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A.D. Pete Correll, Chair, Atlanta Equity Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
The Journey From "Who's Who" to "Who's He!"
The Journey From "Who's Who" to "Who's He!"

Brunswick, Georgia, native A. D. “Pete” Correll had a lifelong career in the pulp and paper industry and is the chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., the company he served as President, CEO and Chairman for thirteen years. He also serves as Chair of the Board of the Grady Health Foundation. 


Correll’s involvement with Grady began in 2007 when he agreed to lead an effort to save the then-failing hospital. Drawing upon his relationships with Atlanta’s business and philanthropic communities, he formed and co-led the “Saving Grady Task Force” and helped raise $325 million that has since been invested in new facilities and services including the Correll Cardiac Center. He also served for eight years as the inaugural Chair of the new Board of Directors formed after the health system’s governance was restructured into the non-profit Grady Memorial Health Corporation. 


Correll and his wife, Ada Lee, continue to make a significant impact on organizations throughout the state including the University of Georgia, Emory University, College of Coastal Georgia and the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, which was named in honor of his late mother, Elizabeth F. Correll. When Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached before his death, needed funding for restoration, Correll again reached out to the business community and quickly raised the funds needed to ensure the future of the historic site. He also played a leading role in the renaming of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to honor the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. 


Correll currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received

his master’s degree from the University of Maine. He has also been bestowed honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia and the College of Coastal Georgia, in honor of his ongoing impact on his home state.  Pete and Ada Lee Correll have two children and five grandchildren, all of who reside in Atlanta. 


INTRODUCTION:  Peter Sayeski
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Oct 30, 2018 6:00 PM
Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery

Kiwanis 5th Tuesday Meeting!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 from 6 til 8 PM

At Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

A special evening for our club where we can meet some of Oakland’s residents, two of whom may bear uncanny resemblances to club members! Wine, refreshments, and appetizers will be provided.

This will be in place of our regular luncheon this Tuesday so mark your calendars to come to Oakland at 6 PM instead of Loudermilk at noon.

No cost for regular and corporate members, $15 for associate members and guests.

~RSVP Deadline Tuesday, October 23rd~

Sign up on the Event Board or email Karen Losin – kiwanisclubatlanta@gmail.com

Tim Keane, Commissioner, Dept. City Planning Nov 06, 2018 12:00 PM
City of Atlanta
INVOCATION: Mary Pat Crouch
Dr. Thomas J Jackson, Jr, Exec Dir, WWI Commission Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Veterans Day Program - "To Honor, Educate and Commemorate"
Veterans Day Program - "To Honor, Educate and Commemorate"

Tom Jackson has served as executive director of the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission since 2015.  His appointment came with his position as Heritage Communications Executive within the chancellor’s office at the University System of Georgia, a position from which he retired at the end of 2017. 


Prior to joining the central University System office, Tom spent 27 years in the senior administration of UGA, the last nine of those years as Vice President for Public Affairs.  He was responsible for institutional public relations strategies and served as UGA’s institutional spokesperson.  His national leadership in the field includes service on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Council on Strategic Communications.


Tom previously was a news reporter for WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, serving eight years as Athens Bureau Chief.  He was a correspondent for the Atlanta Constitution; and served as general manager, news director and program director of radio stations in Athens and LaGrange, where he received the state Associated Press Pacemaker Award three times.


Tom has been elected to four terms representing North Georgia in the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the denomination's worldwide governing body.  He is an active lay member of Athens First United Methodist Church, for which he has served as a delegate to the North Georgia Annual Conference for more than 30 years. 


Despite these accomplishments, he might best be recognized as the “Voice of the Redcoats” – since 1974 he has been stadium public address announcer for the University of Georgia Redcoat Band.


Tom holds an associate's degree in history from Oxford College of Emory University, and three UGA degrees:  a bachelor's in history, a master's in public administration, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration.  He and his wife, Sherry, live in Oconee County and have two grown sons and five grandchildren.


INVOCATION: Fontaine Huey
Mary Blackmon, Founder, Farm Star Living Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Thanksgiving Program
Thanksgiving Program

Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, is a fourth-generation farm owner from the border of Arkansas and Louisiana. She left her hometown Monroe, Louisiana, to pursue a career in advertising sales and marketing in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City, working with notable publishing houses and internet companies, including Wired, Walt Disney Internet Group and Vivendi-Universal Internet.

