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Austell, GA  30106
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Out of Darkness is the anti-trafficking ministry of Atlanta Dream Center, Inc Their vision is a world where the ruins are rebuilt, the breach is repaired and the streets are restored. (Isaiah 58:12) They believe that God is love, and we love because He first loved us.  We will be known by love because without it, all is in vain. Their core values are: Abiding: Live in God’s Presence Wisdom: Seek  divine direction in every decision Compassion: Cultivate a deep commitment to show Christ’s love Honesty: Be truthful, transparent, and trustworthy Unity: Be one in spirit and purpose Stewardship: Faithfully steward all God has entrusted to us Humility: Regard others above self Holiness: Relentlessly pursue holiness Honor: Bestow honor equally to everyone.


If you judge people, you have no time to love them. -Mother Teresa



Dave Pearce has been the pastor at Austell Presbyterian since 2007. Under his leadership the church has continued dynamic ministries like The Living Nativity and begun new ministries like the Backpack Blessing ministry at  Hendricks Elementary. The church currently provides ninety backpacks filled with food to help hungry children make it through the weekends. He was on the board at Sweetwater Mission for several years and the chairman for several more. Currently he is on the leadership team for the pastor's group Unite and is helping to build a community collaborative that will bring churches, government, schools, businesses, and civic groups together to deeply impact the Austell community. Dave has been a certified soccer referee for ten years. Most of that time he was a part of GSOA, which handles the soccer officiating for all the schools in the greater Atlanta area. He continues to "ref" mostly handling children and youth games. He is now a soccer "grandpa" with a grandson playing academy soccer. He will be sharing some of his experiences "between the lines" and talk about the soccer boom in the US. 
I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star. -Roderick David “Rod” Stewart
Life is like a game of soccer. You need goals. If there are no goals in your life then you can’t win. 



Amy Barrow Project Manager United Way Homelessness department at of Greater Atlanta. Prior to joining United Way, Amy worked as a community social worker at The Agape Community Center. While at Agape she was responsible for planning and executing community events and fundraisers such as, The Great Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway which provided Thanksgiving dinner to more than 500 members of the community. 
Amy began her work in social services in 2010 as a Big Sister Mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Greater Atlanta. Amy received her BSW from Georgia State University and her Master of Social Work degree from Georgia State University. The United Way Worldwide, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a nonprofit organization that works with more than 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. United Way's focus is to identify and resolve pressing community issues, and to make measurable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others. The issues United Way offices focus on are determined locally because communities differ. The main areas include education, income, and health. The organization has roots in Denver, Colorado, where in 1887 church leaders began the Charity Organization Society, which coordinated services and fund raising for 22 agencies. Many Community Chest organizations, which were founded in the first half of the twentieth century to jointly collect and allocate money, joined the American Association for Community Organizations in 1918. The first Community Chest was founded in 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio In 1928, a Community Chest organization was established in Cape Town, South Africa — the first United Way outside North America. 



Judge Reuben Green presides over the Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court in Cobb Superior Court. Judge Green is a former enlisted United States Marine. While serving as a Marine, Judge Green received the Good  Conduct and National Defense Medals, was meritoriously promoted twice, and was Honorably Discharged in 1993 after four years of active duty. After serving in the Marines, Judge Green received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He then graduated with Honors from Emory University School of Law. Judge Green began his legal career at King & Spalding where his practice focused on employment discrimination, product liability, and general civil litigation. After September 11, 2001, he felt called to return to public service and became a prosecutor. Judge Green has served at all levels of prosecution including as an Assistant Solicitor, an Assistant District Attorney, and finally as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. In 2010, Judge Green was appointed to the Cobb Superior Court bench by Governor Sonny  Perdue and then was elected to a full term in 2012. Drug court helps drug addicts. Mental health court helps people with mental health challenges. We’re very confident that veterans court will help veterans who have some type  of issue based on their military service,” Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds told the MDJ. “We kept noticing we were running into a number of individuals who had a prior military background who were getting in trouble, so we began to look into the possibility of having a court specifically for veterans.” The bulk of the funding for the Veterans Court will come from the Veterans Administration. Those under the auspices of the Veterans Court will be  required to find a job, find housing and support their children, if any. They’ll also have to  undergo frequent drug screenings. The conditions  associated with the two wars of the past decade have put those involved at risk, even after they are home, Green said. Most of the people in our military now are doing multiple deployments, and doing them more  rapidly. And I think that’s having a profound impact. I think we’re going to see in the future a lot more PTSD, a lot more physical injuries.



The Elsbree family moved to Marietta 23 years ago, and have really enjoyed living in the Atlanta area over the years.  Ruth graduated as an English major in 1981 and spent her first years out of college in technical writing. She and her husband Jim have raised five children, three of whom are now active duty officers in the military. For several years, all five children were on soccer teams at Tramore Park. During the children's growing up years, Ruth attended Berry College to finish the education courses she needed to teach high school English. She taught English and journalism at Mount Paran Christian School for six years. Ruth has been an active member of Transfiguration Catholic Church for 22 years. She also is a member of Toast of Cobb Toastmasters, and has served as an officer many times for her club. In the past few years, Ruth has been working as a voice talent with her business, Ruth Elsbree Voice Over. Among other projects, she created two audio tours for the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art and currently has 10 audiobooks available on with more in the pipelines. Ruth narrated and produced the Seeds of Christianity Series by E. G. Lewis. This historical fiction series spans the years from the birth of Christ through the destruction of Rome under Nero in 64 A.D. A reviewer had this to say about Ruth: Each character was uniquely presented. Her verbal expression was outstanding and the singing of the prayers was wonderful.



Joel McDaniel

Home state

  • Arkansas



  • 20 years as a pastor
  • Created and launched two not for profit organizations
  • Currently the Executive Director of Operation Resolute™
    • Serves military chaplains
    • Sustains military families
    • Strengthens warriors



  • Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 1990
  • Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 1993
  • Master of Arts, Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX 1993


Personal Information

  • Family                                 Married to Kimberly Ann Goldsmith, July 29, 1989

Two daughters, Kinsey and Kayla, born June 18, 1996



  • Anything with a gun or fishing pole








On July 1, 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero joined the University of West Georgia as its 7th President. Previously, Dr. Marrero served as vice president for the division of University Advancement at the University of West Florida where he lead a staff of 65 full ‐time employees overseeing the university’s integrated marketing communications efforts, development and alumni relations’ activities, as well as the downtown historic properties (28 properties representing 8.5 acres of downtown Pensacola)  and the WUWF Radio Station. In addition, Dr. Marrero led the UWF Foundation. During his tenure as VP, Marrero increased the endowment investment portfolio from $45 million to $65 million. As the institution’s chief philanthropic  officer, he successfully led the final stages of the $39,275,411 Creating Great Futures capital campaign, which surpassed its goal of $35 million and prepared the institution for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Campaign. With a clear focus on the  importance of student life and success at UWF, Dr. Marrero has been supportive of various student life initiatives, including chairing the Football Feasibility Committee and the Student Life Implementation Team, forming both the Sword and Shield Council and Football Founders groups. He was part of a five‐member Strategic Planning Facilitators Team who developed and wrote the UWF 2012‐2017 strategic plan and served as the champion facilitator for the university’s effort in achieving the Carnegie Community & Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships Classification Award for 2015Marrero’s background in the arts, specifically opera, has taken him to 10 foreign countries as an Artistic Ambassador for the  United States Embassies and 40 states as a singer and stage director. He continues to serve as an adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and provides Masterclasses throughout the US. He has been recognized  nationally for his leadership of arts organizations. During his 13 years with the Pensacola Opera, Dr. Marrero led the company in tripling its annual operations budget and doubling its patronage. The Opera’s mainstage productions garnered critical acclaim and facilitated granting opportunities with the National Endowment of the Arts and Opera America. Demonstrating his commitment to education, he founded the Artist‐in‐Residence program at Pensacola Opera. The program, encompassing 17 weeks of residency, provides training to young artists newly out of graduate school and delivers outreach and educational programs reaching more than 20,000 children and 10,000 adults in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Dr. Marrero holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is married to Jane Redding Marrero, nationally acclaimed opera singer, for 18 years and they are blessed with a beautiful 4 year old daughter named Lily.



Ben Mathes founder and former executive director of ROW, Rivers of the World ROW is a not-for-profit Christian ministry targeting remote-access communities around the world. Our goal is to serve the people who live in these  areas by developing and implementing holistic strategies with local leaders that will transform their communities using a model that is sustainable, scalable and replicable. - See more at: #sthash.VSCAgWXh.dpuf Ben is an ordained Presbyterian minister, and has spent the last 17 years serving others around the world and continues to help the second generation of ROW by providing guidance, inspiration and  his valuable time. Since 1978, Ben has worked on behalf of international health development, explorations and Christian missions. He has worked extensively in the Congo, Kenya, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana,  angladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, El Salvador, Brasil, Belize, Ecuador, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Ben was also a regular on K-LOVE Christian Radio, reaching over 3 million listeners with a twice-daily feature about his mission adventures. He is the author of the on-going series of devotion books titled “ROWVotions“, and a series of audio books, DVD’s and paperback books under the title of “Lessons From The Forests.” Rotary International awarded Ben with an Honorary Paul Harris Award in 1999 and an Honorary Membership in appreciation for his work fighting polio and river blindness. Hampden-Sydney College has also awarded Ben with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.D.H.) in May of 1999 and with the James Madison Award for “Extraordinary Humanitarian Service in Some of the World’s Most Distressed Areas” by The Wilson  Center for  Leadership in the Public Interest in April 2007. An avid sportsman, he hunts and fishes around the world. He enjoys music and is an often-published photographer. Ben is married to Pui, and they spend their time living in  Georgia and Thailand. Ben has two sons: Benjamin, 32, who lives in Hollywood and is an actor, and Adam, 30, completed three tours in Iraq with the USMC, works as a Lt. in the Navy and is a United Methodist Pastor now living in Decatur, GA with his wife Sarah and their two sons.  







