Est. 1962

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
57th Fighter Group Resturant
3829 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
United States of America
Due to COVID-19 we currently meet on ZOOM at 12:15 p.m. on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays of each month. For the ZOOM link, send an email to:
On Saturday, August 29, 2020 we had a fun time volunteering for the 10th Annual Chatahoochee RiverKeeper's "Sweep the Hooch no trash Saturday" project at the Proctor Creek site.  We joined several other groups here making up a force of about 40 people and we picked up a ton of trash, it's sad to say.  Special thanks to Nathan Aberson for organizing us, and Fazle Khan, Don Millen, Susan Kalus, Barbara Bush and special guest star Joan McGowen for spending your Saturday morning in the creek!
This year the "Sweep the Hooch" event at all the many sties around Atlanta had a total of 1064 volunteers.  On this one Saturday morning we removed 54,358 lbs of trash and 19,288 lbs of recyclables.  Folks, that's a lot of trash in our creeks and rivers.  This was up 10,000 lbs from last years' haul. We can do better than this people -- STOP littering!
Barbara, Joan, Don and Susan taking a quick photo op break 
Fazle wading along the creek
Nathan and Susan bringing up their first bags of trash.  This much trash was collected by the group in the first hour.
Susan celebrating a find!
Nathan and Joan cleaning the creek
We were at just one of the many sites organized by the Chatahoochee Riverkeeper to keep the waterways in and around Atlanta clean.  Let's do better folks and stop throwing trash in the rivers and creeks.
A New Year, A New Decade!
Many of us came together to celebrate 2020 and welcome in the new decade at our club social.
Thank you Jim and LeighAnn Greco for hosting the North Atlanta Rotary Club at your beautiful home!
LeighAnn and Jim
Good food and fellowship!
Jon and Joan in deep conversation
New and old friends getting together!
Andrea and Catherine bringing good cheer 
Kathy and Amanda getting to know each other
Fazle and Marty sharing stories
Starr and Juliet - sharing a good time!
On Thursday, January 9, 2020 the Rotary Club of North Atlanta dedicated a bench at the Ashford Dunwoody Cowart Family YMCA in honor of Spurgeon Richardson, a long time Rotarian and past President and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Spurgeon passed away October 18, 2019. Spurge and NARotary Club member Mary Frances have been long time supporters of Rotary and the YMCA, along with many other community organizations.  This bench is given to honor their dedication to community service and to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Spurgeon.
Mary Frances with two of her grandchildren Katie and Noah, and son-in-law Charles Gerrick
Katie, Mary Frances and Noah cutting the ribbon
NAR Dedication Organizers Don and Starr Millen, Mary Frances, NAR President Nathan Aberson and District Governor Jim Squire enjoying the bench at the dedication.
Welcome 2020 and our first new club member of the decade!
On Thursday, January 9, 2020 District Governor Jim Squire inducted Aryeh Bondy into the Rotary Club of North Atlanta.  Aryeh, a graduate of Emory University School of Law, is an Estate and Business Law Attorney practicing here in the Atlanta area over the past 30 years.  Welcome Aryeh!
(l to r) Club President Nathan Aberson, PP Barbara Bush, Aryeh Bondy and District Governor Jim Squire
At our regular meeting on December 19th we welcomed three new members into the Rotary Club of North Atlanta.
left to right: sponsor President Nathan Aberson with Amanda Stewart, Mark Howard sponsored by Jim Greco (not present), Dr. Awal Khan sponsored by Dr. Fazle Khan and Membership Chair Jon Yaeger.
Again this year North Atlanta and Brookhaven Rotary Clubs joined together to help out the Salvation Army raise funds during the holiday season.  With holiday music playing and candy canes shared we all had a fun tie at the Lenox Mall.
WOW - Whiskies of the World was a Fantastic Success again this year!
Held on Saturday, October 26, 2019
at the InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead
5th Annual Whiskies of the World Atlanta 
Benefitting the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation
Whiskies of the World® Expo brings together distillers from around the world to share their finest spirits and knowledge with whisky enthusiasts. Discover the Art of Whisky in the company of connoisseurs and whisky celebrities.
Hundreds of whiskies to sample
