October 24, 2019: Bremen Rotary held a Rotary Social at The Shed at Westover Farms with great food provided by Mother & Daugther Catering. Thanks to all that attended.
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October 17, 2019: Bremen Rotarians met at the Bremen High School and had special guests from our awesome Interact Club. Members of the Interact club shared the many service projects they have going on at the high school. Pictured are President-Elect Allen Pullen presenting a check to Interact from the Rotary Club. 
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October 3, 2019: Bremen Rotarians heard from Chad Dollahite, VP of Haralson Adoptive & Foster Parent Association. Chad spoke to the club about how they got into fostering and the purpose, scope, goals, and needs of their organization.
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September 19, 2019: Bremen Rotarians heard from our GRSP student, Caroline. We enjoyed hearing about her family and friends in Sweden. We were all very impressed by all she has accomplished at such a young age. No doubt, she is going places. We are thrilled to have her with us this year.  
September 19, 2019 Tara Chapman 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
September 5, 2019: Bremen Rotarians were honored to host our District Governor, Jim Squire. 
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August 29, 2019: Rotarians heard from Carter Smith, Indian Springs District Scouting Executive. Carter spoke to the club about the present and future of Boy Scouts of America as it impacts our community.
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August 22, 2019: Rotarians heard from Maryssa Foley, Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator with the Haralson County Extension Office. 
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August 24, 2019: Thank you to Rotarians Chad Crowe, John Fletcher, Walter Hatchett, and Tara Chapman for participating in the County-wide clean up event on Saturday, August 24. Their area of focus was Crosstown Parkway in Bremen. 
Litter Clean Up Event Tara Chapman 2019-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Litter Clean Up Day Tara Chapman 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
August 15, 2019: Rotarians heard from Bremen High School Football Head Coach Davis Russell. Coach Russell brought Rotarians their annual football update. GO BLUE!
Bremen High School Football Tara Chapman 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
August 8, 2019: Rotarians heard from Dorothea Graham with the Haralson County Extension Office. Dorothea brought students to give testimonials to the wonderful programs offered by 4-H and they also shared about their experiences at District and State competitions.
Haralson County 4-H Tara Chapman 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
August 1, 2019: Rotarians heard from Eric McDonald, President/CEO of the Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce. Eric gave an update on both industrial and retail activity in our area. Pictured is Rotarian Rob Goldin presenting a check to Eric McDonald for Bremen Rotary's annual contribution to the Grow Haralson Initiative, an economic development foundation begun by local business leaders to attract growth to the area.
Grow Haralson Tara Chapman 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Bremen City Schools Back to School Kickoff Tara Chapman 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
West Georgia Technical College Tara Chapman 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Congrats, Jeannie! Tara Chapman 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Independence Day!
There will be no meeting this week, enjoy your holiday!
July 4, 2019 Angelica Dowdell 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Instead of our usual afternoon meeting, we will have a morning meeting from 7:45am-9:00am at butter'dudder on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
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Rotarian of the Year Tara Chapman 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
This Week June 13, 2019 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Please keep the following in your prayers:


John Sewell

Terrell Fincher







Rotarian Concerns Angelica Dowdell 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club  had The College Football Kickoff  Tailgating
at the Shed at Westover Farms
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This Week's Program - August 23, 2018 Lynn T Clarke 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Missing Spokes
Dennis Cowart
Gene Vineyard
Kelli Weaver

Bill Garrett

Bruce Bearden

Christie Smith

Dr. Sethna

Dr. Huff

GRSP student: Magno Soria Toniolo

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This Week April 12, 2015
Our GRSP student, Tino Dupe,  will be informing Rotarians about her experience in Georgia and her future plans.
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23rd Annual Bremen Golf Tournament 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
 April 5, 2018
Our GRSP student, Philip Kutschker,  informed Rotarians about his experience in Georgia and his future plans.
April 5, 2018 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
March 29, 2018
Rett Harmon presented a video on Building Community.
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March 22, 2018
Bremen Rotary heard from Sean & Kay Levesque of Love2Hope during the meeting. Sean & Kay, along with their 3 children, are traveling around the US shedding light on the subject of Human Trafficking. What an eye opening presentation. Thank you Sean & Kay for your commitment to bringing awareness of Human Trafficking and thank you for visiting Bremen Rotary.
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This Week March 22, 2018
Love2Hope executive director Sean LeVesque will bring awareness to Rotarians about human trafficking.
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 March 15, 2018
Last week's meeting was The Club Assembly. All officers and directors  gave reports.
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March 08, 2018
The Star Student, Albert Shin, and Star Teacher, Jason Fields, was presented to the club by Bremen City School Superintendent Dr. David Hicks.
March 8, 2018 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
This Week February 08, 2018
Dennis Cowart will introduce Coyt Carroll who will be discussing I Can Miniseries. 
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February 1, 2018
Steve Sampler introduced Jennifer Dobbs, who gave updates about Family Connections
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 January 23, 2018
We welcomed our District Governor, Mr. Alex Smythe, whose topic for the meeting was “Why Rotary?”.  
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Alec is the principal at Team Forte, a strategy and marketing consulting firm based in Atlanta.

After graduating from Harvard College in 1973 with a degree in economics, Alec joined Citibank, spending 19 years there and rising to Senior Vice President for Product Management in the U.S. Consumer Bank. In 1992 he relocated to Atlanta where he worked in management at Prudential Bank and Equifax. From 2000 to 2002, he founded and led CollectionsX, an Internet startup. In 2002, he established Team Forte, where he provides strategic assistance and execution support for a variety of clients.

Alec joined the Rotary Club of Buckhead in December, 2002. He has served his club variously as Program Chair, Public Image Chair, Webmaster, Photography Chair, GRSP Host Family, Board Member, Buckhead Rotary Foundation Trustee, Treasurer, Secretary, President Elect, and President. For District 6900 he has served as Technology Chair and Strategic Planning Chair. He is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member with the Rotary Foundation, a Will Watt Fellow with the GRSP Foundation and a Tom Slaughter Fellow and an Otis Jackson Fellow with the Buckhead Rotary Foundation.

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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.
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 Alice Jane Wasdin thanks Bremen Rotary Club for their generous donation of $1000 to Ferst Foundation for Children Literacy.
Donations 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Awards and Congratulations 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
January 4, 2018
Alicia Michael, Past District Governor, spoke about the RFHA, Rotarians For Fighting Family Health and Aids Prevention.
January 4, 2018 2018-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year 2017-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
December 28, 2017
There will not be a lunch meeting. The next meeting will be held on January 4, 2018.
December 28, 2017 2017-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
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
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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.
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December 21, 2017
There will not be a lunch meeting this Thursday. Remember that Christmas is on Monday. Have a safe and merry Christmas.
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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.
December 7, 2017 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
November 30 2017
Alisa Goldin introduced Dr. Allison Key of 3:16 Healthcare. Dr. Key discussed the importance of preventive healthcare.
November 30, 2017 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
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!
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!
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!

GRSP Theme Song Lyrics 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
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.
November 16, 2017 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
This Week's Meeting 10/26/2017
Tara Chapman presented Eric McDonald, Grow Haralson.  Mr. McDonald updated us on the Grow Haralson initiative.
October 26, 2017 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
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!
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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 12, 2017 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
The deadline to qualify for the Radio Day drawing is this Thursday, October 5th at 1:30 pm.  The drawing will be held on Thursday, October 12th.  
Good Luck!
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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.
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Yes, our second fundraiser is here and we are only a few advertisers short of our goal.  The deadline is Thursday and a committee will be calling the potential advertisers that were missed on Thursday afternoon. 
Good job, Rotarians!
There are still plenty of slots available for you to sign up for Radio Day.  The Radio Day Sign Up Sheet can be found in the far right corner of our Rotary home page under Home Page Download Files.  Email Monique at office@lynnclarkelaw.com and let her know the time slots you are available.
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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 21, 2017 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
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 14, 2017 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
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
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 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.

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August 31, 2017
BHS student Andrew Weaver was the program! Go Blue! To watch a video of his outstanding performance, visit our Facebook page.
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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.
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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 17, 2017 2017-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
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 10, 2017 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
            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.
A Year Long GRSP study- Everything you've ever wanted to know about GRSP and were afraid to ask 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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
A Year Long GRSP study- Everything you've ever wanted to know about GRSP and were afraid to ask 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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
A Year Long GRSP study- Everything you've ever wanted to know about GRSP and were afraid to ask 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
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            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.
A Year Long GRSP Study- Everything you've ever wanted to know about GRSP and were afraid to ask 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
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.
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 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.
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 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.  
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 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. 
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 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.
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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".
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
April 25, 2017 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
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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
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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. 
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Todd Anduze, Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of West Georgia
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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.  
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March 16, 2017
 Rotarian David Hicks invited us all to have lunch and tour the new high school gym.

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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. 
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March 2, 2017
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. 
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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.
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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".
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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.

This Week's Meeting 02/09/2017
Valentine's Day Party
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
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This Week's Meeting 01/26/2017
Kathy Yates 
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.
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This Week's Meeting 01/19/2017
Ruth Kennedy will present Ned Fowler of Synovus Securities
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".