First Sergeant Watson enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1984 and attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation he was  elected for security detail and provided security for nuclear weapons. He then served as a Machine gunner and weapons section leader. He was trained in internal security and Diplomatic Security and also attended small arms training. Upon graduation he was stationed at the American Embassy in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, then he transferred to the American Embassy in Rome, Italy. He participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He  made a Unit Deployment to Okinawa and completed a West Pac Cruise. Following his return to the  United States, First Sergeant Watson was assigned to  Parris Island, South Carolina from 1994-1997. He attended and completed Drill Instructor School.  First Sergeant Watson was released from Active duty in 1997 and reenlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve. First Sergeant Watson  was mobilized and deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. First Sergeant Watson was Meritoriously Promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in April of  2004. He was selected and awarded for Marine of the Year at Marine Forces Reserve.  His personal decorations: Meritorious Service Medal, The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with silver star in lieu of sixth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu third award, Combat Action Ribbon with 2 gold stars, and various other service and unit awards. He is a board member of the Albany Salvation Army and member of the Downtown Development, for the City of Powder Springs. He is married  to the former Stacey Leigh Black. They have two sons, Ryan (23) a Cpl stationed at Miramar, CA VMA -166 and Adam (20) A sophomore at West Georgia  College in Carrollton, GA.



Eric is the Planning Division Manager for Cobb County Department of Transportation. He is new with the County, having started in July 2013. His division  oversees the development of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Connect Cobb Environmental Assessment, the Cumberland / Galleria Circulator  Implementation Plan, and other planning efforts. Prior to joining Cobb County, Eric spent seven years on the Mississippi coast after Hurricane Katrina. He  served as the Director of Planning and Economic Development with the City of Ocean Springs and City of Gautier. Eric Meyer has twenty years of policy, legislative, planning and design work experience including work at the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Regional Business Coalition. Eric Meyer grew up in Atlanta and earned his B.S. Industrial Systems Engineering and M.S. Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Most of his weekends are spent watching his son and daughter play soccer. Transportation Planning tracks development and population patterns to project future transportation needs and develop strategies  to address those needs. These activities include modeling efforts, sidewalk and pathway system (Trails) development as well as transit planning. The division works closely with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Cobb’s municipalities and adjacent counties in the planning and programming of projects.



It is with heart felt sorrow I inform the club of the passing of Jim Estes...

Obituary for Jim Estes

Jim Estes, 67, of Powder Springs died Friday, September 5, 2014. A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00pm, Sunday, September 7, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Powder Springs, with Rev. Mike Woods officiating. Interment will be at Powder Springs Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his wife of forty seven years, Carol Estes, of Powder Springs; daughter, Brooke Estes, of Smyrna; daughter in law, Tamara Estes, of Powder Springs; three granddaughters, Trinity, Tristen, and Tracen Estes, of Powder Springs; two brothers, Ed Estes, of Marietta and Doug Estes, of Cleveland, GA; sister, Aline Gardner, of Cleveland, GA; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Hope Estes; son, Buddy Estes; and grandson, Trevor Estes.

Contributions may be made to the Buddy Estes Benefit Fund at United Community Bank at 1220 Richard Sailors Pkwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127.

The family will receive friends 2:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Saturday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory Macland Chapel in Powder Springs. (770)943-1511




Howard was born in Washington, North Carolina in 1944, he is married to Edie F. Cox. They have two children and three grandchildren. He is a graduate of  Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, N.C. Since his retirement in 2009 he has volunteered and worked with MUST Ministries. He is currently Interim VP of Development. For more than 40 years, MUST has established itself as a servant leader caring for those in need in the Marietta, Smyrna and Canton/Cherokee county communities. Founded in 1971 by the Rev. Wayne Williams, MUST Ministries’ initial programs included a grocery bus ministries for the elderly, a youth tutoring program and outreach ministries to "alienated" young people. Since it’s inception, MUST has fulfilled Wayne's vision of connecting people who have a desire to help with those who need help the most. Today, MUST encompasses more than 6,000 volunteers who are continually helping MUST Ministries achieve its goal of being Georgia’s most respected servant-leader.


"Musician, Song-writer and more"

Tom Long, with over thirty years experience as a music business professional, has been referred to as one of the cornerstones of Music Row. This Georgia native co-founded the Atlanta Songwriters Association (now GMIA) and served as Vice-President of the Atlanta NARAS chapter. While employed by the Lowery Music Group in Atlanta, he worked the catalogues of Joe South, Jerry Reed, Mac Davis, Ray Stevens and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Tom spent 1981 to 1983 with Tree Publishing as a Professional Manager and was responsible for several number one songs including: “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” Lee Greenwood, “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” Ronnie McDowell, “Common Man”, John Conlee and “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands”, Lee Greenwood. From 1984 – 1994 Tom spent a decade as Nashville’s director of membership for ASCAP, during which ASCAP added over 800 new song writers to their roster. 1994 - 2000 Tom held an Executive position with Anne Murray’s company, Balmur Entertainment, as Vice President of Publishing. Under Tom’s direction, Balmur enjoyed ten number one songs in various charts and over 300 recordings by Major artists, including “Guys Do It All The Time”, Mindy McCready, “Chain Of Love”, Clay Walker and “I Can Still Feel You”, Collin Raye. Tom has served as President and Board Member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Gospel Music Association (GMA). He currently serves on the Gospel Hall of Fame committee and was an original member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame committee started by Gov. Zell Miller. He is also a member of the Country Music Association (CMA). Tom is a graduate of Leadership Music, holds a BBA degree from Georgia State University in Business Management, and Commercial Music for Recording/Publishing, as well as an Associate Degree in Science from Kennesaw University. He has received the Cotton Carrier Award for his contribution to the history of Georgia music, the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Award, and was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in November of 2000. From 2001 – 2006, Tom served as a Catalog Manager for SONY/ATV Music Publishing. During this time, Tom was also instrumental in the production of special project albums for Brenda Lee, The Kentucky Head Hunters and Pat Boone. Tom Long has been a cornerstone in the careers of the Kentucky Headhunters, Mark Collie, Doug Supernaw, Sammy Johns, John Berry, Terri Clark, Brad Paisley and many successful songwriters such as: Kim Tribble, Kim Williams and Kerry Kurt Phillips. Additionally, Tom is a Vietnam Veteran. Tom recently released a Gospel album.


Currently: Owner of That-A-Fly Music Publishing and Chairman of the Gospel Hall of Fame Committee in Nashville. Tom resides in Kennesaw, Ga. 



Mrs. Annette Hughes, LMSW, CSSW, BA is the President & Founder of Social Concepts & Development Services (SCADS) in Austell, GA. Mrs. Hughes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark College, now known as Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Mrs. Hughes has received extensive training through the Dewitt Wallace Initiative, Administration for Children Services (NYC), and Georgia Department of Children and Family Services, to name a few.  She has also received certifications from Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a Certified School Social Worker, Certificate of Completion for Stepping Stones to Recovery from Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities for assisting adults who are in need of housing, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). She received numerous continuing education credits in Social Work in New York and the State of Georgia.

Annette is a current member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and Cobb Interfaith Partnership (CIP).  She has taken the lead initiative in organizing and promoting the first annual Wellness Day at Collar Park in Austell. The event scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 brings together community partners to promote eight dimensions of wellness and help improve the quality of life for our citizens.


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"Founding Director and Professor of The Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at KSU"

Dr. Christian E. Hardigree


In the position of Founding Director and Professor of The Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Hardigree established a program offering a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality that is a collaborative endeavor between the WellStar College of Health and  Human Services and the Coles Business College. This highly relevant program provides a competitive advantage and discernible point of difference as the epicenter for teaching, research and best practices in sustainable culinary and hospitality management.


Prior to coming to KSU, Christian served as a tenured faculty member in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in law, ethics and diversity.  During her tenure at UNLV, she also served as the Assistant President and Chief of Staff to the University President, the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Hotel College, the Department Chair for Hotel Management, and as the Associate Athletic Director for Community Development and Special Projects.  Christian started teaching courses at UNLV in 1997. 

In addition to her educational and administrative obligations, Christian has an extensive background as a trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of premises liability, security/safety, products liability, and employment law. She maintains an active caseload, including private consulting and mediation/arbitration services. She is a Nevada state appointed arbitrator. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Nevada and Georgia, as well as the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Christian also serves as a consultant for numerous clients on a variety of issues.

Christian conducts research and presents nationally at industry conferences as related to her areas of expertise, including food safety, risk management, sustainability, workplace violence and employment issues.  She is an expert on bed bug litigation, speaking across the country on the subject. 


After obtaining her B.S., cum laude, from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV, Christian obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, focusing on employment discrimination, arbitration/mediation, and labor management relations.  She is a partner with the law firm of Parnell & Associates.  Christian serves on a variety of committees and advisory boards, including the Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council for the National Restaurant Association, the KSU Economic Development Committee, and formerly on the Women In Lodging Advisory Council for the American Hotel & Lodging Association.



