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Monday June 27th, 2016


Dan Jourdan on How to Find, Hire and Keep the Best Employees



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Club Administration

Projects and activities within the Club Administration leadership structure brought the club much success during the 2009-2010 Rotary year.  Program speaker selections and presentations increased attendance at weekly meetings.  The Business Speaker series featured Roger Tutterow, nationally recognized economist.  The Government at Work Speaker series highlights were Harry West, founding member of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Tommy Hills, State of Georgia Chief Financial Officer.   But in-house generated programs by members were among the most informative and exciting: the Foundations panel presentation; having the youth as speakers – Interact, GSE, Ambassadorial Scholars; and the most exciting was having third grade dictionary recipients present their ethics essays on the tenets of the Four Way Test!

The Family of Rotary events took place in three arenas: within the club, at the District and International levels, and in the greater community of Sandy Springs.  Among the much loved within the club events are: Sample Sandy Springs, the District Governor’s reception, Oktoberfest, the Holiday Celebration, and the annual Spring Ball.  Club members participated and represented the club at the March and August District Assemblies, the Rotary International Foundation dinner, at Rotary Leadership Institute, and will represent the club at the District SuperConference and the Rotary International convention.  The club reached greater Sandy Springs through the Fire House dinners, the North Fulton Rotary Council, and our in-house generated electronic newsletter, meeting bulletin and website.

As a result of well planned programs, expertly executed projects and bonds among members through fellowship, the club enjoys a place in the conscious of more residents in the greater Sandy Springs community.  Beneficiaries of our good works and the greater Sandy Springs community have embraced our efforts, evidenced by the media coverage the club has received and the visitor/guest luncheon receipts!
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Weekly Programs

PDGMertl_podium.jpgThe year began July 6, 2009 with PDG Claudia Mertl’s program entitled Ethic and Rotary.  A second program, January 25, 2010 on Ethics was presented by four dictionary recipients from Spalding Elementary school.  The Dictionary Project was expanded to include Character Education by adapting The 4 Way Test to be kid friendly – “In Work and Play: Tell the truth.  Be fair.  Be helpful.  Think of others”. Students chose one of the tenets of the Four Way Test as a topic for a one to two paragraph essay.  Selected by school principal and club member Christine Young, the students were invited to be our guest speakers.  Parents and grandparents attended.

Jeff Hullinger, newscaster, sportscaster and radio personality and Kira Hullinger, Director of Membership at the 191 Club presented an interesting program on membership, highlighting the importance of the speaker as a draw for prospective members and to retain existing members.

The Business Speakers Series included Henry Unger, business columnist and blogger at the AJC and Roger Tutterow, economist, professor, author, and media commentator. 

Highlights of our Government At Work Speaker Series were Harry West, founding member of the Atlanta Regional Commission, whose work served as the basis for the creation of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; Dr Evander Fogle, veteran of the US Navy, having served as the staff orthopaedic surgeon in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and State of Georgia Chief Financial Officer, Tommy Hills.

Among our most informative programs were programs generated in house on Rotary Topics: Tom Ungashick, Director of Foundations presented a panel on foundations, followed in February with the “Paul Harris Valentine Sweetheart Luncheon”; Dan Wilmarth, Director of New Generations was responsible for a program with Interact speakers and a memorable Veterans Day program.  Ambassadorial scholars, our nominees to the GSE
team, our GRSP student and a program on the Rotary Leadership Institute presented by Mary Chapman also brought interest and variety to our program calendar.

Club members got a boost from programs honoring community – Public Safety Awards, and Teacher Appreciation Awards.

Highlights on the horizon are scheduled speakers: Jeff Dickerson, businessman, columnist and the Georgia Gang, and Justice David E. Nahmias of the Supreme Court of Georgia.



Dr. Patricia Harris Talked about the H1N1 Flu


A Program of “Firsts” at Sandy Springs Rotary
The first program of Sandy Spring’s 2009-2010 weekly meetings etched a historic moment.  PDG Claudia Mertl delivered her first “Ethic in Rotary” speech that she will deliver to each of the remaining Rotary clubs in District 6900 during the 2009-2010 Rotary year.  A surprise visit by DG Roy to hear the first appointed District Ethic Chair deliver her first speech was highlighted when he presented the first copies of Declaration of Rotarians in a Business or Profession and the Four Way Test to Eric Stotts, a Sandy Springs Rotary member who identified Claudia as the lady “on fire for ethics”. 

