Black & White Charity Night February 10th !!
Tickets Now Available
The Rotary Club of Johns Creek presents the Black & White Charity Night event on February 10th. An evening of dining, dancing and fun. Come help Rotary do great things in our community as well as around the world. 

Please register via the below link:
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Posted on Jun 29, 2016
In ancient medieval times unexplored territories were labeled
hic sunt dragones,or "Here be Dragons." Superstitions led mapmakers to assume any yet-to-be-explored lands to be dangerous, thus the wording and drawings of dragons. I'm guessing this limited the number of would-be-explorers as one would have to be brave to head to strange lands possibly inhabited by dragons. Brave people did indeed explore and as we now know dragons only exist in our minds and on Games of Thrones.
Mind Dragons still fly, however. If we fear the yet-to-be-known-future, or what the future might bring, or feel we aren't ready to step up to our next opportunity, might there be a Mind Dragon in the mix? To do something new or to go to a new place on life's map can be scary, dangerous and unsettling... you know, hic sunt dragones. That said shouldn't it be the other way around? Think about our club, as individuals and collectively, and it is clear dragons should fear us!
New ideas? Yes. New opportunities? Again, yes. New places? Yes x 3. Dragons are no match for us, especially with a new Rotary year beginning July 1, so let's lower the drawbridge and come out strong!  
Sir Michael of the House of Rotary in the Land of Johns Creek  
Here Be Dragons Michael McCullar 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Everett Bennett - Rotarian of the Year Award
Congratulations to Pam Boles who was named 2016 Everett Bennett Rotarian of the Year.  
Presenting the award was Teresa Bennett, Everett's wife.
Everett was a charter member of our club and the epitome of all that Rotary stands for.
Great job Pam, and to the entire club; in a year we reached Gold Level, added several new members and raised the bar in serving our community and the world.
2016 Everett Bennett - Rotarian of the Year Award 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
No super-hero creator would name their alter-ego Arch Klumph. Bruce Wayne rolls off the tongue with ease, nothing flashy until he puts on the Batsuit. Clark Kent is a very pedestrian name. Even Ian Fleming went for bland when he named his literary spy James Bond. The name didn't define the character as much as the three numerals that follow the name. But, can you imagine a hero or suave spy with the name Klumph? The name's Klumph, Arch Klumph. I'll have a Vesper martini, shaken not stirred.
Literary, fictional heroes have created names and real life superstars have whatever life, fate and their parents gave them. Arch C. Klumph may sound more like a podiatrist than a spy but he is the stuff of legend in Rotary. Born in 1869 in Pennsylvania, he quit school at twelve to work to help his family. At fifteen he found a job in a lumber mill; by eighteen he was an office assistant for the management; he went on to become president of the lumber company; and, he later bought the company outright and became sole owner. Oh, and at sixteen he took up the flute and became so proficient he later co-founded the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
Like most brilliant business people who dropped out of school after sixth-grade and are self-taught on the flute he joined Rotary in 1911. In 1912 he was club president and in 1916 he was elected president of Rotary International, where he proposed a foundation that would promote "endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world." He spoke those words at the International Rotary Convention in Atlanta in 1917. The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri made the first gift to the new foundation in 1918. That gift of $26.50 was the genesis of what we enjoy today as the Rotary Foundation.
Next June is the 100 year anniversary of Arch Klumph's idea of a foundation and the International meeting will return to Atlanta to celebrate. From now until June 6 you can pre-register for the convention for the historically-themed price of $265.00 (K.C.'s $26.50 adjusted for inflation). Thanks to Arch and Rotarians since, the world is a better place. Polio is all but gone thanks to Mr. Klumph. The name ain't sexy but he rocks! Next June at the convention in our own city we can toast him: I'll have an Arch Klumph, shaken and stirred. "Both, you ask?" Yep, he stirred up a bunch of Rotarians and they've been shaking up the world since. The Dude's a beast. A true super-hero!
Look, its a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Arch Klumph! 2016-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
I'm a big fan of all civic clubs that exist to meet needs locally, nationally and globally. Since I've been a Rotarian I make it a point to give the Shriners money at intersections, even when it leads to the people behind me honking their horns and saying things about my Mom (I'm guessing they are neither Rotarians nor Shriners). I've spoken at a couple of Civitan events and despite referring to themselves as "Rotary-Light," they do excellent work. Lions Clubs' are also heavily involved in service projects and do great work.
In my years in missional-service as part of my career, and my time in Rotary, I've come to believe that individuals must adopt a desire for being active for a cause(s) and to hold a future view that any and all they do will ultimately make a difference. The same would be true for the "whole" of our Rotary club.
James A. Shedd writes of our being made to be of/in service:
A ship in harbor is safe -
But that is not what ships are made for
Nelson Henderson opines on the very long term future impact we will ultimately have:
The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
Under whose shade you do not expect to sit
Monday's speaker is Officer Mark Johnson of the Johns Creek Police Department's Citizens Academy.
Emory JC Hospital Bags have arrived and will be ready for presentation.

Monday, April 18 features our GRSP student.

Friday April 29 is the 'Hooch River Clean Up led by Render.

Sue will be in the Dominican Republic May 12-16 representing us on a joint JCBC-JC Rotary School Build Project.

Rotary Club of Johns Creek...sailing ships out of the harbor and planting trees for someone else's shade!
RAISON D-ETRE Michael McCullar 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar
HOW TO GAIN NEW MEMBERS (and other items of interest)
As my year in the lead role is winding down there are two remaining items left on my promised agenda. First is the inaugural Everett Bennett Rotarian of the Year Award and the rollout of a new member drive. I have delayed the rollout of an actual drive for new members as we have been growing without instituting the plan. History suggests this won't last forever so we will discuss a structured approach to adding new members in April and May and the bulk of the work will be done in Monica's year. I met with a person from a new assisted living center in our area who wanted to introduce their programs to me. After she presented I asked if she was familiar with Rotary and she said yes, but not as a member. I invited her to a meeting. This is about as simple as it gets and I believe as effective as it gets as well. One person asking another person to join them in one of our meetings seems to be the best approach. The awarding of the first Bennett Rotarian of the Year will occur in early May. Nominations and voting will take place throughout April. As sitting president and the instigator of this new award I will not be eligible for nomination.
I will have news on progress toward our 501-C status on Monday. This is a big step for us, albeit a costly one right now, but one that will pay for itself down the road. We will go into a business session to discuss and vote on the costs to cover this. We will also vote on supporting the school/classroom build in the Dominican Republic in May (what amount).

I sent in our points to District today for annual awards. Pam will represent us at District Conference in Savannah as my travel is now restricted and I won't be able to attend. Pam is also up for a District leadership award so fingers crossed we pick up something as a club and she does as well. There's 70+ clubs in our District so winning anything is tough, but we have had an excellent year and I'm told we have had the best overall year of the Forsyth County clubs.

How to Gain New Members... Michael McCullar 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Crazy & Out On A Limb Michael McCullar 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Good Cop, Bad Cop
I graduated from college with a degree in Criminal Justice and worked for two years in various roles for a small police department. This was during a time when I was grappling with my life's calling, even though I had planned to go into the legal system in some capacity since 7th Grade Career Day. I saw myself as either a cop (sorry, police officer) or going to law school. Obviously that plan didn't play out as I thought it would as I found my way into the seminary and a career in the pastorate. However, I did spend a lot of time with cops and grew up watching "cop-television," so the whole notion of
good cop-bad cop is familiar (although, it has been overblown and dramatized for television and movies). The following narrative has been, like, greatly, really-really, satirized and overblown...for dramatic purposes obviously.
BAD COP: Rotary members, if you don't plan to attend La Dolce Vita, well it should be a crime...statute blah, blah, of code this and that and a citation...
GOOD COP: Whoa, Marshal Earp, O.K. Rotary members, not everyone can attend the annual event, that's understood, we all have busy schedules...
BAD COP: Yes, but busy or's just not right. Rotarians rotaratate or whatever it is you people do, so everyone needs to "pay the freight" to make the event work. I'm positive it's a law somewhere. Let me Google it...yes, it is, in Newfoundland. I'm gonna write a ticket!
GOOD COP: Stand down, Deputy Fife. Rotarians, I'm going to take my partner and buy him a doughnut to calm him down. Here's a solution. What if every Rotarian purchases a minimum of two tickets to La Dolce Vita whether they attend or not (or donate gifts in kind to raffle off, sell, etc.)? That way the whole club is involved. Good solution? No crimes committed against Rotary, so no cops, and I can get this guy out of here.
BAD COP: So we are not arresting anybody? Let's run them all in. I bet that banner's not licensed. And that tall lanky guy sure is taking up a lot of cash, and I see poker cards, it's a poker club! Alright, illegal poker-playing in the middle of the day...
GOOD COP: Stop it. I'm getting you a doughnut, but no sprinkles, Columbo. And "Newfoundland," seriously? Poker? Get in the car.
La Dolce Vita tickets are $85 each and all proceeds go to fund our annual service projects. It truly would be a crime for all to not "fully" support our one and only fundraiser. Two seats. That's all we are asking.
Thanks for your consideration,
Good Cop Bad Cop 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians,
It’s election season so I thought I’d lead off with a more formal opening! Lot’s going on.
La Dolce Vita is on the 27th at the Standard Club. Go to our webpage to register or do so via email to Marc ( This is our one annual fundraiser and with this event we will fund our food programs, clean water projects and school builds.
Our Toilet Paper Drive was greatly appreciated by the Norcross Cooperative that services a massive swath of North Atlanta. They love us.
Backpacks of Love ingredients can be brought all month. These people are going to love us too! Pop-top soups, fruit and meals, snacks, tooth-brush/paste/floss, juice boxes, soap, disinfectant wipes, candy, peanut butter and peanut butter crackers.
March 7 is an “away” meeting at the new Courthouse Building in Cumming.
Saturday, March 19 is “Rotary Clean-up McGinnis Ferry Road” Day. The stretch from LA Fitness, past the church and around the bend is ours to keep clean. We will begin early and it will take a couple of hours.
“Hootch” Clean-up is being planned for the spring. We go by canoe for 2-3 miles and pick-up junk (sometimes quite interesting stuff).
The first Everett Bennett Rotarian of the Year Award for our club will be named in late April. A formal nomination process is being formulated and will be announced after La Dolce Vita. Be thinking.
Peace & Blessings,
The Intersection of D.Y.K. & F.Y.I. 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar


Rotary International does an amazing amount of work around the world, from clean water projects to eradicating polio to repairing cleft palates across the Third World. Our little ole club is also amazingly active for our size with several small projects month-to-month and in 2016 two (count 'em two) substantial international projects in the Dominican Republic.
May 12-16 we will be working on a school build in La Romana, but also offering basic medical check-up's. We will partner with Johns Creek Baptist Church on both fronts as the school is really big and the medical needs are large as well. The La La Chosa Barrio is one of La Romano's largest.

In October we will return to that general area to work on a clean water project. The exact location is still being worked out, but it will be a place of great need. Those dates are 6-10.

If you plan to be part of either trip please, please let me know.

Rotary, rockin' the world!

