District 6900 News for September, 2019


Vinings Cumberland Club President Donna Drakes with PDG Ted Propes, DG Jim Squire and Rotarian Race Director Charles Heinz at the starting line

Vinings Cumberland Club President Donna Drakes with PDG Ted Propes, DG Jim Squire and Rotarian Race Director Charles Heinz at the starting line

From Our District Governor

Connecting NOW to Make a Difference

By Jim Squire

The month of August was amazing for Donna and me as we visited 14 clubs and met so many amazing Rotarians across the District. I had planned to share several stories from my visits, but as I sat Labor Day thinking about my family in Savannah, and the impending Hurricane Dorian, I was concerned about all the help that will be needed in our coastal GA Rotary District 6920 to recover from the damage.

I was reflecting that, as in the past, we would reach out to District 6900 Rotarians for contributions to our 501(c)(3) Rotary District 6900 Charitable Fund Inc. once the extent of the damage has been assessed. There are a variety of ways to do that; you can read all about it in a separate newsletter story on disaster relief efforts. It occurred to me that our members we can all add to the Charitable Fund on an ongoing basis every time we make a purchase at Amazon. [more]


North Carolina, from AP photographer Jeffrey Collins

North Carolina, from AP photographer Jeffrey Collins

Disaster Relief

How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Dorian

By Jim Squire

Like you, the Leadership of Rotary District 6900 has been watching and accessing the impact of Hurricane Dorian. The pictures and commentary assessment of the damage to the Bahamas, Florida, and now the Carolina’s has tugged at our hearts and we all want to do what Rotarians always do - help those less fortunate, help those feeling the horrible … [more]


From the District Chaplain

Be Vibrantly Transformational!

By Mark Barbour

The call for all good and VIBRANT Rotarians (our recent Vibrant Club Workshop in Macon was EXCEPTIONAL!) is certainly to be vivaciously and vigorous dedicated to take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." So, our call to be Rmore]


North Fulton Rotary waits to welcome Rotary Youth Exchange student Krit from Thailand

North Fulton Rotary waits to welcome Rotary Youth Exchange student Krit from Thailand

Rotary Youth Exchange

Applications Now Open for Rotary Youth Exchange scholarships (valued at $24,000) for Georgia high school students to study abroad

By Mike Parks


Applications for the District 6900 Rotary Youth Exchange scholarships for the 2020 - 2021 school year are open now. Before applying for the scholarships, Georgia high school students and their parents must attend an Informational Session. Those … [more]


End Polio Now

Join Us for D6900 End Polio Now Night at the Braves

By Keith Funderburk

Join fellow Rotarians at SunTrust Park for End Polio Now game on Sunday, September 22. For every ticket sold through the link below, a portion ($13 on the $33 ticket and $5 on the $12 ticket) will go back to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign. The Gates Foundation will then match 2:1 on money raised.

The Braves will be playing the San Francisco … [more]


Membership

Let's Grow!

By Jaclyn Donovan

Membership Minute

August (Membership Month) was a good one for our District. We have contacted over 100 membership leads sent to us by Rotary International and connected more than 30 of those leads to clubs. This is a new avenue of recruitment that … [more]


Four photos from top to bottom, our Peachtree City RLI participants in a Graduate Class and sections 1, 2 and 3

Four photos from top to bottom, our Peachtree City RLI participants in a Graduate Class and sections 1, 2 and 3

RLI

Join RLI to Learn, Share and Lead!

By Stephanie Windham

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City graciously hosted Rotary Leadership Institute on August 17, 2019, at Eaton’s Cooper Lighting. The facility was amazing, not to mention the great food and fellowship! Parts 1, 2, 3 and the Grad Course Transforming Your Rotary Club were held, and more than 60 Rotarians participated. Special … [more]


GRSP Scholar Updates

Class of 2018-19 Alumni Share What GRSP Means to Them

By Lynn Clarke

Learn more about what GRSP means to our alumni from Gabriel Deller de Aguiar from Brazil and Alara Su Bilgez from Turkey.

"My experience in the United States through GRSP has been incredible. I attended the University of Georgia, a large and diverse university where I made friends from other countries and have the experience of living with an American student which increases my immersion in the culture." … Gabriel Deller de Aguiar, Brazil - attended University of Georgia - sponsored by the Griffin Rotary Club

"My year as a GRSP student was more than what I expected even though I didn't know what to expect. I loved my school, the classes I took, my host family, other GRSP students, and everyone I met from Rotary. Every week, at the Roswell Rotary meetings, I got the chance to listen to some inspiring speakers and talk to other Rotarians. Everyone was very nice and helpful. My school schedule was not as busy as it was back in my country but I took the courses that I was interested in. Even though I knew that those credits won't count in my country, I tried to maintain a good GPA and had an academic year as I wanted." … Alara Su Bilgez, Turkey- attended Kennesaw State University - hosted by the Roswell Rotary Club [more]


GRSP Class of 2019-20 says Hello Georgia!

