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"The Friendly Breakfast Club"

August 5, 2020


August is Membership and New Club Development Month

8/7 Dr. Mark Cohen, Chief Medical Officer, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital ... via Zoom
8/14 Pam Jones, Community Assistance Center (CAC) via Zoom

Our Rotary Family

8/2 George Stewart, Jr.
8/4 William Thiele
8/14 Cathie Brumfield
8/15 Jack Francisco
8/17 Charlie Augello
8/23 Andrew Kaiser
8/30 Bob Freeman


8/2 William Grogan (40)
8/3 Deb Cameron (29)
8/12 Marion Bunch (42)
8/18 Darrin Vanderpan (1)
8/19 Mike Parks (3)
8/20 Ron Barden (53)
8/31 Rick Woods (19)

Rotary Online



Fridays, 7:15 am
Dunwoody Country Club
1600 Dunwoody Club Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30350 FacebookTwitterInstagram


President Ardy Bastien
President-Elect Carter Stout
Immediate PP Cathie Brumfield
Treasurer Josh Podczervinski
Secretary Jennifer Bowler
Foundation Bill Mulkey
Membership Darrin Vanderpan

In This Bulletin ...

Read about this week's speaker, then scroll down to learn about:

  • Inviting a potential member to hear that speaker.
  • Marion Bunch - what we learned from her in last week's member moment and more
  • What makes the Rotary Foundation a magic way to do good in the world
  • Celebrating the lives of John Hall's son and Mike Parks' father

This Week's Speaker on Zoom ...
Mark Cohen, M.D., PhD. Chief Medical Officer, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Grab your coffee or tea and join us on Zoom this Friday at 7:15 a.m. to get an update on the pandemic from Mark Cohen, Chief Medical Officer of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Just follow the Zoom link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86202979419. Mark Cohen, M.D., is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and holds a Ph.D. in Biomathematical Sciences. As the vice president of Medical Affairs, Mark is responsible for the coordination of medical affairs to meet the needs of Piedmont's patients and physicians and integrating these with the needs of the hospital.

Membership Corner
Five Easy Steps for Inviting Someone to This Friday's Meeting

This month, Rotary International is focused on Membership and Club Development and we would like to do the same. Here are five easy steps for inviting a potential member this week: 

  1. Read about the speaker in the newsletter.
  2. Think of one person who would benefit from hearing what this speaker has to say.
  3. Call them to tell them about the speaker.
  4. Follow up with an email and give them the zoom link for Friday and remind them to set their alarm so they are up at 7am.
  5. Have fun introducing them at the meeting Friday morning.

Member Spotlight
Meet Marion Bunch ... and Learn What One Rotarian Can Start

Last Friday, we heard from Marion Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody since 1991. Much of her Rotary history has been tied to the amazing work she has done in the fight against AIDS. As Marion shared Friday, in 1994, she lost her son to AIDS. “I never thought I’d do anything about it until one day, three years after his death, I felt a tap on the shoulder, and a voice in my ear said, ‘Mom, get up and get going; you haven’t done anything, and it’s been three years,’” she recalls. Marion started her work in 1997 by developing an AIDS awareness program implemented in Georgia schools that reached over 500,000 students in 15 years. Our club was instrumental in supporting this project. And that was just the beginning so keep reading ...

Our Rotary Foundation
It's a Magical Way to Make a Difference

Posted by PDG Bill Mulkey, Club Fund Development and Recognitions Chair, Club Rotary Foundation Director

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 103 years, the Foundation has spent over $4 billion on life changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission:  The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation? Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90% of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations? Our 36,000 + clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we have wiped out 99.9% of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have? It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Remembering Lives Lived
In Memoriam: John and Jane Hall's Son "Johnny" and Michael Parks' Father

It is with sadness that we wish to relay to you all the passing of John Eugene Hall, IV, "Johnny" - son of former club member John and Jane Hall, and nephew of Robert Hall.  Johnny passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Memorial services celebrating his life were conducted at 11:00 a.m. this morning at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. During this time and for the safety of everyone in attendance, guests will be asked to social distance and wear masks. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Mount Vernon Baptist Church 850 Mount Vernon Hwy., NW Sandy Springs, GA 30327. If you wish to send a card to Jane and John, you can direct it to 105 Foxridge Rd Atlanta, GA 30327.

Last week, Michael Parks also reported the passing of his father. In a beautiful tribute on Facebook, Mike said, "Your life has taken you on many adventures. Today you left on the ultimate adventure – one that is sure to be filled with happiness and free from pain, fear, and the agony of depression. I wish I could have seen you and hugged you one more time before you left. I wish you could have met your beautiful new granddaughter, Zoe Michele, before you left. Alas, in this life we do not always get what we wish for – my hope is that in the next life all your dreams will come true."

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