Rotary Builds a School (And Does Some Nursing Too!) Michael McCullar 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jan 27, 2016
There was once a contrarian Rotarian,
who wondered why his face formed a pout.
He went to his doctor and asked,
“Do you think this is just in my head?”
The doctor said “No, it’s all on your face,
try to smile.” He did. But there wasn’t a trace.
The contrarian Rotarian said, “Maybe it’s the gout.”
The doctor replied, “No, not the gout, it’s definitely a pout.”
The pouty contrarian Rotarian asked, “Can you give me a cure, maybe a pill?”
The doctor said, “No, there isn’t a pill, but there may be a way to give life a thrill.
You are a Rotarian, and service you do, so help out another, you know the drill.”
“Ah,” said the Rotarian who was beginning to change, “I’ll help out another and further my range.”
So he bought toilet paper, and filled up a bag, and went to the island, then cleaned up a road,
And he made lunches for the homeless and taught children to read, and decided he didn’t like being a toad!
Apologies to Dr. Seuss and all other rhyme’y poets everywhere. We have NO contrarian Rotarians! But we may need a jump start now again, and remembering our reason for being is key. We exist to serve. Enough said.
Michael McCullar
The Contrarian Rotarian Michael McCullar 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jan 20, 2016
Shakespeare’s Hamlet speaks the oft-quoted lines: To be or not to be – that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.
I’d like to think Shakespeare would have been a Rotarian in Stratford-upon-Avon if Rotary had existed in those days. He would have been a good spokesperson, albeit a rather longwinded one. Rotarians should be all about the question. In fact, each Rotary Club should place a large question mark next to the banners so each member has to gaze upon it each meeting. Possibly each week we should ask ourselves, “what else can we do to serve our community and/or the world?” If we aren’t people of the “Question Mark” can we really be the people of Rotary?
Thus far this year we have doubled our goal for bringing in new members and we have funded and been on the ground on our second clean water project. We have already approved our first school build in the Dominican Republic for May and our third clean water project there for October. It’s not like we haven’t looked a few delicate questions in the eye and made tough decisions over the past few years. So what’s next? Which question will be our slings and arrows that have caused outrageously bad fortune to befall someone, some place or some people group? What issue will The Rotary Club of Johns Creek District 6910 oppose in an effort to end it?
We must continue to seek these questions and be people of the question mark. If we do it will make us better Rotarians!
Monday’s Speaker is Randy Redner of the Commerce Foundation of Northeast Georgia.
Please note that there will be no meeting on February 15 as it is President’s Day
Also, Judge Pam has set Monday March 7 as an away meeting at the new County Jail Facility in Cumming. We do two professional visits annually and this is number two for this Rotary year.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE... Michael McCullar 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jan 13, 2016
A recent AJC article on nutrition cited “sweet science” and new calorie and health calculations termed sweet math. This led me to ponder other possible implications for sweet math, as that’s what people of my ilk tend to do with just about everything, and I felt the need due to drastically cutting back on carbohydrates as a new life-change for 2016. So putting aside our favorite sweets for a moment, how might we as Rotarians engage sweet math in making a difference in the world?
Maybe, possibly, this is an option to consider: Give ourselves points each day to spend on others and points can only be spent when being kind, generous and sweet to other people. Say we begin the day with 10 Sweet Points and our goal is to spend those points on people before we retire that evening. If we set a goal and attend to it we are much more likely to achieve positive results. Last week’s article cited Gretchen Rubin’s Habits Manifesto that stated: “What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.” She also stated, “We manage what we monitor.” So think on the 10 Point Sweet Math Scale as a trial, give it a run and see if life changes. I’m betting it will, for you (and me) and for those we intersect daily. Right now there’s 23 of us and that would be 230 Sweet gestures every day. Dang! That many might change the world!
Monday’s guests will be Alisa Sloan, professional singer and competitive shooter, and Dan Cavallaro, expert on gun safety, shooting and an author on legal issues surrounding firearms.
Toilet Paper Please as that’s January’s project. Stay tuned for our next McGinnis Ferry cleanup day. Dominican Republic project dates are May 12-16 & October 6-10.
Be Sweet,
Sweet Math Michael McCullar 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar
A recent AJC article on nutrition cited “sweet science” and new calorie and health calculations termed sweet math. This led me to ponder other possible implications for sweet math, as that’s what people of my ilk tend to do with just about everything, and I felt the need due to drastically cutting back on carbohydrates as a new life-change for 2016. So putting aside our favorite sweets for a moment, how might we as Rotarians engage sweet math in making a difference in the world?
Maybe, possibly, this is an option to consider: Give ourselves points each day to spend on others and points can only be spent when being kind, generous and sweet to other people. Say we begin the day with 10 Sweet Points and our goal is to spend those points on people before we retire that evening. If we set a goal and attend to it we are much more likely to achieve positive results. Last week’s article cited Gretchen Rubin’s Habits Manifesto that stated: “What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.” She also stated, “We manage what we monitor.” So think on the 10 Point Sweet Math Scale as a trial, give it a run and see if life changes. I’m betting it will, for you (and me) and for those we intersect daily. Right now there’s 23 of us and that would be 230 Sweet gestures every day. Dang! That many might change the world!
Monday’s guests will be Alisa Sloan, professional singer and competitive shooter, and Dan Cavallaro, expert on gun safety, shooting and an author on legal issues surrounding firearms.
Toilet Paper Please as that’s January’s project. Stay tuned for our next McGinnis Ferry cleanup day. Dominican Republic project dates are May 12-16 & October 6-10.
Be Sweet,
Sweet Math Michael McCullar 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2016
As many of you know, Dr. Self was a long time and founding member of our club. Our prayers are with his family. As posted from JCBC:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our friend and JCBC founding pastor, Dr. Bill Self.
The noble struggle of Bill's battle with ALS ended this morning, as he was surrounded by the comforting and undying love of his family.
Bill has indeed fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith. (2Timothy 4:7)
Even now, as Bill is welcomed into the eternal embrace of the One he served so faithfully for so many years, we continue to lift up his family; and pray that the Peace that passes understanding will guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Funeral arrangements and service times are pending, and will be announced as soon as they are known.
Services have been scheduled for 2 PM Thursday January 14th at Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Johns Creek, GA. The church is close to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and McGinnis Ferry in south Forsyth. As you can imagine, the service will be well attended so getting there early will be advisable. Continued prayers for Dr. Self's family this week.
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Posted by Robert Funk on Jan 06, 2016

Coming up in just a few weeks, La Dolce Vita. February 27, 2016.

Join the Rotary Club of Johns Creek for a magnificent evening and a taste of the sweet life at the Standard Club. Saturday February 27th. 6:30-11:00 PM.

The evening will include a fantastic Italian buffet, wine with dinner, live music, dancing, scotch tasting, silent auction, and a wall of wine raffle.

Click below for tickets and RSVP.

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La Dolce Vita 2016 Robert Funk 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jan 06, 2016
Excellent New Year All,
I’ve been hammering away at New Year’s Resolutions and new-life-starts for several weeks now as I’ve preached a sermon, written an article, taught a special session and been interviewed by an online news publication on this annual self-improvement frenzy. The news site was looking for people to say that New Year’s Resolutions were unproductive and a waste of time. My view is the complete opposite: A new start of any type is a possible win-win and we should embrace and live into each and every opportunity we have.
Psychologists and social scientists tell us that there are three times per year that we tend to have extraordinary motivation and energy to make a life-change; the New Year, birthdays and certain anniversaries. If we smartly attend to our new energy and drive we can positively affect change, but the key word is smart. It takes up to 40 days to create a new habit for the average person and up to that many days to lose a habit, so “sticking with and attending to” our desired life change is a must. Gretchen Rubin’s book is an excellent read on this subject. She has a Habits Manifesto that detail tips to successfully achieving change in life. Here are a few:
What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while
Make it easy to do right and hard to do wrong
Focus on actions, not outcomes
We can’t make people change, but when we change, others may change
We manage what we monitor
Once we’re ready to begin, begin then, at that moment
There’s no such thing as a “future-us,” when the future arrives it will once again be the “present-us,” so we must see any/all life change goals as a day to day adventure. And maybe adventure is a key word. “I’m working on my New Year’s Resolution.” Or  “I’m working on my new live change adventure.” I’m going with adventure.
HAPPY HIGH FIVES to Hannah for stepping up and taking lead on our Bags for Emory JC project.
Monday’s speaker is Lynn Carlson, former Verizon Exec who will speak on the mobile phone world, his specialty of cell towers and the new drone technology in place in this industry. If you have ever experienced a dropped call, wondered why we don’t have more towers, or have general questions about where this field is headed, this will be a fun meeting.
Monday January 18 will feature competitive shooter Alisa Sloan, who is also a professional singer, who will speak to us about the changing world of handguns, regulations, permits, laws, insurance issues and what it’s like to compete against the men.
International Service Projects Dates:
La Romana, Dominican Republic: May 12-16 – Dental and School Build
La Romana, Dominican Republic: October 6-10 – Clean Water Project
(Note both are long weekend trips which should make it much more attractive for a larger number of us to attend)
Peace & Blessings,

Excellent New Year All... Michael McCullar 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCular on Dec 16, 2015
Best Christmas Present of all Time
What was the best present you ever received during the holidays? Could have been Hanukah or Christmas or in my case birthday or anniversary as all the biggees for me fall in December (which is a double edged sword by the way). Getting in the Way Back Machine I might cite the 4th Grade Christmas I received a Man From U.N.C.L.E. Secret Agent kit and straightaway saved the world from the ravages of THRUSH. Two years later I got a fancy chrome English racer bicycle that was promptly stolen, which suggests one or two evil THRUSH agents were still on the loose. I also remember several gifts I have given through the years that have been special, which brings me to the moral of this article. Rotary International is a gift we all engage in and support that gives 24/7/52 and is truly transformational.
Each year each of us contributes $100 to the Rotary Foundation for their work around the globe. Rotary International and the Foundation exists to promote peace, to eradicate polio, to provide grants to provide clean water and fight malnutrition, provide sustainable living projects and literacy initiatives. In simple terms RI exists to literally rock the world. Maybe, possibly the best gift we give this year is given every time we pay our Rotary dues as a portion goes to RI. It is also possible for any of us to "give over and above" to either RI or to one of our projects like the Dominican clean water, the Dominican school build projects, our soon-to-be-unleashed hospital baskets, or to one of our monthly hey we need this focus needs. In January our focus need will be on Toilet Paper for several nonprofit groups in our area, as well as our new basket project.
Rotary gives... and gives... and gives. Rotary changes lives a little here and a little there and over time these little changes add up to profound shifts across the globe. And we are part of it all, a little here and a little there. We saw it when we were doing the McGinnis Ferry Road clean up, even though a few passers'-by thought we were prison crew, the majority got the correct message. Scores of Dominicans know Rotary was involved in providing their village clean water. Rotary provides dry-packaged meals to people far and wide and we were part of making hundreds of them. Cleft-palates have been fixed free in Third World countries thanks to Rotary, and we have helped make this happen financially. The fewest number of people ever are presently afflicted with Polio right now thanks to Rotary, and yes we helped make that happen too.
I do religious missions as a calling and can't see myself not taking part in that type of lifestyle, but I felt a need for a new outlet not associated with a faith organization or expression. In a word I felt a need to go secular and I looked at all of the organizations available to join. I chose Rotary partially due to what I read, but more because of what I saw in Rotarians like Everett Bennett and others. To me Rotarians were the "real deal." Nothing against the other groups but why not go with the group that has as its goal to literally change the world? It's a big bold goal but I like big and bold.
So as this year begins to wind down let's see our Rotary involvement as the present it is and let's plan to be both big and bold in 2016. The world needs us!
Best Christmas Michael McCular 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
So I'm minding my own business in a pub in Oxford one evening as I head downstairs for a break and I see this door. Actually it's the first door I encounter. I stop dead in my tracks, Narnia, really? I'd read all of Lewis' books and seen two of the movies on the mystical place that had to be near England since all of the Narninians spoke with British accents. But wasn't the entrance through an old wardrobe in the bedroom of a country estate? Maybe there were multiple entrances, like Yellowstone, but without the buffalo as I've never seen a bison in the Narnia movies. I stepped closer to the door after making sure no one else was nearby and came close to turning the doorknob, but didn't.
I'm guessing it was a broom closet but who knows? What if I had walked into a different world where evil ran amok in the form of the White Witch and everywhere she walked ice was left in her wake. What if the world I encountered was filled with talking beavers with cockney accents who were seeking the most powerful Lion in all of Narnia, the only true hope for the people and the land, but all they had was faith that the powerful Lion still existed as he hadn't been seen in ages. What if the land was growing darker and colder every day as evil was spreading faster than the forces of compassion of good?
It was a tough choice but since all I was really trying to do was find the Loo I walked on to the men's room. Later, however, I exited the pub into a world quite similar to the Narnia one that sadly isn't fictional. Evil and dark deeds seem to growing and are more pervasive than goodness and virtue. Narnia was allegorical to the larger fight of good versus evil. Outside in the streets of modern day "anywhere" that fight is anything but allegorical. The world needs good deeds and positive words and since we are short of talking beavers and Lions that are all powerful the remedy may fall on Rotary. I'll go through a door marked ROTARY any day. Will you join me?
Michael   (a big C.S. Lewis fan)
Do I Open the Door? Michael McCullar 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar
I Really miss Karen Carpenter...
I really miss Karen Carpenter. Some days I miss her more than others, mostly on rainy days and Mondays, and every time I hear one of her songs on satellite radio. What a voice. Deep, but smooth and silky, and sort of haunting are ways I've described her to "unbelievers" or people too young to know who she is. Sadly she died young and with her went world class talent. Karen Carpenter was one of a kind.
I never met her, I never attended one of her concerts but I did collect her music, even though in the early 70's it was not the "en vogue" thing to do.
I'm guessing few of us will have devotees 32 years after we die, but collectively we are part of something that will.  As Rotarians we are impacting the world and our local area in profound ways and for decades, hopefully centuries to come, people will appreciate Rotary's contributions.
We can't sing like Karen Carpenter... but we do nevertheless Rock!
And, speaking of most excellent voices we will be gifted with the presence of local mega-talented actress/songstress Olivia Sloan in our holiday meeting next Monday.
Please bring family or even better, a prospective member to our holiday event to hear Olivia!
I Really Miss Karen Carpenter... Michael McCullar 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Nov 18, 2015
The final installment of the series on the Rotary Four-Way Test as a basis for daily ethical living focuses on the fourth piece of our equation. Each week at the end of our meeting we recite the Four-Way Test, although we tend to face the banner the entire time we recite the words. The final line reads "will it be beneficial to all concerned?" So, "Of the things we think, say or do..." are these things beneficial to other people? Is this our daily goal? We need to stop and ponder as we might blow right by this one because it's past 1:15 and we all have to be somewhere, or we've had enough Rotary for one day, but let's not be cavalier about this last line. What we say, what we think and what we do are the sum total of who we are in the aggregate and will determine what we do with our lives in the ultimate sense; and sooner or later this will determine how we treat other people.