For the past 20 years Richard has been a student of Kriga Yoga and mediation. When he was diagnosed with Base of the Tongue cancer  caused by cigarettes) Richard found that his years of yoga and meditation practices allow him to have a positive effect on both the cancer  treatment and his mental outlook while being cured from his cancer challenge. This overall experience was the beginning of his desire to help people overcome health challenges in their lives. This is when Richard found his calling to become a Certified Hypnotherapist and his mission to help individuals with the health challenges using the tool of hypnosis. Richard has found that through hypnotherapy he has been able to provide his clients with the same advantage that he received through his years of Yoga and Meditation practices. Richard is a graduate of Hypnosis Motivation Institute which is the country's first hypnotherapy college to be nationally  accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the  Hypnotherapist Union and the American Hypnosis Association. He receives his certification as a Certified Hypnotherapist from the Hypnotherapist Union. Richard also holds a certification in handwriting analysis. Richard found that his overall experience in business and his spiritual practices have prepared him for his calling as a business coach and as a hypnotherapist. His work involves a firm understanding of the human mind as well as Universal Success Principles for an inner and outer approach to health, wealth and happiness.



The Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership Mark grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and visited his grandparents in Gainesville, GA, frequently while growing up. He taught in metro-Washington, D.C. and in Budapest, Hungary before settling in Atlanta. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and art history from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., a master's degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vt., and a master's degree in creative writing from Georgia State University. He also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations in Maryland. In all his endeavors, Mark strives to serve others first and foremost.  The Gabriel Center, ("the Center") a non-profit organization based in Marietta, Georgia, is a community of people dedicated to shared leadership based on respect and inclusion for all. The Center's purpose is to help individuals and organizations develop a servant-leader approach to life and work. Through participatory experience-based education and training, we develop skills,  understanding, unity, and empowerment for those whom we serve as individuals, communities and organizations. Experience is the heart of adult learning. Servant-leadership began to enter the business realm when Robert Greenleaf, an AT&T corporate executive charged with workforce training, wrote about a leadership style that he was promoting within that organization. In 1970, he popularized the term servant-leadership in his now internationally known essay, "The Servant as Leader," in which he states: The servant-leader is servant first.



Dear South Cobb Rotarians,

I would be remiss if I did not take a minute to say "THANK YOU" to each of you for two wonderful years.

I truly enjoyed the honor of being your President.  I appreciate the trust and kindness you sent to me.  I trust that I will be able to continue to serve with you in the Rotary Club of South Cobb.

Best wishes always.





Brother and Sister Rotarians:


As the first official communication for Chad and I as your new Co-Presidents, we wish to relay to the membership our sincere thanks and appreciation for your trust in us to lead this storied club.  As daunting a task as it may seem, we have excellent resources to draw upon to keep the ship afloat and to stay the course.  As the new year brings new opportunities and new challenges, we know the club will be there as it always has been to carry the load and serve our community.  While we missed our brothers and sisters who were unable to attend, we look forward to our upcoming year of service together.  We have a great board, slate of officers and committeee chairs and truly look forward to the year ahead.

Remember: we have no meeting July 3, 2014 but will meet again July 10, 2014.










Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good evening.

We’re closing in on the end of the Rotary year with only over a little less than a month to go. It’s been an extraordinary first year from me to serve as your District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair. Having the chance to work with and meet many of you has been the highlight.


Attached is copy of the "6900 Annual Fund Banner Recognition Status” as of May 23, 2014. I hope that it will assist you in looking at the end of this Rotary year. Please carefully review the report to make certain that you don’t miss reaching your EREY and/or 100% Sustaining Member goal for 2013-14. Many of your clubs are very close to achieving one or both.


At the present, D6900 leads Zone 34 in Annual Fund Per Capita giving. Well done everyone! Keep up the great work. Please reach out to your club member  to make sure that all of their intended contributions are made soon.


Please note the following 2014 Rotary Fiscal Year-end Deadlines for TRF Contributions:

Credit Cards:   Online via – must be authorized on or prior to 30 June 2014, midnight (Central Standard Time).

Fax: (847-328-5260)—must be received by 30 June 2014

Phone: (866-976-8279- must be received prior to the close of business 28 June 2014.

Checks*: must be postmarked 30 June 2014 or prior and received at the Foundation by 8 July 2014


United States Mailing Address:

Canada Mailing Address:

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation (Canada)

14280 Collections Center Dr.

c/o 911600

Chicago, IL 60693 USA

PO Box 4090 STN A,


Toronto, ON M5W 0E9 Canada


*Please do NOT send in checks for the 2014-15 Rotary year until after 30 June 2014. All cheques received with June post-marks go toward 2013-14 contributions.

Wire transfers: Must be initiated prior to 30 June 2014 and received by 3 July 2014.

Securities: must be received prior to 30 June 2014. Instructions are available for the U.S. and for Canada, or can be found by searching for ‘stock transfer’ on

Special gifts: instructions for Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts can be obtained by emailing or calling 847-866-3100.


Once again, Thank you!!!! for your strong support of The Rotary Foundation and for all you do, every day. Don’t hesitate to call me should you have any questions.



Best regards,


Ray McKemie

District Rotary Foundation Committee, Chair, 2013-16

Work:     229-432-5531

Fax:         229-432-5532

Home:    229-294-1200

Mobile:  229-328-5510



















For those of us lucky enough to hear Scott Pope speak to the club last November about the FCA Football Camp, you will remember he asked that we consider helping his players in need. As a recap for those who were in attendance (and overview for those who were unable to hear Scott speak):

FCA puts on a football camp every year at the University of West Georgia.  This year's camps will be held July 14 - 16 with a second session July 17-19.  They have two separate sessions because they are having 53 teams with 3800 players and coaches attending this year.  At the camps, the players and coaches run through various technique building exercises including 11 on 11 with Shells, 7 on 7 Passing Camp, Lineman Camp for 7 on 7 Teams, Team Practice Time, Team Huddle Time and they finish with a Keynote Evening Speaker.  13 teams from Cobb County High Schools are going. All of the South Cobb schools are attending but unlike some of the more affluent schools in our county, all the South Cobb Schools have players in need of sponsorships to be able to attend. 

The cost of the sponsorship is $160.00 each.

The sponsorship Includes: lodging and meals for 3 days and 2 nights (Day 1- Supper through Day 3 breakfast—5 meals); FCA Team Camp T-Shirt, Bible, Lanyard and Coach’s Notebook.

The players and coaches run drills and instruction on proper techniques, the importance of team work, participate in bonding exercises and hear the love of Jesus Christ.  Last year there were 475 decisions made and all who attended benefitted from the experience.  To hear these kids speak about what this camp means to them is beyond words. For some of these kids from our area, this is the only real meals and air-conditioning they will experience for the majority of the summer.  It also allows the teammates to learn about what each other are going through and fosters better understanding and comraderie through such empathy and understanding.  I'm telling you folks, this camp is like a sweet and sour combination with stories that will tear your heart out combined with everlasting hope instilled.

Anyone who would like to attend and be a part of the camp is more than welcome (it is an experience like none other).  Let me know and I will put you in touch with Scott to make arrangements

Anyone inclined to sponsor a child (or contribute any amount) may do so via a check payable to "FCA" with "Scott Pope FCA Football sponsorship" in the memo (tax-deductible).  Get the check to me and I will put it in Scott's hands.  Please be sure to include a phone number as the kids sponsored like to call personally to thank you for your sponsorship and let you know what the camp meant to them.

Jason L. Bowman



From John Collar (with edits for context):

I had a phone call from Peggy Ingalsbe to let me know Frank has moved into a Memory Care Unit.  He was admitted last Thursday, May 15th.  She has asked that Rotarians know about this. 

His address is: Atria of Mableton, Room 114, 3829 Floyd Rd., Austell, GA 30106.  Peggy told me, after a couple of days, Frank seems to be fitting into his new surroundings very well.

We are all concerned about Frank and thank Peggy for letting us know his current situation.




Our interact club is having their Service Above Self Banquet Thursday May 8th at 6:00 at South Cobb High School.


Dear Fellow Rotarians,


I want to share a CNN story on polio where Rotary is given significant coverage.

 Go to:


The video showcases Rotary and our National PolioPlus Chair Deepak Kapur


Rotary International is credited as "the organization that led the effort to rid India of polio," which the video calls "one of the biggest global health achievements of recent times, and a triumph for India's government and partners that fought the disease."  

Excellent exposure for Rotary.

CNN International (200 million subscribers around the world) (22 million unique visitors each month). 

CNN's Facebook page (, 10 million fans)

CNN's Twitter feed (, 12 million followers)


Roy Wise,  Co-chair

District 6900 PolioPlus Campaign







Brother and Sister Rotarians:


Please review the below.  In order to help facilitate the posting of these contributions we need to get them to Darlene by the 7th of March.  This will have them available at the District Conference.
Contributions after March will still count, they just won't be reported at District Conference.

           March Deadline



Contributions to the Georgia Rotary Student Program Endowment Fund must be received in this office by Friday:

March  21,  2014


So your club will receive credit at the District Conference.



This will allow us ample time to credit money

accordingly to each member.  If we receive large

checks with multiple member donations on the deadline

date we simply do not have enough time to process them.