During Good News Bucks (Sunshine), President Betty made a deposit to thank Eric for being proactive in arranging on July 1st, the first Sandy Springs Rotary talk radio show on Atlanta Business Radio where he was the first substitute co-anchor in over one hundred shows.  Three other Sandy Springs members joined Eric on the show: Bill Snellings, club Past President (2007-2008) and President of Snellings Walters Insurance, Fran Farias, District 6900 Service Projects Director whose business is State Farm Insurance, and Justin Daniels, an attorney at Wagner, Johnston, & Rosenthal, recognized as a rising star by Georgia Super Lawyers.  Eric is with Advantec, a human resource, payroll and benefit company.

Rotary International Conference – June 20-23, 2010

Sandy Springs Rotarians were ably represented this year by Past District Governor and Past President Barry Smith and his wife Vivian. 




An amazingly dedicated Rotarian, Barry will serve as Chair of the Southland Breakfast at this year’s 2009-2010 RI Convention in Montreal, Canada.  During this Rotary year Barry also served, on the international level, as Co-Chair RI Fellowship Committee, and RI President’s Representative at District 1210 (England) Conference.

A performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil and an award-winning musical adaptation of Les Misérables are sure to be a hit at the conference.  Other
entertainment include the Celtic Thunder, a high energy singing and dancing group that salute their musical heroes in song and dance – from Fred Astaire to The Beach Boys.

Speakers Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, and Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute and
Dolly Parton, country music singer and founder of Dolly’s Imagination Library are just two of the headline speakers.

RI President John Kenny is expected to summarized goals reached during the 2009-2010 Rotary year including clean water, literacy, AIDS prevention, polio, and the safety of all children from exploitation

Caring Hands

The goal of our Caring Hands project is to be a part of our fellow members’ lives by sharing in their joys and tribulations, celebrating life’s milestones and lending a hand when needed.  Events will be marked by sending an appropriate card, members’ calls/visits/gifts/advice.  Carl Pirkle has taken lead of this function.

Rotary Project Leader: Carl Pirkle

Family of Rotary Participating:  Average 55




Lon Southerland Signs a “Get Well Soon” Card
as Caring Hands Chair Carl Pirkle, looks on


Greater Rotary / North Fulton Rotary Council

Our own, Dan Wilmarth, President of the North Fulton Rotary Council, along with AT&T representatives presented USO’s Gordon Duquemin with 500 phone cards to be used by military personnel flying into and out or Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in the line of duty.  Sandy Springs is one of six clubs in the membership of the Council.  As an umbrella organization for North Fulton Rotary Clubs, the Council provides member club presidents and presidents-elect a forum for sharing ideas, successes, failures and coming together to sponsor a joint project.  The 2009-2010 project was selected to be the phone cards.

Rotary Project Leader: Dan Wilmarth, President of NFRC

Family of Rotary Participants:  Average 14




From left, Dawn Benton and Gerard Butler of AT&T present the USO’s Gordon “Duke” Duquemin with 500 phone cards in a donation arranged by the North Fulton Rotary Council, represented by Dan Wilmarth and Bob Pepalis of the North Fulton Rotary Council.


District 6900 Level Service     

Service to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs extends beyond the club and into the Family of District service.  Six of our club member also serve at the District level.  The club is honored to have such dedicated members.


  • Fran Farias        District Service Projects Director
  • Robert Moore        District Education Chair
  • Carl Pirkle        District Scholarship and Alumni Committee
  • PDG Ralph Thurmond    District Long Range Planning Committee
  • PDG Barry Smith        District Finance Committee
  • W. Dan Wilmarth    District New Generations Chair






Carl Pirkle and Ambassadorial Scholar Pauley Tedoff


House of Friendship

The House of Friendship, where Rotarian meet during District and International conference to observe and discuss projects other clubs have embraced during the past year and to prepare for the incoming Rotary year.  It is also a gathering place to make friends and greet friends.  A friendly competition among clubs is inspirational, builds camaraderie, adds a bit of excitement, expectation and anticipation. ROTARY ROCKS, the theme of the 2009-2010 SuperConference, presents it all: inspiration, camaraderie, excitement, expectation, and anticipation!

