotary Student Program.
Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia, USA, have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country. The students become adopted members of a Georgia "host family," but live on-campus at the school they attend. This is a scholarship program, not an exchange! Each year, about 80 students from all over the world make friends in the United States and other nations and learn about differing cultures and life styles. Georgia Rotarians believe "Peace is Possible" and through GRSP promote international goodwill through the bonds of friendship and understanding.

Go to www.grsp.org for more information.

The Scholarship Covers :
The scholarship covers one scholastic year, from August to May, and is for study in colleges and universities located in the State of Georgia.

The Scholarship Pays :
1. tuition
2. book allowance
3. meals
4. college provided room

Applicant must provide :
1.transportation from country to USA and return
2. medical insurance
3. $3,000 spending money
4. any income taxes imposed by the government on the scholarship money

Eligibility Requirements :
1. must be 18 years but not 25 years of age by August 1 the year studies begin
2. have not studied in the USA
3. must be single.
 
 
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