“Education is the most powerful weapon you
can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
This Week's Speaker: Dr. Mike Looney –
Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
      Dr. Looney joins Fulton County Schools after recently serving as Superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Tennessee, where he was named 2015 Superintendent of the year by Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Master's degree in Education from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Dr. Looney earned his Educational Specialist Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Looney's work has been presented for regional and national audiences on a wide range of educational and leadership topics. He has served on several distinguished panels including President George W. Bush's National Reading Leadership Panel in Washington D.C.  Dr. Looney also served as Superintendent of the Butler County School District in Alabama. Under his leadership the school district realized significant student achievement gains, improved the graduation rate, and established the district's first magnet school. In recognition of his work there, he was selected as Greenville, Alabama's Citizen of the Year in 2008.  Before arriving at Butler, he was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Montgomery Public Schools. Under his leadership, the district of 61 schools and 31,000 students received national notoriety for its improvement in reading achievement scores.
Dr. Looney, a public educator since 1994, has also served in the roles of classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. During his tenure as principal, his school was recognized for closing the achievement gap for underprivileged and minority students. His school was highlighted at both the state and national levels and was named a National Title I Distinguished School. 
Prior to entering the field of education, he served as finance manager for a privately-held corporation with fifty employees in Anniston, Alabama. His responsibilities included corporate finance, marketing, and human resource management.
Dr. Looney is a military veteran having served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps before being honorably discharged with a service-related injury. His military service was distinguished by four meritorious promotions which included his being selected as the Marine of the Year for MCRS Montgomery serving Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. In addition to other medals and ribbons, Dr. Looney was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. His military duties took him all over the world and included a six-month tour on the USS Raleigh with the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Amphibious Force. He is the father of four grown children.
Rotary Shout Out!  USO Service Day at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport October 3rd with Paul Ray, Jack Hausmann, Donna Loudermilk, Mark Meckes, and Chris Weeber.
  • Alex Paulk – Oct. 15th.
  • Janet Rodgers – Oct. 15th.
  • Mark Sullivan – Oct. 18th.
  • Oct. 15th – Dwayne & Jenny Waxer – 7 Years.
Christmas Party Dec. 13th, 6:00pm – Crooked Creek Country Club - Clubhouse
HomeStretch Golf Tournament Oct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
ROTARY AFTERHOURS – Nov. 5th, 5-7, Kona Grill Avalon. Be there or be square.
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
  • HomeStretch Golf Tournament Oct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • 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