- Styles: Scotch, Bourbon, American Craft, Malts, Ryes, Grains, …
- Origins: Scottish, Irish, American, Canadian, Indian, Australian ...
A chance to meet Distillers and Brand Ambassadors
Delicious Foods 
Whisky Masterclasses: Guided tasting and educational experiences.
Whisky mixology
Cigar and Whisky pairing
Supporting the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation
Many thanks to all the volunteers for your hard work and support!
Whiskies of the World Atlanta, a world class event
WOW, a fantastic night of delicious food and drink, along with good company! The evening was enjoyed by all who attended the 4th annual Whiskies of the World Atlanta event held at the Westin Buckhead in November 2017. This event benefitted the North Atlanta Rotary Club Foundation!
Special thanks to the WOW organization and all our volunteers and guests for making this event such a wonderful success!  We hope to see you all again next year!
District 6900 LT Gov Candace Klein and Matt Metts enjoying the tastings
Rotarians Kent Gipson, Burnell Pitcher, former club member Spencer Gandy, and Tom Friedrichs having fun volunteering at WOW!
District 6900 DG Alec and Donna Smythe showing off their WOW goodie bag
NAR Co-President Barbara with PDG Alicia Michael enjoying the festivities!
Volunteers with WOW Event NA Rotary Club Coordinator Nathan Aberson, the man of the hour!  Fantastic job Nathan!
NA Rotarians Jon Yaeger, Catherine Bernard and Bill McLaughlin enjoying the evening.
Yummy yummy yummy bourbon infused chocolates, a delicacy found at WOW!
Rotarians Supporting FODAC!
One recent Saturday morning Rotarians, along with family and friends from eight (8) Rotary Clubs and one (1) Rotaract Club came together to disburse into the community collecting home medical equipment for refurbishment and re-distribution through FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children).  The value of the items collected was estimated at over $250,000!  This is absolutely fantastic for FODAC and its clients.
Volunteers from the Rotary Clubs of North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Emory Druid Hills, Decatur, Stone Mountain, South DeKalb and North Atlanta Retract Club enjoying fellowship on the back patio of the 57th Fighter Squadron Restaurant, July 22, 2017.
L to R: FODAC CEO and Stone Mountain Rotary PP Chris Brand unloading just one truck, along with Dunwoody Rotarians Jennie Stipick, PE Rick Woods, and Tracey Carothers, aided by N A Rotary PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims.
The success of the event would not have been possible without the leadership and hands on involvement of North Atlanta PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims and the support and participation of our partners, including the 57th Fighter Squadron Restaurant where the event was staged.  Thanks to Ralph's organizing, our team of volunteers had the right equipment to facilitate the pickups - a mix of SUVs, Trucks, Trailers, and even a Box Truck - to go along with the 46 volunteers and two very hard working FODAC staff members.  Many thanks go to all those that persevered through the heat and humidity of the day to gather and transport and then unload all the donations.  And special thanks to the community for giving of the equipment they no longer needed, so that others can make use of it.  Kudos to all!
L to R: Rotaractor Gilbert Vazquez, Tucker President Ed Warner, Gary Bush, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, North Atlanta Rotarian Kathy Monacelli, FODAC CEO Chris Brand, Emory Druid Hills Rotarian Pravin Kakadiya and President Ravi Singh, and North Atlanta Rotarian Joan McGowan waiting to unload our largest truck and trailer pick ups of the day!
L to R:  Moving one of the heavy hospital beds, FODAC CEO Chris Brand and Staff Ron Hess, Sam Gipson, Vraj Chhabhaya and FODAC staff Lloyd Ames in truck.
L to R: Brookhaven Rotarians Tony Schafer, President Tom Prior, PP Karen Kropp, Mister Schafer, and Patrick Lewis taking a moment before unloading a full truck and trailer combo.
L to R: Decatur Rotarian Mark Burnette, Dunwoody Rotarian Louise Barden, Kathy Burette and Tucker President Ed Warner unloading one of their deliveries.
L to R:  North Atlanta Rotarian Kent Gipson with son Sam, Jim Aberson, Burnell Pitcher and North Atlanta Rotarian Nathan Aberson caught in the middle of unloading a truck and trailer.
One almost full FODAC truck! L to R, North Atlanta PP Ralph Sims, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, Tucker President Ed Warner, FODAC CEO & Stone Mtn PP Chris Brand... the bosses overseeing the load!