A report will be submitted to your District Governor

reflecting the total amount of money given by your club

during your year as President/ Endowment Contact.



Please Make Sure Your Club Meets

This Deadline!


Thank You for your enthusiastic support of GRSP!


We are providing the February newsletter for your reading pleasure! You can read the newsletter at


Fellow Rotarians:

In keeping with President Nancy's commitment to the club's well-being and continued safety, our meeting this Thursday (February 13, 2014) is hereby cancelled.  Please stay warm and safe and we will continue our fellowship at the following week's meeting (remember February 20th is a fireside chat so no daytime meeting)...


I wanted to let you know that Ronnie's father passed early this morning after complications from pneumonia.  He would have been 79 tomorrow.

We would appreciate it if you could pass along this information to all the Rotarians of our sad loss of his Dad.

The arrangements have been made for Rose Haven Funeral Home on Rose Ave in Douglasville.  It is set for Saturday, Feb 1
Visitation is between 1 - 3 pm
Funeral 3 pm at the chapel at Rose Haven
Burial immediately following behind Rose Haven

Jack was born in Atlanta, GA, is survived by 2 brothers, his wife, Fay of 58 years and 5 children plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He and his wife were currently living in Carrollton.  He was a graduate of West Fulton High School in Atlanta.

Ronnie and I appreciate your friendship and prayers.
God Bless
Alice DuBard Haynie


Dear Rotarian Nancy,

I received an email from another Rotarian which hacked my email.  If you received an email from me about an invoice, please delete it.  I did not send the email.

Also, if you tried to open the attachment, please change your password.

I am sorry for this problem.  Please share this with your club members.



Cheryl Greenway
RLI Director 2013-2016

PDG 2012-2013

Rotary District 6900

Peace Through Service

935 Forrest Street, Suite C

Roswell, GA   30075

770-992-0668 (o)

770-640-1779 (fax)



Given the weather and safety concerns involved, President Nancy, after consulting with Chad regarding the facilities at Presbyterian Village, has decided to err on the side of caution and club safety and cancel our meeting for tomorrow.

Wayne, Brenda and Marla seem to be dressed for the weather doing makeups in Mexico...




Most Cobb County residents are familiar with Bill Borden’s civic activities. But, Bill is speaking today about on his participation in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Bill's day job has been in the real estate. He owned and operated High Caliber Realty as a broker, appraiser, underwriter, loan officer, and mortgage banker. Bill even has degrees as a professional auctioneer. Bill also has as a law degree specializing in real estate. Bill's has been recognized by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and the  Kennesaw Business Assoc as the 2009 Kennesaw's Citizen of the Year. He has served on The Kennesaw Development Authority and as a trustee for the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and the north metro College/Chattahoochee Technical College Foundations, Bill is a member of The F&T Committee for the Cobb County School Board to oversee the SPLOST Programs . Bill's subject today will be his participation in the The Last Great Race on Earth the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. Bill is one of 707 people in the entire world to have succesfully completed the 1151 mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. He also finished in the top 20 of the Klondike 300 and the Denali 300. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more. Bill is married to Brenda who is in real estate. Bill and Brenda have an adult son and daughter and four grandchildren.




Jim’s mission, first and foremost, is to establish a trustworthy and meaningful working-relationship with a client. He believes that fully understanding clients, their families, their lifestyles, and their financial aspirations is essential in keeping their best  interest at heart.  Jim practices a disciplined, long-term approach to investing based upon each client’s specific financial needs and risk  tolerance. He acts as a focal point for all of a client’s financial affairs by leveraging the vast number of specialists and  resources available through Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. Jim also teams with client professionals, such as CPAs and  attorneys, to coordinate and tailor personal financial solutions.  As an essential partner and problem solver for clients, Jim is especially focused on helping those individuals who are looking  for guidance concerning asset management to achieve long-term investment goals.

Originally from Colorado, Jim graduated from the University of Denver with Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAcc) from  DU’s Daniels College of Business. Jim also holds the professional designation of a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).  In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, music and exercise.   

Client Commitment

  Our most deeply held principle at Merrill Lynch is that clients come first, and I am proud to be part of that tradition. To help you
meet your financial objectives and build your wealth, I first listen to your personal goals, and then offer effective approaches to
achieve them. At Merrill Lynch, I have unparalleled resources that include planning expertise, investment strategies and state-
of-the-art technology designed to streamline any financial picture. Let me put them to work for you.


It's that time of year again!  Please download the 2014 South Cobb Citizen of the Year form HERE and tell us the most deserving person of this award!





PUBLIC OFFICES: Presently serves as a Senior Judge, State of   Georgia; sits in Cobb Superior Court, Marietta, GA Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia,  August 1, 1973-August 1, 1977 Judge, Superior Court, Cobb Judicial Circuit 1964-68 Judge, Juvenile Court, Cobb County 1960-64 Member and Vice Chairman, State Commission on Compensation 1987-1998 Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia 1979-86 City Attorney for City of Kennesaw 1964 City Attorney for City of Smyrna 1958-64


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Atlanta Chief Judicial Officer, J.A.M.S.; mediator and arbitrator for J.A.M.S. and American Arbitration Association Partner, Alston & Bird, August 1, 1977 to August 1, 1998 Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Life Member, American Law Institute International Society of Barristers Member Former Trustee, The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Inc.Member, State Bar of Georgia and former Chairman, Family Law Section Former President, Cobb Judicial Circuit Bar Association Former President and current Member; Board of  Governors; Old War Horse Lawyers Club Member, Georgia Arbitrators' Forum


EDUCATION AND MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Emory University, A.B. 1949; LL.B. 1951 Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity Honorary Member, Order of the Coif, Emory Law School First Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army Reserve Editor J.A.G.C.-U.S.A.R. Training Bulletin (1952-54) while serving on the staff and faculty, Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, at the University of Virginia Law School





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December 10th, 2013




Here's a wonderful way to support Rotary!  Vote early and often to help Rotary win up to 10 million United Airlines travel miles!  It won't cost you a penny - and the miles will be used to help numerous Rotary projects.   


All you have to do is go to Charity Miles and vote for Rotary International.  You can vote every day until December 25th.  Rotary is neck and neck with the Shriners - your vote may just make the difference!    


In the past Charity Miles have provided transportation for Rotary International's Gift of Life surgical teams. Teams have traveled to Haiti and El Salvador, where volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States performed life-saving heart surgery on many children and provided important training for local doctors. Charity Miles have also helped Rotary International transport Iraqi children with birth defects to U.S. hospitals for treatments they cannot receive at home. 


Charity Miles are also used to send volunteers to help immunize children during National Immunization Days. And, Charity Miles provide airfare for financially disadvantaged Rotary youth exchange students so they may live and study overseas for one school year, enabling 8,000 secondary school students to study abroad in 80 countries around the world.


And don't just vote yourself!  Share this message with your network of friends. If you are a Facebooker, a Twitterer or a Texter - get cracking and spread this message.  Remember, by winning these Charity Miles, we can bring smiles to the faces of thousands of underprivileged children! 


Warm Rotary regards,






Bill Boyd

Wasrag Chair


Ron Denham   

Ron Denham

Wasrag Chair Emeritus                                          



The first vision for a home such as Calvary took place on the streets of Jerusalem, Israel, several years ago while Rev. Ben F. Turner was leading a tour group to Israel. A woman with five small children approached him and offered to sell her baby for ten dollars. When Rev. Turner told her he could not buy the child, she lowered the price to seven dollars, then to five, saying she needed the money to feed her other children. Suffering from malnutrition, each child looked like skeletons with skin merely stretched over them. That experience continued to live with Rev. Turner until 1965. That year, the Calvary Children's Home moved from a touching experience in Israel to a reality in Smyrna, Georgia. A father and a mother, returning from the grocery store, were involved in an automobile accident. Both were killed, leaving their six children without  anyone to care for them. Since it is almost impossible to add six children to an already existing family and budget, the children were separated and placed in four different homes. As they were being separated, Rev. Turner watched as the children were crying - the younger wanting to stay with the older. He realized the tremendous need for them to stay together, especially after losing both parents . . . "If children can't have the love and guidance of parents, they should at least be able to live together as brothers and sisters. If I could build a home large enough, I could keep all the children of one family together." Originally, the Children's Home consisted of one building with two rooms for the girls on one side, and two large rooms for the boys on the other. Today the Calvary Children's Home is located in the heart of West Cobb. Its beautiful 13 acres of combination woodland and open landscape serve as a great location for our children. Located at the entrance to the property is the administrative office, which contains the cafateria and library, just a short walk away are the three residential cottages, one for girls, one for boys, and a co-ed.



The South Cobb Fine Arts department combined concert is this Friday and the ticket sells go to help our Disable Veterans.  Please come support our kids and our Veterans who sacrified so much for our country.



