Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
2000 East-West Connector
Austell, GA 30106
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 29, 2013
Good morning Fellow Rotarians, I trust that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.I wanted to remind you that our Christmas Party will be December 5th at 6:30 at Presbyterian Village. We will have a social time, dinner, and some other fun.Please plan to be there that night with family or guest so we can begin the Holiday season with good friends. I look forward to seeing you there.Yours in Rotary, Nancy
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 21, 2013
When you think of the American Saddle bred Horse, you automatically associate Tom Galbreath with this particular breed. Tom's career had spanned some 45+ years in the industry as he is well known throughout the world for the quality of the horses bred under his direction. Tom's great faith, family values, character and integrity make him a shining example to us all what a true American success story should be. Throughout Tom's life and career, he has accomplished many great tasks personally, professionally and civically. Personally and most notably he is a Child of God. Professionally, Tom also has been accepted as a Hall of Fame breeder of the American Saddle Bred Horse Association and is a senior member of the National Show Horse Association, American Horse show Association and United Professional Horsemen's Association. Civically, Tom is a founding board member of the Lexington Christian Academy and founding elder of the Low Country Community Church. As a former Rotarian, Tom Truly lives the motto of "Service above Self". He and his wife Betsy have been married for 51 years. They moved to Presbyterian Village 2 years ago where they have become a very intricate part of the community. Tom currently serves as chair of the Resident Council and Betsy spends a great part of her day ministering to all who she encounters through pure love. The Galbreath's have 3 children, Suzanne and Jennifer of Hilton Head Island, SC. and Philip of Kennesaw, Ga. They are the proud grandparents of 6 Grandchildren which range in age from 2-26 years of age.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 20, 2013
Dear Club President:
We are pleased to announce that at the October 2013 Trustee meeting, the Trustees agreed to recognize clubs that give US$1,500 or more to PolioPlus with a certificate of appreciation. The certificates will begin with this current Rotary Year and will continue through the duration of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign.
We hope that your club has set a PolioPlus goal, in addition to its Annual Fund goal. We recognize that for some small clubs a goal of US$1,500 may be difficult to attain, while other clubs can and should do more.Every dollar given to PolioPlus brings us closer to a polio-free world.
On World Polio Day (24 October), in addition to club fundraisers held globally, Rotary hosted a special Livestream presentation – World Polio Day: Making History – to showcase the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience and streamed online to viewers worldwide. Since the livestream event, over 11,000 people from more than 50 countries have watched the event, which is available in English only. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to watch the presentation, and share it with your club. The video makes a great club program during Foundation month.
Now is the time to End Polio Now and Make History Today.If we successfully engage every Rotarian, we will change lives; we will realize our dream of eradicating polio forever.
Ron D. Burton
Chairman, The Rotary Foundation
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 20, 2013
Dear fellow Rotarians:
As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter.
I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur.
I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make after one of the deadliest tornadoes on record tore through communities in my home state of Oklahoma. The widespread destruction was heartbreaking. Almost immediately after the storm, Rotarians were out in force cleaning debris, collecting food and water, and comforting families who lost everything. The Rotary clubs in the affected areas showed perseverance and strength. We helped pick up the pieces and build them back up.
What really moved me was the support and compassion from clubs around the world. In the face of calamity, we were not alone. Rotary’s collective spirit is the essence of how we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.
Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for thousands of families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. They were already in the Philippines when the typhoon hit providing aid to families who lost homes in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines in September.
Such disasters are the reason why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox. On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better. The organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have more than 21,000 Rotary members in the Philippines. The hardest hit areas include Districts 3860, 3850, and 3830. We are working with our governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective, and we will continue to provide updates on www.rotary.org.
I know I can count on Rotarians around the world to come to the aid of our friends in the Philippines. If you have any questions about how you can help, please write to email@example.com.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 20, 2013
As a reminder:
TOMORROW WILL BE OUR LAST MEETING BEFORE THE GA/GA TECH GAME. I BELIEVE WE STILL HAVE 26 SLOTS FOR SALE AND WE NEED TO SELL ALL OF THEM TO BE ABLE TO GIVE POLIO PLUS THE $1000 (AND FOR THE WINNER TO RECEIVE A PAUL HARRIS AWARD). PLEASE BRING YOUR $$ AND SUPPORT THIS CAUSE!!!
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 13, 2013
Scott Pope is the Cobb County Director of Football for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has served in this role for the past 7 years. Prior to FCA, Scott taught Special Education in Tennessee and Georgia. He has also coached football at the high school and collegiate levels. He married to his wife Sandy of 21 years. They have two children. Chandler 10 and Chesney 4.
FCA provides opportunities to serve athletes and coaches in the sport(s) where their greatest passion lies. FCA Sports exists for those who have:
- A passion for Jesus Christ
- A passion for their sport
- A passion to reach people in their sport for Christ
This is accomplished by the development of a sport-specific strategy and network.
