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Dog Days & East Cobb Rotary Give Back
 
This week the Rotary Club of East Cobb was honored to be joined by representatives from local charities and community partners for its Dog Days Gives Back breakfast. For the past 11 years, East Cobb Rotary has hosted an annual Dog Days 5K and Fun Run to raise money for local charities in Cobb County. Through the support and efforts of more than 100 local businesses and benefactors, the 2016 Dog Days 5K raised more than $85,000 for Cobb County charities. At Wednesday's breakfast, President Sam Pierce and members of the Rotary Club of East Cobb distributed Dog Day's proceeds to local charities in furtherance of community initiatives in Cobb County and beyond!
 
A special thank you to all of the 2016 Dog Days sponsors for their continued support! Your generosity helps to ensure that these great charities and organizations are able to continue their vital work in our community.
 
Please check out the Dog Days Gives Back photo album in the left hand column for more great photographs from the breakfast!
Dog Days & East Cobb Rotary Give Back 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z
KSU Means Business - A Visit from Chris Hanks...
At a recent meeting, Chris Hanks, Executive Director of Kennesaw State University's Shore Entrepreneurship Center spoke about all of the exciting work they are doing.  After launching an entrepreneurship program at UGA (which is still thriving) Chris was asked to take the concept to the next level at KSU, and he's done so.  With programs like the Entrepreneurship Workshop and the KSU Top 100 contest (think of "Shark Tank" for KSU students, with a $250,000 capitalization for the winner!).  
 
James Pitts, husband of East Cobb Rotarian Anne Marie Pitts, has been heavily involved in supporting the programs at the Shore Center, and he also shared his thoughts and reflections on this super successful program right here in our own back yard.
 
The work of Chris and his colleagues at the KSU Entrepreneurship Center will bring a huge impact to the metro area, and all of Georgia, for years to come, and we were very grateful that he and James shared their story with us.
 
 
KSU Means Business - A Visit from Chris Hanks... Joe Murphey 2017-02-24 05:00:00Z
Field trip to Brumby Elementary!
This week we took our annual field trip to Brumby Elementary.  Brumby is very special to us here at East Cobb Rotary, and we contribute funds, and volunteer time, to assist the amazing educators at Brumby in delivering a superior, cutting-edge education to kids who face more challenges than many of their counterparts in other Cobb schools.
 
Dr. Amanda Richie, principal of Brumby, showed us a warm welcome as always.  We were entertained by the 5th grade choir with a variety of holiday music, we received an update on implementation of the READ program we have help fund, and we also got a computer programming demonstration from Brumby students who are clearly destined for great futures in a world driven by technology.
Field trip to Brumby Elementary! Joe Murphey 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month!!
November is Rotary Foundation Month!  We at East Cobb Rotary punch well above our weight when it comes to giving to the Rotary Foundation, and we're always at the top of per capita and overall giving within District 6900.  
 
We at East Cobb Rotary understand that the Rotary Foundation is our living legacy that will continue to make positive change in the world long after our good deeds are a faded memory.  This Rotary year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, and we are pacing our giving at East Cobb Rotary with this neat chart (prepared for us by EC Rotarian Andrew Wiseman).
November is Rotary Foundation Month!! Joe Murphey 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z
Honoring Those Who Serve
At this week's meeting, we presented Cobb Firefighter Paul Willis, Cobb police officers FTO B.R. Taylor and Officer M.C. Abbott with our Firefighter and Police Officer of the Quarter Awards respectively.  These gentlemen (as each of their superior officers said) are representative of the many fine men and women who work around the clock to protect us from harm, and we are very proud to honor them with these awards.  We were also delighted that Rotary District 6900 Governor Raymond Ray was on hand to help President Sam make the presentations.  Governor Raymond has made "honoring those who serve" a cornerstone of his year as our District Governor.
Honoring Those Who Serve Joe Murphey 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z
Transitioning from Volume to Value -- How WellStar is Getting the Job Done
Our speaker today was Leo Reichert, Executive VP and General Counsel for WellStar.  Leo is an energetic and enthusiastic champion for positive change in the way health care is delivered to those of us in the East Cobb community.  As General Counsel for WellStar Leo and his team must deal with over 50 state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis.  While many of the regs in place, and constantly being added, are well-intentioned, it is becoming increasingly challenging for hospitals to comply.
 
Even so, it is the mission of WellStar to follow the plan of transitioning from the volume of care, to the value of care delivered.  With many patients unable to pay (and many of those not qualifying under the ACA or Medicare/Medicaid) all hospital systems are under a strain.  Add to that the fact that 50% of all healthcare costs are incurred by 5% of the system's patients, and the system is even harder to keep in balance.
 
Despite the challenges, Leo's message is one of hope and positivity, and he remains optimistic that WellStar will continue to grow, and thrive, keeping it's focus on the core mission to deliver quality health care in an environment that is uplifting both for patients and those who work there.
 
 
Transitioning from Volume to Value -- How WellStar is Getting the Job Done Joe Murphey 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z
Jason Baldridge, Director of Youth Safety for Atlanta Area Boy Scouts
Our speaker today was Jason Baldridge.  He's not only the current Director of Youth Safety for the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts, he is also a real pioneer in the field of child protection.  Jason shared with us the ways the Atlanta area BSA is using cutting edge technology and approaches to make our area the safest place for all youth, inside and outside of the scouting program.  By working with many other organizations, Jason and his team are making a real impact.  His core message -- YOUth protection begins with YOU!
Jason Baldridge, Director of Youth Safety for Atlanta Area Boy Scouts Joe Murphey 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotarians Helping the Troops
East Cobb Rotarians helped Project Mail Call reach a milestone on Saturday, March 5.  With the help of these Rotarians, Project Mail Call, led by Ed and Mary Ettel, has mailed more than 110,000 lbs of packages and merchandise to American troops stationed overseas.  This is a tremendous couple who is doing great work and East Cobb Rotary is excited to help with their efforts!
East Cobb Rotarians Helping the Troops Ken Crowell 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z
Grady Moore, Former Director of Cobb County Accountability Courts
Many thanks to our speaker today, Grady Moore, former Cobb ADA and Director of Cobb County's Accountability Courts. His passion and energy for being "smart" on crime and delivering justice tailored specifically to those who enter the court system is refreshing.
Grady Moore, Former Director of Cobb County Accountability Courts Joe Murphey 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z
Hey, that rings a bell...
East Cobb Rotarians get into the spirit by manning a Salvation Army kettle this past Friday.  Many thanks to East Cobb Rotarian Chris Powell for giving us that opportunity!
Hey, that rings a bell... Joe Murphey 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z
Honoring One of our Own...
Dr. David Butts is a founding member of the Rotary Club of East Cobb, and has been a mentor and inspiration for all of us for many years.  Recently, David has faced the biggest challenge of his life with a medical diagnosis that would have knocked most of us down to stay.  But David, with his characteristic dogged determination and relentlessly positive attitude, has risen to the task.  He has fought the good fight, and with the support of his amazing family, is beating the odds and winning the battles.
 
We at East Cobb Rotary are so inspired by David's shining example that we have decided to establish an award in his name.  The first ever Dr. David Butts Award for Achievement in Overcoming Adversity was awarded this week to its namesake Dr. David Butts.  In the future, we will present this award to other members of the East Cobb community, as the situation arises, when it is necessary to recognize one of our neighbors who has demonstrated the kind of courage and inspirational leadership embodied in the person of Dr. David Butts.  Thank you, David, for your years of Rotary leadership and the gift of your friendship.
Honoring One of our Own... Joe Murphey 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z
The Professor Visits East Cobb Rotary
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Professor Ravi Bellamkonda (Chair of the Ga Tech /Emory Biomedical Department) spoke at our Rotary Club. His brilliance is exceeded only by his remarkable ability to communicate complex ideas to an audience of average folks. He could obviously teach anywhere, and yet he's thrilled to be at Georgia Tech.
 
Recently, the US News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities placed Georgia Tech at the number 7 spot among all public universities.  Based on the talent of folks like Professor Bellamkonda, if there is one thing you can say for certain about Georgia Tech, it's that their academic ranking will continue to rise!
 
The Professor Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2015-09-11 00:00:00Z
THE RACE IS ON!!!
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The 10th Annual Dog Days Run 5k is this Saturday, August 8, at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA (across from the Publix on East Piedmont).  The 5k starts at 7:30am, with the 1 mile Fun Run and Tot Trot to follow.  There will be a bouncy house and other entertainment for the kids, a contest for dogs (cutest/best dressed/ugliest), prizes and much, much more! 
 
This is a Family-Festival-Style event, so bring the kids, bring the dog, bring the neighbors, bring the neighbors' dog!
 
Through our generous sponsors, we have already raised over $76,000, all of which will go to local charities.  To learn more or to sign up, just go to www.DogDaysRun.com.
 
THE RACE IS ON!!! Joe Murphey 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z
Searching for Clues! District Governor Bob Hagan Pays a Visit
We were honored this week with a visit from our new District 6900 Governor, Bob Hagan.  Bob's energy and compassion are contagious, and he filled us all with the Rotary Spirit this week.  The Rotary International theme for 2015-16 is "Be a Gift to the World", and DG Bob's adopted a Sherlock Holmes theme for District 6900 to implement the RI mission.  DG Bob invites us all to discover the clues that will unlock our potential to Be a Gift to the World.
 
It will be a great year for East Cobb Rotary under the dual leadership of DG Bob and our newly sworn-in President Ken Crowell!
Searching for Clues! District Governor Bob Hagan Pays a Visit Joe Murphey 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z
Club Assembly! DG to be Bob Hagan Helps Out
Many thanks to our out-going President Randy Nixon (yes, this President Nixon was never impeached!).  Randy led the club to another record year for East Cobb Rotary meeting and exceeding our goals in all categories.  Thanks so much to you and your board, Randy, for your inspired leadership.
 
And thanks also for incoming District 6900 Governor Bob Hagan for getting up early today to help us honor our outgoing board and swear in our incoming President Ken Crowell and his board.  Ken and his folks have some great ideas, and it looks like another banner year for East Cobb Rotary!
 
Club Assembly! DG to be Bob Hagan Helps Out Joe Murphey 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z
Tell a Story! Our Speaker Today Unlocks the Secret Power of Narrative to Drive Marketing Success
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Today's speaker was Keith Jennings, Director of Marketing for Jackson Healthcare.  Keith was mesmerizing as he demonstrated the power of story telling as the most effective way to communicate your ideas to others.  Most approaches to marketing focus on the "F" words -- facts, figures, features etc... and the object of most marketing campaigns is thus to change the minds of others through persuasive argument.  In reality, we all have an existing "mindset" and the choices we make -- which clubs to join, who to vote for, which products to buy -- conform to that way of thinking.  Keith taught us that through narrative and story telling we can invite others to accept our ideas in a way that conforms those ideas to their existing mindset.  As we are just now ramping up our efforts to add more sponsors to our annual fundraiser, the Dog Days 5k Run, these techniques could not be more timely.  Thanks, Keith! 
Tell a Story! Our Speaker Today Unlocks the Secret Power of Narrative to Drive Marketing Success Joe Murphey 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z
Service Above Self Awards!
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Today at East Cobb Rotary we honored local heroes with our annual Service Above Self Awards: Teacher Anne Seemann of Brumby Elementary, Police Officer Christopher Frew of Cobb PD, Captain Kevin Gross of Cobb Fire/EMT and TSgt Vickie Brown of the 94th Airwing Command Post.
Thank You all for your Service Above Self!
 
 
Service Above Self Awards! Joe Murphey 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z
GRSP = FUN
This past week, our Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) host family, The Murpheys, spent some time at Amelia Island with our visiting student Sofia.  Sofia's parents and two sisters were able to join them from Sweden.  But wait, there's more.  The family of our 2008 GRSP student, Robert, was also able to join up with the Murpheys. 
 
Swedes + Danes + Americans + Beach + Awesome Weather = FUN!!
 
GRSP builds bridges across the world that last a lifetime!
 
 
GRSP = FUN Joe Murphey 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z
Play Ball!..in Cobb County...in 2017
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Atlanta Braves Executive VP of Business Operations Mike Plant has one thing to get done by April 2017.  Of course that one thing is making sure the new Atlanta Braves stadium, all parking and road/access modifications, and all of the adjacent multi-use space are all up and running by then.  Oh, and he still has all of his other jobs as VP of the team's business operations.  Somehow he was able to take a few minutes off to come and share with the East Cobb Rotary the status of this project, and what announcements we may expect to hear in the weeks and months to come.
 
In a couple of words, the stadium and appurtenant properties are coming along on schedule and within the anticipated budget.  
 
