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September 29, 2020


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

10/1 Economic Development - Mark Toro
10/8 Youth Day Parade - Jeff Leatherman
10/15 Fulton Co. Sch - Dr. Robert Shaw & Stacy Perlman
10/22 End Polio Now - Steve Stirling


10/4 Gary Garrett's Farm
10/13 Meals On Wheels Training
10/17 Park Landscaping
10/24 Pints, Poker & Polio


President Lynne Lindsay
President-Elect Terry Taylor
Immediate PP Gordon Owens
Treasurer Alex Kaufman
Secretary John Carruth
Foundation Don Horton
Membership Mike Agurkis
Service Nancy Alterman
Public Image Lee Patrick, III


Cheryl Greenway 2012-13
Bob Hagan 2015-16


Thursdays, 12:15 pm
Holiday Inn
909 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076

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To: 41411

Our Rotary Family

9/2 Dennis Eidson
9/4 Terry Taylor
9/4 Roger Wise, Jr.
9/6 Rudy Lind
9/7 Carl Owens, Jr.
9/13 Bill Swank
9/13 Talaya Parker, Ms
9/14 Lynn Dunn
9/14 Chuck Savage
9/14 Carleton Ohly
9/16 Scott Morchower
9/17 John Webster
9/17 Mike Agurkis
9/17 Rich Simons
9/20 Jeff Bridges
9/22 Lorraine Head
9/24 Chris Archer
9/25 Michael Sutton
9/27 Dave McCleary
9/30 Lee Patrick, III
9/30 Anita Farley


9/6 Stacy Perlman (13)
9/7 Sid Disher (11)
9/8 Jeff Bridges (15)
9/8 Karen Schwank (9)
9/9 Sue Sharp (16)
9/9 Lisa Smith (16)
9/9 Herb West (44)
9/18 Debbie Cwalina (6)
9/18 Brian Hansford (6)
8 years in Rotary
9/22 Henry Hicks (28)
9/24 Tod Baker (5)
9/26 Patsy Wolff (29)


Our membership cares deeply about the needs and concerns of our members. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to reach out in friendship when such concerns arise. The chairperson of this committee is Lynn Dunn and all news should be directed to her at lynn.dunn@rmcpa.com

President's Message
Serving A Need

Roswell Rotary was awarded a competitive district grant to provide an evidence based Zero Suicide Training Initiative to licensed professional counselors, psychologists, social workers and therapists. Working with WellStar’s Behavioral Health Services, registration for the October 16th virtual webinar went live last Friday. Seating is limited to one hundred  providers. Eighty registrations were received in twenty minutes.  Within hours registration was closed, as every seat was filled.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death both in Georgia and the United States. Those at risk are showing up for care at different access points in our community and yet very few providers are trained to identify, assess, and treat these patients with evidence-based care.

Thank you Wellstar for partnering with us to train those who ensure patient safety and who care for and treat suicidal patients. Together, we are making a difference. 

This Week's Speaker
Avalon Economic Development

Mark Toro’s passion lies in creating smarter built environments and healthier, happier places. He believes a thoughtfully designed place fosters a higher quality of life for its users, and as a new grandfather, he hopes his vision will result in a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. Whether through his relentless advocating for expanded transit and walkability, lending his expertise to rebuild one of Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods or developing award-winning mixed-use communities, Mark is constantly reimagining “place” by focusing on the street level energy and human experience. With the recent repositioning of Atlantic Station, development of Alpharetta’s $1 billion Avalon project and redevelopment of Colony Square, Mark continues to fearlessly lead the NAP Atlanta team through uncharted waters, where together they are developing a new generation of experience-driven commercial real estate.

Ever engaged in helping to shape the future of metro Atlanta, Mark currently chairs Midtown Alliance’s Board of Directors and serves on the Boards of Woodruff Arts Center and City of Refuge, where he chairs the $25 million “Shining the Light” capital campaign. An outspoken transit advocate, Mark was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of The ATL by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. The newly formed authority will govern expansion of public transportation throughout the Atlanta region.

Mark attended Rutgers University, where he met his wife, Nancy. The Toros have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Thursdays, 11:45 - 1:15 PM | Holiday Inn
Meeting Protocol Virtual and In-Person

You can participate either way.

