Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!


Special Guest Speaker the Week!

Now and then you run into a unique opportunity that you just can’t pass-up! Such is the case with our speaker this Friday – Nik Wallenda.  He and his family have been performing at the Big Apple Circus during its tour here at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. I have had the pleasure of meeting Nik and other performers. Nick is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats, but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls. – And then the Grand Canyon!

A seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family, Nik Wallenda participated in various circus acts as a child. At age 13, he made his professional tightrope walking debut. He chose high-wire walking as his career in 1998, after joining family members in a seven-person pyramid on the wire. In 2001, Wallenda was part of the world's first eight-person high-wire pyramid. From 2002 to 2005, he performed with his family at various venues, forming his own troupe in 2005. During 2007 and 2008, he performed with Bello Nock in a double version of the Wheel of Steel that he helped invent. In 2009, he set new personal bests for highest and longest tightrope walks, completing a total of 15 walks above 100 feet (30 m) in the air that year.

Nik will share his experiences and looks forward to fielding our questions! Learn more about Nik Wallenda and the intricacies of what he does at the following links.


Vocational Minute

We will learn more about Joel Canada, as he will give us our Vocational Minute this week.


Member News

Our Newest (and youngest) Rotary Family Member!

Special congratulations to Nelson Karpeh and his wife, Muna, on the birth of Yara Gabrielle Karpeh.  Mother and child are doing well! 


Olympic Bobsled!

Chris Kinney, son of Rotarian, Sandra Kinney, will be competing for USA Bobsled on February 23rd and 24th. The Olympic coverage will begin at 8pm on both days.  Be sure to watch and cheer-on USA and Chris!


Opportunities to Serve

  • Blood Drive! In recognition and celebration of “Rotary Has Heart” month, Alpharetta Rotary will be hosting a Blood Drive at APC on March 9th, 8:30 – 1:30. Please plan to stay after the meeting or sign-up for a specific time to give during the day.  Mickey Rogers will have a way for us to sign-up.  Given that supplies are low, your pint could be the difference for someone in need
  • Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

Educational Opportunities – Advance your Rotary Experience and Impact

Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

(Club will reimburse you for the cost of RLI training.  Submit receipt to Will Daniel) 


General Assembly 24 March at Ironworks in Columbus, GA.

  • All Club members encouraged to attend!
  • More information to come!


District Conference

District Conference San Destin! April 26 – 29th Join us at the BEACH!


New Generations – Rotary Youth leadership Award (RYLA)

2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

If you have a son or daughter 15 – 17yrs old (preferably a junior this school year) you will want some information on Rotary’s youth leadership experience, called RYLA. The dates are June 2-6th at Georgia Southwestern State University (Americus). It’s an outstanding experience for our youth.  Please contact Deborah Swofford  (770-781-4100, ) for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.


I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!