"Smart Stuffers" Thanks for Giving Thanksgiving Meal Boxes
Rotary CLub of Marietta is collaborating with the Center for Family Resources to pack boxes with Thanksgiving meal supplies for up to 1,000 families in our area. We are collecting food items at our weekly meetings and we are also accepting donations and will send shoppers to acquire the goods!
After watching multiple natural disasters strike the southeast and seeing the growing need for food assistance and supplies, Midwest Food Bank decided to consider a location in that region. The Peachtree City, Georgia location was established in 2011 with nine agency partners. Since opening the doors, this location has grown to 320 agency partners including a satellite distribution in Tennessee. These agencies are located across six states - AL, GA, KY, SC, TN and VA. Based on the demand, an 8000 square foot facility expansion took place in 2017. In 2020, MFB broke ground on a new freezer / refrigerator to be able to support even more healthy food distribution.
Walk, Same Reasons The world may
look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment
to ending Alzheimer’s.
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City combined with Cooper Lighting Solutions to sponsor the event and have 50+ people walking together to help raise awareness of Alzheimer's. We were able to donate over $7500 to this worthy cause.
The Bloom Closet is serving nearly 4,500 foster children annually—an increase of 93% over the last 4 years. More than 25% of the children served annually reside in Fulton (485), Dekalb (395), Cobb (142), and Gwinnett (82). The biggest needs at The Bloom Closet include donations of new underwear, pajamas and socks. To meet this need, grant funds will be used to purchase these necessities.
Marietta Metro Rotary delivers a Student Dictionary to every 3rd grade child in the Marietta City School system. This year our volunteers delivered over 800 dictionaries to support literacy in our community. Club members attended each class and conducted a short training session focusing on not only the words in the dictionary but also the supplemental information in the book - geography, periodic table, state and country information, flag pictures and presidential biographies.
Our annual fundraiser is all hands on deck and every member of Roswell Rotary Club participates by volunteering, donating or sponsoring the tournament. Working through COVID restrictions, we were able to host 130 golfers and 100+ tennis players between morning and afternoon flights. As in the past, our traditional firemen's ball drop was a big hit.
In honor of those who served, for our Veterans Day Program, we identified 14 local sailors deployed on the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea and USS Ronald Regan in the South China Sea. The Nimitz operates and trains alongside regional and coalition partners, and provides naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve. The Ronald Regan conducts maritime air defense operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Dwight D. Eisenhower provides a wide range of flexible mission capabilities, including maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, crisis response, counter-terrorism, and security cooperation.
Once per month RCMM utilizes a raffle to collect money for CART. Also members are encouraged to pledge on an annual basis to CART. One of our programs was focused on CART with PDG Rod Funderburk from District 7770 and Charlene Hall, 6900 CART chair, providing update information about the disease and Rotary's efforts to help with Alzheimers Research. Our club will provide $2100 to CART this Rotary Year
Atlanta Dream Center supports victims of human trafficking. We partnered with them last year and were able to provide some much needed appliances. They were able to help 35 women last year thank you to help from clubs like ours. They expect at least that many this year to be helped by our donations.
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38 week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but Blessings In A Backpack want to ensure they receive nutritional meals over the weekend. Roswell Rotary donated $2500 to the cause and packed 100 backpacks filled with nutritional food.
Roswell Rotary has traditionally promoted blood drives. This year was an exception as we had to secure a new location. Against all odds, we hosted a blood drive at Gate City a local brewery owned by a Roswell Rotarian. Filling up in a matter of days, we scheduled a 2nd drive in September.. Forty three three pints of blood were collected. Due to the demand, we have scheduled another drive Fe. 25 and plan for a 4th in May.
PTC Rotary Partners with BLOOM to provide school supplies for local foster kids
Located just off of highway 54 in Fayetteville, Georgia, you will find a local charity striving to make a difference in the lives of Georgia’s foster care children. With a mission to “strengthen children in foster care and empower the families who care for them,” Bloom Our Youth seeks to achieve this goal by providing these children and families with basic necessities. Necessities range from clothing, shoes, baby gear, books, and even stuffed animals. Anything to help make a difficult life transition for our state’s youngest a little less painful.
BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER – As part of our environmental awareness, we collect Christmas trees for recycling each year. This is in cooperation with Keep Cobb Beautiful and hundreds of trees are processed.
Community Outreach & Media Event. Club members met with the Community Assistance Center executive director and staff to discuss the operation & impact to needy persons in Sandy Springs for food & services provided by CAC. Local media was invited and it was promoted on club FB page & D6900. Check for $1315 was presented which is what the club raised participating in RC Alpharetta's Donation Derby.
Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART) is a donation made by Rotarians each week donated to help fund research on Alzheimers. Last year our total funding was approximately $600. This year our total should almost double to $1100.
Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART) is a donation made by Rotarians each week donated to help fund research on Alzheimers. Last year our total funding was approximately $600. This year our total should almost double to $1100.
CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS – The mission of The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk. As a part of the state foster care system, they house, feed, clothe and develop homeless and maltreated youth in the Atlanta Metro area.
Rotarians will drive golf carts to pick up and drop off individuals who need assistance in attending our annual local festival. We will also have a Rotary booth set up to share what we have accomplished for our community.
