Rotary Club of Alpharetta
We meet Fridays at 7:15 AM
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy StAlpharetta, GA 30009United States
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
- Edward Everett Hale
Message from President Bill Weeks:
"Come Join Us" song captures the work of Rotary (An excerpt from Rotary International News)
While sitting in the audience of the 2010 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, professional speaker and songwriter Jerry Mills was awestruck by the message and multimedia presentation of 2010-11 RI President Ray Klinginsmith's theme address.
"Up to that point, Rotary had been a concept. After that, it became a passion."
In May, Mills awoke in the middle of the night and wrote the lyrics to the song "Come Join Us," which has since been featured at several Rotary events and performed at the 2011 RI Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dr. William J. Morton, MD, JD
Dr. William Morton is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Miami Medical School. He practiced medicine as a board certified physician for more than 30 years, specializing in adult and pediatric urology. Dr. Morton has served on the faculties and boards of various medical organizations and hospitals. He was also a Captain at the US Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.
In addition to his medical career, Dr. Morton earned a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta in 1985, and has served as Judge of the Magistrate Court in Fulton County. He holds aviation licenses in both private and commercial aircraft, and is a certified flight instructor and former FAA Senior Medical Examiner.
Dr. Morton is also a published author and the winner of the Georgia Historical Society,Lilla M. Hawes Award and the Society of Colonial Wars, C.Sims Bray Award. His latest book, The Story of Georgia's Boundaries offers an in-depth look at Georgia's boundaries and reveals the fascinating story of how the state was shaped.
May 18-19: International Service Project to Ecuador (Sign-up now)
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Alpharetta, Ga. – May 15, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Alpharetta presented a check in the amount of $1,500 in support of Stand Up For Kids during their Friday morning meeting to Kim Drake, Operations Manager of Stand Up For Kids--North Fulton Initiative.
Rotary Club of Alpharetta President Bill Weeks also received the Sheffield Leadership award. One president from each category has received the award since 1994. Bill is the fifth president in the Alpharetta Club to win it in 19 years.
“We are all proud of the recognition we have received for our work over this past year. We will continue to strive to live out the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self’ in serving others,” said Bill Weeks, President of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.
Alpharetta, Ga. – May 8, 2013 – The Vinings Rotary Club recently received the Best Club of the Year Award at the Rotary International Conference. To congratulate them for a great year, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will be serving the Vinings club waffle desserts during their meeting on Wednesday, May 8th. The Alpharetta Rotary’s custom Rotary wheel waffle iron will be used to create the special treats.
“We want to congratulate and recognize the Vinings club for the great work they have done over the past year and for winning the Club of the Year award,” said Bill Weeks, President of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.
The Group Study Exchange (GSE) from Taiwan visited our Rotary District 6900 last week and left us with a better understanding of the team and their country's culture.
The GSE visiting rotarians from Taiwan included:
Chan, Ding-Yu - Team Leader, Chair Professor, College of Management, Ling Tung University(2011-2012)
Chen, Yu Xuan - Attorney (esp. family law cases)
Yu, Wan-Yu - Museum Director
(Aimee) - Professional, Printing Industry / Graphic Design / Publication
Lin, Wen Hao (Mark) - Radio DJ(Host)/Reporter/Activity Planner
GIRLS SELF DEFENSE CLASS SPONSORED BY ROTARY CLUB OF ALPHARETTA AND NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL
Alpharetta, Ga. – April 11, 2013. The self defense class for girls ages 11 and older will be held on Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at North Fulton Hospital. The class is sponsored by Alpharetta Rotary Club and North Fulton Hospital and is available to friends and family of Rotary members and anyone interested in attending at a cost of $35 per girl. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta will sponsor Interact Club students wishing to participate.
Plan to participate or get your pledges in to support Ted Schwartz and Jason Binder as they Run the River on 04/20/2013 at St. Andrew Catholic Church - 675 Riverside Road, Registration at 6:30AM.
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Alpharetta, Ga. – April 1, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Alpharetta provided a donation in the amount of $250 to Widow’s GPS during their meeting on Friday, March 29th. Founder Laury Beesely accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. Widow’s GPS is an on-line and local support for Widows providing Guidance Power and Support and has many programs in place.
At the Friday, 03/29/2013 meeting of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Christine Pedersen, our GRSP student from Denmark, gave a presentation of her country and her adventures in the USA. The club also made a $250 donation to Laury Beesley of Widows GPS to help support widows in the community. James Benson made another memorable sunshine appearance, and as always Chef Doug Pruett and group prepared a wonderful breakfast.
Alpharetta, Ga. – March 18, 2013 – During their weekly meeting on Friday, March 15th, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta presented a plaque to Kim Dodson in recognition of her work on last year’s Midsummer Night’s Mayor’s Run and Fun. Mayor David Belle Isle stated his appreciation for all of the work Kim does for the city in the special events office. This year’s Mayor’s race will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013, so the committee will begin planning soon.
Bring Your Old Cans of Paint to the Meeting Friday
Remember to bring in those old cans of paint, (Latex-only paint) that you've had laying around for years. The Alpharetta Presbyterian Church youth are partnering with Atlanta Paint Pisposal to collect paint for recycling (not solidifying) this Saturday March 16 in order to raise money for their summer mission trips.
To make it easier for all Alpharetta Rotarians to participate simply bring those old paint cans to our meeting on Friday morning and we'll make sure the youth group gets them on Saturday. We, the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, will donate $3.00 per can in support of the youth up to a maximum of $300.00 for your efforts.
Think Green, Recycle!
Rotary Club of Alpharetta Sponsors Special Pops Tennis Round Robin
Alpharetta, Ga. – March 11, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Alpharetta sponsored a round robin tennis event to benefit the Special Pops Tennis organization on Saturday March 9th. The event was held at Country Club of the South and followed an Up-the-river-Down-the-river No-ad scoring format. Each participating Rotary member was paired witha Pops Athlete. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta raised $500 in support of the organization.
Rotary Club of Alpharetta Hosts Brunch with Bingo for Seniors
Alpharetta, Ga. – March 8, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, was an especially fun day for the residents of Arbor Terrace Crabapple. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta hosted a brunch for the seniors followed by few rounds of Bingo. Members of Girl Scout troop number 28317 were also present providing entertainment and playing Bingo with the residents. Bingo winners were presented prizes by the Girl Scout troop members.
As part of our continuing commitment to support our military personnel, Alpharetta Rotarians were proud to serve at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport USO as the soldiers passed through on their way to Afghanistan and Kuwait. Our volunteers acted as greeters as they arrived and provided a meal of "traditional" southern BBQ, wings, slaw and potato salad. Special thanks to William Perkins for organizing this service opportunity as well as volunteers Eric Douglas, Cookie Haynes, John Norton, GRSP student Christine Pederson, Kerry Burke, Kerry Singley and son Derek, Rick Leaman, and Chris Weeber.
Members of Alpharetta Rotary hosted a Brunch for the residents at Arbor Terrace Crabapple last Sunday, March 3rd. Also joining them were a troop of 14 Girl Scouts who partnered up with Seniors to play Bingo.
