The AARC is having a cookout for Service Professionals (Firefighters, Police, and dignitaries) from East Point, College Park, and Hapeville. This is just a nice gesture to say thank you for your service to our community and to show appreciation.
The Foundation Ball is Buckhead Rotary's primary fundraising event that will provide funds for the projects we undertake in the coming year. The event hosts around 250 people, probably at the Cherokee Town Club, and features a live and silent auction, raffles, dinner, dancing, and fellowship.
This is our 3rd annual fundraiser. Unlike last year where the funds were raised primary for one charity, this years fundraiser is designed to raise funds for all the local charities and community organization we support (the beneficarties). This year we increased our net revenue 50% versus prior year and will dispurse all the funds raised before the end of this Roityary year.
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.
Our club has worked with the county high school since award a $1,000 scholarship to a senior. The winner is selected from nine Students of the Month that we honor during the school year. All SOTM are asked to write an essay of at least 800 words on one of the Six Areas Of Focus.
Having lunch with the Milton Senior Center during the holiday season has become an annual tradition for our club. We loved sharing a meal with these treasured citizens and spreading a little cheer with gifts to show them how much they are appreciated. There were lots of smiles and hugs to go around!
Apple Polishing is an annual event for the Buckhead Rotary Club. Over 3,000 apples are polished and delivered to teachers in the elementary and high schools in the Buckhead community. It's our way of saying thanks to these valuable people.
Each year we provide apples and pieces of chocolate to 400 teachers and staff at 4 local schools (elementary, middle and high schools). This is our way of letting them know their local Rotary club appreciates what they do to support our students.
For the past two years our club members have had the opportunity to work with Armed Forces Missions fundraising efforts to prevent suicide. Members of the club work with registration, counting and cheering on challengers as they do their push ups. This year's challenge had 96 contests doubling last year. Several of our Interactors from Sandy Creek High School were on had to assist.
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.
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.
Booker T Washington Cluster International Awareness and Building Tomorrows Rotary Leaders Resource Project
In a 2015 DOE report, Brown Middle School was listed in the lowest 10 percent of high-poverty schools in terms of the achievement gap among high and low-performing students. GreatSchools.com reports that 100% of the students who feed into the Booker T. Washington High School Cluster are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 93% are paying reduced lunch prices. With education often called the “great equalizer,” in 2016-17 the AWER placed an increased focused on the BTW cluster including BMS to build tomorrows Rotary leaders who will advance the needs of the community through service. This work included hosting an AWER meeting at the school with community and school leadership present, establishing a Rotary Interact Club at WHS, attending school events (basketball games, banquets, etc.) throughout the year, AWER coat donations for students in need and utilizing the 2016-17 District Grant to fund school supplies for BMS (atlases, reading books, etc.). The 2017-18 project will provide continuity to last year's District Grant project by developing BTW Interact Leaders (5 students) and BMS students (5 rising BTW Freshman) and further adding to BMS students' international awareness through funding trips to locations such as the Center for Human and Civil Rights (recommended by BMS. Two students will be given monetary academic essay award. Students will provide leadership planning and implementation and will receive school mascot for success project
Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, Director of the Thomas County Library, is an active member of the Certified Literacy Community Program for the past eight years providing important leadership and the Chair of this committee in our Club. Under this program, annually free books are given to four year olds, dictionaries are given to third graders, a Back to School Blitz is conducted, a fund raising spelling bee is held and GED Scholarships are awarded. Rotary In cooperation with CLEP, Kiwanis, Flowers Foods and Thomas County Family Connections, purchased and distributed 675 dictionaries and 681 books to elementary school children in 25 classes at four elementary schools. The book Gotta Go Gotta Go was read to the children. This program stimulates a love of reading early that is a fundamental skill required for an education enhancing the student's development and academic performance which ultimately benefits the community. Involvement by our Club in this activity reinforces our branding as a major supporter of education and supports our community outreach. This is a continuing activity of our Club each year.
Rotary Club of Douglas County supported our county children going through the family court process. The kids often sit for long periods of time while their fate is being decided by parents, lawyers, and a judge. Their lives are a story of turmoil even before the court appointments. The family court has a library that offers them a place of peace and a way to improve their reading skills, which is often impaired by their chaotic home environments. A library without books, though. That is until groups like ours got involved and donated new and gently used books.
Our original grant request was for $10,000. We were granted $5,700 and were able to have Boy Scouts from 3 troops form a composite Boy Scout troop and enjoy a week of outdoor camping. They lived in 2 man canvas tents at Camp Frank G. Lumpkin on West Point Lake and enjoyed rain, mosquitoes, ticks, red bugs, high adventure, great food and friendship. The scouts and their leaders were able to participate and earn merit badges in Rocketry, Welding, Sailing, Canoeing, Row boating, lifesaving, first aid,swimming, cooking and several others. I visited and also enjoyed a great afternoon of pouring rain and scouts braving the elements and embellishing the many "Tall Tales" they would share with their girl friends, families and with those who were not able to participate. Many had never slept in a tent or really been out of a city environment. The fresh air, night noises and brotherhood of scouting together will remain one of their fondest memories the rest of their lives.
Brookhaven Rotary Club assisted in the setup and takedown of the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival on March 23-25, 2018 at Blackburn Park, Brookhaven GA. On both March 23 and 25, 2018, club members served as Zone Captains assisting the festival organizer in controlling traffic and movement of vendors, artists, and musicians in the set up and takedown of booths. As needed, we assisted the vendors, musicians and artists in moving items and help securing their booths, etc. In addition, our club had a booth at the festival at which we provided to the public information regarding our club and its activities, including our major fundraiser, the Service Above Self golf tournament set for May 21, 2018, and the Covenant House Jobs Fair. This proved to be a great opportunity to inform the Brookhaven Community of who we are and what we do. About 12 - 15 people showed interest in the Club and we will invite them to attend a club meeting. Several asked for membership applications or more information about the club. This proved to be a great membership drive for our club.
of East Cobb proposes to use the District 6900 funds for a basic education and
literacy improvement project at Brumby Elementary School, located at 1360
Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067. Brumby E.S. has been our “adopted
school” for several years and our club continues to conduct and participate in
numerous projects there, such as at-risk student mentoring, student group
readings, acquisition of needed school equipment and supplies and similar
projects. Specifically, our club intends to pay for a one-year subscription to
Education City’s Learn English program and Computing for Brumby E.S. students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The subscription gives these students access to an online, interactive platform
both in and away from the classroom. The platform allows educators, mentors and
tutors to introduce and reinforce the English Language and Computing concepts
to students and help these students master state and Common Core standards and
gain digital literacy through digital lessons and activities. Additionally, our
club also intends to purchase an iPad. In addition to the school computers, students
will be able to access the online Education City platform from the ipad. The
school plans to host a training for Rotarians to learn about the platform and
become familiar with the various lessons plans.
Once familiarized, the Rotarians will mentor and tutor students using
the Education City materials in the school’s computer lab.
John's Place is an adult care providers in Barnesville, Georgia that is housed in the First Methodist Church. John's Place currently serves on average 50 adults each month. The service provides care to adults in an attempt to allow caregivers a respite. The Rotary Club of Barnesville host a cake auction the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to raise awareness and funds to help assist John's Place. The public is invited and the Rotarians bake the cakes and pies. There is no costs to the club.
Casino Night is an annual fundraiser that provides the majority of the funds for our service projects and club contributions. 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the event. Dawnbreakers invites more than 300 members of our community to join us for various stations of casino games such as Blackjack, Poker and Craps.We provide tickets for each guest to cash in for chips, based on level of sponsorship.
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.
Childrens Hearing Aid Distribution at Jeevan Jyoti
“Jeevan Jyoti” School for special children was started in 1989 in Dhanbad, India. It was felt that Special Children of the area, who needed special care and education, had been ignored. A dedicated group of women and social workers of the Inner Wheel Club of Dhanbad launched this project. The school started with 6 children and today has an enrollment of 110 students. The school was taken over by the Rotary Club of Dhanbad in 2002.
Our club partners with "Keep Peachtree City Beautiful", setting up two locations at the local Kroger and Home Depot in order to collect Christmas Trees that are dropped off by area residents. The trees are then recycled for mulch. We also solicit donations for a local organization that we determine, which this year was Midwest Food Bank.
Participate on the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade with two a pick up truck's decorated with Rotary Johns Creek signage. Rotarians walks alongside the tuck handing out candy and treats to the children.
This project is to help clothe the truly homeless people (living under the bridge) who come to the Salvation Army facility on North Druid Hills Rd about twice per week for the SALTED program, which involves: a shower, laundry, toiletries, and other very basic services and items, but no lodging. What the program regularly needs, and often lacks, is clothing to stock its clothes closet. Beginning in month of October 2017, we have an ongoing clothing drive and collect and deliver those items which the Salvation Army specifies as most needed.
During the past 8 years the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has embraced the Christmas holiday season for our primary service project –Cobb Christmas Program. As a Club we have created a tradition and have made a commitment to this service project for the past 8 years. This program strives to serve the approximately 17,000 children and families in Cobb County that live in poverty. Food and toys are gathered or purchased and then distributed during a designated weekend in December. In December 2017 the Club contributed over $500.00 in toys and cash.
CORP is a club group organized under the leadership of Rotarian Joel Norris, and sponsored by Rotary, for intellectually challenged adults. Goals include developing social and leadership skills, enjoy group activities, engage in projects, and participate in community activities. The group meets once a month in a local restaurant, has officers, conducts business, and carries out the planned by the members. For example, one of the fundraising activities is the sale of wreaths and reindeer Christmas figures. Some of the proceeds are used to purchase trained dogs for use by wounded veterans. The group is very active with Rotary Club in putting on the Dragon Boat Races each year, proceeds from which are used to fund Rotary projects.
The Club will sort, box, palletize and wrap boxes of Crutches, Walkers, Rollators , Gel Mattresses along with body braces during the Work Sessions / Service Project at FODAC then transport to a warehouse for packing in a shipping container for transport to selected sites in Africa. The trucking is supplied by the Tucker Rotary Club. All manpower involved in this operation is supplied by the Tucker Rotary members along with individuals doing Community Service work as directed by the Courts. FODAC supplies those items that normally would not be returned to the normal flow of HME's in the US.
Polk County Rotary Club DFACS Foster Program Christmas
DFACS Foster Program Christmas
The Rotary Club of Polk County joined with other organizations to provide Christmas for the foster children of Polk County. Our club was provided a list of children with their "wish list" of items wanted and needed, and - with donations from our friends and members - we were able to sponsor over 20 children!
Dine Around Peachtree City Dinners / Rotary Means Business Luncheons
Dine Around is an on-going monthly gathering of club Rotarians, their spouses, friends and prospects that started in 2012. We meet for dinner at a different restaurant in the area once a month. Attendance is generally between 30 and 50. The purpose is to build deeper and lasting friendships among club members in an informal setting. It provides good will toward the community restaurants and allows for spouses and prospective Rotarians to meet in an informal way. Additionally, we always attend restaurants which pay for advertisements in our Rotary Smart Directory, which is the club's principal money making project. These informal gatherings help to enrich the lives of club members.
Dogwoods, Cherries and Oaks, and Spruces and Pines, Oh My!
Rotary International President H. S. Riseley named the Rotary’s 2017-2018 theme as Rotary: Making a Difference. He clarified this theme as a call to protect the environment and curb climate change. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1st
Donation of books with labels honoring our speakers
We donate a library book honoring each of our speakers during the past year. We purchase the books, donate labels in honor of our speakers. We give each speaker a plaque after they speak each week and once a year we go to the school's library and put the labels in the books.