Each week, Roswell Rotary publishes the Rotascope to inform its members about upcoming speakers, socials, service projects and community information. This year, the Rotascope also included additional information about our Making Mentors topics, including links to TedTalks, YouTube videos, blogs, books, articles and more. We added information about the charities we support, new member bios and photos from years' past. The Rotascope provides our members an easy way to share information about our club with family, friends and prospective members.
Each member of the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club will sale a minimum of 15 Fraser fir wreaths as our club’s annual fundraiser. Expected Fund raiser revenue anticipated is $5,000.00. All funds will be used in local Community’ service projects.
The ideals of Rotary that are built on the Five Avenues of Service cannot be accomplished without focus and continued improvement in the basic service upon which all others are achieved....Club Service.
This year we undertook additional service projects, and developed interesting and informative ways to keep our members engaged. This has further enhanced our awareness in the community, involved more Rotarians in different capacities and to leadership positions within of our club.
COBB DIAPER DAY – Rotary Club will join with the community to provide diapers for local agencies.There is a need throughout the county when babies arrive from homeless situations, etc. Several local agencies are recipients. We contributed 2,270 diapers and 904 baby wipes.
Collecting and distributing food for Center for Family Resources
Rotarians purchased food from a list submitted from CFR. 20 boxes were put together and boxes were filled with purchased food. The boxes were then delivered to CFR where the food would be distributed to families in need.
Roswell Rotary supports our local charities and organizations throughout the year with volunteers, collection drives and donations.
NFCC Backpack Collection - We collect backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we donated 54 backpacks and club members donated $625 for additional supplies.
With our D6900 Grant of $1,500.00, we will purchase 10 Lenovo Computer-Tablets for use in the Fairmont Community Center Computer lab. This will greatly enhance the local school system's virtual education program by providing needed internet capable tablets for area students to continue their K-12 education. This is required due to the local school system adopting a virtual education platform due to Covid-19 issues.
The Rotary Club of Blakely gives dictionaries to 3rd graders in our district annually. Rotarians discuss the benefit of dictionaries and the 4-Way Test, which we place in the front of each dictionary before distribution.
Serving those who keep us save, Roswell Rotary hosted a Drive Thru Cookout for local law enforcement, fire and rescue and 911 officers. The event was held at Fire Station Number 4 with over 200 burgers and dogs served. Food was donated by Slopes BBQ, King of Pops Popsicles, Lucky's Burgers, and Rhodes Bakery. Sign a Rama contributed the beautiful banner saluting and honoring the officers. 200 shirts were distributed with the Rotary logo which read "We've got your back". We received extensive press coverage in The Neighbor Newspaper, including multiple photos.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. The Rotary Club of Peachtree City pledged to make 50 donations to the American Red Cross. These donations can be locally at the facilities noted on the flyer, but can also be done anywhere across the US as part of our team. Please use the link to search for a location near you and sign up to Pledge to give a DROP OF HOPE!
Each year our community of East Cobb/Marietta sponsors a parade and local schools participate as teachers are recognized, school bands provide music and there are many volunteers including our Rotary Club. We provide a convertible from which we throw candy to the kids while other Rotarians carry the Rotary banner. We do cover the cost of candy for this event and participate to show our support in the community for the schools, Boy Scouts and businesses. The event provides an excellent forum for us to get the word out about The Rotary Club of East Cobb.
We invite the Policeman of the year, the Firefighter of the year, Deputy of the year, State Trooper of the year, and EMT of the year; along with their family and supervisor to our meeting for lunch. We present them with plaque and photograph to be displayed at their place of work. These are also placed in the local newspaper.
Honoring Cobb County First Responders, Meeting was held at Old Towne Country Club. A check was presented for $2,500 dollars and we were the Presenting Sponsor and they displayed a printed banner designating us as such. The event was attended by police officers however, the money goes to police, Fire and EMT.
Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club members collected and delivered cases of needed food consisting of dried beans, rice, and peanut butter to the Five Loaves food pantry to assist with a supply shortage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club with assistance from the Griffin Rotary Club and other local organizations will organize, fund and pack food for distribution to local food banks, churches and other organizations.
Foster Care Support serves a vital and growing need throughout Roswell by providing free clothing, infant equipment and developmental toys to thousands of children in foster and relative care. They serve basic-care (costs reimbursed less $25 per day) foster children residing in foster homes in the greater Roswell area, administered by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and children housed by private agencies. They also service grandparents raising grandchildren and parents caring for relatives children for a limited time. Roswell Rotary collected toys for children specially between the ages of 10 and 17 and young men's clothing. This age group is frequently overlooked.
Our youth programs give students support, leadership skills and a chance to learn about Rotary values and fellowship. Our Rotary Club sponsors the Rotaract Club of LaGrange College, a school-based Interact Club at Troup High School and the West Georgia Community Interact Club. All three clubs are active in our community and are often involved in joint projects with each other and our Rotary Club.
Real Life Center developed a 3 acre fruit orchard in 2014 where the purpose is to grow approximately 30,000 lbs. of fresh fruit to be given away to clients of the Real Life Center every year.This will provide 3-7 lbs. of fruit per family per week. This will complement the current fruit and vegetables the center already receives and will be a fresh and healthy food source for our clients. The orchard is cared for by approximately 80 volunteers.
