Membership Newsletter
Oct 26, 2021

Cookout for the Kids at Hillside
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta first annual  meeting in 1919
Camp Kiwanis in Danielsville, GA
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 20 years of transformation
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 20 years of transformation

THIS IS A KCA HYBRID MEETING.  Mary Pat will be joining us via Zoom!

TO REGISTER TO ATTEND IN PERSON, Click this Registration Link. Registration closes on Oct 22 at Noon.

To View on Zoom: Click Here.

Mary Pat Matheson is the Anna and Hays Mershon President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.                                               

Career Highlights

  • Serves as President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden since 2002, including a satellite garden in Gainesville, Georgia, added in 2015.
  • Responsible for raising the Garden’s national profile to what the industry considers one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States.
  • Known for innovative strategies for attracting new audiences and encouraging repeat visits by guests by offering cutting-edge programs, including exhibitions by some of the world’s leading artists, popular outdoor concerts and a high-tech holiday light show.
  • Led efforts to develop the foremost collection of species orchids in North America, on permanent display in the Fuqua Orchid Center.
  • Spearheaded the development of the Southeastern Center for Conservation, a venue for collaboration with partner institutions for executing their work throughout the region.

Since 2002, Matheson has directed all operations for the 30-acre public garden, and under her leadership, the nonprofit organization has actively expanded fund-raising, education, marketing, business administration, horticulture and conservation efforts with a rapidly growing membership base of more than 42,000. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, a 185-acre public garden in Gainesville, Georgia.

She also was the driving force behind two $50 million-plus capital campaigns that enabled the Garden to expand, doubling its size to 30 acres with new gardens and facilities.  The meteoric growth in Garden attendance over her 20 years has enabled it to reach larger and broader audiences for its mission in educating the public about its plant and animal conservation efforts.

Matheson is a past president of the American Public Gardens Association and has served on the board of directors for the Midtown Alliance and the Food Well Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Before joining the Garden, Matheson was Executive Director of the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum in Salt Lake City. Originally a horticulturist, she earned a B.S. in Resource Management & Park Planning and an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
INVOCATION: Emily Carter
Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Science ATL - Bringing People Together Through the Wonder of Science
Nov 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Peachtree Corners Veterans Association
Nov 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Redevelopment of the Gulch
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Club Information
Learn. Serve. Connect.
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States of America
(404) 521-1443
Hybrid Meetings Have Begun! We currently have spaces for up to 40 members - email the office for more information or register in the events section on our website at! You can still attend via Zoom!
Venue Map
Breakfast Satellite Location
When we resume in person meetings:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 am
Landmark Diner
3652 Roswell Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA  30352
Club Officers
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Upcoming Events
"Play Day" at Camp Kiwanis
Camp Kiwanis
Oct 23, 2021
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Interclub - Druid Hills
Petite Violette Restaurant
Oct 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Oct 26 - Mary Pat Matheson - In Person Attendance
2nd Floor, Loudermilk Conference Center
Oct 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
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LAST CHACE to Register for National Philanthropy Day, Nov 4
REGISTER NOW!!!  National Philanthropy Day 2021 is Thursday, November 4th and will again be held virtually.  The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is proud to be the Philanthropy in the Classroom Sponsor!   With our sponsorship, we have 50 tickets and are available to our members first, then to guests.  There is no ability to obtain the virtual code after October 28th!
Past KCA  Zoom! Virtual Club Meetings for You to Watch!
We have had great speakers during our Kiwanis Club of Atlanta Zoom meetings!  If you couldn't participate, we have saved all of them to Dropbox, but the most recent ones are available through the live link of the speaker name listed below!  Click more to see the list of the most recent speakers and send an email to to let us know which meetings you would like to have. laugh  Remember, you can always check out past speakers by viewing the past bulletins archived on our web site.
Join the KCA Hospitality Committee!
Would you like to get to know our club members better and help greet them as well as our guests at our weekly in person meetings?  If so, then join the Hospitality Committee ... all it takes is a smile!
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