From our Meetings
Once again, North Cobb Rotary Club participated in Kennesaw's Annual "Paws in the Park" program at Swift-Cantrell Park on Saturday, September 20th.
Club Member, Bob Hovey, holding the fort down with the help of Kennesaw Mountain High School's Rotary Interact Students.
Club Member, Mark Ronsini, alongside Kennesaw Mountain High School's Rotary Interact Students.
Kennesaw Mountain High School's Rotary Interact Students selling snacks to raise money for use in local charities.
Club Member, Mark Hester, had family Sandy (wife) and Austin (Son) Awarded with Paul Harris Fellowships.
North Cobb Rotary President Bruce Goddard bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships to Austin Hester and Sandy Hester.
From Left to Right: Bruce Goddard (Club President), Austin Hester, Sandy Hester, Mark Hester (Club Member), and Bob Hovey (Club Member and Foundation Chair)
Both Ryan Smith and Steve Simpson gave their vocational speeches to the North Cobb Rotary Club today. Ryan, a Dentist, works with Dr. Glenn Reece. Steve, in the financial services industry.
Ryan Smith alongside North Cobb Rotary President Bruce Goddard and fellow Rotarian Steve Simpson.
The North Cobb Rotary Club was privileged to host Nicolle Williams of Dogwood Forest in Acworth, Georgia. Nicolle spoke on the importance of "brain" food and the correlations between healthy eating and living a full life.
North Cobb Rotary President Bruce Goddard alongside Nicolle Williams of Dogwood Forest and North Cobb Rotary Secretary Kim Watt.
The General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Mark Zimmerman, spoke to the North Cobb Rotary about the happenings in and around the GWCC. Just opened is the College Football Hall of Fame. The GWCC is also looking forward to the new Falcons Stadium that is being built now.
Georgia World Congress Center General Manager Mark Zimmerman alongside North Cobb Rotary President Bruce Goddard.
Two students and two counselors shared their stories from the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp.
The North Cobb Rotary Club was privileged to host the very dynamic Wendy Kinney. Wendy is the master of networking and the ins and outs of doing such in a way that it creates good will and future business relationships that work for both parties.
President Bruce Goddard alongside Wendy Kinney
It was an honor and pleasure to host Rotary District 6900 Governor, Alicia Michael, on her official annual visit to the North Cobb Rotary Club. The Governor was able to induct to new members, including, Mark Storm and Shane Pendley.
In honor of Governor Michael's motto, "Mission Possible", all the Rotary Club members wore their "Mission Possible" Rotary shirts.
District 6900 Governor Alicia Michael
New Rotarian Mark Storm alongside District 6900 Governor Alicia Michael and President Bruce Goddard
North Cobb Rotarians wearing their "Mission Possible" Shirts
Governor Alicia Michael flanked by Rotarian family of Pendley's.
North Cobb Rotarian Skip Harper was recieved the Service Above Self award for Skip's continuous service throughout the community.
Kim Watt presenting the Service Above Self Award to Skip Harper.
The YMCA's relationship with North Cobb Rotary was recognized at the North Cobb Rotary's July 31st meeting. North Cobb Rotary thanks Jude Dooley and the YMCA for their continued positive partnership in all that they do.
Jeff Bass alongside YMCA Executive Director Jude Dooley.
North Cobb Rotary Club hosted Kennesaw State University Head Basketball Coach, Jimmy Lallathin, at breakfast on Thursday, July 31st. It is an exciting time at Kennesaw State University and the direction of the Men's Basketball team. Jimmy is very inspirational and we look forward to watching Jimmy transform the Men's basketball program.
Kennesaw State University Head Basketball Coach, Jimmy Lallathin, alongside North Cobb Rotary President, Bruce Goddard.
On behalf of the entire North Cobb Rotary Club Keith Altobelli and Jeff Bass present Skip Harper with Red Oak Realty with an engraved cutting board. Skip Harper continuously serves his community through his many talents and gifts.