Mike also gave us a glimpse into the future of how the new stadium will make coming to games for the Braves core fan base easier and more fun.  He knows there has been some controversy and detractors from this bold undertaking, but, having been an Olympic athlete himself (speedskating) Mike knows that the way to silence critics is by executing the drill. Mike seems like just the guy to make sure that happens.
Play Ball!..in Cobb County...in 2017 Joe Murphey 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary Joins with Area Clubs to "Light Up Rotary"
East Cobb Rotary Joins with Area Clubs to "Light Up Rotary" Joe Murphey 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z
Cyber Crime Fighter Detective Ray Yeager Visits East Cobb Rotary
 
Detective Ray Yeager of the Cobb County Police Department was our speaker this week.  It is Detective Yeager's specialty to perform criminal investigations involving computer networks to commit theft; to fight computer trespass that deletes, obstructs, alters or damages a computer or computer network; to fight invasion of privacy which uses a computer or computer network to examine employment, medical, salary, credit or other financial or personal data; to investigate computer forgery by creating, altering, or deleting data contained in any computer or computer network; and to investigate computer password disclosure.
 
That's a pretty tall order for a place like Cobb where there is very high concentration of individuals and businesses who rely on high tech devices to manage every aspect of the personal and professional lives.  Detective Yeager's knowledge and experience in this area is vast, but his advice to our members was surprisingly simple.  By following a few, basic rules when using these devices, and when shopping or engaging in other activities where our personal information may be vulnerable, much of the risk out there can be minimized or completely avoided.
 
And when it comes to avoiding fraud, Detective Yeager says that the old saying is still true:  "If it seems to good to be true, it IS too good to be true."  Much of the fraud he investigates arises when folks just ignore the warning signs and are lured in by a deal that seems to good to be true.
 
Cyber Crime Fighter Detective Ray Yeager Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z
Congressman Tom Price Visits East Cobb Rotary
This week our speaker was U.S. Congressman Tom Price (6th District, GA).  He gave us an update of the goings-on in Washington during this lame duck session, as well as a forecast of what we may expect to see after the 114th session of Congress is sworn in come January 2015.  Congressman Price addressed all of the major issues, and fielded the probing questions posed by our members in a direct and plain-spoken fashion.  Politics aside, we all wish Congressman Price and his colleagues Godspeed, and we encourage them to work together for the good of the American people in the year to come.
Congressman Tom Price Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
PIES FOR POLIO!

As we push towards that “final inch” of completing the job of eradicating polio from the face of the planet, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has introduced a new Facebook “challenge” to energize their club, and friends from other clubs in the District, and beyond.  It’s called Pies for Polio, and it’s simple:  Just take a pie to the face (Recipe:  whipped cream and a pie tin), donate a minimum of $100 to Polio Plus, video the whole thing, and then post a Facebook challenge to two other folks to do the same within 48 hours.  This is way-cooler than a bucket of ice, and much less cold!

 

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

PIES FOR POLIO! Joe Murphey 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z
Judith Montier of The Center for Civil and Human Rights
Our speaker today was Judith Service Montier, VP of Marketing for Atlanta's new Center for Civil and Human Rights.  For those who may not have yet had the chance to visit the Center, it is a must-see for you and your entire family!  On the first level, the Center features selections from the extensive collection of papers of Dr. Martin Luther King recently acquired by the City of Atlanta and the Woodruff Library.  The featured items will rotate from time to time, making it a fresh experience each time you visit the Center.
 
On the second floor, you can experience the Civil Rights Movement through sight, sound and other senses like never before.  Visitors often have a very emotional reaction to the powerfully presented multi-media message.  Feel what it was like to be at a lunch counter during a sit-in.  Ride with the Freedom Riders.  Stand at the Mall in Washington and listen to the words of Dr. King and others at that most pivital of moments in the history of our country.
 
On the third floor, the broader theme of Human Rights is explored.  Interactive displays help you understand the places in the world right now where hearts yearn for the most basic of human rights.  See how the American Civil Rights movement still echoes in the words of today's human rights leaders and soldiers.
 
Judith explains the Center for Civil and Human Rights with eloquence and passion, but she would be the first to admit that you just have to come experience it for yourself to begin to appreciate what a profound resource this is for our community and beyond.
 
 
Judith Montier of The Center for Civil and Human Rights Joe Murphey 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary in the East Cobber Parade
East Cobb Rotarians turned out in force for the East Cobber Parade this weekend.  Not only were many of us marching behind the Rotary Banner, we also appeared on behalf of other organizations (i.e., Pat Pou with the Friends for East Cobb Park) and the Grand Marshal for the parade was our very own Joe Brywczynski!
 
East Cobb Rotary in the East Cobber Parade Joe Murphey 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z
An Inspirational Visit by Coach David Rivers
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We were honored today to have as our speaker Asst. Head Coach David Rivers of the Kennesaw State University basketball team.  Rivers has a remarkable personal story, that leads from his humble beginnings as the third youngest of 15 children growing up in the projects of Jersey City, to his remarkable playing career under some of the most legendary coaches of all time.  David's parents instilled in him the values of hard work, respect for God and country, and determination to reach his goals.  Those early influences, along with the guidance from coaches like Bob Hurley, Digger Phelps and Pat Riley, shaped Rivers into the focused, effective leader of young men he is today.  He's overcome huge obstacles throughout his life's journey, and he tells his story in a way that inspired us all at the Rotary meeting today.
 
More of David's Bio:
 
David Rivers grew up in Jersey City and played high school basketball under Bob Hurley at powerhouse St. Anthony High School.
A third team All-American in 1986-87 and a second team selection in '87-88, he attended the University of Notre Dame where he played under the legendary Digger Phelps.  He was the co-captain of the '87-88 squad. He currently ranks fourth in school history, in scoring with 2,058 points, and second in Notre Dame history in assists (586). He also ranks second all-time in steals (201) and steals average (1.7 spg), second in games started (116), fourth in assists average (5.0 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.406), ninth in games played (118), 11th all-time in three-point field goals made (67) and 13th in three-point field goals attempted (165).
Rivers was selected 25th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft.  Rivers was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1989 Expansion Draft and had two more seasons of  NBA with the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers (1989–90 and 1991–92).
He met with great success in Europe (France, Greece, Italy and Turkey). In Greece, he played for Olympiacos Piraeus winning the Euroleague in 1997. This was the first time the Greek club has won the trophy, winning the triple crown (Greek Cup, Greek Championship and Euroleague).
Rivers averaged 17 pts, 3.4 assists, 2 steals and 37.9 minutes in 23 games. In 1997 Rivers left Olympiacos to join Teamsystem Bologna and played alongside former NBA all-star Dominique Wilkins. He later played for Tofaş Bursa in Turkey where they won two league championships and two cups before re-joining Olympiacos for one season.[1]
On April 22, 2014, Kennesaw State University officially hired David Rivers as Associate Head Coach of the Men's Basketball team.
 
An Inspirational Visit by Coach David Rivers Joe Murphey 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z
A Visit from the District Governor...
The Rotary Club of East Cobb was honored this week with a visit from Rotary District 6900 Governor Alicia Michael. Alicia's theme for the 2014-15 year is "Mission Possible". Alicia's personal story and her passion for bringing about real change in the local and global community are inspiring.
 
A Visit from the District Governor... Joe Murphey 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z
The 2014 Dog Days Run was a Huge Success
With 529 total runners (on a morning where thunderstorms were predicted, but didn't arrive) we had a great turnout for the 9th Annual Dog Days Run 5k. 
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we raised over $66,000 that will go directly to area charities. 
The 2014 Dog Days Run was a Huge Success Joe Murphey 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z
Shhhhhh! Cobb Library Foundation Exec Director Terri Capote Visits East Cobb Rotary
Shhhhhh! Cobb Library Foundation Exec Director Terri Capote Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z
Taking it to the Streets! East Cobb Rotarians Turn Out for Adopt-a-Mile Road Cleanup
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Thanks to all of our East Cobb Rotarians who turned out in record numbers this past weekend to clean up our adopted mile of Johnson Ferry Rd.!  Also present was Alex Hess, daughter of Past President Blaine Hess, and Audra Murphey, daughter of Past President Joe Murphey.  Audra is also in-coming President of the Walton High School Interact Club.  Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for High School students.
 
Click on the photo album tab to the left to see more pics of this event
Taking it to the Streets! East Cobb Rotarians Turn Out for Adopt-a-Mile Road Cleanup Joe Murphey 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
Jeri Barr, CEO at The Center for Family Resources: The Way We Think About Charity Fundraising is Dead Wrong
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Today's speaker was the outspoken and dynamic Jeri Barr, CEO at The Center for Family Resources (CFR).  Since 1960, CFR has helped thousands of low-income families with employment, education, and housing services; leadership development programs; mentoring opportunities; and temporary financial and food assistance.

CFR carries out its mission by providing temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth. Additionally, CFR provides affordable office space to other nonprofit agencies in our community at The Mansour Center.

Jeri opened our eyes today to the double standard that exists between non-profit and for-profit corporations and how we, the public, view their approach to overhead expenses.  For-profit corporations spend capital aggressively to generate revenue, and as long as there is profit, they are judged favorably. Non-profs, on the other hand, are expected to "beg" for their money, and overhead expenses are scrutinized very closely by would-be donors. 

Last year entrepreneur and humanitarian activist Dan Pallotta delivered a "TED Talk", that turned this notion of passive fundraising on its head.  Jeri Barr believes that Pallotta's ideas could revolutionize charity fundrasing, and that if non-profs put into action the competitive marketing strategies employed in the profit sector, enough money could be raised to actually solve the problems humanitarian organizations take on.  Since the 1970's (when statistics were first collected) charitable giving has remained at 2% of GDP.  And a very small portion of that 2% goes to humanitarian relief versus religious and other non-profit organizations.  To see the TED talk that inspired Jeri Barr, go to this link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong

 

Jeri Barr, CEO at The Center for Family Resources: The Way We Think About Charity Fundraising is Dead Wrong Joe Murphey 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Heroes Honored this Week at Our Annual "Service Above Self " Awards
 
Ask any member of the Rotary Club of East Cobb and they will tell you their favorite meeting of the year is our annual Service Above Self Awards.  Each year, we select 4 members of the East Cobb Community -- an educator, member of law enforcement, firefighter and member of the military -- to honor for their Service Above Self.  This year's recipients, as in years past, were very deserving of their awards.  Our Educator of the Year Award goes to Deputy Superintendent of Cobb Schools Cheryl Hungersford.  After more than 30 years as an educator, most of it in the Cobb system, Cheryl is retiring this year to spend more time with family and friends.  She has had a remarkable career and we are proud to honor her.  
 
Our Firefighter recipient is David Dwyer.  David is an amazing and multi-talented member of the Cobb Fire Department.  He is trained and experienced in multiple disciplines including firefighting, EMT/Paramedic, and technical services -- one of very few in the department with such diverse capabilities.  In fact, he spends much of his time now teaching and instructing his colleagues, as well as leading a CFD youth mentoring program.
 
Our Law Enforcement award goes to Detective Richard Goodman.  To say that Richard Goodman is a "super cop" is an understatement.  His tireless efforts across several major investigations this past year have interrupted major gang activity not only in the Cobb community, but across the multi-county metropolitan Atlanta area.  Detective Goodman has a knack for seeing the connections in apparently unrelated investigations and, using that skill, was able to weave a very wide net to catch lots of bad guys.
 
Last, but certainly not least, we honored Cpl. John Paul (J.P) Alvarez.  Corporal Alvarez grew up in East Cobb, graduating from Walton High School in 2004.  In 2005 he enlisted in the Marines, and after finishing at the top of his class in machine gunner school, he joined the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines and was deployed in March of 2006 to Iraq.  While there, he received an injury in combat.  He was awarded two purple hearts and the Navy Commendation Medal, with Valor.  We honor Cpl Alvarez not only for his soldering on the field of battle, but for the way he has bravely soldiered on with his life after leaving the service in 2008.  It has been a long road, physically and mentally, but Cpl Alvarez is now in his 4th year at Kennesaw State pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.  He has a wonderful family, including a 5 year-old son and one on the way.  Cpl Alvarez's positive attitude and determination is an inspiration to us all, and it was our honor to honor him with a Service Above Self Award.
 
We salute all of our 2014 Service Above Self honorees!
East Cobb Heroes Honored this Week at Our Annual "Service Above Self " Awards Joe Murphey 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z
Civil War Historian and Author Brad Quinlin is One Amazing Speaker
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Brad Quinlin, historian and author, has a unique combination of talents.  His ability to recall the detail of Civil War battles and the exact verbatim of letters home from soldiers is remarkable.  He combines that skill with passion for his topic and a storyteller's knack for weaving it all together in a tapestry that puts you right in the middle of the events he is describing.  We were spellbound, to say the least, when he spoke at our meeting this week.  Given the proximity to Memorial Day, it was a very special treat indeed.
 