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This Week's Meeting 01/12/2017
Rotary President Rob Goldin will introduce Tima Humphries, Community Family Violence Prevention Initiative
Terry Williamson
Last Week's Meeting
President Rob Goldin with Rotarian Don DeFoor. Mr. DeFoor received the Paul Harris Award for donating $1000. 
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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
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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.
December 1 Program - Bremen Health Club 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Radio Day 2016 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.    
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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.
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This Week's Meeting July 28, 2016
Jeannie Ethridge
Our Greeter
Steve Sampler
Birthday Celebrations
Jamie Bragg
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RI Convention and New Rotarian 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Installation of Officers Nancy McLaughlin-Walter 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Several Rotarians gathered at the Haralson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bremen to put out a couple of the 10 bird feeders that they had purchased in order to make lives of the seniors living there just a little more interesting.  Many families bring bird feeders to put outside the windows of their family members, but there are several patients at the Nursing & Rehab Center that do not have bird feeders outside their room.  Rotarians will be bringing more feeders at a later time when the weather gets a little better.  In the meantime two feeders were placed near the windows of the gathering room, so that more people could enjoy the antics of the birds and squirrels.  Rotarians will also be gathering item to take the Veterans Center in Carrollton later on in the month.  
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Bremen Rotarians gathered to place labels in dictionaries and thesauri in preparation for "The Dictionary Project".  Rotary in conjunction with LAMP has given dictionaries to every 3rd grader in Haralson County for over ten years.  A couple of years ago with the help of a Rotary International grant that the Rotary Club applied for, Bremen Rotary was able to include thesauri for every 7th grader in the county.  The Rotary Club will be contacting the various schools shortly to determine an appropriate time to distribute the dictionaries and thesauri.  There is nothing like seeing the smile of a child receiving a gift of a book -- sometimes for the first time.
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More evidence that GRSP also builds good will and better friendships.  Pictured are students from last year who continue to make a point of getting together, even after their year in Rotary.  We continue to hear stories from GRSP alumni about their continuing plans with other students from their year. 
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Rotarians welcomed our newest member, Allen Pullen, to Rotary membership.  Allen is the backbone of the Bremen School System's accounting department, which was recently recognized for it's exceptional accounting practices.  Allen was proposed by Rotarian David Hicks and the club membership unanimously accepted his application and pledged to mentor him in the ideals of Rotary.  
October 8th - New Member Induction Allen Pullen 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
DG Bob Hagan spent the morning in Bremen with President Brandall Lovvorn getting acquainted with Bremen.  They stopped by Sewell Manufacturing Company to get a jacket from Liberty Legends USA and then it was on to the directors meeting.  Each officer and director updated the district governor on what their goals and objectives would be for the year and Bob commented on each position.  During the regular meeting of Rotarians, DG Bob inspired the Club with his visions of this year in Rotary.  He was very proud of the fact that on July 1, he inducted his son, Chad Hagan, as the first new member of District 6900.  He was also proud of the fact that his significant other, Carol, who has traveled to each club with him, also had a heart for Rotary.  He father was a charter member of the Roswell Rotary Club 64 years ago.  Bob quoted Albert Einstein "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."  He also spoke of his time at Rotary International Assembly when he met with 532 other DGEs in the world.  He was very impressed with each one.  He talked about Membership being the backbone of Rotary and it was his goal to attain a net 75 growth in our district.  He talked about the 30 cases of polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as his initiative for the elderly.  We thank District Governor Bob Hagan for his inspirational words about Rotary.
August 27th Program - District Governor Bob Hagan Visits Bremen 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Bremen Rotary Welcomes GRSP Student, Katy Lowe 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Thursday Night, July 23, in celebration of Kathy Yates winning the basketball bracket (yes, that was months ago, but the wheels of Rotary spin slowly sometimes), Bremen Rotarians carpooled in to Atlanta to eat at the Varsity, then Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  It has become a tradition to bet on baseball, football and basketball over the last couple of years and the winner gets treated with a night on the town.  For Bremen Rotarians, that is the Varsity and Krispy Kreme.  All of us were sick the next day, as usual, but if you didn't go, you really missed a treat!!!
Rotarians Gather for Sugar and Carbs 2015-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians and host families,
It has been almost a month now since I departed from you and landed back in Sweden. The first two weeks at home were very calm and cold. I was mainly spending time with friends and family and going to some graduation parties where I was respectfully and maturely enjoying our little looser regulations for alcohol. Freja and I also planned a small reunion together with two other GRSP students from Dalton State University, Helena (DK) and Isabel (SE). We toured Malmo on bikes and enjoyed the weird feeling of meeting friends from US back at home.
I also visited the Rotary Club in Malmo that recommended me for the program. I held my presentation about GRSP and my experiences with you in Georgia and US. The presentation went very well, even though it felt weird talking to Rotarians about GRSP in Swedish. Hopefully you will get a lot more students from Sweden and specifically Malmo in the future!
Last week, my grandmother took me and my sister Frida to Northern parts of Sweden. We flew to "Umeå" and went west on the "Wilderness-trail" that goes in between Umeå and the border of Norway. They have got some beautiful wildlife up there and we also enjoyed the small cabin-hotels and wildlife foods like salmon, trout, reindeer and moose. We saw a lot of mountains, lakes, reindeer and snow! However, we did not see any moose though, nor any bears, even though it is the world's most dense area for brown-bear! I guess this trip we made is our equivalent of you going to Alaska. We also celebrated Midsummer up there, which is when the days are as long as they'll get during the year. I'm sure you remember me explaining that in my introductionary presentation for your clubs. The sun went down at 00.00 and up at 02.00, and even for those two hours it was barely below the horizon and still lighting up the sky. The blinds were very important for the sleep!
I have also joined my friends August and Johan (with whom I went on that road-trip to Florida and south-east US) to become a sea-scout. We will go for a sailing trip on the west side of Sweden up to Gothenburg and some parts of Denmark, which I'm looking forward too. That's going to be the 3-12th of July.
Right now, I'm spending time with my family in our Summer house in "Skanör", the very south-west of Sweden. I'm climbing, golfing, and working at the golf-course. Even though I did swim in a 40°F lake during the trip to the North, I haven't swum in the ocean yet. It is a very cold year and late summer for us in Sweden.
Please see the attached photos.
I hope y'all are doing well,
Johan Appelros
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Each year the Bremen Rotary Club recognizes its public servants by inviting them to lunch.  Gene Vineyard first introduced this idea to the club after seeing the aftermath of the shooting of Villa Rica Police Captain Robbie Bishop, a 12 year police veteran with the department, while writing a traffic citation in 1999.  Gene was recognized what a supreme sacrifice it is to be a public servant in a community and how many put their lives on the line every day.  This year Fred Bentley, Sr., a Marietta attorney, who served 4 terms in the State legislature and was instrumental in getting pensions for fire department employees, spoke to the club about public service.  Attending lunch this year were the following:  
  • Cory Coggins
  • Ben Hurston​
  • Jay Hurley
  • John Entrekin
  • Paul Cobb
  • Richard Harrison
  • Scott Worthy
  • Wade Williams
  • Joel Shaw
  • David Jordan
  • Keith Pesnell
  • Chad Henderson
  • Bremen Rotarian Jack Browning
The Bremen Rotary Club wishes to thank all those public servants in our county that were unable to attend this year.
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The rain held off for another year for what turned out to be a fantastic Twentieth Annual Bremen Rotary Golf Tournament.


The winners of the First Flight were:

1st Place - J. King Business Solutions

2nd Place - SyncGlobal Telecom

3rd Place - Custom Beverage


The winners of the Second Flight were:

1st Place - Wren's Body Shop/Dr. Ralph Templeton

2nd Place - AEI

3rd Place - Lovvorn Drugs


The winners of the Longest Drive Contest, sponsored by Buchanan Drugs, were:

Men's - Shawn Campbell

Women's - Cathlene Hammond


The winners of the Closest-to-the-Pin Contest, sponsored by McIntosh & Company Insurance, were:

Men's - Kenneth Bryant

Women's - Debbie Sidler


The Bremen Rotary Club would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped contribute to the Tournament! This would not have been possible without you! Thank You!


For more photos from the Golf Tournament, please see the Photo Album called '2015 Golf Tournament' on the Bremen Rotary Website!



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BHS Interact Donates to St. Judes Children's Hospital 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Brandall Lovvorn introduced Lynn Clarke to speak to Rotary about her 4th mission trip to Honduras.  Five years ago the Rotary Foundation gave a $50,000 grant to the Atlanta Rotary Club to install a computer lab in a middle school in a remote part of Honduras, the Agalta Valley in Northeastern Honduras.  Lynn went with Atlanta Rotarians and other business leaders from around the country four years ago to help install the computer lab and continues to go each year to make sure the computer lab can continue to be a sustainable project that will benefit the children of the area.  For the first couple of years, it seemed little progress was made, but last year with the addition of a trained teacher, it seemed that the students really started to understand the purpose of a computer.  There were and continue to be issues with internet speed and cost, but the children are learning to use computer programs that will allow them to be competitive with children in more advanced countries.  Other projects were worked on over the last few years, including installation of concrete floors in homes, latrines, many sewing machines supplied by Rotary, including lessons in sewing.  Some members of the group work on music project and art projects with the students.  Coach Vince Dooley, of Georgia bulldog fame, has gone with the group for the last 3 years, so last year the group worked on a soccer field that was dedicated this year as Dooley Field.  Even the President of Honduras flew up to assist in the dedication of the field and praised Rotarians for the work they were doing in the Agalta Valley. This year the main project for the group was a pedestrian bridge spanning the new highway that was a dirt road only 4 years ago.  The group hand-mixed over 50,000 pounds of concrete for the footings for the bridge.  The bridge is actually being built in Tennessee and will be shipped to Honduras and reassembled in Honduras in August of this year.  The group is looking forward to seeing the finalized bridge upon their return next March.   
May 14th Program - Honduras Trip Report 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Betty Candler introduced Jason Fields, who was voted as Teacher of the Year at Bremen High School by his peers.  All who know Mr. Fields suspect that if the vote was held by the students that it would have been the same outcome. Mr. Fields was born in Dallas, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in Sociology.  He also received a second undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University, as well as a Masters Degree.  He is married and has three children -- all girls.  He has been with the Bremen City School System for three years and teaches AP Macro and Micro-Economics, AP US History and AP Psychology.  He is also the BHS soccer coach for girls and boys. Both teams were undefeated in their region and won the Region title.  Mr. Fields talked about what a different type of student he saw in the Bremen City School System from the first time he set foot on campus.  He believes that the Bremen students have a different moral code than the average student.  He told Rotarians that the students are respectful and it is not about immediacy for them.  He appreciates the involvement of the parents and is proud to be a member of the Bremen City School System.
Pictured L-R  Rotarian Betty Candler, Jason Fields, Superintendent Dr. David Hicks and Rotary President Dennis Cowart.
May 7th Program - Teacher of the Year 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Walter Hatchett inducted two new Rotarians at Thursday's meeting.  Stephen Garner was inducted under the Attorney classification and Jamie Bragg was inducted under the Insurance Agent classification.  Walter told them that they had been nominated by a Rotarian because of their standing in the community and recognition by their peers as ethical in their professions.  Both new Rotarians were excited about the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self".  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bremen, Jamie and Stephen!!!
April 30th - New Rotarians 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Jack Browning became a new member of the Bremen Rotary Club on Thursday March 12, 2015. He is a District Attorney for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. Rotarian Walter Hatchett inducted Mr. Browning.

Jack Browning Induction 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

Karen introduced Hubert Sparks, Chief Appraiser for Haralson County Tax Assessors. He talked about how taxes are assessed in the county, how to save money on property taxes and how to navigate the appeal process.

March 12th Program - County Appraising 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Today, President Dennis Cowart inducted a new member, Jeannie Ethridge into the Bremen Rotary Club. Jeannie is a Licensed Dispensing Optician at Bremen Eye Clinic. We are excited to have you join. Welcome Jeannie!
New Member- Jeannie Ethridge 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Ruth Kennedy introduced Gabrielle Walters with the University of Georgia's Radon Education Program, who gave an interesting program on radon.
February 5- Radon in Georgia 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
The Carrollton Dawn Breakers will host Darkness to Light Training. This Stewards of Children curriculum teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and appropriately respond to child sexual abuse.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Place: Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton
Time: 8:30 – 12:30 (Breakfast and Networking 8:30, Program 9:00am)
Cost: $20 per person, includes breakfast, materials, and a donation to Child Advocacy
Take action for the initiative to  
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Rotarians ended the holiday by taking a wine tour along the Alabama Wine Trail. They visited the Fruithurst Winery Company in Fruithurst, High Country Cellars in Heflin and Southern Oak Vineyards in Anniston. They completed their tour with dinner at Classic on Noble in Anniston. Great fun was had by all and we vowed to do something like that again. 
Wine Tour- Alabama Wine Trail 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
John Fletcher introduced the Honorable Meng Lim, our newest Haralson County Superior Court Judge.
Meng Lim was born in Cambodia, a few years before the horrible civil war there that resulted in the genocide of millions of Cambodians.  He lost a brother and maternal grandmother during that time.  He was taken away from his parents, as were all children, and placed in a labor camp to work from dawn till dusk instead of attending school.  His family escaped the Pol Pot regime and fled into Thailand's refugee camp where they stayed for over a year, and later in Indonesia for another six months before coming to America.  Meng Lim and his family landed in Atlanta because a Jewish organization sponsored them and they settled in west Georgia because his parents found jobs here, working as custodians for Bremen First Baptist Church.  Meng Lim grew up in this wonderful small close-knit community.  Although life in America was paradise compared to the horrors of Cambodia, as refugees his parents and family encountered many problems, from language barriers to cultural changes and financial issues.  He ended up in foster care, but graduated from Bremen High School as valedictorian and attended Emory University and finally Mercer Law School.  After graduation he returned to his adopted hometown to work, first for the local judges, then for Thomas B. Murphy and eventually opened his own law office.  Meng Lim tried hard to remember and appreciate what America has done for his family and tried to help the people in the community the best he could in his professional life.  In turn, the community supported him when he ran for judicial office as superior court judge.  He ran against three other candidates in a contested election.  When Meng Lim won, he became the first Asian American superior court judge in the State of Georgia.  Honorable Judge Lim looks forward to serving his community and the wonderful people that helped his family through the years.  
December 18th- John Fletcher 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
This Thursday- November 27th is THANKSGIVING and
we will not be meeting! Enjoy your Holiday!
Thanksgiving 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

