Milt & Jim WWII Veterans

City of Sandy Springs Veteran's Day Celebration

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs volunteered during the City of Sandy Springs' annual Veterans Day commemorative event. The club has volunteered for the past 6 years. The City of Sandy Springs hosted this annual Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 11, 2016 beginning at 11:30 a.m. to honor those who serve and served our country. The event takes place at the Veteran’s Memorial located at the Concourse Corporate Center next to the Queen Building (Building Five). Former WSB News Anchor John Pruitt was the event's emcee. Sandy Springs resident and Purple Heart recipient, CW05 Edwin E. Harman, III, USMC was the keynote speaker.

Rotarians distribute programs, assist guests and enjoy the recognition of the cities veterans including our own WWII Veterans Milton Kassel and James Pascal pictured below. This is a collaborative event sponsored by the City of Sandy Springs and supported by many civic organizations including the Sandy Springs Society and the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.


Service at Lake Forest Elementary School

#NFServes - NFRC Day of Service October 15

Community service organized North Fulton Rotary Council wide, RCSS will collaborate with Interact and Rotoract Volunteers at the Fulton County Library, local schools and senior service facilities for a community clean-up/improvement day.


Members of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and the North Atlanta Rotaract Club participated during Saturday, October 15, 2016's NFServes (North Fulton Serves). Locations were Lake Forest Elementary School and the Sandy Springs Library. The beneficiaries for this project include the community of the elementary school and patrons of the Sandy Spring Library.


Annual Dictionary Project

RCSS will provide dictionaries to all public school third grade students, vocabulary builders or atlas to all public school fifth grade students and thesaurus to all sandy springs public school fourth grade students. Providing a first book to many third graders and support to classroom instruction this project touches 3500+ students, 120+ teachers and the entire Rotary Club of Sandy Springs membership. We recruit volunteers from other organizations - Leadership Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Society - to help with distribution and education of students about the Rotary Four-Way Test and civic and community service.


District Leadership & Club President

Annual Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party - Family of Rotary Event.

Hosted by Nancy and Rolfe Schroeder, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs enjoyed a holiday evening. Special guests included DG Raymond Ray, Jr., PDG Bob Hagan, DG-Elect Alec Smythe and DG-Nominee Court Dowis. Many thanks to Family of Rotary Director Fred Ferrand and his team including Mike Stacy and Rick Doyle. See all of the photos at Holiday Photos


Back Packs for Education

RCSS in collaboration with the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center gathered supplies and back packs, filled the packs and distributed them to youth across all 11 Sandy Springs public schools. Remaining gathered materials were then designated to the 'Teachers Closet' where teachers could 'order' needed materials for their classrooms.


RCSS Team and CAC Volunteers

CAC Coats for Kids

RCSS in collaboration with the Community Assistance Center will provide coats and Christmas toys and food for families. Publix Foundation donates $2000 annually through the RCSS Foundation to support this wonderful annual initiative.

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs members spent shopping time this past week buying holiday gifts for the Community Assistance Center's (CAC) annual holiday gift program. Over 1200 children and teenagers will have a great holiday this year. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs purchased gifts for 30 kids, then an elite team of Sandy Springs Rotarians and family coordinated the gifts to make them ready for wrapping and pickup.


CAC Spring Food Drive

RCSS will gather food and participate in this community event by hosting a booth with balloon animals and/or face painting. Multiple TONS of food will be raised for the summer food bank needs.


CART Collection Project

Rotarian Jim Pascal, for the third year, provides weekly updates about Alzheimer's Research and funding needs soliciting change for research. Last year collecting more than our pledged $1000


Club Awards and New Board Induction

Program and recognition TBD


Veteran's Assembled

District Governor Reception

District Governor Raymond Ray reception held at Bill Snellings home, during the visit, our WWII Veteran's, Carl Pirkle, Jim Pascal, & Milt Kessels were treated to a ride in a vintage Cadillac!


Human Trafficking In Georgia

EHTN Project

On January 12, 2017, a screening of the film “8 Days” followed by a law enforcement panel discussion about human trafficking was held at North Springs Charter High School (7447 Roswell Road, N.E., Atlanta GA 30328 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The event was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brookhaven, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, the Rotary Club of North Atlanta and the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. Parents and community members attended the free event. A panel discussion followed that included the police chiefs of the cities of Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. Here's a trailer link to the movie 8 Days


Family of Rotary Monthly Meeting

In response to the Council on Legislation changes in flexibility, the RCSS board voted to change their bylaws and increase Family of Rotary events along with decreasing monthly meetings to provide options to the club body.


Firehouse Dinners

Firehouse Dinners


The 2016 Public Service Dinners have been scheduled for October 25th, 26th and 27th. This annual event is put on by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and seeks to provide delicious dinners enough to cover all shifts of the Sandy Springs Fire, Police and EMS departments. The dinners took place at Fire Station #2 at 135 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. Rotarians, family, friends, North Atlanta Rotaract members, and Riverwood and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School Interact members attended the dinners which were catered by the community-service oriented restaurants and caterers listed below.

This year, an additional luncheon was held on Thursday October 20th so that police employees who typically can't make the dinners can enjoy a great meal. The event is coordinated by Julia Bernath, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and the 2016 Club Vocational Service Director.


District Foundation Chair

Foundation 100 Year Celebration

RCSS Foundation Committee is working to ensure 100% participation at the appropriate minimum level and hopefully higher in this 100 year celebration campaign. District Foundation Chair, Margie Kersey, will kick off the campaign as our program speaker on Monday October 31.