Keith Altobelli, Skip Harper, & Jeff Bass
On behalf of the entire North Cobb Rotary Club Jeff Bass & Keith Altobelli presented an engraved cooking board to C&S Paving. C&S Paving sponsored the Fireworks at Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival and at the July 4th Fireworks extravaganza. At the end of the breakfast meeting C&S Paving surprised us with a $2,000 donation that will go directly to help purchase a vehicle to drive the boys at Mountain Top Boys Home. North Cobb Rotary thanks C&S Paving for their continued support and embodiment motto of Rotary: Service Above Self.
News and Events
Rotarian Frank Simon was surprised and deeply honored to receive the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in recognition of devoted efforts for the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations of peoples of the world.
Nominated by 2011-2012 District 6900 Governor Margie Kersey, this prestigious award is given to just one Rotarian per district per year. Fellow members of the North Cobb Rotary Club extend warm congratulations to both Frank and Irene Simon.
Congratulations to Bruce Goddard on being named the North Cobb Rotarian of the Year! Past-president Marty Douglas remarked that Bruce's commitment and hard work to support the Children of Jesus Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was just one example of Bruce's passion to serve. Last October, Bruce organized a charity motorcycle ride for HERO's (Health & Education Relief Organization), and Marty also thanked Bruce for all the behind-the-scenes work he does for the club year- round. Bruce has been involved with the District Annual Conference, the District Assembly and has helped with the New Generations and Interact Clubs that the North Cobb Rotary sponsors.
Mrs. Henderson's award reflects her son's donations to the Rotary International Foundation in support of global and local efforts for work such as providing polio vaccines in order to end polio, providing resources to give people clean drinking water, supporting literacy initiatives, supporting youth initiatives, and many other worthwhile causes. The Paul Harris Fellow award is quite a fitting tribute to Mike's mother since she raised him to be a person with a mindset of service to others.
Congratulations to Mrs. Henderson and to Mike!
Sydney has been instrumental in many volunteer projects as a student at KMHS and as a leader in the Interact Club there. Most notably, Sydney has been involved in raising funds for Camp Dream, held at Camp Twinlakes each year. Camp Dream caters to special needs children and provides a unique camp experience for them.
Nick has been volunteering at Horizon Field since he was a freshman in high school, and he has formed a very special bond with Justin Millwood. Justin was born with cerebral palsy and has always used a wheelchair to get around. When Nick learned that Justin could use a special walker to walk, he was determined to raise the money needed for Justin's family to purchase the walker. Nick found a donor for the $5,000 walker with the stipulation that Nick still raise the funds and donate that amount to Horizon Field. Nick is still working to reach the fundraising goal, but he's already changed Justin's life and the lives of Justin's family through the donation of the walker.
These two young people exhibit strong compassion for others and and have a strong desire to make a difference in the world around them. We applaud them for all they have done to make a positive impact on our community.
But we've got The Bull on board! Peter Jezerinac has confirmed that 94.9 The Bull will be a sponsor for this year's Smoke on the Lake Barbecue Festival scheduled for May 11th and 12th at Lake Acworth. The sponsorship will include 25 radio advertising spots and the station is considering a live on-site broadcast.
For more information on sponsorships or for information about registering a cook team, visit www.smokeonthelake.org.
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now. ~ American Proverb
On February 18th, North Cobb Rotarians joined with Keep Kennesaw Beautiful (formerly the Kennesaw Environmental Committee) to commemorate Arbor Day at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. The ceremony at Swift-Cantrell Park acknowledges a donation of trees by the North Cobb Rotary Club. Club members purchased approximately 30 trees through this project.
"Trees are a vital part of our infrastructure and are significant for their environmental and economic benefits," said Ken Hall, chairman of Keep Kennesaw Beautiful. "As a Tree City USA designate, it’s important that we continue to plant and care for the community forest."
