Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!
The week of District Conference is finally upon us.  Whether you are attending or not, we can all take pride in what we have accomplished thus far as a Club, and District Conference is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the cumulative impact of our entire District as well. Alpharetta Rotary has been nominated for a Service Oscar award based on our MedReturn drug boxes which we installed at each of the Alpharetta firehouses and at Public Safety HQ. It is an honor to have been nominated, and it would be an honor to win as well.  Regardless, we can feel proud of this and the many other projects we have accomplished this year.
This Week…
Our Speaker this week is Andrew Kitema.  Andrew, a native of Tanzania, is a professional adventure guide who has lead trekkers across the African savannah and up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the past 23 years. With over 300 trips to the “Roof of Africa” over the past 18 years with Thompson Tours, he has been a sought-after guide.
In 2017 Andrew launched KilimanjaroDirect, a touring and guide company that utilizes the many porters and assistants that he has worked with over the years. KilliDirect is a program that is built to benefit the native porters and guides who are often treated unfairly by the large tour operators. The company is designed to give back and benefit the many Tanzanians who work directly with travelers to the country.
Andrew is married with three children and lives in Dar es Saalam.
Opportunities to Serve
• Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
• Completion of work on the Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter.  Mickey Rogers is working on the details.
• Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities
• Contact Steve Corder ( 770-855-5225) for more information.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
• Rotary Leadership Institute will be held in Griffin, GA on June 16th at Southern Crescent Technical College. Parts 1, 2, 3 and a graduate course on Membership will be offered. There will also be a Discussion Leader Course by invention. Go to to register and more RLI information on courses.
The Spotlight this week is on Michelle Miralles. Michelle took over the registration desk duties mid-year this year, and has done an amazing job making sure that ALL is set before the first members arrive. In addition to the Club volunteers at registration, greeters, members selling raffles tickets, tracking attendance and guest registrations, Michelle also recruits those who provide our invocation.  We couldn’t even get started without Michelle’s dedication EVERY week.  Michelle – thank you for all you do in making our Rotary experience, and that of our guests, warm and inviting from the moment we walk in. When you see Michelle, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.
 We appreciate you, Michelle!
While at the beach (I mean District Conference…), Past President Dan Merkel will run the meeting. Enjoy your week!  See you all next Friday!!