Brad, after scouring thousands of pages of contemporary documents, has identified literally hundreds of previously unknown graves at the Marietta National Cemetery and other historical burial sites.  Many of his discoveries -- like the Confederate soldier who was accidentally buried among the Union Soldiers at Marietta Natl., and the African American Nurse who was the angle of mercy to countless wounded -- are simply amazing.
 
In June, the Marietta Square will be converted into a Civil War encampment to commemorate the 150th anniversary of many of the significant battles of the war.  Bring the entire family out to experience this living museum, and be sure to talk with Brad.  He is very happy to discuss your own family story, and he may even help you discover how your ancestors contributed, just as he has done for actor Matthew Broderick and Vice President Dick Cheney. 
Civil War Historian and Author Brad Quinlin is One Amazing Speaker Joe Murphey 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z
Randy Chartash -- Chief of US Attorney's Office White Collar Crime Division
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Assistant Attorney General Randy Chartash is Chief of the White Collar Crime Division of the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Georgia.  He is also a fascinating and entertaining speaker who shared some insights with us at this week's meeting. 
 
See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5411/Speakers/d74561f5-dbdc-4cd9-be1c-73d2c0cf00ab#sthash.j4nPW3U2.dpuf
Randy Chartash -- Chief of US Attorney's Office White Collar Crime Division Joe Murphey 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z
Relay for Life 2014
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This year, the East Cobb Rotary family has been hit particularly hard by the devastating effects of cancer. Our participation in Relay for Life took on new meaning, and we there in force, with participants, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, jellybean count contest, commemorative wrist bands, and much more -- all to raise money to fight, and defeat, cancer, once and for all!
 
Click on the "Relay for Life 2014" photo album to the left to see more.
 
The Rotary Club of East Cobb wishes to extend a sincere thanks to those who graciously contributed to our Relay for Life fundraiser. Among these contributors are:
 
NCG Cinemas
General Manager: Michael Muncher
Location: 1050 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Web: www.ncgmovies.com/marietta
(678) 303-4844
 
Honest-1 Auto Care
Owner: Butch Carter
Location: 1391 East Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30068
Web: www.honest1eastcobb.com
(770) 635-2487
 
Valenti's Italian Family Dining
General Manager: Roxana David
Location: 255 Village Pkwy NE #330, Marietta, GA 30067
Web: valentifamilydining.com
(770) 951-1394
 
Festival Barber Shop
Owner: Dee Reitz
Location: 1401 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30062
Web: www.festivalbarbershop.com
(770) 578-9498
 
 
Scott Hamilton
1984 Olympic Champion
4 time U.S. National Champion
4 time World Champion
 
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
2014 U.S. bronze medelests
2014 U.S. Olympic team members
2011 World bronze medalists
 
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue
2014 Four Continents champions
2012 U.S. national bronze medalists
 
Nick Swisher
Cleveland Indians first baseman
Relay for Life 2014 Joe Murphey 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z
The Recipe for Leadership, According to Restaurateur and Entepreneur Ryan Turner
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Today's speaker was Ryan Turner - Founding Partner & CEO of Unsukay Community of Businesses and he spoke on the topic of leadership.  The title of his remarks:  Restaurants Aren't Risky, People Are: My "Mirepoix" to Leadership and Why It Matters.
 
What, you ask, is "mirepoix"?  Well, it's about soup.  The basis of any great soup is, of course, a great stock.  And a great stock begins with three critical ingredients: onions, celery and carrots.  Ryan shared with us the three critical ingredients of leadership.  His philosophy obviously works, as his company, Unsukay Community of Businesses has lauched three amazingly successful restaurants:  Muss & Turners (Smyrna), Local 3 (Atlanta; Northside Pky) and now Common Quarter (here in East Cobb).
 
Come see Ryan at one of these awesome restaurants and I'm sure he will tell you about the three critical ingredients of leadership.  He may even share with you the meaning of his company name, Unsukay.
The Recipe for Leadership, According to Restaurateur and Entepreneur Ryan Turner Joe Murphey 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary in Harmony with the Symphony -- GSO Director Dr. Michael Alexander Visits
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For more than six decades, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has engaged audiences through imaginative programming, visionary leadership, and critically acclaimed performances. The standard of musicianship and artistry at every concert continues to be recognized and admired.  We were honored to have, as our speaker this week, maestro and GSO director Dr. Michael Alexander.
 
The musicians of the GSO are dedicated professionals throughout the community.  Since the GSO’s founding in 1951, accomplished musicians have come here to share their musical gifts with our audiences. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra had its beginnings in the music room of the home of Arthur F. Moor at 383 Church Street in Marietta as the Marietta Concert Orchestra.  This group later became the Marietta Symphony, the Cobb Symphony, and finally the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. 
 
July 1, 2004, marked the beginning of Michael Alexander’s tenure with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, during which time the orchestra has continued to grow.  2007 saw the addition of the Georgia Symphony Chorus, which, under the direction of Bryan Black, draws volunteer singers from all over the greater metro region to perform choral/orchestral works with the GSO and give independent concerts as well.  The recently-added GSO Jazz brings yet another exciting dimension.  Relive the swinging days of a bygone era as a whole new team of jazz giants delivers powerful performances and soulful memories. Led by Sam Skelton, GSO JAZZ! combines both a youth jazz ensemble of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra Program and an adult big band. GSO JAZZ! is dedicated to bringing new age and traditional big band charts alive with every performance
 
In 2006 the GYSO, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, was added.  The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra  is already the largest youth orchestra program in the southeast. The Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra program encompasses three full orchestras, a string orchestra, a jazz ensemble, and a percussion ensemble.
 
East Cobb Rotary in Harmony with the Symphony -- GSO Director Dr. Michael Alexander Visits Joe Murphey 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z
The Final Push To Eradicate Polio
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Our speakers this week were Rotarians Roy Wise and Bill Nordmark, outgoing and incoming District 6900 Directors of Polio Plus respectively.  Roy and Bill shared with us the dual message of good news (we are SOOOO close to world-wide polio eradication) and a call to action (the "final inch" will be the hardest and most expensive to complete).
 
Roy provided us with the statistical breakdown, and Bill, himself a polio survivor, provided us with a moving, heartfelt personal perspective on just how devastating the effects of this horrible affliction can be on its victims.  That Bill has overcome polio to accomplish so much in his life, personally and professionally, is a testament to the strength of his character.  We are truly blessed to have such dedicated, talented and determined folks leading District 6900's role in the final push to get rid of polio once and for all!
The Final Push To Eradicate Polio Joe Murphey 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
JOIN US IN BRINGING AN END TO DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING
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Today's speaker was our very own Mary K Widener.  Mary K is a life-long educator who in her retirement from the Cobb County School System (where she served as a school principal for four schools over 25 years) she remains active in teaching and training teachers and educators.

She has now joined other Rotarians, and the non-profit organization Street Grace to put a stop to the domestic prostitution of children.  This sordid industry draws in up to 300,000 minors annually nationwide.  The average "life span" of a child in DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is 7 years.  Atlanta and its suburbs have become a major hub for DMST.  And, what's more alarming, is that 42% of the purchasers of DMST in our area (the "Johns") come from the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

The mission of Street Grace is to first bring to the foreground awareness of this problem.  By addressing the source of the demand -- principally affluent men who live in northern Atlanta suburbs -- they are teaming with law enforcement who are working to stop those adults who are prostituting children.

This is much heavier than the topics we typically cover in our morning Rotary meetings, but we were all moved by this comelling and necessary story.  To learn more about the mission of Street Grace and how you and your civic, school or faith based organization can help, visit streetgrace.org.

Here's more info about Street Grace:

About

Street Grace is a faith-based organization leading churches, community organizations and individual volunteers on a comprehensive path to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States.

Mission:

Street Grace mobilizes community resources — financial, human and material — to help individuals and organizations effectively fighting DMST through awareness, empowerment and engagement.  Street Grace is working to end DMST in Atlanta, with a vision of ending it throughout the United States.

Vision:

A day when all children can live happy, healthy and productive lives that are free from all forms of injustice and exploitation.

JOIN US IN BRINGING AN END TO DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING Joe Murphey 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z
Time for Dog Days!!
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Last year's Dog Days Run raised over $50,000 for local charities.  In the banner above, you can see representatives of these organizations on hand at a recent meeting to recieve their portion of these funds. 
 
Though our 2014 Dog Days Run -- the 9th Annual -- is not until August, now is the time to start thinking about a sponsorship!  Our race is bigger than ever, which means more folks than ever will see that your business is a responsible and caring corporate citizen.  Help us help you bring in more customers while making our commuity a better place to live and work.  Click on the tab in the banner above for more information!
Time for Dog Days!! Joe Murphey 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z
FROZEN!! No Meeting for the Rotary Club of East Cobb This Week!
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Please prepare effectively for the likelihood of power outages and road blockages.  Keep yourself and your family safe, and come see us at next week's meeting, when it will probably be sunny and 65 degrees!
FROZEN!! No Meeting for the Rotary Club of East Cobb This Week! Joe Murphey 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z
Up, Up and Away! -- ATL Airport Chief Visits East Cobb Rotary
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Today's speaker was Miguel Southwell, Interim Aviation Manager at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Miguel was born in Antigua and, like many folks who live on a small island, he dreamed of travel from an early age.  After moving from the airline industry to the banking industry, where he met with much success, Miguel is now manager at the world's busiest airport.
 
Miguel understands that the principal purpose of the airport -- once you get past safety and efficiency -- is to serve as the chief tool for economic develpment, job creation and growth of wealth in our area.  He and his team are currently working on a 50 year plan to optimize Atlanta's participation in the expected growth worldwide of business and leisure travel by the new middle class.  The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will experience a six-fold increase in their middle class in the next 20 years  -- that's over 3 billion folks with the desire to travel abroad and with the disposable funds to do so.  Atlanta, and its airport, will be ready to ride this wave of prosperity because of the visionary thinking of Miguel Southwell and his team at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
 
We were all left with the hope the word "interim" is eventually removed from Miguel's title.
Up, Up and Away! -- ATL Airport Chief Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z
Mind Your Manners, East Cobb Rotary!
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This week our speaker was nationally renowned etiquette expert, Barbara Hickey.  She gave us a humerous and helpful primer on basic social and business manners.  Some of us proably needed it more than others. :)
 
Barbara's resume is extensive and impressive.  Among her more challenging jobs was teaching manners to Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy of Blue Collar TV.  Barbara played us a clip from that episode, which set the tone for a most entertaining and informative Rotary meeting.
 
Come join us for breakfast, next Wednesday, at 7am, at the Indian Hills Country Club, and we'll show off our new good manners!
 
(The episode of Blue Collar TV featuring Barbara Hickey is available on the internet, including at this link: http://www.movieweb.com/dvd/DVog3qpvQ7GSrv/blue-collar-etiquette
Mind Your Manners, East Cobb Rotary! Joe Murphey 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary Distributes $56,500 to Local Charities!
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The folks pictured in the banner on this homepage are representatives from the many local charities who received a portion of the $56,500 we distributed this week from our 2013 Dog Days 5k Race.  Many thanks to our sponsors -- Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum -- and our Presenting Sponsor, WellStar.  For a complete list of our sponsors, and the many deserving charities we were able to help this year, go to http://www.dogdaysrun.com/
 
 
 
East Cobb Rotary Distributes $56,500 to Local Charities! Joe Murphey 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z
PSC Commissioner Stan Wise "Energizes" East Cobb Rotary
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Georgia PSC member Stan Wise was our speaker today.  Stan shared with us the mission of the Georgia PSC -- setting policy that ensures the safe, reliable, economical, and environmentally responsible production and delivery of energy -- and the ways the PSC sets out to accomplish that goal.
 
Even while much of our energy in Georgia comes from coal, Georgia leads the region, nation and the world, in (1) cleaning up coal based power generation, (2) utilizing lower cost, readily available natural gas and (3) implementation of advanced technology, including second-generation nuclear energy.
 
The PSC has to balance many conflicting interests to reach these goals, and Stan is proud to say that Georgia's energy policy, with it's forward-thinking, directed and balanced approach is the envy of virtually every other state in the union.  Even as the PSC has authorized a rate increase this past week, Georgia consumers continue to pay power bills that are 10 to 12% lower than the national average, and much lower than in many areas like California and the Northeast.
 
Read more about Stan Wise by clicking here...
PSC Commissioner Stan Wise "Energizes" East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z
The Weather is Here -- Chris Walters Visits East Cobb Rotary
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Chris Walters, COO of The Weather Company, whose best known product is The Weather Channel, paid us a visit today.  Chris started by telling us some things we already knew or suspected, like The Weather Channel (TWC) is the most prolific and most trusted brand in cable television.  And that their Weather App is the second most downloaded app of all time -- Facebook is number one, of course. 
 
