The 26th Annual Governor's Ball, March 16, 2019, with the theme "Peace and Love" raised funds for the 2019 - 2020 year. Event Chair Ken Levy, along with the Gift Chair, Bob Freeman, and Sponsor Chair, Hoshi Daruwalla, and over 40 volunteers made this event a success.
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association puts on a 4th of July parade each year in Dunwoody. Residents line the main boulevard of Dunwoody as floats and assemblies parade by. The estimate is 40,000 people participate in the event. After the parade a host of activities are available for people to enjoy, one of which is the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's Hot Dog Stand. We prepare and sell hotdogs, soft drinks, water, chips and an assortment of pastries. Left overs are donated to the local police and fire stations.
Club used District Grant funds to partner with Communities in Schools for their Parent Expo. The Club donated 500 book bags to distribute to students with financial need. The Club provided volunteers to stuff the book bags with school supplies, set up the venue, have a Rotary tent on site the day of the event, and assisted with venue clean up.
Eight Rotarians cleaned up trash around Cross Roads Shopping Center in Carrollton, Ga. We walked around the center and picked up over 10 trash bags of trash. This improved the overall appearance of the center and removed environmental hazards from the area.
This was (is) a great program! Johnnie Andrews agreed to head it up. He contacted the DOT and did the paperwork that was required. We agreed to clean the road a minimum of 4 times a year in order to qualify to have a marker showing that Johns Creek North Fulton Rotary had adopted the road. It was a painless project, no prep work, we showed up when Johnnie scheduled the event at 8:00a.m and we were done by 10 on a Saturday morning. We had vest that showed who we were. We invited the Chattahoochee & Johns Creek Interact club join us. We split up the road had a Rotarian with the students. It gave us the opportunity to share programs that Rotary was involved in (GRSP, RYE, etal). The students had all kinds of creative ideas on what to do to eliminate the trash (biodegradable cigarette butts, cups, bottles). It allowed anyone that had the time slot free show up and do some service work without impedeing on a full day.
Club sponsors the Adopt-A-Highway program in Henry County. On a quarterly basis, various groups will clean up assigned stretched of public roads in the community. Our club manages and participates with clean up of our assigned one mile stretch of Highway 81E.
Albany Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Luncheon with Senator Saxby Chambliss
Our Club partnered with the Albany Area Chamber of
Commerce, to sponsor two tables for a luncheon with Senator Saxby Chambliss.
The purpose of the luncheon was so that Senator Saxby Chambliss could update
citizens of southwest Georgia on important topics regarding federal legislation.
We worked with the Albany Rotary Club on this project.
Annual scholarships provided to area high school students. Applications are distributed to high schools for distribution to students and to allow recommendations for awards. A four person committee will make the ultimate selection of 3 to 4 students, receiving $1500 to $2000 scholarships.
We have been a partner/supporter of the Walk to End Alzheimer's since it's inception. In the past we have sponsored the walk with a check from the club and by walking on the day of the event. This year, we had $1,000 in our budget for the walk, but one of our members, Mandy Timmons, suggested that we enter a team and ask for our members join the team and individually donate in the name of Rotary to increase our giving. She headed up the team, had T-shirts made with Rotary logo (which did increase our cost, but our team money ended up being more than the original sponsorship money).
Members of our club are all animal lovers. There is a huge problem in our county with so many animals without homes, food and shelter. Along with supporting our local Humane society we are also working with Royal Animal Refuge located in our community. Not only helping with supplies we work at the shelter during the year, walking dogs, getting down and dirty cleaning animal living areas, washing blankets, feeding, helping socialize the dogs and anything the staff needs us to do.
The Rotary Club of Newnan has always given grants during the Rotary year from funds raised at our fireworks. This year we were proud to be able to award the highest amount ever given, $10,000. We awarded 6 different nonprofits grants that covered Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Education (Mentoring), Scouting, Habitat for Humanity, The Arts, Literacy, At Risk Youth and assisting seniors in our community repairs to homes.
Each year our club has the honor of thanking over 450 school staff members in four of our area schools for their service in teaching and caring for our children. We deliver apples and chocolate kisses and place them in their boxes with a note on the kisses thanking them and a sticker on the apples thanking them as well. It's always amazes us that while putting these small tokens I their boxes the excitement of this small gesture.
ARC Carroll (Association for Remarkable People) Carroll has been granted a new home for adults who require care due to mental disabilities. Our club provided funds to purchase furniture for this project. We bought 4 recliner chairs; 1 kitchen table and 4 chairs; 2 kitchen tables.
For the past several years our club has worked with Ken Koons from Armed Forces Missions. Ken has works with Veterans and now civilians who are at risk to commit suicide. Not only is suicide on the rise with our Veterans it in on the rise in the Fayette County community, our community among our teenagers. There are over 22 Veteran suicides a day
Our Club gathered, prepared and created over fifty “arrival
kits” for Liberty House. The Liberty House is a local nonprofit that provides a
shelter and support services for women who are victims of domestic abuse. These
women frequently arrive at the shelter without any toiletries or other
supplies. Each kit contains necessary toiletries to support a woman upon
in-processing at the Liberty House. This project was led by our New Members.
The local art gallery in Jonesboro is very active in planning events where school children can come and participate in many art related activities. They send art vans out to the schools and are very active in hosting art shows with very prominent painters, sculptors, jewelry artists and many more. We support Arts Clayton with monetary giftsand with our support.
Event leveraged various local vendors and organizations to provide many types of school supplies to families in need at Holcomb Bridge Middle School level. There were more participants (students of need) than anticipated, however we had enough supplies to assist all students in attendance. We were also the only vendor/organization, who had a Middle School group (Interact Club) already in place at the school (and we were presented a Blue Ribbon Partner of the Year award from Holcomb Bridge Middle School).
In July of 2018, The Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton (RCEC) partnered with The Rotary Club of Puerto Princesa, Palawan National High School Batch 74 and 78, Villa de Sierra Vista, Pinay Boutique, the Filipino-American community in Atlanta, and the local officials and teachers fund and distribute 750 book bags containing school supplies (notebooks, writing ruled pads, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, and glue) to children of indigenous people in remote areas in Southern and Northern part of Palawan, Philippines, specifically Sta. Fe, Talaudyong, Manaile, Buong, Apoc-Apoc, and Apis Elementary Schools. These school packets, averaging 25 per grade (K-5), per school were given to kindergarten to 5th grade elementary schools children from low-income and under privileged communities. School supplies and hygiene packs (cup, toothbrush, face towel, toothpaste) were provided to the children and mothers. Food were served and activities were prepared for both children and mothers.There were “big book” storytelling and demonstration of proper hand washing and tooth brushing techniques.While children were busy with their activities, mothers attended a workshop on how to care for their children, which covered immunization, proper nutrition and good hygiene practice.There were 120 individuals who assisted and gave financial or in-kind support to this effort. There were 60 teachers, school staff, and local officials who assisted in this project.
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.
hosted Roswell Rotarian Debbie Cwalina at club meeting; hosted local school system administrators/counselors for a presentation; discussed plans to move forward with program implementation in school year 2020-2021
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, 12/1/2018, and Saturday, 12/8/2018. Despite the snow and bitter cold on one collection day, and the SEC Championship game on another, our efforts were very successful. 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.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville celebrated its first Black History Month at its February 28th luncheon with a rendition of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Had A Dream" speech. It was delivered by Stephon Ferguson with such soul stirring accuracy that if you closed your eyes you thought Dr. King was on the stage. After he concluded his speech,133 persons in attendance gave Mr. Ferguson a standing ovation.
We partnered with Perimeter Church to pack lunch bags for the children to take home over the thanksgiving holiday. The club put in $500 towards the food items, the rest was donated. This was done in lieu of our weekly lunch meeting. We packed more than 100 lunches. We also had time to assembly programs for the upcoming church services. Several non members participated. All of the lunches were delivered to the teachers at the schools so that they could be discreetly tucked in the backpacks of the children who were in need. We had a great time and our club sponsored lunch that was enjoyed by everyone.
Rotarian Trent Reynolds, Director of the Thomas County Library, is an active member of the Certified Literacy Community Program 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 Never Tickle a Tiger 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.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody provides a book during the Christmas holidays for each student in the Title 1 schools we support – at present, Dresden and Kingsley Elementary. Age-appropriate books are selected by the school media center. We gave out about 1800 books in December 2017.
Our club participated in the Dawn Breakers 5K-10K run to raise funds for the Carrollton Boys and Girls Club. We had 7 participants and paid $25.00 per participant. We had 2 members who volunteered to help. The funds from this run will be used to help the local Boys and Girls club. This club focus's on helping kids succeed in school, live healthy lifestyles, and become strong future leaders.
In January we held our annual "Bring One for the Chipper fundraiser. It is a community service project that offers the opportunity for local residents to easily dispose of their Christmas trees by dropping them off at one of two locations to be "chipped" and then recycled. We partner with Keep Peachtree City Beautiful and King Tree service. Over a 6 hour period over 300 trees were recycled and $777 dollars were raised as donations. The money raised was added to our Community Service budget's emergency which handles needs brought to the Rotary Club after the budget has already been set.
Brookhaven Rotary Club will be assisting in the setup and takedown of the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival on March 29-31, 2019 at Blackburn Park, Brookhaven GA. On both March 29 and March 31, club members will serve 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 will assist the vendors, musicians and artists in moving items and securing their booths, etc. In addition, our club will have a booth at the festival at which we will provide the public with information regarding our club and its activities, including our major fundraiser, the Service Above Self golf tournament, and the impact of Rotary worldwide. This event will once again be a great opportunity to inform the Brookhaven Community of who we are and what we do, and will likely also prove to be a great membership drive for our club.
The Rotary Club of Brookhaven participated in the Brookhaven Chili Cook Off with our very own chili recipe provided by Past District Governor, Tom Kent, who was joined by several volunteers from the Club. Through this effort, we were able to get exposure to the Brookhaven community and provide camaraderie within the club. We also raised awareness about membership and distributed our new brochures to people interested in learning about Rotary.
Brookhaven Police Department Hot Pursuit 5K Glow Run
On August 25, 2018, 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, and by participating in the run our members were able to spend time with their fellow Brookhaven residents talking about Rotary and all that our Club accomplishes in the community.
One of the charter supporters/benefactors of the annual Pro/Am Tennis tournament to benefit local charities. Event has raised over $1M for local benefits over last 40 years. Tournament founded by Camilla Rotarian Past President Eddie Williamson to primarily benefit Jim Butler Jr Service Center named for PP Jim Butler, Jr. to serve mentally and physically challenged adults in Mitchell and Baker Counties. Professionals come from all over the world to our little town to play for deeply rooted community beneficiaries. Several social events throughout the weekend highlight our community spirit of hospitality bridging gaps across many common obstacles. A variety of other community organizations like Mitchell County Boys and Girls Clubs and Mitchell County Food Bank share benefit from this event.
Our Club sponsored the addition of four pavilions in the Chehaw Splash park.This project will benefit school-age children who live throughout a sixteen county service area, including members of school systems, churches, youth organizations and the public-at-large. Many of these children live at or below the poverty level. Upon completion, the pavilion complex will be known as the "Rotary Pavilion". Our club will also providing landscaping to the Pavilion, which will be regularly maintained. Chehaw regularly provides
educational programs to elementary, middle and high school students in sixteen
(16) counties in Southwest Georgia. In the past fiscal year, Chehaw Park served
43,218 children through 171 different program. In September, Club Leadership conducted an on-site inspection and planning meeting with Chehaw officials. In October, Chehaw was significantly damaged by Hurricane Michael.. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the Club and Chehaw agreed to delay completion of the project so that Chehaw could address immediate needs. All materials have been purchased and planning is complete as of this date. Project completion is expected within the next month. Upon completion, there will be an unveiling with media presence.
Our club sponsored the addition of a water feature to the Splash park at Chehaw. This project will benefit school-age children who live throughout a sixteen county service area, including members of school systems, churches, youth organizations and the public-at-large. Many of these children live at or below the poverty level. The water feature is handicap accessible and allows all children to enjoy outdoor recreational fun.
Plan, support, purchase and provide Christmas for children
identified by counselors at Sanders.