GRSP Class of 2019-20 says Hello Georgia!

GRSP Update

And a New GRSP Year is Off To A Great Start!

By Lynn Clarke

GRSP CONCLAVE

Each year, all the GRSP students in the state are hosted by one of the districts, so that they can bond and learn about what is expected of them during the year. This year District 6920 and the two clubs in Statesboro hosted the Conclave at Georgia Southern University in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center … [more]


GRSP Reciprocal Scholarship - Oslo

Columbus GA Student Learns About New Peoples and Cultures

By Lynn Clarke

This past summer I had the pleasure of traveling to Oslo to participate in the University of Oslo’s 74th International Sumer School. Approximately 600 students from 87 countries and countless walks of life descended on the university for 2 ½ months to learn not only curriculum, but also to learn of new peoples and cultures. The student … [more]


The Rotary Club of Marietta crew as they celebrate creating lunch for more than 100 peoplle

The Rotary Club of Marietta crew as they celebrate creating lunch for more than 100 peoplle

Club News

Marietta and Vinings Cumberland Support MUST Ministries

By Jackie Cuthbert

The Rotary Club of Marietta had a hefty lunch bill in August - not for the club's lunch but for the six serving trays of the day’s main entree for MUST Ministries, Italian Hamburger Casserole. By 9:40 a.m., a 30-gallon pot of water for the pasta was getting really hot. Chef Harold browned the beef on the grill and Adam, … [more]


Club News

Atlanta West End Supports Community Theater

By Judith Fuller

Atlanta West End Rotary put its money where its mouth is and provided financial sponsorship of the West End's very own Essential Theatre. Besides turning out together to attend the world premiere of “Slaying Holofernes” in late July, AWER sponsored the post-play reception for the West End Neighborhood night at the theatre, which … [more]


Club News

North Cobb Celebrates International Membership Month in Style

By Dave Schwickerath

In August, Rotary International celebrates Membership Month. This exciting month encourages Rotarians to let it be known that they are proud to be part of Rotary and all that the organization does for the community and the world. The Rotary Club of North Cobb celebrated Rotary International's Membership Month in style, by welcoming four new members on August 8. [more]


Rotarians Karen Sullivan, Lata Chinnan, Judith Bennett, Tom and Claudia Mertl, and Tim Buchanan

Rotarians Karen Sullivan, Lata Chinnan, Judith Bennett, Tom and Claudia Mertl, and Tim Buchanan

Club News

Lake Spivey/Clayton County Supports Children at Rainbow House

By Ron Swofford

The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County recently donated school supplies to Rainbow House of Clayton County, an emergency shelter for children referred from the Department of Family and Children Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The gifts include supplies like book … [more]


Our Rotary Councils

Cobb Council Connections Do Good in the World

By Narayan Sengupta

Cobb Rotary Council had its bimonthly meeting in August. We enjoyed remarks from speakers D6900 Past District Governor (and twice President of Smyrna Rotary Club) Roy Strickland, the Extension's Renne McCormick and Rotarian Jessy Paterson, PR Chair of the North Cobb Rotary Club. The council represents seven clubs: more]


End Polio Now

Emory Clifton and District 6900 Host Their Second Annual Health Symposium

By Jeevan Kumar Makam

When we think of polio, we often focus on the numbers and statistics of the disease often forgetting that behind each number is a human being – usually a child and polio will affect them for a lifetime.” (Dr. Gulshan Harjee at the Symposium)

Meeting the Challenge of Ending Polio was the theme of this year’s Second Annual Health Symposium sponsored by the Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton that was held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Yaraab Shriner’s auditorium in Atlanta. The symposium featured presentations on the lifetime challenges of polio, an update on current polio eradication efforts, and the latest information on an emerging disease called “the new polio.” This globally webcast program is currently available for viewing on YouTube at (https://youtu.be/yem7K5Hkw3g). District Governor Jim Squire graced the occasion and spoke on behalf of the District 6900. [more]


Club News

Emory-Clifton Supports School in Philippines

By Pia Valeriano

The Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton recently funded a classroom project at Bataraza National High School, Bataraza, Palawan, Philippines. The club provided eight long tables and 60 chairs to 7 – 9th graders in the school's Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) programs Each year, this classroom will be used … [more]


