Membership Newsletter
Apr 6, 2021

Cookout for the Kids at Hillside
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta first annual  meeting in 1919
Camp Kiwanis in Danielsville, GA
Upcoming Speakers
Apr 06, 2021 11:45 AM
“U.S.-China Relations, 2021: Issues, Challenges and Prospects”
“U.S.-China Relations, 2021:  Issues, Challenges and Prospects”

This is a Virtual Club Meeting.  CLICK HERE to Register.

David J. Firestein is the inaugural president and CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations (Bush China Foundation) and a founding and current member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  He was previously the founding ED of The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) China Public Policy Center and a clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He also served as SVP and Perot Fellow at the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he led the Institute’s track 2 diplomacy work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, East Asian security and U.S.-Russia relations.  He remains one of the longest-serving senior executives in EWI history.

A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Firestein specialized primarily in U.S.-China relations. Among the honors he garnered were the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach (2006) and the Linguist of the Year Award (1997). He served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association, the union and professional association of the United States Foreign Service. He also served as the elected president of the large community associations of the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow.

Firestein is the author or co-author of three books on China, including two China-published Chinese-language best-sellers, as well as a large number of China-focused monographs, policy reports and articles. As a writer, he broke new ground in a number of ways: in the mid-1990s, he became the first foreign citizen to have a regular column in a People’s Republic of China newspaper and the first foreign diplomat to publish an original book in the country, among other milestones. He is a prolific public speaker and frequent commentator in the U.S. and Chinese media. The Voice of America’s Mandarin Service wrote in 2016 that Firestein is “one of the world’s best non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese”; early in his career, he interpreted for dozens of top-level U.S. and Chinese leaders and officials. 

Firestein has produced path-breaking Capitol Hill testimony, thought leadership and scholarship on a wide range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China trade, the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict, the value of government, U.S. public diplomacy in the wake of 9/11, and the use of contemporary country music as presidential campaign communication. Numerous incumbent and former U.S secretaries of state and national security advisors from both sides of the partisan aisle – along with multiple other incumbent and former U.S. Cabinet members, members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. combatant commanders and other prominent U.S. figures – have lauded Firestein’s contributions and achievements in the area of U.S.-China relations. In recent years, he has been invited to brief significant swaths of the U.S. investment community, including via the 20-20 Investment Association and the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute which together represent well over $30 trillion under management, on China and U.S.-China relations.

Firestein currently serves on the boards of directors or advisors of over a dozen foreign affairs-focused, business-focused, China-focused, and Texas-focused U.S. non-profit organizations. And he is a member of the founding, and current, board of directors of the U.S. Heartland–China Association, where he serves as the inaugural chairman of the policy committee.

A native and current resident of Austin, Firestein holds a bachelor’s from Georgetown University and two master’s degrees from UT, as well as various advanced training certifications from the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the U.S. Department of State.

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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
We are currently meeting via Zoom during the pandemic - email the office for more information and register on our website at!
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
Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 06, 2021
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
USO Airport Greeting
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Apr 10, 2021
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Apr 13, 2021
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
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KCA to Begin Hybrid Meetings on April 20th!
The Kiwanis Club Board of Directors voted to resume hybrid/in-person luncheon meetings at the Loudermilk Center beginning April 20, 2021.  This decision was not made lightly but rather in response to the decreasing number of new COVID-19 cases, the increased ability for a large segment of the population to receive vaccines and many requests from our current members.  In addition, the Loudermilk Center has undergone extensive transformations to ensure the safety of our members, and our club has established new requirements, including mandatory registration, if you want to attend meetings in-person.
GA District Service Project on April 10
Back by popular demand, the Georgia District of Kiwanis Camping Trip and Service Project! 

Bring your family for a fun weekend of fellowship, service, and a delicious potluck dinner at the F. D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, GA!

On Saturday morning (April 10), we will be doing a service project at the Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs. We will be painting the Little White House and Pressure Washing sidewalks. Kids are welcome to join in too!
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.
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