In studying various religions I've determined it would be difficult to find one with a more succinct and easy to follow ethical framework than that of Rotary. Obviously I'm a big fan of religion and faith so I am not slighting that side of life, or suggesting Rotary is a "faith-substitute." which it is not. I am stressing that our Four-Way Test is an excellent ethical guide to daily life in addition to one's personal faith choice. And staying solely in the secular world, modern ethics promotes specific codes of conduct that when followed are viewed as good for the individual and for society as a whole. There are multiple schools of thought and libraries literally filled with texts on modern and ethical theory. Rotary nailed it in 24 words!

Our society is riding a unique wave of self-absorption and taking selfies all along the way. It's hard to fathom but we may become even more narcissistic as a people. As Rotarians we must rise above the eager-average and stand for truth, fairness, goodwill, better friendships and making our world a better place. Someone has to do it... and it might as well be us!
Michael McCullar
The Rotary Four-Way Test as a Guide to Daily Living Michael McCullar 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar
So I was teaching a group of men aged forty to eighty-something, representing a wide-arc of the social, political and economic makeup of our community when the opening presented itself to talk about "right living" as opposed to "right talking about right living." Sensing that as a visiting teacher with little to lose I could push the envelope a bit, I chose to do just that. I tossed out that I often fall back on the Rotary Four-Way Test as my daily guide for living in addition to the moral compass my personal theology provides. A couple of the guys heard my words as sweet music, and others were envisioning where they could assemble the stake upon which I would be burned. Somewhere in the middle is where I wanted to settle. I wanted to stimulate thought and stretch them, not gain an automatic following; and, as an inhaler-carrying asthmatic I did not fancy being set on fire. We continued to discuss, or in my case defend, and in the end we left in peace with a stronger appreciation for the beauty of codes, creeds and short statements of purpose.
Rotarians are known worldwide for their service but according to our test we should be known primarily as some of the most ethical people on the planet. Of the things we think, say or do...which sums up pretty much, well, everything, the truth should be evident, followed by an overarching fairness. We should be men and women that other men and women aspire to be like. We should inspire the kind of ethical confidence in others that would lead people to seek us out for business or counsel simply because we are Rotarians. The bar should be high because we have raised the bar.
In a world where the greater good has been surpassed by a Kardashian-inspired myopia on the individual, someone has to swing the focus back to the needs of the masses. By our test, our creed, that can be each of relationship at a time. It's a very Christian thing to do; it's a very Hebrew thing to do; I'm guessing Buddhists are leading the pack on this one; actually I picked up on this as a Boy Scout. This is not to say it's easy, it is not; and, just because we know it to be the right thing to do doesn't mean it's our default action. To seek to build goodwill and better friendships with each thing we think, say and do is at the heart of being a proper Rotarian, however. It is my goal to think on this every day and to aspire to make a small difference in the world. It's important because I'm a person of faith. It's important because I wear the Rotary pin. It's important because other people are important.
"I don't feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.

"There, there," said Piglet. "I'll bring you tea and honey until you do."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A.A. Milne

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."  
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Desmond Tutu

Michael McCullar
The Rotary Four-Way Test as a Guide to Daily Living Michael McCullar 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2015
President Michael McCullar giving our banner to Oxford Rotary Club's Sergeant at Arms. He has been invited  back next week to special event where they'll present their banner to our club.  Today's speaker's topic was Latin Influences in the Poems of Wordsworth. This isn't your average Rotary Club!
Michael McCullar visits Rotary Club, Oxford, UK. 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2015
The Four-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do. First, is it the Truth?

As I noted in the first article in this series I was speaking to a men's study when a discussion broke out on "right-living." I stated that a person can choose to live righteously from a theological foundation or from a creed or belief in something as simple as the Rotary Four-Way Test. I doubled down by saying that I, an ordained minister and card-carrying theologian, sometimes falls back on the very simple Rotary test rather than the voluminous theological training I hold. This confession was met with a mixture of "Dude, that is amazing," to "I knew you were a liberal!" In reality I'm neither amazing nor liberal. I am human and often in a hurry and I can contextualize and syncretize with the best of 'em. The Rotary Four Way Test is built off the chassis of most every faith group's ethical underpinning and is as sound as an Eagle Scout walking an eighty year old woman across a busy intersection during rush hour. I am fine using the Rotary test as a guide for ethical daily living and continuing to be a dutiful person of faith. A purist might disagree, but a purist is rarely worried about being fair to all concerned!
A good Rotarian must ask his or herself if the things they think, say or do is fair to all concerned. This strongly suggests that self-serving interests have no place in the life of a Rotarian. This makes sense if the first test focuses upon the truth in a given situation. Fairness following truth seems to be a natural sequence and fit of ethics in every field other than say, organized crime. Being a person of consistent truth and fairness is certainly not the easy route, in fact it is often the path of greatest resistance. The proverbial high road can also be lonely and unrewarding, at least in the traditional sense. Doing the right thing is a reward in and of itself and is simply what we Rotarians are supposed to do. Why? Because we are Rotarians. Enough said. So whether faith drives you or your Rotary pledge drives you or a combination of the two drives you, you simply can't go wrong with asking the question every day, "Are the things I think, say and do fair to all concerned?" Those twelve words can change the world!
Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you're a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you're a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey
Michael McCullar
The Rotary Four-Way Test as a Guide to Living 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2015
The Rotary Four-Way Test as a Guide to Daily Living

First, is it the Truth 

This is the first installment of a four-part series on Rotary's Four-Way Test as a path for living life and interacting with others. The inspiration for this unusual series came from a Bible study I was leading as a guest facilitator for a Saturday morning men's group. Their discussion centered on why it seems that modern-day people of faith do not seem to be as righteous and faithful as they profess to be. I explained that righteous literally means right-living, and properly defined it is both straightforward and easy to understand. "Righteous" may seem to be more theological than practical, but it isn't at all. Faith as a noun-lived out as a verb, equals the state of righteousness. At this point in the discussion I said, "Gentlemen, I have decided that the Rotary Four-Way Test is a quick and easy template for embracing and impacting the world in a positive way and, despite the fact I have years of theological training in me and teach theology for a living, this simplified four-liner helps me live a positive life."
Pins could have dropped in marvelous harmony at this point. Did the guest teaching pastor just say that the Rotary test was a substitute for Christian theology? No, he did not, although that's how rumors are started. Christianity and Judaism and Hinduism and Buddhism and... (fill in the blank here), all stress moral absolutes and daily ethical practices. They also teach sacrificial living and "others-first" lifestyles, so no, Rotary is not a faith-substitute, a Splenda for the soul, but Rotary is steeped in a service mentality and can provide a simplified way to approach daily life and interactions through our Four-Way Test. To test out my theory that the Four-Way Test is an excellent simplified way to have an amazingly positive impact upon the world that could rival that of many faith expressions we will look at each part of the test over the next month. Hopefully our test is more than a banner or words we recite at the end of our meetings.
First, is it the truth: As far as basic ethical living goes this may be the gold standard. One simply cannot go wrong with habitually telling the truth. To speak the truth is a core teaching of virtually every religion. Judeo-Christian writings stress that the "truth never fails," and the "truth will set you free." Each teaching strongly suggests telling the truth is an excellent strategy that will require little to no further attention. As Mark Twain wrote, "If you tell the truth you never have to remember anything." Some people prefer the more self-serving route of altering the truth to fit their own unique needs, as Jerome K. Jerome writes, "It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course, you are an exceptionally good liar." A lie requires one to remember the lie told with exactitude, all the people it was told to and how many times the lie morphed in the telling. Even half-truths are dangerous as you may get stuck with the wrong half!

Rotarians are wise to see the first test as always telling the truth, being truthful, and acting in truthful ways. In each and every situation if we pull up and ask ourselves, "Is my response, my action, my next move the truth," we will be exemplifying right living. Rotary is a civic, secular organization but this doesn't mean it can't have the same type of positive impact faith groups can have. It can be the same while being different can't it?

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have won
Michael McCullar
The Rotary Four-Way Test as a Guide to Living 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Vår GRSP elev denna term är från Sverige och hennes namn är Mikaela Hörnfeldt . Hon bor och studerar i norra Georgien och kommer att vara med vår klubb på måndagen att berätta sin historia. Detta kommer att bli en upplevelse . Missa inte det !

Our GRSP student this term is from Sweden and her name is Mikaela Hornfeldt. She is living and studying in North Georgia and will be with our club on Monday to tell her story. This will be a treat. Don's miss it!

We welcome new member Hannah Henry of Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

If you are interested in an early May, long weekend trip to the Dominican to assist on a project I need to gauge interest. Fly on Thursday - work Friday-Sunday - fly home Monday.  Our Rotary Club is making a difference in that portion of the country and it would be great if more and more of us were able to make a short trip over the next 2-3 years. Let me know please.

Michael McCullar
Update - October 23, 2015. 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Oct 14, 2015
So I’m flying home from our water project in the Dominican and I finish Pitch Perfect 2, and I switch to the Delta radio screen and press The Best of The Doobie Brothers.  I’m grooving to Taking It To The Streets when it hits me how good this band was with Michael McDonald singing lead vocals and how “so very average” they were after he left.  Then my mind shifted to one of my college favorites the Commodores (Alabama born and bred) and what happened to them when Lionel took a runner.  Then BOOM, I realized that our Rotary club is both the Doobie Brothers and the Commodores post Michael and Lionel!  Hang on, don’t get offended, there is a compliment coming… and this is a good thing.
Rotary clubs do not need solo stars, lead acts, Divas or any one person that if they left could shift the balance of the club to the negative.  A great Rotary club is a league of equals who share the load and serve alongside each other through the good times and the not-so-good times.  It was a great lesson learned riding home on an airplane with Bob and Monica and nine others who served with honor and distinction in hot, dirty and sad Third World conditions.  We are equal, we are family, we are Rotary!
We are the Commodores & the Doobie Brothers (without Michael McDonald & Lionel Ritchie) Michael McCullar 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Sep 30, 2015
Jam, Jelly & Rotary 
"Jam up and Jelly tight, my, my, my, my baby, now you're outta sight."  The Archies goo-ied up the airwaves with this delight a few decades back and each time I hear it I think of two things: First, breakfast; and, second, what's the difference between jam and jelly?  Not being gifted in the culinary arts I had to seek assistance from experts so I consulted  They say jams are whole fruits boiled in sugar to form a thick, spreadable gel.  Jams contain chunks of the original fruit so one can tell the type of jam by its look.  Jellies on the other hand are made from fruit juices and do not contain actual fruit or seeds. Jelly is made by boiling fruit juice and sugar and the result is a smooth, uniform consistency wholly unlike that of jam, plus jelly has additional additives. Wow, who knew? Well, many people actually.  My wife, daughter and son are all skilled cooks and they watch the Food Network like they own stock in the parent company.  I asked them and they said, "Uh, yeah, that's an easy one."  But therein lies the lesson: some people exist at the kitchen level while others exist at the table level.
Another way to look at this is, "some people prepare the jam and others eat the jam."  This suggests there are two levels in the jam world.  I know this to also be true in the church-world.  There are people who work behind-the-scenes to make the church possible from week to week and there are those who take part in the services provided by the church. I'm guessing this is the same in most any other field as well. You can't have a school without principals and teachers and people who keep the facilities up and running.  And it's the same in Rotary too.
Some people lead in Rotary at the club and district levels and others exist at the basic membership level.  You can't have one without the other. Someone has to lead the club and someone has to lead the clubs and someone has to lead All of Rotary.  And, hats off to those who lead at the District-and-above levels.  They give a massive amount of time and resources for the Rotary cause.
Next Monday our Assistant Governor Renee Welch will be with us to speak about "Rotary-life above the club level," and give us an update on the Rotary Foundation.  Who knows, maybe you'll get all jam up and jelly tight with Rotary and want to serve at a higher level. Renee will fill in the blanks for us.

Jam, Jelly and Rotary Michael McCullar 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar
The main thing that drew me to Rotary was the service element. I watched the club from a short distance as I worked in the same building where the meetings were held from day one.  I knew Rotarians ate lunch, and with homework I learned other groups also met over breakfast or the evening meal.  I spoke with Everett Bennett many times about the many things Rotary did locally and around the globe.  He told me I should consider joining.  It took me a long time to make the turn but I did and the reason was the opportunity to stretch my service muscles from the church domain to the wider civic world.  Let's face it, we can all eat lunch wherever and whenever we choose.  I enjoy and look forward to the community and the relationships, but they are but springboards to what we can do for our unique worlds.
Thus far we have made a large footprint.  We have made meals, tidied up the river, placed a clean water system, assisted Jesse's House, placed Pop Tarts in the hands of needy kids who come to school early for tutoring and miss the subsidized breakfasts, given away dictionaries, assisted the Arts Center among others.  Soon we will fill two backpacks for Backpacks of Love and place our second clean water system in the Dominican Republic at a whopping cost of $20K.  Leslie is planning a senior's event we will sponsor for our region.  We are looking into assisting the Syrian refugee crisis in the name of Rotary.  Obviously the sky is the limit.  Plan to join us on September 28 for a meeting with no speaker where we dialogue about meeting needs. Bring ideas. I looked up this morning... the sky is awfully wide!

