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Nov 25, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving Week
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Dec 02, 2014
Van Marosek
America, a Lot to Be Thankful About!
Dec 10, 2014
Holiday Dinner and Fun!
Wednesday Eve - Golf Club of Georgia
 

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Memories from the Brazilian Vocational Training Team (VTT)
by Steven W. Nelson, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of North Raleigh Life is about the experiences we share and the memories we create. The advent of these iconic moments can not be predicted or planned…they simply happen, often when … Continue reading
President’s Corner – November 3, 2014
People say that time seems to go by even faster once you get married and have kids. I can certainly attest to that. But, man does time go by fast when you are President of a Rotary Club! I sit … Continue reading
A Letter from Club Member Greg Gulley
I just wanted to check in and let you know that I will be returning from overseas September 16th and hope, if jet lag isn’t too acute, to be at the meeting the next day. I am sorry I have … Continue reading
Presidents Corner – August 28, 2014
A few reminders and updates as the temperature heats up and we get closer to football and a long weekend… This is the last week to sell our raffle tickets for the Ed Shook Golf Tournament. Please have money and … Continue reading
Presidents Corner – August 22, 2014
Our big fundraiser the Ed Shook Golf Tournament is fast approaching. The tournament is Monday, September 8th, but the deadline to turn in your raffle ticket stubs and money is Wednesday, September 3rd. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, … Continue reading
 

Home Page Stories

 
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.

 
 

 
 
Rotary of North Fulton is pleased to induct two new members! Amanda Daiber and Alec Dudley
Welcome!!
 

 
Rotarian Bo Wagner, wife Susie and daughter Julia volunteering for the NFCC Thanksgiving event. Thousands of cans were sorted and will make many families happy this Thanksgiving!
 

 
 
 
Earlier this week, RCNF received its banners from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of providing the highest contributions to the Annual Programs Fund in the District during the previous Rotary year. On hand to receive the banners were Past President Hunter, Past District Governor Greenway, District Foundation Chairman McKimie, President Crockett, and Foundation Director Mudd.
 

 
 
  1. We are pleased to have District Foundation Chairman Ray McKemie with us today to introduce RCNF's newest Major Donor, Rotarian Michael Mitchell!
 

 
The Rotary Club of North Fulton is having a multi-family garage sale Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Pavilion at Willow Springs in Roswell, GA.

Proceeds will benefit the causes supported by the Rotary Club of North Fulton, including but not limited to: Habitat for Humanity, Child Development Association, Roswell Senior Center, Canine Assistants, North Fulton Community Charities and End Polio Now of Rotary International.

Come garage-sale shop with us!

The Pavilion at Willow Springs
10579 Roxburgh Lane
Roswell, GA 30075
 

 
 
On Tuesday September 24 the officers for the Centennial High School Interact Club visit our weekly club meeting.
 
 
  1. Rotary is all about giving back. Today, we presented the Shepherd Center's SHARE program with two iPads that will be used in the treatment of our military veterans suffering from various combat injuries including PTSD and mTBI. The iPads were purchased locally and funded by our District Grant.
 

 
U.S. Representative Tom Price visits Rotary of North Fulton.
 

 
  1. RCNF received special recognition at the Foundation Seminar for leading the District in Foundation giving during President Ben's year. The club was presented with a special portrait collage featuring club members and projects throughout the years including our late club member, Kathy Myers.
 

 
  1. The Dedication Ceremony for the Rotary Reflection Garden at North Park. Special thanks to District Governor Cheryl Greenway, visiting Rotarian's, and Mayor Belle Isle and others from the City of Alpharetta for joining us today!
 

 
Ambassador Andrew Young Delighted the crowd at our annual Prayer Breakfast today at the Metropolitan Club
 

 
 
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