“Education is the most powerful weapon you
can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
 
This Week's Speaker: Dr. Mike Looney –
Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
 
 
      Dr. Looney joins Fulton County Schools after recently serving as Superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Tennessee, where he was named 2015 Superintendent of the year by Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Master's degree in Education from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Dr. Looney earned his Educational Specialist Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.
 
Dr. Looney's work has been presented for regional and national audiences on a wide range of educational and leadership topics. He has served on several distinguished panels including President George W. Bush's National Reading Leadership Panel in Washington D.C.  Dr. Looney also served as Superintendent of the Butler County School District in Alabama. Under his leadership the school district realized significant student achievement gains, improved the graduation rate, and established the district's first magnet school. In recognition of his work there, he was selected as Greenville, Alabama's Citizen of the Year in 2008.  Before arriving at Butler, he was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Montgomery Public Schools. Under his leadership, the district of 61 schools and 31,000 students received national notoriety for its improvement in reading achievement scores.
 
Dr. Looney, a public educator since 1994, has also served in the roles of classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. During his tenure as principal, his school was recognized for closing the achievement gap for underprivileged and minority students. His school was highlighted at both the state and national levels and was named a National Title I Distinguished School. 
 
Prior to entering the field of education, he served as finance manager for a privately-held corporation with fifty employees in Anniston, Alabama. His responsibilities included corporate finance, marketing, and human resource management.
 
Dr. Looney is a military veteran having served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps before being honorably discharged with a service-related injury. His military service was distinguished by four meritorious promotions which included his being selected as the Marine of the Year for MCRS Montgomery serving Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. In addition to other medals and ribbons, Dr. Looney was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. His military duties took him all over the world and included a six-month tour on the USS Raleigh with the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Amphibious Force. He is the father of four grown children.
 
Rotary Shout Out!  USO Service Day at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport October 3rd with Paul Ray, Jack Hausmann, Donna Loudermilk, Mark Meckes, and Chris Weeber.
 
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  • Alex Paulk – Oct. 15th.
  • Janet Rodgers – Oct. 15th.
  • Mark Sullivan – Oct. 18th.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Oct. 15th – Dwayne & Jenny Waxer – 7 Years.
 
 
 
Christmas Party Dec. 13th, 6:00pm – Crooked Creek Country Club - Clubhouse
 
HomeStretch Golf Tournament Oct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
ROTARY AFTERHOURS – Nov. 5th, 5-7, Kona Grill Avalon. Be there or be square.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
  • HomeStretch Golf Tournament Oct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 10/18/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
― Aristotle
 
This Week's Speaker: Jack Murphy –
Chair of the North Fulton Poverty Task Force
Former Alpharetta Rotarian
 
 
Approximately 60,000 people living in North Fulton County are financially vulnerable. The United Way Child Well Being indicators for North Fulton have declined, while the rest of the region has improved. Yet, the economy is doing well. What's going on? Jack will brief us on the topic and let us know how to tackle this complex problem.
 
Jack joined the Rotary Club of Alpharetta on November 7th, 2003. He chaired the Family Fun Fest and enjoyed volunteering for the Adopt-a-Mile (although that was before they started the day at Chick-fil-A). The club named him Rookie of the Year for 2004-2005.
 
Jack is the national chair of Advocacy and Systemic Change for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as conference president for St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, and on the board of Amana Academy. Jack and his wife Nancy, the retired principal of Summit Hill Elementary School, live in the Tuxford subdivision. They have two daughters who are teachers and two incredible grandchildren.
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  • William Perkins – Oct. 6th.
  • Carla Ham – Oct. 12th.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Oct. 6th – Mary and Bob Ulich – 35 Years.
  • Oct. 7th – Jeff and Alex Pearson – 2 Years.
  • Oct. 7th – Glenn and Carol Guest – 24 Years.
  • Oct. 7th – Phil and Mary Kingry – 54 Years.
  • Oct. 10th – Casey and Kara Robinson – 4 Years.
  • Oct. 11th – Karen and Don Williams – 39 Years.
 
 
HomeStretch Golf TournamentOct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
ROTARY AFTERHOURS – Nov. 5th, 5-7, Kona Grill Avalon. Be there or be square.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
  • HomeStretch Golf Tournament Oct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 10/11/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
 
“Water is life, and clean water means health.” 
― Audrey Hepburn
 
This Week's Speaker: Adam Mosley –
Director of Global Business Development,
Uzima Water Filter
 
 
     From the hills of East Tennessee to the Rift Valley in Kenya, Adam Mosley has had a life full of ups and downs. Over his 20+ year career, Adam has spent time as a corporate recruiter, the marketing director for a record label, executive director of a coworking space, and multiple rolls at churches large and small, including his pioneering work as Lead Pastor of Trinity Vineyard Church Nakuru, Kenya.
 
In his current role as Director of Global Business Development for Uzima Water Filters, Adam spends his days working with people around the world who are helping bring clean water to the global poor, one family at a time.
 
Rotary Note: These are the same filters that Karen & John Hipes, Paul Ray and others have installed in Honduras.
 
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  • Richard Owen – Oct. 2nd
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Sept. 29th – Jim and Jennie Zavorski – 34 Years
 
MCC Committee EventOct 8th, 6:00 PM, @Truck & Tap.  Please confirm with Fran Schefer.
 
16th Annual Concert In The Park - Benefit Alpharetta Police Dept. K9 Unit - Sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Fulton - Oct. 10th, Wills Park Equestrian Center, Gates open at 6:00, Show Starts 7:30.  Silent Auction and more!
 
HomeStretch Golf TournamentOct. 29th, Atlanta National Golf Club.
 
Warm Coat DriveNow through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
 
 
President's Message 10/04/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
 
“ONE MISSING CHILD IS ONE TOO MANY.” 
― John Walsh
 
This Week's Speaker: Ken Kurzweil – VP Technology
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Manages & Updates technology for ADAM
(Automated Delivery of Alerts on Missing Children)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
 
 
     Ken is vice president, Technology at LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  In his role Ken is responsible for leading the development and operations of billing and back-office systems.  His responsibilities include the development, maintenance, and operation of LexisNexis Risk Solutions home-grown billing and back-office platform, the Master Back-Office System (or MBS) as well as other critical back-office applications including CRM, Marketing, and the internal enterprise data warehouse (Fido).  Ken also leads a volunteer team that manages and updates the technology for the ADAM (Automated Delivery of Alerts on Missing Children) program, which aids the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in its mission of recovering missing children.
 
     Ken started with LexisNexis in 2003.  Prior to joining the company, Ken spent 8 years at Accenture where he served as a Senior Manager in the financial services industry consulting Fortune 100 companies. Ken has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
 
MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
  • Alan Palmore – Sept. 22nd
  • Nelson Karpeh – Sept. 23rd
  • Sergio De La Torre – Sept. 26th
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Sept. 25th – Jennifer and Chris Owens - 25 Years
  • Sept. 26th – Randy and Casey Schiltz – 21 Years
  • Sept. 29th – Jim and Jennie Zavorski – 34 Years
 
Rotary Directory - Updated hard copy directory pages will be handed out this Friday.
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins).
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020.
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
  • USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins).
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details.
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
 
 
President's Message 09/27/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
“Rotary summons people to respond to their best impulses…their best selves…to lift-up their heads in every land.  The best things in us are not confined by national boundaries.” 
― The Rotarian 1934
 
This Week's Speaker: District Governor Jim Squire
 
 
            Jim’s Rotary service and recognitions include Assistant Governor and the Follow Me Assistant Governor of the Year Award, Rotary Foundation Bequest Society and Benefactor, Paul Harris Society and Paul Harris Fellow +8, 2017 Rotary International Convention HOC Executive Committee, RLI Graduate + 3 Graduate Courses, Georgia Rotary Student Program Will Watt Fellow, District Youth Services Chair, and Georgia Rotary Laws of Life Board member.  He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and recipient of the District 6900 Sheffield Leadership Award, Club Rotarian of the Year, two Service Above Self Awards, and sponsor of twelve Rotary Club members.     
           
           A Certified Franchise Executive, Jim is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Firestorm, overseeing franchise development and alternative channel expansion for the brand.  Firestorm is a national franchise company specializing in crisis management, vulnerability analysis/threat assessment, and business continuity.  Jim is founding chairman of the International Franchise Association’s Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, and a former member of the IFA Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the IFA Franchise Research and Education Foundation, where he received the Foundation’s highest honor, the William Rosenberg Leadership Award.  On the local level he serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Southeast Franchise Forum, and a member of the Georgia State University Franchise Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
           
          Jim also maintains a high profile in the foodservice industry as Chairman Emeritus of the Georgia Restaurant Association, and a member of Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality Industry Advisory Board.  He is past president of the restaurant division of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, which presented him with the Chairman’s Award in 2003 and designated him Food Service Industry Leader of the Year in 1990.
 
            Jim lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and is a member of the City of Sandy Springs Development Authority and American Legion Post 201.  He and his wife Donna are active members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church, and they have a son and a daughter who have blessed them with three grandsons and two granddaughters. 
 
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Sept. 17th – Katie and Andrew Rocco - 20 Years
  • Sept. 19th – Heather and Mark Demis – 27 Years
  • Sept. 20th – Michelle and Michael Miralles – 33 Years
 
Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
 
Dinner with DG Jim SquireSeptember 19th, 6:00 @ Marybeth Daniel’s House, 75 Arabian Ave.  Milton, GA.  Jim will also be joining us for breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20th.
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins)
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Dinner with DG Jim Squire September 19th, 6:00 @ Marybeth Daniel’s House, 75 Arabian Ave. Milton, GA.  Jim will also be joining us for breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20th.
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
  • USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins)
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 09/20/2019 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
“True country music is honesty, sincerity
and real life to the hilt.” 
― Garth Brooks
 
This Week's Speaker: Cadillac Jack
Atlanta Morning Radio Icon
 
 
 
Cadillac Jack, known as “Caddy" to his friends had been on the radio with KICKS 101.5 for 26 years when he departed the station in July of this year.  Little did he know that he’d be with the same station since he was 19.  It's hard to image the millions of listeners Caddy has entertained through the years.  He started as the host of "Crying, Loving or Leaving" in the evening timeslot.  Later he covered the afternoon drivetime and eventually the coveted morning drive in 2005. Caddy's television appearances included a role as Ted Phillips on ABC's Hope and Faith.  Additionally, he won an Emmy Award for his work on ABC's The Road to the CMA Music Festival.
 
Cadillac plans to share a very personal journey with the club; how he was able to morph his termination with KICKS 101.5 into the best thing that could have happened to him.  He’ll discuss how he’s promised himself to kick it up a notch as a dad, and a lesson many moms and dads can still learn. Caddy had lived in Milton since before it was Milton for 17 years with his wife, Donna, and their three children.
 
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Sept. 8th – Rob and Linda Johns -16 Years
  • Sept. 11th – Kirk and Deena Driskell – 19 Years
 
Adopt-A-Mile Crew September 7, 2019
Special Shout Out to The Crew!
Chris Weeber, Michael Gordy, Joe Thomas, Colin Webb, Jason Binder, Jane Pittman,
Brian Mould, Donna Murphy, Tina Pollard and Bo Boshell
 
Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
 
Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
 
Dinner with DG Jim SquireSeptember 19th, 6:00 @ Marybeth Daniel’s House, 75 Arabian Ave.
Milton, GA.  Jim will also be joining us for breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20th.
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats
which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
 
USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins)
 
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Dinner with DG Jim Squire September 19th, 6:00 @ Marybeth Daniel’s House, 75 Arabian Ave. Milton, GA.  Jim will also be joining us for breakfast on Friday, Sept. 20th.
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
  • USO Volunteering – October 3rd, @ Hartsfield/Jackson (See Chris Weeber, William Perkins)
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 09/13/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
“A people without the knowledge of their past
history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” 
― Marcus Garvey
 
This Week's Speakers: Connie Mashburn & Michael Buchanan
Alpharetta Historians – Saving Farm House
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   Connie Mashburn is a native Alpharettan with roots that date back to the 1830s.  He is a charter member of the Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society, and author of Alpharetta, Old Milton County - The Early Years.  Connie serves on the City of Alpharetta Historic Preservation Commission and is the curator of the Alpharetta & Old Milton County History Museum.  He is the official historian for the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta & Old Milton County Historical Society.  He has been married to Jane Boltwood of Alexandria, Virginia for 44 years and has two children. He is a graduate of Milton High and Georgia State University. 
 
   Michael Buchanan is a retired school teacher, author, screenwriter, and award-winning artist. In 2010 he co-authored the young-adult novel The Fat Boy Chronicles with Diane Lang.  The book won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence and NY Champions of Character Award. Schools around the nation use the novel in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts. Buchanan is a guest speaker at state, national and international reading and anti-bullying conferences.  In 2012, Michael wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Fat Boy Chronicles (2012). The movie, seen by millions around the world, won multiple awards for its impacting, yet hopeful depiction of an obese and bullied 9th grader’s world.
 
   Buchanan is the lead writer on Spiral Bound (2015), a feature documentary about the importance of the arts, and Nature Matters (2016), a documentary focused on the consequences for today’s generation of a life lived indoors. He was also the writer for Saving Farm House (2019), a documentary short depicting the history of Alpharetta, Georgia.  In Michael’s spare time he dives in alligator-infested rivers looking for giant shark teeth.
 
BIRTHDAYS
Sept. 2nd – Heather Honeycutt
Sept. 2nd – Fran Schafer
Sept. 4th – Charlie Schuetz
 
Warm Coat Drive Now through Oct. 21st.  Please bring in your new and gently used winter coats which will be distributed by North Fulton Community Charities and The Place of Forsyth. Look for a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.
BrewAble Grand OpeningSeptember 6th, 9:00am Alpharetta Community Center
Adopt-A-Mile September 7th, 8am Meet at Avalon Chick-fil-A
Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
GRSP WeekendNovember 1-3,  Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Warm Coat Drive – Now through Oct. 21st, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
  • BrewAble Grand Opening September 6th, 9:00am Alpharetta Community Center
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 09/06/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
 
“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” 
― Elie Wiesel
 
This Week's Speaker: Marmar Stewart
Human & Social Rights Activist and Author
 
 
Marmar Stewart was born in Iran, raised in Hamburg, Germany and now lives in Atlanta.  While helping Afghan refugee women and children obtain political asylum in Germany; she found that her passion was working on human rights and social issues.
 
Marmar's professional career is in radio and television.  Upon moving to Atlanta, she worked for CNN with Bobby Batista on CNN's Talk-Back Live Show.  Now she is undertaking a variety of independent projects including charity work for the local Kurdish community, especially women refugees.  In 2018, she hosted a fundraising event for the Atlanta Women's Club at the Wimbish House to support the Refugee Women Network's leadership program.
 
In addition to her humanitarian work, she is determined to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism.  Her children’s book We Are Special deals in particular with the issues of siblings of children with autism and with speech therapy. Based on her own experience, she believes that speech therapy can play an essential role in improving the lives of autistic children. 100% of the profits from sales of We Are Special are earmarked for support of speech therapy of children with special needs at the Coralwood School in Decatur, Georgia.
 
BIRTHDAYS
  • Aug. 25th – Casey Robinson
  • Aug. 25th – Mary Ulich
  • Aug. 25th – Joe Wargo
  • Aug. 27th – Erin Doiron
  • Aug. 27th – Glenn Guest
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Matt & Savannah Amerson – 14 Years, Aug. 25th
  • Chip & Dana Reid – 30 Years, Aug. 26th
  • Heather & Ollie Wagner – 30 Years, Aug. 26th
  • Lawrence & Jane Mulkey – 55 Years, Aug. 29th
  • Lauri & Rory Young – 27 Years, Aug. 31st
 
BrewAble Grand Opening – September 6th, 9:00am Alpharetta Community Center
 
Adopt-A-Mile September 7th, 8am Meet at Avalon Chick-fil-A
 
Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
 
Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
 
GRSP Weekend – November 1-3,  Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • BrewAble Grand Opening September 6th, 9:00am Alpharetta Community Center
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14th, 11:30-2:30
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15th, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18th, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • GRSP Weekend November 1-3, Need host family volunteers to house students Fri. & Sat. night.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 08/30/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
“Lets us not seek the Republican answer,
or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. 
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.
Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. 
― John F. Kennedy
 
This Week's Speaker: Brian Kemp
83rd Governor of Georgia
 
 
We are honored this Friday to have Georgia Governor Brian Kemp as our speaker.  Mr. Kemp is the 83rd Governor for the great State of Georgia having defeated a previous Rotary Club of Alpharetta speaker, Casey Cagle, in a Republican runoff in 2018.  He then went on to defeat Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.  As Governor, Brian Kemp is fighting to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform.  He will ensure that all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – have opportunities to grow and thrive.  Kemp is fundamentally reforming state government, keeping our families safe, and always putting hardworking Georgians first.
 
Governor Kemp was born in Athens, Georgia and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  Before entering politics, Mr. Kemp owned several agribusinesses, financial services, and real estate companies.  In 2002 he was elected to the Georgia Senate, and in 2010 he was appointed Secretary of State by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to replace Karen Handel who had resigned to run for Governor.  Mr. Kemp subsequently was elected to a full term as secretary of state in 2010 and 2014.  He is married and has three children.  Let's have a warm Rotary welcome for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
 
 
BIRTHDAYS
  • Aug. 21st – Chad Redfern
 
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Phillip & Diana Montague – 35 Years, Aug. 18th
  • Richard & Kitty Owens – 40 Years, Aug. 19th
 
Mayor’s Corporate Challenge - August 22, 2019 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
VIBRANT CLUB WORKSHOP - August 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Macon Marriott, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217
 
Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' - August 25, 2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Roswell Square Park. https://missmarysicecream.org/
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll islandApril 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message for 08/23/2019 Clark Savage 2019-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
“If you watch a game, it’s fun.  If you play it, it’s recreation.
If you work at it, it’s golf. 
― Bob Hope
 
This Week's Speaker: Jane Park
Professional Golfer
 
 
 
This Friday, we are fortunate to have American Professional Golfer Jane Park.  She has played on the LPGA Tour since 2007.  Before turning professional, Ms. Park reached the finals of the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur and 2004 U.S. Girls' Junior and won the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur. She also tied for low amateur at the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. Since joining the LPGA, Ms. Park has earned over $2.5 million and recorded 13 top-10 finishes.  This month, she tied for 9th at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open where she scored a -10.
 
 
 
BIRTHDAYS
  • Aug. 11th – Ethan Underwood
  • Aug. 13th ­– Lindsey Petrini
  • Aug. 15th – Frank Joiner
  • Aug. 17th – Rory Young
 
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • James & Paula Benson Aug 14, 1999 20 years
ROTARY ANNIVERSARIES
  • Nelson Karpeh 8 years, Aug. 12, 2011
  • Ron Cox 1 year, Aug. 15, 2018
  • John Hughes 1 year, Aug. 15, 2018
  • Prasad Koonapareddy 1 year, Aug. 15, 2018
  • Chip Reid 1 year, Aug. 15, 2018
  • Jim Zavorski 1 year, Aug. 15, 2018
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) - August 17, 2019 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting, 1121 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City, GA 30269
 
VIBRANT CLUB WORKSHOP - August 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Macon Marriott, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island – April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – August 17, 7:00-3:30pm - Eaton’s Cooper Lighting
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary' Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Financial Literacy Course – September 15, 2-4pm @ YMCA, September 18, 6:30-8:30am APC
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 08/16/2019 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
“Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere.   It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not.  What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum.
 No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.” 
― Alan Greenspan
 
This Week's Speaker: Dave Amster
Fraud Consultant
 
 
Dave Amster is a Security and Fraud Professional with extensive experience in the industry. As Vice President of Global Fraud Investigations for Equifax, he provided leadership and direction for all fraud investigations, incident response, fraud monitoring analytics, credentialing, background screening, and customer auditing and tracking.
 
He now works with consumers to help protect them from becoming fraud victims, and when necessary, works with them to correct any issues they may have encountered.  While he specializes in working with seniors, Dave works with and assists all consumers in fraud prevention and investigation.
 
 
Alpharetta Rotary and Milton Rotary welcome our GRSP
Student Anna Damsholt from Denmark!
 
 
BIRTHDAYS
  • Aug. 7th - Ron Cox
  • Aug. 8th ­– Rick Kenny
  • Aug. 9th – Brian King
  • Aug. 19th – Emily Metallo
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
  • Sumeet & Sonia Shah Aug 05 2006 13 years
  • J.D. & Trina Grogan - Aug 06 1994 25 years
  • Charlie & Kathy Swahn - Aug 06 2005 14 years
ROTARY ANNIVERSARIES
  • David Cochran 2 years, Aug 04 2017
  • Jim Gilvin 1 year, Aug 07 2018
  • Richard Owens 2 years Aug 09 2017
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) - August 17, 2019 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting, 1121 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City, GA 30269
 
VIBRANT CLUB WORKSHOP - August 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Macon Marriott, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll island – April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – August 17, 7:00-3:30pm - Eaton’s Cooper Lighting
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary' Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 08/09/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
This Week's Speaker: Scott Childress
Leader of the Old Soldiers Day Parade
“The American Legion - 100 Years of Service”
 
 
As our club prepares for the Old Soldiers Day Parade on Saturday, I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend than to have the Leader of the Parade as our guest speaker.  Scott’s family’s service to our country runs deep.  His father served in WWII in the Army and then the 8th Air Force Recon as a pilot.  His mother served in WWII with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).  Both of Scott’s brothers served in Vietnam.  Older brother Craig retired from the Army Special Forces, and younger brother Dean was critically wounded as a US Marine.
 
Scott’s service path started as an Atlanta Police Officer & Sargent, then a trial ADA for Fulton County, a Roswell City Councilman, and a Judge of the Alpharetta Municipal Court.  He is now a full-time criminal defense attorney and volunteer for the Alpharetta American Legion Post 201.
 
 
*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FLOAT ASSEMBLY*
AT CHURCH - Thursday, August 1st, 2019 5:00 pm Float Assembly at Presbyterian Church
AT PARADE - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 7:00 am, Our position in the parade is 51.  Our staging area is in front of the new Charter STEM school (former location of Old Milton High School).  You'll get there by driving north on Wills Road, turn left onto Milton Avenue, then turn left into Milton Center.  The street will probably be blocked off but explain to the police officer that you are setting up for the parade.  This is very close to the new parking garage next to Alpharetta Animal Hospital.  It may be best to park there.  We'll start congregating at the staging area at 7:00 am to finish the float (we have about 500 balloons to inflate, flags to install, streamers to stream, etc.).  We have to be done with the float by 9 am.  Anyone that wants to drive their convertibles, jeeps, fancy cars, bedazzled motorcycles, etc in the parade will congregate here, too.
 
OLD SOLDIERS DAY PARADE – ROTARY COOK-OUT
- August 3rd, 2019  10:00 am – 11:30 am, Parade, Cookout afterwards in Pavilion #1 at Willis Park.
 
Health Symposium: MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF ENDING POLIO
- August 3rd, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, The Shriner’s Auditorium, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE,
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) - August 17, 2019 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting, 1121 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City, GA 30269
 
VIBRANT CLUB WORKSHOP - August 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Macon Marriott, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217
 
2020 District conference – Jekyll Island – April 30 – May 3, 2020
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – August 17, 7:00-3:30pm - Eaton’s Cooper Lighting
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary' Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is still looking for host families for next year. Our student is a high school boy. See Lyman Louis for more information.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message 08/02/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn,
old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” 
― Francis Bacon
 
This Week's Speaker: Adam Danielson, Owner
 FERMENTED, A Wine Boutique
 
 
Adam is originally from Seattle but raised in Florida. Having worked for many years in restaurant management, Adam was given opportunities to manage the wine programs of many reputable dining establishments in Amelia Island, Santa Barbara and Austin, including Brett’s Waterway Café, Zooker’s Café and Parkside Projects. While in Santa Barbara he volunteered often during the harvest in local vineyards and learned the process of winemaking. In 2014 he came to Atlanta to work in some of the top restaurants then made his way into the distribution channel with the National Distributing Company. He is the founder and curator of Fermented in downtown Alpharetta where they provide an outstanding experience introducing people to amazing wines and transporting them to the countries and villages they came from. They fight for the artisan wine and seek to be a force to help them thrive.
 
