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2012 EDITION


N.F. Charities’ Mary Good says volunteering good for the soul


By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com


ROSWELL, Ga. – Mary Good started volunteering at North Fulton Community Charities’ food pantry after a deacon at her church invited her to attend a fundraising gala for NFCC. The event inspired her to get involved with the nonprofit that helps North Fulton residents who are in need. She settled on the food pantry. “Many times when we start out volunteering, we go in with the thought that we are going to change a person’s life. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. It changed mine,” Good said.


She says service is also contagious. The Monday after the Friday that her husband retired, he was at the food pantry volunteering. Her 15-year-old daughter has also joined in.


“I’m notorious for bringing in a new person when I work,” she said. “I tell them, ‘Come join me. Let NFCC change your heart like it changed mine.’ Because once you’re in, it is awesome. You get to know them as people, not clients, and they have a name.”


In the six years since she came to NFCC, Good has helped in many


areas. But her most daunting task came when she agreed to


head Heart up for last


February’s Have a


North


Fulton Charities, with a goal to raise $200,000 in one month. “I


told them I thought that


$200,000 was a little ambitious,” Good said. “The events fell a little raising $130,000 for the campaign. But they didn’t tell me the real goal was $70,000. So to do that well the first time out of the box, I think it was an awesome experience. And I must be crazy, because I am doing it again next year.”


Good gives the credit for what NFCC has been able to achieve directly to its executive director, Barbara Duffy. “You feel Barbara’s energy. She


touches you in a way that makes you want to do more,” Good said. “And yet, it amazes me to find out how so many of my neighbors still do not know what [NFCC does],” she said. “And they do such great things.”


Service stems from curiosity


By MATTHEW W. QUINN news@northfulton.com


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — David Kornbluh’s involvement in Johns Creek began after he moved to the city 1996.


in


His neighborhood’s homeowners’ association had dissolved, so he helped reestablish it. The new association worked with the county government to put a barrier on Morton’s Crossing in order to prevent it from being used as a cut- through.


“That was probably my first involvement up here,” he said. He moved to a different neighborhood and


became


president of its homeowners' association. He began serving on the Johns Creek Community Association zoning committee in 2006 and ultimately became zoning chairman. In this role, he helps educate members of the community concerned with zoning about the process. During the formation of Johns Creek, he also served on a subcommittee charged with discussing how much parkland the city needed and how to acquire it. That evolved into service on a


KORNBLUH


committee addressing the comprehensive land use plan. Kornbluh identified sites for additional parkland and discussed how they could be developed. The greenway was discussed


as well,


the discussions growing into the policy the city has adopted for its trail system.


In early 2012, then-council member Dan McCabe chose Kornbluh to serve on the commission charged with revising Johns Creek’s charter. Kornbluh attributed this to his presence at many council meetings — the council members knew about his knowledge of city government. He said he hoped his contributions were a net positive for the city. “My


philosophy stems from


curiosity more than anything else,” he said. “I like to see how things work and I have opinions and like to offer them.”


This leads to him trying to help


others and offer service when he can.


Now that the charter commission is done, he said he would continue serving on the JCCA board and as zoning chair.


16 ANSWER BOOK™ | 2012 Edition | Appen Newspapers, Inc. SPECIAL ‘Gentle giant’ brightens lives


By ALDO NAHED aldo@northfulton.com


CUMMING, Ga. — Marley Myers has been called a “gentle giant,” a “big polar bear,” as he has logged about 175 visits between schools and retirement centers in Forsyth and neighboring counties. That’s some 300 community service hours just in the past 15 months. Marley, a Great Pyrenees, was recently recognized for his


community service at area schools and assisted living facilities. “He brightens their day,” said his handler Mark Myers. “He’s fine with both children and adults.” Marley was nominated as a finalist and honored by the Forsyth County’s Celebration


of Hands


during their annual ceremony and event sponsored by the county’s Community Connection.


See MARLEY, Page 23 Working hard to improve the community


By JONATHAN COPSEY jcopsey@northfulton.com


MILTON, Ga. – Wayne Boston is one of those people who tends to operate beneath the radar. “I was a working guy for 40 years,” Boston said. The self- described workaholic then found himself with time on his hands once he retired from Southern Company, where he was a general counsel. To fill his time, he began working with local organizations. The first that caught his eye was Canine Assistants in Milton.


“Canine Assistants came in at one of the annual events [at Southern Company] where money could be donated to,” Boston said. “I love dogs. I had it in the back of my mind that once I retire I would volunteer there.”


That’s exactly what he did, and


he has worked with them for the past few years. However, it wasn’t enough to keep him occupied. He works some at The Manor Country Club and, of course, does lots of yard work and keeps himself fit. But he saw an opportunity to add something more to his life. “I’d really never participated in activities with the [Milton] community,” he said. “I saw an


opportunity asking for volunteers to participate in a new effort with the city and decided to try it.”


That opportunity was working with the “Better Together: Real Communities” initiative, where residents work with the city and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to bring people of all abilities in strengthening ties to the community.


“There were 12 or 15 people at the first meeting, and I wasn’t sure how I would fit in,” Boston said, “but I really enjoy it.” Now a founding member of the group, Boston has helped it get off


PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE


GOOD


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the ground and begun bringing the community together, said Better Together Chair Amanda Quintana. “He is an integral part of the committee,” Quintana said. “His vast experience and his kind heart help tremendously. He always knows what needs to be done.” She said his business acumen gained from his working life continually comes in use, especially when Better Together was trying to be established.


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