Sport Specific Executive Directors serve as the expert for their sport by establishing a strong regional model of ministry and supporting sport specific opportunities around the country.
Their strategy is to “Start Locally – Grow Regionally – Support Nationally.” As they build local and regional ministry, Executive Directors also seek to cultivate national relationships, create sport specific resources and ensure an FCA presence at national events/outreaches for their sport.
Scott embodies this strategy and goal in that you will not meet anyone who has more love for the athletes and their coaches.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 11, 2013
Again, I want to thank you so much for committing to support the Kilifi Kids Global Grant. As you know our proposal has been approved and the process has begun. We simply could not have done it without you.
Now that the grant is being implemented, I wanted to share a way for your clubs and organizations in your communities to provide another form of support to this amazing project. It involves collecting used cell phones and sending them to a company that basically takes them apart and determines the value of the different cell phone parts. A sum of money is then sent on to the Kilifi Kids project.
It is a win/win arrangement for everyone. Used cell phones are disposed of appropriately; the cell phone company makes money off the parts; and Kilifi Kids receives additional critical funding. Even mailing the box of used cell phones is free for organizations that take on this project.
I am attaching a flyer that one of our Vinings Rotarians developed. This flyer contains all the critical information you will need to proceed. Please consider not limiting this fund raiser simply to your club. The Vinings Club has collaborated with a nearby elementary school over the years and they are going to implement a cell phone drive that involves all of their families.
The amazing part of Rotary is that we are all affiliated with different organizations, businesses, or groups that could easily become involved. Whether you send in a few used cell phones or a lot - it is money towards Kilifi. There is also no specific time limit for a cell phone drive, so it can be customized to your organizations schedule.
I hope that you will consider this hands-on project to support Kilifi Kids. As much as writing our checks can make a great difference in our projects, it is when members get involved and involve others that the true power of Rotary occurs.
I am attaching to versions of the flyer. One is in photoshop mode and one is in Word, which allows for editing.
Yours in Rotary,
Posted by Jason Bowman on Nov 11, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 30, 2013
PUBLIC OFFICES: Presently serves as a Senior Judge, State of Georgia; sits in Cobb Superior Court, Marietta, GA Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, August 1, 1973-August 1, 1977 Judge, Superior Court, Cobb Judicial Circuit 1964-68 Judge, Juvenile Court, Cobb County 1960-64 Member and Vice Chairman, State Commission on Compensation 1987-1998 Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia 1979-86 City Attorney for City of Kennesaw 1964 City Attorney for City of Smyrna 1958-64
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Atlanta Chief Judicial Officer, J.A.M.S.; mediator and arbitrator for J.A.M.S. and American Arbitration Association Partner, Alston & Bird, August 1, 1977 to August 1, 1998 Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Life Member, American Law Institute International Society of Barristers Member Former Trustee, The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Inc.Member, State Bar of Georgia and former Chairman, Family Law Section Former President, Cobb Judicial Circuit Bar Association Former President and current Member; Board of Governors; Old War Horse Lawyers Club Member, Georgia Arbitrators' Forum
EDUCATION AND MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Emory University, A.B. 1949; LL.B. 1951 Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity Honorary Member, Order of the Coif, Emory Law School First Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army Reserve Editor J.A.G.C.-U.S.A.R. Training Bulletin (1952-54) while serving on the staff and faculty, Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, at the University of Virginia Law School
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 16, 2013
Darlene Duke is the Executive Director of Christian Aid Mission Partnership in Austell, and has worked tirelessly for more than twelve years to improve the quality of life for her low-income neighbors by providing food, clothing, financial aid and education opportunities.
Darlene's dedication to her community is evidenced through her personal volunteer service in her church and on several local nonprofit boards. She has been honored by the Cobb County Policy Council on Homelessness as the recipient of the Jack Vaughn, Jr. Human Services Award for her dedication to battling the effects of poverty in our community and she was recognized as the "State of Georgia Woman of the Year" by Church Women United.
Darlene brought to Christian Aid more than twenty years of business managementexperience. Under her direction C.A.M.P. has more than tripled its core service programs and added many new support services, while receiving top recognition awards from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Cobb County Schools and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
The Community Action Mission Program (C.A.M.P.) was founded in 1968 by repre- sentatives from the First Baptist Church in Austell, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Powder Springs and the Austell Presbyterian Church.
The opening of the first outreach ministry was a clothing distribution center made possible when Sid Amos donated the use of an old pharmacy building on Mozley Street in Austell. Later a thrift store would be an outgrowth of the clothing center and would help provide money to fund other C.A.M.P. projects.