 
Health Symposium: MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF ENDING POLIO
- August 3rd, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, The Shriner’s Auditorium, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE,
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) - August 17, 2019 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting, 1121 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City, GA 30269
 
VIBRANT CLUB WORKSHOP - August 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  
Macon Marriott, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217
 
2020 DISTRICT CONFERENCE – Jekyll Island – April 30 – May 3
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • YMCA Summer Lunch Program - Serving children at Aspen Pointe Apartments every Wednesday - 11:45-1pm - until school starts in August
  • Old Soldiers' Day Parade followed by Rotary Cook-Out at Wills Park - August 3rd. Mark your calendars with details to follow.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – August 17, 7:00-3:30pm - Eaton’s Cooper Lighting
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary' Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is still looking for host families for next year. Our student is a high school boy. See Lyman Louis for more information.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
President's Message 07/26/2019 CLARK B SAVAGE 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast
a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
– Mother Teresa
 
This Week's Speaker: Olga Narvaez – Rotarian Extraordinaire
 
 
   This week our very own Olga Narvaez will tell us about her recent trip to Columbia.  Olga was joined with John and Karen Hipes, Sue Kinker, Sandra Kinney, Bill Weeks, spouses and family members.  Through Olga’s leadership, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta partnered with the Club Rotario of Manizales on two international grant projects totaling $136,000.  Alpharetta Rotarians contributed $28,000 of foundation money toward the project and Club Rotario Manizales and the Rotary Club of Milton, Georgia contributed additional money all of which was matched by District 6900 and then matched again by The Rotary Foundation.
   One grant funded the purchase and use of a portable electrocardiograph machine to detect heart abnormalities in children and to facilitate treatment and recovery for afflicted children and their families. The project is implemented with the assistance of Fundación Pequeño Corazón. The other grant funded the Ramoss project to transition and integrate young men and women from prison back into society and the workplace through training and counseling.
 
 
Opportunities for Service -
  • YMCA Summer Lunch Program - Serving children at Aspen Pointe Apartments every Wednesday - 11:45-1pm - until school starts in August
  • Old Soldiers' Day Parade followed by Rotary Cook-Out at Wills Park - August 3rd. Mark your calendars with details to follow.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – August 17, 7:00-3:30pm - Eaton’s Cooper Lighting
  • Mayor's Corporate Challenge - August 22 - Time to Volunteer is Now - and to start training!
  • Vibrant Club Workshop – August 24, 9:00-12:00 – Macon Marriott
  • Miss Mary' Ice Cream Crankin' - Sunday, August 25th 2-4pm at Roswell Square Park
  • Women in Rotary Event – August 28, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hotel at Avalon
  • Rotary Tanzania Trip - September 25-October 7th - See Bob Koncerak for details
  • Grilling & Gridiron – September 14, 11:30-2:30
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is still looking for host families for next year. Our student is a high school boy. See Lyman Louis for more information.
  • Fresh Market –If you’ve not participated before, the sign-up sheet is 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.
 
See You Friday Morning! 
Will Daniel, President 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
President's Message - July 19, 2019 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
 
This Weeks Speaker –
 
 
Lois Koepke is the executive director of Atlanta Theatre-To-Go whose mission is to engage seniors in creative-aging arts programs including mainstage theatre and interactive theatre which includes Improv, Acting, Playwriting, Storytelling and Memory Theatre.  For the past eleven years, Atlanta Theatre-To-Go has taken the show on the road with professional actors to senior independent and assisted living communities, senior community centers and in the near future, active senior communities for those 55 years of age and older.
 
Theatre-To-Go has been the creative force behind Alpharetta’s Restless In Resthaven for the past six years using their talented playwrights, directors, producers and professional actors to bring history to life on a unique and experiential one-mile and one-hour street theatre walking tour through downtown Alpharetta and Restless cemetery.  In partnership with Alpharetta’s special event department and the Alpharetta and Milton County historical society, distinguished Alpharetta ancestors tell their stories of the past….in the present!
 
Lois’ past career includes 22 years with the NBA (National Basketball Association) in sports entertainment and marketing as a choreographer and entertainment director creating and working with professional dance teams including junior and senior teams, halftime shows, mascots, drumlines, house bands and such celebrities as Chubby Checker, Usher and Paul McCartney.  Her work has been performed in Spain and China bringing NBA entertainment to new markets.  Her book “Lady of the Court” was published in 2014 and gives insights into the behind-the-scenes business decisions of NBA entertainment. And, for the record, she has met Michael Jordan.
 
Lois has professional training in acting, dance, voice-overs, violin and voice and she has produced and directed Christian-based plays in Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. She has produced two faith-based CD’s one of which is “Inspired”, with songs she wrote to inspire others. It is available on I-tunes and Amazon.com.
 
She holds a Bachelor of arts degree from Alverno College, one of the top women’s colleges in the country, in Professional Communication and Business & Management.
 
 
Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport - See William Perkins
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families for Michelle Solares – Valentines Day to the end of School – See Lyman Louis
  • NFCC Warm Coat Day – Bring your coats to APC by October 27th – Especially in need of coats for children and teenagers.
  • Coins for Caring – APC has another drive we can participate in. It is coins to raise money for schools and hospitals in Haiti and Kenya. Bring coins for their 5-gallon jug in the hallway or they also have coin collection cups available in the narthex if you are interested in taking one. As with our CART  buckets, the coins can add up!
  • Rotary District 7730 CART CHRISTMAS CORVETTE CONTEST - Tickets are $100 each with a total of only 1250 tickets being sold. For more info see: carsforcart@gmail.com
  • 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 morning! 
 
Robin McIntire
President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
 
 
President's Message - Oct 3, 2018 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

“The elderly are all someone’s flesh and blood and we cannot just shut them in a cupboard and hand over the responsibility for taking care of them to the state.” – Simon Callow

 

This Weeks Speaker –

 

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HEATHER STRICKLAND

GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE

CRIMES AGAINST DISABLED ADULTS AND THE ELDERY

 

 

Agent Strickland is a graduate from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  She has been in State law enforcement for 19 years. Agent Strickland joined the GBI in 2002, where she worked in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and then the Atlanta Field Office. 

 

Agent Strickland was promoted in 2015 to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Crimes Against Disabled Adults and Elderly (CADE) for the GBI. In this position, Agent Strickland is focusing on investigations and trainings dealing with the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled adults and the elderly.

 

Agent Strickland is a frequent presenter at State and National Conferences on the topic of crimes against disabled adults and the elderly; in addition to benefits trafficking.  Agent Strickland co-facilitates the State-Wide At-Risk Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Work Group and is the Chair of two work groups within the Older Adults Cabinet, which is facilitated by First Lady Sandra Deal.

 

Agent Strickland is the recipient of the 2017 State Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Martha Eaves Award and the 2018 Georgia Gerontology Society Citation of Merit Award. 

 

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families for Michelle Solares – Mid-November to Valentines Day and Valentines Day to the end of School – See Lyman Louis
  • NFCC Warm Coat Day – Bring your coats to APC by October 27th – Especially in need of coats for children and teenagers.
  • Coins for Caring – APC has another drive we can participate in. It is coins to raise money for schools and hospitals in Haiti and Kenya. Bring coins for their 5-gallon jug in the hallway or they also have coin collection cups available in the narthex if you are interested in taking one. As with our CART  buckets, the coins can add up!
  • 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 morning! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - Sept. 26, 2018 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

“Countries who don’t have brave prosecutors and fearless judges will instead have plenty of thieves, many killers and even stupid dictators!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

 

 

This Weeks Speaker –

 

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Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua was appointed to the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in December 2009 by then-Governor Sonny Perdue and was sworn in on June 29, 2010.  She was reelected in 2012 and 2016. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as Inspector General for the Georgia Secretary of State, overseeing investigations in the Elections, Securities, Charities and Licensing Divisions, and she served as the Solicitor General for DeKalb County where she founded an initiative to address educational neglect. Judge LaGrua has over 20 years of trial experience, including her work as Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb and Fulton Counties and as Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Tallapoosa Circuit.

 

Judge LaGrua serves on the Fulton County Superior Court’s Executive Committee and Co-chairs its Magistrate Committee.  She presides over “My Journey Matters,” a pilot probation program designed to divert young offenders from a lifetime of incarceration, as well as the Court’s first Re-Entry Court, which works to integrate prior offenders back into the community using close supervision, substance abuse counseling, job-training, and advancing education.

 

Judge LaGrua was appointed by Governor Deal to the Georgia Child Support Commission in 2016, serves as Chair of the Judicial Council’s Process Servers Committee, is Secretary-elect for the Council of Superior Court Judges, where she also serves on the Legislative Support Team as vice-chair for the Access to Fairness and Justice Committee, and is a member of the Accountability Court and Bench and Bar Committees.

 

Judge LaGrua is a Master of the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court and Lamar Inn of Court.  She is a founding member and past Chair of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Application Review Committee. She currently serves as the Chair of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Georgia, is a member at large on the Atlanta Bar’s CLE committee and Celebrating Service Committee.  She is an alumna member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2012, and served as the Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Day for 2014-2015.

 

Judge LaGrua graduated from the University of Georgia and received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law, where she later taught Advanced Evidence and Litigation. Judge LaGrua is married to Chris Beanland.  She has two step-sons, Daniel and Ben, and two fur-children, Grizzly and Riley.

 

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

  • Adopt-A-Mile – September 15th. Meet at Avalon Chick-Fil-A at 8am.
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration for Alpharetta Rotary! - On September 22nd at Chukkar Farms. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and we will have a heavy hors d'oeuvres dinner. RSVP to Katie Rocco
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families for Michelle Solares – Mid-November to Valentines Day and Valentines Day to the end of School – See Lyman Louis
  • NFCC Warm Coat Day – Bring your coats to APC by  October 27th – Especially in need of coats for children and teenagers.
  • 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 morning! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

President's Message - Sept. 13, 2018 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

“In my experience, in the real-estate business past success stories are generally not applicable to new situations. We must continually reinvent ourselves, responding to changing times with innovative new business models.” – Akira Mori

  

This Weeks Speaker –

 

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Mark Toro founded the Atlanta office of North American Properties in 1996 and now leads an award-winning team of 80 commercial real estate professionals engaged in all aspects of mixed-use development. He has acquired, developed or redeveloped more than 70 properties totaling 25 million square feet in his 35 year career, creating more than $5 billion in value.  Recent projects include the repositioning of Atlantic Station and redevelopment of Colony Square, as well as the development of Alpharetta's Avalon. 

 

An active community builder, Mark is Chairman the Midtown Alliance Board and serves on the Board of Directors of City of Refuge where he chairs the $25.6 million Shining the Light capital campaign. He was the recipient of the 2015 Henry H. Robinson Award for "outstanding contribution to the Atlanta commercial real estate community", voted Most Admired CEO in commercial real estate by the readers of Atlanta Business Chronicle, named one of Atlanta Magazine's Most Influential Atlantans, Citizen of the Year by North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic American Business Leaders Association.

 

Mark and his wife, Nancy, reside in Midtown and have two daughters and three grandchildren.

 

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th.  They are looking for professional chefs and for amateurs that want to be part of the competition! Think about signing up!
  • Lionheart Grill and Gridiron - North Fulton’s biggest and best tailgate party! Grilling & Gridiron benefitting The Lionheart School is Saturday, September 8. Tastings tailgate starts at 1:30 in the afternoon on food truck alley in downtown Alpharetta and the UGA vs. South Carolina game on the big screen at 3:00. David Belle Isle will be leading our cooking team, and he will make his world-famous brisket. He needs a team of Rotarians to help him set up, serve, and clean up the Rotary booth.
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration for Alpharetta Rotary! - On September 22nd at Chukkar Farms. The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and we will have a heavy hors d'oeuvres dinner. RSVP to Katie Rocco
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • 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 morning! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

President's Message - Sept. 5, 2018 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

 

“A dream without ambition is like a car without gas…you’re not going anywhere.” – Sean Hampton 

 

 

This Weeks Speaker –

 

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Steve Baker is Director of Communications for Colonial Pipeline Company. Colonial is part of our national infrastructure, shipping more than 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel fuel and other fuels every day. Its headquarters is in Alpharetta, where 3 out of every 4 gallons pumped into your car’s or truck’s tank have traveled on the Colonial Pipeline.

 For the most part, the 5,500 miles of underground pipeline is out of sight and out of mind, until there is a disruption to the gasoline supply. Most recently, Hurricane Harvey. Then Colonial appears in the news, and that’s one of Baker’s principal responsibilities – to ensure accurate information about Colonial is shared in a timely and responsible way.

 Steve is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.  He and his wife live in Milton, and they have a daughter, a son and three grandsons.   

 

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

 

  • Women of Rotary Social – We look forward to seeing you at Women in Rotary tonight, August 29th at Coletta’s at Avalon at 5:30pm. Feel free to bring prospective Rotary members.
  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th.  They are looking for professional chefs and for amateurs that want to be part of the competition! Think about signing up!
  • Lionheart Grill and Gridiron - North Fulton’s biggest and best tailgate party! Grilling & Gridiron benefitting The Lionheart School is Saturday, September 8. Tastings tailgate starts at 1:30 in the afternoon on food truck alley in downtown Alpharetta and the UGA vs. South Carolina game on the big screen at 3:00. David Belle Isle will be leading our cooking team, and he will make his world-famous brisket. He needs a team of Rotarians to help him set up, serve, and clean up the Rotary booth.
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport

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 morning! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

 

President's Message - Aug. 29, 2018 2018-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

"Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle." - Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl

 

Mayor’s Corporate Challenge – We’ve been talking about it and planning for it for the last year and now the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge is finally here - this Thursday, August 23rd.  - and the weather looks like it will cooperate! We reached our maximum registered runners this past weekend so we should have a great crowd - both our runners and those that join us to encourage them at the starting point, along the route, and as they cross the finish line. Please, be prepared to volunteer your time for our biggest fund raiser of the year. Don’t forget, this is the source behind the work that we will be able to accomplish throughout the year.

  

This Weeks “Speaker” –

 

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Mattis is a 5 year old German Shepherd originally from Slovakia. He is trained for the detection of narcotics, article searches, tracking, apprehension and protection. He is a highly decorated canine winning officer of the year, the director’s award and Departmental Purple Heart. He has more apprehensions than any other Alpharetta Police K9s combined. Mattis’ namesake comes from General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the current Secretary of Defense.

 

Ofc. Mark Tappan has the privilege of holding Mattis’ leash.

 

 Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

  • Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ – Grab your family and friends and come out for the 14th annual afternoon of fun this Sunday, August 26th from 2-4pm at the Roswell Square Park. Please see Steve Gillard to volunteer – to share your secret recipe for home made ice cream or to help crank one of Steve’s special concoctions!
  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th.  They are looking for professional chefs and for amateurs that want to be part of the competition! Think about signing up!
  • Lionheart Grill and Gridiron - North Fulton’s biggest and best tailgate party! Grilling & Gridiron benefitting The Lionheart School is Saturday, September 8. Tastings tailgate starts at 1:30 in the afternoon on food truck alley in downtown Alpharetta and the UGA vs. South Carolina game on the big screen at 3:00. David Belle Isle will be leading our cooking team, and he will make his world-famous brisket. He needs a team of Rotarians to help him set up, serve, and clean up the Rotary booth.
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • 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 Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - Aug. 21, 2018 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” - Confucius

 

It was clear listening to our returning Rotary Youth Exchange student, Kate Rojales, that she put all of her heart into the time she spent as our outbound student to Mexico last year. Kate clearly did a fantastic job representing the Rotary Club of Alpharetta. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she treated us to a wonderful walk through her memories with pictures of a year that will clearly be remembered her entire life. We look forward to hearing more from Kate now that she has returned from her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and begins her college career at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

 

We are also very pleased to report that, after some flight delays and travel problems, our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Sophia Gomez, has safely arrived in Paraguay. We are looking forward to reports from Sophia during her upcoming year.

 

This Week's Speaker –

 

Our speaker this week is Kyle McGowan. Kyle is the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to joining CDC, Kyle most recently served as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he worked in the immediate office of the Secretary and across all HHS staff and operating divisions to listen to and coordinate with external groups. He worked closely with the Secretary’s public affairs team to amplify and spread HHS’s priorities directly to external groups and partners and worked directly on many of the agency’s priority issues including the opioids epidemic, drug pricing, and health reform.

Before joining the Department of Health and Humans Services, Kyle served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Price, M.D. In that role, he helped the Congressman develop a comprehensive strategy to promote priorities to constituents, local business leaders, and other elected officials.

Kyle has worked for multiple members of Congress and has experience running several congressional and statewide campaigns. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  Kyle and his wife Charlene have one son and live in Roswell, Georgia.

 

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

 

  • Mayor’s Corporate Challenge – It is hard to believe that the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge is only a week away. We still need volunteers for many duties between now and the event. We will hear more from Joe Wargo and his team on Friday, but please be prepared to volunteer your time for our biggest fund raiser of the year. Don’t forget, this is the source behind the work that we are able to do throughout the year.
  • 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.
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport
  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th.
  • Lionheart Grill and Gridiron - North Fulton’s biggest and best tailgate party! Grilling & Gridiron benefitting The Lionheart School is Saturday, September 8. Tastings tailgate starts at 1:30 in the afternoon on food truck alley in downtown Alpharetta and the UGA vs. South Carolina game on the big screen at 3:00. David Belle Isle will be leading our cooking team, and he will make his world-famous brisket. He needs a team of Rotarians to help him set up, serve, and clean up the Rotary booth.

 Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you on Friday! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - Aug. 16, 2018 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

 

       “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Katie Thurmes

 

   This has been quite a week! We started off with the Old Soldier’s Day Parade which is one of the most meaningful and fun things we do all year. It brings together citizens of all ages to honor the service members who sacrificed to make it possible for us live in a community that allows us to hold such a celebration.

 

   We followed the parade with a great cookout in our beautiful, newly remodeled, pavilion, with food made to order on Gillard’s Grill. Again, a great time of fellowship.

 

   Then on Tuesday, we had the opportunity to welcome our new GRSP student, Sofia Erlandsson, to our Rotary family. She is from Sweden and will be attending North Georgia College. She will be with us on Friday morning and she is already planning to participate in the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge. After spending only 24 hours with Sofia it’s clear she is going to be a great addition to our Club. (And she is ready and willing to participate in our “cool” new fundraiser in February!)

  

This Week's Speaker –

 

As Sofia begins her GRSP year, Kate is ending her RYE year. Our speaker this week is Kate Rojales, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student for the 2017-2018 year. Kate will be sharing memories and pictures of her year in Mexico. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and we are in for a treat!

  

Opportunities for Fellowship and to Serve –

 

  • 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.
  • USO Dates – October 4th and December 6th we have an opportunity to support our military servicemen and women at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Contact William Perkins
  • Dunwoody Rotary Club BBQ Competition – At Perimeter Mall on September 7th and 8th. There will be professional competitors but they are also looking for amateur teams to give them a run for their money!

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you on Friday! 

 

Robin McIntire

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - Aug 8, 2018 2018-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

“Have Fun and They Will Come!

 

This is our motto for District 6900 2018-2019. Our Race Winning Strategy is to have more Rotary members, more community service projects and more Foundation and Polio Giving for additional Global Grants, thus providing “Service Above Self” throughout our communities and the world.” – Court Dowis, District Governor 2018-2019

 

This Week –

 

A warm welcome to our District Governor Court Dowis!

 

     Court joined the Rotary Club of Harris County in the fall of 2000, serving in almost every club position before becoming President for 2007-2008. He was presented the Sheffield Award for Leadership as Club President. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, a Benefactor and a level 3 Bequest Society member. His proudest accomplishment to date is a continuing service project that builds handicap ramps for those in need.

 

     His service doesn’t stop at the club level. Court has served his district as an Assistant Governor (3 years), District Vocational Chair (2 years), PETS facilitator (4 years), Foundation Annual Giving Co-Chair and member of the District Training committee. Court is more than just a Rotarian. He has served his community as the Chairman of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of FOCUS, He is a Boy Scout Aviation Eagle instructor and a SCCA competition driving instructor.

 

     Court and his wife Annette live on site at their family-owned resort, Pine Mountain Club Chalets, located near Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

 

 

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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 tomorrow evening, August 2nd, the evening before he visits our club on Friday. If you plan to attend and have not yet replied to Mary, please do so ASAP so Mary can plan accordingly. 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. Bring plenty of candy to throw – oops, I mean gently toss – to the spectators along the parade route. 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! – And send out “good weather” vibes!
  • 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 4pm 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.
  • Greeting our new GRSP Student – Our new GRSP student, Sofia Erlandsson, will be arriving from Sweden on Tuesday, August 7th. Her flight arrives at 8:17pm. It would be wonderful to have a large group of Rotarians meet her flight and make her feel welcome.

Opportunities to Serve -

  • USO Support – Our Club has a long-standing commitment to support our military. We once again have the opportunity to interact and assist military service members passing through the Atlanta airport. Our upcoming USO dates are August 2nd, October 4th and December 6th. Contact PP William Perkins
  • 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

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - Aug. 1, 2018 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

“Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.”  -Marty Rubin

 

We are all very fortunate that Alpharetta has an exceptional park system that truly enhances the quality of life in our City! We have acres devoted to walking trails, playgrounds, sports fields, arboretums, and community parks. At the expansive Wills Park, along with excellent sports and recreational facilities, we have one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Southeast. Alpharetta also boasts a beautiful greenway system along Big Creek that provides a naturally picturesque pathway for bikers and hikers of all ages to enjoy.

  

This Week –

 

Our speaker this week is Morgan Rodgers, Alpharetta’s Director of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs, and the husband of our very own Janet Rodgers. 

Rodgers has been a leader in the recreation and parks industry for more than 40 years and has served five southeastern cities during his career. 

Known for his high level of enthusiasm and creativity, Rodgers has earned the respect of his peers and has promoted his chosen profession through volunteer leadership roles with the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).  He is a recipient of GRPA’s Michael Daniel Professional Leadership Award and has served on NRPA review committee charged with evaluation of recreation and parks programs across the country that are being considered for accreditation through the association.

Rodgers holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Administration from Clemson University and is also an accomplished author.

 

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.
  • Greeting our new GRSP Student – Our new GRSP student, Sofia Erlandsson, will be arriving from Sweden on Tuesday, August 7th. Her flight arrives at 8:17pm. It would be wonderful to have a large group of Rotarians meet her flight and make her feel welcome.

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.
  • 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: http://bit.ly/icanvolunteer.
  • USO Dates - August 2nd, October 4th and December 6th. See Past-President William Perkins to volunteer.
  • 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

President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta

 

President's Message - July 25, 2018 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
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: http://bit.ly/icanvolunteer.
  • 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
President
2018-2019
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - July 18, 2018 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

This morning was a milestone – the last Rotary Board meeting of my tenure as President! Our last three meetings have included members of the 2018 – 2019 Board as well, enabling them to transition into their roles. I cannot thank my stellar board enough, both individually, and as a group, for their support and effectiveness in their areas of service. I am so impressed with their full commitment, without which our Rotary Club would not function as we expect it should. Please offer them your appreciation for a job so well done!  More to come!

 

Many thanks to our Honduras project crew for the briefing last Friday on Rotary’s impact in that community.  Their dedicated work is just another example of the kind of global experience/s that are readily available to all of us as Rotarians. Locally, we have plenty of opportunities to serve, and we welcome your new ideas as well. As I type this, Mickey Rogers and several Alpharetta Rotarians are working over at Wills Park working on the “Rotary Pavilion and Gillard’s Grill.” Be sure to stop-by this Thursday and Saturday between the hours of 9am – 1pm to contribute your hands and feet to this community project. No experience required…

Also - special thanks are due those who participated last Saturday morning who worked alongside Chris Weeber on the Adopt-A-Mile project. It’s great to see the Rotary family/children engaged, too!   After all…Rotarians are People of Action….

 

This Week…

Our speaker this week will be Fulton County Commissioner, Liz Hausmann.

Liz Hausmann is the Fulton County Commissioner representing District 1, located in northeast Fulton and encompasses Johns Creek and portions of Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs east of Georgia 400.   Commissioner Hausmann has made her career in public service.  She began that career by serving on the Fulton County Board of Education from 2002 through 2006, during a time of high student growth. 

While still on the Fulton County Board of Education, Liz served as a member of the Board of the Committee for Johns Creek, initiating the creation of the new city.  She supported Johns Creek’s innovative millage rate cap and the public/private management model of government. Following the successful incorporation vote, Liz was elected to join the inaugural Johns Creek City Council in 2006.

Since becoming a commissioner in January of 2011, Commissioner Hausmann has served as Executive Sponsor of Economic Development initiatives including the passage in 2016 of the Fulton County TSPLOST.  She is Vice-Chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton Water Resources Commission, serves as a member of Georgia House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding , the Georgia Criminal Justice and Coordinating Council, the WellStar North Fulton Board of Advisors,  Fulton Education Foundation Board of Directors, Vice -chair of the Federal Government Policy Committee for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Retirement Board of Fulton County Employees, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Encore Park for the Arts Board of Directors, and serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Community Resources Committee. She received the 2012 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Award and the 2012 RBC Friend of Business Award. She is a 2011 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute. Commissioner Hausmann is a proud Georgia native and the daughter of a public school teacher and Episcopal priest. Residing in Johns Creek for 23 years, she has two grown children, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. She attends Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church.

 

We will learn more about Lizann Gibson, as she will deliver our Vocational Minute this week.

 

 Club Fellowship – Summer Lake Party!

June 30th 12 – 4pm– SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Lake Party will be hosted, once again, at the home of Bill and Cyndi Weeks from 12pm – 4pm.  We ALWAYS have a great time – drop-in as you are able and enjoy a Chef Doug catered lunch, drinks, fellowship and time on Lake Lanier.  The Weeks’ home is located at 4166 Cumberland Point Dr. Gainesville, GA 30504.

