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Rotary Club donates to SD Gunner Fund
Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill on Aug. 13 welcomed special guest Erica Aklan, the soon-to-be recipient of Jake, a newly trained dog courtesy of SD Gunner Fund.

Fund owners Britnee and Hamilton Gunner were on hand to share in the presentation of the second donation of $1,000. Total donation equates to $2,000. The Gunners attended with their trained dog Gunner.

Aklan currently lives in Pooler with her two sons while her husband, John, is deployed.

Jake will be trained to meet the needs of the Aklans’ two autistic sons. After completing basic obedience and task training, Jake will join his family in Pooler.

Rotary members also gained insight on the “Top 10 Tips to Keep Businesses Lawsuit-Safe” presented by attorney Charles Bowen. He educated Rotarians on the importance of establishing a limited liability company or partnership, buying insurance, transferring key assets, keeping business contracts simple, engaging in good business practices, putting every agreement in writing, taking time to look up, read and understand the laws that relate to one’s business, communicating when a problem arises, forging a relationship with an attorney and avoiding people who seem questionable.

“In reality, nine times out of 10, clients acknowledged they had a bad feeling about that person. Continue to use your best judgment and gut instincts,” Bowen said.

Emily Rice, paralegal of the Bowen Law Group, also was in attendance.

In other actions from the meeting, the club donated a book in honor of Charles Bowen to the Rotarians Read Program.

Club President Rich DeLong announced upcoming opportunities for make-up meetings.

Members can join other local Rotarians at the Sand Gnats game on Friday, or gather for music, food and beer on Friday, Aug. 28, at Coastal Empire Beer Company. Attendees can register online or at the door; the cost is $30. Go to or call 231-7227 for more information.

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