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Sep 01, 2015
Natalie Matthews
Tax Planning and Tips for 2014 & 2015
Sep 08, 2015
Bob Hagan - District Governor
New Year Vision and Update
 

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Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Member spotlight: Peak performer scales Kilimanjaro
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When Carole Kimutai was growing up in Nairobi, family members were always coming for long stays – a grandparent one month, a cousin the next. "Anyone who needed school fees would come to Nairobi, and my parents would assist," she says. "Or if my grandmother was sick, she would come to live with us until she was better. It was natural to help others." Years later, Kimutai was invited to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Nairobi-East, where she instantly felt at home. "I grew up seeing my parents help relatives, and now I am seeing people help quote-...
Convention: Hear the music
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Chances are, you’ve heard of Psy and his signature song, “Gangnam Style.” He’s the Korean pop star with dark sunglasses and a distinctive galloping horse dance who was everywhere a few years ago, including on a This Close ad for End Polio Now. But what you might not know is that Psy is merely the tip of the colossal iceberg known as K-pop, short for Korean pop. If you plan to attend the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul from 28 May to 1 June, you won’t have to search for K-pop – you’ll hear it in the streets, in cafes, in taxis, and on...
Member interview: Jay Cook helps young people through Rotary Youth Exchange
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian A Rotarian for nearly three decades, Jay Cook has helped hundreds of young people broaden their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. Recently, while working for the nonprofit Water Missions International, he’s turned his attention to bringing safe water and sanitation solutions to developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. Cook is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston Breakfast and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. THE ROTARIAN: How did you become involved with Rotary Youth Exchange? COOK: My club was hosting a young...
Technology: To please in a pod(cast)
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian When I was a college student in Wisconsin in the 1970s, those of us who worked at the 10-watt radio station hoped our signal would reach not only the 1,500 students on the Beloit College campus and the 35,000 residents of the town of Beloit but also the people in the cars and trucks passing by on the interstate 3 miles to the east – and possibly, late at night, the 150,000 who lived in the bustling metropolis of Rockford, Ill., 20 miles to the south. Some of us hoped to get jobs in radio after we graduated, and there was even talk about starting...
 

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Dr Bach is a Harvard-trained scientist, physician and serial entrepreneur. He has a passion for personal transformation and can help you rewire your brain for maximum performance.
Dr Bach is the founder of the Platypus Institute. http://platypusinstitute.org/
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club on North Fulton welcomes Eileen Moon as a member. Eileen joined Rotary to get involved with projects where she can use her experience in education to serve others.
She loves working with animals and children with special needs.
 
 
 

 
 
Holly York from the American Cancer Society came to recognize Rotarian Marsha Spear for her leadership with this year Relay for Life.
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton has given $10,000 from the Kathy Myers bequest to benefit Montego Bay Autism Center. 
In 2007, Mrs. Adama Blagrove began an in-home service to answer the cry of a mother with a special needs child. It was at this time she realized, there was no facility in Western Jamaica which catered to the needs of autistic children. Consequently, the Montego Bay Autism Center was established in the year 2010. They offer the training/resource assistance for autistic children, teens and parents in Jamaica and other Islands. The Center is a registered, non-profitable organization and named an Early Childhood Institutions Top 10 Highest Legal Standards Awardee by the Early Childhood Commission.
The funding was used to provide several improvements including kitchen appliances, ceiling fans, office desks/chairs, a security fence, safety enhancements to several areas and a wonderful new playground!  Mrs. Blagrove visited the July 28th weekly Rotary meeting and presented a beautiful slide deck showing the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the projects and their impact.  She stated “You make hope possible for the Montego Bay Autism Center as we work tirelessly to help individuals with special needs live their lives with dignity and joy. Every person who depends on us also depends on you. Your donation will help improve the lives of those in need.”
Funding for the $10,000 grant was made possible by the generous bequest of Kathy Myers, a member of the Rotary Club of North Fulton who passed away in 2012.
 

 
Mike O'connor joined our club today. Mike said the size of our club is a great fit for him and he looks forward to service.
 

