Projects


100th Anniversary Literacy Gift to Our Community

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2018-2019 Polio Fund Raising


Fellow Rotarians,

As I promised at the March 29 meeting, this is the tool to donate to Polio Plus using credit cards. It is simple to use.

Minimum donation is $100 but please enter more if you are so inclined, in increments of $100.

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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.

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400 Years-The Journey

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Adopt-A-Mile month of July

We adopt and maintained the roadway behind Cross Roads Shopping Center in Carrollton, GA. We had 14 participants and collected over 14 bags of trash around the center.

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Annual Banquet/Member Showcase

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.

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Annual Golf Tournament

Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament is set for April 26th 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.

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Article on Jim Murphy in the Northside Neighbor

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.

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Atlanta Peace Park

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.

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Back to School Project Food Closet

n August 2018, Rotary Club of LaGrange raised $1,250.00 to assist the Interfaith Food Closet in LaGrange 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. Seen here, Rotary members who served on the committee presented the checks to the Interfaith Food Closet head at the United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon on September 5th. Left to right are: Clark Johnson, Rotary project chair, Jennifer Tenney, Food Closet head; and Rotary committee members Teresa and Mike Phillips.

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BackPack Blessings

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.

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Be A Santa To A Senior

Our club participated with the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project this year for the second year. Betty Keane, the person that runs the project in Fayette County came to speak to our club, we donated $1000, and our members participated hands-on in this project to provide Christmas presents to local seniors, particularly those that are not well off financially.

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Be THE Voice Night Out

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.

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Because of the Brave 2019 Veteran's Day Celebration

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Better Health at Home and Around the World

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.

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Blessing Bags

Blessing Bags for the Homeless

A blessing bag is a small assortment of basic toiletries and snacks in a zip lock bag. Blessing Bags are great to keep on hand in your car, so if you are in a situation where you find someone in need, you have the bag right there to hand to them. This is a way to demonstrate and teach others the act of giving in the face of a need instead of just driving by or walking away without responding.

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Bring One for the Chipper

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.

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VCR & Calvary Children's Home Picnic

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.

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VCR & Candy Buy-back Costume Party for our Troops

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.

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CART Program

This is our fifth year that we have participated in District 6900's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) project.

Special purple cups make their appearance on our members' tables on our first January meeting. An explanation is given at the beginning of the meeting then with reminders for the program at each successive meeting. The cups are brought out for all of the meetings January through February.

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CCYA

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.

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Chapel Hlll Middle School

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Children Film Festival

Donated to the First Christian Church, Tucker Children Film Festival

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Children's Christmas Event

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.

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Cobb Christmas

COBB CHRISTMAS – Cobb Christmas is a program where needy families receive Christmas presents for their children. For years, the Rotary club has been present to take souvenir photos of the children with Santa and distribute them at no charge to the families.

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Cobb Diaper Day

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.

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Coins for Alzheimers Research

COINS FOR ALZHEIMBER’S RESEARCH TRUST (CART)– A collection is held on the first Monday of each month for funds to be donated to this Rotary sanctioned project.

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Community Charity Drive-ARK Refuge

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Cotton picking Fair Fall Festival

COTTON PICKING FAIR FALL FESTIVAL

The Cotton Pickin' Fair is the signature fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Meriwether Co. The Fair is held twice a year on the first weekends in May and October.

he Meriwether County Rotary Club cooks over 700 foot long hot-dogs with slaw, chili and cheese. Other items include candy apples, tea, lemonade, coffee, and muffins for breakfast.

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D7U8 Boys to Men Event

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.

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Donna's Dispatch - August 28, 2019

This is an example of Vinings Cumberland Rotary's weekly email bulletin.

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Dorcas Ministry

DORCAS MINISTRY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

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.

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Drake House Apartment Rehab

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.

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Essential Theater

Rotary of Atlanta West End is a sponsor of Essential Theater's competition which recognizes Georgia playwrights and produces their prize-winning works in an annual festival, held at the West End Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

Rotary AWE sponsors a West End neighborhood night performance and reception, with free and discounted tickets for neighborhood members; promotes the Festival at meetings and through social media; organizes an outing to a performance as a club fellowship event with family members; and nominates a Rotarian to serve on the theater's Board of Directors.

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First Responders Award Luncheon

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.

