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January 21, 2019

Club Calendar

January is Vocational Service Month

1/24 Coach Brian Bohannon
1/31 Charles Smith - R.T. "Skipper" Hoke Award Program
2/7 Col. Dwight Schmidt and Leadership 2020
2/14 Egbert Perry - CEO of Integral

Our Rotary Family

1/1 Fritz Berendsen
1/1 Ken Briggs
1/1 Andrew Dalby
1/1 Ron Redner
1/4 Jere Wood
1/7 Jeff Hamling
1/7 Lee Patrick
1/7 Anthony Nearhood
1/10 James Sheffield
1/10 Chris Good
1/12 Bruce Peoples
1/13 Michael Nielsen
1/17 Alicia Hughes
1/18 Myron Segraves
1/19 John Watton
1/21 Gary Garrett
1/23 Kurt Hilbert
1/24 Jim Sturm
1/24 Kay Howell
1/25 David Bourne
1/27 Joseph Kincaid
1/30 William May
1/31 John Reddick
1/31 Blake Turner


1/4 Paul Lang (29)
1/4 Dick Zorn (29)
1/5 Melissa Weaver (2)
1/5 Kathryn Igou (2)
1/5 William Noethling (2)
1/11 Sean Nickerson (6)
1/11 Kenneth Davis (12)
1/12 Jere Wood (1)
1/15 Karen Pilcher (4)
1/16 Kym Mwansa (5)
1/16 Michael Nielsen (22)
1/19 Susan Rumble (8)
1/20 Joseph Kincaid (14)
1/23 Jack Stephens (33)
1/28 Kevin Suchecki (3)
1/28 Chris Good (3)
1/30 Charles Pettett (44)
1/30 Mindy Jones (22)
1/31 James Gray (21)
1/31 A.D. Dalton (34)

Rotary Online



Thursdays, 12:15 pm
Community Activities Bldg, Roswell A
10495 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Atlanta April 18, 1951
Active Membership: 241


P.O. Box 783
Roswell, GA 30077

President Becky Stone
President-Elect Gordon Owens
Immediate Past President Lisa Carlisle
Treasurer Terry Taylor
Secretary Lynne Lindsay
Foundation Chair Danny Tompkins
Membership Chair Karen Pilcher
Public Image Chair Karen Schwank
Service Chair John Carruth


  • 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's Message

Champion: a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition. Championship teams are built on a solid foundation of a love for the game, the ability to overcome adversity, leadership from the coaches and the players and execution at the highest level. Perfect seasons in any sport are rare. This week, Roswell Rotary celebrates the 2018 State AAAA Champions from Blessed Trinity Football and their PERFECT SEASON!

And, sharing his experiences with us and this great team will be KSU Head Coach Brian Bohannon. He has built a program of excellence at Kennesaw State University. After becoming the first head football coach in the history of KSU, Coach Bohannon has taken the Owls to heights never seen by a start-up football program. In just four short years, Coach Bohannon has led the Owls to a 37-12 record, back-to-back Big South Conference championships and consecutive appearances in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. I am looking forward to hearing from Coach Bohannon on how he built a championship culture at KSU.

Championship teams are not always sports teams. Roswell Rotary is a championship team! We have a passion for what we do, a long history of engaged leaders and members, the ability to overcome obstacles as they arise and we get the job done with excellence and have fun doing it! Each week our setup team puts up the banners to remind us of our championship heritage. As each of us collaborate and work together, we reinforce our championship culture. Together, WE ARE CHAMPIONS!

Join me and a gym full of Champions on Thursday!

President Becky

This Week's Speaker

After becoming the first head football coach in the history of Kennesaw State University, Brian Bohannon has taken the Owls to heights never seen by a start-up football program.

In just four short years, Bohannon has led the Owls to a 37-12 record, back-to-back Big South Conference championships and consecutive appearances in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.

After putting the world on notice in 2017 with a 12-2 season, the outright Big South Conference title and two FCS Playoffs victories, the Owls somehow outdid themselves during the 2018 campaign. Ranked No. 2 in the nation for much of the year, KSU earned the No. 4 overall seed in the playoffs and took an 11-game winning to a second consecutive quarterfinal appearance where they held the third-longest home streak in the nation that dated back over two calendar years.

While the Owls have dominated on the field, Bohannon continues to collect accolades, earning the AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year following the 2017 season and earned AFCA District Coach of the Year after the 2018 campaign to go along with back-to-back Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors.

After graduating the inaugural signing class this year, Bohannon has a new challenge ahead as the Owls go for an outright three-peat championship in 2019, something never done in the history of the Big South Conference.






New Member Spotlight

Ed Klaas lived the better part of his childhood in East Cobb but moved around a lot before and after. He met and married his wife, Silvina, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1999 while working for a law firm there. They moved to Roswell in 2001 and began to establish roots. Prior to starting Southern Sprinkler Systems in 2000, Ed proudly served in the U.S. Navy and later worked for several multinational businesses and law firms in Atlanta including BellSouth, Coca-Cola and Smith, Gambrell & Russell. Ed is the proud father of two amazing children, Teddy (15) and Mellie (12). When not working, he enjoy spending quality with my children on their many activities (Scouting, piano, band, school), travel (he's been to more than 80 countries), the wine industry, genealogy, and the great outdoors. He also loves to volunteer! Ed has lent expertise and experiences to a variety of local, state, national and international organizations as a board member, panelist, lecturer, speaker and worker bee. Among those are NFCC, Keep Roswell Beautiful, the Children’s Development Academy, Mustard Seed Ministries and Scouting, among others. He is most proud of the work that his company and family have done each year for the last decade and a half at Arlington National Cemetery with the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Renewal and Remembrance as it is called, has grown from eight volunteers the first year to over 500 from 38 states this year. Last year, he established a foundation with his two kiddos called Klaasical Music and we get gently used musical instruments into the hands of students who can’t afford them. This is something he would like to bring to Rotary as a project.


