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August 12, 2014



Dear KBA Member,



The hustle and bustle of “back to school” is apparent everywhere, especially Barrett Parkway these days! I think all of Cobb County’s secondary schools are now back in session, with the universities and colleges right on Cobb’s heels.


Speaking of universities, Dr. Papp painted quite a picture last month of the incredible activities taking place at KSU, and the awards and titles the school is earning. The merger with Southern Poly continues, and in a few years, I suspect enrollment numbers at the combined institution may start to rival those of the Big Dawg in Athens!


Just because it’s summer, we don’t stop networking at the KBA. Three fun and productive events were held last month, in addition to the monthly luncheon. The popular “5th Tuesday luncheon was held at Carrabba’s on July 29th. Thanks to Smart Green Pest Control for sponsoring the event. And earlier in July, Home Instead Senior Care sponsored the July Wake-Up KBA event, held at Metro Bank. And Carrabba’s and Fontis Water started things off on July 15th with an Alive After 5 event that was tasty as well as crowded! So if you can’t make the second Tuesday luncheon, there are still great opportunities to network with many of the 350+ members of the KBA, morning, noon and night!


Our school year kick-off was marked by the 25th (yes, I said 25th!!!) annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, held at Kennesaw Elementary, and attended by more than 350 teachers, administrators, counselors, etc. from Kennesaw Elementary, Kennesaw Charter, and Big Shanty Elementary. The teachers were treated to a Carrabba’s catered lunch, heard from many of our terrific sponsors, and were showered with gift bags and all sorts of goodies! What a tremendous show of appreciation from the KBA to these deserving teachers and school personnel. And what a great group of volunteers on Marlon Longacre’s Education Committee that made this event happen. As I stated in my remarks at the event, these teachers don’t just teach, they shape the next generation of Cobb citizens.



We are looking forward to a strong line-up of speakers at the remaining 2014 luncheons, starting with author and speaker Kevin Scott at today’s luncheon. I hope to see you there!




Mark Barre


2014 KBA President


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