At this meeting President Bill Weeks commented on our successful Charter Night celebration with thanks to all who helped it be a great success. Kerry Burke along with Bill gave a presentation on the recent trip to Honduras in conjuction with Roswell Rotary. Four water distribution projects were completed along with eye exams and the distribution of 2200 pairs of glasses. International Director Karen Nolan updated the progress of our $100,000 Global Grant water project in Equador scheduled to start on 1 June. Sandy Springs, Lanier South, and Dunwoody Rotary Clubs are partnering in the project.
Please see flyer below regarding our first annual tennis round robin to benefit Special Pops Tennis. We still need a few more people to sign up...And, if you have already signed up, I need your t-shirt size; Special Pops Tennis is providing tees for all the players.
Any questions, please let me know - Thank You!
A special thanks to President Bill for having such a great event! A special thanks to Lindsay, Lee, Sam and Judy, the bar gals, chef Doug and his crew and all the others that made the night great. Congratulations to the new super stars - John Hipes, Kerry Burke, Eric Douglas and Kirk Driskell. Also - it was GREAT seeing all of the new Paul Harris Fellows! Congratulations to each of you for this commitment to Rotary and to The Rotary Foundation. This year has been a wonderful Rotary Foundation year for our club. Click on the "30 Year Pin" above to see all the pictures!
Past President Steve Corder
Three Alpharetta Rotarians joined 250 other Zone 34 Rotarians at the Renaissance Concourse Airport Hotel last Saturday for a Peace Symposium. The meeting was in honor of RI President Sakuji Tanaka's theme, Peace Through Service. Speakers including Peter C. White, founder and president of the Southern Center for International Studies, presented different thoughts on how peace can be achieved both locally and globally. In honor of the event a Peace Pole will be erected on the grounds of Claton State University displaying the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
The Lionheart Gardens workday was really great, with three North Fulton Rotaract members, 2 Milton Interact members, and Alpharetta Rotarians: Paul Ray, Mike Lowry, Chris Kemp (who brought four helpers from Allstate), and Nelson Karpeh who brought his fiancé. It was a great crowd, and we dug garden trenches, and weeded out the tire wall to plant an herb wall. The mud made our work tough, but the fellowship made it fun!
Our Club received the following letter from a soldier that recently returned from his second deployment to Afghanistan. Our Club had sent his unit several care packages in 2012. Some of the packages arrived right at Christmas.
The meeting was conducted by President Nominee Karen Nolan. Guest speaker Carrie Bellware, Executive Director of Senior Services North Fulton was presented with a $250 donation for her organization.
Saturday, February 9, saw nine volunteers from Alpharetta Rotary and students from Creekside HS helping to bring a Habitat home to completion. During the all-day event almost 20 gallons of paint were applied to the interior of the 1800 square foot home. Completion and occupancy by the Dorcemon-Forestal family is scheduled for late March.
Alpharetta, Ga. – February 18, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Alpharetta presented Donna Smythe of The Child Development Association (CDA) a donation of $500 during their weekly meeting.
Alpharetta Rotary will be hosting a Brunch for the Seniors at Arbor Terrace Crabapple on Sunday, March 3rd. Also joining us will be a troop of 14 Girl Scouts who will partner up with Seniors to play Bingo. A few Rotary volunteers are needed for just 2 hours from 11-1pm to help organize food, music, and assist on this day. Please contact Heather Demis to volunteer. 404.323.4969
At the Friday, 02/01/2013 meeting, the Alpharetta Rotary Club wore red shirts in support of the American Heart Association, and the club donated $250 to help support research to fight heart disease.
The Alpharetta Rotary Club made a $250 donation to support MDJunior, a charity organization founded by Milton High School Senior Shaun Verma to help create future leaders in the field of medicine & healthcare through the youth of today and Inspirie Selfless Service through Mentorship.
The meeting on 01/25/2013 at the Alpharetta Rotary Club featured two guest speakers: Cody Jackson, One Boy USO, and Shaun Verma, MDJunior. The Alpharetta Rotary club contributed $250 to each of the programs.
Alpharetta, Ga. – January 22, 2013 – On Friday, January 18th, Friends of Scouting hosted its annual fundraiser at the Metropolitan Club on Windward Parkway. The Milton District Golden Eagle Breakfast raises funds to pay for Scouting programs, training, facilities, summer camp and equipment and supports Scouting throughout the Milton District. The Milton District includes Alpharetta, Milton, most of Roswell and the western half of Johns Creek with more than 3,000 youth participants.
Alpharetta Rotarian Kerry Burke attended the recent Rotary Leadership Institutue in Thomasville, Georgia on 01/19/2013.
Alpharetta, Ga. – January 18, 2013 – The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is pleased to recognize John and Karen Hipes, members of the Alpharetta Rotary Club, for achieving the Major Donor status. A Major Donor is a person or husband and wife who have contributed a minimum of $10,000 to The Rotary Foundation. John and Karen are mission minded with a heart for international service. The money from their donation will be used for the Alpharetta Rotary Clean Water Project in Ecuador.
The Alpharetta Rotary Club meeting on 01/18/2013 featured guest speaker Michael Alexander of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Shown on the picture are Michael Cross and Jim Paine working at the front desk for the meeting.
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta recently donated over $500 worth of toys for the Alpharetta Toys for Tots program. The service project was organized by a committee which collected toys from members of the Alpharetta Rotary over a period of several weeks and delivered them to a distribution facility.
Alpharetta, Ga. – December 6, 2012 – As part of their continuing commitment to support our military, members of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta recently purchased over $500 worth of snacks, food toiletries which will be sent to troops overseas. Those receiving packages include two soldiers from families of the Alpharetta Rotarians. They are 1st Lt. Richard Kenney, who is currently serving in Djibouti and is the son of Rick Kenney, and Margaret Johnson, former wife of Wayne Johnson, currently serving in Afghanistan with a civil affairs unit.
Milton High School Interact Club conducted another service project by collecting 140 pairs of shoes and delivered them to Never Enough Shoes.
At the meeting on 11/16/2012, Past District Governor Bill Woulfin spoke about the importance and current projects of the Rotary Foundation, the club pinned 10 new members as Paul Harris Fellows, and Rose Burton, the Executive Director of Homestretch, thanked the Alpharetta Rotary Club for winning the attendance fundraiser at the Atlanta Marathon.
It is getting cold outside and there are plenty of people who could use those winter coats you never wear anymore! Please clear out that hall closet this week and bring any jackets you are willing to donate to the meeting this Friday. We will be sending a shipment to NY/NJ as well as delivering here to our own North Fulton Charities.
The GRSP students spent an event-packed weekend attending a Lasgna dinner and bon-fire in Sandy Springs, touring the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and CNN Center, and having an overnight lock-in at the Alpharetta YMCA.
The Alpharetta Rotary Club meeting on 11/02/2012 featured guest speaker Tom Price, U.S. Congressman from the Alpharetta/North Fulton District. Congressman Price spoke about the election as well as the budget challenges facing Washington.