Each month our club ships a “Care Package” filled with candy, cookies and assorted personal items to US Armed Forces service members that are deployed overseas. This year we are supporting over 25 servicemen and women.
The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club Members purchased Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drink coupons for distribution to the City of Griffin Sanitation and Motor Pool Workers for the continued high quality work for the citizens of Griffin. 70 Total meals Were presented
1) A community wide event on November 14th is being held which is a Chili Cook-off with proceeds to benefit Georgia Army National Guard Family Support Foundation, Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and Veterans Court of Cobb County Bravo/Victor Fund. Our club is joining with the other Rotary Clubs of Cobb County to offer assistance at the event.
Hope for the Journey is a local non-profit organization that supports women that are battling illnesses such as breast cancer. The founder of this non-profit is a member of Dawnbreakers. With Hope for the Journey's benchmark fundraising event taking place in October, we hosted this event to help raise awareness for said event.
The Rotary Club of Americus is honored to be the host club for the 2020 District 6900 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to be held June 20th-24th at Georgia Southwestern State University. (Note: The projected number of volunteers and hours are estimated from the actual values in 2019)
On June 22, 2020 Dr. Mike Looney, Fulton County Schools Superintendent, was our guest speaker. A big challenge this school year is achieving distance learning during the Covid crisis. He challenged the club to obtain hotspots for families who could not afford internet service. RCSS members met with school officials and determined a great need existed at Sandy Springs Middle School. With Sandy Springs schools closed we were not able to do our planned school literacy project with Word Builders. We redirected our $1500 district grant for that project to enable the purchase of 8 Hotspot devices. These will now allow eight families to receive service for two years Each hotspot can allow six devices to connect to the internet which can provide distance learning for up to 48 students at one time. Over two years many additional families could benefit. Say the devices turn over 3 times per year as families lose then later obtain their own internet service allowing another family to then use the hotspot. Potentially over the two year service period you could have as many as 300 students receiving the benefit of distance learning.
1) Several events will be held to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking. The West Cobb YMCA will host a seminar at their facility on October 22 and Susan Norris of “Saving Hope” will speak. Other programs are planned including with Interact clubs.
SUPPORTING BASIC EDUCATION FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS MADE POSSIBLE BY DISTRICT 6900 GRANT.
Jacobs Ladder offers tailored services to children of all ages with Autism, ADHD, Brain Injury, CP, Down Syndrome, Learning Differences, or any developmental syndrome. Their interpersonal Whole Brain Model of Care is individually customized and daily implemented in loving environments to ensure every child and young adult reaches their full potential, no matter the neurological or behavioral challenges faced.
The Heart of Roswell Park is centered on Canton Street, a hustling, bustling entertainment district and is one first parks seen by those visiting the area. Due to City of Roswell furloughs and reduction of funds, this park was filled with overgrown weeds, dead shrubs, and in desperate need of landscaping love.
This is the eleventh year that the LaGrange Rotary has been involved in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 43rd annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Children's Christmas Stories". This year our own Rotarian Roy Nichols was selected as being the 2019 Christmas Parade Marshall.
This is what happened to Mr. Larry Meaders this year.On July 10, 2020, Mr. Larry Meaders (long-time Peachtree City resident) turned 95.With all of the restrictions due to COVID-19 and some health risks to Mr. Larry, his family was unable to celebrate like they had planned.
LITERACY – The Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center is a facility for 4 year-olds in the Marietta City School system to help them get a jump start on school.
1) The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, in cooperation with the Ferst Foundation, will provide a book to approximately 137 children every month during the school year. The students will be able to keep the books for their own.In addition, parent training is being held to help parents learn to best utilize the book as a learning tool.
Working through North Fulton Senior Services, Roswell Rotarians deliver nutritious meals Monday-Friday to the homes of older adults who have trouble preparing, accessing or affording food for themselves. For those who need weekend meals, two additional meals are delivered on Friday and may be kept in the refrigerator and heated over the weekend. In addition, all seniors who receive Meals on Wheels will receive 3 “shelf stable meals” throughout the year, which are kept in their pantry for use on days when inclement weather makes it impossible for volunteers to deliver.
The club has a trailer at the Sandy Springs Recycling Center for donations of medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers etc.). We also bring it around to local senior living communities to pick up the items. When full (1-3 mos.) we haul it to FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) in Stone Mountain. This non profit, refurbishes the items and sells them at minimal cost to those in need. This is an ongoing project of the club which began about 5 years ago.
Marietta Rotary Club member and Chairman of our Service Committee, Thomas Sherrer, and his staff at Mellow Mushroom Kennesaw Georgia partiicpated in Mellow's day of Service on July 8, 2020. Thomas and crew prepared and delivered over 150 free pizzas to deserving people participating in a local program at the The Extension a nearby facility for the homeless and recovering addicts.
MENTORING FOR LEADERSHIP – There is program at the Marietta High School which facilitates adults counseling and mentoring students to educate, encourage and support students in setting their goals for future years.Marietta Metro Rotary is providing funding and volunteers.