Many thanks to North Atlanta PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims for his leadership and hands on oversight of the event, to FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, Tucker President Ed Warner, and FODAC CEO and Stone Mountain PP Chris Brand for all their support with this event and their ongoing every day support of FODAC!
To find out more about FODAC go to
We had Fun at and around the Rotary International Convention!
With so many rotarians in town for the Rotary International Convention, North Atlanta Rotarians took the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  Several of us volunteered to meet and greet fellow travelers at the airport directing them to their luggage, pointing out transportation options and where they could get their Convention badge right there at the airport.  Others spent time volunteering at various convention event venues around town, including a stint at the Braves Baseball Game on Thursday night and the NA Rotary Club co-sponsored Host Hospitality night in Decatur.  We also held our very own reunion/social at the Millen's house on Friday night where several past rotarians and GRSP students were able to attend.
Fellow Rotarian Chris Brand, CEO of FODAC with NARotarians Nathan Aberson and Joan McGowan visiting at the House of Friendship
PP Tore Knos at the Disaster Aid International booth, House of Friendship.  Tore is a Disaster Aid volunteer.
RI Convention Assembly: Bill Gates pledging to match Rotarian donations 2 to 1 over the next 3-years, up to $300,000!
Ashton Kutcher of the Thorne Foundation sharing insight into the Human Sex Trafficking issues that face all of us today.
Ashton is committed to finding ways to bring light to this issue and help stop Human Trafficking now.
NAR President Barbara with PDG Alicia Michael and the 1st female Rotarian/1st female Club President Sylvia Whitlock of California.
The World of Rotary in pictures out side the World of Coke
Greeters at the Airport - looking for fellow Rotarians
Outbound Youth Exchange student Nikki Aarts, Former GRSP students Anton Tyber and Stephen Turban with future Youth Exchange Student Ms Guan getting to know each other at the Club social!
Fellow rotarians Pat Thomas & Jim Barker enjoying the social.
PP Ralph Peeler, Julie Reising, and PP Ralph Sims enjoying the beautiful evening on the back porch at the Millen's
Past YES Sonia Pedersen from Argentina, Andrew Lovitt from Australian enjoying good conversation and local faire with new and old friends.
Cocktail hour at the Host Hospitality Night at Decatur Square and Historic Courthouse. Some of the guests went on small group tours of Historic Decatur while others stayed and socialized until dinner.  A nice mix of local rotarians and convention visitors in the crowd of 200.  A very successful event co-hosted with the City of Decatur and the Rotary Clubs of Decatur (lead), North Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and South DeKalb.
Decatur Rotary President Amy Nash making introductions with fellow Presidents Ceasar Gaiters (S. DeKalb) Barbara Bush (N Atlanta), Tina Philpots (Dunwoody) and Bonnie Hadarge (Brookhaven)
This spring North Atlanta Rotarians reached out to the Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH), located in the Chamblee/Doraville area, to find out how we could help and support them.  So far we've made a small donation and accomplished two service projects with a third one on the horizon.
Our connections with IOH go back to the beginning of the home with builder Don Millen, a long time North Atlanta Rotary Club member and Past President, as well as with several other club members who have initiated club service projects over the years.
  Angela Cohen Dir. of IOH Development and
  Communications and NARotary Pres. Bush  
  presenting a $500 check to IOHome
In early April NARotarians stepped in to provide the evening meal for the Life Skills Class and their families.  These classes bring in resources and share knowledge that help these families transition into more stable and healthier sustainable life styles.
Nathan Aberson and Julie Koriakin
cutting up bread for dinner. 
In early May we were again back at IOH sprucing up the yard with repairs and painting of a shed and the picket fence.  We were "channelling" our Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn personalities!  Fun was had by all!
Joan McGoawan (software analyst), Kent Gipson (realtor)
and Nathan Aberson (financial advisor) figuring out this
hands-on fence reconstruction project.