 
 
Alina Marosek recently attended the RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp in  Americus. She loved experience, made lots of friends and would recommend the camp to  anyone interested.

 
 

 
 
Sam Bromberg has organized a tour of the Shepherd Spinal Center on August 4th at 10:00 AM. Founder Alana Shepherd  will lead this very impactful tour. Please contact Sam for more details and availability.
 

 
 

Susan Rumble from the Roswell Rotary Club talked about Continuum of Care in North Fulton County. We have a number of non-profit agencies that exist to assist lower income families in our area. Combined they provide North Fulton families a Continuum of Care. These include The Drake House, North Fulton Community Charities, Roswell Housing Authority, HomeStretch, Habitat for Humanities, The Hub Family Resource Center, The CDA and more. Each one of these organizations provides a needed assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Waylon Smith (club member) spoke about his passion – Customer Service. He challenged each member to think of 1 process they could improve upon at their business and do it for 30 days.
 
 

 
RCNF was awarded The Rookie Award by Holly York, American Cancer Society Relay for Life Community Manager, South Atlantic Div., in honor of our Team Sue participation, which raised more than $5,000 for the 2015 North Fulton Relay for Life in May. Pictured below is Marsha Spear, RCNF Team Sue Captain; Holly York; Tracey Craft, American Cancer Society North Fulton Relay for Life Event Leadership Committee; and Natalie Mathews, North Fulton Rotary President Elect.
 
 

 
 
Club President James rang the bell for the first time today. James started by saying he was honored and humbled to be the Club President.
He went on to give his vision for the new year.

 
 

 
 
James was sworn in today as  Club President. James said it is an honor to serve and he is very excited for the coming year.
 
 

 
 
Our club would like to thank Kristi Crockett for her 2 years of service as president. Under her leadership we had a very successful two years! Some of highlights from this year were:
District 6900’s Runner-up Club of the Year.
Membership growth of 25%
Completion of the Swaziland Dam Project
RCNF was awarded the Kathy Myers Competitive Grant for $20,000
Return of Concert By the River
Annual Prayer Breakfast
16 Paul Harris Fellows
Many Service projects
$20,000 gift to the CDA from the RCNF Crawford Fund

 
 

 
 
Congratulation to Mike Mudd for being named the Rotarian of the Year.
Mike has done an outstanding job as Membership Director. The club added 10 new members this year.
Mike has also served on several Committees at a club and district level. President Kristi also named him the best hugger in the club.
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton provided a pasta lunch and bingo to the guests at the Roswell Senior Center on Tuesday. This is an annual tradition our clubs does to help the center and it’s guests.
 

 
 
RCNF has been awarded $20,000 by the District 6900 Kathy Myers Memorial Projects Grant Committee. The funds will be used to construct and install a 132,000 gallon water tank at Heart for Africa's Project Canaan in Swaziland.
The water tank will provide clean drinking water for hundreds of the employees working on Project Canaan. The clean water will also be used to increase production in the dairy of milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs to feed the orphans and vulnerable children at the project. Congratulations to the grant committee for winning this competitive grant.
   
 
 

 
 
On Tuesday May 26 The Rotary Club of North Fulton honored several of its members as Paul Harris Fellows.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition,  acknowledges individuals who contribute in the amount of $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The following individuals were recently recognized for their generous donations to the foundation. Jim Burke, James Marosek, Jeff Spenser, Joy Manbeck, Tracey Craft, Marsh Spears, Richard Matherly, Natalie Mathews, Samantha Michaels, Todd Bellocchio, Cliff Wilcox, Scott Murray, Mike Mudd, Steve Siders, Ben Hunter and Doug Clingman
 
 
 

 
 
Cultural Arts Coordinator Katherine Jones gave our club an overview of all the wonderful events happening at the center this year.
  http://www.roswellgov.com/calendar.aspx
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton hosted a treasure hunt for the Kids at the CDA on May 12th.
We also delivered dozens of books that have been signed by all the past speakers at our Tuesday meetings.
Lots of laughs and giggles from both the kids and the adults!
 
