B. International Service Projects
Goal: The Rotary Club of Pelham will complete a minimum of 5 Global Service Projects between July 2017 and June 2018.
Strategies Who's Responsible Timeline Measurement
1. Continue the International Weekend Larry Frosteg and Kevin Brooks On Going through March 25, 2018 Program Schedule, Nairator
2. Continue to co-sponsor a GRSP student with the Camilla and Bainbridge Clubs. James Eubanks and Chris Nurmi July 2017 through May 2018 Program Schedule, Nairator
3. Examine the possibility of inviting another club to help sponsor the GRSP student. Larry Frosteg and James Eubanks On Going through March 25, 2018 Indentification of an additional club sponsorship
4. Continue to support Global Grants projects. Sandy Godwin On Going Check List of Donations
5. Continue to support the Rotary Foundation (Strive for 100% participation in these programs) Ray McKemie By November 30, 2017 Check List of Donations
6. Continue to support the GRSP Foundation Chris Nurmi/Larry Frosteg/James Eubanks Sunday, March 25, 2018 Check List of Donations


"Thank You" to Service Professionals Cookout

The AARC is having a cookout for Service Professionals (Firefighters, Police, and dignitaries) from East Point, College Park, and Hapeville. This is just a nice gesture to say thank you for your service to our community and to show appreciation.


2017 Mayor's Corporate Challenge



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2017-2018 Polio Fund Raising

The Club is seeking $20,000 in donations to help "End polio" from Businesses and Individuals. Click on the "Contribute" button on screen, and you will be taken to our donation page.


2018 Foundation Ball

The Foundation Ball is Buckhead Rotary's primary fundraising event that will provide funds for the projects we undertake in the coming year. The event hosts around 250 people, probably at the Cherokee Town Club, and features a live and silent auction, raffles, dinner, dancing, and fellowship.


2nd Annual Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Golf Tournament.


2nd Roadside Cleanup

The Rotary Club of Carrollton participated in its 2nd Adopt-A-Mile roadside cleanup for the year. Our area of service is around the Crossroads Shopping Center.


3rd Annual Wine and Sip

3rd Annual Wine and Sip


3rd Roadside Cleanup

The Rotary Club of Carrollton will complete its 3rd roadside cleanup of the year behind the Carrollton Crossroads Shopping Center.


3rd Southern Charms Fashion School

This is our 3rd annual fundraiser. Unlike last year where the funds were raised primary for one charity, this years fundraiser is designed to raise funds for all the local charities and community organization we support (the beneficarties). This year we increased our net revenue 50% versus prior year and will dispurse all the funds raised before the end of this Roityary year.


5k Trailblaze for Polio

Partner with Roswell Rotary to raise funds for Polio


5th Annual Patriots Remberance

Hold our 3rd annual Patriots Day event at Newton Park in partnership with the City of Johns Creek on the anniversary of 9/11 and raise funds for the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation.

This years event was canceled due to hurricane Irma. However we raised $3,800 for the Public safety Foundation


7th Grade Basketball Tournament

Since 1965 the Rotary Club of Buckhead has sponsored a 7th grade basketball league for boys. In addition to a financial contribution, the club has continued to provide assistance each week with running the scoreboard and stats for each game.


After School with the Y

Partner with the YMCA for after school program for middle school students. Conduct activities designed to bring children together of different backgrounds and experiences


Milton Senior Center Annual Holiday Luncheon

Annual Holiday Luncheon with Milton Senior Center

Having lunch with the Milton Senior Center during the holiday season has become an annual tradition for our club. We loved sharing a meal with these treasured citizens and spreading a little cheer with gifts to show them how much they are appreciated. There were lots of smiles and hugs to go around!

We passed out 40 gift bags filled with grocery gift cards, adult coloring books, diabetic socks and more. Donations from club members covered most of the costs.


Apple Polishing

Apple Polishing is an annual event for the Buckhead Rotary Club. Over 3,000 apples are polished and delivered to teachers in the elementary and high schools in the Buckhead community. It's our way of saying thanks to these valuable people.


Apples for Teachers

Each year we provide apples and pieces of chocolate to 400 teachers and staff at 4 local schools (elementary, middle and high schools). This is our way of letting them know their local Rotary club appreciates what they do to support our students.


Photo of Event

Back to School Bash

School Supplies and back packs were collected and donated along with volunteer hours to stuff bags with school supplies and pass out bags to students and families in a very needy area of our community.

The event was a community event at our local Independence Park. We assisted with registration as well.

There was food given away, free health screening, bouncy slides etc.

This project was organized by another organization along with one of our local commissioners and did not cost the club money from the budget, but also made others aware of Rotary and the great things that we do for our community.

Our Rotary club was recognized several times from the stage for our participation and donation of supplies.

The balance of the supplies have been donated to other local elementary and middle schools. They have started a supply corner at some of these schools as well.

Also while working along other community minded individuals, we found a new member for the club!


BackPack Blessings

Backpack Blessing Mission Statement – To provide a simple solution to a basic need that is not adequately met for many area children — food. To identify students who are food insecure and provide them with kid-friendly food that is distributed discreetly at school at the end of each week.


Ballistic Vests

Our local Sheriff Office does not have modern ballistic vests for it's deputies. This would enable our officers to have an added measure of safety while performing their duties.


Be A Santa To A Senior

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

Participation included taking paper ornaments with gift requests from seniors written on them (the seniors were identified, but not by name), and shopping to fill the requests. Over 30 members of our club shopped for things like shoes, clothes, toiletries, fire extinguishers, kitchen items, etc. The items were then delivered to the Gathering Place community center in Peachtree City.

We also had several Rotarians and spouses participate in the "Santa's Workshop" where all of the donated gifts were wrapped and processed to bring to the seniors that has requested them.


Be the Voice - Stop Bullying Now


Booker T Washington Cluster International Awareness and Building Tomorrows Rotary Leaders Resource Project

In a 2015 DOE report, Brown Middle School was listed in the lowest 10 percent of high-poverty schools in terms of the achievement gap among high and low-performing students. reports that 100% of the students who feed into the Booker T. Washington High School Cluster are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 93% are paying reduced lunch prices. With education often called the “great equalizer,” in 2016-17 the AWER placed an increased focused on the BTW cluster including BMS to build tomorrows Rotary leaders who will advance the needs of the community through service. This work included hosting an AWER meeting at the school with community and school leadership present, establishing a Rotary Interact Club at WHS, attending school events (basketball games, banquets, etc.) throughout the year, AWER coat donations for students in need and utilizing the 2016-17 District Grant to fund school supplies for BMS (atlases, reading books, etc.). The 2017-18 project will provide continuity to last year's District Grant project by developing BTW Interact Leaders (5 students) and BMS students (5 rising BTW Freshman) and further adding to BMS students' international awareness through funding trips to locations such as the Center for Human and Civil Rights (recommended by BMS. Two students will be given monetary academic essay award. Students will provide leadership planning and implementation and will receive school mascot for success project

In kind contributions are calculated as the following: (1) 2 - Interact leader x 20 hours per month x 12 months x$15p/hr. = $7200. Project volunteers 30 x 5 hrs. per volunteer x $15 p/hr. = $2250. Collection of winter coats (50 coats x $20 per coat =$1000.00)


Books Are Magic

Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, Director of the Thomas County Library, is an active member of the Certified Literacy Community Program for the past eight years providing important leadership and the Chair of this committee in our Club. Under this program, annually free books are given to four year olds, dictionaries are given to third graders, a Back to School Blitz is conducted, a fund raising spelling bee is held and GED Scholarships are awarded. Rotary In cooperation with CLEP, Kiwanis, Flowers Foods and Thomas County Family Connections, purchased and distributed 675 dictionaries and 681 books to elementary school children in 25 classes at four elementary schools. The book Gotta Go Gotta Go was read to the children. This program stimulates a love of reading early that is a fundamental skill required for an education enhancing the student's development and academic performance which ultimately benefits the community. Involvement by our Club in this activity reinforces our branding as a major supporter of education and supports our community outreach. This is a continuing activity of our Club each year.


Books for anxious children

Rotary Club of Douglas County supported our county children going through the family court process. The kids often sit for long periods of time while their fate is being decided by parents, lawyers, and a judge. Their lives are a story of turmoil even before the court appointments. The family court has a library that offers them a place of peace and a way to improve their reading skills, which is often impaired by their chaotic home environments. A library without books, though. That is until groups like ours got involved and donated new and gently used books.


Boy Scout Camp for Underprivileged Boys

Our original grant request was for $10,000. We were granted $5,700 and were able to have Boy Scouts from 3 troops form a composite Boy Scout troop and enjoy a week of outdoor camping. They lived in 2 man canvas tents at Camp Frank G. Lumpkin on West Point Lake and enjoyed rain, mosquitoes, ticks, red bugs, high adventure, great food and friendship. The scouts and their leaders were able to participate and earn merit badges in Rocketry, Welding, Sailing, Canoeing, Row boating, lifesaving, first aid,swimming, cooking and several others. I visited and also enjoyed a great afternoon of pouring rain and scouts braving the elements and embellishing the many "Tall Tales" they would share with their girl friends, families and with those who were not able to participate. Many had never slept in a tent or really been out of a city environment. The fresh air, night noises and brotherhood of scouting together will remain one of their fondest memories the rest of their lives.


Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival logo

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Brookhaven Rotary Club will assist in the setup and takedown of the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival on March 23-25, 2018 at Blackburn Park, Brookhaven GA. On both March 23 and 25, 2018, club members 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 help securing their booths, etc. In addition, our club will have a booth at the festival at which we will provide to the public information regarding our club and its activities, including our major fundraiser, the Service Above Self golf tournament set for May 21, 2018. This will be a great opportunity to inform the Brookhaven Community of who we are and what we do.


Brumby Education City Subscription

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. Additionally, our club also intends to purchase an iPad. In addition to the school computers, students will be able to access the online Education City platform from the ipad. The school plans to host a training for Rotarians to learn about the platform and become familiar with the various lessons plans. Once familiarized, the Rotarians will mentor and tutor students using the Education City materials in the school’s computer lab.


Cake Auction for John's Place

John's Place is an adult care providers in Barnesville, Georgia that is housed in the First Methodist Church. John's Place currently serves on average 50 adults each month. The service provides care to adults in an attempt to allow caregivers a respite. The Rotary Club of Barnesville host a cake auction the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to raise awareness and funds to help assist John's Place. The public is invited and the Rotarians bake the cakes and pies. There is no costs to the club.


Camilla Pro Invitational


Career Technical Training Program


CASA Gala Fundraiser


Casino Night Photo 1

Casino Night

Casino Night is an annual fundraiser that provides the majority of the funds for our service projects and club contributions. 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the event. Dawnbreakers invites more than 300 members of our community to join us for various stations of casino games such as Blackjack, Poker and Craps.We provide tickets for each guest to cash in for chips, based on level of sponsorship.

Throughout the event, we host a silent auction via mobile app. All auction items are donated by local businesses or individuals, so they are pure profit for our club. At the end of the night, each guest will cash in their chips for raffle tickets. These tickets can then be placed into the bowls of our free raffle prizes that we draw for at the very end.

We are very proud of our annual Casino Night because it not only brings our club members together to plan a fun party, but it also brings our community together for a great cause. It has truly become a staple for Dawnbreakers.


Chattahooche Nature Clean Up Day

Conduct a joint Interact and Rotary public service project.

Help clean up the Chattahoochee Nature Park in Johns.


Children's Christmas Event

Plan, support, purchase and provide Christmas for children identified by counselors at Sanders.

20 children are identified by the Social workers and Counselors at Sanders to participate. These are children that have fallen through the cracks and don't have adequate support for Christmas Cheer. We provided a bag full of gifts, and also scarves, gloves and hats for the kids. We host them during a Rotary function and the munch on chicken fingers and cookies, pay a visit to Santa and his elves, get their goodies and their picture while Rotarians entertain them with Christmas BINGO and song, magic and merry making.


Childrens Hearing Aid Distribution at Jeevan Jyoti

  • “Jeevan Jyoti” School for special children was started in 1989 in Dhanbad, India. It was felt that Special Children of the area, who needed special care and education, had been ignored. A dedicated group of women and social workers of the Inner Wheel Club of Dhanbad launched this project. The school started with 6 children and today has an enrollment of 110 students. The school was taken over by the Rotary Club of Dhanbad in 2002.

One of the main objectives of the school is to serve students with communication disorders. At present they are now providing teaching and training to 53 hearing impaired children. Smyrna Rotarian, Raymond Coffman, while visiting the school was told they have a need to provide hearing aids to 50 students. A local Audiologist, would examine and fit hearing aids (at no charge) and each hearing aid set costs $120.

The Smyrna Rotary Club is requesting funds to purchase 50 hearing aids. To sustain this project we would like to provide batteries for a full 3 years at $150 US Dollars a month as requested by the School Speech Educator to insure the hearing aids are able to be used and properly functioning for all 50 students. The cost for the purchase of the aids and first year of batteries is $6000 and a year of batteries is $1800. Our Grant request is for $7800.

The Smyrna Rotary will sustain the project for an additional two years of batteries.


Christmas Gift Boxes for Lakota Indians

Our Rotarians provide Christmas boxes for Lakota Indians for Christmas for kids.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Our club partners with "Keep Peachtree City Beautiful", setting up two locations at the local Kroger and Home Depot in order to collect Christmas Trees that are dropped off by area residents. The trees are then recycled for mulch. We also solicit donations for a local organization that we determine, which this year was Midwest Food Bank.


Circles of West Georgia


City of Johns Creek Founders Day

Participate on the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade with two a pick up truck's decorated with Rotary Johns Creek signage. Rotarians walks alongside the tuck handing out candy and treats to the children.


Jack Willis loading clothes for SALTED

Clothing Drive for Salvation Army SALTED program

This project is to help clothe the truly homeless people (living under the bridge) who come to the Salvation Army facility on North Druid Hills Rd about twice per week for the SALTED program, which involves: a shower, laundry, toiletries, and other very basic services and items, but no lodging. What the program regularly needs, and often lacks, is clothing to stock its clothes closet. Beginning in month of October 2017, we have an ongoing clothing drive and collect and deliver those items which the Salvation Army specifies as most needed.

Individuals in the club have donated, and will continue to donate, used clothes (coats, shoes, shirts, jackets, misc) for deliveries to the Salvation Army.

One Club member, Jack Willis, through his company, JW Outfitters, has donated literally pallets (hundreds of items) of NEW Clothes (jackets, pants and shirts) to support this program.

The donations from Brookhaven Rotary to this Salvation Army program have helped the chronically homeless in this area stay warm during this very cold winter.


Club Bulletins

The club takes pride in it's weekly bulletins. We try to keep members informed on all events and opportunities to service.


Club Electronic Notification; Text Message

Improving communication amongst club members a Text Messaging system is being made available at no cost to all members.


Coat Drive

AWER will conduct coat drive to be distributed to Brown Middle School in December 2017. Service project partner - North Fulton Rotary


The Lopez Kids

Cobb Christmas Photos With Santa

During the past 8 years the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has embraced the Christmas holiday season for our primary service project –Cobb Christmas Program. As a Club we have created a tradition and have made a commitment to this service project for the past 8 years. This program strives to serve the approximately 17,000 children and families in Cobb County that live in poverty. Food and toys are gathered or purchased and then distributed during a designated weekend in December. In December 2017 the Club contributed over $500.00 in toys and cash.

However, we feel that the most meaningful contribution that the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has been making over the years cannot be wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. On December 15 & 16, 2017, 20 Rotarians spent two days on site for a total of 60 volunteer hours creating a Santa encounter which is captured in a family photo that is given to each family as a keepsake. Over the years, our Rotary photo booth has become one of the most popular and anticipated activities during Cobb Christmas. While this booth was formed as a Service Project it has become part of the fabric of the children and families holiday tradition. The pictures are cherished by the families every year and they look forward to adding the year’s picture to their photo collection. During the 2017 Cobb Christmas event there were an excess of 700 photo memories placed into the hands of families by Rotarians.


Community Spruce


Cordele Rotary Club Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive



CORP is a club group organized under the leadership of Rotarian Joel Norris, and sponsored by Rotary, for intellectually challenged adults. Goals include developing social and leadership skills, enjoy group activities, engage in projects, and participate in community activities. The group meets once a month in a local restaurant, has officers, conducts business, and carries out the planned by the members. For example, one of the fundraising activities is the sale of wreaths and reindeer Christmas figures. Some of the proceeds are used to purchase trained dogs for use by wounded veterans. The group is very active with Rotary Club in putting on the Dragon Boat Races each year, proceeds from which are used to fund Rotary projects.


Crutches 4 Africa

The Club will sort, box, palletize and wrap boxes of Crutches, Walkers, Rollators , Gel Mattresses along with body braces during the Work Sessions / Service Project at FODAC then transport to a warehouse for packing in a shipping container for transport to selected sites in Africa. The trucking is supplied by the Tucker Rotary Club. All manpower involved in this operation is supplied by the Tucker Rotary members along with individuals doing Community Service work as directed by the Courts. FODAC supplies those items that normally would not be returned to the normal flow of HME's in the US.


Dawnbreaker's Casino Night

The Rotary Club of Carrollton contributed as a sponsor of the Dawnbreakers Rotary Club's Casino Night. Proceeds help fund their on-going projects.


Dictionary Picture

Dictionaries for 3rd Graders

We will be distributing dictionary to all the 3rd graders in Paulding County by hand. We will deliver about 2000 plus dictionaries.


Refugees Photos

Dictionaries to Refugee Community

Distribution of 1,200+ dictionaries to the Clarkston refugee community in order to develop their English language skills and prepare them for naturalization.


Dictionary Project and Scholarships

Club gives a dictionary/thesarus and altas to every 3rd grade student attending Crisp County Schools.

Also 2 scholarships are issued for 500.00 each for a Crisp County resident attending South Georgia Technical College Cordele Campus and Albany State Cordele Campus


Dine Around Peachtree City Dinners / Rotary Means Business Luncheons

Dine Around is an on-going monthly gathering of club Rotarians, their spouses, friends and prospects that started in 2012. We meet for dinner at a different restaurant in the area once a month. Attendance is generally between 30 and 50. The purpose is to build deeper and lasting friendships among club members in an informal setting. It provides good will toward the community restaurants and allows for spouses and prospective Rotarians to meet in an informal way. Additionally, we always attend restaurants which pay for advertisements in our Rotary Smart Directory, which is the club's principal money making project. These informal gatherings help to enrich the lives of club members.

This year we continued quarterly lunch meetings for networking called "Rotary Means Business". We have all attendees give a short classification type talk focused on their business as well as pass out business cards and other material. This allows those Rotarians that want to do more business networking within the club a venue. It also gives members (especially newer members) an opportunity to get to know each other.


The Chippers

Dogwoods, Cherries and Oaks, and Spruces and Pines, Oh My!

Rotary International President H. S. Riseley named the Rotary’s 2017-2018 theme as Rotary: Making a Difference. He clarified this theme as a call to protect the environment and curb climate change. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1st and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.

The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro jumped into this challenge with literally both feet as well as multiple shovels. Between the months of January 2018 and March 2018 the Club was responsible for the planting of 255 trees. The Club decided to complete a variety of activities for diversity of impact. Trees were planted at the North Cobb Senior Center with the thought to also enhance the lives of our senior citizens as we enhance the environment. Trees were planted at the Marietta City Cemetery with the hope that the beauty and tranquility of the trees would bring comfort to those visiting their loved ones. In addition to the planting of trees the Club also recycled Christmas Trees through the “Bring One for the Chipper Project”. During this project the Club also handed out 100 saplings for planting which was a way to engage and message to the community the need for replenishing trees and the protection of the environment.

Ultimately, 34 volunteers and nearly 100 volunteer hours later the Marietta Metro Club believes that they honored the 2017 -2018 theme to Make a Difference.


Donation Family Health Days


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.

This is coordinated with the school's principal and library, as the books must be approved.

This gives the school much needed new books and encourages the children to read.

This project covers literacy, youth, education as well as public image.

Our sponsored Rotaract club assists with this project as well.


Donation to CART Fund


Donation to Rotary Club of Carrollton


Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Project

The Rotary Club of Douglas County ‘adopted’ three threatened cemeteries to preserve them and their history for future generations. This project included work by Rotarians and Interact Club members to prepare the sites and installing a perimeter fence at all three cemeteries. The Rotary Club of Douglas County is deeply involved in Douglas County. Members include residents who have lived their whole lives, as well as those who have chosen Douglas County as their home. Douglas County is a relatively ‘young’ county in the State, having been chartered in 1870. Prior to its incorporation, it was sparsely settled because it contained the ten-mile neutral border between the Creek and Cherokee Indian Nations; therefore, the earliest settlers, and the earliest burials, are close to the charter date. Identifying and protecting the cemeteries of Douglas County at this time is of critical importance because most locations are still known. In the near future, they may be forgotten.


Dr. Seuss Day

The Rotary Club of Carrollton will partner with area schools and read and celebrate Dr. Seuss and his writings.


Drake Village

Imagine being a single mother. You’ve lost your job; the car needs repair, and you have 2 children to care for and feed.You are homeless – and hopeless, until you receive good news that an organization, called The Drake House, will provide you and your children with a place to not only live, but to thrive. Your initial stay of 6-months gets you out of an acute, life-threatening situation, but more time is needed. That’s where Drake Village, an extension of Drake House, becomes your life-line to independence. Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Alpharetta and Milton, at Drake Village your rent is subsidized to an affordable level for up to two years, you have access to on-site after school care, receive financial counseling twice a month – AND you move into a fully renovated, furnished, and provisioned apartment. Life is now manageable; the children are safe; you welcome the future.

Over the course of time, Alpharetta Rotary’s engagement with Drake House has increased from a casual workday and nominal financial support to an ongoing relationship. This new partnership serving mothers with children on the edge of homelessness was solidified with a 3-year sponsorship of a Drake Village apartment. Alpharetta Rotary stepped forward to help and invited Milton Rotary to join.The Clubs split a rent subsidy of $3,600 per year, Milton Rotarians are providing financial counseling, and Alpharetta Rotarians fully renovated and furnished the apartment.Rotary Clubs collaborate, a family is intact, a cycle broken.

Rotarians are People of Action…..


Early Reading Program for Pre-K & Kindergarten children

This is a three-year Global Grant program to support Literacy improvement of pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary, Cary Reynolds Elementary, Chapel Hill Elementary, and Premier Academy. Other local Rotary Clubs involved in this project are the Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven (lead), South DeKalb, Decatur, Dunwoody, Emory Druid Hills with International Rotary Club partners from Medillin in Columbia (lead) and Tres Arroyos, Argentina. This project will be delivered in the 2017-20 school years. This program will provide early language exposure and development to the low-income populations of the pre-k and Kindergarten students of these four schools positively impacting the student's long term educational success.