Kathy & Fred Monacelli painting the shed.

Joan McGowan, Nathan Aberson, Kathy Monacelli, Pat Thomas, Kent Gipson and Fred Monancelli working hard to complete the project before dark!
Interfaith Outreach Home serves up to ten families at a time for up to 2 years each.  It is an in-depth program providing safe and secure housing, many supportive resources, and time to transition (up to 2-years), while it requires mandatory saving and accountability from participants.   The program provides guidance, multi-faceted life-skills trainings and mentors to formerly homeless families willing to participate in this very stringent program capable of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Graduate families of this program transition into stable lives, often including home ownership made possible by the mandatory savings component of the program.  The track record and success rate for families is impressive and encouraging.  North Atlanta Rotary is proud to be a supporter of IOH.
(Left to right:  Fazle Khan, PE Julie Koriakin, Kathy Monacelli, AG Lou Alvarado, Pres. Barbara Bush, and AG Candace Klein)
On March 23rd North Atlanta Rotary officially welcomed Kathy Monacelli and Fazle Khan into the club.  Assistant Governor (AG) Candace Klein officiated with assistance from AG Lou Alvarado.  Kathy is retired from the Telecommunications industry and looks forward to involvement in Rotary service projects and fellowship opportunities.  Fazle is a former Rotarian from Missouri as well as a former Roteract member and is excited about rejoining Rotary here in Atlanta. A native of Bangladesh, Fazle works in Public Health for the CDC.  Welcome Kathy and Fazle, we are delighted to have you in our ranks!
On April 13th we were able to induct our third new member Joan McGowan.  Joan comes to us from the field of technology where she is involved in analytical oversight and review.  P E Julie Koriakin is her sponsor.

