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Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy St
Alpharetta, GA  30009
United States of America
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“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage.  It’s my favorite part of the business.”
– Elvis Presley
 
This Week's Speaker:  Mr. Trevor Ralph
VP of Operations, Live Nation Atlanta
 
 
     Trevor Ralph is Vice President of Operations for Live Nation Atlanta and General Manager of both Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park and Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Trevor has been active in the concert business since 1998 where he started his live event career with regional Ohio promoter Belkin Productions Ohio as Senior Director of Marketing and Operations. He has operated venues in Ohio, California and Georgia and has been with Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta since before its official opening in May of 2008.
 
Trevor has been an International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Certified Venue Professional (CVP) since 2010. His venues have consistently been acknowledged as some of the best in the world for customer service and overall operation by industry organizations Pollstar and Venues Today.
 
Trevor has been married to his wife Erika for 24 years and they have raised two children in Georgia, Sophie (17), who will be attending the University of Georgia in the Fall, and Colin (15), both ‘A’ students at Denmark High School.
 
 
ROTARY HAPPENINGS
 
Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
 
Special Pops Tennis  Saturday, March 7th.  10-1 Country Club of the South Tennis Center  We will have 24 Special Pops Athletes participating and we need 24 Rotarians and Volunteers to make this is great day of Tennis!  Some of these athletes participated in the University of Virginia Top 50 Invitational as well as the National Adaptive Tour in Orlando.  They are ready to play Tennis.  Any level of player is welcome.  Non-players are encouraged to come and cheer us on!  CONTACT: Jack Hausmann 404-906-6412
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
“Homeless Shelters, child hunger, and child suffering have become normalized in the richest nation on earth.  It’s time to reset our moral compass and redefine how we measure success.”
– Marian Wright Edelman
 
This Week's Speaker:  Ms. Holly York
Executive Director, North Fulton Community Charities
 
 
Holly York is a native of Atlanta.  After attending college in Connecticut, she worked in commercial banking in New York (Chemical Bank/ Chase) and Atlanta (Wells Fargo) as an analyst and marketing manager.  Holly received her Master of Science in Education and worked as a management consultant (Accenture) specializing in organizational change management, strategic planning and training systems for financial institutions and healthcare organizations.
 
For over 20 years, Holly focused on raising her family and working in the community.  She has led a large grant making organization funding many charities in Atlanta including CURE Childhood Cancer, Georgia Transplant Foundation, and Fragile Kids Foundation.  Additionally, she has been involved with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and served on the board of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, now known as the Georgia 2-Day Walk.  She also serves on the board of Ian’s Friends Foundation, which supports pediatric brain tumor research.
 
Prior to being named as NFCCs Executive Director in October 2019, Holly served as the Director of Development.  She previously worked as the Development Director at The Drake House and the Community and Missions Manager with the American Cancer Society. 
 
Holly lives in Alpharetta.  Her daughters both graduated from Johns Creek High School.  The older one is a nursing student at UAB and the younger is in school in Austria as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.  Her son serves in the Army National Guard and is on active duty on the Texas border.   
 
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  • Steve Beecham – Feb. 10th.
  • Sam Gordon – Feb. 11th.
  • Dennis Mitchell – Feb. 11th.
  • Collin Webb – Feb. 11th.
  • Will Daniel – Feb. 15th.
MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
  • Ron & Trudy Cox – Feb 14th - 33 Years!
 
ROTARY HAPPENINGS
 
Meals By Grace – Suellen Daniels    Our own Suellen was featured on ONLY GOOD TV!
 
 
Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
 
Special Pops Tennis  Saturday, March 7th.  10-1 Country Club of the South Tennis Center  We will have 24 Special Pops Athletes participating and we need 24 Rotarians and Volunteers to make this is great day of Tennis!  Some of these athletes participated in the University of Virginia Top 50 Invitational as well as the National Adaptive Tour in Orlando.  They are ready to play Tennis.  Any level of player is welcome.  Non-players are encouraged to come and cheer us on! CONTACT: Jack Hausmann 404-906-6412
 
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
 
 
Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
“Leadership is not a position or title; it is action and example.”
– Donald McGannon
 
This Week's Speaker:  Mr. Kirk Driskell
Past Club President, Future District Governor, Founder of Vision Warriors
 
 
A native of Alpharetta/Milton, Kirk lives in the area with his wife Deena, and their three children, Cambri (17), Knox (15) and Kolton (12).
 
