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October 5, 2021


October is Economic and Community Development Month

10/7 Jeff Leatherman, Roswell Director of Parks and Recreation
10/14 District Governor Mary Ligon visits our club
10/21 Special Guest speaker this week! Stay tuned.
10/28 Be The Voice. Debbie Cwalina and Michael Schoppenhorst


10/6 Hump Day Social - Michael Agurkis office, 1033 Canton Street Roswell
10/9 Youth Day Parade
10/14 Board & Official DG Visit
10/21 Alive in Roswell

Our Rotary Family

10/1 Ralph Rowland, Jr.
10/2 Sandy Buhler
10/2 Sid Disher
10/2 Cheryl Greenway
10/4 Ronald Cowan
10/4 Adele Hamilton
10/4 Lucy Hall
10/6 Cathy Steffen
10/7 Lynne Lindsay
10/10 Jeffrey Meyers
10/12 SaraBeth Huntley
10/12 Jeff McCoy
10/13 Kyle Woods
10/14 Jeremey Ashman
10/16 David Wash
10/17 Jim Byrd
10/18 A.D. Dalton
10/19 Nancy Diamond
10/19 Jack Stephens
10/23 Mindy Jones
10/23 Lisa Smith
10/26 Katie Tucker


10/1 Fate McKinney, III (20)
27 years in Rotary
10/6 Chuck Savage (5)
13 years in Rotary
10/7 Jim Coyle, Jr. (12)
10/7 Matt Millard (12)
10/10 Mike McRay (19)
10/10 Carl Owens, Jr. (30)
10/11 Ted Lescher, Jr. (2)
8 years in Rotary
10/11 Samuel Pittman (2)
10/11 William Lindsey (2)
10/11 Darrell Bartlett (2)
10/12 Tom Rowsey (15)
17 years in Rotary
10/13 Jennifer Briggs (10)
10/16 Lou Tabickman (13)
10/19 Kurt Hilbert (4)
4 years in Rotary
10/19 Timothy Klatt (4)
10/19 Jim Sturm (4)
10/23 Steve Stroud (35)
10/25 Dazia Fumbah (3)
10/29 Hal Coleman (23)

Rotary Online



Thursdays, 12:15 pm
Roswell Area Park
Bill Johnson Community Activity Building
10495 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075



President Terry Taylor
President-Elect John Carruth
Immediate PP Lynne Lindsay
Treasurer Nancy Alterman
Secretary Alex Kaufman
Past President Gordon Owens
Past President Becky Stone


  • Cheryl Greenway 2012-13
  • Bob Hagan 2015-16


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

Being Creative
President's Message

Although I was in quarantine holding out in my home recovering from the virus, I was able to Zoom into the meeting this last week and thoroughly enjoyed Ron Clarks presentation. It made me appreciate a man who had a vision and was not afraid to think out of the box to change the status quo for teaching. I can only imagine the energy in which those children experience every day at his school. We had many teachers and administrators in the audience, and I hope they can take his message and get creative with our children and future Rotarians here locally.

It was great to see Johnathan Crooks at our meeting and receive the wonderful news that Pam McCleary is on her way to recovery from the virus. I’m Grateful that Amy and I had very minor symptoms and I am ready to “hit the bricks running” as your president!   Thanks to PE John and our leadership for covering for me while I was out.  

This next weekend is our youth day parade. I hope everyone can come out in force for the parade and don’t forget to bring bags of candy for the kids on Thursday when our Director of parks and recreation, Jeff Leatherman gives us an update on the best park system in Georgia!

Upcoming Speaker-October 7 - Jeff Leatherman
Roswell Rotary Youth Services Chair Jeff Bridges introduces Jeff Leatherman, Director of Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs for the city of Roswell.

Jeff Leatherman

A career in parks and recreation seemed a natural path for Jeff Leatherman as parks and recreation have always been a part of his life. Growing up in Truckee, Calif., he was attending summer camps from the time he was 6 months old. He shared that his father was a youth pastor and teacher and his mother was also a teacher, so he and his brother spent summers at summer camp.