Chris then expalined the philosophy and formula that have put TWC on top.  They call it "The Best Weather" possible.  They focus on several areas of emphasis, including (1) accuracy in forcasting, (2) guarding the safety of consumers as a first priority, (3) providing a variety of products and services across all media, and (4) being the best story tellers -- weather events, particularly in retrospective, offer the opportunity for great story telling, and TWC strives to be the best at telling weather-related stories.
 
TWC is currently in talks with Cobb County to explore options for a major and long-overdue expansion of its facilities.  We certainly hope they are able to work out a deal and remain right here as our neighbors.
 
Here's some more info on Chris: 
 
 
 
The Weather is Here -- Chris Walters Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z
Great Day at East Cobb Rotary!
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What a great meeting at the Rotary Club of East Cobb today! Past District Governor Claudia Mertl gave a moving and inspirational talk entitled "Your Awesome Rotary Legacy". Also in attendance were current District 6900 Governor Blake McBurney and Assistant District Governor Elwyn Gaissert. And we inducted a new member, Pat Braithwaite!
Great Day at East Cobb Rotary! Joe Murphey 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Olé! Jim Rhoden and Friends Share a Taste of Old Spain with The Rotary Club of East Cobb
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The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona , Spain, is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6 July, when the opening of the party is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo, to midnight 14 July, with the singing of the Pobre de Mí. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, which happens at 8:00 am from July 7th to July 14th, the week long celebration involves many other traditional and folkloric events. It is known locally as Sanfermines and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. Its events were central to the plot of The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It has become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. Over 1,000,000 people come to participate in this festival.
 
This morning, Jim Rhoden, a charter member of our Rotary Club, and friends Michael Paris and Tracy Atwater, donned their traditional "whites" and shared with us their experiences attending the festival of San Fermin.  Jim literally inherited his bull ring tickets from a dear friend who introduced him to this captivating and enthralling celebration more than 20 years ago.  Jim has been regularly attending the festival for 23 years now, and he has enlisted many friends and family over the years to join him for the celebration.
 
Jim, a recent recipient of the East Cobb Citizen of the Year award, and many other awards and too numerous to count, is a larger-than-life individual, as anyone who knows him will tell you.  He has generously shared so much of his time, talent and treasure with our community over the years, and we greatly appreciate him sharing his facinating and entertaining story with us today.
Olé! Jim Rhoden and Friends Share a Taste of Old Spain with The Rotary Club of East Cobb Joe Murphey 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary and the Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees
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The Annual Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees is officially underway at the Cobb Embassy Suites Hotel, and The Rotary Club of East Cobb is there!
 
The Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees is a great opportunity for the Atlanta community to make a difference in the lives of others by embodying the true meaning of Christmas through fundraising for local charitable organizations. Admirers can "vote" for their favorite tree or charity by donating money in envelopes designated at each tree. The tree with the highest monetary donation will receive an additional donation from the hotel so every vote matters! 
 
The Rotary Club of East Cobb asks you to take your family out to see all of the beautiful and creative Christmas trees, and please make a donation to show your support for our Rotary Club and all of the good work we do locally and abroad.
 
The trees will be on display from November 18 through January 1
 
Embassy Suites Atlanta-Galleria Hotel 2815 Akers Mill Rd   Atlanta, GA 30339 USA
East Cobb Rotary and the Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees Joe Murphey 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
Dr. Judy Monroe, Deptuty Director of the CDC, Enlightens and Informs East Cobb Rotarians on Public Health Issues
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This morning, Dr. Judy Monroe, MD, FAAFP, Deptuty Director of the CDC, spoke to the Rotary Club of East Cobb.  After first giving us an overview of the public health mission of the CDC, Dr. Monroe identified specific areas where CDC is striving to make substantial improvements in public health, health care, and the human condition in general, both at home and abroad.

Dr. Monroe quoted CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden who believes CDC should focus on "winnable battles".  Specificaly, there are core areas which yeield the most improvement in public health for the effort taken.  Those areas include, tobacco use, health care acquired infections, teen pregnancy, food safety, motor vehicle injuuries, HIV prevention and treatment, and prescription drug / alcohol abuse.

Dr. Monroe began, and concluded, her talk by noting the common goals of CDC and Rotary International to bring better health, and thus better quality of life, to the people of all nations.

Dr. Monroe's Biography:  Dr. Judith Monroe, MD FAAFP is the deputy director for state, tribal, local and territorial support efforts at CDC and director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). In her role, Dr. Monroe provides critical leadership for supporting and revitalizing the public health system. Her efforts focus on establishing a systems approach that supports integration and collaboration among public health professionals and translating science to practice to increase the capacity and performance of public health agencies.

Since she joined CDC, Dr. Monroe has led several activities to strengthen relationships and communication with health officials, including the weekly Did You Know? emails and monthly Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconferences. Dr. Monroe is also committed to building the public health workforce through programs such as the Public Health Associate Program and providing field support to health departments. She also oversees key activities that support higher health standards and improved health systems, such as the National Public Health Performance Standards Program and technical assistance for national, voluntary accreditation for public health departments.

Prior to assuming her position with CDC, Dr. Monroe served as the Indiana state health commissioner from 2005–2010. Under Dr. Monroe's leadership, Indiana improved its obesity ranking from most obese in 2003 to 28th in 2009; obesity decreased by 14.7 percent in youth and 3 percent in adults. Cigarette consumption also decreased nearly 25 percent, with smoking among high school students reduced 21 percent and 46 percent among middle school students. These successes led to increased visibility for public health in the state.

Dr. Monroe received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and medical degree from the University of Maryland. She was named a 2009 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal and received the 2009 Merit Award by the Indiana Hospital Association for her leadership as health commissioner. In 2010, she was presented the MVP Award by Peyton Manning on behalf of the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital for her work to improve the health of children, the 2010 McGovern Award, and the Governor's Distinguished Service Medal from Governor Mitch Daniels. In 2011, she was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Judy Monroe, Deptuty Director of the CDC, Enlightens and Informs East Cobb Rotarians on Public Health Issues Joe Murphey 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee Delivers a State of the County Address to East Cobb Rotary
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Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee paid us a visit this week.  Tim's theme was: Quality of Life.  Tim knows we have chosen to live and work in Cobb because of the schools, parks, businesses, neighborhoods and people who make our community the wonderful place it is.  As the head of our county government, Tim's primary mission is to "stay out of our way".  For Tim, this means the county government should run as efficiently as possible, provide the best possible services for the lowest possible taxes, and, in the end, support the citizens in living our lives fully, and with the least amount of governmental intrusion.  In the three years Tim has served as our County Commission Chairman, taxes have remained low, our services have been improved, and this was during a time when all governments -- local, state and federal  -- have been suffering from substantial reductions in revenue due to the economy.
 
Tim Lee's Bio:
 
Tim Lee was elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in July 2010. He was first elected to office in November 2002 serving the residents of northeast Cobb as District Three Commissioner until April 2010.  Lee was selected in May 2009 as one of 25 commissioners from across the nation to participate in the County Leadership Institute Program offered by the National Association of Counties and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in New York. He has completed advanced training offered by the University of Georgia and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. In order to obtain his Advance Certification, Lee completed courses ranging from financial management and government ethics to effective policy making. He also graduated from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute in 2004.
 
Chairman Lee is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2004 Leadership Cobb Class and Honorary Commanders program. He serves on the board of the North Georgia State Fair and serves the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia as its appointment to the Advisory Board of the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. He has served on the board of MUST Ministries. He is past chairman of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.
 
Prior to serving on the Board of Commissioners, Lee was vice president of the Northeast Cobb Homeowners Group and led the organization in 2000. He also served as a director of the East Cobb Civic Association, a board member of the Cobb Civic Coalition and was past president of his neighborhood homeowner’s association for 10 years. In 2002, Lee was appointed as the District 3 citizen member to the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and served on the Environmental and Land Use Committee.
Lee has worked in advertising and marketing for more than 35 years and owns a marketing consulting firm, Summit View Marketing, Inc. He is a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club and Marietta First United Methodist Church. Lee and his wife, Annette, have been married for 23 years with three children and six grandchildren.
Awards

2002 - Atlanta Regional Commission Citizen Board Member
2003/2004 – Cobb County Leadership Cobb Graduate
2004 - Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute
2004 - Cobb County Bar Association Indigent Defense support appreciation recognition
2005 - ACCG Certified County Commissioners Advanced Certification Program
2005 - Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County - Community Leader of the year
2007 - Cobb County Republican Women's Club - Trumpet Award recipient
2007/2008 - ACCG General County Government Committee Chairman
2008 - Hospitality Hero, Cobb Travel & Tourism
2009 - Executive Support Professionals (ESP) Executive of the Year
2009 - NACO County Leadership Institute
2011 – Atlanta Business Chronicle – 100 Most Influential Atlantans 2011
2012 - Cobb Chamber Mack Henderson Public Service Award
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee Delivers a State of the County Address to East Cobb Rotary 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z
Kate Findlay, GRSP Student from Scotland, Speaks to the East Cobb Rotary
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Great day at The Rotary Club of East Cobb! Our speaker was our club's GRSP Student from Scotland, Kate Findlay. Kate's family is visiting her this week, and they were also in attendance. Kate shared with us some details of her life back ...in Scotland, as well as the adventures she has experienced in the US as a Rotary GRSP student. As with so many of our GRSP students, Kate is a truly delightful person, and she is grateful for the opportunity to participate in this cultural exchange.
Kate Findlay, GRSP Student from Scotland, Speaks to the East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary Supports the Boy Scouts
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Today, we were honored to continue our Rotary club's tradition of supporting the Boy Scouts, and in particular, the Friends of Scouting program of the Foothills District and the Atlanta Area Council. On hand to receive our donation of $3,500 were Scout executives Jon Ingram and Kristina Forbes. (Kristina is also a Rotarian, and Jonathan will soon be one.)

No family in the Atlanta Area is denied the opportunity for their child to experience scouting due to economic barriers. We are proud at East Cobb Rotary to support BSA in making good on that promise.
East Cobb Rotary Supports the Boy Scouts Joe Murphey 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
Are East Cobb Rotarains Smarter than a 5th Grader...?
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This week, the featured speakers at our meeting were Shawn Lieth, Sally Steentjes, and the amazing kids from the East Cobb Rotary Odyssey of the Mind Team.  Our team took 3rd place in state competition this year, narrowly missing the opportunity to go on to the World Competition.  Wait 'till next year!
 
This week, they not only presented a slide show outlining their year of competition, but they also put us to the task by giving us our own early-morning, Odyssey of the Mind-style challenge.  As you can see from this photo, the coffee was kicking in just enough for East Cobb Rotarain Dr. Jerry Capps, and our GRSP Student Kate, to build an admirable marshmallow and tooth-pick structure in the limited time they were given.
 
 
Are East Cobb Rotarains Smarter than a 5th Grader...? Joe Murphey 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z
80% of CEOs Believe Their Company Delivers a Superior Customer Experience; Only 8% of Their Customers Agree
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It was with statements like the one above that this week's speakers Mike McCarthy and Mark Fronesca, Owners of Pragmetrix, got our attention. 

Mike and Mark come from very different business backgrounds -- Mike an engineer and Mark a sales and client relations expert -- but their combined talents are formidable.  Together, they developed a system for identifying a company's NPS -- Net Promoter Score.  In short, it's an evaluation of how your customers respond to the "Ultimate  Question".  The Ultimate Question (from the bestselling book of the same name) is the one customer survey question, which, if answered truthfully, is the best indicator of customer loyalty.  And that question is, "Would you recommend this business to others."

Sounds simple, and it is in theory, but Mike and Mark have learned that getting an honest answer out of your customers on issues of loyalty is not easy.  Customers and clients will tell you what you want to hear, not necessarily what you need to hear.  Through their company, Pragmatix, Mike and Mark conduct interviews of their clients' clients to get that critical information.  From there, they counsel their clients on "closing the loop" -- that is, taking the information gained and putting it to work improving customer/client loyalty.

By identifying your most loyal customers/clients, you can dramatically cut advertising costs by drafting those loyal client as a willing and enthusiastic sales force for your business.

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80% of CEOs Believe Their Company Delivers a Superior Customer Experience; Only 8% of Their Customers Agree Joe Murphey 2013-08-31 00:00:00Z
Service Above Self never tasted so good!

Our Rotary Club of East Cobb volunteers were happy to take the newly renovated Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen at MUST Ministries for a spin this past Wednesday. The reviews are in, and the food critics say this was some of the best lasagna they ever tasted! 

In a joint project with the Marietta Rotary Club, we recently raised over $50,000 to completely overhaul the kitchen facilities at MUST.  Our volunteers, and the many deserving folks they served, give the improvements a big thumb up!

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Service Above Self never tasted so good! Joe Murphey 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z
Let's Face It -- The 2013 Dog Days 5k Race Was a Huge Success!

A Huge THANK YOU to our loyal sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and early-rising runners! 

It was a wonderful day, and you helped us raise over $60,000 that ALL goes to local charities!