The goals of the project are:

to create a rich language environment where children learn through reading;

to promote family involvement to achieve early school success for these children;

to encourage parents/caregivers to read every day with their children; and

to translate from English to Spanish reading guides/newsletters for each book distributed via the program.


East Cobb Rotary Dog Days 5K

East Cobb 12th Annual Dog Days 5K Run

For the past 12 years, East Cobb Rotary's primary fundraiser has been our 5K Dog Days Run, a road race held during the "Dog Days" of summer.

This past year's race was held July 29, 2017 at the McClesky YMCA on East Piedmont Road.

The race bonds our club members together in a day of spirited fun, fellowship, and fundraising - all for worthy charities - and it also serves as a means of building awareness throughout the community about Rotary's brand of humanitarian service.

Every year, we attempt to exceed the previous year's results and this year, the hard work was evident as we broke personal records set in prior years.

In addition to having 100% club participation from every member, we recorded more than 800 registered runners and more than 100 other participants, including fire fighters who manned the water spraying fire truck for cooling the runners.

The final amount raised exceeded $100,000 from 148 different sponsors who contributed to the fundraising, another personal record set by the club.

Traditional methods of publicizing and registering for the event were used, but for the first time the club leveraged social media - runners were informed of the race through Facebook posts and also advance registration was offered online.

The funds raised were presented to community organizations at the club's annual "Dog Days Give Back Breakfast" on February 28th, 2018.

Due to the success of the race, we were able to support approximately 40 different local service projects, service organizations, and/or other special causes.


AVID Ribbon Cutting

East Cobb Rotary Partners with Wheeler High School to Launch AVID Program

July 31st 2017, the East Cobb Rotary launched a partnership with Wheeler High School to jump start their new AVID program.

The purpose of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is to prepare high-potential students for a rigorous high school curriculum in an effort to make them college and career ready. With the help of East Cobb Rotary, Wheeler High School was able to launch this program in 2017 for 9th and 10th grade students. The students applied and were interviewed prior to being admitted to the program.

The AVID elective class is designed to help students increase achievement, develop skills in writing for learning, succeed in honors and AP classes, and become effective learners in groups.

The mission of AVID, which has been around for more than 35 years, is to "close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society", according to the AVID website.

Wheeler AVID Coordinator, Ben Needle, along with other AVID staff, undertook special training to help develop students' critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

The East Cobb Rotary has committed to partnering with Wheeler and supporting the AVID program for the next three to five years and started the partnership with a donation check of $20,745.

In collaboration with Needle and AVID Program Manager, M. Allison Childress, the following East Cobb Rotarians led the club's efforts to coordinate the implementation of the AVID Program at Wheeler: Sam Pierce, Jerry Johnson, Tammy Palmgren, and Johnathan Lyons.


Easter Seals Literacy Celebration

Each year we team up with the first responders in our community and go to Easter Seals to visit with the clients and expose them to different ideas and people. Unfortunately, with this population it is likely that in an emergency the people will hide. It is our hope that this will not happen since they have had time to visit with the first responders. We also introduce them to various characters that they might see on television, like the ChicFilA cow and the Geico Gecko. We usually have about 10 Rotarians attend and about 70 clients participate.

This happens during Spring Break so we also have guest readers from local schools. The students enjoy reading To the clients and this builds cinfidence in the students.


Easterseals Outdoor Project

Easterseals West Georgia Inc, (ESWG) provides therapeutic care & education to individuals with disabilities of all ages. ESWG's program focuses on 1) helping children and adults to achieve their optimum level of independence, and, 2) assisting families to access work or attend school , which strengthens our community's economic impact and makes our community stronger.

ESWG utilizes outdoor spaces as an extension of the classroom, which is especially critical for children with sensory integration concerns. These children require space to actively move while learning gross motor skills identified in their individual plan of care. ESWG desires to remove two old playground structures and install swings and shades (one over existing wheelchair swing) for the school age program.

Muscogee Rotary's assistance with this project would greatly benefit the children in providing a space that would promote greater independence and ensure ALL children are able to enjoy the outdoor learning spaces. Twenty-five Muscogee Rotarians will commit to remove the current structures, prepare the land for the swing installation and install the shading over the swing areas. We estimate 12-15 hours to complete the project.

Program Director, Lakisha Taylor, states "Muscogee Rotarians have been wonderful volunteers with the generous contirbution of providing Rotary Readers each month and an annual Literacy Celebration for ESWG participants. The Muscogee Rotary Club is an integral part of of our program." Easterseals and the Rotary Foundation have a very important history-Paul Harris and Edgar F. Allen formed Easterseals and contributed to the organization early in the Rotary Foundation History.


New VAN presented by Rotary

Education Outreach - Van Purchase with Wrap


Members of the Dougherty County Rotary have charged themselves to support educational enrichment programs with support of The Parks and Zoo at Chehaw, Chehaw, whose funds have been cut 3% annually, provides educational programs to K-12 schools in 16 Southwest Georgia Counties. The van utilized to transport staff and animals has reached the end of its useful life and the programs are at risk of being discontinued. We have committed to purchase a new van to show our support for the valuable educational support provided by Chehaw.

Georgia has a history of challenges when it comes to educational attainment. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) replaced NCLB, and is the new accountability system that reports Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. Improving education in Georgia is a complicated issue as the state has one of the top 10 K-12 poverty rates in the nation. Southwest Georgia, in the 2nd Congressional District, is no exception to the educational and poverty challenges faced in the state.

In 2013, just one year after the required reporting, the state agency said the average score for Georgia's elementary schools is 83.4; middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6. Comparing just one Southwest Georgia county, Dougherty, it is evident that education in our community needs our assistance. Dougherty County’s AYP in 2013 was 68.2 for elementary, middle school 72, and high school 57.4. educational achievement This is no surprise given the rate of poverty for Dougherty County, is just over 30%, compared to that of Georgia at 19%.

Education in our community has seen modest improvement over the past few years. “However, we all admit and understand that there is still much work to be done” said Dr. Inyang, Associate Superintendent for Academic Services in the Dougherty County School System.

Most studies relate the poverty rate to the lack of education. That said,, to improve poverty, education must be the top priority in our area, and we cannot expect the school system to do all the work. During fiscal year 2015/16, Chehaw provided educational outreach to over 39,000 children. Dougherty County Rotary is committed to providing the funds to purchase a new van for Chehaw, so they can continue providing quality education programs in the schools.

Who is Chehaw: Chehaw is driven by its mission of inspiring people to connect with nature and encouraging conservation action through positive recreational and educational experiences. The Park, founded close to eight decades ago, has expanded to an 800 acre campus and includes a Zoo that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 100,000 visitors. From the Zoo to the endless recreational opportunities, Chehaw has an activity for every visitor.


Chehaw has grown their outreach programs and touched the lives of 16,305 children in 11 counties to 39,829 in 16 counties over the past four years. Their enrichment programs meet the Georgia Performance Standards, thus provide a valuable addition to our educational system. In addition to outreach, they offer weekend programs and camps at the park.

Chehaw Education Program Numbers (delivered by staff)

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Reasons zoos are effective educational tools for formal learning:

  1. The animals are real and have universal draw.
  2. The learning is active, outside the confines of four walls.
  3. Different learning styles can easily be accommodated.
  4. Zoos offer the ultimate in interdisciplinary education offering science, math, language, and social science:


Environmental and conservation



Math concepts

Weights and measures


Language arts

Word development


Comprehension through questions

Social Science


Social societies



* Chehaw/Rotary Volunteer Kickoff Event: 50-100 volunteers: At this event, the new Educational Outreach Van and volunteer opportunities will be presented for 2017-2018. (Volunteers will consist of Rotarians, Rotarian Families, Parents, Educations, Chehaw Staff and local community)

* Chehaw/Rotary Volunteer Day: Sea Mobile will visit Chehaw Park in support of World Ocean's Day: "Chehaw will be celebrating World Ocean’s Day for the fifth year in a row. The focal point of the day is the mobile touch tank that Gulf Specimen Marine Lab brings from Panacea, FL. We always have many other educational opportunities with guest educators plus hands on learning games and activities."

This event is wonderful for the residents of Southwest Georgia,. So many people in the Albany area don’t get the chance to go to the beach or see what lives in the ocean, so this event brings the ocean to them. World Ocean’s day is very important to water conservation, it’s very hard to be passionate about something if you don’t care. Exposing guests to ocean inhabitants help create and drive that passion for the environment and help people see that what we do inland affects the ocean.

* Chehaw/Rotary Volunteer Summer Camp: Besides providing funds to purchase a van for Chehaw, the Doughtery County Rotary will engage in ongoing education programs and clean up days beginning in summer of 2017. Our intent is to develop a variety of programs that will address the educational topics above, zoo interests, and a community concern. For instance, Rotarians will offer a Water Conservation Program during 8 camps during 2016. This initiative will involve a minimum of 20 volunteer and will be kicked off in celebration of World Ocean's Day. Our effort supports Rotary District 6900 commitment to sponsor water conservation projects as noted in the Clean Water Bulletin. We have other programs in development, such as a Social Science issue of Human Trafficking Awareness. We see our service to Chehaw and the community as a long term investment.

Rotary Club of Dougherty County 30th Anniversary Celebration: Rotarians worked with volunteers to plant 30 fruit trees on our club's 30th anniversary to help provide food for the animals in the Wild Animal Park


Dougherty County Rotary has a history of good media coverage, and gaining media support to showcase Rotary efforts to buy the van for Chehaw during our kickoff celebration. We anticipate excellent media coverage as Rotarians deliver Water Conservation Programs to camp participants, Sea Mobile & other educational opportunities. Excitingly, we have made arrangements to sponsor the Chehaw van and will benefit for years by the Rotary logo proudly displayed on the rear door. That means we will show our support for the educational programs offered at Chehaw for the life of the van.

Every Christmas Holiday, Chehaw presents a Festival of Lights: This year, there will be a Rotary Emblem as part of the Festival of Lights, for The Dougherty County Rotary Club, "Making a Difference"


Educational platform for middle schools

Having been made aware of the disconnect between parents, students, and the education process, most notably in during the middle school years; the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs is the impetus for creating a collaboration between the Sandy Springs middle schools, the Sandy Springs Educational Force (SSEF,) the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB,) and the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs (RCSS) to address the problem. The Grant will enable the RCSS to address the issue and begin the process of aligning disconnect with the Georgia Standards for families.

The needs assessment (phase 1) has been completed by Georgia State University ( the club payment has been processed and the district grant requirements are in progress.) I have spoken with SSEF and they are prepared to begin working with Rotary, the parents, students, and administration at the beginning of the next school year with GPB being included in the process as appropriate during the school year


Electronics Recycling / HME Collection

Collection of Electronic Equipment to keep out of the Landfills. All items donated to FODAC who will recycle and utilize if possible. HME's, Home Medical Equipment will be collected for FODAC's use to distribute to the community


Emergency Kits for Homeless

In partnership with Perimeter Church assemble and pack emergency kits for the homeless.


Empty Bowls


End Human Trafficking Celebration

In May 2017, the Rotary Club of Peachtree City will sponsor the Annual Awards Celebration for the Wellspring Living Girls residing in the 12 - 17 year old home . Below is a description of the education model and process as explained on Wellspring Living's Website.

Wellspring Living has also learned that educational success is an important key to removing barriers for survivors to have a healthy lifestyle. Wellspring Living Girls’ Program has become a certified Georgia Residential Treatment School under the jurisdiction of Fulton County School. Because vulnerable girls do not respond to traditional education, Wellspring Living provides a hybrid learning style that is an interactive, hands-on, memorable learning environment. Because these girls have a history of truancy, an environment that allows them to catch up enables them to self-motivate their own learning. A self-directed, strength-based program of differentiated instruction has proven to be successful. Academic services will include a personalized curriculum developed for each girl. Fulton Virtual, an online, accredited curriculum through Fulton County Schools provides competency based, personalized learning options for girls. This model closes academic gaps, empowers her to be successful educationally, and encourages her toward appropriate career opportunities.

The Award Ceremony will recognize the girls for their achievements in this hybrid learning environment. Teachers and Life Coaches will celebrate the occasion with the girls. The event will include an invitation to the girls' family members and others on her safe visitors list. Amy Matusek, the EHT Chair for PTC, will represent the RC of PTC at the private event.


End Polio Now Concert

To celebrate World Polio Day and End Polio Now, the Rotary Club of Carrollton held a concert at the Carrollton Amplitheater in downtown Carrollton featuring Reed Morris, a rising country music star. Local restaurants provided food and refreshments while Rotary gave away goodies all night leading up to our Jeep giveaway.


End Polio Now Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Carrollton raised funds with End Polio Now buckets and publicity. Members raised just more than $500 with change at the meetings and received matching funds from the club and the Gates Foundation totaling $4500. We donated the funds in honor of Bill Nordmark.


Estate Planning - Benefactor and Bequest Society Project

Roswell Rotary assists members in providing an estate gift to the Rotary Foundation by providing education regarding their estate planning options. Roswell Rotarian Jeff Scroggins leads a team to legally document Roswell Rotarians becoming Benefactors and/or Bequest Society members.


FODAC 7 Club Collaborative

Collection of Home Medical Equipment for FODAC


FODAC Bi Monthly Work Session

The Club will be sorting Mixed Medical, assembling and cleaning Rollators, Walkers and Transfer Chairs in preparation for donation to the community


Food For Thought

On recurring Thursdays, our Club helps fill backpacks with food for students from homes with modest means to carry home over the weekend. These backpacks are designed to supplement the food available to the students until they return to school on Monday. For some of these students, these backpacks will be the only nourishment available to them until the breakfast they receive at school.


Food Outreach Program

The Griffin Daybreak Rotary club will conduct our "Rotary Has Heart" project on April 21, 2018. We will gather at Griffin Fire Station #2 and package 25,000 meals to be distributed in Griffin and Spalding County for those in need. We are waiting on a response from several organizations which we wish to deliver the meals to.

The project came to life when Teddy Tripp presented to our club on January 24, 2018 about an Outreach Program. The program assists communities in helping aid the relief support of hunger and helping supply food where disasters may have taken place.

After Mr. Tripp heard what our club wanted to do, he graciously committed to provide our club with 90 backpacks to provide to children starting school who are unable to purchase them. We gladly accepted and will be delivering to the school faculty to distribute in early August when the new school year begins.

The Griffin Daybreak Club is also collecting crayons for Children's HealthCare of Atlanta. Mr. Tripp has donated several cases to us to add to our collection to be delivered in May.

Because of a speaker coming to our club, not one, not two, but three projects/events are coming to fruition. Paying it forward with "Service Above Self".

This food project is being funded for the most part by our fundraiser we conducted in December.


Fourth of July


Friends Mentoring Program



V. Funding Sandy Godwin - Chairperson
Goal: The Rotary Club of Pelham will leverage revenues and resources to benefit service projects and continue in good financial standing.
Strategies Who's Responsible Timeline Measurement
A. Encourage members to pay dues in advance by bank draft Sandy Godwin and Floyd Fort On going Treasurers Report
B. Implement special projects during the year which have been approved by the board and not of an assessment nature (Wildlife Festival) All Board Members and Members October 7, 2017 and On going as needed List of Special Projects and funds raised
C. Continue Viva La Rotary Chris Nurmi, Zach Taylor, Bonita White, Kasey Blackburn ?? Program Schedule, Nairator and treasurers report
E. Promote the weekly club raffle Floyd Fort and Jimmy Godwin Weekly Check Box and Treasurers report



To sell raffle tickets for a luxury van to support Children Village. They provide, but not limited, assistance with human trafficking. Project supported by south Rotary Clubs


GED Scholarships

The project will benefit the community and improve the lives of those less fortunate by providing an opportunity for adults who would not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to get their GED. This opportunity will open numerous doors for the individuals by helping them be able to have more job opportunities or the opportunity to pursue higher education.



Georgia Piedmont Technical college Scholarship

Provide two scholarships to students at Georgia Piedmont Technical school


Welcoming Piriya to Atlanta

Georgia Rotary Student Program

Piriya Sureshkumar from Denmark accepted the offer to be our (with North Atlanta) GRSP student for 2017-2018 to attend Oglethorpe University.

Piriya has regularly attended our weekly meetings, our Family of Rotary events, and other club events and has participated in GRSP events across Georgia throughout the year. She has had a very good experience, as has our club. Bryan Katz of our club serves as the lead Host Family for our GRSP the entire year. Our member, Bill Smith, is a GRSP Trustee and his family has spent holidays with Piriya and transported her to several out-of-town GRSP events. Bonnie Hardage and her family took Piriya on a weekend camping trip in North Georgia.


Photo of Furniture

Gigi's House Grant Project

Gigi's House is dedicated to serving girls ages 13-19 who are victims of sex trafficking.

The home will provide a safe home, licensed trauma therapy, home school, life skills, mentoring for up to 18 months so that the recipients can survive as healthy adults and build futures that they deserve.

This home is a non profit entity in the process of being built with planned opening in September 2017.

The home will house 10 girls for up to 18 months after they have been extracted by the police from sex trafficking and homelessness and turned over to the Department of Family and Children Services and will then be placed into the custody of Gigi's House for transformation, so that they may one day be active and healthy members of society.

The home that is being built will need furnishings and many supplies on an ongoing basis.

Included but not limited to:

10 beds and mattresses, dressers, desks, laptops.

Other common area furnishings such as: appliances, dining & living room furniture.

There is a need for fundraising and collection of food and supplies which the Rotary club would be contributing man hours to assist with these ongoing needs.

This project meets the Rotary International area of focus for Maternal & Child Heath, but also crosses into Education & Literacy (as the girls would be home-schooled on site. When tested on average these girls are approximately 3 years behind academically).

There are 100 girls sold up to 10 times per night in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.


Good neighbor Back to School

Donate schools supplies for local school student


Grand Prix 5K Road Races

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City has helped local elementary schools establish 5K races as a fundraiser over the past 14 years. By organizing the races as a "Grand Prix" series with prizes for the most points earned throughout the season, each race benefits with higher attendance. At this point, the series includes all 16 of Fayette County's elementary schools. These 18 races provide over $100,000 a year in revenue raised cumulatively by those schools by using the $6,500 provided by the Rotary club as "seed money" and then getting sponsors and runners in the community to participate. These 16 races, spread over the entire school year, involve over 2,000 runners. Runners earn points for each of the races that they do and accumulate those points all year.

Each year in May the Rotary Club hosts an awards luncheon recognizing age group winners in all age categories from "8 and under" to "75 and over". All medals given out as awards have the Rotary Wheel on one side and the Four Way test on the backside, gaining a tremendous amount of exposure throughout the entire county. The program is unique in that it raises a tremendous amount of money for the schools every year, helps in the constant battle against childhood obesity and creates a significant amount of publicity and exposure for Rotary in our community. Cumulatively, we estimate that over $1.5 million has been raised since the races began a little over 14 years ago.


Great Decisions Speaker Series

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.


Great Strides - Cystic Fibrosis

The Rotary Club of Carrollton participated in Great Strides, a charitable walk/run held on the campus of UWG. We raised $10,000 for the cause and had 23 members particiapte.


Griffin Unit Salvation Army Community Center for Boys and Girls After School Program Scholarships

The Problem

For over a decade the Griffin Unit of the Salvation Army has operated an After School Program for elementary and early middle school aged students at its Community Center location on Meriwether Street. The program is licensed for 45 students. The program is partially funded by a Community Services Block Grant administered by the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The CSBG monies help fund the cost of certified teachers who assist the students with homework, and provide intense tutoring specifically to those students who may be performing below grade level. In addition to academic support the community center has a modern computer lab and provides recreation activities for the students. The remainder of program expenses are funded by a combination of donations and tuition.

The Community Center is located in one of Griffin’s most economically challenged neighborhoods and most of the after school program’s participants come from within a close radius of the facility. If not for the after school program many of these children would go home to an empty home, and surely receive little to no guidance with regard to their homework. The vast majority of the children in the after school program come from families whose incomes fall well within the 125% poverty level guidelines mandated by the CSB Grant. For the 2016-17 school term virtually all of the program participants were on some form of full or partial, needs-based, scholarship. The greatest challenge the center faces with regards to enrollment is not need or capacity, but family resources for tuition.


Without scholarship support the vast majority of the participants in the after school program would not be able to attend. Historically, the students who have participated in this program have seen academic improvement.

Volunteer Involvement

Annually, the program hosts a "Back to School Bash" which includes games, inflatables, and refreshments. Rotarians have helped assist with this event in the past and will be invited to do so at this year's event.

Public Image Impact

The Rotary Club's P.R. Committee will be charged with developing a press release and photos of the event for distribution to local media, as well as, raising community awareness of the funding needs of the program.



Co sponsor a student from Brazil to attend Oglethorpe University as a part of the GRSP program. We helped provide housing when needed, field trips for the student, etc.


GRSP - Philipp Kutschker

The Rotary Club of Carrollton has hosted Philipp Kutschker this year as our GRSP student attending the University of West Georgia. He has been a fantastic student and our club has gone over and beyond as the lead club in making Philipp's experience most memorable including him in many personal outings as well as his GRSP outings.


GRSP Club Social w/Partners

We will join with Brookhaven Rotary to welcome our GRSP student. This event provides the opportunity to bring together the members of both clubs and in the process strengthening our individual relationships with each other and our shared GRSP student.


GRSP Host Family

In association with the Buckhead Club we have sponsored a student from Scotland for the 2017/2018 school year


GRSP Leadership Weekend

NA Rotary will join forces with (lead club) Dunwoody, as well as Brookhaven, Buckhead, and Atlanta clubs providing the MLK GRSP Leadership weekend. Starting Friday noon at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta, students attended opening day of the Martin Luther Ing, Jr collection. Approximately 46 GRSP students will participate in the weekend hosted in rotarian's homes from North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Brookhaven clubs.

The weekend is full of projects, seminars and activities, including Friday night at Slingshot where the students will enjoy bowling and electric cars as well as food and fellowship. Saturday found the students at Oglethorpe University partaking in a communications seminar based on the book Fierce Conversations. Also included in the weekend was a service project where students and rotarians worked together in a "Stop Hunger Now" event packing over 10,000 meals.

Saturday night host families and students will come together at 3 different homes of Rotarians for dinner, with approximately 35 people attending each dinner. This was a great opportunity for everyone to share across cultural and international boundaries and build good will and better friendships.

Sunday, the Atlanta Roteract Club will facilitate a "Shark Tank" like interactive activity, "Go Make A Difference" where students created and presented projects to help others. The "shark" judges are a group of Rotarians given the task of evaluating the projects for funding.