On Wednesday, November 5, Bremen Rotary Club GRSP student, Johan Appelros from Malmo, Sweden was invited to speak to the Bremen High School Interact Club during their regular meeting.  He spoke about the scholarship program that brought him to Georgia for one year to attend the University of West Georgia. 
November 5 - GRSP Student Speaks to Interact 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary honored Bruce and Karen Cross of Trillium Vineyards and Wake Robin Alpacas by naming them as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year.  Dennis Cowart, Club President, presented them with their award and thanked them for continuing the farming tradition in Georgia.  Bruce Cross gave a wonderful presentation on the vineyard portion of their operation.  He began by giving a little history of the area.  In the beginning there were tens of thousands of acres of vineyards in Haralson county.  As a matter of fact, Georgia was the third largest grower of grapes in the United States during the height of Georgia’s wine making history.  Mr. Ralph Spencer was one of the original growers who brought the vines to Georgia to plant.  Even Mr. Kramer, who the city of Bremen was named for, had a vineyard.  However, in 1907 when prohibition came to Georgia, the Hungarian vintners had to watch as their thousands of acres of beloved vines were burned to the ground.
November 20th Program- Farm Family 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supports Choirs for Cancer 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education at West Georgia Technical College spoke to the Rotary Club about workforce development in the county and in the service area of West Georgia Technical College.  She noted that 1/4 of the workforce in Haralson County does not have a high school diploma or a GED, which means that each of these workers will earn between $250,000 and $350,000 less in their lifetimes than their peers with a diploma. 
November 13th Program- Karen Kirchler 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
October 23 - Martin Cheatham Joins Rotary 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary supported No Longer Bound's golf tournament at the Frog on October 10.  25 teams hit the links on a beautiful Friday morning.  Our own Rob Goldin also played in the tournament to support their fundraising efforts.
Rotary Supports No Longer Bound 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Gerald Varner, Rotarian and pastor of the First United Methodist Church, gave a program at Rotary about his woodworking hobby.  He thought that a hobby was a very important thing for people to have, be it playing golf, tennis, sewing or woodworking.  He has been turning wood for over 40 years and brought many examples of some of his favorite pieces and some in various stages of completion.  He brought one version of Noah’s Ark, which he had made several pairs of animals for.  Each animal was made from a different piece of wood that sounded like the animal.  For instance, he uses snakewood for his pair of snakes and he uses ebony for elephants, camelthorne for camels, bubingo for buffalos, sassafras for skunks, rosewood for rhinos, zebrawood for zebras, etc.  Some wood for the animals was preserved by coating the wood, but some woods were so dense that the coating would never dry, so he doesn’t use a coating on that type of wood.  Some wood would change color, such as the purple heart wood that he used for the pair of giraffes.  Once the purple heart wood was not exposed to oxygen, it would turn brown and lose its purple cast, so he leaves that wood exposed to air.  
October 23rd Program- Woodworking with Gerald Varner 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
October 9th Program - Tom Alison from J. P. Morgan Securities 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
October 16th program- Rapha Clinics of West Georgia 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian and GRSP host family, Lynn Clarke, presented Johan Appelros, GRSP student from Sweden to speak to Rotary about himself, his family and his country.  
October 2nd Program- GRSP 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Bremen Rotarians took advantage of the gorgeous weather on August 16, along with our GRSP student, who had just arrived, to hike for 7 hours in Cheaha National Park near Anniston.  Although the hike was longer than the last one, a good time was had by all.
Rotary Hiking Club 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
August 28 - Rotary After Hours 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Bremen Rotary Club inducted two new members, Philip Wren and Mike Tumey, both of Wren's Body Shop in Bremen!  Walter Hatchett sponsored both members.
NEW Members! 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
August 21 PM - District's Newest PHS Member 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
August 21 - New Member Inducted 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
August 28th Program- Bremen High School Football 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
August 21st Program- Debra Lowe 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Don't forget about our Speakers Bureau! This is a place where available programs are, if you need one! You can check it out on the LEFT side of the Home page under Site Pages!!
Speakers Bureau 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Bremen Rotarians will collect books for the month of September to donate to the children visiting Tanner. 
Books for Children Project 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
The three host clubs, Bremen, Carrollton and Carrollton Dawnbreakers meet our new student, Johan Appelros, at the Atlanta International Airport.  Pictured L-R - Walter Hatchett, Jim Cooley, Gerry Davis, Lynn Clarke, Johan Appelros, Larry Frazier and Bobby Johnson.
It's good to have our student, Johan Appelros, at our meeting.
Johan is pictured with host family, Lynn Clarke.
GRSP 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
www.romebraves.comOn Thursday, August 7, Bremen Rotarians and their extended families made the drive to Rome, Georgia to see the Rome Braves play Charleston.  Fudruckers hosted dinner and then it was on to the Georgia Power suite.  The club had purchased tickets, which we were going to give away by lucky bystanders, but it became to much of an issue to pick up the tickets.  Bremen Rotary enjoyed another night of fellowship with other Bremnites that happened to be sitting right next to the Georgia Power suite.  The Bremen Rotary Club name was splashed across the screen by the Rome Braves welcoming us to the ballgame.  Rotary must have brought the Braves luck, as they beat the Charleston team.  Thanks again to Georgia Power!!!
August 7 - Braves Night for Bremen Rotarians!! 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
August 14th Program- Sharon Sewell Amanda Martin 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

Chantel Dunham, Director of Development for the University of Georgia Libraries, Director of Development for the UGA and the Georgia Review, spoke to Rotary on August 7 about the remarkable treasurers that are stored at the University Libraries.  The Libraries house rich materials and collections that are housed at the University Libraries. She presented slides of some of the more interesting pieces the Library has acquired.  
August 7th Program- Chantel Dunham 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2014
Makeups from the Board Meeting, July 29, 2014:
Betty Candler
Lynn Clarke
Walter Hatchett
Dennis Cowart
Gene Vineyard
Gerald Varner
Ruth Kennedy
Rob Goldin
Terry Williamson
Makeups 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Four scholarships were awarded on behalf of the Bremen Rotary Club for the upcoming school year:
$500 to Nick Forrister for the President's Award.  He will be attending Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.
$500 to Erin McKibben for the Roy B. Sewell Rotary Scholarship.  She will be attending UGA.
$500 to Dylon Blackwelder for the Roy B. Sewell Rotary Scholarship.  He will be attending Jacksonville State University.
$1,000 to Kaitlyn Wilder for the Rotary Interact Scholarship.  She will be attending Mercer University.
Congratulations to all our recipients this year!!!
Past winners can be found in the Download Section of this Website.
Scholarship Awards 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Program Schedule Amanda Martin 2014-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

The Bremen Rotary Club thanks all of our guests for being with us!

For the Week of 11/10/2016
Jim Winchester Guest Speaker
Guests Amanda Martin 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
7  Terry Williamson
14  Steve Sampler
21  Brandall Lovvorn
28  Tom Crawford
Greeter Schedule Amanda Martin 2014-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
July 17th program - Club Assembly Amanda Martin 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
July 3rd - No Meeting Amanda Martin 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Jun 19, 2014



The Bremen Rotary Club honored Dr. Ricky Griffin, pharmacist and owner of Tallapoosa Drug Company at its weekly meeting on June 19th as the 2014 Business Person of the Year.  Dr. Griffin has owned the Tallapoosa Drug Company since 1995, which is the last independently owned pharmacy in Tallapoosa. He has continued to thrive in Tallapoosa because of his service to his clientele.  

June 19th Program - Business Person of the Year, Dr. Ricky Griffin Amanda Martin 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on May 27, 2014



Walter Hatchett introduced Griffin Reynolds from Tanner Health System. He has been working specifically with  the wellness program at Tanner and spoke to Rotary about healthy alternatives with three randomly selected specific restaurants, i.e., Longhorn Steakhouse, the Olive Garden and South of the Border.  He discussed what food groups were primarily allocated to carbohydrates or proteins.  Mr. Reynolds advised Rotarians to review the food labels that are required on every packaged food item to be sure that the food contains no more than 20% of the total daily value in each of three categories named on the label -- fat, sodium or carbohydrates.  Many examples given in the three restaurants were well over 100% of the total daily value -- some as many as 3 times, which should be totally unacceptable. 

May 29th Program - Griffin Reynolds from Tanner Health System Amanda Martin 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
May 22nd Program - Haralson County Chamber of Commerce Amanda Martin 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on May 12, 2014

The Golf Tournament was a SUCCESS!! Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone who helped out and got Sponsors and Teams together.  For the first time in the history of the golf tournament, two teams gave back their cash winnings to Rotary.  A very special thanks goes out to J. King Biz and Custom Beverage Company.  Now that's SERVICE!!!!



May 10th - 19th Annual Golf Tournament Amanda Martin 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on May 12, 2014



Mrs. Felicia Brower, teacher of English at Bremen High School, was the guest speaker for the May 8 meeting.  She is this year's Teacher of the Year for both Bremen High  School and the Bremen City Schools.  She spoke to the club about how she decided to become a teacher, her years of experience, and her perspective on today's education standards and how things have changed over the years.  

May 8th Program- Teacher Appreciation Amanda Martin 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on May 01, 2014



Michelle Michael, GRSP student for Bremen, Carrollton and Carrollton DawnBreakers, made her last presentation to Rotary at a regularly scheduled meeting.  

May 1st Program - GRSP Michelle Michael Amanda Martin 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Apr 27, 2014


Dr. Kyle Marrero, only the 7th President of the University of West Georgia, spoke to Rotary last week. He presented the rankings for UWG against other universities and they were impressive. The University of West Georgia is one of the top schools for online course offerings. Dr. Marrero reported that University alumni want to be a Division 1 school;  however, the University needs an additional $6,000,000 in order to attain this ranking.  Dr. Marrero does not want to put that burden on the current students, so the University is looking into other solutions. The University of West Georgia currently enrolls just under 12,000 students and has gained name recognition from the $1,000,00 spent on advertising last year. Bremen Rotary was also pleased to have the 6th President of the University, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, in attendance at the meeting.

April 24th Program - Dr. Kyle Marrero Amanda Martin 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
April 17th Program - Laws of Life Essay Contest Lynn Clarke 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Apr 20, 2014



Things were not looking great Friday, but the rain ended up letting us pick up some litter Saturday morning. Thank you to all who came out to help. We had a great time and helped our county look beautiful.





(What is a Victory without a few battle wounds? --- He is ok!)





April 19th - Litter Pick-Up Amanda Martin 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Mar 31, 2014



Our GRSP student, Michelle, turned 22 last week. We celebrated at our regular meeting.

Also, Brian Krasielwicz and Elizabeth Langley of Keep Haralson Beautiful spoke to us about the history of KHB and the litter pick-up scheduled for April 19, which they are co-sponsoring with Rotary. Rob Goldin and Lynn Clarke reported on District Assembly, which they attended last Saturday. They shared several suggestions that other leadership found to be useful in their clubs.

April 3rd Program- Keep Haralson Beautiful Amanda Martin 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Feb 24, 2014

Invite your Honey or Best Friend to join us for our Valentines Luncheon!


We will have a 5 piece Bossa Nova Band called Favela (meaning SHANTY TOWN in Portuguese) to entertain us!

 The band members are Dr. Muriel Cormican (vocals), Dr. John Blair (guitar), Dr. Chad Davidson (percussion), Dr. Don Rice (keyboard), Dr. Kevin Casper (bass guitar) and Dr. Bobby Johnson (saxophone and trumpet).  Due to a class conflict Dr. Casper will be unable to attend, but the rest of the band will entertain us with various love songs. 

The band formed a couple of years ago, when Dr. Davidson had become interested in bossa nova.  They have played at several private parties and will again be performing at the Alley Cat on April 4.


