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The Bulletin

September 11, 2019

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


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Our Rotary Family

9/4 Stephen Flanagan
9/6 Adam Bowling
9/15 Carl Pirkle, Jr.
9/27 Mike Stacy
9/29 Tim Fore


9/1 Tamara Carrera (46)
9/8 Rick Doyle, III (35)
9/17 William Snellings (42)
9/28 Stephen Flanagan (23)

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!

October 7th Program
Debbi Dooley, Geriatric Care Manager for JF&CS Atlanta to address the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

On Monday October 7th, 2019 Debbi Dooley, RN, MS, LPC, NBCC, ALCA Geriatric Care Manager for JF&CS Atlanta will be visiting the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. She'll be discussing the challenges and rewards of her long career in the important field of geriatric care.

Debbi began working at JF&CS in August 2007, with her initial primary role as Case Manager for aging individuals with significant mental health or other life­ cycle challenges. Since then, her work at JF&CS has also included case management for various caregiver support programs, facilitation of three family caregiver support groups and an agency-based caregiver group, supportive counseling for elders and their care partners, counseling for clients in Weinstein Hospice's Palliative Care program, and clinical case management for clients who are in need of additional support. Debbi has provided Geriatric Care Management services for JF&CS since 2012. In addition, she has provided eldercare for various family members for the past 15 years, including her 95 year-old mother.

Debbi received a degree in nursing from Georgia State University in 1974. Her nursing practice focused on women's health and inpatient obstetrics. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Agnes Scott College in 2004. She completed a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During her graduate-level counseling education, she provided counseling and case management in a year-long internship at the Wesley Woods Transitions Senior Program, a partial-hospitalization day-treatment program for older adults in need of intensive mental health support. She also holds a Certificate in Aging from Boston University's School of Social Work.

"One of my care management clients said she wished she had a sister to help with her parents but she didn't have one - she asked if I could step in and act as if I were her sister, caring for her beloved parents - and that's what I strive to do."

More information about JF&CS can be found here: https://jfcsatl.org/

Previous Program
Our purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving Children

On Monday September 9th, Ashley Trotter, the Executive Director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Southeast Region spoke at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs luncheon. Ashley's message was heart moving. She spoke of cancer being the number one cause of death by disease in children under 14 in the United States. And also that this year nearly 16,000 children in the US will be told they have cancer.

Ashley Trotter - Executive Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital addressing the Sandy Springs Rotary Club.

Ashley spoke of the founder as an incredible visionary who believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

Early in his career, as a struggling entertainer, he prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of lost causes, “Help me find my way in life and I will build you a shrine.“In the following years, Danny’s career flourished. But he never forgot that prayer or that promise.And he decided that the shrine he would build, would be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

When he decided to start St. Jude, his idea was cutting edge --a hospital where children could receive treatment for life-threatening diseases regardless of a family’s race, religion or financial status.

Danny rallied an army of people just like you and me to raise the funds and awareness needed to build and maintain St. Jude.

Today the St. Jude continues to conduct more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital, turning laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments. St. Jude collaborates with other hospitals and research institutions to expand access to our work, and to accelerate the rate of learning and discovery.

Ashley Trotter - Executive Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Photo above: Nancy Schroeder - President of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club, Ashley Trotter - Executive Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs would like to thank Ashley for speaking at our club and for raising the awareness of the important work that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does for kids all over the United States and the world.

More biographical information about Ashley Trotter can be found here: https://sandyspringsrotary.org/v2/story/3152
More information about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can be found here:

Special Event
Volunteers needed for the Dictionary & Thesaurus project.

Hello Rotarians.

Monday, September 16th we need several volunteers to put the Rotary labels in each book. It is an easy task and will go very quickly if we can get about 10 people to help. Just arrive 15-20 minutes early to the next meeting and pitch in please.


We're asking for volunteers to go into the elementary schools to hand the book out. The dates and times are below. Contact Barton Lowrey to sign up or for more information.

Date 1:
Friday, September 27, 2019
Dunwoody Springs Elementary
8:00am-9:00am> Friday, September 27, 2019

Date 2:
Thursday October 3, 2019
Woodland Elementary

Date 3:
Friday, October 4
Heards Ferry Elementary

This is always one of the funnest projects we Rotarians get to do. Come out and see for yourself.

Special Event
Dates for the First Responders Dinners

Please be on the lookout for a 1st Responders sign up sheet during our meeting on September 16th. Speak to Mike Lindstrom if you have questions.

The dates for each dinner are: October 14th, 15th and 16th

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

Other News
An important Financial Update

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Greeters and Invocation Leader for September 16, 2019

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Greeters & Invocation leader for next meeting. (09/16/2019)
Invocators, as per the "Make it fun and they will come." theme, have a joke ready!

Greeter A:
Steve Flanagan
Greeter B:
Mark Rabin
Invocation Leader:
Nate Kongthum