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ROTARY CLUB OF
|Immediate Past President||Lisa Carlisle|
|Foundation Chair||Rose Burton|
|Membership Chair||Karen Pilcher|
|Foundation Chair||Danny Tompkins|
|Service Chair||John Carruth|
|Public Image Chair||Karen Schwank|
PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS
What an incredible THREE months for Roswell Rotary! We held a great tournament full of fun, fellowship and fundraising, provided $10,000 of equipment to the RHS Construction program, honored our First Responders, purchased mats and blankets for the NFCC Warming Center, kicked-off Interact in 10 schools and Be THE Voice in 9, launched a new website and Rotascope and so much more! Roswell Rotary really does ROCK!
We have also begun providing a series of programs called “Making Mentors.” We have been inspired to be everyday leaders, focus on our attitude, find our passion, be mindful of our lives and relationships, mentor our youth, and creatively share peace in our world. I have encouraged you to share what you heard with others—our youth, young adults and really all the people that God puts in your path, because the more you share the more powerful the message becomes.
This week, we will hear from Tyler Bowser. Thanks to Kathy Igou, I met Nancy Cranford, a board member of the Veterans Empowerment Organization. The world is a funny place sometimes. At the time she introduced me to VEO, I didn’t know that Roswell Rotary would hit the pause button on Honor Air. I didn’t know that we might not be doing Adopt-A-Platoon. But, I did check out the VEO website and was literally moved to tears by Tyler’s story and the work VEO is doing right here in Atlanta for our homeless veterans. (FYI—I am generally not a crier.) Check it out for yourself www.veohero.org. I am a believer in the words of Maria from The Sound of Music, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window." Nancy’s sharing VEO with me months ago was a “window.” This club has a huge heart for veterans and I believe Roswell Rotary will impact veterans who are truly in need through VEO. Come hear Tyler’s story and help us serve our veterans in a powerful hands-on way this year.
Tyler Bowser is a United States Air Force Veteran and served honorably from 1996 to 2000. While in the Air Force, Tyler worked as a Satellite and Wideband communications journeyman. In his short 4 year career Tyler was able to accomplish all of his goals including an incentive flight in the back seat of an F-15. He deployed to South West Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch. After leaving the Air Force he found it extremely difficult to acclimate to the civilian world. The team of leaders and managers that wanted to see him succeed inside of the Air Force was not present in corporate America.
Over the next decade and a half a series of life challenges led to self-destructive behavior. He was fueling mental health illnesses with a steady supply of alcohol and found himself unemployed and living in his car. On July 5th 2016, his car was repossessed and he had nowhere to go. He made his way to Ft. McPherson and was placed in an emergency bed in a shelter downtown. He knew that that environment was not going to be conducive to his success so asked to be transferred to a Veterans facility and landed at Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO).
Tyler made a decision that it was time to try a new way of life. On July 10th of 2016, he had his last drink and enrolled into an outpatient program for substance abuse at Ft. McPherson. He felt his life begin to change. He felt at peace while staying at VEO. The campus was beautiful, inviting and calm. He had a safe and comfortable place to sleep at night and 3 meals a day. He was a part of the recovery program and continues to stay sober. In October of 2016 Tyler joined the development team as an apprentice. Using his past experience in Business Development he was a part of over 30 engagements sharing his story and the story of VEO.
Today Tyler is thriving as the Veteran Community Ambassador for VEO. He lives off campus in permanent housing. He was able to save money to purchase a used car and rides his scooter as often as possible. Tyler is thankful for the encouragement and support that he received from the entire VEO staff. He is excited to come to work today to support and help spread the worthy mission and paying forward to the next Veteran that just needs a helping hand up.
To support people with special needs to enable them to lead fulfilled lives - physically, intellectually and socially.
developmental, and physical disabilities.
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CANDY! CANDY! CANDY!
Its that time again. The Youth Day Parade is on Saturday, October 13th, and we like to have plenty of hard candy to toss from the Rotary sponsored float. So bring your bags of candy to Rotary this week and get a makeup for your effort.
Alive in Roswell
The final Alive is Roswell is Thursday, October 18. Please join us about 5:00 at the Rotary Tent at the Hagan Center!
Coat Drive for NFCC
Bring in new and gently worn winter coats at our regular meetings on October 18 and 25! June Brown will be collecting and delivering them to NFCC.
Gary Garrett's Fun on the Farm
We will be enjoying a fun afternoon for the whole family on Gary Garrett's Farm on Sunday, October 21, from 1:00 to 5:00. Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be served. Bring a dish to share! Please make a reservation with Nancy Alterman or Chris Archer. Special Thanks to Gary for donating his place once again for this wonderful event! Also to George Rhodes of Rhode's Bakery for donating desserts. Enjoy a Potluck dinner with your Rotary family. Clay shooting, 4 wheelers for adults, horseshoes, learn the history of gold on the property, play games, kids can enjoy the barn, eat good food, bring a lawn chair for outdoors (we have tables and chairs for indoors) bring the kids and/or grandkids.
World Polio Day is also Hump Day
We had such a great time last time let’s do it again ! Our next hump day happy hour is Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 5:00pm at Houck's Grille 10930 Crabapple Rd. We are doing this in conjunction with World Polio day. Bill Houck has offered to donate 15% of the food and beverage proceeds to End Polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match this donation as well! Do not miss the fun, come out for a drink and stay for dinner! Bill would like to get a head count if possible can you email firstname.lastname@example.org or text him at 404-392-7609.
Rotary Night at Blessed Trinity High School Football
On October 26, come join us for Rotary Night at the Blessed Trinity football game against archrival Marist. Please see Michael Hernandez to sign-up!
Family of Rotary
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