Speaker Date Topic
Jon Birdsong, CEO, SoDo Atlanta/South Downtown Jun 25, 2024 11:45 AM
The Heart of Atlanta's Steps Towards Revitalization in South Downtown
The Heart of Atlanta's Steps Towards Revitalization in South Downtown

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Jon Birdsong is a born and raised Atlantan who has spent the majority of his career in software. Before helping transform Atlanta's downtown, he spent 6  years as a Partner at Atlanta Ventures. Here he started 6 companies and invested in over 20 throughout the years. Before then, Jon worked at several startups on Georgia Tech's Tech Square and Buckhead's Atlanta Tech Village where he was the first sales and marketing hire for Salesloft. Starting January 2nd, Jon became the CEO of SoDo Atlanta, LLC, the holding company of 10 city blocks, 15 acres, and 53 buildings in Atlanta's historic South Downtown. 

NO KCA Luncheon Meeting Jul 02, 2024
Happy 4th of July Holiday!
John Jarrett, Exec Dir, Atlanta Leadership Club Jul 09, 2024 11:45 AM
The Atlanta Leadership Club and the Importance of Strong Relationships
The Atlanta Leadership Club and the Importance of Strong Relationships


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Atlanta at-risk youth in underserved communities benefit from the relationships made through the Atlanta Leadership Club. John Jarrett will present the mission and purpose of the Atlanta Leadership Club, share the stories of the club’s origin, its successes, and its challenges.

An Atlanta native John graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Parks and Recreation Management. John is an avid adventurer, hiker, surfer, snowboarding enthusiast, and world traveler. John has lived on four continents and loves cultural discovery and community immersion.

John and wife Beth are residents and neighbors in the amazing Cabbagetown community. They together bring great talent in the area of event planning and fundraising. John actively works in Community Relations so that Atlanta Leadership Club has strong relationships with local community supporters. John’s deep passion for working in underserved communities and uplifting the families there lead to his founding Atlanta Leadership Club in May of 2017.

INTRODUCTION: Michael McPherson
INVOCATION: Karen Carlisle
McCracken Poston Jr., Author Jul 16, 2024 11:45 AM
Representing the Zenith Man
Representing the Zenith Man

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ZENITH MAN is a Southern gothic true crime drama. A historical small town in Georgia’s Appalachian foothills, Ringgold was a town of prying eyes, and devastating gossip that would push two people with disabilities behind closed doors. 

McCracken Poston, Jr. is a practicing criminal defense attorney and former state legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received his law degree from The University of Georgia. He gained national attention for his handling of several notable cases that were featured on CNN Presents, Dateline NBC, A&E's American Justice, and Forensic Files. He lives in Ringgold, Georgia. Visit him at McCrackenPostonJr.com or @RealZenithMan

INTRODUCTION: Michael McPherson
Kevin Green, Pres/CEO, Midtown Alliance Jul 23, 2024 11:45 AM
Midtown Atlanta - What's Next
Midtown Atlanta - What's Next


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Midtown is among the fastest-growing urban districts in the US, attracting almost $9B in private investment in 1 square mile since 2018.  Learn about its unique opportunities, challenges and priorities as we enter a new chapter for cities.

Kevin Green has been an Atlanta resident for more than 30 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the region. Kevin has served as President and CEO of the Midtown Alliance since 2011. He was previously executive director of The Clean Air Campaign and vice president of environmental affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he worked to implement initiatives to improve water resource stewardship, air quality, transportation and land use. Prior to that, he practiced law in Atlanta for 10 years. His litigation experience includes state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Southeast. He graduated from James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va., and holds a law degree from Emory University. Kevin has been named one of the '100 Most Influential Atlantans' by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and among 50 'Notable Georgians' by Georgia Trend Magazine. In his spare time, Kevin is a visual 'artist' (www.kevingreen.art) and a live and studio musician (drums).

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson

KCA 5th Tuesday Social and Networking Jul 30, 2024 5:30 PM
Shepherd Center


Kiwanis 5th Tuesday Meeting!

Tuesday, July 30th from 4:30 til 7 PM

Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Road NW | Atlanta, GA 30309

A special evening for our club to participate in a service project and serve dinner to Shepherd Center patients from both spinal cord injury floors and their families.

4:30 pm - Set up and begin serving Family Dinner
5:30 pm - Continue to help serve and help with Bingo
6:00 pm - Continue with Bing and help clean up

4:30 – 7 pm – Reception for Members, Guests and Volunteers when not in service.

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

Free for Reg/Corp Members - $20 for Assoc/Satellite/Emer/Hon Members  $25 for Guests

~RSVP Deadline Thursday, July 25th~

Sign up on this sheet or online at www.kiwanisatlanta.org

John F. King, Insurance Commissioner Aug 06, 2024 11:45 AM
State of Georgia
State of Georgia


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John F. King was sworn in as Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner by Governor Brian Kemp on July 1, 2019, becoming the first Hispanic statewide official in state history.

