July 14, 2016
Dr. Derrek Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil & Human Rights Museum spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their luncheon meeting at the Downtown Capital City Club. Derrek, a onetime refugee from Uganda, gave a passionate speech about the ability to associate and include and the horrid consequences of discrimination and disruption to our marketplace. Kayongo is an accomplished orator having given a TEDx talk and a guest on CNN and BBC programming. The 45-year-old father of two lives in Lawrenceville. He made a name for himself in Atlanta and the world by creating the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit that collects partly used bars of soap from hotels, then sanitizes and recycles the soap to be given to refugees and others around the planet.
In addition to our guest speaker, Lion Dennis Rogers, and son of Lion Scott Rogers, was inducted into the club as the 31st member by Past District Governor Garner Andrews. Garner was joined by his father and long time Lion, Charlie Andrews. Referencing the Club’s membership, “we’ve been real pleased with the Club’s membership’s growth and are hoping to have 100 members in 100 years”, said Club President Gary Martin. His comments were a reference to the Club’s upcoming centennial celebration in 2020.