Kirk joined the Alpharetta Rotary Club, following in the footsteps of his father, Ken Driskell, a charter member and past President.  And continuing the family tradition, Cambri launched an Interact Club at King’s Ridge Christian School with close to 85 of her peers.
 
Before serving as Club President in 2015-2016, Kirk served in multiple club leadership roles, multiple international service trips and local community service projects, and was honored to receive both “Rookie of the Year” and “Rotarian of the Year” awards.  During his presidency, the club won numerous awards, including Club of the Year and Best Membership Growth.  Kirk was also awarded the Sheffield Award, which recognizes the top President in each of the four club categories for that year.
 
Kirk served as District 6900 Service Chair in 2016/17, Assistant Governor 2017/18, District 6900 Public Image Chair in 2018/19 while preparing to serve as District Governor 2020/21.  In 2016/17 Kirk became a Major Donor and continues to support the foundation.  Rotary International recognized Kirk with the Rotary Choice Award for a personal video he uses to describe what being a Rotarian means to him.
 
Kirk is a serial entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast that builds, buys, or creates companies that provide opportunities for individuals to align their passions with their purpose.  Beyond his family and his faith, his true passion in life is helping men struggle with addiction.
 
Kirk founded Vision Warriors ministry, a faith community that focuses on accountability, and transparency.  Vision Warriors provides support for men who are ready to fight their drug and alcohol addictions.
 
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Karen Williams – Feb. 7th.
    • Karen Hipes – Feb. 8th.
    • Donna Shaw Murphy – Feb. 8th.
    MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
    • Joseph and Kae Yi – 28 Years!
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
     
    Open Your Heart Gala – Celebrating the Lives of Seniors - Feb. 8th, 6-11:00 PM, Country Club of the South.  The funding raised at our gala will ensure all our programs and services continue without wait lists and develop with the needs of our growing elderly population.  We rely on our partners in the community to make this event successful.  See Heather Terry!
    Four ways you can support efforts in caring for our elderly neighbors:
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – ALL HANDS-ON DECK!  Feb. 8th, 2020, 10–3:00 PM at Wills Park Pool.
         
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
    “Community development has a long history of innovation and learning from experience.”
    – Ben Bernanke
     
    This Week's Speaker:  Ms. Kathi Cook
    Director of Community Development
    City of Alpharetta
     
     
         Kathi Cook is the Director of Community Development for the City of Alpharetta. She began her career with Alpharetta in 1991 and has served many positions in the City including as a Land Disturbance Inspector and Environmental Programs Manager prior to her current position.  She oversaw the planning, zoning and permitting for Avalon, City Center, the Downtown Master Plan and most recently the North Point LCI and associated North Point Eco District code. She has been a guest speaker for the American Planning Association National Conference regarding mixed use developments in suburban cities.
     
    She currently lives in downtown Alpharetta within walking distance to her office.
     
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Melanie Mayer – Jan. 22nd.
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
     
    PARTY with Heart – The Lionheart School 20th Anniversary Gala Feb. 1st, 5:30 VIP Reception, 6:30 Program begins.  The Hotel at Avalon.  Black Tie Optional.
     
    Open Your Heart Gala – Celebrating the Lives of Seniors - Feb. 8th, 6-11:00 PM, Country Club of the South.  The funding raised at our gala will ensure all our programs and services continue without wait lists and develop with the needs of our growing elderly population.  We rely on our partners in the community to make this event successful.  See Heather Terry!
    Four ways you can support efforts in caring for our elderly neighbors:
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – ALL HANDS-ON DECK!  Feb. 8th, 2020, 10–3:00 PM at Wills Park Pool.
         