March 6th Program- Valentine's Luncheon Amanda Martin 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Feb 24, 2014

The Bremen Rotary Club's


Nineteenth Annual Golf Tournament


Saturday, May 10th, 2014

9:00AM Shotgun Start


The Lion Club Golf Course

Bremen, Georgia


We NEED teams, so be sure to call your advertisers!!!!!!!

& turn in your Sponsorship Forms ASAP!


Rain Date: May 31, 2014

February 27th Program- Golf Kickoff Amanda Martin 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Feb 10, 2014



Jennie English, Development Director from the Pregnancy Resource Center, spoke to Rotary on Thursday regarding pro-life issues.  She told us that there were 57 million abortions last year and that one in three women will have an abortion by the age of 45.  The Center itself served 23,000 clients last year.  7 out of 10 clients indicated they had a religious affiliation, but the Center provides religious counseling to those clients that choose abortion.  The Center does not provide counseling for those clients that choose to have their child, but do not choose to put their child up for adoption.  She indicated that she thought the adoption center must provide those services.  The Center has a fundraiser whereby you can pick up a baby bottle and fill it with change.  She left several baby bottles for Rotarians.




February 6th Program - Pregnancy Resource Center Amanda Martin 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Jan 26, 2014

 Walter Hatchett introduced Gina Brandenberg, the Program Manager for Tanner’s Get Healthy, Live Well program.  Get Healthy West Georgia was first funded with a grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia and support from additional sponsors. The Community Foundation of West Georgia continues to support the program today.   Get Healthy Live Well is working to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties by decreasing health disparities, reducing obesity rates, eliminating tobacco use, increasing physical activity, and improving nutrition. Once on the website you will find many tools to help you succeed! They are also offering Presentations, led by a registered dietitian and an exercise specialist, each week to help you learn so this is a lifestyle change and not just a diet. You will earn 50 points for each Challenge you attend. The points system is how you can track how involved you have been.  To register for the FREE class series, call 770-214-CARE.

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm  Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Classroom 2

February 4: Start Your Engine, Your Weight Loss Game Plan

February 11: Fuel UP!, Power up your Meals, Snacks, and Drinks

February 25: Kick Into Gear, Get Active and Moving

March 4: Healthy Families On The Go, Tips for Busy Families

March 18: Keep Your Motor Humming, Mind-Body Wellness

April 8: Staying In The Healthy Lane, Navigating Diet Pitfalls

April 15: Check Your Engine, Know your Numbers for Optimal Health

April 29: Hit The Road, Grand Finale Group Walk, Tanner Walking Trail

Join the Movement for a healthier west Georgia!


January 23 Program- Get Healthy, Live Well Amanda Martin 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Jan 15, 2014



Rotarian Susan Lester introduced Mark Butler, Georgia's ninth Labor Commissioner. Commissioner Butler, 43, had served the previous eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18, comprised of Carroll and Haralson counties. During that time, then Rep. Butler served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Human Services, and Behavioral Health.  Commissioner Butler spoke to Rotarians about the labor force and the fact that unemployment numbers were improving.  He felt that it wasn't a matter of people just dropping out of the labor force because they couldn't get a job.  He felt that some of it was because the baby-boomers were retiring, which would also reduce the number of unemployed.  Commissioner Butler spent most of his time speaking about a problem with the labor force that we as employers are all familiar with, but most of us didn't know it had a name.  He spoke about the problem of soft skills for our labor force.  What are soft skills?  Skills that Georgia employers feel are even more important than technical skills, i.e., coming to work on time and every day, making eye contact, getting along with fellow workers, dressing appropriately and getting along with supervisors.  These are the skills that our labor force seems to have lost over the years.  Commissioner Butler and his staff have come up with what they call "Georgia Best".  Over 200 schools have implemented the program whereby students are trained and given points for various soft skills that they are learning.  Hall County seems to be the flagship county for this program.  They actually give students that achieve their Georgia Best certificate another cord to wear when they graduate.  Commissioner Butler had a very lively discussion about soft skills with Rotarians during and after his program.

January 16th Program - Labor Commissioner Mark Butler Amanda Martin 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Dec 22, 2013


Dr. Tom Peterson spoke to us about SPARK: Teachers vs. challenging students in a struggle for survival

The SPARK is a collaborative program that is designed to provide pre-service teachers at UWG and Carroll County youth ages 12 to 18 who have found themselves in trouble with law enforcement, an opportunity to move beyond their preconceived biases and experience reconciliation. Our guest, Dr. Tom Peterson is a professor at the University of West Georgia in the field of Education.  He designed and directs this collaborative program with the help of the late Judge Dan Camp and the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Judge Camp describe many of the youth as having “dead eyes”.  Dr. Peterson’s goal is to ignite a spark in those “dead eyes” while also offering teachers an opportunity to meet, learn from, and connect with troubled youth. This “win/win” program is a model for working with some of our challenging youth here in Carroll Co.

He was supported by Stephanie Love from the DJJ and some youth from the SPARK program.


December 19th Program- Dr. Tom Peterson Amanda Martin 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Dec 02, 2013

Dictionaries will be given out at HA Jones Elementary at 9:00 am on December 16th. Please plan to attend this event and be a part of helping our youth in their efforts to become more literate. Please remember that our President announced a "Presidential Initiative" that literacy in Haralson County would be a focus this year. 

December 16- Dictionaries to HA Jones Elementary Amanda Martin 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Nov 21, 2013


Bremen Rotary’s “Stay In School” District Grant project yields dictionaries to all third graders in Haralson Co, Thesauri to Haralson County 7th Graders, Book Tubs to H.A. Jones Elementary School, and two GED scholarships to students at West Georgia Technical College in partnership with LAMP.  These pictures were taken when we passed out the dictionaries at West Haralson Elementary School in Tallapoosa on 11/20/13.  The Rotarians in attendance were Betty Candler, Tara Chapman, Ruth Kennedy, and Terry Williamson.  

West Haralson Elementary School Dictionaries Amanda Martin 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Nov 20, 2013


Reverend Gerald Varner spoke to Rotarians about the various water purification systems that are available in Honduras and the costs involved with each system.  While living in Honduras, Gerald was asked to look into the problems associated with getting pure water to many of the villages that are inaccessible by road.  He spoke of doctors visiting outlying villages where they drove to the end of a road in a truck with a horse trailer attached, unloading the horses to take them further, then having to get off the horses at a river that they were unable to ford, travelling across the river in a canoe, then walking the rest of the way.  There are many villages in Honduras that are equally inaccessible.  The problem has been to find a way to provide these people with clean water so that they were less susceptible to waterborne diseases.  Many water purification systems are brought in on a tractor-trailer rig, so this was not an option for these remote villages.  However, a very simple water purification system using a method developed many years ago may be the answer.  Reverend Varner was able to find a manufacturer of a water purification system that uses colloidal silver that would be easy to transport.  He went into detail about how this system is manufactured and how it works.  The cost of this system was only $18 each and would last a family 7 or more years, depending on the initial quality of the water being purified.  Club members then discussed ways of assisting in this effort.

November 21st Program- Gerald Varner Amanda Martin 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Nov 18, 2013


Derek Able, Bremen High School’s Band Director, spoke to the Bremen Rotary Club about the year of excellence with the band.  Literally, the band is undefeated in three competitions, winning their division, and even received Grand Champion designation at one competition.  Director Able showed a video of one of the competitions and club members knew why they continued to win.  They were judged in several categories, including music, marching, guard and general presentation.

November 14th Program - Derek Able Amanda Martin 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Nov 12, 2013

Joanie Lowe will be introducing Derek Able, Bremen Band Director. He will be speaking about the band's accomplishments and what the band offers our students and community. 



November 14th Program - Derek Able Lynn Clarke 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Nov 07, 2013



Last Wednesday morning, Rotarians along with LAMP representatives, delivered thesauri to seventh graders at Haralson County Middle School. Rotary has promised to give one thesaurus to each seventh grader in the county, hoping that this will inspire students to read, learn, and stay in school. Recipients of the thesauri were anxious to start looking up words and expressed their appreciation to Rotary for funding the gifts and LAMP for organizing the receipt and delivery of the thesauri. Rotary will also be delivering dictionaries to every third grader in the county, along with LAMP's leadership. For some children, this may be the first book that they own. Rotary also helps sponsor the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy in the county. 

Wednesday morning, Rotarians along with LAMP representatives delivered thesauri to fifth graders at Haralson County Middle School.  Rotary has promised to give one thesaurus to each fifth grader in the county, hoping that this will help inspire students to read, learn and stay in school.  Recipients of the thesauri were anxious to start looking up words and expressed their appreciation to Rotary for funding the gifts and to LAMP for organizing the receipt and delivery of the thesauri.  Rotary will also be delivering dictionaries to every third grader in the county, along with LAMP’s leadership.  For some children, this may be the first book that they own.  Rotary also helps sponsor the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy in the county.
Wednesday morning, Rotarians along with LAMP representatives delivered thesauri to fifth graders at Haralson County Middle School.  Rotary has promised to give one thesaurus to each fifth grader in the county, hoping that this will help inspire students to read, learn and stay in school.  Recipients of the thesauri were anxious to start looking up words and expressed their appreciation to Rotary for funding the gifts and to LAMP for organizing the receipt and delivery of the thesauri.  Rotary will also be delivering dictionaries to every third grader in the county, along with LAMP’s leadership.  For some children, this may be the first book that they own.  Rotary also helps sponsor the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy in the county.
Wednesday morning, Rotarians along with LAMP representatives delivered thesauri to fifth graders at Haralson County Middle School.  Rotary has promised to give one thesaurus to each fifth grader in the county, hoping that this will help inspire students to read, learn and stay in school.  Recipients of the thesauri were anxious to start looking up words and expressed their appreciation to Rotary for funding the gifts and to LAMP for organizing the receipt and delivery of the thesauri.  Rotary will also be delivering dictionaries to every third grader in the county, along with LAMP’s leadership.  For some children, this may be the first book that they own.  Rotary also helps sponsor the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy in the county.
Wednesday morning, Rotarians along with LAMP representatives delivered thesauri to fifth graders at Haralson County Middle School.  Rotary has promised to give one thesaurus to each fifth grader in the county, hoping that this will help inspire students to read, learn and stay in school.  Recipients of the thesauri were anxious to start looking up words and expressed their appreciation to Rotary for funding the gifts and to LAMP for organizing the receipt and delivery of the thesauri.  Rotary will also be delivering dictionaries to every third grader in the county, along with LAMP’s leadership.  For some children, this may be the first book that they own.  Rotary also helps sponsor the FERST Foundation for Childhood Literacy in the county.
October 30 – Rotary Delivers Thesauri to 7th Graders in Haralson County. Amanda Martin 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Nov 06, 2013

Rotarians named J. Mac Griffith and wife, Sara Ann Griffith, as the Rotary Club’s 46th Farm Family of the Year.  J. Mac Griffith has been a legend in the cattle farming business in Haralson County for many years.  Two of his sons preceded him as Farm Family of the Year.  Don Griffith was named 1979 Farm Family of the Year and Joe Griffith was named 1987 Farm Family of the Year.  Joe and Tracey Griffith attended the Rotary meeting in honor of Mr. Griffith.  The County Extension Office was also in attendance at the meeting and Extension Director, Dorothea Graham, discussed the disappearance of farming in Haralson County.  According to the Farm Gate, Haralson County does not have enough row crops in the county to support a county extension agent.  Farmers in Haralson County are forced to ask questions of the county extension agents in Polk and Carroll County.  Farmers in the county have really missed having an extension agent.




November 7th Program- Farm Family of the Year Amanda Martin 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Oct 31, 2013


Faith Mallory spoke to Rotary about Legacy Council, Inc., which is a non-profit organization.  This organization was formed 3 years ago for the sole purpose of mentoring young women at Mount Zion High School.  Currently, they are mentoring eight young women. Business women from the community volunteer their services and actually invite these young women into their homes.  Legacy Council uses their funds to reward young women for their hard work staying in school and making better grades with scholarships and trips.