Visit www.DogDaysRun.com or the Rotary Club of East Cobb Facebook Page for race stats, photos and more! 

Full race results available at http://sdracetimingservices.com/RaceResults/

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Let's Face It -- The 2013 Dog Days 5k Race Was a Huge Success! Joe Murphey 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z
We're Approaching the Finish Line!!!!
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The 8th Annual Dog Days 5k Run is this Saturday, August 10!

Registration opens 6:30; The 5k starts at 7:30.

As we approach the Finish Line, you can help in two very important ways.

(1)  Run the Race!  If you are a runner, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, sign up and run the race.  If you miss early registration, then just come on down on race day to register.

(2)  Tell Your Friends!  Our generous sponsors have donated $60,000 for this year's race.  All of that money, 100%, goes to local charities.  Their support is contingent upon us delivering a great race each year.  Last year we had nearly 800 runners. We want more this year!  Post on Facebook, Tweet, email, call, etc... to get the word out that East Cobb's premier 5k fundraiser is this Saturday!

See you at the race!

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We're Approaching the Finish Line!!!! Joe Murphey 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z
Jennifer Arnold, of Canine Assistants, and co-worker "Henry", Visit the Rotary Club of East Cobb
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Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, was our speaker this week.  She, and her friendly helper, Henry, reminded us why the Rotary Club of East Cobb has been an enthusiastic supporter of Canine Assistants for more than two decades. 

We were very proud to continue that tradition by presenting Jennifer, and Canine Assistants, with a check for $3,000.00 -- money we raised, ironically, through our annual Dog Days 5k Run.  This year's Dog Days 5k Run is August 10, at the Mt. Bethel UMC, on Lower Roswell Rd., in East Cobb.  Please support our race, so we can continue to support causes like Canine Assistants.

One of Canine Assistants' major corporate sponsors, Milk Bone, will no longer be providing financial support due to corporate restructuring.  For that reason, Canine Assistants needs our help more than ever.   Over 95% of the funds donated to Canine Assistants goes directly to putting assistant dogs in the homes of deserving recipients.

Jennifer has help and inspired thousands through her tireless dedication to service.  Jennifer has appeared, always with a canine cohort, on numerous local and national news programs.  She is also the author of two N.Y. Times best sellers -- Through a Dog's Eyes and In a Dog's Heart, and she is currently completing her third book.

Read below to learn more about Jennifer and her journey to make Canine Assistants a reality:

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager, and I spent two years using a wheelchair. It was an incredibly difficult time. I believe that I may well have set a record for saying "please," "thank you," and most of all, "I'm so sorry to bother you!" I felt isolated and very much alone. I knew I needed help, but I didn't know what kind or how to get it.

My father, a physician in Atlanta, heard about an organization in California that trained service dogs to help people in wheelchairs. The California program had a very long waiting list and worked mainly with those on the West Coast, so my dad decided to start such a program in Georgia. Three weeks after the first planning meeting for Canine Assistants, my father was hit and killed by a drunk driver while he was walking on the sidewalk around a park. It took my mother and me ten years of hard work and dedication to open our program. We finally realized our dream in 1991.

Jennifer Arnold

Founder, Canine Assistants

 

Jennifer Arnold, of Canine Assistants, and co-worker "Henry", Visit the Rotary Club of East Cobb Joe Murphey 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z
Lee Beckmann, Manager of Governmental Affairs for the GA Ports Authority Visits East Cobb Rotary
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With completion of the Panama Canal widening project becoming more eminent, all eyes in the world-wide shipping community are turning to the Port of Savannah.  Our guest speaker today,  Lee Beckmann, filled us in on the vitally important role the Port of Savannah plays in global trade today, and how it is growing to meet the needs of the future.

Facilitating global trade through strategic U.S. East Coast gateways, the Georgia Ports Authority is a leader in the operation of modern terminals and in meeting the demands of international business. Georgia's ports combine industry innovations with proven flexibility to create new opportunities along the entire global logistics pipeline, delivering what
the market demands.

The visionaries at the GA Ports Authority (GPA) recognized the need for deepening the Savannah River as early as 1996.  GPA has been working closely with federal and state agencies toward the approval of the proposed deepening of the Savannah River by up to six feet. This will allow the Port of Savannah to more efficiently accommodate larger cargo and vessel types calling the U.S. East Coast today, the frequency of which will grow exponentially once the Panama Canal’s expansion project reaches completion in 2014.  In addition to the river deepening project, the cargo container storage capacity of the Port will also be dramatically expanded, doubling what is already one of the largest capacity facilities in the world. 

Below are some of the numbers that tell the story of the impact, here and abroad, of the Port of Savannah:

Statewide Impact

  • 352,146 full- and part-time jobs (8.3% of Georgia’s total employment) *
     
  • $66.9 billion in sales (9.5% of Georgia’s total sales) *
     
  • $32.4 billion in state GDP (7.8% of Georgia’s total GDP) *
     
  • $18.5 billion in income (5.2% of Georgia’s total personal income) *
     
  • $1.4 billion in state taxes *
     
  • $1.1 billion in local taxes *
     

National Impact

  • $4.5 billion in Federal taxes *
     
  • The Port of Savannah moved US$54,100,815,237 of containerized cargo during FY2011. **
     
  • In FY2011, 8.7% of total U.S. containerized trade moved through the Port of Savannah (based on tonnage). **

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Lee Beckmann, Manager of Governmental Affairs for the GA Ports Authority Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z
Much More Than Blood and Flood! The Red Cross Visits East Cobb Rotary
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Carisa Hettich, Community Relations Officer at American Red Cross - Metro Atlanta Chapter, and Linda Rounds, Red Cross Senior Recruitment Manager, were our guest speakers today at the Rotary Club of East Cobb. 

Linda alerted us to the very urgent need for blood donations, and, in particular for platelet donations.  "Platelets have a short shelf live," said Linda , "[we need to] make sure we have plenty available for chemotherapies, open heart surgeries, organ transplants and other procedures."  The appointment-only process for donating platelets runs on an automated system and the procedure takes about two hours. Unlike blood donations, platelets regenerate in about 72 hours. The platelets are given to a patient in need in about three days.  "The eligibility guidelines are very similar to that of a regular blood donation," said Rounds.  "A good donor for platelets has A, AB or B+ blood types with strong veins," said Rounds. Men, who typically have higher iron levels, especially are encouraged to donate.  "We have lots of females in the donor base sharing platelets, but occasionally women can be deferred due to iron levels not being high enough," Rounds said.  "We want a good, steady supply and the community can help with that by getting appointments scheduled." Linda also talked to us about opportunities for organizations like Rotary Clubs to sponsor a week during the year to recruit blood and platelet donors.  Hmmm.  Sounds like something we might want to look into.

Carisa Hettich filled us in on the non-blood and non-flood work being done by Red Cross volunteers in our area.  The disasters that get the headlines are not the primary way in which the Red Cross serves disaster victims.  Everyday in the metro area, an average of 2 to 3 families are displaced from their homes due to fire or other isolated incident.  When these folks have no one to turn to for help, the Red Cross is there, usually in less than two hours, with vouchers for a place to stay, debit cards to buy clothes and other immediate needs, other comfort items, and, of course, a sympathetic hug.

We thank Linda and Carisa for the great job they are doing coordinating the efforts of so many volunteers, and we thank them for opening our eyes the the vast array of work being done on a daily basis by the American Red Cross.

 

Much More Than Blood and Flood! The Red Cross Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotarians take the Weekend ON, not off!

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While many were sleeping-in Saturday morning, the East Cobb Rotary Adopt-a-Mile volunteers pictured above were working hard to rid the streets of East Cobb of unsightly trash.  Well, at least one part of one street in East Cobb.  We were happy to see more youth participants for Adopt-a-Mile this time.  Children learn their habits from their parents, including the habit of volunteerism.

Also joining us for the cleanup was 13 year old Christian Hjorth from Denmark.  Christian's older brother, Robert, was a GRSP student sponsored by our club a few years ago.  The Hjorth family have remained in touch with some of our members over the years, and Christian is visiting for the summer with the family of East Cobb Rotarian Joe Murphey.  Christian jumped at the chance to do some Rotary volunteer work while here.  Perhaps not quite as much as he jumped at the chance of going to the Braves game, or Six Flags, or the World of Coke, or Andretti's or...

East Cobb Rotarians take the Weekend ON, not off! Joe Murphey 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z
Happy Independence Day! -- East Cobb Rotary is "Dark" This Week
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All of us at the Rotary Club of East Cobb wish very happy, safe and meaningful Independence Day to Everyone!

In observance of the Holiday we are not meeting this week, but we will be back in action with our newly installed Officers and Directors, ready to take on Rotary year 2013-14, next Wednesday, July 10.

This past week, we remembered some East Cobb Rotarians who stood out among the rest for their particularly strong contributions to our success this year.  Congratulations to East Cobb Rotarians Brenda Beshara, Fred Hanna, Joe Brywczynski, and Mary K Widener, who took Rotarian of the Quarter honors.  Bob Schwall, for his spectacular work on local and international grants was our unanimous pick for Rotarian of the Year.  Way to Go Bob!  Our Rookie of the Year award went to new East Cobb  Rotarian Laura Anderson.  Laura's Dad is a long-time Rotarian and Past President of his club.  Way to carry on the family tradition, Laura.

We finished the week by attending a reception and re-dedication for the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen at MUST Ministries.  In a joint project with the Marietta Rotary Club, we raised $50,000 to completely remodel that facility.  MUST Ministries has fed untold thousands of hungry folks over the years, and this state-of-the-art remodel will allow them to continue that mission for many, many years to come.

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Happy Independence Day! -- East Cobb Rotary is "Dark" This Week Joe Murphey 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotarians On the Go!-- Locally and Internationally
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This was a great weekend for East Cobb Rotary Service, at home and abroad.  Locally, members of the East Cobb Rotary Club distributed fliers for our upcoming Dog Days Run fundraiser at local road races in the area.  We also had a group of East Cobb Rotarians working to clear the trails at East Cobb Park

On the international front, East Cobb Rotarian, and Past President Brad Groff and his wife Kirsten attended the Rotary International Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The "Little Club that Could", still can and still does!

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East Cobb Rotarians On the Go!-- Locally and Internationally Joe Murphey 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z
Wine, Chocolate and Aspirin -- Cardiologist Mindy Gentry fills us in on the benefits
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Dr. Mindy Gentry was our guest speaker this week, and she had our attention from the start with the topic of Wine, Chocolate and Aspirin.

Dr. Gentry is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, so she knows what she's talking about.  What's more, she's a great speaker, and we were both entertained and educated about the health benefits (in moderation) of some of life's indulgences.  Dr. Gentry joined WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine in October 2010 and is currently on staff at WellStar Kennestone hospital. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.  She is the proud mother of two young girls, and she is also proud to call East Cobb her home.

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Wine, Chocolate and Aspirin -- Cardiologist Mindy Gentry fills us in on the benefits Joe Murphey 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Mr. Mayor and the Whiz-Kids
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Great meeting today.  Our guest speaker was Acworth Mayor and Director of the Cobb Community Foundation Tommy Allegood.  When Mayor Allegood and his wife Carol purchased an historical home in Acworth 15 years ago, the area was, to put it mildly, in decline.  All but two shops in the downtown area were closed, and there was no positive "quality of life" for the 6,000 citizens of Acworth.  But Tommy had a vision to change everything, and he shared with us this week the stunning transformation that made Acworth what it is today -- a thriving business, social and living destination that hosts over 500,000 visitors annually. 

Mayor Tommy's success drew the attention of the board of directors of the Cobb Community Foundation, and when they were looking for a new Executive Director, they sought him out for the job.  Tommy has put the same drive, focus and enthusiasm that transformed Acworth into his role as Executive Director of CCF, and we are all better off as a result.  The East Cobb Rotary Foundation is housed within the CCF, so our Club is very invested in, and proud of, the work Mayor Tommy and the board of CCF are doing.

We had some other special guests at our meeting today -- Our Award Winning East Cobb Rotary "Odyssey of the Mind" Team.  Present were Coaches Sally Steentjes and Shawn Lieth, and team members Anne Ensley, Connor Pollack, Harrison Waddell, Lydia Steentjes and Sophie Lieth.  Spencer Lieth is the team mascot. :). Additional team members, who were not able to join us, are Lily Levin and Will Chapman.  This team took second place in regional competition and third place (out of more than 40 teams) at State.  We are very proud of them!

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Mr. Mayor and the Whiz-Kids Joe Murphey 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z
Great Meeting Today -- We did what we love to do most: Give to others!
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Today's special guests included Ms. Kylie Thompson, Mr. Thomas Blackshear and Mr. Waymon Carr, outstanding students at Chattahoochee Tech selected to receive scholarships from The Rotary Club of East Cobb.  Also on hand were Mr. Chris Knife, Executive Director of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and Mrs. Stephanie Hubbell, Coordinator for Advancement for Chattahoochee Technical College.  We have been supporting Chattahoochee Tech scholarship programs since 1987, and we are proud to continue that great tradition.  (Tech student Mr. Sofio Maya was also awarded a scholarship but was unable to join us this morning.)