The Rotary Club of Douglas County ‘adopted’ three threatened cemeteries to preserve them and their history for future generations. This project included work by Rotarians and Interact Club members to prepare the sites and installing a perimeter fence at all three cemeteries. The Rotary Club of Douglas County is deeply involved in Douglas County. Members include residents who have lived their whole lives, as well as those who have chosen Douglas County as their home. Douglas County is a relatively ‘young’ county in the State, having been chartered in 1870. Prior to its incorporation, it was sparsely settled because it contained the ten-mile neutral border between the Creek and Cherokee Indian Nations; therefore, the earliest settlers, and the earliest burials, are close to the charter date. Identifying and protecting the cemeteries of Douglas County at this time is of critical importance because most locations are still known. In the near future, they may be forgotten.
Imagine being a single mother. You’ve lost your job; the car needs repair, and you have 2 children to care for and feed.You are homeless – and hopeless, until you receive good news that an organization, called The Drake House, will provide you and your children with a place to not only live, but to thrive. Your initial stay of 6-months gets you out of an acute, life-threatening situation, but more time is needed. That’s where Drake Village, an extension of Drake House, becomes your life-line to independence. Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Alpharetta and Milton, at Drake Village your rent is subsidized to an affordable level for up to two years, you have access to on-site after school care, receive financial counseling twice a month – AND you move into a fully renovated, furnished, and provisioned apartment. Life is now manageable; the children are safe; you welcome the future.
Early Reading Program for Pre-K & Kindergarten children
This is a three-year Global Grant program to support Literacy improvement of pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary, Cary Reynolds Elementary, Chapel Hill Elementary, and Premier Academy. Other local Rotary Clubs involved in this project are the Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven (lead), South DeKalb, Decatur, Dunwoody, Emory Druid Hills with International Rotary Club partners from Medillin in Columbia (lead) and Tres Arroyos, Argentina. This project will be delivered in the 2017-20 school years. This program will provide early language exposure and development to the low-income populations of the pre-k and Kindergarten students of these four schools positively impacting the student's long term educational success.
For the past 12 years, East Cobb Rotary's primary fundraiser has been our 5K Dog Days Run, a road race held during the "Dog Days" of summer.
This past year's race was held July 29, 2017 at the McClesky YMCA on East Piedmont Road.
The race bonds our club members together in a day of spirited fun, fellowship, and fundraising - all for worthy charities - and it also serves as a means of building awareness throughout the community about Rotary's brand of humanitarian service.
East Cobb Rotary Partners with Wheeler High School to Launch AVID Program
July 31st 2017, the East Cobb Rotary launched a partnership with Wheeler High School to jump start their new AVID program.
The purpose of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is to prepare high-potential students for a rigorous high school curriculum in an effort to make them college and career ready. With the help of East Cobb Rotary, Wheeler High School was able to launch this program in 2017 for 9th and 10th grade students. The students applied and were interviewed prior to being admitted to the program.
Each year we team up with the first responders in our community and go to Easter Seals to visit with the clients and expose them to different ideas and people. Unfortunately, with this population it is likely that in an emergency the people will hide. It is our hope that this will not happen since they have had time to visit with the first responders. We also introduce them to various characters that they might see on television, like the ChicFilA cow and the Geico Gecko. We usually have about 10 Rotarians attend and about 70 clients participate.
Easterseals West Georgia Inc, (ESWG) provides therapeutic care & education to individuals with disabilities of all ages. ESWG's program focuses on 1) helping children and adults to achieve their optimum level of independence, and, 2) assisting families to access work or attend school , which strengthens our community's economic impact and makes our community stronger.
Members of the Dougherty County Rotary have charged themselves to support educational enrichment programs with support of The Parks and Zoo at Chehaw, www.chehaw.org. Chehaw, whose funds have been cut 3% annually, provides educational programs to K-12 schools in 16 Southwest Georgia Counties. The van utilized to transport staff and animals has reached the end of its useful life and the programs are at risk of being discontinued. We have committed to purchase a new van to show our support for the valuable educational support provided by Chehaw.
Having been made aware of the disconnect between parents,
students, and the education process, most notably in during the middle school years;
the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs is the impetus for creating a collaboration
between the Sandy Springs middle schools, the Sandy Springs Educational Force
(SSEF,) the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB,) and the Rotary Club of Sandy
Springs (RCSS) to address the problem.
The Grant will enable the RCSS to address the issue and begin the
process of aligning disconnect with the Georgia Standards for families.
Collection of Electronic Equipment to keep out of the Landfills. All items donated to FODAC who will recycle and utilize if possible. HME's, Home Medical Equipment will be collected for FODAC's use to distribute to the community
The Rotary Club of Columbus formed the End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN) Committee in April 2016, adding community organizations late that year establishing the EHTN Coalition. Their goals are to 1) raise awareness and educate the
community, 2) address local and state laws, 3) develop demand reduction/rescue programs, and 4) offer opportunities for victim restoration.
In May 2017, the Rotary Club of Peachtree City will sponsor the Annual Awards Celebration for the Wellspring Living Girls residing in the 12 - 17 year old home . Below is a description of the education model and process as explained on Wellspring Living's Website.
To celebrate World Polio Day and End Polio Now, the Rotary Club of Carrollton held a concert at the Carrollton Amplitheater in downtown Carrollton featuring Reed Morris, a rising country music star. Local restaurants provided food and refreshments while Rotary gave away goodies all night leading up to our Jeep giveaway.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton raised funds with End Polio Now buckets and publicity. Members raised just more than $500 with change at the meetings and received matching funds from the club and the Gates Foundation totaling $4500. We donated the funds in honor of Bill Nordmark.
Estate Planning - Benefactor and Bequest Society Project
Roswell Rotary assists members in providing an estate gift to the Rotary Foundation by providing education regarding their estate planning options. Roswell Rotarian Jeff Scroggins leads a team to legally document Roswell Rotarians becoming Benefactors and/or Bequest Society members.
Murphy-Harpst is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to
meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through
residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and
community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families. Located in Cedartown, the organization is always in need of support in many different areas. The Rotary Club of Polk County plans to work with Murphy Harpst in planting a garden. This will allow us to work alongside the children and will allow them to see the fruit of their labors. We believe this exercise will cultivate more than a few vegetables.
The Ferst Foundation addresses one of the most basic issues of
childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the
home so that parents can read to their child. Donations to this organization allows every registered child to receive a book by mail every month until they reach the age of 5. This program is open to every child born in the county. The Rotary Club of Polk County supports this program with a donation each year. It costs $36 to sponsor a child for a year.
Ferst Foundation - Free Books Mailed To Youngsters
Our club charitable foundation, which is funded by member contributions and our principle fund-raiser, donates to the Ferst Foundation. Every month, Ferst mails a free children's book to every Harris County child who is registered with Ferst.
The age range for this project is one year to five years old.
On recurring Thursdays, our Club helps fill backpacks with food for students from homes with modest means to carry home over the weekend. These backpacks are designed to supplement the food available to the students until they return to school on Monday. For some of these students, these backpacks will be the only nourishment available to them until the breakfast they receive at school.
The Griffin Daybreak Rotary club will conduct our "Rotary Has Heart" project on April 21, 2018. We will gather at Griffin Fire Station #2 and package 25,000 meals to be distributed in Griffin and Spalding County for those in need. We are waiting on a response from several organizations which we wish to deliver the meals to.
Free photos with Santa at the Windsor Hotel. The Rotary Club provides the opportunity for children parents and families to receive free photts with Santa Claus. An album is posted on the Rotary Club Facebook page increasing our "likes" on the Facebook page. It provides an opportunity for those who cannot afford to pay for photos to have Christmas treasures of their children.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Polk County supports adult education by providing funds to our local technical college - Georgia Northwestern Technical College - to cover the cost of GED testing. This year, we will be covering the cost of two tests.
The project will benefit the community and improve the lives of those less fortunate by providing an opportunity for adults who would not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to get their GED. This opportunity will open numerous doors for the individuals by helping them be able to have more job opportunities or the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Piriya Sureshkumar from Denmark accepted the offer to be our (with North Atlanta) GRSP student for 2017-2018 to attend Oglethorpe University.
Piriya has regularly attended our weekly meetings, our Family of Rotary events, and other club events and has participated in GRSP events across Georgia throughout the year. She has had a very good experience, as has our club. Bryan Katz of our club serves as the lead Host Family for our GRSP the entire year. Our member, Bill Smith, is a GRSP Trustee and his family has spent holidays with Piriya and transported her to several out-of-town GRSP events. Bonnie Hardage and her family took Piriya on a weekend camping trip in North Georgia.
Gigi's House is dedicated to serving girls ages 13-19 who are victims of sex trafficking.
The home will provide a safe home, licensed trauma therapy, home school, life skills, mentoring for up to 18 months so that the recipients can survive as healthy adults and build futures that they deserve.
Eash year every Technical College in Georgia selects their GOAL scholarship candidate. These students then compete statewide to see who is selected as the State of Georgia GOAL winner to represent the state in national competition. Each year our Rotary Club provides $250 to the South Georgia Technical College GOAL winner to be used for expense money during the competition and state selection process. These funds assist with travel costs, meals, and lodging for our local GOAL winner.
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City has helped local elementary schools establish 5K races as a fundraiser over the past 14 years. By organizing the races as a "Grand Prix" series with prizes for the most points earned throughout the season, each race benefits with higher attendance. At this point, the series includes all 16 of Fayette County's elementary schools. These 18 races provide over $100,000 a year in revenue raised cumulatively by those schools by using the $6,500 provided by the Rotary club as "seed money" and then getting sponsors and runners in the community to participate. These 16 races, spread over the entire school year, involve over 2,000 runners. Runners earn points for each of the races that they do and accumulate those points all year.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton has participated with the League of Women Voters to present a series of speakers to the community. The topics are usually of serious political, economic and religious issues that face our world. The goal is to increase awareness and promote a better understanding of each topic.
Griffin Unit Salvation Army Community Center for Boys and Girls After School Program Scholarships
For over a decade the Griffin Unit of the Salvation Army has operated an After School Program for elementary and early middle school aged students at its Community Center location on Meriwether Street. The program is licensed for 45 students. The program is partially funded by a Community Services Block Grant administered by the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The CSBG monies help fund the cost of certified teachers who assist the students with homework, and provide intense tutoring specifically to those students who may be performing below grade level. In addition to academic support the community center has a modern computer lab and provides recreation activities for the students. The remainder of program expenses are funded by a combination of donations and tuition.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton has hosted Philipp Kutschker this year as our GRSP student attending the University of West Georgia. He has been a fantastic student and our club has gone over and beyond as the lead club in making Philipp's experience most memorable including him in many personal outings as well as his GRSP outings.
We will join with Brookhaven Rotary to welcome our GRSP student. This event provides the opportunity to bring together the members of both clubs and in the process strengthening our individual relationships with each other and our shared GRSP student.
NA Rotary will join forces with (lead club) Dunwoody, as well as Brookhaven, Buckhead, and Atlanta clubs providing the MLK GRSP Leadership weekend. Starting Friday noon at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta, students attended opening day of the Martin Luther Ing, Jr collection. Approximately 46 GRSP students will participate in the weekend hosted in rotarian's homes from North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Brookhaven clubs.
Our principle fund-raiser is a Saturday in April (after tax deadlines) where we give the community no-cost access to a professional shredding service. This year will be the fifth year. It has become a highly-anticipated event in all the neighboring communities.
The HEART in Haiti School is an International project begun in 2011 after the earthquake devastated Haiti Jan 12, 2010. The school started with 4 shipping containers bought and moved to the school site which were welded together to form classrooms and cafeteria. The school started with 12 students in pre-K and kindergarten and has now grown to 135 students through 6th grade. In Fall 2017 the school will add 7th grade.
