Speaker: Re-Cap From South African Travelers
Guests - Senitra Syas, guest of Robert Brown; Toby Emert, guest of Ginny Byrd Porter; Harl Pike, Sunrise Sierra Vista Club; Charlie Crawford, Buckhead Club.
From the Speaker(s) - The South African travelers gave a re-cap of their service trip. The purpose of the trip was to experience the real South Africa and visit the project sites where Decatur Rotary made a contribution. They also wanted to visit a potential Rotary International Future Vision Partner in Mthatha. And finally, they hoped to take a deeper look at the giving projects of other Rotary Clubs and other International Nongovernmental Organizations beyond Rotary. As a result, they explored a less traveled region in South Africa, the Eastern Cape Province, which is known for its deep racial divisions and poverty. The Club enjoyed a 12-minute slide presentation that told the collective story of their trip.
|The distinguished travelers to South Africa|
|Jack Gerlach and Barbara Tedrow confer|
|Charlotte Pfeiffer shares her story|
December 9 Speaker: Louis E. Miller
Invocation - Art Vinson
|Louis Miller chats with Art Vinson |
before the program
Guests - Judy Turner introduced the Visiting Rotarians David Weitnauer and Harl Pike.
From the Speaker- Art Vinson introduced our speaker Louis E. Miller, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Louis took the helm at Hartsfield-Jackson in September, 2010 with a vision of providing world-class air transportation services in collaboration with all of the Aairport's partners, including the airlines, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration concessionaires and all Airport tenants. His priority is the completion of the Airport's new international terminal scheduled to open in Spring, 2012.
Louis gave us plenty of facts and figures surrounding the new terminal:
They expect 13 million international passengers by 2015 - currently they have 9 million. The construction has created 3000 jobs and will create 2000 jobs once it is open. Currently they have 58,000 employees.
The new terminal will have a 12-gate concourse with 1.2 million square feet at a cost of $1.4 billion. The terminal connects to Concourse E making the airport a 40-gate international concourse complex.
Changes coming once the terminal is open include eliminating the baggage re-check process for Atlanta bound international travelers; separate levels for arrivals and departures; two parking garages with 3,700 spaces; a new exit off of I-75 (Exit 239); will not be able to check in the domestic terminal for international flights.
Challenges include the signage necessary for the process to get to the airport, wayfinding, and different passenger types to name a few. They are looking at a $10 million roadway signage package on interstates only in addition to replacing and reusing signs. In the concessions area, they want to create a sense of place with world class food and beverage choices and business services. Parking options will include valet parking, a park/ride, and a Gold Reserve.
Once the construction is finished, they will hold a Grand Opening Day with the Public.
|Bryan Downs delivers the Nominating Committee's report |
Congratulations to Kirby Thompson, 2012 President Elect and thanks to Jim Jarboe for a job well done "On the Same Page"
|Jim Philips & C.J. Becker discuss the pros and cons of Cross Fit with Eric Willis|