Total cost of the program is $15,000. effecting approximately 46 GRSP students. The figures shown in the statistics section are for North Atlanta Rotary alone.


GRSP Student

The Camilla Rotary club sponsored Caroline Warr from Australia.


GRSP Student

GRSP Student Host Family - Dan Phillips

Dougherty County Rotarian Dan Phillips and his wife are the 2017-2018 host family for our GRSP Student: Sofie Skovdal Glumer


GRSP Student Program


Heart healthy Upson

purchase AED for local church, and teach CPR to the church and local community.


HEART School in Haiti

The HEART in Haiti School is an International project begun in 2011 after the earthquake devastated Haiti Jan 12, 2010. The school started with 4 shipping containers bought and moved to the school site which were welded together to form classrooms and cafeteria. The school started with 12 students in pre-K and kindergarten and has now grown to 135 students through 6th grade. In Fall 2017 the school will add 7th grade.


Help the Hooch

Help the Hooch is an annual project for Muscogee Rotary. We have participated for 21 years and it is the project that gets the most participation. Our Rotarians and friends meet at Rotary Park in Columbus early one morning in October. Once everyone is checked in, we go our separate ways and pick up trash. Usually we stay on the river bank and we have found a lot of unusual things. We collect trash for about 4 hours and then we go to the watershed festival sponsored by Columbus Water Works. Muscogee Rotary sponsors our “Most Unusual Find Contest.” Our very own , Don Bowman has won this contest on several occasions. He has found a piece of a tombstone.

There is garbage cleanup all over Columbus along the river and streams during this time


New Latrines

Helping Honduras

Roswell Rotarians continue their commitment to bring hope to rural southern Honduras through a Global Grant. The grants objective is to provide a water distribution system to approximately 1,900 people (380 families) in the communities of El Resbaloso and Piedras Blancas in the Goascoran municipality. Due to the hot and dry conditions, these communities currently spend about one-third of their very modest income buying water.

The project provides 2 communities with their own water resource and each house has water delivered through a pipe distribution system. Additionally, 42 latrines were constructed for families who did not have a latrine, or their existing latrine was not functional. Prior to the installation of latrines, these communities experienced continued cycles of sickness due to the animals raised for food sources consuming human waste.

The distribution system was completed with ongoing latrine maintenance training with community leaders.

At the Roswell Rotary sponsored school, a new well was hand dug by the locals, new text books were purchased as the government does not furnish them, and a new roof for the kitchen and the 2 classroom school buildings were funded. We installed an above ground water storage tank which was donated by an NGO. We have built a solid relationship with the community and will continue to care and nurture them as they are part of our family.


Adopt A Highway 1

Henry County Adopt A Highway Program

The Rotary Club of Henry County has taken responsibility for management and oversight of the Adopt A Highway Program for Henry County. Georgia's Adopt-A-Highway Program enlists citizen volunteers' help to remove litter from state roadsides. While saving taxpayer dollars, the program provides recognition for participating companies and organizations, brings the environmental and monetary costs of littering into public awareness, and promotes civic responsibility and pride. The volunteers of the Adopt-A-Highway program serve as visible reminders to the public that we are all stewards of the land. More than 17 tons of garbage was removed from our state highways in 2017.

Member and Past President Kerry Arnold serves as the chairman of this committee. Kerry coordinates delivery / pick up of supplies (trash bags, safety vests, etc.) to the various organizations as well as communication of quarterly dates when the State Department of Transportation will be picking up the collected trash bags.

In addition, The Rotary Club of Henry County sponsors a one mile stretch of Georgia Highway 81, east of McDonough. Several of our club members, children and spouses meet once a quarter to collect trash along this one mile stretch of road.


High School Tennis Tournament

For over three decades the Rotary Club of Buckhead has hosted an annual high school tennis tournament for varsity boys and girls teams. Public and private schools from all over the Southeast participate in this spring weekend event which is generally considered to be the largest tournament in the Southeast. It will be held March 16 & 17, 2018.


Hillside Assistance

Hillside is a residential treatment center for troubled teens. In addition to its financial contributions to Hillside, Buckhead Rotary supports their work through volunteer efforts on site. Our activities range from maintenance and building, to landscaping and renovation. In addition we have refurbished and furnished a house next to the campus that is now used as a welcome and resource center for parents and patients. Other activities include an anticipated program of vocational counseling and continued work with Hillside on all aspects of their mission.



HIV/Drug Abusewareness/Teen Pregnancy

Project Description

The Rotary Club of Thomasville provided financial and volunteered resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Leadership Council – a teen leadership group charged with providing advocacy and education to prevent teenage pregnancy among adolescents and youth, impacting 1,824 beneficiaries providing 3,780 contact hours of encouragement. See the Impact Statement below.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Education Activities Conducted:

  • A Teen Summit – serving 167 teens in a full day workshop addressing topics on teen pregnancy prevention, leadership, violence, and gang awareness.
  • A Back to School Blitz- which entailed distributing over 300 pamphlets on teen pregnancy prevention tips, and health education resources
  • Monthly Promise to Graduate Meetings – were held at the Club for 10 high school seniors providing support to each other to graduate on time.
  • Parent Curriculum Night – 8 YLC members provided 35 parents an instructional overview of the Teen Health Project Curriculum.
  • The Teen Health Project HIV/Teen Pregnancy Prevention workshops – over 500 teen’s to-date in Thomas and Grady Counties have successfully completed six hours of HIV/Aids and Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Education training.

Other Monthly Advocacy Activities Conducted:

  • Child Hood Cancer Awareness “Walking For A Cure”
  • National Suicide Prevention Week
  • Child Health Day
  • Stop Bullying
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • National Parent Involvement
  • World AIDS Day
  • Teen Dating & Domestic Violence
  • Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Month

This project created opportunities for our Rotary Club to educate the community on important issues affecting teens while supporting the development of leadership among the YLC.


Holiday Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army

For the third year in a row North Atlanta and Brookhaven Rotarians will join forces to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. In prior years each club had taken their own day(s) to provide this support and service to the Salvation Army. By combining forces we have shared the burden of providing two coordinators, a minimum of 24 volunteers working 2 hour shifts over two Saturdays in December. Additionally we invited our Chamblee Charter High School Interact Club members to join us, as well as our family members.

As you can see by the photos, we enhanced good will and better friendships among our rotarians, interactors and family members by sharing time together doing service and creating greater awareness of and giving to the Salvation Army.

The number of beneficiaries is unknown as we are raising funds in general for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is in charge of collecting and tabulating the funds. This year we raised approximately $_________. in the kettles. The funds raised on these two days will be matched by Sun Trust Bank for a total raised of $__________.


Holiday Celebration

Holiday celebration for AWER members, community partners and micro loan entreprenuers


Honduras Mariposa Miracle

In March 2017, a group of 50 Rotarians and business leaders joined the Rotary Club of Atlanta and Bob Hope’s Wilderness Team to work on several projects in the Agalta Valley of Honduras. The team is returning to Honduras in March 2018.

The table below and attached video summarize the 2017-18 projects:


Area of Focus

Provide and install >600 water filtration systems

Water & Sanitation

Build latrines for homes

Water & Sanitation

Install concrete floors in homes

Disease Prevention & Treatment

Repair and/or replace 20 computers and monitors

Supporting Education

Paint classrooms in the middle and elementary school

Supporting Education

Provide arts and music education for elementary and middle school students

Supporting Education

Constructed sidewalks at the middle school

Supporting Education

Provide student scholarships

Supporting Education

Begin the foundation for a basketball court

Supporting Education

Provide sewing clinics

Community Development

Provide veterinary services

Community Development


Honor Speaker - Polio Contribution

To provide funds helping end fight to polio by making a contribution in meeting guest speaker honor


Honor Walk

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.

On November 14, 2017, we honored the more than 200 first responders in Lamar County. Over 100 individuals attended our Honor Walk. We had over 40 Rotarians attend and over $1,500 items donated to the honor walk. Over 50 merchants placed bows on their doors in support of the walk and first responders.


Honoring Our First Responders

This is a continuation of a project begun by our Club in 2016. Brookhaven Rotary is honored to have Chief Gary Yandura of the Brookhaven Police Department as a member of our Club. We reached out to offer him the opportunity to bring a guest, a member of his police force, to our weekly meetings to say "thank you" and offer a great meal in appreciation for their service. We receive 2-3 guest-officers monthly and it's been fun getting to know the various members of the police department during our weekly meetings.

We also partner with the Brookhaven Police Department to sponsor "baseball cards" for members of the department to pass out to youth for community development and relationship building. The Rotary logo is on the back of each card and raises awareness about our Club. The officers use the cards in schools and kids like to collect them. The Police Dept. funding was cut for these and Chief Yandura thought it would be a great project for Rotary.(this is listed as a separate club Service Project )

We also support the Brookhaven Police Department by donating to and participating in their Hot Pursuit 5K run, which helps fund their Shop with a Cop program. (this is also listed as a separate club Service Project).


Swimming with Rotary volunteer

Horizons Summer Camp

Horizons Summer Camp provides education, nutrition, and fun to K-3 students at Garden Hills Elementary School who are at most risk of Summer Learning Loss. The focus is helping those students attain 3rd grade reading and math levels. A paid staff is assisted by Rotarians and others in giving individual attention in the classroom, playground, and swimming pool.


Hospice Care Fundraiser

Continue to conduct weekly tasse trivia to collect funds and give to Lady of Perpetual Care in June2018


Hosting of International Student

In cooperation with the Rotary Club of Thomasville and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge, the Rotary Club of Pelham hosts a GRSP international student. This year, James and Sarah Eubanks, hosted Olivia Mulvey from England. She has attended Valdosta State University.


Hot Pursuit 5K run

On September 9, 2017 our club sponsored and participated in the Hot Pursuit 5K walk/run organized by the Brookhaven Police Department. The club, through its Foundation, donated $1500 to sponsor 20 running spots for the 5K Run. The funds raised through the 5K run are used by the Brookhaven Police Department to help officers participate in the "Shop with a Cop" program where policemen take a needy child or children shopping before Christmas. Our club member, Chief Gary Yandura, reports that the Shop with a Cop program is an extremely rewarding and successful community relations program for his Police Department.


Houston Disaster Relief


Human Trafficing Project

Host a speaker on Human trafficking as well as donate to the eradication of this crime


Photo of Gigi's House Furniture

Human Trafficking/Gigi's House

Human Trafficking is a BIG problem and not just around the world, but surprisingly in our own communities.

Atlanta is one of the top 10 cities for Human Trafficking. This form of Slavery has no economic or racial boundaries and our club has decided to be proactive.

Clayton County Public Schools, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services have partnered with our club to be the first county in the state of Georgia to hang Human Trafficking Awareness posters in all of Clayton’s middle and high schools.We expect these posters to potentially be seen by over 35K students not including the faculty and staff. Awareness and prevention is the key, and many young people get trapped into an initial deceptive web and are taken into this horrific form of slavery because they are naive and trusting.

We are in the process of partnering with other Rotary clubs around our area to form the South Metro Human Trafficking Council to encourage other Clubs to be proactive in reaching their schools systems and communities too.

Our club is also partnering with Gigi’s House, a home which will house, counsel, and school human trafficking victims to help them escape this devastating life style. Our district grant along with funds from our club have purchased furniture for the home.The home is almost complete and we are having collection drives for clothing, personal articles, school supplies, and cleaning supplies for these victims.

This initiative touches at least five of the Rotary areas of focus.


Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Rotarians collected funds at a weekly meeting and the Rotary Club of Dougherty County Matched the Funds and donated the Funds to DAUSA, An American Rotary Club Project managed and ran by Rotarians.


Hurricane Relief


Hygiene Health Haul

Club members purchased and obtained donations of dental supplies and donated over 100 pounds of tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap and shampoo to the North Fulton Community Charities.


Illuminating Minds

Partner with a Rotary Club of Nodia in India and other countries to "beam in" via Skype/ other internet tools inspirational speakers to students in remote area of India and explore the needs of the students and inspire them with hope and aspiration. An astronaut is lined up top be our first inspirational speaker


Installation of instructional classroom projectors purchased with 2016/2017 District Grant

The Rotary Club of Americus purchased classroom instructional projectors for Furlow Charter School with our 2016/2017 District Grant. These projectors provide teachers the ability to use their laptop computers for instructional presentations. As a follow-on we would like to mount these projectors from the classroom ceilings and wire them for power and internet connectivity. This will allow teachers to reclaim classroom floor space taken up my rolling carts and tables used to hold the projectors. Further it will add an element of safety by removing obstacles and wires the students my trip over causing possible injury to themselves, or damage to the projectors.


Interact Conference to Discuss Human Trafficking

Participate at the Interact Conference with Dave McCleary to address the issue of Human trafficking and how Interact clubs can help. Invite a sex trafficking victim to speak to the students and help brainstorm ideas the student can take back to their schools


Interactive Club Bulletin

Develop a Club Bulletin that will allow for photos, additional stories and be able to be posted to Facebook and the Club website


International Weekend

The Rotary Club of Pelham will host an International Weekend for all International students participating in the 2017-2018 GRSP program. The date will be March 22-25th. International students come to Pelham each year for a weekend of fun and educational activities. Families from throughout the community volunteer to host the students. Cultures are exchange through a great night of entertainment provided by the students.


Jail Library Initiative

To establish and maintain a library in the county jail, where inmates are often detained for months on end, and have little to no constructive activities available to better their situations.


Jim Rash Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Carrollton created the Jim Rash scholarship for International students attending the UWG. Dr. Rash was a long-term member of our club who passed away a few years ago. His heart always belonged to education, Rotary and our international roots.


Johns Creek Chamber Business Expo

The Johns Creek Chamber Business Expo hosted over 100 exhibitors and over 1000 attendees. Rotarians participated by hosting a Rotary booth to share our community involvement and service with those attending. Each year we participate in this annual event raising awareness of Rotary and generating leads of prospective new Rotarians.


Johns Creek International Festival

Partner with the City of Johns Creek and Leadership Johns Creek to help sponsor the inaugural Johns Creek International Festival on Saturday, April 21, a celebration of the best of traditional and cultural food, music, art, and wares representing countries from all over the globe.


Kindergarten Literacy Project

A literacy and kindness project in collaboration with local schools. The school staff Principal, Media Specialist, and Kindergarten Lead wil be an integral and supportive of all aspects.

Rotarians will read books to kindergarten students throughout the day.


Law Enforcement Appreciation


Laws of Life


Laws of life


judging Laws of Life essays

Laws of Life Essay Contest

Brookhaven Rotary Club is sponsoring the Laws of Life Essay contest for Cross Keys High School, Dekalb County, Georgia, in 2017-2018. The club paid $500 for this sponsorship and coordinated with Cross Keys administration and teachers to get the contest established for this year.

In addition, in February and March, 2018, two members of the club, Karen Kropp and Tom Prior, along with Ms. Nancy Bartness, the wife of one of our members, worked with Ms. Carol Gray of the Laws of Life program and served as readers/judges to read numerous student essays and help select winning essays in the statewide competition.


Laws of Life Essay Contest - High School

In 2002, our current President, Ed Outlaw, along with District Character Education chair George Stewart from the Dunwoody Rotary Club, started working with the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. The idea was to get Rotary Clubs to sponsor schools in the contest. Over the ensuing decade, the relationship between the contest and Rotary became stronger, to the point where a Rotary connected 501(c)(3) organization, Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program, Inc., was formed to administer the contest. Ed has served on the Board of that organization since it was formed.

As with past years, our club sponsored McIntosh High School in the contest this year, and donated as a Platinum Sponsor. We also had a member serve as an essay reader/judge. We are working with the Fayette County Board of Education and other local Rotary Clubs to expand into other schools in the county.


Laws of Life Essay Contest - Middle School

About 16 years ago, Past President Ed Outlaw, learned about the Laws of Life Essay Contest from the Templeton Foundation. The Templeton Foundation had developed the contest concept, and encouraged service clubs to work with schools to make it happen. At the time, the Georgia Laws of Life Essay contest for high schools was already in place, so, to avoid duplicating efforts, our club decided to sponsor a contest at J.C. Booth Middle School. We have now sponsored that middle school contest every year for about 18 years, including the current year. Retired teacher and Rotarian Carolyn Wilkinson has chaired this project, and coordinated getting members to judge the contest, worked with the school, and organized our recognition event as one of our meeting Programs.

This project was the starting point that led to Rotary administering the Georgia wide high school Laws of Life Essay Contest (listed as a separate project). As detailed under the write up for that project, we are working this year to greatly expand the contest in Fayette County Schools, and to work in other similar ways with the local school system.


Ringing the Bells at Lenox Square

Lenox Mall Bell Ringing - Salvation Army

Our Club partners with the North Atlanta Rotary Club to volunteer for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign during the Christmas season. Our two clubs "staffed" the full day (10am-6pm) for two locations at Lenox Mall on both Saturday, 12/9/2017, and Saturday, 12/16/2017. Despite the snow and bitter cold on one collection day, our efforts resulted in cash collections for the Salvation Army of over $1000. The funds collected go to support the Salvation Army's social programs which help the homeless, the needy youth in the community, as well as fight human trafficking. In addition, the "ringing of the bells" provides great public awareness for the good works that the Salvation Army provides to our community year round, and provides public awareness of the good works of our Rotary clubs.


LinkedIn blitz

LinkedIn Blitz - Rotary Cares

In order to promote the Rotary brand along with the Rotary Cares logo and idea, Smyrna Rotary as well as the good works of D6900 and other D6900 Rotary Clubs, we published a number of "Rotary Cares" and related posts.

Total views of LinkedIn posts exceeds 8,600 for July 2017-February 10, 2018 and 17,400 for Jan.-Mar. 2018. [Please see attachments below showing about 9,000 of the views.] We have also updated our website and submitted information to news organizations.


Literacy Improvement Project

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 Big Africa Water Project

Working with former club GRSP student, Kirsty Purvis, through a UK organization, Little Big Africa, to supply and maintain a clean water resource for a Ugandan community and school. Our club will contribute financially, provide correspondence with Kirsty and challenge two other local clubs to contribute to the project.


Little Free Libraries


Little Free Pantry


Little library


Lunches for Learning

Develop a student to student pen pal program between members of one of our middle schools and students in Honduras in support of Lunches for Learning which provides free lunch for poor student in Honduras.


Meals on Wheels

To provide meals to seniors and individuals on disability.


Meals on Wheels

The Albany Rotary Club delivers Meals on Wheels for the SWGA Council on Aging that serve the elderly and under privileged senior citizens who might not have a warm meal each day. We deliver 6 meals, 2 days per week and every active rotary club member is scheduled to participate, unless the club is notified otherwise, 2 club volunteers per day.


Med Return Box Installed

MedReturn Boxes - Drug Take-back

Opioid addiction is known as a leading cause of death by overdose, not only in teens and young adults, but neighbors, co-workers, and friends.Perhaps inconceivably, an addiction can innocently, result from a common surgery. The drugs are highly effective at reducing pain, but highly addictive and commonly over prescribed. Further, the stigma that goes with addiction can be so difficult to overcome, that it gives ample time for the drugs to tighten their grip. An addict? Not me.

One of the easiest gateways to prescription drugs is our medicine cabinet – leftovers from health maladies, injuries, or surgeries. We aren’t sure why we keep them or how to safely dispose of what’s left. What we’re doing is providing open access to drugs that can cause harm; from the wandering preschooler to the curious or troubled teen, or those looking to cash-in on others’ addictions.

Following a well-publicized gathering addressing the opioid crisis in North Fulton, Alpharetta Rotary stepped forward with a proposal to take a definitive step in reducing this “first access” by purchasing 7 MedReturn boxes, and collaborating with the City of Alpharetta to have one placed at every fire station, and at Police Headquarters. Drugs can be deposited in these safe-boxes 24-hours a day, no questions asked. The City’s “Drug Round-up” promotions inspire action, and build awareness of the crisis around us. Rotary logos are placed on each box, signifying our ongoing commitment to improving the health and welfare of our community.

Rotarians are People of Action….


Meet & Greet

Monthly get together where community members are invited to meet ROTARY


Helping Human Trafficking victims

Mentoring software for HavenATL

This project is to help HavenATL, the Salvation Army’s facility on Metropolitan Avenue in south Atlanta established to assist women caught up in human trafficking. See attachment below containing the Mission Statement for HavenATL. This project is to design and implement a new virtual mentoring program to help HavenATL graduates (women who have completed a series of classes and met certain goals at HavenATL) gain knowledge in leadership, job skills, career and personal development. Our Club proposes to finance this project with design and implementation done by Mentor City, a database designer selected by HavenATL. See attachment below containing a detailed description of the project prepared by HavenATL staff.

The mentoring software was purchased as anticipated and is now being used as intended by women who have completed the three series of classes offered by the Haven ATL program.


Micro Loan Entreprenuer Project

To provide up to four small loans to existing license West End entrepreneurs to expand and sustain business

Receive grant funds from PNC bank for $7500. Funds to be used for business technical assistance consisting of website development, marketing business, product pricing training, and how to determine profits and losse. Loans given to four entrepreneurs and technical assistance provided for twenty entrepreneurs.


MLK Weekend Service Project

Decatur Rotary helps fund and provide volunteers for the repair of homes of seniors in the Decatur Community.


New members - Small Project - Liberty House

Supplies were bagged by members at the weekly meeting to present to victims housed at The Liberty House. The supplies included cleaning supplies, sheets, and other personal items.

Liberty House provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and their children.


ChainSaw Gang Small Project

New members - Small Projects

The Dougherty County Rotary Club's new members elected to initiate several small projects throughout the year to support local needs in our community. The new members would meet and select a project to present to the club during a regular scheduled meeting. This allowed more club participation and an opportunity to provide support for so many in need.

The funds used for the projects are fees charged for new members. Other members also contributed items for each of our small projects.

Small project 1: The Chain Saw Gang

The Rotary Club of Dougherty County held a community service event at their weekly meeting.Members assembled bags for members of the Chain Saw Gang and filled them with gloves, sunglasses, water and other things they may need to assist in storm clean up.

The Chain Saw Gang gets out into the community and relies on community donations to clean debris.

Small Project 2: The Liberty House (Home for battered women & Children)

Rotarians made bags for the Liberty House of Albany. The Liberty House provides shelter and services to victims of domestic abuse. The bags for the shelter were filled with various tolitres, sheets, towels and other basic needs.

Small Project 3: Salvation Army Food Drive, in conjunction with Rotary has Heart.

Rotarians purchased and donated can foods to be donated to the local Salvation army for the homeless. Hundreds of cans were donated.