Club News

Stone Mountain Enjoys a Roaring Good Time at the Movies

By Lizbeth Dison

In August, Rotary Club of Stone Mountain members, friends and families gathered together at the NCG Stone Mountain theater for a screening of Disney’s The Lion King. The Stone Mountain club hosts a special member event on any fifth Tuesday, instead of its regular weekly lunch meeting that day. The club negotiated a special … [more]


Club News

Vinings Cumberland 5K Earns More Than $100,000

By Ross Henderson

The Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club held its annual 5K Road Race, One Mile Fun Run, and Doggie Dash on Saturday August 10, from the top of Mt Wilkinson in Vinings to the back entrance of The Lovett School. There were over 1600 runners, and the race raised over $100,000 for Cobb charities.


Club News

Alpharetta Rotarians Present Financial Literacy Courses Next Saturday

By Bob Koncerak

“Literacy” can mean anything from third grade reading skills to graduate study. For purpose of these sessions, literacy means “understanding the language” and knowing how to navigate” the subject matter. The course is comprised of 2, one-hour sessions. Handouts and reference materials are provided with area for notes. Time will be available … [more]


Club News

Cordele Rotary Celebrates Bringing Titan 1 Missile to Town 50 Years Ago

By Vicki Pullin

In 1969, the Rotary Club of Cordele initiated a project to bring a 98-foot missile from California to Cordele, instantly making it a landmark. The massive missile monument is no model built to scale, nor is it a replica. The Titan I Missile is the real thing.

Past President John S. Pate, a retired fighter pilot and had strong … [more]


Our Rotary Councils

DeKalb Rotary Council Collects Medical Equipment for FODAC

By Jackie Cuthbert

More than 60 DeKalb Rotary Council volunteers joined together on a late July Saturday to make the annual FODAC Equipment Drive another successful one. Thanks to the Rotary Club of North Atlanta for its leadership and to the Rotary Clubs of Atlanta Metro, Brookhaven, Decatur, Dunwoody, Emory Clifton … [more]


Club News

Alpharetta Hosts Another Highly Successful Mayor's Corporate Challenge

By Clark Savage

The Rotary Club of Alpharetta had a great Mayor's Corporate Challenge 5K. The afternoon was hot but not as hot as it could have been as a gentle Georgia breeze helped cool everyone down. Challenge Co-Chair Fran Schafer shared this information with the club:

  • Dollars Raised – Nearly $140,000 – the most gross dollars … [more]


Upcoming Key Dates

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019Stone Mountain Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019Stone Mountain Governor Visit
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019South DeKalb Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019South DeKalb Governor Visit
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship Students' and Parents' Informational Session - Dunwoody
Thursday, September 12th, 2019Tucker Board Meeting
Thursday, September 12th, 2019Tucker Governor Visit
Friday, September 13th, 2019Decatur Board Meeting
Friday, September 13th, 2019Decatur Governor Visit
Monday, September 16th, 2019Douglas County Board Meeting
Monday, September 16th, 2019Douglas County Governor Visit
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019Dallas-Paulding County Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019Dallas-Paulding County Governor Visit
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019Paulding County Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019Paulding County Governor Visit
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019Marietta Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019Marietta Governor Visit
Thursday, September 19th, 2019North Atlanta Board Meeting
Thursday, September 19th, 2019North Atlanta Governor Visit
Thursday, September 19th, 2019Alpharetta Club Dinner
Friday, September 20th, 2019Alpharetta Governor Visit
Friday, September 20th, 2019Alpharetta Board Meeting
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 End Polio Now / Braves
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019Moultrie Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019Moultrie Governor Visit
Thursday, September 26th, 2019Camilla Board Meeting
Thursday, September 26th, 2019Camilla Governor Visit
Thursday, September 26th, 2019 Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship Students' and Parents' Informational Session - Peachtree City
Saturday, September 28th, 2019Peachtree City 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival
Monday, September 30th, 2019Senoia Board Meeting
Monday, September 30th, 2019Senoia Governor Visit
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019North Columbus Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019North Columbus Governor Visit
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019Columbus Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019Columbus Governor Visit
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019Muscogee-Columbus Governor Visit
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019Muscogee-Columbus Board Meeting
Monday, October 7th, 2019Atlanta Board Meeting
Monday, October 7th, 2019Atlanta Governor Visit
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019Meriwether County (Warm Springs) Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019Meriwether County (Warm Springs) Governor Visit
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 Joint Club Social
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019Harris County Governor Visit
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019Harris County Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019LaGrange Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019LaGrange Governor Visit
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