Alpharetta Rotary turns out in costumes to support Hometretch fundraising at the Atlanta Marathon.
The Alpharetta rotary Club Meeting on 10/26/2012 featured a banjo playing, motivational speaker, Doug Grady, an update on the trip to Ecuador from Karen Nolan and Kerry Burke, and the induction of a new member, Jack Hausmann.
Alpharetta Rotary Club Supports The Men and Women in Uniform
Alpharetta, Ga. -- August 27, 2012 – After September 11, 2001, The Alpharetta Rotary Club made a commitment to support our men and women in uniform by recognizing the sacrifice that they make for our nation. The club began sending care packages in 2003 and they haven’t stopped since. They have supported the Army, Marine and Air Force units. The units that are sent care packages have been referred to the Rotary Club by one of its members, neighbors of our club members, and from returning veterans.
Alpharetta Rotary Club Welcomes GRSP Student for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year
Alpharetta, Ga. -- August 10, 2012 -- On Saturday, August 11, 2012 the Alpharetta Rotary Club along with the Windward and Sandy Springs Rotary Clubs will welcome Christine Pedersen from Denmark as the new Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) student for the coming year.
The GRSP program offers scholarships to international students to come to the U.S. and study at the university level in the state of Georgia for one academic year. The program was started in 1946 after WWII and aims to promote world peace and understanding through the means of education.
Christine at her high school graduation
Christine is 19 years old and recently graduated high school on June 28 in her hometown. She has never visited the U.S. and says that she is looking forward to her time here. Christine will live in Georgia for one year and attend Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. while staying with host families. Until the school year starts, Rotarians will host her in their own homes.
“I am excited to share in the excitement of Christine’s first visit to the U.S. and look forward to her experiencing the warm hospitality Rotarians have to offer GRSP students,” stated Bill Weeks, President of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.
Rotary Club of AlpharettaThe Rotary Club of Alpharetta was chartered on March 23, 1983. Its membership is comprised of approximately 85 men and women representing a broad base of business and professional activities in our community. We are committed to making our community, both locally and worldwide, a better place for all of us to live. Visit www.clubrunner.ca/alpharetta for more information.
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.
Alpharetta Rotary Honors New Rotary District Governor by Giving Monetary Donations
Greenway selected a theme for her district as well as the international theme for this year which is “The Treasures of Rotary.” She is asking all the clubs in her district to share their treasures. She wants them to communicate and educate the community about what it means to be a Rotarian, what projects are being done in the community, and who the members are that have a passion to place service above self.
Rotary Club of Alpharetta members present non-profit organization with donation
(Pictured from left to right) Bill Weeks, Cheryl Greenway, Mayor David Belle Isle and Gary George
Rotary Club of Alpharetta members present non-profit organizations with donation
(From left to right) Cheryl Greenway, Bill Weeks, Mayor Joe Lockwood, Chief Robert Edgar and Deputy Chief Mark Stephens
The course curriculum is developed by RLI, not Rotary International, and offers a interactive approach to learning as opposed to a lecture seminar. While the name implies emphasis on leadership, RLI provides an in depth look at the many facets of Rotary and is aimed at all Rotarians. Attendees range from first year members to over 20 year veterans of Rotary.
Three Alpharetta Rotarians recently attended Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training sessions. Mary Ulich and Eric Douglas completed Part 1 class in Macon earlier this month while Chris Weeber completed Part 3 in Roswell last month. Karen Nolan, Heather Demis, and Steve Gillard have also completed Part 1. Steve Corder is a Part 3 graduate from last year. Please see any of the above or a board member to hear more about the RLI experience.The RLI schedule for the 2012-2013 Rotary year is currently being established. For more information please see the RLI website at http://www.rlitraining.org/
This was another rewarding day for the club to serve others who serve our country. Once again we provided barbecue pork and chicken, wings, slaw, potato salad, and drinks to over 120 soldiers at the Atlanta Hartsfield - Jackson Airport USO as they waited for their evening flight back to Afghanistan. Greeting them as they arrived for their flight and providing directions was also part of the volunteer effort. Thanks to William Perkins for coordinating this project. Pictured at the USO greeters' podium are Rick Leaman,Mary Lou Austin - CEO of Georgia USO, and Mark Meckes. The rest of our volunteers were Joe and Sue Kralovec, Nick Born, Eric Douglas and friend Erik Peterson, John Dodero, Chris Weeber and James Benson who provided the free use of Verizon cell phones for the troops. This is one of the most worthwhile service projects our club performs and if you haven't volunteered before please consider doing so. Our next USO date is Thursday, July 5.
Many thanks to those who brought shoes to Alpharetta Rotary over the past several weeks. We have now collected over 300 shoes and sorted them by size. Today we delivered the shoes to Never Enough Shoes at their Cumming, GA location. Several Alpharetta Rotarians participated in the delivery which was accepted by Sandi Smith, Rotarian and co-founder. The shoes are destined for Haiti in coming months. Thanks to all who helped with this project through their generosity, especially Karen Nolan for bringing this opportunity to our club.
Never Enough Shoes was started by a local Rotarian, Sandy Smith, in 2010. In 2011, Never Enough Shoes made their first shipment to Haiti thanks to the generousity of Hansgrohe who funded all the transportation cost. A team of local area citizens followed the shoes to Haiti to support the distribution of the shoes. With help from the Hinch Rotary Club and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Bassin Zim the Team had an amazing experience. See the Never Enough Shoes web site for more of the story: http://www.neverenoughshoes.org/
Lyman Louis led the Alpharetta Rotary team in this year's Relay for Life event at Independence High School. Team members included Steve Gillard, Keith Johnson, Wayne Robinson, James Benson, Chris Weeber, and Chris Powell. A total of over $106,000 was raised this year in the fight against cancer.
Alpharetta Rotarians Chris Weeber, Wayne Robinson, Chris Powell & Jackie, and Lyman LouisWayne Robinson & Lyman Louis
Recently Chris Weeber had the opportunity for a meeting make-up with the Rotary Club of Angkor in Siem Reap. The Club is two years old and presently has nine members. Their focus is on improving education and health in the local community. As a member of Rotary you always have friends wherever you travel. Click here to locate any Rotary Club in the world.
Marilyn and Chris Weeber presenting our banner to President Sam of Rotary Club of Angkor
Eleven Alpharetta Rotary Adopt-A-Milers scoured Old Milton Parkway on Saturday morning collecting 8 bags of trash. Thanks to President Sam Gordon, Karen Hipes, Phil Kingry, Bill Weeks, William Perkins, Nelson Karpeh, Rick Leaman, John Dodero, Nick Born, John Hipes, and Chris Weeber (picture taker) for participating.
On February 16th, while working in Vargas, Honduras, Alpharetta Rotarians Rex Grizzle, John Hipes and Karen Hipes helped distribute more than 25 umbrellas donated by the Alpharetta Rotary Club. The umbrellas are providing women and children with relief from the sun and protection from the rain, and they greatly appreciate their “sombrillas”. Thank you for your generosity.
Fred Denkman acknowledges the support from the club with the recent passing of his wife Jackie.The guest speaker Bill Chapman discussed the positive effects that Camp Highland can have on reaching young people.