Leatherman said, “I had the luxury and the privilege of growing up in the mountains, just outside Lake Tahoe, with everything I could want right in my backyard — and that transitioned to a love of the business of recreation.” His first job was parking cars at the ski slope so he could earn his ski pass, and from there, he taught skiing and became a lifeguard. His first official paid position was as a lifeguard at age 15. He said he had a couple of great mentors, who were in the recreation profession, when he was in high school and they “turned me onto the recreation industry as a lifestyle.”

He graduated and went to southern California to attend California State University at Chico, Calif., and graduated with a degree in recreation administration with an emphasis in community and commercial recreation and a minor in marketing.

After graduation, he got a job as a general manager for a lake and marina operation at one of the newest reservoirs in California that opened in 2003 around the time he took over.

He and his wife and four young sons moved to Roswell, and he said not only was it a great opportunity for him, but they moved into “a great community, great neighborhood with great schools — it’s been a good transition.”

The biggest challenge facing Leatherman’s department probably is “how to continue to optimize facilities that reflect diversity and the community’s needs and values and also how to maintain those facilities for the next generations.” “That’s always the challenge — balancing maintenance dollars versus operational budget,” he said, adding parks and recreation departments “are one of the few municipal services where (residents) choose to participate in what we do. We’ve found the right niche that should be serving the community and is reflective of those values, and as communities change, we need to be nimble enough to make those changes.”

Youth Day Parade- Saturday October 9th 8:30am - 11am
Come see Roswell Rotary's Float!

Roswell Rotary has a Float in the Parade

The Roswell Rotary Club Float, designed by Karen Schwank, and built by Zach Fields, will be a part of the Youth Day Parade this Saturday. What a team! The float will be highlighting our Interact Clubs and their commitment to the Youth Peace in Action!

Your Job- Please

We need you to bring bags of candy for the kids to throw along the parade route. Much appreciated. Please bring candy to Thursday's meeting. 

Come join the fun on Saturday!

If you would like to walk with the float, meet in front of Roswell First Baptist Church by 8:30am. Wear your peace sign t-shirt! The parade will end in Roswell Area Park by 11am.

As you can see by the smiles in the picture above (taken at the Youth parade in 2019) it is a ton of fun. Come join!

Zoomit, Maskit or Live - Join Us Thursday from Where Ever You Are

Zoomit, Maskit or Live, we are here for you! Roswell Rotary wants to make our meetings safe, available, convenient, and comfortable to all members and guest. So, if you feel comfortable with a mask or no mask, live or on zoom join is in any way that makes you feel comfortable and safe. 

If Zoom is more your style, we are going to have Zoom open for those who prefer to be in the comfort of their own home, office, or beach for that matter! Here is the link…………https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86497139508?pwd=QTBETGdwdjVrUjlCejBabWJ4eG55QT09

Roswell Rotary Blood Drive at Gate City - Nov. 3rd

Yes, it's that time again!  We need all Rotarians that can give blood to make it to Gate City Brewery on November 3, 2021 from 10:00am - 6:00pm

"Roswell Rotary is out looking for BLOOD"!  As we draw nearer to the Holidays, the season of giving, what better gift can there be than providing the gift of life and donating a pint?  In turn Gate City will provide a pint for your efforts. 

We know that many of you are simply unable to give blood as it's not an option for everyone.  So we would like to challenge you all to recruit family and friends to join in the effort instead.  All you or your donors have to do is  Click here to reserve your time on Nov. 3rd to donate. The donations take about 60 minutes for you to save a life. For more information, contact Darrell Bartlett or Hal Schlenger.

Our thanks continue go out to Pat Rains and Michael Curling for their current and past help saving lives in our community.

Rotary dates to save
Which of These Rotary Events are a Priority for You?

This is what make earns Roswell Roswell such a great reputation ....and "Club of the Year" recognition. Plan to attend.....and think about bringing a friend or prospective new member.

If you believe in Rotary's mission and recognize the value our club brings to our community and our world, then share it with others!





5:00 - 8:00 pm

Hump Day Social at Michael Agurkis' business


Youth Day Parade



Tribute to Gary Waddell at Houcks


3:00 pm— 6:00 pm

World Polio Day | Wine tasting to End Polio


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hump Day Social

Nov 20-23

Honor Air Basketball Tournament


Holiday Party at Roswell Historic Cottage



Ron Clark Academy Tour

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