In This Issue

Over The Transom #1

By Donald W. Martin on Friday, July 26, 2019
Greetings and welcome to the first issue of Rotations for 2019-2020. If all has gone according to plan you should be reading this as I am on my way to my 12th Official Visit of 2019-2020 at the Rotary Club of Gainesville. The first 11 visits have been amazing. I posted photos and comments from each visit on the District 6910 Facebook page, so you can go there and catch up. The breadth of accomplishments and the depth of the impact on our local communities is just staggering. I look forward to reporting to you on each visit and I hope that you will take a moment from time to time, to see what is going on in other clubs.

On July 1st, I posted a short video to officially kick of the District Year. I will try to do that monthly, just to keep you up to date on what is going on. I can’t promise they will all be good; I can promise they will all be short.

In addition to my own personal greetings and encouragements, I bring you greetings on behalf of Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney and his wife, Gay. There is a link to a recorded message from Mark elsewhere in this copy of Rotations and on the District Website.

In this edition of Rotations, you will find a report on the District 6910 Conference in Greenville. Kudos and congratulations to Conference Chair Past District Governor Dianne Cammarata and Immediate Past District Governor Bruce Azevedo for an outstanding Conference. You will also find a great article by Assistant Trainer and Past Assistant Governor Gerry Taylor on the International Convention in Hamburg; an article about “Rotary Family Vacation,” aka the 2020 District Conference; a story about a great club service project from Gwinnet County; and “Short Takes,” which, just like it sounds, contains short notes about things you may want to follow up on.

Let’s Go Do Rotary,

Don Martin

District Governor, 2019-2020

District 6910 Really Rolls in Greenville

By Tammy Tate Gilland on Friday, July 26, 2019

Rotarians from District 6910 were definitely inspired as they rolled into Greenville, SC for the 2019 District Conference.

The RI theme of “Be the Inspiration” was carried out by all the speakers featured during the conference. Wayne Bingham, NASA Scientist, was the keynote speaker for Thursday night’s Lift Off Dinner. Wayne inspired everyone as he shared his experiences working with the NASA Shuttle programs and as a child survivor of Polio.

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Rotary Internaional Conference - Hamburg

By Gerry Taylor on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hallo From Hamburg

By Gerry Taylor

Over 25,000 Rotarians from around the world attended the 2019 Rotary International Convention from June 1-5 in Hamburg Germany. For a few days, they were able to say, “Ich bin ein Hamburger”. Hamburg was a great host city! Hamburg is a city with many opportunities for visitors to explore – museums, restaurants, art, music, architecture, shopping and a beautiful port with harbor tours. It has great transportation and is a clean, green city of 1.8 million friendly residents.

The Rotary Convention opened at the Hamburg Messe (convention center) with a fantastic general session featuring Rotary International President Barry Rassin and several other featured speakers who provided stories of “Rotary Doing Good in the World”. A young South Korean man, who overcame many years of homelessness and neglect serenaded the attendees with a beautiful operatic voice. Flags from every Rotary participating country were presented, including the newest country of Iraq. Rotaractors in attendance from around the world were recognized, too.

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More Than a District Conference: Your Rotary Family Vacation

By Peter Gleichman on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Maybe you've been to our Rotary District 6910 Conference before, but have you ever been on a Rotary Family Vacation? Well, this year we're offering you that opportunity for something completely different -- your Rotary Family Vacation in Asheville, North Carolina April 23-26, 2020.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort will be the site of our Conference, and it's the perfect venue for you to experience the Family of Rotary in vacation mode! On Thursday night, all Rotarians, spouses and significant others, children, and guests will be part of an evening of BBQ buffet, club-run games, story-telling, and Rotary fellowship!

Friday morning starts with a First-Time Conference Attendees Welcome Overview before breakfast and the morning general session where nationally-recognized storyteller Connie Regan-Blake returns to talk about how to tell your Rotary story! The keynote address will be given by Rotary International Zone 33-34 Director and new RI Treasurer, our own David Stovall. Then, a ceremonious ribbon-cutting will officially open the House of Friendship where clubs will feature their signature service project or fundraiser.

