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The 2019 college football season will be Tony Barnhart's 44th as a reporter for newspapers, television, internet, and radio. Tony joined the SEC Network which launched August 14, 2014. He contributes to the network’s studio programming and also contributes columns on SECSports.com. He is one of the lead columnists for TMG College Sports – the Media Guides and can be found at the following link - https://collegesportsmaven.io/tmg/tony-barnhart/
Tony brings a wealth of experience having covered the conference for more than 20 years. He began covering SEC sports at the Atlanta Journal Constitution which led to extensive reporting roles at ESPN and CBS. He is a 1976 graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia. In 2017 Tony was recognized with the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award. DiGamma Kappa is the national broadcast society at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2016 Tony received two honors:
Tony is the author of five books on college football and has received numerous awards for sports reporting including the 2009 Bert McGrane Award (Football Writers Association of America – Hall of Fame).
Tony lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Maria, who was his high school sweetheart. Tony and Maria have now taken on the wonderful role of G-Dad and G-Mom for their granddaughter, who came into the starting lineup in 2012.
This year one of President Cathie's top goals is membership. As co-Directors for Membership, Hoshi Daruwalla and Fred Brandt need your help with connecting good people to Dunwoody Rotary. We have some great speakers coming up … starting with Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart this Friday. Did you know that when you bring a prospective member on a Friday morning:
Last week, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody welcomed Erica Brown as our newest member. Erica serves as the Associate Development Officer for the Atlanta Mission. Erica moved to Atlanta in 2013 and began her career in marketing. She was the Director of Sales and Marketing for a local restaurant in Downtown Atlanta. She soon decided to begin a career in banking. Erica worked for BB&T for four years and was very successful. While at BB&T, Brown was selected as a BB&T @Work Champion for her branch and also served on the African American Affinity Resource Group for the company. At BB&T, Brown served as a co-chair of Associate Engagement and with the Women’s Information Network group.
Erica grew up in Savannah, where she ran track and field. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish. While working at BBT, Erica received her MA in Christian Ministry from Mercer University.
Erica is married to Waun Brown whom she met a Georgia Southern. They have been married almost three years. Waun and Erica have no children currently, but instead a feisty Dachshund named Sarge. Erica enjoys volunteering, cooking and most of all “spending time with the guys” (Waun and Sarge).
Erica's sponsor is Past President Rick Otness.
President Cathie has designated The Rotary Foundation as a major area of focus for 2019-20. Join us for at Aldo's Restaurant in Sandy Springs on August 10 to enjoy fellowship and celebrate all that we've done and plan to do to partner with the Rotary Foundation to do good in the world. Everyone is invited for a night of fellowship in the name of The Rotary Foundation. Watch for a separate email with all the details by the end of this week!
Last week, we had the pleasure of hearing about outbound student Emily O'Day's year in Brazil as our RYE ambassador. And the very next day, Past President Rick was at the airport to greet Francesca, our inbound student from Italy!
Emily talked about her travels (including a trip on the Amazon where she gained a greater appreciation for taking care of our environment), about teaching English to Brazilians (including one of her host moms who need to pass an English requirement to get her literature degree) and about what she learned in her year in Brazil. She said, “the Rotary Youth Exchange program really changes lives. It offered me an opportunity to learn about cultures outside the US and gave me time to grow and learn more about myself. When asked about what she found most different, Emily said “people and relationships. People get together and spend hours talking and enjoying each other; they’re not as caught up in social media as we are. I came away from my experience determined than ever to spend more time getting to know and understand people and their perspectives.”
Let's all give a warm Dunwoody welcome to Francesca … and wish Daniella well as she heads to Korea as our outbound ambassador this Rotary year. We hope they will both have just as many stories and learnings to share at the end of this RYE year.
By the way, if you would like to support our efforts with Rotary Youth Exchange, contact Deb Cameron: email@example.com or 404.668.1259.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has long supported the Dunwoody Nature Center - and we have an opportunity to do so again at this year's Butterfly Festival. The event draws quite a crowd and parking at the Nature Center is limited, so the Festival offers shuttle buses from offsite parking to the event. Immediate Past President Rick Woods is in charge of operating shuttle service and has asked for our help to be shuttle drivers.
We are looking for 16 drivers to operate eight shuttle buses - there are two shifts on August 17: one in the morning (8am-1pm) and one in the afternoon (12:00 to 5pm). According to Rick, "This is a fun time, really. It is not a burden. You'll meet plenty of people and each of them will be very grateful that you're hauling them around. I've done it for many years and each time is a treat."
If you can help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Shuttle Driver.
Even if you can't drive a shuttle, consider checking out the Butterfly Festival. It's a great event - and you can purchase tickets at https://dunwoodynature.org/2019-butterfly-festival...
Last Saturday, Dunwoody Rotarians Anne Glenn and Eleni Bafas joined me, DG Jim Squire and others from the district helped to orient the district's two outgoing Global Grant Scholars. Anne, Eleni and I all serve on the District's Global Grant Scholar committee.
Sponsored by RCD, Kaitlin Sandor will be pursuing her Masters at the University of Auckland, NZ. Kaitlin graduated from Harvard and is currently studying medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has experience in the financial services industry, focused on pharma and biomedical investment opportunities. Her career goal is to become a physician researcher, focused on disease prevention and treatment, specifically regarding such ailments as ALS and Alzheimers. She will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise.
Kaitlin is pictured with DG Jim Squire and our District's second Global Grant Scholar Sean Minton, who will be studying at King's College, London.
Thanks to Kathy, Anne and Eleni for all their hard work in making this program successful in District 6900!