The Power of a Good Speech 
"I raise up my voice, not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard... We cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ~ Malala Yousafzai

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

12:00 noon Socialize
12:15 p.m. Meeting Called to Order
With the safety of its members in mind, The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain continues to hold virtual weekly meetings via Zoom. Do join us via phone or online via the instructions below. 
We look forward to seeing (or hearing!) you all virtually!
Forrest Tuff, 
CEO of One Vision Productions

Forrest Tuff, our presenter this week, will share tools to enable individuals to become better public speakers. He is the CEO of One Vision Productions, an award-winning multimedia agency, named one of Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.  An accomplished author, film and TV producer, and empowerment speaker, Forrest was voted among the Top 100 Transformational Leaders by the John Maxwell Team and selected as a 2020 Toastmaster Accredited Speaker Hall of Fame candidate. 
Whether you are looking to become a paid professional, or to simply more effectively convey a message to a group or organization, this talk is for you!
     - Face the Fear of Public Speaking
     - Learn How to Organize a Speech
     - Effectively Engage an Audience
We hope you will join us in welcoming Forrest Tuff as he shares 5 Tips to Become a Better Speaker.  
Laura A. James - Candidate for Membership

Laura A. James is proposed as a candidate for membership in the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain by RCSM President Cynthia Dorsey Edwards.
Laura is an experienced and accomplished higher education senior administrator and leader. She worked for the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents, on its central administration staff and at colleges and universities under its direction for almost 17 years. Laura was employed at Georgia Gwinnett College in the positions of Associate Vice President, Institutional Services and as Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Operations.  She also served as Senior Executive Director, High School to College Transitions, on the University of Georgia Board of Regents staff; Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim) and Associate Professor of Speech Communications, Atlanta Metropolitan (now State) College; and Coordinator, Joint/Dual Enrollment and Lecturer, Communications, at Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus.
After serving in the U. S. Marine Corps for four (4) years, Laura received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant. While stationed in Guantanamo, Cuba, she served as a Spanish Linguist in Signals Intelligence (Cryptography), establishing a specialized training program for linguists.  During her service training, she earned a Certificate in Spanish (Latin American) with Honors, from the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, CA.
Laura earned a B.A. in Speech Communications and Rhetoric (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University, Los Angeles California, and a M.A. in Speech Communication (Departmental Honors) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Incredibly supportive of and active in several faith-based, veteran, and community organizations, Laura spends much of her time serving in leadership roles in her church.  She is ordained as a Deacon at Friendship Baptist Church, and serves as Chaplain for the Deacon Board, additionally, she serves on the Health and Wellness Committee, the Adult Fellowship Committee, and chaired the 156th and 157th church anniversary celebrations. Laura stood up the Veteran Student Success Center at Georgia Gwinnett College, and she is a graduate of Leadership Women, Class of 2017, where she also served on the Board. She served for a number of years as  lead ambassador for GA Congressional District #4 with the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Action Network. 
With an increasing desire to expand her contributions to society as a servant leader, Laura will begin study in August at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in the Chaplaincy program.  Daily, she lives out the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."

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Rotary Met Virtually

In our meeting last week, we welcomed  Darlene Drew. She is a Certified Leadership Trainer, Speaker & Executive Coach with the John Maxwell Team. A public servant in law enforcement for over 32 years. Darlene served as Warden of three different federal prisons over an eleven-year period. To date, she is the first and only female to serve as Warden at the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta. Darlene is a member of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City and serves on the Board of Georgia Laws of Life.  Darlene spoke to us about effective leadership and led it by walking us through a presentation she called "What My Dad & Family Taught Me About Leadership." 
We will continue to meet virtually until further notice. Our decision to resume in-person meetings will be based on the COVID-19 status in our area, CDC guidelines, and directions from our club members.
Rotary Convention 2021

Feel the Energy in Taipei
Each year, Rotary members from all over the world come together to discover new opportunities to increase our impact, broaden our reach, and strengthen our ability to adapt for future success.

Join us 12-16 June to Feel the Energy at the 2021 Rotary International Convention i n Taipei, Taiwan. Come early to discover new opportunities at one of our pre-convention events,  Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace.
Upcoming meetings


We are meeting online this week.
August 4
Forrest Tuff, 
CEO of One Vision Productions
August 11
Ledell and Gwen Miles
Health and Wellness Coaches
Representatives of Isagenix Products

Dates to Note

August 3
Susan Sykes

August 5 Scott McElvoy
August 10 Margie Kersey

The Georgia Department of Public Health now has a resource for everything you need to know about Georgia and COVID-19 - from a list of symptoms of the disease to where you can be tested. Check it out at their website.

Volunteers needed for the weekly meetings
  • Set up the computer
  • Serve as greeters
  • Provide sunshine moments

  • Lead the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Lead the Four-Way Test
  • Man the video cam
  • Suggest and secure speakers
Interested in helping out? Contact Margie Kersey   [email protected]
Croaking when it comes to recruiting new members?

Just remember F.R.O.G.S

F - Friends
R - Relatives
O - Organizations 
G - Geographical 
S - Social Media

Miss a meeting? Although there are no longer attendance requirements for RCSM members, you can make up meetings in two ways.

You can attend our weekly meetings online through our webcast. (See above instructions.)

Use the online Club Finder to locate a club near you to attend another club's meeting.

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