The Rev. Joseph Conyers of Austell Presbyterian Church led a group of volunteers to pick up free government surplus food in Marietta and deliver it back to his church for a monthly distribution. It was from this early project that the CAMP Food Pantry was established.
In 2008 C.A.M.P. formed an alliance with the Christian Aid Center in Lithia Springs, founded by the First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs and the Lithia Springs United Methodist Church. At a time when the economy was taking a downturn and requests for services were at an all time high for both agencies, this significant partnership resulted in a reduction of overhead costs and a much needed expansion of client services into Lithia Springs and the east Douglas County area.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 09, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 09, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 02, 2013
Lisa and her husband are both Georgia Tech engineering graduates. Her husband Craig is an intellectual property attorney in Midtown, They have two children, Nehemiah, 4, and Noah, 2. Lisa also recently graduated from Georgia State College of Law. As a Georgia Tech graduate, she worked at Eastman Kodak, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and other non-profit organizations in metro Atlanta. She is an advisory member of the Marietta-Cobb New Markets, Inc. and is active in the Cobb Chamber, South Cobb Rotary, Cobb NAACP and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. Lisa was born in Manhattan and raised outside of Detroit in Southfield, Mich. She is the third woman on the Cobb commission which makes it a majority female commission.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Oct 02, 2013
Those in the picture are as follows:
Sitting: Dr. Frank Croker 1977-78; Nancy Arnold 1995-96, 2011-12, 2012-13; Rev. Joe Conyers 1992-93; John Collar 1964-65; Woody Thompson 1986-87
Standing: Wayne Blackstone 2010-11, 2011-12; Bill Adams 2000-01; Bob Prillaman 1978-79; Bert Carmichael 1984-85; Randy Cook 2007-08; Russ Fitzgerald 2005-06, 2006-07; Ronnie Haynie 2008-09.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Sep 18, 2013
Charlie began his law enforcement career in 1972 as a reserve police officer for the City of Morrow, GA. He retired in 2005 as Chief of Police but quickly came out of retirement to become the Chief of Police in McMinnville TN. where he spent the next five years. In 2011 he was named Middle Tennessee Chief of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and his department was named Department of the year by the University of Tennessee Municipal Advisory Service. In August of 2011, Charlie returned to Georgia after accepting the position of Chief of Police in Powder Springs. Charlie and his wife Pam live in Powder Springs. They have a daughter in Sandy Springs and another in Ft. Mill SC. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Charlie writes a monthly column for the Marietta Daily Journal. He enjoys competition barbecuing, long distance bicycling, canoeing and competition barbecuing. He occasionally plays golf and says he always gets his money's worth because he hits the ball often.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Sep 11, 2013
Stephanie McKay is with Rescue Repurpose Redeem (RRR).
The purpose of RRR is to provide sustainable non-traditional employment for individuals who demonstrate a desire to enhance his/her life but have not been successful in more typical employment or employment training settings. This would include individuals living in poverty, homelessness and also living with disabilities.
This venture will establish a sustainable employment opportunity that will provide a reasonable income for the participants. It is designed to encourage the development of new skills or use old skills, and most importantly provide an opportunity for participants creating the goods to once again be part of the community as valued and contributing members.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 22, 2013
Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Patricia “Patty” S. Poulter dean of the College of the Arts, effective July 1.
Poulter succeeds Interim Dean Ivan Pulinkala who has served since Feb. 1. Pulinkala replaced Joseph Meeks who led the school for 14 years as dean and served 38 years on the faculty until his retirement in January.
“I am honored to have been selected and eagerly look forward to becoming part of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts,” said Poulter. “I could tell when I stepped foot on this amazing campus that there was an energy and passion for the arts, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Poulter has served as associate dean for the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University since 2009. A professor of music education, Poulter has held other administrative positions within the college, including department chair in the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences, as well as her current role as interim department chair in the Journalism Department.
As associate dean, she shared administrative responsibilities for the College of Arts & Humanities, overseeing a $12 million budget; 225 faculty; nine academic departments; seven interdisciplinary programs; 1,800 students; and the Performing Arts Center.
Poulter was chosen from numerous candidates in a national search chaired by Robert "Robin" Dorff, dean of Kennesaw’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
“Kennesaw State takes great pride in the selection of Patricia Poulter as dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She has demonstrated remarkable leadership and scholarship during her two decades in higher education, which will stand her in good stead as she takes the reins of Kennesaw State’s highly successful College of the Arts.”
Prior to joining the Eastern Illinois University faculty in 1994, Poulter was a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In making its selection of Poulter, the search committee took note of her extensive experience in bringing together diverse constituencies to address complex challenges with positive results and inclusive solutions. The panel also was impressed with her administrative leadership in the arts, humanities and education, involving budgeting and philanthropy, faculty development and community outreach efforts.