Before his appointment, Commissioner King served in various law enforcement positions, beginning as an Atlanta Police officer in 1985. He culminated as Doraville’s Chief of Police from 2002 to 2019 after working his way up from Detective. While at the Atlanta Police Department, King received the Chief’s Blue Star for being injured in the line of duty as a result of a criminal attack with a firearm.

In addition to his former roles in the Atlanta and Doraville Police Departments, King served as a Major General in the U.S. Army National Guard assigned to NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. In his 41-year National Guard career, King deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. King celebrated his retirement from service in February of 2023.

King received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in criminal justice and public administration from Brenau University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He was a graduate of class #229 in the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.



Martin Dawe, Sculptor Aug 13, 2024 11:45 AM

Martin Dawe is a sculptor who works primarily as a commissioned artist in a variety of mediums.  Martin began his own custom sculpture studio in 1987 and incorporated as Cherrylion Studios in 1994. 

Martin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He moved to the United States when he was a child and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, ten miles from Manhattan.  He studied at Boston University School of Fine Arts and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Georgia State University.  He apprenticed for 8 years under Julian Harris, a distinguished sculptor, medalist, and Georgia Tech professor emeritus of architecture, who taught architecture at Georgia Tech for over 30 years. 

All Cherrylion’s work has been on a commission basis and the studio is not represented by a gallery.

AJ Robinson, Atlanta Downtown Aug 27, 2024 11:45 AM



Dr. Todd Groce, Pres/CEO, GA Historical Society Sep 24, 2024 11:45 AM
Whom Do You Trust More with Power? Three Presidential Elections that Secured American Democracy
Whom Do You Trust More with Power? Three Presidential Elections that Secured American Democracy

W. Todd Groce is President & CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, the independent educational and research institution responsible for collecting and teaching Georgia and American history. Dr. Groce was born in Virginia and grew up there and in Memphis, the capital of the Mississippi Delta. He holds three degrees in history, including a PhD from the University of Tennessee and a certificate in leadership development from the US Army War College. For over 30 years he has been an educator, administrator, and author, raising over $100 million for educational programs, capital projects, and endowment. He has published two books on the Civil War era and has written over 100 articles and book reviews for publications ranging from academic journals to the New York Times. A frequent lecturer on the history of the American South and US military history, Dr. Groce has made numerous television appearances on C-SPAN, the History Channel, Georgia Public Television, and the BBC. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Savannah, a graduate of Leadership Georgia, and serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Chamber and the Jepson Scholars Program, which advances global leadership through study at the University of Oxford. For more than a decade now, he has been listed by Georgia Trend and James magazines as one of the “Most Influential Georgians.” In 2023, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed him to the Georgia US250th Commission, of which he serves as vice chair. 


KCA 2024-24 Officer and Director Installation Oct 01, 2024 11:45 AM
Kate Kirkpatrick, Pres/CEO Oct 08, 2024 11:45 AM
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Katie Kirkpatrick is the president and CEO of the 164-year-old Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). Kirkpatrick is known for her public policy prowess, courageous leadership and more than fifteen years of purpose-driven impact through her work at MAC.

Previously MAC’s chief policy officer, Kirkpatrick served as the link between the metro Atlanta business community and local, state, and national governments. She also galvanized the Public Policy team’s priorities in business climate, talent development and education, infrastructure, and thriving community. As president and CEO, she catalyzed the chamber’s historic ATL Action for Racial Equity initiative – a long-term effort that leverages the power of the region’s business community to advance racial equity.

Kirkpatrick joined MAC in 2007 as vice president of environmental affairs, previously serving in numerous roles directly related to environmental policy and water-related issues. Kirkpatrick later served as MAC’s senior vice president for business higher education, leading the execution of key initiatives strengthening the region’s higher education and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Before joining MAC, she served as director of environmental engineering for Gold Kist, Inc., with responsibilities in regulatory compliance, treatment system design, strategic planning, and more.

Kirkpatrick currently serves on the GRACE Commission, comprised of public officials, law enforcement, businesses, and nonprofit organizations committed to ending human trafficking in Georgia and the City of Atlanta. She sits on the board of Central Atlanta Progress and is an executive committee member of Learn4Life – an initiative working to advance educational outcomes for students in metro Atlanta. Kirkpatrick is also Chair of the Atlanta Track Club Foundation and a current member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Buckhead Coalition, and the International Women’s Forum.

In 2023, Kirkpatrick was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians and one of Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500, ranking top leaders in the region. She was also recognized as one of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s 2023 Academy of Women Achievers. Last year, Kirkpatrick was named as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “22 to watch in 2022.”

A proud graduate of Auburn University, Kirkpatrick is a registered professional engineer in several states and a member of the school’s 100+ Women Strong group of successful female engineering alumnae as well as the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council – a group of alumni working to support the vision and goals of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Kirkpatrick is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta, a program designed to propel established leaders to further serve their communities. She is also a member of the American Heart Association’s Heart of Atlanta Gala leadership team and a member of the Momentum Advisory Collective, which is working to expand Café Momentum’s transformative internship program for justice-involved youth.

Kirkpatrick lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dow, and has two sons, one currently a student at the University of Georgia and the youngest at The Lovett School, where she can be found with her camera or working the concession stand at a baseball game.