     
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
    “A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man. He must view the man in his world.”– Harvey Cushing
     
    This Week's Speaker:  Dr. Krishna Doniparthi, MD
    Director and physician at Function Medicine of Georgia
     
     
    Dr. Krishna Doniparthi has been practicing medicine since 2002 in both private practice family medicine and hospital- based emergency medicine. Dr. Doniparthi is board certified in Regenerative & Functional Medicine, Family Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. Member of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and trained in Buprenorphine assisted treatments.
     
    Dr. Doniparthi currently serves on the Neurolipid Research Foundation (neurolipid.org) and BR+NAD (Addiction) Scientific Advisory Board; also, he serves as a trustee for the Obesity Medicine Association furthering research in Obesity medicine, ensuring proper guidelines for patient care in the health care industry.
     
    A cornerstone of the FMG clinic is the utilization of lipid-membrane therapy for the treatment of neurological conditions, heavy metal detoxification, chronic infections, and metabolic disorders. Specialized testing is used to design precise therapies that are applied to facilitate the body's own ability to mediate and heal from disease. Through his ongoing research and practice of Membrane Medicine, Dr. Doniparthi is inspired to work with patients that have been unsuccessful using the standard medical approach and who are committed to making lifestyle changes to regain their health.
     
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Phillip Montague – Jan. 16th.
    MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
    • Janet & Morgan Rodgers – Jan. 12th. 20-Years!
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
    Open Your Heart Gala – Celebrating the Lives of Seniors - Feb. 8th, 6-11:00 PM, Country Club of the South.  The funding raised at our gala will ensure all our programs and services continue without wait lists and develop with the needs of our growing elderly population.  We rely on our partners in the community to make this event successful.  See Heather Terry!
    Four ways you can support efforts in caring for our elderly neighbors:
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – ALL HANDS-ON DECK!  Feb. 8th, 2020, 10–3:00 PM at Wills Park Pool.
     
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
    “During my year in Brazil, I was a representative of Australia, of my family, and of Rotary. Doing something bigger than yourself, it humbles you.”– Joel Jackson
     
    This Week's Speaker:  Mr. Abbe P.
    Rotary Youth Exchange Student
     
         Abbe is attending Cambridge High School with the Junior class there.  He is involved in the men’s chorus, plays guitar in the jazz band and has become very involved in school activities.  Abbe speaks at least three languages.  He is currently living with his second of three host families that he will be with during this academic year.  Since the Rotary Youth Exchange Students are still in high school their host families are a more traditional host family since they are together every day, except for school time.
     
    Since coming to America Abbe has experienced a UGA football game, two trips to Florida, including a fantastic weekend visiting four Disney parks in early December.  He has visited Waffle House and Cracker Barrell while traveling and many other sites and scenes throughout Georgia.  He visited Washington DC with his first host family over the Thanksgiving break and is looking forward to a west coast trip at the conclusion of the academic year.  His parents are planning a trip to visit in the spring of this year.
     
    Rotary Youth Exchange is a 1 for 1 exchange.  Our district currently has eight outbound students and eight inbound students, which are concentrated in the northern area of our district.  Rotary wide there are about 100 countries involved in the program and approximately 650 youth exchange students in the program.  This is an official Rotary sponsored program and is also sponsored by the US Department of State.  All volunteers and host families involved in the program are certified by both Rotary and by the State Department.  The primary purpose of the program is to foster peace in the world and expose individuals to other countries, other cultures and to expose them to Rotary.
     
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Lee Doernberg – Jan. 6th.
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – ALL HANDS-ON DECK!  Feb. 8th, 2020  10–3:00pm at Wills Park Pool.
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
     
     
     
    “Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
    – Brene Brown
     
    This Week's Speaker:  Ms. Katie Beals, M.Ed.
    Staff Associate Therapist  Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
    Summit Onsite School Based Therapist – Autrey Mill Middle School
     
     

    Katie Beals works primarily with adolescents and young adults. Her areas of concentration and competence are identity development, substance abuse counseling, grief and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression.

    Katie believes that healing occurs through relationship and aims to work collaboratively with her clients. She incorporates all aspects of the client’s life (mental, physical, and spiritual) to aid in a more complete understanding and healing process. She believes in supporting and empowering her clients as they work together to explore and identify the client’s strengths. Her heart is to see the restoration of hope and joy in her client’s lives as well as a truer sense of their identity and strengths.

