St. Simons Island Rotary - History Archive

 

 

 

 

This Web Section contains historic documents from our club's early years.  It is intended to help preserve our history and provide an understanding of the Club's beginning and growth.   Material collection note.

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OUR CLUB CHARTER  and HISTORY
SSI Rotary was sponsored by the Brunswick Rotary Club and the Charter Presentation was made at the Oglethorpe Hotel in Brunswick. It was presented by Count Gibson, Governor of District 241.

Club History 1950 to 2000

Charter Certificate   1950
Charter Member List
Charter Presentation Program

Also
Interact Charter 2009

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SCRAPBOOKS

These scrapbooks were found in the attic of a former member who was moving and throwing away the attic contents.
They are large and are scanned in parts to make reading easier.
They show the lifestyle of the 1950s and and later years
in the local community.
St. Simons Rotary was a true leader in Island social activities as shown by the news articles
 contained in these scrapbooks.

OUR CLUB'S FIRST SCRAPBOOK - 1950 to 1960

Part 1  Part 2  Part3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6
Part 7  Part 8  Part 9  Part 10  Part 11  Part 12

MORE SCRAPBOOKS

1965 International Convention - Atlantic City

1983-84  Hamsa Thota President
Part 1     Part2

1988-1989  John Law President
Part 1    Part 2

2000-01  John Parkins President
Part1   Part2

2003-04  Marie Dodd President
News Articles

2005-06   Kevin Lokey President
News Articles

2007-08  Jim Bruce President
News Articles

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PAST MEMBERSHIP & OFFICERS

The records below are actual member list made in those years or an Excel list which summarizes multiple years
with data obtained from multiple sources including previous Directories.

Previous SSI Rotary Officers and Board Pictures

1950-1954 Excel Summary
Feb 1973 Member List
Feb 1974 Member List
Feb 1975 Member List
1983-2003 Excel Summary

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THE "SPRAY" NEWSLETTER BEGINNING

When the SPRAY was first published the duty to produce it was passed from member to member on a weekly or monthly basis. These first SPRAYs were typed. Later they were sent to a printer in handwritten form. We now produce the SPRAY on home computers. Here are some early SPRAYs. In the Jun 21, 1983 edition, Ed Bruce, Treasurer,  retires and GA is divided into 3 Districts.

1983   Jan 4   Jun 7  Jun 21  Jul 5
1985   Feb 26   Mar 12
1994  May 3

Sprays from 2003 to 2013

The Governor's Newsletter from April 1955 report St. Simons Rotary attendance at 94.22%. And the Rotary Foundation goal was $10 per member.

Governors Newsletter - April 1955

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PROGRAMS
We are proud of our good club programs which we know are important to all our members. Our club also considered programs important in it's early days as the program schedule below demonstrates. Note the variety in the program selections.

1954-1955 Program Schedule

1954-55 Club Assembly

1955 Ladies Night   Photo   Photo

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Awards for previous years from Spray

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CLUB ACCOUNTING
The Club Treasurer did all early accounting in a ledger. Ed Bruce was the Treasurer for 26 years and kept a tight rein on payments, often meeting non-payees at the door on meeting day. Today it's a team effort using QuickBooks, Excel and email. Part of Ed Bruce's ledger is shown below. Note that quarterly dues were $25 to $27.50

1955 - 1960 Ed Bruce Ledger

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BUDGET REPORTS

A number of early budget reports are available. The one below shows the budget for 1971-1972. Note that the total budget was about $16k and charity donations were about $1500 with most of it going to our Club Sholarship program.

1971-1972 SSI Club Budget
 

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MEMBERSHIP PICTURES - LISTS

In the following membership picture from 1953-54 are many St. Simons pioneers of current businesses. Note Billy Backus - St. Simons Drugs, Alfred Brockinton- Harbor Pilot and real-estate, Bennie Gentile - Red Barn, and many more.

1952-1953 Membership picture

1955 Singing Group  - Rotary Reveleers    Award for name to Sam Wells

Early Membership List  - (from Stan Humphries)
 

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TAPS AT TWILIGHT
TAPS Events

Veteran's Day and dedication of the Veteran's Walk  November 12, 2001
Memorial Day Monday May 28, 2001
Memorial Day May 31, 2004
Memorial Day. May 31,2021
 

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VETERANS WALK

Proposal to County - July 12,2000
Dedication of Veterans Walk - November 12,2001
Rotary International Significant Achievement Award - May-June, 2002

 

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CLUB BANNERS

Below is a partial collection of the many Club Banners that have been received from visiting Rotarians since 1950.
I think you will be surprised at the variety of member club locations and the banner designs.

From 1950 to 1956

Banners 1-15   Banners 16 to 30   Banners 31 to 45  Banners  46 to 60  Banners 61 to 72

From 1957 to 1999

Banners 1-25    Banners 26-50   Banners 51-75   Banners 76-100   Banners 101-113

 

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