 
 
 

 
On Behalf of the Rotary Club of North Fulton we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Speakers, sponsors, committee members and all who attended our annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.The event was a great success.
Keynote Speaker Ross Rossin and President Kristi Crockett
 

 

The Rotary Club of North Fulton was elated to raise over $4,300 for Relay for Life on May 1st .

We had a large and enthusiastic crowd participate in the walk in memory of our friends Sue Galgano and Angela Varner.

 

 

 
 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton was thrilled to earn the years District 6900 Club of the Year Award for category one at the annual district 6900 conference.
Congratulations to President Kristi Crockett and the entire club!!
 

 
 
On Tuesday April 27th  Sue Galgano lost her battle with cancer. Sue was a dear friend and active member of our club. She served on our board for directors for many years. Sue truly embraced our motto of Service Above Self. We will all miss her.
 

 
 
Our Concert by the River was a huge success! Bogey and the Viceroy entertained the crowd for 3 hours while the members and their guests danced the night away. We were thrilled to raise $14,000 for our not-for-profit charities. The weather started out a bit cool but seemed to warm up as the night went on.
A special thank you to the Concert Committee for all their hard work and we appreciate everyone who bid on our silent auction items.
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
North Atlanta Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
May 7, 2015 at The Metropolitan Club
5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta
Doors open at 7:00 a.m.
Program begins at 7:30 and ends at 9:00 a.m.
individual tickets are $25.00 
“Lord, Hear Our Cry”
Presented by the Rotary Club of North Fulton
The North Atlanta Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held May 7, 2015, coinciding with the National Day of Prayer. Join other business, governmental and non-profit leaders as we experience an incredible celebration of the power of prayer in our personal lives.
 Keynote Address given by Ross Rossin, world renowned portrait painter
 Musical performances
 Inspiration from spiritual leaders of diverse faiths
 

 
 
Jason Lary is a Season Sales Executive for the first place Atlanta Hawks. Jason talked about the history of the Hawks, the surge in attendance, season ticket sales and the Alpharetta Unicorn.
 

 
 
The club was fortunate to have Bob Hagen (Roswell Rotary) as our speaker on Tuesday. He addressed the club in two regards, as District Governor Elect and owner of Sterling Healthcare, a nursing home administrator. As DGE he thanked our club for all our hard work and great service to Rotary. He complimented the following for serving Rotary District 6900 the next Rotary year - Ben Hunter (Assistant Governor), Mike Mudd (Foundation Matching Points Chairman), and Doug Higgins (District Treasurer). 
 
 
 
 
 
Kelley Tribble of Tribble Farms represents four generations of beekeepers in his family. Kelley gave a fascinating  talk on beekeeping, honey collecting and the bees impact on our environment. He and his wife shared samples of the five varieties of honey produced at their three Georgia farms. We were also treated to a delicious dessert sweeten with honey.
 
 
 

 
Concert By The River
On Thursday April16th the Rotary Club of North Fulton will present the Concert By The River.
The concert will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with music provided by the fabulous Bogey and the Viceroy.
We have a limited number of sponsorships available.
Doors open at 6:00 PM Music starts at 7:00 PM

 

 
 
Dr. Patrick Graham of the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University gave a wonderful talk on the libraries distinguished collection of theological materials. Dr. Graham displayed a few Bibles that dated back to the 15th century and shared stories about the previous owners.
 
  
 

 
 
Chris Nelson and  Linda Woodward from the Chattahoochee Nature Center enlightened our club on how they are providing a unique learning experience focused on the Chattahoochee river connecting people to nature.
 

 
 
Karen Pye from the Drake House gave us an update on the wonderful work they are doing to change the lives of homeless women and children.
Karen was thrilled that the RCNF donated a new Dell PC to be used by the residents.
 
 

 
 
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization and the Rotary Club of North Fulton is delighted to introduce two new members.
Please welcome Diana Dagher and Anise Castleberry.