    Katie completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Georgia in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. She completed her graduate work at UGA as well, and graduated with a Master of Education in Professional Community Counseling. She is also certified to provide substance use counseling in both an individual and group setting.

    Katie’s favorite activity is spending time with her friends and family at a new restaurant or over a good home cooked meal. She spends her free time painting, doing calligraphy, cooking, or participating in organized sports.

     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Olga Narvaez – Dec. 16th.
    • Michael Gordy – Dec. 19th.
    • J.D. Grogan – Dec. 22nd.
    • Bill Weeks – Dec. 22nd.
    • Matt Amerson – Dec. 26th.
    MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
    • Steve & Mary Beecham – Dec. 16th. 30 Years!
    • Suellen & Steve Daniels – Dec. 17th. 42 Years!
    • Sergio & Angelica De La Torre – Dec. 18th. 21 Years!
    • Jane & Sam Pittman – Dec. 18th. 9 Years!
    • Jim & Michel Lee – Dec. 19th. 37 Years!
    • Steve & Cindy Corder – Dec. 26th. 52 Years!
    • Rick & Tracy Kenny – Jan 1st. 29 Years!
     
    ROTARY ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Congratulations to Katie Rocco on being named Alpharetta Rotary President for 2022-23!
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
    Service Opportunity: Bring One for the Chipper   Need Volunteers for this Saturday Jan. 4th at Home Depot on Windward, Three Shifts, 8:30-10:30, 10:30-1:00, 1:00-3:30. Wear appropriate clothing for weather and tree sap.  See Mickey Rogers.
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – ALL HANDS-ON DECK!  Feb. 8th, 2020  10–3:00pm at Wills Park Pool.
         
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
     
    “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know, Where the tree tops glisten And children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.”
    ― Irving Berlin
     
    This Week's Entertainment:
    Ms. Nicole Thompson conducting the Taylor Road Middle School Orchestra
     
     
          Nicole was a national finalist for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. In 2014, she was the Georgia American String Teachers Association Educator (GAASTA) of the Year and the 2010 Teacher of the Year at Taylor Road Middle School. Nicole conducted the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta String Orchestra for 6 years and has served as an adjudicator and clinician for Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) since 2008. In 2015, Nicole served on a committee for Fulton County to create relevant standardized testing for students.
         As State Orchestra Chair, she served as a liaison between the orchestra teachers in Georgia and the GMEA Executive Board. Under her direction, the Taylor Road Middle School orchestras have consistently earned superior ratings at GMEA’s Large Group Performance Evaluation and were selected to perform at 2006 and 2011 GMEA Conferences. Nicole has conducted orchestras at the ASTA conferences in Dallas and Reno. She earned her Master of Music Education and Specialist in Education Degrees at the University of Georgia.
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Wayne Robinson – Dec. 8th.
    • Kerry Singley – Dec. 8th.
    • Huff Forness – Dec. 12th.
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Volunteer Opportunity: Serving Lunch & Assisting Santa at Dogwood Terrace
    Friday the 13th at 12:00.  See Steve Corder.
     
    Volunteer Opportnity – Boxing Up Gifts for The Troops After Breakfast Friday:
    Last night holiday gifts were purchased for our troops overseas.  Friday morning after breakfast we need help boxing up and shipping.  Thanks to Sue Kinker, Evi and Mark Meckes, William Perkins and Chris Weeber for doing the shopping and organizing.  Packages will be sent to active duty friends of Rick Kenny who are serving in Afghanistan.
     
    Volunteer Action - Red & Blue Shops with You! 
    This Saturday, Alpharetta and Milton Police & Fire Fighters will be shopping for Christmas presents with children who would otherwise not receive a gift this year.  Thank you to Rob Johns, Sidney Browning, Chip Reid, Mike Lowry, Lizann Gibson, Sue Kinker, Jessica Plette, Steve Gillard, Julie Chesnut and Jeff Franz.  The volunteer list is now at capacity.  Special Thanks to Joe Wargo for organization and implementation!
     
