The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County delivered Thanksgiving meals to the Rainbow House of Clayton County, an emergency shelter for children referred from the Department of Family and Children Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
To commemorate The Rotary Club of Marietta's 100th Anniversary, we have committed to giving every baby born in our local hospital, Kennestone, a book and a package on early childhood literacy. Each package contains several flyers on the importance of talking to your baby, reading to and working to have your child reading on grade level by 3rd grade. We developed a special logo and are calling this " Legacy of Love and Learning .- A Community Literacy Initiative"
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.
For the last 30 years The Rotary Club of Newnan in conjunction with the City and County have hosted the annual fireworks celebration. This year is no different. We have over 2000 community members who attend this annual event. We do not make money off of this event, we provide free activities for families and all monies raised are used to produce the event.
In lieu of formal lunch meeting, the PTC Rotary took a field trip to Bloom to provide the labor for “Spring Turn”. Spring Turn is replacing winter apparel to Spring/Summer for distribution to foster children in 70 counties in Georgia.
Bloom our Youth is integral in the battle on child permanace and human trafficking.
Since 1965 the Rotary Club of Buckhead has sponsored a 7th grade basketball league for boys. In addition to a financial contribution, the club has continued to provide assistance each week with running the scoreboard and stats for each game. This event is well known in the community, especially among the parents of the private school boys who attend the games.
This is our annual fundraiser that is our biggest event for club Member engagement and Fundraising. This is a 12 month project with a committee of 30, 2 Co-Chairs, and virtually every member of our club is involved in one way or another. The day of the event we had 1900 adult runners and 210 children run two different races. 112 members of our club were there on race day to help with runner check in, hospitality, traffic, and water stations just to name a few.This is a Corporate 5K with some of the cities biggest employers making this a Corporate outing. It is a real sense of community and fun. The money we raise is used to fund our local and international projects throughout the year. Please click on the video link...it REALLY tells the story!
Our Club participated in the Alpharetta Old Soldier's Day Parade, which honors Veterans and First Responders. We decorated one of our member's vintage convertible and carried posters which promoted Rotary and our Club. We tossed candy to by-standers. A good time was had by all!
The 2ndAnnual Alpharetta Rotary Polar Bear Plunge came in true Polar Bear fashion. We celebrated raising $46K in 30-degree weather with massive snow flurries, hot chocolate, hot coffee and a pool full of ice cubes. Close to 40 jumpers came out in their best costumes to take the plunge into the Wills Park pool on February 8th
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
Our annual fundraiser is all hands on deck and every member of Roswell Rotary Club participates by volunteering, donating or sponsoring the tournament. We host 300+ golfers and 100+ tennis players between our morning and afternoon flights. After a long day of play, we host an afterparty that includes awards for the days winners, a silent auction, dinner and drinks.
The Rotary Club of Newnan hosts an annual grant season. Typically, we award $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies. However, this year we were able to award $20,000 due to the generosity of a movie production company who donated an additional $10,000 to support our community after filming here. We were able to award grants to 17 different nonprofit agencies.
The Rotary Club of Buckhead held the first Apple Polishing for Teachers in 1973, setting an annual tradition. With more than 100,000 apples later, we are just as committed to honoring the men and women who are called to invest their time and talents in future generations by teaching our youth. In addition to delivering the apples to local area teachers and administrators, we also provide everyone with a card listing the Rotary's 4 Way Test.
The event this year was held at the Atlanta International School November 18th with delivery of apples during the balance of the week.
This is a very nice article that ran in today’s Northside Neighbor on our very own Jim Murphy. Thornton Kennedy is a popular columnist who typically writes a column every week focusing on Atlanta’s history, but this one was devoted about Jim Murphy.
This year our club members, family and friends held four service evenings at the Atlanta Food Bank. We sort and pack food making donated goods ready for distribution to the 800+ partner agencies with local food pantries serving 29 area Counties. These food pantries serve the estimated 755,400 food insecure in the greater Atlanta area. 1 in 4 Georgia children live in a food insecure household, meaning that they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Buckhead Rotary kicked off this Signature Club Project last July to help upgrade the five fire stations in the Buckhead Battalion to make them more comfortable for our brave firefighters. After securing a list ranging from silverware and kitchen appliances, to recliners, outdoor grills and exercise equipment, individual Club members procured and donated these items to improve the firefighters' lives while on duty at the stations. The Club donated $25,000 to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation (AFRF) to purchase new industrial washers and dryers for the Battalion.
Atlanta is building a Peace Park that has attracted the attention of the world. The Nobel Laurette may move their World Headquarters to the park and several peace scholars have committed to moving into the park complex. Rotary International is in on this too which is why Roswell Rotary decided to take an exploratory trip to the park and learn more about how we can help.
The BRC was able to provide funds for Past President, Bonnie Hardage to go shopping for supplies to fill 75 backpacks. Students received backpacks with a starter kit of school supplies just as school was going back into session.
Backpack Blessing Mission Statement – To provide a simple solution to a basic need that is not adequately met for many area children — food. To identify students who are food insecure and provide them with kid-friendly food that is distributed discreetly at school at the end of each week.
We purchased and packed food items for 100 "teen backpacks" of food for students at Newnan High School to take home for a weekend. These are students who would normally not have enough food to eat on the weekends and are served through this program.
For many years Alpharetta Rotary gets our year off to a fun start with backpacks for kids. Under the Leadership of Heather Terry, Youth Services Chairperson, she purchased all of the school supplies for 300 children. After one of our meetings, 45 of us lined up all of the materials with the instructions, and filled the bags. Next they were loaded in a pickup truck and taken to North Fulton Community Charities for distribution. Its a great cause and fun to do, a Win Win!
Our club participated with the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project this year to take care of 60 gifts for our local shut-in seniors. This project was done in previous years with the club and was a huge success for community involvement this year.
Participation included sponsoring a senior by accepting their 'Santa List' to purchase Christmas gifts for them. These seniors are mostly shut-in seniors with little (to no) local family to help support them / celebrate the holidays with them. The Christmas wish list ranged from household staples like toilet paper, birdseed, writing paper / pens and gift cards to the local bowling alley. Each gift ranged from $20-25. We had ~30 Rotarians take on the wishes (leaving several disappointed that we only had 60 wishes this year).
Many of our members came out for lunch and dinner to support Be THE Voice. Lucky's was generous to provide a portion of sales from the entire day. Nothing like eating and drinking for a good cause, not to mention the great fellowship.
Because of the Brave 2019 Veteran's Day Celebration
In 2018, RCoM President Jesse Evans, Past President Judge Reuben Green and several members assisted with the formation of a new non-profit, Cobb Thanks You for Your Service. This organization mission is "To bridge our community generosity with the physical, emotional, financial and family needs of our neighbors who have served, or currently serve, in the United States Armed Forces."
At our weekly meetings, Rotary of Atlanta West End raises funds for three important health-related causes. Members empty their pockets and pocketbooks to fill the C.A.R.T bucket, supporting the Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust.
A weekly game of Tasse Trivia, named in memory of a former member, fines members $1 for every wrong answer. Club members compete to deliver the most outlandish or hilarious wrong answers in order to raise funds for "our favorite charity", Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home which provides palliative care to cancer patients in Atlanta.
Muscogee Rotary Club hosted a Big for a Day Event for children on the waiting list at Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. We conducted a field day and provided games, activities and school supplies for these children as they prepared to go back to school.
We have hosted a Bingo and Luncheon Day for the Roswell Sr. Center in Roswell, GA for the past four years. We begin setting up around 10:00, then the Bingo games start at 11:00, followed by lunch at 12:00. This year, in addition to the Marti Gras prizes, we gave the Center a new coffee urn. We served approximately 40 Roswell Senior Center members, and had 10 Rotary Club members volunteer. The picture of Rotarian Tom Salata and Capt. Holder is very memorable. Capt. Holder served in both WW11 and the Korean War. He is in his late 90's and can still remember details of both his Army and Navy service days. He is a true Patriot.
Throughout the year, the Rotary Club of Columbus promotes a service fundraiser for which each Rotarian, on their birthday, contributes a dollar amount equal to their age. At the end of the year the money is pooled together and distributed to several charities that provide services for youth in the community. These organizations must apply for a competitive grant.
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.
The Rotary Club of Columbus would like to fund the creation of a literacy room for the East Columbus Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. Rotarians will purchase paint, paint the room, purchase furniture, purchase books and other literacy materials. Rotary signage will be present on the entrance and throughout the room.
BrewAble is a new nonprofit in Alpharetta whose mission is to provide meaningful employment for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (ID or DD) that allows them the opportunity to excel as employees in a café setting that encourages community involvement and interaction. Many community groups, companies, volunteers and donors truly make BrewAble the coffee café a community built! Alpharetta Rotary was a big part of this. Planning to create a coffeehouse to train and employ young adults with ID/DD began when a group of volunteers from private and public organizations was convened. Alpharetta Rotary was represented in this group. After meeting with numerous downtown property owners, members of the group met with a city councilman (also a Rotarian!), and the idea to house BrewAble in the Alpharetta Community Center took root. In depth planning began in summer 2018. Fundraising and friendraising began, and Rotarians stepped up in every part of the process: personal donations, making connections with others who could donate/provide services, and volunteer time. BrewAble opened in June 2019, and Rotary participated in the renovation that took place in August by providing a team of people, led by Rotarians Paul Ray and Scott French, to build the coffee bar, saving BrewAble over $12,000. Alpharetta Rotary also gave a $5000 grant to help with the training of individuals with disabilities. Additionally, through Alpharetta Rotary’s fundraiser, Polar Bear Plunge, BrewAble and their supporters raised over $3500 to support the mission of BrewAble.
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.
BRC Sponsored the Brookhaven Farmers Market and staffed on four Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The booth included pop-ups with information about Rotary (networking, polio, etc.), giveaways for children and adults, and the opportunity to sign up to receive additional information about Rotary. The "beneficiaries" numbered in this project is a rough estimate of the number of people who stopped by the booth over the course of our four dates. We also received logo placement on Farmers Market publicity materials.
Calvary Children’s Home Picnic & School Supply Donations
On Saturday, August 24h, twenty-five (25) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to organize and attend a picnic at Calvary Children’s Home in Marietta, GA. In addition to member spouses and children, Assistant Governor Gillian, our RYE student Andrew, several of our Campbell High School Interact Club students and a few potential members joined us for this afternoon of fun, fellowship and food. Attendees had a good time interacting with the Calvary kids as well as getting to know/catching up with one another. In addition, our club provided the Calvary children with the remaining schools supplies they needed. The Calvary staff expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the continued support of Vinings Cumberland Rotary.
Candy Buy-back Costume Party (benefitting our Troops)
On Friday, November 1st, five (5) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to support our very own Dr. Jaha Howard’s Candy Buy-back Costume Party, which supports our troops. During this annual event, children have the opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes again and sell their leftover trick-or-treat candy for a dollar a pound. The party features a band/music, dance troupe, face-painting, artwork station, ‘send a letter to our troops’ area and pizza. In partnership with Operation Gratitude, this event provides care packages and thank you letters to our servicemen and women- both here in the US and abroad. Vinings Cumberland Rotarians had a good time manning the ‘send a letter to our troops’ and artwork stations. As an added bonus, we had the pleasure of meeting Brad Guzman, Goaltender of the Atlanta United soccer team, who came out to lend his support to this worthy initiative. We are proud to report that 760 pounds of candy was collected via this event. Our Club contributed five hundred dollars to help defray the cost of shipping these care packages to their deserving recipients. Thanks to Dr. Jaha Howard and the staff of A+ Dentistry in Vinings for coordinating this wonderful demonstration of appreciation for our armed forces.
The Dawnbreakers Signature fundraiser where all the funds for the next Rotary year are raised. 361 tickets were sold and multiple sponsorships combined for yet another amazing evening. Sunset Hills Country club is turned into a casino with all the usual Vegas style games are present. Attendees can bid, via phone app, on silent auction packages or win one of 15 raffle items with the tickets won at the gaming tables. A great night of fundraising and fellowship has turned Casino Night into on of the signature events in Carrollton! The event also allows the club to bring awareness to the community of who we are and all the organizations that the money flows to.
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.
Each year North Atlanta Rotary Club provides and serves a delicious hot meal, over night supervision, a sack lunch the next day along with a self care package, to 75 or so men of the Central Presbyterian Shelter in downtown Atlanta. This year we did this as well as at our club meeting the previous week, we created an assembly line to stuff baggies with two pair of warm socks, two hand warmers, a packet of disposable wipes and a "Rotary has Heart" card with an inspiring message on it hand written by a Rotarian. Each man was given the goodie bag along with his lunch upon departing the shelter in the morning.