Help the Hooch is an annual project for Muscogee Rotary. We have participated for 21 years and it is the project that gets the most participation. Our Rotarians and friends meet at Rotary Park in Columbus early one morning in October. Once everyone is checked in, we go our separate ways and pick up trash. Usually we stay on the river bank and we have found a lot of unusual things. We collect trash for about 4 hours and then we go to the watershed festival sponsored by Columbus Water Works. Muscogee Rotary sponsors our “Most Unusual Find Contest.” Our very own , Don Bowman has won this contest on several occasions. He has found a piece of a tombstone.
Roswell Rotarians continue their commitment to bring hope to rural southern Honduras through a Global Grant. The grants objective is to provide a water distribution system to approximately 1,900 people (380 families) in the communities of El Resbaloso and Piedras Blancas in the Goascoran municipality. Due to the hot and dry conditions, these communities currently spend about one-third of their very modest income buying water.
The Rotary Club of Henry County has taken responsibility for management and oversight of the Adopt A Highway Program for Henry County. Georgia's Adopt-A-Highway Program enlists citizen volunteers' help to remove litter from state roadsides. While saving taxpayer dollars, the program provides recognition for participating companies and organizations, brings the environmental and monetary costs of littering into public awareness, and promotes civic responsibility and pride. The volunteers of the Adopt-A-Highway program serve as visible reminders to the public that we are all stewards of the land. More than 17 tons of garbage was removed from our state highways in 2017.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Polk County awards two scholarships to two deserving seniors - one from Rockmart High School and one from Cedartown High School. The scholarships are $500 each. The applications are submitted to the Rotary Club and the club provides a panel of judges to select the winners.
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 which is generally considered to be the largest tournament in the Southeast. It will be held March 16 & 17, 2018.
Hillside is a residential treatment center for troubled teens. In addition to its financial contributions to Hillside, Buckhead Rotary supports their work through volunteer efforts on site. Our activities range from maintenance and building, to landscaping and renovation. In addition we have refurbished and furnished a house next to the campus that is now used as a welcome and resource center for parents and patients. Other activities include an anticipated program of vocational counseling and continued work with Hillside on all aspects of their mission.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville provided financial and volunteered resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Leadership Council – a teen leadership group charged with providing advocacy and education to prevent teenage pregnancy among adolescents and youth, impacting 1,824 beneficiaries providing 3,780 contact hours of encouragement. See the Impact Statement below.
For the third year in a row North Atlanta and Brookhaven Rotarians will join forces to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. In prior years each club had taken their own day(s) to provide this support and service to the Salvation Army. By combining forces we have shared the burden of providing two coordinators, a minimum of 24 volunteers working 2 hour shifts over two Saturdays in December. Additionally we invited our Chamblee Charter High School Interact Club members to join us, as well as our family members.
In March 2017, a group of 50 Rotarians and business leaders joined the Rotary Club ofAtlanta and Bob Hope’sWilderness Team to work on several projects in the Agalta Valley of Honduras. The team is returning to Honduras in March 2018.
In 2016, The Rotary Club of Barnesville hosted the first Honor Walk for first responders in Barnesville and Lamar County. There is no other event or project in our community that recognizes our first responders. We invite all first responders, Rotarians, and community members to participate in the Honor Walk, which is in downtown Barnesville. Afterwards, we treat everyone to lunch and a short program to honor our first responders. In addition to the Honor Walk, we provide red ribbon bows to businesses and residences to display in honor of our first responders. At the end of the year, this first time event was the top rated service project by our Rotarians.
This is a continuation of a project begun by our Club in 2016. Brookhaven Rotary is honored to have Chief Gary Yandura of the Brookhaven Police Department as a member of our Club. We reached out to offer him the opportunity to bring a guest, a member of his police force, to our weekly meetings to say "thank you" and offer a great meal in appreciation for their service. We receive 2-3 guest-officers monthly and it's been fun getting to know the various members of the police department during our weekly meetings.
Horizons Summer Camp provides education, nutrition, and fun to K-3 students at Garden Hills Elementary School who are at most risk of Summer Learning Loss. The focus is helping those students attain 3rd grade reading and math levels. A paid staff is assisted by Rotarians and others in giving individual attention in the classroom, playground, and swimming pool.
In cooperation with the Rotary Club of Thomasville and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge, the Rotary Club of Pelham hosts a GRSP international student. This year, James and Sarah Eubanks, hosted Olivia Mulvey from England. She has attended Valdosta State University.
On September 9, 2017 our club sponsored and participated in the Hot Pursuit 5K walk/run organized by the Brookhaven Police Department. The club, through its Foundation, donated $1500 to sponsor 20 running spots for the 5K Run. The funds raised through the 5K run are used by the Brookhaven Police Department to help officers participate in the "Shop with a Cop" program where policemen take a needy child or children shopping before Christmas. Our club member, Chief Gary Yandura, reports that the Shop with a Cop program is an extremely rewarding and successful community relations program for his Police Department.
Partner with a Rotary Club of Nodia in India and other countries to "beam in" via Skype/ other internet tools inspirational speakers to students in remote area of India and explore the needs of the students and inspire them with hope and aspiration. An astronaut is lined up top be our first inspirational speaker
Installation of instructional classroom projectors purchased with 2016/2017 District Grant
The Rotary Club of Americus purchased classroom instructional projectors for Furlow Charter School with our 2016/2017 District Grant. These projectors provide teachers the ability to use their laptop computers for instructional presentations. As a follow-on we would like to mount these projectors from the classroom ceilings and wire them for power and internet connectivity. This will allow teachers to reclaim classroom floor space taken up my rolling carts and tables used to hold the projectors. Further it will add an element of safety by removing obstacles and wires the students my trip over causing possible injury to themselves, or damage to the projectors.
Participate at the Interact Conference with Dave McCleary to address the issue of Human trafficking and how Interact clubs can help. Invite a sex trafficking victim to speak to the students and help brainstorm ideas the student can take back to their schools
The Rotary Club of Pelham will host an International Weekend for all International students participating in the 2017-2018 GRSP program. The date will be March 22-25th. International students come to Pelham each year for a weekend of fun and educational activities. Families from throughout the community volunteer to host the students. Cultures are exchange through a great night of entertainment provided by the students.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton created the Jim Rash scholarship for International students attending the UWG. Dr. Rash was a long-term member of our club who passed away a few years ago. His heart always belonged to education, Rotary and our international roots.
The Johns Creek Chamber Business Expo hosted over 100 exhibitors and over 1000 attendees. Rotarians participated by hosting a Rotary booth to share our community involvement and service with those attending. Each year we participate in this annual event raising awareness of Rotary and generating leads of prospective new Rotarians.
Partner with the City of Johns Creek and Leadership Johns Creek to help sponsor the inaugural Johns Creek International Festival on Saturday, April 21, a celebration of the best of traditional and cultural food, music, art, and wares representing countries from all over the globe.
Brookhaven Rotary Club is sponsoring the Laws of Life Essay contest for Cross Keys High School, Dekalb County, Georgia, in 2017-2018. The club paid $500 for this sponsorship and coordinated with Cross Keys administration and teachers to get the contest established for this year.
In 2002, our current President, Ed Outlaw, along with District Character Education chair George Stewart from the Dunwoody Rotary Club, started working with the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. The idea was to get Rotary Clubs to sponsor schools in the contest. Over the ensuing decade, the relationship between the contest and Rotary became stronger, to the point where a Rotary connected 501(c)(3) organization, Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program, Inc., was formed to administer the contest. Ed has served on the Board of that organization since it was formed.
About 16 years ago, Past President Ed Outlaw, learned about the Laws of Life Essay Contest from the Templeton Foundation. The Templeton Foundation had developed the contest concept, and encouraged service clubs to work with schools to make it happen. At the time, the Georgia Laws of Life Essay contest for high schools was already in place, so, to avoid duplicating efforts, our club decided to sponsor a contest at J.C. Booth Middle School. We have now sponsored that middle school contest every year for about 18 years, including the current year. Retired teacher and Rotarian Carolyn Wilkinson has chaired this project, and coordinated getting members to judge the contest, worked with the school, and organized our recognition event as one of our meeting Programs.
Our Club partners with the North Atlanta Rotary Club to volunteer for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign during the Christmas season. Our two clubs "staffed" the full day (10am-6pm) for two locations at Lenox Mall on both Saturday, 12/9/2017, and Saturday, 12/16/2017. Despite the snow and bitter cold on one collection day, our efforts resulted in cash collections for the Salvation Army of over $1000. The funds collected go to support the Salvation Army's social programs which help the homeless, the needy youth in the community, as well as fight human trafficking. In addition, the "ringing of the bells" provides great public awareness for the good works that the Salvation Army provides to our community year round, and provides public awareness of the good works of our Rotary clubs.
In order to promote the Rotary brand along with the Rotary Cares logo and idea, Smyrna Rotary as well as the good works of D6900 and other D6900 Rotary Clubs, we published a number of "Rotary Cares" and related posts.
Total views of LinkedIn posts exceeds 8,600 for July 2017-February 10, 2018 and 17,400 for Jan.-Mar. 2018. [Please see attachments below showing about 9,000 of the views.] We have also updated our website and submitted information to news organizations.
Cairo Rotarians will present student dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in Grady County and provide funds to one school media center to augment their budget shortfalls for reading and STEM materials.
Working with former club GRSP student, Kirsty Purvis, through a UK organization, Little Big Africa, to supply and maintain a clean water resource for a Ugandan community and school. Our club will contribute financially, provide correspondence with Kirsty and challenge two other local clubs to contribute to the project.
Develop a student to student pen pal program between members of one of our middle schools and students in Honduras in support of Lunches for Learning which provides free lunch for poor student in Honduras.
The Albany Rotary Club delivers Meals on Wheels for the SWGA Council on Aging that serve the elderly and under privileged senior citizens who might not have a warm meal each day. We deliver 6 meals, 2 days per week and every active rotary club member is scheduled to participate, unless the club is notified otherwise, 2 club volunteers per day.
Opioid addiction is known as a leading cause of death by overdose, not only in teens and young adults, but neighbors, co-workers, and friends.Perhaps inconceivably, an addiction can innocently, result from a common surgery. The drugs are highly effective at reducing pain, but highly addictive and commonly over prescribed. Further, the stigma that goes with addiction can be so difficult to overcome, that it gives ample time for the drugs to tighten their grip. An addict? Not me.
This project is to help HavenATL, the Salvation Army’s facility on Metropolitan Avenue in south Atlanta established to assist women caught up in human trafficking. See attachment below containing the Mission Statement for HavenATL. This project is to design and implement a new virtual mentoring program to help HavenATL graduates (women who have completed a series of classes and met certain goals at HavenATL) gain knowledge in leadership, job skills, career and personal development. Our Club proposes to finance this project with design and implementation done by Mentor City, a database designer selected by HavenATL. See attachment below containing a detailed description of the project prepared by HavenATL staff.
To provide up to four small loans to existing license West End entrepreneurs to expand and sustain business
Receive grant funds from PNC bank for $7500. Funds to be used for business technical assistance consisting of website development, marketing business, product pricing training, and how to determine profits and losse. Loans given to four entrepreneurs and technical assistance provided for twenty entrepreneurs.
This monthly project grew from another annual (Thanksgiving) food delivery project. After years of delivering free Thanksgiving meals, two members raised the question of why do we serve these families just at Thanksgiving. They are hungry every day.