 

Rotary Directory Updates

Beginning in mid-July, Rob Johns will be working on any updates required to your directory page.  You will be able to view and make changes to your page at our front desk area. There are also limited sponsorship opportunities available.  Questions – contact Rob at 678-451-0092 or rob.johns1957@gmail.com.

  

Opportunities to Serve -

  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter  - work will begin on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!
  • 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!
  • 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: http://bit.ly/icanvolunteer.
  • 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 678-773-1039

  

The Spotlight this week is on President Elect, Robin McIntire

Where to start? First of all, I can assure you Alpharetta Rotary will be in VERY capable hands next year under Robin’s leadership. I cannot thank Robin enough for the variety of roles she’s played this year. Her vocational expertise has been invaluable as we have standardized our internal budgeting and accounting, she has played “back-stop” on so many levels behind the scenes making certain that details are covered, both large and small - and she has enthusiastically lead meetings in my absence.  In our Club, the traditional responsibility of President-Elect has been to prepare for the role as President, involving oneself in special projects, taking notes and gaining experience.  I hope I have provided those opportunities for her – regardless, she is well prepared and will have an outstanding board and Club behind her.  I’ll be her biggest fan!

 

When you see Robin, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Robin, and look forward to the year ahead!

 

Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!

  

Scott Doll

President
2017-2018
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - June 20, 2018 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

It was great to hear from our GRSP student, Emily May Roberts, last week and her reflections on her year here with us. We were blessed to have hosted a student who truly appreciates this wonderful opportunity and the objectives of the program. As her time with us comes to a close, we will begin preparing for our next student. We look forward to introducing them as soon as we receive final word – but I would encourage you to give serious consideration to joining our Club families like the Weeks’, Norton’s, Perkins’, Hipes’ and Mitchell’s (to name a few), that have opened their homes and to these wonderful students. Ask them about their experiences and speak to President Elect Robin McIntire for more detail.

 

This Week…

 

Our speaker this week will be Stephanie Fiber-Sutton, CEO of Senior Advisory Services. Stephanie guides families and seniors through the assessment and selection of senior living and care options based on their unique criteria including their budget, care needs and desired location. This service is complimentary to families, as the communities pay for the cost. In addition, SAS specializes in performing market feasibility studies for senior housing developers. Through a combination of serving families and performing market studies, Stephanie has personally toured over one thousand properties nationally. She is dedicated to increasing awareness about long-term care options and preparing others for senior care emotionally and financially.

Stephanie is an experienced senior living executive who has held leadership roles with multiple national senior housing organizations to include Atria Senior Living, Merrill Gardens and Emeritus Senior Living.  Stephanie currently serves as Chair of the Board for Senior Services North Fulton. Stephanie also serves on the Advisory Board for the Alzheimer's Association, Atlanta, Georgia Chapter. 

 

We will learn more about Lizann Gibson, as she will deliver our Vocational Minute this week.

 

Honduras Project Update – Paul Ray, John and Karen Hipes, Jack Hausmann and Steve Beecham (all or in part) will share their experiences working in Honduras earlier this year. Alpharetta Rotary has been involved, along with other Clubs in our District, in this international work for many years. This opportunity is open to any of our members – why not you?  Certainly something to consider!

 

Club Fellowship – Summer Lake Party!

June 30th 12 – 4pm– SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Lake Party will be hosted, once again, at the home of Bill and Cyndi Weeks from 12pm – 4pm.  We ALWAYS have a great time – drop-in as you are able and enjoy a Chef Doug catered lunch, drinks, fellowship and time on Lake Lanier.  The Weeks’ home is located at 4166 Cumberland Point Dr.

Gainesville, GA 30504.

 

Directory Updates

Rob Johns will be working on any updates required to your directory page.  Please help him out by responding promptly to his request.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  Questions – contact Rob at 678-451-0092 or rob.johns1957@gmail.com.

 

Opportunities to Serve -

  • Adopt-a-Mile – Meet Chris Weeber and other Rotarians at Chick-Fil-A (Avalon) at 8:00am this Saturday, June 16th for breakfast and then road clean-up until10am.  This project is family friendly, and many hands make for lighter work – and lighter bags!
  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter  - work will begin on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!
  • 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!
  • 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: http://bit.ly/icanvolunteer.
  • 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 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

 

The Spotlight this week is on Club Secretary, Karen Hipes.

I remember what it was like when I realized that being Club Secretary was actually more than just taking Minutes at the board meeting. Well, I’m sure Karen Hipes remembers that, too.  There is a lot that goes into this position, and Karen has fully embraced it and done an excellent job. Everything having to do with new members, changes in member information, the occasional resignation, reports to run, deadlines to meet, badges to be ordered and a sundry of “other” duties fall into this role – and THEN there are the board meeting Minutes.  Karen has been a dedicated steward of our member data base and so much more. Karen – we couldn’t do it without you! When you see Karen, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Karen!

 

President Elect Robin will be in-charge this Friday.

Enjoy your week! 

  

Scott Doll

President
2017-2018
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - June 13, 2018 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Vintage car fans take note: The 2018 VCRA Race for Autism is On The Road!

As a Great Race tradition, Great Race Teams are once again competing to raise money to “Fight Autism One Mile At A Time”! All you have to do is ask friends, family and co-workers to give tax deductible (to the extent of the law) donations to the Vintage Car Rally Association (VCRA) in honor of your Great Race team. Since 2006 the VCRA, a federal nonprofit 501(c)3 and the official charity of the Great Race, has donated over $785,000 to Schools, Centers and Institutions across America.

The Teams that raise the most money to fight Autism will win amazing prizes!

 
Once again, Jack Hausmann will represent Alpharetta Rotary in this great event in one of his vintage Volkswagen Beetles.  If you wish to contribute to this great cause see Jack's GoFundMe page at https://vcra.ejoinme.org/160010
 
For more information see www.greatrace.com
The Great Race - Jack Hausmann 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

I hope you all enjoyed the special program last week! – It certainly raised some interest among Club members.  I’m grateful we were able to pull-off the live-stream without a hitch, even when we (…okay, I ) struggle, sometimes, to put a Power Point on the screen.  We look forward to exploring more as to how VR can help tell our story and engage our stakeholders, sponsors and community in a different, more personal way. More to come!

 

Several of us spent part of our Saturday out at Fill Ministries’ aquaponics farm, building a barn storage structure. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with truly skilled Rotarians such as Mickey Rogers and Scott French – even when paired-up with some of us who, shall we say, are “lesser” skilled. We had a great time doing good work.  If you missed this opportunity, we will be going back to complete the project, so look for the next workday!

 

Finally, this evening I attended a special farewell to our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student, Livia, graciously hosted by Mary Ulich. In attendance were all three of Livia’s host families, Mike Parks (District RYE Chair) and Lyman Louis, who championed Alpharetta Rotary’s involvement. It was another great evening to be an Alpharetta Rotarian and seeing the impact the RYE program has had, not only on Livia, but her host families and out Club. I’m grateful for Lyman, Mary, Mark Meckes, Karen Nolan and others who assisted in making this first experience such a success. 

 

This Week…

 

Our speaker this week will be our GRSP student, Emily May Roberts.  Emily May will end her year with us in mid-July, travelling back to her home in Perth, Australia. She has had an exceptional year, not only as a student at North Georgia College, but in the many experiences that go along with the GRSP program. She will give her reflections in a “year-in-review” presentation.  We should be proud of how well she’s done, and what a credit she has been to the objectives of the program.

 

Club Fellowship – Summer Lake Party!

June 30th 12 – 4pm– SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Lake Party will be hosted, once again, at the home of Bill and Cyndi Weeks from 12pm – 4pm.  We ALWAYS have a great time – drop-in as you are able and enjoy a Chef Doug catered lunch, drinks, fellowship and time on Lake Lanier.  The Weeks’ home is located at 4166 Cumberland Point Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504.

 

Directory Updates

Rob Johns will be working on any updates required to your directory page.  Please help him out by responding promptly to his request.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  Questions – contact Rob at 678-451-0092 or rob.johns1957@gmail.com.

 

 Opportunities to Serve -

  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter  - work will begin on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!
  • 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!
  • 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: http://bit.ly/icanvolunteer.
  • 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 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

 

The Spotlight this week is on President Nominee, Will Daniel

Of all the Club Officer positions Will could have taken in his year as President Nominee, he chose Treasurer (alright – I only gave him a couple of choices..). At the time, and I thought it good reasoning, he felt it would be important to know where the money goes and what it supports. What Will didn’t anticipate is the amount of work that goes into this position, especially if it’s not part or parcel to your vocation. Regardless, he has done an excellent job for us, and has dedicated many hours each week to make sure all is properly counted, accounted for, and reconciled.  Thanks to Will and to PE Robin’s contributed expertise, our books are in excellent shape and nearly ready to be handed over to next year’s leadership. Will – we couldn’t do it without you! When you see Will, please take a moment to thank him for all his hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Will!

 

Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!

  

Scott Doll

President

2017-2018
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - June 6, 2015 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

What a proud week to be an American – and an Alpharetta Rotarian. For those able to attend the 4thAnnual Memorial Day Tribute, you know exactly what I mean. First of all, special thanks and recognition are due John Hipes, who had the vision and then put forth the effort to form a committee of Rotarians and City staff to create the inaugural event for Alpharetta in 2015. In spite of the misty weather, the event was enjoyed by a large crowd who came to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Thanks to this year’s Memorial Day Tribute committee, and all those Rotarians who volunteered their time on Monday. What an impactful gift to this city.

 

 This Week…

Our program this week will be focused on an emerging technology that will not only change our world, but will change the way people see the work of Rotarians within it. Join us for a unique look at the impact and potential of both virtual and augmented reality. A very special guest by the name of Jim Marggraff (former Director of Google) will be streamed-live into our meeting for this presentation. You may or may not have read his recent article in the Rotarian on this subject – find his feature linked here: https://www.rotary.org/en/how-jim-marggraff-inventing-way-better-future. Here is another link to a brief bio and article: https://www.success.com/profile/jim-marggraff. With the help of David Cochran, who has cultivated this relationship since last summer’s RI Convention, and PE Robin’s commitment to exploring how this technology can help us tell our story, we are excited to bring this to you!

 

We will learn more about Lee Doernberg as he delivers our Vocational Minute!

 

Club Fellowship – Summer Lake Party!

June 30th12 – 4pm– SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Lake Party will be hosted, once again, at the home of Bill and Cyndi Weeks from 12pm – 4pm.  We ALWAYS have a great time – drop-in as you are able and enjoy a Chef Doug catered lunch, drinks, fellowship and time on Lake Lanier.  The Weeks’ home is located at 4166 Cumberland Point Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504.

 

Directory Updates

Rob Johns will be working on any updates required to your directory page.  Please help him out by responding promptly to his request.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  Questions – contact Rob at 678-451-0092 or rob.johns1957@gmail.com.

 

Opportunities to Serve - ALL HANDS!

  • Fill Ministries aquaponic farm – a service and learning opportunity!– June 2ndfrom 9am – 12pm.  See Mickey Rogers’  for more details about this opportunity!
  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter - work will begin on June 19th, 21stand 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogerswill provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!

Fresh Market– PLEASE remember Lee’s email from a couple of weeks ago. We cannot miss a pick-up.  Please cover your spot or let Lee know you need help to cover. 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 www.rlitraining.orgto register and more RLI information on courses.

The Spotlight this week is on William Perkins

The spotlight this week is on William Perkins.  Past President William continues to be an active participant in so much that defines us as Rotarians.  This year, in addition to his work on the care packages for troops, and our four USO days at ATL, William and his wife, Jan, joined with Dennis Mitchel and wife, MJ, as co-hosts of GRSP student, Emily May. William has consistently contributed in such ways over the years, and shies away from any credit. When you see Past President William, please take a moment to thank him for all his hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, William!

 

Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!

 

Scott Doll

President
2017-2018
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - May 30, 2018 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

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

I’m so grateful last Friday that we were able to hear from the Laws of Life essays as presented by Michael Cardozo and Jake Snow.  I would like to give special thanks to Mary Ulich and Deborah Swafford for facilitating this, and the attendance of AHS teachers and the families.  What an impactful presentation!

 

This Week…

Our program this week will be focused on our youth as we hear from our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students, Livia and Sophia, and meet our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) students this summer. For those of you who are unsure, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where students develop skills as a leader while making connections from across the district or state.

 

Joe Wargo will also give us an update on our Mayor’s Corporate Challenge progress and ways in which you can help drive sponsorships and participation.  

 

We will learn more about Brian Mould as he delivers our Vocational Minute!

 

Club Fellowship – Summer Lake Party!

June 30th 12 – 4pm– SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Lake Party will be hosted, once again, at the home of Bill and Cyndi Weeks from 12pm – 4pm.  We ALWAYS have a great time – drop-in as you are able and enjoy a Chef Doug catered lunch, drinks, fellowship and time on Lake Lanier.  The Weeks’ home is located at 4166 Cumberland Point Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504.

 

Directory Updates

Rob Johns will be working on any updates required to your directory page.  Please help him out by responding promptly to his request.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  Questions – contact Rob at the number and email listed in the Directory.

 

Opportunities to Serve - ALL HANDS!

  • The Alpharetta Rotary Memorial Day Tribute event is May 28th. As always, we will need all Rotarians available to assist with set-up, breakdown and other duties as defined. Event Chair, John Hipes, will provide us with the details.  PLEASE invite your friends, neighbors and business associates to this impactful tribute.  Thank you, John, for all your hard work!
  • Meals by Grace hydroponic farmJune 2nd from 9am – 12pm.  Mickey Rogers will provide more details about this opportunity!
  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter  - work will begin on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!

 

Fresh Market – PLEASE read Lee’s email from earlier this week.  We cannot miss a pick-up.  Please cover your spot or let Lee know you need help to cover. 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

The Spotlight this week is on Lyman Louis

The spotlight this week is on Lyman Louis. Lyman has not only pioneered our first year of offering the Rotary Youth Exchange program for our Club, but across District 6900. His efforts have enabled our outbound student, Kate Rojales, to have a transformational experience, living in Puebla, Mexico this year. A lot of work goes into this program behind the scenes, and he has recruited Mark Meckes, Mary Ulich and others to assist. He is such an ardent advocate for youth, both inside and outside of Rotary. When you see Lyman, please take a moment to thank him for all his hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Lyman!

 

Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!

 

Scott Doll

President
2017-2018
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message - May 23, 2018 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

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

Every Rotary year there are meetings and programs that leave a memory or impression that help to define your experience over time. Last week, Kirk Driskell’s presentation was one of those. Not only were we all proud to learn more about Kirk’s purpose-driven life work, but the opportunity for him to present came at the right time – a time when he needs (continued) support from his friends and Rotary family.  Similarly, Phil Kingry’s moving thank you for the support he’s received from his Rotarian friends, and others who have had significant health challenges or who have suffered from loss over the course of time – all find strength and support from the “family” of Rotary. Proud and blessed to be an Alpharetta Rotarian.

 

This Week…

We are in for a special treat as two Alpharetta High School Students will read their Laws of Life essays: 9th graders Michael Cardozo (AHS Winner) and Jake Snow (Honorable Mention). They will be accompanied by their parents, their respective teachers, Ms. Ginny Brown and Ms. Nicole McNeal, as well as the AHS Laws of Life Essay Sponsor/Teacher Ms. Maureen Bergeron.

 

Our Speaker this week is Jon-Paul Croom. Paul is the President of WellStar North Fulton Hospital, a 202-bed facility located in Roswell, GA.  Croom joined WellStar in April of 2017.  WellStar North Fulton Hospital is one of Georgia’s only Level II Trauma Centers and delivers services including cardiovascular services, women’s services, Pain & Spine Center, Wound Care & Hyperbarics, and inpatient rehabilitation. North Fulton Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center. 

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 250 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals.

Croom previously served as CEO for the 429-bed Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) in Jackson, MS. He was also CEO for Merit Health Rankin in Brandon, Miss., chief operating officer for Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, Ga., and chief operating officer for Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia.

Croom received his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, in Macon, Ga. and a master’s degree in both business administration and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Croom has family in the Roswell area and lives there with his wife and three children.

 

We will learn more about Rob Johns as he delivers our Vocational Minute!

 

Opportunities to Serve - ALL HANDS!

  • The Alpharetta Rotary Memorial Day Tribute event is May 28th. As always, we will need all Rotarians available to assist with set-up, breakdown and other duties as defined. Event Chair, John Hipes, will provide us with the details.  PLEASE invite your friends, neighbors and business associates to this impactful tribute.  Thank you, John, for all your hard work!
  • Fill Ministries Aquaponic Farm (Meals by Grace) June 2nd from 9am – 12pm.  Mickey Rogers will provide more details about this opportunity!
  • Wills Park Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter  - work will begin on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!
  • 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

 

The Spotlight this week is on Olga Narvaez

The spotlight this week is on Olga Narvaez. While she was involved in Rotary youth programs while in school, this is Olga’s first year as an Alpharetta Rotarian. She has truly engaged in “Service Above Self,” participating in most service activities (along with her family), fellowship activities, and District Conference. Olga has quickly put her IT skill set to work, setting-up our badge bar code scanner, fully creating/developing our first Mayor’s Corporate Challenge website (with great functionality), and helping us to close-out an international grant project by bridging a language gap. She has been present, in one way or another, in much of the work we have done this year. When you see Olga, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Olga!

 

Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!

 

President's Message - May 16, 2018 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!
Even as the Rotary year begins to turn a new chapter (the end of my term…), our Club continues working diligently in our community and behind the scenes.  Several of us reported to Lionheart Farms this past Saturday for a fun day of chores such as pulling weeds, spreading mulch and other tasks that filled our lungs with fresh pollen.  We actually accomplished a lot with Sandra Kinney, Mary Ulrich, Emily Metallo and daughter, Olga Navaerz and family, and a few “Good Hands” from Nelson Karpeh’s office. The “fun” certainly wasn’t in the work, but in working with fellow Rotarians, and knowing we were contributing to Lionheart’s mission. I tested this theory by putting several more hours of work into my own yard – that wasn’t fun…
 
Rotary Summer Polo Shirt Orders!
Check your email for Heather Demis’ Memorial Day Polo order form.  For those of you who do not have one, or need a new one, plan to order them at Friday’s meeting through Heather.  These are the “flag” shirts we all where for Memorial Day, July 4th , etc.  I have a couple of them to give away to our new members – if the size fits!
 
This Week…
Our Speaker this week is our own Kirk Driskell. So many of us are amazed by his life’s work and purpose  - leading men through recovery and to new life. Kirk will speak about his organization, Vision Warriors, as well as his new role as Rotary (District 6900) District Governor Elect Designate. As always, I know we will all leave inspired by Kirk’s drive, passion and vision.
 
We will learn more about John Hipes as he delivers our Vocational Minute!
 
Joe Wargo and his Mayor’s Corporate Challenge team will give us an update and a tour of the new website – courtesy of Olga Narvaez
 
Opportunities to Serve - ALL HANDS!
  • Rotary storage clean-out – THIS FRIDAY after the meeting we will take a walk across the church property to the “Alpha Trailer” which the church has allowed us to use for storage. The trailer will soon meet the wrecking ball (sounds like fun), so we need to pick what we want to keep and leave the rest. Casey Robinson has generously offered his Envision Office Solutions van as transport, and office space as temporary storage.  Please plan to help us pick/choose and load and then unload. Stay for part or all, it won’t take long with enough hands.
  • The Alpharetta Rotary Memorial Day Tribute event is May 28th. As always, we will need all Rotarians available to assist with set-up, breakdown and other duties as defined. Event Chair, John Hipes, will provide us with the details.  PLEASE invite your friends, neighbors and business associates to this impactful tribute.  Thank you, John, for all your hard work!
  • We will begin final work on the Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter on June 19th, 21st and 23rd  - each day beginning at 8am.  Mickey Rogers will provide further details, but please plan to spend what time you can set aside to help us complete this great project!
  • 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.
 
The Spotlight this week is on Rob Johns.
Rob agreed to take-on two tasks this year – the design, development and completion of our Rotary Directory and scheduling our Vocational Minute. As if the Directory design and development part wasn’t enough, consider that he had to wrangle all of us Rotarians into providing information, proofing the information as printed, and then corralling us (with the help of photographer, Clark Savage), into getting a (free) professional headshot. In addition to the Directory, Rob has recruited and scheduled each of our Vocational Minute presenters; and like the Directory, I hope his efforts have helped us to get to know each other better. When you see Rob, please take a moment to thank him for all his hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.  We appreciate you, Rob!
 
Enjoy your week!  See you all Friday!!
 
Scott Doll
President

 
President's Message - May 9, 2018 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

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 www.rlitraining.org 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!!

 

President's Message - May 2, 2018 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!
The week of District Conference is finally upon us.  Whether you are attending or not, we can all take pride in what we have accomplished thus far as a Club, and District Conference is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the cumulative impact of our entire District as well. Alpharetta Rotary has been nominated for a Service Oscar award based on our MedReturn drug boxes which we installed at each of the Alpharetta firehouses and at Public Safety HQ. It is an honor to have been nominated, and it would be an honor to win as well.  Regardless, we can feel proud of this and the many other projects we have accomplished this year.
 
This Week…
Our Speaker this week is Andrew Kitema.  Andrew, a native of Tanzania, is a professional adventure guide who has lead trekkers across the African savannah and up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the past 23 years. With over 300 trips to the “Roof of Africa” over the past 18 years with Thompson Tours, he has been a sought-after guide.
In 2017 Andrew launched KilimanjaroDirect, a touring and guide company that utilizes the many porters and assistants that he has worked with over the years. KilliDirect is a program that is built to benefit the native porters and guides who are often treated unfairly by the large tour operators. The company is designed to give back and benefit the many Tanzanians who work directly with travelers to the country.
Andrew is married with three children and lives in Dar es Saalam.
Opportunities to Serve
• Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
• Completion of work on the Gillard Grill pavilion and picnic shelter.  Mickey Rogers is working on the details.
• Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
 
Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities
• Contact Steve Corder (stevecorder1@gmail.com 770-855-5225) for more information.
      
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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.
 
The Spotlight this week is on Michelle Miralles. Michelle took over the registration desk duties mid-year this year, and has done an amazing job making sure that ALL is set before the first members arrive. In addition to the Club volunteers at registration, greeters, members selling raffles tickets, tracking attendance and guest registrations, Michelle also recruits those who provide our invocation.  We couldn’t even get started without Michelle’s dedication EVERY week.  Michelle – thank you for all you do in making our Rotary experience, and that of our guests, warm and inviting from the moment we walk in. When you see Michelle, please take a moment to thank her for all her hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.
 We appreciate you, Michelle!
 
While at the beach (I mean District Conference…), Past President Dan Merkel will run the meeting. Enjoy your week!  See you all next Friday!!
 

 
 
President's Message - April 25, 2018 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

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

What a great meeting last week – 3 new Alpharetta Rotarians were inducted, and we received a “bonus” refund check for over $15,000 from what we paid into the Rotary International Convention last June. Given that the heart of our Club, any Rotary Club, is about people and resources, I would say it was a “banner” morning – both to be used in service to our community. If you have not yet, please introduce yourself to Emily Metallo, Michelle Coleman and Michael Gordy as they begin their membership in Rotary.

 

For those of you who were out enjoying Spring Break – welcome back!  Those of us left behind appreciated your absence in the form of light traffic and, by and large, a more manageable week! Thank you for the break!

 

It’s not too late! You can still register for District Conference! If you’ve not been, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from across the District, enhance your knowledge and understanding of Rotary, and best of all – spend quality time with members of our Club.    So - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

This Week…

Our Speaker this week is Joe Labriola. Joe is the Executive Director of Second Helpings Atlanta, a non-profit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in the metropolitan Atlanta area by rescuing surplus food and delivering it to those in need.  Prior to joining Second Helpings Atlanta in May 2015, Joe was the Vice President of Product Marketing at PGi, the Chief Marketing Officer at Enterprise Information Management and spent 30 years at IBM before he retired in November 2010. 

Our Foundation Chair, Mark Orr, will be presenting a number of Paul Harris Awards we have received in the past few weeks. We look forward to honoring those who have given $1,000 and more, cumulatively, to the Rotary Foundation.

 

As I have said before, keep in mind that gifts to the Rotary Foundation can be made anytime throughout the year – AND – you can sign-up to give any amount, automatically, on a monthly basis. Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, and multiples thereof, is easy to accomplish. It takes just $84/month to give $1,000 over the course of a year. Further, as a Paul Harris Society member, I have committed to give at least $1,000 a year – and with the auto-pay, I never miss a beat.  Join me in becoming a Paul Harris Society member – the automatic payments make it easy to do!