Provide college scholarships to graduating seniors at Chamblee High School. Open to all graduating seniors at Chamblee and recipients are based upon their community service initiatives and involvement during their time at Chamblee High.
Our Club donates a book in honor of our speakers each week. We ask them to sign our Rotary label inside the book and write a short message to the child if they would like to. About once a quarter, we deliver the speaker autographed books to the CDA, which they put in a Birthday Box so each child can select a book on their birthday.
Children's Development Association of North Fulton supports the education of pre-schoolers of single parents and parents in need, as the parents are at work. Our Rotary club has participated in several activities to improve the facility and the student's and teacher's quality of life over the past few years. Annually, we create, set up and facilitate a treasure hunt (age appropriate toys) for two groups of students in the court yard and playground area. We then sit down at separate tables to have lunch with the students to discuss their life. Our volunteers and school staff oversee the hunt to make sure all the kids receive an equal amount of toys, which keeps a smile going on all faces. Conversations with these kids at their lunch tables is very intriguing and enjoyable, as they are in a good mood and comfortable in speaking their mind to the adult volunteers.
Plan, support, purchase and provide Christmas for children
identified by counselors at Sanders.
20 children are identified by the Social workers and Counselors
at Sanders to participate. These are children that have fallen through the
cracks and don't have adequate support for Christmas Cheer. We provided a bag
full of gifts, and also scarves, gloves and hats for the kids. We host them
during a Rotary function and the munch on chicken fingers and cookies, pay a
visit to Santa and his elves, get their goodies and their picture while
Rotarians entertain them with Christmas BINGO and song, magic and merry making.
Children's Emergency Shelter Project- School supplies
Various gifts of school supplies were collected and presented by the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County to Rainbow House of Clayton County, an emergency shelter for children referred from the Department of Family and Children Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The gifts include supplies like book bags, binders, flash drives, mechanical pencils, pens, pencil pouches, notebooks, and shirts. In addition, there were several items of clothing such as t-shirts, tops, and leggings.
Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County contributed $500 for the children's art education program at Arts Clayton, Inc. Arts Clayton is an organization that educates children through art. They have an" Art Van" that goes to various schools to expose children to the arts. In addition to art classes at the Arts Clayton location in Jonesboro, they hold Art camp in summer. The funds the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County contributed were used to purchase supplies for one art project for a month that served 14,300 children for that month.
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.
Perform medical missions with diagnostic care specialized in pediatric cardiology and thus detect congenital heart disease in children and young people from low strata, with limited possibilities to be assessed by the cardiologist, stressing that the vast majority must travel long distances to access
The Rotary Club of Newnan has several fun socials, but our Christmas social is typically the one that leaves lasting impressions. This one was no different. We invited a couple of our Communities In Schools (now Elevate Coweta Students) Students to enjoy the evening with us, but what made it more special was that we were able to present them with Christmas Gifts that they wouldn't have been able to receive from their families. These young ladies are A students who have family situations that may be a little tough. They were able to attend their first "fancy" event, have fun and interact with positive role models in a great environment. This was also the celebration of our 95th anniversary!
The Rotary Club of Americus hosts a Community Networking Event on World Polio Day. Leaders from a cross-section of the local community are invited to join local Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and the impact it has on local, district, national and global scales. A presentation is also made about the on-going fight against Polio, the progress that has been made, and the challenges that lie ahead. A special donation was made for the fight against polio.
Each year our family collaborative creates and distributes a resource guide that is used in our local DFACS office, our food pantries, free clinics and other offices where those individuals who need certain types of assistance might be. This year, the Rotary Club of Newnan was one of the sponsors of this guide that helps the citizens of our community.
Fundraiser event featuring, live band, games, food, beverages, dancing and Silent Auction, for club members, guests and the public. Multiple corporate sponsors represented. A very fun atmosphere to promote "Have fun and they will come!". Various social media means were used to promote the event. Net proceeds to fund customer service projects for 2020-2021 year.
County School Science, Technology, Engineering, Meth (STEM) Project
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County is participating in the 2020 Clayton Regional Science and Engineering Fair again this year.
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County joins the National Science Foundation, (NSF) and the Federal Government is working hard to increase the pool of talent that will produce the Nation's future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM) innovators. Locally the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing our Clayton County STEM Scholars.
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?"
Encourage and uplift foster, adopted, at-risk young men in our community (ages 3-18). Children received instructions on manners, how to tie ties, and were given exposure to some of life lessons from Men and Professionals in the community. This event was broadcasted in the local news with Senators, Community Leaders and the like in attendance. Children received doanted free suits, jeans, shirt, and ties like they were in a department store. Over 100 people in attendance.
Daily Bread Delivery to N. Fulton Community Charities
Alpharetta Rotary picks up bread products 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The donor is Whole Foods in Alpharetta. Our Coordinator, Lee Doernberg, has been doing this for 6 years. As a Club we have sign ups for a month in advance, club members, pick a day, got get the bread, load it in their car, and take it to North Fulton Charities. It is a tremendous help for our families in need in our area.
This was our second annual 5k and 10k that raised funds directly for the Carroll County Mental Health Advocates. This organization is the missing link between substance abuse and mental health/suicide prevention. They will step in, with a court order as needed, and get the help needed for individuals suffering from mental health disease and prevent suicide. The funds raised were directly given to the organization at the event.
This was a special meeting that we opened to the public and broadcasted on Facebook Live. We opened the meeting with a prayer for peace and healing. Then the JROTC from Carrollton High School presented the colors while our fundraising chair, Emily Wilkins sang the Star Spangled Banner. Our speaker that day was a fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Carrollton, Bryant Hightower. Mr. Hightower gave a recollection and colorful explanation of his time spent at Ground Zero as a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team). His testimony and explanation of the scene, what his team went through and the personal stories brought most in attendance to tears and fired up their patriotic spirit. Immediately after his presentation we ended with a prayer asking for peace and protection for the first responders and their families. It was a very moving and patriotic presentation that we received many thank you calls, notes and messages.
This is one of our signature projects where the Dawnbreakers purchase 25 GED tests for students at West Georgia Technical College. Each GED that is earned has a measurable economic impact of over $230,000 in more earnings from the recipient of the GED. This added earnings are pumped back into the community. This year the Dawnbreakers where awarded the Spirit of Giving award from West Georgia Tech and The Distinguished Service Award By the Techinical College System of Georgia for our support of the GED and Vocational education system.
Dekalb County Police Detective/Chamblee Police Officer of the Year Awards
We celebrated 50 Years of our club recognizing a DeKalb County Detective of the Year and for the past five years a Chamblee City Police Officer of the Year. We provide a recognition lunch program with plaques and a stipend for the recipient, with media present.
The Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton (RCEC) conducted a successful Dental Mission in Bataraza National High School, Bataraza, Palawan, Philippines on July 15-16, 2019 for 2019-2020 Rotary year. RCEC chose to conduct a dental mission in light of a public health problem that is very common in the country -- 92% of Filipinos have dental issues according to the Department of Health in the Philippines.
Delivery of 400 dictionaries to two Title I Elementary Schools as well as age appropriate reading books that are donated in lieu of "Speakers Gifts" to the media centers. Each speaker is asked to inscribe a positive message and sign the inside cover of each book.
The Rotary Club of Columbus is leading the organization of the District Assembly Service Project. The project will be to assist the Stewart Community Home upgrade their living spaces. The Stewart Community Home provides a safe living facility for 63 residents, many of which have mental illness, who would otherwise be homeless.
Rotary 6900 District Governor Jim Squire and his wife Donna visited the Meriwether Co Rotary Club on Tuesday October 8 2019. Also at the meeting was Assistant District Governor Sheri Cody.
District Governor Squire signed official Interact Papers. Opened his special gift. Presented to David Jordan the Long Service to Rotary award and placed Labels on the Leap Pads for the community reading program.
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.
We partner with North Fulton Rotary Club to sponsor a transitional housing apartment at Drake House. The last family graduated from the program and the mom is on her way to becoming a medical doctor. We spent a Saturday cleaning and painting the apartment so it will be ready for the next family.
Muscogee Rotarians are collecting Easter eggs to donate to Easterseals for an Easter egg hunt for the children and adult participants. Easterseals works with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum independence, and to provide support to the families who love and care for them.
Essential Theatre, located in our community of Atlanta's West End, hosts an annual competition for Georgia playwrights. Winning plays are produced by the theatre company. A neighborhood night makes attendance affordable for local residents. Rotary AWE supports Essential Theatre, 1) through sponsorship of the new playwright festival, 2) by hosting a post-performance reception at the annual neighborhood night performance, 3) by attending performances as a group, 4) by nominating a Rotary AWE member for the board, 5) by inviting playwrights and theatre producers to present to our club each year, and 6) by helping to promote the festival through our club's social media.
Family of Rotary event with the Harris Co Rotary Club
The Meriwether Co Rotary Club participated in a Family of Rotary Event with the Harris Co Rotary Club. This event was in conjunction with the Harris Co Annual Putt Putt Championships at the Pine Mountain Club Chalets on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm.
At each meeting, the Rotary Club of Columbus collects money in cans on each dining table. During each meeting, the invocator promotes the effort and a level of fun competition exists. At the end of the year the money is pooled together and distributed to several organizations that provide food to the needy. These organizations must apply for a competitive grant.
Partnering with the Cowart Family YMCA and Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Lenbrook Senior Living Center. Providing funding for weekly weekend meals for food insecure children who attend Dresden Elementary School. Children from food insecure families rely on the free and reduced lunch program funded by the USDA. Last year was the pilot of this program and this year we changed our distribution location in order to work directly with the school. The program has increased to 72 students. The Y purchases the food through the Atlanta Community Food Bank and/or Rotary Members Purchase additional items as needed at local grocery stores, the Rotary Club Members and Lenbrook residents packages the food items into bags and delivers them to the school. The school identifies students in need and ensures that each participating child gets on the bus with the groceries on Fridays. For every $1 donated to ACFB, they provide $9 of grocery products back to the community.
Muscogee Rotary Club volunteered to assist with feeding the homeless and food insecure families for Thanksgiving. Every holiday season, Feeding the Valley provides hot Thanksgiving meals to families with the help of volunteers like Muscogee Rotary.
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.
This was our 4th annual First Responders Luncheon where we honor our Police, Fire and AMS officers of Alpharetta. We had approximately 95 First Responders attend our BBQ luncheon. Our Key-Note Speaker was Roger Wise, who is a former U.S. Army Medical Specialist and has been inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame. North Fulton Rotarians Billy and Jennifer Sparks sang the song "Prayer For America", which Billy Sparks wrote in memoriam for those who perished in the 911 attached.
Facilitated a community-wide pick up of home medical equipment for refurbishment & recycle w/8 Rotary clubs and one Roteract Club. Brought in to FODAC (a non-profit) equipment estimated at over $204,000. FODAC refurbishes the equipment and provides it to those in need. This process of recycling of medical equipment not only allows for lower or no-cost to the FODAC consumer, but it also keeps this equipment from the landfills and junk yards. Community partners were FODAC and 57th Restaurant. Eight area Rotary Clubs participated as well as the Chamblee HS Interact Club and the North Atlanta Rotaract Club.
We are raising $3,100 to pay for a crate of food and med supplies. Food will feed 25,000 meals for near starving women, children and families in Barquismento, VZ. Hicks Malonson has been traveling here since 2013. VN delivers the crate. RCNC is paying for the crate. We have raised $3,600 in 12 days, The crate is ordered
We unload foods to needy families monthly on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm at Desktop in Kennesaw. We made a $1,500 cash grant/donation in March 2020 when the food supply was interrupted. 8-12 Rotarians unload foodstuffs for two hours monthly
Every December, the Rotary Club of Americus hosts a picture-taking session with Santa Claus at the Windsor Hotel. This event is heavily promoted in the local newspaper, on radio and social media. This is a free event, with pictures and refreshments included.and targeted towards families that may not have the ability to pay for private photography sessions.
If there was ever an example of Rotary connecting the world it is this project.
