GA HEART presented at Rotary

by | January 30, 2018 9:34 am

The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its January 29, 2018 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.  Al Lawson welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. Lawson announced that Pinetucky Meats won the small business of the year award at the annual Chamber Banquet. Lawson proudly reported that one of our own Rotarians, Denny Key, was honored as Citizen of the Year. Denny received a well-deserved round of applause.

Mitchell Fagler gave the invocation and Stephanie Fagler led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test.  Rotarians welcomed guests Carter Meadows, Doug Wren, and Carmen Tanner to the meeting.

The Rotary member profile was Vernon Hardy. Vernon was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He received the Masters degree from Georgia Southern University. Hardy has taught and served in various administrative positions in the Emanuel County Schools System. He is a retired educator. Vernon married in May 2017 to the former Miriam Fagler whom he says is the woman “making him a better man”.  Vernon and Miriam Hardy have five wonderful grandchildren.

Cason Devane introduced Marty Ray who presented facts about the Georgia HEART Hospital Program and gave an update on the impact it has had on the Emanuel Medical Center. Marty stressed the importance of keeping taxes local utilizing the Georgia HEART program.

What is HEART? In 2016, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 258, a law that enables Georgia taxpayers receive a state income tax credit for 90% of the amount they contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations (up to the limits set forth). For more information, visit Georgia HEART website at  or contact Marty Ray, Emanuel Medical Center, at or 478-494-1604. Give your designated rural hospital, the Emanuel Medical Center, a booster shot! Submit your HEART Tax Credit form today.

The Rotary Cub of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District #6920. The Rotary Club of Swainsboro encourages everyone keep taxes local with GA HEART.

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Article by Gail Ware, Public Relations Chair, Swainsboro Rotary Club
Pictured:  Al Lawson and Marty Ray

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