The College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Patty Poulter to Kennesaw State University as the new dean of the College of the Arts,” said Pulinkala. “Dr. Poulter is a visionary leader, who I have no doubt will be an articulate and passionate advocate for the College of the Arts on campus and beyond. We celebrate the start of a new era for the arts at KSU!"
Poulter holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. She earned an Ed.D. in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 22, 2013
Herb Emory left his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for Atlanta in 1971. He was armed with a third-class FCC license he obtained while doing some part-time work during high school at the 1000-watt station in Brevard. He had started sweeping the floors and emptying the trash at WPNF when he was in the sixth grade.
His first assignment in the Atlanta School of Broadcasting was to intern with Skinny Bobby Harper during his morning show at WIIN 97. Emory’s duties for Skinny Bobby included listening to WSB Radio’s Merry-Go-Round program to gather traffic and weather information. Twenty years later Emory would find himself in the WSB Skycopter Lounge.
The stops along the way to Newstalk 750 WSB included; WSNE (Cumming), WDGL (Douglasville), WFOM (Marietta), WACX (Austell), Georgia Network News and WQXI/94-Q/Star 94.
He has earned at least 15 First Place Awards, including two Green Eyeshades, for news and traffic reports from the Georgia Associated Press Assoc. and other media organizations. He served as President of the GAPBA in 1990/91.
Emory (aka Jason Woodside) did a midday jock shift, reported news and served as morning drive sidekick with Georgia Radio Hall of Famer Hugh Baby Jarrett at WFOM.
His 12 years at WQXI/94-Q/Star 94 included on-air work with Gary McKee, Don Kennedy, Larry Munson, JJ Jackson, Chris Morgan, Gary Corry and others. He was working as traffic reporter for The Steve and Vickki Show when he made the move to 750 AM and now 95.5 FM Newstalk WSB.
Emory joined McKee’s Hometown Radio Show at WSB in 1991. Capt. Herb watches over the interstates during the week (working both AM and PM Drive shifts) and hosts special traffic and NASCAR broadcast programs with his wife Karen.
A perfect Georgia night gave WSB's Captain Herb Emory a sight he swears he will never forget. It was predawn and Emory was in a helicopter a few thousand feet over Atlanta. As he has since 1986, he was getting ready to go on the air with his early morning traffic reports. Off to the southeast of the city he witnessed the launch of the space shuttle from Cape Canaveral in Florida. He says he could see the flames from the thrusters as the shuttle climbed into space and for 20 minutes afterward the exhaust trail was visible to the naked eye. Emory says he's had the privilege to witness a launch from Kennedy Space Center but the view from 500 miles away was somehow more impressive.
It was a strange coincidence that put Emory above Atlanta the morning of the shuttle launch. A native of Brevard, North Carolina, Emory fondly remembers going to his father's bowling league nights while he was growing up. The bowling alley was next-door to the small town radio station. He hung around the station and bugged the jocks enough until they gave him work like emptying the garbage and sorting AP copy. After finishing high school he headed straight for Atlanta where he attended the Atlanta School of Broadcasting and National School of Broadcasting.
His father was a volunteer pit crew member for Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Sr.’s dad, in the 1960s. Traveling to the racetracks in the Southeast gave Emory an insiders advantage for covering NASCAR racing for newspapers and radio.
In addition to flying over "Hotlanta" on a daily basis, Captain Herb hosted and produced the WSB Speed Shop auto racing from 1993 until 2011. His parents took him to races since he was a year old and he's a lifelong fan of the sport. Jason “Banjo” Durden and Doug “Fireball” Turnbull were regular contributors to the Speed Shop racing news program and still are part of the team during the special broadcasts now.
Emory works a split shift reporting traffic for morning and afternoon commuters. He says working a split shift makes it seem like he's going to work 10 times a week. He admits that the long days are the only drawback to a job he loves.
www.captainherb.net He says the site is meant to be an information portal for fans as well as a public service for young drivers.
From the skies over Atlanta, Captain Emory has seen some strange things. He's seen inspiring heroism as rescue personnel and regular people struggle to save a victim of a horrific wreck, and examples of spectacular stupidity as people tried to pick up beanie babies off the highway that fell off a truck. He won't be moving from the "best office in town" anytime soon, but the "best office in town" will keep moving over Atlanta.
Captain Herb serves on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Board of Directors and on the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board.