North Cobb Rotary greatly supports efforts at Mountain Top Boys Home, a home that supports young men, by no fault of their own, that have been referred there by the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services. They provide shelter and a safe environment for these young men. Each year, our club provides food and volunteers to help them host their annual cookout, where members of the community are invited to come and see all the good work that they do. This is also a time where they make potential donors aware of budgetary needs that are not covered by the state. On October 7, 2017, our club provided pork, hamburgers, and all the fixings, along with 10 volunteers to ensure the success of the day. It was a great day of fellowship that also opened our clubs eyes to the needs of the home, allowing us to recently award them a club grant for $750. Beyond the cookout, there are multiple members of our club that serve on the board and support the Mountain Top Boys home throughout the year. It is an organization close to the heart of our club!
The Dougherty County Rotary Club's new members elected to initiate several small projects throughout the year to support local needs in our community. The new members would meet and select a project to present to the club during a regular scheduled meeting. This allowed more club participation and an opportunity to provide support for so many in need.
This is our annual project which purchases books in partnership with the Little Shop of Stories to distribute to 470 needy children to encourage reading with their families. One book is chosen and it is distributed to the children in the community through several events. This event involved sorting the books to go to the various schools and providing bookmarks, stickers, literature for OTSP project to go with the books. We also receive an District GRant each year to support this project
Open Hand has been a signature project since RY 2016, so RY 2018 is the third and final year of our involvement. Events are arranged each month to give Rotarians an opportunity to volunteer in preparing, packaging, or delivering meals to clients.
Open Hand was founded in 1988 and now serves almost 2 million healthy meals annually cross 19 Georgia counties. More than 50% of Open Hand clients are elderly.
Parade of Trees - Honoring Club Members and their Service
Parade of Trees
Americus Rotary provided a Christmas Tree and decorations for the City of Americus Downtown and Main Street. Trees from many organizations are placed in the Rylander Park downtown and decorated for Christmas. This year's tree was to our club members and their Rotary service.
As part of our focus on youth and goal to increase community outreach and brand awareness, we partnered with Secretary of State Student Ambassadors from Student Leadership Johns Creek to host 2 debates for John Creek City Council. Appen Media agreed to donate ad space in the Johns Creek Herald.
Peachtree City Police and Fire Department Banquets
Our Club sponsors our local police and fire departments in various ways. Besides offering an open-ended weekly invitation for either police or firefighter to attend weekly Rotary meetings, the club’s main annual project is the sponsorship of the annual holiday awards banquet.
Through Pets For Vets, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are available to adopt a pet from the Atlanta Humane Society at no charge. The Buckhead Rotary contribution includes the pays the adoption fee, some veterinary care and supplies.
Over forty one years ago, our newly formed club responded to a request from a local resident: Create a list of phone numbers in our town so residents didn’t have to search through the massive Atlanta phone book for local listings.
Soon, the Club decided to sell ads to cover the printing cost, and the Rotary Phone Book was born. Years passed; the city grew, the book grew, and the money generated by ads grew. By the 1980’s the project was serving in multiple ways: First, residents were provided with a smaller, local book. Second, local businesses were served by having an affordable way to advertise. Third, charities were served by donations with money raised from the book.
Rotary conducts a forum prior to November elections in which all candidates in the general elections are invited to participate. The venue for the forum is donated by local The Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center. The amphitheater was filled to capacity for the event, and media coverage broadened the number of beneficiaries to include the entire city/voting district.
This year will be completing our 10th year with Power Lunch. Power Lunch is a mentoring program that we carry out at a local, underprivileged elementary school. The school has an extremely high ESOL rate.
Each school year the school faculty picks 15-20 students to participate in the year-long program. They're nominated because they've fallen behind on reading and other factors. The students must show improvement in reading, academics, behavior, and other areas to remain in the program.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton supported Economic Development and Tourism by shifting a regularly scheduled meeting to a new brewing facility in the area. A tasting was arranged prior to the meeting followed by German cuisine being catered in for Rotarians and guests. The owners of Printer's Ale Brewery then gave a presentation while people ate lunch and then gave tours of the facility.
The Rotary Club of North Fulton received a global grant to install a water tank in Project Canaan located in Swaziland. This water tank will trap and store rain water during the rainy season to be used for crops during the dry season. The Rotary Clubs of Milton, Alpharetta and Johns Creek all partnered with North Fulton to provide additional funds for the project.
To provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Project Lifesaver is a program of specialized operations designed to locate missing individuals with such conditions as Alzheimer's, Down syndrome and autism, individuals who are likely to wander and become lost. Each Project Lifesaver bracelet is $300 and it cost about $400,000 annually to fund the project for the state of Alabama. Purchasing 5 bracelets will help possibly save the lives of 5 individuals. This bracelet cannot be removed except by the Sheriff's office. An individual cannot cut or remove this bracelet themselves. When the battery goes out, the family takes the individual to the Sheriff's office and it is replaced. Batteries are separate cost. NOTE: There is a special place in my heart for this request. I have a young cousin who wondered off in the woods several years ago, and it only took the Sheriff's department less than 30 minutes to locate him after family combing the woods frantically. With this device, he was found unharmed.
Providing Elementary Schools with telemedicine program
Education is the sure path to improving life. Educating our children is a top concern. Common sense says healthy children learn better than sick ones. Increasing time in the classroom for children who need regular physician visits would be a welcome improvement to the current situation. Like most rural counties solutions, the problems, are generally complex. This grant, if funded, would be a major step toward solving the lack of delivery of pediatric medical services, reducing classroom absences, preventing parents from missing work to take children to the physician, and would reduce staff and faculty absenteeism. In our community, health care options are limited with no pediatric specialists in the are and many parents working outside the county with potential significant transportation challenges.
Dawnbreakers donated more than 500 books along with $500 this year to the Tanner ReadER program.Throughout the year, Dawnbreakers collect and purchase books to donate; we also partner with our Rotaract Club who will be donating another 200 books themselves. We then place a Dawnbreakers Rotary sticker along with a Four-Way Test sticker on the inside of every book.
In 2017-2018, 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. Throughout 2017- 2018, we will donate more than 812 books to 203 students, read to up to 12 classes monthly and equipped parents with book specific multi-lingual reading guides to use at home. This project is helping students "learn to read" and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade they will be "ready to learn" through reading. Statistics show that 3rd grade is a pivotal time. Students at a 3rd grade level of reading by third grade are more likely to stay in school and become productive adults. Students not able to read at a third grade level by third grade often fall behind, are more likely to drop out and become at risk young individuals and ultimately more dependent on support from society. The reading program at Woodward Elementary is one of the collaborative programs coming together because of the awareness created by the "Get Georgia Reading" Campaign.
Chapel Hill Elementary is a Title I school located in South DeKalb that was adopted by the South DeKalb Rotary Club as a Community Partner. We decided as a Club to take our Reading to Students to the next level. With that ideal in mind, we donated 275 books to the school's library so that the students could have more books to take home to help with their reading.
Rotary Sponsored Blood Drive with American Red Cross
Red Cross Blood Drive
Club worked with the American Red Cross and the local Red Cross chapter to sponsor our annual blood drive. We provided Rotarian volunteers to assist and purchased refreshments for the donors and volunteer staff.
Initiated and conducted by Rotarian George Martin, a 5K running event is held at each elementary school in the county. The primary purposes are three-fold: Fitness, fund raising, and providing an activity for strengthening families. Family participation is encouraged in these well attended races, although many runners participate individually. The ages of participants have ranged from as young a 5 years old, to as old as 70s.
Rooted to Rise is a program devised by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and the Atlanta Speech School to inform parents of very young children how to read to and with their children to increase their vocabularies and better prepare them to read and for school.
A pilot program was initiated several years ago to involve several District 6900 Rotary Clubs, Shriners and FODAC in a joint program. Initially the concept was have the Clubs facilitate individuals getting info on Shriner's Hospital in Greenville SC. Additionally it was determined that the hospital had a need for pediatric equipment for many patients. This is where FODAC entered the program. While the equipment was available at FODAC there need to be a means to transport to Greenville SC. The Tucker Club took up the task as primary source though several other clubs and District 6900 individuals made the trip. In the Rotary year 2017/2018 the Tucker Club has made 4 trips to Shriner's Greenville with an additional 2 trips made by other Rotarians.
A Rotary Day of Dreaming and Inspiration is to help build the community and create a close environment. Our initial goal was to only provide 300 pairs of shoes to kids in the community of Hapeville and the Tri-Cities area. We, however, we blessed to catch a deal through our partners to be able to purchase 450 pairs of shoes and socks and 175 meal boxes, as well. Our event was well attend because we partnered with a local festival "Happy Days - Local Motion" which is a weekend long event that re-unites the community residents with businesses. We were able to provide approximately 390 kids with a single pair of shoes/socks along with approximately 150 meal boxes to these families, as well. We exceeded our initial goal of 300 pairs of shoes that we distributed.
We partner with the Bainbridge Memorial Manor Nursing Home each year to help them pick a King and Queen for Valentines Day, and help them celebrate. We provide a cake, and the Nursing Home provides the other refreshments and punch. We provide the labor needed to pass out cake, ice cream, cookies, chips, and punch to all residents. This year, two queens were chosen, and one King. We usually sing and dance with the residents, if they are able. This year, one of the queens had stated that she "only wanted to dance" one more time. She didn't have a partner, so in one of the photos, you will see Melinda Taylor, our club president, dancing with the Manor Queen. It is always an enlightening evening, and the residents really enjoy us coming and putting a smile on their faces.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton worked with area school districts to host job-shadows with its members. This year, 11 students shadowed various professions and then presented their experiences to the club during the Feb 6th meeting. Career counselors helped organize the event along with Rotarians from our club. Cash cost is for meals provided for students during our meeting.
Bi-monthly meeting that allows Rotarians and small business owners a chance to come together to let people know about their business. You do not have to be a Rotarian to attend, so people in Fayette County who are business owners are encouraged to attend and participate.
This is a program designed to promote world peace between the United States and Russia. Eight Russian Rotarians are visiting Atlanta, Oak Ridge and Tuscaloosa. Buckhead Rotary will host the visitors on their Atlanta visit. The visit will include social interaction, visits and tours of Rotarians businesses, visits with city and state officials, and tourism. Visitors will be hosted in Rotarians homes.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton launched its first fundraiser in more than a decade. With the help of roughly 30+ Rotarians from our club and a handful of Dawnbreakers and Rotaract members, the car giveaway was a huge success. Tickets were sold for $100 with only 800 printed from August to October 24th. We utilized an End Polio Now event where we hosted live music and refreshments at the Carrollton Amphitheater and completed the drawing at the end. We raised $63,000 in ticket sales with a net of $31,000. All money will be used for local projects and non-profit partnerships.
Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, has challenged 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. President Riseley has said environmental sustainability is and must be everyone’s concern. The Rotary Club of North Fulton supports the notion that “trees and woodlands provide spiritual renewal” thus making the tree planting project a perfect fit for our Reflection Garden.
During the week of February 19 - 23, 2018, the Americus Rotary Club conducted daily service projects to assist our community.
Monday - clean the Rotary mile along Lamar Street in Downtown Americus - 8 Rotarians
Tuesday - Furlow Charter School - Rotarians visited the school and taught a class on the Four Way Test - 27 Rotarians participated plus 1 GRSP student and 1 spouse - $400 worth of school supplies were presented to the school and $600 was presented to the Principal for the Principal's Fund.
The Americus Rotary Club’s signature project each year is planning, organizing,
staff, and running the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp for District 6900. This
takes place over a five day period in June each year. This year's event will be held June 2, 2018 through June 6, 2018. We anticipate having 144 students from District 6900 with an annual project cost of $65,000.
S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
This fair was a vocational event that included booths where students can come and take a vocational assessment questionnaire to see what vocation might best suit them. Local businesses had hands demo stations at booths so that students could meet and understand various industries and what is involved with various vocations. Rotary helped to get local businesses to participate and also had a "What is Rotary" table to introduce students and their families to Rotary. We passed out Rotary brochures and materials and spoke to the students about Rotary and Interact Clubs. Several Rotarians that have businesses participated by having a hands on booth as well.