We also had a visit from Lisa Nevitt of Lekotek.  Lekotek is another charity we are proud to support. Lekotek provides accessible play, adaptive technology and toys, information and resources to facilitate inclusion in family and community life for children with disabilities and special needs.

Our speaker was David Moore, Executive Director of the Historic Oakland Foundation.  He gave us a very informative, very amusing, and occasionally hilarious, photo tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery.  The stories about Oakland Cemetery are amazing, and David tells them with enthusiasm and humor, and a real love for his topic, like the 5th generation Atlantan he is.

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Great Meeting Today -- We did what we love to do most: Give to others! Joe Murphey 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotarians at Relay for Life
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Thanks to all who came out to support Relay for Life this weekend.  We teamed up with Atlanta Blood Services for a community service trifecta.  Rotarians walked to raise money for cancer research while ABS volunteers signed folks up for future blood donations.  Many thanks to our visionary Community Service Director Chris Mora for creating this fantastic synergy between three great organizations.  Makes us very proud to be East Cobb Rotarians!

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East Cobb Rotarians at Relay for Life Joe Murphey 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary Honors Our Local Heroes!
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Today was our annual Service Above Self Awards, where we honor members of the education, firefighting/EMS, law enforcement and military community for their outstanding service. This year's recipients are Cobb School Board Asst. Superintendent Dr. Doreen Griffeth, Detective Kevin Gardner, Firefighter Mark Thurmond, and Technical Sergeant Dallas Criswell (USAF).

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East Cobb Rotary Honors Our Local Heroes! Joe Murphey 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z
GA Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson Visits East Cobb Rotary
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According to Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson, we may not recognize the layout of the typical college campus of 20 years from now.  Of course there will always be football and the social scene, but many other aspects of the delivery of the college experience will change, whether we like it or not.  Peterson and his team are at the cutting edge of the changing dynamics in higher learning.  They know that if our institutions are not out in front of this change, it will run them over and leave them behind.

One way Tech stays ahead of the curve is by seeking out synergies with other institutions of higher learning.  For instance, Tech has a joint program with Emory University whereby students enrolled in Tech or Emory can take courses at either school.  With the convergence of medical science and technology, this is an amazing tool to broaden the experience of students at both universities.

Another example of innovation is the emergence of the "MOOC", or massively open on-line course.  The concept is this:  Certain Georgia Tech classes are open, through the internet, to anyone and everyone, at no charge.  Currently, these classes are being "attended" by literally tens of thousands of people around the globe.  Phase two of the MOOC program will be "monetizing" the concept -- that is, finding a way to verify attendance and test taking so that on-line attendees can be charged a fee to participate in the classes.  With computer mounted cameras now able to perform retinal scans, and other emerging security features, this dream is very close to becoming a reality.

Bud Peterson is a forward-thinking, dynamic speaker, with his roots based in the traditional responsibilities of the university to instill values as well as knowledge in our next generation.  Georgia Tech will undoubtedly continue to prosper under his capable leadership, and we thank him for coming to our Rotary Club to share his vision for the future.

 

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GA Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson Visits East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z
GO OWLS!!! KSU Athletic Director Speaks to East Cobb Rotary
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Kennesaw State University Athletic Director Vaughn Williams is driven to win.  What separates Williams from many other college ADs is definition of winning.  Winning for Vaughn Williams is turning student athletes into servant leaders who will make a positive difference in the community for the "4 or 5" years of college, and then the "40 or 50" years thereafter.

Williams shared with us today the story of how he and Vince Dooley, Chairman of the KSU Football Exploratory Committee, made the dream of football at KSU become a reality.  For Williams, football offers yet another, and bigger, platform for KSU to fulfill its mission to bring the best possible university experience to Northwest Georgia. 

Williams knows that we wave the colors of many different college affiliations in this area -- red, gold, orange... -- but he invites us all to be Owls, to wear the yellow and black, and support the new kid on the block when they hit the field in 2014.Image

GO OWLS!!! KSU Athletic Director Speaks to East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z
Robots and Whiz Kids Making East Cobb Rotary Proud
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Hello East Cobb Rotarians:

We've got some great news to share about two groups East Cobb Rotary sponsors who made us proud over the weekend. 

The Walton HS Robitics Team won the coveted "Chairman's Award" at a regoinal competition, earning the team a trip to the F.I.R.S.T. World Championships for the 3rd year in a row! Overall, the robot finished 6th out of 60 teams after qualifying rounds. Playoffs were amazingly supercompetitive, and they finished in 5th place overall. Alyx Falis, the team Executive Director was named one of two Dean's List Award winners for her contributions to the team and F.I.R.S.T. over the last 4 years.

To win both the Chairman's Award (which focuses more on teamwork, leadership, and community service) AND to build a top-five finisher robot is a remarkable feat that no other competitor came close to accomplishing.  And they did all of this while proudly displaying our East Cobb Rotary Logo.

Meanwhile, our East Cobb Rotary Odyssey of the Mind* Team placed 2nd place in the Regional Competition, and they are headed to the State Finals in April.  Their team tee-shirts have a our East Cobb Rotary Loga and a huge rotary wheel on the back, so they are carrying us with them to the stage of victory, just like our Robotic's kids.

As soon as their competitive seasons have ended, we will have each of these fine groups share with us their stories from the field of competition, as well as the many ways they use the competitive plaftorm to provide community service.

 -Joe

*Odyssey of the Mind, for those of you who may not know, is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

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Robots and Whiz Kids Making East Cobb Rotary Proud Joe Murphey 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z
Report from The Gold Dome -- Rep Sharon Cooper fills us in on the current legislative session
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Many thanks to Representative Sharon Cooper (Georgia House District 43) for spending some time with us during this, her absolute busiest time of the legislative year. 

This is "cross-over" season -- the time when bills in the State House and Senate, in order to survive, must be released from committee, passed in their respective chambers, and then crossed over to the other chamber.  Even though this is Rep. Cooper's most frantic period as a public servant, she took time this morning to fill us in on the important issues under consideration at the State House, and, just as importantly, she answered all of our burning questions. 

Typical to form for those of us who have known Sharon Cooper for years, she didn't duck the questions, and she gave us straight answers.

Here's a little bit more info about Rep. Cooper:

Born in Houston, Texas, Sharon is proud to have called Georgia home since 1970. After teaching nursing for several years she met Dr. Tom Cooper. They were married in 1980 and have lived in East Cobb since.

Sharon Cooper

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, Sharon was chosen legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party in 2000. In 2002 she was elected Minority Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues in the Georgia House. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman which made her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House, the highest rank ever attained by a woman. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing responsibilities as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and member of the powerful Rules Committee, she assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus. She was also appointed chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as chair of the Special Committee on Saving Grady Hospital.

Representative Cooper continues to chair the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. Rep. Cooper is also a member of the Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil, and Regulated Industries committees.

Representative Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and MSN in Nursing. She has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer's Tea Party — a how-to book that encouraged the average citizen to become politically active. She was asked to update this book in July 2010.

Sharon Cooper

A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Representative Cooper passed a major revision of the state's stalking law while in her freshman term. In 2002 Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed her to the President's 30-member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. In 2006 Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit. She has also served on Former First Lady, Mary Perdue's Advisory Committee on Foster Care.

Rep. Cooper continues to Author and foster legislation that promotes improved health care for Georgians such as: the HIV Screening Bill for Pregnant Women, Georgia Smokefree Air Act, and the "Health Share" Volunteers in Medicine Act. Rep. Cooper has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working legislators at the Capitol as well as being honest, straightforward and committed. She considers the opportunity to serve the citizens of East Cobb as one of the greatest honors of her life.

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Report from The Gold Dome -- Rep Sharon Cooper fills us in on the current legislative session Joe Murphey 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z
Just the Facts, Ma'am -- Officer Mike Bowman of Cobb PD Pays a Visit to East Cobb Rotary
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Officer Mike Bowman has been on the beat for decades in Cobb County.  But more than that, he was raised here, and he lives here with his family.  So it was not only as police officer, but as a husband and father, that Officer Bowman shared with us today how we can protect ourselves, our businesses, and our families from criminals. 

Every crime has three elements -- a victim, a suspect, and an opportunity.  We can't predict when and where suspects will be lurking, but we can substantially limit the opportunities for them to strike.  Officer Mike Bowman presented to us specific scenarios where East Cobb citizens unwittingly expose themselves to crime, and he showed us how to turn the tables on those would-be attackers and burglars.

Officer Bowman also shared with us ways to deal with an "active shooter" situation.  With recent headlines about the Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticutt shootings still fresh in our minds, knowing how to react, should we ever be faced with such a nightmare, is valuable information.  Officer Bowman recommends we show to our families and our employees a video available on YouTube that sets out the protocol for dealing with an active shooter situation.  The video is entitled "Run, Hide, Fight" and you can find it on YouTube by searching for "Run, Hide, Fight".

Our thanks to Officer Bowman for coming to speak to us, and for his decades-long committment to making Cobb County a safer place for us, our businesses, and our families.

One of Officer Bowman's many duties for Cobb PD is to serve as a spokesperson for media inquiries.  Here he is below answering "tough questions" for a local news investigation about a pitt bull attack that occurred in Cobb County

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Just the Facts, Ma'am -- Officer Mike Bowman of Cobb PD Pays a Visit to East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary Hits the Road -- Field Trip to East Side Elementary; New Member Induction!
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A big thanks to Principal Elizabeth Mavity and the staff of East Side Elementary for welcoming us into their brand new, state-of-the-art facility.  Principal Mavity gave us a very interesting history lesson about the school, taking us back in time to the early days in 1952 when East Side was the only elementary school in the East Cobb area.  Back then, the principal had to shoo cows from the playground before the kids could be released out there to play.  Today, Principal Mavity only herds children, not cows, but she and her staff have their hands full.  With 1,200 students currrently enrolled, East Side Elementary is nearly at full capacity and is one of the largest elementary schools in the county by enrollment.  But quality doesn't suffer due to quantity at East Side Elementary.  Principal Mavity shared with us recent standarized test scores for East Side students, and they are literally off of the charts.  The students at East Side not only test well, they also join and participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations.

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After hearing from Principal Mavity, we had a special treat indeed -- we inducted two dynamic new members into our East Cobb Rotary Club.  Wade Patrick, owner and president of Marietta Sports Cars, has known several of our club members for many years.  It was a matter of time before Wade joined up, and he will make a fantastic Rotarian. 

Laura Anderson, a family law attorney in Marietta,  was also an "inevitable Rotarian".  Laura's father set the Rotary example for Laura early on.  Dr. Anderson is Past President of two Rotary Clubs, and Laura credits her burning desire to help others with the the lessons taught to her by her parents.  Dr. and Mrs. Anderson, and Laura's proud husband, were all present today to see her swearing in ceremony.

Our meeting concluded with a technology demonstration by 5th grade teacher Mark Campali and two students from his class.  East Side has adopted the nationwide "B.Y.O.D" (Bring Your Own Device) program where students are encouraged to bring in iPods, iTouch, notebooks or tablets from home for collaborative use in the classroom setting.  If the two 5th graders who presented for us are any indication, the future is very bright, indeed.  The kids not only know technology, they are learning to use it in the group setting so that social interactive skills develop along with hi-tech savy. 

East Cobb Rotary Hits the Road -- Field Trip to East Side Elementary; New Member Induction! Joe Murphey 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z
Chuck Casto of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shares His Amazing Story with the East Cobb Rotary
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Charles A. "Chuck" Casto is a Deputy Regional Administrator for the NRC.  Chuck took center stage -- the world stage -- in March of 2011 when he headed up the team of U.S. responders to the nuclear disaster that followed the earthquakes and tsunamis in Fukishima, Japan. 

On three hours notice, Chuck found himself on a plane headed directly into a disaster area that was being hastily evacuated.  As their plane drew closer, the news reports coming from those on the scene told the story of a rapidly deteriorating situation.  There was talk of the worse nuclear disaster ever. 

Chuck remained in Japan for 11 months, much of that time his team working around the clock and against overwhelming odds.  In the end, the disaster was contained.  Chuck shared with us today not so much the story of a nuclear disaster as a story of the great relationship that exists between the countries of Japan and the U.S..  Chuck's story referenced many of the "American Heroes" he encountered while on his 11 month tour of duty.  While he saw gut-wrenching scenes of unspeakable devastation, he also witnessed countless acts of human courage and perseverance. 

Though Chuck never said it, what we Rotarians learned today is that Chuck is an American Hero who bravely answered the call of duty, on short notice and without hesitation.  His story is compelling, and we are grateful he took time to share it with us this morning.

