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The Bulletin

May 7, 2019


May is Youth Service Month

5/8 Honorable Judge Todd Markle of the Superior Court of Fulton County
5/15 Karen Andes; Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
5/22 4th Wed.: No Meeting Scheduled
5/29 5th Wed.: No Meeting Scheduled

Our Rotary Family

5/1 Rob Sneed
5/5 Paul Sloniowski
5/14 John (Jack) Willis, III


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President Jon Roxland
President-Elect Tony Shaffer
Treasurer Michael O'Nan
Secretary Karen Kropp
Foundation Bonnie Hardage
Membership Ben Ragin

May 8 - Judge Todd Markle

Judge Todd Markle was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal on December 17, 2018.Prior to his appointment, Judge Markle served as a trial judge on the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Judge Markle began his legal career in Atlanta in 1989.He started his own law firm in 1996 handling general civil litigation.In practice, he tried numerous jury trials and has multiple reported appellate decisions from the state and federal courts.He held an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell as well.

In January 2011, Judge Markle left private practice to become executive counsel to newly elected Governor Deal.In this role, he served as the governor=s chief legal advisor during the 2011 legislative session. He also chaired the inaugural Criminal Justice Reform Council which made recommendations for addressing recidivism and which became the basis for some of Governor Deal=s signature achievements.

Governor Deal appointed Judge Markle to the Superior Court of Fulton County in August 2011.He won a contested race to retain his seat in 2012 and ran unopposed in 2016.In addition to his regular judicial duties, he was instrumental in establishing what became the State=s largest Veterans Treatment Court.He and his team were recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus in 2014 in Washington D.C. for their work on behalf of veterans. That same year, Chief Justice Hugh Thompson appointed Judge Markle to the Georgia Returning Veterans Task Force to make recommendations to the State for addressing legal issues faced by service members.In 2016, Judge Markle was namedthe Outstanding Veterans Judge of the Year by the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar and the Emory Law School Veterans Pro Bono Clinic.

By appointment of the governor, Judge Markle served on the Georgia Child Support Commission from 2016 until 2018.He has been a member of the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Buckhead, the Atlanta Film Society and CHRIS Kids.He also served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at Central Presbyterian Church.He graduated from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada in 2012 and was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.Judge Markle is also a member of the Lawyer=s Club of Atlanta.

Judge Markle grew up in the South Cobb community of the metro Atlanta area and graduated from South Cobb High School.He earned his Bachelor=s degree from the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude in 1986, and earned his Juris Doctor from Mercer Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1989.At the University of Georgia, he was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.In law school, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Brainerd Currie Honor Society and served on the Mercer Law Review.

Judge Markle and his family reside in Atlanta and are members of Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

May 15 - Karen Andes

Karen Andes (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. She had specialized in sexual and reproductive among adolescents and young adults in the US and Latin America for over 15 years and is an internationally known expert in qualitative research and analysis. Internationally, her work focuses on Paraguay, Nicaragua and Mexico. In 2012, she published the first comprehensive report on Hispanic/Latino health status in the state of Georgia; since 2014, she has directed the Ventanilla de Salud health outreach program at the Mexican Consulate. She implemented an innovative health training and internship program at Cross Keys High School and continues to collaborate with organizations working along the Buford Highway Corridor as the Faculty Coordinator of Emory’s “University-Partner Learning Community.” She was a Rotary Foundation Scholar in Liège, Belgium in 1985-86 and received a dissertation scholarship from Women of Rotary in 1993.

June 5 - Martha McGinnis

Martha McGinnis is an Eating Coach who has sustained a 45+ pound weight loss for 35 years—by NOT DIETING. She helps high achievers create a healthy relationship with food so they can get to a happy weight and stay there, reduce their stress, find freedom and joy in eating, and feel confident in their bodies.

An MBA and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Martha is a VP of the Southeast Association of Facilitators, and past President of both the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and the former Atlanta Treasury Management Association.

Find her at AppetiteClarity.com.

June 12 - Mark Rockett

Mark Rockett currently serves as a Sr. Business Consultant in Field Operations at Chick-fil-A, Inc. where he provides individual and market-level support and coaching for Owner/Operators in metro Atlanta. He received his BBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Georgia and his Master’s in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from Michigan State University. He currently resides in Peachtree Corners with his wife, Jenny, and two children.

June 19 - President Elect Tony Shaffer

Come here about President Elect Tony's plans for the 2019-2020 Rotary year!!