How To Start A Business, Make It Grow And Turn It Into A FUN, THRIVING…and PROFITABLE Future!

This 6 week workshop led by Hal Coleman is for those individuals who either already own a small business and want to know how to make it grow faster…or dream of someday owning their own business but don’t know how to get started!

WHEN: February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7 and 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Century 21 Connect Realty, 880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 150, Roswell, GA (Next to Brookwood Grill)


Be The Inspiration
Rotary International President Barry Rassin Visits Roswell Rotary!

Rotary International President Barry Rassin will Visit Roswell Rotary on February 16, 2019 at Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075

District Interact Conference and Lunch Meeting Agenda:

9:30 - 11:30 District 6900 Interact Conference

11:30 - 12:30 Registration, Supply Collection* and Lunch ($15 per person-except for Roswell Rotarians, then no charge)

12:30 - 2:00 Roswell Rotary Special Meeting – Featured Speaker Rotary International President Barry Rassin

2:00 - 3:00 Interact members pack items destined for Puerto Rico

Service Project:

In honor of President Barry’s visit to Roswell, please make a donation or bring the following supplies for delivery to Puerto Rico: Adult diapers, body lotion, Wet Ones, Ensure and vitamin drinks in powdered form.

Please Register Online For more information, please contact Becky Stone at Rebecca.Stone@StonePC.net or 770-634-2717.

Evening Reception:

There is also another great chance to meet and interact with Barry and Esther Rassin that evening at the home of Bob Hagan. Tickets can be purchased for the champagne reception at 5pm and/or the cocktail reception at 6pm. Proceeds will go to the Polio Plus Program. So get your tickets to the reception by CLICKING HERE. For more information about the reception, please contact PDG Bob Hagan at bhagan@sterling-health.com


The Rotary Bandit is racing to SanDestin arriving April 25 - 28, 2019 singing:

  • We are Sandestin bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
  • We're gonna do what they say can't be done.
  • We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
  • We are Sandestin bound, just watch ol' "Rotary Bandit" run.

District Conference registration is now open.

Be sure to get your Adult Big Wheel Team together for Thursday night! The First 5 Teams from Roswell Rotary will be FREE! See Michael Gould to sign-up your team!

Click Here to Register.

See you there for Adult Spring Break!

Charity Spotlight

Chattahoochee Nature Center


To connect people with nature.

Fast Facts:

  • The Chattahoochee Nature Center was founded in 1977.
  • The 127-acre property includes a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens, and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife.
  • Educational programming is offered at CNC Monday through Friday throughout the year for K-12 students, homeschool groups, and community groups.
  • The wildlife department receives more than 3,500 phone calls each year, with topics ranging from animal identification to habitat destruction.
  • The wildlife staff provides medical assistance to injured birds of prey, reptiles, and amphibians with the hope of releasing them back into the wild.
  • CNC has partnered with North Fulton Community Charities to provide NFCC families with fresh fruits and vegetables from the CNC Unity Garden.
  • The CNC / NFCC partnership enables NFCC families to improve their health and nutrition while experiencing a more balanced meal.
  • For the past 8 years, CNC’s Unity Garden has supplied more than 32 tons of fresh produce to the clients of NFCC.
  • The Unity Garden is made possible through Roswell Rotary funding as well as community volunteers who worked over 500 hours last year.

Find out more:


Vocational Service
RUMC Job Networking

Job Networking will meet Monday, Jan. 28, in the Chapel building at Roswell United Methodist Church, with afternoon workshops starting at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The dinner speaker is Senator John Albers, whose topic will be, “You cannot connect the dots looking forward—everything has a purpose.” Evening workshops begin at 7 p.m., and keynote speaker Judi Adams will talk about “Target Company” Strategy at 8 p.m. Information/agenda: rumc.com/jobnetworking

Homelessness in Roswell
National Homeless Count - Point in Time - North Fulton

The Point In Time (PIT) Homeless Count conducted by The Fulton County Continuum of Care is crucial for tracking the success of local efforts to end homelessness across the nation and for planning future efforts and will be conducted on January 17, 2019.

The PIT Count gives the County and its partner agencies valuable information on the homeless population that makes it possible to strategically target resources for optimal results. We will be surveying the unsheltered homeless who are sleeping in outdoor locations such as sidewalks, parks, encampments and under bridges. The surveys will provide demographic information on each homeless individual, give insight to their homeless history, and assess individual needs that will enable the Continuum to effectively plan housing and service interventions to prevent and end homelessness in Fulton County.

If you want to participate in the Homeless Count, please sign-up online CLICK HERE and let Mike Nielsen know if you will attend.

Roswell Rotary History
A Blast from the Past!

Mike McRay shared Cowboy Logic with Roswell Rotary every week during his year (2010-2011). Be sure to ask him for his favorite!

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