    Date: Saturday, December 14th
    Time: 8:00 am (please arrive by 7:50 am) 
    Location:  Target on North Point Parkway  
     
    Donation Opportunity: NFCC Toiletry Drive: Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin is set up to collect.  Please bring in regular and sample sizes.  Diapers and toilet paper are also needed.
     
    Painting The LionheARTisans Cottage: Thanks to all that helped paint the cottage.  Special Thanks to Mickey Rogers for organization and implementation!
     
    Rotary After Hours at Jekyll Brewing:  Thanks to all that attended!
     
    The LionheARTisans Cottage Holiday Hours: Mon-Fri. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
     
    Holiday Party: Dec. 13th at 6:30 (See Tom Darr)
     
    Future Opportunities for Service
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – Feb. 8th, 2020  10–1:00pm at Wills Park Pool.
     
    2020 District conference –Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
     
     
     
     
    “Outward peace is useless without inner peace.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi
     
    This Week's Speaker: Kit Cummings
    Award-Winning Author and Teacher
    PowerofPeaceProject.com    
     
         Born and raised in Atlanta, Kit earned a BBA in Marketing from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, and he also holds a Master of Theology. Kit founded Power of Peace Productions, Inc. and brings his experience working in some of the most dangerous areas in the world to inspire change in prisons, schools, and the faith-based community— and he does it with high energy and laughter as the catalyst. Kit has challenged people to aim higher in corporations, athletics, addiction and recovery, churches, prisons, and more. He has journeyed on tours through Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and has negotiated peace between some of the most notorious gangs inside the U.S. prison system. Kit has spoken about his powerful peace projects at the Gandhi Global Peace Summit in Durban, South Africa, and he’s planted seeds of peace all around the world. Recently Kit has taken his Forty Days to Freedom program into Cartel-controlled La Mesa prison to work with prisoners, as well as addicts and at-risk youth in some of the toughest areas of Tijuana.
     
         Kit has authored four books, including the award-winning Peace Behind the Wire, a Non-Violent Resolution, and he also launched Power of Peace Radio. Kit’s new release Protect the Dream takes young people on a forty-day journey of character and leadership development designed to teach kids to dream big dreams and protect those dreams at all costs. The Power of Peace Project raises up much-needed positive role models in our schools and communities. What’s next? Kit has now launched his POPP Community Peace Initiative in Selma Alabama, and that work is the subject of his next book. So, the question is: are you ready for the Power of Peace?  
     
    MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    • Mike Lowry – Dec. 4th.
    • Sean Rosario – Dec. 6th.
    • Michelle Miralles – Dec. 7th.
    MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
    • Chris & Marilyn Weeber – Dec. 1st, 50-Years
    • Donna & Don Loudermilk – Dec. 7th, 25-Years
     
    ROTARY HAPPENINGS
     
    Painting The LionheARTisans Cottage: THIS Friday after breakfast.  See Mickey Rogers
     
     
    NFCC Toiletry Drive: Thank you to Tina McKenna who recognized that NFCC needs toiletries.  A bin will be set up to collect.  Please bring in toothpastes, soaps and shampoos. Hotel samples are great!
     
    The LionheARTisans Cottage Holiday Hours: Mon-Fri. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM  Great place to pick-up Holiday Gifts!
     
    Taylor Road Orchestra Performance: Dec. 13th at Club Breakfast
     
    Holiday Party: Dec. 13th at 6:30 (See Tom Darr)
     
     
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE
     
    Painting LionheARTisans Cottage This Friday, December 6th.  Contact Mickey Rogers.
     
    NFCC Toiletry Collection – Bin located at church.
     
    Holiday Gift WrappingDec. 7th, 6-9:00pm, Downtown Alpharetta.
     
    Polar Bear Plunge/Cook Your Butts Off – Feb. 8th, 2020  10–1:00pm at Wills Park Pool.
     
    2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
     
    Fresh Market – If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is passed around each meeting. This is an easy way to serve those in need by taking breads and other items from Fresh Market to NFCC to be given to those in need. Contact Lee Doernberg.
     
    See You Friday Morning! 
    Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
    Rotary Club of Alpharetta
     
     
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