Gate City Brewing Company was founded by Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser who met through Roswell Rotary. Dave McCleary learned about modern day slavery during his year as president of Roswell Rotary and started End Human Trafficking Now to get Rotary into the fight to end slavery in our lifetime. At this year's installation party Pat and Dave talked about brewing a beer to support the cause. One of Gate City's employees, Tay Ganio, overheard the conversation and wanted in on the project. She had the perfect receipe for what became Freedom Fighter IPA. Every can sold at the brewery or in grocery stores builds awareness with trafficking stats, the national help line and endHTnow.com
The French “Peace” delegation visited Bulloch Hall in Roswell as the final stop on a day-long Georgia tour that includes Warm Springs, Stone Mountain and a reception from the mayor and city of LaGrange. They are here to explore establishing their own, permanent “Peace institute” within the broader Peace park efforts, and this visit is meant to include and raise Roswell’s (and Bulloch’s) international presence and influence, and leverage on the French people’s high esteem of the Roosevelt family, especially Eleanor, Mittie Bulloch’s granddaughter.
The Friends of Refugees (FOR) is a non-profit in Georgia that empower refugees through opportunities for well-being, education and employment. Programs include Refugee Family Literacy (ESL classes for women and early childhood development services for families), Refugee Career Hub (career assistance for adults seeking employment), and mentoring for the children served. Our Club received District Grants totaling $13,000.00 to support this organization. We have purchased books for their mother-child learning “Books for the Month” initiative each month since August. A range of supplies- from garbage bags and printer ink to an Instant Pot and chairs- were bought for them in August. During September, VCR members brought children's books, puzzles,
Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest Reading/Judging
The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is special to our Club (and a favorite of President Donna’s!), as we have supported it for years. It asks students to identify their own Law of Life (a quote or saying that provides a moral compass, value or ideal by which to live) and write about how it applies to their lives. The contest celebrates the students’ amazing stories and the lessons gleaned from such, and offers cash awards to essay writers and teachers. “These essays provide eye-opening glimpses into the hopes, struggles and everyday lives of Georgia teens.” On September 27th
Each year, Rotary of Atlanta West End partners with three other Rotary Clubs to support expenses for a visiting student from abroad to study at Clayton State University and to participate in a year-long educational and cultural exchange with Rotarians, Georgians, and other students from around the world. This year, Rotary AWE is proud to sponsor Mr. Uku Urb from Estonia.
Giving Side of Christmas- Joy of Giving for Kinship Care Children
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County's "Giving Side Of Christmas" program is unique! Our Club invites children from Kinship Care, a program where children are raised by grandparents, to join us for a night of fun and "buying" presents. The children enjoy a pizza party while making out their Christmas list of people they would like to "buy" presents for. They are then given a personal shopper to go around and "purchase" a gift for every family member. Each child was given one Lake Spivey Clayton County "Rotary buck" for each person on their list. The "dollar bill" has the picture of our current President. After purchasing the gifts, the children are taken to a wrapping station to have them wrapped and tagged. They then have an opportunity to play and of course, visit with Santa.
Grant in support of Safe House, volunteer work to prepare house
Out of Darkness (OOD) offers outreach, crisis stabilization services and program placement and is poised to respond to crisis situations, efficiently coordinate the care needed for stabilization, and make connections to long-term care on behalf of survivors. This project will provide needed capital equipment for the OOD residential facility providing a safe haven and services to trafficking victims. One Club member also spent time scraping and painting rooms at the safe house to get it ready for clients to occupy. The safe house will serve hundreds of victims over its usable life, and it opened on time this year.
For the 2019-20 Rotary Year, we co-sponsored with Brookhaven Rotary Club, a student from Colombia. We provide funding for his tuition, room amenities, and housing needs when school was on break. Sebastian is very active at Oglethorpe University and he attends club meetings and service projects regularly. He has stayed with several Rotarians during school breaks and is shuttled to meetings and activities by club members.
The Rotary Club of Columbus hosted GRSP weekend in September 2019 and helped organize/execute a service project that students participated in to benefit the community. The project was to paint and decorate the large green electrical boxes near a downtown park.
Local Rotarians volunteer to move new students into student housing on their first day as college students at Georgia Southwestern State University. Rotarians help parents and their college freshmen as they moved into the dormitory, answered their questions, provided basic information about Rotary and showed appreciation for their decision to attend our local university..
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Columbus will join Rotarians from other clubs to visit our international project sites in Guatemala. One initiative will be to review previous and potential projects in water and sanitation. The team will also entertain new project proposals. While on the trip, the team will assist with a related project of providing stoves for more sanitary cooking.
Last fall, I received a call from one of the project leaders with Habitat for Humanity, he was in charge of the build for two houses near Cumming GA and needed help. Our area has seen near record rainfall and he was seriously behind schedule with dedication dates determined and homeowners set to move in by Christmas. Habitat generally finds a corporate or civic sponsor for each one of their houses to share the cost and the volunteer labor that make these dreams come to life. In this case the funds were there but with the weather delays, many of the volunteer days had been rained out and could not be rescheduled.
This year’s 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.
Members and friends of Muscogee Rotary Club participated in Columbus Waterworks' "Help the Hooch" service day by cleaning trash and debris at Rotary Park. Help the Hooch is the Southeast's Largest Watershed Clean-Up event engaging more than 10,000 volunteers each year. Help the Hooch's mission is to promote environmental stewardship through public education and outreach. To improve aquatic habitat and the quality of our water resources in the Middle Chattahoochee Watershed. The entire Columbus, GA community benefits from a cleaner water source.
Our Club added 6 schools in the Dougherty County School System to the Helping Hands Ending Hunger Program. Helping Hands Ending Hunger is a program facilitated by kids to help other kids who need nutritional food to eat when they are not in school. This program recovers uneaten food items from the school cafeteria and distributes it to students and their families. This program has saved enormous amounts of food waste to be put into our landfills, while also providing food for children who may not otherwise eat during the weekends.
We have a booth set up at the Heritage Sandy Springs Festival. We use this opportunity to promote Rotary, highlight our projects, and push for membership. This is a signature Sandy Springs event, and we get many people coming by our booth. This is a Polio Plus event.
Each Month the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club sends goodwill or Care Packages to US service members in service to our country overseas. This year, we have sent multiple Care packages to individuals and groups of soldiers. We average each month 9 Care packages of 40-80 items per box to separate local area units currently deployed outside the continental US.
The Rotary Club of Americus honors graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces for their dedication and heroism. For 2020, a celebration will be held in their honor and include their families in the day's festivities. The event is scheduled and committed as of 2/29/2020 and will occur on May 5, 2020.
Rotarians perform mock interviews of high school seniors, provide feedback on their performance, tips on how to improve, answer questions about the business world, and provide guidance for future success.
Hillside is a three year Signature Project for the Rotary Club of Buckhead. Founded in 1888, Hillside provides residential and outpatient behavioral health support for youth, adolescents and their families. Each month, various club members volunteer to speak at Hillside's STEAM lecture series. Twice during the year, a group of club members have volunteered on Saturdays doing a variety of projects, including gardening, painting and organizing areas. In April, we had four Rotaractors from North Fulton volunteer with us.
Event leveraged various local vendors and organizations to provide many types of school supplies to families in need at Holcomb Bridge Middle School level. We had enough supplies to assist all students in attendance. We were also the only vendor/organization, who had a Middle School group (Interact Club) already in place at the school.
Rotary Club of Marietta was the lead sponsor for 2019 Holidays Around the World Celebration event. This special night is for children and families in one of Marietta's most vulnerable locations. The Marietta Police Athletic League is the organizer of the event and RCoM is a proud supporter of their efforts.
Our club provides money for the Honduras Lunches for Learning project. This project provides lunches to school children. Without these lunches, many of the students would skip school in search of food.
Muscogee Rotary Club is collecting toothbrushes and over the counter medications for a Rotary mission's trip to Honduras (trip recently postponed to August). Our member, Judith "LouAnn" Medlock will take the donations to Honduras and provide pharmacy care. Donations will go to support the people of Honduras to help keep them healthy.
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.
Our club loves our Veterans and we wanted to show them how appreciated they are by hosting a Veterans Day outing. Our club veterans, club family members who served and local area veterans were invited to join us for a special day in their honor and as a way for our club to thank them for their service!
We held a social to honor Chamblee Police Sgt. Ed Lyons and Jayla Dallis (10 Year Old Chamblee Resident) who both saved the life of Jayla's 3-year old sister Kali Dallis when she almost drowned in the neighborhood pool. We held the event at the 57th Restaurant in Chamblee and used it to promote the club in the Chamblee Community and as a membership event. The event was well attended by Chamblee Government Officials (city manager, police chief, public information officer) and we had approximately 10 prospective new members at the event as well.
Muscogee Rotarians held a pancake pajama breakfast for the families at Hope Harbour, a local battered women's shelter. Rotarians cooked breakfast for residents (pancakes, eggs, sausage and orange juice) and read stories to the children in the home. We also donated books to the home.
Hope thru Soap is a non-profit that provides showers, haircuts, clothing and food to Atlanta’s homeless.It serves hundreds of homeless individuals annually. During December of 2019, Vinings Cumberland Rotarians collected soap, shampoo, nail files, hair brushes, combs, fingernail clippers and other personal hygiene products to donate to this noble organization. Member contributions were delivered to those served by Hope thru Soap on February 15th of 2020. On that same day, we partnered with the Gardner Groff law firm to volunteer at a Hope thru Soap "Block Party," where the above services were provided to the homeless. While music played, members helped grill and serve food, distribute clothing and hygiene items, and facilitate showers to/for the homeless (volunteers cleaned out the mobile stalls after each consumer took a shower!). We provided coffee for those who attended. When food ran out, we purchased more. In addition, our club donated $1,000.00 to Hope thru Soap. This was a most rewarding experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Horizons Atlanta provides its students with high-quality programs, outside of the traditional school year, to support academic achievement and healthy youth development. The Rotary Club of Buckhead sponsors and provides a large number of volunteers during the summer months. Our club participates on site at Garden Hills Elementary School in the heart of Buckhead.
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)
Host College Students to Build for Habitat For Humanity
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.
House of Dawn - Home for Young Mother's and their Children-Linen Drive
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey /Clayton County will be collecting and purchasing supplies for 'House of Dawn' a shelter for teen mothers. These supplies will include sheets for beds and cribs, various sized towels, diapers, wipes, etc.
The House of Dawn has as its mission to 1) provide a stable, loving, home for young mothers and their children under adult supervision and 2) to provide young mothers with the educational opportunities and the life training skills that they will need to become independent, self-supporting women.
House of Dawn - Home for Young Mother's and their Children-Street Beautification Project
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey /Clayton County will be collecting and purchasing landscaping supplies and flowers to beautify the area around the. "House of Dawn". The "House of Dawn" is a shelter for teen mothers and their children. The landscaping work will be done on the front exterior. After this project is completed, there will be a permanent Rotary sign on display.
Participants will pour red sand into street and sidewalk cracks in order to represent human trafficking victims who have ‘fallen through the cracks’ of society.” State Representatives and Members of the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County will be participating in the “red sand” ceremony to protest human and sex trafficking on Saturday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in downtown Jonesboro All participants are asked to wear white clothing.
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.
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County in conjunction with the City of Lovejoy will host a Human Trafficking Awareness event where representatives from various organizations and local governments will be present to pass out information about Human Trafficking. Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a big screen TV where a video about Human Trafficking will be playing every 30 minutes. City of Lovejoy will provide us with space to hold this event. Police department from the city will be cooking food for every attendee. County's recreation department will have their drama class present some programs based on Human Trafficking.
Working in conjunction with various organizations to root out human trafficking and assist those impacted by it, the club coordinates meetings and promotes awareness of the problem and the damage it does to our community.
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.
Over the years our club has done projects with partnering clubs in the Bahamas so when Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands our club went into action. We collected 9 pallets worth of food, water, first aid, personal hygiene, clothes, shelter and tools. Our friends at FODAC were a huge help in arranging the logistics for collections and transport to the Bahamas.
On the anniversary of Hurricane Michael, the Rotary Club of Cuthbert hosted a HERO Lunch for all those in Randolph County that assisted during the week of cleanup and restoration to our area. We set aside some time to celebrate those who helped us during Hurricane Michael. We invited our local officials, Police Officers, Firemen, and Ground Crews that kept us safe last October. We know how important these jobs are to our community and we want to recognize them for their countless hours trying to bring peace back to our lives after this devastating event.
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.
Supporting basic education and literacy for those with special needs through technology was made possible by a District 6900 Grant.
The district awarded our club a $3000 grant to fund an interactive projector for The Cottage School, a special needs school in our community. This projector provides a connected learning experience for students of all ages as the school has grades 4-12. It will continue the schools efforts to incorporate technology into the education programs for students with learning disabilities.