BACKPACKS OF LOVE: These are the "needs" for filling the backpacks. Small mac & cheese bowls, candy that won't melt, granola bars, packaged fruit, small peanut butter, pop-top beef stew, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, disinfectant wipes, Goldfish crackers, Oreos, deodorant, crayons.  (As you can see this is heavy on emergency feeding of the kids over school supplies).

I will get the backpacks and deliver them.  Bring items and we will fill them.

INSTALLATION of NEW ROTARIANS: Monday we will install Beth and Richard. Soon we will install Jim as well.

LA DOLCE VITA UPDATE: Mark and his team have set Saturday evening February 27, 2016 at The Standard Club for our annual fundraiser/party/dress up/swag night. Calendar it please.  This event pays the bills for just about everything we do all year.

Polio, Clean Water, Pop Tarts & Backpacks Michael McCullar 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Some Rotarians are more famous than others... For now Michael McCullar 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
It was a great day on Friday serving our community in two great ways.
Our club started our service day at the conference center at Lanier Tech. There, we bagged dry food supplies sized to feed a meal to a family. We joined United Way of Forsyth and their Day of Caring volunteers in the effort. Collectively, the goal was to make 100,000 meals to be given out to those in need throughout the year. (see pictures below for both service projects)
After retooling, some of us headed out to the Chattahoochee River to canoe the river and collect trash along the way. It was a great day to be out on the river and for such a good cause. The group gathered all sorts of trash along the way. It was hard to imagine how some items ended up in the river to begin with. With our help, future visitors to the river will not have to look at the trash we picked up.
It was  great day of service and a great day to be a Rotarian.
Rotary Service Day Robert Funk 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Aug 19, 2015


The World Cup is worth watching if for nothing else than the announcers screaming GOAL for ten seconds after each score.They can stretch out this one syllable word further than a Southern Belle drawls out molasses.  A goal is a great thing to see go across the finish line, into a net or checked off a list as accomplished.  Our District Governor was impressed with our list of goals and stated aims during his visit.  He expects us to have an actionable strategic plan by year's end (and for this we get a bunch of points) and he tells me our goals would make the gist of a strong strategic plan covering the next five or so years.  At this point in the conversation I nodded my head like that's exactly what we had in mind.  This is also the point Jesus would tell a parable about a blind squirrel finding an occasional acorn!

The two biggest items for our focus this Rotary Year will be increasing membership and service opportunities.  We are well on our way on the service needs and in September we will unveil a new strategy for membership growth.  A third area of need will be fundraising as two straight years of water purification systems will have significantly lowered our bank account.  La Dolce Vita will need to be a Home Run for sure next February. Challenges?  Yes, but won't it be fun to be screaming GGOOOAAALLL! this time next year?   
Communication: Retooled our website and created a new look and unique weekly newsletter posted via email, Facebook and website. We are presently upgrading our FB presence.
Foundation: Added several Paul Harris Fellows last year and saw others raise their levels, with goals to do more this year.
Foundation/Projects: Written for a Global Grant for our on-going work in La Romana region of the Dominican Republic putting in large water purification systems in Third World villages. October 2015 will be our second installation project. Will also write for a District grant for the following Rotary year in the areas of local hunger.
Local Projects: Monthly service project, some via collection of items, others off-site and hand's on.
New Member Goals: Beginning in September the "each one reach one" campaign will kick off. Improvements have been put into place prior to this point to seek to retain our members, which is the first step toward growth.
Speaker Team: Our Speakers Team seeks to bring in speakers who will inform, inspire and engage our club with information about our community in the areas of local civic, for-profit, non-profit and the like, in as many broad areas as possible as we believe a Rotary Club in the know is a Rotary Club more likely to be engaged.
Michael McCullar      
Rotary Club News - 08/20/2015 Michael McCullar 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Aug 12, 2015
Recently Africa health officials announced it has been a year since the last polio case has been reported. This is a victory for both Africa and Rotary International. Rotary has been in the changing lives business since its inception in 1905. Eradicating polio is but one of the clarion calls accepted by Rotary. Today R.I. is at the forefront of providing clean water for the amazingly large portion of the world that has little to no access to potable water. Saving the world from the ravages of impure water is a big job but Rotary is a big organization with over thirty-four thousand clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide.

Our club is small, using Rotary calculus we are very small, but small is not a handicap when one has a large vision and drive. The whole David and Goliath the Giant story suggests the little guy can win against great odds, but what if Rocky Balboa had been a member of a Philly Rotary group in the 1970's?  "Hey, Yo, I'm Rocky and I'm leadin' the pledge, yo, yeah, stand up yous guys. Hey, you too Mick." The proverbial "little guy" can indeed win against enormous odds. A small Rotary club can bring clean water to an entire village in the Third World and save lives. Amazing isn't it? And so very Rotary-like.

District Governor Alan Smith will be with us Monday and he too works in the area of clean water (Haiti). He leads our district and will share his vision for his year in office and he will want to hear from our board about our goals. Make sure you're in our meeting to represent your club and to support your District on Monday!
Michael McCullar      
Rotary Club News - 08/13/2015 Michael McCullar 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Aug 05, 2015



If you pay attention you will see the Rotary wheel all over the place. I've even seen it on a tree in the outback of Haiti with the meeting times of a local club. In the Dominican Republic, where our club is active, there are many clubs; and, the hospital we align with, the Good Samaritan Hospital, or Good Sam for short, was built to a great extent with Rotary dollars. Many of the water purification systems already in place have been sponsored by Rotary clubs. That wheel signifies more than we realize when we see it on our newsletters, in our meetings or when we pin up every day. For many it means healing, hunger relief, a school, clothes, medicine, and even a hug.


So over the next eleven months we will be doing a lot of wheel work in our club.  August is Pop Tart Month so bring one or more boxes of those yummy breakfast treats so we can donate them to before-school tutoring programs in our county.  September is Backpacks for Love kickoff time and we will be filling two backpacks each month with staples for needy kids.  October is Toy Drive Month to outfit a Santa Shop for needy kids.  November is Trash Bag Month to help Jesse's House in Cumming. Plus, three of us will be serving in the D.R. in October when we place our second clean water system in a Third World village. In 2016 we will once again raise the bar... or in our case, the wheel!

Michael McCullar      

Rotary Club News - 08/06/2015 Michael McCullar 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jul 29, 2015



Did you know Admiral Byrd, Sir Edmund Hillary and Charles Lindbergh were Rotarians? This means Rotarians are natural explorers and risk-takers.


Did you know U.S. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford and Carter, and Sir Winston Churchill were Rotarians? This means Rotarians are natural leaders.


Did you know Cecil B. DeMille was a Rotarian? This means Rotarians are artistic, gifted and tend to be visionaries.


Did you know Dr. Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, was a Rotarian? This means Rotarians are people of compassion?


Did you know Norman Vincent Peale was a Rotarian? This means Rotarians have excellent attitudes.


Did you know "Colonel" Harlan Sanders was a Rotarian? This means, well, uh, it means we can sell chicken in a pinch.


Can you imagine the happy bucks moment at any of their meetings? "Here's a pound sterling, we finally won the war against Germany!" Or, "here's my dollar, my latest movie just wrapped up production. I'm calling it The Ten Commandments." Or, Welcome back Charles! "Thanks, here's my happy buck, my transatlantic flight was rough, but I made it.


Before they were famous and historically remarkable, they were Rotarians. Even if they hadn't led countries, created masterpieces, saved lives, explored new territories or walked on the moon, all of the famous Rotarians in our history would have left a mark... just as each of you do. By simply pinning on the Rotary symbol you stand for something larger than yourself. By living out the Rotary pledge you will alter the world in a positive way. You may not become famous... but you are remarkable!

Rotary Club News 7-30-15 Michael McCullar 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jul 15, 2015



Laurie Beth Jones is a business consultant, author and motivational speaker who believes one's success is tied to having and living out a purpose statement. In her book

The Path she states, "Having a clearly defined reason for being is the beginning of fulfillment."  Jones suggests a personal statement should be short, understandable by a child and reciteable under great duress.  Simply put, it shouldn't be wordy or contain the words juxtapose or existential.  As Rotarians, professionals and people we should have a personal purpose statement that we seek to live into each day. If we don't have one it's a worthy goal.

Rotary Club News 7-16-15 Michael McCullar 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McCullar on Jul 08, 2015



If Moses had been a Rotarian the Ten Commandments might have read differently (yes, I know God wrote them and gave them to Moses, but work with me here).  All ten are excellent but other excellent additions would include the Rotary Four-Way Test, especially the fourth and final line: Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The Ten Commandments gave instruction to Israel in many areas but the intent was singular: so they could be

salt and light to the world.

This is an apt description for Rotary as well.  We exist for many reasons but distilled down it would be to

make a difference in the world.  We exist to be

beneficial.  Polio is no match for Rotary. Impure water and water-borne illnesses?  Gotta go.  Hungry children?  We will feed them.


Think on these musings over the following days. Together we can affect change and make a difference by living into our calling as Rotarians!

Rotary Club News 7-9-15 Michael McCullar 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russ Akin on Jun 18, 2013

Please join us today at noon for a joint meeting of all the Forsyth County Rotary Clubs to honor William Everett Bennett.  The luncheon will be held at Lanier Conference Center @ Lanier Tech, behind 'The Collection' shopping center....formerly known as 'The Avenues'. 

Our meeting will be a commemorative luncheon as the interchange at Ga 400 and exit 13 is named in his memory.

Everett passed away last year but was a long term member of Rotary, most recently the Johns Creek club. He truly exemplified The Five Avenues of Service. He was a leader of his club service, vocational service, community service, international service and youth service. He was especially proud of the number of International Rotary Conventions he had attended.

We will reflect on some of his contributions to Rotary, the community, his business and to his family.

It should be a wonderful tribute to his widow Teresa and their family as we honor his service.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

William Everett Bennett - interchange naming ceremony Russ Akin 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Dec 16, 2012

The Rotary Club of Johns Creek was thrilled to award the Rotarian of the Year award to William Everett Bennett for his incredible contribution to Rotary over the years. Rotary lost a wonderful man last year (2012).

The inscription reads:

William Everett Bennett
Rotarian of the Year Award


This Award is presented in memory of one of Forsyth County’s most passionate Rotarians.

It is presented to a Forsyth County Rotarian who exhibits high ethical standards while promoting Rotary International’s motto of

“Service Above Self”



Below, photos of Teresa Bennett accepting the award honoring her husband, Everett. The award was presented by Luke Haymond.


Rotarian of the Year Award announced - William Everett Bennett Robert Funk 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luke Haymond on Sep 09, 2012
On Friday, September 7th Eight Johns Creek Rotarians joined more than 450 other volunteers participating in Forsyth County United Way's Annual Day of Caring.  Our crew worked at Cumming Elementary helping to revive their sustainable garden.  It was hard work, but offered an opportunity to join together to improve our Community.  Please congratulate the following Rotarians for their participation: Genise Tworek, DeWitt Weaver, Will Clay, Monica Murray, Steve Gornall, Bob Ostapower, Luke HaymondImage
United Way's Day of Caring - Huge Success! Luke Haymond 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russ Akin on Aug 13, 2012
Johns Creek Rotary Club hosted a joint Rotary meeting on 08/13/2012 with guest speaker Vince Dooley.   We had ~ 150 Rotarians and guests attend with a goal to build rapport among the clubs.  A good time was had by all and many smiles.  If you missed it, join us next time. 
Successful Joint Rotary Meeting w. Vince Dooley Russ Akin 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Oct 16, 2011

Johns Creek Mayor Bodker updated the club on the work being done regionally to coordinate and maximize transportation dollars. We appreciate the Mayor taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the club. Thank you for your public service to the city of Johns Creek.

Mayor Bodker updates the club about transportation committee work Robert Funk 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
GRSP article in the Johns Creek Herald Robert Funk 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Oct 06, 2011

On October 4th, our club participated in the Literacy Forsyth Spell Check Live spelling bee. While we did not win the event, we came in tied for a respectable 4th place finish out of 12 teams. Not bad for our first time out. 


JC Rotary Team Members: Robert Funk, Kendra Gerlach, Wiley Messick

One of our club members, Luke Haymond, played for The United Way of Forsyth County's team.


United Way Team Members: Skip Putnam, Penny Penn, Luke Haymond 

The United Way team finished in second place. 

Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you Literacy Forsyth for all you do for our community. 