 
 

 
 
Dr. Craig McMahan is the University Minister and Dean of Chapel at Mercer Universities. In 2007 Craig started Mercer on Mission a signature program that sends Mercer students into developing countries around the world. Thanks to the wonderful work from Mercer on Mission almost 1000 Vietnamese have been fitted with an adjustable prosthetic leg.  

 
 
 

 
 
Grace Doscher shared pictures and details of her recent trip to Ireland. It was obvious that Grace has a passion for travel  and helping others get to their bucket list destinations. Grace is a member of our club and the founder of Bucket List Exploration. www.bucketlistexploration.com
 

 
RCNF was so happy to have our long-time friend Wayne Robinson with us today discussing his deployments with Shelter Box. In honor of his visit, the Club provided funding of $1,000 to purchase a Shelter Box for use in future disaster relief efforts.
 
 

 
Several members of the Rotary Club of North Fulton and their families had a wonderful time distributing Toys for North Fulton Community Charities.
 

 
 
 

 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton announced today that its foundation, The RCNF Crawford Fund has approved a grant in the amount of $20,000 for the Child Development Association’s Parents as Teachers program.  The grant will be matched by the North Point Community Church’s Be Rich Campaign.

 
 
On December 6, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of North Fulton joined members of the Mbabane Mbuluzi Rotary Club in Swaziland for the dedication of the Living Water Dam for use by Heart for Africa on its 2500-acre tract called Project Canaan. The dam is massive with a capacity of over ten million gallons of water. The dam is fifty feet high, 400 feet wide, and almost 600 feet thick at the base.
 
            The project, with a total cost of $330,000, was made possible by a major Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of North Fulton and the Mbabane Mbuluzi clubs were the clubs that made application for and coordinated the efforts to obtain the grant and make the dam a reality.  The grant was the largest global grant ever for Rotary District 6900, which spans much of the western third of Georgia and includes Atlanta and much of the metro area.
 
            The dam will allow water to be captured and stored during the eight-month dry season. With the irrigation system already in place, the new dam will enable Heart for Africa to increase farming from 15 to 67 acres.
 
            Kristi Crockett, president of the North Fulton Club, along with the club’s international service director, John Bach, attended the dedication. His wife, Patti Jo, also joined them on the trip.
 
 


 

 
 
Van Marosek was nine years old when she and her 18 other family members boarded an Army C-130 cargo plane in Saigon shortly before the city fell.
Van detailed the how they were able to escape and what life was like once they arrived in the USA.
It was an awesome talk! 

 
 
 
 

 
 
RCNF Welcomes Richard Matherly as our newest member. Richard is a former member and Past President. 
 
 
 

 
 
Kim is now a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2. Congrats!

 

 
 
Dr Danyo explained the challenges in delivering quality healthcare in todays Insurance dominated system. He made a very strong case for the Direct Pay model.

 

 
 
We a thrilled to have another new member. Julie Lippitt the owner of Pete's Plumbing. Welcome!

 

 
 
The guest speaker at our Tuesday meeting was attorney Joseph Rosen. He was a wonderful speaker as he openly expressed his passion to provide Pro Bono representation of abused women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. due to domestic and gang violence (including death threats). He described scenarios of how the government is now detaining these people in our prisons without bond and attempting to return them to their home countries without the hearings that the law provides them.
 
 

 
 
We had a great time at the Atlanta Humane Society. Their first class facility is a wonderful place to adopt a pet. Just ask President Kristi and her new puppy Izzy.


 
 

 
 
We Pinned two new members today! Welcome Grace Doscher and Joy Manbeck!
 

 

 
 
Rachel Mudd shared inspirational stories of completing 3 Iron Man competitions. Rachel runs to honor her good friend Debbie who lost her battle with cancer. To date she has raised over $140K for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!

 

 
 
RCFN members spent Saturday planting and placing newly purchased bricks in the Rotary Reflection Garden at North Park.
New signage,  ferns and lots of Azaleas will look add some color.
 

 

 
The video below gives a wonderful summary of Project Canaan.
 