Signature Community Service Project for each year. Breakfast for 200-300 business professionals from North Fulton County. Representatives from multiple faiths present a message complementing the National Day of Prayer theme. Music is provided and a Key Note speaker communicates an inspirational message to promote unity amongst all faiths. As it is purely a community service event, the monetary goal is to break even from table proceeds. This year will be our Club's 18th Prayer Breakfast, scheduled on the National Day of Prayer, May 7.
We all know what a great Rotarian and friend our very own Jim Murphy is!
Now the rest of the world knows! The below link is of Congressman Barry Loudermilk recently sharing with the world the amazing accomplishments of Jim and our appreciation. Representative Loudermilk's (R-GA) House Floor speech honors the life and
service of Jim Murphy, who is a veteran of WWII and constituent of
Georgia's 11th Congressional District.
We will host our first Annual Johns Creek Community Raffle. It will be a City approved raffle where the top prize is $5000! We have a limit of 250 tickets and each will be sold for $50. The funds will go to support our various charities to include: Sex Trafficking, suicide awareness, etc.
The Rotary Club of Americus partners with the City of Americus for a service project cleaning up the downtown business district. Rotarians enjoy fellowship while volunteering their Saturday morning to better their community.
LAA is a three year Signature Project for the Rotary Club of Buckhead. LAA works with the Latino community; empowering them to adapt, integrate and thrive. LAA focuses on Economic Empowerment, Immigration, Family Well-Being, Youth Education, and Culture & Community Engagement. The Rotary Club of Buckhead donated $25,000 this year to LAA.
Each year Rotarian George Stewart and a team of approximately 25 volunteers ensure financial support for scholarships for the Laws of Life Essay Contest in our area schools. The Dennis Crean (a deceased member who was a very devoted supporter) weekly raffle funds the scholarship drawings each week supported by Rotarian volunteers.
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County has been a sponsor for Georgia Laws of Life Essay contest for many years. Two of our Club members are now or have served on its board. Several members from the club assist in the judging of the essays each year.
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.
With a $2000 matching grant from District 6900 we rented bleachers for the annual LEADS baseball game with the Atlanta Police. Our members attended the game and assisted with managing parking, selling raffle tickets, and handing out lunches to the players.
This project is in collaboration with a local elementary school that has the lowest socioecnonomic status in our community. These children need extra help with certain areas to succeed - this program helps to provide additional STEM, art and hands on life skills. We used our District Grant Funds to assist with this program.The kids read a book and then use the outdoor walls to paint what they learned in the books. They can also utilize the outdoor blocks to build and construct things that the learn in the books as well.
Legacy Businesses and Entrepreneurs in the West End
Partnered with Atlanta Technical College, United Way, Washington High School, and others to link legacy businesses and entrepreneurs with financial resources as well as business education and technical assistance to increase business products/revenue, business presence, product pricing, marketing methods, website development and overall business development. Organized and hosted a financial literacy workshop for families at Washington High School.
Alpharetta Rotarians come together in community service once again, this time to paint and refurbish the outside of the Lionheart Works Cottage.
The cottage is located on the grounds of the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church where our clubs weekly meetings are held. Two of our members, Mary Ulich and Heather Wagner are active participants in The Lionheart School and Works Program. Lionheart is a vocational training program that provides individuals 18 and older with real work experiences and teaches basic employment skills. The cottage is a working retail and creative environment where the participants make and retail many articles of art and home décor.
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.
Lisa Gelber coordinates and stocks three Little Free Libraries in the North Fulton area. Past President Doug Higgins built the three "libraries" for Lisa to install. It was through this project Lisa became acquainted with our Club and soon after, she joined. Our Club used part of our Grant money this year ($500) to help stock the libraries. Two of the attached photo's are the libraries Lisa oversees - the other two are Little Free Libraries are taken care of by the Rotary of St. Simons Club.
Each December, for the past several years, The Rotary Club of Alpharetta has participated in assisting “Dogwood Terrace” with Christmas / Holiday celebrating. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta has participated by accompanying “Santa” on delivery of fruit and other goodies to the individuals living in the HUD assisted community. This large, multi-story home in downtown Alpharetta has about 100 individuals or families in small, below market rent apartments. Most of the individuals are elderly.
Marietta Mentoring for Leadership Financial Literacy Lunch-n-Learn
Beginning in January, PE Mary Ansley Southerland worked with local realtors to develop a 3-part series of financial related seminars focusing on goal setting and career/salaries in Metro-Atlanta, credit, credit reports and credit scores and home ownership. We held 3 sessions after school, and due to the success and students' desire for more information, the program is expanding.On April 14, 2020, Rotary Club of Marietta will provide a pizza lunch buffet for approximately 80 mentees and present another program on credit, credit reports and home ownership as well as have members of RCoM share career and vocational advice.
Marietta Reads! is a citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community.
The Rotary Club of Marietta Sponsored the 2019-2020 Kickoff of Marietta Reads! on September 14 in the Marietta Square. Our volunteers assisted with set up of booths, tables and chairs as well as "free" book tables for the day-long event. Children and families attended and got information on all aspects of reading and strategies for reading achievement.
We raised $2,500 within the RCNC to purchase 500 books for elementary school students of a local Acworth title 1 school McCall Primary School. A group of us will distribute the books to students at 6:30pm on March 5, 2020.
This year we had a series of events at some of our member's establishments like Variant Brewing and Houck's Bar & Grill that are open to the public for people who are interested in learning more about Rotary. This is a great environment for members to bring prospective members to introduce them to Rotary in a more casual setting.
Sally Platt providing hearing, vision and nutrition information.
Mentoring for Leadership
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.
On August 11, 2019, President Laurie Lewis inducted Tim Hayes as a member of the Meriwether Co Rotary Club. Tim is a former Past President of the club and is returning to the club after a short break in service. Welcome back to our Rotary Bond.
Our three newest members inducted into the Rotary Club of Meriwether County was on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Al Robert Griffin sponsored Dawn Hill Woodard, and Shelia Wilson, and Kay Stough Williamson sponsored Jamie Owens Linnenkohl.
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
For the past few years, Rotary of North Fulton has purchased a booth at "Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin", which is a fundraiser for the Drake House, which houses formerly homeless women and children. Each sponsor pays $500 for a booth and has members bring home-made ice cream to serve to the community. Patrons purchase a ticket and then can walk around to the different booths for ice cream samples. This is the Drake Houses' largest fund-raiser of the year.
As Interact members at KRCS, we feel called to uplift the seniors of our community, thus leading us to create the first ever Moonlight Sonata in May of 2018. It is simply a celebration of our senior guests and is completely free of charge for attending! The Moonlight Sonata is promised to be a luxurious event for all. Drinks, a catered meal, and great desserts are provided as well as prizes during a raffle drawing, a photo booth, and entertainment by the 17-piece band, the Atlanta 17. We just celebrated our third annual event on March 1, 2020, and it was a great blessing with roughly 175 guests and 50 high school Interact, and non-Interact member, volunteers. This year was a Hollywood-themed party hosted at our school for the very first time. The beauty of the afternoon is found as the intergenerational gap quickly closes, and the volunteers and guests come alongside each other to share special time together.
Rotary Club of North Cobb cooks a BBQ for the Boys Home and their friends as a way to promote good will to this boys home and their sponsors/donors. The boys come from troubled homes and are taken away from their parents by DFACS.
This project was originally funded by District Grant Funds in 2018-2019. We are currently serving in 3 different facilities each week - Insignia of Newnan Assisted Living, Benton House and Avalon Health & Rehab . Our target is to help those who have been affected by dementia and Alzheimers.
On Thursday, July 11th, nine (9) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to prepare 1,054meals for children served by MUST Ministries’ Summer Lunch Program. MUST Ministries addresses a great need in our community- food insecurity. During the academic year, school personnel observe children getting sick from overeating after experiencing hunger-filled weekends. This problem is grossly exacerbated during the summer when children do not have access to the meals provided in school. In response, MUST Ministries offers its Summer Lunch Program to kids in Cobb, Fulton, Douglas, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Pickens counties. It prepares and delivers approximately 6,000 meals daily and 300,000 meals annually during the summer months. MUST Ministries staff member LaShonda Daniels says of her work: “It makes me happy to know that I am a part of helping these children receive such blessings.” We totally agree with her, and were pleased to offer our assistance to help remedy this serious problem affecting children in our local communities.
My Sister's House/Atlanta Mission Meal Service Project
The Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House “is an overnight homeless shelter that accommodates both women and children.” It can host up to 264 guests. On Saturday, November 30th, Vinings Cumberland Rotary members and several wives, daughters, and grandchildren served lunch to homeless mothers and children at My Sister’s House. Vinings Cumberland Rotarian and Atlanta Mission Director, Dan Balena, gave everyone a tour of the facility and spoke about the services provided on site. Both the staff and residents were grateful for our Club’s efforts to help address the needs of homeless mothers and their kids.
During the week of October 26th, twelve
(12) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians collected and safely disposed of eighty-five bottles
of unused and expired prescription medications for National Prescription Drug
Take Back Day. “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a
safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs,
while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of
medications.” Since the program began in 2009, the DEA has collected more than eleven
million pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. Vinings Cumberland Rotarians were
happy to do our part to support and promote this important community initiative.
At least once a year we host a social 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.
On a trip to the Marta y Maria Orphanage this week in Jalapa, Guatemala we found the water pump for the well not working leaving the orphanage without clean drinking water and sanitation. The well needs be excavated to be deeper which will cost an estimated $100/foot to dig and a new pump needs to be installed. The cost of the pump and piping can not be determined until we see just how deep the well needs to be dug. The Orphanage is currently having to purchase bottled water for $66 every two days and carry waste off in buckets. The expense of purchasing the water makes affording the repairs impossible and is depleting the money needed for food. The Orphanage currently houses 170 young girls in Jalapa, Guatemala. In the past our chapter assisted them in purchasing a commercial oven to bake bread. They are also in need of a new commercial stove, burner and tortilla machine as they are currently cooking on a tin placed over an open fire for items that cannot be cooked in the oven. Rotarians will volunteer their time to assist with the purchasing, and installation of the well pump and the new kitchen equipment. Photos of the girls are posted with this project wearing their new uniforms they were able to make with the sewing machines Rotary provided in 2018 which is also giving the girls training for possible future jobs.
Our Club planted shrubs, grass, ferns and small trees and laid new mulch in the Reflection Garden in North Park in Alpharetta. We adopted that space in North Park approximately 5 years ago, and have done an annual project. This year, in addition to planting and clean-up, we also had a Brick Campaign, where our members purchased bricks to be engraved with their sentiments. Proceeds from the brick sales funded the plantings for the park.
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 filled 64 backpacks with supplies and club members donated $400 to the effort.
Roswell is please to participate in a council that includes all the clubs in North Fulton County. We annually host the GRSP Conclave Weekend along with other service projects we help each other achieve.
Our fundraising had been tied to a gala that the public knew nothing about and where only club members and sponsors participated. We tried to stage a fun event in the heart of Sandy Springs, featuring German beer and food and live music, that the community could all participate in, while learning about Rotary service projects. This would promote awareness about Rotary, help membership, and show that Rotarians can have fun and do good at the same time. We also raised funds for Sandy Springs Rotary Foundation.
Muscogee Rotary Club volunteered to wrap gifts and inventory gifts for the Open Door Children's Workshop. We also donated toys for the children at Open Door. The mission of Open Door Community House, Inc. is to empower impoverished people in our community to realize their full potential as children of God by creating long-term solutions to poverty.
Support of Open Hand was a Signature Project of the club previously, but enthusiasm for the work of the organization has continued with many members. Although the club no longer provides financial assistance to Open Hand ($75,000 was given to the organization during its status as a Signature Project), Director Maggi O'Brien organizes opportunities for members to assist in packaging meals for Open Hand clients periodically.
Last year, we joined with the Roswell Rotary Club to create an opioid task force to address dependency, overdosing and prevention of the use of these narcotics. We had created a video for use in the schools in our areas, and we are continuing to work to do as many school and public appearances as we can. Further, we are working on promotional materials to distribute across Fulton County. PP Will MacArthur conducted a presentation for all of the Fulton County Public School Principals about the work of the task force.
This Committee is responsible for publicizing the Otis Jackson scholarship awarded to an Oglethorpe University student each year. The committee reviews applications, selects finalists, and interviews the finalists to make a decision regarding the winner of this two year scholarship.
Local Rotarians funded and decorated the Rotary Literacy Tree promoting Basic Education and Literacy in downtown Americus for the city's Parade of Trees event. Each participating organization sponsors a tree, and Rotarians decorated their tree with Rotary-themed pencils and decorations in Rotary colors.