20 children are identified by the Social workers and Counselors
at Sanders to participate. These are children that have fallen through the
cracks and don't have adequate support for Christmas Cheer. We provided a bag
full of gifts, and also scarves, gloves and hats for the kids. We host them
during a Rotary function and the munch on chicken fingers and cookies, pay a
visit to Santa and his elves, get their goodies and their picture while
Rotarians entertain them with Christmas BINGO and song, magic and merry making.
Children's Development Academy supports the education of pre-schoolers of single parents and parents in need, as the parents are at work. Our Rotary club has participated in several activities to improve the facility and the student's and teacher's quality of life. Annually, we create, set up and facilitate a treasure hunt (age appropriate toys) for two groups of students in the court yard and playground area. We then sit down at separate tables to have lunch with the students to discuss their life. Since it is the 50th anniversary of the CDA's existence, we asked the School Principal if they wanted to do something different this year?......We were given a funny look, as the treasure hunt is one of the student's favorite activities of the year. Thus, we stuck with the same implementation plan. However, this year we were hit with rain at the 11th hour and had to improvise by re-setting up the treasure hunt indoors, within a very short period of time. Our volunteers and school staff oversee the hunt to make sure all the kids receive an equal amount of toys, which keeps a smile going on all faces. Conversations with these kids at their lunch tables is very intriguing and enjoyable, as they are in a good mood and comfortable in speaking their mind to the adult volunteers.
18 people worked an entire morning cleaning, vacuuming, repairing, lining shelves, cleaning bathrooms, etc.. The house is getting prepared for adopted kids along with a paid parent. The kids are typically siblings and it allows them to stay togers.
The Cuthbert Rotary Club had an amazing time watching all the little ones meet Santa Claus. We helped with the annual photo booth where the kids were able to sit on Santa's lap. It was a very soggy and wet day. The attendance wasn't nearly what we expected, but the joy was there. We had a great time.
We will provide food and manpower to serve super for Circles graduation night for participants who have achieved independence to live and take care of themselves after suffering from drug abuse, physical abuse and other detriments to their lives. The Carrollton Rotary Club helped the Dawn breakers Rotary club of Carrollton to serve and pay for this meal.
Each week, Roswell Rotary publishes the Rotascope to inform its members about upcoming speakers, socials, service projects and community information. This year, the Rotascope also included additional information about our Making Mentors topics, including links to TedTalks, YouTube videos, blogs, books, articles and more. We added information about the charities we support, new member bios and photos from years' past. The Rotascope provides our members an easy way to share information about our club with family, friends and prospective members.
The club takes pride in it's weekly bulletins. We try to keep members informed on all events and opportunities to service. Each year we highlight and utilize the color scheme of the RI Presidential Theme. Bulletins include pertinent Club Administration Information, guest speaker highlights, member birthdays and anniversaries, District and International event promotion, friendly competition results and snippets of wisdom from our Bulletin Editor.
The ideals of Rotary that are built on the Five Avenues of Service cannot be accomplished without focus and continued improvement in the basic service upon which all others are achieved......Club Service.
This year we undertook additional programs to streamline our operations, fine tune membership recruiting and sustainability, develop interesting and informative programs to keep members engaged, further enhance our awareness in the community, and remove barriers to encourage members to step up to committee and other leadership positions in our club.
Purpose of drive was to collect winter coats for those without. We able to collect more than 300 coats from Rotary members & Interact collections at their schools. We had more than enough coats to share with Wellsprings Living and North Fulton Charities.
Roswell Rotary supports our local charities and organizations throughout the year with volunteers, collection drives and donations.
NFCC Backpack Collection - We collect backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we filled 28 backpacks with supplies and club members donated $250 to the effort.
Community Conversations is an attempt to use Rotary meetings as a non-threatening, safe platform to discuss and hear point/counterpoint on controversial topics that tend to divide communities. These dates are advertised throughout the local community for all to attend. Topics and speakers this year included: Ethics - Speaker & Facilitator Josh McKoon GA State Senator & Former Chairman of Senate Judiciary Comm, Fake News(Fact or Fiction) Speaker & Facilitator - Todd C. Duncan - Sr. Editor AJC News, Peace & Conflict Resolution Speaker & Facilitator - Tom Crick Assoc Dir. for Peace & Conflict Resolution at the Carter Center. All the sessions were well attended with and average of 5 non Rotary guests joining the conversations each time.
We were asked to sponsor the Johns Creek Symphony at a concert in the Park event. The event was free to the public and allowed many in the community to share in the joy of attending a symphony performance. There were approximately 2000 inn attendace. We were acknolwedged for our sponsorhip.
Fundraiser event featuring, live band, games, food, beverages, dancing and Silent Auction, for club members, guests and the public. Multiple corporate sponsors represented. A very fun atmosphere to promote "Have fun and they will come!". Various social media means were used to promote the event. Net proceeds to fund customer service projects for 2019-20 year.
We host at least three socials per year as Club Service and a way for our members to connect. This year, we have hosted two so far - one at the beginning of the year, one at Christmas and another that will be held during the spring! They can range from Low Country Boils with our own house band playing to horseshoes, games for kids or trivia. We have a great time at the Rotary Club of Newnan!
We will provide help to harvest corn from a local farmer in Carrollton to give to our senior citizens in Carrollton and Temple. This project was well received. There were 25,140 ears of corn collected. This is approximately 419 bushels of corn. Our club members physically picked the corn and delivered it to senior centers. There were other participants picking corn including business people, high school athletes, school administrators and retired seniors. The corn was distributed to the Temple, GA., Bremen, GA, and Carrollton, GA senior centers. A bushel of corn cost $384.00 as of this post
Brookhaven Rotarian Michael Swahn continued our Club's long-standing partnership with Covenant House by hosting a sleep-out event at his house to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to support Covenant House's mission. He personally donated $1,000 to this effort, which was then matched by the Club as a whole AND by several members of the Club coming together as individuals. The organization's Executive Director spoke at a subsequent Club meeting and the partnership will continue to grow over the coming years.
Crying Towel -Saluting our high school coaches and principals
We invite the Football Coaches and Principals from all 9 High Schools and they tell about their up coming season. We judge the team with the best/worst story and provide them a towel for the upcoming season to handle the sadness.It is a time for some of the greatest stories about the teams and the young people involved. This has been a tradition in the Club for forty + years.
Provide volunteers for overnight deer hunting trip for hunters with disabilities, including dinner the night before and breakfast the morning of the hunt. 8 hunters, each with a helper, and 8 others put on the hunt. This year, four of our Rotarians organized and conducted this event, with 12 others participating also.
This project has never been done in Carroll county. The Department of Family and Children's Services manages the foster child program in Carroll County. There is a small playground at the facility that is geared towards children less than 10 years old. This new playground will be geared towards small children to teenagers. There are currently 226 Foster children in Carroll county. They age from babies to teenagers. This play ground is about 30 feet by 20 feet in area.
District Family of Rotary Kentucky Derby Gala Event
District 6900’s Family of Rotary Event, the Kentucky Derby Gala is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey/Clayton County
We invited District 6900 Rotarians and entire Clubs to join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. The Gala will have an atmosphere of Southern charm, including mint juleps, ladies in fashionable Derby hats and gents in appropriate dapper attire.
Due to drastic budget cuts, the Parks of Chehaw continue to lose funding. The Parks of Chehaw provides educational outreach programs that include Clean Water, Clean Air, Animal knowledge, and other programs. The Vans that the staff were using had over 300,000 miles on them and were recently slated not to use for School travel.
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 DORCAS Ministry is the name of a local food bank. The DORCAS ministry was named for the seamstress Dorcas, or Tabitha, whose story can be found in Acts 9:36-43. She was known for her generosity to the disadvantaged in her community. Today, Dorcas serves as the inspiration for our ongoing efforts to provide for those in our community who are facing immediate crises for emergency food.
The DORCAS Ministry is the name of a local food bank. The DORCAS ministry was named for the seamstress Dorcas, or Tabitha, whose story can be found in Acts 9:36-43. She was known for her generosity to the disadvantaged in her community. Today, Dorcas serves as the inspiration for our ongoing efforts to provide for those in our community who are facing immediate crises for emergency food.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton partnered with area schools and read and celebrate Dr. Seuss and his writings. We had 3 Rotarians read at Oak Mountain Academy; 2 Rotarians read at Central Elementary School. 10 Rotarian read at Carrollton Elementary and 1 Rotarian read a Mt. Zion Elementary School.
Dunwoody High School Interact Club - This growing club at Dunwoody High School, sponsored by the RCD and lead by our Youth Services Chair, Warren Turner, has a membership of 30+ students. The club currently meets twice a month on Thursday mornings in their lead teacher Ms. Mary Sturkin's classroom. The Interact students serve as volunteers at one our major fundraising events, Dunwoody BBQ and Community Festival. RCD sponsors participation at the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for six Dunwoody High School Interact Students. There they will meet many new friends and participate in leadership building and conflict resolution activities. We would like to give a special thanks to RYLA director Susan Ruckman for coordinating this event.
For the first time our Rotary Club participated in Repack the Backpack which is coordinated by our local Family Connections Collaborative. This year, our club had made earbuds with cases that had the Rotary Logo on it and each child (300) that came through was given a pair to use with their school district issued Chromebooks.
Rotary 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. 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.
Each year Muscogee Rotarians team up with first responders in our community in order to have an event at Easter Seals of West Georgia. At this even the clients of Easter Seals meet first responders to be familiarized with them and their work. These interactions increase the likelihood that they will understand first responders are there to help should they need emergency assistance. We also have guest characters from local businesses such as the Chik-Fil-A cow and others. Muscogee Rotarians and other guest volunteers interact with the Easter Seals clients and spend time in their classrooms reading to them in order to promote literacy and communication development.
Muscogee Rotarians will be purchasing sensory education items for Easter Seals of West Georgia funding by a $2,000 Rotary District Grant. Muscogee Rotary Club will organize and conduct a sensory education event schedule for September 13th, 2018 at Easter Seals and feature a specialist in sensory disorders as guest speaker at their regular meeting on September 6th, 2018. Muscogee Rotarians will meet with Easter Seals staff to select proper sensory education items, fund the purchase of these times and plan, organize, and volunteer at the sensory event.
The Rotary Club of Griffin helps sponsor Norcom's Annual Education
Celebration. Noncom is a local manufacturer of school supplies, whose
president is Rotarian Hal Rahn. Other sponsors include Griffin
Wal-Mart, managed by Rotarian Scott Owen.
Over 40 Roswell Rotarians spoke to the all of the 8th grade classes at Elkins Pointe Middle School in May 2018 and will do so again in May 2019. Rotarians share their careers and advice with the students.
invite local medical professionals and public health officials to attend Polio Plus event; focus on last endemic countries, final financial commitment to END POLIO NOW, and Gates Foundation matching opportunity
Family of Rotary Event - Hosting District Governor, Club Meeting, and Dinner
On September 14, 2018 District Governor Court Dowis visited the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, and spoke to our membership about his priorities for 2018 - 2019, including education, childrens' health, and a passion for Rotary. Then, just following our regular 7:15 - 8:30 am meeting, DG Court Dowis met with our BOD to hear their "hopes and plans" for 2018 - 2019, and to allow for discussion of these plans.
Partnering with the Cowart Family YMCA and Atlanta Food Bank. Providing funding for weekly weekend meals for food insecure children who attend Lake Forest Elementary School. Children from food insecure families rely on the free and reduced lunch program funded by the USDA. Last year was the pilot of this program and this year we changed our distribution location in order to work directly with the school. The program has increased to 56 students & their families, serving approximately 168 individuals weekly. Rotary provides some funding for the program. The Y purchases the food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Rotary packages the food items into bags and delivers them to the school. The school identifies students in need and ensures that each participating child gets on the bus with the groceries on Fridays. For every $1 donated to ACFB, they provide $9 of grocery products back to the community.
The rotary club provides lunch and plaques to the Officer of the year for the fire department, State troopers, police department, Sheriff department and EMT service providers. The press is invited and their families. The names and pictures of the Officer of the Year is given to the departments to be on display at the work place.
Roswell Rotary started the Rotary year by honoring both the police chief and fire chief and making them honorary members of our club. They attend Roswell Rotary regularly and are recognized at each visit.
