ROTW: Howard Baron
Sheriff Craig Owens is a law enforcement professional with more than 30 years of service to his local community and the United States military. Following family tradition, he enlisted in the Army upon graduating high school. After four years in the military, he joined the Cobb County Police Department and transitioned his military service to the Army Reserves, with a stint in the Army National Guard. A proven leader, Owens excelled in his various assignments at the department, including uniform patrol, criminal investigations, special operations, adjutant to the chief of police, SWAT, ranger services, and director of animal services. He retired in December 2020 with the rank of major and as the commander of Precinct 2, the largest precinct in the county’s police department. As a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserve, the highest rank possible for an enlisted soldier, Craig led a division of 14,000 personnel across 34 states and managed a budget of $51 million. Known for his steady hand, he was called upon to train soldiers and military police and to investigate wrongdoings in conflict zones, including Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay. Owens retired in summer 2020 after 36 years of dedicated service. In November 2020, Owens made history by becoming the first African-American elected to be sheriff of Cobb County. Running on a platform of truth, trust, and transparency, he won the Democratic nomination outright and then went on to overtake an entrenched incumbent by earning 55.24% of the vote. Sheriff Owens is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #225. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He also holds has a Managerial Certification from the State of Georgia (GPSTC #PA04080032S), and a Local Government Management Certification from the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute. Sheriff Owens is married to his high school sweetheart Sharon Owens. They reside in Mableton,GA where they raised three children and now enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Back in 1936 Mr. J. G. Rossman, known as “Mr. Joe”, began by helping a nearby beekeeper, gaining knowledge and experience about bees. Mr. Joe formed a partnership, Rossman & Long, with a gentleman from Ohio who brought his bees each year to winter in South Georgia and supplied customers in the northern states with packaged bees and queens for use in the production of honey. In 1952 the partnership was severed and the business became known as Rossman Apiaries. In the late sixties the company was incorporated by Fred and Phillip Rossman. Mr. Joe has since passed away, and Phillip has retired. Fred and his wife Ann now own and operate the business. In 1987 they expanded to the manufacturing and selling of bee supplies. Fred and Ann Rossman took over the business in 1987 becoming the premiere choice for many Apiaries. Fred's expertise in manufacturing and supplying Cypress Wooden ware and Ann's ability to speak with customers about their beekeeping needs set the path for future owners. Fred and Ann have both retired; however, they left the business in great hands. Rossman Apiaries continues to spread knowledge and quality resources to aspiring beekeepers.
Saturday Volunteer Day is the Nature Center public volunteer day held on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00am-12:00pm. Typical volunteer work includes invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, park improvement projects, and more. You must sign up in advance at: https://dunwoodynature.org/volunteer-sign-up/
Contact Fred Bounds for more information
Buckhead Rotary is hosting dinner for the students of the Agape Youth & Family Center.
We need two volunteers to PICK-UP the purchased meals from a local restaurant and deliver them to the Agape Youth & Family Center located at:
Once a month, Buckhead Rotary is hosting dinner for the students of the Agape Youth & Family Center. We need four volunteers to distribute food to the students and assist with clean-up.
The Agape Youth & Family Center is located at 2210 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Consider a great networking opportunity:
Looking for an informal social setting to meet new people, share ideas, network and learn from fellow Rotarians who are leaders in their field? Consider the Rotary Means Business Fellowship. We are the new District Vocation Committee focusing to support Rotarians and their colleagues and honor all professions. Each month we will have a specific topic to build skills and support attendees.
Take an active part in Rotary Means Business will help your club:
We meet the Third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.
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ROTW: Aaron Strimban
Lindy grew up in Mitchell County, Georgia- Perry in Thomas County. Perry was a banker for 20+ years and then a cattleman for 25+ years. In 2015 when Lindy retired from a federal law enforcement career spanning 30+ years, they decided to return to their roots in Mitchell and Thomas counties, where they own two small farms. Part of their plan was to bring their farms back to life, so to speak, and give back to their communities through the development of alternative niche, yet sustainable agricultural commodities. After researching everything from pomegranates to persimmons and lychee to crawfish, they decided citrus was the best fit for them and a commodity that would stimulate growth in Georgia’s agricultural economy. Lindy and Perry planted a commercial citrus grove in Thomas County and a test plot in Mitchell County. They now sell fresh farm-grown Satsuma oranges, seedless tangerines, lemons, grapefruit, navels, mandarins, blood oranges, thornless limes, and kumquats to the public right off their homestead called JoNina Farm near Ochlocknee, Georgia. In addition, Lindy and Perry started Georgia Grown Citrus LLC, (GGC), a commercial tree nursery hub partnering with four other commercial nurseries which propagate citrus trees for sale to commercial growers and homeowners. Among the available varieties GGC sells is the University of Georgia’s patented seedless, cold hardy citrus varieties found on the Specialties tab. Over the last six years, citrus has become the primary topic of table discussions with family and friends. As we continue to grow our website and our business, we will be introducing you to our family members and friends in the business, so come back to visit us often.
ROTW: Joel Terry
The Region 3B STAR Student and Teacher Recognition program celebrates the top Students and Teachers in the 3B Region.
ROTW: Joe Mayes
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