Chuck Casto's Bio:  Mr. Casto started his career in nuclear power working on the construction of Sequoyah Unit 2. Post construction and reactor startup, he transferred into operations. He was a licensed operator and operations instructor at Browns Ferry and an NRC certified SRO instructor at Brunswick. Mr. Casto joined the NRC in 1985 as an Operator Licensing Examiner in Region II. He also serves in an appointed position to the Cobb County School system as the Chairman of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax committee that provides oversight for a $2.4B school construction program. Mr. Casto received.a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Chuck Casto of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shares His Amazing Story with the East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z
Today's Speaker was Cobb School Board Member Scott Sweeney
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Post 6 Cobb County School Board Member Scott Sweeney took some time from his very busy schedule to update our Rotary Club on the state of the Cobb County School District.  The District has a tremendous impact on our community, as the largest employer, largest operator of fleet vehicles, largest restauranteur, and most broadly empowered govenrmental entity in the county.  And that's before you consider that they, as the second largest school district in the state, are educating over 100,000 of our children every school day.

Scott filled us in on all of the challenges facing the District in the future and how he and the other board members are working to face those challenges.  Our Rotarians had tough questions, and Scott had answers. 

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Scott's full bio is below:

After spending more than 28 years in private business as a senior manager, business developer and business owner, Scott Sweeney began his first term as the Post 6 representative in January 2011 and he presently serves as Chairman on the Cobb County Board of Education. Mr. Sweeney earned his Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA. A fifteen year east Cobb resident, he is the Chief Financial Officer for his family consulting business. As Sr. Vice President with Williams Capital and Vice President with Buchanan Street Partners, he advised on over $700 million in total capital commitments for commercial properties with an aggregate value approaching $3 billion. Scott was Assistant Vice President with Fidelity National Financial, working with their National Title Services group and where he also launched the firm’s qualified intermediary services in the southeastern United States. As a partner and senior manager, he has developed and operated nationally recognized restaurants in CA, OR, NV, GA and CO. Scott has served as a board or committee member on national, state and local non-profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and an author of articles for industry publications. His community involvement includes membership with the Republican National Committee, Georgia GOP, Cobb County GOP, Cobb County Republican Women’s Club(Associate), and as a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He serves on the Walton Governance Council. Mr. Sweeney has supported local youth sports through his involvement as an assistant coach with East Side Baseball. He is a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. He is married to Sandy Sweeney, a life-long Cobb County resident. They reside in Marietta and are the proud parents of Gabe Sweeney and Jake Sweeney who attend Sope Creek Elementary.

Today's Speaker was Cobb School Board Member Scott Sweeney Joe Murphey 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z
Our Speaker Today was Al Simon of Simon, Inc. -- How to Sell in Today's Market Place
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Al Simon is President of Simon, Inc., a sales training, coaching, and business development consulting company based in the Atlanta area. Simon Inc. specializes in teaching business owners and sales professionals to be effective and consistent with their business development strategies, tactics, and attitudes.  He joined us today for an entertaining and informative session on how the "old way" of selling doesn't work, and how today's buyer must be approached.

A 1977 graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management, Mr. Simon has more than 30 years of direct sales experience; and he has also been exposed to many different sales strategies and approaches. Consistently the top performer in sales volume for his company before starting Simon, Inc., he has mastered the art of selling in both simple and complex sales cycles. Mr. Simon has also successfully managed salespeople in highly competitive, high-risk situations.

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Our Speaker Today was Al Simon of Simon, Inc. -- How to Sell in Today's Market Place Joe Murphey 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Speaks to the East Cobb Rotary
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We were honored by a visit from The Honorable Sam Olens, Georgia's Attorney General.  Sam brought us up-to-date on the many issues he's confronting including health care reform, environmental issues, the Savannah Port improvements, proposed changes in the state ethics laws, and much more.  Also in attendance at today's meeting were District 43 State Representative Sharon Cooper and Cobb County Board of Education Member (and outgoing Chairman) Scott Sweeney.

We are very proud of Sam and his success on the larger stage of public life.  And those of us who practiced law as colleagues of Sam in the 80's and 90's find Sam's success to be no mystery.  As an attorney, he always dealt directly and honestly with his clients and colleagues, and he does the same now with his constituents.  Sam handled the tough questions posed by our club members today candidly and without prevarication.

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Sam's Bio:

Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia Attorney General on January 10, 2011.  We have known Sam for years as Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners (August 2002 through March 2010) and Cobb County District 3 Commissioner (1999 through 2002).

From December 2004 through 2009, Olens was Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was also Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010. Olens was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to represent the 6th Congressional District on Georgia's Department of Community Affairs Board in 2003 and served through 2010.

Olens also serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations, including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Sam Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2008 Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of Regional Councils and the 2007 "Excellence in Public Service Award" by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute. For the past eight years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians." In 2011, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Olens for his dedication to community and philanthropic service by naming their annual community service award the “Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.”

Other honors include the 2010 Trumpet Award from the Cobb County Women's Republican Club, the 2009 James L. Rhoden, Jr. Award for Visionary Philanthropy, the 2009 United Way in Cobb County Volunteer of the Year, and Cobb's "Citizen of the Year" by the Marietta Daily Journal in 2006.

Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983 and was a member of Ezor & Olens, P.C. from 1983 through 2010. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to the Georgia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; the United States Supreme Court; and the District of Columbia.

Olens and his wife Lisa have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.

 

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens Speaks to the East Cobb Rotary Joe Murphey 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z
Happy New Year! Rotary is Everywhere...
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East Cobb Rotarian Harry Boone, on a recent trip to Nepal, rounded a corner and came face-to-face with the gentleman in the photo below.

As we reflect on this past year and look to the year ahead, we can be proud of the fact we're part of something much bigger -- a major force of positive change in our East Cobb community, and the worldover.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year East Cobb!

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Happy New Year! Rotary is Everywhere... Joe Murphey 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z
Holiday Party a Great Success!
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The food, drink, and especially the company, were spot-on at the Holiday Party this past Saturday! 

Please thank Allison and Ashley when you see them, for planning and executing the perfect party.  Also, thanks go out to Sarah and Jeff Dimond for continuing the tradition of their leading us in carols (the cheat sheets are very much appreciated!) culminating with the dramatic (often comic) reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".

And, we not only had a lot of fun, we also collected lots and lots of gifts for Toys for Tots, and we will be presenting those to a uniformed Marine at the meeting this week.  Thanks to all of you who brought toys and prizes for the drawing.

The Murphey Family sincerely thanks our East Cobb Rotary Family for fostering the common bond we all share.  Each year, our Holiday Party reminds me of what a great little Rotary Club we really are!

See you all on Wednesday!

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Holiday Party a Great Success! Joe Murphey 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z
Dr. Reyn Update
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Tomorrow our friend and fellow Rotarian goes in for a biopsy on his brain tumor.  Our prayers and well wishes are with you, Reyn.

Also, Jordan will be posting further updates on their family blog, http://connellyconnection.blogspot.com/.  

Dr. Reyn Update Joe Murphey 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z
In Memoriam...
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Our Rotary family is saddened by the loss of Maxine, wife of our friend and fellow Rotarian Dan Power.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family, Dan.

A memorial service to honor and remember Maxine's life will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068.

In Memoriam... Joe Murphey 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z
Thank you, Ray McKemie, District 6900 Rotary Foundation Co-Chair!
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Ray McKemie drove all the way up from Pelham, Georgia, to be with us for breakfast and Rotary fellowship.  Ray shared with us a brief and entertaining history of the Rotary Foundation, from its earliest origins right here in Atlanta at the 1917 Rotary Convention, to the many evolutions the Foundation has gone through to reach its present form.  Raising over 200 million dollars annually, the Rotary Foundation is a major force for good in the world, and in our local communities.  Ray reminded us of how we can leverage the power of one Rotarian through this amazing engine of change we call the Rotary Foundation.  Ray also reminded us of what valuable assets we have in the persons of our club Rotary Foundation Director Jerry Capps and our Director of Grants, Bob Schwall.  These guys know their stuff, and they work tirelessly to make our Rotary Foundation giving as easy and as effective as possible.
Thank you, Ray McKemie, District 6900 Rotary Foundation Co-Chair! Joe Murphey 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z
We are dark this week!
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There will be no meeting of the Rotary Club of East Cobb this week, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Our speaker on November 28 will be Ray McKemie, District 6900 Rotary Foundation Co-Chair.

Have a safe, happy and meaningful Thanksgiving Holiday! 

We are dark this week! Joe Murphey 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary is on the road this week!
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East Cobb Rotarians, don't forget that our Wednesday 7am club meeting this week will be at Brumby Elementary School, 1306 Powers Ferry Road Southeast Marietta.  We will be in the Media Center (what we used to call "the library" back when we were in school).  Our very own Dr. Amanda Ritchie will update us on the many wonderful things going on at Brumby and how they are using our contributions of time and money to achieve these goals.

Also, this Wednesday is the last day for our CFR "Thanks For Giving" Food Drive.  Please bring all of your donated items and/or money to the meeting at Brumby to hand off to Chris Mora who will get them to CFR.

As always, we welcome guests and visiting Rotarians to join us for our meeting!

East Cobb Rotary is on the road this week! Joe Murphey 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z
East Cobb Rotary is Now a Proud Sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind
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The Odyssey of the Mind Team from Mt. Bethel Elementary School has distinguished itself on the international stage.  Most recently, they made it to the Odyssey of the Mind (OTM) 2012 World Finals in Ames, Iowa. 

Unfortunately, this precocious group of academic whiz kids suddenly found themselves without a sponsoring organization, as Mt. Bethel Elementary was unable to continue doing so.  That was when this OTM group reached out, through volunteer Sally Steentjes, to the Rotary Club of East Cobb.  Among our many community outreach projects, we at the East Cobb Rotary support youth development through our New Generations program.  We immediately saw the potential for a win-win scenario, and we are very proud to be the new sponsor for this group of talented and motivated young folks. 

Below are some of the hand made "thank you" cards we recieved from members of our newly adopted OTM team.  These kids are not only smart -- they have good manners!

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East Cobb Rotary is Now a Proud Sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind Joe Murphey 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
Sofie Foens, our GRSP student from Denmark, was our speaker this week
Sofie is an amazing and dynamic young lady, and she's hit the ground running since her arrival in Atlanta last month.  Sofie loves a challenge.  She is studying environmental engineering and technology at Southern Poly in Marietta, and she immediately sought permission from the administrators at Southern Poly to take a harder and more challenging slate of classes than those she was originally assigned.  Sofie has also embraced her immersion into American culture and has attended multiple sports and social events.  She's even tried cheese grits (not her favorite!).Image

Sofie shared some of her personal story with us at the meeting this week, and we learned she is an accomplised equestrian, an avid hiker and backpacker (including competitive orienteering), a nature lover, and she, above all, loves to explore and seek out new adventures.  She was the top performer in her high school in Denmark's national mathematics competition, and won second place in the national Science Cup inventing competition. 

We also learned Sofie is a great speaker and presenter (in a language not her native tongue, no less).  We could not be more proud to have Sofie as our GRSP Student this year!
Sofie Foens, our GRSP student from Denmark, was our speaker this week Joe Murphey 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z
Ron King--new member

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Ron King, shown on the left, was inducted as our newest member of East Cobb Rotary. Congratulations.

Ron King--new member Fred Hanna 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z
July 18th Meeting
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Coach Freeman talks Football
July 18th Meeting Mike Voegtle 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars!

our Dog Days 5K run takes place on August 11, 2012

Mark Your Calendars! Fred Hanna 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z
Dog Days Almost Here!
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Sign up NOW for this Year's Dog Days 5K Run!
Dog Days Almost Here! Mike Voegtle 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z
Dog Days 5K Run 2012
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It is time to start thinking about Sponsors for this years Dog Days!
Dog Days 5K Run 2012 Mike Voegtle 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z
Feb 7 speaker
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Our own Guy Gebhardt will be discussing identity theft.
Feb 7 speaker Reyn Connelly 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z
Visit us on Facebook!
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Rotary of East Cobb is now on Facebook!
Visit us on Facebook! Mike Voegtle 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z
Speaker for June 15
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Tracy Ireland, VP of the Georgia Student Finance Commission
Speaker for June 15 Reyn Connelly 2011-06-14 00:00:00Z
Program for May 25th
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2011 Service Above Self Awards

Program for May 25th Reyn Connelly 2011-05-23 00:00:00Z
Speaker for May 18th
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Sandy D. Welfare, Executive Director of Cool Girls, Inc, will be our speaker.

