District 6900 News for October, 2017

From the District Governor

​Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

By Alec Smythe

The old advice to brides is good advice for Rotary Clubs as well. Vibrant clubs deliver a mix of tradition and innovation, learn from other clubs and take advantage of Rotary’s many existing programs and tools. Learn the approach one club took to make its projects more meaningful and impactful. [more]

Chris Brand and FODAC representatives traveled to Houston to deliver needed health care equipment

Chris Brand and FODAC representatives traveled to Houston to deliver needed health care equipment

Rotary People of Action

Chris Brand, Rotary Club of Stone Mountain

By Jackie Cuthbert

This month, District 6900 honors Stone Mountain Past President Chris Brand as a Rotary Person of Action. Chris is the President of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) - a non-profit organization that restores and provides durable medical equipment (DME) to people in need. For the past month, Chris and his team have been … [more]

District Conference 2018 Update

Hospitality with a Twist

By Ryan Clements

Registration is now open for the 2018 District Conference - April 26-29 in Sandestin, Florida! Visit http://bit.ly/RotaconRegistration to register for Rotacon 2018, book your room in one of the OFFICIAL conference lodging locations, and learn more. One of the most popular aspects of district conference is the Hospitality Suite. A true Rotary tradition, much of the fellowship and magic of a district conference takes place in the Hospitality Suite where people gather to sample food and beverages in a friendly and festive environment. [more]

People are transported down a road flooded by Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. (Atlantic Magazine)

People are transported down a road flooded by Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. (Atlantic Magazine)

Zone 34 Disaster Relief Efforts

By Steve Stanfield

Significant parts of our zone, especially in the Caribbean, have really been rocked by last month’s hurricanes. Short term, our district has set up a Disaster Relief account as part of our Charitable Fund to which Rotarians and Clubs can donate. We are also coordinating with al the District Governors across the Zone on a longer term response to the destruction. We will keep you informed as the our response develops. [more]


Fall Interact Conference Set for October 15 in Roswell

By Becky Nelson

The Fall Interact Conference will take place Sunday, Oct 15th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Elkins Pointe Middle School. There is no cost for the event and lunch will be provided to all who register by Thursday, October 13 (earlier registration appreciated). The event features a keynote presentation by PDG Alicia Michael, the President of the Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, and four break-out sessions (participants can attend two): [more]

Club News

Help Clubs with Their October Fundraisers

By Jackie Cuthbert

Check out the Emory-Druid Hills hand painting class this weekend ... and consider bringing a club team to the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's RunDunwoody on October 15 [more]

Rotary Leadership Institute

RLI Comes to Sandy Springs This Month

By Elwyn Gaissert

The location is Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, 8750 Pride Place (formerly Colonel Drive), Sandy Springs, GA 30350. Parts 1, 2, 3 and Graduate Course in Foundation will be offered. Here is a direct link to registration http://www.IsMyRotaryClub.org/Register/index.cfm?E... Registration closes 10 days prior to the event. [more]

Nine of our 2017/18 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students with District RYE Chair Michael Parks

Nine of our 2017/18 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students with District RYE Chair Michael Parks

Rotary Youth Exchange

Applications for 2018/19 School Year Due By November 1

By Mike Parks

Our first District 6900 class of Rotary Youth Exchange students are all with their exchange families for the 2017/18 school year. We have 10 Georgia students spending a year in high school in nine countries - and several international students in Georgia for their RYE high school year abroad.

Applications for the 2018/2019 school year are open now, and the application deadline is November 1, 2017. [more]

GRSP Update

Enjoying our Class of 2017/18 ... and Making a Difference in the Future

By Lynn Clarke

Start thinking about how you will share the holidays with your GRSP students ... get ready for the Savannah student weekend ... learn about the GRSP endowment and read about one of last year's students thoughts about how GRSP changed their lives ... and one club's commitment to GRSP. [more]

Tom Mertl, co-chair of the weekend, with the winners of the sand sculpture contest

Tom Mertl, co-chair of the weekend, with the winners of the sand sculpture contest

GRSP Weekend

Clayton County Welcomes the World

By Claudia Mertl

Recently, the world came to Clayton County, when 40 international students gathered at The Beach in Jonesboro, for a fun time that included creating sand sculptures, making floatable cardboard boats, and enjoying plenty of food and fellowship. They were all part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). The Rotary Clubs of Lake Spivey/Clayton County, Henry County and Griffin partnered to host the event. [more]

The Rotary Foundation

Keep Up the Momentum of a Good First Quarter!

By Margie Kersey

Congratulations! The first quarter of the year is complete! Now is a great time to stop and check your goals – how much have you accomplished and what do you have to do to move forward. [more]

The Rotary Foundation

D6900 Peace Scholar Hits the Ground Running

By Jackie Cuthbert

Kate Keator, District 6900's first Rotary Peace Scholar, is settling into the program in Bradford, England. So what has Kate's first month been like? [more]

End Human Trafficking Now

Seminar Enlists Fulton Co. Bus Drivers in Fight Against Human Trafficking

By Lynne Lindsay

Dave McCleary, former president of Roswell Rotary addressed an audience of over 800 north and south Fulton Country bus drivers gathered at Mount Zion Baptist Church on July 31 to increase awareness of human trafficking. [more]

Club News

Thomasville Raises $11,000 for United Way

By Shanna Derby

For the past few years, the Caterpillar Corporation in Thomasville has sponsored a golf tournament to raise money for the United Way.Unfortunately, Caterpillar closed their doors last year and their manufacturing was re-located from Thomas County’s community.

Scooter Grubbs, a member of the Rotary Club of Thomasvillemore]

Club News

Roswell Honors September 11 Legacy

By Lynne Lindsay

Roswell Rotary Club and the City of Roswell honored those who were lost and injured during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Held at the Roswell Recreation Area Park gym, we did not let hurricane Irma stand in our way.Citizens flocked to hear Retired Brigadier General Lawrence Dudney, Jr. speak of his experience while … [more]

Rotary International Convention 2018

On to Toronto!

By Barry Oxford

We currently have almost 100 people from D6900 registered to attend Rotary International Convention 2018 in Toronto, Canada. That is fantastic! I'm excited to be the district's On To Toronto chair!

If you want to get in on the action you need to register online at more]

Club News

Vinings Races to Serve

By Ross Henderson

The Rotary Club of Vinings drew a crowd of 1,650 runners in August and raised $85,000 to be dispersed to a variety of service organizations.

Upcoming Key Dates

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017Zone Leadership Training Seminars
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017Zone 33/34 Institute
Friday, October 13th, 2017GRSP Student Weekend — Savannah
Saturday, October 14th, 2017GRSP Student Weekend — Savannah
Sunday, October 15th, 2017Interact Fall Conference
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017Meriwether County (Warm Springs) Governor Visit
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017Thomaston-Upson County Governor Visit
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017Rotary Youth Exchange Informational Session for students and parents
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017Harris County Governor Visit
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017Finance Commitee/Charitable Fund Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 19th, 2017West Point Governor Visit
Saturday, October 21st, 2017Rotary Leadership Institute / Sandy Springs
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017District World Polio Day
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017East Cobb Major Donor
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017Jackson-Butts Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017Jackson-Butts County Governor Visit
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017Griffin Daybreak Governor Visit
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017Griffin Governor Visit
Friday, November 3rd, 2017GRSP Student Weekend — North Fulton Clubs
Saturday, November 4th, 2017GRSP Student Weekend — North Fulton County
Saturday, November 4th, 2017WOW - Whiskies of the World
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