Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – Come experience the Best Breakfast in Rotary!
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”  - Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
Learning about the history of our town during the tour of the Alpharetta and Old Milton History Museum last week caused me to think about home. And it caused me to focus on the fact that home isn’t a place - it is the people. One of the things I liked the most about the new museum is that a lot of it is focused on the people that made Alpharetta what it is today. I hope all of you enjoyed our “field trip” last week. For those of you that were not able to join us, I highly recommend that you find time to visit the museum in the future, and that you share it with your family. And for those not originally from here, I think it will help make Alpharetta your home.
This Week –
Our speaker this week is our very own Steve Beecham. Steve is a speaker and author specializing in helping companies and individuals grow their businesses by leveraging professional and social connections more effectively.
Steve has authored two books.  Bass-Ackwards Business: The Power of Helping Without Hustling, is about building deeper relationships and painting better pictures for the people in your village so that when they think about your industry, they think of you first.  His second book, What’s Your Buzz?, is about understanding what people are saying about you and your business, and how to use it to your advantage.
Currently President of Home Town Mortgage and Home Town Marketing in Alpharetta, Georgia, Beecham started his career in the retail industry as owner of a retail clothing store. He later entered the recycling industry before landing in the mortgage business. During his 20 years running a successful mortgage company, Steve has interviewed hundreds of top sales people and identified what he feels are the common elements of success. Through trial and error, he developed his remarkable system of helping people but not hustling them for business.
Through the use of this system, Beecham has become “the mayor of his village.” As a successful Atlanta area businessman and entrepreneur, he has spent many years seeking the perfect scenario: “My phone rings and people ask to spend money with me.”
An engaging and entertaining speaker and storyteller, Steve has spoken to sales and marketing professionals at companies across the country, including Edward Jones, Merrill Lynch, Travelers, Prudential Financial, John Hancock, Mass Mutual, Wells Fargo, Country Financial, Allstate, State Farm, Nationwide, Comcast, Seyfarth and Shaw, Global Healthcare, Cole Publishing, University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University, sharing strategies and techniques for growing referral business. 
Beecham has served on the boards of The Ron Clark Academy, North Fulton Community Charities, and the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation. He is featured in How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, the modern adaptation of the bestselling personal growth book of all time by Dale Carnegie.
Opportunities for Fellowship –
  • Dinner Honoring District Governor Court Dowis – Mary Ulich has graciously offered to host a dinner honoring DG Court Dowis at her home on Thursday evening, August 2nd, the evening before he visits our club on Friday. Details will follow, but since it is at Mary’s house we know it will be a fun evening you won’t want to miss!
  • Old Soldier’s Day Parade – August 4th we will once again participate in the annual parade honoring our country’s veterans. With Joel leading us, how can we not have a fabulous time. And, of course, as is our Club tradition, we will follow the parade with our cookout at Gillard’s Grill in Wills Park. Bring your family and friends for a good, old fashioned home town parade and picnic!
  • Decorating our Float – Of course, if our float is going to represent us well on Saturday, we will have to decorate it up to our usual high standards! We will get started decorating on Thursday afternoon at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and then finish up on Saturday morning. It will be a great way to get in a fellowship mood just in time for the party at Mary’s house. We’ll try to time things so that you can participate in both activities.
Opportunities to Serve -
  • YMCA Summer Lunch program at Aspen Pointe – every Wednesday of the summer, 11:45 – 1pm.  Help YMCA coordinators distribute lunches and engage in fun activities with the kids. See Mickey Rodgers to sign-up.
  • Book Bags for North Fulton Community Charities - We will be packing the back-to-school book bags at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church after our meeting this Friday, July 20th. Please plan to stay after the meeting and help pack the bags. We will then deliver them to NFCC.
  • Drake Village Transition – Families currently living in the Drake Village will be moved to the new 8 unit building next door in preparation for remodeling to be done in the original building. They are hoping to move the 6 families on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. See me if you are interested and I will get you in touch with their Volunteer and Resource Coordinator.
  • I Can Bike – July 30th – August 3rd. Help teach children with special needs how to ride a bike! This is a highly impactful program facilitated by Alpharetta Public Safety, held at the Cooler Family Skate Center. You can find more details and register to volunteer at:
  • 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 on Friday! 
Robin McIntire
Rotary Club of Alpharetta