Once again we return to the Gwinnett Arena on March 10 for a night of Rotary fellowship and hockey. Click here to download all the information and to order tickets. The deadline for ticket orders is March 7. See Dan Merkel for details.
Alpharetta Rotary participated in the annual Alpharetta Arbor Day celebration at Wills Park. The ceremony included planting a ginkgo biloba tree after Alpharetta Mayor and Rotarian, David Belle Isle, read the Arbor Day Proclamation. The event concluded with a brunch at the Mansell House provided by the city to thank the many community organizations involved for their efforts.
Red bud seedlings were made available by Alpharetta Rotary for all who attended. These seedlings were the last of over 1000 handed out or planted by the club this spring, coordinated by Community Service Director, Wayne Robinson and Jason Binder. The project was in response to Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee's challenge to Rotarians to help improve the environment by planting trees this year. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 3000, Harry's Farmers Market, the City of Milton, the City of Alpharetta and the students at Abbots Hill Elementary school for supporting this venture. We would also like to thank Terry Porter, the Environmental Programs Director of Alpharetta, and Cindy Eade, the Sustainability Coordinator of Milton, who helped make this a successful project within the community.
James Benson returns as the our "resident" Sunshine presenter with a joke appropriate for "all ages"President Nominee Dan Merkel introduces Dr Randy Overbeck, our guest speaker
For many years the Fresh Market in Alpharetta has donated their surplus food (primarily baked goods) to North Fulton Community Charities' (NFCC) food bank. This has been made possible through a long term partnership with the Rotary Club of Alpharetta and its members. At noon each weekday an Alpharetta Rotarian volunteer drives to the Fresh Market, sorts and bags the food items, and delivers them to the NFCC facility. The whole process takes about one and a half hours and is repeated 260 times each year.
Alpharetta Rotarian Lee Doernberg
While our club is involved in many community projects, this one is unique because more of our 84 members participate in this single project than in any other during the year. The result of this volunteer service is that each year NFCC receives over one hundred thousand dollars worth of food to distribute to needy families in the area.
Fresh Market Bakery Manager Ashley Mann & Lee
Lee Doernberg, club coordinator for the effort, says, "During the holidays last December my daughters and I made a delivery. Watching the people taking the product off the shelves about as quickly as we could stock it left quite an impression on all three of us. What a great thing for Fresh Market to provide and a great opportunity for us to serve." Thanks to all the volunteers for providing this consistant avenue of service.
In addition to being a partner in this process, Fresh Market is also a direct sponsor of Alpharetta Rotary and as such, our club is greatful for their support of our many activities.
The Fresh Market3005 Old Alabama RdAlpharetta, GA 30022
Heather Demis, Chris Weeber, & Karen Nolan
Three Alpharetta Rotarians attended the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training session in Duluth, GA on Saturday, February 11. Heather Demis and Karen Nolan completed RLI part 1 and Chris Weeber completed RLI part 2. A total of eighty-four Georgia Rotarians participated in parts 1, 2, & 3 making this the largest ever attendance for a Georgia RLI training session.
While RLI is not an official program of Rotary International, it seeks to provide a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Registration for each course is $95. This fee includes breakfast, lunch, course material, and lots of Rotary fellowship. The next two RLI training events will be in Savannah and Roswell. For more information please see, the "Events" calendar, any board member (plus Heather and Chris) and the RLI website at http://www.rlitraining.org/.
February's Alpharetta Rotary "After Hours" location was at Chef Boyd Rose's "Milton's" restaurant in Crabapple. A great venue for drinks, appetizers and Rotarian fellowship. Another perfect choice by coordinator Charlcie Forehand.
Charlcie Forehand and Mary Williams
At this meeting the Alpharetta Rotary Club was presented with a plaque by the Alpharetta Police Athletic League for our support for their annual "Shop With A Cop" project. Additionally, President Sam Gordon acknowledged club members who participated in last week's "Trade Fair" by awarding "Hearts for Humanity" pins. He also awarded pins and expressed appreciation for the large turn out at the recent Mayor's Challenge committee meeting which is our main fundraiser for the year.
Club Community Service Director, Wayne Robinson; Alpharetta PAL Board Chmn, Jim Paine; PAL Board members, Janet Rodgers and Robin McIntirePresident Sam discusses the long list of up coming events
This meeting was a Club Assembly and our first "Trade Fair". Fifteen club members manned tables presenting their businesses/vocations for the rest of the club to see. The concept proved very successful and insures that there is a future for this type of Club Assembly thanks to President Sam Gordon.
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Thanks to Steve Gillard and Mary Ulich for allowing the Raffle pot to continue to grow!
From January 24 to January 29 Alpharetta Rotarians, President-elect Bill Weeks and Lee Mohler, joined a cadre of Roswell Rotarians on an international service project trip to Haiti. The group utilized a specialized optical instrument to measure individuals and match them for donated prescription glasses in the Port au Prince area. They also distributed sunglasses and participated in construction/painting projects during the six day trip.
Lee Mohler and "friend"
Bill Weeks measuring for prescription glasses
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This was the first meeting after our Annual Charter Night Banquet. At that event Nelson Karpeh was recognized as Alpharetta Rotary "Rookie of the Year" and Wayne Robinson was recognized as one of two "Hall of Fame" inductees. Both Mike Hart and Chris Weeber were unable to accept their awards at Charter Night. At this meeting Mike received his "Hall of Fame" award and Chris accepted his award as "Rotarian of the Year". Congratulations to all.
Nelson Karpeh, Wayne Robinson, Mike Hart, and President Sam Gordon
President Sam Gordon and Chris Weeber
Several Alpharetta Rotarians are headed to Honduras with a Church group on February 11, 2012. They will be working in Vargas, a small village with no electricity or running water, but plenty of sunshine. The women of Vargas appreciate receiving umbrellas to keep them cool in the sun and dry in the rain. If you have any extra umbrellas that you can donate, please bring them to the meetings on January 27th and February 3rd. Please see Karen Hipes for more information.
The Alpharetta Rotary Club celebrated 29 years of fellowship and service at its annual Charter Night on January 14, 2012. This year’s black-tie optional event was heldat the Crooked Creek club house and more than 75 members and guests attended. Special guests included District Governor Margie Kersey and her husband Ron, and District GovernorElect Cheryl Greenway.
Alpharetta Rotary President, Sam Gordon, and Judy Gordon
President Sam Gordon recapped the Rotary year thus far and recognized several Rotarians for their outstandingservice. Nelson Karpeh was recognized as the Club’s “Rookie of the Year.” Wayne Robinson and Mike Hart were inducted into the Club’s “Hall of Fame.” And Chris Weeber was named the “Rotarian ofthe Year” for 2011-2012. Congratulations to these fine Rotarians and thank you for your contributions to the Alpharetta Rotary Club.