Good morning Fellow Rotarians,  I trust that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.I wanted to remind you that our Christmas Party will be December 5th at 6:30 at Presbyterian Village.  We will have a social time, dinner, and some other fun.Please plan to be there that night with family or guest so we can begin the Holiday season with good friends.  I look forward to seeing you there.Yours in Rotary,  Nancy



When you think of the American Saddle bred Horse, you automatically associate Tom Galbreath with this particular breed. Tom's career had spanned some 45+ years in the industry as he is well known throughout the world for the quality of the horses bred under his direction. Tom's great faith, family values, character and integrity make him a shining example to us all what a true American success  story should be. Throughout Tom's life and career, he has accomplished many great tasks personally, professionally and civically. Personally and most notably he is a Child of God. Professionally, Tom also has been accepted as a Hall of Fame breeder of the American Saddle Bred Horse Association and is a senior member of the National Show Horse Association, American Horse show Association and  United Professional Horsemen's Association. Civically, Tom is a founding board member of the Lexington  Christian Academy and founding elder of the Low Country Community Church. As a former Rotarian, Tom Truly lives the motto of "Service above Self". He and his wife Betsy have been married for 51 years. They moved to Presbyterian Village 2 years ago where they have become a very intricate part of the community. Tom currently serves as chair of the Resident Council and Betsy spends a great part of her day ministering to  all who she encounters through pure love. The Galbreath's have 3 children, Suzanne and Jennifer of Hilton Head Island, SC. and Philip of Kennesaw, Ga. They are the proud grandparents of 6 Grandchildren which range in age from 2-26 years of age.



Dear Club President:

We are pleased to announce that at the October 2013 Trustee meeting, the Trustees agreed to recognize clubs that give US$1,500 or more to PolioPlus with a certificate of appreciation. The certificates will begin with this current Rotary Year and will continue through the duration of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign.

We hope that your club has set a PolioPlus goal, in addition to its Annual Fund goal. We recognize that for some small clubs a goal of US$1,500 may be difficult to attain, while other clubs can and should do more.Every dollar given to PolioPlus brings us closer to a polio-free world.

On World Polio Day (24 October), in addition to club fundraisers held globally, Rotary hosted a special Livestream presentation – World Polio Day: Making History – to showcase the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience and streamed online to viewers worldwide. Since the livestream event, over 11,000 people from more than 50 countries have watched the event, which is available in English only. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to watch the presentation, and share it with your club. The video makes a great club program during Foundation month.

Now is the time to End Polio Now and Make History Today.If we successfully engage every Rotarian, we will change lives; we will realize our dream of eradicating polio forever.


Ron D. Burton
RI President

D.K. Lee
Chairman, The Rotary Foundation







Dear fellow Rotarians:

As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter.

I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur.

I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make after one of the deadliest tornadoes on record tore through communities in my home state of Oklahoma. The widespread destruction was heartbreaking. Almost immediately after the storm, Rotarians were out in force cleaning debris, collecting food and water, and comforting families who lost everything. The Rotary clubs in the affected areas showed perseverance and strength. We helped pick up the pieces and build them back up.

What really moved me was the support and compassion from clubs around the world. In the face of calamity, we were not alone. Rotary’s collective spirit is the essence of how we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for thousands of families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. They were already in the Philippines when the typhoon hit providing aid to families who lost homes in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines in September.

Such disasters are the reason why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox. On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better. The organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at

We have more than 21,000 Rotary members in the Philippines. The hardest hit areas include Districts 3860, 3850, and 3830. We are working with our governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective, and we will continue to provide updates on

I know I can count on Rotarians around the world to come to the aid of our friends in the Philippines. If you have any questions about how you can help, please write to
Thank you.

Ron Burton







As a reminder:






Scott Pope is the Cobb County Director of Football for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has served in this role for the past 7 years. Prior to FCA, Scott taught Special Education in Tennessee and Georgia. He has also coached football at the high school and collegiate levels. He married to his wife Sandy of 21 years. They have two children. Chandler 10 and Chesney 4.    

FCA  provides opportunities to serve athletes and coaches in the sport(s) where their greatest passion lies. FCA Sports exists for those who have:

  • A passion for Jesus Christ
  • A passion for their sport
  • A passion to reach people in their sport for Christ

This is accomplished by the development of a sport-specific strategy and network.

Sport Specific Executive Directors serve as the expert for their sport by establishing a strong regional model of ministry and supporting sport specific opportunities around the country.

Their strategy is to “Start LocallyGrow RegionallySupport Nationally.” As they build local and regional ministry, Executive Directors also seek to cultivate national relationships, create sport specific resources and ensure an FCA presence at national events/outreaches for their sport. 

Scott embodies this strategy and goal in that you will not meet anyone who has more love for the athletes and their coaches.


Again, I want to thank you so much for committing to support the Kilifi Kids Global Grant.  As you know our proposal has been approved and the process has begun.  We simply could not have done it without you.
Now that the grant is being implemented, I wanted to share a way for your clubs and organizations in your communities to provide another form of support to this amazing project.  It involves collecting used cell phones and sending them to a company that basically takes them apart and determines the value of the different cell phone parts.  A sum of money is then sent on to the Kilifi Kids project. 
It is a win/win arrangement for everyone.  Used cell phones are disposed of appropriately; the cell phone company makes money off the parts; and Kilifi Kids receives additional critical funding. Even mailing the box of used cell phones is free for organizations that take on this project.
I am attaching a flyer that one of our Vinings Rotarians developed.  This flyer contains all the critical information you will need to proceed.  Please consider not limiting this fund raiser simply to your club.  The Vinings Club has collaborated with a nearby elementary school over the years and they are going to implement a cell phone drive that involves all of their families. 
The amazing part of Rotary is that we are all affiliated with different organizations, businesses, or groups that could easily become involved.  Whether you send in a few used cell phones or a lot - it is money towards Kilifi.  There is also no specific time limit for a cell phone drive, so it can be customized to your organizations schedule.
I hope that you will consider this hands-on project to support Kilifi Kids.  As much as writing our checks can make a great difference in our projects, it is when members get involved and involve others that the true power of Rotary occurs.
I am attaching to versions of the flyer.  One is in  photoshop mode and one is in Word, which allows for editing. 
If you have any questions, please contact me at or Lee Muthama at
Yours in Rotary,

Joanne Robblee







PUBLIC OFFICES: Presently serves as a Senior Judge, State of   Georgia; sits in Cobb Superior Court, Marietta, GA Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia,  August 1, 1973-August 1, 1977 Judge, Superior Court, Cobb Judicial Circuit 1964-68 Judge, Juvenile Court, Cobb County 1960-64 Member and Vice Chairman, State Commission on Compensation 1987-1998 Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia 1979-86 City Attorney for City of Kennesaw 1964 City Attorney for City of Smyrna 1958-64


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Atlanta Chief Judicial Officer, J.A.M.S.; mediator and arbitrator for J.A.M.S. and American Arbitration Association Partner, Alston & Bird, August 1, 1977 to August 1, 1998 Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Life Member, American Law Institute International Society of Barristers Member Former Trustee, The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Inc.Member, State Bar of Georgia and former Chairman, Family Law Section Former President, Cobb Judicial Circuit Bar Association Former President and current Member; Board of  Governors; Old War Horse Lawyers Club Member, Georgia Arbitrators' Forum


EDUCATION AND MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Emory University, A.B. 1949; LL.B. 1951 Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity Honorary Member, Order of the Coif, Emory Law School First Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army Reserve Editor J.A.G.C.-U.S.A.R. Training Bulletin (1952-54) while serving on the staff and faculty, Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army, at the University of Virginia Law School




Darlene Duke is the Executive Director of Christian Aid Mission Partnership in Austell, and has worked tirelessly for more than twelve years to improve the quality of life for her low-income neighbors by providing food, clothing, financial aid and education opportunities.

Darlene's dedication to her community is evidenced through her personal volunteer service in her church and on several local nonprofit boards. She has been honored by the Cobb County Policy Council on Homelessness as the recipient of the Jack Vaughn, Jr. Human Services Award for her dedication to battling the effects of poverty in our community and she was recognized as the "State of Georgia Woman of the Year" by Church Women United.

Darlene brought to Christian Aid more than twenty years of business managementexperience. Under her direction C.A.M.P. has more than tripled its core service programs and added many new support services, while receiving top recognition awards from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Cobb County Schools and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The Community Action Mission Program (C.A.M.P.) was founded in 1968 by repre- sentatives from the First Baptist Church in Austell, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Powder Springs and the Austell Presbyterian Church.

The opening of the first outreach ministry was a clothing distribution center made possible when Sid Amos donated the use of an old pharmacy building on Mozley Street in Austell. Later a thrift store would be an outgrowth of the clothing center and would help provide money to fund other C.A.M.P. projects.

The Rev. Joseph Conyers of Austell Presbyterian Church led a group of volunteers to pick up free government surplus food in Marietta and deliver it back to his church for a monthly distribution. It was from this early project that the CAMP Food Pantry was established.

In 2008 C.A.M.P. formed an alliance with the Christian Aid Center in Lithia Springs, founded by the First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs and the Lithia Springs United Methodist Church. At a time when the economy was taking a downturn and requests for services were at an all time high for both agencies, this significant partnership resulted in a reduction of overhead costs and a much needed expansion of client services into Lithia Springs and the east Douglas County area. 




Lisa and her husband are both Georgia Tech engineering graduates. Her husband Craig is an intellectual property attorney in Midtown, They have two children, Nehemiah, 4, and Noah, 2. Lisa also recently graduated from Georgia State College of Law.  As a Georgia Tech graduate, she worked at Eastman Kodak,  Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and other non-profit organizations in metro Atlanta. She is an advisory member of the Marietta-Cobb New Markets, Inc. and is active in the Cobb Chamber, South Cobb Rotary, Cobb NAACP and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  Lisa was born in Manhattan and   raised  outside of Detroit in Southfield, Mich. She is the third woman on the Cobb  commission which makes it a majority female commission.