  

Vocational Minute

We will learn more about the multi-talented, Alpharetta Rotarian, Joe Wargo, as he will give us our Vocational Minute this week. (Shh…Joe’s Mom will be at the meeting, so let’s give him a standing ovation to make her proud…)

 

Opportunities to Serve

  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • 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 and Conference Opportunities

 District Conference

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

       

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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

 

In the next few Weekly Updates, I want to give a special shout-out to some folks who do much behind the scenes that has a significant impact on the experience we all have as Alpharetta Rotarians. The Spotlight this week is on Lee Doernberg. Every weekday throughout the year Lee makes certain that one of our Alpharetta Rotarians is making the Fresh Market run to North Fulton Community Charities.  I cannot imagine the cumulative amount of food we have delivered to those in need, as a result of Lee’s efforts. Lee has served the Club in various important capacities throughout the years, but I cannot thank him enough for taking on the role of Speaker Co-Chair – along with Dan Merkel. This great duo is entirely responsible for the caliber of our speakers; and we have had some great ones this year! When you see Lee, please take a moment to thank him for all his hard work, behind the scenes, in service to Alpharetta Rotary.

 We appreciate you, Lee!

 

See you all Friday!!

President's Message - April 18, 2018 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

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

For those of you who were out enjoying Spring Break – welcome back!  Those of us left behind appreciated your absence in the form of light traffic and, by and large, a more manageable week! Thank you for the break!

 

We have an exciting meeting lined-up this Friday, so please do your best to get into the breakfast line early so that we have ample time for all on our agenda.

 

Don’t delay in registering for District Conference! If you’ve not been, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from across the District, enhance your knowledge and understanding of Rotary, and best of all – spend quality time with members of our Club.    So - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

This Week…

 

New Member Inductions

We have a full meeting this week, including the induction of three new members: Emily Metallo, Michelle Coleman, and Michael Gordy. Please give them a warm welcome as they join us in service as new Alpharetta Rotarians!   

 

Past District Governor, Bob Hagan, will be on hand to present a check to our Club. This check represents a “refund” on dollars we, like others in our District, had paid into a fund reserved for the Rotary International Convention.  This is a nice “bonus” for us – both the dollars, and a visit from PDG Bob.

 

Our Speaker this week is Senator, Brandon Beach. Brandon was elected to the Senate in 2013 and represents District 21, which includes portions of Cherokee and Fulton counties. 

Senator Beach serves as the Chairman of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the Economic Development & Tourism, Higher Education, Science and Technology and MARTOC committees. 

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce he has played an integral role in helping North Fulton grow and prosper in his 25-plus years in Atlanta. During his tenure with the Chamber of Commerce, membership of top level executives and chief executive officers (Chairman’s Circle) increased by 60 percent, and commerce retention developed from 67 to 82 percent annually. 

Senator Beach also served as the Chairman of the Public Private Partnership Committee (P3 Committee) on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board. Under his leadership the P3 Committee was able to acquire key local transportation projects approved for Cherokee and North Fulton. Before being elected to the Senate, Beach was elected to the board of the Georgia Department of Transportation by state legislators from the 6th Congressional District in 2008. 

In 2001 Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Senator Beach to the board of Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). In 2005, he was selected to chair one of GRTA’s most important committees--The Land Development Committee (formerly the Development of Regional Impact Committee). In this role, Senator Beach was responsible for leading a review of every significant development brought before the 16-county area that GRTA serves. 

Closer to home, Senator Beach is the President & CEO and one of the founders of the North Fulton Community Improvement District (CID). The group focuses on moving infrastructure projects forward. Under his leadership, the North Fulton CID has invested more than $18 million to help bring more than $91 million in new infrastructure for the CID District. 

Senator Beach is a member of numerous community boards including the Regional Business Coalition, Encore Park for the Arts and the Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Senator Beach received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Centenary College. He is also a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and a former member of the Alpharetta City Council and the Alpharetta Planning and Zoning Commission. He and his wife, Shuntel, have two children and have lived in Alpharetta for the past 25 years.

 

Vocational Minute

We will learn more about veteran Alpharetta Rotarian, Rory Young, as he will give us our Vocational Minute this week.

 

Opportunities to Serve

  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • 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 and Conference Opportunities

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

 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 www.rlitraining.org to register and more RLI information on courses.

 

In the next few Weekly Updates, I want to give a special shout-out to some folks who do much behind the scenes that has a significant impact on the experience we all have as Alpharetta Rotarians. The Spotlight this week is on Mike Lowry. Every week Mike posts this weekly update on our Club Runner website, has been our traditional “go-to” for technical issues, and has (once again) taken-on registration duties on behalf of our District at District Conference. He has also spent considerable time with DG Alec in regard to the District 6900 website functionality. When you see Mike, please take a moment to thank him for his consistent club service on our behalf.

We appreciate you, Mike!

 

President's Message - April 11, 2018 2018-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

As I type this I had yet another realization as to how quickly time flies with the coming and going of Easter, and a week when at least half the population of Alpharetta migrates away for Spring Break.  As a part of the half still here, I will enjoy a little less chaos with everyone gone, and a welcomed opportunity to catch-up – even just a bit.  For those of you travelling, I hope you have a wonderful, much needed, vacation!

 

Speaking of how time flies – don’t delay in registering for District Conference! If you’ve not been, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from across the District, enhance your knowledge and understanding of Rotary, and best of all – spend quality time with members of our Club.    So - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

This Week…

Our Foundation Chair, Mark Orr, will be presenting a number of Paul Harris Awards we have received in the past few weeks. We look forward to honoring those who have given $1,000 and more, cumulatively, to the Rotary Foundation.

 

Please keep in mind that gifts to the Rotary Foundation can be made anytime throughout the year – AND – you can sign-up to give any amount, automatically, on a monthly basis. Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, and multiples thereof, is easy to accomplish. It takes just $84/month to give $1,000 over the course of a year. Further, as a Paul Harris Society member, I have committed to give at least $1,000 a year – and I never miss a beat.  Join me in becoming a Paul Harris Society member – the automatic payments make it easy to do! Mark Orr will give further details, and answer any questions, at Friday’s meeting.   

 

Our Speaker this week is Marvin O. (Dell) Spry (bio is  too interesting to summarize!)

Marvin O. (Dell) Spry currently works for Dorrean, LLC as an adjunct instructor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation teaching national security matters to new agents and analysts in training at the FBI Academy. He formerly served as a senior management consultant with Dorrean, where he taught an advanced course of instruction to FBI personnel concerning human intelligence (HUMINT) collection, intelligence tradecraft, and counterintelligence matters.

Prior to Dorrean, Spry served with the Department of the Army as the Intelligence Community Outreach Coordinator for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization after retiring from a distinguished twenty year career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a counterintelligence supervisor. At the FBI Spry primarily worked on counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counterterrorism investigations. His tenure included 12 years of management experience at both headquarter and field office levels. While assigned to the FBI headquarters Spry was a member of the National Security Council Counterterrorism Working Group, and was liaison to the CIA Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group. He was the lead investigator for the FBI in the Aldrich Ames investigation for which he received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Counterintelligence Investigation and the CIA Director’s Meritorious Service Award.

During his FBI career Spry conducted investigations in the countries of the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom whose governments presented him with Letters of Recognition. He was also involved in investigations in Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, and Cuba, where he established liaison with both the intelligence services and law enforcement services. He also performed humanitarian relief work in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Sri Lanka.

Spry lives in Alpharetta, GA with his wife Susan. They have two children, Rachel and Steven, and two grandchildren Cynthia and Peyton

 

Vocational Minute

We will learn more about veteran Alpharetta Rotarian, Lauri Young, as she will give us our Vocational Minute this week.

 

Opportunities to Serve

  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039

 

Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities

District Conference

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

 

In the next few Weekly Updates, I want to give a special shout-out to some folks work to serve the Club behind the scenes and have significant impact on the experience we all have as Alpharetta Rotarians. The Spotlight this week is on Kerry Singley. Every meeting he attends (and he doesn’t miss many…), Kerry arrives by or before 6:45am to get the entire room set-up.  This includes all the many banners, table items and other things he drags out of our Rotary closet. When Kerry is out, Brian King will often step-up to the task. So – should you ever walk into a Friday meeting and things look out of place – I guaranty we are missing Kerry!  When you see Kerry, please take a moment to thank him for his consistent club service on our behalf.

 

See you non-Spring Breakers on Friday!

 

President's Message - April 4, 2018 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

It was another milestone week for Alpharetta Rotary with a proclamation from the City of Alpharetta last Monday night at City Council, recognizing the Club for 35 years of service and impact in our community. The Proclamation was presented by Mayor Pro-Tem, Donald Mitchell, to Lawrence Mulkey, our active founding Rotarian. Many Rotarians were present for this important occasion.  What a heritage of service we have – and much like our City, momentum for the future.  Another proud day to be a Rotarian… an Alpharetta Rotarian!

 

The time is now - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

This Week…

Our Speaker this week is TJ Callaway, founder and CEO of Atlanta based ONWARD RESERVE which he established in Athens, GA in 2012.  Onward Reserve is a lifestyle apparel brand that publishes a traditional catalog as well as a robust e-commerce platform in addition to a network of 9 stores.  ONWARD RESERVE is quickly gaining ground as one of the most meaningful up and coming lifestyle brands in the country.

ONWARD RESERVE has received the Pacesetter Award for the last 4 years for being one of the 100 fastest growing privately owned businesses in Atlanta.  TJ was a finalist in the Atlanta Business Cronicle’s “Small Business Person of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category in 2016.

TJ is active with the University of Georgia.  He is a former Leonard Leadership Scholar, a former Chairman of the Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board and is acting President of the Young Alumni Council.  He has been featured in Georgia Magazine and was named to the 2013 class of 40 under 40; an award given by the University of Georgia to the 40 most influential alums of the University under 40 years old in business, politics and community service.  He is the 2018 recipient of the Young Alumni Award given by the President’s office.

Vocational Minute

We will learn more about, Past President Karen Nolan, as she will give us our Vocational Minute this week.

  

Opportunities to Serve

  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039

  

Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities

 

District Conference

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

  

It seems just a few weeks ago we were saying “Happy New Year,” -  and then the pollen that is Spring is all around us.  The weeks and months are moving quickly, despite all that goes along with our professional, civic and family lives. With Easter and Passover upon us, hopefully you will allow life to slow down just a little.  I’m thankful for my Rotary family, the support, friendship and fellowship that makes all aspects of my life more enjoyable.

President's Message - March 28, 2018 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

Those Rotarians, including District Governor, Alec, who were able to volunteer and be present for the King’s Ridge Interact – Moonlight Sonata (Sr. Prom) event, were treated to an extraordinary example of the impact our Interact Clubs can make! Special recognition should go to Cambri Driskell, who provided outstanding leadership to her Interact Club in making the event so highly successful. The event hosted 130 seniors from Senior Living Centers from across the area. Interact members danced with the seniors, to “era” music from a 17-piece band. Dinner and dessert were served, and seniors could have their pictures taken as a take-home memory. As an annual event, I can easily imagine several hundred seniors in attendance, and this “model” program replicated by other Interact Clubs throughout the Rotary organization.  Way to go Cambri and King’s Ridge Interact!

 

TODAY!! Rotary Membership Social

Come join us for a "Happy Hour" at Hotel Avalon Bar on March 21, 5:30. This is a chance to socialize with current members and a host of new members that have their applications in with the club. This is also a perfect opportunity for you to invite someone that you think would make a great Alpharetta Rotarian! I hope to see you all (today) on Wednesday, March 21 at Hotel Avalon!  Many thanks to Charlcie Forehand and Heather Demis for putting this fellowship/membership opportunity together!

 

The time is now - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

This Week…

This Friday, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta celebrates its 35th Anniversary of service to our local and global community! Our Club, sponsored by Roswell Rotary, was chartered on May 23rd, 1983.  This is further evidenced by Lawrence Mulkey’s 35th year of membership in our Club as of this Friday.  He was here when it all began! We stand on the shoulders of all those, like Lawrence, who have brought us this far – and have a responsibility to steward and advance the work of our Club to the benefit of future generations of Alpharetta Rotarians.

 

Our Speaker this week is Tori Owens, Director of Counseling and Victim Advocacy overseeing shelter operations and NOA’s (No One Alone) new Opportunity Centers located in Dahlonega and Dawsonville. Tori has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Analysis from Miami University (Oxford, OH), a Master of Divinity in Church History and Theology from the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. For the past fourteen years in her work with NOA, a domestic violence shelter serving Lumpkin and Dawson counties, Tori has served in various roles: children’s and shelter advocate, shelter manager, and counselor. She is a licensed associate professional counselor with the state of GA, as well as, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), working as a mediator and trained parent coordinator assisting parents as they navigate divorce and custody transitions. Lastly, Tori is a forensic interviewer with the South Enotah Child Advocacy Center serving children of trauma and abuse in Lumpkin and White counties.  

 

Vocational Minute

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

  

Opportunities to Serve

  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039

 Educational Opportunities – Advance your Rotary Experience and Impact

 

Rotary Leadership and Conference Opportunities

 

District Assembly 24 March at Ironworks in Columbus, GA.

  • All Club members encouraged to attend!
  • Steve Corder will have a sign-up sheet at our meeting on Friday.  To make it even easier for us, Steve will be doing one registration for all Alpharetta members who plan to attend!

 District Conference

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

 Now and then we get a glimpse of the future that gives us hope of a better world for our children and grandchildren. This weekend at the King’s Ridge Interact event, I saw just that.  For high school students to reach-up and show such care and compassion for our Senior’s generation (their grandparents and great-grandparents), is enlightening to say the least. We should take notice of the great resource our community – locally and globally – truly has in our youth. Let’s continue to support, mentor and foster their good works!

 

President's Message - March 21, 2018 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

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

 

I want to say a special thank you to Mary Ulich for hosting the District Governor Reception at her home last Thursday, and for Charlcie Forehand for arranging details. I think DG Alec and his wife, Donna enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship – as did we! Similarly, I hope all of you enjoyed Alec’s presentation and the action-packed meeting on Friday. Alec gave us thoughtful reason to be proud to be a Rotarian and a part of this remarkable, global, organization.

 

Kudos to all those who were able to stay, or come back, to give a pint of blood to the Red Cross on Friday.  I understand that they were busy into the lunch hour. Thanks to Mickey Rogers for organizing this opportunity. We also had several Rotarians help leader, Chris Weeber, with the Adopt-a-Mile on Saturday morning. Hopefully there weren’t too many complaints switching breakfast from Burger King to Chick-Fil-A? Hopefully we had a few Rotarians lend a hand at the Alpharetta Arbor Day event as well.

 

The time is now - - - Please sign-up for District Conference, April 26th – 29th at San Destin. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. If you are a new Rotarian since the last District Conference date, the Club will pay your registration fee!  See more detail, below!

 

Randy Schiltz will give us an overview/report of his mission trip experience working in a village located on La Gonave, an island off of Haiti, which our Rotary club supported through Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.   

 

Our Speaker this week is our fellow Rotarian, Alpharetta Public Safety Director, Chief John Robison. This is John’s second stint with Alpharetta Public Safety, where he started his career in the field in 2005. Climbing through the ranks, he was offered the opportunity in Powder Springs in 2014 as Deputy Chief, and then Chief of Police until his arrival back in Alpharetta as Public Safety Director in January, 2017. Following his graduation from Georgia State (Criminal Justice) he obtained an MS in Divinity from New Orleans Seminary (1998). Since, John has continued his education with an MS in Public Administration from Columbus State (2014), and is currently working toward his Doctorate in Public Administration (2020). John admits he married way out of his league with Lori, and with the marriage of his daughter last December, all the kids have left the nest.  John is an avid reader and a sports fan (he says Go Dawgs…or something like that), and he and Lori look forward to more travel together. I know we will all enjoy getting to know John better and why he says he has the “best job in the world” as our Alpharetta Public Safety Director. 

 

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, Chris Cammack, as he will give us our Vocational Minute this week.

 

Opportunities to Serve

  • King’s Ridge Interact – Sr. Prom Event March 18th 3-5pm at Metropolitan Club
  • Lionheart Gardens workday – May 5th (details to follow)
  • 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) – LAST CHANCE

(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 have a sign-up sheet at our meeting on Friday.  To make it even easier for us, Steve will be doing one registration for all Alpharetta members who plan to attend!

District Conference

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

 

As DG Alec addressed our Club last Friday, speaking to how Rotary has impacted his life, I had to reflect on what Rotary, and specifically you as Alpharetta Rotarians have impacted my own. My experience with all of you has enriched my life beyond any way I could measure, and I could not imagine all that would be missing if James Benson hadn’t insisted that I join. I/we are blessed to have the friendships, community involvement and meaningful impact – local and global - that only Rotary can provide. Do someone a favor and ask them to join the greatest civic organization in the world.  They will be forever grateful that you did.

 

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday!

 

President's Message - March 14, 2018 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

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 marulich@aol.com. 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. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682. 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 dzemlock@yahoo.com
  • 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!

President's Message - March 7, 2018 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Bell will ring at 7:29 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!

 

I hope all enjoyed a particularly exciting meeting last week, featuring Nik Wallenda. I know several Rotarians paid a visit to Big Apple Circus before their last show on February 25th. Perhaps we will see Nik again when he arranges to walk across Tallulah Gorge in tribute to his great-grandfather who crossed it in the summer of 1970. Here’s more information about Nik’s plans for the Gorge walk:  http://www.cbs46.com/story/24794855/tightrope-walker-targets-tallulah-gorge

 

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. http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/register4/index.cfm?EventID=77348682

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 Edward Ahmed Mitchell, is a civil rights attorney who serves as executive director of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. As part of America's largest Muslim civil rights organization, CAIR Georgia counters anti-Muslim bigotry, engages in interfaith dialogue, and builds coalitions with other civil rights groups. Edward graduated from Morehouse College and Georgetown University Law Center. He previously served as a criminal prosecutor in Atlanta. He is also an editor of Atlanta Muslim, a member of the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, and a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta. Edward grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia, with an interfaith family that included Protestants, Catholics, Christian Unitarians, Muslims, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

 

Vocational Minute

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

 

Member News

Olympic Bobsled Results!

As you know, Chris Kinney, son of Rotarian, Sandra Kinney, competed with sled #2 for USA Bobsled on February 23rd and 24th. Chris and his teammates finished 19th overall in the competition. Congrats to Chris and his teammates on an outstanding effort and for all the hard work and sacrifice it has taken to compete at this level for the honor of representing our Country! For more information, visit: https://www.teamusa.org/.PyeongChang-2018-Olympic-Winter-Games/Results/Results-by-Day/2-25

  

Opportunities to Serve

  • Adopt-A-Mile – Saturday, March 3rdMeet at Chick-Fil-A Avalon at 7am for breakfast. Clean-up begins at 7:30.  Questions?  Contact Chris Weeber 
  • 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

  • Contact Steve Corder for more information.

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 should have an update for us on Friday!

 

District Conference

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

President's Message - February 28, 2018 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik_Wallenda

 

https://www.facebook.com/AMHQonTWC/videos/1965793630117791/

 

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, dswofford@mhtlegal.com ) for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!

 

President's Message - Feb. 21, 2018 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Bell will ring at 7:27 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!

I think it’s no coincidence that Valentine’s Day is also associated with “Rotary Has Heart” month! With plans for a Blood Drive on March 9th, we may be a little late to the party, but I don’t think there is ever a bad time to give a pint of blood for someone in need. Mickey Rogers will give us some more detail soon, but plan to stay after our meeting on 9 March to participate!

 

Our speaker this week will be Alpharetta Mayor, David belle Isle. Earlier in the week, the Mayor delivered his final “State of the City” address and a reflection of his term of office. David will deliver a similar message to our Rotary Club Friday morning.  I hope you will make a special effort to attend our meeting as we say “fare-well” to a fellow Rotarian who has served our City for many years as both our Mayor and as a Councilman.

 

We will also recognize four of our members transitioning from Red to Blue badges: David Cochran, Meredith Moore, Olga Narvaez and Richard Owen.

 

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

 

Special congratulations to our newest Rotarians, inducted last week: Sergio De La Torre, Jill Bernard, and Fran Schefer.  If you have not already, please seek them out and get to know them. They will need our support as they run through the Red Badge program and seek to find their points of impact within Alpharetta Rotary and beyond.

 

Once again, I am going to keep this detailed information in the body of this update for your reference.  PLEASE take action and register for one of the Rotary Leadership Institutes, put the District Assembly on your calendar, AND be sure to register for the District Conference!

 

 

Opportunities:

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

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

 

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, dswofford@mhtlegal.com ) for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

 

   

I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!

 

President's Message - February 14, 2018 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Bell will ring at 7:27 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!

This past Saturday morning I received a text from Past President and District Governor Nominee Designate, Kirk Driskell, who was attending a session at a District Leadership Conference at Calloway Gardens.  During their session, they were trying to close the gap on funding two Rotary International projects. Kirk asked if we could help provide the necessary funding, as much as $1,500, to help put these projects over the top.  I walked outside the OK Café where we were having brunch with my youngest daughter and responded “YES” - - - . I was so proud we were able to support Kirk’s request. As a result of Alpharetta Rotary and others present, both projects were fully funded. Our $1,400 will be matched by the District, and then matched, again, by the Rotary International Foundation. Our $1,500 turned into $6,000!

 

Two things stood out to me in this exchange. First, we are so fortunate to be in a financial position to handle such requests; and secondly, we get things DONE. As it is said “Rotarians are People of Action” – Alpharetta Rotary exemplifies this statement in the best way.  Simple – no “red tape” just do the right thing…

 

Here is a summary of the grants that were funded:

Haiti C Arm grant – This grant is championed by our RI President Elect Barry Rassin, total impact of $182,000 to Purchase a “C-Arm” Machine for a Hospital in Haiti serving a city of 1 million people, most of whom depend upon motor scooters for all transportation.   The population incurs the highest numbers of life threatening and debilitating accidents in the country and the hospital Doctors lack this special X-Ray machine to assist in the diagnosis and repair of complex fractures and injuries. 

 

The following clubs stepped up:

Alpharetta $1000

Dawson $200

Griffin $1000

North Atlanta $100

North Columbus $100

Sandy Springs $200

Stone Mountain $900

  

The Bangladesh Women’s Health Grant provides Breast Cancer Screening services via an ambulance and mobile Mammogram Machine In remote villages In Bangladesh.  A VTT Team will recruit and train local Community Health workers who will continue Breast & Cervical Cancer screening and referrals for treatment among the women.  The goal of the project is to reduce the death rates of these women from breast and cervical cancer.  At present, rural women are twice as likely to die from these diseases than are women in more populated areas.  The GG provides early diagnosis and access to appropriate care where there has been none in the past. 

 

The following clubs stepped to support this grant:

Alpharetta $500

Bainbridge $350

Cairo $500

Camilla $350

Decatur $500

Harris Co. $300

N Atlanta $100

N Columbus $200

Peachtree City $500

Stone Mountain $1100

 

 I am going to keep this detailed information in the body of this update for your reference.  PLEASE take action and register for one of the Rotary Leadership Institutes, put the District Assembly on your calendar, AND be sure to register for the District Conference!

 

Our speaker this week is Stanton Girod. Stanton is a founder and president of AR Consultant Group, Inc. an Atlanta-based technology firm that specializes in reducing the complexity and cost for advanced technology in mid-sized businesses. Before starting AR Consultant Group, Stanton worked for several technology companies centered around the data storage and disaster recovery space.  Stanton has specialized experience in the Banking and Finance industry and has worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, focusing on security and disaster recovery of financial systems.

 

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

 

Opportunities:

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

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

 

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, dswofford@mhtlegal.com ) for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

   

Unfortunately will miss you all as I have a required work commitment downtown this Friday. PE Robin will have the floor….  Enjoy your breakfast!

 

 

President's Message - February 7, 2018 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

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

It seems every time I’m away, another award is handed-out!  Congrats to Jason for yet another accolade that reflects the effectiveness and impact of this Club!

 

 I am going to keep this detailed information in the body of this update for your reference.  PLEASE take action and register for one of the Rotary Leadership Institutes, put the District Assembly on your calendar, AND be sure to register for the District Conference!

 

Our speaker this week is Kevin Riley. Kevin, a long-time employee of Cox Enterprises, has been Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since January, 2011. During his tenure, the AJC has been the recipient of numerous and prestigious awards, as he has worked to rejuvenate Atlanta’s venerable newspaper with an emphasis on investigative, watch-dog journalism.

 

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

 

Opportunities:

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

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

 

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 Swafford  (770-781-4100, dswafford@mhtlegal.com ) for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

   

I look forward to seeing each of you on Friday morning! 

 

President's Message - January 31, 2018 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Join the Mayor of Alpharetta and a lively crowd of runners and walkers on Thursday, August 22nd at City Hall for the annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Race.

 
 
It’s basically a huge block party.  A night of food, music and friendly competition.  Held in concert with Alpharetta’s renowned Food Truck Alley! The Alpharetta Mayor's Corporate Challenge 5K Race attracts thousands of residents, corporate employees and runners.  This year's venue is City Park behind Alpharetta City Hall.  The new location is attracting interest from large corporate sponsors who desire a private company picnic experience while enjoying Alpharetta's most exciting night of the year.  
 
 
2019 Alpharetta Mayor's Corporate Challenge 5k Run Walk Mike Lowry 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

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

What an Atlanta winter we are having.  Last week we were contending with snow, ice and children home from school. This past Sunday afternoon I was out cycling in warm weather gear on the Greenway with what seemed like half of Alpharetta! I hope your week is off to a “sunny” start.