Nelson Karpeh, Alpharetta Rotary "Rookie of the Year"
Sam presents Wayne Robinson with his "Hall of Fame" Award
Also, thanks to Chef Doug Pruett and his staff for the wonderful meal they prepared, to Denver Baxter from the Party Patch for the evening’s music, to Club Service Director, Rory Young, for coordinating the evening's festivities, and to photographers John Hipes, Fred Denkman, and Steve Corder. It was apparent from the dancing, the laughter and the many empty glasses on the tables that everyone had a great time.
DG elect Cheryl Greenway, Alpharetta President elect, Bill Weeks, and Cindy Weeks
Ron and District 6900 Governor Margie Kersey
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With this meeting we welcome four new "Red Badge" members: John Dodero, Boyd Rose, Chris Powell, and Karen Williams. With their arrival Alpharetta Rotary membershiip now stands at 84.
Interested in learning more about Rotary and developing your leadership skills at the same time?
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. While, RLI is not an official program of Rotary International, it seeks to provide a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations.
Registration for each course is $95. This fee includes breakfast, lunch, course material, and lots of Rotary fellowship. Making this a good investment for you and the Club.
Alpharetta Rotary teamed with the City of Milton, Boy Scouts, and the Milton Chapter of Young Men's Service League this Saturday to distribute tree seedlings in conjunction with Milton's Christmas tree recycling. There were three locations accepting trees and our volunteers helped to unload over 300 trees at Milton High School. This is the first of three club "tree projects" organized by Community Service Director Wayne Robinson. The other two will be on Earth Day and Arbor Day.
In total Alpharetta Rotary will distribute almost one thousand redbud and dogwood seedlings. This effort is in support of RI District 6900's challenge to plant at least one tree per district Rotarian and RI President Kalyan Banerjee's call to plant 25 trees per each worldwide Rotarian this year.
Alpharetta Rotarians supporting the effort were Mary Williams, William Perkins, State Rep Lynne Riley, Chris Weeber, Milton City Manager Chris Lagerbloom, Mike Connell, President Sam Gordon, Dan Merkel, and Wayne Robinson. Members of the Milton City Council present were Bill Lusk, Karen Thurman, and Matt Kunz.
Mike Connell (left) becomes the club's first Blue Badge recipient for 2012. Mike recieves a congratulatory handshake from Mentor, Steve Gillard as Membership Director, Kirk Driskell looks on. Mike's Sponsor was Steve Beecham.
Fundraising Director, Mary Ulich, secured another opportunity for our club to raise capital with the help of Eric Douglas, fellow club member and Executive Director of North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club. Alpharetta Rotary volunteers sold admission tickets, "t"shirts, and programs at the third annual Chamber Bowl Senior All-Star Game held at Johns Creek HS. The game gives outstanding senior players from North Fulton and South Forsyth public and private high schools a chance to demonstrate their skills to invited college coaches and scouts.
Thanks to Nick Born, Karen Nolan, Steve Gillard, Charlie Swahn, William Perkins, Lee Doernberg, Mark Orr, and Chris Weeber for giving their time. NFFTD Club will make a donation to Alpharetta Rotary for their efforts. Final score of the game was South All-Stars 49 / North All-Stars 0.
Karen Nolan, Charlie Swahn, Chris Fitzgerald (NFFTD Club) & William Perkins
This was the last meeting for 2011. Chef Doug was recognized for his culinary talents that make this "the best breakfast in Rotary".
We returned to Smoke Jack for our December "After Hours" meeting. Good appetizers, drinks and fellowship.
President-elect Bill Weeks (left) congratulates guest speaker and fellow club member, Nelson Karpeh, after he related his inspirational story of leaving his home in Liberia for the United States.
Saturday, December 3, the club manned the Salvation Army Kettle at Macy's entrance in North Point Mall from 9:45am until 8:00pm. The weather was perfect and the "giving spirit" was successfully conveyed to the many shoppers by our volunteers...so much so, that a second kettle was needed by early afternoon because the first had been filled. Thanks to the many Rotarian volunteers and family members: Lauri Young, Steve Gillard, Ted Schwartz, Johnnie Andrews, Lee Doernberg, Mark Orr, Alan & Austin Palmore, Steve & Cindy Corder, Robin & Jim McIntire, Karen Nolan, Chris Weeber, Phil Kingry, Jason, Cecelia & Nicolette Binder, Wayne Robinson, David & Colton Bell Isle and Sam Gordon. Special thanks to Club Service Director, Rory Young, for organizing the effort.
In late August, Binota and I were in Ghana, where Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice Chair Sam Okudzeto and enthusiastic local Rotarians took us to the ribbon-cutting for a water project in a little village, Abutia Teti, about 60 miles from Accra. We arrived at about 11 a.m., and the whole village seemed to be there. Everyone had been waiting since early morning to welcome us. In the past, the women had to walk over 3 miles to carry pails of water from a river. Now they had a supply of safe, clean water from tube wells in the village itself. It was a simple but effective project in which Rotary and USAID had worked together. But what struck us most that day was family: The men, the women, the children were all there together, dancing, singing, and welcoming us. It made me think about how everywhere around the world, people come together in families, and families join together as communities.
President Elect, Bill Weeks announced his choice for Secretary, Phil Kingry, and Treasurer, Mark Buelow, for the 2012-2013 year. Both were voted in by acclamation.
Club Foundation Director, John Hipes, gave a presentation about Rotary Foundation followed by the recognition of two of our Paul Harris Fellows. Steve Gillard received a PH pin with two sapphires and Mike Lowry received a PH pin with one sapphire signifying their increased level of giving.
In 1885, the London Times ran a series of editorials honoring the 100th birthday of Sir Moses Montefiore, the British financier and philanthropist knighted by Queen Victoria. The editorials commented on his honesty, his generosity, and his willingness to come to the aid of anyone in need. One story was particularly telling.
Good news! The first ever GRSP Cookbooks are in. They will make excellent Christmas gifts and can be ordered by clicking on the book image below. It will be fun to see all the recipes that have been collected from the students and Rotarians. You won’t want to miss owning this FIRST EVER GRSP COOKBOOK, and the profits benefit the GRSP endowment.
Janis Comer, Administrator
Another successful Cafe Rotary took place this Saturday. Thanks to hosts Steve and Cindy Corder, John and Karen Hipes and Mary and Bob Ulich and to Rory Young for organizing the evening. DG Margie Kersey was a special guest at the Corders'.
At the Ulich's
"Magic" presentation by Zac Gillard at the Corders
Cafe Rotary at the Hipes', Cue style
More Cafe Rotary Pictures
A morning low temperature of 32o F didn't dissuade our hardened cadre of "Road Warriors" from answering the call for the quarterly clean up of Old Milton Pkwy last Saturday. Our new vests made the group highly visible. Thanks to (pictured below) Rick Leaman, Charlie Swahn, Chris Weeber, Nick Born, Maddie Merkel, Dan Merkel and William Perkins (picture taker).
Under the leadership of Membership Director Kirk Driskell our club continues to grow with the addition of three new members. Lindsey Harber, William Schaude and Jason Werner received their red badges presented by their respective sponsors Arthur Letchas, Wayne Robinson and ADG Doug Higgins. Club membership now stands at 79. Also three club members, Jim Lee, Nelson Karpeh and Charles McMillan transitioned to blue badge status.
