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  • Message from the President

    Many life development seminars or coach-ing sessions include the question, what would you do if money were no object? We have

    a natural desire to live out life in a way that goes beyond the bottom line money considerations.

    Kiwanis gives us a great option to do that. Because everything is covered by our dues, 100% of what we

    net from our events ends up making impact. If you are participating with Kiwanis, you are making a difference. Considering that, one of the things I love about the busi-

    ness people that are part of N.G. Kiwanis is what you see week to week is just the tip of the iceberg of the impact our members

    are making. We have community coaches, non-profit volunteers, PTA leaders, elected officials, food pantry volunteers, hospital vol-

    unteers, church volunteers, police support volunteers and many of these are presidents or key board members of the organizations that they lead in.

    The community impact represented by those who attend is enormous. And the size of our team is growing. This year alone we have nine new

    members of the Kiwanis team.Thank you for being a part of an ever expanding team of community changers. If you are reading this and are not part of

    this exciting change agent organization, take the step and join the team.

    Page 2 NORTH GWINNETT KIWANIANSeptember, 2014

    Phil Olsen

  • This past May, the Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett enjoyed celebrating its 75th anniversary.

    This upcoming Kiwanis year, 2014-15, we get to participate in the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International.

    An organization does not reach the 100-year mark by chance. It does so by staying relevant in an ever-changing society. I believe with all my heart that Kiwanis is just as relevant today as it was when it was created in January 1915. This fragmented, fast-paced world needs us. Kiwanis

    started as an organization in Detroit, Michigan, committed to self-interest but soon, through

    arguments and debates, evolved into an organization dedicated to helping others, which we are still doing today. Our clubs perform 150,000 service projects a year. We build better lives and communities. Whatever the cause, Kiwanians of all ages

    and abilities devote 6 million hours a year to service.

    Theres a lot going on. Georgia is one of the few places in the South East that John Button will be stopping by for a

    visit and we will have Kiwanis dignitaries from nearby states coming to join the fun. Georgia Kiwanis has looked and decided on building a playground on the Boys and Girls club of Atlanta, on a property near Six Flags. The nearby

    area is void of any playgrounds. Victoria Turney is leading the charge and Georgia Kiwanis is trying to raise 100K for the overall project. John Buttons visit will be the weekend

    of Feb 20-22, with most public activities focused on Saturday Feb 21, with a big Kiwanis dinner. There is a

    tentative 10 a.m. / community build in April 2015 (One Day). Georgia is also asking that clubs do their best to tie in

    100 themes to activities and service projects.

    John Button, 201415 Kiwanis International president,



  • Bears Best Atlanta is a high-end daily fee course focused on cor-porate entertaining, golf out-ings and providing the experi-ence of a luxurious private club at a public facility. Jack Nicklaus selected the best 18 holes from more than 200 course designs worldwide and put them into one extraordinary round of golf at Bears Best Atlanta. Among the courses featured are Castle Pines, Muirfield Village, PGA National Championship Course, Sherwood Country Club, Shoal Creek and Gleneagles.

    Our philosophy is to provide each guest with a unique, fresh and memorable golf experi-ence. The Bears Best courses strive to bring a diverse yet consistent golf facility to meet-ing planners, incentive buyers, association planners and leisure travelers. Each Bears Best course offers a different 18-hole selection by Jack Nicklaus from his more than 200 course de-signs open for play worldwide. But the differences end there, as the clubhouse and all related golf services meet the same high standards at each Bears Best Golf Course.

    Page 4 NORTH GWINNETT KIWANIANSeptember, 2014

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    Host of the


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    SCHEDULE OF EVENTSBreakfast: 8:00 9:30 a.m.

    Driving Range open to hit balls: 8:00 a.m.Shotgun Start: 9:30 a.m.

    Lunch: Approximately 2:00 p.m. (at completion of tournament)

    Prizes: 1st place Gross Division, 1st place Net Division and 2nd place Net Division.

    Prizes and Raffle Drawings after lunch: approximately 2:30 3:00 p.m.

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    advertising your business in the winter edition

    The Kiwanian is a tool used for increasing membership and

    educating the community about the North Gwinnett Kiwanas

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    North Gwinnett High School Career FairNeed some volunteer hours?. North Gwinnett High School is conducting a Career Fair for its students October 15th, from 8:00 until 9:35 a.m. This will be in a Trade-show style and a table will be provided. Seniors will come thru from 8:15 - 8:40 and the juniors will come thru 9:05 - 9:35 am. They will be coming by your table/booth to ask questions about your career and what its really like to be a professional in your industry. Please contact Julie Blackwell for more

    Fall TrainingEvery year, Georgia Kiwanis has two training sessions, to both help the clubs in Georgia stay connected and stay fresh with knowledge. David Williams was one of the first members to attend for this generation of the North Gwinnett Club, and since then several presidents and officers have attended. President elect Mike Sullivan wants to encourage more members to attend these functions. The next training session is the Fall Conference being held on Oct. 11th at Wesleyan College, Macon. He ask all officers to attend if pos-sible, and strongly encourages any member who is taking a leadership or active role in the club to try to find time to attend. New members should consider going to find out more about Georgia Kiwanis as well as to take the Kiwanis 101 course that is offered. With a early 5:30-6:00AM leave time and estimate 3:00PM return time, it will take most of the day, but we expect members will find it time well spent.

    Run/Walk & Fitness ProgramThe 2014 Corporate Challenge Race is this Thursday 9/11/14 with 19,000 runners from Turner Field. Our own Julia Hall will be singing God Bless America at the start of the race. The race is the largest 5k at night in the nation. The Atlanta Community Food Bank will be accepting food donations. Event Schedule for the day: Tents in place/music begins 3-5pm, Company teams will gather during this time. Free team photos will be taken from 4-6:15pm, Best Self Atlanta healthy living expo at 4pm, T-shirt design contest awards 5pm, Warm ups begin at 5:40, Walker line up at 6pm, Runner line up on Hank Aaron 6:05, Elite & seeded runners in place 6:10. Julia will sing before the start at 6:30pm , free commemorative t-shirts and awards upon completion of the race will begin around at 6:45pm, Ruperts Orchestra plays at 7pm, Kaiser Permanete Corporate Cup Awards Ceremony at 7:30. For more information visit


  • Kiwanis International has introduced the formula, a national campaigned at strengthening clubs:

    Love it: We need to make sure that we are connecting with the club and its members.Share it: Letting outsiders hear about whats going on in our club and what makes it so special.Live it: Challenges each of us, be involved!

    Johnny Barnard is a Senior Vice President at Brand Bank. He oversees the North Gwinnett Community Banking divi-sion for Brand. Prior to his banking career, he owned and operated Barnard Appraisal Services, Inc. Johnny attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1989 with a BA in Economics. He moved to Lawrenceville, with his parents in 1976 and graduated from Central Gwinnett. He married his high school sweetheart and has two daugh-ters. He enjoys hanging out on Lake Hartwell with family, snow skiing, and all outdoor activities.

    Lara Sadowski, a native of Gwinnett County, received her A.A. in Foreign Languages from DeKalb College and her B.A. in English from Georgia State University. Initially wanting to be an attorney, Lara had her sights set on


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