District 6900 News for August, 2017


From The District Governor

End Polio Now.

By Alec Smythe

Last week I made a personal gift of $5,000 to Polio Plus so I can tell my children and grandchildren that I helped eradicate polio. I encourage each club to give at least 5% of all the money they raise to Polio Plus this year ... and every year until the job is done. [more]


Alpharetta Rotarian Kirk Driskell (left) as the club makes a 2016 donation to CAAG

Alpharetta Rotarian Kirk Driskell (left) as the club makes a 2016 donation to CAAG

Rotary People in Action

Alpharetta's Kirk Driskell Strives to Make a Difference in the Lives of Recovering Addicts

By Jackie Cuthbert

This month, District 6900 salutes Alpharetta Rotarian Kirk Driskell as a Person of Action. Today, we want to share the story of his personal commitment to making a difference in the fight against addiction and overdose in the community surrounding Alpharetta. [more]


Membership

August is Membership Month - Bring a Friend

By Charlie Morris

Membership is the lifeblood of Rotary and August is Membership Month. For District 6900, let’s make it Bring a Friend Month. Our neighboring districts have had a lot of success with this program and we have some money in the District budget this year to help get these events organized. [more]


RYLA

RYLA Camp Helps Young Leaders Grow

By Jaclyn Donovan

If it's summertime in District 6900, that means it’s time for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards! RYLA is designed for young adults with proven leadership ability and a commitment to community service. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Americus, District 6900 RYLA camp was held in late June and boasted record attendance of 132 students sponsored by 50 different clubs. More than 70 Rotarians volunteered in support of RYLA. [more]


left side – front row:  N A Rotaractor Gilbert Vazquez, NA Rotary vol Gary Bush and Rotarian Kathy Monacelli and FODAC Pres & Stone Mtn. PP Chris Brand; left side – back row: Tucker President Ed Warner, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames; right side:  Emory Druid Hills Rotarians Pravun Kakadiya and Pres Ravi Singh, and NA Rotarian Joan McGowan shown here with one of the many trailer loads full of donations for FODAC

left side – front row: N A Rotaractor Gilbert Vazquez, NA Rotary vol Gary Bush and Rotarian Kathy Monacelli and FODAC Pres & Stone Mtn. PP Chris Brand; left side – back row: Tucker President Ed Warner, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames; right side: Emory Druid Hills Rotarians Pravun Kakadiya and Pres Ravi Singh, and NA Rotarian Joan McGowan shown here with one of the many trailer loads full of donations for FODAC

In The Clubs

DeKalb Rotary Council Clubs Support FODAC

By Barbara Bush

North Atlanta Rotary coordinated a community-wide collection day in July - with support from all of the clubs in the DeKalb Rotary Council and the North Atlanta Rotaract Club. The event benefitted FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) and it was a smashing success! The value of all items collected is estimated at over $250,000, plus a generous $200 donation for repairs. [more]


In The Clubs

20th Anniversary of Roswell Memorial Day Celebration

By Lynne Lindsay

Roswell Remembers, hosted by Roswell Rotary, the City of Roswell, and Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs marked 2017 as its 20th year. Started in 1997 by 12 patriotic individuals, this has become the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia. It is a non-political, non-commercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting our freedom [more]


In The Clubs

Tucker Supports Crutches for Africa

By Rusty Warner

The Rotary Club of Tucker has entered its third year of working with Crutches 4 Africa. This Rotary year, they have already shipped 12 pallets to the warehouse. [more]


In The Clubs

Sandy Springs Awards Scholarships

By Sally Wyeth Mclaughlin

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs recently honored the 2017 Recipients of its Dan Keels Scholarship Awards. Each of the four 2017 winners will receive $2,000 tuition scholarship. [more]


Rotary Foundation

Giving or Getting?

By Margie Kersey

Many of you have heard me say that there are only two parts to The Rotary Foundation – Giving and Getting. Ideally, your club should be participating in both! See this month’s update on both. [more]


Picking up our GRSP student Tino from Zimbabwe at the airport. She will start classes at University of West GA in the fall.

Picking up our GRSP student Tino from Zimbabwe at the airport. She will start classes at University of West GA in the fall.

GRSP

Welcoming a New Year of GRSP Experiences

By Lynn Clarke

Our district will be hosting 20 students through the Georgia Rotary Student Program this year - supported by 37 clubs in the district. We look forward to the opportunity to get to know our students and the rest of the GRSP class - in total 45 students, with 31 females and 14 males - from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Denmark, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Wales and Zimbabwe. [more]


GRSP

Our Goal Is World Peace

By Alec Smythe

GRSP is a peace program, not an academic scholarship. The goal of the GRSP program is to identify talented, ambitious kids from all over the world, bring them to Georgia for a transformative year at a critical time in their lives, where they learn about other cultures and establish life long friendships with other talented and ambitious young people. Our hope is that when these young people return to their home countries they will grow to become leaders in their professions and never forget the lessons learned on Georgia’s campuses and Rotary clubs. GRSP is a bet on the leadership of the world. [more]


2018 District Conference

Celebrating the Year’s Successes - 2018 District Conference Update

By Ryan Clements

One of Rotary’s most enjoyable traditions is celebrating each Rotary year’s successes and achievements at district conference. Often this is the one time of the year when many Rotarians get to share a weekend of fellowship with their own club members as well as friends from other clubs around the district. On April 26-29, 2018, we will return to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort! [more]


Innovation

Rotary International Shares Stone Mountain's Story of Becoming a Hybrid Club

By Margie Kersey

In January, Stone Mountain Rotarians voted to approve a new vision of what a Rotary club could be. The club became a Hybrid – it meets weekly in person during lunch and the meeting is live streamed every week. giving members the option of attending in person or online, whatever is most convenient for them that week. [more]


The Council on Legislation

You Can Make A Difference

By Margie Kersey

Every three years, Rotary International convenes a Council on Legislation (COL). The next Council will meet in Chicago in April 2019. During this meeting the representatives will review, debate and vote on proposed changes (Proposals) to the legislation that governs Rotary – the Rotary Constitution, Rotary Bylaws, and the recommended Club Constitution … [more]


District Newsletter

September Issue Deadline Is August 25

By Jackie Cuthbert

Please send your articles and pictures to Jackie Cuthbert, District Newsletter Editor, at cuthbert@mindspring.com. We want to hear about your clubs and Rotarians making a difference in their communities, your fundraising and membership ideas. Share your photos of arriving GRSP students. You can send your stories as a Word document … [more]


Upcoming Key Dates

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017Polk County Governor Visit
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017Team Meeting
Thursday, August 10th, 2017Camilla Governor Visit
Friday, August 11th, 2017Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound Orientation
Saturday, August 12th, 2017Vinings 5k Run
Monday, August 14th, 2017Dougherty social: Manor House
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017Dougherty County (Albany) Governor Visit
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017Dawson Governor Visit
Thursday, August 17th, 2017Blakely Governor Visit
Friday, August 18th, 2017GRSP Conclave
Friday, August 18th, 2017GRSP Conclave — Bainbridge
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017Americus Governor Visit
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017Cordele Governor Visit
Thursday, August 24th, 2017Albany Governor Visit
Friday, August 25th, 2017Laws of Life luncheon
Friday, September 1st, 2017GRSP Initial Presentation
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