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The Bulletin

December 3, 2019

Home of
District Governor:
Jim Squire
Past District Governors
Frank Bentley,
Ralph Thurmond,
and Barry Smith


December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Our Rotary Family

12/20 Pam Wall
12/20 Ralph Thurmond
12/21 Fred Ferrand
12/25 Michael Lindstrom
12/29 William Snellings
12/31 Charan Shikh
12/31 Steve Soteres
12/31 Ruth Armknecht
12/31 Ken DeSimone
12/31 Mark Rabin


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Rotary Online


Sandy Springs

Mondays, 12:15 pm
Hilton Suites
6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328 FacebookTwitterInstagram


President Nancy Schroeder
Treasurer John Neill
Secretary Mike Stacy
Foundation Rick Doyle, III
Membership Adam Bowling
Public Image Todd Lawrimore

President Nancy Schroeder's Welcome Message

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, I welcome you to visit our club and experience the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs' hospitality and energy. We meet on Monday for lunch at 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Hilton Perimeter Suites, 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. You can reserve a spot by going to our website at www.sandyspringsrotary.org. Join your fellow professionals, and community and business leaders, and learn how Rotary can fit in your future. Experience Rotary Making A Difference!

Upcoming Program
Co-founders of Susansnaps, Laura and Susan Stachler will be addressing the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.

On Monday December 16 at 12:15 the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs will be welcoming local entrepreneurs Laura and Susan Stachler to the podium.

Mother-daughter duo, Laura and Susan Staehler, are the founders of Susansnaps, nationally recognized cookie company based in Sandy Springs. At Susansnaps, they're baking up to 16,000 gingersnaps daily, shipping nationwide and running their charming shop. You might have seen them on ABC News with David Muir "Made in America" or even CNN, Today Show or Forbes. Laura and Susan have created a cookie empire based on unlikely adversity and it's their unique "cancer to cookies" story that keeps Susansnaps. Laura and Susan are also published authors of, The Cookie Cure which received a booklist starred review of "Outstanding!". Readers are calling their story, "Inspiring and Entertaining."

Please join us at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs in offering a warm welcome to Laura and Susan. Our club meets Mondays at the Hilton Suites at 12:15. All are welcome to visit.

A special news report about Susansnaps can be found here: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Food/video/25-days-cookies-cookie-monsters-double-chocolate-cookie-59635305

Please visit the Susansnaps website for more information: https://susansnaps.com/

Previous Program
Richard Walker, CEO of GAMA and partner of CBW PLLC presented compelling reasons to be excited about Georgia's future.

On December 2nd, Richard Walker a law partner at CBW and the President and CEO of the Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association addressed the members of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.

Mr. Walker, who goes by Rick, immediately launched into an explanation of the GAMA and claims it is his passion which fuels his interest. The Georgia AMA was strategically formed to help suppliers provide for the needs of automotive manufactures. He explained that the GAMA is one of several automotive manufacturing association (AMAs) in the south east. The GAMA is a fast-growing association. He explained its rising prominence while showing multiple maps of recent growth of the automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Rick presented a slide listing many of the manufacturers in Georgia specially. Those included where: Blue Bird (Bus), BMW Training Center, Chrysler Atlanta Part Distribution Center, General Motors-IT Innovation Center, Honda Precision Parts, Kia Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA HQ, and Porsche North America.

Rick’s presentation also included a slide which revealed many of the automotive suppliers in the region which included Cox Automotive, NAPA, Novellus, Exide, the PSA Group (Puegoet) and many more.

The automotive industry is really doing well in Georgia, he notes. “Georgia may not ever be the best metal bender in the world, but we got logistics and technology down.”. This is a quote that Rick repeats often for as many as possible to hear. He’s hoping to ensure that Georgia remains strong and grows in its ability to be an important part of an industry that shapes America and the world.

One amazing and important offerings that Georgia has is it’s shipping ports in Brunswick. Brunswick is famous for its “Roll-Roll” ports. He explained the short-hand phrase to mean; Roll on cars and Roll off cars.

“Georgia is out in front with technologies that will really make a difference in the next ten years.”

Rick talked about the coming trends and a few which are already here and being adopted as we speak. He spoke briefly about electric vehicles including, electric trucks like the Rivian RT & Tesla’s electric truck. More information about these trucks can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guUurwEyaL4

Rick set aside the remaining minutes of his presentation to talk about his law firm, CBW. CBW’s full name is Clements Bernard Walker PLLC, Intellectual Property & Trade Association LAW and has offices in Atlanta & Charlotte.

At this point Rick launched in an “IP overview”. A slight hush came over the 40+ Rotarians and guest in attendance before he explained that I.P. stands for intellectual property, and that it deals with patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related areas. Rick paused for another brief moment and said that on the subject of trademarks and brands, “I think one of the best brands in the world is Rotary.”

Rick talked about trade secrets briefly. He explained the trick to a trade secret is to lock it up and have agreements of non-disclosure with the people who work with it in order to get a judge or jury to protect it. Simply put, “Your secret will not be protected by law unless you have taken some measure to protect it yourself.”

He added that some of the world’s most famous trade secrets are the formula for Coca-cola, WD-40, Kentucky Fried Chicken’s secret spices, and McDonald’s secret sauce. He briefly explained how each of the companies have protected their business’ by using properly handled IP law.

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs would like to thank Rick for sharing his excitement and passion about the Automotive industry in Georgia.

Richard Walker presenting to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.

“I think one of the best brands in the world is Rotary.”

Richard engaging with Rotary members afterwards.
From left to right: Richard Walker, Malcolm Kilpatrick, Fran Farias, and Tim Fore

Richard Walker and Nancy Schroeder, 2019-2020 President Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

The photos and more can be found here: https://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p105...
Quick biographical information about Richard can found here: https://sandyspringsrotary.org/story/3446
More information about Clements Bernard Walker PLLC can be found here: https://worldpatents.com/

More information about GAMA can be found here: https://www.gama-georgia.org/

Special Message
No Meeting December 9, 2019

Other News
Rotary Trivia fact of the week

Question: What was the first Rotary Club community project?
In 1907 a “comfort station” in downtown Chicago became the first Rotary community project. Public restrooms were typically found only in saloons at that time, and unaccompanied women were not permitted to enter saloons.

If you're curious: https://www.rghfhome.org/first100/library/rotarian/1940scrapbook/comfort.htm#.XeaItuhKhhE

Have any interesting trivia you'd like to share? Send it to tlawrimore@gmail.com

Other News
RSVP for the Rotary Christmas Party

Don't forget to RSVP with Nancy for the Christmas Party.

A Look Ahead
Here's an easy and quick glimpse of our Rotary meetings to come

If you have inquiries please send them to tlawrimore@gmail.com

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Greeters and Invocation Leader for December 16, 2019

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Greeters & Invocation leader for next meeting. (12/16/2019)
Invocators, as per the "Make it fun and they will come." theme, have a joke ready!

Greeter A:
Chad Hagan
Greeter B:
Rick Doyle
Invocation Leader:
Ralph Thurmond

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