November's venue was Bistro 52. Another great pick by Charlcie Forehand. The night was cool but the fellowship, as always, was warm.
Our Club's Paul Harris Fellows
Forty one of this year's 56 GRSP students gathered together in the Atlanta area this past weekend. Host families from Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, and Windward Rotary Clubs met the group when they arrived for dinner Friday evening in the cafeteria at Sandy Springs Charter Elementary School. After dinner and pairing up with the host families it was on to the home of Sandy Springs Rotarian, Fran Farias and husband Phil, for a large bonfire. The hot chocolate, s'mores, and fellowship made the evening complete. Next it was on to the host families' homes for more conversation and hopefully some sleep before the following day's activities. Host families from our club were, Mike Lowry, Mary Ulich, Chris Weeber, Steve Beecham, and Steve Corder.
Last Thursday, November 3rd , a number of Alpharetta Rotarians went down to the USO at the Atlanta airport. While we were there we provided lunch to over 140 Soldiers and Marines. Our Club served up 30 pounds of Bar b Que, 25 pounds of buffalo wings, 20 pounds of potato salad and a wide assortment of sides, drinks and deserts.
Besides setting out lunch we were able to speak with many troops coming home and going back out. Being able to interact with our Nations heros was an honor. The following Rotarians spent the better part of a day there at the USO; Lynne Riley, Chris Weeber, Rick Leaman, Mark Meckes, Steve Gillard, Jerry Urmanski, Lauri Young and Nick Born. It was a very positive day being able to serve those that serve us. Our Club will continue with it's committment to our military with another USO service day February 7th 2012.
President Sam Gordon thanked all who helped with the recent Atlanta Marathon Cheering for HomeStretch and USO Service. Those participating who have not already received a "Hearts For Humanity" pin will do so.
Members of our club as well as those from Rotaract and Interact had the fun opportunity to cheer on the 1300+ runners of the 2011 Atlanta Marathon on behalf of HomeStretch. In doing so we helped Homestretch secure a maximum $7500 donation from the Atlanta Track Club. The morning started early at 6:30am as we carpooled to downtown Atlanta. Some of us wore "special" costumes to cheer the runners on and we also manned the water station at mile 13. We also learned that President Sam has a very unusual talent of making the exact sound of a fire truck siren! It was a unique time for fellowship as we helped to support Homestretch's important role of helping homeless families get back on their feet and into permanent, sustainable housing.
James knows how to "work a room"!
Rotarians … in the business of making a difference
While most organizations designate a month to focus on a single item,
Rotarians multitask! October is both Vocational Service month AND Polio
Awareness Month. Only Rotarians have enough energy to handle them both!
Polio Awareness Month
In October, we observe both World Polio Day (Oct 24) and the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk (Oct 28), who developed the world’s first safe and effective vaccine against this crippling and sometimes deadly disease. We also celebrate the fact that the world is on the verge of eradicating one of the most feared diseases of the 20th Century
Heather Demis and Jason Binder became the latest members to receive their blue badges. Guest speaker Brandon Beach from the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce explained the advantages gained should the upcoming transportation tax referendum pass followed by an informative Q and A exchange. Visiting Rotarian Art Hoffman from Luddington, MI exchanged banners with President Sam.
This month Taco Mac was the venue for our "After Hours" get together. Thanks again to Charlcie Forehand for organizing this monthly evening of fellowship.
Is it the Truth?
Will it be Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Members were briefed on future projects by the Directors during the Club Assembly meeting. Upcomming activities include a January 2012 project in Haiti in conjunction with Roswell Rotary, senior citizens dinner, AIDS awareness for middle school students, Homestretch fundraiser, and Santa's delivery of fruit to the seniors. Congratulations to Norum Cannon who became our most recent Blue Badge recipient. Members of the Milton Interact Club were also present: Interact Adviser, Sr. Sonya Breaux,and students Ryan Rogowski, Jonathan Gill, Matt Gray, Hannah Smith and SofiaDuran with Alpharetta Rotary advisor Lyman Louis.
In the pages of this month’s magazine, you will be introduced to the marvelous city of Bangkok, Thailand, which will play host to our 2012 Rotary International Convention. Please consider this my personal invitation to join me, my family, and our fellow Rotarians at what promises to be an incredible event in one of the world’s most fascinating locations.
Thailand is a spectacular destination, truly the Land of a Thousand Smiles. I would particularly urge Rotarians who have never visited Thailand before to consider this as your chance. You’ll be surrounded by gracious Rotarian hosts and friends, old and new, from around the world. Bangkok is a fantastic gateway for those wishing to explore Southeast Asia, and a wonderful experience on its own. For those who hail from countries closer by, take the opportunity to visit a major cultural capital, with all it has to offer – including shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Indeed, Bangkok will give you a wonderful value for your time and money.
Fifteen members of the club came together to construct our entry in the 6th Annual Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest. Lead by Mike Hart the group fabricated superhero "Captain Rotary" (complete with Rotary cape) in less than 45 minutes, strapped him to a utility pole at in front of the Alpharetta Visitors Center, and then retired to Smokejack to celebrate their accomplishment. It was definitely a fun time and may become an annual club event.
State Bank & Trust Company has been named the top performing bank among the 150 largest, publicly traded banks in the United States for 2011 by Bank Director Magazine. This is a singular distinction in the banking industry. As a respected member of our community their involvement and support through Rotary as our Title Sponsor is greatly appreciated. Our club values the support of all our sponsors and is happy to acknowledge their successes. Please click on the magazine to view the article, "What Does It Take To Be Great?".
We have a color for the 2011-12 Rotary year, and that color is green. Why green? Because green is the color of spring, of new life, of bright leaves bursting forth from spreading branches. And there is no doubt that it is time to “green” Rotary – to lift our deepening pallor of gray and replace it with brighter shades of green.
This past Sunday, 25 September, Rotary Club of Alpharetta partnered with the Lionheart School and the Marist cross country team to plant 18 large trees in Wills Park. Mary Ulich, Lionheart Director of Operations and fellow Rotarian provided this opportunity for club service. The tree planting was a result of an agreement between Lionheart and Alpharetta to replace trees cut down during the construction of their school. Jack Keller, a Boy Scout from Marist and member of the team, had a fundraiser and arranged for his teammates to help plant the trees. Several Lionheart donors also contributed. Eric Milley, Alpharetta Parks and Rec, helped coordinate the project, Bob Ulich assisted, and club members Chris Weeber, Sam Gordon, Steve Corder, and Wayne Robinson participated. This is the first of several tree planting events to be held by Alpharetta Rotary in support of both DG Margie Kersey's and Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee's initiatives for Rotarians to plant trees this year. Our next "tree event" will be the Tree Give Away at Milton Round-Up – Saturday, October 15.
The Future of Rotary by DG Margie Kersey
Rotary changes the world. We all know this and it is part of the reason we are Rotarians – we want to be part of that change. We want a voice in the change. We are changing the future of millions of people. In some cases we are making sure that a person has a future at all.