 

As with last week, there is a lot of information in this update!  Please read through to the end for general information, dates and registration links. Please click on these links to learn more and to register!

 

Our speaker this week is Veronica Rockwitz. Veronica was introduced to yoga in 1991 as a college student searching for a means to handle stress in her life.  Inspired by Rolf Sovik while studying at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, New York, she fell in love with it, which planted the seed for her 25 year yoga journey. She has since studied under notable mentors and began teaching in 2007. Veronica truly believes that yoga is the foundation for a balanced lifestyle which can open one to life’s infinite possibilities.    Veronica is also a Registered Dental Hygenist, and is married with two children. Veronica’s experience as a healthcare professional contributes to her understanding of whole body health that she is able to share with her students. 

 

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

 

Opportunities:

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

 

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

 

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 Swafford  (770-781-4100, dswafford@mhtlegal.com )for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

   

We encourage you to attend one of the RLI sessions, join the Club at General Assembly in Columbus and register and plan to attend District Conference.  Attending such events will expand your depth of knowledge, friendships and impact as a Rotarian! 

 

I will be out of town this Friday, but you will be in the very capable hands of President-Elect Robin!

President's Message - Jan. 24, 2018 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

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

Perhaps many of you, like me, are waiting for this new snow to clear – a beautiful nuisance, it is! I hope you are all safe, warm, and trying to stay healthy!

 

There is a lot of information in this update!  Please read through to the end for general information, dates and registration links.

 

Our speaker this week is Monique Russell of Clear Communication Solutions LLC. Monique is a professional speaker, trainer and coach helping leaders and teams communicate effectively at work. She’s consulted on marketing and communication strategies with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), national associations and corporate organizations. She’s appeared on business radio, has been quoted in national publications and has sponsored local and international initiatives in leadership.

 

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

 

Opportunities:

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Women of Rotary will meet Feb 21st 5:30-7:30 at Colletta’s - Avalon

 

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

 

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 Swafford  (770-781-4100, dswafford@mhtlegal.com )for more information.  Deadline for application will be end of February.

   

Thanks for your patience – I know there is a lot of information here.  I encourage you to attend one of the RLI sessions, join the Club at General Assembly and certainly register and plan to attend District Conference.  You will be in the company and fellowship of great Rotarians and friends!

 

Many thanks for what you do to make Alpharetta Rotary such an extraordinary and impactful community organization!

 

See you all Friday!!

 

President's Message - Jan. 17, 2018 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

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

My apologies for the delayed update this week.  I have been out of town – and sick – not the best combination, but on the mend!

 

We have a VERY IMPORTANT Paul Harris presentation this Friday.  Well over 20 Paul Harris level awards will be given out as a result of your responses.  Please be present so we can recognize you and celebrate the results of Foundation Month!!

 

Our speaker this week will be Paul Sinor. Paul is a published novelist and a produced screenwriter. Paul holds a MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles and taught Screen Writing at the University of West Florida.  He has eight feature films produced from screen plays that he wrote.  He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and served as the Army Liaison to the TV and Film Industry and worked on such films as TRANSFORMERS 1&2, I AM LEGEND, GI JOE, THE MESSENGER, TAKING CHANCE and numerous other feature films and television episodes.  He has worked with notables such as Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, and Daniel Craig. No doubt we will be educated and entertained!

Deborah Swafford will give us our Vocational Minute this week – no, really – we will fit her in J.  

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039

 

See Steve Corder (stevecorder1@gmail.com 770-855-5225) regarding these GREAT Rotary opportunities:

  • Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 10 March in Tucker; and 17 March in Cartersville
  • General Assembly 24 March at Ironworks in Columbus, GA
  • District Conference San Destin! April 26 – 29th

   

There are so many people out sick with the cold and flu right now – stay healthy – use hand sanitizer!  You don’t want to experience this or take it home!

 

See you Friday!!

President's Message - Jan. 11, 2018 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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

I hope that you and yours enjoyed the holiday season and the celebration of the New Year! And while it was nice to have some time with family and friends, I look forward to seeing all of you at breakfast on Friday!

 

Our speaker this week will be Brad Carver, Partner, Senior Managing Director of HBS Government Affairs. Brad has over 18 years of experience representing clients before the Georgia General Assembly and various state agencies and commissions. Mr. Carver also specializes in economic development and negotiates tax incentives from state and local governments for clients. He also helps international clients looking to locate their operations in Georgia and the rest of the Southeast and focuses particularly on German clients. He currently serves as the Secretary of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. Mr. Carver is also a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. He is also in the Business Litigation; Energy, Regulatory and Utilities; Environmental, Mass Torts and Land Use; International; and Transactional practice groups. Prior to HBS, Mr. Carver worked for Miller & Martin, Alston & Bird, and UPS.

Deborah Swafford will give us our Vocational Minute this week.  

  • Jan 6th - Sign-up for One for the Chipper!! – See Mickey Rogrs for available shifts.
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039

   

Stay tuned for upcoming service projects, fellowship events that will brighten the dark and cold of winter, and our District Conference in San Destin (April 26th-29th).

 

As is customary for Alpharetta Rotary, what an amazing first-half of our year! We accomplished some large projects, and some that might appear to be small – but had LARGE impact.  Let’s keep our momentum moving forward right through the winter and into spring!

I look forward to seeing you on Friday!

President's Message - Jan. 3, 2018 2018-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

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

We are in for a REAL treat this Friday with a performance by the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra, brought to us by Lyman Louis. They will provide music through our fellowship time and a bit beyond.  Please welcome them warmly and enjoy the festive holiday music these talented young musicians provide.

 

Our speaker this week will be Stanton Girod, President and Founder of AR Consultant Group. AR Consultant Group is an Atlanta-based technology firm that specializes in reducing the complexity and cost for advanced technology in mid-sized businesses.  

 

Be sure to stay after the meeting to help assemble the fruit baskets for seniors. Katie Rocco will lead us in this effort! We also need 3 to 5 Rotarians to serve as Judges for the Annual APC Holiday Door Decorating Contest. There are several prize categories at stake between church staff and the APC Day School classrooms.  Please contact Robin McIntire to participate.   – Should be a lot of fun!

 

  • Sign-up for the Rotary Holiday Party! - December 15  - 6:30pm at Crooked Creek – contact Charlcie Forehand at 678-762-9954. Cost is $25pp.
  • Dogwood Square Seniors Holiday Luncheon.  We need 8 Rotarians to help serve and provide fellowship to this deserving group. Please contact Mary Ulich at 678-524-5138
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Fruit Baskets for Seniors – contact Katie Rocco at 770-710-5911
  • December 15th – we need 3 to 5 Rotary “Judges” for the APC door decorating contest. FUN!!! Contact Robin McIntire to volunteer!
  • January 6 – One for the Chipper – more information to follow from Mickey Rogers.

   

Holiday Meeting Schedule

As a reminder, we will not have breakfast together on December 22nd or December 29th. Of course that makes it all the more important to make the other meetings, attend the Holiday Party on December 15th with your spouse or guest, and participate in service opportunities.

 

Paul Harris Recognition Day

We will be holding a Paul Harris Recognition Day at our meeting on January 12th. We would LOVE to have you standing up front to receive your award with the many others who have given this year for the first time, or over the years.  Also, consider becoming a Paul Harris Society member by pledging (as I have) at least $1,000 a year to the RI Foundation;, or become a Benefactor by contacting Fred Denkman to prepare a Codicil, bequeathing a specific amount of your estate to the RI Foundation.

Thanks to all those who participated in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing last Saturday, organized by Steve Gillard. It’s just another way in which Alpharetta Rotary shows it truly cares – and has fun along the way.  I can’t think of another group I would rather serve with – -

I will be out of town Friday morning, so PE Robin will have the pleasure of running the show.  I hope you all enjoy this last breakfast together of 2017!  See you Friday night!!

 

President's Message - Dec. 13 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

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

Great to be back!  I missed you all last Friday, but understand from PE Robin that all went well – even with the technology! Thank you, Robin!

Our speaker this week will be Raymond Berger. Raymond Berger is a certified hypnotherapist.  He uses hypnosis to treat a variety of clinical and medical conditions including: weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, ADHD and PTSD.  He is also focused on helping some of his clients increase their sales, sports and academic performance by leveraging the power of the subconscious mind. As a reformed corporate warrior, Raymond had been practicing hypnosis on a part time basis.  At the beginning of 2017, he decided to take the plunge and make it his full time endeavor.  He has multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees and speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin).    Ray is a member of the Lanier-Forsyth Rotary and has a practice in near downtown Cumming.

Two very special guests will be paying our Club a visit this Friday: Past District Governor, Raymond Ray and Past District Governor Bob Hagan. They will be on-hand to present a very special award for our Foundation contributions last year.  Please be present to honor our PDG’s and our Club’s accomplishments! (This is a BIG deal…..J )

Alex Paulk is scheduled to give us our Vocational Minute.

 

  • Sign-up for the Rotary Holiday Party! - December 15  - 6:30pm at Crooked Creek – contact Charlcie Forehand at 678-762-9954. Cost is $25pp.
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • December 7 – USO at Hartsfield  - contact William Perkins 770-876-5106
  • Fruit Baskets for Seniors – contact Katie Rocco at 770-710-5911
  • December 9 – Salvation Army Bell Ringing – contact Steve Gillard 678-938-1448.
  • December 15th – we need 3 to 5 Rotary “Judges” for the APC door decorating contest. FUN!!!
  • January 6 – One for the Chipper – more information to follow

   

Holiday Meeting Schedule

As a reminder, we will not have breakfast together on December 22nd or December 29th. Of course that makes it all the more important to make the other meetings, attend the Holiday Party on December 15th with your spouse or guest, and participate in service opportunities.

 

If you have not yet pledged to make a difference with a gift to the RI Foundation this year, I would encourage you to have those discussions at home and consider your next-level Paul Harris or Major Donor status. Our PDG guests, Raymond Ray and Bob Hagan, can attest to the benefits of foundation giving, and I hope the award presentation inspires us all to recommit resources, as we are able, and “Do Good In the World” as only Rotary can.

 

President's Message - Dec. 6 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Bell will ring at 7:25 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line!
Welcome back!! I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful “pause” that Thanksgiving gives us as an opportunity to spend time reconnecting with family and friends, and to reflect on the many blessings for which we are thankful.
 
Our speaker this week will be Dave Shaffer, CEO of First Step Staffing http://firststepstaffing.com/. First Step Staffing works “to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning from homelessness. Steady and sustainable income is the only permanent, reliable path out of homelessness - And we help provide that sustainable income by helping local businesses succeed.” What a perfect “next step” to our last meeting where we heard from Barbara Duffy (NFCC), Rose Burton (HomeStretch) and Kathy Swahn (Drake House).
Given that we missed last Friday’s post-Thanksgiving meeting, Mark Orr will continue his series on the importance of our gifts to the RI Foundation, so consider investing in your next-level Paul Harris (maybe Major Donor?) status.  I have been so impressed by those who of you who have stepped forward in the past few weeks to Do Good in the World through the Foundation.
Ralph Aguera is on-deck to give us our Vocational Minute.
 
  • Sign-up for the Rotary Holiday Party! - December 15  - 6:30pm at Crooked Creek – contact Charlcie Forehand at 678-762-9954. Cost is $25pp.
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • December 7 – USO at Hartsfield  - contact William Perkins 770-876-5106
  • Fruit Baskets for Seniors – contact Katie Rocco at 770-710-5911
  • December 9 – Salvation Army Bell Ringing – contact Steve Gillard 678-938-1448.
  • January 6 – One for the Chipper – more information to follow
   
Holiday Meeting Schedule
As a reminder, we will not have breakfast together on December 22nd or December 29th. Of course that makes it all the more important to make the other meetings, attend the Holiday Party on December 15th with your spouse or guest, and participate in service opportunities.
 
As has become “tradition” at our Thanksgiving table of family and friends, we took some time to reflect on those blessings in our lives, this past year, for which we are most deeply thankful. I can tell you that my “Rotary Family” was included among those blessings in my first sentence. I so appreciate the thoughtful support our Rotary provides to members working through life’s challenges, and celebrating joyful moments. There are many benefits of being a Rotarian, an Alpharetta Rotarian, but I believe there’s no benefit equal to the fellowship, support, and service we share in community with one another.
 
Due to a work commitment, I will miss seeing you this Friday, but you will be in the capable hands of President Elect Robin!
 
Scott Doll
President

 
President's Message - Nov. 29 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

 

At a Glance

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

We are in for a very special treat this Friday! Our program will involve a non-profit panel consisting of Barbara Dufffy of North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC), Kathy Swahn of The Drake House and Rose Burton of HomeStretch. Each will give us an update on their organization and then the three will educate us on the Continuum of Care, and plans for the future. You will not want to miss this presentation by these outstanding non-profit executives in whose organizations we are so heavily invested. November is Foundation Month. Mark Orr will give us good reason to give to the RI Foundation, so consider investing in your next-level Paul Harris (maybe Major Donor?) status.  Do Good in the World!

 

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Oct/Nov NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466 2,500 Cans! I know we made great progress last week!  Are we done, yet, Lauri??
  • Nov 18 Adopt a Mile – 7:30am at Burger King Contact Chris Weeber 770-365-6719  
  • December 7 – USO at Hartsfield  - contact William Perkins 770-876-5106
  • Fruit Baskets for Seniors – contact Katie Rocco at 770-710-5911
  • December 15 – Rotary Holiday Party! 6:30pm at Crooked Creek

 

Drake Village - Mickey Rogers has successfully sourced many of the remaining furniture items needed by our Drake Village family.  They have been delayed in making the final move with all of their household items, and may need some assistance.  Mickey will send out an email as help is needed.

  

Holiday Meeting Schedule

Is it REALLY that time of year? As a reminder, we will not have breakfast together on November 24th, December 22nd or December 29th. Of course that makes it all the more important to make the other meetings, service opportunities and our holiday party.

 

President Nominee Process

As mentioned at our last meeting, please be sure to get your nomination for Rotary President of the 2020-2021 year to Kirk Driskell as soon as possible.

 

I look forward to seeing you Friday!

President's Message - Nov.15 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

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

Our speaker this week will be former Club member, Roxane Dimon. Roxane will educate us on reverse mortgages: how they work, the benefits and pitfalls. Ethan Underwood will give our Vocational Minute. November is Foundation Month. Mark Orr will speak to us about our 2017-2018 Foundation goal and the impact our contributions have both here and across the globe!

 

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Oct/Nov NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466 2,500 Cans! I know we made great progress last week!
  • Nov 14 Alpharetta Community Thanksgiving Service – we need approximately 10 Rotarians to service as Ushers and reception greeters (something we do best). If you plan to attend, please consider volunteering for this wonderful ecumenical service.  Contact Scott Doll 678-984-3389
  • Nov 18 Adopt a Mile – 7:30am at Burger King Contact Chris Weeber770-365-6719    
  • Fruit Baskets for Seniors – contact Katie Rocco at 770-710-5911

 

Once again it’s been a very busy Rotary week of service and fellowship. Many thanks to Dwayne Kasper and Ralph Agulera for delivering a dozen or more large bags of coats to the NFCC Warm Coat Drive drop-off site. Through the collaborative efforts of Alpharetta Rotary and Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, over 400 coats will be available to those in our community in need.

Thanks to John Norton, Charlcie Forehand and Mary Ulich for leading our GRSP Weekend and Saturday evening Family of Rotary Dinner and fire pit social (Paul Ray builds a good fire…). We owe gratitude to several of our Alpharetta Rotary families who hosted multiple students in their homes Friday and Saturday night, and to APC for allowing us to hold such events at the church. Rotarians also provided an outstanding potluck meal for all who attended. That might have been the best dinner in Alpharetta that evening.

I understand that our Drake Village family has now moved into their new home. What a transformation at the hands of Mickey Rogers and all of our volunteer Rotarians for making this possible.

As always, thanks to those who do the Fresh Market Run every weekday afternoon.  Imagine the cumulative impact of this longstanding program.

 

Having dinner with the GRSP students and spending time by the fire pit on Saturday night, you begin to understand the importance of this program. These young leaders are developing deep relationships with students from across the globe, an appreciation for our country and culture, and a broader perspective of the world and times in which we live. And – if you are lucky enough to spend time with them, they impart the same to you. I’m proud to be a part of such a dedicated group of Rotarians and servant leaders who truly invest themselves in making our world – THE world a better place for all.

 

See you Friday…  

President's Message - Nov. 8 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

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

Our speaker this week will be Hunt Anderson, Cardiologist at WellStar. Dr. Adams will give us an overview of heart health and treatment.  It’s a good thing that he speaks after most of us have already eaten!  Hopefully his presentation will strengthen our resolve to make heart healthy choices in exercise, diet and regular check-ups.

Nelson Karpeh will give our Vocational Minute, and we will induct three new members into our Club!. Two things to bring: 1) Cans or $$ for the NFCC Food Drive (goal of 2,500 cans); and  2) one final chance to bring your warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves for those who need them!

 

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Month of October – NFCC Warm Coat Drive – final meeting to bring in your coats!
  • Oct/Nov NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466 2,500 Cans!
  • Nov 3-4 GRSP Weekend – 3rd – Fun with GRSP Students in Atlanta, 4th Dinner at APC – ALL HANDS! – Contact John Norton 770-851-6149
  • Nov 14 Alpharetta Community Thanksgiving Service – we need approximately 10 Rotarians to service as Ushers and reception greeters (something we do best). If you plan to attend, please consider volunteering for this wonderful ecumenical service.  Contact Scott Doll 678-984-3389   

 

Our Drake Village apartment is complete!! Thanks to all those who showed-up for the completion of the floor system, we are ready for our family to move into their new home!  Take a moment to consider the impact…. If not for Alpharetta Rotary and our collective efforts, this family would not be safe and secure where they are today. I am so proud of this Club and its willingness to step forward, without hesitation, and serve.

 

According to our fellow Rotarian, Chief Robison, the National Drug Take-back program last Saturday was a great success! This was only made possible by Alpharetta Rotary’s purchase of MedReturn boxes, and coordination with Alpharetta Public Safety to locate them at every Firehouse and Alpharetta Public Safety HQ. A great example of how we can make a difference working together in our community.

 

If your schedule allows, please join me in the JOY of delivering the warm coats we have collected, along with Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, to North Fulton Community Charities.  I plan to bring the YMCA truck with me to transport – YES we have that many!  If you have yet to clean your closets, please do so – this will be your last opportunity to be sure your extra coats keep someone warm this winter…

 

GRSP Weekend is upon us!  Please connect with John Norton 770-851-6149 if you wish to host a student/s and Charlcie Forehand 678-613-4422 in regard to Saturday night dinner at APC  - and offer your help. We expect at least 35 students and as many Rotarians for dinner (5pm) and a bonfire to follow at APC on Saturday night.  Bring the family with you as well!

 

You are part of one amazing Rotary Club…

 

See you Friday…  

 

 

President's Message - Nov. 1 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

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

Our speaker this week will be Past District Governor (2014-2015), Alicia Michaels. In July of 2016, Alicia left the proprietorship of her own successful business and assumed the role of President and CEO with Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, Inc.  She is now focused on the business of making a difference by creating and maintaining sustainable partnerships through global outreach.  Alicia collaborates with teams of volunteers, national government officials, public relations and media experts, international corporate executives and foundations in an effort strengthen the infrastructure of health care delivery across the globe. Alicia is passionate about her work and will be an inspiration to us all – you don’t want to miss!

Kirk Driskell will give our Vocational Minute, and we will hear from Livia Oliveira, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Two things to bring: 1) Cans or $$ for the NFCC Food Drive (goal of 2,500 cans); and  2) FINAL meeting to bring your warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves for those who need them!

 

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Month of October – NFCC Warm Coat Drive – bring in your coats!
  • Oct/Nov NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466 2,500 Cans!
  • Oct 26th Rotary After Hours at 190 Bluegrass Valley Pkwy
  • Oct 28 -  Final Date for Work Crew needed at Rotary’s Drake Village apartment – Contact Mickey Rogers at 770-378-2597 mrogers728@gmail.com
  • Oct 31st Meals by Grace Golf Tournament at The Manor Golf & Country Club (see attached). Contact Suellen Daniels at 404-425-4822 sueellen.daniels@mealsbygrace.org
  • Nov 3-4 GRSP Weekend – 3rd – Fun with GRSP Students in Atlanta, 4th Dinner at APC – All Hands. We need host families – Contact John Norton 770-851-6149

It’s been another busy week for Alpharetta Rotary, whether you worked with Mickey at our Drake Village apartment, served with a Fresh Market run, attended RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) or joined us at the home of Randy and Casey Schiltz for our 2nd Annual Oyster Roast, there was plenty of service and fellowship. This Thursday plan to attend Rotary After Hours in conjunction with the Alpharetta Business Association (ABA). The fellowship event will be held 5:30-7:00 at Digital Ignition - 190 Bluegrass Valley Parkway.  Please let Charlcie know if you plan to attend.  See you there!

 

I don’t know where to begin or how to express my deep appreciation for the love, prayers and support shown to me and my family at the loss of my father last Tuesday the 17th. To experience such a loss, and be surrounded by people who truly care about you, is one of the great blessings in life. Rotary is more than a Club, but an extension of family. We were so appreciative for those who were able to attend the memorial service – that meant so much. Thank you for doing what you do so well for all – I appreciate it now all the more from the perspective of a humbled recipient.

 

See you Friday…  

President's Message - October 25 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

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

Our speaker this week will be Alan Faircloth, Director of Enforcement in the Supervision and Regulation Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Senior Counsel in the Legal Department. Erin Doiron will give our Vocational Minute. We ask that you remember to bring two things

1) Please bring prospective members as your guests this month: and 2) Bring your warm coats, scarves, hats and gloves for those who need them!

 

  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg 678-773-1039
  • Month of October – NFCC Warm Coat Drive – bring in your coats!
  • Oct/Nov – NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466
  • Oct 11, 14, 18, 25th Work Crew needed at Rotary’s Drake Village apartment – Contact Mickey Rogers at 770-378-2597 mrogers728@gmail.com
  • Oct 21 Sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Sandy Springs – Contact Steve Corder at 770-855-5225
  • Oct 21 Oyster Roast to benefit End Polio. We have 100 tickets available.  Tickets are easy to purchase online. I will resend the invitation in a separate email. Bring your friends and neighbors (and their check books) for fun, fellowship and a serious philanthropic cause. Cost is $35pp with an opportunity to give more to End Polio Now!  I look forward to seeing you all there!
  • Oct 31st Meals by Grace Golf Tournament at The Manor Golf & Country Club (see attached). Contact Suellen Daniels at 404-425-4822 sueellen.daniels@mealsbygrace.org
  • Nov 3-4 GRSP Weekend – 3rd – Fun with GRSP Students in Atlanta, 4th Dinner at APC – All Hands. We need host families – Contact John Norton 770-851-6149

 

There are so many upcoming opportunities to serve.  I hope you are able to participate alongside your fellow Rotarians for some hands-on, boots on the ground service to others - including tomorrow at Drake Village beginning at 9am for the “demo” portion of the project.  Stay for an hour or for 4 – whatever fits your schedule.  See Mickey Rogers 770-378-2597 mrogers728@gmail.com

 

This week is your final opportunity to sign-up for the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Sandy Springs on 10/21. A number of you emailed me that you’re registered to attend (great!!), so those who have yet to do so, know you will be in good company.  Steve Corder 770-855-5225 can assist with any questions.  The Club will pay for registration fees.

 

WE are hosting GRSP Weekend North Fulton November 3-4. Open your home to a couple of these wonderful students who will be spending the weekend experiencing Atlanta and Alpharetta.  See John Norton for more details 770-851-6149 sgsgass@hotmail.com

 

This past Sunday, while at the John’s Creek Rotary Southern Charms event, I was bragging on our Club (as I often do…) saying this is one organization that does not operate by the 80/20 Rule. In fact we do MUCH better. I don’t know that there are many other Clubs, or organizations of any kind, that can consistently make that statement the way we can. To do all we do, it takes many hands, many leaders, and leaders willing to follow. Thanks to all of you for stepping forward to do what you can.  It makes all the difference!

 

See you Friday…  

 

President's Message - October 10 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Meals By Grace Golf Tournament 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

Bell will ring at 7:26 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line.

Our speaker this week will be Olgie Shaw who will discuss the current state of childhood obesity and health. 

We will also hear about Lizann Gibson's work with the GSU STEM Club and their engagement with Alpharetta Rotary through Brian King.

Livia, our Rotary Youth Exchange student will be visiting us along with her host family, as will next year's outbound RYE student prospect Sophia Gomez.   

