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The Bulletin

March 4, 2019

Home of District Governors:
Frank Bentley,
Ralph Thurmond,
and Barry Smith

Club Calendar

March is Water and Sanitation Month

Our Rotary Family

3/11 Joe Jones
3/13 Phil Farias
3/18 Nesbit Toole


3/23 John Neill (45)
3/29 Jim Squire (11)

Rotary Online


Sandy Springs

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

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Buckhead January 13, 1972
Active Membership: 48 FacebookTwitterInstagram

ROTARY CLUB OF Sandy Springs

President Fred Ferrand
President-Elect Nancy Schroeder
Treasurer John Neill
Secretary Mike Stacy
Foundation Chair Rick Doyle, III
Membership Chair Adam Bowling

President Fred Ferrand'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
Red Cross Representative, Ashley Steele to address the club

On Monday, March 11th Ashley Steele will be our guest speaker for lunch. Ashley Steele is from Charlotte, North Carolina but moved to Atlanta in 2017. Prior to working for the American Red Cross as a Regional Philanthropy Officer, she was the Assistant Director of Alumni Development at Emory University School of Law. Ashley oversaw the young alumni annual giving program, the reunion giving program, as well as major gifts and legacy gifts. Ashley now manages major gifts for the American Red Cross, a job she feels is a passion project -she gets to spend every day talking to people about the mission of the Red Cross and help save lives. Ashley went to the University of South Carolina where she received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology. She then went on to UNC Chapel Hill School of Law where she received her J.D. in May 2017.

Please come out and give Ashley a warm Rotary welcome.

More information can be found about Ashley at: LinkedIn/AshleySteele
Ashley can be reached at Ashlev.Steele@Redcross.org.

This Week in Rotary
Brent Brown - "I'm just an old humble beat cop."

On Monday, March 4th, the Sandy Springs Rotary Club welcomed Brent C Brown to visit and a free lunch. Brent told us a little about himself and his career as a “beat cop” and that he was humbled yet still proud of his current work. His job involves the day-to-day protection of peoples throughout the world from looming treats. Very quickly Brent turned his presentation toward the pressing issues of today. He started talking about treats to America, and to each of us as individual citizens.

He asked us to remember September 11th, 2001. He asked us to remember the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 where he pointed out that it was just one beat cop out doing his job at a routine traffic stop that busted the case wide open. He spoke not just about domestic threats by reminding us of the 1995 London IRA attacks. Bringing his presentation back home and into our backyard, he reminded us of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing of 1996. He noted that the perpetrator was found to be a “home grown terrorist”, rather than what we think of as a terrorist in today’s terms. With all these threats surrounding us every day, Brent began to talk about what is being done to protect our way of life and how his security firm Chesley Brown International is helping.

From sophisticated WAKE trained K-9 units for bomb sniffing to corporate espionage deterrents to the simplest email attack awareness, he covered the gambit of possible threats. He asked us all to be watchful for our own safety and for those around us. His presentation covered many other aspects of his related duties and how the private security industry is now being embraced by our vast governmental agencies. He points out that their symbiotic relationship benefits all.

Some of his parting thoughts were words to the wise: "Google 'Latest threat' " and remain vigilant against fraud.

He ended on a bright note by saying: "The good news is there are some very bright people watching over us to keep us safe."

The Rotary Club would like to give personal thanks to Brent for all his hard work and efforts to protect the citizens of Sandy Springs, Atlanta, the USA, and the world.

From left to right: Benji Dubovsky, Brent Brown, and Fred Ferrand - SSRC President.

Last weeks blog posts which contains his biographical information can be found here.
More information about Brent and Chesley Brown International can be found here.

Other News
Charan Shikh, Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow

This week our very own Dr. Charan Shikh became a Paul Harris Fellow. His generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation allow our Rotary Clubs to continue the work of bringing about tangible and significant change in our community and world wide.

Thank you Charan for all that you do and your financial support.

Other News
Russ Hines Invited Us all out to Rotary Means Business

Rotary Means Business is the newest Rotary Fellowship. It offers a business to business networking opportunity to share your business with fellow Rotarians. Empowering your business by the Power of the Pin. We now have three Rotary Means Business Nodes in the Metro Atlanta Area to serve our membership in 2019.

With 3 meetings at 3 different locations every month, everyone should be able find one that suits them.

Our next local meeting will be Tuesday, 3/26/2019, 6:30pm at McKinnons Louisiane

More information can be found here: Rotary Means Business


Reach out to our local hosts: Russ Hiner (404) 660-4289, russ@ibuyga.com, Or Ally Wingate (404)955-0131, allywingate3@gmail.com

Other News
No Regular Lunch meeting on March 18th

Please join us for Family of Rotary night instead. Details to follow soon.

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Greeters and Invocation Leader for 3/11/2019

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Greeters & Invocation leader for next meeting. (3/11/2019)
Invocators, as per the "Make it fun and they will come." theme, have a joke ready!

Greeter A:
Ruth Armknecht
Greeter B:
Jordan Hutchison
Invocation Leader:
Linda Randolph