Small Project 4: Volunteer Search & Rescue Team

Rotarians are currently collecting donations to fill 25 special duffel bags with Rotary Logo for the resuce teams that include medical supplies and ohter needed equipmen


North Fulton Interfaith Prayer Breakfast


Old Soldiers Day Parade

Participate in Old Soldiers Day Parade in recognition of the veterans from all wars. Raise awareness of Rotary in the community


On the Same Page Literacy Project

This is our annual project which purchases books in partnership with the Little Shop of Stories to distribute to 470 needy children to encourage reading with their families. One book is chosen and it is distributed to the children in the community through several events. This event involved sorting the books to go to the various schools and providing bookmarks, stickers, literature for OTSP project to go with the books. We also receive an District GRant each year to support this project


On the Same Page Literacy Project

Decatur Rotary purchases 440 books to distribute free to indigent students.


Open Hand

Open Hand has been a signature project since RY 2016, so RY 2018 is the third and final year of our involvement. Events are arranged each month to give Rotarians an opportunity to volunteer in preparing, packaging, or delivering meals to clients.

Open Hand was founded in 1988 and now serves almost 2 million healthy meals annually cross 19 Georgia counties. More than 50% of Open Hand clients are elderly.

Buckhead Rotarians and their friends and family members have helped to cook food, prepare portion controlled meals, package meals, prepare shipments, and deliver meals to homebound clients. Some of our members have engaged employees from their work places to assist. Dr. Lewis Brown took his entire practice staff for an afternoon at Open Hand and Chandler Rudd and his USAA Atlanta office staff worked one day.

RC Buckhead has pledged $75,000 to Open Hand over the three year life of the project. Open Hand dedicates over 90% of the funds it receives to the cost of food delivered to its clients making it one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the country.


Pancake Breakfast / Polio Plus day

Annual Pancake Breakfast held at Applebees with funds raised going to Polio Plus


Parent University and LeadershipBuilding - Brown Middle School Books and Training Resources - Washington High Interact CLub

District grant funding will provide:

  1. One field trip for six hundred Brown Middle School students
  2. Leadership training for Washington High School Interact Club
  3. Develop Interact Club at Brown Middle School
  4. Linkage between AWER GRSP, Interact and Rotaract Clubs
  5. Will purchase school mascot due


Park Benches for City of Tucker

The Club plans to donate to the City of Tucker two (2) park benches for installation along Main Street Tucker. The plan is to dedicate these benches to two founding members that passed recently,


Partner with Student Leadership to Host Debate

As part of our focus on youth and goal to increase community outreach and brand awareness, we partnered with Secretary of State Student Ambassadors from Student Leadership Johns Creek to host 2 debates for John Creek City Council. Appen Media agreed to donate ad space in the Johns Creek Herald.

The first debate, for Mayor and 4 city council posts, was held October 17 at The Standard Club in Johns Creek. A run-off debate for Post 3 was held November 29 at Taylor Lodge in Johns Creek.

3 Rotarians plus the 10 students worked together to determine the debate format and rules. We also recruited Karyn Greer from CBS-TV, Mike Petchenik from WSB-TV and Hatcher Hurd from the Johns Creek Herald to be our moderators and provided background to help in their preparation. 5 of the students keep time during the debates and kept the candidates to their allotted times for opening/closing statement, questions and rebuttals. Five additional Rotarians volunteered time to help set up the event and greet guests .

In addition to the ads in the Johns Creek Herald we also marketed the debates on social media and the Chamber website. Approximately 150 attended the first debate and 75-80 attended the 2nd debate.

The debate at The Standard Club made the evening news on the local TV station and the AJC when Alex Marchetti announced his withdrawal form the race for Mayor.

This project strengthened our relationship with Leadership Johns Creek and Rotary was introduced to local citizens. The Secretary of State Student Ambassadors earned points in a state wide competition sponsored by the Secretary of State to provide Georgia's high school students an opportunity to engage as leaders within their schools and communality..


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.

Our Rotary Club liaison works the command staff to coordinate the banquet events for the Police and Fire departments. Both also have volunteer and auxiliary organizations that also support and help coordinate additional fund-raising and logistical support for these annual events.

More specifically, our club liaison works with the respective department liaisons to assist with funding requests, check approval and delivery, event coordination, guest list coordination and any other assistance needed. The Rotary Club normally sends 6-8 total Rotarians (3-4 Rotarians and respective spouses) including the club president and director of community service. The liaison ensures the appropriate logistical coordination is setup and any awards are properly coordinated. Both the fire and police departments use these events to award various achievements including the Rotary Fire or Police Officer of the Year. The Rotary president delivers a speech and presents the award and is photographed with the awards recipient. Several months after the awarding of the officers of the year, the club invites the fire department and police department recipients and their chiefs in to be recognized by the club at large.

This event is always well-attended by city staff and dignitaries and is normally very well received by all the officers.


Pets For Vets

Through Pets For Vets, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are available to adopt a pet from the Atlanta Humane Society at no charge. The Buckhead Rotary contribution includes the pays the adoption fee, some veterinary care and supplies.


Phone Book / Smart Directory

Over forty one years ago, our newly formed club responded to a request from a local resident: Create a list of phone numbers in our town so residents didn’t have to search through the massive Atlanta phone book for local listings.

Soon, the Club decided to sell ads to cover the printing cost, and the Rotary Phone Book was born. Years passed; the city grew, the book grew, and the money generated by ads grew. By the 1980’s the project was serving in multiple ways: First, residents were provided with a smaller, local book. Second, local businesses were served by having an affordable way to advertise. Third, charities were served by donations with money raised from the book.

The funds raised over the years has exceeded $2 million. Attached is a list of the charities we donated to with the proceeds this year. Each charity sent a representative to a meeting for presentation with a large check as a photo opportunity. They also gave us a short description of what the charity does.

As with past years, our club members delivered books to all homes in Peachtree City. We have out-sourced delivery outside of the city which now includes a portion of Coweta County, and the production of the book.

This year, we are working to incorporate ad sales on a website, which will operate as a local business and service search portal. Our tag line will be "Ask The Smart Directory!"


Pledge of Allegiance

Education on the Pedge of Allegiance in county school


Polio Plus

Rotary promotes giving to Polio Plus, and includes a line item in the budget as a minimum contribution.


Political Forum

Rotary conducts a forum prior to November elections in which all candidates in the general elections are invited to participate. The venue for the forum is donated by local The Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center. The amphitheater was filled to capacity for the event, and media coverage broadened the number of beneficiaries to include the entire city/voting district.


Power Lunch-1

Power Lunch

This year will be completing our 10th year with Power Lunch. Power Lunch is a mentoring program that we carry out at a local, underprivileged elementary school. The school has an extremely high ESOL rate.

Each school year the school faculty picks 15-20 students to participate in the year-long program. They're nominated because they've fallen behind on reading and other factors. The students must show improvement in reading, academics, behavior, and other areas to remain in the program.

Throughout the school year the students meet every Thursday with their mentor. They're assigned a mentor for the entire school year. They eat lunch together, read, work on other subjects, and sometimes just talk. These students show fantastic results, a lot achieving at least an one year gain in reading level and some over two years.

At Christmas, the students join us for a Rotary meeting with Santa Claus. They enjoy lunch at a real Rotary meeting in their honor and get a chance to see Santa and take a picture with him.

This program impacts the mentors as much as it does the students. It shows another side to a sometimes one sided story and allows us to help the youth in our community.

We are honored to partner with Northside Elementary, Pizza Hut, and Quick Buys.

Northside allows us the use of the library every week.

We are extremely proud to partner with Pizza Hut in Cairo. They provide pizzas and desserts for the students and the mentors, at no cost to our club.

Rotarian Sanjay Patel, owner of Quick Buys, provides drinks each week and is a mentor.


Printer's Ale Tour

The Rotary Club of Carrollton supported Economic Development and Tourism by shifting a regularly scheduled meeting to a new brewing facility in the area. A tasting was arranged prior to the meeting followed by German cuisine being catered in for Rotarians and guests. The owners of Printer's Ale Brewery then gave a presentation while people ate lunch and then gave tours of the facility.


Swaziland Water Tank

Project Canaan - Swaziland 500,000L Water Tank

The Rotary Club of North Fulton received a global grant to install a water tank in Project Canaan located in Swaziland. This water tank will trap and store rain water during the rainy season to be used for crops during the dry season. The Rotary Clubs of Milton, Alpharetta and Johns Creek all partnered with North Fulton to provide additional funds for the project.


Project Lifesaver

To provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Project Lifesaver is a program of specialized operations designed to locate missing individuals with such conditions as Alzheimer's, Down syndrome and autism, individuals who are likely to wander and become lost. Each Project Lifesaver bracelet is $300 and it cost about $400,000 annually to fund the project for the state of Alabama. Purchasing 5 bracelets will help possibly save the lives of 5 individuals. This bracelet cannot be removed except by the Sheriff's office. An individual cannot cut or remove this bracelet themselves. When the battery goes out, the family takes the individual to the Sheriff's office and it is replaced. Batteries are separate cost. NOTE: There is a special place in my heart for this request. I have a young cousin who wondered off in the woods several years ago, and it only took the Sheriff's department less than 30 minutes to locate him after family combing the woods frantically. With this device, he was found unharmed.


Providing Elementary Schools with telemedicine program

Education is the sure path to improving life. Educating our children is a top concern. Common sense says healthy children learn better than sick ones. Increasing time in the classroom for children who need regular physician visits would be a welcome improvement to the current situation. Like most rural counties solutions, the problems, are generally complex. This grant, if funded, would be a major step toward solving the lack of delivery of pediatric medical services, reducing classroom absences, preventing parents from missing work to take children to the physician, and would reduce staff and faculty absenteeism. In our community, health care options are limited with no pediatric specialists in the are and many parents working outside the county with potential significant transportation challenges.

Our school system has about 1500 students in three elementary schools. Our county covers just over 500 square miles and is one of the larger counties by land mass in Georgia. To see a pediatrician or specialist is at least a half day off work and out of school for parents and children. Like most rural areas in America, access to basic and specialized health care is limited. Meriwether County has been designated as a medically under served area since 01 November 1978. [ .]

For some students the only contact they have with a health care professional is the school nurse. This is due to poor parenting practices, lack of transportation, or the difficulty parents have taking time off from work. School nurses are tasked with dispensing medications to students for behavioral and/or cognitive health issues. Children with these diagnoses typically do better when seen by a specialist, and for many of these cases monthly evaluation is required.

The best solution for access, keeping students in the classroom, and relieving parents of taking time off from work [generally that means less income] is school-based telemedicine. Each of the three schools has a staffed clinic that is big enough to provide privacy for this purpose.

In Georgia, the Georgia partnership for Telehealth is the nexus of development and service delivery. Their web site provides more detailed information at this address:

While this is a new concept it is not an experiment. It is already in place and working successfully. The benefits of this kind of program are detailed in a video from the partnership:

Independent research has validated the success of telemedicine in schools. The Pew Trust research verifies the value of in school telemedicine:

There is no realistic alternative for a rural area. The local hospital authority has recruited the few new physicians in our community and has no prospect or plans to recruit a pediatrician. Therefore this problem will never be solved in a traditional manner. Technology has presented a viable alternative.


Public Relations

III. Public Relations John Taylor - Chairperson
Goal: The Rotary Club of Pelham will increase presence within the Pelham Community
Strategies Who's Responsible Timeline Measurement
A. Maintain highway signs including meeting time and place. Zach Taylor and Sandy Godwin by August 31, 2017 Pictures of Signs
B. Welcome all make-ups and guests as they enter the club meeting. Jimmy Godwin Chair On going Check list, survey results
C. Encourage members to thank speakers for their presentations and to apologize to speakers if they must leave early. All Members On going Check list
D. Continue special recognition day for agri-businesses and farmers Joe Akridge and Kasey Blackburn Friday, January 12, 2018 Sign In sheets, Nairator
E. Continue special recognition day for Veterans Jim Hedges Friday, November 10, 2017 Sign In sheets, Nairator
F. Continue special recognition day for emergency personnel Jimmy Godwin and Jim Hedges Friday, September 8, 2017 Sign In sheets, Nairator
G. Encourage committee chairpersons to mail written invitations to spouses and widows for special events Floyd Fort On going Check list
H. Increase the number of followers and posts on Rotary Club of Pelham Facebook Page by 100% Kasey Blackburn, Bonita White, Floyd Fort Friday, September 29, 2017 Compare followers on July 1, 2017 to September 29, 2017
I. Increase the number of articles promoting Rotary Club of Pelham in the Pelham Journal Larry Frosteg, Floyd Fort, Carl Stokes On going Number of Articles in the paper compared to previous year



Provide scholarships for 3 8th Grade students at Tucker Middle School. This is matched by a State Program that provides a$10,000 scholarship at graduation


Group Picture

ReadER Book Drive

Dawnbreakers donated more than 500 books along with $500 this year to the Tanner ReadER program.Throughout the year, Dawnbreakers collect and purchase books to donate; we also partner with our Rotaract Club who will be donating another 200 books themselves. We then place a Dawnbreakers Rotary sticker along with a Four-Way Test sticker on the inside of every book.

The books that are given to the children serve a two-fold purpose: First, it calms the child in the emergency room by giving them a distraction while the nurse or doctor is caring for them. Second, it becomes their personal book to take home. Many times, this is the ONLY book they will receive during their childhood, so it is a joy to see their faces light up when choosing it. The Tanner mascot, Tanny the Turtle, sometimes delivers books to the children who have serious medical conditions or needs.

21% of Carroll County adults lack basic literacy skills, which is greater than the State average. We strive to lower that rate before they reach that age. This project was brought to fruition by Dr. Fitzgerald, and we are proud to support his cause each and every year.


Reading at Woodward Elementary

In 2017-2018, The Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven and North Atlanta continued an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary be "reading to learn" by 3rd grade. With the support of the Ferst Foundation, together we support this goal through book donations and reading monthly to Kindergarten and Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary. Throughout 2017- 2018, we will donate more than 812 books to 203 students, read to up to 12 classes monthly and equipped parents with book specific multi-lingual reading guides to use at home. This project is helping students "learn to read" and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade they will be "ready to learn" through reading. Statistics show that 3rd grade is a pivotal time. Students at a 3rd grade level of reading by third grade are more likely to stay in school and become productive adults. Students not able to read at a third grade level by third grade often fall behind, are more likely to drop out and become at risk young individuals and ultimately more dependent on support from society. The reading program at Woodward Elementary is one of the collaborative programs coming together because of the awareness created by the "Get Georgia Reading" Campaign.

Of the total $2500 donated by Brookhaven Rotary Club, $1000 was provided by St. Martin's School in Brookhaven. North Atlanta Rotary has committed to donate an amount equal to BRC's total donation


Adopting the School

Reading is Fundemental

Chapel Hill Elementary is a Title I school located in South DeKalb that was adopted by the South DeKalb Rotary Club as a Community Partner. We decided as a Club to take our Reading to Students to the next level. With that ideal in mind, we donated 275 books to the school's library so that the students could have more books to take home to help with their reading.


Refugee Literacy

Provide dictionaries to refugee families and their children in the greater Stone Mountain and Clarkston area


Relay for Life

Initiated and conducted by Rotarian George Martin, a 5K running event is held at each elementary school in the county. The primary purposes are three-fold: Fitness, fund raising, and providing an activity for strengthening families. Family participation is encouraged in these well attended races, although many runners participate individually. The ages of participants have ranged from as young a 5 years old, to as old as 70s.


Honoring Vietnam Vets

Remembering Those Who Serve

Roswell Rotary honors the men and women who give the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of our country.

Memorial Day/The Remembrance: Approximately 6,000 people gathered on the greens at City Hall for the 20th annual ceremony.

The program features the presentation of colors, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, laying of the wreath, Lest We Forget POW-MIA tribute and a keynote speech given by Sergeant Henry E. Freedman, U.S. Army.

After a 21-gun salute and taps, families enjoy a picnic and band. 150 Rotarians volunteered.

Honor Air: Honoring Veterans who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, we executed our 9th annual trip to Washington DC.

Funded entirely by Roswell Rotarians, the $75,000 trip begins with bus transportation, escorted by an honor guard, to the airport where they board a chartered flight to DC. All meals, wheelchairs, and EMT presence are provided.

Over 60 Vets with guardians visit War Memorials and the Changing of the Guard.

911 Ceremony: Remembering the victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history, we coordinate with the City of Roswell to demonstrate Rotary's commitment to this event.

Inclement weather did not stop the volunteers or attendance.

A blend of solemn remembrances and prayers punctuated this time of reflection with a backdrop of a giant American flag.

Adopt A Platoon: Club volunteers pack 900 pounds of toiletries, snacks, magazines and letters of encouragement that ship to the 3rd Infantry Division in Afghanistan.


Rise Against Hunger

Partner with Milton Rotary to package 21,816+ meals.

Donate $$ to purchase the meals then package and distribiut them to the homeless


Road Cleanup


Roadside CleanUp

The Rotary Club of Carrollton met on Saturday morning to clean up our Adopt-A-Road mile around the Crossroads Shopping Center.


Robotics Fundraiser for Chatt & Emory

Create a project that is a joint effort between the Club, Interact and the Robotics Team at Chatt High and Emory Johns Creek Hospital for the new Emory surgical robot.


Rooted to Rise

Rooted to Rise is a program devised by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and the Atlanta Speech School to inform parents of very young children how to read to and with their children to increase their vocabularies and better prepare them to read and for school.

With financial support from Buckhead Rotary and other sources, a syllabus was devised and training provided to Rotarians and others who act as facilitators in meetings with new and prospective parents. Training consists of three one-hour sessions conducted in workplaces, community centers, and churches. Parents are shown several videos that are on YouTube, followed by discussions of how the techniques demonstrated in the videos can be used as parents read to and with their children.


Rotary / Shriner

A pilot program was initiated several years ago to involve several District 6900 Rotary Clubs, Shriners and FODAC in a joint program. Initially the concept was have the Clubs facilitate individuals getting info on Shriner's Hospital in Greenville SC. Additionally it was determined that the hospital had a need for pediatric equipment for many patients. This is where FODAC entered the program. While the equipment was available at FODAC there need to be a means to transport to Greenville SC. The Tucker Club took up the task as primary source though several other clubs and District 6900 individuals made the trip. In the Rotary year 2017/2018 the Tucker Club has made 4 trips to Shriner's Greenville with an additional 2 trips made by other Rotarians.


Rotary Day of Dreaming and Inspiration

A Rotary Day of Dreaming and Inspiration is to help build the community and create a close environment. Our initial goal was to only provide 300 pairs of shoes to kids in the community of Hapeville and the Tri-Cities area. We, however, we blessed to catch a deal through our partners to be able to purchase 450 pairs of shoes and socks and 175 meal boxes, as well. Our event was well attend because we partnered with a local festival "Happy Days - Local Motion" which is a weekend long event that re-unites the community residents with businesses. We were able to provide approximately 390 kids with a single pair of shoes/socks along with approximately 150 meal boxes to these families, as well. We exceeded our initial goal of 300 pairs of shoes that we distributed.

We not only were able to reach our goal locally, furthermore, we were presented with an opportunity to reach abroad international to provide resources, as well. Shortly after our event, a resident who works for the city of Hapeville requested assistance in Puerto Rico where there was a recent Hurricane. Knowing that we had some left over shoes and meal boxes, our club provided the remaining 60 pairs of kids shoes/socks and approximately 25 meal boxes, which included food with the ability to feed a family of 4 for about 5 days. Had we not been there at the local event, we would not have been able to submit resources internationally!


Rotary Foundation Matching Gifts


Rotary Foundation Seminar


Rotary Has Heart

Rotary Has Heart

We partner with the Bainbridge Memorial Manor Nursing Home each year to help them pick a King and Queen for Valentines Day, and help them celebrate. We provide a cake, and the Nursing Home provides the other refreshments and punch. We provide the labor needed to pass out cake, ice cream, cookies, chips, and punch to all residents. This year, two queens were chosen, and one King. We usually sing and dance with the residents, if they are able. This year, one of the queens had stated that she "only wanted to dance" one more time. She didn't have a partner, so in one of the photos, you will see Melinda Taylor, our club president, dancing with the Manor Queen. It is always an enlightening evening, and the residents really enjoy us coming and putting a smile on their faces.


Rotary Interact


Rotary Job Shadow Day

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.


Rotary Means Business

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.


Rotary Peace Exchange

This is a program designed to promote world peace between the United States and Russia. Eight Russian Rotarians are visiting Atlanta, Oak Ridge and Tuscaloosa. Buckhead Rotary will host the visitors on their Atlanta visit. The visit will include social interaction, visits and tours of Rotarians businesses, visits with city and state officials, and tourism. Visitors will be hosted in Rotarians homes.

The key is for these visiting Rotarians to be exposed to as many Americans as possible and hopefully see that peaceful relations between our two countries are not only possible but necessary.


Rotary Ragtop Raffle

The Rotary Club of Carrollton launched its first fundraiser in more than a decade. With the help of roughly 30+ Rotarians from our club and a handful of Dawnbreakers and Rotaract members, the car giveaway was a huge success. Tickets were sold for $100 with only 800 printed from August to October 24th. We utilized an End Polio Now event where we hosted live music and refreshments at the Carrollton Amphitheater and completed the drawing at the end. We raised $63,000 in ticket sales with a net of $31,000. All money will be used for local projects and non-profit partnerships.


Rotary Reflection Garden-Trees

Rotary Reflection Garden-Trees

Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, has challenged 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. President Riseley has said environmental sustainability is and must be everyone’s concern. The Rotary Club of North Fulton supports the notion that “trees and woodlands provide spiritual renewal” thus making the tree planting project a perfect fit for our Reflection Garden.

In 2013, the Rotary Club of North Fulton developed the Rotary Reflection Garden in Alpharetta’s North Park. This refuge was developed alongside a lake and is improved with a Peace Pole, personalized engraved brick pavers, benches and landscaping native to the area. Rotarian Tom Salata led this project which began with developing a plan with the City of Alpharetta’s Urban Forestry Program Manager. The plan includes 34 trees, the number of Rotarians in our club.

In November, seventeen volunteers worked to plant the first sixteen trees. Each tree selected had at least a 2 inch caliper. The Forestry Manager specified trees based on the location. We planted both under story trees like Eastern Redbud and Cherokee Princess Dogwood, and shade trees like Tulip and Nuttall Oak. The Alpharetta City Park personnel will maintain the trees to insure they become established.

This project will serve our community and our environment by enhancing the animal habitat and air quality and providing an area for personal reflection and renewal. The Rotary Club of North Fulton wants to thank President Ian Riseley for his leadership and challenge to improve the environment.