 

  • Vocational Minute – Sandra Kinney AND Phil Montague
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Oct 5th USO - see Chris Weeber of William Perkins
  • Oct 5th - North Fulton Rotary - Concert in the Park (Wills Park Equestrian)  We have a table so let me know if interested!
  • Month of October – NFCC Warm Coat Drive – bring in your coats
  • Oct/Nov – NFCC Food Drive –Contact Lauri Young 770-883-0466
  • Oct 11 & 14 Work Crew needed at Rotary’s Drake Village apartment
  • Oct 21 Sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Sandy Springs – Contact Steve Corder at 770-855-5225
  • Oct 21 Oyster Roast to benefit End Polio. We will include Milton/Windward and North Fulton Rotary in this ridiculously fun event. Bring your friends and neighbors (and their check books) for fun, fellowship and a serious philanthropic cause. Cost is $35pp with an opportunity to give more to End Polio Now!  I’m “in” I hope you are as well!
  • Oct 31st Meals by Grace Golf Tournament at The Manor Golf & Country Club (see attached) 
  • Nov 3-4 GRSP Weekend – 3rd – Fun with GRSP Students in Atlanta, 4th Dinner at APC – All Hands. We will need host families – Contact John Norton 770-851-6149

Week in Review

Thanks to all who continue to serve with deliveries each day from Fresh Market to NFCC. This is our longest running, continuous program. Kudos to Lee Doernberg for organizing this each week.  Imagine the cumulative impact…imagine the families in need each day.

 

Be sure to sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Sandy Springs on 10/21. Steve Corder 770-855-5225 can assist with any questions.  The Club will pay for registration fees.

We have many upcoming opportunities for service and leadership. Be sure to sign-up and participate as you are able.  Invite your family and friends to join as well.  Rotarians are People of Action…

 

See you Friday…  

President's Message - October 4 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

Bell will ring at 7:22 this week – be ready to join the breakfast line. Sandra Kinney is up first for Vocational Minute!

  • Speaker is Chris Carr, Georgia attorney General.  You will not want to miss his presentation.  We are honored to have him visit with us – thanks to your speaker chairs, Dan Merkel and Lee Doernberg. See his bio at: https://law.georgia.gov/biography-attorney-general
  • Vocational Minute – Sandra Kinney AND Michelle Miralles
  • Independence HS Interact – Pin Presentation
  • Final Chance 7-8am Rotary Directory headshots by Clark Savage
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Sept 30 - Sign-up for Rivers Alive Day of Service 9/30
  • Oct 05 - Attend N. Fulton Rotary “Concert in the Park” – we have a table! See Scott D.
  • Oct 5 - Sign-up for USO 10/05 Contact Past President William at 770-876-5106
  • Oct 7 & 14 Work Crew needed at Rotary’s Drake Village apartment
  • Oct 21 Sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Sandy Springs – Contact Steve Corder at 770-855-5225
  • Oct 21 Oyster Roast to benefit End Polio. We will include Milton/Windward and North Fulton Rotary in this fun event. Bring your friends and neighbors (and their check books) for fun, fellowship and a serious philanthropic cause. Cost is $35pp with an opportunity, should you choose, to give more to End Polio Now!  I’m “in.” I hope you are as well!

Week in Review

I wanted to share the Channel 2 News for a story on the MedReturn boxes (attached) and a link to the outstanding Mayor’s Corporate Challenge video https://vimeo.com/233922566  shot by our own Matt Williams.  We can ALL take pride in what these videos represent – we ARE Alpharetta Rotary. Rotarians in Action.

 

Harvey and Irma Hurricane Disaster Relief – and now Maria

Will Daniel has confirmed that our funds: $6,000 to Harvey Disaster Relief and $5,600 to Shelter Box are on their way to those in need.  We will look to engage for long-term relief and “boots on the ground” service within the Caribbean through the leadership John Hipes and Kirk Driskell are providing to our District.

 

Trust Your Crazy Ideas…

I had the crazy idea on Sunday night to kayak on the Chattahoochee in the pre-dawn darkness of a Monday morning – i.e. – it was dark as night! I reached-out to fellow Rotarian, David Cochran, by text, and to my surprise he said – “what time do you want to meet?” His support of my crazy idea resulted in an extraordinary experience, seeing the dawn of a new day from the river. Had he told me I was crazy, I might not have done it and neither one of us would have enjoyed seeing the GA 400 overpass from an entirely different perspective. TRUST YOUR CRAZY IDEAS, involve a fellow Rotarian in the process and do something extra-ordinary, even on a small scale.. On an entirely different scale I’m sure the thought to End Polio was a crazy idea, and yet a fellow Rotarian said – “what time do you want to meet?”

 

President's message - Sept. 27 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

ROTARY AFTER HOURS – Tonight 5-7pm at Ruth’s Chris. Bring a prospective member with you as a guest and help us to thank our Mayor’s Corporate Challenge sponsors!

 

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

  • Speaker is poet, Sandra Taylor
  • Vocational Minute – Sandra Kinney
  • Independence HS Interact – Pin Presentation
  • Deborah Cwalla – primer on Be The Voice – anti-bullying program
  • Final Chance 7-9am Rotary Directory headshots by Clark Savage
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg
  • Sept 30 - Sign-up for Rivers Alive Day of Service 9/30
  • Oct 05 - Attend N. Fulton Rotary “Concert in the Park” – we have a table! See Scott D.
  • Oct 5 - Sign-up for USO 10/05 Contact Past President William at 770-876-5106
  • Oct 7 & 14 Work Crew needed at Rotary’s Drake Village apartment
  • Oct 21 Sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Sandy Springs – Contact Steve Corder at 770-855-5225
  • Oct 21 Oyster Roast to benefit End Polio

Week in Review

I hope everyone enjoyed a well-deserved weekend of rest and better weather!

Monday morning fellow Rotarians, City Councilman Dan Merkel, Chief John Robison and I were interviewed by Channel 2 News for a story on the MedReturn boxes which, funded by Alpharetta Rotary, are located at every Alpharetta Fire House and at Police HQ.  This collaboration with Alpharetta Public Safety represents a definitive response to issues brought forth in the North Fulton Opioid Crisis Meeting earlier in the year. Another example of Rotary in Action. Unfortunately the piece was not aired due to other news priorities.  We hope it will be scheduled soon.

 

Mickey Rogers toured Drake Village and “claimed” the apartment that Alpharetta Rotary, in partnership with Milton/Windward Rotary, will sponsor. While the apartment is in good shape, Mickey identified approximately $3,200 in work to be done. We will be hosting two Rotary work days on the apartment: 10/07 and 10/14.  More detail to follow.

 

Harvey and Irma Hurricane Disaster Relief – and now Maria

Will Daniel happily reported at our Rotary Board meeting Tuesday morning that we had not only met the $2,500 Harvey match, but that members had donated nearly $3,500.  Add the Club’s $2,500 match and our Harvey Relief efforts amount to $6,000!  A check will be cut this Friday and sent to the special DAF set-up to receive these funds.

 

The Board suggested we split the Irma Relief efforts into two parts: domestic and Caribbean. Should they wish to contribute, Club members will be given the opportunity to donate to the Irma DAF set-up for domestic relief efforts. As for the Caribbean, Alpharetta Rotary has stepped-forward with the leadership of John Hipes and Kirk Driskell to help facilitate our District’s response.  John has been in touch with the Club on Tortolla and with the RI Coordinator for the Caribbean. This effort will be split into 1) immediate/acute needs; and 2) longer-term rebuilding efforts. Stay tuned - More information will be distributed before our Friday meeting.

 

Interest Groups – Need Your Help…

We still need a volunteer to act as Chair of the Organizing Committee.  I do not see it as a long-term project, only to “launch” the efforts with “captains” of each group.  Please let me know if you are willing to serve as Chair – or as a member of the Committee. Your help will get us going more quickly.

 

Service Above Self

We will have many points of service available through the end of the year. And while none of us is able to do it all, be sure to set aside time on your calendar for those you can, and those for which you have a particular passion. Involve your family and invite your friends - and if so inclined, offer your leadership as well.  It takes many willing hands and feet to do the great things we do – so jump right in!

President's Message - Sept. 20 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

At a Glance

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

  • Speaker is Van Marousek who will give us a unique account of military history.
  • Vocational Minute – Sandra Kinney
  • Special Delivery from the front lines - presentation by Past President William
  • New Member Induction – Olga Navaez
  • Final Chance – Rotary Directory headshots by Clark Savage 9/22
  • Sign-up for USO 10/05 – questions? Contact Past President William at 770-876-5106
  • Sign-up for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 10/21 Sandy Springs – questions? Contact Steve Corder at 770-855-5225
  • Sign-up for Fresh Market – questions? Contact Lee Doernberg

Week in Review

In the beautiful weather the preceded Irma’s arrival, Alpharetta Rotary had another great weekend. Saturday morning I “conveniently” ran into our Adopt-a-Mile road crew, led by Chris Weeber, just as they had finished their task. They didn’t seem to buy my excuse of an early morning errand that kept me from participating.  Nonetheless, it was great to see Rotary hard at work – including a very enthusiastic Lawrence Wyssbrod, (Mark’s son) who has this Rotary thing all figured out! 

 

We must have seen half our Club at one point or another at Grilling & Gridiron.  What a successful event (Mary Ulich…) in support of The Drake House. Thanks to all those who participated, and SPECIAL thanks to, Mickey Rogers, who smoked the best brisket in Alpharetta for all to enjoy – GREAT job, Mickey!

 

Harvey Disaster Relief

Speaking with Will Daniel the other day by phone, we were amazed by the generosity of this Club. In just one morning, and a few days thereafter, we met the matching gift goal of $2,500; meaning the Club will turn your $2,500 into a $5,000 check to be written to a special disaster relief fund set-up by the affected Districts. More to follow soon on how we can help those impacted by Irma with Global Grant opportunities anticipated throughout the Caribbean.

 

Interest Groups

As anticipated, we have some great things in common and some others that are truly, uhmm – unique (?).  In the next couple of weeks we will put some leadership in place to get things structured and started.  If you are interested in serving on the “organizing committee” please let me know. Your help will get us going more quickly.

 

Teach Your Children Well…

As I mentioned above, I had the pleasure of running into young Lawrence Wyssbrod who did his part by walking every inch of our adopted mile, helping to keep Alpharetta a City for all to be proud. When I knelt down and asked him what he did that morning, he replied “I am serving my community by picking-up trash to keep it clean,” and then he continued to expound upon the virtues of the activity as well as any of his Rotarian elders could have. Lawrence gets it. And while parenting certainly plays a part, we cannot understate the impact we have by modeling the tenants of Rotary – for youth and adults, alike. If he wasn’t already, Lawrence became a Rotarian on Saturday. 

President's Message - September 13 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

 

At a Glance

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

  • Speaker is Mark Johnson – an amazing mind reader and mentalist, and fellow Rotarian from Buckhead Rotary. You will not want to miss!
  • Vocational MinuteKelly Walker
  • Adopt-a-Mile this Saturday 8am at Burger King. Contact Chris Weeber 770-365-6719
  • Grilling & Gridiron this Saturday 3:30pm Downtown Alpharetta. Volunteers contact Mickey Rogers at 770-378-2597. Others – hope to see you there to benefit The Lionheart School

 

Where to start…

I have yet to find a wise quote that adequately sums-up this past week. Synonymous with the local and global presence of Rotary, so was our experience and response. It was a rough week within our Club with several members in various stages of medical treatment and recovery, and the shock we all felt at the loss of Kathleen Canada – beloved wife of Joel. Kathleen’s memorial service and reception were testaments to the love and joy she brought to so many lives. I couldn’t begin to count the number of Rotarians present, and I suppose the number is irrelevant – but those who were able to attend were there. And Joel - we will continue to be there for you and your family, indefinitely - whatever the need.

 

Nationally we cannot help but be impacted by the news and images of the devastating losses in Houston and along the Texas coast; and of course, stay tuned for Irma in the coming days. From what I continue to read, the primary need at this point is funding - $$. As announced at our meeting, we will match the first $2,500 in gifts.  I will send specific instructions in a separate email to follow.

 

Member Updates:

Steve Gillard came home from the hospital on Saturday and will remain at home with treatment through Monday when he goes for a follow-up. He has some leg and walking issues that need to be addressed but, as he said, “we’re moving forward.” Steve hopes to be back with us on September 15th. Let’s hope his recovery goes well.  I’m sure a call, email or note would be appreciated!

 

Bill Weeks - As I write this I’m on the phone with John Hipes who, along with Karen, is laughing it up at Bill’s bedside. Bill seems to have come through his surgery quite well and is giving the nurses a hard time – as we might expect.  He will be at Northside Hospital (Room 270) until (at least) Friday. Certainly give him a call or stop-by to see him. We wish him well in recovery.

 

Our continued thoughts and prayers for Jan Hines and his wife as they both continue their recovery; and for Gary Mossner at the loss of his mother-in-law, grandmother, and health concerns for two of his brothers. Of course there are always others who struggle with those issues that may not be known to us.

 

This Week

Rotary Closet Clean-out – Wow – is all I can say. Just take a look inside. Thanks to Karen Hipes, Chris Weeber, Clark Savage, Sue Kinker and Paul Ray for staying well after our meeting last Friday to clean house. There were many trips to the dumpster and some items moved to our storage area in the APC Alpha Trailer.

 

Rotary Interest Groups - As a practice run a group of 6 Rotarians and 4 family members organized an impromptu trip to the Chattahoochee for a kayak adventure. We paddled about three miles upriver and three miles back almost without incident - - - . :) We had a great time and look forward to another trip again, soon. This is a good example of a common interest that we can enjoy together in groups large or small. This week you will find several index cards at each table that will be used to record hobbies or interests that you would like to share with other members.  We will collect and categorize them into a list and look for some initial leadership to help bring the groups together. – More on Friday.

 

The true spirit and character of this Club shines through and is fully revealed when it comes to supporting one another and those who are in need beyond our community. I’m not only proud to be a member of Alpharetta Rotary, but a group that makes me a better person as well.  Iron sharpens iron…

 

See you Friday!

President's Message - Sept. 6 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

 

It's been quite a week to say the least!  As we recover from the largest Mayor's Corporate Challenge in our Club history, we are thankful for the sponsors who have entrusted us with both their annual staff engagement activity (ex. Fiserv 653 entrants) and their sponsorship dollars which will enable us to serve our local community in impactful ways.  We will have some preliminary numbers for you on Friday, but be confident that we have exceeded budget expectations. It is now up to us to utilize this funding to the benefit of those who need us most.

 

Week in Review

Following the conclusion of the Mayor's Corporate Challenge on Thursday evening, a number of our Rotarians were fine tuning their ice cream recipes for Mary"s Ice Cream Crankin' on Sunday afternoon.  Huge kudos to those who served and those who made ice cream. And while "Fancy Vanilla" and 'Cookie Dough" all sold out, it was Karen Nolan's "Cookie Monster" (blue) ice cream that stole the show, and Mickey Rogers' non-dairly pineapple that was sought-after by many others.  We had a great time at a wonderful community event in Roswell for the benefit of The Drake House.  Special thanks to Dwayne Kasper who stepped-in for Steve Gillard as lead Rotarian. What a pleasure to serve!

 

On Monday afternoon I chaired a North Fulton Rotary Opioid Taskforce meeting at the Alpharetta City Hall which included Presidents of our North Fulton Rotary Clubs, two members of the Fulton County School Board, FCS staff members, community organizations supporting the issue (like our own Kirk Driskell), and law enforcement, among others. Our purpose was to ascertain how Rotary can be of impact in this multi-faceted issue. We learned a lot, and will utilize the community stakeholder information we received to consider next steps. I am proud of our Rotary Clubs for stepping forward in such a proactive manner.  There is much good work to do in prevention, intervention and recovery from the devastating consequences of drug addiction.  More to come...

 

As always, we appreciate those who make the daily Fresh Market runs in support of the food pantry outreach of North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). If you have not served before, or if it has been too long since you last volunteered, please be sure to sign-up as the clipboard crosses your table.  I would be happy to serve along with you your first time.

 

New this Week:

We will take a little "breather" from our hectic meeting schedule with a Club Assembly to celebrate, learn and plan. We will have visitors from Roteract, recognize our newest Will Watt Fellow (What?), develop a list of initial Rotary Interest Groups, learn more about Casey Robinson in his Vocational Minute (3...),  and celebrate a milestone anniversary of our Alpharetta Rotary Club that you will not want to miss.

 

Opportunities for Service and Fellowship:

Help clean out the Rotary Closet this Friday following our meeting

Grilling & Gridiron - 9/09, contact Mickey Rogers at 770-378-2697

Rotary After Hours - Ruth's Chris 9/20 (bring a prospective member)

Coat Drive - 10/06-10/20. contact Mickey Rogers

Oyster Roast 10/21

 

At the Rotary International (RI) Convention this summer, RI introduced a new Rotary brand "concept" which defines Rotarians as "People of Action." Nowhere could this be more true-to-form than within our Rotary Club of Alpharetta. My challenge to you is to seek new avenues, inside and outside of Rotary, to engage in our community. Service Above Self is a way of life modeled by Rotarians, that extends beyond the walls of our Club. It's simply what we do.   

 

See you Friday - and save me some bacon this time.... :)

 
Scott
President's Message - August 30, 2017 Scott Doll 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Unless you've been under a Rotary stone, you know this is Mayor's Corporate Challenge week! As busy as we are with race preparation, I will make this update brief.

 

1) If you have not signed-up to volunteer a shift for the race, please connect with Erin Doiron at erinford23@gmail.com or 404-626-0316. You know the drill - we can use as much of your time as you can give - through the last piece of trash at the end of the night. Goal is to leave City Hall at least as perfect as we find it.

 

2) Read #1

 

3) We will meet as scheduled on Friday morning to celebrate another amazing and successful Alpharetta Rotary Mayor's Corporate Challenge event. Our speaker will be Emily May Roberts, GRSP student from Australia - you will not want to miss her presentation and the opportunity to get to know her. She will be working alongside us at the race. A true Alpharetta Rotarian getting the work done in service to others.

 

4) Upcoming events and opportunities:

08/27/ Mary's Ice Cream Crankin 2-4pm. Contact Steve Gillard

09/02 Adopt-a-Mile 8am at Burger King. Contact Chris Weeber

09/09  Grilling & Gridiron downtown Alpharetta - Contact Mickey Rogers

09/20  Rotary After Hours Ruth's Chris 5:30-7:30pm, contact Charlcie Forehand

 

We are so blessed to have a Rotary Club made up of members genuinely dedicated to "Service Above Self" - not only to our local and global community, but to one another. Thanks for all you do in support of Rotary's work in the world - it all begins here at home! 

 

Mayor's Corporate Challenge - let's get this done!

President's Message - August 23 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

This Week’s Meeting – August 18, 2017

Our speaker this Friday is Yalanda Bell. Yalanda is currently the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education for Fulton County Schools where she manages the curriculum and instruction for over 200 teachers and 60,000 students. Yalanda believes that the key to education is training our students to be college and career ready while giving them the tools need to be productive citizens. 

 

Our meeting agenda will include recognition of Paul Harris Fellows, presentation of our 2017-2018 Board and an introduction of Emily May Roberts, our GRSP student from Australia attending the University of North Georgia. `Heather Terry is on-deck for the Vocational Minute.

 

New This Week

Last Friday evening William and Jan Perkins, John and Karen Hipes, Dennis Mitchell, Cindy Ringwall (Milton/Windward) and I met Emily May Roberts at the airport after her grueling 46-hour journey from Perth, Australia. After a (brief) overnight at the Perkins' home, we gathered again at 6:30am Saturday morning to get Emily May to orientation and moved into her room. I know you will all enjoy meeting her Friday as we did this past weekend. Emily will present at the Club on the 25th.

 

Many thanks to our Race Committee members who are working everyday on preparations for the largest Mayor's Corporate Challenge in Club history, to those working on upcoming projects and fellowship events, and to all those who have made the Fresh Market runs this week. This Club gets it done.

 

Reminders

Member Directory If you have yet to do so, PLEASE go to Club Runner and update your profile at www.alpharettarotary.org. This is your last opportunity - final deadline is this Friday (18th). A special thanks to Rob Johns for undertaking the effort, Clark Savage for taking the complimentary photos, and to Mike Lowry for technical support.

 

MCC Volunteers Needed

ALL HANDS NEEDED! We are SOLD OUT!  The response to the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge (MCC) has been amazing- and it happens in just 8-days! All we need now is your help (and a prayer or two...). Please seek-out the volunteer sheet and sign-up for a shift/duty station. Questions? Contact Erin Doiron at   Be sure to give Joe Wargo, Tom Darr, Ted Schwartz, Chris Cammack and the race leadership team your thanks and appreciation for their sacrificial efforts on our behalf.  What an awesome team!

 

Step Right Up....take a $5 chance at your guess of the number of runners who cross the Start Line of the Mayor's Corporate Challenge and you could win half the proceeds raised to benefit our cases. Tickets will be available at the meeting this Friday morning. Don't let this one go to the "back table," too!

 

FRIDAY  - Race Bag Stuffing will take place immediately after our meeting this Friday. We need any time you can spend to make light work of 2,000 race bags. PLEASE plan to stay and help.

 

Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ to be held on Sunday, August 27th from 2:00-4:00pm. This is another flavorite :) event, and we need volunteers to both crank ice cream and help to serve. Proceeds benefit The Drake House. Steve Gillard will pass the sign-up sheet for your participation.

 

Other Calendar Dates - details to follow:

September 9th - Grilling & Gridiron

September 20th - Rotary After Hours at Ruth's Chris - bring a prospective member!

October 6th - Coat Drive Kick-off

October 21st - Oyster Roast at Schiltz home

 

We need a small group of members to help clean 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!

 

Please Note:

Re: Rotary Guests - Please remember that guests will be asked to pay $15 for their breakfast, or you may decide to treat them. Either way, please communicate with your guest in advance. This will speed things along at check-in and help avoid any awkward situations.

 

I leave you with two quotes - received immediately following our meeting last Friday:

Chris Laggerbloom (former Alpharetta Rotarian) "I still find the energy and warmth in our Rotary to be amazing - you just don't find this anywhere else."

Carson Putnam (guest) - I would like to commend your entire group for how welcoming and friendly you all were. It is clearly a very special group."

President's Message - Aug. 16, 2017 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Doll

This Week’s Meeting – August 11, 2017

Our speaker this Friday is Hunter Church

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-bobsled-skeleton-federation/athletes/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…

 

Reminders

Member Directory If you have yet to do so, PLEASE go to Club Runner and update your profile at www.alpharettarotary.org. 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.

 

President's Message - August 9, 2017 Scott Doll 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

This Week’s Meeting

Our speaker this Friday is Mike Kenn, former left tackle for the Atlanta Falcons who played for our Atlanta franchise for 17 seasons 1978-1994. He is notable for having started all 251 NFL games in which he played. He holds the Falcons' franchise record for games started and games played. He was selected as a first-team All-NFL player in 1980, 1983 and 1991 and was invited to play in the Pro Bowl five consecutive years from 1980 to 1984. Mike went on to serve as a leader in our community, and ultimately as  Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. No doubt, Ken will educate and entertain! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Kenn

 

Our meeting agenda also includes Lyman Louis' introduction of our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Livia Olivera, another Red to Blue graduation, the introduction of our 2017-2018 Board, and a variety of important Club and Club member updates; not the least of which includes the birth announcement of Dakota Grace Rigsby! We are all excited for Natasha and Wayne!

 

One BIG question will be answered this week – “will Mickey Rogers and crew have the new grill and pavilion improvements ready in time for Saturday’s Old Soldier’s Day event?” Will Steve Gillard be cooking for us on his new grill?? Be sure to attend Friday’s meeting to find out… (no pressure, Mickey).

 

New This Week

After last Friday’s meeting, a group of Rotarians had the pleasure of delivering 43 fully loaded high school backpacks to NFCC. This Club’s good work and philanthropy will ensure these students will be prepared to succeed at school from Day One.  What a pleasure it is to serve in this way. Rotarians served lunch and engaged in activities at the YMCA Summer Lunch site at Aspen Pointe, spent hours on the Rotary Pavilion improvement project (but did they finish?), will provide our troops travelling through the Atlanta airport with food and a warm welcome through the USO program, make the daily Fresh Market run, and will be busy decorating the Old Soldier’s Day float Thursday evening at the church.  All that and plenty of others working hard behind the scenes to keep the Club moving forward at pace.

 

Reminders

All hands are requested to be present this Saturday at the Old Soldier’s Day Parade and after-parade picnic. Once again, Joel Canada has organized this event for us as only Joel can do. Let’s recognize his efforts with our participation and thanks. In case you missed it, we will cover the details again Friday morning.  This is the perfect event to bring your family along to meet members of the Club and their families – all honoring those who have served.

 

We are now in the month of August and the countdown to the Mayor’s Corporate Challenge (MCC) has begun – 21 days! Be sure to mark your calendar for the race date of Thursday, August 24th. NO DOUBT, this will be the largest MCC in our history as Chris Cammack tells us we should expect 1,500 runners to sell-out the event. Joe Wargo and Tom Darr will give us an update on what to expect.  The hard work of the entire race leadership committee continues to set us up for great success!

 

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.

