Membership Newsletter
 August 28, 2018

Kids Cultural Challenge with Boys and Girls Clubs
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta first annual  meeting in 1919
Camp Kiwanis in Danielsville, GA
Upcoming Speakers
Aug 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Westside Project Update
Westside Project Update

For more than 25 years, John Ahmann has been driven by the determination to improve the way communities and institutions function in Atlanta. From his early days working in Washington, D.C. to his positions with private, governmental, and organizational entities in the Atlanta area — including his eight years as an elected school board official in Decatur — he has focused his energy on solving the big problems whose resolutions can ultimately change Atlanta’s trajectory. He has worked primarily behind the scenes, bringing together diverse stakeholders and managing initiatives through to fruition, and has had a hand in some of the region’s most important public policy initiatives and cross-sector collaborations. Along the way, John has built a vast network of individuals who are impacting Atlanta and its future.

John is a native son. He was born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in 1965, was one of Paideia School’s first graduates in 1983, and earned his BA in Political Science from Emory University in 1987. After having moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for Representative Pat Williams of Montana and then Congressman Ben Jones of Georgia, he entered Yale School of Public Private Management in 1991 and graduated with seven letters of recognition in 1993.

Within months after returning to Atlanta, John was hired by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the Program Coordinator of Government Relations. He was soon promoted to Manager of Federal and State Government Relations where he worked with officials from four federal government offices, including the White House. Following the 1996 Olympic Games, John worked at Edington & Wade, a public affairs firm, and then Georgia’s Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT, now the Department of Economic Development), where he led and managed strategic planning teams. From there he moved into GDITT’s newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Research.

In 2000, John was hired by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to serve as its Senior Vice President of Community Development. There he oversaw the Chamber’s initiatives regarding transportation, education, arts and culture, the environment, and legislative affairs. In 2003, John bought the majority interest in a local public affairs firm, and in 2006 he established Ahmann, Inc. While in private practice in 2004, John began his engagement as the outsourced Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a group of top CEOs and university presidents that advises and supports the mayor on priorities critical to Atlanta’s economic vitality.

While with ACP, he was heavily involved in launching the Atlanta Beltline, the acquisition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Personal Collection, the 2015 Renew Atlanta Bond Program, and ACP’s Westside Redevelopment Task Force that lead to the launch of the Westside Future Fund. John is currently the Executive Director of the Westside Future Fund.

John has also been an elected public servant. He won his race for the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education in 2003, was re-elected in 2007 without opposition, and served until 2011. John was the first Paideia School alumni invited to join the Paideia School’s Board of Trustees where he served for four years.

John’s unwavering commitment to Atlanta and deep knowledge of specific areas such as education, economic development, infrastructure and local fiscal policy make him a unique presence in Atlanta’s change landscape. He is honored to serve the board of Westside Future Fund as its Executive Director.

INTRODUCTION:  Mitchell King
INVOCATION: Angela Cassidy
Sep 04, 2018 12:00 PM
The State of Child Welfare in Georgia
Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Water for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia: Briefing for the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta
Sep 18, 2018 12:00 PM
From Yancey Bros to the US Chamber
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Upcoming Events
Interclub - Northside
Second - Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
Aug 23, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Philanthropy in the Classroom Training
Loudermilk Conference Center
Aug 28, 2018
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Dean Rusk Reading
Dean Rusk Academy
Sep 04, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Boardroom, Loudermilk Center
Sep 04, 2018
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
USO Airport Greeting
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Sep 08, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AMIS - 2018 Student Reception
Georgia Tech
Sep 08, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Club Information
Learn. Serve. Connect.
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA  30303
United States
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Breakfast Satellite Location
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 am
Landmark Diner
3652 Roswell Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA  30352
Club Officers
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
41st Annual AMIS Reception is Sep 8!

You are invited to the 41st Annual AMIS/Kiwanis Welcome Reception, Saturday, September 8 from 2-4:00pm, in Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom located at 350 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta 30332. Kiwanis Club members are needed to be ambassadors and greet our new international students and scholars. Music will be provided by the Trey Klegg Singers and Carrabba's of Kennesaw will cater the reception. Bring friends to welcome our new visitors. 


To volunteer to be an ambassador, please contact Heidy Brusitus, or Angela Cassidy,


Philanthropy in the Classroom - Volunteers needed for Fall Sessions

Philanthropy in the Classroom is a program designed to familiarize elementary school children with the concept of philanthropy.

The Dates for this fall are:

9-1:  Drew Charter

9-28:  Centennial Academy

10-26:  Stanton Elementary School


 We are very excited about expanding our program and will need around 70 volunteers to cover each class.  Once you sign up, you will receive more information.  There is a general training for all volunteers on August 28, 2018, following out Kiwanis Club luncheon.


During your session, you will:

  • Read a children’s book about philanthropy to a third-grade class
  • Discuss the meaning of philanthropy with students
  • Provide support to students as they create drawings that express what philanthropy means to them

For further information about the program, email or Stacey Sapp, stacey.sapp@acfb.orgThe link to sign up to volunteer is

Please note: A background check is required for all Kiwanis volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please check with Karen Losin to be sure your background check is current.

Member Networking - Have a Spotlight Shine on You!
Do you want to let the members of our club know more about you and your business?  Do you want to network and cultivate more business contacts?  If you answered yes, then you need to sign up to do a "Member Spotlight" at one of our club meetings!
Spotlights are done every 2nd and 4th Tuesday luncheon meeting (and the occasional 5th) each month.  You have two minutes to showcase your business and tell the other members how you can benefit them!  To get on the schedule, just email Karen at
We Need YOU to be a part of the "Lunch Bunch"!
Our club is looking for about 6 individuals who are willing to become part of the "Lunch Bunch" team!  Team members will help the lunch meetings operate smoothly by working the a/v board and sounds system in the back, ensuring that any a/v the speakers use are properly set up, and working the microphones during the Q&A sessions!
While no technical experience is necessary, volunteers should feel comfortable and confident adjusting sound levels and setting up the computer for power point and video presentations.  And the benefit is a dedicated comfy seat at the a/v table during lunch!  wink
Please contact Karen at to sign up!
Member Spotlights
Just in case you missed the last couple Member Spotlights at the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta luncheon meeting, we have listed the last few below.  The next time you need someone with their expertise, please, "Do Business with a Kiwanian!"
"Do Business" with these Kiwanians!
Elaine Sterling is the owner of The Elaine Sterling Institute of aesthetics, nail care and massage therapy provides programs of excellence in the heart of Sandy Springs. They offer premier spa services to the public  in our student clinic. Go to
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta Car Decals
Don't get the BOOT!  Be sure your car has a Kiwanis Club of Atlanta car decal properly displayed on your vehicle.
The security company contracted by Lanier Parking will be booting all cars that are parked in the reserved parking places and that do not have a valid decal on their car identifying them as attending the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta luncheon.  So if you arrive prior to 11:45 am on Tuesday, please make sure you have a parking decal on your car.  You can get a decal from Karen at the luncheon meeting, and then place it on the right back window (passenger side) from inside your car.  They are static cling, so easy to put on and take off!
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