At the August 2 meeting, we honored our Roswell police officers, EMTs and firefighters and learned about their service to our community. Roswell Mayor Lori Henry expressed her gratitude to the men and women who strive to keep our city safe. Both Police Chief Rusty Grant and Fire Chief Ricky Burnette spoke to the club. Each Roswell First Responder was recognized with a special certificate of appreciation presented by Senator John Albers or Representative Betty Price, both members of Roswell Rotary.
Utilized Alpharetta City Hall to provide BBQ lunch, gifts and appreciation for 100 local area Police, Firefighters, EMTs, 911 personnel, and government officials. Extra food left over was distributed to a 911 Police Center and another Fire House for guests who could not leave there post to attend, which increased the # of Beneficiaries to close to 100.
Flags for Southern Crescent Technical College Veterans Club
Three years ago, the President of Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), a
Rotarian, created the Student Veterans Club at Southern Crescent
Technical College. The Griffin
Rotary Club, in conjunction with the SCTC Rotaract Club presented the
flags in a public ceremony.The District Grant for the Rotary Club of Griffin purchased the U.S. flag, U.S. service flags and the POW flag for the SCTC Veterans Club. The flags were presented to the club by veterans from Griffin Rotary Club to the SCTC Veteran Club members. The flags presented in addition to the U.S. flag and POW/MIA flag were the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.
FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) is an organization that collects used medical equipment and refurbishes it for distribution to people who can't afford to buy new.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody joins the DeKalb Rotary Council (all the Rotary Clubs in Dekalb County) on a Saturday, in a project organized by the Rotary Club of North Atlanta to collect equipment for FODAC. In July 2018, we collected $250,000 in used medical equipment.
Club partnered with FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to collect used durable medical equipment to be refurbished and then donated to those with disabilities and financial need. The drive collected almost $200,000 in used durable medical equipment on Saturday August 25, 2018 in both donations dropped off and by club volunteers who picked up equipment from people's homes who could not physically deliver to drop off location. Extremely successful first drive that our club will make an annual event going forward. The local newspaper ran a feature on this drive.
President-Elect Charles Penny said collected
$8,544 for our 2019-20 Community Project Fund. Charles oversaw the
fundraiser raffle for tickets, travel, and accommodations for the
LSU-UGA game in Baton Rouge on October 13th. The drawing was held on
Thursday, September 27, 2018 with Emily Wallace pulling the winning ticket from the approximately 335
ticket stubs. Our own Nat Doughtie was the winner! Thanks to everyone
who purchased tickets and encouraged others to participate. Our
Community Project Fund is used to support our community service projects
and to donate to community non-profits.
We asked members to collect from their family and friends. We were asked to basic foods such as bean, rice, noodles, cereal. We were able to collect foods that filled the back of a pick up truck and delivered them to North Fulton Charities Food Bank.
A local politician reached out to let us know that she had been advised of a food shortage at the local food banks and thought Rotary could quickly respond to the need. The shortage was created due to the Furloughed Federal Workers that had not received paychecks in over a month. We called several other Rotary Clubs (Roswell, North Fulton, Alpharetta) and managed to collect $2000 to purchase food from Costco. Thru Facebook we made a public plea for foods, got a empty space in Johns Creek and invited our Interact students to share in the fun. We collected food from the public on Saturday, January 26th. We manged to collect so much food that we needed 2 large trucks to transport it to Sandy Springs to the Food Bank.
Mhairi Gormley, a GRSP student from Scotland, has regularly attended our weekly meetings, Family of Rotary events, service projects, and other club events, while also participating in GRSP events across Georgia throughout the year. She has had a very good experience, as has our club. Tony Shaffer, President Elect of our club, serves as the lead Host Family for Mhairi's year in Atlanta. Our member, Bill Smith, is a GRSP Trustee and his family has spent holidays with Mhairi and transported her to several out-of-town GRSP events.
Our GRSP student this year is from England. She is a delightful young lady who has become very involved in our Club. She is hosted by Jeoff Hamilton and his family and another host family from the Henry County Club. She is studying at Clayton State University and has presented one program to our Club. She is scheduled to present another one to us before she loeaves to go back home.
Georgia Rotary Student Program - Hosting GRSP Student
This year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody is hosting Mathilde Illum - our 35th GRSP student. She is being hosted by two club members, Jackie Cuthbert and Lorri Christopher.
Mathilde comes from a family of five – she is the middle child – with an older sister and a younger brother. Her mother is a Rotarian, and her aunt and uncle were GRSP scholars in 1989-1990. Her mom, sister and now brother have all been Rotary Youth Exchange students.
We partner with the Good Samaritan House which is a Doctor's office and pharmacy for those who cannot afford it. Many are homeless. They now have a garden with fruit and vegetables. So we bought seed, top soil, etc... and put a good day's work in. Also made a fire pit for them.
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 series with prizes for the most points earned throughout the season, each race benefits with higher attendance. The series includes all 16 of Fayette County's elementary schools, plus 4 other area schools. These 20 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 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 Rotary welcomes new Griffin Spalding County School Systems Teachers
Griffin-Spalding County School System New Teacher's Luncheon
The club sponsors an annual luncheon for all new teachers in the
Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS). The new teachers have the
opportunity to meet Rotarians and enjoy lunch during their orientation
week. This welcome provides a great first impression of our school
system and community. This year, we welcomed approximately 150 new
teachers and heard words of encouragement and motivation from Mr. Syntel Brown, a high school teacher in East Point and new member elected of GSCSS Board of Education. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Griffin High School and drew his comments from his classroom experiences and those of his family, including his mother and aunts.
In January, 2019, our club hosted 44 International students for our annual GRSP Leadership Weekend. This year the event was held one week prior to MLK Weekend. This event partnered with our sister clubs and GRSP, began on Friday, January 11 with a visit to the Center for Civil and Humane Rights, followed by a presentation from Rotarian Jessie Legros about "Unconscious Bias" and the a Family of Rotary evening event at Breakout Games. Our sister clubs include the Rotary Club of Brookhaven, the Rotary Club of North Atlanta and from District 6910, the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Then, on Saturday, the GRSP students were hosted at Oglethorpe University by Rotarian Micheal Sutton (Rotary Club of Roswell), for a lecture series entitled "Courageous Leadership." In the afternoon, we hosted a Stop Hunger Now Project event that brought together the GRSP Students, many of our club members, Rataract, Family of Rotary Student hosts and District 6900 North Atlanta Weekend Partners, volunteering to package approximately 10,000 meals that feed a family for a week internationally.
The Rotary Club of Griffin sponsored its first GRSP student in 1949 and
every year since. This year's student, our 90th, is from Brazil. He is attending the
University of Georgia.
Rotarian Skipper Burns and his wife Anna, are hosting for the year.
On the 3rd week in March of each year a college team comes to Meriwether County for the college challenge build.
Meriwether County Rotary Club host and provide a meal and speaker each year. Typically we host 15 - 18 college students, who spend their spring break working on a habitat house. Usually they start with the foundation already laid and at least have the home dried in by weeks’ end.
The Jackson-Butts County Rotary Club promotes childhood literacy by providing new books for Christmas. The club held a "wrap party" during a regular meeting and turned 150 quality, award-winning children's books into fun gifts for pre-school age kids at the McIntosh Trail Head Start school. Later that week, club members and Santa (also a fellow Rotarian) met at the school to help personally hand out the gifts to the kids in each classroom. We also purchased and donated 50 books to the City of Jackson for their "Christmas with Santa" event.
We have a booth set up at the Heritage Sandy Springs Festival. We use this opportunity to promote Rotary, highlight our projects, and push for membership. This is a signature Sandy Springs event, and we get many people coming by our booth. This is a Polio Plus event.
Susan and her husband, Bruce Keenan started a children's home in Nepal in 1997. Since that time they have taken in abandoned children. These children are housed, fed and educated. Susan and her colleagues shared information about her program as a speaker at our club. She had once of the children that they found as a 4 year old child with her. That child is now in college due to the generosity of Himalayan Children's Charities. We ended up collecting funds at the meeting. With the program having a cost of $350 per child, we were able to collect enough to support 10 children for the year.
The primary purpose of this Family of Rotary event, the Holiday Luncheon, is to first nominate (December) then install (June) the new leadership team for 2018-2019, to recognize club and member achievements throughout the year, and bring the club members together with time to network and to build relationships.
Our local firefighter asked us to help thew family of a firefighter who died suddenly on the job at the fire station. The parents flew in to our meeting. We raided $5,000 to give to the family. Our local fire department really appreciated.
This is a local charity that provides hot showers (with a mobile shower unit) haircuts, cook outs and clothing to those less fortunate Atlantans who are living on the streets. Dozens of our Rotarians donated toiletries, towels, underwear, socks and coats to the cause. Hope Thru Soap maintains a Facebook page that denotes how many showers, haircuts and hotdogs are distributed each week. They recently established a warehouse to contain the donations; Brenda Borden and Richard Maner have made trips to deliver our contributions.
We held an event to recogonize kids need help with Human Trafficking. We had video, and different people from around the community. The city of Lovejoy partnered with us and we provided food for the event and brought exposure to this situation. Our other partner was Gigi's House a local home in Lovejoy for girls that have survived human trafficking.
Mike Powell fromThe Family Connections did a presentation on human trafficking at Upson Regional Hospital. Guest speaker was a victim of human trafficking. The public was invited to attend. We had twenty five in attendance from law enforcement to hospital and medical staff in attendance.
The Hurricane Michael relief project was the second of our
club’s Senior Active Service Grants (SAS Grants), each of which entailed
roughly ten donors matching a thousand dollars challenge grant to raise
approximately $10,000. In both cases the full amount was raised in 2 to 3
weeks. This Hurricane Michael relief grant raised $18,000 in three weeks. This
allowed us to respond to the immediate and urgent need almost immediately.
Mitchell EMC hosted over 500 lineman from across the nation to serve the needs of SW GA following Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018. These linemen were served two hot meals every day and housed locally.Camilla Club donated $1500 to assist Mitchell EMC; co-sponsored meal for 500 lineman; members served several meals at Mitchell EMC; served at luncheon to honor first responders.
Hurricane Relief: Support for Blountstown Elementary School
Our Club gathered and donated gifts cards in support
of Blountstown Elementary School. We partnered with the School Resource Officer,
who explained that many of the children at the school are struggling with basic
necessities for school, such as school supplies, in the aftermath of Hurricane
Michael. These gift cards were used by teachers at Blountstown Elementary School
in Florida to purchase school supplies for the upcoming semester.
The Elkins Pointe Middle School Interact Club consists of 18 members, one teacher sponsor, and one Roswell Rotary Liaison. The Club meets twice per month and in the 2018-2019 school year has participated in the following initiatives:
Conducted a "Box Top" campaign Created posters for and implemented "Red Ribbon Week" to encourage students to take the "no drugs" pledge (more than 1000 students signed the pledge) Conducted several follow-up activities to reinforce the drug free message Food drive for North Fulton Community Charities Coat drive for North Fulton Community Charities Implement the Be THE Voice campaign
The Independence High School Interact Club consists of 30 members, two teacher sponsors, and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets weekly, and during the 2018-2019 school year is participating in the following initiatives:
Our Club partnered with Ricardo Lockette, a former NFL Player who started his own private foundation, to introduce and promote the creation of a Junior Achievement Academy to serve all of southwest Georgia . We worked with his foundation chair from Seattle, Washington so that Ricardo could host a community wide meeting to explore the creation of a Junior Achievement Academy for all of Southwest Georgia. We held a joint meeting with the Albany Rotary Club, and we invited dignitaries and community leaders so that Ricardo could announce his vision for creating the Junior Achievement Academy. We continue to support this endeavor, which will take a significant amount of time and resources to create over the course of several years. Upon completion, the Junior Achievement Academy will teach children throughout all of Southwest Georgia about financial literacy. We will continue to work on this project by serving in a volunteer and advisory capacity.
Junior Achievement Peachtree Charter Middle School - Biz Town and Finance Park
?? Dunwoody Rotarians volunteered over a two day period to support the Peachtree Charter Middle School students participating in the JA vocations experience at Atlanta Biz -Town. Financial support for this project from RCD was $5,000 helping to make the JA Discovery Center learning opportunity available to 100 of the 1,056 6th and 7th grade students served from Peachtree Middle School (an estimated cost of $50.00/student participant).
