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ROTARY CLUB OF
Welcome Sandy Springs Rotarians, friends and guests.
So far, this Rotary year has been challenging coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank all who have been able to attend meetings in person and on Zoom. Although our service projects have been limited by the virus we have been able to help school children needing distance learning and for those in our community needing food. We are also doing great with our medical recycling program benefiting seniors. I thank our club members and officers in working hard to hopefully have our club once again achieve “Club of the Year” status.
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!
Monday, March 8, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs will be having two guest speakers. Anastasia Pass & Una Richards. Una and Anastasia are members of the Sandy Springs Toastmasters.
The following is a little biographical information Una & Anastasia.
Una Richards is originally from Jamaica West Indies. She migrated to New York as a teenager, and after 20+ years relocated to Georgia. Una is the mother of two adult children and a daughter to a 100-year-old mother who still tries to run her life. She is a graduate of New York and Mercer University. Una has over 40 years' experience in the healthcare industry as a Central Sterile Processing professional. She enjoys playing tennis and has competed in several leagues. In other pass-time she is a crafter and designs products such as Gift Baskets, Balloon Décor, Door Wreaths, and Centerpieces. Una joined Sandy Springs toastmasters in 2017 and has held the position of Vice President of Education and is currently President for 2020-2021. Una is also the author of the book "PULL THE DARN TRIGGER" 7 Winning Strategies to Achieving Your Goals.
Anastasia Pass is the sixth of seven children born and raised in Elgin, IL, a small midwestern town east of Chicago. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and taught students in both areas for over six years. She also gained over 28 years of business experience in a variety of roles for diverse industries including sports, career consulting, payroll and banking & finance. Anastasia retired in 2017 and is currently an Independent Consultant for direct sales company, Scentsy. She loves to give back by serving in numerous volunteer and leadership roles over many years including the Victim Assistant Program with the Colorado Sheriff’s Department, Pre-Adoptive Foster Care, Meals on Wheels, Dunwoody Newcomers Club, Samaritan's Purse, Buckhead Church and Emory St. Joseph Hospital. She has been a member of Sandy Springs Toastmasters since 2014 serving as both Vice President of Education and President. Anastasia is happily married, has lived in Sandy Springs for 28 years and she and her husband are immensely proud of their combined family of 6 children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom keep the couple on the go.
This meeting can be attended in-person at the Hilton Suites.
6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, NE Sandys Springs Georgia
The meeting begins at 12:15pm and ends at 1:15pm
This meeting can also be attended via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 830 5329 7439
Want to know more about Toastmasters in Sandy Springs: https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/00003133-sandy-springs-club
For most, the task of getting a hair cut is trivial. It is rarely given much thought. For some, however, it is a struggle.
On Monday, February 22, 2021, Kodi Miller, the Executive Director and founder of Fades for Faith told the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs of her fledgling non-profit business.
In photo: Kody Miller Executive Director of Fades for Faith, John Neill, 2020,2021 President of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.
Kody Miller is an Atlanta native and master barber currently working at 1818 Fine Men’s Salon in Brookhaven. But there is much more to Kody than one might think. She has started her own business that is true to the Rotary Four Way test.
Fades for Faith is a 501-C3 that was started at the end of 2019. Initially started by going into group homes, foster care or homeless shelters looking for ways to help, she discovered quickly that there was never enough money in the meager budgets to handle hair care. Knowing she could help; she gathered a small team and began to interact with different group homes around her area to offer free grooming services. Services like beard care, hair care, free products and support of someone who cares are provided by her team.
Working with drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in and around Sandy Springs, her business has taken off. Presently she and her small band of master barbers go into these centers two and three times a month. She partners with local schools to have the more senior student barbers join her. This provides the student barbers a chance to gain experience and expertise.
She told a story of a 19-year-old man in recovery whose entire demeanor was impacted for the positive because of the seemingly small investment of a proper grooming treatment. She could visibly see his confidence and posture change during the session.
Kody was amazed at something that seems as simple as a haircut could be so influential.
The Rotary Club of Sandy would like to thank Kody for her outstanding devotion to our community.
More about Kody Miller can be found in an earlier Rotary newsletter here: https://sandyspringsrotary.org/newsletter/show/1385
To learn more about 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon, click here: https://eighteeneight.com/atlanta-ga/
To learn more about Fades for Faith, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Fades-For-Faith-107441114266071/
This past Monday, March 1, Rick Walker gave our club a presentation on “Wacky Patents”. Mark is a patent attorney and can speak from experience. Before he took to the wacky side, he explained to us the differences between Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Trade Secrets.
His PowerPoint presentation discussed many wacky patents that have been applied for over the years. Many were quite outrageous, such as, Prince’s patent on a guitar, Michael Jackson’s patent on a shoe enhancing device, a unicycle with training wheels, a portable electric mouse trap, an anti-eating face mask, cheese filtered cigarettes, an instant face lift device, a jaw exercise device, a snake handling leash, diapers for birds, several golf training aids, diapers for dogs, a light bulb changer, an electrified picnic blanket, a beer umbrella, a method for covering baldness (comb over), a cubed tennis ball, and a chopstick training device. Those were the more entertaining ideas and he presented many more.
Got an idea? Get a patent to protect it. (or a trademark, or a copyright, or designate it a trade secret)
Lastly, he gave a list of inventions that we should not try to patent: Waterproof towel, Glow in the dark sunglasses, solar powered flashlight, submarine screen doors, a book on how to read, inflatable dart boards, a dictionary index, dehydrated water (just add water), waterproof teabags, and a helicopter ejector seat.
The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs would like to thank Rick for showing us the lighter side of being an attorney.
More information about Rick can be found here: https://sandyspringsrotary.org/newsletter/show/1392
Rick is a partner at CBW – Clements Bernard Walker PLLC – More information about CBW can be found here: https://worldpatents.com/patent-law/