1)  Join us at the Holiday Inn.   Please arrive around  11:45AM.  Do not add chairs to the tables as they are preset.  Please do not change seats once you have been seated. The Holiday Inn is located behind the Olive Garden at 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076.

2)  Join us virtually at 12:15pm by computer, tablet or phone via CLICKING/TAPPING THIS LINK.   THIS IS A NEW ZOOM LINK.  If you are asked for a password, it is Roswell.  

Sunday, Oct. 4th/1:00-5:00 PM
Family Fun On The Farm

This is POTLUCK!   Enjoy clay shooting, ATV's,  horseshoes, pumpkin painting, learn the history of gold on the property, kids can enjoy the barn and REALLY GOOD FOOD. Bring a lawn chair for outdoors (we have indoor tables and chairs). Bring your kids and/or grandkids. Come to just have a good time.

Please RSVP to Karen Pilcher at kpilcher@gaprimary.com   

Bring a side or appetizer to share.

Drivers Needed
Meals on Wheels

We had a great response from our September Service Newsletter for Meals on Wheels volunteers. The first training session is Oct. 13th.

In case you missed, 7 MOW route out of the  Roswell center that operate and deliver meals each weekday Monday-Friday. A typical route has anywhere from 4 to 8 stops, so you’re delivering to 4 to 8 seniors, and lasts about 1.5 hours on average. The routes take place right before lunchtime, with most meals being picked up at the center between 10:00 and 11:00am each day.

Most volunteers, whether individuals or groups, sign up to do a route usually once per month.

If interested in delivering meals for this very important program contact Mary Trapp marytrapp@kw.com 770-645-1320

Sat. Oct. 17th/9:00 AM
Digging In the Dirt

Grab your gloves, pruning sheers and spray canisters as we give the Heart of Roswell Park some landscaping love.

Located on Canton Street, directly across from Rockin Taco, the park is one of the first seen by visitors to Roswell. Working with the Historic Roswell Beautification Committee, we will prune, spray and spread straw to return the park to its natural beauty.

Contact Nancy Alterman @ naraa@bellsouth.net or 770-262-6300.

Adopt A Platoon
Defending Our Freedom

Thanks to Alicia, we have identified 14 local sailors who are deployed on the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf. the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea and USS Ronald Regan in the South China Sea.  The  Nimitz operates  and trains alongside regional and coalition partners, and provides naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve.   The Ronald Regan conducts maritime air defense operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.   The Dwight D. Eisenhower  provides a wide range of flexible mission capabilities, including maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, crisis response, counter-terrorism, and security cooperation.  

From October 1st through Nov. 5th, we will collect supplies to ship 150 goodie boxes to both ships.  Boxes will be packed as part of our Veterans Day program AT OUR NOVEMBER 5TH MEETING.  

Click here for the list of needed supplies.  Reach out to Ralph Rowland @ rfrrowland@yahoo.com or 404-641-5671 with questions.  Share the list with family and friends.  This is YOUR chance to support those who are providing regional stability and freedom of the seas.

Tutor's/Helpers Needed
Serving Middle School Children


The Drake House needs tutors/helpers from 2-4 for middle school students. Roswell Rotary would like to help two Tuesdays a month. The first step is  to be approved. This link will take you to our volunteer application:  https://thedrakehouse.formstack.com/forms/volunteer_signup1

Members who are interested contact Pastor Chuck Savage  chucksavage2@att.net or Lisa Carlisle 404-915-7986 who will work from the approved Rotary volunteer list to secure dates.

Back By Popular Demand
Time To Accessorize Your Mask Wardrobe

Just in time for Autumn outings, our fabulous new blue parrot shirt masks are available for the next two weeks at our Rotary meetings or directly from John Carruth (jcarruth46@gmail.com or 404-245-4915) . We have all sizes in a limited supply, so claim yours now.

Also available a few of our trend setting red parrot shirt masks. Your chance to tout our Rotary club when that person in the store asks if you are a Jimmy Buffet fan. Or wear the red side out in your basement rec room while you watch that team from Athens play. 

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