Our Club partnered with local
police officer, Travis Goodman, to raise funds for the Keep Safe 5k. The Keep
Safe 5K was a race in which all proceeds went to provide car seats to mothers
of newborns within the community. Our club supported this fundraiser by
providing funds, hosting the organizer of the event and promoting the event
within the community.
In addition to sponsoring and hosting a Laws of Life project for the High Schools in our area, we also independently host a Laws of Life Project for local middle schools. The format is the same as LOL high school, but with middle school students.
We participate in the Laws of Life essay contest in four schools in our County. The students are so creative in the writing of the essays. It is a very rewarding program for us and I am sure for the students. The winning student in each of the high schools, comes to our Club meeting and presents his/her essay. Sometimes there is not a dry eye in the house.
Brookhaven Rotary Club is sponsoring the Laws of Life Essay contest for Cross Keys High School, Dekalb County, Georgia, in 2018-2019. The club paid $500 for this sponsorship and coordinated with Cross Keys administration and teachers to get the contest established for the year.
Each year Rotarian George Stewart and a team of approximately 15 volunteers ensure financial support for scholarships for the Laws of Life Essay Contest in our area schools. The Dennis Crean weekly raffle funds the scholarship drawings each week, and George coordinates the volunteers in our club to support the essay contest submission readings. The winners of the local contest read their essays at a club program in May.
The Friends of Roswell Library have a Used Book Sale each year to raise funds to support the East Roswell Library. This year Roswell Rotary supported this effort by collecting over 1000 books from club members, bringing them to a collection point, then delivering them to the Book Sale the week of the event.
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.
Little Free Library (LFL) concept was originally developed by a Rotarian in Wisconsin. A retired realestate person in Roswell, GA adopted the concept for the North Fulton area, who made a presentation to the Rotary Club of North Fulton. Another citizen of Alpharetta read about the concept and had inquired to the Alpharetta Parks department about partnering with someone to provide free books to the public. Our club developed a partnership with the Alpharetta citizen, where we built 3 Little Free Library's, worked with the Parks department to find adequate spots to erect the structures, while the Alpharetta citizen maintains the books in each Library. This is a very sustainable process and very much easier to manage, for the Alpharetta citizen is now an active member of the Rotary Club of North Fulton. As the city parks continue to evolve, the LFL's provide outstanding reading material for both adults and children, thus contributing to the improvement of anyone's literacy level. Future plans are to place at least one LFL per year for the next 3 years.
Inspired by President Barry Rassin to make Rotary relevant for future generations, RRC developed a series of programs to provide leadership, personal and professional development of its members and inspires them to share what they learned with others. Expert speakers included:
The goal was to have a fundraising event that was fun and members wanted to be a part of. That part we succeeded at. However, we had conflicting events that caused ticket sales to be done. The venue was great, food was great and there was a lot of fun being had at the casino tables! With a little perseverance this could be an event that will eventually reap the rewards we were hoping for! We will be going over what we did right and what we could do better.
The Rotary Club of Marietta's 2018-19 Rotalight is an exceptional publication that provides Club, District 6900 and Rotary International content and news on a weekly basis, which helps to keep our Club cohesive and extremely informed about Rotary on all levels. Numerous, colorful pages filled with a variety of articles each week that cover club happenings, acts of service, our impact in the community, and future opportunities of service and involvement. Dynamic photographs to include as many members as possible have helped to keep our members engaged and excited about being Rotarians. In addition to our 110+ members, program speakers, visiting Rotarians, donors and community members at large request and read our weekly
Our Rotary Club continues to participate for the second year with Meals On Wheels. Rotarians volunteer every other week to deliver meals on one of our Newnan Routes to 6-7 different families who have either become shut in or has a medical condition.
We are building a library at a local school in Santa lara, Mexico. We are in the process of finalizing the project with Rotary International as part of our international grant request, and we hope to have the project completed next year.
Camilla Rotary Club will come alongside Mitchell County Recovery Group to assist with educational materials, goal-attainment recognition tools, and banquet sponsorship.
Mitchell County Recovery Group exists to provide an accountability group for community members in addiction recovery. Recent statistics from Mitchell County and Southwest Georgia indicate a significant number of community members adveresly affected by substance abuse, many of whom also present mental health concerns.
The Mobile Literacy Center is a new project of the Crisp County School System. Crisp County Schools will retrofit a bus into a mobile literacy lab. This bus will travel to neighborhoods and special events to help parents on location with the education of their children.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has "adopted" a traffic island across the street for the Dunwoody branch of the DeKalb Public Library. Fred Bounds, a long time member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, has charged this project since 2011. Four to six volunteers meet approximately six times a year to weed, trim, sweep, and lay down pine straw, or as we say "spruce up Monroe Park."
A call was put out by a local teacher asking if the community would assist with 90 Mouse Pads for her business and Technology Class at Newnan High School. One of our Rotarians noticed this request and immediately sprang to action by asking the club to participate. We had specially designed Rotary Mousepads that will be used by 90 students daily during their classes. The pads are antimicrobial and can be easily cleaned for at least two years. This donation was even featured in our local newspaper.
Johns Creek Chamber hosted a business expo. We purchased space and had Rotarians at the table from the beginning of the event (10a.m. to the end 4p.m). We had the 4 Way Test Banner along with the Be The Inspiration Banner displayed. During the event we promoted our upcoming fundraisers, TopGolf and Mardi Gras Casino Nite. We were able to collect 17 contacts.
The Rotary Club of Griffin sponsored three socials during the Rotary year. The first one was held in October with 12 attendees and one guest. The second was held in January with 27 attendees and 5 guests. The third will be held in April. The socials were held at different restaurants around Griffin from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The attendees were both Rotarians and several wives. It appears we will have three new members from the attendants of these socials.
Joint project of Camilla and Pelham Clubs; hosted New Years Eve social; fundraiser for agreed upon local beneficiary (2018-19 BGC of Mitchell Co); ticketed event available for any community guests. This event is a signature event for Camilla and Pelham Rotary Clubs. It is a fully collaborative effort from planning to execution.
Roswell Rotary collects backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we filled 28 backpacks with supplies and club members donated $250 to the effort.
Signature Community Service Project for each year. Breakfast for 200-300 business professionals from North Fulton County. Representatives from multiple faiths present a message complementing the National Day of Prayer theme. Music is provided and a Key Note speaker communicates an inspirational message to promote unity amongst all faiths. As it is purely a community service event, the monetary goal is to break even from table proceeds.
Our fundraising had been tied to a gala that the public knew nothing about and where only club members and sponsors participated. We tried to stage a fun event in the heart of Sandy Springs, featuring German beer and food and live music, that the community could all participate in, while learning about Rotary service projects. This would promote awareness about Rotary, help membership, and show that Rotarians can have fun and do good at the same time. We also raised funds for Polio Plus.
The City of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 hosts the Annual Old Soldiers Day Parade. The parade honors our country’s war veterans and recognizes their service to our country. We decorate a pickup truck and follow in the parade. The
Club partnered with Operation Lunchbox to donate food items and pack bags of nonperishable foods for school children who would otherwise not have anything to eat on the weekends. These kids usually only have the school provided breakfast and lunch and may not have food for dinner or the weekends. Club members packed bags on two occasions totaling 2000.
In 2018 Roswell Rotary joined with the City of Roswell and community leaders in North Fulton, including law enforcement, schools, North Fulton Rotary clubs, medical professionals and business leaders, to raise awareness of the Opioid addiction problem plaguing our community and nation. Roswell Rotarians Dr. Kym Mwansa and Municipal Court Judge Brian Hansford were instrumental in leading this task force.
Last year, we joined with the Roswell Rotary Club to create an opioid task force to address dependency, overdosing and prevention of the use of these narcotics. We had created a video for use in the schools in our areas, and we are continuing to work to do as many school and public appearances as we can. Further, we are working on promotional materials to distribute across Fulton County.
Partnering with the USO to Greet Military Personnel at the Airport
As we have done in years past, volunteers on three occasions (with a fourth to be scheduled) have greeted the returning and outbound troops coming through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Our volunteers staff 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 biscuits and lunch sandwiches throughout the day.
This project is organized to honor the men and women who risk their lives every day to serve the public. The focus is on the lost lives during 9/11/2001. Ron Jones headed up this very successful project with his team that included: Kathy Smith, Angela Harvey, Bob MacDonald, Asir Justifus. The audience included the Johns Creek Mayor, Council Members, Senator Albers, local firefighters. The chorus from Autrey Mills Middle School sang. Veterans of America performed a military salute. Teri MacDonald shared a heartfelt story of one of the firefighters who gave his life that day and noted the impact his loss had on his wife and three children. Sugo, a local restaurant, generously provided lunch for any and all of the Johns Creek first responders.
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.
In September of 2018, internationally known polio experts, vaccination field teams from Afghanistan, and Rotarians across District 6900 came together on Saturday, September 29th at the Polio Symposium: Past, Present, and Future held at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Atlanta.Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Emory Clifton
Provide Assistance to Missionary work in foriegn country
Sponsor a Local Rotarian to do missionary work in the Ukraine. She is a member of Disciplining Ministries International. Sherry Farr from Barnesville Rotary Club does an annual mission trip and will give a program on her latest trip
Like our Teacher of the Year awards, we present awards to the public safety officers of the year. They are chosen by their peers, and we present awards to prizes to the recipients. Our Rotary club is the only organization doing this, and we again get media attention. More importantly, we are giving these officers a big thank you for all they do, and we recognize those brave acts that led them to receive the award.
We provided three nights of dinners to Sandy Springs fire fighters, police, and rescue personnel as a tribute to the hard, life risking work that they provide to the community. We were able to get food donations from local restaurants, which lowered the costs dramatically. Also, we were able to get members' families involved, as well as our Rotoactors and Interactors.
The Cuthbert Rotary Club in conjunction with Georgia Power is very excited to bring a new face to the Randolph County Recreation Department. We will be working together to provide a complete overhaul to the facility including new bleachers, new dugouts, new pitching Ls, as well as other facility upgrades. A new sign will be resurrected to promote the park.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
On March 2nd, the Rotary Club members read to the youth at Mountain View Elementary school in Manchester from 8-10 am.
We send volunteers to local public schools to assist students with poor reading skill improve their comprehension and vocabulary. This is a dear project that the club has sponsored for many years, and it is quite effective.
The Sandy Springs Rotary Club distributes reading builder materials and thesauruses to all Sandy Springs 4th and 5th graders. We go into each classroom and teach the students how to use the materials and about Rotary. This is a legacy project that is well supported by Sandy Springs educators.
The third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM Muscogee Rotarians visit Easter Seals of West Georgia in order to read to the clients of ESWG. Rotarians interact with children and adult populations to promote literacy and help in the development of listening and communication skills.
In 2018-2019, 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 2018- 2019, we will donate more than 700 books to approximately 200 students, read to up to 12 classes on a quarterly basis (if not more) and equip 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.
We arrange to read to the children at Abbotts Bridge Elementary Kindergarten Classes. After we have read to them, we gift the books that we have read to their class libraries. The children always enjoy the experience as we make the stories come alive with our animated reading skills.
Members of Muscogee Rotary Club in conjunction with Redeem of Columbus GA is having a "take the city" Uptown service day. Members and volunteers of MRC will invite local Uptown businesses to display flyers with a helpline number for those affected by human trafficking. This is 1 of 2 Redeem service days scheduled for the 2018-19 year.
Members of Muscogee Rotary Club in conjunction with Redeem of Columbus GA is having a "take the city" day. Members and volunteers of MRC will invite local businesses to display flyers with a helpline number for those affected by human trafficking. This is 2 of 2 Redeem service days scheduled for the 2018-19 year.
Roswell Rotary hosted RI President Barry and First Lady Esther Rassin to a full day of events. There are over 33,000 Rotary Clubs in the World. The fact that Barry chose Roswell Rotary as one of the clubs he would visit is a high honor and a tribute to our standing in the world of Rotary.
