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ROTARY CLUB OFFridays, 7:15 am
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Please note that this week we are meeting at the Sheraton Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel located at 800 Hammond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Matt Robinson is a wholesaler at American Funds, part of Capital Group, covering Atlanta and North Georgia. He has 11 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for two years. Prior to joining Capital, Matt was a regional vice president at Columbia Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Carolina. He also holds the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation. Matt is based in Atlanta.
The 2017 Dunwoody State of the City was a big success and was attended by about 300 people. Ashely Butts of the City of Dunwoody is very appreciative of the Rotary Club efforts to help make this event go so smoothly.
The State of the City is not only a good volunteer opportunity but a great opportunity to provide exposure to the Dunwoody Rotary Club and with our city of Dunwoody's city government, businesses, and its residents. Having our banner behind the speaker's podium (see picture) has proven to be the best idea we've had for this event.
Our President Tina Philpot did a great job hosting the event and introducing the sponsors, the sustainability winner, and our Mayor Denis Shortal. Great job President Tina!
As the coordinator of the Dunwoody Rotary volunteers I would like to thank the following people for their efforts the day of the event to help make everything go so smoothly and fill those gift bags:
A special thanks to Carter Stout for providing insight on prior years events to help me coordinate our volunteer efforts.
Editor's Note: We are also very appreciative of the tremendous efforts and leadership of Tom Lashway to coordinate this successful event! Thank you, Tom!
Our next service date with the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is Friday, April 7, 2017.
Being a Friday, we hope and expect that this means we have the opportunity to serve many military personnel and their families as they travel through Atlanta.
We need morning shift and evening shift help. We could also use some help soliciting food donations.
The Rotary Foundation partnered with leading universities around the world to create the Rotary Peace Centers. Up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected annually through a highly competitive worldwide process and chosen for their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace throughout their careers. They are assigned to study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers: University of Queensland (Australia), University of Bradford (England), International Christian University (Japan), Uppsala University (Sweden), Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States), and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Rotary Peace Fellows earn master’s degrees in fields such as international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, and conflict resolution or professional development certificates in peace and conflict studies. Alumni of the program are leaders who promote cooperation, peace, and conflict resolution in their communities and around the world.
This application started in Laura Kann's year as president.
An exemplary Rotarian and Dunwoody resident who lives the motto “Service above Self,” Kathy Brandt’s leadership has resulted in her selection as the Bill Mulkey “Greater Giving Award for 2016-2017.” She has served with passion following the Ideals of Rotary, compassion for those in need, and with a focus on results. Her leadership roles have spanned the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, the DeKalb Rotary Council, the Georgia Rotary Student Program, District 6900 of Rotary International, and the Rotary Foundation. Initiatives she led have had remarkable results including the fostering of world peace and understanding through Group Study Exchange , Ambassadorial Scholarship candidates, and the Rotary Foundation Grant for a University Teacher. As president in 2008-2009, her membership development grew the club by 25 new members, a club record.
Brandt’s fundraising efforts have resulted in phenomenal returns via the annual Governor’s Ball and silent auction, and RunDunwoody, an annual race initiated and continued under her leadership since 2010.
At the club level, she led a stringent long-range planning process to reaffirm the club’s vision, values, and mission. She has advocated and volunteered for Special Olympics of Georgia, AIDS Awareness presentations, the Dunwoody Nature Center’s improvements, the USO, gardening in the traffic triangle in the heart of Dunwoody, assistance at the Dunwoody Arts Festival, and Junior Achievement of Georgia, through which she has taught success skills for the workplace to hundreds of middle and high school students.
The goal of “doing more for more” has been accomplished because of her leadership, which makes her aa walking billboard for the Ideals of Rotary. Her major strengths are her abilities to foster goal clarity, to engage and recognize others, and to energize members to “get it done” while having fun. She is the first recipient since the award was created in 2015-2016 to honor Bill Mulkey, the member known throughout the Rotary world as “Mr. Rotary.” A beautiful pin was designed for those so honored and it will be presented at the club’s Holiday Luncheon at the Dunwoody Country Club each year.
Note: The above article may also be found in the latest edition of the Dunwoody Crier.