Rotary Club of Peachtree City

October 2015


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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Peachtree City

Peachtree City

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center
2443 Highway 54 West
Peachtree City, GA  30269-1428
United States
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Rotary is committed to improving the world in which we live.   Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.  The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.
Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. 

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The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is once again sponsoring this year's 8th Annual Dragon Boat Races and International Festival at Lake McIntosh Park in Peachtree City, Georgia. Come join in the fun of watching the dragon boat racing competition and enjoy the food and events provided at the International Festival! This event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015, rain or shine.

For more details, including directions to the event, visit the event website at: »



Pictured from left to right: Rotary Club President Russ Heil, Lakisha Bonne, Lisa Collins,
and Virginia Gibbs

On Thursday, August 27, 2015 Rotary Club of Peachtree City featured 3 speakers from Fayette County School System's recently opened Center of Innovation (COI) located at the former Fayetteville Intermediate School on Hood Avenue which houses the Dual Enrollment Program.

(New Dual Enrollment High School Curriculum offers students a high school diploma and vocational school training skill sets upon completion and graduation.)

In partnership with Southern Crescent Technical College the dual enrollment high school program allows students to select a Career Path Offering courses in:

  • Health Sciences, which includes certified nursing assistant (CNA), emergency medical responder and sports medicine.
  • Culinary Arts vocational training located on the Sandy Creek High School Campus offers a variety of culinary arts classes.

The expanded Dual Enrollment Curriculum is still being formulated.

The 3-featured speakers were:

Lakisha Bonner, the Coordinator of Counseling and Career Development for Fayette County Public Schools. She received her Masters degree from Winthrop University and her Educational Specialist from West Georgia University. As a dedicated educational professional, she has built and maintained a successful career as a result of her ability to work enthusiastically with school staff and administrators in an effort to ensure students are college and career ready. As a former lead guidance counselor, she has counseled thousands of students in several schools and fulfilled administrative level responsibilities that include master scheduling, curriculum development and enrichment, and facilitating dynamic school programs. Since 1993, she has consistently championed requirements to achieve academic proficiency of all students, and the operational efficiency of public and private schools. Mrs. Bonner resides in Fayetteville with her husband Travis. They have two children, Taylor and Noah.

Lisa Collins is the Director for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) for Fayette County Public Schools. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Albany and her Educational Specialist from Lincoln University. Mrs. Collins has 28 years of educational experience spanning grades 3-12 with specific concentrations in business education, instructional technology, and leadership.

Through the collaboration of all stakeholders, the CTAE Department has expanded existing programs in the areas of animation, broadcasting, culinary arts, engineering, and health science. Mrs. Collins resides in Senoia, with her husband Jerry. They have 2 children, Kyle and Branden.

Virginia Gibbs retired last December after a decade as President and CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. She is now the Coordinator of Innovative Partnership Development, Work- Based Learning, and Youth Apprenticeships for the Fayette County Board of Education. She has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Duke University, and an MBA from West Virginia University. Virginia has lived in Peachtree City with her husband Dan since 1991. Their daughter Morgan is a sophomore at UGA (and an avid member of the Redcoat band), and their son, Harrison is a senior at McIntosh HS. Virginia is excited to be back to visit with her many PTC Rotarian friends this week!



Left to right: President Elect, Chris Thompson, Rotary International’s Major Gifts Officer, Zone 34 & Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City program on August 20, 2015, was about the Rotary Foundation. Our Rotary International Foundation offers a wide range of grants, scholarships, vital projects and study opportunities throughout the world.

Rotary has been widely recognized for making a global effort through the foundation to eradicate polio.

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is a 100% donor club and the foundation makes worthwhile use of our money through local and international projects. The speaker was Debra Lowe, Major Gifts Officer, Rotary, Zone 34, and Rotary Foundation. Our Foundation Chair, Doc Jaleel, introduced speaker Debra Lowe.

New Member Induction Ceremony:

Left to Right: Membership Director, JD Holmes, Vice President, John Belizaire, Past President 2014/2015, Ed Outlaw, Past President 2014/2014 Amy Leuenberger, President Elect, Chris Thompson, Induction Ceremony Presenter, Rick Viall,. Placing the Rotary Lapel Pin, Adam Shoemaker, and New Member Inductee, Terry Whitaker

New Member: Terry Whitaker, sponsored by Scott Rowland, was inducted into the club. Past Club President Rick Viall performed the induction ceremony. We welcome Terry and his spouse Jennifer to the Rotary Club of Peachtree City.



[John Lynch of the Fayette County Historical Society]

Recently, Mr. John Lynch, of the Fayette County Historical Society, spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club. He talked about Civil War events in and around the Fayette County area. He entertained the audience with stories about how the Fayette County courthouse was spared from being burned by Union forces, and the major cavalry skirmish at Shakerag by the retreating Federal Army.

The Fayette County Historical Society was chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation to discover, collect, preserve and make accessible to the public, materials which establish and illustrate the history of the county, its towns and villages.