The Cuthbert Rotary Club sponsored a Rifle Raffle Fundraiser. This event continued for 1.5 months. They money raised from this event will go to the SAT Scholarship and the Mission Trip that Andrew Serves students take every spring for Habitat for Humanity. Some of the money also assisted Keep Randolph Beautiful. The total number of people affected are around 50. All Rotarians sold tickets for the fundraiser.
Provided bingo games for 40 senior citizens at the day care center, then provide lunch in a Mardi Gras theme. Provided the center with a gift of a speaker/wifi system for sustainable use throughout the year. We have come to realize, many seniors are still very sharp and still very "competitive". It was a pleasure to spend several hours with them.
Rotary of Atlanta West End has a long-standing relationship with Booker T. Washington High School and its feeder Brown Middle School. Rotary AWE, with leadership from member CJ Stewart, sponsors an Interact Club at Washington. Rotarian Pearlie Perryman has organized an annual coat drive. Most recently, Rotarians supported the school's True Blue Gala through donations and attendance at the event, and the club was an underwriting sponsor.
The Rotary Club of Atlanta West End Microbusiness Program is designed to provide small business education, mentoring, resources, and loans to entrepreneurs serving Atlanta's West End neighborhood. To date, two cohorts of Atlanta West End entrepreneurs have taken part in the program, Two Open Houses were hosted in early 2019 to provide information to potential program participants in our third cohort, and at present five entrepreneurs have been accepted, with recruitment ongoing for five additional spaces. Participants in this year's cohort will take a mini-MBA course at Atlanta Technical College, facilitated by Rotary AWE members Victoria Seals and Kimberly Weaver. Rotary AWE has set up 501c3 status for the microbusiness program to broaden opportunities for funding the program. Rotary AWE club members are involved in all aspects of managing the program: applicant recruitment and selection, technical education and support, public relations, legal compliance, business mentors, and loan documentation, repayment, and banking.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton went outside of its normal meeting place to meet at a new local business in Carrollton. The business, the Venue on Cedar, hosts catering events, meetings, and receptions. Our club met at this location is celebrate a successful fundraising for our local charities and DFCS Foster Child Playground. We had over 72 people attend this meeting which generated $1,470 in revenue for this business. This business just opened in October 2018, so it is brand new and needs exposure to the community in order to support its advertising and operation. Over 10 people benefited from this meal through the salaries and work that was generated from the meal. It was quite successful.
Rotary Club of Dunwoody Grants Committee 2018-2019
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has an active Grants Committee to determine our club donations to local community and world wide projects. To date, for 2018 - 2019, the Committee has approved the following projects applied for by club members:
Our Club gathered, prepared
and created over fifty “Valentine Kits” for officers with the Albany Police
Department. Each gift contained a personal handwritten thank you note along
with candy. These gifts were distributed to officers at the Albany police
Department on Valentine’s Day. This project was led by our New Members.
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.
This year the Rotary Club of Peachtree City started a new project to build the first Rotary Club Little Library in Peachtree City. The Little Library idea is a great way to have a project that supports the RI focus of education. Out library is primarily made from scraps and re-used materials, plus some purchased wood and donated shingles.
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.
Started up the North Fulton node for Rotary Means Business for Dist. 6900 and have held two programs thus far. RMB is a volunteer Networking Group (Rotary Fellowship). With all start ups, there are challenges at first, but you must work through them and live and learn as you also gain momentum. The program helps you to promote your business, but more importantly, helps you to understand what others do, so you may benefit or provide a referral for other's services. it really helps you to get to know your fellow Rotarians, much better then in typical club meetings. We look forward to its growth!
As a new outreach by Rotary, Lou Alvardo attended the North Fulton Council Meeting in November, 2018 to ask the leadership to organize the RMB club to be called Rotary Means Business North Fulton Node. I immediately started sorting location options and presented them to Lou. Once that was decided, calls were made to obtain hosting support: Mary Trapp would be the lead, with Melanie Mayer and Cliff Wilcox as the back up.
The Rotary Club of Carrollton launched its second annual fundraiser for charities and service projects.. With the help of roughly 10+ 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 September to November 13, 2018. We utilized a Veteran's Day event where we honored our Veterans and to give appreciation to their service to our nation. We completed the event at a special meeting at the Venue at Cedar. We completed the drawing at the end of the meeting. We raised $63,000 in ticket sales with a net of $32,000. All money will be used for local projects and non-profit partnerships.
This year was the 45th edition of the Rotary Smart Directory (formerly known as the Rotary Phone Book). Though it's "glory days" are behind us, it still raised enough money to support the majority of our club's giving. Our Community Service budget and New Generations Budget is derived from the profits of the Directory.
We decided to "tackle" this new program in Georgia, with Michael Park's guidance. We sponsored an exchange student from Finland in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, as well as solicited 3 host families to house the exchange student. It has been more of a challenge than anticipated (as any new important program would be), but it has been more than rewarding for the Rotarians involved, the host families and their kids, teachers at Centennial HS, coaches and other students who have all been part of this experience. We have learned a lot and will be hosting another student in 2019-20. This program is the cornerstone for promoting peace and cooperation throughout the world. It is life changing for many of us involved.
Each Rotary Club in Georgia (District 6900) is invited to select rising juniors to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attend the RYLA Conference. Awardees should be sought from the community, and should be carefully selected on the basis of character, leadership qualities, general education, personality, and leadership potential.
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.
The Rotary Club of Griffin held a coat drive this past year. We
announced the drive at our weekly meetings and in the Griffitarian. We
collected 57 coats from Rotarians, their spouses and members of the
community. The Rotaract Club at Southern Crescent Technical College
also collected coats. We donated the coats to the Salvation Army. The
Salvation Army took the coats to the House of Hope shelter and
distributed the coats to their clientele there.
Carrollton Noon Rotary Members volunteered to ring the bell for Salvation Army at various stores such as Wal Mart, Kroger, etc. The funds raised will be used to help in disaster relief and other charitable givings.
Senior Citizens are one of our greatest treasures and that is why the Meriwether Co Rotary Club has adopted our local nursing home residents at Christmas. The Club members personally hand deliver each resident at the 79 bed nursing home a Christmas stocking filled with personal care items.
Santa for Seniors: Southwest Georgia Council of Aging
Our Club gathered, prepared
and created over fifty holiday gift bags for seniors throughout southwest Georgia.
We partnered with the Southwest Georgia Council of Aging, who delivered the
holiday bags to seniors throughout southwest Georgia. Southwest Georgia Council
of Aging is a local nonprofit that provides support services for senior
citizens in southwest Georgia. Each holiday gift bag contained toiletries and
holiday greetings for our Seniors. This project was led by our New Members.
This will be our third year sponsoring Homestretch, an orgainization that assist women with children on housing and job training. As the parents are led to classes, we are entrusted to entertain the children. We hire a face painter, balloon twister and Santa, of course. In addition, we color and play games with the children as they wait their turn for Santa, the face painter and the balloon twister. At the end of the evening we settle all of the children down for some book reading. This year, Kelly Stephens and Mary Trapp shared the story telling time with lots of animal sounds to the delight of the Children. At the end of the evening we were as tuckered out as the children were.
Saving lives through prevention and responsibility-PARC program
Prevention and Responsible Choices (PARC) is a prevention program designed to provide education and experiences which reduce risky behaviors in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19. The program consists of one session with a limited number of participants per session.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the Roswell Rotary Club awards one scholarship of $1,500 to a senior at one of the six high schools in the Roswell area under the Power of One scholarship program. Students submit applications which are then reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members. Inspired by Roswell Rotary member Dave McCleary, this Scholarship is awarded to a student based on the individual affecting positive change within the community by using his/her voice, influence, leadership, etc. to make an individual contribution or helping to lead others in making a contribution to the well-being of society. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
The Roswell Rotary Club awards up to three scholarships of $1,500 each to Roswell High School students under the Tom Zachary scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to students who complete applications which are then reviewed by a committee of Roswell Rotary members. This committee evaluates each student based on academic achievement, leadership traits, and service to the community. Students who participate in Rotary Interact are given primary consideration.
Provide $3,000 in scholastic magazines to improve the reading scores and increase exposure to science for all grades in Quitman County School System. Teachers will be provided with monthly magazines and online subscriptions for all classes.
Each year we host students who have won the science project award in their grade level in school. We hear each of the presentation and celebrate the winners as they do on to District and State. The science projects are amazing and we always learn a lot at this event. Our future is in good hands with these brilliant young people.
Our club provided a prom night to low economically placed senior citizens, many of whom never attended a prom in their lives. We worked with: senior housing residences to provide transportation for over 90 participants, local restaurants and supermarkets to provide a dinner for the participants, the Benson Center to provide the location, and with local clothiers to provide prom clothing. Volunteers from our club, decorated the facility and set up photographers for professional prom shots presented in a nice photo cover. The club hired a band for three hours of fun. According to the residential counselors and the participants, many of the attendees were becoming shut ins, with nothing to look forward to, before our prom came to existence. For many of the participants, this is the only event that makes them feel special and gives them the opportunity to dress up and dance. We also select a King and Queen of the Prom. Photos are found on our website and Facebook page.
This is always a fun event. We ask members to bring a drink & appetizer to share. The occupants of the home love having the company and enjoy the variety of treats presented to them. Each volunteer finds a resident and strikes up a conversation. Many will share their life stories others the books they like to read.
Service Above Self Golf Tournament to Support Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative
The SHARE Military Initiative provides a continuum of rehabilitation care for service members who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries while serving the United States on active duty in post-9/11 conflicts. Since the program's inception, SHARE has served almost 500 service members, from all branches of the military. The program typically treats about 15-20 service members at a time for a period of about three months.
In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Polio the Rotary Club of Meriwether County is serving the people of India affected by Polio and other disabilities with providing free refurbished equipment to enhance their day to day life. This program is spearheaded by Past President Robert Prater partnering with The Friends of Disabled and Children (FODAC) of Stone Mountain Georgia and Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim Maharashtra India.
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."
The Cuthbert Rotary Club will finish erecting a recycling center in the City of Shellman. At least 1000 people will be affected by the ability to use this facility. Using this facility will provide a better quality of life for the people of Shellman thus improving the quality of life as well as the economic well-being of the people. People became aware of Rotary International through this much needed community service project. At least 8 Rotarians have given their time and volunteer hours for this project.
A plan to increase the club's image on social media was developed and implemented by club member Lauren Vann, owner of Adele Creative. Weekly posts on FB feature club news, projects, and club events with photos and captions. Examples of stories posted--Rotary sponsors golf tournament benefiting United Way, Rotarians speak at local women's conference "She Creates Business," Club programs with photos or speakers, Rotary hosts cookouts for local first responders, Rotary hosts holiday lunch for National Guard company and their families, etc.
There are three early-literacy GG's in place this Rotary year. Two are coming to closure, and one is midway through. Our club has an active training and monitoring part, not just a financial part, in these grants.
GG1412635 has recently filed its final report. This grant is for Souns materials for 2353 disadvantaged preschool children in Head Start in southwest Georgia, USA.
South Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout Board of Review
Our Club partnered with the South
Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America to provide representation in the Eagle Scout
Board of Review Process. Our Club provides two members who serve on the Eagle Scout
Board of review, which meets as needed throughout the year. This committee reviews
and approves the applications of Eagle Scouts from all of southwest Georgia
Special Olympics Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament
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 attend the 13th Camilla Bocce Invitational.
We contribute to scholarship and STEAM projects, through our partner Sandy Springs Education Force. These funds promote science,technology, and math projects in Sandy Springs high schools. Further, the money goes towards a scholarship for a competition winner.
We recognize two students from each High School in Clayton County. The students honor one of their teachers that has made a difference in the learning experience. We give out prizes to each student and helps them pursue furthuring the academic career. This event highlights what great teachers and administrators we have in our local community. It also shows what a honorable career a teacher is because you can see what a difference they are making in the lives of these wonderful children.
Rotary Club of Dunwoody is an in-kind sponsor for the Annual State of the City address by Mayor Denis Shortal. This tenth Annual State of the City event will take place on April 12, 2019 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia, Dunwoody, GA. The State of the City is the premier city sponsored event, showcasing the accomplishments and the vision for the City of Dunwoody. This project focuses on volunteering and providing access to potential Rotarians from guest attendees. Any excess proceeds from business sponsors for the event will be donated to the club. Also, our Rotary Club President serves as Master of Ceremonies for the event. We are planning for approximately 15 volunteers and over 100+ volunteers hours in support of this event.