North Cobb Rotarians were excited to be part of the project, especially since District Governor Margie Kersey had asked all clubs in the District to plant trees this year. Club President Marty Douglas said, "Through the tree-planting request, District Governor Margie has reminded us that Rotarians can be good citizens in many different ways, including replenishing our natural resources and being good stewards of our environment." Douglas thanked North Cobb Rotarian and City of Kennesaw employee Jon Whitmer for heading up this special project for the club.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
North Cobb Rotary was pleased to induct two new members recently. Matthew Riedemann was inducted into the club in February, and Dave Schwickerath was inducted in March.
Dave is vice president of sales at Digital Assent, LLC. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. Dave also wanted to participate in more service projects within the local area and has been involved as a board member for the Friends of Price Park before joining our club. Dave hopes to continue raising funds and awareness of this gem in our backyard. We welcome Dave and are excited to have him as part of the club.
We are looking forward to working alongside these two gentlemen as North Cobb Rotary continues to grow and continues to contribute to our local and global needs.
North Cobb Rotarian Brian Adams has been involveld with Rotary for about 15 years. Brian says he joined Rotary for opportunities to become involved in the community and for the sense of camaraderie with other community leaders.
Brian and his wife, Melanie, have eleven children, so we often joke about the "Adams Family," but youth projects supported by North Cobb Rotary are the projects that are closest to Brian's heart. Brian is a staunch supporter of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and several of Brian's children have participated in this youth leadership training opportunity. Brian and his family have also been very involved in scouting, but Brian says he joined the North Cobb Rotary Club primarily because of its longtime commitment to and support of Mountain Top Boys Home.
Brian is a financial advisor with United Community Bank. He enjoys the interaction with people in his business. It's no surprise, though, that if he weren't working in his current field, that Brian's dream job would involve leadership in a non-profit or ministry organization.
Brian's hobbies and interests also revolve around youth -- helping children and young adults grow and achieve their dreams is Brian's passion. He's certainly been an inspiration to other club members through the accomplishments we've seen in his own children and in his mentoring efforts.
Hicks Malonson grew up with a father who was a Rotarian, so joining Rotary was the natural thing for him to do, he says. Hicks's father was a member of the Rotary Club of Marietta. Hicks says he never wanted to join the same club as his father because he never wanted to try to fill his father's shoes.
He's been involved with Rotary now for 11 years and is passionate about serving in the community in many ways. The Rotary projects which touch Hicks's heart the most are those that help children and anyone else who has been "left behind." Hicks is a past president of the Rotary Club of North Cobb and has had perfect attendance since 2001. Hicks is also a Paul Harris Fellow and -- as an astounding tribute to his commitment to Rotary -- he has been named Rotarian of the Year 5 different years.
Dan Wilmarth is certainly no stranger to Rotary, and he's no stranger to the Rotary Club of North Cobb either. Dan has been involved with Rotary at both the local and District levels for years. He has worked with Interact programs and has been a supporter of the Cobb Christmas effort in our community. Since retiring, Dan wanted to be part of a club that was closer to his home. We are honored to have Dan join our membership and look forward to working with him!
Congratulations once again to Glenn Reese's son Hunter. Hunter, now in his second year at the University of Tennessee, was recently featured in Vols' news as an outstanding member of their tennis team.
Hunter continues to rank nationally, continuing his high school record and continuing to make his mom and dad proud. Click here to read the full feature article on Hunter.
Congratulations and a warm welcome followed the induction and pinning ceremony of our newest member, Dr. Maria Kalamas. Maria is an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University and wanted to join Rotary to be an active participant in serving the community. Ralph Stephens commented that our club members’ aggregate IQ has been raised significantly!
North Cobb Rotarians enjoyed a festive evening full of good food, fun, and fellowship for our annual Christmas party. This year, the club celebrated at Fusco's Via Roma in Acworth. President Marty made a presidential decree that one lucky person would win the jackpot during the Christmas party -- we would continue to draw until we had a winner. Congratulations to Bob Hovey who was our big winner for the evening. The jackpot was over $1,000!