Our 9-11 Remembrance event on 9-11, to raise money for the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation. We had a survivor of the twin towers attack speak at this event. Along with many government and public officials.
As part of our Endpolio campaign, one of our own Rotarians Laura Piovesana contributed to purchasing the club a banner recognizing we are this close to ending polio. Each of our Rotarians took pictures during meetings with the banner. This banner was also at our Pints for Polio event at our local brewery Pretoria Fields where they contributed a $1 per pint purchased to help the fight against polio. We raised a total of $170 from our Facebook donation button and our Pints event on October 24th.
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.
A Polio Awareness Golf Tournament was conducted by our Club on Friday, September 6, at the Lake Spivey Golf Club in Jonesboro. Seventeen golf teams and dozens of sponsors and volunteers came forward to support the event. The tournament, which has been an annual event for several years, is designed to raise funds to support service projects in our community. This year, however, we also chose to focus additional attention on the efforts of District 6900 and Rotary International to eradicate polio.
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.
October is Public Safety Appreciation Month in Marietta and Cobb County. On Wednesday, October 9t, 2019, RCoM held our regular weekly meeting in the green space between the Main Marietta Fire Department Station house and the Marietta Police Department Headquarters.
We provided three nights of dinners to Sandy Springs fire fighters, police, and rescue personnel as a tribute to the hard, life risking work that they provide to the community. We were able to get food donations from local restaurants, which lowered the costs dramatically. Also, we were able to get members' families involved, as well as our Rotoactors and Interactors.
Rotary Club of Cuthbert along with help from other local organizations (Local Grant from Georgia Power) completely renovated the ballfields including, new bleachers, new dugouts, and revamping the concessions stands and a complete overhaul on the restrooms. The Rotary Club provided much of the manpower on this project.
"Disability" is not a word in the vocabulary of these young adults!
They focus on the good things and people in their lives and have a desire to give back to the community around them and to those in need.They truly exemplify #ServiceAboveSelf (the motto of Rotary International).
The Annual Health Symposium focussed on the challenges and impact of the Global polio eradication effort sponsored by the Rotary Club of Emory Clifton and Yarrab Shrine temple of Atlanta. The event took place at Shriners Temple, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30308 from 9 am to 5pm. This year’s program brings internationally recognized experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the renowned Shriners Hospitals for Children together with Rotary 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 effort and provide insight and the latest treatment options for an emerging disease that has been called “the new polio“– Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AMF). Our presenters include:Julie Hackett is a member of UNICEF’s Resource Mobilization and Advocacy team. She has been with UNICEF since 2010, where she first began working on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). She has experience working at the field level in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Angola on Communication for Development, emergency outbreak assessments and Resource Mobilization.Scott H. Kozin, M.D., Chief of Staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children- Philadelphia, will provide his expert clinical insights on the treatment, prognosis, and future research into a disease that paralyzes young children today and the potential for research in the future.
Read Across America Day at Teasley & Russell Elementary Schools
Read Across America Day is a national school endeavor during which adults read engaging stories to students as a means by which to help generate excitement around reading. Not only is it fun, it helps instill the importance of lifelong reading as a way to expand one’s horizons and connect with others. Both Teasley and Russell elementary schools requested the assistance of Vinings Cumberland Rotarians with their Read Across America days on Friday, February 28th
In 2019-20, The Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven and North Atlanta continued an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary be "reading to learn" by 3rd grade. With the support of the Ferst Foundation, together we support this goal through book donations and reading monthly to Kindergarten and Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary.
We send volunteers to local public schools to assist students with poor reading skill improve their comprehension and vocabulary. This is a dear project that the club has sponsored for many years, and it is quite effective.
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 on Friday, March 6 2020. 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.
For the second year, The Rotary Club of Newnan has participated in the local Repack the Backpack event. Our club hands out Rotary branded ear buds. Ear buds are now essential to learning in our school system where each child has a chromebooks. This repack the backpack serves children who are foster children or children of families with poverty level income.
Each year we have a team of volunteers that spends a Saturday morning gathering trash from the banks of the Chattahoochee River. This year we won for the most trash at 330 lbs and we found the most interesting item which was an industrial gas tank. We get dirty and wet, but have a great time on the river protecting one of our communities great natural resources.
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.
The Rotary Club of Cuthbert Annual Rifle Raffle was a success again this year. We raised over $700 in our community to benefit the Rotary Foundation. Every member participated in the sell of tickets. We had tremendous community support and was very happy with our donation.
Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival is our marquee fundraising event. It is a unique opportunity for Rotarians to demonstrate "Service Above Self". Diverse community groups, dragon boat teams, sponsors and vendors from different communities and countries join together for greater impact during a day of fabulous food, entertainment and friendly competition.
Jonathan Yaeger, member of our club, has developed a program to help educate rotarians on the dangers of diabetes and actions they can take to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic in this country and the dollars that will be spent on care for those that develop Type 2 diabetes is astronomical. The Rotary Diabetes Awareness Program is designed to increase awareness about the risks of diabetes among Rotarians; to help promote screening for metabolic disease among those at risk; and to promote lifestyle interventions that could prevent or reverse the disease for those at risk. Healthy Rotarians make the best Rotarians!!
The Caribbean, Bahamas, and coastal Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States have been hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. Please use the Contribute button to donate to the disaster relief efforts supported by Rotary District 6900. The Rotary District 6900 Charitable Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization for your tax planning. Should more money be received than needed for this particular relief effort we will use the surplus money for future disaster relief activities.
For our Rotary has a Heart campaign, we donated boxes of heart shaped chocolates to our local police department. We bought 45 boxes of chocolates and each person also received a hand written note from our club stating our appreciation for all they do for our community!
Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact Members will host a Valentine's Party for the residents at Fellowship Home helping them arrange flowers in a Valentine's Day bouquet. Musical entertainment provided by your local Rotarians. LIVE Facebook feed available on our FB page.
The Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County visited Jonesboro Assisted Living Center on Valentine's Day. Rotarians were there to talk with the Seniors and to spread some love!. As we went around the room to each table, we talked with the residents and we gave each one a small bag with the "Rotary has Heart" logo on a card and, of course, chocolate! The Rotarians and the residents had a great time.
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.
The Rotary Reads Project coincides with the Rotary Mission to improve education in our area. It also aligns the District Governor’s focus on state literacy. The State of Georgia is ranked 33rd in K-12 Education in our nation. Randolph County is listed as a borderline distressed county with more than 25% of adults without a high school degree. Randolph County is also listed as less than 25% of 3rd
Rotarians volunteered their time and made significant donations towards the Wreaths Across America. The mission of the Wreaths Across America organization is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Rotary Club of Americus volunteers to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Andersonville National Cemetery, and donates funds to purchase wreaths. In 2019, Rotarians and other volunteers together placed over 15,000 wreaths at Andersonville. Jim Covington, past president of the Americus Club and Chairman of the Friends of Andersonville, is a champion in leading this community-wide effort.
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.
Every year, Rotary of Atlanta West End sponsors one or two promising rising high school juniors to receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. These scholars participate in an all-expenses paid summer retreat at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus with other outstanding students from around the state. The retreat helps students to develop leadership and teamwork skills.
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 the bi-weekly networking event and our club sponsors dinner 4 times a year.
Muscogee Rotary volunteered to feed the homeless in support of Safehouse Ministries. We also collected men's clothes, underwear, socks and toiletry items and donated them to the Safehouse Ministries. Safehouse Ministries serves homeless, addicted and/or incarcerated men. SafeHouse Ministries seeks to meet the emergency needs of their population and to offer long-term solutions.
The Rotary Club of Columbus volunteers to serve at three Salvation Army Bellringing stations one day each year. This year, on December 12, 2019, the Rotary Club of Columbus provided 50 hours from 45 club members and two Rotaractors and helped to raise $1,331.93.
We have an annual Santa for Seniors service project we do for our local Sowega Council on Aging. Our club collects money for the first half of the year through our Happy Bucks program where members donate money to tell what they are happy about as well as share any community information going on. This money is then used to buy Christmas gifts for the elderly who would not otherwise receive anything. We buy items such as socks, lip balm, blankets, snacks, etc.
Our Annual Santa in Summer event to help Homestretch! This event helps needy families gather the back to school supplies needed for their kids. We help with gift cards for the families, to help supplement where donated supplies didn't deliver all that was needed.
Saving Lives Through Prevention and Responsibility - PARC Program
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.
The Quitman County School System is located in one of the poorest counties in Georgia with students who test very low in reading. The school system received a government grant last year to provide computers and tablets to the students. The school asked the Rotary to help them provide Scholastic Magazine's and the included online educational resources to use with those computers. The magazines were purchased in 2018 and the school system reported a great improvement in reading scores. These magazines bring current reading materials which the kids can relate to and expose them not only to reading, but also math, science, art and the world around them. The school is asking us to please renew these subscriptions for the 2019/2020 school year. The magazines are provided to all age groups in the school system. Rotary Volunteers spend time passing out the magazines and reading to the children at the school.
- Mitchell Co is 100% Free School Meals County - purchase of basic back to school supplies is a financial burden for many families - provide basic classroom supplies (pencils, glue, markers, etc.) for every Pre-K-1st grade classroom in the county in branded storage box -impact three school systems - Baconton Charter, Mitchell Co Primary/Elementary; Westwood Schools
Our club provided a prom night to low economically placed senior citizens, many of whom never attended a prom in their lives. We worked with: senior housing residences to provide transportation for over 100 participants, local restaurants and supermarkets to provide a dinner for the participants, the Benson Center to provide the location, and with local clothiers to provide prom clothing. Volunteers from our club, decorated the facility and set up photographers for professional prom shots presented in a nice photo cover. The club hired a band for three hours of fun. According to the residential counselors and the participants, many of the attendees were becoming shut ins, with nothing to look forward to, before our prom came to existence. For many of the participants, this is the only event that makes them feel special and gives them the opportunity to dress up and dance. We also select a King and Queen of the Prom. Photos are found on our website and Facebook page.
Service Above Self Golf Tournament Benefiting the Shepherd Center SHARE Initiative
The Rotary Club of Brookhaven has raised a cumulative total of over $1,000,000 over the past 9 years through the Service Above Self Golf Tournament. See attached video. We are still collecting pledges and reviewing the tournament's finances; the figures included are "safe," in that we are certain that we spent more than 100000, grossed more than 320000 and netted more than 220000.
Bob Prater presents cash gift from the Rotary club of Meriwether Co and Starfish ministries
Serving India's Differently Abled
SERVING INDIA’S Differently Abled
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.
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.
Members of this committee offer pizza and conversation to veterans who gather at the new rehab facility of the Shephard Center. These meetings give veterans, many of whom are suffering from PTSD, an opportunity to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere.
Shop with a Cop is an event of the Police Department of the City of Americus, and supported by the Rotary Club of Americus through both club sponsorship and member donations. Police officers take children from disadvantaged or at-risk environments shopping for Christmas presents and build positive relationships with the youth.
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.
For over three decades the Rotary Club of Buckhead has hosted an annual high school tennis tournament for varsity boys and girls teams. Public and private schools from all over the Southeast participate in this spring weekend event.
Spread the Love - Thanks for Giving Peanut Butter Drive
Rotary Club of Marietta joined forces with the Kiwanis Club of Marietta in November and in February to raise funds and collect jars of peanut butter for Cobb Family Resources' food pantry.
Primarily our peanut butter will be distributed to children during breaks from school. Many children in our community get their only meals at school, and the food packages sent home will sustain them through the breaks.
Donated and dedicated a memorial bench to honor Spurgeon Richardson, Rotarian and Civic Leader for All Atlanta, located the local YMCA where he and his wife, Mary Frances Richardson (member of our rotary club) have been long time members and volunteers.
We contribute to scholarship and STEAM projects, through our partner Sandy Springs Education Force. These funds promote science,technology, and math projects in Sandy Springs high schools. Further, the money goes towards a scholarship for a competition winner.
Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County will invite the top twenty-four STAR students along with their parents, siblings, counselors, principals for luncheon. Each STAR student will receive a 'STAR STUDENT' certificate and each school Counselor will have a chance to brag on the student.
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.
Members of the Rotary Club of Americus, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, hosted a luncheon at the Sumter Youth Detention Center. The luncheon reunited mothers and sons for a special occasion of recognition and encouragement for the troubled young men who have shown that they are seeking a better path in life. Americus Rotarians provided and served the meals and refreshments to the honorees.
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.