 

As I have shared with some of you, this week I have been particularly struck by the remarkable way in which our Club members step up and just get the job done. Everyone pitches-in, no questions asked, and of their own accord they exceed expectations. It’s an honor to work with such a talented group that carries so much enthusiasm to every task – credit due, but never expected. For Alpharetta Rotary, “Service Above Self” isn’t just a tag-line, it’s just how we roll…

President's Message - August 3 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

 

This Week

Our speaker this Friday is Kathi Cook, Community Development Director for the City of Alpharetta. It is an exciting time for our City, and Kathi will give us an informative overview of what's in process and what's the works.  You will not want to miss it! We will also be inducting new member, Heather Terry, taking two of our members from Red to Blue, and introducing our 2017-2018 Board. Dan Merkel will announce an important new Rotary initiative in partnership with Alpharetta Public Safety. And of course - the Best Breakfast in Alpharetta.

 

New This Week:

Backpacks to NFCC - We need Rotarians to help deliver backpacks to NFCC after our meeting on Friday. We are scheduled to be there at 9:15 for pictures and presentation. The pictures will look better with you in them!

 

Mickey Rogers and Randy Schiltz are leading a Rotarian work crew Wednesday 8:30am-1pm at the Wills Park Rotary Pavilion to begin improvements.  They can also use some help next Wednesday, August 2nd, to complete the work in time for the Old Soldier's Day picnic - and that includes a new grill to compliment the talents of Grill Master, Steve Gillard.

 

Reminders:

Member Directory - Important - Please update your Club Runner member profile asap! Everyone received Mike Lowery's explaining how to do this, so please retrieve it from your inbox and take a few minutes to complete the process. This will save Rob Johns a lot of time in putting a Member Directory together for us. Clark Savage will be taking headshots for everyone on August 4th and 11th. 

 

Old Soldier's Day is Saturday, August 5th - Calling all hands for one of our biggest Club events of the year, and one for the whole family.  Look for an email from Steve Gillard for more detail.  We will need help decorating our float, Rotarians and family to ride on the float, and everyone to join us for a picnic afterward at our newly improved Wills Park Rotary Pavilion.  What a way to celebrate! Special thanks to Joel Canada for, once again, taking point on this event!

 

Mary's Ice Cream Crankin - mark your calendar for Sunday, August 27th for this fun, annual event at Roswell Square Park supporting The Drake House.  More details to follow!

 

Rotarians "Making a Difference"

On our "off week".....We had Rotarians assembling care packages for our troops; Rotarians serving kids at Aspen Pointe for the YMCA Summer Lunch program, Rotarians volunteering multiple afternoons at I Can Bike; Rotarians meeting at Abbey of the Holy Goats stuffing 43 fully-equipped high school student for NFCC; Rotarians making the Fresh Market run every day; Rotarians working hard on logistics and sponsors for the Mayor's Corporate Challenge; Rotarians planning work to be done at the Wills Park "Rotary Pavilion;" and Rotarians taking a walk through Alpharetta history with our own expert, Rex Grizzle,  - and those are just the highlights...  What other Club has an "off week" like that??

President's Message - July 26, 2017 Scott Doll 2017-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Join Mayor David Belle Isle and a lively crowd of runners and walkers on August 24 at City Hall for the annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Race.

 
 
It’s basically a huge block party.  A night of food, music and friendly competition.  Held in concert with Alpharetta’s renowned Food Truck Alley! The Alpharetta Mayor's Corporate Challenge 5K Race attracts thousands of residents, corporate employees and runners.  This year's venue is City Park behind Alpharetta City Hall.  The new location is attracting interest from large corporate sponsors who desire a private company picnic experience while enjoying Alpharetta's most exciting night of the year.  
 
 
2017 Alpharetta Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5K Run / Walk Mike Lowry 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Can you help us teach children to ride bicycles? 
 
We are searching for volunteers for the Alpharetta 2017 camp to help children with disabilities to learn how to ride a Bike! Please see the attached flyer and share it on social media with all of your friends.
 
Volunteers are only needed for a minimum of 75min/ a day Monday through Friday July 17th-21st 2017, and you are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face! This program is great for youth that need service hours or awards programs. 
 
Please use this link to fill out a volunteer application:
 
 
 
Please contact Officer Clay for additional information:
 
Ofc. A. Clay #367
Bike Patrol Unit
 
iCan Bike Volunteers needed 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Lt. Col. Alan Price (USAFR, Retired) 

Alan is a native of Brunswick GA; he graduated from the Glynn Academy and was in the 10th graduating class of the Air Force Academy in 1968. He served five years on active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and fif­teen years in the Air Force Reserve; he retired with the rank of Lt. Col. 

He flew and was in administration with Delta for over 28 years. He was Chief Pilot of the Atlanta pilot base during 911. While with Delta as Chief Pilot, Alan devel­oped several new training programs for Delta pilots and in other Human Resources areas. He last flew the 777. Since retiring from Delta. he has served as Senior Safety Coach with LifeWings, Inc. He has worked with a variety of Healthcare partners in the areas of leadership and patient safety. A former resident of Marietta, he now lives on Lake Rabun with his wife, Marlee. Their daughter, Meredith, is a writer, journalist, wife and mother, living in Israel. 

Lt. Col. Joe Desantis (USAF, Retired) Joe was born in Long Branch, NJ, and was in the first class at the new US Air Force Academy (USAFA}, in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated 11th out of 207, with a major in Engineering Sciences, on June 3, 1959. After receiving his Pilot's Wings, he flew the C-118 (DC-6B} worldwide for four years, eventually logging nearly 7000 flying hours. 

Following his Master's Degree in Aero-Mechani­cal Engineering in 1967, he joined the faculty at USAFA. In 1971, he was assigned to Clark AB (Philippines}, where he flew Air Evacuation missions into Vietnam and Thailand in the C-9A (DC-9). 

February 13, 1973: a memorable day in our Na­tion's history, and in Joe's life. Early that morning, Joe and his crew departed Clark for Tan Son N-hut AB in Saigon, Vietnam, to pick up our POW's. He returned to Clark AB with 26 former POW's on board, part of Operation Home­coming, and helped set a page in history. 

After Clark AB, he flew the C-141 for a year, and then was assigned to the Enroute Support Squadron at lncirlik AB (Adana}, Turkey, serving as Squadron Commander. In 1976, he was assigned to the Pentagon in AF Studies and Analysis. While there, Joe earned another Master's Degree, in Systems Management. He retired from active duty in June 1979, but served voluntarily as an ALO (Air Force Admissions Liaison Officer) for another 15 years. 

Joe worked in the Aerospace Industry as an Opera­tions Analyst with Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, FL. In 1982, he moved to Marietta, GA, to work for Lockheed-Georgia, where he met his future wife, Jo. Then Joe was off to St Louis, MO, in 1988 to work for McDonnell-Douglas. Laid off in 1991, he returned to Marietta where he secured a job in environmental engineering. Later, working as a consultant for Cy-Terra, Joe helped market a new land mine detector, re-equipping the entire U.S. Army. 

He is a Past President of the Marietta Rotary Club ('98-2000), and is honored to be a member since 1985. 

The one constant throughout Joe's life has been his love of teaching: as a college math professor; an instruc­tor pilot; a high school teacher; and a tutor (pro bono}, all on and off for over 50 years. Through the love and prayers of many, Joe has been successfully battling metastasized renal cancer in both lungs, without chemo, for the past 8 years. Joe and Jo are thankful for every day that the Lord has given them. 

Joe has served as President of the USAFA Class of 1959 for the past 37 years, and is fondly called "President for Life''. He was further honored and humbled, during the 50th Reunion of the Class of '59, to be presented with the Asso­ciation of Graduates Award for a lifetime of commitment to the core values of the United States Air Force Academy.

The award represents the summit of his lifelong achievement: Service Above Self. 

This Week's Speaker - Lt. Col. Alan Price (USAFR, Retired) 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Looking back at the momentous 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, it is difficult to see what could have been contentious about the words of then-President Arch C. Klumph: “It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Yet, at the time, support for the idea was far from unanimous. Some thought an endowment fund would create more trouble than it was worth. But Klumph’s idea received the support it most needed in the form of an initial donation of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Mo.

Nearly 100 years later, we recognize Klumph’s idea as not only visionary, but revolutionary: It set in place the mechanism that allowed Rotary to become the vast force for “doing good in the world” that it is today.

In many ways, our Rotary Foundation is the foundation of Rotary as we know it. It has created a mechanism for cooperation and partnership among clubs and between Rotary and other organizations; it has enabled us to  be ever more ambitious in our work and to reach for goals of historic proportions, such as the eradication of polio. It is impossible to quantify the good that has been done over the last century as a result of The Rotary Foundation. All we can know for sure is that Arch Klumph, if he could see it, would be proud.

I am looking forward to seeing you at our international convention in Atlanta: the city where our Foundation was born. I hope a record number of Rotarians will be there to celebrate the centennial of our Foundation.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate! I encourage you to read more about the Foundation centennial at centennial.rotary.org. There, you’ll learn about the history of our Foundation and find ideas for events and projects in your clubs and your community.

 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Jason Binder
Club President
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
President's Message December 14, 2016 2016-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Alpharetta donated $7,500 to HomeStretch in support of the great work they do in the North Fulton Community. They also completed 3 projects for HomeStretch in order to get an apartment ready for a new family to move in. On Tuesday, September 20 and on Thursday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, fellow Rotarians painted the interior of the apartment. And on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Rotarians cleaned the inside and outside of the apartment. 

Alpharetta Rotary Donates Money, Rolls Up Sleeves For HomeStretch Janet Rodgers 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
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The objective of this project is to provide the medical devices required to provide essential newborn and child health interventions in Quevedo, Ecuador. Improved access to these devices in Quevedo will increase the quality of care, and strengthen health care system for the area. The goal of this project is to reduce the neonatal infant mortality rate.
 
The Rotary Club of Quevedo has been supporting and sponsoring the Maternity Hospital of Pedro Martinetti Navas for almost 20 years through its Children in Hands Rotary Foundation and provided the initial neonatal medical equipment. The current inventory of medical equipment has reached the end of its useful life and has become undependable. This project would replace that initial equipment.
 
The Quevedo Club has worked with the hospital staff to list the most critical items needed to provide the safest healthcare for infant childen. The provider of the equipment, Omnimed, will provide the necessary training for the updated equipment. Alpharetta Rotary is committed to raising $13,375 to fund the project.
 
Medical Equipment List
Description
Category
Cost in USD
INTENSIVE CARE INCUBATOR (1)
Equipment
$13,110.00
NEW BORN RADIANT CRADLE (1)
Equipment
$19,950.00
NEONATAL CPAP (1)
Equipment
$12,540.00
ARM ARTICULATE LED PHOTOTHERAPY LAMP (1)
Equipment
$4,332.00
FETAL MONITOR (1)
Equipment
$5,415.00
VOLUMETRIC INFUSSION PUMPS (3)
Equipment
$4,651.00
External audit of project
Monitoring/evaluation
$200.00
Miscellaneous
Supplies
$1,802.00
Total Budget:
$62,000.00
 
 
  PEDRO MARTINETTI NAVAS MATERNITY HOSPITAL QUEVEDO, ECUADOR   2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
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The Alpharetta Rotary Club and the City of Alpharetta will hold its second annual Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 6pm.  The Rotary Club of Alpharetta plays a critical role in organizing this historic event for the City.    

The Veterans and their families will be honored at the ceremony at Brooke Street Park on the grounds of the new Alpharetta City Hall. The Program will include speeches from Mayor David Belle Isle and Al Lipphardt, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Department of Georgia; music by the Alpharetta High School Quartet; Posting of Colors; Pledge of Allegiance; National Anthem; Laying of the Wreath; 21-Gun Salute; and Taps. 

Keynote Speaker and Rotarian, Al Lipphardt, served the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Georgia as State Commander 2014-2015 earning recognition as an All American Department Commander for his leadership. He currently serves VFW’s national organization as Vice Chairman of the Legislative Committee to the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate where he continues the longstanding tradition of advocating on behalf of veterans, their spouses and children for Congressional promises made long ago. As a Vietnam veteran, his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal for Service, Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge as an infantry platoon leader. Al’s Foreign Awards include the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Staff Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. He has been nominated for induction into the Infantry Officer Candidate School’s Hall of Fame from Class 2-67.

 

Pictured above: Alfred J. (Al) Lipphardt

 

William Perkins, an Alpharetta Rotarian, is the organizer of this event. Perkins said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the Veterans Day Tribute because of the sacrifice these men and women gave for the freedom of our country.  We owe all of our military and our Veterans a debt of gratitude. Our Veterans exemplify the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.”

Alpharetta Rotary Club President, Jason Binder, said, “This is a great event where we can gather as a government and community to honor our Veterans who have watched over us and kept us safe against all the trials and tribulations that they have encountered.  God Bless America, and God Bless our Veterans.”

Alpharetta Rotary Club and City of Alpharetta present Veterans Day Tribute 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Alpharetta donated $7,500 to HomeStretch in support of the great work they do in the North Fulton Community.  They also completed 3 projects for HomeStretch in order to get an apartment ready for a new family to move in.  On Tuesday, September 20 and on Thursday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, fellow Rotarians painted the interior of the apartment. And on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Rotarians cleaned the inside and outside of the apartment.  

Rotarian Karen Nolan said, “Alpharetta Rotarians are happy to volunteer their time and resources to give families in our community a hand up through HomeStretch.  HomeStretch families are proud hardworking members of our community and Homestretch offers them the support they need to ensure they have the opportunity for a bright successful future.”
 
HomeStretch is an organization that addresses some of the root causes of homelessness in our community.  It is one of the few programs in the country that not only provides housing but works with the families to help stop the cycle of homelessness.  The Rotary Club of Alpharetta annually sponsors an apartment and a family at HomeStretch.  In addition, Alpharetta Rotarians serve as Financial and Life Mentors for the family.   
 
President of Alpharetta Rotary, Jason Binder stated, “Our club is very proud to support HomeStretch not only with money but with fellow Rotarians participating together to make sure an apartment is clean and freshly painted and ready for a new family to move in soon. HomeStretch provides valuable services and support to members of the community and on behalf of Alpharetta Rotarians, I look forward to our continued work with Homestretch in the coming years.”
 
ALPHARETTA ROTARY DONATES $7,500 TO HOMESTRETCH AND PARTICIPATES IN SERVICE PROJECTS 2016-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary club of Alpharetta has a long-standing commitment to supporting our military. As part of a quarterly effort, several members of the club is scheduled to the United Services Organization (USO) in Atlanta, on October 6th.  Each year this service project has been coordinated by Rotarian William Perkins.
 
The Rotary club of Alpharetta has a long-standing commitment to supporting our military. As part of a quarterly effort, several members of the club went to the United Services Organization (USO) in Atlanta, on October.  Each year this service project has been coordinated by Rotarian William Perkins.
Alpharetta Rotarians Support Local USO Efforts 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
On Saturday, August 6th, the Alpharetta Rotary club will mark its 25th year as part of the 64th annual Old Soldiers Day Parade.  Joel Canada and Randy Schiltz are the parade organizers for the club and are doing an excellent job of getting the float decorated, participants driving “topless” (convertible) vehicles organized, and a cook out planned for the Rotary family and their friends at Wills Park after the parade. The Club members, family and friends will work together to create a beautifully decorated float which will be carrying Alpharetta Rotary’s Grand Marshal for this year, Chris Weeber.  “As a ten year member of Alpharetta Rotary and one of many military veteran members of the club, I am honored to be a special part of our club’s Old Soldiers Day Parade contingent this year, said Chris Weeber.”    
Alpharetta Rotary Supports Old Soldiers Day Parade for 25 Years 2016-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Letter from Officer Amanda Clay, Alpharetta Public Safety:
 
Dear Alpharetta Rotary:
 
I would like to tell you about an opportunity for you to make a visible and meaningful contribution to children and young adults with disabilities right here in our area.
 
iCan Shine is a national charitable nonprofit organization which conducts over 100 five-day iCan Bike programs teaching approximately 3,000 people with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle each year.  Since it’s inception in 2007, approximately 20,000 people with disabilities have learned to ride a bicycle through this wonderful program.  
 
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Past District Governor, Blake McBurney, inducted Jason Binder as President of the Alpharetta Rotary Club as well as installing the new Board of Directors for 2016-2017. Jason’s new role as President of the club comes in the same year that he was elected to the Alpharetta City Council, another great honor and leadership role to serve. He has stepped up in the community as a leader to offer his expertise, talents, thoughts, and time in great strides to make Alpharetta a better place to live, work, play and visit.
 
“A call to leadership is a call to service,” said Blake McBurney. “Leadership is something to be shared by engaging, encouraging, and inspiring your club members to focus on being the best club for the community and as Rotarians, to continue to try to make a difference in the world not with a hand out but with a hand up.”
 
The new Board for 2016-2017 is excited about guiding the club’s civic activities and fundraising programs over the next 12 months. The money that is raised by the club’s activities is given back to the community by supporting a variety of organizations and then globally by supporting international projects.
 
President Binder spoke to the club and thanked all the past presidents for offering to step up and help him when needed and he thanked the incoming Board members for their support as he was being prepared to become the new President.  Binder thanked Dave Schmidt, Assistant Governor of Rotary, for his support and guidance, and last, but not least, he thanked his family, Nicolette, Cecelia, and Maggie for being there for him.
 
Binder said, “When I moved to Alpharetta in 2010, I was looking for a way to give back to the community and that is when I was introduced to the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.  I found that the members were kind and had a unique giving spirit, which helped me quickly recognize that the Rotary Club of Alpharetta was home for me.  I want the members to have fun as a club this year and do projects in North Fulton that give examples of tangible reasons why we give and ask others to give so that the money raised by the club can do more in the community.”
 
As President this year, Binder and the Board have a lot of great ideas on ways to give back to community with supporting local projects and organizations as well as global projects to help internationally.
 
The new board members to support Binder’s Presidency include: Scott Doll, President Elect; Kirk Driskell, Past President; Robin McIntire, Secretary; Lee Doernberg, Treasurer; Jack Hausmann and Kile Lewis, Sergeant-at-Arms; Cathy Shanley, Membership; Will Daniel, Rotary Foundation; Janet Rodgers, Communications; Karen Hipes, Community Service; Randy Schiltz, International Servicer; Mary Ulich and Charlcie Foreman, Club Service; David Belle Isle, Youth Services; Hans Appen, Vocational Services; Lauri Young, Fundraising; Steve Corder, Educational Service, and Rob Johns and William Perkins, Speakers
2016-17 Board Inducted for Alpharetta Rotary 2016-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Summer Lunch Program with the YMCA and Must Ministries Karen Hipes 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Just a reminder that we will be conducting our quarterly Adopt-A-Mile cleanup of Old Milton Pkwy this SaturdayJune 11. As usual we will meet at the Burger King on Haynes Bridge Road at 7:30am for breakfast/fellowship....then depart for the cleanup around 8am. We should be finished NLT 9:30am.

This is an excellent opportunity both Red and Blue Badges to become better acquainted while getting an easy meeting make-up. Family members and friends are welcome too! Please bring work gloves if you have them.
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North Fulton Community Charities
Call for Donations
Bring cereal boxes tomorrow!
 Reminder "Call for Donations - cereal boxes this Friday, May 27, 2016. NFCC is very, very excited about the Clubs support with doing a Cereal Drive. 
 Last Friday we talked about a goal of 100 boxes. We collected 33 boxes last week.  67 boxes to go! We can do it.
 
 
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2017 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2017 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Final Prep for District Conference 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Alpharetta Rotarian Joins Wilderness Team - Honduras 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Surf, Sand, Friends, and.... 2016-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
"A Rotarian Easter"
 
In honor of Easter, I would like to take this opportunity to share the story of a Rotarian Easter.
 
It was the Friday before Easter (Good Friday) and the Rotarians gathered for their meeting full of good cheer and good news about service to share.  It was a special day for all, as visitors and guests from other clubs filled every chair.  Promptly, President Kirk approached the front of the room to direct the meeting and get everyone to take a seat.
 
As everyone lined up for breakfast, President Kirk announced a special group project as part of the meeting that day.  Everyone was surprised, as no prior notice was given.  Was it a service project similar to when we packed backpacks or had Kirk brought a special guest with a gift to share?
A few minutes later, the special guest was there.  The Easter Bunny arrived no less, and announced to the group “after breakfast, outside for a Rotary Easter Egg Hunt!”  Everyone was surprised and amazed, aren’t Easter Egg hunts reserved for the kids?
 
When they assembled outside with the Easter Bunny there, they were given baskets and set off to find their Easter surprises.  Once everyone had found all the eggs, they gather to see what the Bunny had put in there.  And to their surprise and fascination, the eggs were each filled with service projects Rotarians had done, both locally and around the world.
 
The Easter Bunny said as he hopped out the door, “The eggs are to remind you of all the great things Rotarians do each and every day around the world.    These are examples of “Service above Self”, the true Rotarian spirit.”
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Alpharetta Rotary works with HomeStretch on a Workforce Partenrship
 
Homestretch is an organization that addresses some of the root causes of homelessness in our community.  It is one of the few programs in the country that not only provides housing but works with the families to help stop the cycle of homelessness.  Homestretch guides homeless, single parents to permanent stability through an 18 to 24-month program that emphasizes growth leading to stability in the areas of personal finance, employment, healthy families and housing options.  While receiving subsidized rent and utilities, residents must maintain full-time employment.
 
The challenges of obtaining permanent employment via current resources has created continued hardships for the Homestretch clients.  Use of temporary jobs/staffing services has challenged their clients to continue to struggle to meet monthly expenses due to the uncertainty and fluctuation of contract hours and jobs.
 
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta (along with other North Fulton Rotary clubs) has joined with Homestretch to develop a viable solution to this ongoing issue.  The program is designed to connect potential employers to “qualified” employees who can and are able to fill open positions effectively.  One of the benefits for employers is that they do not have to pay recruitment expenses. 
 
Homestretch is responsible for pre-screening applicants and performing criminal background checks.  The Rotary clubs for now will begin to reach out among club members and local employer contacts (who may now use staffing agencies) to inform them of this program.  Long term, the clubs plan to offer HomeStretch “workplace seminars” which will coach clients on interviewing skills and resume writing. 
Kirk Driskell, president of the Alpharetta club stated, “This expanded opportunity with HomeStretch presents a “Win-Win” for employers, HomeStretch clients, and the community as a whole.  Our members are honored to share their professional experiences with HomeStretch clients to help them obtain solid employment opportunities.  Our club is very proud to support Homestretch, which provides valuable services and support to members of the community.  I look forward to our continued work with Homestretch in the coming years.”
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Home Stretch Day of Service and Call for Supplies 2016-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Red Badge Corner 2016-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
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A Rotarian Christmas 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self! 2015-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Meals by Grace, Inc. is a program of The Bridge and is a 501c3 non-profit ministry focused on providing food support through multiple programs to children and families in need.  The families are recommended to the program by school social workers, childcare center directors and poverty trained counselors.  One of these programs takes place Sunday afternoons.  A group of volunteers set up various stations/assembly lines for sorting clothing and food for families they serve.  Registered families provide a list of preferred food items and volunteers fill a shopping bag with pantry staple foods for the family.  After the bag is filled, the goods are placed in a bin along with meat, bread, desserts, and other items for the families.  The goods are then delivered by volunteers to the families.
 
       
 
 This process takes place each Sunday afternoon at Midway United Methodist Church from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This past Sunday, a group of Alpharetta Rotarians joined over 300+ volunteers in this effort.  The Rotarians joined the other volunteers to assist with volunteer registration, unloading dry goods, sorting clothes, and helping out in the kitchen.  Kirk Driskell, Alpharetta Rotary President said “With over 100 members in our Rotary Club, we have many members volunteering for different organizations all over Alpharetta.  I want to thank our club members, John Hipes, Karen Hipes, Heather Honeycutt, Cathy Shanley, Deanna Driskell and Sandra Kinney for giving their time this afternoon, and think this is another great service opportunity for our members to demonstrate the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.” 
 
 
 
Alpharetta Rotarians Support Meals By Grace In Feeding Local Families 2015-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
The Alpharetta Golden Age Club (AGAC) has been having a Thanksgiving Luncheon since 1985, when it was started at Providence Park.  The AGAC was an idea that was created between Fulton County and the City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Departments. The Club met at Providence Park until 1988 when the City of Alpharetta opened its new Alpharetta Senior Activity Center which is now called the Alpharetta Adult Activity Center.
 
         
The Thanksgiving Luncheon has been a large event for AGAC since 1985. Sophia and Harvey Crouch, from the Rotary Club, approached the AGAC about helping out with the Luncheon and now the Rotary Club has been a part of the Thanksgiving Luncheons ever since by providing $150.00 towards the luncheon cost.  This helped change the luncheon from a “Covered Dish” event to a meal totally catered.  This year it was catered by the Golden Corral which allowed everyone attending more time to spend with one another and enjoy the entertainment provided by a wonderful Barbershop quartet.
In years past the Rotary members helped serve the meal, but this year the AGAC had the Rotarians be their guests for lunch.  The meal was served by the AGAC Board of Directors and a few of its members. There were 130 AGAC members and invited guests at this year's Thanksgiving luncheon.
Lewis Lay, President of the Golden Age Club said, “Thank you Alpharetta Rotarians for your continued support of the Alpharetta Golden Age Club. We appreciate you”. Kirk Driskell, President of the Alpharetta Rotary Club said, “Our club looks forward each year to supporting the Thanksgiving Luncheon for the Golden Age Club and interacting with its members.”
 