Those in the picture are as follows:

Sitting: Dr. Frank Croker 1977-78; Nancy Arnold 1995-96, 2011-12, 2012-13; Rev. Joe Conyers 1992-93; John Collar 1964-65; Woody Thompson 1986-87

Standing: Wayne Blackstone 2010-11, 2011-12; Bill Adams 2000-01; Bob Prillaman 1978-79; Bert Carmichael 1984-85; Randy Cook 2007-08; Russ Fitzgerald 2005-06, 2006-07; Ronnie Haynie 2008-09.



Charlie began his law enforcement career in 1972 as a reserve police officer for the City of Morrow, GA. He retired in 2005 as Chief of Police but quickly came out of retirement to become the Chief of Police in McMinnville TN. where he spent the next five years. In 2011 he was named Middle Tennessee Chief of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and his department was named Department of the year by the University of Tennessee Municipal Advisory Service. In August of 2011, Charlie returned to Georgia after accepting the position of Chief of Police in Powder Springs. Charlie and his wife Pam live in Powder Springs. They have a daughter in Sandy Springs and another in Ft. Mill SC. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Charlie writes a monthly column for the Marietta Daily Journal. He enjoys competition barbecuing, long distance bicycling, canoeing and competition  barbecuing. He occasionally plays golf and says he always gets his money's worth because he hits the ball often.


Stephanie McKay is with Rescue Repurpose Redeem (RRR).  

The purpose of RRR is to provide sustainable non-traditional employment for individuals who demonstrate a desire to enhance his/her life but have not been successful in more typical employment or employment training settings. This would include individuals living in poverty, homelessness and also living with disabilities.

This venture will establish a sustainable employment opportunity that will provide a reasonable income for the participants. It is designed to encourage the development of new skills or use old skills, and most importantly provide an opportunity for participants creating the goods to once again be part of the community as valued and contributing members.



Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Patricia “Patty” S. Poulter dean of the College of the Arts, effective July 1.


Poulter succeeds Interim Dean Ivan Pulinkala who has served since Feb. 1. Pulinkala replaced Joseph Meeks who led the school for 14 years as dean and served 38 years on the faculty until his retirement in January.


“I am honored to have been selected and eagerly look forward to becoming part of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts,” said Poulter. “I could tell when I stepped foot on this amazing campus that there was an energy and passion for the arts, and I can’t wait to get started.”


Poulter has served as associate dean for the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University since 2009. A professor of music education, Poulter has held other administrative positions within the college, including department chair in the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences, as well as her current role as interim department chair in the Journalism Department.

As associate dean, she shared administrative responsibilities for the College of Arts & Humanities, overseeing a $12 million budget; 225 faculty; nine academic departments; seven interdisciplinary programs; 1,800 students; and the Performing Arts Center.


Poulter was chosen from numerous candidates in a national search chaired by Robert "Robin" Dorff, dean of Kennesaw’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


“Kennesaw State takes great pride in the selection of Patricia Poulter as dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She has demonstrated remarkable leadership and scholarship during her two decades in higher education, which will stand her in good stead as she takes the reins of Kennesaw State’s highly successful College of the Arts.”


Prior to joining the Eastern Illinois University faculty in 1994, Poulter was a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


In making its selection of Poulter, the search committee took note of her extensive experience in bringing together diverse constituencies to address complex challenges with positive results and inclusive solutions. The panel also was impressed with her administrative leadership in the arts, humanities and education, involving budgeting and philanthropy, faculty development and community outreach efforts.


The College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Patty Poulter to Kennesaw State University as the new dean of the College of the Arts,” said Pulinkala. “Dr. Poulter is a visionary leader, who I have no doubt will be an articulate and passionate advocate for the College of the Arts on campus and beyond. We celebrate the start of a new era for the arts at KSU!"


Poulter holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. She earned an Ed.D. in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Herb Emory left his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for Atlanta in 1971.  He was armed with a third-class FCC license he obtained while doing some part-time work during high school at the 1000-watt station in Brevard.  He had started sweeping the floors and emptying the trash at WPNF when he was in the sixth grade.

His first assignment in the Atlanta School of Broadcasting was to intern with Skinny Bobby Harper during his morning show at WIIN 97.  Emory’s duties for Skinny Bobby included listening to WSB Radio’s Merry-Go-Round program to gather traffic and weather information.  Twenty years later Emory would find himself in the WSB Skycopter Lounge.

The stops along the way to Newstalk 750 WSB included; WSNE (Cumming), WDGL (Douglasville), WFOM (Marietta), WACX (Austell), Georgia Network News and WQXI/94-Q/Star 94.

 He has earned at least 15 First Place Awards, including two Green Eyeshades, for news and traffic reports from the Georgia Associated Press Assoc. and other media organizations.  He served as President of the GAPBA in 1990/91.

Emory (aka Jason Woodside) did a midday jock shift, reported news and served as morning drive sidekick with Georgia Radio Hall of Famer Hugh Baby Jarrett at WFOM.

His 12 years at WQXI/94-Q/Star 94 included on-air work with Gary McKee, Don Kennedy, Larry Munson, JJ Jackson, Chris Morgan, Gary Corry and others.  He was working as traffic reporter for The Steve and Vickki Show when he made the move to 750 AM and now 95.5 FM Newstalk WSB.

Emory joined McKee’s Hometown Radio Show at WSB in 1991.  Capt. Herb watches over the interstates during the week (working both AM and PM Drive shifts) and hosts special traffic and NASCAR broadcast programs with his wife Karen.

A perfect Georgia night gave WSB's Captain Herb Emory a sight he swears he will never forget.  It was predawn and Emory was in a helicopter a few thousand feet over Atlanta.  As he has since 1986, he was getting ready to go on the air with his early morning traffic reports.  Off to the southeast of the city he witnessed the launch of the space shuttle from Cape Canaveral in Florida.  He says he could see the flames from the thrusters as the shuttle climbed into space and for 20 minutes afterward the exhaust trail was visible to the naked eye.  Emory says he's had the privilege to witness a launch from Kennedy Space Center but the view from 500 miles away was somehow more impressive.

It was a strange coincidence that put Emory above Atlanta the morning of the shuttle launch.  A native of Brevard, North Carolina, Emory fondly remembers going to his father's bowling league nights while he was growing up.  The bowling alley was next-door to the small town radio station.  He hung around the station and bugged the jocks enough until they gave him work like emptying the garbage and sorting AP copy.  After finishing high school he headed straight for Atlanta where he attended the Atlanta School of Broadcasting and National School of Broadcasting.  

His father was a volunteer pit crew member for Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Sr.’s dad, in the 1960s.  Traveling to the racetracks in the Southeast gave Emory an insiders advantage for covering NASCAR racing for newspapers and radio.

In addition to flying over "Hotlanta" on a daily basis, Captain Herb hosted and produced the WSB Speed Shop auto racing from 1993 until 2011. His parents took him to races since he was a year old and he's a lifelong fan of the sport.   Jason “Banjo” Durden and Doug “Fireball” Turnbull  were regular contributors to the Speed Shop racing news program and still are part of the team during the special broadcasts now.

Emory works a split shift reporting traffic for morning and afternoon commuters.  He says working a split shift makes it seem like he's going to work 10 times a week.  He admits that the long days are the only drawback to a job he loves. He says the site is meant to be an information portal for fans as well as a public service for young drivers.

From the skies over Atlanta, Captain Emory has seen some strange things.  He's seen inspiring heroism as rescue personnel and regular people struggle to save a victim of a horrific wreck, and examples of spectacular stupidity as people tried to pick up beanie babies off the highway that fell off a truck.  He won't be moving from the "best office in town" anytime soon, but the "best office in town" will keep moving over Atlanta.

Captain Herb serves on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Board of Directors and on the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board.

He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the inaugural Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award in 2012.



Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (Building Construction) and has been employed by The McBurney Corporation since 1975 where he serves as President. Blake’s previous experience and job functions within McBurney Corporation include design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and sales engineer. McBurney Corporation is a three generation family firm founded in 1911 and provides engineering, construction and maintenance services for industrial boiler and power plant facilities. They also design and build complete integrated biomass-fired renewable energy systems including boiler and CHP/cogeneration plants. In his spare time his interests include photography, fishing, and golf. His industry and trade associations and civic involvements include: American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA): Chairman – Board of Directors (2004-2006) Vice Chairman – Board of Directors (2002-2004) Board of Directors (1998 to present) Chairman – Program Committee  1998-2002) Chairman – Industrial Systems Committee (1999-2001) Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO): Technical Committee Chairman (1994-1998) Future of Russia Foundation (FOR): Trustee  and Board Secretary (2004-2007) Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP): Trustee (2003 -2008) GRSP Chair District 6900 (2005-2008) GRSP Secretary (2008- present) National BioEnergy Industries Association (NBIA):  Chairman (1995-1998) Rotary Club of Atlanta (RI  District 6900): Board Chair (2003-2004) President (2002-2003) Club Secretary (1998-1999) Trustee – Rotary Educational Foundation of Atlanta (2003-present) Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI): Chairman – Power Boiler Subcommittee (1993-1999)