 
 

The Rotary Club of North Fulton along with Heart for Africa is excited to announce that the third dam for Swaziland is about to be completed.  Heart for Africa is a not for profit organization that in addition to many other projects, has created agricultural labor for the people of Swaziland.  There are already two dams in existence today, and these dams supply major amounts of water to irrigate crops.  The addition of a third dam will allow for a full additional growing season, which will equate to a benefit of employing another ~560 local Swaziland residents!  An additional benefit includes the ability to sell more crop exports to European nations.  We are proud to be a part of such an impactful project in helping Swaziland residents gain further independence. 

 

This effort is a part of Project Canaan.  Project Canaan is a 2,500 acre large-scale land development project being designed by business people to come alongside Africans and bring expertise, resources and heart together to find a holistic solution to a complex set of issues. It will provide training and employment, grow large amounts of food to stimulate the local economy and allow for export while supporting orphans and vulnerable children on the property and across the nation. There are two sides to this development project, the first is the farm side and the second is the children side.   Visit http://www.heartforafrica.org for more information.

 

The $360,000 Dam project is being funded by a $200,000 Global grant from the Rotary Foundation. This global grant required the Rotary Club of North Fulton to match $50,000 which was raised in 2012-2013 with the help of several other clubs. For more on Dam number 3 click here.

 

 

 
RCNF helps Mimosa Elementary with their Peace Day project. The students will collect and package personal care items for the homeless.

 

 
Ian Maxwell from Heart for Africa will visit Oct 14th  with an update on Swaziland Dam #3.
 
 

 
 
Help Fuel the Rotary Club of North Fulton
Take a 5-minute test drive of a new 2015 Lincoln MKC at Cherokee Ford in Alpharetta  on Friday, October 10th 2014  from 3:00 PM  to 7:00 PM and Lincoln Motor Company will donate $50 to The Rotary Club of North Fulton,  benefitting North Fulton Community Charities and Canine Assistants.  This is fantastic opportunity to take a look at their new lineup, as well as take a test drive in something fun!

No pressure to buy. You must be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license.
 
 

 
 
Leslie Kuban a  Franchise Consultant gave the club the straight talk on franchise ownership while answering a ton of questions.

 

 
 
Matt Kunz gave a very convincing talk on why is father George Kunz should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

 
 
Dave McCleary explained the horrible toll the selling of children on metro Atlanta streets takes each day.
He has been instrumental in the Rotary campaign to Stop Human Trafficking Now.
 
 

 
Eagle Ranch Executive Director, Eddie Staub, was our guest speaker last Tuesday. Eagle Ranch is a children’s home that has served over 1200 challenged boys and girls ages 6-18 nearly 30 years ago. It is located northeast of Atlanta in the mountains. They have programs to educate the children as well as to counsel the families, as their goal is to get the children back home to their families. Eddie heard a calling for a home to serve children in crisis early in his life, and from the sounds of it, he has delivered.

 
 

 
Our Membership Chairman Mike Mudd outlined the Forward to Forty Plan that will help RCNF expand its membership to 40 in the next 2 years.

 
 

 
Membership Chairman Mike Mudd and President Kristi Crockett formally inducted Jeff Spencer to the Rotary Club of North Fulton.
Jeff is the CEO of JAS Resources a commercial construction firm in Roswell. He has been involved in Rotary for years and has served and President and Service Chairman.
Congratulations Jeff!

 
 

 
 
Past President Ben Hunter addressed the club and told about his involvement with Team Red White & Blue, where the mission is: Enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
 

 
President Kristi Crockett and President Elect James Marosek took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and 
donated $110 to the ALS foundation.
Kristi challenged the Presidents and President Elects of all area Rotary Clubs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
District Governor Alicia Michaels visited RCNF on Tuesday and shared her inspiring stories.
She reminded us all how a small donation of $10 can be turned into $30 with the 2 for 1 match and that $30 can vaccinate 50 children for Polio.

 

 
 
President Kristi proudly pinned Tracy Craft with her Blue Badge today.
Congratulations to Tracy!