October 31 Program - Faith Mallory from Legacy Council Amanda Martin 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Oct 23, 2013


Tara Chapman, Director of the Development Authority, spoke to Rotary about the Development Authority and the positive things that were happening at the Authority.  She fielded so many questions at the end of the program that we ran a few minutes late.


October 24th Program- Tara Chapman Amanda Martin 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Oct 22, 2013



Rotarians and GRSP students gather for an early morning session of Bremen Rotary Radio Day.  The weather was cool and cloudy, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending.  This group or a portion thereof read from 9:00AM through 1:00PM and, as always, we had a wonderful time.  Several people came up to our booth and asked that we read their advertisements.  We are still calculating the final total, so that will be announced at an upcoming meeting

Radio Day Amanda Martin 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Oct 16, 2013



Robin Worley, a guest of Steve Sampler, spoke to the club about Sewell Mill’s NEST program.  He challenged Rotarians to step outside the box and get even more involved.  He showed a film about a similar project in a small town in North Carolina that changed the entire town.  He said that the NEST program would not be a local program, but a regional program that would bring people to Bremen.  He asked for people to help them get the project off the ground.


October 17th- Robin Worley Amanda Martin 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Oct 09, 2013


Tim Horton gave a presentation on manufacturer's day that was hosted last week by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He was able to visit Printpack, Sugar Foods, Flowers, and Die-Tech Industries. He told us about how manufacturing companies like this incorporate marketing into their daily operations.

October 10th Program- Timothy Horton Amanda Martin 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Sep 25, 2013

Dennis Cowart invited his daughter, Chasity, to speak to Rotary about what a nurse practitioner is. Chasity works for Tanner Primary Care. She received her license this year and has been working for Tanner Primary Care since July. She told Rotarians that an NP can examine patients and prescribe medications, so they are a great assistance to the physician, who oversees their work. 



September 26th Program- Nurse Practitioner Amanda Martin 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Martin on Sep 22, 2013

Due to rain, the Litter Pickup was delayed. A new date will be announced soon. Thank you to all who came out willing to help. 

Litter Pickup Rain Delay Amanda Martin 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
April 25th Program Glenda Hunt Speaks on Long Term Healthcare Terry Williamson 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Richie on Feb 06, 2012

This week, Tara Chapman will present Sabrina Hagan, Girl Scouts Members Manager for the West Georgia Region.

Next week: Sweetheart luncheon. Our speaker with be Martha Wolfe. Martha is a counselor, speaker and teacher. She speaks on subjects designed to contribute to the emotional health of those to whom she ministers. She is also considered to be a humorist.


Progams Stephen Richie 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Feb 05, 2012

Gene Vineyard presented Joel Aaron Foster, Communications Director of Americans for Prosperity Georgia and award-winning radio personality. His program was on school choicel


January 26 Program Lynn Clarke 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Richie on Feb 05, 2012


Bill Sewell introduced Brian Spencer, a young man blind from birth due to optic hypoplasia. His inspiring story is one of remarkable accomplishment despite his disablity.


February 2 Program Stephen Richie 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Jan 29, 2012

Martha Wolfe, a humorist from Atlanta, entertained us with life lessons learned by happenings in her life.  Sometimes you just have to LET GO OF THE ROPE!!!!!!!!!!

February 16 Lynn Clarke 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Program for January 12 Stephen Richie 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
January 19 Program Lynn Clarke 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gene Vineyard on Dec 12, 2011

Santa is coming  . . . again.  For those who missed our Christmas Party, you not only missed seeing Santa but you also missed a wonerful party.  My wfe (Dena) said it was the best Rotary function she has ever attenderd.  Great food, great fellowship, great entertainment, great time. Press here if you want  wish to see the pictures. <*> If it didn't work then your wish didn't come true. : - ) 

This Thursday, we have a very special guest. Our Senator Bill Heath will be our speaker. NOTICE We will be meeing in the fellowship hall at the Methodist Church.  We are considering moving our meeting  place to the church. 

There will be no more meetings in 2011.  If we don't see you Thursday . . .  We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and hope 2012 is the best THUS FAR 

December 15th Meeting @ Methodist Church Gene Vineyard 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Nov 09, 2011

The Farm Family of the Year was announced by Gene Cook, who was in charge of the program.  Gene also invited past Rotarian, Paul Thompson, to speak to the club about the history of farming in Georgia.  The Farm Family of the Year is Gary and Patsy Hedrick of Buchanan, Georgia who raise Hereford beef cattle.

November 10 - Farm Family Day Lynn Clarke 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Nov 09, 2011

 November is Foundation Month!

Remember all the programs around the world that Rotary sponsors.  Our club will be sponsoring several programs with LAMP with funding from teh Foundation.

November Rotary Focus Lynn Clarke 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
November 3 - Jay Vineyard Speaks to Rotary about Leadership Lynn Clarke 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
October 27 - World Children's Center Speaks to Rotary Lynn Clarke 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
October 13 - Brandall Lovvorn Rejoins Rotary Lynn Clarke 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
October 13 Program Lynn Clarke 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Oct 09, 2011

 Bremen Rotary raised $2,000 towards the total for the day of over $50,000.  Thank you walkers!!!!!!!!!!!!!            

October 8 - Great Strides for West Georgia Lynn Clarke 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Oct 09, 2011

Bremen Rotary Team raised $2,000 so far to assist the $50,000 that was raised on Saturday!!!!

donate to my cause

Great Strides for West Georgia Lynn Clarke 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Williamson on Sep 21, 2011


ImageDebra Lowe brings ten years of fundraising experience to Rotary International. Following a 20 year career with the Walt Disney Company, Debra entered the not for profit sector as Director of Membership and Development for The Osceola Center for the Arts where she implemented programs that resulted in a significant increase in individual and corporate donor contributions. From 2003-2005 she worked with The Celebration Foundation as Director of Development and Volunteer Services where her duties included working with more than 400 community volunteers and the planning and facilitation of community events and festivals.

Prior to coming to Rotary International, Debra served as Director of Development for Orlando Ballet where she managed all aspects of the organization's fundraising efforts in support of the Organization's main stage productions and four Orlando Ballet School campuses.

Debra has been an active Rotarian for more than eight years with The Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay. She served as President of the club from 2005-2006, District Grants Subcommittee Chair from 2007-2009 and currently serves as the club's Matching Grants  Chair.Image

Debra's position is unique to The Rotary Foundation as she is the first Major Gifts Officer who lives within their assigned zone. She is a 30-year resident of Kissimmee, part of Zone 34 which encompasses the Georgia, Florida and Caribbean Rotary Districts.  She is privileged to work with Rotarians in 14 of the world's Rotary districts and considers it an honor to work in support of the greatest volunteer service organization in the world.

Debra's other contributions to the Central Florida community include serving on the Board of The Central Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was the Chair of National Philanthropy Day from 2007-2008 and is a 2008 Chamberlain Scholarship recipient.

In her spare time, Debra enjoys cooking, music, art, reading and all things outdoors including hiking and kayaking.


September 22 - Debra Lowe from TRF Speaks to Rotar Terry Williamson 2011-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Sep 14, 2011

Our student, Becky Davies, spoke to us about Wales and her family.  The club presented the Wales flag to fly next to our own American flag while Becky is in the States.  We are looking forward to a wonderful year with Becky as our GRSP student.

The club also welcomed visiters from the Interact Club at Bremen High School: President Laura Smith, Chassi Locklear, Reba O'Dell, Megan Camp, Grace Lovvorn and Jessica Labbe, our Interact Sponsor at the school.  

September 15 - GRSP Student, Rebecca Davies Lynn Clarke 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 30, 2011

 Last week, Kathy Yates was recognized for her continued support of the Georgia Rotary Student Program.
This video was shot at the 2011 Conclave in Thomasville, Georgia.
August 25 - Georgia Rotary Student Program Tara Chapman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 30, 2011
Dr. David Hicks will introduce this week's program. We will be hearing from Bremen High School Football coach, Ricky Tolleson.
Upcoming Rotary Program- September 1 Tara Chapman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
August 25 - Rotary After Hours Tara Chapman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 30, 2011

Thank you to Joanie Lowe for bringing in Bremen High School's Band Director, Derek Able. Mr. Able brought a student along to showcase the high school's new band uniforms.
August 25th - Music Program in Bremen Schools Tara Chapman 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 10, 2011
Steve Stanfield will be our speaker next week. Steve is a past District Governor for District 6900 and is on the Board of Trustees of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Development Fund. Steve will be talking to the club about the Warm Spring Polio Cottage Project.
Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation is a state-operated comprehensive rehabilitation center located in Warm Springs, Georgia on a beautiful 950 acre campus. Begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1927 to treat persons affected by polio, the Institute still remains true to its original mission today "to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal independence" as a living legacy to FDR. Each year the Institute provides rehabilitation services to approximately 5,000 individuals with all types of disabilities from all over the United States. In addition to its continuum of rehabilitation services, the Institute also offers the fully-accessible Camp Dream, which is enjoyed by 2,000 disabled campers each year, as well as a year-round Conference Center offering a full array of professional training opportunities.
August 18 - PDG Steve Stanfield and Polio Tara Chapman 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 10, 2011

Today, the Bremen Rotary Club honored Gene Cook for obtaining 52 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. Congratulations, Gene Cook!

August 11 - Congratulations Gene Cook Tara Chapman 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 10, 2011

President Walter Hatchett and his Officers and Directors had a very productive meeting with District Governor Margie Kersey today. Each Director and Officer shared their plans for the year.

August 11 - District Governor Visit Tara Chapman 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tara Chapman on Aug 10, 2011

We are pleased to have District Governor Margie Kersey visiting our club today. Please be sure to give her a warm Bremen Rotary Welcome.

Margie joined Rotary as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey (then Clayton County Daybreak) on February 16, 1998 and served as President in 1999-2000. Margie served in every position in the club including serving as Program chair for 4 years. She was named Rotarian of the Year in 2004. She joined the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain July 2006 where she served as New Generations Chair and was named Rookie of the Year in 2007.

Margie is self employed with her husband, Ron Kersey, as financial and estate planners. They specialize in working with owners of timberland. Prior to heading out on her own, she spent 20 years in retail including 10 years at Toys R Us as an operations director. Training was a big part of her job and soon after leaving Toys R Us, shen went to work with Dale Carneige Training traveling most of south Georgia. She has also worked as a trainer for the Calvin Center in Hampton, Georgia providing leadership and teamwork challenges.

Margie has been very active in her community. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Clayton County CASA, and Clayton Family Care. She has been active in Toastmasters having served as both an Assistant Governor and Division Governor. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster. She has been a recipient of several awards including Outstanding Leadership Award from Leadership Clayton and Volunteer of the Year 2004 from the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. 

Bremen Rotary Welcomes District Governor Margie Kersey Tara Chapman 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Our first club assembly of the year was held of July 28. Thank you to all Rotarians that took the time to come out and discuss our plans for this year. It looks to be a very exciting year in the Bremen Rotary Club.

July 28 - Club Assembly Tara Chapman 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Jul 06, 2011

At the last meeting of the year, District Governor Margie Kersey attended to induct officers and directors of the Bremen Rotary Club.  Special presentations of the Governor's Citation and Presidential Citation were presented by Assistant Governor Alicia Michael.  The Bremen Rotary Club was only one of five rotary clubs in the district to receive the President Citation with Special Distinction.  President Walter awarded the Service Above Self Award to Don DeFoor because of his dedication to attending every service project this past year.  Gene Vineyard was awarded Rotarian of the Year for his constant dedication and encouragement to the Club.  Officers include:  Walter Hatchett (President), David Hicks (President Elect), Steve Sampler (Vice President), Kelley Park (Secretary), Lynn Clarke (Treasurer).  Directors include: Kathy Yates, Steve Sampler, David Hicks, Tara Chapman, Don DeFoor and Terry Williamson. 