Salvation Army - Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Delivery
Grateful for generous food donations from Costco in Brookhaven, our Club again delivered carloads of food to our local Salvation Army (Temple Corps at North Druid Hills location), for their Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. This annual project for our club normally involves around 12 volunteers (Rotarians and family members and numerous delivery vehicles) on each date,with the volunteers helping to load cars with goodies from Costco (bread, pies and almost TWO TONS of frozen turkeys!) and delivering these items to the Salvation Army on North Druid Hills on the eve of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Santa Clara Ocoyucan Primary School Campus Computer Lab, Library,and Resource Center
In an effort to increase each child's access to educational resources and support, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs has partnered with the Rotary Club of Colonial Puebla to re-purpose underutilized space at the Elementary School into a Computer Lab, Library and Resource Center, and work space for homework.The goal would be to make the space available to all three levels of the public schools in this area of the village.In addition, this grant will fund workshops and further education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives, train community residents in repair techniques to help sustain the computer lab equipment, and support college campus visits for middle school children and their parents to promote the longer term goal of continued higher education.
SAS Golf Tournament Support The SHARE PROGRAM at The Shepherd Center
The SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative began in 2008 in order to provide a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the US on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since SHARE’s inception, the program has served over 200 individuals, from all service branches. The program typically treats 8-12 wounded warriors at a time.
The Savannah Honor Flight lost it sponsorship to supply wheelchairs and storage facility for those Vets needing chairs on the trip to Washington DC. The Tucker Rotary Club though several contacts was made aware of this issue and step forth to secure the necessary chairs and will transport from Tucker to Savannah. Additionally the Tucker Rotary Club has located a storage facility for the Savannah Honor Flight since there are searching for a location.
Happy Bucks and other donations by Rotarians are used to purchased Christmas Gifts for seniors that could possibly not receive any type of gift during the holiday season. We will purchase the gifts and personally deliver the gifts to the seniors.
Future Rotarians (children of current Dallas Rotary Club) engaging with our senior citizens. What better way to connect our youth with our seniors than through the sound of music! This project has and will continue to an annual event for the Dallas Rotary Club. We LOVE our seniors.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton participated in Share The Warmth, a community-wide program of donating gently used clothing, blankets or anything individuals could use during the colder months ahead. Members asked others in the community, donated items of their own or donated cash to acquire goods to donate. All items were held at the Times-Georgian newspaper headquarters and then sent to First Baptist Church where they were labeled and sorted for people to "shop."
Shine The Light focuses on ending human trafficking by bringing awareness and education to middle and high school students, their parents and educators. The focus of our efforts will be through the empowerment of our relationship with local schools and our Interact clubs in North Fulton County. This is a pilot program which we plan to expand and roll out to other clubs in subsequent years. It is a 5 phase project.
Souns Puerto Rico and Peachtree City Literacy Project
the Projects that we are most proud of at the Rotary Club of Peachtree City is a
basic literacy program called Souns (sounds). Through Souns, tens of thousands
of children are learning basic literacy skills across languages and continents
thanks to Rotary. Currently, we are completing a $40,000 grant to implement Souns
in 200 Head Start classrooms in Puerto Rico.The measurable impact on children has been huge.So much so that we now have a grant for $163,000
for 815 more classrooms in Puerto Rico.
AWER will co sponsor one GRSP student with three Rotary Clubs to attend Clayton State College Student will have AWER host family. Traditional host family will have student in their home at least three times during college year. In kind contribution include food, activities and events.
We were contacted by the local Grady/Decatur County Head Start program with a need for their playground. Someone in the community had donated the actual mulch, they just needed someone to spread it around. Our group met on site early that Saturday morning and went to work. A local landscape company brought a skid steer and moved the mulch for us, and we brought our rakes and spread load after load. We even had the help of some of the children of rotarians, as well as our GRSP student. We wanted her to be a part of our service above self attitude, and she fit right in. It was very rewarding to know we were making a beautiful place for the children to play.
The objectives will be to provide learning activities that will enrich the lives of the young people served by our partner organizations. Many of these young people are in underserved and under-resourced environments and these activities will serve as an enhancement to their daily activities.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton participated in the 2nd annual Strides for Sheri. One of our past presidents and current member, Dr. Steve Davis, Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church, lost his wife Sheri to cancer. This fundraiser is used for scholarships in the city school system where Sheri was a teacher and very involved in helping underprivileged youth.
Our Club recognizes academic and technology students of the month, their parents and advisors. Each student is asked to identify his guests at the meeting, typically parents and advisors or sponsors, describe their major activities in high school and their plans for the future. Having an opportunity to speak before a group teaches them about preparation and gives them confidence about such opportunities to speak in the future. The students are awarded certificates for their selection and have a picture made to be published in the Thomasville Times Enterprise. Recognition of these students rewards them for their hard work and encourages others to emulate them leading to more productive citizens. This activity supports our Brand as encouraging scholarship and citizenship in our student population. This is a continuing activity each year.
1200 children will get booklets and it is expected that each child will share the information with at least 1 caregiver/parent and most will share with a sibling or friend. Some may share the booklet. Teachers will have the information to share with subsequent classes and parents will be able to share the info with other children.
Dallas Rotarians were honored to serve breakfast to the Dallas Police Department. As Rotarians and citizens/business owners of Paulding County, we appreciate ALL public servants especially those in our own community. This event allowed us to show the officers and support staff how much we appreciated their dedication. Special thanks to the local Chick-fil-A for assisting with this event. Afterwards, Dallas Rotary Club members enjoyed an informative tour of the facility led by Interim Chief William J. Boshell.
Environmental Sustainability with the Lucious Sanders Recreation Center. The Rotary Club of South DeKalb provided a Botanist and garden supplies to teach the youth at the recreation center how to plant, grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables. They learned important factors in the environment such as soil composition and pest control along with how to properly space their plants for optimum growth. This also provided them with the tools to continue to eat healthy as many of these kids had never tried a variety of vegetables.
2,600 Harris County citizens live below Poverty Level. (Two member family < $1,250 month.) Per local charity organization, 3,500 citizens are food insecure.
FOCUS, a county charity, provides free Thanksgiving meals. The food is purchased from local food bank. Rotary Club of Harris County supports the purchase with contribution from DDF. Our $2,500 contribution buys approximately $26,000 worth of food at retail.
Usually, people give gifts to the children of DFACS, but not so this year! The Children actually got to shop for gifts for others.
Children were receiving gifts but did not have the opportunity of experiencing the joy of giving. One Rotarian noticed and our club started the “Giving Side of Christmas” and the event has been a huge success.
This is the Griffin Daybreak Club's Legacy Project.
The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club presents an award each year to one student at each of the eleven elementary schools. This award is presented at the Honor's Day Program in front of the entire school, faculty, and parents. The award was named in memory of our past member Paul Ragan and his selfless service to others
The Title 1 Book Program has become an annual service project for the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. This year we are expanding to include a second Title 1 school.
Students in K-3 learn to read while students in grades 4-12 read to learn. Those that don't learn to read early begin to fall behind and don't catch up to their contemporaries. This results in students not realizing their full potential.
Assist the City of Tucker with the rehabilitation of the parks they have recently acquired from the County. The tree planting is the first of many projects to improve the sustainability of the Tucker City parks.
On October 26th, RCEC event with Trees Atlanta event was a "tree-tastic success" Our 5 club participants planted seven trees and worked with the Georgia tech students to plant scores of trees along the Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta. We successfully fulfilled the request of our International President for our chapter to plant a tree for Rotary. We enjoyed working with the local communities in which we live and made good partnerships. Our club member Alan Jenssen also came along with his wife who whole heatedly participated the full time in the tree planting exercise, we would like to thank her for her time and support. We hope to continue to partner with local bodies to do this every year.
In connection with Thomas County Certified Literacy Committee Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast from our Club sponsors a community wide team trivia Bee Competition and we provided two teams of three Rotarians to participate in the trivia bee. Each team that enters pays a $300 entrance fee. The proceeds from the event are used to purchase dictionaries and other books to be given to elementary students in the community. The Club swept the competition with the Rotary GTD -- Greatest Trivia Dominators consisting of Rotarians Don Sims, Gene McNease and Rotary spouse Theresa Brown, winning the competition with the Rotary Nerds, Ron Salter, Lauren Basford and Jeff Zoller placing second out of nine teams.
The TUTU Desk project provides many African students with a means to learn. While in school they have a desk and chair to study with many if not all their homes lack the necessary tools to complete homework. These desks are portable allowing the student to carry the desk/Chair home to complete their school work. This years donation will deliver another 25 units to needy children. An educated world is a safer world.
The North Columbus Rotary Club proposes a local grant project for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. The project is to provide funding assistance for Boy Scouts in Scout Troops located in low income areas of the Chattahoochee District of the Boy Scouts of America in Columbus, Georgia. The money will be used to pretrain young Scouts with two separate events and culminate with a week of Summer Camp at the Chattahoochee District camp Frank G. Lumpkin locate in La Grange, Georgia.
USO - Greet the Troops at the Airport (Hartsfield)
As we have done in years past, at least 3 time during the year we will greet the returning and outbound troops headed to and from the Middle East. We will man the USO podium at the top of the escalator (from the arrival gates) to greet troops, direct them to the USO facility upstairs, and "staff" the USO kitchen to provide troops food, beverages, and a warm and appreciative greeting, and maybe someone to talk to. Our club provides Chick-fil-A biscuit, and lunch sandwiches. We will provide these services from 9:00 am until appx 4:00 pm.
Decor took a nod from the Rotary theme "Making a Difference". We incorporated jewel tone colors to mimic the theme logo. The bright tablecloth was set off by a royal blue organza overlay. Wooden lodge dishes were set off by a bright orange origami napkins and bright blue cups (glassware was not allowed at event). Anchoring the table was a gold Manzanita tree centerpiece with fresh greenery (courtesy, Singletary's Flowers). Multicolor ribbons were hung from the tree with little cards listing achievements by Rotarians worldwide and locally.
The Camilla and Pelham Rotary clubs join together to present the 6th Annual Viva La Rotary Casino Night event in support of local charities. The 2017 event will support the Mitchell County Food Bank. The event is a Family of Rotary function which includes all members, spouses and guests as well as many community members. Viva La Rotary is one of the community's most elegant and enjoyed events - black tie optional! Members and their guests enjoy high style fun as they attend a cocktail buffet, jewelry fashion show, participate in high value raffle items and silent auction. Vegas style gaming comes complete with professional tables and dealers. Event sponsors, many of whom are Rotarians, enjoy publicity before and during the event - especially our highest level sponsors whose face adorns the funny money.
Each week, our club prepares a club bulletin which highlights the current program, the sponsor, and any other upcoming news important to the club. We also try to provide some humor by inserting some riddles/jokes appropriate for meeting audiences.
Welcome Children Back to School with Rotary Pencils
Rotarians greet families and children back to school at Jackson Elementary School with Rotary logo pencils. This is a great way to boost Rotary public image. We are there at the door when the families arrive and give out pencils and greet and shake hands with family. It is inexpensive, but is great for public image and helps the students as well.
We will provide 25 GED scholarships for individuals looking to further their education or increase their ability to become employed. We will be purchasing these from West Georgia Technical College who already has programs in place that prepare individuals for the GED test but may not have the resources to pay for it.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton participates with West Georgia Technical College by donating scholarship funds each year. With workforce development being a major focus for our communities and economic development becoming more important, our Rotary Club has taken a more hands-on approach to providing resources for local individuals to continue their education and develop the skills needed to bring more value to their lives.
