THURBERT BAKER, FORMER GA. ATTORNEY GENERAL
ROY E. BARNES, FORMER GA. GOVERNOR
CASEY CAGLE, FORMER LT. GOVERNOR
MAX CLELAND, FORMER U.S. SENATOR
GEORGE W. DARDEN III, FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS
NATHAN DEAL, FORMER GA. GOVERNOR
SHIRLEY FRANKLIN, FORMER MAYOR, CITY OF ATLANTA
JOHNNY ISAKSON, FORMER U.S. SENATOR
SAM NUNN, FORMER U.S. SENATOR
SAM OLENS, FORMER GA. ATTORNEY GENERAL
DAN PONDER, FORMER MEMBER, GA. HOUSE
ANDREW YOUNG, FORMER MAYOR, CITY OF ATLANTA AND FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR
WENDELL WILLARD, FORMER MEMBER, GA. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Living up to Atlanta’s image as beacon for world
The Rotary Club of Atlanta was founded in 1913 by our city’s top business leaders with a mission that included tackling the most challenging issues of the time guided by the ideal of Service Above Self. Today we are faced with the greatest challenge in our history — helping eliminate racial and economic injustice in our city and beyond.
Our members, all leaders of top companies and nonprofit organizations, are committed to listen with open hearts and learn, and to step up to participate in and lead in our own organizations, communities and families to bring about the long-overdue changes.
It starts with getting our own house in order. Over the past several years, we have made the active commitment to improve diversity in our membership and in our program speakers. We view this commitment as vital to remain relevant to Atlanta. We have made progress, but our work in many respects has just begun. In the coming years, our goal is to be at the forefront in representing the diverse and talented leadership of this great city.
With this letter, we are soliciting help of those of YOU who are willing to join us in committing our heads, hearts and resources to address systemic challenges in race and economic inequality. The roots of these issues are complex, and the solutions to inequality will be multifaceted.
We want to live up to the image of Atlanta as a civil and human rights beacon for the world.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF ATLANTA