Spelling Bee - Fun Times Robert Funk 2011-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament Herald Article Robert Funk 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Sep 18, 2011

While the final numbers are being tallied as to how much was actually raised, there is no doubt that the event was a fun and successful day. 

The Golf Tournament was wonderful on many fronts. Here is a quick (albeit not complete) list of some of the things that made it so great :

1. Wonderful early fall weather and, better yet, no rain! 
2. Wonderful hospitality by The Standard Club staff. Beautiful course and attentive staff made for a wonderful exerience. Thank you to Malcolm and staff!
3. Wonderful planning by Render Freeman. You make it look effortless and the event went off without a hitch. Thank you for our time and effort!
4. Many thanks to the team captains (Luke Haymond, Render Freeman, and Steve Gornall) for helping to make this fundraiser a successful one!
5. Thanks to all those people that volunteered to help make the event run smoothly, our sponsors, and the players who made it fun and competitive.
6. Raising money for a great cause in The United Way of Forsyth County.

Further updates will be forthcoming but thanks again.


Golf Tournament - A Great Success Robert Funk 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Sep 05, 2011

Okay, so the picture does not have anything to do with this posting--but I got your attention, didn't I? As you can see from our calendar, our club has some great speakers lined up over the next couple of months. We have a great variety of speakers--some names you recognize and some you don't. That variety is what makes coming every Monday an exciting and interesting part of your week.

While we have Jack and Render taking care of the heavy lifting scheduling speakers on a regular basis, every member should be on the look out for a speaker that would add value to our speaker calendar.

It is a myth that this is a hard process. So to debunk it, I will give you the three simple steps to the process:

Step one: go to our website and look at the calendar for an open date.
Step two: log on to the website and click "edit speakers" on the list.
Step three: enter the speaker information including the meeting date.

Could it be any easier? I say not. However, if you contact Robert, Render or Jack with the information, we can enter the information into the website calendar for you.

 Now, you have two easy ways to help the club book speakers that you want to have on the calendar.

Debunking the "Scheduling a Speaker Myth" Robert Funk 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Funk on Aug 31, 2011

Atlanta's Fox 5 television's Russ Spencer to speak to the club on October 24th.

Russ Spencer anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on FOX 5 News. A veteran journalist, Russ has worked in the TV News business since 1983. 

Russ has received 11 Regional Emmy awards during his time in Atlanta, including seven for Best Newscast and two for Best Anchor.

The club looks forward to hearing tales from his journalism career. 

Fox 5's Russ Spencer to speak to the club Robert Funk 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Render Freeman on Feb 13, 2011

Our annual La Dolce Vita event will take place this year on Saturday March 12, 2011.  We will once again host the event at The Standard Club. In the past, we have thoroughly enjoyed the music and comedy of Maxwell Taylor.  This year, our club is really stepping up to the plate and investing in a more extensive musical act. GLOW is a seven member band that plays a wide variety of great music. Check out their website that includes samples of their music by clicking here

La Dolce Vita date set for March 12th Render Freeman 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:00 - 10:00pm Come dine with us and some of Forsyth County's finest restaurants at Flavors of Forsyth! Enjoy samples of local fare from all over town while children laugh and play in the Kids Zone. Relax under umbrellas and jam to music from Last Five Standing. Support United Way of Forsyth County by joining us for a fun-filled, tummy-filled evening at Flavors! See what restaurants participated in 2010 here.
United Way's Flavors of Forsyth Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
Rotary Club Members: On April 25 the Chamber of Cunning-Forsyth and Northside Hospital-Forsyth are presenting the Celebration of Excellence Luncheon at Lambert High School. This is a celebration luncheon for the Forsyth County Schools where we will present the award for Teacher of the Year and recognize the Mentor and Partners in Education of the year. This is a hallmark event for the Chamber, Northside and Forsyth County Schools. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend the meeting. Dr. Evans, Lynn Jackson and I would like to invite you and your clubs to this great event. The event is free but we do ask that folks register. You can do so online by clicking here: Thank you!
Lunch at Lambert for Education Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Render Freeman

Congratulations to Club Secretary, Russ Akin, who has accepted the club's nomination to be our President Nominee. This means that Russ will follow Robert Funk as president of our Club with his term beginning in July of 2012.

The council of past presidents is very excited about Russ's acceptance of our nomination.  He's has had a great training ground as Secretary and has a lot of energy for us to tap into.  Be sure to congratulate and thank Russ the next time you see him.

Russ Akin to be Club President 2012/2013 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

Wow!  If you missed Monday's meeting, you're going to get an ear-full next week. That was really cool!  Not only was the artwork amazing, but the Artist Rossin gave us incredible insights into his work that were as much about history, psychology and the human drama as they were about art.  We are so greatful for his time, energy and generosity.

If you'd like to learn more about the Artist Rossin, go to  If you'd like to bid on the his portrait of Paul Harris, go to

The Artist Rossin Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The Johns Creek Police Department is once again raising money for the Special Olympics.  This years event is a Casino Night at St. Ive's Country Club on February 5th from 7pm to 11pm. This is a great event and a great cause put on by a great group of hardworking police officers.  Let's get a good crowd of Rotarians there.  Click here for details.
Johns Creek Police Dept - Special Olympics Event Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

What a great party! What great food! What a beautiful home!  And what a great turnout from the members and spouses of our club. 

Jack & Beth Hausmann really out did themselves last night.  The food was delicious, the champagne was flowing and holiday cheer was in the air.  I think Jack greeted each of us with a glass of champagne and sent us off with a bag of treats.  Totally unexpected and unnecessary, but much appreciated.

On behalf of the Club, thank you Jack & Beth for a wonderful holiday party!

Thank you Jack & Beth Hausmann Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Please plan to attend the Club's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at our normal meeting time and place on Monday November 15th.  Almost all of our past-presidents will be in attendance and will each take the podium to provide brief remarks on our club's history of supporting our community through service above self.  Please plan to attend and invite a guest. This is a perfect opportunity to show prospective members what Rotary is all about. We expect a good crowd, so RSVP to Russ Akin by Wednesday November 10th.
10 Year Anniversary Celebration Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

The bar graphs were burning up the Powerpoint screen today as Cannon Carr updated club members on the status of the U.S. economy and investment markets.  Mr. Carr handled several questions and comments from the audience and our resident investment advisors, Luke Haymond and DeWittt Weaver, also offered their expert input. 

Mr. Cannon is Chief Investment Officer for CornerCap Investment Counsel.   He was an analyst on Wall Street for 12 years; he has appeared on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg News; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and The Financial Times.

Club gets Economic Update from Cannon Carr Render Freeman 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
Linda Cole shared the history (and future) of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to a full house on Monday. The future healthcare services for our children in North Fulton and Forsyth Counties, will recieve a shot in the arm over the next couple of months. As an entree into our community, Cildren's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) will open an Urgent Care facility in space leased from The Avenue Forsyth. Adjacent to 27 acres purchased for permanent facilities yet to be defined, CHOA will begin caring for our kids in the next couple of months. The organization has been rated one of the top pediatric medical facilites in the nation by US News and World Report and it owns the title of the largest in the country. We are blessed to have them as a new (and growing) neighbor.
Children - Help is on the way! Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
If you have recently missed a meeting or have plans that will preclude you from attending an upcoming meeting, plan to attend one of two upcoming new member orientations. Next week, October 4th, we will hold an orientation from 11:30-12-15, just before our regularly scheduled meeting. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary International, as well as, the history and structure of your Club. If you are unable to attend next Monday, put October 11th on your schedule. We will repeat the orientation following our regularly scheduled meeting.
Orientations Scheduled - Need a Make-up? Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
We are on a hot streak with our programs! If you missed this past week's presenter, Jim Yancey, you missed an opportunity to see the world through the trained eye of a published photographer. Incredible photographs of far and away lands and points of interest. One more in a string of educational and entertaining programs. There will be more programs of this calibre to come. So, don't forget to invite a friend to our next luncheon on Sept. 13.
Yancey Doesn't Disappoint Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
If you were not able to attend the meeting today, you missed an educational and entertaining History lesson. Former Smyrna Rotary President, Naryan Sengupta treated our Rotarians and their guests to an in-depth look at the WWI aviators and the planes they flew.
WWI Aviator Historian: Naryan Sengupta Luke Haymond 0
New District Governor to Visit Club on August 11 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Luke Haymond
Rotarian Jack Hausman travelled to Ireland to secure his make-up this week! Way to go Jack. He continues to share "Best Travelled Rotarian", with Everett Bennett who recently returned from The Rotary International Convention in Montreal. Jack was given a tour of local attractions by two Club members following their luncheon. Thanks for representing our Club gentlemen.
Rotarians Hausman and Bennett Represent Abroad Luke Haymond 0
Posted by Render Freeman

Luke took over as our President at today's meeting.  He has set the priorities for our 2010/2011 Year:  (1) Have fun; and (2) Double our membership.  With his leadership, I'm sure we can achieve both.

The award recipients for the 2009/2010 Year were as follows:

New Member Awards:  Russ Akin, Steve Gornall & Tim Lan

Club Service Awards:  Kelli Buchwald, Luke Haymond & DeWitt Weaver

Rotarian of the Year: Marc Litt.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients. It was tough to narrow it down to those seven members.  You all have my sincere appreciation for your support and hard work this year.

Yours in service, Past President Render

President Luke Takes the Reigns Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

We're all going to the Rotary International Convention in 2017 because it's coming to Atlanta! Just today, Atlanta won the right to host the 2017 Rotary International convention.

The convention June 10-14, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center will attract between 20,000 to 30,000 Rotarians from around the world. Their average length of stay is estimated to be 10 days, which means a big economic jolt for the city's tourism and hospitality industry.

Atlanta beat Cleveland; Detroit; Edmonton, Alberta; and Toronto, Ontario to win the convention.

Atlanta's bid was helped by the fact 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, which was started in Atlanta in 1917.

Among the committee that put together Atlanta's bid were: Spurgeon Richardson, retired president of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Dick Stormont, who has worked in the hotel industry for decades.

Atlanta leaders also have pledged to raise $2 million to help defray the costs of hosting the convention. Top business leaders from Atlanta and around the state signed on to support Atlanta's bid.

Rotary Int'l Convention 2017 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

Many of you may remember my weak attempt at a display for our club at this year's District Conference in Jekyll Island.  Check this on out.  We have lots of room for improvement. 

If you're interested in taking the lead on next year's display at the District Conference in Ashville NC from April 28 to May 1, 2011,  please let me know.

District Conference Display Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Untied Way will be holding it's 2nd Annual "Stuff the Buss" school supply collection drive.  Supplies will be collected at The Place of Forsyth and at Forsyth County Schools.  The event willl run from July 24 to Aug 7.  Stay tunedour club will be given a specific item to collect in the next few weeks.  See Allen Bowns with questions.
Stuff the Bus - School Supplies Initiative Render Freeman 0
Speaker of the House David Ralston Render Freeman 0
Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce Promotes Rotary Golf Tournament Render Freeman 0
Johns Creek Business Association Promotes JC Rotary Golf Tournament Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
In my 5 years with this club, I've never known any member to visit more out of state clubs than Jack Haussman.  Well... Jack has done it again, visiting the Rotary Club of North Las Vegas, where he not only delivered our greetings but won their happy buck lottery.  Way to go, Jack.  Keep it up.
Club Ambassador Jack Haussman Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Luke will take over as our President (one week earlier than anticipated) on Monday June 21st as he will be out of town for the official final meeting of my tenure.  Please plan on attending our meeting on June 21st as this is my opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions from our members during my year.
Passing the Gavel! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Congrats to everyone for a great effort again this year on the La Dolce Vita event. We raised $8072.38! Congrats to Marc Litt & Kelli Buchwald for all of their hard work.
La Dolce Results are in! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

When I retuned from District Conference this year, many of you heard me speak of a young woman from Lebanon who addressed the entire audience at the Saturday dinner.  Click here watch her speech on YouTube.  THIS is what Rotary is about!

GRSP Student from Lebanon Addresses District Conf! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman

I'm sure that many of your are as disappointed as I am that mother nature did not cooperate with this year's tournament.  The silver lining is that The Standard Club has been incredibly gracious with the bad weather.  They are accomodating all of our golfers and are not charging us anything for the non-recoverable food.  This gesture on the food means a better bottom line for the tournament and a correspondingly increased donation to our charties.

We all worked hard on this event.  Special thanks goes out to:

Tournament Director DeWitt Weaver
Team Captains Luke Haymond and Robert Funk
Tournament Spreadsheet Guru Russ Akin
Marc Litt
Steve Gornall
Tim Lan - Sign Guru
Bob Ostapower - Silent Auction Guru
Genise Tworek & 
Grattan Rowland & his Girl Friday Angelia Morgan

Additional thanks go out to all of our sponsors.  Please click here to see the tournament program.