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KICKS FOR KIDZ - Gwinnett County Service Project

By Donald W. Martin on Sunday, July 28, 2019
Service begins in your own community and leads you wherever you need to go. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County just completed their annual "KICKS FOR KIDZ" project.

Here is the quote from the Facebook Page.

Yesterday’s Kicks 4 Kidz event was amazing! Five organizations partnered in serving over 140 children-they each shopped for and received a new pair of shoes. It’s a great way to give back and make sure children in our community are ready to hit the ground running into the new school year. We appreciate those who volunteered as greeters and shoppers, and the Dacula Falcons for helping us! A heartfelt thanks to our members for contributing $4,000 and to Dick’s Sporting Goods for this opportunity! #serviceaboveself

Here are the key things you need to know. Notice that it was a true "community event" - Rotary + Rotaract + 4 other local organizations. Kudos for President Jennifer Hibbard and the entire Rotary Club of Gwinnett County.

KICKS 4 KIDZ – July 20, 2019

· Rotary Club of Gwinnett County - $4,000 in contributions in just 2 weeks of promoting at our club

· Children Served – 142

· Total Volunteers - 65

o Rotary Members – 36

o Rotaract – 6 volunteers

o PADV – 4 volunteers

o Victorious Living Church – 6 volunteers

o Dacula High School Football Players – 11 volunteers

o View Point Health – 2 volunteers

Congratulations to President Jennifer Hibbard and the entire Rotary Club of Gwinnett County. Well Done!

Want to see your club featured like this? just mark your story for sharing in DACdb and drop the DG a note so he can take a look at your good work.

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Short Takes

By Donald W. Martin on Saturday, July 27, 2019

World Polio Day

The “Day” is October 24th. We are asking all clubs to have individual or group fundraisers and Polio Awareness events sometime between October 17th and October 24th. (All of the Gwinnett Clubs are getting together.) Please cover your event on Social Media on the day you hold it and then repost it on October 24th. We want to light up Social Media with stories of 3300 District 6910 Rotarians telling the “Bring Polio to Zero” story.

10 Million Meal Challenge

Clubs all across the District are responding to this great project. To find out more visit: or contact Kay Blackstock who is our District Chair. Ask your club leadership how your club is participating. We will be packing 50,000 meals at the Rotary Family Vacation in April 2020.

New District Website – Enhanced Social Media Efforts

If you haven’t visited the NEW District 6910 website then after you finish reading this Rotations come back and click this link: Leo Lawrenson has done an amazing job of redesigning the site. Literally, every Rotary thing you need is there. We are putting on a big push to up our Social Media game. Please like and follow your club and the district on Facebook Then post every time your club meets or has an activity. Instagram will be updated by next issue.


DGE Tina Fischlin and Trainer PDG Rich Panyik are hard at work finalizing this year’s training events. Look for full details in next month’s Rotations.

Strategic Planning

Rotary has a brand new, shiny, and very effective Strategic Plan. DGN Mike Berg is leading the District Strategic Planning effort. Now is a great time to update your Club plan. Reach out to Mike if you would like assistance or information on the process.

Emergency Relief Committee

In 2018 your District Board of Directors set aside funds to create an Emergency Relief program within District 6910 to help us better respond to national and regional disasters. PDG David Cooper has agreed to head up that committee. Look for more information soon on this important project.

GRSP Conclave

Our 16 District 6910 students start arriving any day now. Your first opportunity to see all of them is at the GRSP Conclave in Statesboro, August 23-25th. This event is for ALL Georgia Rotarians. You can get more information and Register at


This is a name that you have heard before, but it has been re-purposed. It is now the overarching program to completely rebuild the water system in Haiti. Rotary is committing to a 10-12 year program and they are providing top level leadership to make it happen – Past RI Director John Smarge is the new project lead. At the District Level Suchet Loois is our Chair and it looks like our local Water Systems Guru, PDG Bruce Azevedo will be joining the RI level team. For more information contact Suchet or visit There will be opportunities for clubs to both support financially and hands on for at least a decade.

