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May 9, 2023


May is Youth Service Month

5/11 GRSP & Rotary Youth Exchange End of Year Report
5/18 John King, Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner
5/25 Memorial Day Program
6/1 Steve Stroud - Business Climate in Roswell


5/16 Rotary Means Business (CLONE)
5/16 RR After Hours Club
5/18 Alive in Roswell
5/29 Memorial Day

Our Rotary Family

5/3 Danny Broadway, II
5/4 Frank Brown
5/4 Jerry Orlans
5/7 Tom Rowsey
5/11 Ed Klaas, II
5/12 Lee Dodson
5/14 Don Howard
5/15 Michele Johnson
5/16 Dennis Canata
5/16 Belle Prothero
5/17 Leslie Bassett
5/18 Lindsay Davies
5/21 Pat Rains
5/21 John Rock
5/22 Gabriel Prado
5/24 Elwyn Gaissert, II
5/24 John Carruth
5/31 Peter Calabro


5/3 Rett Gunn (0)
2 years in Rotary
5/3 Alan Greensmith (0)
5/3 John Davies (1)
5/4 George Polatty, Jr. (45)
5/4 Mary Trapp (3)
9 years in Rotary
5/6 Richard Parsons, Jr. (1)
2 years in Rotary
5/8 Michael Schoppenhorst (9)
5/11 Trummie Patrick (45)
5/11 John Rock (1)
5/11 Grace Peoples (1)
5/11 Natalie Cook (1)
5/12 Ralph Rowland, Jr. (12)
5/23 Bruce Smith (27)
5/31 Jimmy Moore (5)
11 years in Rotary
5/31 Michael Curling (5)
5/31 Anita Farley (5)

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




President John Carruth
President-Elect Alex Kaufman
Immediate PP Terry Taylor
Treasurer Trummie Patrick, III
Secretary Nancy Alterman
Membership Katie Anderson
Foundation Leslie Bassett
Public Image Michael Gould


  • 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

President John’s Message

This week we are hearing from our GRSP and Rotary Youth Exchange students, Emilio and LaNeige, about their year.  I thought it would be good to update you on last year’s GRSP student, Panashe Sivindani, and the Grace Period project we undertook with her. 

Panashe is from Zimbabwe where she was studying electrical engineering.  After her GRSP year, she spent the last year at Kennesaw State University, completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and graduates this Thursday.  She is going to continue to stay in the US post-graduation and begin working as a systems engineer at a process control company called RoviSys Building Technology in Peachtree City this summer. 

Last year, Panashe shared with us about the difficulty girls in Zimbabwe have staying in school regularly each month due to lack of feminine products and ideas she had to address the situation.  Our club worked with her, the Belmont Rotary Club in Zimbabwe, and the organization Days for Girls to provide washable sanitary kits to 140 girls at the Mbuyazwe Primary and High Schools last summer as a pilot project. 

The reports we have received indicate mixed success.  The girls reported that these kits really assisted them because disposable products are too expensive.  Attendance was up and overall the girls are very grateful for the donation.  The downside is the lack of water sources both at the school and at the girls’ homes for washing the pads.  Even the purchase of soap can be an issue for some.  Our contact with the Belmont Rotary Club expressed the wish that the water and sanitation woes could be sorted out, which if so, would really bring joy to the girls and the community at large.

Thursday, May 11
Program: GSRP and RYE Students reporting back with their stories!

Excited to have Emilio Ochoa, our Georgia Rotary Student Program (GSRP) student from Colombia, and LaNeige, our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student from Thailand, at Rotary this week.  

Emilio has been attending Kennesaw State University this year with finals concluding this past week. He will be filling us in on all of the exciting things he has been a part of while being with the Roswell Rotary Club - conclaves, travels, District Conference.

LaNeige has been attending Roswell High School as an inbound RYE student.  She is the second inbound student Roswell Rotary has hosted since our district joined this longtime Rotary program.  Living with three host families with kids at Roswell High, she is sure to have stories about things she has done this year.

Come join us Thursday and find out what Emilio and LaNeige have been seeing, learning and doing! 