Whiz Kids is a mentoring tutoring program that benefits 200 - 250 1st and 2nd grade students that have been tested by school administered test and have been found to be below grade level in Math and Reading.
ON MONDAY OCTOBER 24TH THE DAWNBREAKERS CELEBRATED WORLD POLIO DAY WITH DINNER AND THE LIGHTING UP OF THE CARROLL COUNTY COURTHOUSE WITH THE END POLIO NOW LOGO. THIS HAS BECOME A FAMILY ANNUAL EVENT FOR OUR CLUB.
We are planning sorting and packing service nights at the Atlanta Food Bank throughout the year on: October 5th, November 16th, March 1st, April 18th, and June 7th.
Honoring Veterans, on November 16th we deferred our lunch meeting to participate in an Atlanta Food Bank (AFB) evening of sorting and packaging donated food. Fourteen Rotary volunteers made it to downtown Atlanta that evening.
Our Club participated in the "Back to School Blitz" for 2000 students sponsored by Thomas County Family Connections. Over 27 participants handed out free school supplies and shared information concerning resources available, school activities and health support. Free eye exams, hearing tests and health screening were conducted. This activity provided school supplies to students who otherwise may not have been able to obtain them. The health screenings were very valuable to be sure that there were no physical obstacles to learning. Over 47% of Thomas County families are considered to be at the poverty level and need the support. This project reinforces our Rotary brand of supporting education and provides community interaction. This is a project that is supported each year. Rotarians participated in the planning of the event, packaging and handing out the supplies, as well as security. We contributed $500 to purchase supplies.
An annual Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament is held in Camilla, GA. It is hosted by the Mitchell County Service Center for athletes in Camilla, Albany, and Cairo, over 125 athletes, coaches, and supporters from across the region attended the 12th Camilla Bocce Invitational.
CampSTEMtastic at Thomas University serves three distinct purposes:
promotion STEM fields to low-income students, offering teachers-in-training real world experience working with studens on STEM lessons, and acting as a long term research project to collect data
on the outcomes of early and frequent exposure to STEM fields of study.
Partner project with Rotary Clubs and local resort in Cancun Mexico. We send volunteers and financial support for the project to provide much needed school supplies for special needs schools in Cancun and surrounding Islands.
The total amount cash donations was $3700 from all the clubs, along with individual families staying at the resort hotels who were curious about the project when it was shared with them by Rotary members of each club.
CART is the project in which donations are collected for Alzheimer's research. Each week, plastic blue buckets are placed in the center of luncheon tables for the donations. A feature of each meeting is "bragging rights". Members are encouraged to share special events for themselves and their families or others for which they put a dollar or more donation into the buckets. This includes celebration of birthdays and anniversaries, special achievements, honors, and various other significant events for individuals. One of the members scans newspapers and other media for photos or mention of members, and ceremoniously assesses the member $1.
This will be the third year that NA Rotary Club funds went to support the Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) VEX Robotics and Electric Car programs. We are providing needed funds to underwrite the cost of additional equipment offering upgrading opportunities to both the robots and electric cars students build. Both programs continue to expand drawing creative and inquisitive students into the program. The Electric Car program is now the model for all DeKalb County Schools.
Dictionaries, Library Books and Resources for schools
As one of several North Atlanta Rotary's Literacy initiatives, each year we provide dictionaries through the Dictionary Project to all third grade students at Cary Reynolds and HighTower Elementary schools. This year we delivered over 400 dictionaries, a mixture of English, Spanish-English and Chinese-English to third grade students at both schools.
The annual Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival is a unique opportunity for our greater communities to come together for the excitement of competition and good food while benefitting local Rotary Charity Partners and Rotary initiatives. The Festival is a vehicle where the Peachtree City Rotary Club mission is modeled through a public activity promoting volunteerism, team building, camaraderie, talent exhibitions, cultural interests and inclusive participation. Thousands of participants, visitors and the broader community see Rotarians truly demonstrating “service above self” through the festival and media coverage.
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.
Selection of students from 2 high school in Dougherty County, Georgia. Schools will include Deerfield Windsor and Westover High School. Izzie Sadler is the chairperson for this committee. Additional Members participate on the selection committee for our finalists. Our club donates $2400 for the Laws of Life program.
The annual day of service and celebration and volunteerism benefits more than 40 Different project sites and brings together more than 1,200 community volunteers of all ages, resulting in more than 4500 hours of Service.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville has provided landscape services at The Vashti Center, a residential and outpatient service for troubled adolescents in Southwest Georgia, a ministry of the United Methodist Church.
On a Saturday, October 21, 2017, 13 Rotarians, 1 Rotarian Spouse, 2 Rotarian kids and 8 Vashti volunteers joined together to refresh the landscaping on the commons areas at Vashti. This multi acre site was raked of debris, shrubs were trimmed, fifty bales of pinestraw were spread, and a refreshed look was created.
On January 11th NARClub recognized law enforcement officers from both the DeKalb County and Chamblee City Police Departments. This is our 30th year recognizing a "Detective of the Year" from DeKalb County and our 1st year recognizing an outstanding officer from the Chamblee Police Department.
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.
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.
In this program high School students write an essay on a character value and how it applies to the student's life. Our Club participated in this program with Thomas County Central High School involving over 1,000 students, Thomasville High School and Bishop Hall Charter School. This program encourages students to think about values that are keystones to becoming good productive citizens. Winners will read their essays at a club meeting and be publicized in the Thomasville Times Enterprise newspaper. Rotarians plan to participate in the evaluations of the essays.
Every year the Community under the leadership of Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, the Thomas County Library Director, and Rotarian Andre Maria selects a book to be read by the community members in conjunction with various activities including author appearances and other activities. This year our Club donated $1,000 as a Silver sponsor to the One Book project which will involve a title to be announced. This project encourages the youth of the city to read as they and their parents get involved.
Held Monday, September 18, 2017 at Bear's Best Golf Club in Suwannee, GA this year's North Atlanta Annual Golf Tournament in it's 20th year was a wonderful day of golf and charitable giving. We had ___ golfers, __ Financial sponsors, over ___ auction and raffle items donated, and District Governor Alec Smythe may be present! We raised over $___________. in support of the many and varied service projects and scholarships North Atlanta Rotary Club provides each year both locally and globally.
Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 11, 2018, Griffin Rotarians once again rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. It is impossible to quantify this contribution!
The Thomasville Rose Show in April annually is recognized as a regional highlight for horticulturalists and rose enthusiasts particularly. We provide members and tools to set up the tables and table coverings as the show’s venue is built.
Another great time in 2017. Easy 5 hours of Coffee and stapling. I always enjoy the people and feeling of accomplishment
Our club has a media team who contacts the media each week about our programs as well as for each project. The local TV channels did news segments about our Service Projects, Santa for Seniors, and Rotary has a Heart.
The Camilla Rotary Club sponsored 3 youth to attend a RYLA camp at Georgia Southwestern University in June 2016. The youth learned about leadership, teamwork and learned a great deal about themselves. The Camilla Rotary Club knows the importance and benefit of RYLA. Every year the club sponsors students. Most of the time the students go "against their will" but they always come back very thankful that they went. Our club believes it is an investment in our future to have students attend RYLA. We will continue with the program and are very thankful to have the opportunity.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsored two students to RYLA last summer and plans on sponsoring four rising juniors for The Youth Leadership Academy this year after which they will be invited to give a report at a club meeting. Last year's students, Keldron Riddick, from Scholars Academy, and Stuart Allen, from Brookwood, reported that they improved their leadership skills learned in team activities and developed new friendships from among the 100 other Georgia attendees. They will be prime candidates to become Rotarians in the future. This activity reinforced our Club brand as supporting education and is a project we support each year. This year we are only authorized two slots, but we have requested that we have two additional slots if they become available.
The Thomasville and Thomas County Salvation Army is a critical provider to the community members in need of spiritual, housing, clothing and other support. The RCT has a long history providing members to serve as bell ringers at the Thomasville Walmart to gather Contributions from store patrons. RCT members take responsibility for an entire week during the pre-holiday fund raising period.
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 17, 2016 through December 24, 2016. Salvation Army committee chairs George Granade and Wayne Gardner solicited volunteers from club and community to ring the bell.
For the past several years Fayette Daybreak Rotary Club members have collaborated with the Town of Tyrone for the Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Park in Tyrone. We visit with the veterans and their families and serve coffee and soft drinks along with pastries and hand out a thank you book mark to all. The 100+ Veterans and family members at last year's event enjoyed a beautiful fall day with the Sandy Creek High JROTC color guard and award-winning chorus as part of the ceremonies.
For the fifth year NA Rotary will be the beneficiary of this world class event called Whiskies of the World (WOW). This year, to be held at the Westin, Buckhead, Whiskey's of the World proved to be a fantastic and fun evening with over 600 guests and 40+ whisky vendors participating!
This program funds taught sixty disadvantaged youth from Harper Elementary School eight hours of swimming lessons at the YMCA as requested by the president of the Harper Parent Teacher Association. This project serves two purposes. First it validates the importance of parents participating in the Parent Teacher Organization, a long term school goal which our Club has been supporting, but second it teaches important life saving skills to youngsters who would otherwise not be able to swim. This project enhances our Club's brand as doing all we can to support the youth of our community. The President of the Thomasville YMCA is Rotarian Tom Everett.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville has been and will continue to support local community youth sports as a means of developing physical, mental and spiritual sides of our youth. This year our club sponsored a YMCA football team and Director Will Felts coaches a YMCA soccer team.
Our Club supports Youth Leadership Thomasville. This program for high school juniors is adapted from the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership and Community Development of the University of Georgia. It focusses on developing leadership skills, team building and community awareness. This year's facilitators featured Rotarians Mary Beth Donalson and Lauren Basford as well as financial support from our Club. This activity further supports our Rotary brand of educational enrichment to develop future leaders in our schools and community.
Many of you in the Rotary Clubs of District 6900 are asking – “How can we help?” and “We want to help right now.” Here is what we see as our immediate response to what will be a long, very long, relief effort:
Make contributions for Disaster Relief to the District 6900 Charitable Fund – this is a 501c3 and contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to “Rotary District 6900 Charitable Fund” mark the “For” line in your check where you want it to go or simply Hurricane Relief 2017. Mail checks to our District Treasurer, James Marosek at 2810 Premiere Parkway Ste 200, Duluth, GA 30097. Or simply click on the blue Contribute button
Our Club partners with Covenant House of Georgia to plan and host a career fair for the residents of Covenant House in Atlanta. Covenant House of Georgia is a homeless shelter and life-skills program to bring homeless teens off of the streets and onto a more positive, self-sufficient path for their lives. In past years we have been successful in identifying employers to attend including Coca Cola, Ritz-Carlton, Costco, Cunningham HVAC, Goodwill, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Hospitality, and First Step Staffing. The first Jobs Fair this year was on October 26, 2017, and included a mentoring session the evening before the Fair. Teen residents of Covenant House participated with enthusiasm! Brookhaven Rotary members donated men's suits and womens clothing for youth to have and prepare for job interviews. Participants received assistance with resume preparation and interview skills prior to the event. Club members were also in attendance at the event to lend support, encouragement, and coaching. Employers in attendance commented that it was one of the best job fairs they had attended, adding that "participants were attentive and excited about the opportunities".
Our Rotary Club is committed to making reading and books priorities for all of our Troup County young students. Through 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 students. This year with a $6,000 District Grant and $1,000 in Club funds we partnered with the Troup School System to help create a vehicle that actually is able to bring books and literary experiences into neighborhoods that have limited access to such advantages, the Jungle Bus.