 

 
Past President/Assistant District Governor Ben Hunter was recognized as a Paul Harris Major Donner.
Nice work Ben!

President Elect James Marosek gets another Paul Harris Fellow pin!

 
 
 

 
Vince Dicecco provided an endearing overview about Adopt A Golden Atlanta (AGA). He and his wife have fostered 50 dogs for this great organization that operates across the metro area with over 400 volunteers. AGA is a 501(c)(3) that relies solely on volunteers and donations. They are dedicated to finding warm, loving homes for Golden Retrievers to keep them from becoming strays or having to go to shelters. If anyone is interested in adopting a dog, volunteering at an upcoming event, or wants to learn more about becoming a foster home, please contact Steve Siders.
 
 
 

 
 
Once again the Rotary Club of North Fulton has donated and delivered 180 fully stocked book bags to to deserving students at Mimosa Elementary in Roswell.
All bags included a tags with the Four-Way Test:

1.) Is it True?
2.) Is is Fair?
3.) Will we stay friends?
4.) Will everyone be happy?


 

 

 
 

 
 
Our own Steve Siders gave us a history lesson on The Rotary Club of Springfield Ohio.
Springfield Rotary recently celebrated their 100th anniversary!
 
 

 
 
RCNF is very pleased to present 8 New Paul Harris Fellows!
John and Patricia Croskett, John Mathews, Kaitlin Reily, Lea Clingman, Ashley Higgins, Grant Hick and James Albertson.
 

 
 
Our club had the pleasure of hearing Ashley Higgins present on her involvement in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) this summer.  She gave a vivid description of the week, including “this was the best week of my life”, to describing the team building events with complete strangers.  Ashley discussed the top leadership skills she gained, and lifelong friends made.  Her older brother, Grant Hick, also spent a few moments explaining how he has benefited from his trip several summers ago.  It was a joy to hear how Rotary International can positively impact our youth.  Thanks for sharing Ashley and Grant!

 
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club on North Fulton delivered a plethora of books to the kids at the Childhood Development Center in Roswell. Several members of the club  stayed to read stories to the kids.
The kids enjoyed the stories almost as much as the adults!

 
 

 
 
Bill Holbrook is a cartoonist, webcomic, writer and artist.  He is the creator of three popular syndicated comic strips (On the Fast Track, Kevin and Kell and Safe Havens)
Bill explained how a 1982 meeting with Peanuts creator Charles Schultz gave him the encouragement and advise he needed to pursue his dream of being a cartoonist. Today Bill’s work is published in hundreds of newspapers.

 

 
 
Patrick and Dawn Davis delighted the crowd with stories detailing how they go from idea to completed movie script.
Two by Two films is an up and coming movie and production company based in the Atlanta area.

 

 
 
The members of the Rotary Club of North Fulton express our deepest sympathies to the family of the late Robert (Bob) Gilbreath. Bob was a local resident near North Park and an avid runner who frequently visited the Rotary Reflection Garden since we constructed it in May 2013. He enjoyed the “Peace Garden”, as he called it (probably because of the peace pole we installed), and his family and friends have provided many donations in his honor. We thank them for their generous donations as this will help us continue the beautification and maintenance of the garden. Bob was memorialized during a service at the Rotary Reflection Garden on Thursday, July 10th.
 
 

 
 
Sam Bromberg hosted a group that toured the Shepherd Center of Atlanta. The group was given a firsthand look at how the Shepherd Center is changing lives.
 
 

 
The new Board of Directors was officially introduced at our meeting Tuesday. President Kristi is taking the lead, but expecting many great things from the Directors and members of the Club this year.
 
 

 
Sam Bromberg will be taking fellow Rotarians on a tour of the Sheperd Spinal Center July 8th at 10:15 AM
If you are interested in attending please contact Sam.
 

 
Richard Eason was recognized at the Rotarian of the Year for North Fulton Rotary - Congratulations! He did a fantastic job as Sargeant-At-Arms this year increasing the fun and engagement of members at the beginning of our meetings each week. He also created a number of ways to help the club raise more funds more regularly throughout the year - 50/50 raffles using half the deck and raising more money for charity through our "take it to $100" campaigns during Happy Dollars. Job well done!
 