Left to right:  President Barbara Bush, Joan McGowan and President Elect Julie Koriakin.
February was "Rotary Has Heart Month" and North Atlanta Rotarians participated in many areas of service sharing our hearts along the way.
We started the month with a hands on project creating goody bags for 75 men at the Central Shelter in downtown Atlanta.  
Goodie Bag production line at lunch meeting
That evening several Rotarians took and served a hot roasted chicken dinner with dessert, made sack lunches for the next day, and then stayed over night as chaperones.  In the morning our volunteers gave out the goody bags and sack lunches to each man as they left for their day. The process of checking these men into the shelter and serving dinner gave each of the volunteers an opportunity to connect with individuals we might not otherwise, a very humbling experience.   
Rotarians Don Millen, Ralph Sims, Jim Greco and Nathan Aberson stir the pots
Bill Decatur, Garry Guan and Mike Emanuele prepare the chicken
By mid-month, as one of our "Rotary has Heart" events, North Atlanta Rotarians and three (3) prospective members went to the Atlanta Food Bank (AFB) for a very successful evening making sure donated items are ready for the food insecure of the greater metro Atlanta area.  Our volunteer crew helped sort 6,850 lbs of food equal to approximately 4,469 meals.
Afterward, this hearty group ventured to a local eatery for their own sustenance and getting to know each other outside of the Club meetings sharing a wonderful opportunity of fellowship.
volunteers L to R:  Fazle Khan, Jim Barker, Kathy Monacelli, Joan McGowan, Bill McLaughlin, Julie Koriakin, Nathan Aberson, Garry Guan, Catherine Bernard, Ralph Sims and Mary Frances Richardson
The day after Valentine’s Day found North Atlanta Rotarians providing support for the Ms. Brookhaven Pageant held at Ashton Woods Senior Home.  We took bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolate and orchid corsages for each participant.  Don Millen was the "Bert Parks" host, Christopher Drew and Garry Guan played as escorts for the ladies, and Mary Frances Richardson, Kent Gipson and Barbara Bush were judges.  It was a very touching event with the winner being crowned Ms. Brookhaven and eligible to participate in a regional pageant later this spring. 
Ms Brookhaven 2017, from Ashford Woods
Judges:  Kent Gipson and Mary Frances Richardson
On February 28th Rotarians from North Atlanta and Brookhaven Clubs joined together in reading to Kindergartners and Pre-K students at Woodward Elementary School.  This is part of a year-long literacy program partnering with the Ferst Foundation as part of "Get Georgia Reading", a statewide initiative to prepare students so they are ready to “read to learn” by 3rd grade.  Each month the book we read is also sent home with each student so they can continue  reading at home.
Rotarian Dick Michell reading with Kindergartners
These are just some of the ways North Atlanta Rotarians showed “Rotary Cares” during “Rotary Has Heart” month! 
Monthly Reading Circles for the Early Reading Project at Woodward Elementary are underway!  
(Above:  Brookhaven Rotary President Bonnie Hardage reading A Scarecrow's Hat to Ms Gordon's Pre-K Class)
The Rotary Club of Brookhaven invited the Rotary Clubs of North Atlanta, South DeKalb, Dunwoody, and Decatur, to join in an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary be "reading to learn" by 3rd grade. With the support of a Rotary District Grant and partnering with the Ferst Foundation, together we are supporting this goal through book donations and reading monthly to 10 Kindergarten and 3 Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary. Throughout this year, we'll donate more than 3,000 books to 248 students, read to 13 classes monthly and equip parents with book specific multi-lingual reading guides to use at home.  This early reading project is helping students "learn to read" and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade they will be "ready to learn" through reading.   
(Above:  North Atlanta Rotarian Mary Frances Richardson with Ms Martin's Pre-K class)
(Above:  Brookhaven Rotarian Bill Smith and GRSP Student Daniela Ochao Garro of Columbia reading to Ms. White's Pre-K class)
Statistics show that 3rd grade is a pivotal time.  Students at a 3rd grade level of reading by third grade are more likely to stay in school and become productive adults.  Students who are not able to read at a third grade level by third grade often fall behind, are more likely to drop out of school and become at risk young individuals and ultimately more dependent on support from society.  The reading program at Woodward Elementary is one of the collaborative programs coming together because of the awareness created by the "Get Georgia Reading" Campaign.
The Get Georgia Reading Campaign is an unprecedented, population-focused collaboration of more than 100 public and private partners.  These partners are working together to ensure that all children in Georgia read to learn throughout school and life.

In 2009, nearly 70 percent of Georgia’s fourth graders were not proficient readers, despite abundant research on the importance of third-grade reading proficiency for school and lifelong success. In 2010, to ensure that all Georgia’s children reach this milestone, Gov. Nathan Deal made literacy his top education priority, and Georgia launched a statewide campaign supporting a range of efforts by public and private entities. From these efforts came the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, a long range comprehensive literacy program bringing together many partners in the community to support young readers in our community.  Learning to read proficiently by the third grade is critical to not only the child and their future, but on a larger scale to our nation’s overall sustainability.  By third grade the child should be capable to transition from Learning to Read, to Reading to Learn.  Without the ability to read to learn, the child gets further and further behind and is at greater and greater risk for life long negative outcomes including disciplinary issues, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy, and lower overall ability to provide for themselves.  All of these factors have a tremendous impact on the individual and society as a whole.

The Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, North Atlanta, South DeKalb, Dunwoody, and Decatur are proud to be a positive influence and supporter for the young students at Woodward Elementary.  This is a critical issue for all of us and one that is a life long influence for each student and has long range impact in our community.