Distribution of Shoes to Indigenous People in Palawan, Philippines
The Shoe for Healthy Youth Project led by Pia Valeriano of Rotary Club of Emory Clifton has been completed on February 22 , 2018. This project lasted for three days where volunteers traveled from Puerto Princesa City to remote areas in Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines to reach less fortunate and needy children from Sitios Valderama and Aplaya of Barangay Ramon Magsaysay; also in Barangays Tigman, Jose Rizal, and Sagpangan. These areas are inhabited mostly by indigenous people and assistance are mostly needed. Children were reached through elementary schools, coordinated by local officials, Councilor Rafael Ortega and Mayor Jaime Ortega. There were 1400 shoes distributed, from pre-school to sixth graders; 600 pairs were distributed in Nueva Ecija through sister club, RC of Golden Harvest led by Elito Circa,(Amang Pintor), President of RCGH. Volunteers, administrators and teachers assisted in shoe fitting, distribution, and feeding. Juice, cookies, boiled eggs and sandwiches were served. Food preparation and distribution were led by volunteers from Villa de Sierra Vista, a hotel owned by Pia Valeriano. Jaycees President, Franchezka Liboro and officers also volunteered in the distribution and purchased food for the recipients. Through RCEC, we are scheduled to conduct a similar project in July to reach other schools in the area. Providing slippers/shoes help prevent children from acquiring illness, especially parasitic diseases. We thank RC of Emory Clifton, RC of Emory Druid Hills, RC of Golden Harvest, Makabayan Georgia, Inc., Villa de Sierra Vista, Ortega Family, Jaycees, and Atlanta Pinoys for your contributions to this project. Recipients were thrilled to receive these gift of love and kindness from you all!
North Atlanta Rotary led this community-wide collection of home health medical equipment and supplies for recycle and refurbishment by Friend of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC). This service project, held on July 22, 2017 was accomplished in collaboration with 46 volunteers from several area Rotary Clubs, NA Rotaract Club, the 57th Squadron Restaurant and FODAC.
Happy Bucks is our weekly meeting fundraiser. If a member makes a donation of at least $1, he/she can say/promote something they are happy about. I estimate approximately 30 members have participated. For the entire year it is around 8 hours. A portion of the proceeds funded our Santa for Seniors project and a portion funded and provided awareness for Polio Plus. Happy Bucks is fun, even guests and the guest media get involved.
The Morehouse School of Medicine partnered with several schools, community-based and faith-based organizations to implement the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. This 5 year federally funded initiative of $1.2 million per year will serve approximately 3,450 middle and high school aged youth over a five-year period in eight counties: Dekalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Grady, Jasper, Putnum and Thomas. All counties have teen birth rates above the national rate of 26.5 for every 1,000 adolescent females, ages 15-19. Under the leadership of Rotarian Andre Marria, Key Consultant, and Fidelity Manager, who was responsible for the program in Thomas and Grady Counties. Our club will be a partner in the program for Thomas County. An MOU is being drafted that will define our role and financial contribution.
Planting for Health at The Good Samaritan Health Center's Urban Farm
Good Samaritan Health Center provides access to quality healthcare like regular
check-ups and exams, prenatal care, dental visits, health education and
counseling to individuals and families in Atlanta who have the least access to
healthcare and are at the highest risk of having serious health issues remain
undiagnosed and untreated. Many of those at the greatest risk of
nutritional diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes lack access to healthy food
This project entails the renovation of 10,500 sq. ft., of
space on the lower floor of The Zone facility to open a Thrift Shop. The
Zone is an addiction recovery facility and is
open to any individual, their family members, friends or loved ones who wish to
enter and remain in recovery from substance use disorder. We will also
create functional office space for future programs.
PP Don Millen arranged volunteers and procurement of dinner and lunch for our January 29th/30th "North Atlanta Rotary Has Heart" project serving 75 men at the Central Shelter in downtown Atlanta. We brought and served roasted chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, rolls, ice cream and cookies; dinner for 75 individuals. We also brought sandwich meat, bread, condiments, fruit, chips and cookies for a sack lunch the next day.
RCEC organized this uniquely different event at Global mall on 6-7 October in Global Mall, Atlanta GA. The artist who is a native son of the Philippines will transform paint into Beautiful Land or Seascape, and many other abstract art works, strictly using his fingers, hence the title "Finger Art" painting workshop. The painting workshop was led by Rtn. Pia, Rtn. Yamin, Rtn Alex with support of Rtn. Chandler Sharma who provided the venue and other essential supports. This was a fund raising event organized to support the Shoe distribution project that the RCEC intended to support the indigenous population of Palawan. It was an amazing event, where children enjoyed finger art painting and many people who did not know anything about this way of painting ended up producing wonderful landscapes. Food and snacks were served to the participants and all arrangements were made to fly in the artist from CA.
The Kilifi Kids project connects hospitals and community health workers for the world’s most vulnerable. It has used cell phones and other tools to identify and track patients and optimize scarce community resources to improve the health of entire populations.
Meals on Wheels is a project where our club partners with SOWEGA Council on Aging to deliver meals to seniors. Our club sends two members each week on Wednesday to deliver lunch to 4 or 5 seniors. The volunteer hours is 2 members x one hour x 52 weeks = 104 hours. The seniors are shut-ins or have caregivers, so receiving a meal helps them both financially and by reducing their workload. All of our club's members are required to participate.
North Fulton Community Charities Back-to-School Supply Drive
Prior to the beginning of each school year, North Fulton Community Charities supplies backpacks and school supplies to children from low income families in North Fulton County. Once again, our club Members held a collection drive at one of our weekly membership meetings. Club members generously purchased and donated over $1,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to the effort.
The Rotary Circle of Life program, in partnership with the Archbold Foundation and emergency responders will provide health/medical information in the homes of senior citizens for emergency medical responders when called to the senior citizens' residence. This two step program involves a simple decal notification (Step 1) on the front door or window telling the responder that a plastic tube/vial (Step 2) containing important health information is located in the refrigerator on the top shelf. This plastic tube/vial will be identified with the same decal used on the front door or window.
An annual project for over 15 years our club has produced the SafeDrive Map to alert citizens, especially newcomers and student drivers, about the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region. One indicator of the map's success is the fact that 4000 copies are distributed free of charge with help from all six Interact Clubs associated with our Club, all area auto insurance companies, the Georgia State Patrol Drivers' and Examination office and others. The map credits the Rotary Club of Thomasville as sole sponsor, branding Rotary as a leader in driver safety for the community.
Supporting the Community of Kingsley Elementary School
During the past year, Kingsley Elementary school in Dunwoody
got a new principal, was formally reclassified as a Title 1 school, and began reaching
out to the community for partners. As a strong supporter of education and
community outreach, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody (RCD) stepped forward to become
a partner, working through our Youth Services Director Warren Turner.
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.
Brookhaven Police Department Baseball Card For Community Relations
Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, member of Brookhaven Rotary, asked the Club for support of their community relations in sponsoring "baseball cards" (cards showing the officers name and information, similar to actual baseball card) for his team to pass out to youth in Brookhaven. Chief Yandura stated the project goes a long way in starting early to build positive relationship with youth and the kids love to collect cards from the officers and K-9 units they meet. Last year, BRC was able to collect funds to sponsor 15 officers and the project was considered a success. We repeated the project this year and collected funds to provide cards to a total of 1000 cards per officer to a total of 17 officers, including 5 new officers.
Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is a fun annual event for the whole family benefiting The
Drake House. The 2017 event raised over $60,000 to support Drake House's mission.
Various community organizations gather each year on a Sunday in August at Roswell Square and scoop ice cream for the attendees who pay to try hundreds of available ice creams. Our club members made a "Southern Banana Pudding" flavored ice cream the day before the event that proved very popular at the event itself. We won 2nd place in the fruit category!
This year we continue to emphasize membership growth and retention within our club. The key to a successful club is to not just stack up new members but rather to invite individuals who will be an asset to our club and who will also benefit from being an active member of our club. Our Sunshine Program is an effective way to welcome our new members and help them get to know what Rotary is all about.
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 eighty five of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 3th, at the Exchange Club this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional Turkey 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 and, in cooperation with the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe, a soloist sang Christmas and Seasonal songs. In addition, supported by Thomas University two Noncommissioned Officers were honored with Peacemaker Awards and recognized for their service to the community. Thirteen Rotarians and two other volunteers prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Thirty Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. The event was covered in the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforced our brand of supporting First Responders and soldiers as this year's overarching theme and is an annual event.
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.
Our Rotary Club sponsors the LaGrange College Rotaract, the Troup High School Interact and the West Georgia Community Interact Clubs. These clubs are platforms for students to learn about Rotary, increase their leadership skills and be involved in service projects at both the local and international arenas.
Our Club again participated in this great project under the lead of North Atlanta Rotary Club, and again achieved great success. On Saturday, July 22, 2017 we had a fantastic turn out for our community service project benefiting FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children). Four Brookhaven Rotary members plus one family member participated. Chris Brand, President and CEO of FODAC (and Stone Mountain Rotarian), expressed that we may have surpassed the monetary record for a single day collection! The estimated value of the collections for the day was over $250,000.
Our club partners with the Lee County Library and the Dougherty County Library to donate one book each week in honor of our speaker/program. Two Rotarians participate, one from each library, and it takes approximately 12 volunteer hours for the year. We place a placard on the inside of the book in honor of the speaker. Donating books to the libraries is helpful to the community to promote literacy.
SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY - Children's 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2017, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 34th 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.
Tax Aide is a Rotary award winning program in partnership with AARP, Thomas University, Hands on Thomas County and the Thomasville Library. Rotary and these organizations had initially come together to provide free tax service to the citizens of Thomas County for a second year. However, the reputation of the program has brought in clients from the neighboring Grady and Colquitt counties and distant Lowndes county. The service is provided every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The service started February 1st and will conclude after 11 weeks on April 18th. Through the first week in March over 110 low and moderate income households from Southwest Georgia will have been provided free Federal and Georgia tax preparation service. The results of this service are over $300,000 in refunds and credits for our most impoverished citizens. Subscribing to the theory that every dollar in a community turns over 3 times, then the impact on the community is the local circulation of $900,000. With the number of citizens served and the amount of their refunds, there is definitely joy in "Mudville".
Our club has adopted a spot at a local, high-traffic intersection. We are in the beginning stages of landscape design, but the idea is for beautification of a city/owned property that is not being cared for. In return, the city provides a sign or two with our club's name on it. By June 30, 2016, the spot should be completed, estimating 10 volunteers and 50 volunteer hours. We see this as an opportunity for publicity for Rotary Club of Dougherty County.
This is a program funded by a District Grant and contributions from our Club in which Rotarians discuss six Character Pillars with before and after student evaluations for fifty students at The Vashti Center, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club, the Thomasville Community Resource Center and the Thomasville City Schools' Scott Elementary School. Vashti offers a residential program for students who are not able to live with their families and the Boys and Girls Club and the Resource Center are after school programs which helps young people become productive citizens. The Character Counts Program from the Josephson Institute involves the staff discussing with the students each of the character traits of Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respectfulness, and Responsibility for one month. Two Rotarians then meet with the students to discuss how the trait of the month has impacted their personal and professional lives. The students are then involved in a discussion about how this trait could apply in their lives and the difference it could make. The assessment of the program at Vashti was that “The Character Counts Curriculum has proven to increase the morale and values of the youth in the program.” We have branded our Club as giving priority to educational projects and this program reinforces this branding in the community. We expect this innovative program to have a similar impact this year and plan to continue it in the future.
This year RI held a live broadcast to celebrate WorldPolio Day. In the past years we have held an event to take part in this international celebration so naturally we made arrangements to have a public viewing of the broadcast. Our problem stemmed from not having a general location for the viewing until our member Bill Stump came through for us. Bill arranged for us to view this production at the First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange.