Rotary Wheel Display

To display Rotary Wheel in West End to increase Rotary image and awareness in West End


Rotary Youth Leadership Award



To sponsor one rising Junior to attend RYLA



Sponsor 4 high school students to attend RYLA

This will our Clubs first year doing so.



The Rotary Club of Carrollton will be sending 3 students from our territory to RYLA in June.


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

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


RYLA Student

Send a student to the RYLA 2018 event


Photo of Event


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.

This was not only a vocational and educational project, but was a great community event that helped to spotlight what Rotary is all about and promotion of a positive image for Rotary.


Salute to Veterans

Salute To Veterans

Provide lunch, entertainment and program to veterans from all military branches that reside at Park Springs Retirement Community.


Loading the cars with food

Salvation Army - Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Delivery

Grateful for generous food donations from Costco in Brookhaven, our Club again delivered carloads of food to our local Salvation Army (Temple Corps at North Druid Hills location), for their Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. This annual project for our club normally involves around 12 volunteers (Rotarians and family members and numerous delivery vehicles) on each date,with the volunteers helping to load cars with goodies from Costco (bread, pies and almost TWO TONS of frozen turkeys!) and delivering these items to the Salvation Army on North Druid Hills on the eve of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The food provided by Costco and delivered by our Rotary club this year should serve over 3000 meals to Atlanta's needy helped by several Salvation Army facilities, including the Red Shield homeless shelter on Marietta Street downtown.


Sam Whitfield Memorial

Something about this fundraiser


Santa Clara Ocoyucan Primary School Campus Computer Lab, Library,and Resource Center

In an effort to increase each child's access to educational resources and support, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs has partnered with the Rotary Club of Colonial Puebla to re-purpose underutilized space at the Elementary School into a Computer Lab, Library and Resource Center, and work space for homework.The goal would be to make the space available to all three levels of the public schools in this area of the village.In addition, this grant will fund workshops and further education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives, train community residents in repair techniques to help sustain the computer lab equipment, and support college campus visits for middle school children and their parents to promote the longer term goal of continued higher education.


Santa In Summer

Held holiday themed event for Homestretch children.

Provided lunch and back to school supplies for homeless children living in transition or with foster parents.


marketing material SAS golf

SAS Golf Tournament Support The SHARE PROGRAM at The Shepherd Center

The SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative began in 2008 in order to provide a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the US on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since SHARE’s inception, the program has served over 200 individuals, from all service branches. The program typically treats 8-12 wounded warriors at a time.

Over time, the program has come to focus primarily on servicemen and women who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, considered by many to be the “signature injury” of the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts. Symptoms associated with this type of injury include deficiencies in physical functioning (balance and dizziness), behavioral functioning (irritability and emotional distress) and cognitive functioning (memory, attention and concentration).

The Rotary Club of Brookhaven, its members, event sponsors and golfers have contributed over $650,000 since 2009 to support Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative through an annual golf tournament. In 2017 the Club presented Shepherd with a check for $172,500 (see photo below). Our goal is to exceed $250,000 for the May 2018 tournament .

SHARE began in 2008 to provide rehabilitation care for military service members who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and are living with Post-Traumatic Stress while serving during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The SHARE program capitalizes on the expertise that Shepherd Center developed for treating TBIs and insures our wounded warriors receive the proper care in a timely fashion to enable their re-entry into civilian or military life.


Savannah Honor Flight

The Savannah Honor Flight lost it sponsorship to supply wheelchairs and storage facility for those Vets needing chairs on the trip to Washington DC. The Tucker Rotary Club though several contacts was made aware of this issue and step forth to secure the necessary chairs and will transport from Tucker to Savannah. Additionally the Tucker Rotary Club has located a storage facility for the Savannah Honor Flight since there are searching for a location.


Senegal Teacher Project

Support a teacher in Senegal. This teacher will teach the students English


Senior - Santa For Seniors

Happy Bucks and other donations by Rotarians are used to purchased Christmas Gifts for seniors that could possibly not receive any type of gift during the holiday season. We will purchase the gifts and personally deliver the gifts to the seniors.


Senior Appreciation at Westminster Memory Care

Future Rotarians (children of current Dallas Rotary Club) engaging with our senior citizens. What better way to connect our youth with our seniors than through the sound of music! This project has and will continue to an annual event for the Dallas Rotary Club. We LOVE our seniors.


Share The Warmth

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."


ShelterBox- Hurricane Irma

Donation for $1000 to purchase a ShelterBox for Hurricane Irma.


Shine The Light

Shine The Light focuses on ending human trafficking by bringing awareness and education to middle and high school students, their parents and educators. The focus of our efforts will be through the empowerment of our relationship with local schools and our Interact clubs in North Fulton County. This is a pilot program which we plan to expand and roll out to other clubs in subsequent years. It is a 5 phase project.

Phase 1

We met with the principles of Johns Creek High School, Autry Mills Middle School, Centennial High School, Holcombe Bridge Middle School and Chattahoochee High School in August and September to discuss human trafficking and the vulnerability of middle and high school students. We shared our vision of empowering the schools and our Interact Clubs to help bring awareness of child sex trafficking to both the school population and parents. The principals were fully supportive of our plans and even offered their own ideas on how they could help.

Phase 2

We met with Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, who are part of a multi church consortium working to address the issues of human trafficking, Street Grace a faith-based organization working to end trafficking of children, and Wellspring Living, an NGO devoted to helping victims of human trafficking. We agreed to partner together and lend their resources to help with the education and awareness process.

Phase 3

We held a kick off breakfast at Joins Creek Baptist Church Septemner 16 to officially launch the "Shine the Light" project. Educators, students, local politicians, and business leaders were invited. The mayor, mayor pro tem, a police undercover agent and representatives from Street Grace all spoke. Chick Fil A provided breakfast. We handed out about 150 Shine the Light tees shirts to all attendees and participants. One unexpected outcome of this breakfast event ... Street Grace and Johns Creek Baptist Church stated a dialogue on how they can partner together on this issue. See link below for local press coverage;

Phase 4

We held meetings during Q4 2017 with our Interact Clubs. Representative from Perimeter Church, Street Grace and Wellspring Living helped us lead discussions with the students. The students brainstormed ideas on projects they could run to either build awareness in the school and community and/or assist victims of sex trafficking. "Shine the Light" tee shirts were handed out to all.
Rotary Johns Creek North Fulton also helped co-host a break our session on trafficking at the fall 2017 Interact Conference.

Phase 5:
The following Interact sponsored events took place or are scheduled to take place. Shine the Light tee shirts will be distributed to all participants.

Johns Creek High School held two events. The first, in November, included 50+ students and teachers. Wellspring Living spoke about the effects on the lives of sex trafficking victims. The second, help in January, was a volunteer project with Rotarians and students holding a "Survival Pak" paper products drive which were donated to sex trafficking victims living in transitional housing.

Chattahoochee HS just started an Interact Club this year. With help from the administration they decided to conduct four consecutive 20 minute presentations to the entire student body. The goal: build awareness and provide information on how to get help for trafficking victims and/or potential victims. The event was originally scheduled for January but, due to the schools being closed for wintery weather, it has been rescheduled for March 16.

Autry Mills Middle School elected to hold a "Parent Awareness" evening led by the school principle and the Interact Club. Representative from Rotary, Street Grace and the local police department will speak to the parents. The event is scheduled for the evening March 27 at the schools.

Centennial High School Interact Club held a meeting with representatives from Perimeter Church who spoke about trafficking to the students.

Holcombe Bridge MS did not have an Interact Club but stated one earlier this year. Street Grace is schedule to meet with those students and they are planning an event in the midst of planning their event.




Souns International Project

There are three early-literacy GG's in place this Rotary year. Two are coming to closure, and one is midway through. 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. GG1523886 is in its second year. This grant provides Souns materials for 200 classrooms in Head Start programs in Puerto Rico. GG26276 has recently filed its final report. This grant contributed to 12000 children in South Africa learning to read.

Souns, a basic literacy program born through PTC Rotary, began in 2006. Large nylon letters, that can be used in many languages, are provided to tens of thousands of disadvantaged preschool children in Georgia, Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, India, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

Because of the success of the previous two GG"s based on Souns in South Africa, a new Rotary GG1866214 proposal for $38,000 involves universities interested in replicating the Souns letters in-country to reach more children, and will involve additional Rotary clubs. Another will expand the program in Head Start classrooms for three years (over 5000 children per year) in Puerto Rico.

Rotarians from our club have been and are involved in delivering materials to Puerto Rico. It is important to note that while the grant covers SOUNS material, grant dollars are matched in value over the life of the grant by training hours volunteered and expenses incurred through travel and on-the-ground costs to Rotarians supporting the project.


Speaker Books

Each weekly speaker is offered an opportunity to sign a book that will be donated to a local school.


Special Olympics


Sponsor GRSP

AWER will co sponsor one GRSP student with three Rotary Clubs to attend Clayton State College Student will have AWER host family. Traditional host family will have student in their home at least three times during college year. In kind contribution include food, activities and events.


Mulch Service Project

Spread Mulch on Head Start playground

We were contacted by the local Grady/Decatur County Head Start program with a need for their playground. Someone in the community had donated the actual mulch, they just needed someone to spread it around. Our group met on site early that Saturday morning and went to work. A local landscape company brought a skid steer and moved the mulch for us, and we brought our rakes and spread load after load. We even had the help of some of the children of rotarians, as well as our GRSP student. We wanted her to be a part of our service above self attitude, and she fit right in. It was very rewarding to know we were making a beautiful place for the children to play.


STEMulating our community through youth engagment

The objectives will be to provide learning activities that will enrich the lives of the young people served by our partner organizations. Many of these young people are in underserved and under-resourced environments and these activities will serve as an enhancement to their daily activities.


Strides for Sheri

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.


Students Of The Month

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.

Update: Student of the Month – This starts in October after the schools have been in session for a few months. On alternating 2-week intervals, the Rotary Club of Thomasville will present academic Student of the Month and Technical Student of the Month. Rotarian members of the Student of the Month Committee alternate in making these presentations.


Support for Pataula Child Advocacy Center

1200 children will get booklets and it is expected that each child will share the information with at least 1 caregiver/parent and most will share with a sibling or friend. Some may share the booklet. Teachers will have the information to share with subsequent classes and parents will be able to share the info with other children.

Club members will put the stickers on the 1200 booklets during meeting times and others if necessary. Going to the various schools in the 7 counties to make the presentation of booklets will also incorporate volunteer hours.

This is the third year of a three-year project involving the Pataula Center for Children.


Dallas PD Group Photo

Supporting Local Law Enforcement

Dallas Rotarians were honored to serve breakfast to the Dallas Police Department. As Rotarians and citizens/business owners of Paulding County, we appreciate ALL public servants especially those in our own community. This event allowed us to show the officers and support staff how much we appreciated their dedication. Special thanks to the local Chick-fil-A for assisting with this event. Afterwards, Dallas Rotary Club members enjoyed an informative tour of the facility led by Interim Chief William J. Boshell.


Swaziland Water Project

Partner with Rotary Alpharetta to help fund a 500 thousand liter water project Swaziland.


Tailgating Cookout for Frazer Center Olympics

AWER members and families will serve as volunteers to help with events. Duties will include but not limited to cooking, serving, races and activities


Teacher of the Year

At the DeKalb Rotary Council Annual Awards Breakfast the 9 Council Rotary Clubs honor their Teacher of the Year. NA Rotary Club chose _____________

We are honored to award this recognition to __________, a truly outstanding teacher and student advocate.


Teacher of year

Honor an outstanding Teacher in the Tucker Middle Schools


Laying seeding

Teaching our Youths about Healthy Living

Environmental Sustainability with the Lucious Sanders Recreation Center. The Rotary Club of South DeKalb provided a Botanist and garden supplies to teach the youth at the recreation center how to plant, grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables. They learned important factors in the environment such as soil composition and pest control along with how to properly space their plants for optimum growth. This also provided them with the tools to continue to eat healthy as many of these kids had never tried a variety of vegetables.


Thanksgiving Meals For Needy

2,600 Harris County citizens live below Poverty Level. (Two member family < $1,250 month.) Per local charity organization, 3,500 citizens are food insecure.

FOCUS, a county charity, provides free Thanksgiving meals. The food is purchased from local food bank. Rotary Club of Harris County supports the purchase with contribution from DDF. Our $2,500 contribution buys approximately $26,000 worth of food at retail.

In addition to cash contribution, our club delivers these meals to all residents who are either house-bound or otherwise unable to travel to the pick-up center.

Club members also help pack the meals -- approximately 2,600 bags of food -- on the day before delivering.

This project spans two work days and involves two-thirds of club membership.


Photo of Event

The Giving Side of Christmas

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.

The Club partnered with the Department of Family and Children Services and First Baptist Jonesboro, where the event is hosted in the gym.

It’s an effective concept that simulates the buying and giving experience. The children come and as they eat pizza, they make out a Christmas list of people they would like to give gifts.

For each one on their list they are given a “Rotary Buck”. They are assigned a personal shopper who takes them to the “Christmas Store”. Everything costs one Rotary buck. The shopper helps them make their selections and they take their purchases to one of the wrapping stations. A Rotarian or Church volunteer wraps the presents, puts the name tags on them and puts all the purchases in a shopping bag.

The children leave with Christmas to give. They are able to enjoy the complete Christmas experience.

After they shop, they enjoy playing in the gym. Most importantly, they visit and have a picture taken with Santa Claus.

The merchandise and monetary contributions are donated by Rotary Club members, DFACS employees, Church members and friends of the program.


The Paul Ragan Mighty Acorn Award

This is the Griffin Daybreak Club's Legacy Project.

The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club presents an award each year to one student at each of the eleven elementary schools. This award is presented at the Honor's Day Program in front of the entire school, faculty, and parents. The award was named in memory of our past member Paul Ragan and his selfless service to others

Our club presents this award to the student whom the teachers feel strives to succeed in school, their neighborhood and community through hard word and determination.

We present the student with a certificate and a seedling of an Oak tree. We explain that Our "Mighty Acorn" is only an acorn today, but like an acorn that grows into a "Mighty Oak Tree" through continued character building, selfless service to others, academics and spreading of good will, it is our hope the recipient of the award will someday give back to our community in a way that builds character, education, and self esteem in others. We let them know, "Leadership at a very early age is like planting a tree under which you will never receive the shade but will always provide for others".

This is an honor the students work hard to receive because it is based on the Four-Way Test of Rotary.

Is it the Truth?

It is Fair to all concerned?

Will it build Good Will and Better Freiendships?

Will it Beneficial to all concerned?



Title 1 Book Program

The Title 1 Book Program has become an annual service project for the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. This year we are expanding to include a second Title 1 school.

Students in K-3 learn to read while students in grades 4-12 read to learn. Those that don't learn to read early begin to fall behind and don't catch up to their contemporaries. This results in students not realizing their full potential.

We stimulate the "learning to read" process by providing students with a book of their own. For many these are the only books that they own. A student accumulates 6 books in their personal library going from K thru 5th. We believe this ownership to be a factor in not only learning to read but also enjoying to read.

The objective is to provide a new "age appropriate" book for each of the ~1,800 students in grades K through 5 at Dresden and Kingsley Elementary schools. Books are purchased in bulk to save money. A Rotary meeting is used (utilizing 60+ Dunwoody Rotarians) to insert labels inside each book so that the students can write their name, signifying ownership. Then a contingent of Rotarians deliver the books and, on a separate day, goes back to the school to receive hand written Thank You notes from the students.

In addition, students who take the initiative to read more books than just the one given will receive an award pin at the end of the school year provided by RCD.


TopGolf Fundraiser

Pilot a new Spring Fundraiser to raise $5000 to support the clubs initiatives.

We will host the event at TopGolf.


Toys 4 Tots

The Rotary Club of Carrollton had members volunteer to help Toys 4 Tots collect toys from the club as well as work donation bins around local department stores.


Toys For Tots


Tree Planting

To plant at least two trees in West End


Tree Planting

Assist the City of Tucker with the rehabilitation of the parks they have recently acquired from the County. The tree planting is the first of many projects to improve the sustainability of the Tucker City parks.


Tree Planting Event

Tree Planting at Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta, GA

On October 26th, RCEC event with Trees Atlanta event was a "tree-tastic success" Our 5 club participants planted seven trees and worked with the Georgia tech students to plant scores of trees along the Cleveland Avenue in Atlanta. We successfully fulfilled the request of our International President for our chapter to plant a tree for Rotary. We enjoyed working with the local communities in which we live and made good partnerships. Our club member Alan Jenssen also came along with his wife who whole heatedly participated the full time in the tree planting exercise, we would like to thank her for her time and support. We hope to continue to partner with local bodies to do this every year.


Trivia Bee

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.


Tucker days



Annual Golf Tourament is hosted to raise funds to be utilized in funding the scholarships provided


TuTu Desk Project

The TUTU Desk project provides many African students with a means to learn. While in school they have a desk and chair to study with many if not all their homes lack the necessary tools to complete homework. These desks are portable allowing the student to carry the desk/Chair home to complete their school work. This years donation will deliver another 25 units to needy children. An educated world is a safer world.


Underprivileged Boy Scouts Summer Camp Assistance

The North Columbus Rotary Club proposes a local grant project for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. The project is to provide funding assistance for Boy Scouts in Scout Troops located in low income areas of the Chattahoochee District of the Boy Scouts of America in Columbus, Georgia. The money will be used to pretrain young Scouts with two separate events and culminate with a week of Summer Camp at the Chattahoochee District camp Frank G. Lumpkin locate in La Grange, Georgia.

The project will be developed in the following manner:

  • 1)Identify local area Boy Scout Troops whose members may need financial assistance to attend the local Boy Scout Council’s summer camp. Determine cost per scout for 1 week of summer camp, cost of meals during training and cost of a uniform shirt. Cost is estimated at $350 per scout.
  • 2)Invite participation of Scouts, the number is to be determined. If we seek a $10,050 grant we could fund 25 scouts and two experienced (preferably Life or Eagle) Scouts to serve as patrol leaders. The camp Frank G. Lumpkin website is
  • 3)Invite participation by experienced Scouts of several other Scout troops to serve as mentors. Invite participation be members of the North Columbus, Muscogee, Harris County and Columbus Rotary Clubs.
  • 4)Set up and share an afternoon of Scouting with a model camp site and a “Scout prepared lunch”. Have the less experienced Scouts pair with a more experienced scout and do a Round Robin set of camp experience skills. Show items needed in camp, clothing, personal items, insect repellant, swim suit, shoes, etc. Demonstrate proper packing and waterproofing skills.
  • 5)Spend an overnight camping experience prior to actual camp to let the scouts “shake-out” and prepare for the actual week of camping.
  • 6)Spend an actual week in the Chattahoochee Council Scout Camp with either a composite scout troop of more and less experienced scouts from several troops or with the troop or troops identified by the Council.
  • 7)Rotarians who have Scouting and or camping experience will be part of each of the events, the Afternoon of Scouting, the overnight camping experience and the week of actual camp.
  • 8)Costs will include a partial ”scholarship” for those needing assistance and a Boy Scout Official shirt and the cost of the food used on the pre-camp events.


Greeting the Troops at ATL airport

USO - Greet the Troops at the Airport (Hartsfield)

As we have done in years past, at least 3 time during the year we will greet the returning and outbound troops headed to and from the Middle East. We will man the USO podium at the top of the escalator (from the arrival gates) to greet troops, direct them to the USO facility upstairs, and "staff" the USO kitchen to provide troops food, beverages, and a warm and appreciative greeting, and maybe someone to talk to. Our club provides Chick-fil-A biscuit, and lunch sandwiches. We will provide these services from 9:00 am until appx 4:00 pm.


Valentines Day for the Elderly

Purchased valentines day card, had membership sign them. Interact club delivered the cards to the seniors at the Ivey Hall Seniors Home.


Vashti Dinner on the Bricks


Decor took a nod from the Rotary theme "Making a Difference". We incorporated jewel tone colors to mimic the theme logo. The bright tablecloth was set off by a royal blue organza overlay. Wooden lodge dishes were set off by a bright orange origami napkins and bright blue cups (glassware was not allowed at event). Anchoring the table was a gold Manzanita tree centerpiece with fresh greenery (courtesy, Singletary's Flowers). Multicolor ribbons were hung from the tree with little cards listing achievements by Rotarians worldwide and locally.


Because this event transitioned from afternoon to evening hours, we created a second themed overlay. Our guests each received a glow wand and card reading "Use You Powers to Make a Difference" as well as a slap-wristband with a Rotary accomplishment written on it. This was a fun, simple conversation starter they could use while mingling to talk about Rotary (and more importantly, what we actually do). Glow sticks were also inserted into the greenery to bring the table to life after dark.


We did the catering on a budget. Caterers were charging about $250/table. We assembled a meal for about $150 using JB Crumbs chicken tetrazzini casseroles, a caesar salad, fresh flaky croissants and antipasto skewers. Dessert was a mango key lime pie and chocolate ganache cake. A toast was made with chocolate toasting cups.


Guests reflected Rotary's recent growth as well as its forward-thinking approach to recruitment. Two Rotarians were invited with their spouses, as well as four guests who are young, well known and active community members (i.e. people who will spread the word with a young professional crowd). One of the guests has already requested to join Rotary because of the event.


Veterans Recognition

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


Viva La Rotary

The Camilla and Pelham Rotary clubs join together to present the 6th Annual Viva La Rotary Casino Night event in support of local charities. The 2017 event will support the Mitchell County Food Bank. The event is a Family of Rotary function which includes all members, spouses and guests as well as many community members. Viva La Rotary is one of the community's most elegant and enjoyed events - black tie optional! Members and their guests enjoy high style fun as they attend a cocktail buffet, jewelry fashion show, participate in high value raffle items and silent auction. Vegas style gaming comes complete with professional tables and dealers. Event sponsors, many of whom are Rotarians, enjoy publicity before and during the event - especially our highest level sponsors whose face adorns the funny money.

This has been a great event to showcase Rotary and to help local non-profits. The Mitchell County Food Bank serves a vast number of families in Pelham and Camilla and many other Mitchell County residents.

Last year, a check was presented to the Boys and Girls club for $4,114. (funds were outstanding at the date of the picture)


Vocational Service Month

This year Tucker Rotary recognized the State of Georgia Park Service. The Ass't Director was in attendance to receive the presentation


Weekly Keyway

To provide weekly club bulletin with order of meeting and speaker biography. Bulletin will be used for meetings as well as increasing Rotary image and awareness by distributing to each speaker


Welcome Children Back to School with Rotary Pencils

Rotarians greet families and children back to school at Jackson Elementary School with Rotary logo pencils. This is a great way to boost Rotary public image. We are there at the door when the families arrive and give out pencils and greet and shake hands with family. It is inexpensive, but is great for public image and helps the students as well.