On Thursday, November 10th North Atlanta Rotarians, family members and friends volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank sorting and packing food for those in need.  Atlanta Food Bank serves the homeless and working poor through some 800 partner agencies serving 29 Georgia Counties in the Greater Atlanta area.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 Georgia kids live in food insecure households where from day to day there is uncertainty regarding the source of their next meal.  An estimated 755,400 people in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia are served by the Atlanta Food Bank partner agencies.  Many of those in need are Veterans and their families.  Several of our volunteer Rotarians are Veterans as well. On the eve of Veteran's Day 2016 we said, "Thank you!" to all Veterans, and we participated in this evening of service in their honor.



...and then a time for Fellowship and nourishment!




The Rotary Club of North Atlanta (RCNA) has enjoyed a strong relationship with Nicholas House that has lasted more than twenty years. Nicholas House is a shelter that specializes in helping homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency.  It started in the halls of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in 1982; moved to a building behind the church, and then relocated to a much larger facility on Boulevard Avenue in metro Atlanta.
Jon Yaeger, a RCNA Past President, served the program when it started in the church.  (Former RCNA) Rotarian Juliet Reising also served as President of the Nicholas House Board; Juliet and her husband Lance, RCNA Treasurer, remain strong advocates and active volunteers for the shelter. 
On September 13th RCNA volunteers, under the leadership of Rotarian Lance Reising, participated in a hands on service event when several Rotarians planned, prepared, delivered and served dinner at the shelter house.  In attendance were over 19 children from families that are now participating in the Nicholas House Program. Although this was one of the smallest groups we have served at the shelter, because three families had just been released from the program and moved on in their lives toward self-sufficiency, all together more than 35 individuals were served.  For dinner residents enjoyed baked and fried chicken, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, green beans, potato salad, rolls, cookies, brownies, fruit pops, lemonade, ice tea and milk!  
North Atlanta Rotarians ready to serve!
There was much joy, thankfulness, and fellowship shared between residents and Rotarians.                                                                                               
North Atlanta Rotary is proud to be a long term community partner with Nicholas House serving the greater Atlanta community.  So far this year, North Atlanta Rotary has provided over $1500 in support to Nicholas House.
Nicholas House is the only shelter in Atlanta that provides housing to homeless families regardless of family makeup. They provide temporary housing while addressing the root causes of family homelessness so a family may never be homeless again.

Nicholas House provides supportive services through their shelter on Boulevard Avenue, through their scattered-site apartment rapid re-housing program Homeless to Homes (H2H), and their newly launched New Horizons program for chronically homeless families. All families have up to two years of follow-up support after leaving direct services.

Nicholas House understands that providing basic subsistence – food and shelter – is necessary but not sufficient to prevent most homeless families from becoming homeless again. Three main goals and three unique factors make Nicholas House an incredibly special place where positive, lasting change happens.  80% of the families served maintain their own housing a year or more after exiting the Nicholas House program.

Multiple Tracks and Custom Solutions
The Nicholas House two-tiered approach to solving homelessness is unique to Atlanta. No matter what level of need or stage of homelessness a family finds themselves in, they have a program to meet the family's unique situation.

The New Horizons program is a housing first model for chronically homeless families with disabilities. These families have the greatest barriers, requiring longer time-frames and more support to become self-sufficient. These families have been homeless for an extended time and face significant challenges such as mental health issues, substance abuse, and physical disability. They place these families immediately into permanent support housing in apartments leased by Nicholas House – straight from street outreach teams or emergency shelters.  Once families are settled in, case managers provide additional services that incorporate best practice approaches based on national research. These include harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques.

The NHI shelter located off Boulevard Avenue in the Grant Park area provides long-term care and assistance for families with no income. This shelter has room to house 12 homeless families, which includes accommodations for a family of 10.

Their Homeless to Homes (H2H) apartment-based program is available to families with jobs who are past the need for a shelter environment but who still benefit from training, rental subsidy, time and assistance to rebuild their lives. Other shelters and agencies throughout the city rely on the H2H program to place their residents.

The Nicholas House Home Again program provides initial support for homeless families with ENOUGH income to pay ongoing rent but without the larger initial funds required to obtain their own apartment.  Nicholas House provides upfront support with application fees, utility and rental deposits, moving costs, initial months rent and other cost barriers to establishing housing. The family is then able to maintain housing long-term on their own based on their income.