This is the ninth year that the LaGrange Rotary has built a float to enter in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 41st annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Let There be Peace on Earth"
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 from the Roswell Club. 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.
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 Walmart in LaGrange. This year enough volunteers were available so that both of the main entrances were covered by Rotarians on Saturday, December 9th.
After Hurricane Irma came through our area, we reached out to our senior population to see if anyone needed assistance with debris removal. Most people truly appreciated the offer, but could handle the cleanup themselves or had someone already helping. Mary Ellen was the exception and gladly accepted our help. She is still healing from a broken ankle and couldn't get around to pickup the debris. Her home is currently being renovated by Habitat for Humanity and she is staying in her neighbor's house, so both yards needed attention. Because of the extent of the cleanup, we partnered with City of Milton
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.
Rotary sponsored the 3rd Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 85 seniors Feb 14, 2018. The community was included by having white trees with heart ornaments displayed in three locations (Thomasville National Bank on Broad Street, Thomasville National Bank on Remington Avenue, and Southern Pines Senior Living). Each ornament had the name of a senior and their desire for a Valentine gift. The community was encouraged to purchase a $10 gift or donate $10. The party began at 11:00a with dancing. Watching seniors move, smile, and cheer was the best part. One gentleman present had a feeding tube and rarely ventured from his walker. Yet, the music called him to the dance floor to show us his moves. Again, Rotary was able to offer a catered lunch by Henderson's, and Southern Pines donated a variety of desserts. Awards were given for Lady Valentine/Guy Valentine, best lady/guy dancer, and best lady/guy smile. ALL seniors were then given a Valentine gift provided by the community. Photos were taken by Rotarian Ben Wilds who captured some great candid moments. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money and donations. Seven Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed gifts/donations for our seniors. Three members of a sponsorship came to volunteer at the party. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors. CNS was present to capture some footage, which has been broadcasted numerous times.
GEEARS -- the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students -- is a 501c3 organization, and its mission is to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for children from birth to age five. This project will provide materials and assistance in building an innovative meeting space in its current office location. This will be accomplished through the installation of an air wall.
The City of Senoia covers 5 square miles and has approximately 5,000 residents. Senoia is also the site of several film productions and has become one of Georgia's premier tourist locations. The Senoia PD has 15 Officers on four shifts. The department's annual budget is limited and according to Police Chief Jason Edens, priority is given to firearms and body armor. The department wants AEDs, but simply cannot afford them.
Our grant is designed to develop local youth into future leaders while teaching them the value of community service and effective goal setting. Our grant will benefit two community organizations AVPride (Youth, www.avpride.org), Armed Forces Mission (Veterans, http://www.armedforcesmission.org
The Rotary Club of North Fulton along with the Rotary Club of Roswell identified the same project for a District Grant. We both knew that Roswell based nonprofit, The Drake House, which provides housing and education programs to homeless single mothers and their children, was expanding. Their new program, The Drake Village, would provide up to two years of partially subsidized housing for these families in the Roswell community.
In past years, our club has collected food items to be donated to the LaGrange Interfaith Food Closet. In an effort to make a greater impact with this project, we have learned that monetary donations could be used by the organization to purchase food at a much reduced cost and thus the proceeds would provide more food items than we could collect.
Purchase Robotics Kits and Computers for use by at-risk youth under the guidance of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGC). Provide coaching for each of 8 teams from four locations to help build and program their robots. Organize a competition between the 8 teams, celebrating participants and winners. Arrange for the winners to qualify for and compete against middle school based teams in a community-wide competition.
The Rotary Junior Tennis Tournament is our oldest, continuous Community Service project, going back to 1978-79! Last year marked the 36th Year of offering boys and girls ages 6-18 a USTA sanctioned tournament. Competitors from four states including South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Georgia have gained State Southern and National rankings while staying close to home. In past years numerous Rotarians helped man concessions and assisted with tournament administrative duties. Today only 2-4 Rotarians are needed for the two day tournament. Over the years the tournament has been self sustaining and actually has made money for scholarships in most years. Gene McNease and Tom Harrison are very proud of having provided leadership in keeping this valuable service project viable and well administrated for all these years. Our Club has hosted as many as 200 players in one tournament but normally it runs 50-75 players today. The Tournament this year will be 30 April and 1 May on the new Glen Arven hydroclay tennis courts. This is a continuing project that demonstrates to families from the southeast the commitment Rotary has to Youth.
Our Stay in School project is a literacy project aimed at improving literacy in Haralson county by stimulating an interest in reading among the students in the county. The elements of the project are as follows:
Providing 3 Book Tubs to HA Jones Elementary School for the students to pick books to take home and read and bring back to the tubs.
The Terrell County Education Resources Project continues the Club's efforts to provide county students with basic materials to further their education. The multi-pronged approach focuses on providing a Dictionary to each 3rd grade student in the county, a Thesaurus to each 8th grade student and a Vocabulary Builder to each 11th grade student. The Club will insert book plates in these books to reflect the Rotary gift. The club will also purchase library books for the Terrell County Library focused on the Library's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiative.
Weekend Backpack Feeding Program for children suffering from food insecurity. NAR will assist the Y with funds and manual support in packing and distributing backpacks full of food for a family of 4 once a week on Fridays. These backpacks will be given to designated children identified by the YMCA.
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 City 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. The five Rotarians with participation from fifteen Interact Club students and their faculty advisor completed painting a 20’ x 40’ map of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) under the covered playground (pavilion) at Harper Elementary School. The map will be used to provide geographical education to elementary students at the school.
This program brought attention to the needs for some of our community members who, unfortunately, are often neglected. This year again the LaGrange Homeless Coalition was able to secure a location to be used as a warming shelter for these individuals. The organization was again in need of materials to offer to the men and women who needed this service. Our Rotary Club then collected coats, blankets and needed clothing to donate to the center. All items were collected at regular club meetings and then transported to the warming center.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville awards five $1,000 scholarships for advanced education to deserving students from Thomasville High School, The Scholars Academy, Thomasville Central High School, Bishop Hall Charter School and Brookwood High School. This money provides financial support to students who face ever increasing costs of post secondary education. Rotarians are involved in fundraising by conducting a weekly drawing and a football competition. Rotarians serve on the school selection committees and award the scholarships at graduation ceremonies. The media coverage of this project supports the branding of our club as having a primary focus on education and provides significant community awareness.
SOUNS is a program developed by Montessori and championed by Brenda Erickson to help children read earlier and better. Our Rotary Club provides SOUNS kits of letters that are used to associate sounds with letters so that children can associate letters with words that they can pronounce. Rotarians are also involved in the evaluation phase of the program to determine the progress of the students. Our Club supports SOUNS in the Thomas County Head Start program to approximately 159 children taught by 18 teachers. Each child participates in a 15 minute SOUNS exercise each day. Interviews with the teachers indicates that it is an effective tool to improve reading skills. This program will be conducted each year branding Rotary as an organization that cares for the next generation to have a chance at a quality education and it all begins with strong reading skills.
This fundraiser was a result of the LaGrange Rotary Club members backing the West Georgia Community Interact Club to benefit community projects for our older citizens and to provide donations for RI's End Polio Now campaign.
The Interact Club uses the funds to support their Mother and Father Day programs at Vernon Woods and Popular Creek, two adult residential facilities. The students put together treat bags for the residents but the real treat is the time that the students spend interacting with the residents.
Rotary Club of Thomasville's Public Image enhances the Rotary brand by telling Rotary’s story to the public and promote the club’s projects and activities with a strong emphasis on all three (3) themes: our local club: “Recognizing Those Who Serve”, District 6900: “Dare To Be Better”, Rotary International: “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Rotary Club of Milton-Windward was one of the service clubs that was part of the over 70 volunteers that participated in the Rivers Alive 2017 cleanup! Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterways clean-up event designed to create local awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources.
Our Stellar Rotarian, John Brown, has given real impetus to the Interact program in our Club.
The Club Supports six existing Interact Clubs. The Interact clubs are Brookwood Upper School, Scholars Academy, Thomas County Central High School, CHART Home School, Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Orchestra and Bishop Hall Charter School. These clubs now comprise 205 students and 6 faculty advisors. They accomplished a record number of community and International Club projects. The students have had 193 volunteers to date that have worked on thirteen projects which have had a very positive impact on our community for 1795 volunteer hours and have raised $240 for an African Missionaries project with Global Outreach international. The report on the individual club's projects and activities is attached below. In addition to the student volunteers listed below, three Rotarians served as mentors for Interact Club students.
STAR: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program
Star 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. This year, history was made.
The Club hosts a Wine or Whine event the first Tuesday of each month at a local venue, often owned by a Rotarian. It is a good time for members and spouses to gather for beverages of their choice and snacks after a hard day's work. Typically a Director will update the group on a project or other matter of interest and then great fellowship and conversation ensues. Those Rotarians who participate earn a Make up.
On Saturday, March 3rd, 33 volunteers gathered together to plant 200 trees at Camp Viola in LaGrange, Georgia. The volunteers included members from the LaGrange Rotary, LaGrange College Rotaract, Troup High School and West Georgia Community Interact clubs and our families, making this project a true Family of Rotary event.
Our 8th 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.
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.
Each year, a Milton High School student and his family organizes a ceremony at the high school to remember victims from the 9/11 terrorists attacks. This particular family lost a family member that was in the World Trade Center. Our club helped a group of Milton High School students, Milton Firefighters and Police Officers set up flags for the ceremony, with each flag representing a victim from that fateful day. The 2,996 flags are labeled with the victims' names and was quite a stunning site to see when the project was done. Although the ceremony itself was cancelled because Hurricane Irma came through the area, everyone that participated in the setup along with those that later drove past the field were personally touched. Never forget!
The Milton Senior Center serves our most treasured citizens and our Rotary club is honored to support them in many ways. Throughout the year, we donate books, magazines and bingo prizes (they are very serious about bingo). We also host an annual holiday luncheon and spread a little cheer by showering the seniors with gifts.
Our club partnered with the City of Milton to honor local veterans on Veterans Day. The city sponsored a breakfast and brought in Brigadier General (Ret.) A.J. Tata to speak with the group. Our club assembled reusable shopping bags printed with a "Thank You Veterans" message and filled with gift cards, discount coupons and other gifts from area businesses. There was a crowd of 60 people, which included 28 veterans. Club members and volunteers from the community helped deliver the gift bags to the veterans and thanked them personally for their service. Our club contributed $205 to purchase insulated tumblers to fill up the bags.
The Rotary Club of Milton hosted a meal packing event that provides meals to children in developing countries. By targeting hunger - specifically by partnering with school feeding programs - we can help combat the world's most challenging issues: disease, poverty, education, gender inequality, child labor and economic decline. The meals from this event are slated to go to Swaziland, a country devastated by severe drought.
Mission: Governor Raymond Ray set the priority and it could not have been more perfectly aligned with the passion that President Jeff McCoy has for all of the men and women that make up the group we call "First Responders".
The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. The Drake House provides fully furnished private apartment homes to families. Each apartment has a complete kitchen, furnishings, computer with internet access. All housing costs including utilities, insurance, and maintenance are provided for families during their stay. The apartments are inspected each week to ensure compliance to the program. All family members attend mandatory weekly life skills classes at The Drake Center. Life skills classes for the mothers address: budgeting/ financial literacy, parenting, health and wellness, boundary setting, organizational skills, and relationship skills. Volunteers provide dinner and care of preschool aged children. Tutors assist elementary and middle school students with homework. Middle and high school students participate in Junior Achievement Courses led by volunteers. Roswell Rotary presented a check in the amount of $5000 to support housing costs for a family.