Support for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivors In Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea ranks as one of the worst countries in the world with regard to violence against women. Domestic violence (DV) surveys among women consistently demonstrate a greater than 90% prevalence of attacks. Due to cultural norms, DV is largely unrecognized and survivors have little linkage to services at points of care. A 2016 survey in the Goroka Emergency room indicated that more than 62% of accidents and injuries were DV-related. Even for the women who come forward, are recognized as survivors and receive counseling, the legal system rarely provides help. For sexual assault (SA) survivors, the situation is equally bad. Though surveys show a prevalence rate of 35%-63%, the actuality is even worse. A 2015 survey of 512 SA survivors at the Port Moresby Family Support Center found that more than 90% of those receiving counseling services were 15 years old or younger. Of the survivors at risk for HIV transmission and within the potential preventive treatment widow period, only 21% completed HIV prevention medication regimens. Interviewers found that lack of funds for transportation and lack of group counseling including children’s caregivers contributed to poor completion rates. This project will provide the following interventions to address the above:
Supporting Communication Needs at Georgia Cares (and writing holiday cards to their clients)
Georgia Cares is an independent, non-profit organization working to serve child sex trafficking victims across the State of Georgia and has significant print communication needs. Providing a high-capacity printer will both allow the organization to meet its needs more efficiently and contribute to the organization's long-term sustainability by reducing ongoing expenses for print jobs. Over the expected three-year life of a device of this type, the total savings will amount to approximately $15,000, less the cost of consumables (which amount to a small fraction of the amount charged by a third-party printer).
This is the project that was utilized for our grant:
Illiteracy remains a world wide problem with 17% of the worlds popoulation unable to read. While the US has a better literacy rate of 95% there is still much to be done. Allot of the children that come through the ER do not own a book so this is a great opportunity to give them a gift, from Rotarians, that will help foster the love of reading.
This was an educators forum where we 'Teach the Teacher' on food allergy awareness in the classroom. We had representatives and teachers from the City, County and Private schools in our region and gave a 101 presentation on Food Allergy Awareness. The presentation started with what is a food allergy, how to prevent exposure, how to prep the classroom and how to administer life saving medication in the event of exposure to an allergen. We even had a few of the schools contact us direct about doing 1on1 training directly to their staff. Three weeks into the school year we had a couple of teachers reach back out to thank us for the training as situations in their classrooms were mitigated by what they had learned.
We host an annual luncheon presenting awards and prizes to the Teacher of the Year for each Sandy Springs public school. The award recipients are chosen by their peers. We have the press there, and the teachers love this event.
RCSM used a district grant to create about 300 Birthday Bags for distribution to two local food pantries - NETworks and The Stone Mountain Coop Ecumenical Ministry.More than one in every five Georgia kids
live in food insecure households. For the families that are served by these food pantries, celebrating a birthday is
sometimes difficult in a household where you are often only a paycheck away
from a food crisis. RCSM members assembled these Birthday Bags during several lunch meetings. Each bag included a baking pan, cake mix,
frosting, birthday candles, and birthday-themed tablecloth, napkins and plates.
Families can pick up these Birthday Bags at the pantry at no cost to them, and celebrate a
birthday or any family celebration, without impacting their monthly budget.
RCSM used a district grant to create about 300 Birthday Bags for distribution to two local food pantries - NETworks and The Stone Mountain Coop Ecumenical Ministry.More than one in every five Georgia kids
live in food insecure households. For the families that are served by these food pantries, celebrating a birthday is
sometimes difficult in a household where you are often only a paycheck away
from a food crisis. RCSM members assembled these Birthday Bags during several lunch meetings. Each bag included a baking pan, cake mix,
frosting, birthday candles, and birthday-themed tablecloth, napkins and plates.
Families can pick up these Birthday Bags at the pantry at no cost to them, and celebrate a
birthday or any family celebration, without impacting their monthly budget.
A major annual volunteer activity for RCSM is The Dictionary Project. Each year snce 2007, RCSM has provided free copies of A Student's Dictionary to third graders in Stone Mountain elementary schools. The dictionary has the spelling, meaning, and pronunciation of 35,000 words. It also includes over 150 pages of supplemental information, such as the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, biographies of all US Presidents, world maps, information on the 50 states, information on countries of the world, weights and measures, the periodic table, planets of our solar system, sign language, and more.
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.
Rotary Club of Marietta purchased the curriculum and training support for teachers at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics to provide The Voyage Character Education to the 3rd and 4th graders.
There are 2 weekly modules.
Dr. Patricia Patterson, Principal of the School is using this program to build students' "soft" skills and communications. It has been highly appreciated by the teachers because it is a package deal and they feel it is very well composed.
We will have a table set up at the event with Rotary Information, club activities, and End Polio information.Local businesses and hundreds of customers and people seeking employment will be invited to the event open to the public.
The city of Roswell has embarked on a strategic plan and vision for the future of our city. The initial public meetings were poorly attended, so many civic groups jumped in to drive turnout. We partnered with Positively Roswell, Roswell Next, Roswell Attorney Project and Historic Roswell Business Association to host a public forum at Gate City Brewing Company. With a goal of 300 people we would more than double the turnout from the 4 previous public meeting combined. We knock that out of the park with 500 attendees!
Our first hands on service project for the year was at our changing of the guard. We packed 100 toiletry bags for the Samaritan Clinic to give away to their patients. We involved not only our members, but our family members of all ages!
This past Christmas Rotary of North Fulton teamed up with CBC National Bank (part of First Federal of Florida) to donate toys for the CDA Toy Drive. It was a great success - we are told many families benefitted, and we plan to continue this in 2020.
This was our yearly toy sort for the West GA Toys for Tots campaign. This has become a signature Dawnbreaker event where our families all pick and pack toys for local children in the Toys for Tots program.
Tribute Salute to Meriwether County Public Service and Safety
In honor of those who put their life on the line daily and to provide a salute of respect, The Rotary Club of Meriwether County and Warm Springs Medical Center honored the public safety officers within Meriwether County to include the police, deputies, state troopers, firefighters and EMS workers on the day that no one will forget, September 11, 2001.
The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs volunteered during the City of Sandy Springs' annual Veterans Day commemorative event. The club has volunteered for the past 9 years. The City of Sandy Springs hosted this annual Veterans Day Tribute on Monday, November 11, 2019 beginning at 11:30 a.m. to honor those who serve and served our country. The event takes place at the Sandy Springs Center
Roswell Rotary adopted the homeless men, women and their children who served our country. Volunteers helped paint staircases on the campus and enjoyed lunch with several of the men benefiting from their care.
On Sunday, October 27th, twenty-five (25) volunteers came together to clean up the Vinings Cemetery, which had not been maintained for over a year. Volunteers spent the afternoon pulling weeds and cutting back a tremendous amount of overgrowth in order to restore the beauty of this cemetery and the dignity of those buried there. This project was an excellent example of organizational collaboration, as Vinings Cumberland Rotarians, their families, friends, potential members, Pope High School Interact Club members and their siblings, members of the Boy Scouts Troop One, and volunteers from St. Pius Church came together for this afternoon of community service and neighborhood beautification. Local Service Chair Jolene Northrop reported that “great progress was made, and fun and fresh air was had by all.”
Vinings Cumberland Rotary Donates to 24 Area Charities
This article summarizes Vinings Cumberland Rotary's donation of a total of $80K to several local charities serving children. The Club's annual Vinings Downhill 5K 'Run for the Kids' Race raises funds for this initiative.
Vinings Cumberland Rotary’s “Run for the Kids” 5K Downhill Race
VCR hosted its 23rd “Run for the Kids” (RFTK) 5K Downhill Race on 08/10/19. This race is one of the most popular in the city, as it is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, and boasts an array of ‘fun factor’ attributes, including a 1K Kids’ Race, Doggie Dash, Best Dog Costume Contest, Children’s Play Area, various vendors, giveaways and delicious treats. This year, 1,600 runners participated- the most in our history! Our RFTK is a labor of love for VCR, as ALL members play vital roles in organizing each year’s race. We were honored to have DG Jim Squire and AG Gillian Leggett join us this year, and both were actively involved in volunteering. Students in our Interact Club participated, as well. RFTK is our largest fundraiser. Members work hard all year to create a buzz around this event and utilize an variety of methods to accomplish this task, including word-of-mouth promotion, signs in community business windows, posts on social media pages, and articles in local newspapers. This year’s event raised approximately $100,000; the race has raised more than $1.1M since 1997. A committee of Club members evaluated applications from 501(c)3 organizations using stringent metrics (fiscal responsibility and reach of impact being two of the most important criteria) on 12/30/19. $80K in proceeds was distributed to local non-profit organizations that provide services to
underserved children (including Calvary Children’s Home, MUST
Ministries, HERO for Children and Breakthrough Atlanta) on 1/29/20. We are proud of this Club endeavor.
The management of the Vinings Library approached Past President Debby Bolt to request our assistance with beautifying their grounds. As such, we scheduled a service project to meet this need on Sunday, November 10th from 1-4 PM (Past President Debby and a few members purchase the supplies the Saturday before). Vinings Cumberland Rotarians, several of their wives, our RYE student, Andrew, and the library’s Branch Manager brought their work gloves and shovels for an afternoon of gardening and yard work. The group planted liriope, gardenias, and azaleas, and laid 60 bags of pine bark, as well as planting mix and fertilizer. The Vinings Library was “thrilled” by our showing. We will complete this project in the spring. A Vinings Cumberland Rotary plaque acknowledging our commitment to keeping the space landscaped was placed on the Vinings Library grounds in December of 2019.
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta experienced Virtual Reality at the 2017 Rotary International Convention. Alpharetta Rotarians worked with west coast Rotarians on the development of VR to address Rotarian issues. January 2019, Rotary International had Polio VR films with inadequate support for districts and clubs to get the full impact of using VR. Alpharetta chartered a project and budgeted $20,000 to produce a VR film that:
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.
Our club made a donation to Warrior 2 Citizen, an organization that helps soldiers and first responders recover from the trauma associated with their service. They are saving marriages and families by providing support to our heroes. They also help transition back to civilian life.
Bruce Goddard, Civil Engineer, member of North Cobb Rotary has been leading HERO Health and Education Relief Organization. Bruce has led HERO projects in Haiti for 20+ years. This year HERO project was a water cistern project in Belle Anse, Haiti.
Muscogee Rotary conducted a sock and underwear drive for the adults at West Central Regional Hospital and the Homeless Network. Socks and underwear are among the most needed items by participants in these programs. Rotarians then delivered items to these programs.
Wine and Dine with Rotarians and Friends/World Polio Day
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Rotary Club of Meriwether County held a Wine and Dine with Rotarians and Friends at the Blackbird Cafe in Woodbury. This event was an opportunity to share with Rotarians and friends what Rotary is about.
This viewing event was also One Day. One Focus of Ending Polio on October 24, 2019
We have joined with Brookhaven Club and the Ferst Foundation to provide a book a month to each Pre-K and Kindergarten student at Woodward Elementary School. Each month several volunteers go into the classrooms and read the new book to the students who then are given their own individual book to take home. This is a program geared to enhance opportunities for these families to learn english and to encourage on going reading and literacy.
We hosted an awareness event on World Polio Day by beaming the logo on our courthouse, handing out literature and through social media and print media. We also will have our Interact students following their induction join us for the event.
Sandy Springs elementary school teachers have recognized that many of their students do not have grade level reading and writing skills appropriate for their grade levels.
Teachers have reported that the distribution of these reading materials has been successful in improving their students reading and writing skills. For many students in the Sandy Springs community, the gift of these materials are the only educational materials in their homes.
Dunwoody Police Foundation K-9 Unit Founding Donor
Members of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody mobilized to assist the Police Foundation with obtaining the initial funds to start their fund raising for a new K-9 Unit. The Club donated $5,000, and this was matched by members donations of $6,500 for a total donation from the club of $11,500.
Essay contest for critical thinking and expression - cash award for students at Garrett Middle
Essay is to be written on their understanding of The Rotary annual theme
The 6th., 7th. and 8th. grade English classes student participate in this project and there is a 1,2,3 place winner from each grade level. We hold an awards luncheon for the student, his/her teacher, family members and school support staff.
Rotary Club of Dunwoody (RCD) teams worked on this annual event that attracts
over 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators. One RCD team put the
"float" together and then waved and distributed candy and balloon
globes to kids over the 2,7 mile parade route. All our giveaways were tagged
with an invitation to parents to join RCD in Having Fun and Making a
Difference! Our float took second place in the Civic Organization category. The
float included information on stopping polio.