Through an After School Program, the school-age children receive counseling, encouragement, help with homework, and a chance to foster camaraderie and a love of learning that will last a lifetime. NHI Adult Education classes do the same for their parents.

Nicholas House could not function without volunteers and donations. Over 6,000 individuals each year assist with every aspect of maintaining the agency and its programs.

  • Improving facilities and grounds
  • Tutoring and supervising our children
  • Running the front office
  • Presenting educational courses to residents
  • Preparing meals
  • Mentoring individuals
For more information about Nicholas House go to:
On August 14th we welcomed our new GRSP Student Daniela Ochoa Garro from Medellin, Columbia!  
Daniela arriving at Harstfield Jackson International Airport being welcomed by Rotarians and family members of her three host Rotary Clubs:  North Atlanta, Brookhaven and Tucker.

Daniela is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Medellin where her father is a Rotarian. Daniela is currently in her third year of Industrial Engineering studies at the Unversidad de Los Andes.  Once she completes her degree she will work toward her Master degree in Industrial Engineering or Finance.  She will attend Oglethorpe University while in Georgia.


Daniela being welcomed by GRSP Trustee Nick Spates, Ann Miller, Kay Emanuele, Renie Hallford and Charlie Patterson.

Ann Patterson, Bryan & Ella Katz, Renie Hallford, Charlie Patterson, Daniela Ochoa Garro, Ann Miller, Ralph Peeler, Mike Emanuel Nick Spates and Garry Guan welcoming Daniela to Georgia!

On Thursday, August 18th Daniel was welcomed at our Club social by Rotarians, District Dignitaries and guests.  

Rooman Ahmed from Bangledash, Brookhaven Club Host Parent Bryan Katz, DG Raymond Ray, AG Candace Klein, Daniela, GRSP Trustee Nick Spas, and AG Lou Alvarado.


Daniela, and North Atlanta Rotarians Ralph Sims, Mike Emanuele and Mary Frances Richardson

We look forward to an exciting year with Daniel and wish her all the best in school, her travels and throughout her time here in Georgia!

Welcome Daniela!

On Saturday, July 30, 2016 we had a fantastic turn out for our community service project benefiting FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children). Chris Brand, President and CEO of FODAC (and Stone Mountain Rotarian), expressed that we may have surpassed the monetary record for a single day collection! The estimated value of the collections for the day is $150,000!  Chris stated, "this was the most successful collection drive of any volunteer group ever for FODAC!"
All of this was possible because we were able to pick up several bulky and costly items such as hospital beds and motorized wheel chairs.  In addition we picked up several manual wheel chairs, 3-in-1 seats, walkers, canes, and loads of unopened soft goods.  Without each of our volunteers participating and providing their vehicles, trailers, trucks and muscle, this wouldn’t have been accomplished. Kudos all around!
The concept here is that we helped by volunteering to pick up these items (no longer needed by one family) which in turn defrays costs for FODAC so they can then provide these items (newly refurbished) for free, to persons (in another family) who do need them.  We helped extend every charitable dollar contributed to FODAC by providing our man, woman and kiddo power and resources for this project!
A very large and special thank you goes to Ralph Sims for his leadership and on going coordination of the project!  He did a darned good job “herding us cats!”  Congratulations Ralph on this massively successful service project.
Most of the volunteers and Dachshund Rev Duke, gathering after our breakfast social and before hitting the road for a day of service.
The numbers:
We had seven (7) Rotary Clubs, one Rotaract Club and FODAC represented and providing a total of 46 people who participated in this day of service!  Many thanks to the North Atlanta Rotaract Club, and the Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, South DeKalb, Tucker, Sylhet Sunshine (of Bangladesh), Stone Mountain, Duluth and of course, North Atlanta.  Congratulations to all for a job well done!
Special thanks to our co-sponsoring partner coordinators, Bonnie Hardage and Patrick Lewis of the Brookhaven Club, and Ceasar Gaiters of the South DeKalb Club.  This is our first collaborative service event of the year; we make a great team!  We plan to participate together in many more successful endeavors!