He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the inaugural Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award in 2012.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 21, 2013
Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (Building Construction) and has been employed by The McBurney Corporation since 1975 where he serves as President. Blake’s previous experience and job functions within McBurney Corporation include design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and sales engineer. McBurney Corporation is a three generation family firm founded in 1911 and provides engineering, construction and maintenance services for industrial boiler and power plant facilities. They also design and build complete integrated biomass-fired renewable energy systems including boiler and CHP/cogeneration plants. In his spare time his interests include photography, fishing, and golf. His industry and trade associations and civic involvements include: American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA): Chairman – Board of Directors (2004-2006) Vice Chairman – Board of Directors (2002-2004) Board of Directors (1998 to present) Chairman – Program Committee 1998-2002) Chairman – Industrial Systems Committee (1999-2001) Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO): Technical Committee Chairman (1994-1998) Future of Russia Foundation (FOR): Trustee and Board Secretary (2004-2007) Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP): Trustee (2003 -2008) GRSP Chair District 6900 (2005-2008) GRSP Secretary (2008- present) National BioEnergy Industries Association (NBIA): Chairman (1995-1998) Rotary Club of Atlanta (RI District 6900): Board Chair (2003-2004) President (2002-2003) Club Secretary (1998-1999) Trustee – Rotary Educational Foundation of Atlanta (2003-present) Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI): Chairman – Power Boiler Subcommittee (1993-1999)
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 16, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 07, 2013
In 2002, David Scott was elected to the United States Congress. He is currently in his sixth term representing Georgia's Thirteenth Congressional District, which includes 6 counties around metro Atlanta: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry. David was born on in 1945 on a farm in South Carolina. Soon after he was born, David’s mother and father moved up north to take work as live-in domestics (maid/ cook and chauffeur/butler) for wealthy families, leaving David in the care of his maternal grandparents, Helen and James Burroughs, on the farm. At age 5 he was relocated to Scranton, Pennsylvania where he lived with his paternal grandparents. At age 13, David moved with his parents to Daytona Beach, Florida where they bought a home and his father started a garbage collection business. David worked with his father on the garbage truck; and worked his way through school as a busboy, waiter and dishwasher at hotels and restaurants along Daytona’s famous beach. David Scott graduated with honors from Campbell High School in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1963. David received several academic scholarships and attended Florida A&M University where he earned his BA degree and graduated with honors in 1967. David was selected to serve as a management intern in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Labor Management Relations in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he was awarded scholarships to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and he earned his MBA degree with honors in 1969. After earning his MBA from Wharton, David Scott moved to Atlanta, Georgia and started his own advertising business, Dayn-Mark Advertising. He represented several major corporations asclients. He created and performed in the Georgia PBS Emmy-award winning television production “Langston!” about the poetry and life of the great African- American poet and playwright Langston Hughes. He also created and was the voice for the award-winning national radio program “Inside Black America,” which was heard on radio stations across the United States. David is married to Alfredia Aaron Scott. Their family includes two daughters, Dayna and Marcye; two grandchildren, Kimani and Kaylin; a son-in-law Kwame; and brother-in-law and good friend Hank Aaron. David Scott is the son of a minister and a man of strong faith who loves the Lord. He regularly gives guest sermons in area churches.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Aug 01, 2013
Since her retirement, Robin has served in numerous volunteer capacities involving community improvement in Mableton and affordable housing in the greater Metro Atlanta area. Her current focus is the Mableton Improvement Coalition, where she serves as Vice President and on the Board of Directors. Prior to retirement, Robin directed the Housing Finance Division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which operates the programs of the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, including the HOME program, low income housing tax credits, and mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers using the proceeds of mortgage revenue bonds. Robin earned an A.B. degree from Cornell University and an MPA from Georgia State University. She and her husband have lived in Mableton since 1984. Robin is an avid quilter and strong supporter of the South Cobb Arts Alliance. The Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) is a membership-based, volunteer civic association working to protect and improve Mableton. MIC is a Georgia nonprofit corporation, approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization. They support strong, existing neighborhoods, and recognize that growth and redevelopment are needed if Mableton is to prosper. As a nonpartisan organization, MIC works hard to advocate these issues to appropriate government officials. Since 2001, MIC has grown and expanded beyond its original zoning activity to a broader mission of supporting a community that is both attractive to prospective residents and a place where current residents want to stay and raise their families. Each election year, MIC holds a candidate forum to allow residents to meet the people running for important local offices, such as County Commission, School Board and the State Legislature. Through its networking, its relationship with government leaders, and its pragmatic approach to growth and development, MIC has succeeded in transforming the way in which Mableton is being developed and re-developed. Both potential developers and homeowners know that they will have an able partner and advocate in MIC.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jul 24, 2013
In June 2011, Dr. Michael was named superintendent of the Cobb County School District, the nation’s 24th largest school district with a student population of approximately 109,000. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent of six school systems, spans more than three decades. Prior to joining Cobb, Dr. Hinojosa served as a superintendent/CEO for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and is past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Hinojosa holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, one attending Harvard University and another attending Princeton University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. Cobb is the second school system in Georgia.