Speaker for May 18th Reyn Connelly 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z
Program for May 11
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Our program was at the Boy Scout Center on Circle 75 Parkway.  The speaker was Tracy Techau, Atlanta Area Council Scout Executive and CEO, and Past-President of a Rotary club. 
Program for May 11 Reyn Connelly 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z
Speaker for May 4th
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Jeri Barr of the Center for Family Resources.
Speaker for May 4th Reyn Connelly 2011-05-03 20:51:50Z
Great Turnout for Key Employee / Associate Luncheon
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A tradition at East Cobb Rotary has been to honor the employees and associates of our members with an annual luncheon.  We had a great turnout this year, and we thank all of those who attended. 

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Great Turnout for Key Employee / Associate Luncheon Joe Murphey
Rev. Dr. Dwight "IKE" Reighard- President of MUST Ministries
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Rev. Dr. Dwight "IKE" Reighard- President of MUST Ministries Fred Hanna
Dr. Kathy Schwaig, Dean, Coles College of Business

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 Our club was honored this morning to have Dr. Kathy Schwaig from Kennesaw State University speak at our meeting. Dr. Schwaig gave us some insite about how big both her college of business and the University as a whole has grown with over 25,000 total students and 5,000 students in her business college. She talked about about the high demand from employers for their students coming out with degrees in information systems and information security.  She has certainly help put the University and Cobb County on the map.

 

Dr. Kathy Schwaig, Dean, Coles College of Business Fred Hanna
Jing Chen- PR director for New Tany Dynasty TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ms. Jing Chen with New Tany Dynasty TV NTDTV.com enlighten our rotary club this morning about this TV station. While they bring the current news from China, they also broadcast news from China that you don't sometimes hear or see. Please vist their site

Jing Chen- PR director for New Tany Dynasty TV Fred Hanna
Catherine Vandenberg-managing attorney for Legal Aid of Cobb County

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 Cathy enlighten our club this morning on the history of their organization and how it is funded. She further explained the vital role they play in our community in helping to provide  legal services to those who cannot afford it, and are deprived of their legal rights.  

 

Catherine Vandenberg-managing attorney for Legal Aid of Cobb County Fred Hanna
Seth Hopkins-- Ex. Director of the Booth Western Museum
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  Seth Hopkins, a fellow rotarian from Cartersville, GA spoke to our club Wednesday morning.   Seth is executive director of both the Tellus and Booth Western museums located in Cartersville, GA. Go on-line to read more about both Seth and the museums.
Seth Hopkins-- Ex. Director of the Booth Western Museum Fred Hanna
Walton High Robotics team
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The award winning Walton's Robotics team brought their show to the East Cobb Rotary Club and demonstrated their skills and explained why they have been so sucessful. Shown above from the team are Gil Goldshlager, Alyx Falis and Olivia Malice.
Walton High Robotics team Fred Hanna
Brian M Wray, manager of brand design for Chick-fil-A
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   Brian Wray, shown above on the right with club president Joe Murphey, told the history and enlightened our club on the workings and thinking of what goes into making Chick- fil-A a great company.  From just a personal note from this writer's observation over many years, it is amazing what can happen when you put God in your business plan.
Brian M Wray, manager of brand design for Chick-fil-A Fred Hanna
need I say more
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need I say more Fred Hanna
Michelle Ziemann-Devos
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Michelle Ziemann-Devos, Executive director of the Georgia Ballet, enlighted our club of exactly how communities and kids in general are affected by the arts.  

Michelle Ziemann-Devos Fred Hanna
Kristina Forbes- our newest member
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Kristina Forbes is a District Executive with the Boy Scouts.

Kristina Forbes- our newest member Fred Hanna
Sam Pierce, chairperson in charge of membership, rallies the troops.
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Sam Pierce, chairperson in charge of membership, rallies the troops. Fred Hanna
Sofie Foens - Our GRSP stident from Denmark
Our club was honored by Sofie's visit.  Our club helps sponsor her while she attends College here in Atlanta.
Sofie Foens - Our GRSP stident from Denmark Fred Hanna
Holly Bass - President and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism
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East Cobb Rotary was honored on Wednesday to have Holly Bass come and share how her office promotes Cobb County.
Holly Bass - President and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism Fred Hanna
Dog Days 5-K run

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Several hundred runners came together on Saturday, August 11th for Rotary's annual 5-K run to raise money for Cobb County's charities.

Dog Days 5-K run Fred Hanna
GAME ON-----August 11th
GAME ON-----August 11th Fred Hanna
Sofie Foens is our new foreign exchange student.
Our club is the sponsor of Sofie Foens from Denmark as part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). She arrives on Tuesday, August 7 at 6 PM. See Brad Groff if you want to be part of the welcoming team at the airport.
Sofie Foens is our new foreign exchange student. Fred Hanna
Cynthia Rozzo
Cynthia Rozzo, candidate for State Representative in East Cobb, paid a warm visit to our weekly meeting. She has been in Cobb County many years and has alway been a loyal supporter of our club. Image
Cynthia Rozzo Fred Hanna
Beth Messer, Director of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
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Beth Messer, Director of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Fred Hanna
May 2nd LUNCH Meeting: Key Associate Luncheon
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We will be honoring key associates and employees that are instrumental to our success at this special lunch.  Our speaker will be Ms. Sylvia Sultenfuss, who will be discussing the power of acknowledgement.
May 2nd LUNCH Meeting: Key Associate Luncheon Reyn Connelly
March 14 Meeting
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Debra Lowe will be discussing the Rotary Foundation
March 14 Meeting Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Feb. 22 Meeting
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John Busch, author of the book Steam Coffin, will be discussing the first steam ships crossing the Atlantic.
Speaker for Feb. 22 Meeting Reyn Connelly
Feb. 15
No Meeting on Feb.15
Feb. 15 Reyn Connelly
Feb. 1 Speaker
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Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols
Feb. 1 Speaker Reyn Connelly
Meeting for Jan. 25th
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Past President Bob Schwall will be discussing the Rotary program “Laws of Life”. 
Meeting for Jan. 25th Reyn Connelly
January 18th Meeting
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Our speaker will be Jenny Stever from the Rally Foundation.
January 18th Meeting Reyn Connelly
Meeting--Nov. 2nd
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Our own Amanda Richie will be leading another special program centered around her students and faculty at the school.
Meeting--Nov. 2nd Reyn Connelly
Speaker for October 12th meeting
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Mark Johnson is a mentalist, mind reader, and psychic entertainer.
Speaker for October 12th meeting Reyn Connelly
Speaker for 9/21
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Mike Hart will be with us to discuss GRSP.  Augusto Toso, our current GRSP student, should also be in attendance.
Speaker for 9/21 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for 9/14
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Joe Corley:  Black Belt with a Mission

Speaker for 9/14 Reyn Connelly
Meeting--August 31st
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Past District Governor, Bill Woulfin, will be speaking about the Rotary Foundation.
Meeting--August 31st Reyn Connelly
Meeting for August 24th
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Our own Nathan Kalb on membership.
Meeting for August 24th Reyn Connelly
August 10th meeting changed--now at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church!!!!!
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Do NOT go to IHCC this Wed the 10th!!!  We will be meeting at the site of our Dog Days Race, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church!
August 10th meeting changed--now at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church!!!!! Reyn Connelly
Aug. 3rd and Aug. 10th Meetings
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DOG DAYS !!!!  The race is coming soon, and the next two meetings will be focused on the big day August 13th!

Aug. 3rd and Aug. 10th Meetings Reyn Connelly
Speaker for July 27
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This week's program will be author, attorney, and world traveler Layton Green.  He will be speaking about his life experiences.

Speaker for July 27 Reyn Connelly
Sign up for - 2011 DOG DAYS 5K RUN Sat 13 August 2011

 Sign up today for the annual Dog Days Run, Marietta GA.   Here is the link http://dogdaysrun.com/

 

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Sign up for - 2011 DOG DAYS 5K RUN Sat 13 August 2011 Rick Bauer
July 13th Meeting
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Rotary International
District 6900
District Governor
Margie Kersey

July 13th Meeting Reyn Connelly
June 22 Speaker
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Ed Gadrix, Executive Director of the Georgia Equine Education Project
June 22 Speaker Reyn Connelly
June 1st meeting
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Our GRSP student, Laura Spanyi, will be featured at our next meeting to give us a review of her year with us.
June 1st meeting Reyn Connelly
Program for April 20
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Our program for this week's meeting will be on Wellstar in East Cobb.
Program for April 20 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for April 13, 2011
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Hal Coleman, the "Networking Ninja"
Speaker for April 13, 2011 Reyn Connelly
Our speaker for March 30, Sandra Li
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Sandra Li will be letting us know about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Emory University
Our speaker for March 30, Sandra Li Reyn Connelly
Speaker for March 23, Steven Wagner
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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Speaker for March 23, Steven Wagner Reyn Connelly
DARK next Wednesday, March 15
Everyone remember that Charter Night is our meeting for next week and we will NOT be meeting at IHCC on the 15th.
DARK next Wednesday, March 15 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for March 9th, Mike Lowry
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Fair Tax
Speaker for March 9th, Mike Lowry Reyn Connelly
Speaker: Jan. 19, 2011
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Bill Morton, author of "The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography"
Speaker: Jan. 19, 2011 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Dec. 14
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Sue Wooten--East Cobb Foundation
Speaker for Dec. 14 Reyn Connelly
Speaker--Dec. 8
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Sarah Carson, LCSW, M.A.
Speaker--Dec. 8 Reyn Connelly
Our speaker for Nov. 10, David Talbot
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David is the founder of Crutches for Africa
Our speaker for Nov. 10, David Talbot Reyn Connelly
October 29th speaker, Margaret R. DeFrancisco
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Margaret R. DeFrancisco is the President and CEO Georgia Lottery Corporation.
October 29th speaker, Margaret R. DeFrancisco Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Oct. 20
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Dewey McClain: Talking Atlanta Falcons football, past and present.
Speaker for Oct. 20 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Oct. 13
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Dr. Paul J. Voss
Speaker for Oct. 13 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Oct. 6
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COLONEL JON G ANDRE
Speaker for Oct. 6 Reyn Connelly
Speaker for Sept. 29th
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America's Fitness Coach, Dave Hubbard.
Speaker for Sept. 29th Reyn Connelly
Speaker for September 1st
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Mike Hart will be with us this week to discuss the GRSP!
Speaker for September 1st Reyn Connelly
This week's speaker: Tom Price
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Wed, August 25th, our speaker will be Congressman Tom Price.
This week's speaker: Tom Price Reyn Connelly
Dog Days Run a Huge Success for East Cobb!
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On Saturday August 14th, the Rotary Club of East Cobb hosted their 5th annual Dog Days 5K Run.
Dog Days Run a Huge Success for East Cobb! Mike Voegtle
Speaker for Aug 4th--Blaine Hess
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Dog Days Preparation
Speaker for Aug 4th--Blaine Hess Reyn Connelly
July 28th Speaker Debra Lowe
Debra will be discussing The Rotary Foundation and Major Gifts.
July 28th Speaker Debra Lowe Reyn Connelly
New Board Members
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The Rotary Club of East Cobb inducted its new Board Members on Wednesday June 30, 2010.
New Board Members Mike Voegtle
Follow us on Twitter!
Can't get enough of East Cobb Rotary? You can now follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on everything that we do! Just click on this button.  Twitter
Follow us on Twitter! Mike Voegtle
Dog Days Run 5K - August 14, 2010
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Click on link for more information on Dog Days Run 5K ...

http://dogdaysrun.com/

Dog Days Run 5K - August 14, 2010 Rick Bauer
charter Night
charter Night Mike Voegtle
Walter Bradley
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East Cobb Rotary welcomed Walter Bradley from AID Atlanta to our October 7th Meeting.
Walter Bradley Brenda Beshara
Water damage at East Cobb Park
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As you are all aware, the recent heavy rains have taken a toll on in our community in the form of property damage and the unfortunate loss of several lives.  Here is a news release on the damage at the East Cobb Park and information on how we can help:
Water damage at East Cobb Park Mike Voegtle
Carlos Infantozzi
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At our September 16th meeting, East Cobb Rotary welcomed Carlos Infantozzi, our most recent sponsored student through the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP).

Carlos Infantozzi Brenda Beshara
Sam Olens

At our September 30th meeting, East Cobb Rotary welcomed Sam Olens, Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

Sam Olens Brenda Beshara
Witness To War
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I was very fortunate this week to attend a meeting to hear Tom Beaty, founder of Witness To War, speak about his organization.  
Witness To War Mike Voegtle
Claudia Mertyl
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At our August 19th meeting,  East Cobb Rotary was fortunate to welcome back Claudia Mertyl as our guest speaker.  
Claudia Mertyl Mike Voegtle
Dog Days Run 2009 Photos
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Do you want to see more photos from this years Dog Days Run?

Dog Days Run 2009 Photos Mike Voegtle
Chad Gregory
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At the September 9th meeting, East Cobb Rotary welcomed Chad Gregory, Senior Vice President of United Egg Producers as its speaker.

Chad Gregory Brenda Beshara