In 2002, she founded Spa-Addicts.com, the first national discount site for the spa & wellness industry. The site quickly grew to become a multi-million-dollar business and leader in the industry, attracting hundreds of thousands of women, as well as numerous sponsors including Proctor & Gamble, Johnson

& Johnson, General Motors, and American Express. As the innovator behind the pre-“Groupon model” for the spa industry, Mary was featured in OPRAH Magazine, EXTRA, TV Guide, and more.

In a pivotal moment in 2008, Mary made the decision to take over her family farm because there was no one available to run it and thus it would need to be sold. Her brother gave his nod of agreement; and as a result, she moved back South, rediscovered her roots and developed a new love for farming and deep respect for farmers. Several years later, she was inspired to start Farm Star Living and launched it in 2013.

Today, Farm Star Living (accessible online as well as via its own app) offers a national directory of farms searchable by fun activities for all, a national guide of farm to table restaurants, plus monthly content on Farm Stars™ food health, seasonal recipes, educational and entertaining videos and more. Celebrating farms, farm-fresh foods and healthy living, Farm Star Living has been recognized as a trend-setter and leading content provider on the farm to table movement nationwide. Since launching her lifestyle   brand, Mary has received recognition from CBS, SHAPE, MNN, Best Self Magazine, ATLANTAN, Jezebel, among others, and was chosen as one of the most inspiring women in the US by Country Woman Magazine, naming her one of the most important farm voices in the country. She also hosts her own segments on iHeartRadio called the “Farm Star Living Minute.” She recently hosted a new television  pilot to educate audiences on where their food comes from and tackle food questions more in-depth.

Michael J Egan, III, SVP & Gen Counsel, AMB Group Nov 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: One Year In and the Year Ahead
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: One Year In and the Year Ahead
Mike Egan joined AMB Group, the holding company for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes­ Benz Stadium, PGA TOUR Superstores and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in January 2015. In addition to serving as general counsel for all Arthur Blank’s business interests, Mike provides executive oversight for the construction and operational readiness of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and The Home Depot Backyard.

Prior to joining AMB Group, Egan was a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of the law firm of King & Spalding for 25 years and led the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Egan acted as primary outside counsel to Arthur Blank and his businesses, including representing Mr. Blank in the acquisition of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United as well as the negotiations with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the City of Atlanta for the development of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Egan also acted as outside counsel to The Home Depot during Mr. Blank's leadership of that company.

Egan serves on the Board of Trustees of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the Honors College Board at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Egan is a native Atlantan and received his J. D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and clerked for former Chief Judge Elbert P. Tuttle on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson



Admiral Robert F. Willard (USN, Retired), Dec 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Pres/CEO, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, "Top Gun"
Pres/CEO, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, "Top Gun"
Robert F. Willard was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), located in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 9, 2012.   INPO, sponsored by the commercial nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability ¾ to promote excellence ¾ in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.  On May 1, 2012, Admiral Willard completed a distinguished Navy career as the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
Willard is a Los Angeles native and a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and is an MIT Seminar XXI alumnus.
An F-14 aviator, Willard served in a variety of west coast fighter squadrons; VF-24, VF 124, VF-2, and VF-51 aboard the aircraft carriers USS Constellation, USS Ranger, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Carl Vinson.  He was Operations Officer and Executive Officer of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).  He later commanded the "Screaming Eagles" of Fighter Squadron 51.  Following nuclear-power training, Willard served as Executive Officer of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), commanded the amphibious flagship USS Tripoli (LPH 10) in the Persian Gulf during “Operation Vigilant Warrior” for which Tripoli received a Navy Unit Commendation and commanded the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
As a Flag Officer, Willard twice served on the Joint Staff, was Deputy and Chief of Staff for U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, commanded Carrier Group Five aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and commanded the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.  In March 2005, Willard became the 34th Vice Chief of Naval Operations; in May 2007, he assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; and on October 19, 2009, he became the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and various other awards.
INTRODUCTION:  Bill Whitaker
Dr. Lora Sallman, VP, Asia-Pacific Dec 11, 2018 12:00 PM
EastWest Institute




Annual Holiday Luncheon Dec 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Distribution of 2018 Kiwanis Foundation of Atlanta Grants
NO MEETING TODAY Dec 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Merry Christmas!