• Total Number of Schools – 112
• Elementary Schools – 67
• Middle Schools - 25
• High Schools - 16
The School District is the second largest employer in Cobb County. Among the 13,551 employees are:
• 5,588 Classroom Teachers
• 1,464 Special Education Teachers
• 266 School Counselors
• 36 School Social Workers
• 49 School Psychologists
• 126 Media Specialists
• 1,314 Paraprofessionals
• 122 School Nurses
• 343 School administrators
• 1,079 Bus Drivers, Transportation
• 707 Maintenance, Operations
• 1,025 Cafeteria, Food Service
• 44 Public Safety Staff
• 1,388 School Support, Other Staff
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jul 22, 2013
The Cobb County Rotary council has decided to have a mini membership meeting for the Cobb County Clubs on August 8, 2012 at the Marietta Country Club. The times are 6:30pm-8:30pm. This falls on the heals of the zone/district membership meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, July 27, but the subjects will deal with what the clubs in Cobb County can do to keep and grow membership. Please let your officers, directors and club members know of these training sessions.
Elwyn Gaissert II
Rotary District 6900
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jul 15, 2013
If you are like me, the summer months present the biggest challenges when it comes to time management. While we all look forward to summer and its activities, we find ourselves trying to juggle our normal obligations and commitments. It seems as though vacations, work, and family functions are all in maximum overdrive while the lake, the park, the pool and the other joys of summer pull at an already diminishing amount of available time.
Attendance at rotary suffers during the summer as well. As Paul Harris wrote, "It is not always convenient to set aside an hour and a half at noontime for attendance at club meetings." While attendance at the club is based on furthering interaction and fraternizing, you also learn from the programs and speakers. However, online makeups are an easy and entertaining way to keep club attendance balanced and gives you new topics to discuss upon your return the next meeting. All you have to do is go to an eclub and learn from many different topics ranging from personal traits, business topics, world issues, etc.
Give it a try: http://www.rotaryeclubone.org
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 28, 2013
To all who attended: Glad to see each and every one of you!
To all who were unable to attend: You were missed and you missed some great Rotarian camaraderie!
As a recap, here are some of the accomplishments our club attained over the last year with President Nancy commandeering our ship...
SOUTH COBB ROTARY CLUB – YEAR IN REVIEW – 2012-2013
GRSP Student from Columbia – Maria
District Assembly in Columbus
District Grant for CAMP
Children’s Christmas Party
Bring One for the Chipper – Partner with Keep Cobb Beautiful
South Cobb Rotary Foundation through Cobb Community Foundation
Garrett Middle School
Welcome back to School luncheon for Teachers & Staff
Dr. Frank Croker Employee of the Month Award
Night of the Arts
Young Men of Destiny
South Cobb High School
Service Above Self Banquet
First Responders Appreciation Luncheon
Mableton House Luncheon & Visit
Senior Citizens Luncheon
South Cobb Citizen of the Year – Partner with Cobb Chamber
KSU Art Scholarship
Clark Collins Scholarship
Chattahoochee Technical College Scholarship
Vocational Scholarships and GED funding for Vocational School – CTC
New Rules for card draw – funds dedicated to KSU Scholarship
Not to be a club who rests on its laurels, I expect we will strive to even greater heights in the year to come under President Nancy's second term.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 19, 2013
Chris is a first generation college graduate and a product of a two year college. He is passionate about the power of higher education and post-secondary training in hanging lives. A native of Arkansas, he has been in higher education and non-profit fundraising since 1994. He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (BA) and the University of Central Arkansas (MA). He has worked as the Director of Annual Giving Programs at Lyon College, Batesville, AR, Associate Director of Development, UCA, Conway, AR, and the Director of Philanthropy, Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches, Batesville, AR. New to Georgia, Chris and his family recently relocated when he became the Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation. He views the Foundation's work as assisting deserving students to seize their destiny and in turn become productive engaged members of our communities. The students that received the scholarship were: Kouami Mevo - Associate of Applied Science Computer Information Systems- Networking Specialist Major Resident of Austell, Ga Native of Togo West Africa Natalie Viola - Surgical Technology Diploma Major
Resident of Kennesaw, Ga Chattahoochee Technical College is comprised of eight campuses that serve a six-county area in beautiful North Georgia: Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, Pickens. They offer 70+ degrees, diplomas, and certificates in 45 programs of study in these five broad program areas: Business Sciences, Computer Sciences and Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Personal and Public Services, Technical Studies. Chattahoochee Technical College serves approximately 20,000 credit students annually. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 17, 2013
President Nancy asked that I notify all that the Club will pay for 3 to 5 members to attend...first come first served.
A couple of Rotarians have already expressed an interest, so that leaves three left... act now!!!
You are INVITED!!! Plan now to attend the
2013 Georgia Membership Seminar
Recruit and Retain
Growing Rotary from within
July 27, 2013 11-3
Renaissance Concourse Hotel
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Join Rotarians from around the state to share best practices and new ideas. Presentations by Zone leadership, all focused on improving the membership experience and inviting new members.