In 2002, David Scott was elected to the United States Congress. He is currently in his sixth term representing Georgia's Thirteenth Congressional District, which includes 6 counties around metro Atlanta: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry. David was born on in 1945 on a farm in South Carolina. Soon after he was born, David’s mother and father moved up north to take work as live-in domestics (maid/ cook and chauffeur/butler) for wealthy families, leaving David in the care of his maternal grandparents, Helen and James Burroughs, on the farm. At age 5 he was relocated to Scranton, Pennsylvania where he lived with his paternal grandparents. At age 13, David moved with his parents to Daytona Beach, Florida where they bought a home and his father started a garbage collection business. David worked with his father on the garbage truck; and worked his way through school as a busboy, waiter  and dishwasher at hotels and restaurants along Daytona’s famous beach. David Scott graduated with honors from Campbell High School in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1963. David received several academic scholarships and attended Florida A&M University where he earned his BA degree and graduated with honors in 1967. David was selected to serve as a management intern in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Labor Management Relations in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he was awarded scholarships to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and he earned his MBA degree with honors in 1969. After earning his MBA from Wharton, David Scott moved to Atlanta, Georgia and started his own advertising business, Dayn-Mark Advertising. He represented several  major corporations asclients. He created and performed in the Georgia PBS Emmy-award winning television production “Langston!” about the poetry and life of the great African- American poet and playwright Langston Hughes. He also created and was the voice for the award-winning national radio program “Inside Black America,” which was heard on radio stations across the United States. David is married to Alfredia Aaron Scott. Their family includes two daughters, Dayna and Marcye; two grandchildren, Kimani and Kaylin; a son-in-law Kwame; and brother-in-law and good friend Hank Aaron. David Scott is the son of a minister and a man of strong faith who loves the Lord. He regularly gives guest sermons in area churches.



Since her retirement, Robin has served in numerous volunteer capacities involving community improvement in Mableton and affordable housing in the greater Metro Atlanta area. Her current focus is the Mableton Improvement Coalition, where she serves as Vice President and on the Board of Directors. Prior to retirement, Robin directed the Housing Finance Division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which operates the programs of the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, including the HOME program, low income housing tax credits, and mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers using the proceeds of mortgage revenue bonds. Robin earned an A.B. degree from Cornell University and an MPA from Georgia State University. She and her husband have lived in Mableton since 1984. Robin is an avid quilter and strong supporter of the South Cobb Arts Alliance. The Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) is a membership-based, volunteer civic association working to protect and improve Mableton. MIC is a Georgia nonprofit corporation, approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization. They support strong, existing neighborhoods, and recognize that growth and redevelopment are needed if Mableton is to  prosper. As a nonpartisan organization, MIC works hard to advocate these issues to appropriate government officials. Since 2001, MIC has grown and expanded beyond its original zoning activity to a broader mission of supporting a community that is both attractive to prospective residents and a place where current residents want to stay and raise their families. Each election year, MIC holds a candidate forum to allow residents to meet the people running for important local offices, such as County Commission, School Board and the State Legislature. Through its networking, its relationship with government leaders, and its pragmatic approach to growth and development, MIC has succeeded in transforming the way in which Mableton is being developed and re-developed. Both potential developers and homeowners know that they will have an able partner and advocate in MIC.



In June 2011, Dr. Michael was named superintendent of the Cobb County School District, the nation’s 24th largest school district with a student population of approximately 109,000. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent of six school systems, spans more than three decades. Prior to joining Cobb, Dr. Hinojosa served as a superintendent/CEO for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and is past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Hinojosa holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, one attending Harvard University and another attending Princeton University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. Cobb is the second school system in Georgia.

• Total Number of Schools – 112

• Elementary Schools – 67

• Middle Schools - 25

• High Schools - 16

The School District is the second largest employer in Cobb County. Among the 13,551 employees are:

• 5,588 Classroom Teachers

• 1,464 Special Education Teachers

• 266 School Counselors

• 36 School Social Workers

• 49 School Psychologists

• 126 Media Specialists

• 1,314 Paraprofessionals

• 122 School Nurses

• 343 School administrators

• 1,079 Bus Drivers, Transportation

• 707 Maintenance, Operations

• 1,025 Cafeteria, Food Service

• 44 Public Safety Staff

• 1,388 School Support, Other Staff



 The Cobb County Rotary council  has decided to have a mini membership meeting for the Cobb County Clubs  on August 8, 2012 at the Marietta Country Club. The times are   6:30pm-8:30pm. This falls on the heals of the zone/district membership  meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, July 27, but the subjects will deal with   what the clubs in Cobb County can do to keep and grow membership.   Please let your officers, directors and club members know of these  training sessions.

 AG Elwyn

Elwyn Gaissert II
Assistant Governor
 Rotary District 6900
Georgia, USA
(678) 468-0811



Fellow Rotarians:

If you are like me, the summer months present the biggest challenges when it comes to time management.  While we all look forward to summer and its activities, we find ourselves trying to juggle our normal obligations and commitments.  It seems as though vacations, work, and family functions are all in maximum overdrive while the lake, the park, the pool and the other joys of summer pull at an already diminishing amount of available time.  

Attendance at rotary suffers during the summer as well.  As Paul Harris wrote, "It is not always convenient to set aside an hour and a half at noontime for attendance at club meetings."  While attendance at the club is based on furthering interaction and fraternizing, you also learn from the programs and speakers.  However, online makeups are an easy and entertaining way to keep club attendance balanced and gives you new topics to discuss upon your return the next meeting.  All you have to do is go to an eclub and learn from many different topics ranging from personal traits, business topics, world issues, etc. 

Give it a try:



To all who attended:  Glad to see each and every one of you! 

To all who were unable to attend:  You were missed and you missed some great Rotarian camaraderie!


As a recap, here are some of the accomplishments our club attained over the last year with President Nancy commandeering our ship...



GRSP Student from Columbia – Maria

District Assembly in Columbus

District Grant for CAMP

Children’s Christmas Party

Bring One for the Chipper – Partner with Keep Cobb Beautiful

South Cobb Rotary Foundation through Cobb Community Foundation

Garrett Middle School

            Welcome back to School luncheon for Teachers & Staff

            Dr. Frank Croker Employee of the Month Award

            Night of the Arts

            Young Men of Destiny

            Essay Contest

South Cobb High School

            Interact Club

            RYLA participants

            Service Above Self Banquet

First Responders Appreciation Luncheon

Mableton House Luncheon & Visit

Senior Citizens Luncheon

South Cobb Citizen of the Year – Partner with Cobb Chamber



            KSU Art Scholarship

            Clark Collins Scholarship

            Chattahoochee Technical College Scholarship

            Vocational Scholarships and GED funding for Vocational School – CTC


            New Rules for card draw – funds dedicated to KSU Scholarship

            Golf Tournament

Not to be a club who rests on its laurels, I expect we will  strive to even greater heights in the year to come under President Nancy's second term.



Chris is a first generation college graduate and a product of a two year college.  He is passionate about the power of higher education and post-secondary training in  hanging lives.  A native of Arkansas, he has been in higher education and non-profit fundraising since 1994.   He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (BA) and the University of Central Arkansas (MA).  He has worked as the Director of Annual Giving Programs at Lyon College, Batesville, AR, Associate Director of Development, UCA, Conway, AR, and the Director of  Philanthropy, Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches, Batesville, AR. New to Georgia, Chris and his family recently relocated when he became the Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation.  He views the Foundation's work as assisting deserving students to seize their destiny and in turn become productive engaged members of our communities. The students that received the scholarship were: Kouami Mevo - Associate of Applied Science Computer Information Systems- Networking Specialist Major Resident of Austell, Ga Native of Togo  West Africa Natalie Viola - Surgical Technology Diploma Major
Resident of Kennesaw, Ga Chattahoochee Technical College is comprised of eight campuses that serve a six-county area in beautiful North Georgia: Bartow, Cherokee,  Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, Pickens. They offer 70+ degrees, diplomas, and certificates in 45 programs of study in these five broad program areas: Business Sciences, Computer Sciences and Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Personal and Public Services, Technical Studies. Chattahoochee Technical College serves approximately 20,000 credit students annually. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.


President Nancy asked that I notify all that the Club will pay for 3 to 5 members to attend...first come first served. 

A couple of Rotarians have already expressed an interest, so that leaves three left... act now!!!


Dear Rotarians,

You are INVITED!!!  Plan now to attend the
2013 Georgia Membership Seminar

Recruit and Retain
Growing Rotary from within

July 27, 2013 11-3

Renaissance Concourse Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

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Join Rotarians from around the state to share best practices and new ideas. Presentations by Zone leadership, all focused on improving the membership experience and inviting new members.

Only $35, buffett lunch and fellowship included!

Error! Filename not specified.Register NOW for Georgia Membership Seminar - July 27, 2013
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

We will see you there!


District Governor - Cheryl Greenway


District Governor Elect - Blake McBurney




Please tell everyone today that we had such a great time with all of you last week! I also have a Thank You card. Could you provide me an address to mail it?

I've attached some of the pictures I took.
Have a wonderful day!

Linda Martin



Vic was born and raised in Rome, Ga., and is a graduate of Floyd County public schools. In 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro. After graduating, Vic returned to Rome, where he was in law enforcement for four years. In 1986, Vic graduated from  law school at Georgia State University and began prosecuting felony cases as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties.  He was a  prosecutor in Cobb when he was appointed as Chief Magistrate in 1994. Vic won election to a full term as Chief Magistrate in 1996, earning 72 percent of the vote. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court. He left the bench in 1999 and began practicing criminal- defense law. In July 2012, Vic was chosen by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election. He and his wife of 30 years, Holly, also from Rome, have two daughters. As well-known defense attorney, he represented convicted antifreeze murderer Lynn Turner and municipal judge Diane Busch, who was accused of hosting an underage drinking party in 2009. Vic also worked as  a police officer for four years.  The Cobb County district attorney oversees the prosecution of criminal cases in the Superior Court of Cobb County. The district  attorney is elected to four-year terms.