South DeKalb President Ceasar Gaiters
Lloyd Ames, FODAC and Chris Brand of FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotary flank N A Rotary President Barbara Bush and N A Rotaract Past Presdient Kamna Malhotra
We are also grateful to the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for their support in allowing us to gather on the Patio for breakfast, fellowship and instructions, and for offering their parking lot as our drop-off point for collections.  Thank you for these gifts!
Brookhaven Rotarian Bill Smith with Sylhet Sunshine Rotarian Rooman Ahmed
Mahalo nui loa to all involved. 
Be proud of your Service above Self!
From L to R: President and CEO of FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotarian Chris Brand, Rotaractor Ren Sato, Tucker Rotarian Bill Dowden, Rotarator Gilbert Vazquez, Tucker President Renie Hallford, and Lloyd Ames of FODAC
L to R:  North Atlanta Rotarian PP Lance Reising, Rotary Family member Gary Bush, Lloyd Ames of FODAC, Kamna Malhotra, PP North Atlanta Rotaract, and Chris Brand, FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotary Club.
Rotary Family member Lewis Kropp, LLoyd Ames of FODAC, and Bill Smith of Brookhaven Rotary Club.
L to R:  N A Rotarian Bill Mclaughlin, Lloyd Ames of FODAC, Rotaractors Kamna Malhotra and Jordan Hutchinson, Friend of Rotary Eric Williams, Brookhaven Rotarian Mike Swahn, Family of Rotary Eli and Adelien Hardage, PDG Tom Kent, Brookhaven President Bonnie Hardage, Bookhaven Rotarian Patrick Lewis and FODAC Service Event Coordinator N A Rotary PP Ralph Sims.
Brookhaven Rotarian Patrick Lewis, Family of Rotary Stephen Bush and Will Soteres, and Brookhaven Rotarian Steve Soteres.
L to R:  Nathan Aberson of the North Atlanta Rotary, and North Atlanta Roaractor Gilbert Vazquez
Family of Rotary members Erin Bush and Susan Hughes
Family of Rotary Brad Sims with N A Rotary PP Kent Gipson's borrowed truck.
In it's second year, the North Atlanta Rotary Scholarship Program is a smashing success with a total of $7,000 given to four deserving students.  For the first time NAR was able to give three 2016 graduating Chamblee Charter High School seniors each a $2,000 scholarship.  The deserving recipients were Duncan Carel, Christopher Waters and Sebastian Rodriguez. In addition, we gave for the first time, a $1,000 scholarship to Kingston Handley, a matriculating college sophmore and our top 2015 CCHS scholarship recipient. 
Pictured above (L to R) are Christopher Drew, NAR Youth Services Chair; CCHS seniors Duncan Carel and Christopher Waters, and NAR Club President Dr. Ralph Peeler. 
Pictured above (L to R) Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, NAR President Ralph Peeler and CCHS graduating senior Sebastian Rodriguez
Recipient of the William M. Mulkey "Show Rotary Cares" Award exemplifying "Service Above Self" in the North Atlanta Rotary Club and his community and in our world, Jim Greco received the award given by the DeKalb Rotary Council from Club President Dr. Ralph Peeler.

Advancing Engineering

Thanks to a $3,500 special matching District Grant, The Rotary Club of North Atlanta developed a new project and supported Chamblee Charter High School’s (CCHS) engineering program through VEX robotics and the Electrathon, a competition for battery-powered vehicles.

Meals on Wheels

Rotary Club of North Atlanta members, their spouses, children and a prospective member teamed up at Senior Connections in Chamblee, Ga. to prepare meals for Meals on Wheels.

Salvation Army bell ringing with Brookhaven Club

The Rotary Club of North Atlanta joined with the Rotary Club of Brookhaven for a day of bell ringing to raise money for the Salvation Army.
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