We were able to secure a $2,000 Grant that we used to have Books printed that were geared to middle & high school students. The book is written to encourage the reader to be aware of the techniques that traffickers use to "trick" their victims into being trafficked. We have been distributing the book to high schools students during an assemble and having one of our members talk about the dangers. Susan Keenan has a true passion for this issue and has presented many times. Dave Bernard presents the information with an inclusion of the Opiod Crisis is intertwined, below is a link to one of Dave's presentation.
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.
We partnered with the Family connection and Southern Crescent Technic College to provide lunch for program attendees. The program was to train healthcare providers on signs of potentional victims and proper protocal for treatment for victims. The class quickly filled to capacity and another presentation will be scheduled in the near future.
Our Club donates a book to the
Lee County Public Library each week in honor of our weekly meeting speaker.
Each book is added to the inventory of the library, which serves thousands of
citizens in southwest Georgia.
In conjunction with the Chattahoochee River Keepers, our club is a sponsor of the Sweep the Hooch annual river cleanup event. In addition to making a financial contribution to help off set the cost of the event, club members will participate in the clean up effort. Our designated clean up area is the north point of Peachtree Creek which feeds into the river. Trash and debris will be removed from the creek and creek beds to prevent them entering the river.
We host an annual luncheon presenting awards and prizes to the Teacher of the Year for each Sandy Springs public school. The award recipients are chosen by their peers. We have the press there, and the teachers love this event.
The Jackson-Butts County Rotary Club sponsors $500.00 to pay for a catered full-course Thanksgiving meal for our community's senior citizens. Club members help serve drinks, meals, desserts, and clean up. The seniors enjoyed the great food, music and dancing!
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.
Designed and produced an ad for the regional magazine THOM featuring one of our club's many projects that support education. "Be the Inspiration for Learning" was the title and ad copy noted Playground Maps, Books Are Magic, Character Counts, Scholarships, Students of the Month, and 15 other school projects as evidence of our club's commitment to inspire students to learn. The ad included a drone photo of children playing on one of the playground maps members have painted and maintained at local schools. A second photo showed Rotarians involved in the project. The Rotary logo and contact information on our club was included with the full page color ad in Thom magazine's fall edition.
The goal was to have a fundraising event that not only raised money but also an event that the members would have a great time at. For a first event, we had 50% of membership participate. We were able to find sponsors for the event through out membership. Funds were to be 50% to YMCA & Polio Plus.
North Fulton Charities has a toy "Store" for the benefit of low income families. Once the toys are collected we deliver to the warehouse that the "Store" is set up. Volunteers from our club meet and help the family shop for their christmas needs from the toys collected from the community.
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.
Contributed to the TutuDesk campaign to provide 25 portable writing desks to be used both at home and in school to students in sub-Sahara Africa. The campaign goal is to provide 20 million TuTuDesk to learning students by 2025
Our club gave a $500 contribution to help provide a nice baked chicken dinner and dessert for a special Valentine's Day treat to 88 seniors of our community. After dinner they danced to a variety of tunes provided by a DJ. The dinner and dance was held at the county administration building.
Decor took a nod from the previous Celebration Night "Taco Bout Rotary." We used a large authentic piñata adorned with the Rotary International Emblem in the center to anchor the table. This was put inside a large vase containing Mexican candy. Authentic Mexican scarfs were crossed on the table. Mexican pottery and baskets dressed up the extra space. The table setting was pink plates and green napkins. Thanks to Cameron at Relish and his sister for supplying the décor.
Veteran Support: United Services Organization (USO) - Providing Volunteers and Grant Support
Providing their talents and treasures, Dunwoody Rotarians hosted two days in Fall, 2018, at the USO at Hartfield Jackson Airport welcoming veterans passing through and assisting them with their needs.
This project will have sustainable support in the community served - several hundred military service personnel served daily at the USO center at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA. RCD and USO has had a partnership in supporting our military personnel, bi-annually, for over 15 years, by serving a typical American lunch of hot dogs, homemade cookies (donated by Rotarians), and fresh fruit, and by assembly,gift bags.
For the past four years our club has participated in the annual Veterans Day Tribute. This year, due to bad weather, we had the privilege to meet and greet Veterans from our community in one of the most moving ceremonies and tributes our club members have witnessed. The JROTC of Sandy Creek High School brought each person in attendance together.
Roswell Rotary has embraced support for the VEO (Veterans Empowerment Organization) this year as part of our ongoing focus of veteran and military support. The VEO's mission is to enhance the quality of life for homeless veterans on their road to self-sufficiency. This year we:
Homelessness is a significant problem even in the most affluent areas of Georgia. On any given night, when temperatures approach freezing, Roswell can have as many as 100 homeless looking for a warm shelter. For more than ten years, North Fulton County has tried to address the problem of providing an ease of entry location in the community, but with little success.
Wellspring Living is one of our non-profit charity partners. Wellspring Living has been serving survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2001. They are devoted to safeguarding and empowering domestic sex trafficking victims and those at risk to develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed. Through life-giving residential and community-based programs, girls and young women are provided the opportunity to live and dream again.
We furnished a home that houses recovered trafficked women & children, Wellspring Living. This gift will continue to have an effect on future occupants of the home. Rooms were painted . The furniture was delivered and placed in the home. Special attention was given to the common area rooms, were sharing and caring take place. The self esteem of current & future occupants will be forever be improved by this generous gift from Rotary Foundation.
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.
Veteran suicide claims the lives of 22 veterans each day. At around 30 suicides per 100,000 veterans, the suicide rate is more than double the rate for the general population. One suicide is to many.
Our club held it's for but not the last Wine Tasting for Animal Rescue, Now with a group in Fayette and Coweta Counties call SAAG (Southern Animal Alliance Group) a one stop shopping for animals and their care givers in need By placing the over 200 rescue groups in our counties, we can help bridge the gap in service and resources available and connect the dots for the best possible outcome for the animals in our Communities.
Past President Nicole Lawson organized and promoted North Fulton "Women in Rotary". We meet quarterly currently at Hotel Avalon for the sole purpose of networking. All Rotarians are encouraged to bring friends and business contacts as a means to grow Rotary membership.
Women of Rotary, within our own club, was developed by club member Tracey Craft, as she felt there was a need to promote the hard working women in our club and build awareness of their effectiveness within the club. It is designed for the females of our club to meet together 3-4 times a year to interact, grow fellowship, network and bring guests for membership prospecting. It has been so successful in building appreciation for our women, the events have now been opened up and extended to all women (and prospects) representing 6 different Rotary clubs in the North Fulton County area. A strategic plan with representatives of multiple Rotary Clubs has now been developed.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville began collecting coats, blankets and sweaters for the Thomas County Food Bank and Outreach Center in 2002 in answer to an urgent request. We continued in a small way until President Francis Parker made this our signature project for 2004-2005. Rotary provided over 400 items that year and a Rotary plaque was placed in the Food Bank designating this event.
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 $1000 to purchase supplies.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville proudly supports CampSTEMtastic at Thomas University. Camp STEMtastic primarily serves to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields to low-income students, and it also offers teachers-in-training real-world experience working with students on STEM lessons. Many of the experiences campers have would not be possible without a program like Camp STEMtastic.
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.
For the past few years our Club has "upped the ante" on our collections via the CART buckets. Member Jim Burgess challenged the club that he would match the funds raised in the blue buckets for November and early December. Collections during that period were $1,500, so he matched it with $1,500 of his own money.
Our club introduced Dragon Boat racing to our community in 2007. Since then, on the last week in September every year 4 to 5 thousand residents, paddlers, and vendors gather at the lake to enjoy the excitement. Every year this race has grown and is now one of the yearly premier events in Peachtree City.
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.
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 Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9 Rotarians, our GRSP student and 8 other 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.
Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program
Laws of Life Essay Contest
The Rotary Club of Griffin has for many years sponsored the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of the club volunteer to judge essays and the club financially sponsors the contest at Griffin High School and Kelsey .
Students who participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest select a saying that is a "Law of Life" and use that saying to examine and write about key life lessons and core character values such as honesty, generosity, courage, compassion and perseverance. The contest reflects Rotary's emphasis on values, high ethical standards and service to others.
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 Trent Reynolds, 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.
Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 10, 2019, 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.
We relied on our younger Rotarians for 2019 to help with this setup and had great attendance from them. They had the tents set up faster than ever! Easy 2 hours of Coffee and stapling. We will do this set up again in 2020 for our Rose Show Festival and hope to have even more Rotarians participate so we can cut our time in half!
The Rotary Club of Thomasville is sponsoring six students to RYLA this coming June. A rising junior from the following schools will be selected. C.H.A.R.T., Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Thomas County High School, Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School. The selection of students will begin in January and will be completed in March. One Hundred and forty four young men and women will receive leadership skills, team activities and develop lasting friendships.
The 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 Wal-mart to gather contributions from store patrons. RCT members take responsibility for an entire week during the pre-holiday fund raising period. Signup has begun for this year's Kettle Bell ringing and, as usual, we've had a great response. We will ring the bell outside the Wal-Mart store as always. We have a running competition with our other Civic Clubs to see who can raise the most money.
The Rotary Club of Griffin annually supports the Salvation Army by donating money and time to the Kettle Drive and the local Distribution Center. Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends staffed the kettle at the Griffin Kroger from November 23, 2018 through December 24, 2018 for a total of 294 hours. Salvation Army committee co-chairs Wayne Gardner and George Granade solicited 53 Griffin Rotarians to ring the bell at the kettle tallying 124.5 hours and community to ring the bell.
This program funds taught forty 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 CEO 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.
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 a night of fun with gaming tables including Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, and Craps. We provide tickets for each guest to cash in for their gaming chips, based on level of sponsorship.
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 project was funded by District Grant Funds. To date we have we have reached 104 clients in 3 facilities and have
logged 320 service hours. The facilities that we are currently working with are Insignia of Newnan Assisted Living, Benton House and Avalon Health & Rehab . Our target is to help those who have been affected by dementia and Alzheimers.
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta is involved in the evolution of Virtual Reality as a technology to enable social good by aligning with the efforts of several Rotary Clubs in Silicon Valley. This is in concert with, and supports the work being done by, Rotary International.
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.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsored a Polio Day event for the City of Thomasville and the students of Bishop Hall Charter School. Rotary Club President Andre Marria presented a compelling story of why polio is still a critical issue. She introduced Dr. Lorraine M. Williams, otolaryngology specialist in Thomasville who gave a visual story of how the polio virus affects people. it was a very moving presentation and a couple of facts stood out, that in the US the last contracted case was in 1979 and a gentleman was introduced as one of the longest living person with the disease who was able to graduate college and get a degree in law.
It's a tradition in the Rotary Club of Newnan to host the City of Newnan's annual 4th of July Fireworks. This year we experienced rain, but we were able to move it to the Saturday after. This is quite the coordination of efforts between our club, the City of Newnan and local law enforcement. We provide music, concessions and loads of fun for the family!
The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to HIV/Aids and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit. Another 175-200 teens attending the Summit will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.
This project was devised from a desire to streamline the weekly process of taking attendance for our club meetings. Being a larger Rotary club does make it difficult to take accurate attendance each week. Since attendance is importance for both the individual member and the club, accurate record keeping is essential. Enter the dynamic tech team, our own Rotarians Rod and Karin Thompson.
Jumping into a cold swimming pool on Groundhog Day in February may not sound like a good idea but Alpharetta Rotary’s first-ever Polar Bear Plunge raised over $30,000 for the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation.
The event was held at the Wills Park pool, and was dubbed a "huge success" by everyone involved. We already have people wanting to sign up to jump next year!
We were fortunate this year to provide two MAJOR donations due to the success of previous Casino Nights, our largest fundraiser. The second was an Endowment to the West Georgia Technical College in the name of The Rotary Club of Carrollton Dawnbreakers. This was a total endowment of $25,000.00 Endowment which will contribute $1,000.00 every year. This is an amazing opportunity to which we can increase over time and leave a lasting legacy for our Rotary Club.