Program for June 29 - Induction of Officers and Directors Lynn Clarke 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Jun 28, 2011


For those of you who missed the party...........................  SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A great time was had by all with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill and all the fixins'.  We also celebrated the most recent International Conference with hurricanes for everyone.  When they ran out, we went on to margaritas.  We finished off the day with homemade peach and strawberry ice cream.  Again, no one knew which was the best, but a great deal of fun was had by all.  The weather held off again this year (we must be doing something right, Wayne).

End of Year Party Lynn Clarke 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Jun 21, 2011

Ryan Rohan, youth minister for the First United Methodist Church of Bremen, entertained Rotarians, their children and grandchildren with stories and magic tricks for this special "kid friendly" Rotary program.   

Program for June 23, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Clarke on Jun 21, 2011



For our program on June 16, Steve Gradick introduced Frank Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.  Frank gave a wonderful powerpoint presentation on tornadoes and common misconceptions of tornadoes.  He discussed the 5 levels of tornadoes and talked about the history of tornadoes. 

Three Rotarians brought their children, grandchildren and grandchildren's friends with them to Rotary.  What a great family we are!!!!!

Some Tornado facts:

    • The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.
    • A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.
    • Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.
    • You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.
    • The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%
    • Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.
    • A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm. 
    Program for June 16, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 31, 2011

    Greetings from The Big Easy............

    Beignets and chicory coffee at the Cafe du Monde at Midnight and Hurricanes just before Midnight at Pat O'Brien's are just a few of the things we experienced at the International Conference in New Orleans.  We heard an inspirational speech by Bill Gates about his passion in the erradication of polio.  We visited with 800 of our best friends from Zones 33 & 34 at the Southland breakfast.  We ate at the famous Commanders Palace with our friends in 6900 on Monday night and learned to cook jambolaya, gumbo, bread pudding and pralines with the New Orleans School of Cooking.  I suppose we will have to think about these for our end of year party???????  Anyway............... definitely hurricanes!!!!!!  On a more sober note, we also visited the WWII museum, which was wonderful.  How quickly we forget about what sacrifices are made for our freedom.  We have enjoyed passing out personal invitations to the International Convention in Atlanta in 2017.  The people of New Orleans are very happy to have 19,000+ Rotarians in their midst and made us feel very welcome.  The mayor says our visit brought $22,000,000 to their economy and we from the Bremen Rotary Club certainly made an impact. 

    Program for June 2, 2011 - International Convention Lynn Clarke 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 24, 2011

    Don DeFoor introduced Doc Stovall, Entertainment and Sponsorship Manager for the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia as the program.  Doc told us about the museum with emphasis on the youth cowboy poetry contest held at the Booth each year. 

    Program for May 26, 2011 - Booth Western Art Museum Lynn Clarke 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 16, 2011
    Bremen Rotary Club named it's Business Person of the Year.  Randy Eaves, a past winner, spoke about the history of the award, reviewed past recipients and their professions, and spoke about this year's nominee.  President Walter Hatchett introduced this year's recipient, Lynn Clarke.
    Program For May 19, 2011 - Business Person of the Year Lynn Clarke 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
    May 20, 2010 Program - Ethics Tom Crawford 2011-05-16 16:03:40Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 10, 2011


    What a great time we had on Saturday.  27 people from around the county, including 7 Rotarians, picked up trash along the major thoroughfares of Bremen and Waco.  Well over 100 bags were collected.  A special thank you goes out to the sorority at West Georgia Technical College, Billy Sewell's students, The Charter Bank and Interact Club of Bremen High School!!!  Thanks for all who made this a special day for our county.

    Trash Pick-up Day May 14, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 08, 2011

    Congratulations to our winners at the 16th Annual Bremen Rotary Golf Tournament!!!!

    1st Place - Tallapoosa Drug Company consisting of team members Brandon Parker, Justin Bates, Cody Robinson and Jack Stumpling with a 51.

    2nd Place - Fairfield Plantation Golf Club consisting of Curt Mooney, Jared Shaw, Frank Sciolis and Matt Davidson with a 53.

    3rd Place - The Lion Golf Club consisting of Charlie Robinson, Danny Robinson, Brandon Hammond and Richard Gillespie with a 54.

    Great fun was had at the Long-Drive hole as participants dressed up like a woman to tee off from the ladies' tee.  We took wonderful pictures of all participants and everyone seemed to "get into the swing of it".  Many were concerned that the pictures would show up at an inopportune time, but decided to go with it anyway.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament, the ladies' tee participants, the Interactive Hole Sponsors, team sponsors and advertisers.  Everyone will receive a tournament booklet, so that they can  patronize our sponsors. 

    Bremen Rotary Golf Tournament Lynn Clarke 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Program for May 12, 2011 - Baseball Coach at Technical College Lynn Clarke 2011-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 03, 2011

     Here we are in the home stretch for our golf tournament.  May 7th - 9:00 Shot-Gun Start.


    Be sure to turn in everything you have to Tara before noon on Wednesday to get your sponsors in the tournament booklet.  You can still bring sponsor advertisements to the meeting on Thursday, though, to get their signs.  Also, please sign up at the meeting to help on Saturday.  We need everyone to participate.

    2011 Rotary Golf Tournament! Lynn Clarke 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on May 01, 2011

    A good time was had by all at the District Conference.  Bremen came home with some awards - we won Best Club for our International Project, Runner-Up for our Membership Program and Runner-Up for our District Block Grant.  We also won the Presidential Citation, as well as the Governor's Citation With Distinction.  We were only one of four clubs in the district who won a Governor's Citation with Distinction.  Yea Bremen Rotary Club!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

    We also said goodbye to our GRSP student, Matilda Lantz.

    Program for May 5, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on Apr 25, 2011

    Gene Vineyard introduced Jacqueline Dost of "Keep Carroll Beautiful" for our program last week.  She spoke about the continuing efforts Carroll County is making in litter prevention, recycling and clean up to make the county more presentable to prospective businesses and to maintain a high quality of life for it's residents.  We were also able to present a $100 check to Lyndsie McGreggor, who designed our logo for clean-up day.  A special thanks goes out to Crystal Pollard, her teacher, for asking her students to participate in this contest.

    Faces of Rotary. 

    Program for April 28, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on Apr 25, 2011

    Our own GRSP student, Matilda Lantz, spoke to our Club last week about her unique experiences studying and living in the United States courtesy of the Bremen Rotary Club, Douglas County Rotary Club and Dawnbreakers Rotary Club.  She obviously learned quite a lot during her year here and made lots of friends.  She will be taking the ideals of Rotary home with her in hopes of taking the best from us and improving community service in her own country.  What a legacy!!  And the whole purpose of GRSP -- to promote world peace and goodwill.  We have certainly learned a lot from her and she will be missed.  Please make plans to attend our May 5th meeting to give her a last goodbye.  She will be leaving on a flight later that afternoon.

    Program for April 21, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke on Apr 25, 2011


    Bremen Rotary Club welcomes this years winners of the Georgia Laws of Life Program.  The club would like to give special recognition to Ms. Lynda Wheeler for her dedication to the program since 2004 when the Bremen Rotary Club first decided to sponsor the program.  Every year Rotarians are overwhelmed by the wonderful essays these young people write -- some of us believing it may be one of our best programs.

    Congratulations and thanks goes to the four teachers who encourage the students for this program.  Bremen High School had the highest percentage participation rate in the state!  Another accomplishment that we can be proud of with our local school system.

    Thanks also to Peoples Bank for their donation of savings bonds to the Laws of Life winners.

    The Club also honored three Rotarians who have made significant donations to the GRSP Endowment and the Rotary Foundation.  Susan Lester achieved her Governor's Associate with the GRSP Endowment by reaching the $500 level of giving.  Steve Richie achieved another multiple Paul Harris by donating a total exceeding $3,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Billy Sewell achieved Major Donor status by donating a total exceeding $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation.

    Program For April 14, 2011 Lynn Clarke 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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    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.

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    Posted by Amanda Martin


    Selfie of the four Rotarians that showed up to hike on a rainy Saturday morning.  The hiking was good, but the stories were even better!!  Next hiking date to be announced soon.  The Bremen Rotary Hiking Club had it's first event.



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    Posted by Amanda Martin

    This year we had 2 Rotarians who deserved the title 'Rotarian of the Year', Walter Hatchett and Lynn Clarke.  Walter was not at the meeting to receive his recognition. We are so proud to have them as a part of the Bremen Rotary Club. Thank you for your hard work and dedication year after year.



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    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Bremen Rotary Club inducted it's new board of directors at this meeting:


    L-R: Lynn Clarke - Director, Billy Sewell - Vice President, Gene Vineyard - Director, Gerald Varner - Director, Charlie Morris - Asst Governor, Dennis Cowart - President, Rob Goldin - Treasurer, Betty Candler - Secretary, and Ruth Kennedy - Director.  Missing were Brandall Lovvorn - President Elect, Walter Hatchett - Director and Terry Williamson - Director

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    Ed Campbell, Consumer Experience Movement Coach, spoke to the Bremen Rotary Club about customer service.  Business can only be elevated as high as employees feel elevated. Obviously, the key is a company's employees and whether they feel valued.  If they feel valued, they will also value other people - the clientele. Campbell gave several examples, but particularly spoke about Chick-fil-A and how they are able to give their customers a better than average experience in a fast-food establishment. They only hire someone if they are "competent, have character and are cheerful" naturally.  Then they have a good base to build upon.  The Club enjoyed the presentation and had much to comment on after the program.

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    PDG Cheryl Greenway spoke to Bremen Rotary about the Rotary Foundation, rated as the number one foundation in the world.  She gave what is normally a pretty dull account of where our donations go and what they fund in a surprisingly engaging manner.  

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    May 15th Program- Public Servant Appreciation Day Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin



    We had an open discussion regarding growing new membership, and keeping existing members.  We also discussed the upcoming golf tournament.

    April 10th Program- Rob Goldin Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by David Hicks


    Girls solo - first place - Mary Lee Turner; girls trio - first  place (Mary Lee, Brittany Daniels, Allison Horton); boys solo - second place - Carter Carollo; boys quartet - second place (Carter Carollo, Blake Bumgardner, Luke Vines, Jonah Thomas)  

    Girls essay (Caitlyn O'dea) boys essay (Ryan Barber) BOTH first place, girls dramatic interpretation (Ashley Longenecker) - first place; girls extemporaneous speaking (Olivia McDaniel) - first place, boys extemp speaking - third (Luke Otwell)

    Total points for BHS = 48 points!

    Teacher Coaches are John Wilborn, Felicia Brower and Monica Turner


    Principal is Tim Huff



    March 27th Program - Bremen High School State Champion Literary Team David Hicks 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin



    Steve Sampler brought to us Stepahine Deese a Recruitment Coordinator for Polk/ Haralson CASA. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and is a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises CASA volunteers. Polk/Haralson CASA is committed to the highest level of advocacy for all of cour counties deprives children.

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    Posted by Lynn Clarke



    Congratulations are due our GRSP student, Michelle, for her accomplishments at UWG.  She was inducted into the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society.  Freshman who maintain a 3.5 of higher average are eligible to join this most prestigious society.  Michelle has managed to stay active in Rotary, have typical experiences in the United States AND keep up her grades.  WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, MICHELLE!!!!!

    She missed Rotary yesterday in order to go with Carrollton Rotarians to meet a Senator to discuss the problem with human trafficking in Georgia.