Silver Lining to Rain-out of Golf Tournament Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Some of you may remember our speaker from Beacon of Hope. Talli has asked that I convey to you that their Spring Banquet is coming up. Details can be found at Beacon Spring Gala
Beacon of Hope Spring Gala Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The back porch at BoneFish Grill never disappoints. Kelli Buchwald, Steve Gornall, Allen Bowns, Marc Litt and I gathered for some delicious appetizers and drinks. The conversation ranged from Rotary to everything else. See you next month!
1st Monday Madness - April Edition Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Check out the article in the downloads section of our website (bottom right). The article about our speaker (Georgia CFO Tommy Hills) was referenced on the front page and appeared on the third page. Wiley was kind enough to bring it in last week. Our club is getting a lot of great press coverage this year. Let's keep up the good work.
Front Page News for Johns Creek Rotary Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
This week's arts and crafts award goes to Pam for getting us set up with table-top thermometers and a poster-board tracking system. Currently, Team 1 a/k/a "Render's Raiders" is off to a lead with $2,600, but DeWitt's team is close behind at $2,000 with two new silver sponsors. Way to go "Team DeWitt!"

Luke and Robert are currently running the risk of being dubbed the "Goose Egg Brothers!"

Try to sit with your team each week and brainstorm about targets - everything from foursomes to sponsors to silent auction items.
The Fund Racer is on! Render Freeman 0
Johns Creek Neighbor Recognizes Club's 10 Year Anniversary Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Thanks to Kelli Buchwald & Russ Akin, all of the 3rd graders at JC Elementary now have their own personal dictionary. Now they can look up words like "philanthropy," "community" and "generosity." Nice work, Kelli & Russ!
Johns Creek Elementary 3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Our club functions well because everyone chips in. Your role may seem insignificant to you in the grand scheme of things, but it's not. Lot's of tasks (large and small) have to get done (and done well) for this club to be a success.

So what's your Rotary Job? If you don't know the answer to that question, please talk to a club officer and see how you can do your share. Having lunch and listening to speakers is great, but the real rewards of Rotary come from working to serve your community. Contributing to the success of our club is something you'll look back on with great satisfaction!
What's Your Rotary Job? Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Many of you may recall the Shelter Box presentations that we have had at our club. You will be pleased to know that Shelter Box is on the ground in Haiti as we speak delivering boxes.
Help Shelter Box Help Haiti! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The founding members of the Interact Club of Johns Creek High School received their official banner and bell at today's meeting. They also rose to the challenge of helping Children's Healthcare of Atlanta by being a hole sponsor at our Club's golf tournament - that's $500 to help their peers who are suffering from serious medical problems.
Interact Club of Johns Creeks receives its Official Banner & Bell Render Freeman 0
Posted by Robert Funk
Jack was truly in the Christmas spirit as the meeting's host on December 21st. The reindeer antlers with jingle bells were quite festive. Thanks Jack for helping make the meeting most enjoyable.
Jack shows the Christmas spirit! Robert Funk 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Now is the time to start thinking about whom to invite and what silent auction item you might be able to bring to the event. Every member should do their best to purchase at least two tickets and provide at least one silent auction item.
La Dolce Vita - February 20th! Render Freeman 0
Kill 2 Birds - Attend District Conference & District Leadership Academy Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
It's a GO to register with the Hampton Inn for District Conference.

69 Rooms available: Standard $139.00 Suites $159 (Includes Breakfast)
+ 17% Hotel fee and taxes.

This is our Host Hotel. (NEW - Opening January 7, 2010)

Book On-Line at: Hampton In Jekyll

Choose your dates of arrival and departure.
Click GO
Select room, scroll down to Special Accounts, and place in Group/Convention
Code: R69

OR Call:
1- 800 426 7866 Group Name 6910DC - Group Code is R69

District Conference - April 15 - 18 - Book Hotel Rooms Soon! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Every year our District puts on a seminar for club members, officers and chairpersons to learn more about Rotary and how to be more effective. That seminar is referred to as L.E.A.D.s - Leadership Education & Development Seminar. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge. If you have accepted a position within our Club's leadership structure or are interested in being one of our leaders in the future, please plan on attending. It will make your job much easier and tap you into some resources that can answer your questions now and in the future.
Mark Your Calendars - LEADs is May 1st at Flowery Branch High School Render Freeman 0
New Year Kicks Off with an Excellent Program by Grady CEO Michael Young Render Freeman 0
Posted by Chitra Subbarayan
Instead of the usual program with a speaker, we had a holiday luncheon on Monday December 21st at our usual meeting place and time. Jack Hausmann did a great job of coordinating and running meeting, and Dee Shelnut was kind enought to providing a piano player and singer. Thanks so much to Jack and Dee for putting a great meeting together.
Family of Rotary Christmas 2009 Chitra Subbarayan 0
Posted by Render Freeman
We are very pleased to welcome Steve to our club. Steve is aware of the committment of time and effort that it takes to be a Rotarian, and he's up to the challeng. Please be sure to introduce yourself to Steve and welcome him to the club.
Club Welcomes New Member - Steve Gornall Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The Hampton Inn is taking reservations per the Rotary District Conference rate at $139. Please call 1-800-Hampton to ensure you have a room as soon as possible. The meeting will be at Jekyll Island on April 15-18.
District Conference Update Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
To show appreciation for our new Fire Chief Joseph (Joey) Daniels and our new Fire Department, the JCCA is organizing and hosting community projects to paint the exterior of our Johns Creek Fire Stations.

We'll start with work at the Newtown Fire Station on Old Alabama Rd. on Saturday, November 21st.

We're looking for about 10 volunteers and we'll start at 9 a.m. and hope to finish by 5 p.m. Feel free to volunteer for any portion of the day - we're happy to have volunteers for as little as a few hours.

The City of Johns Creek will provide the paint and tools. While teenage volunteers are welcomed, we'd ask that young children not attend for safety reasons.

Please contact JCCA board member Stan Stanfill at or at 404-432-5381 to sign up as a volunteer or if you have any questions.

Thank you for volunteering!
Help Paint the Johns Creek Fire Station this Saturday! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Courtesy of Liz Hausmann, who retains all copyright privileges.
Picture of the week! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
What an incredible facility that CibaVision has tucked away into a discrete corner of Johns Creek. The number of lenses that are manufactured there on a daily basis is staggering. As Wiley Messick said, "The guy that invented the contact lens should get a lot of money, but they guy that invented all of that manufacturing equipment should make more!"

Club members were joined by four of the six Johns Creek City Council Members (Club Member Bev Miller, Karen Richardson, Liz Hausmann & Ivan Figueroa). After a 1 hour tour, we had a delicious lunch in the corporate cafe. More photos are hair-netted members are available in the website photo journal at the bottom right of this page.
Club Tour's CibaVision 300,000 Square Foot Manufacturing Facility Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Some photos defy explanation. I won't even try to explain this one.
Picture of the Month! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Pastor Self is pictured conversing with Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker at the October 5, 2009 meeting when Mayor Bodker was our speaker. To review the article, go to the Downloads section of our website at the lower right-hand corner of main page.
Club Gets Additional Coverage by JC Herald Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
First Monday Madness will be at Cinco's Mexican Resturant in Alpharetta from 6:00 to 7:00pm. That's a time change from the announcement at the meeting on Monday Ocotber 26th. Cinco's is an upscale Mexican resturant located at:

5206 McGinnis Ferry Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005

See you there!
First Monday Madness - November 2nd at Cinco's from 6 to 7! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Jack Hausmann and his wife Beth really know how to throw a party. What a great time at the Hausmann Haus this past Saturday. The Oktoberfest style food was fantastic with sides from Kurt's resturant and the bratwurst and chicken from the Hausmann grill. The game show competition between Jack and Chitra regarding unknown facts about our members was a dead tie: 6 to 6. The winner of the most unusual fact goes to Jack Hausmann who confessed to being a huge fan of President Obama - see headline photo of Jack in his Obama mask. Not! For more photos, go to the Photo Journals section on the lower right hand side of the club's webpage.
Great time at Past President's Party Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Strap on your dancin' shoes, we've booked the entertainment for La Dolce Vita 2010 (Feb 20th). Once again, we will dance and laugh to the music an antics of Maxwell Taylor. Be sure to thank Marc Litt for taking the lead on this event!
La Dolce Vita 2010 - Update! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
We need some applicants for Group Study Exchange Team Members. We have only received one GSE Team Member application thus far from the RC of South Forsyth County. We will be selecting four (4) GSE Team Members!

Our GSE Team Members must:

be non-Rotarians
be between 25-40 years of age
have an employment history of at least two years, and
not a relative of a Rotarian

Please remember that our GSE Team will travel to District 1050 in England from May 17-June 16, 2010, and is expected to attend our District Conference in Jekyll Island from April 15-18, 2010.
Nominate a Non-Rotarian for Group Study Exchange by Nov 2nd Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The Winder Rotary Club is holding a tailgate lunch with the UGA Rosing Team on Saturday October 10th from 10am to 4pm. They'll even teach you how to row. For details email Jeff Lipscomb -
Rowing with Rotary Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The past president's party is an annual tradition and a great opportunity for us to enjoy fellowship and celebrate our service to the community. You should have received an invitation via email. Some of you have already sent your RSVP, for those of you who have not yet had a chance to respond, here are the particulars.

Saturday, October 24, 6:30PM

9280 Chandler Bluff
Alpharetta, GA 30022

We are going to have a great time, so please plan to attend.
Past President's Party a/k/a/ Oktoberfest at Hausmann Haus! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The North Forsyth 400 Club has extended an invitation to our members to attend their meeting on Tuesday October 20th. Secretary of State and candidate for governor, Karen Handel, will be speaking. The North Forsyth 400 Club meets for lunch at noon at Coal Mountain Community Center, 3560 Settingdown Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040.

Please RSVP by Friday October 16th to Cindy Mills @
Karen Handel to Speak at North Forsyth 400 Club Render Freeman 0
Last Chance to Register for Rotary Leadership Institute! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Our next meeting is on the first Monday in October. So.... that's guessed it: it's time for First Monday Madness! Please join me on the back porch of Bonefish Grill at 11705 Jones Bridge Road from 6pm to 7pm. We need to have some good brainstorming about our fundraisers - the February dinner & dancing and the May golf tournament. See you there!
First Monday Madness - October 5th Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
There are at least two ways that we can all respond to victims of the recent flooding. Margie Ensley of the Rotary Club of Rockdale County has requested the following donations: Towels, Dry socks, bleach, Trash bags, Bottled water, Meals that are ready (they can't eat in the house because of sewage, mold and mildew), Rubber gloves, Paper towels, Clothes. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Margie at, Phone: 770-918-1112.

Additionally, a Trion City Flood Relief Account has been set up at United Community Bank. Those wishing to make donations can do so at any United Community Bank. Those wishing to make donations of non-perishable food items and paper products may do so at the Trion United Community Bank.
Rotary Responds to Flood Victims in Need Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The Atlanta Rotary Club is one of the most prominent and successful Rotary Clubs in the world. They have recently capped their membership at 500 of Atlanta's most preeminent business men and women. When their past-president Dick Stormont learned that I had been elected to serve as the Johns Creek president, he immediately offered his support. (Dick's daughter Stacy is married to my brother Reid.) Dick graciously invited me to attend one of his club's meetings this past June and has provided direct access to his membership as potential speakers for our club.

As a direct result, the following Atlanta Rotary Club Members will be speaking at our club:

Jan 4 2010
Michael Young, CEO Grady Hospital
"Why we need Grady to Succeed"

Mar 1 2010
Beauchamp Carr
"Woodruff Arts Center- Symphony, High Museum, Alliance Theatre"

Mar 15 2010
Tommy Hills CFO State of Georgia
"State Finances"

Mar 22 2010
Chick Krautler, Director Atlanta Regional Commission
"Atlanta Regional Commission"

Apr 19 2010 Ga Lottery CEO Margaret DeFrancisco "The Georgia Lotter"

Mar 29 2010 Paul Voss Georgia State University "Paradigm Shifts"

Please invite relevant guests to these programs. What a great opportunity to expose our friends and business associates to the world of Rotary.
Atlanta Club extends hand to Johns Creek Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Lynne Riley is the Fulton County Commissioner for District 3. This district is located in North Fulton and includes the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell.