The Alpharetta Mayor’s Corporate Challenge 5k Race is Alpharetta Rotary’s largest fundraiser for the year, raising over $130,000. It is Alpharetta’s premier corporate community event, attracting thousands of local employees, residents & runners.
This year our Interact Club has really taken off. They have volunteered with our projects, been featured in our Homecoming Parade and Christmas Parades, volunteered with local nonprofit agencies and attended our meetings.
The Rotary Cub of Thomasville supports the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard. This company has deployed to the combat zone in Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the last 10 years. The Club honored some two hundred and sixty of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 2nd at the Exchange Club this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. The hall was decorated with holiday themes, holiday music and a Bounce House and slide were provided. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University a Noncommissioned Officers was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Thirteen Rotarians and other volunteers prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Twenty-two Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This project reinforces our brand of supporting First Responders and soldiers as this year's overarching theme and is an annual event.
Troup Literacy Program: District Pre-K Grant, Jungle Bus & Rotary Readers
Our Rotary Club is committed to making reading and books priorities for all of our Troup County young students. Through our District Grant our Pre-K Book program, we provide books for all of the county's Pre-K students and through our Rotary Readers we also schedule additional times to go into classrooms to read to the students. In addition we work with the Troup County School District to provide support and further learning opportunities with the use of the Jungle Bus. The Jungle Bus was created to bring books and literary experiences into neighborhoods that have limited access to such advantages.
We were fortunate this year to provide two MAJOR donations due to the success of previous Casino Nights, our largest fundraiser. The first was an Endowment to the University of West Georgia in the name of The Rotary Club of Carrollton Dawnbreakers. This was a total endowment of $25,000.00 Endowment which will contribute $1000.00 every year. This is an amazing opportunity to which we can increase over time and leave a lasting legacy for our Rotary Club.
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.
Creation of a new Rotaract club in partnership with the GA Perimeter Campus of Georgia State University. Conversations are taking place and we are just trying to identify sponsor and finalize club leadership.
The Rotary Nutcracker is now a permanent part of Alpharetta’s new Magical Nutcracker Village, a unique addition to their holiday decor. Alpharetta partnered with local businesses and service organizations and installed 13 life-size nutcrackers that were revealed as part of their December 1st
Dawnbreakers donated 3000 books this year to the Tanner ReadER program. Throughout the year, club members collect and purchase books to donate; we also partner with our Rotaract Club who help in many ways along during the process. We then place a Dawnbreakers Rotary sticker along with a Four-Way Test sticker on the inside of every book.
Kings Ridge Interact will be hosting the 2nd annual Moonlight Sonata on March 9th. Alpharetta Rotary is proud to support our Interact Club through sponsorship and attendance.
The Moonlight Sonata is a classy celebration that includes the live 17-piece band Atlanta 17, wonderful food, and prizes! The Interact Club invites all of the senior citizens in the area to come join them on a Sunday afternoon, completely free of charge.
Circles is an innovative, community driven way to effect poverty by providing long-term, one-on-one, adult mentoring around improved employment, financial management, and personal growth. The program is a two-year commitment that meets every week. Each "Leader" that joins the program is assigned two Allies to mentor them. help them from anything from financial, parenting, or professional needs. This program has an active list of 15-25 individuals who are working to better themselves.
Dekalb Detetective & Chamblee Police officer of the year
We have for over 40 years recognized a DeKalb County Detective of the Year and for the past three years a Chamblee City Police Officer of the Year. We provide a recognition lunch program with plaques and a stipend for the recipient and their spouse/significant other, with media present.
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.
TaxAide is dedicated to providing totally free tax preparation to low, and moderate, income families in southwest Georgia. The service is delivered by a partnership between the IRS, AARP, Thomasville Rotary, Thomas County Library, Thomas University, Envision Credit Union and community volunteers. From its award winning first year as the best new program in District 6900, TaxAide has served over 1,000 families resulting in direct refunds over $750,000 with a dollar stimulus over $3 million for the local economy.
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. Each month focuses on a different character trait. Two Rotarians then meet with the students to discuss how the trait of the month has impacted their personal and professional lives. The Students then discuss how this trait would impact their lives. 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.
The Alpharetta Rotary Club (as International Partner) has two grants in Colombia, SA in process.
The first is a project in Ramoos, Colombia that has already been submitted. It supports a program that works with families that have a member or head of household that is in prison or has recently been released. It will help with training to obtain job opportunities, entrepreneurship and resocialization, avoid relapses into criminal behavior and improve the socio-economic conditions of his/her family group. Workshops will be conducted with family members to identify resources within the family.
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. The selected senior then selects the teacher whom they wish to honor.
Our club 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.
Our Dawnbreaker Dash 5K/10K was created this year as an additional fundraiser with the privilege for the current President to choose which local charitable organization it benefits.
This year, President Wilkins decided to donate proceeds to The Boys and Girls Club. We donated half of the money to charity and the other half is a kick start for up front costs for Casino Night, our largest annual fundraiser.
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.
Facilitated a community-wide pick up of home medical equipment for refurbishment & recycle w/8 Rotary clubs and one Roteract Club. Brought in to FODAC (a non-profit) equipment estimated at over $250,000. FODAC refurbishes the equipment and provides it to those in need. This process of recycling of medical equipment not only allows for lower or no-cost to the FODAC consumer, but it also keeps this equipment from the landfills and junk yards. Community partners were FODAC and 57th Restaurant. Six area Rotary Clubs participated as well as the Chamblee HS Interact Club and the North Atlanta Rotaract Club.
For the 2018-19 Rotary Year, we co-sponsored with Brookhaven Rotary Club, a student from Scotland. We provide funding for her tuition, room amenities, and housing needs when school was on break. Mhairi is very active at Oglethorpe University and she attends club meetings and service projects regularly. She has stayed with several Rotarians during school breaks and is shuttled to meetings and activities by different club members.
The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host the City’s 5th Annual Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute on May 27, 2019.
Brigadier General Thomas H. Blackstock, Jr. has agreed to serve as this year’s keynote speaker.Brigadier General Blackstock has a distinguished military career in the United States Army. He is the Assistant Adjutant General with duty as Commanding General, 78th
The Old Soldiers Day Parade began years ago as a tribute to veterans of the war between the states, but was discontinued after a few years. Twenty-eight years later, in 1952, a small group of men in Alpharetta re-dedicated Old Soldiers Day Parade in Alpharetta and started having a parade through downtown Alpharetta. Thanks to these few men and their belief in keeping this memorable tradition alive, this parade has become an annual celebration to all veterans of all wars.
Along with the program and parade, this celebration will also feature floats, High School bands, entertainment, children’s activities, and prizes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the American Legion at 201 Wills Road, at the conclusion of the parade. With so much to celebrate, take this day to recognize the living memory of all veterans of war.
The Rotary Club of Thomasville partnered with The United Way in order to hold a golf tournament at Country Oaks in Thomasville. This year we had 23 teams, 52 hole sponsors, a $5000 sponsor (Envision), a $2500 front 9 and back 9 sponsor (Synovus), a breakfast sponsor (David Hufstetler), and a lunch sponsor (Mary Beth Donalson and John Glenn). We also offered two hole-in-one CAR options (thanks to Flowers and Spence). 25 Rotarians volunteered to make this a success. Other club members were hole sponsors, team participants, and donated prizes. This is an annual project for our Club and brands Rotary's concern for supporting worthwhile community projects. Check present to the United Way in the amount of $15,000.00
iCan Shine is a national
charitable nonprofit organization which conducts over 100, five-day iCan Bike
programs in the U.S. iCan Bike teaches approximately 3,000 people with
disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle each year. Since its inception
in 2007, approximately 20,000 people with disabilities have learned to ride a
bicycle through this wonderful program. Research shows that over 80% of
people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this
thrill. Defying these odds is why they exist!
Rotary sponsored the 4th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 70 seniors Feb 14, 2019. Due to Valentine's Day falling on a Thursday, our Rotary Meeting Day, the seniors were invited to join us at The Plaza for a meal and program. Many were excited and had anticipated this day since the beginning of February. The seniors were greeted by many of our Rotarians. They enjoyed a delicious meal while listening to love songs and joined us in hearing Tim Filston talk about the differences between man and woman. All seniors were given a Valentine stuffed animal and box of candy. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money. Three Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed on the day of the event. There were twelve community sponsors. Several representatives of our sponsors came to volunteer at the party. One senior from the Scott Senior Center was heard saying that the morale at the center had increased greatly as the day of this event got closer and closer. The participants were eager to dress up in their finest and go downtown for a Valentine meal. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors.
Carrollton Dawnbreakers has been supporting Toys for Tots for several years now. We gather toys thoughtout the year and always show up to help separate for distribution of the toys.
This year we donated over $1,000.00 in toys and we had many of our members involved in the process from beginning to end. Our club helped in two different ways this year: first we worked the Walmart collection where we collected money and toys for the cause. Second, we also attended a night of toy distribution and helped organize what will be sent out to the families.
This year World Polio Day fell directly on our regular meeting day, we took advantage of this to involve a higher number of our members in this event.
During our regular meeting we used the opportunity to focus on the history and present status of RI's PolioPlus campaign. Members were given handouts and took part in a discussion concerning the program. Before the meeting was officially ended members all went outside and were part of a large group "We are This Close" photo.
Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems.
Be the Voice that Stops Bullying – We have purchased and received 2 kits. We have distributed to two local middle schools (Thomas County Middle School and McIntyre Park Middle School) in October. Once they have completed the project, we will invite them to the Rotary Club to share the results.
This February’s Super Bowl in Atlanta will also be an opportunity for victims of slavery and human trafficking to be brought into the area. Rotarians across Georgia are working towards increasing public awareness of this problem and providing these victims information on how to reach out for help.
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta sponsors the Special Pops Tennis Round Robin tournament at the Country Club of the South. Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
AVID (Acheivement via Individual Determination) is a college
readiness system that will be instituted into Harper Elementary, MacIntyre Park
Middle School, and Thomasville High Schoolfor the upcoming school year. The students will receive assistance in
organization, study skills, critical reading, writing and preparing for college
and career. The program comes with many needs, some of which were supply needs.
For the year, Thomasville City Schools will have 150 students served. Each of these students needed the following: ·3” three-ring binder with clear-view cover, set of tabbed dividers, pencil pouch with three holes, pencils (can be corporate), pens (can be corporate), highlighters (can be corporate), and post-it notes. 52 Rotarians donated items and funds to purchase items during the month of August. On Sept 6 immediately following the club meeting, 23 Rotarians packaged the supplies for transport. A Rotary sticker was added to each notebook, and a Rotary 4-Way Test Card was added to each package. Items were delivered to Laine Reichert, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools. She reported that the kids were so thrilled to have new supplies to participate in this program.
This luncheon was sponsored by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Guild to raise money for their organization while showcasing community organizations. Project Leader Karin Thompson got a chance to express her artistic side along with the other members of this project while they were getting the message of Rotary out to others.
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.
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 Children's Book initiative including; Picture books for toddlers, Science, Animal, Sports and History books. The final piece will be supporting the County 4-H Club students in their STEM teaching programs by providing a projector and screen for class room support.
Playground Maps of USA in Thomas County Elementary Schools
Elementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville County School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. Our Club’s
project involved tracing and painting a large, colorful map of the United
States on the playground of Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School.
On Wednesday, November 7th, the Rotary Club of LaGrange honored the veterans who are members in the club. The veterans were recognized and thanked for their service to our Country and also to Rotary.
Each veteran was asked to come forward and speak on what service they had been involved in and share a bit about their time serving our Country. Each member received a certificate and a special Rotary Veteran pin.
SafeDrive has been an annual project for over 15 years.Our club produces the SafeDrive Map to alert citizens, especially newcomers and student drivers, about the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region.Using accident data provided by the Georgia DOT and local Thomasville Police Department, the SafeDrive Map is updated about every 3 years.The 6th Edition debuted in January 2017.
2018 LaGrange Police Department National Night Out
Nationwide Annual "National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and standing to fight back against crime.
The Rotary Club of 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.