Alpharetta Rotary Supports Golden Age Club Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon 2015-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
The Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) was started by Rotarian Will Wyatt from Thomasville, GA in 1946 to promote world peace after WW II. Georgia is the only state that has a program like this in the nation.
 
On Friday, November 13th, local Rotarians welcomed 39 international students hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.  These students come from Europe, South & Central America as well as Sri Lanka and Australia.  After a chili dinner at the Ed Isakson YMCA in Alpharetta, the students were paired off with Rotarians from Sandy Springs, Milton and Alpharetta for the evening. 
GRSP students on the bus going to downtown Atlanta for the day
 
On Saturday, the students were met at the Y by a group of Alpharetta Rotarians.  Their morning was filled with a visit to either the World of Coke or CNN.  That afternoon, the group toured the Georgia Aquarium.  Finally, the day was capped off by a cookout at the YMCA and also use of the facilities until midnight!  The students and hosts had a great time on the climbing wall, in the pool and at the gym.  They spent the night at the Y and were joined by Rotarians from the Alpharetta and Milton clubs. 
 
John Norton, one of the Alpharetta Rotarians with the group said, “I have been in Rotary for over 20 years. I was told as soon as I joined that if you stay in Rotary long enough that you will find a passion for something.  This is what I found.  I love working with the students and have personally hosted two students in my home over the years while they studied at North Georgia College.  I also want to thank all of the Alpharetta Rotarians that helped with this weekend.”
 
Kirk Driskell, President of Alpharetta Rotary said, “This is one of our most valuable programs offered by our club and I am excited that our Alpharetta Rotarians and especially our Chairman of the GRSP Program, John Norton, love interacting and being with the GRSP students for a weekend.”
 
 
GRSP students having a cookout at the Alpharetta Y
“Local Rotarians support Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) lock-in weekend” 2015-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
On a beautiful Saturday morning in November, a group of 13 volunteers, made up of Alpharetta Rotarians, family and Rotaract members (high school students) joined together to help Lionheart School with their fall clean-up project.  Lionheart School, located in Alpharetta, provides a developmentally appropriate education for children who need a specialized learning environment, therapeutic interventions, supported social interactions, and strategies to accommodate their individual profiles.
 
        Lionheart Gardens is located in Canton, GA.  This is an organic farm that provides a therapeutic horticulture program for the Lionheart students.  The volunteers created raised beds for fall planting a garlic crop, worked weeding long beds of newly planted carrots and beets that are ready to harvest.  Kirk Driskell, Alpharetta Rotary President said, “Lionheart School provides an important resource to the Alpharetta community.  Again, I am proud of our Club, the Rotaract members, and family members who took time today to give back and support Lionheart in their efforts.  Another great example of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”  
Alpharetta Rotarians and Members of the Rotaract Club Pitch in for Lionheart Gardens Fall Clean-up 2015-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta has donated $1,000 to the Shop with a Cop program sponsored by the Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL works with “at risk” youth from 8-18 years of age providing many valuable programs throughout the year. Examples of their programs include: afterschool, tutoring, music, boxing and fitness, summer camp, mentoring, leadership, literacy, basketball, soccer, fundraising events and Shop with a Cop.
Pictured from left to right: President of Alpharetta Rotary, Kirk Driskell,
PAL Board member, Jim Paine, Officer Phillip Richey, Executive Director of PAL, Veronica Crew
 
Shop with a Cop provides each youth participant $100 to spend on family, friends and themselves for the holiday season. This program is funded by community donations and will have 109 kids participating this year. The kids will be escorted individually throughout Windward Wal-Mart with a policeman or fireman. They are there for the kids to help with advice and keep up with their dollars spent to make sure they spend it all. This is a wonderful event and provides a lot of kids and their families with the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. 
 
Alpharetta Rotary loves helping the community in a variety of ways and this is just one good deed that happens around the Christmas holidays.  Kirk Driskell, President of Alpharetta Rotary said, “On behalf of the Alpharetta Rotarians, our club is made up of people with giving hearts and they all quickly see the need to help children not only have gifts at Christmas, but to be able to help the kids buy something for their loved ones”.
"The smiles and excitement as these kids shop is a priceless experience.  Knowing you made a big difference in their holiday is incredibly rewarding to all the policemen and firemen who volunteer to help" said Jim Paine, PAL Board Member.  This annual event starts at 6:00 PM Tuesday December 8 at Wal-Mart located at Highway 9 and Windward Parkway. 
 
 
Alpharetta Rotarians Support PAL’s Shop with a Cop 2015-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International announces $40.4M contribution to
Global Polio Eradication Effort
Nigeria is polio free - Pakistan and Afghanistan last 2 endemic countries world-wide
 
World Polio Update 2015-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Alpharetta Rotary teams up with North Fulton Serves for Great Day of Service
On a cold rainy Saturday morning, September 26, Alpharetta Rotarians, along with 100+ others, rolled up their sleeves (and unrolled the rain gear) to join the North Fulton Day of Service, in collaboration with North Fulton Serves (NFS).  Rotarians participated in Adopt-a-Mile work in Alpharetta and Johns Creek.  Additionally, Rotarians along with an army of volunteers from the community met at Rock Mill Park to do work in support of the Alpharetta Rivers Alive Cleanup, another service opportunity as part of the Great Day of Service.  A list of all projects for the day is listed below.
Other service projects completed that day were at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, Big Creek Greenway, and Lionheart Gardens.  By the end of the day, all volunteers were cold and wet; however warmed inside after seeing the results of their hard work.  Alpharetta Rotary President Kirk Driskell summed it up by saying “Our club continues to become interwoven in the fabric of this community.  A Day of Serving others and helping the community with much needed projects continue to provide Rotarians the opportunity to live the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. 
 
Alpharetta Rotary teams up with North Fulton Serves for Great Day of Service 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
This Week's Speaker 2015-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to everyone who turned out last Saturday for the Adopt-a-Mile and participated in the other great opportunities during the North Fulton Day of Service.  Alpharetta Rotarians (and 100's of others) had a chance to roll up their sleeves (and roll out their rain gear) to serve North Fulton and make a difference.  Thanks again for making this a successful project.
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RLI Training Opportunities 2015-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Alpharetta Rotarians Take Leadership Roles in District 6900 2015-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Alpharetta Rotary USO Service August 6, 2015 2015-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Our new GRSP student, Nicolle Galleoti arrived last Friday evening from her home in Guatamala City.  "Niki" will turn 19 next month and started college at home in January, pursuing a career in graphic design.  She will attend Univ. of North Georgia starting next week.  Both of Niki's parents are remarried, so she has two complete families and many grandparents and she is very close to all of them.  She has traveled some, including visits to Miami and Disney World and a month in Korea with a student program.  Our club co-sponsors a GRSP scholarship with the Windward-Milton and Sandy Springs clubs, so Niki's time will be divided.  The Alpharetta host family this year are the Brownings, all of whom will bring Niki to the Rotary at the Braves game Friday evening.
Welcome GRSP Student - Nicolle Galleoti 2015-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Alpharetta Rotary Club Supports USO

Members of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta volunteered at the USO facility at Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday, August 7, 2015. The Rotarians provided members of the armed forces and their families with a complete southern barbecue lunch. They also had the opportunity to meet Major General (ret) Tom Wessels, Board Chairman of the USO Council of Georgia.
 
 
Pictured Above (l-r) Chris Weeber; Mary Lou Austin, President/CEO USO of Georgia; William Perkins; Angela Simmons; Major General (ret) Tom Wessels, Board Chairman USO Council of Georgia; Dan Simmons
 
Kirk Driskell, President of the Alpharetta Rotary Club says, “It is an honor for our Rotarians to have the opportunity to serve meals to the men and women of our armed forces.  We understand freedom is not free and we appreciate the hard work and sacrifice the members of our military experience on a daily basis for our country.  God Bless America.”
 
                            Pictured (l-r) Rob Johns, William Perkins, Chris Weeber, Angela Simmons, Dan Simmons, Jerry Urmanski
 
Alpharetta Rotary Club Supports USO 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Do you know when the City of Alpharetta was officially incorporated?
 
The city was officially incorporated as part of Fulton County on December 11, 1858.
Do you know? John Shipes 2015-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

On Saturday, August 1st, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta marked its 24th year participating in the 63rd annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. “We have grown from eight people that first year, including my son Carlylse and daughter Libby, to over a hundred people, and a great turnout for our picnic,“ Joel Canada, parade organizer for the club, said. “That first year we needed all the help we could get.”

Another feature the club has added to the parade is the TOPLESS parade, where members bring convertibles to decorate and drive in the parade. This is the fifth year of the TOPLESS parade. Canada added the parade is “a fun time for all of us to come together and celebrate America.” The club said it looks forward to another great celebration to honor our Old Soldiers in 2016.

The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the Civil War, but was discontinued after a few years. Twenty-eight years later, in 1952, a small group of men in Alpharetta re-dedicated Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta and started having a parade through downtown Alpharetta. The parade is now an annual celebration to all veterans of all wars.

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Posted by John Shipes on Jun 17, 2015
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Local Rotarian volunteers with Real LEDGE Honduras; introduces entrepreneurship to local students
 
Real LEDGE (Leading Economic Development through Global Entrepreneurship) is an organization based in Athens, GA.  They work to advance and promote social and business entrepreneurship.  LEDGE has a team based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that is working with local schools in 8 different departments (States in US terms) to train teachers and students about entrepreneurship.
John Shipes, a member of our club, spent May 26-30 in Campamento, Honduras at Liceo (High school) Fray Ivan Rohloff as Real Ledge Honduras’s first international volunteer.  John approached this effort a little differently, volunteering to implement the exercises used in the classes prior to attending training with Real Ledge.  One other challenge is that he speaks “no mucho” espanol.  However, not being deterred by these challenges, the “experiment” at Liceo Fray Ivan Rohloff was a success. 
 
Clemence Kopeikin, Director with Real LEDGE Honduras, had this to say.  “I am pleased to say our first international volunteer was a success.  John’s visit at the school significantly helped reinforce our entrepreneurship program.  We are very thankful that he was able to spend one-on-one time with the teachers, participating in teaching assistance in several classes, and mentorship to the students.”  Jorge Ramirez, administrator and teacher also added, “It allowed us to have a powerful, multicultural experience that the kids were truly amazed by.  You helped them think about why they need to learn English and why they need to be more proactive in their lives.”
 
One true measure of the experience was seen on the last afternoon.  In the am, John and Jorge spent time with 7th and 8th grade students going through a “punto equilibrium” (break-even point) exercise.  That afternoon, at a parents meeting, three of the students presented the exercise to parents.  The parents were so excited about the exercise, they split into three groups, did the exercise and then presented to the other groups.
 
John is very excited about the possibilities entrepreneurship presents both on a local and global level.  We look forward to more adventures in entrepreneurism from John and Real LEDGE Honduras.  This was a wonderful opportunity and we would like to thank the Real LEDGE team and the team at Liceo Fray Ivan Rohloff for their support.
 
 
LEDGE in Honduras John Shipes 2015-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hipes on May 27, 2015
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The Alpharetta Rotary Club helped organize and host the first Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute to honor those who died while serving the country.  John Hipes was the event Chairman, and Lt. Nick Snider was the keynote speaker.  Mayor David Belle Isle also spoke at the event.
 
 
Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute John Hipes 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on May 27, 2015
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At the Friday, 05/22/2015 meeting of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, Former District Governor Jack Young was the guest speaker.
 
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Posted by Alan Palmore on May 05, 2015
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At the Friday, 5/1/2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, President Karen Nolan briefed the club on the District Conference at Jekyl Island, including numerous awards and Club of the Year, Joel Canada lead a victory dance procession of the district conference attendees, new members were inducted into the club, and John Sours of the Governors Office of Consumer Protection was the guest speaker.
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Posted by Janet Rodgers on Apr 21, 2015
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ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA – April 16, 2015 – The city of Alpharetta and Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the Inaugural Memorial Day Tribute on Monday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. The event is free for the public to attend.
“We're looking forward to paying tribute, as a city, to those who have died while in the service of this Country as a member of our armed forces,” said Mayor David Belle Isle. “It's one of the reasons we developed the new Brooke Street Park behind City Hall. Come join us as we honor those who first honored us through their service and sacrifice.”
 
Alpharetta City Hall with planned rendering of the Veterans Memorial sculpture
 
The Memorial Day Tribute will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a performance by the Alpharetta City Band followed by a program including keynote speaker, Lt. Nick Snider who is known for being a voice of patriotism in America and served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer followed by a 33 year career with United Parcel Service (UPS). For many years he has dedicated his life to creating the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta which opened on July 4, 2004. More information on the keynote speaker can be found at www.nicksnider.net. 
 
“Memorial Day is an important day in the life of our nation and our hometown,” said John Hipes, Chairman of Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute. “It is a day to show our respect, individually and collectively, to those who have earned it. The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta are pleased to welcome all of Alpharetta and surrounding areas to gather downtown at City Hall and pay tribute to the men and women of our military who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”
 
The full program includes:
  • Performances by Alpharetta City Band
  • Invocation
  • Posting of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem by Alpharetta High School seniors Avika Parlecha and Jeffrey Lin
  • Keynote speaker, Lt. Nick Snider
  • Laying of the wreath
  • 21-gun salute
  • “Taps” performed by Alpharetta High School junior, Daniel Gelber
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the official destination marketing organization for the city of Alpharetta, promoting tourism and attracting visitors to all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visit awesomealpharetta.com for more information.
  
           
Memorial Day Tribute Janet Rodgers 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Apr 21, 2015
At the Friday, 4/17/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, the club recognized local high school students and teachers.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Apr 07, 2015
At the Friday, 4/3/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, President-elect Kirk Driskell introduced the 2015/16 board and Ian and Janine Maxwell of Heart for Africa were the guest speakers.
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Posted by John Shipes on Apr 01, 2015
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Paul Ray and John Shipes traveled with the 2015 Wilderness Team to Honduras March 14-21.  There they spent three days working on various projects, including completing a sidewalk and patio at the local school, and pouring concrete porches for local Hondurans.  The “big pour” on Wednesday was for the footing for a pedestrian bridge that will connect the elementary and middle schools.  With the help of many Hondurans, the team made and poured over 50K pounds of concrete for the footing alone.
 
On Thursday, the big events included MAP International delivering their 5 billionth shipment of medicine to Honduras.  Also, there was the dedication of “Vince Dooley Field”.  On hand for the festivities were President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, Steve Stirling, CEO of MAP International, Scott Luttrell (Chairman) and Jerry Eickoff (CEO) from Honduras Outreach, Patrick Manley, former captain of the Chicago Bears, and Coach Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara.
 
President Hernandez took time to thank the Wilderness Team, HAVE Foundation, and HOI for the work that has been done in the Algata Valley.  He also accepted the medical supplies from MAP on behalf of the Honduran people.  Afterwards, everyone proceeded to Vince Dooley Field for dedication ceremonies and a great local soccer match.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Apr 01, 2015
At the Friday, 3/27/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Hans Appen brought his new baby to the club, and the guest speaker was Paula Tkac of the Federal Reserve.
 
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Mar 25, 2015
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At the Friday, 03/20/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Michael Pitcher of LeasePlan USA was the guest speaker.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Mar 17, 2015
At the Friday, 3/13/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Eric Douglas said farewell to the club, Don Jordan entertained the club with nostalgic jokes and humor, and the club celebrated St. Patrick's Day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Douglas bid the club farewell as he prepares to move to the Pacific Northwest.
 
Don Jordan lightened the mood of the club and kept everyone entertained with his jokes and humor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Irish were in green at the club celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
 
Caught by the Camera:
 
Meeting - Friday 3/13/2015 Alan Palmore 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Mar 17, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Alpharetta held a social gathering at the Village Tavern to bid farewell to Eric Douglas - a good friend too many in the club, a faithful Rotarian, and an amazing fund-raiser. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric is moving to the Pacific Northwest, but will continue visiting Atlanta on business.
 
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Posted on Mar 17, 2015
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta received a Thank You Letter from Martha Pedrick of Special Pops Tennis for recent participation and financial support.  Her letter is shown below:
 
From: Martha Pedrick
To: Rotary Club of Alpharetta
Date: 03/13/2015
Subject: Special Pops Tennis Thank You!
 
It may be raining today, but Special Pops Tennis athletes are still basking in the memory of playing tennis with you all  in the sun last Saturday as the attached picture shows! We hope you enjoyed getting back on the courts as much as we did. Thank you to those returning members who have supported this event over the past 2 years, and thank you to the first-timers – we hope you’ll be back! And we hope you all now know a little bit more about the diverse group of people our program serves. The afternoon could not have been more perfect for kicking off our program year and our 10th anniversary! We are always grateful for your financial support, but we especially value the time you spend every year with these individuals who benefit more than you know from your interest in and support of their efforts to play tennis, make friends and live life.
 
For those interested in knowing more about our program, I invite you to browse our website at www.specialpopstennis.org
All of our training academies (see locations on the website) are starting up this month. The academies are free of charge. We work with all levels from beginners to advanced competitive play. Many will be preparing to compete in tennis with players from all over the state at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Emory, May 29-30. Others are learning the fundamentals and still others are enjoying the social aspects of  playing tennis. We work with children and adults with intellectual disabilities of all kinds.
 
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. Tennis skills are secondary to a volunteer’s passion for making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer opportunities range from on-court instruction to partnering with an athlete at one of our tennis events (the Summer Games, the USTA-sanctioned SPUD doubles league, our annual Fall Classic Adaptive Tennis tournament) and other off-court roles. All are explained on the website. Please feel free to contact me or Jim if you’d like more information.
 
Please pass this along to others who were there but whose emails I do not have (Jeff and Angie Nelms). Have a great weekend!
 
Martha
Special Pops Tennis Thank You Alan Palmore 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Mar 11, 2015
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At the Friday, 03/06/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Rich McDonell was inducted as a new member, and the guest speaker was Daniel Wilhelm of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Mar 04, 2015
At the Friday, 02/27/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, President Karen Nolan presented Lee Doernberg with the 3rd Quarter "Rotary Strong" award, Janet Ulrich was recognized for her role coordinating and planning the "Light up Rotary" 110 year Birthday celebration, and Dr. Marshall Shepherd, meteorologist, was the guest speaker.
Meeting - Friday, 02/27/2015 Alan Palmore 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Feb 25, 2015
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta visited the Alpharetta PAL (Police Athletic League) program and met some of the participants on Thursday, 02/19/2015.
 
 
Rotary Club of Alpharetta visits PAL Alan Palmore 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Feb 24, 2015
At the Friday, 02/20/2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, District Governor Elect Robert Hagan discussed future plans for District 6900, and Assistant Governor Dave Schmidt awarded Lawrence Mulkey with his Paul Harris Fellow +1 pin.  The guest speaker for the week was Attorney Joseph Rosen, who discussed the current issues in immigration law.
 
Lee Doernberg awarded Lexis Nexis with the Rotary Large Business of the year award for their outstanding participation in community projects.  Sarah Heslin accepted the award for Lexis Nexis.  The small business award was presented to Alpharetta Outfitters (award accepted by Chuck Palmer) for donating 100% of their profits to various local charities. 
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Posted by Janet Ulrich on Feb 24, 2015

On Monday, 02/23/2015, The Rotary Club of Alpharetta celebrated the 110th birthday of the Rotary Club at a special after-hours event at Hop Alley in downtown Alpharetta.  Here are some of the pictures from the event:

Rotary After Hours - Rotary's 110th Birthday Celebration Janet Ulrich 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Feb 18, 2015
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At the Friday, 2/13/2015 meeting of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, William Perkins received a pin for becoming a Paul Harris Society Member, three new members were inducted into the club (Ellie Ciraldo, Chris Cammack, and returning member Rick Kenny), and Lowell Douglas, African Wildlife Guide, was the guest speaker.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Feb 11, 2015
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At the Friday, 2/6/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Jasmine Burton, Founder of Wish for WASH, gave an inspiring talk about how the non-profit organization was started and it's future ambitions.  Roxane Dimon provided the vocational spotlight by profiling Nelson Karpeh, and Hal Morrison, a visiting Rotarian from the Milton/Windward Rotary Club thanked the Alpharetta Club for its participation in joint programs and discussed future plans for cooperation.
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Alpharetta Rotary Homestretch workday Glennette Haynes 2015-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Feb 04, 2015
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At the Friday, 1/30/2015, meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Steve Stirling of MAP International was the guest speaker.  Brian King led the vocational spotlight by profiling member Karen Williams.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Jan 28, 2015
At the Friday, 1/23/2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Susan Opferman, the Principal of Webb Bridge Middle School, and Shannon Kersey, the Principal of Alpharetta High School, recognized the teachers and students of the Quarter.  Glenn Guest and Karen Hipes were recognized with the Will Watt Fellow award, and Eric Douglas was presented with a Will Watt Fellow +1 pin and a GRSP Hue Thomas Jr. Fellow award.
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Posted by Janet Ulrich on Jan 24, 2015
On Wednesday, January 21 the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA held its initial "Read Right from the Start" Language and Literacy workshop. The half-day session is designed to train volunteers to read to children from the community at their local YMCA. This training follows and supports a 2014 literacy initiative at the Alpharetta Y, where a Children's Sharing Library was established through support of the Alpharetta Rotary Club. This workshop is proof that excellent programs are provided in the local community to strengthen a resolve toward better education and literacy.  
 
 
Alpharetta YMCA and Alpharetta Rotary nurture Early Readers Program Janet Ulrich 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Jan 21, 2015
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At the Friday meeting of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, Dr. Jeremy Bennett, Dean of the Gwinett Tech North Fulton Campus, spoke to the club about the new school.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Dec 17, 2014
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On 12/12/2014, The Alpharetta Rotary Club made a donation for $7,200 to Homestretch to help homeless families.
(Shown in the picture from left to right: President Karen Nolan, Homestretch Executive Director Rose Burton, Community Service Director Glennette Haynes, Lee Doernberg, and on the far right Steve Corder.)
Rotary Club of Alpharetta makes donation to Homestretch Alan Palmore 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Dec 17, 2014
At the Alpharetta Rotary Club meeting on Friday, 12/12/2014, District Governor Alicia Michael attended the meeting, and the Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra, conducted by Rolando Salazar, played music for the Club.
Meeting - Friday 12/12/2014 Alan Palmore 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Dec 17, 2014
At the Alpharetta Rotary Club meeting on Friday, 12/05/2014, Rose Burton, the Executive Director of Homestretch spoke to the club about the success, challenges, and plans of helping homeless families in the Atlanta area.  Lee Doernberg shared his experience as a mentor helping homestretch families develop a budget and gain financial independence.  The Alpharetta Rotary Club made a donation for $7,200 to Homestretch to help assist homeless families.
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Posted by Alan Palmore on Dec 03, 2014
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At the Alpharetta Rotary Club meeting on Friday, 11/21/2014, Dave Preter was the guest speaker from Georgia's Own Credit Union.  President Karen Nolan recognized Harvey and Sofia Crouch for the contributions in the Senior Thanksgiving Lunch.  Two red badge members, William Daniel and Susan Opferman, were awarded their permanent blue badges, and Chris Weeber continued to deliver Paul Harris pins to members.
Meeting - Friday 11/21/2014 Alan Palmore 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
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There will be no meeting of the Alpharetta Rotary Club on Friday, 11/28/2014 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
No Meeting Nov 28th Alan Palmore 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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At he Friday, 11/14/2014, meeting of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, 9 red badge members received their blue badges, and Joe Brannen of the Georgia Bankers Association was the guest speaker.
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Posted by Sofia Crouch on Nov 17, 2014
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On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Alpharetta Rotary Club sponsored a Thanksgiving luncheon for Alpharetta Seniors.  Sofia and Harvey Crouch organized the event.
 
Shown above from left to right: Lawrence Mulkey, Sofia Crouch, and Harvey Crouch.
Thanskgiving Luncheon of the Alpharetta Seniors Sofia Crouch 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Palmore on Nov 12, 2014
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At the Alpharetta Rotary Club Meeting on Friday, 11/7/2014, the club donated $900 to local High School Interact Clubs to use for charity programs.  President Karen Nolan presented numerous Paul Harris Pins and announced that the club had achieved 100% participation as Paul Harris Fellows.  Ray McKemie, the Foundation Chair for District 6900 awarded the club a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club banner, and also presented Jim Paine with a Bequest Society Award.  After the meeting, Kerry Singley signed to become a Bequest Society Member.
Meeting - Friday, 11/7/2014 Alan Palmore 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
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It was Halloween at the Alpharetta Rotary Club's Friday, 10/31/2104, meeting.  President-elect Kirk Driskell ran the meeting.  A Halloween  costume contest was held, and the guest speaker was Dr. Charles Qualls, author and associate Pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.
Meeting - Friday 10/31/2014 Alan Palmore 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0