I am sure that many of our friends, neighbors and contacts would appreciate the opportunity to meet Commissioner Riley and to hear her speak about the current state of Fulton County. Please invite them.
Fulton County Commissioner Lynne Riley to Speak on Sept 28th Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Jack Hausmann invited Frank McCluskey to speak to our club. Mr. McCluskey has been Georgia Power's VP of Diversity for the last decade and is responsible for establishing and maintaining Ga Power's Culture of Excellence by instilling a diversified work culture. Mr. McCluskey educated the club about some remarkable generational demographics and inspired us each to strive to understand the perspectives of others who are from "different realities." Great speaker! Keep it up, Jack!
Southern Company's VP of Diversity Frank McCluskey Speaks to Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
At our September 21st meeting, we inducted Mark Eggers into the Club. Mark was sponsored by Luke Haymond. Great work, Luke! Mark's classification is "EXPLOSIVES." How cool is that! Mark serves as Chief Executive Officer for LASEOD Group, Ltd.
New Member Mark Eggers Inducted Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Our Board of Directors adopted new bylaws at today's Board meeting. The bylaws are available on the Club's download page. The Board renewed our committment to supporting The Rotary Foundation and The Georgia Student Rotary Foundation with $100 of each member's dues going to each of those charitable efforts. Our bylaws were revised in order to remain consistent with the new club constitution required by Rotary International.
Board Adopts New Bylaws! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
On Saturday September 12th, several of our members were joined by several Interact students from Northview High School to canoe down the Chattahoochee from State Road 141 to Barnwell Road with the National Park Service. Club Members Russ Akin, Chase Carey, Chitra Subbarayan and Render Freeman along with prospective member Judy Glick-Smith had a great time on the river on a beautiful day.

Our club's effort was part of a broader Johns Creek program called "Rivers Alive" which was orchestrated by Keep Johns Creek Beautiful. There were several clean-up teams around the city picking up trash on various stretches of roads and on the river banks. Our team won the prize for the most trash collected. Keep Johns Creek Beautiful estimates that our team removed over 300 pounds of wet trash. Photos are available on the Photos page of our website.
JC Rotarians Hit the 'Hootch with Northview Interacters Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Kudos to Kelli Buchwald! Kelli did a great job getting press coverage for our Club's August 17th meeting. The August 17th meeting was focused on our Club's efforts to support youth and young adults in our community. A college scholarship was awarded to Northview Graduate Helen Li and the speaker was Cate Powell, who is a recent recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to India. The stories can be downloaded from the Club's download page.
Good Press for Our Club! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
A ceremony dedicating the intersection of GA 400 and SR 20 in honor of the late will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30am on the Forsyth County Courthouse Front Lawn. The Rotary Clubs of Forsyth assisted in the efforts of the Forsyth County Bar Association in securing the financial contributions needed to place signage at the intersection in order to honor the memory of this fine Rotarian and honored community member.
Rotarian Stan Gault Memorialized Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Several hundred Rotarians attended the Braves game on Saturday August 22. It was a great night for the Braves - they beat the Marlins to tie them in Wild Card race. The event also raised several thousand dollars for the Districts contribution to the Polio effort. How easy was that - raise money for Polio relief by going to a Braves game!
Great night for Polio at the Braves Game Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The 17th Annual Cars of the Past Covington Car Show will be held on October 4th. Last year's event featured 300 antique cars and over three thousand spectators. This year's event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Covington. The car show will help raise funds for the Covington Rotary and the construction of the Newton County Miracle League Field. The Miracle League Field is an adaptive baseball field for children with disabilities.
Rotary Club of Covington Sponsors Car Show Render Freeman 0
Posted by Robert Funk

United Way's Annual Day of Caring event takes place the morning of September 11th, 2009. The Day of Caring is an event that joins community volunteers with projects throughout different non-profits all over Forsyth County. If you are interested in getting a group together, please contact Robert Funk at 678-624-9977. Robert and Luke will be participating as UW board members--we would love to see other club members join us in the event. 

After the Day of Caring events on September 11, 2009, United Way of Forsyth County will hold their 2010 Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon starting at 11:30am at First Baptist Church of Cumming. The Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon is a celebration of all those in our community that hold campaigns for United Way of Forsyth County. With delicious food by Norman's Landing and wonderful entertainment, it is a great way to kick out our 2010 campaign season.

Let Luke or Robert know if you are interested in either the Day of Caring in the morning or the Campaign Kick-off lunch at 11:30 AM.

See you there!

United Way Day of Caring - Sept. 11th Robert Funk 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Stop! and take a minute to look at the incredible list of speakers we have lined up. Way to go Jack Hausmann!

We are almost booked through the end of the year and have several already lined up for January and February. The list includes Tech Park's Jim Warren, Fulton County Commissioner Lynn Riley, Frank McCloskey of Southern Company; Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker; Historian Bill Potter; and Robert Barnes of Ciba Vision followed (hopefully) by a tour of their manufacturing facility. The list goes on! Please take a minute and think about prospective members who would find these speakers interesting and forward the bulletin to them.
How about them speakers! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Helen Li is a 2009 graduate of Northview High School and was an active member in the Interact Club during her years there. Helen served as an officer and participated in numerous service projects during her four years as an Interact Member.

Last spring, Helen applied for a District Scholarship award along with several Interact students from schools throughout our District. After several interviews with district officials and a detailed application process, Helen was awarded the District Scholarship of $750. In a few weeks, Helen will be attending New York University, Stern School of Business. Our Club and District are proud to offer this financial assistance to Helen.
Northview Interact Student Awarded District Scholarship Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
In connection with the River Cleanup project, the City of Johns Creek is holding a Fall Festival at Newtown Park. Hosted by the City of Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division and the Newtown Park Athletic Association, the event includes carnival games, moonwalk, music, food, arts and crafts, and more.

Since our club is co-sponsoring the river clean up project with Keep Johns Creek Beautiful, we have been offered a free booth at the Fall Festival. This is a great opportunity to promote our club to the Johns Creek Community. The festival is from 10 am to 3 pm. If you'd like to represent our club at this fun event, please let Render or Russ know.
Volunteer Needed - Johns Creek Fall Festival - Sat Sept 12 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Signups have been opened to the Johns Creek Business Association; so hurry and grab your spot before it's gone! Our group will paddle and clean up the 'Hootch from Medlock Bridge Park to Jones Bridge Park on Barnwell Rd. We will put in at the Jones Bridge park at 9:45 am and should be finished by 1:00 pm. We have room for 16 people on 8 canoes this day. If the canoes fill up with volunteers, we will open up another 16 spots for cleaning the upper section earlier that day Please contact club member Russ Akin if you'd like one of the remaining spots.
Tme is Running Out to sign up for the River Cleanup - Saturday Sept 12 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Please volunteer to help with the Household Hazardous Waste and Paint collection event on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Home Depot in Johns Creek. Volunteers will be unloading materials (mostly old paint) from people's cars or electronics. ADULTS ONLY at this event. Shifts are 7:30-11 or 10:30-1:30. If you can serve this day, email Cindy Eade ( or A flyer is available on our Club's Downloads page.
Service Opportunity Aug 29 - Volunteer at Keep Johns Creek Beautiful's Household Hazardous Material Collection Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Congrats to the following members who had perfect attendance for the month of July: Allen Bowns (with makeups), Kelli Buchwald, Chase Carey, Robert Funk, Luke Haymond, Carolyn King, Tim Lan, Mark Litt (with a makeup) & Render Freeman. It's tough in the summertime to make every meeting. Makeups must be turned in within two weeks of the absence. So, it's not too late to preserve your opportunity to have perfect attendance for the year and to help the club's Rotary International ranking. So for Jack, Grattan and Chitra, it's not too late. Report your makeups to Dottie.
Perfect Attendance for the month of July! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
We've all met Russ by now, and he's jumping into Rotary feet first. Russ has agreed to take the lead on this fall's river cleanup project through Keep Johns Creek Beautiful on September 12th. Russ will be signing up our Club Members as well as non-Rotarians who want to canoe down the Hootch and pick out the trash. Russ has some great ideas for awarding the most unusual discovery.

There's only 40 spots available. To sign up, email Russ at After August 17th, Russ will be offering the remaining canoes to non-Rotarians.
New Member Russ Akin Takes on River Cleanup Project! Render Freeman 0
GRSP Student Giovanna Perin Thanks Club with Video Message Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The District Leadership Academy was created to increase Rotarians' effectiveness in their clubs and professions by developing their leadership skills. The Leadership Academy provides a leading edge forum for you to significantly enhance your leadership skills. Whether you hold a leadership position in a Rotary Club or in business, this course will equip you with the leadership skills to take you to the next level. You will learn how to manage volunteers, motivate others, set goals, and manage your time effectively. As a result, you will gain confidence in your abilities and be able to handle leadership challenges and lead your people to sustained high performance. Click the following link to learn more.
Rotary District 6910 Leadership Academy- August 11th Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Please join your fellow club members from 6 to 7 pm at Garrison's Broiler & Tap in Johns Creek (Regal Cinemas Mall). No formal agenda is set; we'll just catch up and brainstorm about how our club can achieve it's goals.
First Monday Madness August 3rd - Episode 2 of 12! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
District Governor Shane Burr visited our club on July 26th and inspired us all to live up to the motto of "Service Above Self." DG Shane told a compelling story of his first "Rotary Moment" sixteen years ago when he delivered a Thanksgiving Meal to two impoverished senior citizens living in squalor. The experience changed his life.

DG Shane challenged our members to go get their own Rotary Moment. Raise your hand the next time an opportunity comes up. It will change your life. Service above self is not about serving when things are great, when you're not busy or when you've go other personal matters to attend to. It's about placing service above those other concerns. Here's the twist: when you place service above self, the personal rewards are greater than you could ever imaging. To learn more about DG Shane click this link to see his full bio.
District Governor Shane Burr Inspires Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
We have almost 100 banners of clubs from around the world that have visited our club or whom we have visited. Most recently Everett Bennett brought back a banner from Birmingham England.

We should display these banners with pride at every meeting. If anyone would like to take on the task of figuring out a way to display all of these miniature banners, please contact Club President Render.
Banner Maintenance - Are You Good with a Needle & Thread Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
District Governor Shane Burr is visiting our club on July 27, 2009. DG Shane will meet with our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs from 11:00 am to 12:15 and will then be the Program for the membership meeting. Assistant District Governor Lynn Jackson will also be in attendance. Please plan to attend this very important meeting. This may be the one and only time that DG Shane visits our Club. Let's make him feel welcome.
District Governor Shane Burr to visit Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
At our July 13th meeting, Jeremy Porter of Atlanta Motorsports Park addressed our club. AMP is startign a private racing facility in Dawsonville, Georgia. If you missed the meeting and want more information, go to the Downloads Page on our club's website.
Jeremy Porter CEO of AMP Addresses Club Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Anyone who is interested in assisting Marc with planning and executing this years service projects such as the Banquet, Golf Tournament (lead by DeWitt Weaver) and River Cleanup (lead by Russ Akin) should plan on attending this important meeting. It is tentatively set for July 27th from 1:15 to 1:45pm. The principal point of discussion will be the best time of year for another La Dolce Vita event - Fall or Spring?
Marc Litt Calling All Club Service Volunteers Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Join our GRSP Host Family on Saturday, August 8th 5pm to 9pm at James and Nicole McCoy's home at 1915 Beech Springs Court Cumming, GA 30040 to welcome this years GRSP Student - Mark Boyd of Scotland.

Help us welcome our clubs' GRSP student Marc Boyd to Forsyth County in true southern style! James will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, but if you have a favorite southern dish bring it along with a copy of the recipe for Marc.

We'll put together a great cookbook for him to take home!

Young Marc is in need of lots of supplies for his year in the states. If you'd like to make a donation, please download the document from the website Downloads page entitled "GRSP Student Marc Boyd Supplies List."

RSVP to Nicole McCoy or 678-455-3169
Help Welcome our New GRSP Student - Marc Boyd Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
State Representative Tom Knox recently announced his candidacy for Insurance Commissioner.

Representative Knox represents the 24th District of the Georgia House of Representatives. Representative Knox began his political career at age nine campaigning for Dwight Eisenhower for President. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2000.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was educated at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and attended St. Louis University and Cardinal Glenna College majoring in philosophy and education. He also attended St. Louis University and Woodrow Wilson College School of Law. He earned his JD in 1974 and was admitted to the practice of law in 1975. He is a practicing attorney in Cumming, Georgia.
State Representative Tom Knox to Speak on July 20th Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Be sure to mark your calendars. Let's get a great group of families to District in 2010 to have fun and learn about the heroic efforts of Rotary International around the world. You'll be inspired to come home and serve others above yourself. The flyer can be downloaded by clicking the "Downloads" button on the top left of our website.

See you there!
2010 District Conference is at Jekyll Island April 15-18 Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Episode One of First Monday Madness was a blast. Robert Funk, Kelli Buchwald and Render Freeman turned out at Taco Mac for a few mild beverages and some delicious appetizers. The conversation topics ran the gamut, but we had some great brainstorming on the Rotary Year to come. The meeting was adjurned at 7:30 sharp, allowing all of us to get home to our families at a reasonable hour.

Don't miss the next one!
Episode One of First Monday Madness a Blast! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Our July 6th meeting marked the beginning of a new year for our club with a new leadership team. After Chitra installed Render as the new president, the first order of business was to thank Chitra for a great year of hard work. The Club presented Chitra with a Past-President's Pin and a Rotary Clock. Our Club's new leadership team is as follows:

Officers: President & Sargeant-At-Arms Render Freeman; President Elect Chase Carey; Vice President Kelli Buchwald; Treasurer Grattan Rowland: Secretary Dottie Williams; and Past President Chitra Subbarayan.

