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


With an official visit this Friday from District Governor, Alec Smythe, this is a particularly special week for our Club.  Mary Ulich has graciously offered her home for a reception this Thursday evening (6pm-8pm) in honor of DG Alec and his wife, Donna. Please plan to come by – no official program other than some introductions and great fellowship. Please email Mary to RSVP at Her address is 8540 High Hampton Chase, Alpharetta, GA 30022.


We had a very active week with Rotarians serving as USO ambassadors, cleaning-up our Adopt-a-Mile on Old Milton, and hosting one of our favorite events, Special Pops Tennis. Meanwhile, the Hipes’ are serving in Honduras, and we make our local Fresh Market runs each day. In addition, there is all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on most every day. Alpharetta Rotarians are in constant motion throughout our community.


Please don’t forget to sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. Our numbers will determine the location (prime spot or not so prime spot) of our Hospitality Suite! If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!


Our Speaker this week is District Governor, Alec Smythe! Alec grew up in Charleston, S.C. Graduated from Harvard in 1973 with a BA in Economics. Worked in banking for many years before becoming an independent marketing consultant in 2002. Moved to Atlanta in 1992. Alec is married to Donna Smythe, a member of the Roswell Rotary Club. They have three daughters: Laura, Louisa, Langdon.


Red to Blue

Warren Soltis will transition from Red to Blue badge this Friday.  Congrats, Warren!


Check Presentation

We look forward to awarding one of our favorite local non-profits a check to enable them to continue their impactful work!  Your Alpharetta Rotary time and treasure creating impact in our community…


 Vocational Minute

We will learn more about, Meredith Moore, as she will give us our Vocational Minute this week.


Opportunities to Serve


  • Arbor Day Event! This Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 – 12:00 help to plant tree saplings at Webb Bridge Park! Meet at the Pedestrian Trail area of the park – small pavilion. Bring a pair of gardening gloves and wear closed toe shoes. Questions? Contact Deb Zemlock at
  • 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


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) 


District Assembly 24 March at Ironworks in Columbus, GA.

  • All Club members encouraged to attend!
  • Steve Corder will be have a sign0-up sheet at our meeting on Friday.  Please check your calendars and plan to attend!


District Conference

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


Rotarians – Serving with Impact

I wanted to share with you a comment made in an email from Jim Hamm, Executive Director of Special Pops Tennis.  What a great day with exceptional athletes….


The Rotarians brought an attitude and spirit that made the SPT athletes feel special. Thanks to every one of you for making this experience truly memorable for the athletes, families, and special guests. The Alpharetta Rotary has been a great partner since our first meeting with Jack and others back 5 years ago. Hope to see all of you again before next year; but if not keep up the great community outreach that is so badly needed and greatly appreciated.

 - Jim Hamm

Special Pops Tennis - Executive Director


Will someone please tell Jim that we’ll most assuredly be back next year??


See you Thursday night at the reception for DG Alec, and then for breakfast on Friday!