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Food for Thought

On the third Tuesday of the week our club meeting goes the Upson Lee South Elementary School to fill bags with food for selected children to take home over the weekend.

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Freedom Fighter IPA

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 receipt 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

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French Peace Delegation

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.

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VCR & Friends of Refugees Sep 2019

Friends of Refugees Donations & Site Visit

During the month of September 2019, VCR members brought the following new and gently-used items to weekly meetings to be donated to The Friends of Refugees (FOR): children's books, children's puzzles, jumbo crayons, coloring books, stickers and professional/business attire

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Georgia Rotary Student Program

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.

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Golf & Tennis Tournament

Our tournaments enable Roswell Rotary to give $150,000+ back to our local community and charities. Please help us raise even more money this year to support our neighbors. Join us for a great day at Country Club of Roswell by sponsoring a foursome, playing in the tennis tournament, buying advertising or bidding on items at our dinner and silent auction.

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Golf Tournament Raffle

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Habitate For Hunanity COllege Student Hosting

HABITATE FOR HUMANITY COLLEGE STUDENT HOSTING

On the 3rd week in March of each year a college team 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.

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Health Symposium

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.

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Honoring Our Heroes

HONORING OUR HEROES –

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.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Join Us On Thursday, November 7, 2019

From 12pm - 6:15pm at Roswell Area Park - 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075

Our club loves our Veterans and we want 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 are invited to join us for a special day in their honor. Thank you for your service!

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Human Trafficking Awareness

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS -

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.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

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.

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Hump Day

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.

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Hurricane Michael Relief

The Florida panhandle and South Georgia has been hit very hard by Hurricane Michael. Use the Contribute button to contribute to the relief efforts online. You can also send checks to:

District 6900 Charity Fund
c/o James Marosek
2810 Premier Parkway Suite 200
Duluth, GA 30097

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Hurricane Relief Supply Collection

Cleaning Supplies:
Mops & Buckets
Towels & towelettes
Gloves
Wet Wipes
Large Plastic Trash Bags
Chlorine tablets
Disinfectant

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HYPE Bark at the Park

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Installation Party

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.

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Interact Club

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Interact Fundraiser

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Jim Murphy Recognized by Congressman Loudermilk

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.

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Junior Deputy Program

We sponsor a child to go with a group of youths on a week long trip to Washington DC, accompanied by the local sheriff Department. This annual event serves 30-40 children.

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Keep Safe 5K

Our Club partnered with local police officer, Travis Goodman, to raise funds for the Keep Safe 5k. The Keep Safe 5K was a race in which all proceeds went to provide car seats to mothers of newborns within the community. Our club supported this fundraiser by providing funds, hosting the organizer of the event and promoting the event within the community.

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LaGrange Annual Christmas Parade

This is the tenth year that the LaGrange Rotary has been involved in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 42nd annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Miracle on Main Street". This year our own Rotarian Bobby Carmichael was selected as being the 2018 Christmas Parade Marshall.

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LaGrange Fireman 9/11 Stair Climb Challenge

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LaGrange International Festival

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LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program-Project North Pole

The LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program is designed to motivate young students to work to their full potential, graduate high school and to continue onto a post high school learning environment. This is an ongoing program that was the brainchild of both Rotarians Bill Price and Fred Jones in May 2009, after some revisions it was finally approved by the LaGrange Rotary Board in November 2009.

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Literacy

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.

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Literacy Project-Rotary Readers

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.

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Luscious Sanders Recreation-Garden planter

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Marietta Reads

Our Annual Fall Marietta Reads Campaign where we read a book to 2nd grade classes in the Marietta School System. We also have a big kick off event on the Marietta Square with 14 Rotarians present on Saturday morning 9/14/19. 39 Rotary Member Volunteers read to 26 classes yielding 819 children being read to.

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Meet Roswell Rotary

This year was have a series of events planned 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 also a great environment for members to bring prospective members to introduce them to Rotary in a more casual setting.

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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.

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Monthly MUST Homeless Shelter Lunches

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VCR & MUST Ministries Summer Lunch1

MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Project

On Thursday, July 11th, nine (9) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to prepare 1,054 meals 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.

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My Favorite Things Luncheon

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.

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VCR & National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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.

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New Member Social

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.

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kitchen at Orphanage

New well pump and stove for Guatemala Orphanage

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.