In our professional lives, many of us are responsible for hiring or training new employees to bring them up to speed as fast as possible! Why do we think Rotary should be any different? We introduce people to Rotary and get new members, but then assume that their ‘sponsor’ is doing all of the work to get them up to speed to “All Things Rotary”! Our Membership Director, Holly Davanzo, has kicked off a new program for our club this year with our “Fireside Gatherings”. This is a time for old / new / prospective members to come together and share information on ourselves, why we joined Rotary and even more important why we have stayed in Rotary!
Monthly / Bi-monthly newsletters are our key to keeping all Rotarians (and friends) in the know... Newsletters include photos and information about previous month projects, dates / times for upcoming events and celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries. The newsletter will also include key events from District 6900 and Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of Blakely supports the Pataula Center for Children, which is an agency that leads investigations of child abuse and child sexual abuse. We provide blankets and toys that allow children to feel comforted and safe during times of stress.
Rotarians will drive golf carts to pick up and drop off who need assistance in walking to the annual festival on the square. Rotarians will also have a booth set up to share what we have accomplished for our community.
Provide Assistace to Little Children of the World Program
Provide assistance to local organization, Little Children of the World, dedicated to creating caring, communities for children who are victims of poverty, neglect and abuse in the Philippines.
On November 03 Mary Lu Para from Little Children of the World came and updated us on the struggles of children in the Philippines during the pandemic. How poverty stricken people and countries have had to deal in these times. Our donations will go to make their Holiday season more pleasant.
The Rotary Club of Blakely actively supports our local REACH Scholars, who are students with academic potential and economic need. They are selected by a local committee, and the community and the state provide funds that will be available for these students when they graduate from high school and attend college. Some Georgia institutions match the funds; some even double match the funds, so some students can enter college with a $30,000 scholarship. It has been life-changing for these students. Our first group just graduated, and Rotary has been proud to be involved with these young people and look forward to continuning the support of this life-changing scholarship.
This is a program that we participate in each year. Members of the LaGrange Rotary Club volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the Walmart SuperCenter in LaGrange. Rotarians rang the bell on Saturday, December 14, from 9 am - 5 pm.
The money that is collected from this event is given to the Salvation Army for them to use it to help others. We do not have direct contact with the beneficiaries so we will not be able to give any estimates at this time. We collected a total of $525 for this cause.
With help from PTC Rotary and PTC Rotaract members, our club was able to donate another set of back packs to Path to Shine, a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary school children in Georgia.Their purpose is to provide the academic and social support to encourage children to thrive in school and build self-confidence to achieve their dreams.
Roswell Rotary supported the Roswell Police Department with a $1,500 donation to aid several Roswell families to make sure they had a joyous holiday season by providing gifts, food and financial help. Twenty four families were adopted with over 300 individuals served. Families were selected by local social workers at the schools.
Great social event to hang out with fellow Rotarians and bring prospective members to meet everyone in a relaxed, social environment! This event follows the original guidelines of Rotary where our gathering spot is 'rotated' each week to bring in new interest for our club!
The Power of One scholarship of $1,500 to a senior at one of the six high schools in the Roswell area. Students submit applications which are then reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members. Inspired by Roswell Rotary member Dave McCleary, this Scholarship is awarded to a student based on the individual affecting positive change within the community by using his/her voice, influence, leadership, etc. to make an individual contribution or helping to lead others in making a contribution to the well-being of society. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
The Roswell Rotary Club awards the Stan Moses scholarship of $1,500 to a Roswell High School student under the Stan Moses Scholarship program. Stan was a member of Roswell Rotary for 41 years. A Paul Harris Fellow, Will Watt Fellow and Service Above Self recipient, Stan was a dedicated educator who passed in 2020. The students complete applications which are then reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members. This committee each student based on academic achievement, leadership traits, and service to the community. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
The Roswell Rotary Club awards four scholarships of $1,500 each to Roswell High School students under the Tom Zachary scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to students who complete applications which are then reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members. This committee evaluates each student based on academic achievement, leadership traits, and service to the community. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
SERVING OUR SENIORS –ELDER ABUSE.Programs are being planned to be presented to local civic groups and churches regarding elder abuse prevention.Jason Marbutt is a member of MMRC and also Chairman of the Elder Abuse Task Force in Cobb County and he has agreed to present to local groups on Elder Abuse.Jason Marbutt presented a program on September 8 at Marietta First Baptist.There were about 100 in attendance.Several organizations are interested including other churches and Senior Centers.
The Rotary Club of Blakely is updating and/or cleaning our local Rotary signs to increase recruitment and retention of members and to increase our visibility in the community. We will also have Rotary signs with us at all of our projects so that we can let our community know about the work we are doing when we are doing it.
Member of the club will provide home made baked goods to be auctioned to the general public to raise money for the projects the club does locally and internationally. Sale is conducted at the Hospital Auditorium from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Calling all photographers! Give us your best shot of what Fayette and Coweta County represents to you by submitting photos that highlight iconic places, landmarks or events! The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is in the final stages of preparing our 47th annual edition of the “Rotary Smart Directory”. This is the community’s best resource for listings, advertisements and offers from businesses and service providers covering Fayette County, Newnan and East Coweta. The directory is still available in printed form as well as on-line at www.rotaryphonebook.com.
The Rotary Club of Blakely recognizes our local STAR students--one from the Early County School System and one from Southwest Georgia Academy. We honor them, their STAR teachers, and their parents at a luncheon, and we give each one $500.