The Sandy Springs Rotary Club has successfully completed its Centennial Giving Campaign. Here are the highlights:

  • 100% of the 52 members of RCSS donated $26.50 or more to TRF's Annual Fund -- 38 donated $26.50 or more, and 14 donated $536 or more
  • We had $10,929.50 in total donations, including $10,286 to the Annual Fund and $643.50 to PolioPlus
  • We had 13 Paul Harris Fellows and two Bequest Society-Level II members


Club photo

Heritage Sandy Springs Festival

In collaboration with Leadership Sandy Springs, the city of Sandy Springs & Sandy Springs Community Roundtable members RCSS participated in and sponsored this annual community wide event. As a civic sponsor and participant our members shared information about the club and hosted our first End Polio Now fund raiser selling chocolate bars for profit across the two day festival. We have three potential members invited to visit the club & raised $53 from candy sales.


Laws of Life Essay Competition

Rotarian Nancy Schroeder is coordinating submissions from Riverwood International Charter High School, North Springs Charter High School and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School. The club is a bronze level sponsor and celebrates local school winners at a luncheon in the spring. RCSS Club members serve as essay readers as well.


Online Upgrade

Our Public Image Chair, Sally Wyeth, in collaboration with Alec Smythe and committee has worked to migrate to the District 6900 web and web tools for the club. This migration has included a face lift for our newsletter and social media presence including 100+ followers to our newly established twitter feed from May 2016.


Polio Plus Campaign

Under new Foundation Chair Rick Doyle, RCSS Foundation committee will create and execute an online fundraising campaign directed specifically at Polio Eradication. This will be a short - 30- 45 day online event.


RCSS Annual Spring Gala

Our Annual Spring Club Fundraiser - details to follow


RCSS Weekly

Public Image chair, Sally Wyeth, continues to improve the weekly RCSS Newsletter using the District 6900 tools.


Reading Buddies

RCSS in collaboration with SSEF and Lake Forest Elementary School provide weekly reading mentors for struggling students. This is a year long intensive program with impressive results in improving literacy for participating students in grades 1 - 5.


Rotary Has Heart Campaign

Public Image campaign around our Rotary Has Heart project


First visit collage

Santa Clara Mexico

RCSS has supported the work of the North Atlanta Rotaract in Santa Clara Mexico over the past three years. This year international service director Kelly Fredrickson is investigating global grant opportunities to expand this work. A first visit along with NAR members in September to collaborate with the schools to install technology enhancements and conduct a college visit for 8th graders was enlightening? Meetings with Rotario Colonial Puebka and Santa Clara community leaders was promising for the creation and submission of a global grant opportunity.


Senior Senior Prom

The details of this event are still being determined, this will be the second year of the event with a focus on our service men and women as a part of the participants. Date and details to follow


Award Recipients

Senior Service Recognition Program

In conjunction with Senior Service Facilities and other healthcare providers in Sandy Springs, RCSS will host a recognition luncheon in December to honor the Senior Service Providers whose 'boots on the ground' take care of our wonderful seniors.

On Monday, December 5, 2016, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs held the second Annual Senior Healthcare Professional Recognition Awards luncheon. The program is part of the Zone 33/34 Rotary Has Heart initiative. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs focuses on the amazing healthcare professionals who care for our community elders. The program is coordinated by Julia Bernath and her team consisting of Cheryl Lietz and Todd Lawrimore.


All Award Recipients

Service Men and Women Awards Luncheon

On Monday, October 24, 2016, at 12:15 p.m., the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs honored the recipients of the 2016 City of Sandy Springs’ Public Safety Awards during a special luncheon program at the Hilton Perimeter Suites, 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders and Police Chief Ken DeSimone presented the awards. The event was attended by Sandy Springs City Councilmembers Chris Burnett (District 3), John Paulson (District 1) and Ken Dishman (District 2). Recipients are chosen by their own public safety departments.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs hosts the awards luncheon to recognize select members of the City of Sandy Springs Public Safety Team for their outstanding contributions to the people and City of Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs’ Public Safety Team consists of all Fire, EMS, and Police employees. Recipients are chosen by their own public safety departments. 2016 recipients are:

Paramedic David Wilbanks, 2016 Paramedic of the Year, Sandy Springs Fire & Rescue
Fire Captain Chris Janflone, 2016 Fire Officer of the Year, Sandy Springs Fire & Rescue
Fire Apparatus Engineer Chris Mileshko, 2016 Firefighter of the Year, Sandy Springs Fire & Rescue

Claudette Black, 2016 Civilian Employee of the Year, Sandy Springs Police Department
Officer Tim Burell, 2016 Police Officer of the Year, Sandy Springs Police Department
Officer Nick Trujillo, 2016 Police Officer of the Year, Sandy Springs Police Department
Sergeant Shane Barkley, 2016 Police Officer Supervisor of the Year, Sandy Springs Police Department


Teacher of the Year Recognition Luncheon

RCSS Vocational Chair, Julia Bernath, and committee will honor our 11 public school teacher of the year recipients at a luncheon in spring. Teachers are provided a gift certificate, a certificate of recognition and a center piece during this program to honor their work with our cities youth.


Zone 34 Citation Submission

Public Image chair, Sally Wyeth, and committee are working to compete for this zone recognition.