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NFCC Backpack Collection

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.

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North Fulton Rotary Council

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.

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Parks Clean Up

PARKS CLEAN UP –

1) We have a project planned through the Parks and Recreating Department to beautify the gardens at Brumby Hall.

2) We are also working with Keep Marietta Beautiful to explore other opportunities for improvement and clean up of green areas in the city.

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Police & Fire Foundation

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.

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Polio Awareness

POLIO AWARENESS –

1) On September 22, Marietta Metro Club President Keith Funderburk made arrangements for Rotary to partner with the Atlanta Braves for a special polio emphasis.A portion of every ticket purchased through a special portal would benefit End Polio Now campaign.Around 200 Rotarians attended and with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, over $6000 was raised.

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Printed Directory

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.

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Project Zero

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Provide Assistace to Little Childre of the World Program

Provide assistance to local organization, Little Children of the World, dedicated to creating caring, communities for children who are victims of poverty, neglect amd abuse in the Philippines,

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Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon

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Red Kettle Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

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Red Kettle Campaign

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Rivers Alive Chattahoochee Clean Up

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.

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Roswell Art Festival

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.

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Rotary Atlanta West End Microbusiness Program

The Rotary Club of Atlanta West End Microbusiness Program provides small business education, mentoring, resources, and loans to entrepreneurs serving Atlanta's West End neighborhood. Each cohort begins with recruitment through community open houses and local publications and social media, as well as reaching out to former participants and other community partners. Participants take a mini-MBA course at Atlanta Technical College, facilitated by Rotary AWE members Victoria Seals and Kimberly Weaver, and are matched with professional mentors with experience in their field. Rotary AWE has set up 501c3 status for the microbusiness program to broaden opportunities for funding the program. Rotary AWE club members are involved in all aspects of managing the program: applicant recruitment and selection, technical education and support, public relations, legal compliance, business mentors, and loan documentation, repayment, and banking.

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Hurricane Dorian

Rotary District 6900 Disaster Relief Efforts

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.

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Rotary Youth Challenge

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Rotary Youth Exchange

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.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

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.

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Roteract

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RUMC Job Networking

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.

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RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

We are again this year sending a candidate to our District's RYLA training. This program gives a deserving student an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

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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.

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Scholastic magazines for school

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.

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School House Box

- 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

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Serving India's Disabled

SERVING INDIA’S DISABLED

In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Polio the Rotary Club of Meriwether County is serving the people of India affected by Polio and other disabilities with providing free refurbished equipment to enhance their day to day life. This program is spearheaded by Past President Robert Prater partnering with The Friends of Disabled and Children (FODAC) of Stone Mountain Georgia and Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim Maharashtra India.

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Serving Our Seniors

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.

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Serving Our Seniors - Senior Santa

SERVING OUR SENIORS – SENIOR SANTA.In cooperation with the Cobb County Senior Services, our club will be providing support for deserving seniors at Christmas.Hopefully, the Interact Clubs will join us in doing some projects like fulfilling wishes, stockings, Christmas cards, etc.

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Silent Cake Auction

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.

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Souper Santa

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Star: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program

ar Teachers and students were celebrated at our February 14th 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.

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Stephenson Robotics

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Stop Hunger Now

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.

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Suicide Prevention Confrence

We will provide lunch for the conference at Southern Crescent Technical College. The conference is provided to 50 attendees through the Family Connections. The conference is from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm

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A Family of Rotary Event

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.

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VCR & Teasley Elementary Career Day

Teasley Elementary Career Day

On Friday, October 18th, five (5) Vinings

Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to speak to students at Teasley

Elementary about our careers. Member professions ranged from non-profit

management to architecture to cleaning services. We each had a good time while educating

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Teen Suicide Prevention

TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION – With the alarming statistics regarding the number of teen suicides in the country and in Cobb County, plans are being made to present programs to educate students, parents and the community on warning signs and hopefully reduce the number of suicides.

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The Extension - Mens

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.

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The Extension - Women's

EXTENSION – WOMEN’S –

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.

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The Voyage Character Education Lessons

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Thomaston Upson Business Showcase

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.

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Tidal Wave Car Wash Ticket Sale

Members will sell 10 tickets each to increase funds for the club. Club members will sell 100 tickets at $10 each; will make a profit of $500.00.