Wellspring Living

Collect and/or purchase items needed by victims of human trafficking who have completed counseling and are transitioning from a shelter.

Box the items up and deliver them to the shelter.


West Georgia Technical College GED Program

We will provide 25 GED scholarships for individuals looking to further their education or increase their ability to become employed. We will be purchasing these from West Georgia Technical College who already has programs in place that prepare individuals for the GED test but may not have the resources to pay for it.

This will be the third year we are partnering with West Georgia Technical College and helping the lives of many individuals who have not yet received their GED or High School Diploma. Last year we helped 25 people earn their GED and we made a difference in their lives. The plan is to increase the number of GEDs given this year because of the increased need in our community and the immediate economic impact created by putting people on the right track to bettering their lives. Many prior recipients have gone on to college and extend their education above the GED and without this program, they would not have been able to make that possible.

We are requesting $3000 and will be contributing $1000 of funds from Carrollton Dawnbreakers budget.This will pay for 25 scholarships at $160 apiece. We are aware of the impact this certification provides and always hear success stories from recipients.Our club is committed to finding a way to help individuals and in return they will build and strengthen our community.


West Georgia Technical College Scholarship

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.


Wheelchair Ramp 1

Wheel Chair Ramp Construction Project

The Rotary Club of Henry County paid for and constructed a wheelchair ramp for a home-bound senior in Hampton, Georgia. In addition, the construction team

The construction team consisted of 12 club members, one former member and past president, Rotary spouses and children.

The ramp was approximately 40 feet long, which provided durable and safe access for the resident into his home.


Whiz Kids

Whiz Kids is a mentoring tutoring program that benefits 200 - 250 1st and 2nd grade students that have been tested by school administered test and have been found to be below grade level in Math and Reading.






YouScience Aptitude & Workforce Planning

The Rotary Club of Carrollton has partnered with YouScience, an online aptitude evaluation and workforce planning firm, and six area high schools to administer evaluations for all area 10th graders.

In collaboration with the Carrollton Carroll County Education Collaborative, Community Foundation and possibly the Carrollton Dawnbreakers, the Rotary Club of Carrollton will help fund this program as well as certify club members to mentor and participate in the follow-up exercises related to the program.

The YouScience evaluations utilize visual games and exercises to identify a students' aptitude instead of interests. The majority of pathway testing has historically been aimed at interests and resulted in only 14% of students being pointed toward an economically viable career. Whereas, the YouScience methodology has resulted in 51% directed toward economically significant careers. These findings became evident during an independent, third party test of more than 8500 students conducted by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement

The testing allows for better guidance from school counselors and allows students to have better self-awareness, career decision-making, self-empowerment, career exploration and intent to persist, thus reducing dropout rates in high school and beyond. The program also has demonstrated proven student engagement and benefit across geography, race, gender and socio-economic parameters. Students can also retain accessibility to their test results for up to 10 years to reference during secondary and post-secondary education or as they pursue careers.


Alzheimer's Memory Walk



Annual Coats and Blankets Drive

Members collect Coats and Blankets for The Thomasville and Thomas County Food Bank which provides warm garments and sleeping blankets to area residents needing assistance.

This year 1700 coats were collected.

Each item is valued at $10.00

This project has been sustained for several years in the past and will continue to be sustained.

In 2016 we collected a little over 400 Coats.


Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University

Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University


Atlanta Food Bank sorting and packing project

We are planning sorting and packing service nights at the Atlanta Food Bank throughout the year on: October 5th, November 16th, March 1st, April 18th, and June 7th.

Honoring Veterans, on November 16th we deferred our lunch meeting to participate in an Atlanta Food Bank (AFB) evening of sorting and packaging donated food. Fourteen Rotary volunteers made it to downtown Atlanta that evening.

Although products sorted for the night composed primarily of dry goods and personal products (vs. canned goods and frozen meat) we packaged a total of 7,745 lbs serving some 6,454 meals. Afterward family, friends and 1 prospective member participated in the club's dinner/social at a local micro brewery/restaurant.

As one of our "Rotary Has Heart" events, on March 1st, eleven NA Rotarians and three prospective members gathered at the AFB for another successful evening making sure donated items are ready for distribution to the food insecure of the greater Atlanta area. Our volunteer crew helped sort 6,850 lbs of food equal to 4,469 meals.

Afterward this hearty group ventured to a local eatery for their own sustenance and fellowship, getting to know each other outside of the NARC meetings.

NARC is scheduled to volunteer at the AFB throughout the year helping to keep food pantries stocked for distribution to the homeless and food insecure of Atlanta. AFB serves some 800 partner agencies serving 29 Counties. 1 in 4 Georgia children live in food insecure households, not knowing where their next meal is coming from. An estimated 755,400 people are served by the AFB and partnering agencies.

Numbers reflect estimates, including these two additional evenings of service (doubling the actual numbers served to date).


Back to School Blitz

Our Club participated in the "Back to School Blitz" for 2000 students sponsored by Thomas County Family Connections. Over 27 participants handed out free school supplies and shared information concerning resources available, school activities and health support. Free eye exams, hearing tests and health screening were conducted. This activity provided school supplies to students who otherwise may not have been able to obtain them. The health screenings were very valuable to be sure that there were no physical obstacles to learning. Over 47% of Thomas County families are considered to be at the poverty level and need the support. This project reinforces our Rotary brand of supporting education and provides community interaction. This is a project that is supported each year. Rotarians participated in the planning of the event, packaging and handing out the supplies, as well as security. We contributed $500 to purchase supplies.


Bocce Ball

An annual Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament is held in Camilla, GA. It is hosted by the Mitchell County Service Center for athletes in Camilla, Albany, and Cairo, over 125 athletes, coaches, and supporters from across the region attended the 12th Camilla Bocce Invitational.

The Camilla Rotary Blub has been the primary sponsor of the event for each of the twelve years it's been held. Club members provided lunch for the athletes as well as assisted with all aspects of the event. The First Baptist Church of Camilla provided water for the athletes. Westwood Schools provided the facilities for the event. The students from Westwood's National Honor Society served as officials.

Each athlete received a trophy, a T-shirt, and play BINGO for prizes. The Special Olympic coordinator for the event Shari Hogan, sttaes that 'the Rotary Blub is a huge help. Without their support throughout the years, this event would not be possible."

This is one of the best service projects for the Camilla Rotary Club and it is a great event for athletes, the students that help, as well as for the community in Camilla.


CampSTEMtastic Project

CampSTEMtastic at Thomas University serves three distinct purposes: promotion STEM fields to low-income students, offering teachers-in-training real world experience working with studens on STEM lessons, and acting as a long term research project to collect data on the outcomes of early and frequent exposure to STEM fields of study.


Cancun Mexico School Supply Project

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.

The schools are advanced special needs schools and one is a jungle school.



CART is the project in which donations are collected for Alzheimer's research. Each week, plastic blue buckets are placed in the center of luncheon tables for the donations. A feature of each meeting is "bragging rights". Members are encouraged to share special events for themselves and their families or others for which they put a dollar or more donation into the buckets. This includes celebration of birthdays and anniversaries, special achievements, honors, and various other significant events for individuals. One of the members scans newspapers and other media for photos or mention of members, and ceremoniously assesses the member $1.

Raffle tickets are sold at each meeting for donated bottles of wine, Rona roses, or other special items, proceeds of which go to this project.


CCHS VEX Robotics and Electric Car Program

This will be the third year that NA Rotary Club funds went to support the Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS) VEX Robotics and Electric Car programs. We are providing needed funds to underwrite the cost of additional equipment offering upgrading opportunities to both the robots and electric cars students build. Both programs continue to expand drawing creative and inquisitive students into the program. The Electric Car program is now the model for all DeKalb County Schools.

CCHS hosted three Robotic tournaments at which NARotary provided volunteers for judging and general event support. The VEX Robotics Tournament was held on November 5th, PP Dr Ralph Peeler and a prospective member were judges. Thirty eight teams from throughout the area were in competition!

The First Lego League Robotics Tournament was held on December 3rd for students in 3rd through 8th grade. The creativity exhibited from this next generation of young engineers, reflected in their designs and presentations was phenomenal and inspirational.

CCHS's 2nd Annual VEX Robotics Tournament held on January 16th. For the first time CCHS teams put forward 6 robots of which five placed in the top 25 for qualification rounds and four placed in the quarterfinal round. Rotarian Gary Guan expressed that this event was a wonderful expression of ingenuity and combined cooperation from our future innovators and engineers!

NA Rotarians participated on the CCHS Technology Advisory Board and presented and mentored students at the Technology Career Fair. Ms Gant, CCHS Tech Dept Chair is our "Teacher of the Year", awarded at the DeKalb Rotary Council Awards Banquet.


Dictionaries, Library Books and Resources for schools

As one of several North Atlanta Rotary's Literacy initiatives, each year we provide dictionaries through the Dictionary Project to all third grade students at Cary Reynolds and HighTower Elementary schools. This year we delivered over 400 dictionaries, a mixture of English, Spanish-English and Chinese-English to third grade students at both schools.

We also donated $500 to the Cary Reynold Elementary School Library/Media Center for support of their literacy programs run throughout the school year. The Media Center offers incentive prizes for various accomplishments targeted through contests each month. These funds went to support the prizes and awards given to the students for their participation and achievements.

In addition, we ask the speakers at our club meetings to autograph and personalize with a inspirational message, a hardcover children's book for the Cary Reynolds library/media center. The whole student body (1058 students) and teachers of Cary Reynolds Elementary benefit from these resources given to the school library.

As a part of our Public Image campaign we insert a "plate" in the front of each dictionary and library book with the Four-Way test and our club name. We are a partner in Education with Cary Reynolds Elementary School.


Dogwood Golf Touranament

Fundraiser to support our projects costs


Bill MacDonald

Dragon Boat Races

The annual Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival is a unique opportunity for our greater communities to come together for the excitement of competition and good food while benefitting local Rotary Charity Partners and Rotary initiatives. The Festival is a vehicle where the Peachtree City Rotary Club mission is modeled through a public activity promoting volunteerism, team building, camaraderie, talent exhibitions, cultural interests and inclusive participation. Thousands of participants, visitors and the broader community see Rotarians truly demonstrating “service above self” through the festival and media coverage.

Dragon boat racing is the worlds fastest growing water sport. The sport focuses on unique athletics and diversity where anyone may participate regardless of ability. The Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival features teams from different communities and countries with familiar and unique races and events highlighting the day. Team members, participates and festival visitors enjoy multiple experiences while seeing firsthand the benefit of understanding diversity, bridging culture divides and learning of the good work of Rotary, locally and worldwide.

The Festival Charity Partners are: Bloom Our Youth, Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Midwest Food Bank and Fayette Council on Domestic Violence (DBA Promise Place). The Festival has provided more than $100,000 of support for our local businesses and amazing organizations that help thousands of victims who suffer from cancer, hunger, violence, and everyday struggles of life!

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First Responder Recognition

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


First Responders Continuing Ed Scholarship

First Responders Scholarship for continuing education


Food Drive

The Thomasville and Thomas County Food Bank provides supplemental food stuffs to a large number of local residents. We conduct an annual effort among members and associates to gather canned goods and other non-perishable food items for this Food Bank. This year nearly 400 pounds of food goods were collected.

2015-2016 was another great year with a little over 400 pounds of food collected.


Food for the Poor

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


Football Pool

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


Garrett Middle School Essay Contest

Essay contest for critical thinking and expression - cash award for students at Garrett Middle

Essay is to be written on their understanding of The Rotary annual theme

The 6th., 7th. and 8th. grade English classes student participate in this project and there is a 1,2,3 place winner from each grade level. We hold an awards luncheon for the student, his/her teacher, family members and school support staff.


Georgia Laws of Life - 2 Schools

Selection of students from 2 high school in Dougherty County, Georgia. Schools will include Deerfield Windsor and Westover High School. Izzie Sadler is the chairperson for this committee. Additional Members participate on the selection committee for our finalists. Our club donates $2400 for the Laws of Life program.


Hands on Thomas County

The annual day of service and celebration and volunteerism benefits more than 40 Different project sites and brings together more than 1,200 community volunteers of all ages, resulting in more than 4500 hours of Service. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has provided landscape services at The Vashti Center, a residential and outpatient service for troubled adolescents in Southwest Georgia, a ministry of the United Methodist Church. On a Saturday, October 21, 2017, 13 Rotarians, 1 Rotarian Spouse, 2 Rotarian kids and 8 Vashti volunteers joined together to refresh the landscaping on the commons areas at Vashti. This multi acre site was raked of debris, shrubs were trimmed, fifty bales of pinestraw were spread, and a refreshed look was created.


KSU Nursing Scholarship

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


Law Enforcement Officers of the Year - 2016

On January 11th NARClub recognized law enforcement officers from both the DeKalb County and Chamblee City Police Departments. This is our 30th year recognizing a "Detective of the Year" from DeKalb County and our 1st year recognizing an outstanding officer from the Chamblee Police Department.

Both individuals were chosen by their departments and represented exemplary service within their areas of responsibility. NARClub presented each officer with a plaque and a check for $500 from the club. One of the recipients is an undercover detective, so we are unable to share photos of both recipients in our publicity of the event. A write up on the event reflecting the honoring of Chamblee Officer _________________was published in both the Champion Newspaper and the Chamblee City News.

Our featured speaker _____________________


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.

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.

The Rotary Club of Griffin is a Silver Sponsor for the contest and Griffin Rotarian Stephanie Windham has been chairman of the board of directors of the contest and Griffin Rotarian George Granade is secretary.

Because the contest takes place in the winter and spring, Rotarians will be judging essays in the spring of 2017. The club will recognize the local grade-level and school wide winners in the May of 2017. The photos provided are from 2016's local contest winners.


Laws Of Life Essay Contest

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.


Laws of Life Essay - Sponsor with donation of $750.00. Upgraded to Gold Sponsor additional $450.00 for a total of $1200.00


One Book Project

Every year the Community under the leadership of Rotarian Nancy Tillinghast, the Thomas County Library Director, and Rotarian Andre Maria selects a book to be read by the community members in conjunction with various activities including author appearances and other activities. This year our Club donated $1,000 as a Silver sponsor to the One Book project which will involve a title to be announced. This project encourages the youth of the city to read as they and their parents get involved.

One Book - Co-Sponsor – Commitment in involvement to encourage reading. Books given to elementary school students. Donation of $1,000.00.


One for the Chipper

Partner with Keep Cobb Beautiful for Christmas Tree recycling station


Out of Darkness Care program

End Human Trafficking project with Douglasville club to supply gift cards and food for women who are rescued from the streets


Raffle for Shotgun

A shotgun will be raffled off to raise funds for a cause. To date the money has been used for flood and tornado victims.


RCNA Charitable Golf Tournament

Held Monday, September 18, 2017 at Bear's Best Golf Club in Suwannee, GA this year's North Atlanta Annual Golf Tournament in it's 20th year was a wonderful day of golf and charitable giving. We had ___ golfers, __ Financial sponsors, over ___ auction and raffle items donated, and District Governor Alec Smythe may be present! We raised over $___________. in support of the many and varied service projects and scholarships North Atlanta Rotary Club provides each year both locally and globally.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 11, 2018, Griffin Rotarians once again rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. It is impossible to quantify this contribution!

Over the years, the Griffin Rotary Club's annual blood drive has resulted in 498 units reaching 1,494 patients. The Red Cross collected 53 pints at this year’s drive. Philip Smith and the staff at Memorial Drive Vet Clinic coordinated our annual drive again this year.


Rose Show Setup

The Thomasville Rose Show in April annually is recognized as a regional highlight for horticulturalists and rose enthusiasts particularly. We provide members and tools to set up the tables and table coverings as the show’s venue is built.

Another great time in 2017. Easy 5 hours of Coffee and stapling. I always enjoy the people and feeling of accomplishment


Rotary in the Media

Our club has a media team who contacts the media each week about our programs as well as for each project. The local TV channels did news segments about our Service Projects, Santa for Seniors, and Rotary has a Heart.



The Camilla Rotary Club sponsored 3 youth to attend a RYLA camp at Georgia Southwestern University in June 2016. The youth learned about leadership, teamwork and learned a great deal about themselves. The Camilla Rotary Club knows the importance and benefit of RYLA. Every year the club sponsors students. Most of the time the students go "against their will" but they always come back very thankful that they went. Our club believes it is an investment in our future to have students attend RYLA. We will continue with the program and are very thankful to have the opportunity.



The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsored two students to RYLA last summer and plans on sponsoring four rising juniors for The Youth Leadership Academy this year after which they will be invited to give a report at a club meeting. Last year's students, Keldron Riddick, from Scholars Academy, and Stuart Allen, from Brookwood, reported that they improved their leadership skills learned in team activities and developed new friendships from among the 100 other Georgia attendees. They will be prime candidates to become Rotarians in the future. This activity reinforced our Club brand as supporting education and is a project we support each year. This year we are only authorized two slots, but we have requested that we have two additional slots if they become available.


RYLA - Sponsor 2 Students

Sponsor and select 2 students to participate in the 2016 RYLA camp in Americus, GA


Salvation Army Christmas kettle Bell ringing

The Thomasville and Thomas County Salvation Army is a critical provider to the community members in need of spiritual, housing, clothing and other support. The RCT has a long history providing members to serve as bell ringers at the Thomasville Walmart to gather Contributions from store patrons. RCT members take responsibility for an entire week during the pre-holiday fund raising period.


Kettle Drive

Salvation Army Kettle Drive

The Rotary Club of Griffin annually supports the Salvation Army by donating money and time to the Kettle Drive and the local Distribution Center. Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends staffed the kettle at the Griffin Kroger from November 17, 2016 through December 24, 2016. Salvation Army committee chairs George Granade and Wayne Gardner solicited volunteers from club and community to ring the bell.

The club donated $2,500 from its Project Fund to the kettle drive. The Griffin Rotary kettle broke its all time record by raising $28,945.36.

The Rotary Club of Griffin embraces the opportunity to assist the Salvation Army in helping almost 600 families, with over 1,125 children, in receiving over 7,500 toys.

The Rotary Club of Griffin is proud of its continuing partnership with the Salvation Army.


South Cobb Arts Alliance

Sponsorship of the Free concert series at Mable House Amphitheater. Club receives announced recognition from the stage as well as a display banner at all the oncerts.


South Cobb Citizen of the Year

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


Star Student/Star Teacher Recognition

Star Student and Star Teacher from local High Schools are recognized and give a cash award


Tech School Scholarships

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


Touch a Truck

Rotary will sponsor a Touch a Truck event for community youth at the Gnat Days Festival.


Veterans Day Celebration Tyrone, GA

For the past several years Fayette Daybreak Rotary Club members have collaborated with the Town of Tyrone for the Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Park in Tyrone. We visit with the veterans and their families and serve coffee and soft drinks along with pastries. The 100+ Veterans and family members at last year's event enjoyed a beautiful fall day with the Sandy Creek High JROTC color guard and award-winning chorus as part of the ceremonies.


Whiskey's of the World

Saturday, November 4, 2017

For the fifth year NA Rotary will be the beneficiary of this world class event called Whiskies of the World (WOW). This year, to be held at the Westin, Buckhead, Whiskey's of the World proved to be a fantastic and fun evening with over 600 guests and 40+ whisky vendors participating!

NARotary volunteers greeted everyone, checking in all attendees, all vendors, and all liquor! We staffed registration and check-in tables, the 5 master classes, and provided organization, support and security for the vendors and attendees. NARotary was also instrumental in promotional efforts with distribution of flyers throughout the community, posting and advertising on FaceBook, and offering promotional opportunities involved with ticket sales to 9 area Rotary Clubs.

We also provided access to a local photographer (a Rotarian) to document the event and had a promotional video created for promotion of future WOW events, Rotary awareness and the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation. At the event entrance we stationed two large posters reflecting the ideals and services of Rotary.

Not only does this event serve as a fundraiser for NA Rotary, it serves as an opportunity to create greater awareness of Rotary in a much larger community consisting of a broad spectrum of ages and interests, the general adult population. This WOW Atlanta event is one of several WOW Expo holds throughout the country. Exposure on their website is country-wide and international, as is our video on Youtube.


YMCA Swimming Scholarships

This program funds taught sixty disadvantaged youth from Harper Elementary School eight hours of swimming lessons at the YMCA as requested by the president of the Harper Parent Teacher Association. This project serves two purposes. First it validates the importance of parents participating in the Parent Teacher Organization, a long term school goal which our Club has been supporting, but second it teaches important life saving skills to youngsters who would otherwise not be able to swim. This project enhances our Club's brand as doing all we can to support the youth of our community. The President of the Thomasville YMCA is Rotarian Tom Everett.


YMCA Youth Sports team Sponsor

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.


YMCA Football Team Sponsorship – Donation of $375.00

YMCA Fast Pitch Softball Sponsorship - Donation $375.00

YMCA T-Ball Sponsorship- Donation $175.00


Youth Leadership Thomasville

Our Club supports Youth Leadership Thomasville. This program for high school juniors is adapted from the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership and Community Development of the University of Georgia. It focusses on developing leadership skills, team building and community awareness. This year's facilitators featured Rotarians Mary Beth Donalson and Lauren Basford as well as financial support from our Club. This activity further supports our Rotary brand of educational enrichment to develop future leaders in our schools and community.


Zone 34 Disaster Relief

Many of you in the Rotary Clubs of District 6900 are asking – “How can we help?” and “We want to help right now.” Here is what we see as our immediate response to what will be a long, very long, relief effort:

  • Make contributions for Disaster Relief to the District 6900 Charitable Fund – this is a 501c3 and contributions are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to “Rotary District 6900 Charitable Fund” mark the “For” line in your check where you want it to go or simply Hurricane Relief 2017. Mail checks to our District Treasurer, James Marosek at 2810 Premiere Parkway Ste 200, Duluth, GA 30097. Or simply click on the blue Contribute button above to make a credit card contribution.
  • Undesignated donations will go toward District directed contributions to help in the Rotary Districts of our Rotary Zones – 33/34. This includes the Caribbean Rotary Districts, Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, and the other coastal states of the Eastern US from Delaware south to Florida.

We know that this is not all inclusive of the projects that Rotarians and Clubs will want to donate to as we go about the work of helping. Please keep us informed or your individual efforts and donations, and those of your clubs. Do so by email to: Don’t forget about our Rotary International Disaster Relief Partners – such as Shelter Box and others.


