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December 8, 2014


Dear KBA Member,


Welcome to the KBA’s December events, headlined by our annual Christmas Luncheon! Please join me on Tuesday, December 9th at the KSU Continuing Ed Center to celebrate the end of KBA’s 39th year!  It has been my honor and privilege to serve as this year’s KBA president.  My thanks go out to my Board of Directors for their unswerving mission to serve the KBA membership as the premier networking, philanthropic, and community-serving business association. With their ceaseless energy and creative input, the KBA will roll into its 4th decade on a significant uptrend.


KBA’s acts of giving will be prominent at our December luncheon as we give back to many of the non-profits that work especially hard this time of year to bring joy to those that might not be able to provide for themselves.


When the Taste of Kennesaw was envisioned in its present form, the decision was made to make that event a complete pass-through, with the beneficiaries of the proceeds going to help children and families in our community. Mike Everhart will be presenting the fruits of the Taste revenue to several organizations: you don’t want to miss that!


Another long-standing partner of the KBA, the Shiloh Food Pantry, will be accepting monetary contributions again at tomorrow’s luncheon. David Kapchinske has challenged the KBA membership, and has put his own money where his mouth is to grease the giving wheels for this deserving organization. When my youngest son and I donated canned food 5 years ago raised by the Boy Scouts, I was struck by the need for food so close to our homes. Please consider a donation to the food pantry via United Methodist Church of Kennesaw.


As another part of the KBA luncheon program, the winners of the Business of the Year and Member of the Year awards will be presented. I am proud of the process the KBA goes through to determine its winners, and I look forward to hearing this year’s winners. Another reason not to miss tomorrow’s lunch!


In closing, I am constantly amazed at the vibrancy of this community. When there is a need, this community responds. The role that the business community plays is respected and honored, and once again I want to thank the business community for entrusting me with the KBA presidency this year. Have a fabulous holiday this year!


Merry Christmas,


Mark Barre

2014 KBA President




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