Thomasville Rotarians goal was two fold: to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books and secondly to secure books to give to both the YMCA and Boys and Girls club after school participants. We were able to fill the little libraries with donated books from Rotarians and we go periodically and add more books.
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.
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.”
PRESIDENT ANDRE MARRIA AND ROTARIAN WALTER MARRIA LEAD THE SESSION
KAPPA LEAGUE YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
During the Fall of 2018 the Rotary Club of Thomasville collaborated with Rose City Toastmasters and the Thomasville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to expand their Youth Leadership program to include the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program.
C.H.A.R.T. Adviser: Heather Lindquist. 26 members. This fall worked at Hands on Thomas County volunteer day in October. Volunteered with the Thomas County History Museum to clean up after their fundraising Gala on October 28. Will sing Christmas carols at Scott Senior Center.
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. This year the meeting place of choice is Hubs & Hops.
In August 2018, Rotary Club of LaGrange raised $1,250.00 to assist the Interfaith Food Closet in LaGrange buy food for the community. The United Way agency is able to buy more food per dollar than individuals can, so we raised the money for them, which will be above the support they get from United Way. Seen here, Rotary members who served on the committee presented the checks to the Interfaith Food Closet head at the United Way Campaign Kickoff luncheon on September 5th. Left to right are: Clark Johnson, Rotary project chair, Jennifer Tenney, Food Closet head; and Rotary committee members Teresa and Mike Phillips.
This is the tenth year that the LaGrange Rotary has been involved in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 42nd annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Miracle on Main Street". This year our own Rotarian Bobby Carmichael was selected as being the 2018 Christmas Parade Marshall.
Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament is set for April 26th at the Highland Country Club. This annual event is our main fundraiser that helps us fund many of our Rotary projects.
This event is our most popular fundraiser and includes club members as supporters, golfers and workers. Family members are also included in the day's fun, it is an event that we all look forward to each year.
Sweet Land of Liberty - Children's July 4th Parade
July 4, 2018, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 35th 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.
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 8th.
The Rotary Club of Milton will host 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.
40th Annual Aubrey Greenway Golf & 6th Annual Hagan Cup
Funding The Engine of Roswell RotarY
The proceeds of this event fuel the engine of RRC charity efforts throughout the year.
The $209K raised funds 40+ local charities. But RRC is not just a check writing club. These charities enjoy tremendous support as RRC members follow the money with their time, talents and passion for putting service above self.
Every spring, since 1996, the Roswell Rotary Club and Roswell High School have sponsored an invitational track meet. The purpose of this sponsorship is to provide a high profile opportunity for high school track & field teams from throughout Georgia to compete against the best in the state. Annually 25 to 30 high schools are represented with both boys and girls teams participating. A full slate of field events are held in the morning session followed by track and relay events in the afternoon. The strong emphasis on relay events builds a spirit of teamwork among the athletes and creates a high energy atmosphere during the daylong event.
Honduras - Lunches for Learning Support and Clean Water
RRC upped our international game in the 2018-19 year. The passion of one Rotarian in 2010 has resulted in over 2,500 children being served through Lunches for Learning (L4L). Not just one time, or for one year, but year after year and meal after meal throughout the grade school years. When we started, L4L served 8 small schools. L4L now serves 36 schools.
The Mission: Continue to grow and strengthen one of the biggest Interact networks in all of Rotary.
This Year: Roswell Rotary supports 12 Interact Clubs with nearly 300 members. Those clubs serve their schools, the Roswell
community and the world. The students elect
officers and hold meetings. Regular projects include food-can collections, toy and coat drives and raising money for Polio. But mix in fun as they paint the Youth
Day Float and walk the parade route. Interact groups educate their classmates and participate
in Roswell Rotary’s International Service Project in Honduras by collecting school supplies.
Our club has been and will continue to be a big supporter of the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of our club have served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program which governs the contest.
We sponsor two high schools and dedicate one of our meetings to the award winners from Roswell High School and Independence High School. Students read their essays to our club and are presented with their medals during the meeting. There usually isn't a dry eye in the room.
The Blessed Trinity Interact Club has over 25 members, one teacher sponsor and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons and they meet twice a month. During the 2018-2019 school year, the Club is involved in a number of initiatives, including the following:
The Crabapple Middle School has over 25 members, two teacher sponsors and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. They meet twice per month and during the 2018-2019 school year are participating in the following initiatives:
Execution of the Be THE Voice campaign including producing introduction videos
The Hembree Springs Elementary Interact Club has 30 members, two teacher sponsors and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets monthly and during the 2018-2019 school year is participating in the following projects:
Executed Hands on Hembree Day (school beautification)
The Mountain Park Elementary Interact Club has over 50 members, three teacher sponsors and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets once a month and during the 2018-2019 school year has participated in the following projects:
The Roswell High School Interact Club has over 55 active members, two teacher sponsors and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays during the school year. In 2018-2019, the Roswell High School Interact Club is participating in the following initiatives:
The Roswell North
Elementary Interact Club will support the Be The Voice Campaign to stop
bullying. Students have produced videos for the morning announcements, made
posters, and nearly all faculty and staff proudly wear their BTV t-shirts
to show support. Bracelets and stickers have been distributed school wide.
At the conclusion of all Interact planning and work meetings, Roswell North
students recite the 4-Way Test.
The Sweet Apple Elementary Interact Club has 49 members, one teacher sponsors and two Roswell Rotary Liaisons. The Club meets once per month and in the 2018-2019 school year is participating in the following initiatives:
Marked/labeled storm drains in local neighborhood for the City of Roswell
The Cottage School Interact Club has 12 members, one teacher sponsors and one Roswell Rotary Liaison. The Club meets bi-monthly, and officers meet weekly. In the 2018-2019 school year, the Club is participating in the following initiatives:
Participated in Q100's Big Thank You by writing letters to soldiers
RRC is proud to have been one of the two Rotary clubs to sponsor the North Fulton Rotaract Club.
Rotaract Clubs come in two flavors; School based or Young Professional based. Ours is the latter and has grown to a club of nearly 30 members of 20-somethings that already have a heart for service and are willing to put their time and money on the line to prove it.
In 2018-2019, Roswell Rotary will sponsor ten students from three high schools in Roswell to RYLA, paying the full tuition and travel expenses for these students. The students attending RYLA rave about the leadership skills and new friends made during the program.
Each month during the school year, Roswell Rotary recognizes a student and teacher in the local community schools who demonstrates leadership and outstanding academic achievements. Each student and teacher is presented to the club at a regular meeting and is provided with a certificate of achievement. Additionally the club awards a Visa gift cards for each student and teacher.
In the last 11 years, this Roswell community event has grown from a small gathering on Canton St. to a city wide celebration once per month all during the spring, summer and fall. Canton St. is closed to traffic and drinking laws relaxed to allow folks to stroll the streets and enjoy food, music and exhibits by local businesses and non-profits.
Not only did the club build the Rotary Dream Field so those with special needs would have a place to play, we also volunteer our time. During a "season" of play, volunteers from our club will buddy up with a player to help them get in the game and have a good time.
To create an ongoing cultural exchange and understanding, Roswell Rotary participates in and financially supports a program of sending a Roswell school teacher to and hosting a school teacher from Pilar, Argentina. This program is the outgrowth of an original student exchange program started by the president of the West Jacksonville, Florida Rotary Club in 1974. The program evolved into a teacher exchange program and was brought to our club by his son, Roswell Rotarian Lee Hollingsworth. After visiting respective school systems and communities for about two weeks, the teachers bring back experiences to their students, faculty, and community. It is also a reward for deserving teachers who are never recognized enough for their contributions to the youth in their communities. The program builds awareness of Rotary in the world community and brings international cultural experiences to those who might normally have the opportunity. This year's teacher, and the 4th to be hosted by our club, was Dario Rosa who teaches history and philosophy at Magno College Secondary School in Pilar. Dario was selected as Teacher of the Year for his District in 2016. This was his very first trip to the U.S. After a lengthy selection process among many applications, Ms. Angelique Hayes, a teacher at Crabapple Middle School in Roswell was chosen to represent our club for two weeks in Pilar, Argentina. Angelique will demonstrate local teaching methods and experiences while observing a variety of educational techniques in both private and public schools in Argentina.
Roswell Rotarians collect new toys for the needy in the Roswell/North Fulton community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. More than 350 toys were collected, purchased, and delivered to North Fulton Community charities for distribution to children of all ages.
Provide gently used coats to the needy in the greater Roswell Community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. Rotarians initiated a coat drive to collect gently used coats to support the efforts of the NFCC. This year we collected:
Roswell Rotarians and family members participated in the 29th Annual Rivers Alive Cleanup on the Chattahoochee River. Rotarians in waders fording the river and in canoes and kayaks floating on the river collected over 800 pounds of trash and debris. Others walked both sides of the river banks and picked up discarded cans, bottles, paper products, and other articles that were washed inward from the fast-paced river flow. All trash collected was loaded into a truck and transported to a recycling area. Rotarians got together afterwards for hamburgers, hotdogs, and beer to talk about the adventure and enjoy some fellowship. The Chattahoochee River provides 70% of the drinking water for the greater Atlanta area. It is therefore paramount that we keep the river as clean as possible and to protect the wild life habitat. Hence, there are literally thousands of people that benefit from this effort. We list only 100 beneficiaries at right to complete the project; as the actual number is impossible to know, but far greater than shown.
More than 10 Roswell Rotarians presented information about their careers to all of the Career and Technical Education classes at Roswell High School. Each Roswell Rotarian shared information about his or her career, including educational requirements, future opportunities and compensation information. The students were given an opportunity to ask questions and make contact with local professionals.
The Roswell High School (RHS) Construction Program has educated
nearly 500 students and is the only construction education program in North
Fulton. RRC immediately recognized an
opportunity for this program to solve two problems in Roswell: fill the skilled trade gap and provide
students with career-ready skills and supported the program.
We will be sponsoring, for the second year, a Roswell Nursing resident
in their annual Pageant. Roswell Rotarian Nancy Diamond will be the emcee again this year. We
purchase a dress and shoes for the contestant and go over the day of the
event to "fluff" her up with makeup, etc. and cheer her on. Then we crown the "Magnolia Queen"!
Don and Barbara Thomas were always strong supporters of the Georgia Rotary Student Program.Through the years they helped entertain Roswell Rotary Club’s GRSP students.Barbara and Don were Will Watt Fellows, Hue Thomas Fellows and Kendall-Weisiger Fellows.
In partnership with Senior Services North Fulton, Roswell Rotary Club members hosted a fall prevention bingo at Crabapple Senior Center. Fall prevention bingo is a great way to help seniors learn how to avoid falling while having a great time playing bingo.
Stand Up for Kids is an organization that focuses on identifying homeless kids who need support and motivation to stay in high school until they graduate. To stay in the program, students have to attend school regularly, maintain a C average, and meet with mentors for guidance, counseling, motivation, and moral support. Roswell Rotarians provide mentorship for this program at Roswell High School, Centennial High School, and Independence High School. Mentors meet with their student twice a month for a one hour lunch at their respective High Schools for the entire school year. At the end of the year, each student's accomplishment is recognized with a celebration party and various awards.
Roswell Rotarians met for dinner and drinks at Houck's on Oct. 24. President Becky and Vivian Bankston shared information about Rotary's work to end polio. 15% of the proceeds of food and drink were donated to Polio Plus. $200 was raised to end polio!
The reason RRC does so much good in the community and in the world is because we are truly a family of members pulling in the same direction. Part of the secret sauce is making it fun to be a Roswell Rotarian.
Gary Garrett's Fun on the Farm Party has become an annual tradition of the club. Before the beer flows, we bring out the shotguns to kill clay pigeons. Burgers and dogs come off the grill and everybody pitches in to bring lots of tasty side dishes. Some get a little crazy!
Roswell Rotary setup 2 tents, provided drinks and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and enjoyed time with our Rotary family. A quick storm blew through soaking all of us, but we had a great time and watched spectacular fireworks at Roswell High School. Over 75 Rotarians and their families enjoyed the evening.
Roswell Rotary holds a family night at a Roswell High School football game each year. This year over 20 Rotarians and their families attended dinner before the game provided by Slope's barbeque. Roswell Rotary's support of Roswell High School was included in the Program for that night's game.