3rd Annual Covenant House Job Fair

Our Club partners with Covenant House of Georgia to plan and host a career fair for the residents of Covenant House in Atlanta. Covenant House of Georgia is a homeless shelter and life-skills program to bring homeless teens off of the streets and onto a more positive, self-sufficient path for their lives. In past years we have been successful in identifying employers to attend including Coca Cola, Ritz-Carlton, Costco, Cunningham HVAC, Goodwill, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Hospitality, and First Step Staffing. The first Jobs Fair this year was on October 26, 2017, and included a mentoring session the evening before the Fair. Teen residents of Covenant House participated with enthusiasm! Brookhaven Rotary members donated men's suits and womens clothing for youth to have and prepare for job interviews. Participants received assistance with resume preparation and interview skills prior to the event. Club members were also in attendance at the event to lend support, encouragement, and coaching. Employers in attendance commented that it was one of the best job fairs they had attended, adding that "participants were attentive and excited about the opportunities".

We had planned to have a second Jobs Fair in April or May 2018, but that was cancelled due to Covenant House scheduling a larger National Jobs Fair on May 5. However, Brookhaven Rotary members will provide mentoring and coaching for the young adults to prepare them for that National Jobs Fair.

Our goal is to repeat the success achieved at the Jobs Fair and to make it an annual event.


Jungle Book Bus

A Jungle Adventure: Literacy in Troup County

Our Rotary Club is committed to making reading and books priorities for all of our Troup County young students. Through our Pre-K Book program we provide books for all of the county's Pre-K students and through our Rotary Readers we also schedule additional times to go into classrooms to read to the students. This year with a $6,000 District Grant and $1,000 in Club funds we partnered with the Troup School System to help create a vehicle that actually is able to bring books and literary experiences into neighborhoods that have limited access to such advantages, the Jungle Bus.

We used the District Grant to provide the exterior art for this repurposed Title 1 bus. With the jungle theme Troup County children are enticed to climb aboard, select a book, take part in singing, story reading and interacting with other youngsters. Emphasis is also placed on parental (adult) interaction with the children to encourage them to become active readers.

With funds from our LaGrange Rotary Foundation, we were able to continue our Pre-K book distribution program throughout Troup County.

The Jungle Bus will be rolling through Troup County the rest of this Rotary Year, this summer and for many years to come. LaGrange Rotarians will continue to offer active support for this innovative program.

Perhaps six-year-old Alaysia summed it up best, "The Jungle Bus is cool." After all, that is what it is all about, getting kids to love reading.


Shoe for Healthy Youth Project

Distribution of Shoes to Indigenous People in Palawan, Philippines

The Shoe for Healthy Youth Project led by Pia Valeriano of Rotary Club of Emory Clifton has been completed on February 22 , 2018. This project lasted for three days where volunteers traveled from Puerto Princesa City to remote areas in Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines to reach less fortunate and needy children from Sitios Valderama and Aplaya of Barangay Ramon Magsaysay; also in Barangays Tigman, Jose Rizal, and Sagpangan. These areas are inhabited mostly by indigenous people and assistance are mostly needed. Children were reached through elementary schools, coordinated by local officials, Councilor Rafael Ortega and Mayor Jaime Ortega. There were 1400 shoes distributed, from pre-school to sixth graders; 600 pairs were distributed in Nueva Ecija through sister club, RC of Golden Harvest led by Elito Circa,(Amang Pintor), President of RCGH. Volunteers, administrators and teachers assisted in shoe fitting, distribution, and feeding. Juice, cookies, boiled eggs and sandwiches were served. Food preparation and distribution were led by volunteers from Villa de Sierra Vista, a hotel owned by Pia Valeriano. Jaycees President, Franchezka Liboro and officers also volunteered in the distribution and purchased food for the recipients. Through RCEC, we are scheduled to conduct a similar project in July to reach other schools in the area. Providing slippers/shoes help prevent children from acquiring illness, especially parasitic diseases. We thank RC of Emory Clifton, RC of Emory Druid Hills, RC of Golden Harvest, Makabayan Georgia, Inc., Villa de Sierra Vista, Ortega Family, Jaycees, and Atlanta Pinoys for your contributions to this project. Recipients were thrilled to receive these gift of love and kindness from you all!


Family of Volunteers


North Atlanta Rotary led this community-wide collection of home health medical equipment and supplies for recycle and refurbishment by Friend of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC). This service project, held on July 22, 2017 was accomplished in collaboration with 46 volunteers from several area Rotary Clubs, NA Rotaract Club, the 57th Squadron Restaurant and FODAC.

We met on the patio of 57th Squadron Group Restaurant starting the morning "breaking bread" and socializing before receiving directions from NAR Event Chair and PP Ralph Sims. From the 57th we hit the streets for the collection process, bringing all items back to the FODAC trucks located in the parking lot of the 57th Restaurant. Participating volunteers representing the Rotary Clubs of North Atlanta, Brookhaven, South DeKalb, Dunwoody, Decatur, Tucker, Stone Mountain, and Emory Druid Hills, a well as North Atlanta Rotaract Club and FODAC participated.

The items picked up from the community were valued by FODAC as being over $275,000, well over $100,000 more than the previous year's event and the highest value ever for a single day collection. (This is the in-kind figure reflected here.) Financial donations included the cost of breakfast and drinks to keep the volunteers replenished during this hot Saturday, and a $200 cash donation to FODAC. A conservative estimate of volunteer hours is 260. Value of volunteer hours and equipment utilized for the collection, SUVs, pickup trucks, trailers, hitches, a box truck, and the parking lot and patio at the 57th Squadron Restaurant is not reflected.


Happy Bucks

Happy Bucks is our weekly meeting fundraiser. If a member makes a donation of at least $1, he/she can say/promote something they are happy about. I estimate approximately 30 members have participated. For the entire year it is around 8 hours. A portion of the proceeds funded our Santa for Seniors project and a portion funded and provided awareness for Polio Plus. Happy Bucks is fun, even guests and the guest media get involved.


HIV/AIDS/ Drug Abuse Awareness

The Morehouse School of Medicine partnered with several schools, community-based and faith-based organizations to implement the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. This 5 year federally funded initiative of $1.2 million per year will serve approximately 3,450 middle and high school aged youth over a five-year period in eight counties: Dekalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Grady, Jasper, Putnum and Thomas. All counties have teen birth rates above the national rate of 26.5 for every 1,000 adolescent females, ages 15-19. Under the leadership of Rotarian Andre Marria, Key Consultant, and Fidelity Manager, who was responsible for the program in Thomas and Grady Counties. Our club will be a partner in the program for Thomas County. An MOU is being drafted that will define our role and financial contribution.

The MSM-TPPI program extends beyond preventing sexual risk behavior. The goals of the program are to:

• Reduce teenage pregnancy and births

• Reduce sexually transmitted infections among adolescents

• Implement selected evidence-based curricula with fidelity

• Increase student bonding to school and academic performance

• Increase Community Awareness of Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Positive Youth Development Programs

Additional programs will address STD and HIV.

Currently Rotarian Andre 'Marria, and Lisa Billups continue to provide Teachback training to Program Facilitators.

Update: 2nd yr of 5 year program. To date, 580 youth have been educated on making responsible choices and practiced setting personal boundaries. 75 parents attended informational sessions. 160 community partners, including Rotary and Family Connection attended sessions to promote community awareness about challenges faced by today's youth supporting our Rotary Brand.


Good Sam Urban Farm

Planting for Health at The Good Samaritan Health Center's Urban Farm

The Good Samaritan Health Center provides access to quality healthcare like regular check-ups and exams, prenatal care, dental visits, health education and counseling to individuals and families in Atlanta who have the least access to healthcare and are at the highest risk of having serious health issues remain undiagnosed and untreated. Many of those at the greatest risk of nutritional diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes lack access to healthy food options.

Good Sam’s “FoodRx” program provides fresh and healthy food options at significantly reduced cost to those patients suffering from nutritionally related diseases. Located in an area of Atlanta officially recognized as a “food desert,” Good Sam’s Urban Farm ( is a “food oasis” growing over 13,000 pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables annually for those in need.

This project by the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club, supported by a District Grant, will help Good Sam’s Urban Farm by planting new fruits and vegetables, and planting trees to provide a windbreak hedge to protect the Farm’s food plantings against wind damage and prevent soil erosion.


Planting fruit trees in new community park

Plant fruit trees in a new community park that will have a community garden and community orchard.

  • A variety of fruit trees will be planted (I.e. Apple, pear, plum, etc.). In addition, blueberry vines and pecan trees will be planted.
  • A walking path will be constructed through the various trees
  • A Rotary sign will be erected to recognize Rotary's contribution
  • A park bench will be place in the area for visitors to rest and enjoy the are


Rotary Youth Exchange Pilot Program

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody served as one of several Rotary Youth Exchange pilot clubs for the program's inaugural year in District 6900

We awarded scholarships valued at more than $24,000 each to two Dunwoody High School students.

  • 15-year-old Henry is spending a full academic year going to high school and living Rotary values every day in Thailand
  • 17-year-old Yasmeen is doing the same in Taiwan.

Both are promoting D6900 and Georgia Rotary as international student ambassadors.

The club is also hosting one of D6900’s first inbound RYE students - Anna Moldrup from Denmark.

Through these scholarships, the club has forever changed the lives of these young people while building our relationship with the local school and several local families not previously been involved with Rotary.

As a pilot club, our club program chair and her committee had to work very hard and dedicate many hours to planning, preparation, organization and travel to set up the program and make it a huge success.

On March 9, Dunwoody Rotarians were treated to a special weekly program - Anna shared her experiences live, as did Henry and Yasmeen via Skype.

By serving as an RYE pilot club, we have made a contribution to instilling Rotary values in teenagers and improving international peace and understanding. The many Dunwoody families, educators, students, and Rotarians who have been touched by this launch, and the extraordinarily positive feedback from our inbound and outbound students, their families, and schools, are a tribute to the success of our involvement in RYE initiative.


Thrift Store @ The Zone

This project entails the renovation of 10,500 sq. ft., of space on the lower floor of The Zone facility to open a Thrift Shop. The Zone is an addiction recovery facility and is open to any individual, their family members, friends or loved ones who wish to enter and remain in recovery from substance use disorder. We will also create functional office space for future programs.

This store will help financially as all profits will be reinvested into The Zone. The financial stability will ensure that all programs and services offered at The Zone will be at no cost to the community. The target population is those people who are in recovery. The youngest member is 18 years old and the oldest member is 78. The Zone hosts all races, genders, and ethnicities. They open their arms to meet members where they are in their stage of recovery and lead them with love.

With this financial stability achieved The Zone will be able to expand the hours of operation through hiring additional personnel and will create additional programming in the areas of recovery plan creation which includes finding appropriate and affordable treatment options, a safe and sober living environment, and employment readiness.

Support for the opening of “Thrift Store @ The Zone,” and creation of additional office space will allow us to offer financial stability, a means of meeting basic human needs, employment opportunities, and a network of accountability for sobriety to reach those who are struggling with the deadly disease of addiction.


Goodie Bag Assembly at Club

Central Homeless Shelter Projects

PP Don Millen arranged volunteers and procurement of dinner and lunch for our January 29th/30th "North Atlanta Rotary Has Heart" project serving 75 men at the Central Shelter in downtown Atlanta. We brought and served roasted chicken, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, rolls, ice cream and cookies; dinner for 75 individuals. We also brought sandwich meat, bread, condiments, fruit, chips and cookies for a sack lunch the next day.

From 5-10 p.m. our service was making and serving dinner, kitchen clean-up and making sack lunches. Six volunteers stayed over night spelling each other every 2 hours as they chaperone the shelter throughout the night.

Prior to this day we collected items to give away at the shelter. At our January 25th Rotary Club meeting members, 3 prospective members, and 4 visiting Rotarians, created a production line to produce 75 goodie bags including: two pairs of socks, two sets of hand warmers, a small packet of wipes, a spare zip lock bag, and a hand-written Rotary Has Heart note of encouragement. These items went into a re-useable zip-lock baggie given out to each man, with the sack lunch, as they left the shelter the morning of January 30th.

Greeting each man at check-in was humbling. As community members, this hands-on service project touches our hearts and helps us to better understand a population many of us do not often, if ever, come in direct contact with. We are proud to have served these individuals and to share this Rotary Has Heart experience.


Finger Art (Painting) Workshop

Finger Art (Painting) Workshop

RCEC organized this uniquely different event at Global mall on 6-7 October in Global Mall, Atlanta GA. The artist who is a native son of the Philippines will transform paint into Beautiful Land or Seascape, and many other abstract art works, strictly using his fingers, hence the title "Finger Art" painting workshop. The painting workshop was led by Rtn. Pia, Rtn. Yamin, Rtn Alex with support of Rtn. Chandler Sharma who provided the venue and other essential supports. This was a fund raising event organized to support the Shoe distribution project that the RCEC intended to support the indigenous population of Palawan. It was an amazing event, where children enjoyed finger art painting and many people who did not know anything about this way of painting ended up producing wonderful landscapes. Food and snacks were served to the participants and all arrangements were made to fly in the artist from CA.


Alice from Kilifi Kids

Kilifi Kids

The Kilifi Kids project connects hospitals and community health workers for the world’s most vulnerable. It has used cell phones and other tools to identify and track patients and optimize scarce community resources to improve the health of entire populations.

OUTCOMES: See the attached. This is 3 year study of 1 site of ours (Kilala) that gives some sense of our work. It is a bit overkill for what you need it to be for our District book but you can note the following:

  • Patients utilizing of outpatient services has increased by 33.5% since project initiation
  • Pregnant mothers utilizing antenatal services at Kilala Health facility services increased by 10.6%
  • The number of fully immunized children has increased by 84.7% in this community
  • Helped reduce diarrhea related diseases-mothers by 46% in this community

OUR SOLUTION: We don’t bring the kids to the clinic— webring the clinic to the kids. We’re going to be taking the medical care to the mothers and children who need it most. Our efforts will be through the cell phone and leverages the existing mobile network–providing a new and cost-effective avenue to provide health to the rural poor.

The project work provides CHWs with a more direct link to the health system and how to manage patients and follow-up care in the community. Equipped with their mobile phone and a solar charger, community health workers (or CHWs) can register every pregnancy and infant in their community, report danger signs to clinical teams, refer sick patients to medical facilities, and coordinate expecting mothers to deliver their babies by a skilled birth attendant.

The project's mobile system automates scheduled reminders about future visits: once a CHW receives a notification of an upcoming appointment for a patient, they now make a home visit to encourage a visit to the health facility.

At the same time, the nurse at the health facility now has a more robust system to assess the health status of all patients and ensure a more engaged workforce with better communication.

How have we improved the health of the population?

  1. Reduction of communicable diseases
  2. Reduction of malnutrition cases
  3. Reduced maternal death
  4. Increase in health education
  5. Increased disease surveillance therefore making informed policies
  6. Improved on health habits
  7. Improved on hand washing
  8. Improved health of school going children
  9. Referrals of patient from level 1 to level 11 and vice versa
  10. Improvement of utilisation in health services and health facility


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a project where our club partners with SOWEGA Council on Aging to deliver meals to seniors. Our club sends two members each week on Wednesday to deliver lunch to 4 or 5 seniors. The volunteer hours is 2 members x one hour x 52 weeks = 104 hours. The seniors are shut-ins or have caregivers, so receiving a meal helps them both financially and by reducing their workload. All of our club's members are required to participate.


NFCC Back-to-School Supply Drive

North Fulton Community Charities Back-to-School Supply Drive

Prior to the beginning of each school year, North Fulton Community Charities supplies backpacks and school supplies to children from low income families in North Fulton County. Once again, our club Members held a collection drive at one of our weekly membership meetings. Club members generously purchased and donated over $1,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to the effort.


Rotary Circle of Life

The Rotary Circle of Life program, in partnership with the Archbold Foundation and emergency responders will provide health/medical information in the homes of senior citizens for emergency medical responders when called to the senior citizens' residence. This two step program involves a simple decal notification (Step 1) on the front door or window telling the responder that a plastic tube/vial (Step 2) containing important health information is located in the refrigerator on the top shelf. This plastic tube/vial will be identified with the same decal used on the front door or window.

Attached is the brochure created to engage local community members in the program.

Education of local city and county emergency medical technicians and rescue personnel has already been conducted. The project has been enthusiastically embraced. Distribution of materials will be handled by several different local organizations including EMS, both branches of the YMCA, black community churches, Thomasville First United Methodist church, and many more.

This will be a continuing project and It is estimated that the club will have $1000 of expense every six months to maintain the project over the years. The project enhances the Rotary brand by demonstrating our concern for community health.

Our vision is for the Rotary Circle of Life to expand in the next years in cooperation with our sister Rotary Clubs in Moultrie, Pelham, Bainbridge, and Cairo to the Southwest Georgia served by Archbold Medical System.


Safe Drive

An annual project for over 15 years our club has produced the SafeDrive Map to alert citizens, especially newcomers and student drivers, about the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region. One indicator of the map's success is the fact that 4000 copies are distributed free of charge with help from all six Interact Clubs associated with our Club, all area auto insurance companies, the Georgia State Patrol Drivers' and Examination office and others. The map credits the Rotary Club of Thomasville as sole sponsor, branding Rotary as a leader in driver safety for the community.

In 2015, the club developed a digital version of the map, making it particularly attractive and relevant to teens. We hypothesized that a digital map would lessen demand for the paper maps and therefore reduce printing costs but soon discovered that older adults and parents of teens still prefer the hardcopy maps. The digital SafeDrive Map uses Google Maps™ to provide a self-directed virtual “tour” of the 14 flagged locations. Users view one flagged map location at a time and, when they click on that location, they are taken to a page that shows the location on an actual map segment along with written information that describes the danger. The map is accessible online via any smartphone at Safe Drive Map by QR code, or on Facebook.

The 6th Edition of the SafeDrive Map, based on most recent 3-year data from the Georgia DOT and local police department, debuted January 2017.


Kingsley Food Drive 1

Supporting the Community of Kingsley Elementary School

During the past year, Kingsley Elementary school in Dunwoody got a new principal, was formally reclassified as a Title 1 school, and began reaching out to the community for partners. As a strong supporter of education and community outreach, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody (RCD) stepped forward to become a partner, working through our Youth Services Director Warren Turner.

We asked where we could help, and after some fruitful discussions, settled on two ways to give Kingsley the support they wanted.

We included Kingsley in an existing literacy initiative that our club has done for 20+ years with Dresden Elementary school, another DeKalb County Title 1 school. RCD supplies each student with their very own age-appropriate book to be a part of their personal "home" library. We successfully applied for a District Grant for Kingsley and Dresden books, and in December 2017, we added bookplates and Spanish/English language cards at a club meeting, and then distributed a book to approximately 455 Kingsley students.

Kingsley also asked if we could help supply food and turkeys to economically challenged families of its students who otherwise might not have a Thanksgiving Day feast. RCD donated $250 to buy turkeys, and donated additional food items. We were delighted to help 53 families enjoy a holiday feast, and the families were extremely pleased.

We hope to continue to build a supportive relationship with Kingsley - as part of our literacy and community outreach initiatives.


Recognizing Contributions 1

Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Program

The Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund is a continuously run program that began in 1997 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the LaGrange Rotary Club. The program is a joint project of LaGrange College and our club. Having been both the LaGrange College President (1980-1996) and the Rotary 6900 District Governor (1991-1992), Dr. Murphy was the ideal person to be honored.

Last year the LaGrange Rotary Club kicked-off this 20th anniversary of this program by announcing a 20-month blitz campaign to add $250,000 to the endowment fund. The main thrust of the campaign is to obtain contributions starting in November 2016 and continuing through June 2018; however, pledges will be accepted to be paid over as much as five years.

During 2017 the Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund aded $79,043.38 to the total, half of which came from a matching grant from the Callaway Foundation. Our goal is to raise an additional $140,000 during the 20 year anniversary blitz.

On November 15, 2017 our annual Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship luncheon was held atLaGrange College. This is a time when our Rotary members are joined with scholarship recipients, LaGrange College Rotaract Members and community members to recognize and celebrate the scholarship program.

The statistics given are for this year only the total for this program to date is the following:

Beneficiaries: 36 (Student Recipients)

Funds Raised: Gross- $353,183 Net- Gross less award plus interest $240,986


BPD Baseball card

Brookhaven Police Department Baseball Card For Community Relations

Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, member of Brookhaven Rotary, asked the Club for support of their community relations in sponsoring "baseball cards" (cards showing the officers name and information, similar to actual baseball card) for his team to pass out to youth in Brookhaven. Chief Yandura stated the project goes a long way in starting early to build positive relationship with youth and the kids love to collect cards from the officers and K-9 units they meet. Last year, BRC was able to collect funds to sponsor 15 officers and the project was considered a success. We repeated the project this year and collected funds to provide cards to a total of 1000 cards per officer to a total of 17 officers, including 5 new officers.


Haiti 2016 Disaster Relief

The Rotary Club of Vinings Cumberland solicited donations from its Members and also contributed from the Club funds as well.

The money is to assist the victims of disaster that struck Haiti in 2016..


Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin'

Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin'

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is a fun annual event for the whole family benefiting The Drake House. The 2017 event raised over $60,000 to support Drake House's mission.

Various community organizations gather each year on a Sunday in August at Roswell Square and scoop ice cream for the attendees who pay to try hundreds of available ice creams. Our club members made a "Southern Banana Pudding" flavored ice cream the day before the event that proved very popular at the event itself. We won 2nd place in the fruit category!

The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Fulton. Immediate housing combined with an empowerment program are designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self sufficiency.

The Drake House addresses a long-standing need for emergency housing for women and children in the north Fulton community. We offer housing in 1 or 2 bedroom apartments and in-depth assessments to approximately 40-50 families a year. Each family stays approximately 125 days. These mothers may be unemployed or underemployed and lack sufficient income to meet all the expenses of life in the North Fulton community.


Margarita Makeups

New Member Sunshine Program & Margarita Makeups

This year we continue to emphasize membership growth and retention within our club. The key to a successful club is to not just stack up new members but rather to invite individuals who will be an asset to our club and who will also benefit from being an active member of our club. Our Sunshine Program is an effective way to welcome our new members and help them get to know what Rotary is all about.

All new members have a sunshine smiley sticker placed on their Rotary badges, this allows current members to also recognize them and welcome them. The new members must complete three mandatory tasks and one elective within their first three month period in the club.

The Required tasks are:

1. Assist the secretary at the check-in desk at four regular meetings.

2. Attend a board meeting.

3. Complete one makeup event (other than a board meeting).

The Elective tasks are:

1. Sign up for a committee and attend at least one meeting.

2. Participate in a service project of the club.

3. Give a three-five minute vocational talk to the club.

This year we also started to have "Margarita Makeups". We not only have an opportunity for additional fellowship among our members we are also using these gatherings to invite prospective new members to join us. We held our first gathering on February 26th and are already making plans for our next joint gathering.

This program benefits all of our club members.