 

 
Kristi Crockett was duly sworn in as Club President for a 2nd time as she is willingly serving as our President in back-to-back years. She updated the club on her plans for the year ahead - building on what we've accomplished to-date and building the club in the areas of club service, membership and fundraising. Put October 2nd on your calendar! Concert in the Park is BACK!!!
 
 

 
Paul Falor delivered an eye-opening talk about internet security in general and the dangers of ID Theft specifically. He highlighted that a dark and dangerous world exists in the internet underground. He has chosen to be a "good guy" and take the fight to the "bad guys" that do evil things.
 
 

 
Wall Street Journal - June 4, 2014
A health worker gives a polio vaccine to children in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday.
K.M. Chaudary/Associated Press

 

 
Ron Pfohl is responsible for retail leasing (97% sold out) and he was gracious to stop by our Club to update us about all the great things that are happening at Avalon. From extensive concierge services to year-round use of the common park area (ice skating too!) he shared their research, vision, and development plans. It is exciting to see such a great "experiential" space coming to North Fulton.
 
 
 

 
The leadership of our Interact Club was at our club meeting to present a donation to POLIO PLUS. They had a great year as a club and use fundraising as a method to promote service to others and having fun.
 
 

 
Our club's GRSP student, Luma, presented a hear-felt, year-end recap to the club. She thanked us for our scholarship and friendships as she concludes her studies here in GA. Besides serving Rotary and taking classes, she had a goal to travel the United States - and did she ever - 18 states in 9 months. Two of those trips included a visit to Minnesota with Sarah and a trip to Washington, D.C. with John, Sue and Kristi. Her last club visit was with her sister. They head back to Brazil soon.
 
  
 

 
Detective Ken Kraus is with the Roswell Police Department working in the CSI division, but he spoke to our Club about a 1-week period of time in his life when he was detained by swarms of Iranian militants. He was the lone hostage taken from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran when the Embassy was overrun in 1979. He was one of a couple dozen Marine's that tried to defend the Embassy and it's people. He shared his truly personal story with gut-wrenching detail and passion. We thank Marine Kraus for his service to our Country, and we thank Detective Kraus for his service to our community. (In the picture Ken is describing the size of the wound he had after being struck by a shotgun blast.)
 
 

 
BOB - YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!  Our Club meeting on Tuesday was a celebration of the man and the Rotarian, Dr. Robert L. Lynn (Bob). We ate, sang, and recited poetry together as we thanked Bob (and his wife Bonnie) for all he has done to help charter and lead our club these last 14 years. Bob is moving west, back to Oklahoma (Sooner country) to be with family. The club members awarded Bob as a Will Watt Fellow in honor of his service to Rotary and The Rotary Club of North Fulton.
 
 

 
North Fulton Rotary was well represented at the Down Home Derby fundraiser put on by the Child Development Association (CDA). It was a beautiful evening at "In Your Dreams Farm", and everyone had a great time.
 
 

 
A note from our Interact Club leader at Centennial H.S. (edited)
 
Dear Interactors, Faculty and Staff, Friends and family - We did it! Relay for Life on Saturday was a great success. It was a beautiful sunny day full of celebration and remembrance. Our Team raised $3,758.67 for the American Cancer Society. The total numbers are not in yet, but as whole Relay for Life of Roswell raised approximately 89,000 for the American Cancer Society.
 
A big thank you to our team who walked, to our teachers for walking and being there with us, and to the Rotary Club of North Fulton for their generous support, friendship and guidance of our Club. I’d like to thank my personal friends for their continued support of our team including Mrs. Adamson (Sarah) for providing water and baking those yummy brownies during our bake sales.
 
Ms. Marcelle Male
 

 
We held our Club meeting at North Park for two reasons, 1) to celebrate the three club projects we have completed there in partnership with the City of Alpharetta and 2) to kick-off the 2nd annual Memorial Brick Campaign for our Rotary Reflection Garden. Mike Perry was in attendance from the City, and we enjoyed lunch next to our Club's Rotary Centennial project built in 2004, the Miracle League Playground.
 
