Membership Newsletter
 October 9, 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
Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Skyland Trail: Paving the road to recovery from mental illnesses
Skyland Trail: Paving the road to recovery from mental illnesses

As the founding executive director, and now president and CEO, Beth Finnerty has helped Skyland Trail grow from a start-up nonprofit serving four clients to a nationally recognized psychiatric treatment organization serving hundreds of clients and their families each year.

Finnerty has developed and implemented four strategic plans, the completion of four capital campaigns totaling more than $48 million, and the development and construction of new treatment facilities across four campuses. She also has overseen expansion of clinical services and programs. A leader in the field of recovery-focused psychiatric treatment, Skyland Trail offers innovative programs including integrated primary care  and wellness counseling, vocational services, interfaith pastoral counseling, cognitive remediation therapy, comprehensive psychiatric assessment and adjunctive therapies such as art, music and horticultural therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association recognized Skyland Trail with the Gold Award in 2004 and a special presidential commendation in 2014. They also received the Rosalynn Carter/Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Award, the Managing for Excellence Award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the 11-Alive Community Service Award, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits Revolutions Award.

Finnerty received her bachelor’s from Davidson College and a dual master’s in  business and healthcare administration from GSU.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory committees.  She is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Georgia and a 2009 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Finnerty was a Woman of the Year honoree in 2007 by Atlanta Woman magazine and received the 2006 Leadership Award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physician’s Association. In 2014, she was selected as a YWCA Woman of Achievement and was recognized with a Womenetics POW! Award.

Dr. Ray Kotwicki is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail.   He oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.  He trained as a Department of Energy Fellow and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory, where he earned a Master’s in Public. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory School of Medicine as well as the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Kotwicki has presented more than 200 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to thousands of attendees. He regularly appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing issues related to mental health and integrated medical care.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association, member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program for three years. He has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s “Golden Apple” Teaching Award and the Rollins School of Public  Health at Emory University’s “Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award” in 2017.


Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Trees Atlanta and the Future
Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
The Journey From "Who's Who" to "Who's He!"
Oct 30, 2018 6:00 PM
Oakland Cemetery
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Upcoming Events
2018 Kids Cultural Challenge
Warren Club, Boys and Girls Clubs
Oct 06, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
USO Airport Greeting
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Oct 13, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Interclub - Druid Hills
Petite Violette Restaurant
Oct 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Atlanta Satellite Breakfast
Landmark Diner
Oct 16, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Kiwanis Foundation Investment Committee Meeting
Loudermilk Center Boardroom
Oct 23, 2018
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Interclub - Northside
Second - Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
Oct 25, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:30 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
Next week's lunch will be in Ann Cramer Room
Hello Kiwanians!
Next Tuesday, our Kiwanis Club of Atlanta luncheon will be upstairs in the Ann Cramer room!  So take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor and join your friends for a fabulous lunch and program!
Thanks for your flexibility as we work with the Loudermilk Center for a win-win partnership!
Kiwanis Kids Cultural Challenge
Event:  Kiwanis Kids Cultural Challenge

Date:  Saturday, October 6, 2018

Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location:  Warren Club of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, 790 Berne St, Atlanta (near Grant Park)

Need:  25+ Club Members to serve as Judges

Contact:  Michael Butkus,, 404-713-7788


For over 65 years, the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta has partnered with the BGCMA for this annual fall event.  Clubs from across the metro area each choose a country to study for 12 months. They come to a single location each fall for the Kiwanis Kids Cultural Challenge to demonstrate what they have learned.  They create banners and posters, prepare food and costumes, perform song and dance routines, all based on the traditions and customs of their chosen country.  They have studied the history, traditions, form of government, geography, climate and so much more about the country.  The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta serves as the corp of judges for this event, awarding prize banners for multiple categories.

RSVP to Michael Butkus, mbutkus@mindspring.comYou must have your completed Background Screening on file before the event!
Next KCA 5th Tuesday Networking and Social Meeting is Oct 30th at Oakland Cemetery
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta 5th Tuesday Networking and Social Meeting!
Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2018 from 6 - 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.
~RSVP Deadline Tuesday, October 23rd~
This counts as a meeting attendance and will be billed like a regular meeting for Associate members and guests.
Regular and Corp members are part of dues, Associate members and guests are $15.
Bring your Friends and Colleagues!
Sign up on the Event Board or email Karen Losin –
National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day 2018 is Thursday, November 8th and the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta is proud to be the Philanthropy in the Classroom Presenting Sponsor!  We have 40 reserved seats for Kiwanis Atlanta members.  There is no charge for regular members, and Associate/Satellite/Emeritus/Honorary members may attend for the regular $15 luncheon charge.  Member guests may attend if seats are available for the guest charge of $35.  Please email by October 23rd to put your name on the RSVP list.  Parking is available in the Aquarium lot for $7.  
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 Remaining Dates for this fall are:

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.  


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.

2018-19  Committee Interest Forms
Have you filled out your 2018-19 Committee Interest Form?
Don't forget to fill out your Committee Interest Form for next year to choose the committees on which you would like to serve!
You can download o form here or contact the office at
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!

Chelsea Carver is the Development Coordinator for Youth Villages Georgia. Youth Villages is a national non-profit dedicated to helping families live successfully. In Georgia, they provide residential treatment services at the Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville and Community Based services to families in the Atlanta and surrounding areas.

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!
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!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Johnny Pope
October 2
Ben Shapiro
October 5
James Wells
October 5
Bo Spalding
October 6
Tee Rogers
October 7
John Ottley
October 8
Myrtle Davis
October 9
Bob Bodimer
October 10
Kimberly Hays de Muga
October 11
Marilu McCarty
October 11
George Scheer
October 18
Sal Cilella
October 19
David Moore
October 20
Don Nelms
October 22
James Shively
October 26
Bill G. Whitaker
October 27
Jerry Cox
October 27
Mary Lou Austin
October 28
Paul Hudson
October 30
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