Our new Committee Chairpersons are Membership - Chase Carey; Club Public Relations - Kelli Buchwald; Club Administration - Karen Cross; International Service & Rotary Foundation - Luke Haymond; Service Projects - Marc Litt; Programs - Jack Hausmann; Youth - Render Freeman /Allen Bowns.
Installation of New Leadership Team Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Club Member Everett Bennett reported to the Club at the July 6th meeting on his attendance of the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England. Everett was kind enough to bring our Club a banner from the convention as well as a theme pin for this year's theme "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands" and an event pin for next year's convention in Montreal, Canada.

Everett has attended a number of Rotary International Conventions and encouraged our members to attend the 2010 Convention in Montreal. According to Everett, it's very inspiring and will help our members understand the broader purpose of Rotary International.

Thanks for being such a fine ambassador for our Club, Everett!

Montreal or bust!
Everett Bennett Reports to Club on International Convention Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
July 2009
My fellow Rotarians:

It is traditional in Rotary that each Rotary International president is given the opportunity every month to write a message to all Rotarians in the pages of this magazine. I am grateful for this tradition, which gives me the opportunity to communicate with every one of you directly, for it is my firm belief that The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

It is a great honor to have been chosen as the first RI president from Scotland in the 104 years of this organization, and to have the privilege of serving the Rotarians of the world. Because there is no RI - no Board of Directors or president, no world headquarters or Rotary convention - without the ordinary weekly meeting of Rotarians in our own home clubs.

In Rotary, everything we are, and everything we aspire to become, lies in the hands of Rotarians in their clubs. If our clubs are congenial and our meetings well run, if our service is carefully planned and competently carried out, if our members are qualified, honest, and respected in their vocations and communities, then all of Rotary will thrive. This is why I say The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

Words of Encouragement from New RI President John Kenny Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
On June 27th, our Club hosted 90-plus guests, including the Mayor of Johns Creek, at the St Marlo Country Club for a night of dinner, dancing, good old fun and fundraising. The entertainment was exceptional with Maxwell Taylor offering his incredible impersonations of popular singers and a professional dance couple demonstrating their talents. Our team did a great job selling raffle tickets and bringing in silent auction items.
We all should be very proud of the hard work of Chitra Subbarayan, Marc Litt, Jack Hausmann, Chase Carey and Dottie Williams. Great job! As soon as Grattan is done crunching the numbers, I'm sure another round of pats on the back will be due.
More photos are available on the sites Photo page. Please send your photos to Robert Funk and he'll add them to the album. Thanks, Robert!
La Dolce Vita a Huge Success! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Dear Mr. Freeman,

I can't begin to explain the excitement I experienced at RYLA! It was one of the best experiences this whole entire summer. The people were friendly, cooperative, sweet, and absolutely amazing. I learned many factors to leadership through the friends I met, the obstacles I encountered, the wonderful speakers, and the caring counselors. The first day, I have to say, I was a bit nervous about whom my roommate would be and the people I would meet there. Nevertheless, my roommate was great and everything turned around at the end of the day. On our first day, we went to the Tallulah Gorge Park, and we took approximately 300 steps down, crossed a swinging bridge, and took 300 steps back up. In my opinion, the second day was the best! (Although, all the days were equally amazing) We took a bus to the Y Camp in Athens. The minute I got there, the high rope courses were too high! They were 55 ft up high in the air, and that fact alone got me scared. Later though, I gathered up my courage to climb the rope course and swing down a zip line across a lake. That was one of the best experiences at the Y Camp. I overcame my one and only fear of heights, and that is a huge satisfaction to me! The third day was rafting, and I had a spectacular time in the Chattooga River. I have, attached, some of the pictures of my group in their rafts. Everything at camp was more then I would have expected. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to experience this at RYLA this summer. It meant a huge deal for me, and I'm really glad that I went. I hope that next year, Johns Creek Rotary would sponsor another person to go the RYLA camp, because the experience is definitely life changing.

- Celine Park

(P.S) Im the girl on the front left of the raft.
Scholarship Recipient Thanks Club for RYLA Scholarship! Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
You may have noticed that Chase and I have purchased banner advertisements for the Club's website that link to our business websites. District has been encouraging the use of banner ads as a way to not only set off our Club's costs of ClubRunner but also as a FUNDRAISER.

For members, the cost is $100 a year and the ad appears on every page of the website and in the E-Bulletins. For non-member, the cost is $150. This is a great way to support our club and promote your business at the same time. Keep in mind that the E-Bulletin goes out to our membership and "Club Friends" once a week.
Website Banner Advertisements Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Tim Jennette and Dottie Williams spent last Tuesday at the North Fulton Senior Services Center. They came arrived armed with six bags of potting soil and six tomato plants and when we left, the Seniors had a tomato garden all planted. They were so excited at the prospect of having home-grown tomatoes in a few weeks! Afterwards, Dottie and Tim spent some time with the seniors singing hymns - and heard a very moving talk by one of the group about the real meaning of Memorial Day, the "greatest generation" and their sacrifices for our country, and what it means to be an American. It was a wonderful experience.
1st Annual Day of Service - Team 3 Plants Vegitable Garden for Sr Citizens Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
On June 19th, eight of our Rotarians hit the 'hootch in canoes provided by the National Parks Service. Club members Karen Cross, Russ Aiken, Lisa Hoxie, Kelli Buchwald, Chase Carey, Luke Haymond, Grattan Rowland and Robert Funk braved the cool spring weather and rowed from the Abbott's Bridge boat dock down to State Road 141, picking trash up along the way. The trip took several hours. Word has it that Sergeant-at-Arms Chase Carey won the prize for the most unusual find - a car tire still mounted on the rim. Sadly, the Jimmy Hoffa mystery remains unsolved; although, there's always hope that we'll find him on a future River Clean Up.

Our newest member Russ Akin has already agreed to take the lead on getting our team back out on the river this fall. This next trip will be part of a larger Johns-Creek-wide environmental day on Saturday, September 12th. Mark your calendars.

Our thanks goes out to Cindy Eade of Keep Johns Creek Beautiful who helped Jack Hausmann coordinate this event. Cindy will be our speaker on August 3rd. Sadly, Jack was called away on a Caribbean emergency and missed the river trip. Jack's generosity was unaffected thought, as he treated the entire clean-up team to lunch at The Country Club of the South. What a guy!
1st Annual Day of Service - Team 1 Cleans Up the River Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
On Tuesday, May 19, Club President Chitra Subbarayan, President Elect Render Freeman and Club Member Mark Clark worked at The Place of Forsyth, sorting canned foods and packing grocery bags for families in need. What a great day, and what an amazing facilty our community has in The Place of Forsyth. The three of us worked a full day, but our efforts are a drop in the bucket compared to the volunteers that work there day in and day out. More photos of our day are available by clicking the Photos link on the upper left-hand side of the home page.
1st Annual Day of Service - Team 2 Works at The Place of Forsyth Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Paige Monette is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, and she is on the New Leadership Johns Creek Committee. She would like to invite all our members to "Day Under the Dome". Next Thursday, May 28th the Leadership Johns Creek founding members have planned a "Day Under the Dome" to showcase Johns Creek's businesses at the Georgia Capital. Leadership Johns Creek invites our members to attend this exciting event as we tour the Capitol and have our picture taken on the Capitol steps with Gov. Purdue. Leadership Johns Creek will be chartering a bus and would be honored to have us join them, leaving at 11:15am from the JC Chamber of Commerce office, 10475 Medlock Bridge Rd., Suite 122, 770-495-0545. If you prefer, you can join the group on the Capitol steps at 12:45pm for the picture and to meet other business executives and city officials from John's Creek. You must RSVP for security reasons to Ron Jones if you are planning on attending. Please RSVP to save your spot today: Ron Jones, 770-622-x243. You can find more information at look under "Chamber Activities". The flyer for this event can be accessed on our club's website: just click the Downloads button on the left side of the page. Best Regards, Paige Monette Rotary Club of Sandy Springs 678-990-9061
Leadership Johns Creek Day Under the Dome May 28th Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
The club will be meeting at Mathis Airport on June 1st. Only four members have registered.

Please RSVP ASAP to this event by emailing Lisa McCrimmon at or by going to the "Events" section on the Club's website and accepting or declining this June 1st event.
Mathis Airport Vocational Tour Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Do you get a funny look on your face when your Club President says, "The DGND and ADG will be giving a presentation to the GRSP and the GSE on the 4WT at LEADS"? Well your President Nominee ("PN") Chase Carey has found a guide to Rotary Abbreviations and posted it to the website. Just click the "Downloads" button on the top, left-hand side of this page, and download and print the document named "Rotary Abbreviations." Thanks Chase!
Are You Losing Hair over Rotary Abbreviations? Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Rising President Render Freeman and Past President Allen Bowns hang out with former District Governors.
6910 District Conference Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
Interact President Lisa Park & Faculty Advisor Sisson hang out at District Conference with GRSP students from across the globe.
6910 District Conference Render Freeman 0
Posted by Render Freeman
From May 8 to May 10, members of our Rotary and Interact Clubs attended the District Conference for 6910. This year's conference was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Members Attend District Conference Render Freeman 0
Posted by Dottie Williams
Members of the Northview HS Interact Club attended a conference sponsored by the University of Georgia Rotaract Club in Athens on Feb. 21st.

Lisa Park, Northview Club President, said "UGA Day was great!  We had one officer and one member provide transportation for us and we all got to and from UGA safely.    We played a lot of games and saw some Interact members that we met from previous events, so it was great to see them again."    Forty-eight high school clubs were represented at the event.
Posted by Dottie Williams
The ELEMENOPEAS (Chitra Subbarayan, Dottie Williams and Priya Subbarayan), representing the Rotary Club of Johns Creek, joined 10 other teams from various organizations in Forsyth County to compete in SPELL CHECK LIVE!, an annual spelling bee which benefits the Certified Literate Community Program.    The ELEMENOPEAS made it to the third round, but could not out-spell the BLONDE BOMBSPELLS from Lanier Tech, who won the contest for a second time in as many years.      The BOMBSPELLS  persevered by correcting spelling "Monadnock".
Posted by Dottie Williams
Eric Puckett, Rotary District 6910 Chair for C.A.R.T.  (Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust) recently updated the district on our progress for the 2007-2008 year.   Thus far, our district has raised over $15,300 for C.A.R.T.    As a result of generous giving over the past years, C.A.R.T. was able to make two grants this year:

Dr. David Sweatt received a $200,000 grant to help fund his research into developing a new line of drug treatments that improve memory formation in laboratory animals.   Dr. Sweatt stated that C.A.R.T. funding will be critical for his lab to pursue new drug development opportunities.    "C.A.R.T funding will allow us to test these new drugs in genetically engineered animal models of Alzheimer's Disease (AD)".   He hopes to be able to move into human clinical patient trials soon.

Dr. Sanjay Pimplikar received a $250,000 grant to assist research into the "Ameloid Hypothesis", which studies how tangled protein strings in the brain contribute to plaques which cause AD.   In receiving his grant, Dr. Pimplikar expressed gratitude to C.A.R.T. and remarked that the National Institute of Health has decreased its funding which is affecting the number of young people choosing to go into research, making groups like C.A.R.T critical to continuing valuable research projects.
C.A.R.T. UPDATE Dottie Williams 0
Posted by Dottie Williams
With support from The Rotary Club of Johns Creek, Jenny Mao, President of the Northview High School RYLA Club, attended the International RYLA Conference in Los Angeles, California earlier this month.   Jenny prepared a Power Point presentation highlighting her experiences at the conference and shared this with members at a recent meeting.
Jenny Mao Attends International RYLA Conference Dottie Williams 0
Posted by Dottie Williams
At its June 23 meeting, the Rotary Club of Johns Creek awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Northview graduate Jenny Mao and a $1,000 college scholarship to Greater Atlanta Christian Academy graduate Katie Rowell.   Miss Mao plans to begin a six-year medical school program at Penn State in July, 2008.    Katie will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville where she will be majoring in nursing.   The club issued a press release regarding the scholarship recipients.
Johns Creek Rotary Awards Scholarships Dottie Williams 0
Rotary International Makes A Difference Worldwide Lisa Hoxie 0
Posted by Steve Shelby

As of April 30, 2008

  • 2,205 children are enrolled in the Imagination Library program

      (This is 24% of the eligible county children)

We are way ahead of our goal, and ahead of what we have budgeted funding from the United Way, t hus we are seeking new sources of funding to pay for the high enrollment success.

Anyone can pledge a scholarship..... $36 provides books for one child per year.  People can go online to provide a tax deductible scholarship:

Please indicate Forsyth County for your community allocation.


Posted by Dottie Williams
The Rotary Club of Johns Creek along with other Forsyth Rotary Clubs are in the process of distributing a dictionary to each and every third grader in Forsyth elementary schools.   Read more about the DICTIONARY PROJECT in the attached article.  Thanks to Genise Tworek for coordinating the visits and for the club members for delivering them to the schools!
Rotary Club Distributes Dictionaries Dottie Williams 0