"Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle." - Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl


Mayor’s Corporate Challenge – We’ve been talking about it and planning for it for the last year and now the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge is finally here - this Thursday, August 23rd.  - and the weather looks like it will cooperate! We reached our maximum registered runners this past weekend so we should have a great crowd - both our runners and those that join us to encourage them at the starting point, along the route, and as they cross the finish line. Please, be prepared to volunteer your time for our biggest fund raiser of the year. Don’t forget, this is the source behind the work that we will be able to accomplish throughout the year.


This Weeks “Speaker” –




Mattis is a 5 year old German Shepherd originally from Slovakia. He is trained for the detection of narcotics, article searches, tracking, apprehension and protection. He is a highly decorated canine winning officer of the year, the director’s award and Departmental Purple Heart. He has more apprehensions than any other Alpharetta Police K9s combined. Mattis’ namesake comes from General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the current Secretary of Defense.


Ofc. Mark Tappan has the privilege of holding Mattis’ leash.


 Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

  • Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ – Grab your family and friends and come out for the 14th annual afternoon of fun this Sunday, August 26th from 2-4pm at the Roswell Square Park. Please see Steve Gillard to volunteer – to share your secret recipe for home made ice cream or to help crank one of Steve’s special concoctions!
  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th.  They are looking for professional chefs and for amateurs that want to be part of the competition! Think about signing up!
  • Lionheart Grill and Gridiron - North Fulton’s biggest and best tailgate party! Grilling & Gridiron benefitting The Lionheart School is Saturday, September 8. Tastings tailgate starts at 1:30 in the afternoon on food truck alley in downtown Alpharetta and the UGA vs. South Carolina game on the big screen at 3:00. David Belle Isle will be leading our cooking team, and he will make his world-famous brisket. He needs a team of Rotarians to help him set up, serve, and clean up the Rotary booth.
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, catch the sign-up sheet that’s 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.


Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning! 


Robin McIntire

Rotary Club of Alpharetta