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ROTARY CLUB OF
Welcome Sandy Springs Rotarians to the new Rotary year. It will be hard to top last year but we'll do it with your help & support. Kudos to past president Nancy Schroeder and PDG Jim Squire for your service and helping the club receive many awards at the District Celebration including our second "Club of the Decade" designation.
Some changes are being made in our club's meeting program to make it more varied & interesting. We will be adding the Sandy Springs Business Spotlight, a third raffle drawing, and wine one meeting a month. Members are now asked to come a little earlier as lunch will begin at noon with the program to start promptly at 12:15. Along with our traditional club events & projects we'll have a couple more service projects/media events, membership events (Rotary Pizza Night at Pontoon) and different Family of Rotary social events. I look forward to engaging with you to make it a exciting year.
Visitors are welcome to experience the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs' hospitality and energy. Meetings are typically the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays. Lunch is served at noon and the 1 hour program begins at 12:15. Hilton Perimeter Suites, 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Reserve a spot by going to our website at www.sandyspringsrotary.org. Join your fellow professionals, community and business leaders, and learn how Rotary can benefit your future. Experience Rotary Making Things Happen in Sandy Springs!
December 14th at 12:15, please join us online or in-person at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs to welcome Senator John Albers to the Podium.
Senator Albers serves as chairman of the Public Safety committee and the vice chairman of the Regulated Industry and Finance committees. He is also a member of the Rules, Appropriations, Veterans, Military and Homeland Security, and State & Local Government Operations committees. Senator Albers is a member of the Senate leadership serving as the Chief Deputy Whip and serves as the chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton County Delegation.
Senator Albers has long been an active member of his community. His affiliations include the Board of Directors for: World Chamber of Commerce, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation (past chairman), Roswell Fire & Police Foundation, Chamberlain Nursing College, MediStreams, Saratoga Holdings, Concord, Ownersite, Green Print, Gilsbar Holdings and Tony Nobis Foundation.
Senator Albers is proud Republican Party member, RUMC Job Networking Industry Guide, Scout Leader, Georgia Carry, Roswell Area Park (youth sports coach), Roswell Historical Society, Friends of Bullock Hall, Kiwanis, Roswell Rotary, US Air Force Civil Air Patrol and the Roswell Sons of the American Legion.
Senator Albers is a fourth-generation firefighter serving as a volunteer in Alpharetta and member of the Georgia Firefighters Association. In 2011, 2013 and 2017, Senator Albers was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. In 2018 & 2020 Senator Albers was recognized for outstanding service by the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs. In 2018 & 2020 Senator Albers was recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as well as a "Champion of Georgia's Cities" by the Georgia Municipal Association. In 2020, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) honored Senator Albers with the Legislative Services Award.
Senator Albers earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Albers also graduated from the University of Georgia, Legislative Leadership Institute and the Cybersecurity program at Harvard University. When not attending to state business, Senator Albers is an executive, business owner and entrepreneur. He and his wife, Kari of 27 years, have two sons & a daughter-in-law, and are members of Roswell United Methodist Church.
This meeting can be attended in-person or online:
MEETING ID 830 5329 7439
More information about Senator John Albers can be found at his web site: http://senatoralbers.com/
This past Monday, December 7, (Pearl Harbor Day) our program speaker was Cambri Driskell. She is the daughter of our current District Governor, Kirk Driskell and his wife Deena both of whom were in attendance.
Cambri is a Freshman at Vanderbilt University in Nashville but currently back home due to COVID-19.
She told her story of starting an Interact Club at her high school, Kings Ridge Christian School, as a Freshman. She laughingly explained how the club initially included just her and her five best friends. By the time she graduated three years later the membership had bloomed to over 100! In retrospect she thought that having free brownies at each meeting may have been one of her finest ideas that contributed to the amazing growth.
Cambri talked about their various service projects but spoke most fondly about her favorite, the “Moonlight Sonata.” This is a senior prom for the citizens of the Alpharetta retirement community. They needed money to host the event and held fundraisers to solicit donations from local businesses in the community. They made sure to invite each contributing business to come and participate, and was proud to announce that most did. Getting the high school boy members of her club to dance with the senior women was a bit of a challenge. At the most recent “Moonlight Sonata” event they had over 250 senior citizens attend.
There are over 40 million people in slavery in the world today
In the photo from left to right: Jim Squire - Immediate past Rotary District 6900 Governor, Kirk Driskell - Rotary District 6900 Governor, Cambri Driskell, Deena Driskell, John Neill - President of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club.
While noting some of her other projects, Cambri explained how gratifying it has been to watch other club members imagine new service projects and take the lead with them. These include the “polar plunge,” a service day of serving men in recovery and Human Trafficking Awareness. There are over 40 million people in slavery in the world today which is more than any time in history.
All of this has taught Cambri the power of service and the joy of inviting and seeing others join in the world of service. She is now looking for ways to bring Rotary service to Vanderbilt University.
These photos and more can be found free of charge in their original resolution at: https://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p413663799