The 2014 Brick Campaign runs for 5 weeks through May 27th. We are selling additional engraved bricks to be placed in the existing paved space (we will pull out a plain brick and replace it with a new engraved brick). Information about the Garden is available on our website down the left side - look for Rotary Reflection Garden. Our goal is to sell 10 additional bricks - please help spread the word and/or buy a brick to add to the garden yourself. Bricks are normally $100 each; but as a SPECIAL INCENTIVE all orders received by May 13 are discounted to $75 each (paper form only including payment).
 

 

 
Mayor Bell Isle provided an inspiring talk at this weeks meeting. He emphasized two areas that Alpharetta is working on - connecting the people within the community through food, music, and fun in the downtown area, as well as building on the city's strength as the Technology City of the South to encourage more firms to locate here. We already have 600 technology firms within the city limits with room to grow.
 
 

 
We welcome our newest member of the Rotary Club of North Fulton, David James. David is a Mortgage Broker and family man. We welcome him to the club. He was invited to join Rotary by Steve Siders.
 
 

 
 
 
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 Jan 2011
 
 

 
“Indiana Blake and Rotarians on the Next Crusade”
April 25-27, 2014
 
  
Come one, come all! San Destin, FL awaits!  www.rotarydistrict6900.org
On-line registration will close at midnight on April 21, 2014. 
The rate increases to $225 on April 1.
Theme night is “Indiana Blake and Rotarians on the Next Crusade”.
 

 
Lonnie Mimms and Thereze Almstrom told RCNF about their impressive collection of vintage commuters and stories of the early days of computing.
 
 
 
 

 
Come out and support our club's Interact Club at Centennial HS!!!  Invite a friend or another family and support a great cause when you have dinner at El Potrillo (8465 Holcomb Bridge Rd | 678-242-1192) each Wednesday until March 31. Mention Rotary Club or Centennial Interact Club to your server. Proceeds from your bill will go towards the Centennial High School Relay for Life fundraising team.
 
                
 

 
Strib Stribling from Heart for Africa gave a very passionate talk about all the progress being made in Swaziland. The Rotary Club of North Fulton is partnering with Heart for Africa on two projects. The first is a new Dam that will be used for irrigation of crops and raising Tilapia. Read more  The second project is a new medical clinic that will provide local residents with medical care. Our donation will fund the clinic's operations for the first year. Strib gave a special thanks to the Past President John Bach, Past President  Ben Hunter and the late Kathy Myers for all their help and support.
 
 

 
Our club's annual visit to the Roswell Senior Center was cancelled due to the winter storm. Look for updates on when it is rescheduled.
 

 
Karen shared her insightful thoughts about
 what is  wrong with Washington D.C. and how to fix it.. 
 
 

 
Christy Merritt from The Drake House visited RCNF and shared recent developments as well as the history of how the organization was founded by enterprising members of Leadership North Fulton
 

 
Dr. Ira Harrison visited RCNF on MLK Day and shared his experiences as a civil rights activist during that era, including being in attendance at Dr King's famous  'I Have a Dream' speech
 

 
Simone du Boise of Cadmus Constuction explained the many benefits of building green. We learned the cost of construction is similar to using conventional materials, but the energy savings are significant. Her firm utilizes net-zero energy practices.
 
 

 
 
Jim shared great western stories with us and showed off his incredible gun handling skills. Jim also told the club about the world class Booth Western Museum.
 

 
 
Our club’s annual Holiday Party was a great success again this year. The Holiday spirit was abundant as our generous members raised over $1500 in gift cards and donations for The Drake House’s immediate technology needs. Dinner was delicious, the festive games were a lot of fun, and the competitive white elephant gift exchange didn’t disappoint.

 
 

 
 
 

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North Fulton

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
The Diner At North Point
2355 Mansell Rd.
Alpharetta, GA  30022
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