STOP HUNGER NOW – The Rotary club will provide volunteers and funding for an event on November 20.The program prepares pouches of rice, vitamins and seasonings for distribution overseas, each of which provides six servings.
RCMM sponsored an End Polio Night with the Atlanta Braves August 19th with part of the proceeds gong to the End Polio Fund. DG Jim Squire, Zone Polio Director Bob Hagan and over 200 Rotarians and their families attended. This also served as a Family Fun event for our members. With the Braves portion o about $2200 plus the matching from the Gates Foundation of $4400 a total of over $6600 went into the fund.
EXTENSION – This is a licensed residential and recovery program serving homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions.Would be residents undergo a rigorous assessment to assure that they are genuinely committee to starting a new chapter in their lives. Then begins the long, tough challenge of reclaiming their lives from the clutches of chemical dependency.
1) The women of the Rotary Club provide dinner for the residents once each quarter, typically about 30 residents per meal.
2) Thanks to a District Grant award, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro recently purchased and installed a brand new Speed Queen washer and dryer for The Extension-Women's Facility, along with several months' supply of detergent and dryer sheets. The facility houses around 40 women, most of whom are in the workplace every day and must be presentable at their jobs.Having access to functional washers and dryers makes this achievable.Marietta Metro Rotarians also support The Extension by providing an evening meal every quarter for both the Men’s and Women’s Extension.The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro is proud to support their efforts. This project was completed on September 27, 2019.
We are very grateful for the Grant we received from the District. Out Toilet paper distribution is always a great sucess. Our pictures below tell the story of a few volunteers that wanted to make a different
RCC Officers, Rotary Officers, Rotaract Officers with representatives from Real Life Center and Promise Place
Total Team Effort - Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, Community Corps and Cooper Lighting
What an awesome night! Our Rotary
Community Corps, made up of special needs adults, were able to present a
service dog to a local child through the funds raised in their annual wreath
sale. The recipient is a 4 year old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Speech Regression, Elopement behavior, night terros, anti-social behaviors and
Global developmental delay. His mother
noted that she is already seeing a difference in her son with his new best
friend, “Bolt”! We were also able to
support Project Shoebox (United Way) by combining all of our clubs, along with
a corporate sponsorship and created 100 boxes for 2 local organizations – Real Life
Center and Promise Place. We had Rotary
Community Corps members, PTC Rotaract members, New Interact members from The
Foundry along with Rotarians and employees of Cooper Lighting Solutions to decorate
the boxes and fill them with personal hygiene products – toothpaste, floss, combs,
socks, shower supplies and deodorant – to provide to women and children in need
due to homelessness or domestic violence.
Contribution to the TuTu desk campaign to provide 25 portable writing desks to be used both at home and in school by students in Sub Sahara Africa. This is Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa campaign to provide 20 million desks by 2025.
Roswell High School Virtual Career Day, a first was held Nov. 16th. Thirteen Roswell Rotarians participated. Professions taught included plumbing, electrical engineering, banking, sales, web design, careers in law enforcement, and public service.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Georgia. Mental health issues have increased considerably during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the CDC Those at risk are showing up and yet very few providers are trained to identify, assess and treat these patients with evidence based care.
This year World Polio Day fell the day after our regular meeting, we took advantage of this to involve a higher number of our members in this event over the two day period.
During our regular meeting we used the opportunity to focus on the history and present status of RI's PolioPlus campaign. Members were given handouts and took part in a discussion concerning the program. For a $5 donation members were also given the opportunity to have their pinkies tinted purple with 1% Gentian Violet, the solution that is used during actual polio vaccine administration. Some of our less adventurist members actually donated $10 to not have their pinkies tinted.
Rotary partners with the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce to sponsor and help lead our local Youth Leadership Program. We help support it financially, and some Rotarians help lead sessions. The culminating activity is a trip to the Capitol to meet our local legislators and tour the Capitol and different venues in Atlanta.
In the last 11 years, this Roswell community event has grown from a small gathering on Canton St. to a city wide celebration once per month all during the spring, summer and fall. Canton St. is closed to traffic and drinking laws relaxed to allow folks to stroll the streets and enjoy food, music and exhibits by local businesses and non-profits.
Be THE Voice® was born in the Roswell Rotary club in 2014 as a character building initiative using real life experiences to help students understand the power of the Bystander. Initially launched in 8 area schools by RRC Interact clubs, BTV has grown to 47 schools statewide. BTV is up 135% over last year and now serves over 73,000 students.
During this time we have to balance our responsibility to "flatten the curve" of the spread of the virus with our desire to help our neighbors who have lost income because of cancellations, closures and postponements.
We reached out to all the local charities we support and asked, "how can we help?"
Rotary is certainly connecting the world through the fight to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Regardless of your politics it is pretty darn impressive when a project that starts in a Rotary club in small town Roswell, GA ends up at the White House. Since Dave McCleary brought the issue of Human Trafficking to our club in 2012 we have have been behind him all the way. Every year we support End Human Trafficking Now
The reason RRC does so much good in the community and in the world is because we are truly a family of members pulling in the same direction. Part of the secret sauce is making it fun to be a Roswell Rotarian.
