Our Club

The Rotary Club of Oconee County was chartered in 1980 with 21 charter members – 5 are still members (all with continuous service). Membership has grown in spurts with a high of 47 in the first decade, 58 in the second decade and 76 as of January 2017. Average weekly attendance is approximately 60 members.

Membership in Rotary International is member-sponsored and made up of men and women of ethical character with professional, business/industry leadership and academic careers. The goal is to have a very broad cross-section of professions represented for intellectual understanding and personal growth. Current members consist of business owners, lawyers, accountants, engineers, college professors/administrators, educational leaders at all grade levels, government leaders (local and state), and other professionals.

About Rotary

Who We Are

Since 1980 Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 46,000+ clubs work together to

Promote peace

Fighting Disease

Growing Local Economies

Providing Clean Water 

Saving Mothers & Children

Supporting Education

Protecting the Environment

Our mission

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Upcoming event

02 Aug 2023

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

District Conference Cruise Q&A Session 1

02 Aug 2023

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

District Conference Cruise Q&A Session 2

Tim Echols

Tuesday, July 11th – New Board Introduction and PSC Vice Chair Tim Echols

A younger Tim Echols was selected by the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club as “Student of the Year” from his high school in 1978. While at the luncheon, he met Truett Cathy, a member of the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club. After the meeting, Truett invited Tim to come by his Hapeville office and there gave him a set of motivational tapes and a challenge. Echols said the tapes changed his life and as a result of listening to Zig Ziglar and his teaching, Tim set a goal to be a statewide elected official.

Shortly after graduating from UGA, Tim and his wife Windy founded TeenPact, a training experience for conservative high school students. The program began at the Georgia Capitol and now operates in all 50 states, having trained 60,000 students. After building TeenPact, Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner.

Meet Our Team

Joseph Keith Carter


Michael J McCleary


Robert Jahn

Vice President

Matthew Kinnard


John V. Quackenbush

Executive Secretary

Travis L. Garnto

Membership Chair

Dean Bright

Bulletin Editor

Catherine T. Casto

Public Image Chair

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      Email Member: Joseph Keith Carter