Only $35, buffett lunch and fellowship included!
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or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.
We will see you there!
District Governor - Cheryl Greenway
District Governor Elect - Blake McBurney
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 06, 2013
Please tell everyone today that we had such a great time with all of you last week! I also have a Thank You card. Could you provide me an address to mail it?
I've attached some of the pictures I took.
Have a wonderful day!
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 05, 2013
Vic was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro. After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties. He was a prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal- defense law. In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election. He and his wife of 30 years, Holly, also from Rome, have two daughters. As well-known defense attorney, he represented convicted antifreeze murderer Lynn Turner and municipal judge Diane Busch, who was accused of hosting an underage drinking party in 2009. Vic also worked as a police officer for four years. The Cobb County district attorney oversees the prosecution of criminal cases in the Superior Court of Cobb County. The district attorney is elected to four-year terms.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Jun 03, 2013
If you missed last week's meeting, you truly missed a blessing. We visited the new Austell Senior Citizens Center in Clarkdale.
Thanks so much to Ronnie Haynie for helping to put this together. I trust that we will let this become an annual event again.
The lunch was good and the company even better. They entertained us with music, poetry, and humor. The Seniors are always so appreciative of our company and we are blessed by theirs.
Thanks, again, Ronnie and all those who were able to be there. What fun!!
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 31, 2013
Dear District 6900 Rotarians,
I have been communicating with the District Governor of District 5770 in Oklahoma. Below is a recent email from him that will give you a way to make a contribution to help them and provide more information.
Our DGN Alicia Michael is working on the coordination of a large truck that we can load with supplies to help those in need. As we get more definite information on the truck, we willl update you.
Please see below:
Rotary International Districts 5770 and 5750 are supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, and the destruction from the tornado that hit there on May 20. Many families and friends have suffered great loss. It is estimated that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, in addition to businesses and schools.
Tax-deductible donations to help in those efforts are being accepted. Those who would like to help by donating may send checks to
Foundation for Oklahoma Rotary, Inc.
Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 13800
Oklahoma City OK 73113-3800
Contributions may also be done online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover by clicking the "Donate Now" link below:
Funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501(c)3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those affected by this terrible event. Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged.
The effort in helping the community and individuals who have been affected by these destructive forces is being coordinated by leaders from Rotary District 5770 (which includes Moore and Cleveland County) and Rotary District 5750 (which includes south Oklahoma City), and will work in conjunction with and in support of the Moore Rotary Club and local and state officials.
This information is also available at the District 5770 Web Site.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support.
Promoting Peace through Service,
Rotary International District 5770
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 25, 2013
Please remember our meeting will not be at the Presbyterian Village this week. We will be meeting at the Austell Senior Center at 4915 Austell-Powder Springs Road (across from the Threadmill mall beside the ballfields). Please be there by 11:45am. so that we may begin promptly at noon.
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 25, 2013
Dear President Arnold,
I am overjoyed and humbled to receive the 2013 South Cobb Rotary Club CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD, an achievement that has brought much pride to my family, friends, colleagues and community. Receiving this award has given me an opportunity to look at what I have done over the past year, reflect on the journey travelled and contemplate how I can ensure an even stronger commitment for the future. Believe me, I appreciate this award more than words can express. Simply stated…. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
I feel honoured to be among the other recipients in the past who have done so much for the South Cobb community. I wish to thank the organizations that nominated me, (Chattahoochee Technical College and the Cobb Library Foundation); the judges for generously donating their time and the sponsors for their support and the wonderful members of the S. Cobb Rotary and Cobb Chamber who dedicate their lives to the uplifting of this community. Lastly, I wish to thank all the wonderful organizations that I have had the opportunity to work with, the citizens and my friends in S. Cobb. Without their support, I would not have been able to achieve my vision and beyond.
Living, playing and working in South Cobb has provided me with the opportunity to gain countless life- long experiences and life-long friends. I am committed and pledge to be a part of the efforts that propels the South Cobb Community to new heights in the future. Thank you again Rotarians for creating such a great opportunity for me to be recognized. I shall go forth with commitment and love.
Dr. Betty Ann Cook
Executive Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 22, 2013
Mayor Vaughn is a native of North Carolina and moved to Powder Springs in 1989. She is married to Ray Vaughn, Pastor of Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Hiram, Georgia. Pat and Ray have two children, Kathie and Scott, and one grandchild, Miranda who is sixteen years old. Pat has served on the City Council of the City of Powder Springs from November 1995 and has served as Mayor since 2004. She has worked to improve the quality of life in Powder Springs by securing funding to renovate the Recreation Center, a new Library, Community Center, Marietta Streetscape Project, a new Police Station, pedestrian bridge over Old Lost Mountain Road, Lewis Road Project, a new City Hall as well as a new Municipal Court. The Mayor serves on the Board of Directors of the North Georgia Law Enforcement Academy; Kennesaw State University President's Advisory Board, the Wellstar Cobb Regional Health Board and also serves as Vice President of the Seven Springs Museum. In 2009, Mayor Vaughn received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA. The City of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. They found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this same time that the Cherokee Indians were forced off their land and marched to Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears." Over 4,000 died on the way. The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. This name was derived from the seven springs in the City Limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals. Minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs. The population of Powder Springs was 13,940 at the 2010 census. The city has a total area of 6.3 square miles.