Gary Garrett's Farm Day has become an annual tradition of the club. Before the beer flows, we bring out the shotguns to kill clay pigeons. Burgers and dogs come off the grill and everybody pitches in to bring lots of tasty side dishes. Some get a little crazy!
Our club has been and will continue to be a big supporter of the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of our club have served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program which governs the contest.
We sponsor two high schools and dedicate one of our meetings to the award winners from Roswell High School and Independence High School. Students read their essays to our club and are presented with their medals during the meeting. There usually isn't a dry eye in the room.
This year’s virtual program brings internationally recognized experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the globally acclaimed Shriner's Hospitals together to update the progress and challenges faced by the global polio eradication, examine the significance of the global measles/rubella outbreak and this vaccine resistance to global polio eradication and provide insight and the lasts treatment for an emerging disease that has been called “the new polio“– Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AMF). CEs are available for Physicians, Nurses and Health Professionals.
Honduras-Lunches for Learning Latrine Project & School Support
Lunches for Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty in rural Honduras by providing a healthy lunch to school children every school day at their school; thereby allowing these children to stay in school so they can complete their education and enter the workforce as literate individuals. The passion of one Rotarian in 2010 has resulted in over 2,500 children being served through Lunches for Learning
Every month on the 2nd Wednesday our club gets together at one of our members restaurants for food and fellowship. This started a few years ago and has been a great new tradition that brings our members together for some fun.
Our club has a great tradition of turning the changing of the guard from one president to the next into a big party. The past president and new president exchange gifts as they pass the presidential pins. The next years board is officially installed.
To create an ongoing cultural exchange and understanding, Roswell Rotary participates in and financially supports a program of sending a Roswell school teacher to and hosting a school teacher from Pilar, Argentina. This program is the outgrowth of an original student exchange program started by the president of the West Jacksonville, Florida Rotary Club in 1974. The program evolved into a teacher exchange program and was brought to our club by his son, Roswell Rotarian Lee Hollingsworth. After visiting respective school systems and communities for about two weeks, the teachers bring back experiences to their students, faculty, and community. It is also a reward for deserving teachers who are never recognized enough for their contributions to the youth in their communities. The program builds awareness of Rotary in the world community and brings international cultural experiences to those who might normally have the opportunity.
In this program high School students write an essay on a character value and how it applies to the student's life. Our Club participated in this program with Thomas County Central High School involving over 1,000 students, Thomasville High School and Bishop Hall Charter School. This program encourages students to think about values that are keystones to becoming good productive citizens. Winners will read their essays at a club meeting and be publicized in the Thomasville Times Enterprise newspaper. Rotarians plan to participate in the evaluations of the essays.
Each year our club hosts students who have been nominated by their teachers for showing leadership qualities for a day of leadership training. The students spend the whole day with guest speakers and Rotarians that push the students leadership skills to new levels. The students participate in challenging exercises and thought provoking conversations to expand their leadership skills.
This year we held a prospective new member social at Gate City, owned by a member of our club. This is a great environment for members to bring prospective members to introduce them to Rotary in a more casual setting.
We were able to utilize the districts grant supporting a New Member Social. We ended up with two new members as a result of this effort.
We held a new member social in late September to get our new members together with our board of directors. This is a great way to connect our new members to the leaders in our club, who can help them get engaged in serving the community.
Roswell Rotary collects backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we donated 54 backpacks and club members donated $625 for additional supplies.his year we filled 64 backpacks with supplies and club members donated $400 to the effort.
Roswell Rotarians collect new toys for the needy in the Roswell/North Fulton community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. More than 350 toys were collected, purchased, and delivered to North Fulton Community charities for distribution to children of all ages.
Provide gently used coats to the needy in the greater Roswell Community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. Rotarians initiated a coat drive to collect gently used coats to support the efforts of the NFCC. This year we collected 85 coats, 5 pairs of gloves, 24 pairs of socks, 10 hats and delivered the coats to NFCC.
Please watch the video below that captures the spirit of the Patriot Flight organized by Roswell Rotary to honor the first responders in our community.
The Project: Our next Patriot Flight takes off on May 5, 2020 under the leadership of Past President Jeff McCoy and Senator John Albers. Modeled after our club's successful Honor Air Program, the Patriot Flight serves to recognize and thank our Fire, Police & EMS departments within the Roswell community.
During the coffee with the chief's we presented a $500 donation to Honorary Roswell Rotary member Fire Chief Burnette and a $500 donation to Honorary Roswell Rotary member Police Chief Conroy for the Roswell Police & Fire Foundation in their honor. This was a great way to thank the Chiefs for their service to our community.
Each year a small but dedicated group of volunteers take headshots, update member data, sell ads and layout a printed directory for our club to use to get in touch with each other. The directory is full of useful information about all of our committees, our members and is a great way to do business with a club member. In addition, the directory is a nice fundraiser the helps offset some of the expenses of running the club which keeps our quarterly dues low.
Rivers Alive was held on September 19. The event, cohosted by Keep Roswell Beautiful and the City of Roswell, is part of a statewide campaign to clean and preserve Georgia's 70,100 miles of rivers and streams. Rowell Rotary along with small groups of volunteers dispersed across the City to pick up litter along local trails, parks, and waterways, remove privet (an invasive plant species), and mark storm drains in surrounding neighborhoods. This year cleanup sites included Riverside Park, Waller Park, Don White Memorial Park, Seven Branches, and sections of Big Creek. Twenty four Rotarians devoted their morning to help keep our rivers clean. We picked up over 300 pounds of trash from the rivers banks and trails.