But so many Rotarians ask, what is the future of Rotary?
Zoe Benson presented Steve Beecham with a plaque on behalf of her gymnastic club, Gymsations, for the generous support provided by Hometown Mortgage. This is another example of Steve's continued involvement with our community exemplifying his commitment to "Service Above Self". Proud father, James, made a special effort to attend the meeting even though he was on crutches due to a painful back injury. All were disappointed that his late arrival prevented him from participating in his favorite meeting event, Sunshine.
A 911 WE REMEMBER Memorial Service was held September 11, 2011 at Alpharetta Public Safety Headquarters Memorial Park. Rotary Club of Alpharetta volunteer participation was organized by John Hipes, BillWeeks, and Phil Kingry with lunch provided by the club for the first responders afterward. The services were lead by Rotarian and Chief of Public Safety Gary George and included laying of a memorial wreath and the release of doves. Among the guest speakers were Rotarians State Representative Lynne Riley and Alpharetta Mayor Arthur Letchas.
Last Saturday and Sunday under perfect weather conditions the Alpharetta Rotary Club provided volunteers and refreshment concessions for the Alpharetta IRONKIDS competition. More than 1500 entrants ages 16 and under from all over the country descended on Alpharetta's Wills Park for this event that comprises swimming, bike riding, and running. Mary Ulich provided leadership for this fundraising/service opportunity. Two concession stands were manned both days as well as volunteers helping with registration, sales, and course monitoring. Many thanks to all our participating club members.
President Sam Gordon presented Interact pins to this year's incoming Milton HS Interact Club officers. Pictured are: Megan Darnell, VicePresident, Alex Lynch, President, Lyman Louis, Alpharetta Rotary advisor, and Sam.
Douglas and Aimee Seip, nephew and niece of Rory and Lauri, were guests visiting frim Allentown, Pa. Douglas demonstrated his luck by picking the Ace of Spades out of a deck of 51 cards to win the raffle. Dennis Gardin spoke about the mission of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
On Thursday, September 1, members of our club had the privilege of serving lunch to over 200 members of our armed forces at the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport as they prepared to embark "down range" to Afghanistan and Iraq. The menu consisted of traditional southern fare including barbecue (pork and chicken), wings, cole slaw, potato salad, beans, sweet tea and soft drinks, with key lime pie and chocolate cake for desert. William Perkins coordinated the day along with Mark Meckes and Nick Born. Volunteers included John and Karen Hipes, Phil Kingry, Kirk Driskell, Bill Weeks, Jerry Urmanski, Rick Leaman, and Chris Weeber. Added to this event was the opportunity for Rick, Bill, Phil, and Kirk to make a "Salute to the Troops" video for CNN HLN which aired on Labor Day.
In terms of turnout numbers this Adopt-A-Mile was close to historic and continues our club's 11 plus year commitment to keep Old Milton Parkway clean. Thanks to Wayne Robinson, John Hipes, Charlie Swahn, Nelson Karpeh, Lyman Louis, Bill Hamilton, Nick Born, Miller Connell, Phil Kingry, Price Connell, Mike Connell, Rick Leaman, Jason Binder, and Chris Weeber (picture taker) for their participation. Special welcome and thanks to new club members Nelson and Mike for joining us....Miller and Price, too!
Our speaker was Ms. Abby Mohler who gave a multimedia presentation on "Homelessness". Her interest this compelling topic grew out of research for a Language Arts project last year at Johns Creek HS. As a result she now volunteers in the community with several organizations. Wayne Robinson, our Director of Community Service complemented Abby on her poise and the fact she is probably the youngest person ever to speak to our club.
Executive Director of the Drake House, Kathy Swahn, detailed their progress in serving the community since opening 7 years ago. They recently welcomed their 200th family to the program.
Kathy received a $500 check from the club presented by Wayne Robinson, club Community Service Director. This represents only a portion of Alpharetta Rotary's ongoing support of the Drake House. Our own Phil Baldwin was recognized for his long time involvement with the Drake House.
We welcome three new members to the club.
A good turnout at Smokejack this month. Thanks to event coordinator Charlcie Forehand.
Our Backpack project was completed with the delivery of 150 backpacks to NFCC last Tuesday. The backpacks were assembled at Arbor Terrace before delivery and each included a Rotary ID tag with our club name and the Four Way Test. Heather Demis, Jason Binder, Lee Moler, and Jenifer Heal were on the committee. Congratulations to them and all who helped make this effort so successful.
Ian McDermott, Hannah Demis, and Jordan Merriman assembling the ID tags.
Thanks to Joel, once again for organizing our "Topless" participation in the Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. With 60 participants and 15 entries our club made a fine showing. Congratulations to Frank Joiner for winning the prize for "Best Decorated Car". Also thanks to our picnic chefs, Steve Gillard, Rory Young, Zac Gillard, William Perkins, and Steve Corder.
Bill and District Governor Elect Cheryl Greenway
President Elect Bill Weeks and Foundation Director John Hipesattended the District 6900 Foundation Seminar in Columbus, Georgia on August 6th. District Foundation Chairperson Bill Woulfin reported that while contributionswere down slightly last year, District 6900 continues to be one of the topDistricts in the world in annual and per capita giving. The seminarplaced an emphasis on Every Rotarian Every Year contributing to the RotaryFoundation, and having members in our Clubs becoming Paul Harris Fellows. The money contributed to the Foundation is used to fund district andglobal projects. In District 6900, we are part of the Future Vision pilotprogram that enables Clubs in our District utilize these funds to participatein district grant projects, global grant projects, and scholarship grants athome and abroad, as well as vocational and humanitarian grant projects. When you contribute to the Rotary Foundation, you are eradicating polio,fighting thirst and hunger, reducing child mortality, providing education andliteracy, and directly contributing to Rotary’s humanitarian efforts at homeand abroad. Giving comes from the heart. Thank you for yourcontinued support of the Rotary Foundation.
Club Assembly was a part of this meeting and several Directors made presentations on current and future activities.
Wayne Robinson detailed several Community Service Projects in the works for the coming year. We will be participating with South Forsyth Rotary in a clean water project on Lake Lanier, coordinating with the Boy Scouts in a tree planting with the goal of planting 25 trees per Rotarian, continuing our support of the Drake House, and participating in District 6900's signature project sponsoring an Adopt a Cottage Campaign to restore historic cottages at the Warm Springs National Historic Landmark District. 60 out of approximately 70 Rotary Clubs in the district have commited to this effort. Our club has already donated $500 and Bill Weeks and Ben Easterling are coordinating our club's participation.
Our GRSP student from Poland, Kinga Gruscezka has arrived. She will be hosted this year by Chris Lagerbloom and family. Our club will be sharing these responsibilities with the Rotary Clubs of Windward and Sandy Springs. She will attend Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta.
I am Polish. As I could observe during my 22 years of lifePolish love to complain. So I’m not typical. In Lublin where I spent all mylife I studied culture’s study and international relations.
President Sam welcomes Alfred "A" from North Fulton Roteract
Coach DeChristofaro speaks about his new job.
Club member Chris Lagerbloom's email to our members re: the arrival of this years GRSP Student.
