Toast of Cobb bids adieu to founding member Plunkett
by Sally Litchfield
April 29, 2014 11:14 PM | 2067 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This month, Toast of Cobb, the Marietta chapter of the public speaking and leadership nonprofit Toastmasters International, celebrated the retirement of John Plunkett, one of the club’s founding members. Plunkett, the senior vice president of human resources at Cobb EMC, retired April 18 after 16 years with the club and 25 years with the electric cooperative.

Plunkett was the club’s first to receive a Distinguished Toastmaster designation, the highest achievement award for Toastmasters International and one that is achieved by less than 1 percent of the international organization’s members. Plunkett was later followed by Mark Justice, associate vice president of education and community relations at Cobb EMC, global speaker Mike Wittenstein and Dave Hilburn, a minister and comedian.

Many former members of the club have gone on to become professional speakers, ministers, authors and comedians since the club was founded 16 years ago.

Cobb EMC has supplied meeting space and A/V support for the local organization. In return, Cobb EMC employees, along with countless community members, are able to develop their public speaking skills.


Don’t miss the Root House Museum and Garden Annual Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until all plants are gone. Heirloom, native, old-fashioned and pass-along plants for sale.

There will be programs offered including “Rosemary, Thyme, and Friends” on Friday at 10 a.m. by Cobb County Master Gardener Jack Driskell; “Garden to Table Recipes and Tastings” presented by the RHM&G Plant Sale Committee with tastings throughout the morning; and “Inspirations for Creating Charming Pots for Porch, Deck, or Patio” on Saturday at 10 a.m. by Cobb County Master Gardener Marcelle David.

On Friday and Saturday, Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.

Visit or call (678) 594-4994.


On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Sharon Baptist Church will host The Gobers, a Southern gospel/Christian country group based out of Winder, in concert as part of their celebration of 65 years of service.

The group of Stephanie Gober, Penny Gober, and Tim Richardson is nominated in the 2014 Gospel Music Fan Awards for Favorite Group, Horizon Group, and Stephanie Gober, Favorite Female Vocalist. The Gobers are on national Southern Gospel Radio and currently have five albums on the Mercy Label of Chapel Valley Records. Their current national radio release is titled “Why Not” and recently debuted as a Singing News Top 20 new release.

Sharon Baptist Church is at 3405 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. For more information, call (770) 435-1801 or follow on Facebook at

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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