The Roswell Arts Festival was started by members of Roswell Rotary and our club has supported the festival for more than 50 years. Our support started as volunteers spending the night in the square guarding the art work and now we provide the festival with $500 to pay for security guards. The festival brings 100s of visitors to the city and is a great family event.
This project is a perfect fit for DG Jim's focus on basic education and literacy
HomeStretch is a non-profit that helps families with school age children who are employed with transitional housing. As part of the program they help residents with job skills and their children with tutoring so they can be successful in school. Rotary North Fulton and Milton partnered with RRC for this grant that will provide HomeStretch with an onsite computer lab that children will use with their tutors to complete school assignments and further their education.
While Rotary Youth Exchange has been around for a long time it is just starting in our district as only 50 students have participated thus far. We are excited to host our first student this year. Ana Clara is from Brazil and will live with 3 different host families in the Roswell High school district. We look forward to having Ana Clara as a part of our club and our community this year.
Job networking is an outreach program at Roswell United Methodist Church that connects job seekers with local area employers that are hiring. Job seekers can get the clothes they need to dress for success, take a new LinkedIn headshot, have their resume reviewed, practice interviewing and have a nice dinner. Many members of our club volunteer for various roles during this virtual event.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville is sponsoring six students to RYLA this coming June. A rising junior from the following schools will be selected. C.H.A.R.T., Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Thomas County High School, Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School. The selection of students will begin in January and will be completed in March. One Hundred and forty four young men and women will receive leadership skills, team activities and develop lasting friendships.
The Roswell High School (RHS) Construction Program has educated
nearly 500 students and is the only construction education program in North
Fulton. RRC is committed to helping fill the skilled trade gap and provide
students with career-ready training.
Blessing Bags are gallon-size Ziploc® bags that contain snacks, travel-size toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, grooming supplies, and other items that people who live on the street find useful. ... Any individually wrapped snack or drink: Breakfast bars, cereal bars, granola bars, protein bars. Applesauce.
Our club members participated in Character Counts teaching character to the youth in our community. Our Rotarians use their vocational skills to share their viewpoints on the topics of Kindness, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness and Respectfulness to the children of the Boys and Girls Club, Community Resource Center, Vashti and Scott Elementary School. Pictures weren't taken as they are all of children at each session.
The Cotton Pickin' Fair is the signature fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Meriwether Co. The Fair is held twice a year on the first weekends in May and October. Due to the COVID 19 the spring fair was cancelled, so this year the Fair goes to three days in the fall.
Our club hosted our 3rd annual 5k/10k Race at City Station, in Carrollton, GA. Due to COVID, we faced lots of challenges with planning this event: the route had to be re-arranged & the starting time for groups of runners had to be staggered due to social distancing requirements; the race almost had to be cancelled due to the number of runners/volunteers; registration had to be changed for safety reasons; etc.
The DORCAS Ministry is the name of a local food bank. The DORCAS ministry was named for the seamstress Dorcas, or Tabitha, whose story can be found in Acts 9:36-43. She was known for her generosity to the disadvantaged in her community. Today, Dorcas serves as the inspiration for our ongoing efforts to provide for those in our community who are facing immediate crises for emergency food.
HOST COLLEGE STUDENTS TO BUILD FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
On the 3rd week in March of each year a team from St Mary's College comes to Meriwether County for the college challenge build.
Meriwether County Rotary Club host and provide a meal and speaker each year. Typically we host 15 - 18 college students, who spend their spring break working on a habitat house. Usually they start with the foundation already laid and at least have the home dried in by weeks’ end.
MERIWETHER CO ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS AND JUDGES ESSAYS FOR THE LAWS OF LIFE PROGRAM
The Rotary Club of Meriwether Co sponsored and judged essays for the GA Laws of Life Essay Contest. We traveled to Columbus, GA and particiaped in the judging of some great essays.
The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest asks students to select their own Law of Life, and to write about how it applies to their lives. In doing so, students reflect deeply and write from the heart about what they think matters most. The contest celebrates the students’ stories and their often profound reflections, and proudly presents significant cash awards to students and teachers.
MERIWETHER CO SPONSORS 4 STUDENTS FOR ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)
Each Rotary Club in Georgia (District 6900) is invited to select rising juniors to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attend the RYLA Conference. Awardees are sought from the community and are carefully selected on the basis of character, leadership qualities, general education, personality, and leadership potential.
REAL PEOPLE READ AT MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Meriwether Co Rotary Club played a part iin the Real People Read program at Mountain View Elementary during the month of March 2021. This literacy event is a day for the community to come and read to our students. What a great way to promote literacy to the students the the elementary school.
Saving Lives Through Prevention and Responsibility - PARC Program
Prevention and Responsible Choices (PARC) is a prevention program designed to provide education and experiences which reduce risky behaviors in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19. The program consists of one session with a limited number of participants per session.
