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GIVERS

Our salute to beautiful people who make philanthropy a priority

Bob and Linda Bonstein

Bob and Linda have enriched the Georgia Symphony Orchestra with countless hours of service. Bob has provided invaluable leadership as Board Chair before and during the pandemic and together with Linda, he has modeled integrity, kindness, and servant leadership.  Bob and Linda have also each chaired the board at the Cobb YMCA, and individually served at their church, with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Eastern Cobb Council of PTAs, and the Cobb Community Foundation. They have lived in East Cobb since 1989.

When she arrived in Georgia, Linda transitioned from a career in employee benefits to volunteering extensively in their childrens' schools. She worked on education enrichment programs such as Odyssey of the Mind.

Toward the end of his career, Bob began community volunteering, first with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He then Chaired the Board of the Cobb YMCA as it became part of the Metro-Atlanta Y. In addition, he recently joined the Board of the Cobb Community Foundation, which is dedicated to matching donors with charities and fostering community generosity.

Both Bob and Linda believe strongly in building community and fostering unity and goodwill. They are active members of East Cobb United Methodist Church. When not volunteering, you will find them bicycling, usually on the Silver Comet Trail

“The GSO Board work combines love of music, service to the community, and fulfillment of the desire to build youth music education through supporting the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO),” they say.  Both Bob and Linda sing in the GSO Chorus.

Why volunteer? “Contributing to the community always leads to a positive upward spiral, both for the community and the contributors. They strongly recommend that donors consult with the Cobb Community Foundation to discover charities that align with their interests and  passions.”

Bob and Linda are both now retired and have five grandchildren, ranging from 3-13 years old. They enjoy visiting their family in the Northeast as much as possible.

Rosan Hall

Rosan Hall believes in digging deep to find your gifts and sharing them with enthusiasm and dedication. “Look for ways to be involved. Join organizations that serve your business or community.  Think more of yourself as a contributing member instead of a leader,” she says. “You will be recognized as a responsible person and leadership will want to recruit you. Always take your opportunities very seriously and never let leadership down.”

She speaks from experience, having been instrumental in the growth of the Cobb County Coalition of Business Association since her friend Barbara Hickey started the organization more than 15 years ago to bring together people in the Cobb County business community. "When she passed away from ALS, three years ago, Bill Sterrett, Susan Hampton and I saw the good that has continued in the Associations and wanted it to continue. Since that time, I have taken the role of leader with Susan Hampton’s support,” Rosan says. 

She has also served as president of Marietta Kiwanis, contributing her time as a K-Kids Advisor too.  She is chair of the Barbara Hickey Childrens Fund/Constitution Day which Barbara started 15 years ago. The group has placed close to 3,000 Constitutions in the hands of Cobb and Marietta Schools students.  She has served on the board of the Northeast Cobb Business Association and as chair of Public Safety and Co-Chair of the Business Women of NCBA.  She, Jen Starks and Pam Oldaker proudly founded The Professional Women of East Cobb Business Association. Recently, Rosan was appointed to serve on the Cobb Housing Authority by JoAnn Birrell, District 3 Cobb Commissioner. Last year, she was elected the Secretary of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women tand, she is currently chair of the North Metro Women’s Connection.

Rosan moved to the community in 1968 with her husband and four children. She has since remarried and is blessed with a total of six kids, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who all live in the area.

Kim Gresh

Kim Gresh has lived in Marietta her entire life. Like her mother, she was born at Kennestone Hospital. She and George Hartzog have been married 39 years. She believes in the importance of volunteering and fundraising. “Find your passion and it will shine through all you do for your community,” says Kim.

Kim is President of S.A. White Oil Company, Inc., a third-generation, family-owned wholesale petroleum business located in Marietta.  Kim was the first female board member for the Georgia Oilmen’s Association, where she still currently serves. She was the first female council member for the ConocoPhillips National Marketing Council.  She still serves on the Cobb Chamber Board of Directors.

Kim is actively involved with many nonprofit and civic organizations, including but not limited to, Boy Scouts of America, WellStar Foundation, liveSAFE Resources, Cobb Community Foundation, Board of Trustees for Shepherd Center and Marietta Metro Rotary Club.  Proof of her contributions to her business and her community, Kim was awarded Cobb Citizen of the Year, Marietta Citizen of the Year, the liveSAFE Resources’ Women of Achievement Woman of the Year Award, Marietta School's 2011 Alumnus of the Year, the Siegel Institute’s 2011 Phenomenal Woman of the Year and the 2020 Association of Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year. Last but not least she is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, where she has previously appeared in two Neil Simon plays and performance of Steel Magnolias.