First, I want to thank all of you who made our District
Governor’s visit full of FUN and FELLOWSHIP. It is simply amazing to step back and see all of the great work being
done by Roswell Rotarians in Roswell and around the world! Congratulations to this club for a great
job! And, we are not done yet!
On Saturday, Dave Wash led a Roswell Rotary team, including Kathy Igou, Dave McCleary and
Luba Bilentschuk, in support of the Veterans Empowerment
Organization by walking with them and carrying the VEO banner at the Veterans Day parade, by delivering
much needed supplies, and building relationships with our American Heros! It was a wonderful day to hear the stories of
these men and women and how VEO has given them hope and a place to call home. I challenge each of you to ask Dave how you
can get involved and help our Heros! There is much to do (Dave has a list!) and we can do it!
As we all know, Roswell and Georgia are great
places to do business! This week, Craig Lesser will update us on the economic
developments in Georgia. Craig is Managing
Partner of the Pendleton Group, which provides governmental affairs, economic
development and strategic communications counsel to governments and businesses. He served as Georgia’s Commissioner of
Economic Development from 2004 to 2007. This is sure to be an interesting and informative program as Georgia’s
economic development activities impact all of us. As I was thinking about this week’s topic, I watched an
excellent Ted Talk about How We Can Help Young People Build a Better Future by
Henrietta Fore with UNICEF. Check it out at https://www.ted.com/talks/henrietta_fore_how_we_can_help_young_people_build_a_better_future She posits that young people are 25% of our population, but they are 100% of our future. Helping them build their and our future is
incumbent upon each one of us, so look for a way to mentor a young person (keep
in mind—that young person might be over 40!) and give them an opportunity to
learn from you…and maybe Hal Coleman.
One great opportunity to help our economy and our young people is to
sign-up entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-wannabes for the Entrepreneur’s Workshop
led by Hal Coleman, sponsored by Roswell Rotary and Roswell Inc. and held at
Century 21 Connect Realty’s offices in February and March! The
details are below. Small business is the
lifeblood of our economy and we want to help them succeed. Our future depends
on their success!