Tonight was a great experience! Arriving through the Concourse T doors; Kinga Gruscezka (of Poland) was greeted by the Swagos (of the Windward Club) and the Lagerblooms. After a day of safe travels, she arrives to start her GRSP experience.
This month's gathering was held at Durty Kelly's. Thanks to this year's host, Mary Ulich for starting this tradition in our club and also to Charlcie Forehand for taking over the duties for the coming year.
District 6900 Governor Margie Kersey visits our club.
Thanks to James Benson, Roxanne Dimon, the Mayor's Challenge Committee, Janet Rogers, and all volunteers for another successful Mayor's Challenge event. The rain held off and the runners enjoyed a perfect morning for running.
Please enjoy the pictures. Also additional pictures are in the photo journal "2011 Mayor's Challenge" and posted on the web link below:
Alpharetta Rotary - Mayor's Challenge - May 14, 2011
This month's get-together at Smokejack was well attended. As usual good conversation and fellowship as we anticipated the next day's Mayor's Challenge. Thanks once again to Mary Ulich for organizing the event!
Each year the Rotary Club of Alpharetta recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our community through their service. This year's recipients were recognized at our May 13, 2011 meeting. They are:
Glancy Charlemagne, Communications Officer of the Year, City of Alpharetta
Jeremy Reifsnyder, Firefighter/EMT of the Year, City of Alpharetta
Michael Schulman, Police Officer of the Year, City Of Alpharetta
Lisa Cherry, Employee of the Year, City of Alpharetta Parks and Rec Dept.
Ms. Shelby Steinhauer, Teacher of the Year, Milton High School
Sue Levine, Volunteer of the Year
All are most deserving of our thanks through this recognition.
Keith Sanders, Gary George, Officer Reifsnyder
Rick Leaman, Mike Perry, Lisa Cherry, Bob Regus
Rick Leaman, Mark Speigel, Sue Levine
The purpose of RYLA is three-fold:
1. To further demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth.
2. To encourage, assist, and train selected youth leaders, and potential youth leaders, in responsible, effective leadership.
3. To publicly recognize the high qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders.
Each Rotary Club in Georgia (District 6900) is invited to select rising juniors to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attend the RYLA Conference. Awardees should be sought from the community, and should be carefully selected on the basis of character, leadership qualities, general education, personality, and leadership potential.
Alpharetta Rotary will be sponsoring three rising juniors from Milton High School for this year's RYLA Conference. On April 20, 2011 a selection committee led by Lyman Louis with Chris Weeber, Rick Leaman, and Jamie Dixon interviewed 7 candidates. These outstanding students were each nominated by their respective guidance counselors. The three selected are Emily Germany, Angela Palm, and Sophia Duran.
Emily is a member of National Spanish Honor Society, Junior Amrican Legion, is taking AP Science and Chemistry, plays volleyball, one of seven children, and hopes to go to Emory.
Angela is a track team member, plays the cello, participated in Duke TIP, member of National Spanish Honor Society and Beta Club, and hopes to go to Duke, UNC, or UGA.
Sophia is a member of the Interact Club, Robotics Club, participates in Fencing, interested in math and art and is looking at MIT or GA Tech.
This year's RYLA Conference will be held at Georgia Southwestern State Univ, Americus , Ga June 25-28.
Many thanks to our volunteers : Lyman Louis, Bill Hamilton, Rick Leaman and Lizzie, Jason Binder, David Belle Isle and Colton, and Chris Weeber (picture taker).
The "Prize Find" of this outing goes to Lizzie Leaman and her fully operational spray can marking device. Rick says he is sure to find some use for it and that there may be a place for it on the mantle. You never know what you will find on Old Milton during Alpharetta Rotary Adopt-A-Mile.
Wayne Robinson Receives Presidential Recognition
As announced at last week's meeting, Wayne Robinson was recently awarded a President's Volunteer Service Award. Below is information from the press release. Congratulations to Wayne for his continued service to ShelterBox and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta
The President's Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack Obama. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.
Alpharetta Rotarian Wayne Robinson has been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2010 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural disasters worldwide.
In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, many watched on the television wishing they could make a difference. Robinson knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, would be on the scene delivering it's iconic green box containing a family tent, water purification, a cook set and stove along with other essentials. Through Robinson's efforts of raising awareness and fundraising for ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 28,000 ShelterBoxes which accounted for one-quarter of all of the tented shelter in Haiti.
Robinson, currently serving as the ShelterBox USA treasurer, is also a ShelterBox Response Team member (SRT) who volunteers his time to deliver ShelterBoxes following disasters worldwide. Twelve minutes after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Robinson got the phone call to be a member of the first Response team on the ground. Less than 48 hours later, Robinson entered Port-Au-Prince and began what became ShelterBox's largest deployment to date.
"In 2010, ShelterBox responded to 22 disasters in 17 countries providing more than 45,000 ShelterBoxes," said Emily Sperling, interim executive director for ShelterBox USA. "Because of the efforts of volunteers like Wayne we were able to provide emergency shelter to those in need around the world."
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. The organization provided shelter for 250,000 survivors of the Haitian earthquake and is currently delivering lifesaving aid in Brazil, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Information: http://shelterboxusa.org .
On Thursday, 30 December members of our club had the opportunity and privilege of hosting and assisting 200 of our servicemen and servicewomen at the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Most were returning to Afghanistan after a stateside R&R. Thanks to William Perkins for organizing our participation which included supplying 30 pounds of barbeque. We had a great crew of volunteers: Jerry Urmanski, Lawrence Mulkey, Sue and Joe Kralovec, Phil Baldwin, Phil Kingry, Lynne Riley, Yvonne Chrimes, William Perkins, Chris Weeber, Nick Born, Charlie Swahn, and James Benson. Special thanks to James for arranging the use of Verizon cell phones for the troops.
What a difference a year makes! Last year RAIN:
This year: SUN
Thanks to the FunFest Committee, our volunteers, sponsors, and especially Bill Weeks for a very successful 2010 Funfest.
To see more FunFest pictures click on the link below:
Rotary FunFest Sept 2010
After months of planning, minor setbacks, and much perseverance the Hope 4 Guatemala Project has been successfully completed. This success is due in large part to Mike Lowry and his counterpart from Guatemala Rotary Club Norte, Josef Fischer. Together they coordinated a proposal for a "state of the art" computer lab for Hope 4 Guatemala consisting of 12 computers, a server, and a networked printer. Funds from District 6900, our club, and Rotary Club Guatemala Norte made the hardware acquisition possible. Jose Armas and his team from "Hope" had already prepared the lab with work stations and internet access.
Last week Mike, Rick Leaman, and Chris Weeber traveled to Guatemala City to build and install the lab network. Members of the Guatemala Rotary Club, Interact Club and selected children from Hope 4 Guatemala also helped. The lab will be available to the children before or after their half day of public school. The goal is to give the students the opportunity to acquire skills that will provide for a better life.
To see more pictures go to the photo journal on the main web page or follow the link below:
Alpharetta Rotary International Project - 2010