“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
This Week's Speaker:  Mr. Tom Salata
Attorney at Law, P.C.
J Thomas Salata, “Tom” began career in the legal community in 1990 as a State Licensed investigator and firearm preparedness instructor, known for his ability to locate people “living off the grid.” He first earned his reputation after locating the Lawrenceville Two, a pair of teens that disappeared from Gwinnett County in 1991. The teens were found on a small remote island in Puget Sound outside of Seattle, Washington, by Tom and Nancy Killian, his partner of many years.
Fascinated by the skilled advocacy of well-known criminal defense lawyers, Tom decided to attend law school while running T.S.I. & Associates, his own investigative and consulting firm specializing in criminal defense, investigator certification and preparedness training. While attending law school full time, Tom worked with several of the state’s greatest trial lawyers, learning the art of trying cases by staying teachable, a virtue he still holds close after 19 years criminal and civil trial system.
Having graduated with honors from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 1998, Tom elected to remain an additional semester working with the Honorable Hurl Taylor, John Marshall Law School’s esteemed Director of Legal Aid in the area public interest law. He counts as his most honorable areas of service his participation in Operation Stand Down with the United States Veterans’ Administration, identifying and helping homeless veterans. Tom began trying criminal and family law cases in 1999, his first year out of law school. By 2005, he had a significant number of criminal and civil trials in Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Dawson, Lumpkin, Cherokee, Cobb, Towns, White and Union Counties, as a private attorney and as an appointed public defender for the Atlanta, Cobb and Enotah (Lumpkin, White, Union and Towns) judicial circuits.  His wide range of investigative experience served him as a trial lawyer in a variety of cases from superior court capital crimes to juvenile court termination of parental rights and  DFACS cases. Tom has become known throughout legal circles as an experienced and seasoned trail lawyer, having been interviewed and consulted over the years by local television stations WXIA and WSB. Since his early trial days, Tom has expanded his practice to include bankruptcy, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Most recently, Tom has been certified as a domestic and civil mediator by the Georgia Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Tom makes his home in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife Lori and their two children, where he endeavors to find a peaceful balance with work and family and his love of the outdoors. He remains an avid adventurer having taken up high attitude mountaineering. To date, he has climbed several of the highest and most beautiful mountains in North America including Rainier, Ixtaccihautal, and several peaks in the Colorado and Canadian Rockies.
Tom is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.  He holds a B.A. in Economics, B.A. in Government, and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
  • Past President of the North Fulton Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section
  • Sustaining Member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District and Middle District of Georgia.
  • Paul Ray – March 1st.
  • Warren Soltis – March 3rd.
  • Suellen Daniels – March 6th.
  • Jo Ann & Glenn Sheppard – 26 Years!
District Training Assembly – Saturday, March 21
To ensure each Club has the proper tools to "DARE TO BE BETTER" in 2020-21, we invite all Club Membership Chairs, Foundation Chairs, Public Image Chairs, Club Secretaries, Club Treasurers, Club Officers and Directors – and interested club members - to register for the District 6900 Training Assembly at the Columbus Ironworks, located at 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901 on Saturday, March 21. We will have meaningful and focused training for all who attend from each club. Registration is open to all Rotarians within the district. We will have breakfast at 8 am. The registration fee is $35 per person. The Assembly will begin at 9:00 am and end about 12:30 pm.
Registration for the training event is online now on the district website:  https://rotary6900.org/reservation/create?event=4595
This year, we have added a District Service Project option in the afternoon. For those participating, there will be a cookout at 1:00 pm at Stewart Homes in Columbus. There will be no charge for lunch, but registration is required to be sure there is enough food.
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
Happy International Women’s Day, March 8th!
UNITED WAY OF GREATER ATLANTA SPARK PRIZE  Thursday, March 26th.  9:00 am – 11:00 am, The Legacy Theater, 12150 Morris Rd. #7, Alpharetta, GA 30005   See Morris Cowan.
Register Here: http://bit.ly/NFUnited
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