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 Rotary Club of Thomasville began hosting an RLI event about 10 years ago. We have been proud to support this program that provides leadership training to our Rotarians which increases Rotarian teamwork and membership retention.
We have been proud to help grow the RLI program and have committed to continue to host this very important program for our Rotarians. It's gotten bigger than ever the last few years!
Square Foot Ministry (SFM) is a faith based non-profit organization founded in 2002 in Fayetteville, Georgia. SFM brings together volunteer and donors to build and repair homes for low income families in the area. The Rotary Club of Griffin chose to take on a project with SFM and to be the major donor and to recruit other funds to build the house and to strive to find a veteran for the owner of the house. Local veteran organizations partnered with the RCG to search for a veteran owner and to donate to the funding for the house.
Troup Literacy Program: District Pre-K Grant/Jungle Bus/Rotary Readers
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.
We selected this as a Top Service Project because Dog Days is our annual fundraiser. The event has outgrown our normal breakfast meeting. We hosted a dinner Gala off site for the first time. Attendees included DG Jim Squire, ADG Fred Ferrand, Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce, the mayor of Marietta, Bob Ott, community sponsors/business owners who made donations that will go back to the Non-Profit organizations primarily in Cobb County, Marietta Daily Journal, EastCobber magazine, Cobb Life magazine, and other Rotarians from Marietta clubs. Checks were presented by Rotarian Dr. John Iaculli.A large erase board was used to represent the check which also included a photo of the Rotarian/Sponsor. We were blessed to receive free use of a facility from a Must Ministries. Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant catered the event for only the cost of food. We believe this will be a new tradition for many years!
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.
Our Club is working to bring awareness and stop demand for the sex trafficking trade in our neighborhood. This is the restart of a District Program from several years ago by Buckhead Club. We are working with Secretary of State's office and • Buckhead • Midtown • Brookhaven • Dunwoody – Charlie Augello & Louise Barden • Roswell • Alpharetta
The Rotary Club of Griffin applied for the district $2000 grant to purchase and install agility equipment for the new Spalding County Dog Park. The Daybreak Rotary Club utilized their District grant to help pay for the fencing to construct three separate dog run areas. The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department constructed the fence and the club installed the agility equipment purchased with the grant. The park will be open soon to the public after the construction on the restroom and pavilion facility that is under construction is complete.
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.
These are often the students who will be the first in their
families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented
in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they
need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success. To
address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period
a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support
that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. The Rotary
Club of East Cobb was the presenting sponsor for this program @ Wheeler High
School in Marietta, GA four years ago. We provided $15k-$20k each year
for the first 4 years. This project is a core program for our cub.
This program is a life changing event for the students and their families and
it also offers training for the teachers.
Our club brings GRSP international students within Georgia, USA for a leadership training weekend on Martin Luther King weekend. Our Rotary club works with Buckhead, Brookhaven and Atlanta Metro to host 40 international students. We bring them all to Atlanta and perform 2.5 days of classes and service projects to teach them leadership skills. These students are hosted free of charge by members of the participating clubs on Friday and Saturday night.
The Phoenix House is a project that is managed by WayPoint and is a five bedroom house located in Griffin. The house has been renovated and is used to house female veterans who are homeless and unemployed. The Phoenix House Program will provide housing, food, counseling, medical assistance, job placement, transportation, and other life improvement services. The plan is the veterans will live there and will be assisted in finding employment.
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 Club 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 12 years. The Club honored some two hundred of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 8th at the Armory 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 was played and a Bounce House and slide was provided for the kids. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University SFC Mendez was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Rotarians and other volunteers bought and prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. Our club also provided the Bounce House and the tables and chairs for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This is an annual event to show our Support for the Troops! This project supports the Rotary brand encouraging Service above Self and our club’s longstanding effort to honor those who serve in our community
The Rotary Club of Thomasville last year developed a program to honor each of the local service brances of our community: Law Enforcement (Thomasville Police and Thomas County Sheriff), both City and County Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Utility Department.
Club Sponsored New Interact East Cobb Robotics- $1000
The Rotary Club of East Cobb sponsored East Cobb Robotics as a New Interact Club, Marietta, GA, by presenting them with a check for $1,000. The proceeds were used to offset materials and competition costs and enable students to have a robust experience in learning robotics as well as team work.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has long supported the Dunwoody Nature Center (DNC)- and its annual Butterfly Festival. The event draws over 3,000 guests and parking at the Nature Center is limited, so the Festival offers shuttle buses from offsite parking to the event. This service is key to assisting the attendees at the festival as many have small children, and walking in Atlanta heat in August for any distance is not an easy feat.
On August 17 our club provided 13 drivers to operate eight shuttle buses - one in the morning (8am-1pm) and one in the afternoon (12:00 to 5pm).
This is a signature event of the Dunwoody Nature Center, and this effort allows our club to show Rotary Service above Self in action to the local community.
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.
The Rotary Club of Griffin annually supports the Salvation Army by donating money and time to the Kettle Drive and the local Distribution Center. Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends staffed the kettle at the Griffin Kroger from November 23, 2019 through December 24, 2019 for a total of 171 hours. Salvation Army committee co-chairs Katherine Smith, Natalie Marshal and Eric Worrell solicited 48 Griffin Rotarians to ring the bell at the kettle tallying 77 hours and community to ring the bell.
After Bill Riley of the Roswell Rotary Club offered a moving presentation in May 2012 regarding preliminary efforts to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children, East Cobb Rotary entered an immediate commitment to financial support and attendance at awareness meetings. One club member continued through a process of speakers bureau training, commitment to the work, and so far this Rotary year contributed 44 volunteer hours toward ending Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) through work with the Georgia Cares speakers bureau. Another club member has joined the same speakers bureau this year.
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.
Little Free Library for District 6900 and Local Unit
The Rotary Club of Griffin is purchasing one Little Free Library unit to be installed at the new Spalding County Dog Park. The club will paint and decorate the unit before the installation. Books to fill the unit will also be provided by the club and its members.
6 Rotarians from Dunwoody accompanied by 15 students from nearby Perimeter College at Georgia State University volunteered to support Special Olympics to host a basketball competition for middle school kids with special needs at Sequoyah Middle School. Numerous middle schools were represented from Dekalb County, each bringing many kids. The kids get to exercise the hand-eye coordination and "shoot hoops". Afterwards a meal was provided so that all participants could talk and discuss the event.
TaxAide is dedicated to providing totally free tax preparation to low, and moderate, income families in southwest Georgia. The service is delivered by a partnership between the IRS, AARP, Thomasville Rotary, Thomas County Library, Thomas University, Envision Credit Union and community volunteers. From its award winning first year as the best new program in District 6900, TaxAide has served over 1,000 families resulting in direct refunds over $750,000 with a dollar stimulus over $3 million for the local economy.
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.
FODAC Medical Collection Day DeKalb Rotary Council
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) is an organization that collects used medical equipment and refurbishes it for distribution to people who can't afford to buy new. Each year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody joins the DeKalb Rotary Council (all the Rotary Clubs in Dekalb County) on a Saturday, in a project organized by the Rotary Club of North Atlanta to collect equipment for FODAC. In July 2019, we collected over $350,000 in used medical equipment.
Club members are encouraged to participate in two ways:
By donating medical equipment and
Volunteering the day of the Event: as part of a Rotarian team who collects used medical equipment in multi club groups like a giant scavenger hunt.
This is a wonderful way to support our neighboring club, help the local community, and raise the awareness of the good Rotary does int he world
The members of our Rotary Club are proud to participate in community activities that support the men and women who protect and serve us each day. This year we participated in the LaGrange Fire Department's 9/11 Annual Memorial Stair Climb Challenge
Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 9, 2020, Griffin Rotarians once again rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. It is impossible to quantify this contribution!
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, the Rotary Club of Griffin will join with the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club, local Boy Scout troops, and other volunteers to package 16,000 servings of a nutritious meal to be distributed to local non-profit agencies, churches and others for further distribution to needy families. The club estimates that 15 Rotarians and spouses will met at 9:00 AM at Fire Station #2 in Griffin to package the meals. By noon, over 16,000 servings will be bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed for distribution.
Students in Title 1 schools often come from families that are financially distressed. Thanksgiving is a particularly difficult holiday for their families.
Kingsley Elementary is a Title 1 school and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody supports an effort called Kingsley Harvest Baskets whereby baskets containing a turkey and other food items are provided to the Title 1 families. This is organized by a Dunwoody Rotarian's wife and daughter, who also get outside food donations from the community.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville partnered with The United Way in order to hold a golf tournament at Country Oaks in Thomasville. This year we had 23 teams, 52 hole sponsors, a $5000 sponsor (Envision), a $2500 front 9 and back 9 sponsor (Synovus), a breakfast sponsor (David Hufstetler), and a lunch sponsor (Mary Beth Donalson and John Glenn). We also offered two hole-in-one CAR options (thanks to Flowers and Spence). 25 Rotarians volunteered to make this a success. Other club members were hole sponsors, team participants, and donated prizes. This is an annual project for our Club and brands Rotary's concern for supporting worthwhile community projects. Check present to the United Way in the amount of $15,000.00
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.
Bounds Gardens at Monroe Park is a lovely little traffic island across the street from the Dunwoody library. Monroe Brock, a former member, initiated this project over 20 years ago and our club has maintained ever since under the careful eye of Fred Bounds.
The seasonal work done by a dedicated team of Dunwoody members on Saturday mornings as needed bimonthly. They are also joined by a member of the Atlanta Metro club.
The Rotary Club of Griffin sponsored its first GRSP student in 1949 and
every year since. This year's student, Jennifer Wright, our 91st, is from Scotland. She is attending the
University of Georgia.
Rotarian Francisco Diez-Gonzalez and his wife Claudia, are hosting for the year.
This is our Top Pick for an International Project. Our
club has been involved in this program for 4 years located in Escuela Pedro
Nufio in the village of El Rincon in southwest Honduras. The school serves 146
students from grades K through 9 including middle schoolers who walk three
hours each way to attend class in the only middle school in the area. The
lifeblood of this school is the lunch program provided by L4L, and the prior
sponsor pulled out leaving L4L to support the school from its general funds
which is an unsustainable situation.
Rotary sponsored the 4th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 70 seniors Feb 14, 2019. Due to Valentine's Day falling on a Thursday, our Rotary Meeting Day, the seniors were invited to join us at The Plaza for a meal and program. Many were excited and had anticipated this day since the beginning of February. The seniors were greeted by many of our Rotarians. They enjoyed a delicious meal while listening to love songs and joined us in hearing Tim Filston talk about the differences between man and woman. All seniors were given a Valentine stuffed animal and box of candy. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money. Three Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed on the day of the event. There were twelve community sponsors. Several representatives of our sponsors came to volunteer at the party. One senior from the Scott Senior Center was heard saying that the morale at the center had increased greatly as the day of this event got closer and closer. The participants were eager to dress up in their finest and go downtown for a Valentine meal. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors.
The Rotary Club of Griffin created a new committee to focus on Senior Members and the needs of the individual members during periods of need. Several meals have been cooked and delivered to members after hospital stays or during periods of illness. This past Fall a dinner was hosted at the committee head's house for Senior Members, most who are 80 plus years of age. A second dinner is planned for the spring.
Star: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program
Star Teachers and students were celebrated at our February 19th meeting. The LaGrange Rotary is the only original sponsor of this program, participating in it since its conception in 1959. Five area high schools take part in this event with each school identifying the senior who was in the top 10% of their class and has the highest score in one sitting of the SAT exam through November of their senior year. The selected senior then selects the teacher whom they wish to honor.
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 Rotary Club of Dunwoody provides a book during the Christmas holidays for each student in the Title 1 schools we support – at present, Dresden and Kingsley Elementary. Age. Appropriate books are selected by the school media center. We gave out about 1800 books in December 2019.
The Club has been involved in this project at Dresden Elementary for more than 20 years – initiated by Roy Ethridge and Jennie Springer. In its early days, club members donated books at the holiday luncheon and they were later distributed at the school. For many years now, we have purchased the books and distributed in early December. We added Kingsley to the program in 2017. Since we started, we have distributed more than 22,000 books. This project is now managed by Jack Sparks, and we sort and package the books after a Friday morning meeting in late October, early November and bring to the schools for distribution before Christmas break.