    Congratulations to Michelle!! Lynn Clarke 0
    March 13th Program- Star Student & Star Teacher Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin





    Our Valentine's Luncheon, although a few weeks late, was a great success. Favela was wonderful and entertained us with beautiful bossa nova music. Bossa Nova means "new trend" in Portuguese and is a mix of samba and jazz. The music is very "sexy" as Mr. Chad Davidson put it, and it was. Many of the songs were in Portuguese and talked about LOVE! Thank you to Favela, and everyone who came.

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    Tim Keesee from Honda Lock (“HLA”) spoke to Rotary on February 20 about HLA.  HLA came to Bremen about 15 years ago with the goal to stabilize the business.  Communication was key between management and the floor.  It was a bit of a struggle because the company had planned to bring Japanese ways of manufacturing to the US, but they quickly found that just because it was the way they had always done things, that they were dealing with a different culture that they had to consider.  Mr. Honda felt that the key to business was to “Create Joy” and this has been his motto from the beginning.  He felt this would bring in a better pool of people.  Only Twenty-Five percent (25%) of their work force comes from Haralson County.  The rest come from outside of the county.  HLA would like to change this and felt the only way was to start in the schools.  For the past three years, eighth graders from Haralson County High School are brought into the plant each spring.  They notice that numbers are everywhere in the plant and Mr. Keesee explains to them how important attendance is in his plant.  HLA has offered to pay a technical engineering teacher’s salary, if the school will hire a teacher.  They have worked with the curriculum and are currently looking for a grant to fund this teaching position in the area of technical engineering.  Mr. Keesee said that he was glad to be in the area and was anxious to become more a part of the community.

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    Posted by Amanda Martin



    This was taken on a train in Denver, Colorado. Where have you seen the Rotary Wheel, one of the most recognized symbols in the world?

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    Posted by Amanda Martin

    Go to http://www.gethealthywestgeorgia.org/ to register for the weight loss program they talked about in Rotary on Thursday.  We have a team called Portabelly Mushrooms and once you register you can join this team.   What you will need is the Team Code which is 768279, which is just ROTARY converted to numbers from  your phone dialer.  Kathy Yates, Steve Sampler, and Terry Williamson decided to join and form this team.  Billy Sewell, Ruth Kennedy, Lynn Clarke and Walter Hatchett joined the team as well.  Please join them.   It lasts for several weeks.  You can read about it on the website where you need to register! It started, Monday, January 27, but you can join at any time.

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    Posted by Amanda Martin


    We would like to welcome Robin Worley to our Bremen Rotary Club.

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    Posted by Amanda Martin


    Sheila Butler, a Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotarian, and owner of SJB Insurance Agency presented a program on Obamacare and how it has affected and will affect businesses and individuals.  She called her presentation "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly".  She indicated there were several good things about the law, which was reflected in 23,000 pages of legislation, including the fact that the uninsurable would be able to get insurance now.  She felt that the reason the website crashed was because many people were just curious about the insurance and were not legitimately trying to get insurance.

    January 9th Program- Obamacare Amanda Martin 0
    Bremen Rotary Deliveries Dictionaries David Hicks 0
    Bremen Rotary Purchases Tubs of Books David Hicks 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin


    Kathy Yates introduced Bill Heath at the Rotary Meeting. Republican Senator Bill Heath was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2005 after serving a term in the Georgia House of Representatives. He represents the 31st District, which includes Haralson and Polk counties and a portion of Paulding county.

    Senator Heath spoke about the upcoming legislative session.  They will be reintroducing a gun bill that was never brought up for vote last year, as well as some other items, including the budget.  Senator Heath told Rotarians that teacher salaries comprised nearly 1/3 of the State's budget and walked us through what comprised the remainder of the budget.  He said that Georgia was one of only nine states that still had a AAA bond rating, which is something we Georgians can be proud of.  Even though Georgia's population has increased, he felt that the type of population increase has helped our system, as we continue to be generating enough income to keep our budget in line.  Senator Heath fielded several questions from Rotarians.

    Senator Heath currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, Secretary of the Government Oversight Committee, and as a member of the Appropriations, Retirement, and Science & Technology Committees. He served as the Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure that recently produced a major overhaul of the Georgia tax code. He also served as a Floor Leader for former Governor Sonny Perdue.

    Senator Heath and his wife Susan have two children, a son who has been called to preach and a daughter who has been called to teach.  The Heaths attend the First Baptist Church of Bremen, where Senator Heath serves as a Deacon.


    Source for biographical information: billheath.net

    December 12th Program- Bill Heath Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin


    On Monday, December 2, Rotarians delivered dictionaries to Buchanan Elementary School. The dictionary giveaway is part of the District Grant we received this year. The children love looking up new and "crazy" words in their new books. Rotarians in attendance were Betty Candler and Terry Williamson. 

    Dictionaries to Buchanan Elementary School Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin

    No Regular Meeting at 12:30.

     The Christmas Party will take place at 6:30.


    December 5th Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin

    Christmas Party 

    will be held at Sewell Mill in the Cherry Blossom Event Room. Gathering at 6:30 and Dinner at 7:00




    Things to Know:
    -Cocktail Attire 
    -Giving out Attendance Awards
    -Entertainment provided by Jerry Rogers
    -Phat Phil's will be serving Prime Rib, Vegetables, Salad, with Dessert and Iced Tea. If you would like something else to drink, feel free to bring your own.

    Christmas Party Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarian Gene Cook will be introducing the 2013 Farmer of the Year.  This year's recipient is M. Mac Griffith, who owns 225 acres in Haralson County and has been farming for many years.  He has primarily been a cattle farmer.  He and his wife, Sara Ann, raised three boys, who were also involved with the cattle industry.  Mac's son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Tracey Griffith, a previous recipient, will be a guest of the Club.

    Dorothea Graham, County Extension Coordinator, will be speaking about the disappearance of farming in Haralson County, among other things.

    The Club looks forward to honoring the 46th Farm Family of the Year recipient, Mr. J. Mac Griffith, a legend in Haralson County farming.

    November 7th Program - Farm Family of the Year Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin


    For the October Rotary After Hours, we will meet at Juanito's in Bremen at 5:30PM for food, drink and fellowship.  Let’s make this a record attendance for Rotary After Hours!  Spouses and significant others are invited.

    October 31- Rotary After Hours Amanda Martin 0
    Invitation to Non-Rotarians Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Go to www.facebook.com/events/586818698026557 for more information about the Bremen Towne Festival.

    Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Bremen Towne Festival coming to Downtown Bremen, GA on Saturday, October 19, from 9am to 4pm. The Festival will be full of fun for the entire family. There will be craft exhibitors and food vendors. A parade will begin at 11am. There will be games and activities for children...a petting zoo, pony rides, train rides, swing ride, space ball, and loads of other activities for children. There will be live entertainment all day on two stages.

    Bremen Rotary Club and WKNG Radio will have a live feed from the Festival.  Rotarians will be reading advertisements from local businesses throughout the day.  Come by our booth and maybe we can put you on the radio!!!


    Bremen Rotary Radio Day - October l9 Lynn Clarke 0
    World Polio Day - October 24 Lynn Clarke 0
    Litter Pick Up October 12 Amanda Martin 0
    October 3rd Program Amanda Martin 0
    Posted by Amanda Martin


    Scott Hodges, Athletic Director for Bremen High School, spoke to the club about the programs at the school. He spoke about the academic excellence at Bremen High School and their continued goal to instill character in all their students. The goal for athletics is to fund that program with donations rather than tax dollars. L-R: David Hicks (School Superintendent), Bill Sewell (President of Bremen Rotary Club), Scott Hodges (Athletic Director for Bremen High School), and Tim Huff (Principal of Bremen High School)

    September 19th Program - Bremen High School Football Coach Amanda Martin 0
    Litter Pick Up This Saturday Lynn Clarke 0
    September 19 Program - BHS Coach Scott Hodges Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    ImageWalter Dunson is entering his third year as Athletic Coordinator for West Georgia Technical College. Under his leadership, WGTC Athletics has grown to include five competitive sports, including the recent additions of baseball and women’s fast pitch softball.
    Dunson, a native a Carrollton, Ga., was a three-sport athlete at Central of Carroll County High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball.  Dunson was inducted into the Central of Carroll County Hall of Fame in 2006.
    Dunson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school, but chose to play college football on a full scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.  Dunson played in the Georgia / Florida high school all-star game and the Georgia North/South game.  He was a running back, wide receiver, defensive back, kick returner and quarterback in both high school and college.  While at MTSU Walter ran track and played football.  He set Ohio Valley Conference sprint records and currently is listed in more than 30 categories in the top 10 in MTSU’s football record books. 
    Dunson was ranked by the NFL and Mel Kiper Jr. in the top 10 for running backs in 1992-93 NFL draft (#8).  As a college senior Dunson was ranked as one of the top 100 college football players in America and he was selected to play in the East/West Shrine Game as a running back, wide receiver and defensive back he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 5th round in 1993 as a wide receiver, kick-returner and running back and later signed with the Phoenix Cardinals as a free agent at the same positions including defensive back for the legendary coach Buddy Ryan.  Walter has received hundreds of awards in football and baseball. Dunson was also selected to the OVC All-Conference team, OVC Player of the week more than ten times, team captain and MVP. 


    August 22 Program - WGTC Coach Walter Dunson Lynn Clarke 0
    September 12 Program - HCHS Coach Alan Lane Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke


    Bremen Rotary welcomed Gerald Varner to the fellowship of Rotary on August 29.  Gerald is the pastor at First United Methodist Church of Bremen and moved to Bremen in July.  He has 100% Perfect Attendance so far.  We look forward to a long association with Gerald.

    August 29 - Gerald Varner Joins Rotary Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke


    Bremen Rotary welcomed our District Governor Blake McBurney to our meeting on August 29.  He discussed the many programs that Rotary sponsors and why the club was so important.

    August 29 Program - District Governor Visit Lynn Clarke 0
    GRSP Student, Michelle, Learn About Cajun Cooking Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    GRSP student, Michelle Michael, presented a program to Rotary about her country, Sri Lanka, and herself.  She is the middle part of a "sandwich" in her family.  In other words, she is a middle child.  We thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and look forward to spending a lot of time with her in the coming year.  She already has better attendance than most Rotarians.

    September 5 Program - GRSP Lynn Clarke 0
    August 15 Program - Rotary Mission to Honduras Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarians welcomed new student, Michelle Michael, at the International Airport Terminal this past Monday.  After 29 hours of travel, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for Atlanta based food and fellowship with the Grillos from the Carrollton Noon Club.  We could hardly wait for her to try grits, so for lunch, Cracker Barrel brought her some grits "just to try".  She liked them!!!!  Michelle was introduced to the Club on Thursday and we hung her flag next to our American flag for the duration of the year.  We are looking forward to hearing about Sri Lanka!!

    Bremen Rotary Welcomes GRSP Student, Michelle Michael Lynn Clarke 0
    August 8 Program - Membership Hour with Brandall Lovvorn Lynn Clarke 0
    Doing Good in the World Lynn Clarke 0
    July 11 Program Lynn Clarke 0
    June 27 Program Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarians and family enjoy fellowship on the bank porch after hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream.

    June 15 - End of Year Party Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarians and friends of Rotarians enjoyed dinner at Fudruckers in Rome, then a little baseball with the Rome Braves.  There was also fun with "Romey"!!!

    August 1 - Rotary After Hours Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke


    The Club met for its quarterly business meeting to discuss the coming year.

    July 24 - Club Assembly Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Betty Candler, Director of L.A.M.P, Haralson County's certified literate community program, spoke to Rotary about the problems we face in Haralson County, as a result of the high illiteracy rate in the county.

    July 18 Meeting - Literacy Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    The Rotary Club of Bremen recently inducted new officers and Directors.  Front Row L-R - Betty Candler (secretary), Ruth Kennedy (treasurer), Lynn Clarke (director - PR), Walter Hatchett (Sergeant-at-Arms), - Back row L-R - David Hicks (Vice President), Billy Sewell (President), Dennis Cowart (President Elect) and Gene Vineyard (Director - Service Projects).  Not Pictured:  Kelley Park (Director-Club Administration), Brandall Lovvorn (Director-Membership) and Terry Williamson (Director-Foundation).