Helping our neighbors in need. That's MUST Ministries' mission. With an additional grant from the Rotary Foundation, North Cobb Rotary Club president, Marty Douglas, wanted to help MUST Ministries, a longtime beneficiary of many North Cobb Rotary projects.
Congratulations to Irene Simon on receiving her four-time Paul Harris Fellow award! Irene has been a longtime supporter of the Rotary Foundation and knows what good work the foundation does to bolster humanitarian and educational efforts locally and globally.
In addition, Irene has been presented as the president-elect for next year's Rotary board. Irene will do a wonderful job in her role as Madame President!
Bob Hovey is our club's newest two-time Paul Harris Fellow.
Bob's commitment to Rotary and his contributions to the Rotary Foundation over the years have culminated in this prestigious honor. Along with Rotarians across the world, Bob's gifts to the Rotary Foundation have allowed Rotary to do good work, including working toward eradicating polio and providing clean drinking water for communities that have none.
We are honored to serve alongside Bob as part of the North Cobb Rotary Club!
Augusto Toso will be arriving soon! Augusto is our GSRP student for the current year. He will be attending Kennesaw State University, and Patti Schoettler and her family will serve as the host family from our club.
During Bob Hovey's year as president of North Cobb Rotary, the club began supporting the Kilifi Kids Project along with other area clubs, including Smyrna Rotary.
The project has just released a summary of the progress made over the first three years (2008 through 2010).
Bruce announced a $14,000 grant from the Rotary and Water Works in Florida for his cause in Haiti.
Hicks asked for continued prayer for Sergeant Lister and his wife, Mandy. She is suffering from severe depression. Hicks also thanked the club for its $420 donation for school supplies for Costa Rica kids
Peter announced that McClure Middle School raised $215.89 on hat day. Students paid $1 to wear a hat and donated the funds to the Olympic Day coming up this spring at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
Marty had two words to share: ROLL TIDE! Congratulations Alabama fans!
Jude shared his happiness that his wife secured a teaching job at KSU, and his family is finally able to make the move to Georgia this weekend.
Bruce took a knee and “Tebowed” in celebration of the Denver Bronco’s record setting almost instant overtime win against the Steelers!Bob Johnson reminded everyone about the Arkansas Razorbacks' win at the AT&T Cotton Bowl, beating Kansas State Wildcats. Another SEC victory to celebrate!
Where there is loneliness, Rotary shares love.
Where there is illiteracy, Rotary shares education.
Where there is ignorance, Rotary shares knowledge.
Where there are problems, Rotary shares solutions.
Where there is enmity, Rotary shares friendship.
Where there are unearthed talents, Rotary shares opportunities.
Where there are needs, Rotary shares new horizons of living.
Where there is a tear, Rotary shares smiles.
Where there is a distance, Rotary shares the miles.
Where there is pain, Rotary shares the agony.
Where there is gain, Rotary shares the joy.
Where there are achievers, Rotary shares the compliments.
Where there are failures, Rotary shares success supplements.
Where there are orphans, Rotary shares the family.
Where there are elders, Rotary shares time.
Where there is childhood, Rotary shares values of life.
Where there is youth, Rotary shares the ladder of leadership.
Where there is unemployment, Rotary shares career choices.
Where there is lack of awareness, Rotary shares vocational training.
Where there is despair, Rotary shares hope.
Where there is depression, Rotary shares inspiration.
Where there is weakness, Rotary shares strength.
When there is chaos, Rotary shares harmony.
Where there is illness, Rotary shares curing.
Where there are disabilities, Rotary shares ability.
Where there are contingencies, Rotary shares might.
Where there is poverty, Rotary shares ways to wealth.
Where there is nothing, Rotary shares something.
Where there is everything,
Rotary sources it and shares it with those who have nothing.
by Jayanthi Raja Seenivasan