Griffin-Spalding County School System New Teacher's Luncheon
The club sponsors an annual luncheon for all new teachers in the
Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS). The new teachers have the
opportunity to meet Rotarians and enjoy lunch during their orientation
week. This welcome provides a great first impression of our school
system and community. This year, we welcomed 120 new
teachers and heard words of encouragement and motivation from Mr. Frank Pinson.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb fills a very important need in our community by providingGrant funding toward the construction of a new playground in early 2020. There are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that are providing funding to this school.
Each year our Rotary Club has representation in the National Walk to End Alzheimer's (WTEA.)
The walk is held annually in September at the grounds of Vernon Woods Retirement Community. This year the walk was held on September 14th and ten of our Rotary members participated by walking and/or making donations. One of our Rotarian's served as Marketing Chair on the WTEA Steering Committee.
Our 10th Annual Golf Tournament is set for May 7th at the Highland Country Club. This annual event is our main fundraiser that helps us fund many of our Rotary projects.
This event is our most popular fundraiser and includes club members as supporters, golfers and workers. Family members are also included in the day's fun, it is an event that we all look forward to each year.
Through a Rotary District Grant, Rotary of Atlanta West End is subsidizing school uniforms for approximately 40 freshmen from low-income families at Booker T. Washington High School for the 2019-2020 school year.
Rotary of Atlanta West End also sponsors Washington High School's Interact Club, a Rotary-affiliated service organization for high school students.
Support the newly re-established Boys and Girls Club in Plains, Ga. (the "Club") to achieve its goal of enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. This unit is much needed in a county with 54% of all children living in poverty. The Club is named in honor of President Jimmy Carter, and he and his wife Rosalyn are active participants with the local Boys and Girls Club. The Rotary Club of Americus will provide much-needed computing equipment and dedicate volunteer time to support their efforts.
The Rotary Club of Griffin participated in the annual Humane Society Chili Cookoff for the first time in several years. The event is now run by the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, a local shelter that has assumed responsibilities for the Griffin Humane Society that has recently officially disbanded. The Griffin Club was joined in the competition by the Daybreak Rotary club, a log time supporter and participant of the event.
The Rotary Club of East Cobbfills a very important gap in our community as there are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that contribute to this entity. We are able to help better equip the teachers to deal with Dyslexia
Providing their talents and treasures, Dunwoody Rotarians hosted two days in Fall, 2019, at the USO at Hartfield Jackson Airport welcoming veterans passing through and assisting them with their needs.
This project has sustainable support in the community served - several hundred military service personnel served daily at the USO center at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA. RCD and USO has had a partnership in supporting our military personnel, bi-annually, for over 15 years, by serving a typical American lunch of hot dogs, homemade cookies (donated by Rotarians), and fresh fruit, and by assembly,gift bags.
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.
The Rotary Club of Griffin has for many years sponsored the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of the club volunteer to judge essays and the club financially sponsors the contest at Griffin High School and Kelsey .
Students who participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest select a saying that is a "Law of Life" and use that saying to examine and write about key life lessons and core character values such as honesty, generosity, courage, compassion and perseverance. The contest reflects Rotary's emphasis on values, high ethical standards and service to others.
Playground Maps of USA in Thomas County Elementary Schools
Elementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville County School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. Our Club’s
project involved tracing and painting a large, colorful map of the United
States on the playground of Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School.
Everyone was excited to participate in such an impactful program
Project Mail Call - Marietta, GA
Project Mail Call was started 12 years ago by a retired couple
that attends Mt. Bethel UMC in East Cobb. Ed, a retired Navy veteran, drew upon
his experience in the military and he and his wife Mary, decided to start this
Non-Profit, with some help from Mt. Bethel UMC in the basement of their home. The entire basement is set up with all types of food
supplies, books/magazines, games, toiletry items and hand written letters from
elementary students thanking them for their service. Soldiers are always in
need of these items but, just as important to them is mail or a box sent directly
to them with a hand written note letting them know that others care about them
and are thinking about them. It is a small way to thank all soldiers for their
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.
Every quarter, Rotarians and family members pick up litter along a
stretch of Johnson Ferry Road. This area is a main thoroughfare through
a portion of Cobb County and the pick up helps keep the area sanitary
and looking presentable. We were happy to see a very strong turnout on a
very cold and blustery 1st of February!!!!
Rotary Club of LaGrange once again participated in the International Festival held in Downtown LaGrange. The festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity in our community, and highlighted the international community living and working in LaGrange. Interact and Rotaract students were joined by Rotarians to staff the Rotary Booth. Information on RI's End Polio Now Campaign was shared with members of the community as well as other programs that the three local Rotary organizations offer. Other booths had food, art, and artifacts and cultural dress of the countries represented. Music, crafts and games also played a role in the festival. This festival was another means of participating in our community and promoting Rotary.
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.
The East Cobb Rotary Club raised $750 from a raffle at our holiday party. We had a wonderful time on Dec. 14, 2019 and celebrated the many blessings of our Rotary family. Our tradition is for members to bring gifts which are raffled off to the highest bidder. The entire proceeds were distributed back to Polio Plus.
2019 LaGrange Police Department National Night Out
Nationwide Annual "National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and standing to fight back against crime.
The Rotary Club of Griffin held a coat drive this past year. We
announced the drive at our weekly meetings. We
collected 24 coats from Rotarians, their spouses, Rotaract and members of the
community. We donated the coats to the Salvation Army. The
Salvation Army took the coats to the House of Hope shelter and
distributed the coats to their clientele there.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb has long partnered with Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA to volunteer as judges to review Senior projects. Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, high school Seniors are tasked with creating a project and selecting a mentor or coach, to provide guidance and feedback about how the student can learn from such an experience. Many students try to rely on a topic they are familiar with while some will stretch further to tackle a topic that they have had no exposure to before. This creates a scenario where students have never presented a project before a group of adult judges. Fear and nervousness is most evident.
400 Years: The Journey commemorated how far African Americans have come since the first slave ships arrived 400 years ago. The three day event included an art exhibit by Annie Greene, a local artist, an African American History Exhibit at the Legacy Museum, an International Concert, and workshops on Healing Through Education. Several Rotarians attended the gala event and made donations to benefit ARK Minsitries. ARK Ministries is run by one of our Rotarians, Yvonne Lopez, and provides aid to the homeless.
Our Club partnered with Center for Family Resources to pack Thanksgiving boxes for needy families based on the number of people in the family. We distributed the boxes by delivering to families on a second day . One volunteer went to register and qualify families to participate in Thanks for Giving before the packing and distributing began .At least 100 families were able to benefit from this program.
The Rotary Club of Griffin sponsored three socials during the Rotary year. The first one was held in October with 12 attendees and one guest. The second was held in January with 27 attendees and 5 guests. The third will be held in April. The socials were held at different restaurants around Griffin from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The attendees were both Rotarians and several wives. It appears we will have three new members from the attendants of these socials.
Our club ends each Rotary year with a Family of Rotary banquet where we highlight what we have accomplished for the past year and welcome in the new Rotary year. This event is always a highlight for our members, their families and community members. This year we are also going to focus on the talent we have in our club by asking members to use their talents to provide the evening's entertainment.
The Rotary Club of Griffin helps sponsor Norcom's Annual Education
Celebration. Noncom is a local manufacturer of school supplies, whose
president is Rotarian Hal Rahn. Other sponsors include Griffin
Wal-Mart, managed by Rotarian Scott Owen.
In August 2019, Rotary Club of LaGrange raised $500.00 to assist the Interfaith Food Closet in LaGrange to buy food for the community. The United Way agency is able to buy more food per dollar than individuals can, so we raised the money for them, which will be above the support they get from United Way. Project Chair, Clark Johnson, presented the check to the Interfaith Food Closet at a September Rotary Club meeting.
East Cobb Rotarians provided and served lunch to over 100 homeless people at MUST MINISTRIES. Fred Hanna graciously stepped forward and donated all of the goods and foods served and fellow Rotarians assisted in serving everyone with a smile!
The Rotary Club of Americus hosts a Family of Rotary Event every year to celebrate the start of a new school year and share school supplies with local students. Rotary branded pencils and notebooks are given to students at the Roman Oven restaurant, with remaining supplies given to Furlow Charter School.
Pick up trash and debris along a busy traffic area of Johnson Ferry Rd, from LIttle Willeo to Lower Roswell Road, helping to beautify the area. East Cobb Rotarians and family members are encouraged to attend. We maintain the area 4 times or once per quarter.
This February’s Super Bowl in Atlanta will also be an opportunity for victims of slavery and human trafficking to be brought into the area. Rotarians across Georgia are working towards increasing public awareness of this problem and providing these victims information on how to reach out for help.
Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) hosted its annual dog walk and 5K run in LaGrange. Rotary Secretary and President Elect Trae Long is also a HYPE Board member, Trae represented Rotary Club of LaGrange in the walk which benefits the LaGrange Troup County Humane Society.
9-11-20 Memoriam / Quarterly First Responders Acknowledgement Breakfast
Every quarter, the Rotary Club of East Cobb recognizes the best of the best - the best firefighter, police office and EMT in the district. They are invited to breakfast along with the rest of their unit and their commanding officer usually says a small speech/introduction as to why that individual is being honored.
Honoring Cobb County First
Responders, Celebration was held at Old Towne Country Club. The Rotary
Club of East Cobb was recognized as their Presenting Sponsor by donating a
check for $2,500. A banner was displayed honoring our club. The event was
attended by Police officers but all money goes to the Police, Firefighters and
Each year the Students of West Georgia Community Interact Club raise money to benefit RI's End Polio Now campaign. This year the students decided to offer packaged chocolate kisses for a dollar donation to shoppers at a local grocery store.
This luncheon was sponsored by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Guild to raise money for their organization while showcasing community organizations. Project Leader Karin Thompson got a chance to express her artistic side along with the other members of this project while they were getting the message of Rotary out to others.
To combat this type of pollution in the streams and creeks of eastern Cobb County, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has implemented the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship storm water runoff project for seven years at no financial cost to the club.
Had Eagle Scout participation in helping us clean up Townsend Trail
Clean up Townsend Trail
Townsend Trail is 8/10th of a public mile trail that winds through a Cobb County green space adjacent to Wheeler High School. The East Cobb Rotary Club maintains this to assist Wheeler High School Cross Country with their training and safety access. The majority of time spent is clearing brush that has grown over the trail and clearing out fallen limbs.
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.
For many years, The Rotary Club of East Cobb has partnered with WellStar Healthcare in our community. They are our presenting Sponsor for our annual Fundraiser each year, DogDays5k road race. We provide Grant funding to them that is used in the community toward their Hospice facilities. We do not provide any volunteer assistance - only funding.
Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust (CART) is a donation made by Rotarians each week donated to help fund Alzheimer research. Last year our total funding was approximately $600. This year our total should almost double to $1100.
Sweet Land of Liberty - Children's July 4th Parade
July 4, 2019, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 36th annual children's 4th of July parade. The origin of this celebration was the idea of the wife of Rotarian Jim Boyd, Annette Mills Boyd. This parade was established to give the children of LaGrange an opportunity to participate in a festive celebration of the birth of our great nation.
Club President D. Lindner, Youth Services Chair, Mark Davis, and Chris Largent attended the Vibrant Club Workshop held in Macon, GA. Vibrant Clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects and try new ideas. The two-hour workshop on Membership, Foundation, and Public Image was a deep dive into three main pillars of the Club.President D brought new ideas back to our Board for consideration. Of special concern were ways to recruit and retain members.
This year it was decided that we wanted to take the next step in our literacy program for children in Troup County. This program was designed to increase the number of hours that we actively engage young children in literary adventures.
Rotary volunteers read monthly to LaGrange pre-school children in 10 different learning centers, some also to elementary schools for K-2nd graders. Bright smiles, enthusiastic dialogue, and genuinely appreciative response from kids, teachers, and assistants are balanced by warm feelings by Rotarians who participate.
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.
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
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.
The passion of one Rotarian in 2010 has resulted in over 2,500 children being served through Lunches for Learning (L4L). Not just one time, or for one year, but year after year and meal after meal throughout the grade school years. When we started, L4L served 8 small schools. L4L now serves 46 schools.
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.
Each year our club participates in the Georgia Rotary Student Program by having our President Elect and their family host an international student for 1 school year at Kennesaw State University. In partnership with GRSP we provide tuition, books, room & board for the student. In addition, club members take the student on adventures around the United States so they can experience American culture.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Roswell Rotary setup 2 tents, provided drinks and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and enjoyed time with our Rotary family. A quick storm blew through soaking all of us, but we had a great time and watched spectacular fireworks at Roswell High School. Over 75 Rotarians and their families enjoyed the evening.
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!