[Peachtree City Rotary President Ed Outlaw & Jenny Stanley of]

At a recent meeting of the Peachtree City Rotary Club, Jenny Stanley of, a national organization, spoke about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. Tragically, Ms Stanley speaks from experience about the loss of her daughter. Telling her mother that she was going next door to a neighbor's house, six-year old Sydney Marie instead climbed inside their unlocked car and could not get out. She died of heat stroke.

A very attentive audience heard Ms Stanley state that Georgia is among 16 states that has passed a Good Samaritan Law regarding people who break into a car to save a child. is dedicated to spreading awareness, and educating the public about how to keep our children safe in and around motor vehicles. They also lobby for improved vehicle safety measures. She advised those in attendance to always lock their car when they park it, even at home. Also, be sure to "Look again" inside your car before you leave it.

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[Pictured L-R: BOE Chairman Marion Key, Duffy Weldon, Josh Hamlin, Camille Faraldi,
Judge Jason Thompson, and Rotary President Ed Outlaw]

Recently, the Rotary Club of Peachtree City conducted its annual Laws of Life Essay contest among the Fayette County schools. What’s a Law of Life? It’s a saying or maxim that summarizes an ideal, a character value, or a principle about life. If followed by everyone, the Law of Life would make the world a better place.

The Georgia Laws of Life contest invites students to select a Law of Life and to use it as a prompt to write about a core character value such as honesty, generosity, courage, compassion, or perseverance. As a program of Rotary clubs in Georgia, the contest reflects Rotary’s emphasis on values, high ethical standards, and service to others.

The winners this year from McIntosh High School are James "Duffy" Weldon, Josh Hamlin, Camille Faraldi.

Duffy Weldon won 2nd Runner-up at the State-level contest, making his essay third out of 45,000 essays written. Read his essay about being “Jere Good”, and the other statewide winning essays by going to:

Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest 2015 »



The Peachtree City RCC held its Induction Ceremony on March 9, 2015 at Mimi’s Restaurant. As each
RCC Charter Member came forwar to receive his/her recognition, the sense of pride grew
throughout the room. They talked about their individual duties and the plans for future projects.
And as their Charter President rang the closing bell, it was obvious this corps was on a mission
- one they will no doubt accomplish.
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City has formed a local Rotary Community Corps (RCC) under the leadership of member Joel Norris.  RCCs are teams of men and women who work in partnership with Rotary Clubs worldwide to improve their communities.  There are more than 7,500 corps in over 80 countries working in conjunction with their local clubs.
The idea behind the Peachtree City RCC is unique. It is a team of adults with developmental disabilities from the surrounding areas. The local club wanted to engage these young men and women in their community who hold an undeniable love for one another and a passion for helping others. They face challenges head-on, and have an innate desire to work together as a team to succeed at any task presented to them. This group appreciates their community and each other, and has an unlimited willingness to do good work in the world.


[L-R: Ed Outlaw, Rotary President; Kathy Tulley; Cathy Berggren, Director of Real Life Center]

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City recently presented a $1,000 check to Real Life Center. Rotary is a sponsor of the Real Life Center, which was established in 1998 to help people who are facing life’s unexpected challenges by offering them hope, guidance, and encouragement.

The Real Life Center has become one of the most highly respected and recognized non-profits in the South Atlanta Metro area. Their mission is to walk with those who are hurting in Fayette and Coweta counties by providing a safe environment in which to receive encouragement, access needed assistance, and obtain referrals to additional county resources.

The primary goal of the Real Life Center is to keep families stable in their home. Stability leads to healthier families and communities.  This program has a 90% success rate of stability in the home, and 75% success rate of families meeting goals.

The Real Life Center thrift stores provide provides a place for the community to donate their gently-used items to help families in need.  All of the money the stores raise, after expenses, goes back to the Real Life Center to help the local families they serve.

Real Life Stores are located in Tyrone, Peachtree City and Fayetteville, and are open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Real Life Center »



[Pictured L-R: Raymond Ray, Ass't. District Governor; Ed Outlaw, Rotary President;
Pota Coston, Linda Banks, & Diana Roman]

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City recently inducted three new members: Ms Pota Coston, Ms Linda Banks, and Ms Diana Roman. Assistant District Governor Raymond Ray administered the ceremony. These three new members brings to eleven the number of new members inducted within the last two weeks. The Peachtree CITY Rotary Club meets every Thursday at the Wyndham Conference Center.



[Pictured L-R; Secretary of State Brian Kemp & Chris Thompson, Rotary Vice President]

Hon. Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State of the State of Georgia, spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club recently. His talk centered on the role of the Secretary of State’s office and its duties, including the administration of voter registration, and the process of registering business entities in the State. Secretary Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2003-2006, and has been Secretary of State since January 2010.

Among his accomplishments, Kemp established a national model for election security. The My Voter Page (MVP) voter education website allows voters to view a sample ballot, find early voting locations and times, find their Election Day polling location, and verify registration status. Georgia’s military and overseas voters can use MVP to electronically receive ballots.

He reminded all business owners to renew their corporation registration with the State not later than March 31st!

My Voter Page (MVP) »