For More info on Georgia Rotary Student Program, click here 
For more info on Rotary Youth Exchange, click here

Charity Spotlight
Drake House Update and Request

The Roswell Rotary Club has supported residents of the Drake House for many years.  We sponsor an apartment in the Drake Village for a mom with children who has run into hard times.  Our latest “graduate”, Rose Davies, moved out of the Drake House last year and is doing well. She is working full time and has just completed some additional education so she can continue to advance in her career.   

In the spirit of giving back and service above self, she has contacted our club to see if we could help her help another single mom who needs a car.  If anyone has or knows of anyone with a used car they are willing to donate or sell at a reasonable price so a single mom can have transportation to work it would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Robert Fezza if you can help.  404-210-5871. Robert.fezza@odysseypfa.com

Recap RRAH Social Event
After Hours Club Celebrated Cinco de Mayo last week

Roswell Rotary After Hours Club (RRAH) had a great Cinco de mayo social last week at Surcheros Fresh Mex in Alpharetta. They met several prospect members and are definitely carrying on the RRC tradition of combining fun and fellowship!

Mon. May 29- Roswell City Hall
Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony

The 24th Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday, May 29th at 11:00 A.M. at Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street. 

A joint effort with the City of Roswell, grounds open at 10:00 A.M. with displays and music provided by Roswell New Horizons Band. The program will include a military ceremony, presentation of colors, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, POW/MIA tribute and laying of the wreath. 

Sunny K. Park, a native of South Korea, is the guest speaker. Mr. Park has served as Commissioner of the White House Advisory Commission, Vice Chairman of Georgia Ports Authority, along with non-profits’ boards including Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation and USO Georgia. He is a 2000 USO Patriot Award Recipient and named as one of the most influential Atlantans. None of this would have been possible without the support of the US Military where he as a young child benefited.

At the conclusion of the program, lunch may be purchased through food trucks, Tres Jardines, Eggroll Boyz, and Patty Wagon located on the grounds. 

Contact Past President Dave Young, Committee Chair at nfultonpt@juno.com with questions. This is a great opportunity for ALL Roswell Rotarians to serve those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

Roswell Rotary Club and the City of Roswell would like to thank our Hometown Hero Sponsors for their generous contributions to the 2023 Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Ceremony.


RRAH Meeting Notice
RAH Meeting and Headshot Opportunity

May 18
Alive in Roswell

Food & Beverages will be provided. These events are so much fun and Roswell Rotary's tent is THE PLACE to be. See you there!!!!

Friends of Bulloch Hall Event
Magnolia Ball June 10

Click here for information and to buy your tickets! 

Picture Refresh Opportunity
Need a new headshot for the directory?

Need a do-over of your headshot for the Roswell Rotary Directory? Or just an upgrade because you are looking better than ever? Or even just want a change?  Well you are in luck because on Thursdays May 11, May 18, and May 25 you will have an opportunity to get your headshot retaken. Couldn't be easier!  You'll be at Rotary anyway! 

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00pm / New Location
Who's Looking for New Clients? Attend Business Networking for District 6900

For you, or someone on your staff, grow your business by doing business with Rotarians in an environment that supports “Service Above Self”

Bonus: This is also an opportunity for someone you are interested in recruiting to Roswell Rotary.  Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.   

NEW Location: Mutation Brewing Company, 5825 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

For more information, contact  Ken Carter 404-386-3214 ken.carter@floorcoveringsinternational.com or Hal Schlenger 770-335-0077 HSchlenger@GreatSouthBenefits.com

Coming Up at RRCf
Save the Date: Making Roswell Rotary's Magic Happen

This is what earns Rotary such a great reputation...Service Above Self. Plan to attend many of these events...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 participate -- and share it with others!    

Rotary Means Business at Mutation Brewing Company

Add To Calendar  Tuesday, May 16  6-8pm

Alive in Roswell

Add To Calendar Thursday May 18 5pm-7pm 

Roswell Remembers Memorial Day Celebration

Add To Calendar Monday, May 29 11am Roswell City Hall