District Directory

Hard copies of the 2019-2020 District Directory have been distributed to District leadership, but every Rotarian has access to it online. Just click on the link on the District Website or DACdb. The online copy has been updated with all schedule and personnel changes as of July 1st. How do I find contact information for all these folks mentioned in the newsletter:

Rotary International Presidents Transition

Video of the "unofficial" Rotary International Transition: President Barry and President Mark

Rotarian Article on President Mark Daniel Maloney : The Past is Prologue

2019-2020 District 6910 Assistant Governors

By Donald W. Martin on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Area Governors

Assistant Governor Area 1
Hoyt Jason Parker
Club: Dalton
Area 1 Clubs: Carpet City, Ringgold, Rotary Club of Dalton


Assistant Governor Area 2
Jessica Fleetwood
Club: Etowah Cartersville
Area 2 Clubs: Bartow County, Calhoun, Cartersville, Etowah Cartersville


Assistant Governor Area 3
Patricia Schaeflern Kenney
Club: Union County
Area 3 Clubs: Blue Ridge, Clayton, Gilmer County, Lake Chatuge / Hiawassee, Union County


Assistant Governor Area 4
Michael L. Berg
Club: Dawson County
Area 4 Clubs: Dahlonega, Dahlonega Sunrise, Dawson County, Helen, White County


Assistant Governor Area 5
Richard M. Billingslea
Club: Banks County
Area 5 Clubs: Banks County, Clarkesville Rotary, Habersham County, Toccoa


Assistant Governor Area 6
Nancy C. Seymour
Club: Elberton
Area 6 Clubs: Elberton, Franklin County, Hartwell, Madison County


Assistant Governor Area 7
Cynthia L Haddon
Club: Oconee County
Area 7 Clubs: Classic City Rotary, North Oconee Rotary Club, Oconee County, Oglethorpe County, Rotary Club of Athens


Assistant Governor Area 8
Robert Shannon Osborne
Club: Greene and Putnam Counties
Area 8 Clubs: Greene and Putnam Counties, Morgan County, Washington


Assistant Governor Area 9
Donald Davis
Club: Columbia County West
Area 9 Clubs: Columbia County, Columbia County West, Martinez-Evans, Thomson


Assistant Governor Area 10
Dorothy Bala
Club: Conyers
Area 10 Clubs: Conyers, Covington, Rockdale County, Rotary E-Club of the South


Assistant Governor Area 11
Mike Albright
Club: Loganville
Area 11 Clubs: Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, Winder


Assistant Governor Area 12
Brandy Lynn Swanson
Club: Gwinnett County
Area 12 Clubs: Duluth, Gwinnett County, Gwinnett Mosaic, Lawrenceville


Assistant Governor Area 13
Chad Bingham
Club: Braselton
Area 13 Clubs: Braselton, Gainesville, Hall County, Jefferson, South Hall County


Assistant Governor Area 14
Hans A. Meier II
Club: Lanier-Forsyth
Area 14 Clubs: Forsyth County (Cumming), Johns Creek, Lanier-Forsyth, North Forsyth-400, South Forsyth County


Assistant Governor Area 15
Mark Abrams
Club: Sugarloaf
Area 15 Clubs: Buford/North Gwinnett, Gwinnett Sunrise, Gwinnett Tomorrow, Peachtree Corners, Sugarloaf


Assistant Governor Area 16
DD Lee
Club: Towne Lake
Area 16 Clubs: Canton, Cherokee County, Jasper, Towne Lake, Woodstock


Assistant Governor Area 17
Eric Waters
Club: Rome-Seven Hills
Area 17 Clubs: LaFayette, Rome, Rome-Seven Hills, Summerville-Trion


District Events & Reminders

District Leaders

Donald W. Martin
District Governor
Tina D. Fischlin
Michael L. Berg
David Thomas Upchurch
District Communications Officer
Kay Lawrence (Renasant Bank)
District Membership Chair
Tammy Tate Gilland
District Public Image/PR Chair
Scott R. Parmenter
District Rotary Foundation Chair
Richard L. Panyik
District Training Coordinator