Our club partnered with Carrollton City Schools to help with passing out lunch to children during summer break. The club met at areas in need with a high concentration of students that need lunch assistance while they are not in school. Safety was ensured, and everyone had a great time giving back to our community
The Meriwether County Rotary Club purchase Leap Frog Learning books for the Get Meriwether Reading “Reading Cubs” Program in 2019, it was successful that we need to keep going. With the COVID 19 restrictions with education the Leap Frog Learning books are an added bonus for the students,
In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Polio, the Rotary Club of Meriwether County and Starfish Ministry are serving the people of India affected by Polio and other life altering disabilities
With over 30 years of service in various roles of vocational rehabilitation, Past President,Bob Prater combines the goals of this Rotary mission work is to be able to provide education in rehabilitation services to communities, families, and individuals in need.
Troup Literacy Program - District Pre-K Grant/ Jungle Bus
Our Rotary Club is committed to making reading and books priorities for all of our Troup County young students. Through our District Grant our Pre-K Book program, we provide books for all of the county's Pre-K students and through our Rotary Readers we also schedule additional times to go into classrooms to read to the student throughout the school year.. In addition we work with the Troup County School District to provide support and further learning opportunities with the use of the Jungle Bus. The Jungle Bus was created to bring books and literary experiences into neighborhoods that have limited access to such advantages.
Senior Citizens are one of our greatest treasures and that is why the Meriwether Co Rotary Club has adopted our local nursing home residents at Christmas. The Club members personally hand deliver each resident at the 79-bed nursing home a Christmas stocking filled with personal care items.
The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to HIV/Aids and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit. Another 175-200 teens will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.
The Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund is a continuously run program that began in 1997 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the LaGrange Rotary Club. The program is a joint project of LaGrange College and our club. Having been both the LaGrange College President (1980-1996) and the Rotary 6900 District Governor (1991-1992), Dr. Murphy was the ideal person to be honored.
Our club partnered with Keep Carroll Beautiful in order to volunteer to cleanup our 17 mile public walking, biking, and running corridor named, the Carrollton Greenbelt. We had 6 Dawnbreakers volunteer to clean this trail, and helped all of our city's citizens as well as the visotros who use the Greenbelt.
This year Rotarian Lynn Morgan has taken on the responsibility of helping the members of our Rotary Club plan for activities that include family and potential new club members. We meet in various key locations for fellowship and networking. This has been a wonderful way to promote our local Rotary Club. Lynn is our official Director of Fun .
The Rotary Cub of Thomasville supports the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard. This company has deployed to the combat zone in Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the last 10 years. The Club honored some two hundred and sixty of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 2nd at the Exchange Club this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. The hall was decorated with holiday themes, holiday music and a Bounce House and slide were provided. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University a Noncommissioned Officers was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Thirteen Rotarians and other volunteers prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Twenty-two Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforces our brand of supporting First Responders and soldiers as this year's overarching theme and is an annual event.
LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program: Project North Pole
The LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program was designed to motivate young students to work to their full potential, graduate high school and to continue onto a post high school learning environment. Since the 2009 conception of the program by Rotarians Fred Jones and Bill Price we work each year to become more effective for our participating students.
Rotary sponsored the 5th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 80 seniors Feb 14, 2020. This year we were excited to add a "kissing booth" and props to use for extra cute photos. Our Rotarians greeted the well-dressed seniors and encouraged them to take a turn getting their picture taken. (We printed these photos and delivered them to the center the next week for each person.) We had music playing and a little dancing. Our volunteers from Magnolia High Alumni were the best dance partners. The seniors enjoyed a great meal catered by Henderson's. Our very own Rotarian Carol Jones made cheesecakes and chocolate mousse for dessert. No party would be complete without gifts. Our community did outstanding this year providing gifts. Special thanks to Southern Pines and both TNB locations for allowing Rotary to have the white trees with ornaments listing senior names and requested gift. Some seniors chose to not open their gifts until they were home. Others couldn't wait and had to know right away. We had several new committee members this year who brought creative ideas and lots of hands on help.
Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems.
Be the Voice that Stops Bullying – We have purchased and received 2 kits. We have distributed to two local middle schools (Thomas County Middle School and McIntyre Park Middle School) in October. Once they have completed the project, we will invite them to the Rotary Club to share the results.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has left corporate kitchens dormant or grossly underutilized, while growing unemployment is driving the city’s food insecurity numbers to unprecedented levels. Feeding America and The Atlanta Community Food Bank estimate that 16% of people in the 29-county service area of the Food Bank will be food insecure this summer. And, with school out for the summer, 26% of children, 1 in 4, could go hungry.
SafeDrive is an initiative to save lives in our community by raising awareness of local driving hazards... particularly among newcomers to our city and student drivers. The key component to the SafeDrive initiative is the SafeDrive Map, offered in both hardcopy and digital form. The SafeDrive Map shows the locations of the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region and provides safe-driving tips for each location. The SafeDrive Map is updated about every 3 years, and the latest (6th) Edition debuted in January 2017.
Thomasville Rotarians goal was to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books, to paint and refurbish the Little Free Libraries and to register and add them all to the Little Free Library World Map. We know the community loves and heavily uses these LFL's and we wanted to 'claim' them and make sure they were looked after by our club.
In 2020-21, Roswell Rotary will sponsor ten students from three high schools in Roswell to RYLA, paying the full tuition and travel expenses for these students. The students attending RYLA rave about the leadership skills and new friends made during the program.