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Melissa Johnson , Senior Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute Last week's speaker (8/4/2017),Melissa began by describing the work done at GBPI, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, founded in 2004. They produce research and state budget analyses to show ways Georgia can provide better education, health care and opportunity for everyone. Their vision is of a state in which economic opportunity and well-being are shared among all.

This week's speaker was our very Bailey Webb, Graphic Design Coordinator of Steam Reality.
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Rotary Club of Atlanta West End's Very Own: Bailey Webb, Graphic Design Coordinator, Stream Realty PartnersLast week's (8/11/2017), Bailey Webb joined Stream Realty Partners in 2015 as a Graphic Design Coordinator for Stream’s Atlanta Office. She works collaboratively with the creative team to develop brand strategy and deliver design components to completion. In addition to brand development she is tasked with integrating innovation to further Stream’s brand across the Atlanta market, including a beer garden project under development on the Beltline in her neighborhood, the West End. Bailey attended the University of West Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, a Minor in Communications Arts, and a Certificate in Sale’s Management. Before leaving UWF, Bailey participated in the Department of Art’s Art Gallery, and was awarded the Department of Arts Faculty Academic Excellence Award.

This week's speaker was Doug Ammar, director of the Georgia Justice Project.
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Doug Ammar, Attorney, Executive Director, Georgia Justice ProjectLast Week's (8/18/2017)Doug Ammar, director of the Georgia Justice Project, a remarkable person leading a remarkable organization. Doug’s been a part of GJP since its inception when it was founded in 1988 by former King & Spalding lawyer, John Pickins. GJP stands as a bridge of hope for many people coming out of prison who want to be financially and socially stable – and wanting to be useful and fulfilled members of society.

This week's speaker was Teela Spiller, Executive Director, Atlanta Micro Fund.
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Teela Spiller, Executive Director, Atlanta Micro FundLast week's speaker (8/25/2017) was Teela Spiller, Executive Director, Atlanta Micro Fund. Teela Spiller's career began in Real Estate in 1995. Since this time, she's evolved from leasing and property management to real estate negotiation and mortgage origination to economic development and community lending. Teela controls the Atlanta Micro Fund, a nonprofit revolving loan fund providing access to capital and technical assistance. She also controls teelaspillerinc., a community development and economic revitalization real estate firm. The focus of her efforts includes supporting Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as the communities surrounding them and the creation of commercial corridors in low-income communities. This week's speaker was Javier Mayora, a native of El Salvador, is currently spending a year studying in the United States as part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, sponsored in part by our club.Newsletters
Javier Mayora, a native of El Salvador, Georgia Rotary Student Program Scholarship RecipientLast week's (9/1/2017) speaker was Javier Mayora, a native of El Salvador, who is currently spending a year studying in the United States as part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, sponsored in part by our club. Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. He shared his home life, culture, and school experiences with members and guests of the club. This week's (9/8/2017) was Joe Sarra of the Georgia Advocacy Office.Newsletterspdf
Joe Sarra of the Georgia Advocacy OfficeLast week's speaker (9/8/2017) was Joe Sarra, MSW, supports people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as well as families/caregivers to identify and access home and community-based services so people remain in their communities and avoid institutionalization. The Children's Freedom Initiative is an example of the work being done around the state to move children out of nursing facilities and into loving, permanent homes. Joe serves as an Advocate with the Georgia Advocacy Office, the independent, federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities in Georgia. GAO envisions a Georgia where all people have value, visibility and voice; where even the most difficult and long-lasting challenges are addressed by ordinary citizens acting voluntarily on behalf of each other; and where the perception of disability is replaced by the recognition of ability. This week's speaker (9/15/2017) was Jay Neal, Executive Director of Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.Newsletterspdf