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

What a week for the Rotary Club of Alpharetta! I wish all could have experienced our District Conference, but the 19 Rotarians and several guests who did, will hopefully share the many highlights. I was so proud of our Club’s level of leadership in helping to support the various activities and events. First of all, AG Karen Nolan stepped forward as an active Conference Committee member.  This required many hours of her time – and Karen knew just where to go to find capable help: Paul Ray organized a meal packing service project on Saturday morning engaging 150 Rotarians in making 30,000 meals in just 2-hours; Mary Ulich and Deborah Swofford organized beach games for attendees on Saturday afternoon; Mike Lowry and a team of Alpharetta Rotary volunteers handled the entire on-site registration process;  Jason Binder led a break-out session on International Projects,  and Kirk Driskell – well he was officially installed as the new District Governor Nominee for 2018-2019 (District Governor 2020-2021).  We left quite an impression on a successful conference. Most of all, it was just fun to fellowship with our Club members and so many friends from throughout the District.


District Accolades! And the Winner is…..

As you know, Alpharetta Rotary was nominated for a Service Oscar award in (large club-size) Category 4 based on our MedReturn drug boxes which we installed at each of the Alpharetta firehouses and at Public Safety HQ. And while it was an honor to have been nominated, it was even sweeter to WIN the award!! I will bring the “Oscar” to our Friday meeting for all to see, and will tell you more about it.  Way to go, Alpharetta!


This Week…

Our Speaker this week is Adam Shwegman who will speak to “The Psychology of Retail.” Perhaps he can explain why we buy some of the things we do?? 

We will learn more about Matt Williams as he delivers our Vocational Minute!


Rose Burton of HomeStretch will be on-hand for a check presentation.


Opportunities to Serve

  • THIS Saturday! Lionheart Gardens workday 9am – 1pm  Directions/details to be sent
  • Completion of work on the Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelterMickey Rogers is working on the details.
  • Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039


Rotary Leadership Opportunities


Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

  • Rotary Leadership Institute will be held in Griffin, GA on June 16th at Southern Crescent Technical College. Parts 1, 2, 3 and a graduate course on Membership will be offered. There will also be a Discussion Leader Course by invention. Go to to register and more RLI information on courses.


The Spotlight this week is on Mary Ulich. What can we say about Mary? She is behind the scenes in so many ways that help to make this Rotary Club all that we know and value it to be. Most recently, Mary organized District Conference for us all with pre-conference details, an itemized agenda for each day, and the set-up and provisioning of our Hospitality Suite. She assists with many of our fellowship events, our GRSP student (Emily May) to and from Conference, Laws of Life, and offers her time and valuable advice and counsel on so much more. When you see Mary, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.

We appreciate you, Mary!


Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!