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs also views the House of Friendship as a public relations opportunity to build relations between clubs within District 6900.

Rotary Project Leader: Sonja Tonpea, Fellowship/Family of Rotary Director

Family of Rotary Participating: 30




Sandy Springs Rotarians Set Up the House of Friendship Display


Smith_B_podium23.jpgInternational Level Service – PDG Barry Smith

Sandy Springs Rotarians were ably represented, 2009-2010, at the international level, by Past District Governor and Past Club President Barry Smith.  

During this Rotary year Barry served as Co-Chair RI Fellowship Committee, and RI President’s Representative at District 1210 (England) Conference.  He will also serve as Chair of the Southland Breakfast at this year’s RI Convention in Montreal, Canada. 

Sunshine Program - Good News Bucks

Good News Bucks has been our sunshine program for many years.  It is an important weekly event.  Our Newsmaster Kelly Frederickson lets anyone brag about anything as long as they pay up!  Rotarians brag about football, basketball, baseball, golf, their children, their grand children, or anything else that they are proud of.  A tradition we observe for anniversaries is that the Rotarian pays $1 for each year of marriage.

All of the money raised by our Good News Bucks goes to our Dan Keels Scholarship Fund for college scholarships.

Rotary Project Leader:  Kelly Frederickson

Family of Rotary Participating: Average 9




Club president Betty Ferdinand reports her good news
while Kelly Fredrickson collects Betty's donation.


District Awards Chair

Abernathy_H_podium.jpgThere is no other task more arduous during the Rotary year than documenting all club activities: descriptions, clippings, scan-ins, photos, organizing, and developing a finished document.  It is a behind the scenes job that few are aware and could never appreciate.  The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs is extremely fortunate to have had a willing and capable member experienced at this task – Herman Abernathy.  Club members were trained to automatically send Herman photos and descriptions.  When info was needed, members were quickly informed.

Herman Abernathy, District Awards Chair

Electronic Newsletter (eNews)

The publication of the club’s Electronic Newsletter began in July 2006.  A brainchild of David Evans that was facilitated and has evolved to today’s edition by Tom Farrow, former club member with the generous support of club member Jim Buckler begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Club members contribute content.  Currently, Sally Wyeth serves as program copy writer, announcing next week’s program and summarizing the current week’s program.  

Rotary Project Leaders: Sally
Wyeth, David Evans
Family of Rotary Participating: 9




Electronic Yearbook

The club yearbook/scrapbook has evolved recently into the club electronic scrapbook.  Our historian, Morris Moore still has one or two of the early yearbooks.  During his recent tenure as scrapbook coordinator and designer, our club was recognized twice as being the best and among the best scrapbooks submitted in the District.  When the scrapbook went electronic, Morris relinquished the duties of coordinator and designer to Christine Young.

Rotary Project Leader: Christine Young
Rotarian Participating: 1





Meeting Bulletin

Our meeting bulletin is a shortened version of our electronic newsletter (E-newsletter).  This supplementary bulletin is available at every table for guests and members without e-mail.  The weekly bulletin has information about the program for the day and upcoming projects.  It also has a list of Sandy Springs Rotary Projects and the assigned Project Leaders.

Rotary Project Leader: Dan Fowler

Rotarians Participating: 2




Web Site  (

We are proud of our web site.  The web site became live at 10:28pm, May 9, 2000.  Club member Jim Buckler begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting, owner of Soholaunch created the first iteration of the web site.  He was also editor; content provider and maintenance man.  Jim continued in these roles for several years as his contribution to Club Service.
This year’s iteration of the web site has been edited and designed to be more informative and less time sensitive.  Club programs are announced on the site’s home page and web calendar.   The site contains information about our club structure and member recognitions, and links to District 6900, Rotary International and our weekly electronic newsletter.




Sandy Springs Web Site (




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