Posted by Scott Doll

This Week’s Meeting – August 11, 2017

Our speaker this Friday is Hunter Church, member of the USA Bobsled Team! A third-generation slider, Hunter Church's great uncles and father paved the way for his sliding career to begin. Originally from Cadyville, N.Y., Church broke onto the international scene as a pilot in the 2015-2016 season when he was just 19 years old, though he began sliding in 2010. He competed in high school track and field and football before transitioning full-time to bobsled, and is attending East Tennessee State University, where he trains during the offseason. 

Next stop – The Winter Olympics. Can’t wait to hear about Hunter’s Olympic journey!


Our meeting agenda also includes recognition of Paul Harris Fellows, Induction of a new member and the long-awaited (delayed might be a better word..) presentation of our 2017-2018 Board. Of course we will review and celebrate another outstanding Old Soldier’s Day Parade and Picnic and all those who so worked so hard to make it happen.  - And we will make an exciting Special Announcement introducing a new initiative to support one of our important community partners.


New This Week

We are excited to meet our GRSP student, Emily May Roberts, who will arrive from Australia this Friday at 5pm. Past Presidents William Perkins and Dennis Mitchell and I will meet her at the airport.  More are certainly welcome to join! We will move her into University of North Georgia on Saturday morning.  Emily May will present to our Club on August 25th.


In addition to a productive board meeting yesterday morning, Rory Young, Heather Demis and I gave new member nominee, David Cochran his orientation over lunch, and Deborah Swaffford and I attended the Roteract meeting at Roswell Tap last evening. Roteract is excited to participate alongside us on service projects and appreciates our support!  As always, thanks to all who continue the Fresh Market runs every day! What a gift…



Member Directory If you have yet to do so, PLEASE go to Club Runner and update your profile at Thus far 52+ of our members have done so. The deadline is this Friday, August 11thClark Savage will be doing headshots again this Friday before our meeting. He really does a great job!! Please let Rob Johns or I know if you have any questions. Special thanks to Mike Lowry for his work on this and for keeping our website updated!


The countdown to the largest Mayor’s Corporate Challenge (MCC) in Club history continues – just 15 days! Be sure to mark your calendar for the race date of Thursday, August 24th. Our Race Leadership Team continues to monitor our runner count, work with our sponsors and on all the logistics it takes to create an outstanding event – all to fund the great work we do in our community. We will recognize everyone again on Friday, but be sure to give Joe Wargo, Tom Darr, Ted Schwartz and Chris Cammack an extra pat on the back for extra-ordinary effort on our behalf.  What an awesome team!


Steve Gillard will have a sign-up for Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ to be held on Sunday, August 27th from 2:00-4:00pm. This is another favorite event (just smile and say ice cream), and we need volunteers to both crank ice cream and help to serve. Proceeds benefit The Drake House.


Two Closets to Clean

Mickey Rogers will have some information for us on the annual Coat Drive for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). So – go ahead and clean-out your closets.  I’m certain we all have a coat or two (or more) that could keep someone warm this winter.


We need a small group of members to help with a belated “spring cleaning” of our Rotary closet in the next two weeks.  Please let me know if you would like to help. You never know what we might find!


I don’t know about you, but I was so proud of our Club on Saturday, and our involvement in the Old Soldier’s Day Parade. I left the picnic feeling truly blessed to be a part of such a great group of people. Thank you for the privilege.