    June 20 Program - Induction of Officers Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Ken Bernard, attorney in Douglasville, spoke to Bremen Rotary about his recent involvement with the press in regards to city ordinance changes in Douglasville that were misinterpreted by the press.  Mr. Bernard spoke at length about the "dumbingdown" of America, citing such shows as Honey Boo Boo and others.

    August 1 Program - Gun Ordinances and the "Dumbing-Down" of America Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke



    L - R:  Bob Winiarczyk is awarded his blue badge after helping with Bremen Rotary Trash Pick-Up Day by President David Hicks.  Gene Vineyard presented his son, Jay, to the club.  Jay discussed a personality quiz called "DISC" that helps people understand each other just a little better.

    June 13 Program - DISC with Jay Vineyard Lynn Clarke 0
    May 30 - Milltown Music Hall Update Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotary welcomed Keep Haralson Beautiful as our program.  We made a donation to Haralson County Ministries and Hospice.

    June 6 - Keep Haralson Beautiful Lynn Clarke 0
    April 4 - Business Person of the Year Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Laila Ferri, our GRSP student this year, spoke to Rotary about her fantastic year in America.


    April 11 - GRSP Student Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Amanda West, Haralson County's Teacher of the Year, speaks to Rotary about what it means to her to be a teacher.



    Kody Dyer and Andrew Chandler receive scholarships to West Georgia Technical College through a District grant program funding two scholarships and a GED testing scholarship.

    May 9 Program - Teacher Appreciation Day Lynn Clarke 0
    May 2 Program - Club Assembly Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    We will be heading up an effort to Keep Haralson Beautiful with a Countywide trash pick-up day on Saturday, June 1.  Those who would like to meet at the Milltown Parking Lot in Bremen at 9:00AM will be given instructions on where the most roadside debris is and given bags to collect the trash.  We will meet again at 11:00AM at Milltown to collect bags to be taken to the county dump.

    If you do not want to meet at 9:00, please pick up trash in your neighborhood and aid in our efforts to keep our county clean.

    For more information please contact the Development Authority of Haralson County at (770) 537-5266.

    June 1 - Trash Pick-Up Day Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarian Don DeFoor brought Chris Dunn from the Georgia Forestry Commission to speak to Rotary about what the Commission provides taxpayers and what we can do to prevent fires and to maintain our forests.  Rotarians enjoyed the program and asked many questions.

    For more information go to www.gfc.state.ga.us

    May 23 Program - Georgia Forestry Commission Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke


    Please see winning essays under "Downloads" on the right hand side of this page.

    Laws of Life Essays Lynn Clarke 0
    May 16 Program - Public Servants Day David Hicks 0
    Rotary Golf Tournament a Success - Thank You Sponsors and Participants David Hicks 0
    Rotary Pirates at District Conference (A.K.A. Lynn and Walter) David Hicks 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    GSE Team Leader DS presents banner to three clubs hosting his team at the Carrollton Noon Club Meeting.

    April 23 - GSE Team Lynn Clarke 0
    Bremen Rotary and Haralson County Youth Leadership David Hicks 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke
    Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program

    Huge thanks goes out to the teachers that encouraged the students to write their essays, Lynda Wheeler, Felicia Brower, Monica Turner, Jeremy Bell and Jessica Allen.  Lynda Wheeler as the school sponsor received statewide recognition from the Georgia Laws of Life for the highest participation by a high school - 98%.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Luke Vines received 5th runner-up statewide.  Again, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can't wait to hear his essay.


    Winners at the high school level:  

    9th Grade Winner - Ally Hindman;  Honorable Mentions - Autumn Smith, Even Burroughs

    10th Grade Winner - Luke Vines;  Honorable Mentions - Maddie Campbell, Ryan Barber and Brooke Wilson

    11th Grad Winner - Keri Jones;  Honorable Mentions - Madison Kelly, Sarah Simerman, Kass Butler and Taylor Moody

    12th Grade Winner - Kenzie Butler;  Honorable Mentions - Rebecca Batten, Carolyn Hogan and Devyn Robinson

    April 19 - Georgia Laws of Life Contest Winners Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Rotarians gathered for lunch and to hear about our golf tournament fundraiser coming up on May 11 and to get information on how to help.  A putting contest proved great fun for all with Dennis Cowart winning.  JACK-POT!!!!!

    March 14 Program - Golf Tournament Kick-off Lynn Clarke 0
    March 28th Program - Toys for Tots Lynn Clarke 0
    March 21, 2013 Program - STAR Student and Teacher David Hicks 0
    Posted by Tara Chapman

    Let the Games Begin....... 

    Women                                      Men
    The Benefit Company ($150)       West Ga. Dentistry for Children ($150) 
     Southeastern Hose ($150)       Bremen Board of Ed. ($150) 
    Timothy Kerper ($150)        People's Community National Bank ($150)
     Georgia Power ($550)       Dr. Fred Atwell ($150)
    Carroll EMC ($550)         Atlanta West Peridontics ($60)
     Lynn Clarke, Attorney ($150)        Auburn Clubs of West Georgia ($90)
     Southwire ($550)       Jack F. Witcher ($100) 
    Haralson Chamber ($30)        Threadgill Electric ($150) 
     Becker's Electric ($150)       Garrett & Clayton Pharmacy ($150)
     LAMP ($150)       Ambucare ($150) 
    TurboData Network ($60)         Easterwood Grading ($150)
     Stitch America ($60)        S & T Auto Repair ($150)
    Carrollton Collision Center ($400)         Septic Solutions ($60)
    Baxter Financial Group ($30)        Quik Concepts ($60) 
     Chickmate ($150)        Concrete Careers.com ($100)
     Stephen N. Richie, DMD ($150)       Snow's Garage ($30)
    Summit Oil Company ($150)        Walker Cadillac Buick ($90) 
     Wayne Davis Concrete ($150)       The Haralson County Republican Party ($100) 
    Joanie Lowe, CPA ($150)        Berry Plastics ($250) 
     Secured Shredding Solutions ($30)       Morgan Oil ($150)
    Phat Phil's ($150)         RKR ($150)
    Advanced Chiropractic($150)        Aubrey Silvey ($500) 
    EBC ($60)        Advantage Office Solutions ($250) 
    American Document Securities ($60)        Smith Farms ($60) 
     Honda Precision Parts of Georgia ($550)       Civil Solutions ($150) 
    Tallapoosa Drugs ($150)         Charles Williamson Auto Sales ($30)
    MCL Industries ($60)        Commercial Insurance Agency ($60) 
    Bremen Jr Women's Club ($100)        Brandall Lovvorn Drugs ($250) 
    Ingles (in kind donation)        Don F. DeFoor, Attorney at Law ($150) 
    Walmart ($50)        DeFoor Plumbing, Inc. ($100) 
    Delores Goldin ($60)        Walter Hatchett ($150) 
    C&G Jewelry $150        Fortress Storage ($500) 
             Bremen First United Methodist Men ($200)
            Bremen Animal Clinic ($150) 
            Price Creek Animal Hospital ($150) 
             Bremen Eye Clinic ($400)
             Barbara Ridley ($60)
             Dr. Paul Hague ($100)
            Carrollton Orthopedic ($150 
    Total: $5,450 +       Total: $6,000

    * Remember the winning team gets dinner cooked and served to them by the losing team.          

    Golf Tournament Contest Tara Chapman 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Interact Sponsor, Jessica Labbe, and Interact President, Grace Lovvorn,spoke to Rotary about the projects Interact was involved with and how important Bremen Rotarians were for the Bremen High School Interact Club.

    March 7 Program - Interact Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Bremen Rotarians and a group from Billy Sewell's class at WGTC came out on Saturday to pick up trash along Price Creek Road and Mount Zion Road.  And it MADE A DIFFERENCE!!  Thanks, Rotarians, for supporting your club and the community.


    March 1 - Trash Pick-Up Day Lynn Clarke 0
    February 28 Program - Small Business Development Lynn Clarke 0
    This close to the end of polio. India is certified as Polio free. Lynn Clarke 0
    February 21 - The Faces of Rotary Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    John Fletcher introduced us to Sara Anderson, owner of Solutions Community Services, Inc.  She spoke to us about mental illness issues in our community and the country and about the problems teh country has faced because of the loss of funding in this area.  She was very entertaining speaking about some of her patients.  Sara, we are glad you didn't become a lawyer.

    February 21 - Solutions Community Services, Inc. Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke


    Lynn Clarke gave the following presentation honoring Linda Fletcher, our newest Paul Harris Fellow:  The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The Fellowship was established in 1957 in his honor to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.  This club is one of the handful of clubs in our district to have attained the 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club status, which is a designation that will be with the club forever.  Rotarians who have already received the Paul Harris Fellow designation and who give an additional $1,000 to the Foundation may also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the Objective and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

    February 14 - Paul Harris Fellow, Linda Fletcher Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Kathy Yates, Tara Chapman and Gene Vineyard did a wonderful job for our Valentine's Day celebration.  Each Rotarian was invited to bring a special guest for the day and we had a packed house.  We had a short presentation on Sewell Mill and then were serenaded with the sweet sounds of our own Don DeFoor, who say love songs to us.  Our Sewell Mill presenter, Caron Connely, left the building before we could get a picture, but we enjoyed hearing about the events at Sewell Mill.


    February 14 Program - Valentine's Day Lynn Clarke 0
    July 19th Program - Club Assembly Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke
    Nakia is a life coach and trainer.  Nakia has as life transforming experience after suffering from a tragic accident. In Nakia's own words, "I arm are was divinely healed.  The doctors all  told me that my arm was too badly damaged and I would never use it again. Today, I bench press over 500 lbs. It was only through answered prayer and perservance that this happened.  My goal in life is to help other obtain the their calling in life mentally, spiritually and physically.  I want to be an encourager to others  to reach for the prize. We can all do far beyond our dreams if only we believe."
    December 13th Program - Nakia Melecio Lynn Clarke 0
    February 7th Program - Lee Fabricators Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Every so often we have a grid or betting contest on a sports event.  The Club takes the winner to the Varsity and then to Krispy Kreme Donuts.  We have hit the red light every time so far for fresh made donuts.  Gene Vineyard was our lucky winner for the NCAA Champtionship Game.  Who is that next to you, Gene????


    January Rotary After Hours Lynn Clarke 0
    January 24 Meeting - Gun Control Lynn Clarke 0
    Representatives from BRIDGE Presented the January 31st Program David Hicks 0
    Dictionary Service Project in Partnership with Haralson County LAMP David Hicks 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Chirag introduced Keith Hebert from the University of West Georgia, who gave a very informative presentation about the new Smithsonian exhibit coming to Bremen on February 9.  The exhibit will be housed at the Warren P. Sewell Library, but there will be a series of events showcasing Georgia rich musical heritage culminating on March 23 with a sacred music singing at the Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church in Carrollton.  Keith can be reached at khebert@westga.edu for further information.

    January 17 Meeting - Smithsonian Georgia Harmonies Lynn Clarke 0
    January 10 Meeting - Community Foundation of West Georgia Lynn Clarke 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Ruth Kennedy, Bremen Branch Manager of the Bank of North Georgia, is inducted as the first new member of the year. Lynn Clarke proposed her and the   club is excited about the community spirit that Ruth bring to the table.  She is already asking about service projects.

    The club also had its first club assembly of the year. Reports from each officer and director were made and discussions regarding the golf tournament took place.



    January 3 Meeting - Club Assembly Lynn Clarke 0
    Interact Students and Toys for Tots David Hicks 0
    Posted by Lynn Clarke

    Chirag Thakkar and Rob Goldin completed requirements for their Blue Badge and were awarded them by President David at the November 15th meeting.  Congratulations, boys!!!!