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Together Roswell

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!

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Upson Read Trivia Bee

We will sponsor a team to participate in the trivia bee to raise money for GED scholarships.

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Upson Senior Center Give back

We will make a cash donation to the Upson County Senior Center which provides meals on wheels through out the county.

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Veterans Empowerment Organization

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.

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Veterans Recognition

Special lunch for Veterans of all wars. Recognized with Poppy Pin this year and had a keynote address by one of the Tuskegee Air Men .

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Vibrant Club Workshop

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VCR & Vinings Cemetery Clean-up

Vinings Cemetery Clean-up

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.”

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Vinings Cumberland Rotary in Cobb Life Magazine

Vinings Cumberland Rotary's Citizen of the Year Award in Cobb Life Magazine

An article on the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year Award appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Cobb Life Magazine.

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2019 VCR RFTK1

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. Proceeds support local non-profit organizations that provide services to underserved children, including Calvary Children’s Home, MUST Ministries, HERO for Children and Breakthrough Atlanta. A committee of Club members evaluates applications from 501(c)3 organizations using stringent metrics (fiscal responsibility and reach of impact being two of the most important criteria). VCR is proud to be able to support local children in need via this fantastic event.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's

Each year our Rotary Club has representation in the National Walk for Alzheimer's Disease awareness and collect funds for District 6900's CART program.

The walk is annually held in September and is locally held at the grounds of Vernon Woods Retirement Community. This year the walk was held on September 14th and seven of our Rotary members participated.

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Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Program

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.

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Warrior 2 Citizen

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.

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Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University

Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University

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Dogwood Golf Touranament

Fundraiser to support our projects costs

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First Responder Recognition

Cash awards for local Police, Fire and EMT who are chosen by their piers for outstanding performance

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First Responders Continuing Ed Scholarship

First Responders Scholarship for continuing education

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Food for the Poor

Monetary support for Sweetwater Mission - a local Food Pantry - to provide food for low-income families

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Football Pool

Georgia v. Ga. Tech Football Pool for Polio Plus and Paul Harris recognition

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Garrett Middle School Essay Contest

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.

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KSU Nursing Scholarship

Junior or Senior nursing student will be selected by KSU to receive the scholarship

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One for the Chipper

Partner with Keep Cobb Beautiful for Christmas Tree recycling station

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South Cobb Citizen of the Year

Awarding an outstanding citizen for living out the Rotary motto of Service Above Self - in partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Tech School Scholarships

Scholarships to students attending Chattahoochee Tech and KSU Southern Poly Institute.

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4th of July Outdoor Barbecue

Family of Rotary July 4th Social

This year Rotarian Lynn Morgan has taken on the responsibility of helping the members of our Rotary Club plan for activities that

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HIV/Drug Abuse Awareness/Teen Pregnancy

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 attending the Summit will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.

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Support The Troops

The Rotary Cub of Thomasville supports the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard. This company has deployed to the combat zone in Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the last 10 years. The Club honored some two hundred and sixty of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 2nd at the Exchange Club this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. The hall was decorated with holiday themes, holiday music and a Bounce House and slide were provided. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University a Noncommissioned Officers was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Thirteen Rotarians and other volunteers prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Twenty-two Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforces our brand of supporting First Responders and soldiers as this year's overarching theme and is an annual event.

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Recognizing Those Who Serve: "Local Heroes"

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.

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Tax Aide

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.

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Rotary Golf Classic to benefit United Way

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

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Rotary Has Heart for Seniors

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.

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Be The Voice That Stops Bullying

Bullying is widespread in schools across America.

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.

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Booker T. Washington High School

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.

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Carter Unit of the Boys & Girls Club

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.

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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.

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SafeDrive Map QR Code

SafeDrive

SafeDrive is an initiative to save lives in our community by raising awareness of local driving hazards... particularly among newcomers to our city and young, 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.

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Literacy Day/Month

Thomasville Rotarians goal was two fold: to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books and secondly to secure books to give to both the YMCA and Boys and Girls club after school participants. We were able to fill the little libraries with donated books from Rotarians and we go periodically and add more books.

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Family of Rotary Back to School Bash

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.

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9/11 Tribute Ceremony

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Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest

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.

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Georgia Rotary Student Program

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.

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Alive In Roswell

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.

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Fourth of July

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.

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