If you missed last week's meeting, you truly missed a blessing.  We visited the new Austell Senior Citizens Center in Clarkdale. 

Thanks so much to Ronnie Haynie for helping to put this together.  I trust that we will let this become an annual event again. 

The lunch was good and the company even better.  They entertained us with music, poetry, and humor.  The Seniors are always so appreciative of our company and we are blessed by theirs.

Thanks, again, Ronnie and all those who were able to be there.  What fun!!



Dear District 6900 Rotarians,

I have been communicating with the District Governor of District 5770 in Oklahoma.  Below is a recent email from him that will give you a way to make a contribution to help them and provide more information. 

Our DGN Alicia Michael is working on the coordination of a large truck that we can load with supplies to help those in need.  As we get more definite information on the truck, we willl update you. 


Cheryl Greenway



Please see below:



Fellow Rotarians:  

Rotary International Districts 5770 and 5750 are supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, and the destruction from the tornado that hit there on May 20.  Many families and friends have suffered great loss.  It is estimated that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, in addition to businesses and schools. 


Tax-deductible donations to help in those efforts are being accepted.   Those who would like to help by donating may send checks to 

Foundation for Oklahoma Rotary, Inc.
Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 13800
Oklahoma City OK 73113-3800    

Contributions may also be done online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover by clicking the "Donate Now" link below:



Funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501(c)3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those affected by this terrible event.  Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged.


The effort in helping the community and individuals who have been affected by these destructive forces is being coordinated by leaders from Rotary District 5770 (which includes Moore and Cleveland County) and Rotary District 5750 (which includes south Oklahoma City), and will work in conjunction with and in support of the Moore Rotary Club and local and state officials. 


This information is also available at the District 5770 Web Site.


Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support.


Promoting Peace through Service,    


Phil Moss

Governor, 2012-13
Rotary International District 5770


Please remember our meeting will not be at the Presbyterian Village this week.  We will be meeting at the Austell Senior Center at 4915 Austell-Powder Springs Road (across from the Threadmill mall beside the ballfields).  Please be there by 11:45am. so that we may begin promptly at noon.


Dear President Arnold,


I am overjoyed and humbled to receive the 2013 South Cobb Rotary Club CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD, an achievement that has brought much pride to my family, friends, colleagues and community.   Receiving this award has given me an opportunity to look at what I have done over the past year, reflect on the journey travelled and contemplate how I can ensure an even stronger commitment for the future.  Believe me, I appreciate this award more than words can express.  Simply stated…. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.


I feel honoured to be among the other recipients in the past who have done so much for the South Cobb community.   I wish to thank the organizations that nominated me, (Chattahoochee Technical College and the Cobb Library Foundation); the judges for generously donating their time and the sponsors for their support and the wonderful members of the S. Cobb Rotary and Cobb Chamber who dedicate their lives to the uplifting of this community.  Lastly, I wish to thank all the wonderful organizations that I have had the opportunity to work with, the citizens and my friends in S. Cobb.  Without their support, I would not have been able to achieve my vision and beyond.


Living, playing and working in South Cobb has provided me with the opportunity to gain countless life- long experiences and life-long friends.  I am committed and pledge to be a part of the efforts that propels the South Cobb Community to new heights in the future.  Thank you again Rotarians for creating such a great opportunity for me to be recognized.    I shall go forth with commitment and love. 


Yours sincerely,



Dr. Betty Ann Cook

Executive Director for Community Outreach and Engagement



Mayor Vaughn is a native of North Carolina and moved to Powder Springs in 1989. She is married to Ray Vaughn, Pastor of Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Hiram, Georgia. Pat and Ray have two children, Kathie and Scott, and one  grandchild, Miranda who is sixteen years old. Pat has served on the City Council of the City of Powder Springs from November 1995 and has served as Mayor since 2004. She has worked to improve the quality of life in Powder Springs by securing funding to renovate the Recreation Center, a new Library, Community Center, Marietta Streetscape Project, a new Police Station, pedestrian bridge over Old Lost Mountain Road, Lewis Road Project, a new City Hall as well as a new Municipal Court. The Mayor serves on the Board of Directors of the  North Georgia Law Enforcement Academy; Kennesaw State University President's Advisory Board, the Wellstar Cobb Regional Health Board and also serves as Vice President of the Seven Springs Museum. In 2009, Mayor Vaughn received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA. The City of Powder Springs was incorporated as Springville in 1838 in the lands of two Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater). Gold had been discovered in Georgia ten years earlier, and the first area settlers came to find gold. They found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off Brownsville Road. It was at about this same time that the Cherokee Indians were forced off their land and marched to Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears." Over 4,000 died on the way. The name Springville was changed to Powder Springs in 1859. This name was derived from the seven springs in the City Limits. The water in these springs contains some 26 minerals. Minerals that turn the surrounding sand black like gunpowder – hence the name Gunpowder Springs. The population of Powder Springs was 13,940 at the 2010 census. The city has a total area of 6.3 square miles.

Fellow Rotarians, The May 16th meeting will the the South Cobb Citizen of the Year.  Please plan to arrive around 11:45 and lead our guests through the serving line so that we may start the meeting at noon. This is always a nice event and we are the hosts. Thanks for all you do. Yours in Rotary, Nancy


Dear Rotarian Nancy,


I am seeking members for a committee to finish the effort on the Ann Johnson Cottage and Polio Museum at Roosevelt Warm Springs and for the Adopt a Cottage program.  I could use help in fund raising, planning, construction, architecture, historic preservation, and any other areas within the project you might be passionate about.


We are over half way to our monetary goal to renovated the Ann Johnson cottage.  We are working toward additional cottage renovation.  Our goal for all is to be completed with the Ann Johnson Cottage and Museum and as many other cottages as possible by the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.


Please contact me by email at or by cell phone at 229-942-1636.







Congratulations to Ashley Hosey and The SCHS Interact Club on a very successful, first ever "Service Above Self" Banquet.  Of particular note is the number of "community service" hours these students have. They had to earn at least 350 hours to be invited to the banquet.

A special thanks to Frank and Carolyn Croker and Terry and Mary Reckerd who attended the banquet along with Bill and me.

It makes one proud to see what great things these young people have accomplished.

Congratulations to all.

President Nancy





She was elected Elementary Counselor of the Year for Cobb County.  Sandy Jordan is the counselor at Sanders Elementary with whom Charles Black coordinates the children Christmas program.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Terri Teague is an entrepreneur, speaker, small business success coach and workshop facilitator. As part of her mission to help strengthen small businesses, Terri is available for speaking engagements, presentations and workshops at businesses, professional and business association meetings, conferences, and women’s, faith-based and community organizations.  In Terri’s presentation, she shares the proven habits and techniques that every small business leader must master to run a profitable and sustainable enterprise. Many great leaders consider good work habits the foundation of success. But the big question on the minds of every small business owner is, How  do I build a successful business? Beyond the demanding, day-to-day effort of running a business, what are the key habits that can dramatically improve performance and help you achieve the business results you want? Terri Teague is an entrepreneur with 25 years of successful experience in creating  and launching five profitable businesses with annual gross billings up to $3 million. Her Atlanta-based marketing firm implemented award-winning campaigns for leading firms including Southern Company, UPS, Coca-Cola and Equifax. Today,  Terri has distilled her entrepreneurial experience into NewBizTeam, which provides clients with a structure – time, place, specific activities – for stepping out of day-to-day operations to focus time and energy on GROWING THEIR BUSINESSES.  Program Takeaways: • The secrets to finding the time to move your business forward and grow your client base. • How to practice the 3 key habits to improve the quality of your products/services, enhance your brand and build a healthy bottom line. • Proven ways to include business growth tactics into every business day. • Five key areas that determine the strength and growth  of a business. • The connection between tracking actions and generating results.







We are planning on having our 2013 career day the morning of Friday, May 3, 2013.  If you and/or any of the people you know or work with can speak to our students that day, we would greatly appreciate your support. 


Joy A. Chanin, M.S. Ed., Ed.S.

Professional School Counselor

          1998 Cobb County Middle School  Counselor of the Year

          2010 Cobb County Counselor's Association Radiance Award recipient

          Partner in Education Liaison


Garrett Middle School

5235 Austell-Powder Springs Rd.

Austell, GA 30106


Ph. 770-819-2466 ext 228

Fax 770-819-2468





South Cobb Rotary Club is honored to recognize and laud the outstanding achievements of students and teachers at McEachern and South Cobb High Schools. Your passion for excellence has helped you to reach a pinnacle of success. We also recognize the role that your parents, extended family and friends have contributed to your success.


School counselors nominate Star Students, who must have the highest score in one sitting on the three‑part Scholastic Aptitude Test and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class.


STAR students are asked to name a teacher who influenced him or her throughout their school career.

McEachern STARS


Star Student


Cynthia Smith



Star Teacher








South Cobb STARS


Star Student


Madeline Harris


Star Teacher


Andrew Cole






Bria Delane ,

Kennesaw State University


South Cobb


Joseph Liu,

Kennesaw State University






Kristy B. Royer


South Cobb


Ashley Miller






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