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 10, 2013
Fellow Rotarians, The May 16th meeting will the the South Cobb Citizen of the Year. Please plan to arrive around 11:45 and lead our guests through the serving line so that we may start the meeting at noon. This is always a nice event and we are the hosts. Thanks for all you do. Yours in Rotary, Nancy
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 07, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on May 06, 2013
Dear Rotarian Nancy,
I am seeking members for a committee to finish the effort on the Ann Johnson Cottage and Polio Museum at Roosevelt Warm Springs and for the Adopt a Cottage program. I could use help in fund raising, planning, construction, architecture, historic preservation, and any other areas within the project you might be passionate about.
We are over half way to our monetary goal to renovated the Ann Johnson cottage. We are working toward additional cottage renovation. Our goal for all is to be completed with the Ann Johnson Cottage and Museum and as many other cottages as possible by the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.
Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 229-942-1636.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 28, 2013
Congratulations to Ashley Hosey and The SCHS Interact Club on a very successful, first ever "Service Above Self" Banquet. Of particular note is the number of "community service" hours these students have. They had to earn at least 350 hours to be invited to the banquet.
A special thanks to Frank and Carolyn Croker and Terry and Mary Reckerd who attended the banquet along with Bill and me.
It makes one proud to see what great things these young people have accomplished.
Congratulations to all.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 25, 2013
She was elected Elementary Counselor of the Year for Cobb County. Sandy Jordan is the counselor at Sanders Elementary with whom Charles Black coordinates the children Christmas program. CONGRATULATIONS!
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 24, 2013
Terri Teague is an entrepreneur, speaker, small business success coach and workshop facilitator. As part of her mission to help strengthen small businesses, Terri is available for speaking engagements, presentations and workshops at businesses, professional and business association meetings, conferences, and women’s, faith-based and community organizations. In Terri’s presentation, she shares the proven habits and techniques that every small business leader must master to run a profitable and sustainable enterprise. Many great leaders consider good work habits the foundation of success. But the big question on the minds of every small business owner is, How do I build a successful business? Beyond the demanding, day-to-day effort of running a business, what are the key habits that can dramatically improve performance and help you achieve the business results you want? Terri Teague is an entrepreneur with 25 years of successful experience in creating and launching five profitable businesses with annual gross billings up to $3 million. Her Atlanta-based marketing firm implemented award-winning campaigns for leading firms including Southern Company, UPS, Coca-Cola and Equifax. Today, Terri has distilled her entrepreneurial experience into NewBizTeam, which provides clients with a structure – time, place, specific activities – for stepping out of day-to-day operations to focus time and energy on GROWING THEIR BUSINESSES. Program Takeaways: • The secrets to finding the time to move your business forward and grow your client base. • How to practice the 3 key habits to improve the quality of your products/services, enhance your brand and build a healthy bottom line. • Proven ways to include business growth tactics into every business day. • Five key areas that determine the strength and growth of a business. • The connection between tracking actions and generating results.
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 17, 2013
STAR STUDENT/TEACHER/SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
South Cobb Rotary Club is honored to recognize and laud the outstanding achievements of students and teachers at McEachern and South Cobb High Schools. Your passion for excellence has helped you to reach a pinnacle of success. We also recognize the role that your parents, extended family and friends have contributed to your success.
School counselors nominate Star Students, who must have the highest score in one sitting on the three‑part Scholastic Aptitude Test and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class.
STAR students are asked to name a teacher who influenced him or her throughout their school career.
South Cobb STARS
RECIPIENTS OF CLARK/COLLINS SCHOLARSHIPS
Bria Delane ,
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University
Kristy B. Royer
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 15, 2013
We are planning on having our 2013 career day the morning of Friday, May 3, 2013. If you and/or any of the people you know or work with can speak to our students that day, we would greatly appreciate your support.
Joy A. Chanin, M.S. Ed., Ed.S.
Professional School Counselor
1998 Cobb County Middle School Counselor of the Year
2010 Cobb County Counselor's Association Radiance Award recipient
Partner in Education Liaison
Garrett Middle School
5235 Austell-Powder Springs Rd.
Austell, GA 30106
Ph. 770-819-2466 ext 228
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 11, 2013
Posted by Jason Bowman on Apr 11, 2013