Join us at Houck's for some libations and fun.
Where: Houck's Grill 10930 Crabapple Rd. Roswell GA 30075
What: Hump Day Networking with your fellow Rotarians
When: Wednesday, Feb. 2nd 5:30pm - Until?
Why: Because it's awesome fun and you deserve it!!!
Judge Maurice Hilliard will share his program "The List" with us this week. Before he retired, Maurice Hilliard was a Roswell municipal court judge for 32 years with a reputation for being hard on DUI offenders and empathic to youthful offenders. He continues to practice law and maintains an office in the queen tower at Concourse Office Park. On Judge Hilliard's LinkedIn page he posted the following saying: "I am not impressed by your position, title and money. I am impressed by how you treat others." This is a great testament to the Judge's character and fairness to those in his courtroom. Maurice's son George says: “Dad is an old-school guy. My dad is like a founding father in Roswell. A living legend. There are hardly any guys like him left.” Born in Griffin in 1934, Maurice Hilliard grew up in his maternal grandparents’ home with his mother and two younger brothers from the time he was born until the first grade. His father — Maurice H. Hilliard Sr. — served during his son’s earliest years as an infantryman in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned home, he took a job selling insurance for Metropolitan Life in Atlanta. And so the Hilliards moved north from Griffin to Atlanta, where Maurice proved a gifted student from his first days in school. He graduated from Bass High School in 1952, then Mercer University and Atlanta Law School. It was no accident that Maurice chose law. In the years that followed his return from WWII, his father had returned to school and become a lawyer. Maurice revered his father and followed his example dutifully in life. It was at his father’s recommendation that Maurice sat for the bar after just one year of law school and passed on the first try. Atlanta Law School sent the first year student a diploma, and he never went back. And reverence for his father is why, after Maurice was named the first municipal court judge in Roswell, he developed a reputation for being hard on DUI offenses. His father had survived Nazi Germany only to come home from war and be killed by a drunk driver when his son was in his 20s. The judge knows loss. In the years after losing his father, Maurice started a family of his own. His firstborn son, Maurice H. Hilliard III, died from a brain aneurism at 12 years old. If losing his father to a drunk driver affected his stern demeanor in court, perhaps losing his son drove Maurice’s empathy toward the youth who came before his bench. The losses of a father and son had at once steeled and softened Maurice. He developed a sort of old-school, kind-but-cranky demeanor during his years on the bench. At home, his daughter Joanie describes him as “a big ol’ teddy bear.” In the community, friends describe him as “acerbic and irascible.” During the course of Maurice’s 32-year tenure, Roswell transitioned from a rural community to a major metropolitan suburb as the population grew from less than 23,000 residents in 1980 to almost 100,000 today. In his courtroom, the joyriding shenanigans of high school football players who might unleash the occasional fire hydrant on a peer had given way to the methamphetamine dealers, the sex traffickers, and all other manner of big-city crime. “For more than 30 years, if you went before my dad,” says son George Hilliard, “you knew you were going to get a fair shake.”
In cooperation with the City of Roswell, Roswell Rotary is putting together a cleanup day on the grounds of Roswell landmark Bulloch Hall. Stay tuned for future updates. Let's grab our tools and gather and help repay the City of Roswell in some small way for the use of the Gym and kitchen facilities that we enjoy each week. Please contact Matt Millard to let us know you are interested and we will forward you a volunteer waiver. Thank you!
Consider a great networking opportunity:
Looking for an informal social setting to meet new people, share ideas, network and learn from fellow Rotarians who are leaders in their field? Consider the Rotary Means Business Fellowship. We are the new District Vocation Committee focusing to support Rotarians and their colleagues and honor all professions. Each month we will have a specific topic to build skills and support attendees.
Take an active part in Rotary Means Business will help your club:
We meet the Third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.
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PINT FOR A PINT -- OR BECAUSE DONATING BLOOD IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Our club has shown that we're really good at rolling up our sleeves and give the gift that keeps on giving!
The "deuces" will be wild when we get back together for the Roswell Rotary Gate City Blood Drive 2/22/22.
With that in mind...please either reserve a table for yourself OR if you can't give, get the word out about our drive and get at least 2 new family members or friends to Gate City for our drive.
Click here to reserve 60 minutes on Two's-day Feb 22nd to donate. For more information, contact Darrell Bartlett or Hal Schlenger.
As always, we want to thank Pat Rains and Michael Curling for their current and past help saving lives in our community.
Join us for one of the most fun and well attended parties in Roswell in which we help feed the children of Honduras through the Lunches for Learning 501c3. This year, we are making it special. Thanks to Gate City and the generous use of their new “Artillery Room”, we can offer yet another unique and fun experience. To set the tone for the event, we have a live Latin band (Willie Ziavino & the C.O.T. Band) with plenty of great Latin cuisine and craft cocktails by The Artillery Room (Entrance right on Canton Street).
The pandemic has been a huge setback for children everywhere, but no more so than in Honduras. Two years of almost no formal in-class instruction will have generational impact on the families we serve in rural Honduras. Despite the lack of schooling the Lunches for Learning non profit organization has continued our work to feed the families even when school was not open. Their school year re-starts in February, and that is why we must be there in force to help fill the gap created by COVID at our 40+ sponsored schools. With your help, we can lessen the damage and give these families hope for a better financial tomorrow.
Hearts For Honduras
Saturday, February 26, 2022
6:30 – 10:30pm
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