Rotarians at Work

Support The Troops

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


Photo - Police Dept

Recognizing Those Who Serve: "Local Heroes"

The Rotary Club of Thomasville last year developed a program to honor each of the local service brances of our community: Law Enforcement (Thomasville Police and Thomas County Sheriff), both City and County Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Utility Department.

We have had three cook outs during the workday for each of the branches listed above, with two more scheduled. Each event has been wonderful for not only the people we were serving but each Rotarian that volunteered. Our club has had over thirty members at some cookouts. Many local business donated food and drinks to each event: Its been a pleasure and a privilege to thank these brave men and woman. This project emphasizes the Rotary Brand by honoring those who "Serve Humanity".

As a result of the close relationship between our club and the Thomasville Police Department, we were asked to involve a small committee in the selection of the Thomasville Police Officer of the Year. Descriptions of the actions of each of ten officers of the month were provided by Captain Rich to the committee without names attached. The Officer of the Year along with six other available officers came to our club meeting recently to be honored and receive a special plaque award.


Family of Rotary Tree Planting

Rotaract and Interact Sponsored Clubs

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.

The LaGrange College Rotaract Club is presently reorganizing and strengthening their organization. Club members recently participated in the Walter Murphy's Scholarship celebration in November. Our Rotary Club is also sponsoring two Rotaract members to attend this year's District's Conference. Rotarian Mark Davis is the club's advisor.

The Troup High School Interact Club is as active as ever. The club members just completed another successful blood drive, which is their major service project. Teachers Peter Anderson and Janet Ward are the club's advisors.

The West Georgia Community Interact Club has the advance of being able to accept teenage students from any of the area public and home schools. The club's major focus is split between raising funds for RI's Polio Campaign and supporting seniors in two of our local residential homes. Rotarian Barbara Henigin is the club's advisor and is also the Rotary contact for the Troup Interact Club.

All three of our student clubs are involved directly with our Rotary Club through various activities and service projects.


FODAC collection crew 7-22-17

FODAC Equipment Delivery with N. Atlanta Club

Our Club again participated in this great project under the lead of North Atlanta Rotary Club, and again achieved great success. On Saturday, July 22, 2017 we had a fantastic turn out for our community service project benefiting FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children). Four Brookhaven Rotary members plus one family member participated. Chris Brand, President and CEO of FODAC (and Stone Mountain Rotarian), expressed that we may have surpassed the monetary record for a single day collection! The estimated value of the collections for the day was over $250,000.

All of this was possible because we were able to pick up numerous bulky and costly items such as hospital beds and motorized wheel chairs. In addition we picked up several manual wheel chairs, 3-in-1 seats, walkers,and canes. Without each of our volunteers participating and providing their vehicles, trailers, trucks and muscle, this wouldn’t have been accomplished.

The concept here is for volunteers to pick up these items (no longer needed by one family) which in turn defrays costs for FODAC so they can then provide these items (newly refurbished) for free, to persons (in another family) who do need them. We helped extend every charitable dollar contributed to FODAC by providing our man, woman and kiddo power and resources for this project!


Library Book Donations to Local Libraries

Our club partners with the Lee County Library and the Dougherty County Library to donate one book each week in honor of our speaker/program. Two Rotarians participate, one from each library, and it takes approximately 12 volunteer hours for the year. We place a placard on the inside of the book in honor of the speaker. Donating books to the libraries is helpful to the community to promote literacy.


LaGrange Rotarians & family members

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY - Children's 4th of July Parade

July 4, 2017, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 34th annual children's 4th of July parade. The origin of this celebration was the idea of the wife of Rotarian Jim Boyd, Annette Mills Boyd. This parade was established to give the children of LaGrange an opportunity to participate in a festive celebration of the birth of our great nation.

Each year this children's parade is well received by all. The parade route is lined with families and neighbors. The beneficiaries must include all of the parade participants plus the spectators. The parade was also covered by local media.

Although both Annette and Jim are no longer with us this tradition is still continued in their honor and memory.


Tax Aide

Tax Aide is a Rotary award winning program in partnership with AARP, Thomas University, Hands on Thomas County and the Thomasville Library. Rotary and these organizations had initially come together to provide free tax service to the citizens of Thomas County for a second year. However, the reputation of the program has brought in clients from the neighboring Grady and Colquitt counties and distant Lowndes county. The service is provided every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The service started February 1st and will conclude after 11 weeks on April 18th. Through the first week in March over 110 low and moderate income households from Southwest Georgia will have been provided free Federal and Georgia tax preparation service. The results of this service are over $300,000 in refunds and credits for our most impoverished citizens. Subscribing to the theory that every dollar in a community turns over 3 times, then the impact on the community is the local circulation of $900,000. With the number of citizens served and the amount of their refunds, there is definitely joy in "Mudville". It is estimated that Rotary will have provided over 250 hours of service, with the other volunteers providing an equal amount, at the program's conclusion. This project enhances the Rotary brand of "Serving Humanity" and is a continuing project growing in importance to the community each year.

This year, we had 100 hours logged by the Thomas University team who helped prepare the returns with 4 students and one professor.



Our club has adopted a spot at a local, high-traffic intersection. We are in the beginning stages of landscape design, but the idea is for beautification of a city/owned property that is not being cared for. In return, the city provides a sign or two with our club's name on it. By June 30, 2016, the spot should be completed, estimating 10 volunteers and 50 volunteer hours. We see this as an opportunity for publicity for Rotary Club of Dougherty County.


Character Counts

This is a program funded by a District Grant and contributions from our Club in which Rotarians discuss six Character Pillars with before and after student evaluations for fifty students at The Vashti Center, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club, the Thomasville Community Resource Center and the Thomasville City Schools' Scott Elementary School. Vashti offers a residential program for students who are not able to live with their families and the Boys and Girls Club and the Resource Center are after school programs which helps young people become productive citizens. The Character Counts Program from the Josephson Institute involves the staff discussing with the students each of the character traits of Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respectfulness, and Responsibility for one month. Two Rotarians then meet with the students to discuss how the trait of the month has impacted their personal and professional lives. The students are then involved in a discussion about how this trait could apply in their lives and the difference it could make. The assessment of the program at Vashti was that “The Character Counts Curriculum has proven to increase the morale and values of the youth in the program.” We have branded our Club as giving priority to educational projects and this program reinforces this branding in the community. We expect this innovative program to have a similar impact this year and plan to continue it in the future.

See attachment titled Character Counts for further information.


World Polio Day Gathering

World Polio Day

This year RI held a live broadcast to celebrate WorldPolio Day. In the past years we have held an event to take part in this international celebration so naturally we made arrangements to have a public viewing of the broadcast. Our problem stemmed from not having a general location for the viewing until our member Bill Stump came through for us. Bill arranged for us to view this production at the First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange.

The beneficiaries we counted are the individuals who actually were able to view the presentation and also the number of members who were given a report of the event.

The cash cost and in-kind donations are a result of the refreshments that were bought and donated for the event.

Unfortunately our group picture wasn't taken until the end of the evening so some of our participants missed the photo.


"let There be Peace on Earth"

"Let There be Peace on Earth" Christmas Parade

This is the ninth year that the LaGrange Rotary has built a float to enter in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 41st annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Let There be Peace on Earth". West Georgia Community Interact Club members worked along with Rotarians on this year's float.

Construction was started in late October and was completed for the November 30th parade. Although we usually try to use materials from previous years, this year we decided to create a five foot earth from a papier-mâché weather balloon. Our in-kind contributions reflects the three balloons that had to be replaced until we were finally able to have a viable model. This year turned out to be a learning experience for all involved. Rotary members stepped up throughout this project to offer their time and expertise.

Rotarian Taylor Merrill offers three bays of his mini-storage facility for the construction of the float and is often onsite to assist with the construction. Rotarian and Interact club advisor, Barbara Henigin works directly with the students as well as a number of other Rotarians who drop by.

The night of the parade Interact, Rotary and family members join together to march with the float. The parade was covered by the local newspapers and was televised by the LaGrange cable network. Last year we came in second in the Civic category, but this year we managed to come in first. The night of the parade was enjoyed by all.


Be The Voice That Stops Bullying

Bullying is widespread in schools across America.

Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems.

Be the Voice that Stops Bullying – We have purchased and received 2 kits from the Roswell Club. We have distributed to two local middle schools (Thomas County Middle School and McIntyre Park Middle School) in October. Once they have completed the project, we will invite them to the Rotary Club to share the results.

We bought 2 kits and distributed them to the Thomas County Middle School & the McIntyre Park Middle School. Both principals have been contacted since distribution. Since distribution we have received the following feedback from these schools:

"McIntyre Park Middle School will view the last video for the Anti-Bullying Campaign. We are discovering that some students have become more vigilant in reporting to staff members and/or parents if they feel they are being bullied - Mrs. Tina McBride, Principal

We have given the pre survey to 7th and 8th grade. Approximately 850 students are participating. We will begin the video sessions this week. The videos are introduced by TCMS students and shown to the 7th and 9th grade. The series is approximately 12 weeks. We hope to have some post data when given the survey again - Mr. Jamie Thompson, Principal

This program supports our Rotary Brand by demonstrating our support for education and for the young people in our community. This will be an annual program.

See additional file titled Be The Voice.


Dad and Son

Red Kettles and Christmas Bells

This is a program that we participate in each year. Members of the LaGrange Rotary Club volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Walmart in LaGrange. This year enough volunteers were available so that both of the main entrances were covered by Rotarians on Saturday, December 9th.

The money that is collected from this event is given to the Salvation Army for them to use it to help others. We do not have direct contact with the beneficiaries so we will not be able to give any estimates at this time. We collected a total of $453 for this cause.


Project North Pole

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.

Presently our youngest students are in the fourth grade while our older students are in ninth grade. To ensure that we are able to effectively update this program we are now waiting to add additional students until our youngest are going to enter seventh grade.

We have put $1000 in a savings account for each student to help them in their post high school educational needs. We are continuing our partnership with our local Boys and Girls Club and are still working to incorporate the much needed mentoring component of this program. We also partner with LaGrange College to have the older children enroll in a summer leadership program which they really enjoy.

Project North Pole is our club's project to provide our LRYC students Christmas gifts. Rotary members donate funds and their time to buy, wrap and deliver needed gifts for the children.

We enjoy working with these students and hope that our involvement in their lives will make a difference in their school and career choices. We work with our students throughout the Rotary year.


Photo - RHHS

Rotary Has Heart for Seniors

Rotary sponsored the 3rd Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 85 seniors Feb 14, 2018. The community was included by having white trees with heart ornaments displayed in three locations (Thomasville National Bank on Broad Street, Thomasville National Bank on Remington Avenue, and Southern Pines Senior Living). Each ornament had the name of a senior and their desire for a Valentine gift. The community was encouraged to purchase a $10 gift or donate $10. The party began at 11:00a with dancing. Watching seniors move, smile, and cheer was the best part. One gentleman present had a feeding tube and rarely ventured from his walker. Yet, the music called him to the dance floor to show us his moves. Again, Rotary was able to offer a catered lunch by Henderson's, and Southern Pines donated a variety of desserts. Awards were given for Lady Valentine/Guy Valentine, best lady/guy dancer, and best lady/guy smile. ALL seniors were then given a Valentine gift provided by the community. Photos were taken by Rotarian Ben Wilds who captured some great candid moments. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money and donations. Seven Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed gifts/donations for our seniors. Three members of a sponsorship came to volunteer at the party. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors. CNS was present to capture some footage..


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Air wall for GEEARS conference room

GEEARS -- the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students -- is a 501c3 organization, and its mission is to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for children from birth to age five. This project will provide materials and assistance in building an innovative meeting space in its current office location. This will be accomplished through the installation of an air wall.


Automated External Defibrillators for Police

The City of Senoia covers 5 square miles and has approximately 5,000 residents. Senoia is also the site of several film productions and has become one of Georgia's premier tourist locations. The Senoia PD has 15 Officers on four shifts. The department's annual budget is limited and according to Police Chief Jason Edens, priority is given to firearms and body armor. The department wants AEDs, but simply cannot afford them.

The Rotary Club of Senoia's goal is to provide AEDs to the Senoia PD in order to save lives of Senoia residents and countless visitors and tourists. By providing the department with 7 AEDs, they can assure that there are always two AEDs available per shift. Our club will work with Cardiac Science Corporation to purchase the AEDs and provide accessories and training to the Officers of the Senoia PD.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the #1 mortality risk in the Law Enforcement community. National survival rate averages are between 3-8%. Police Departments with accessible AEDs have seen survival rates climb to over 70%. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is NOT solely a fire/EMS responsibility - National fire/EMS response times are around 10-12 minutes. A sudden cardiac arrest victim has a 10 minute window for survival and any time past 5 minutes, brain functions are potentially comprised. At 8 minutes, the victims statistical chance for survival is only 20%. This is why having AEDs in law enforcement vehicles is critical to saving the lives of over 350,000 people annually that die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


Building Future Rotarians and Our Community

Our grant is designed to develop local youth into future leaders while teaching them the value of community service and effective goal setting. Our grant will benefit three community organizations AVPride (Youth,, Armed Forces Mission (Veterans, and BASTAS (Seniors, We will use the money from the grant to buy

  • Basic need items for seniors (toothpaste, soap, deodorant, socks, blankets) to be donated to BASTAS,
  • suicide prevention training curriculum for AFM,
  • computers for AVPride.

The AVPRIDE students will "earn" the computers for their organization by volunteering at community service projects. They will be asked to volunteer with Rotarians at the holiday gift-wrapping party hosted by BASTAS. They will also be asked to volunteer as helpers at the AFM “Push-Up Challenge” fundraising event. In addition, they will be required to attend suicide prevention training classes (the training that our Club’s grant money will help support).

Our Club will also support several of the AVPRIDE students to join the Sandy Creek High School Interact Club, which Fayette Daybreak sponsors. This will benefit the AVPRIDE students and will also encourage the Interact Club to join us in service projects.

Through these experiences, our goal is to help the AVPRIDE students learn leadership skills and the value of community service and cooperative/collaborative efforts. (In addition, they will be helping earn the computers that AVPRIDE desperately needs!). The computers will be used to create marketing materials and develop social media campaigns to promote both AFM and BASTAS. When these projects are completed, AVPRIDE will keep the computers for students to use for doing homework, etc.

We will be soliciting local businesses and other community partners for matching funds, as needed, to assist with our efforts.


2016 Concert in the Park - Title Sponsor

Concert in the Park

Annual Fund Raiser


Drake Village

Drake House

The Rotary Club of North Fulton along with the Rotary Club of Roswell identified the same project for a District Grant. We both knew that Roswell based nonprofit, The Drake House, which provides housing and education programs to homeless single mothers and their children, was expanding. Their new program, The Drake Village, would provide up to two years of partially subsidized housing for these families in the Roswell community.

The Drake House acquired an apartment complex adjacent to The Drake House but it needed to be renovated before the families could move in. Together the Rotary Clubs of North Fulton and Roswell were awarded an $8,000 District Grant and became the sponsor for the first family to occupy the Drake Village.

On August 5 this project saw 22 Rotarians and friends from both clubs working 98 hours to renovate the apartment. We removed old flooring, painted all the walls and trim, replaced lighting and plumbing fixtures. We paid third parties to install new flooring, countertops and appliances. This project also included members of the North Fulton Rotaract Club working to clean up the landscaping and grounds.

On August 18 a team of 6 Rotarians helped our family, a single mother and her young daughter move in to their new home. Our project continues with past president, Kristi Crockett meeting at least twice monthly to mentor the mother, focusing especially on launching her into financial stability and independence.

Rotary: Making a Difference


Feed The Hungry


Interfaith Food Closet

Interfaith Food Closet: Soup Santa

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.

The food drive is held in conjunction with the club serving soup and salad for one meeting during the month of December and the difference in cost is also included in the donation.

This year, besides our annual Soup Santa drive we also included a collection period in September to help restock the food closet's shelves. Thanks to the generosity of our club members between the two projects, we were able to present a total of $1,300 to the LaGrange Interfaith Food Closet.

The Interfaith Food Closet makes the decision of how the food is distributed depending upon the individual circumstances of the household being served. The elderly and veterans are two groups who are especially helped by this association.


Robotics Photo 1

Robotics Education & Competition

Purchase Robotics Kits and Computers for use by at-risk youth under the guidance of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGC). Provide coaching for each of 8 teams from four locations to help build and program their robots. Organize a competition between the 8 teams, celebrating participants and winners. Arrange for the winners to qualify for and compete against middle school based teams in a community-wide competition.

Rotarian participation includes team coaching during the months of September through December; judging the competition in December; attending the competition in December; further coaching of the winners in January, February, and March; attending the community competition in April.

We expect publicity via social media, such as Facebook, and traditional media, such as the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and television news during the community competition. Team member t-shirts and other signage will include the Rotary logo as lead sponsor.

In-kind contributions in support of the competition will be sought during the project.


Rotary Youth Tennis Tournament

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.

This tournament allows local competitive and recreational players an opportunity to compete against other regional players in a sanctioned event without having to travel outside of our region. In addition, this tournament raises awareness of Rotary and has developed a reputation of being a fun and well run event. Many players return to this tournament year after year and express their gratitude to Rotary for host the event.


Stay In School

Our Stay in School project is a literacy project aimed at improving literacy in Haralson county by stimulating an interest in reading among the students in the county. The elements of the project are as follows:

  1. Providing 3 Book Tubs to HA Jones Elementary School for the students to pick books to take home and read and bring back to the tubs.
  2. Distributing dictionaries to all of the third grade students in the county.
  3. Placing three Little Free Libraries in public places within the county for the public to "take a book/leave a book" with a focus aimed at children


Terrell County Education Resources

The Terrell County Education Resources Project continues the Club's efforts to provide county students with basic materials to further their education. The multi-pronged approach focuses on providing a Dictionary to each 3rd grade student in the county, a Thesaurus to each 8th grade student and a Vocabulary Builder to each 11th grade student. The Club will insert book plates in these books to reflect the Rotary gift. The club will also purchase library books for the Terrell County Library focused on the Library's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiative.


Underprivileged Boy Scouts to Summer Camp

Assist underprivileged Columbus Area Boy Scouts train for a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp and spend a week at Camp Frank G. Lumpkin in La Grange, GA.

A) Half day model camp experience

B) Overnight 1 night camp experience

C) 1 week at Scout camp

D) Include Rotarian Adult Scout leaders from Columbus Area clubs, Columbus, Muscogee North Columbus and Harris County.


Weekend Backpack Food Program

Weekend Backpack Feeding Program for children suffering from food insecurity. NAR will assist the Y with funds and manual support in packing and distributing backpacks full of food for a family of 4 once a week on Fridays. These backpacks will be given to designated children identified by the YMCA.

NAR will implement a regular Food Drive Program among it's members to supplement the food purchased through the Food Bank program. Foods of high nutritional value will be targeted.


Playground Maps of USA in Thomas County Elementary Schools

ELementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville City School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. The five Rotarians with participation from fifteen Interact Club students and their faculty advisor completed painting a 20’ x 40’ map of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) under the covered playground (pavilion) at Harper Elementary School. The map will be used to provide geographical education to elementary students at the school.

This project provides tremendous educational benefit to the community, with minimal economic impact to the Club. The labor participation was split equally between Rotarians and non-Rotarians, including great participation from the Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Scholars Academy & C.H.A.R.T Interact Clubs. It truly is a wonderful community project, that inspires participation by Rotarians and others in the community. The project reinforces the Rotary brand of support for education and will serve for many years to educate students about the geography of our country


Project Warm-Up: Blanket/Coat Drive for Homeless

This program brought attention to the needs for some of our community members who, unfortunately, are often neglected. This year again the LaGrange Homeless Coalition was able to secure a location to be used as a warming shelter for these individuals. The organization was again in need of materials to offer to the men and women who needed this service. Our Rotary Club then collected coats, blankets and needed clothing to donate to the center. All items were collected at regular club meetings and then transported to the warming center.

In addition, towels, sheets and toys were collected for Harmony House, a women's shelter. These items were picked up due to the need for privacy of the location of this shelter.

Because of the nature of this project the number of beneficiaries was unable to be calculated.

In-kind contributions reflect items/funds that were collected for this project.


Advanced Education Scholarships

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.


CART Collection

Alzheimer's Projects: CART & Walk

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

The walk is annually held in September and is locally held at the grounds of Vernon Woods Senior Residency. Three of our Rotary members participated this year.

Our CART program is started the first club meeting in January and is held through the month of February. Members are encouraged to drop their change, and even their bills, into the purple cups that are placed on their dining tables.

Although the CART program is participated by most of our members the only volunteers who are counted are the ones who are directly responsible for the placement and collection of the cups and who are responsible for actually keeping track of the collected funds.


Family of Rotary

The Club has a large and diverse membership which is strengthened in cohesion when social events are added to the calendar occasionally.

We have expanded our lineup of such events this year to appeal to more members and create a relaxed environment to get to know more about our club members.

Most of the events have been low cost or participant-funded. Other events were planned but cancelled due to calendar additions the same week of the event. Adding the bowling and pool tournament this year has created talk of past interests of Rotarians and even increased our awareness of those who are competitive. We hope to repeat these events next year and increase attendance.

Wine or Whine: Every 1st Tuesday of the month gather at Relish for wine and cheese 5:30 - 7:30. Attendance varies.

July: Bowling with kids free and door prizes - 22 members

September: GRSP Student Reception - 20 members (6 brought food)

October: Meet & Greet Raymond Ray at Scott Rich's - 47 members and 40 guests

December: Provide desserts for National Guard Family Christmas meal 23 members, benefit 250 people

January: Pool Hall Tournament (we rent the pool hall) --award given to winner 14 members 8 guests

March: Grand Evening - last year 114 guests The Grand Evening is the highlight event of the year. Rotarians, spouses, friends, spouses of deceased Rotarians, the DG and others gather to celebrate annual accomplishments and each other.



SOUNS is a program developed by Montessori and championed by Brenda Erickson to help children read earlier and better. Our Rotary Club provides SOUNS kits of letters that are used to associate sounds with letters so that children can associate letters with words that they can pronounce. Rotarians are also involved in the evaluation phase of the program to determine the progress of the students. Our Club supports SOUNS in the Thomas County Head Start program to approximately 159 children taught by 18 teachers. Each child participates in a 15 minute SOUNS exercise each day. Interviews with the teachers indicates that it is an effective tool to improve reading skills. This program will be conducted each year branding Rotary as an organization that cares for the next generation to have a chance at a quality education and it all begins with strong reading skills.

SOUNS – We continue to support this program at the local Headstart school including buying and updating alphabet sets as well as testing help needed during the school year. The Principle is very pleased with the program which helps students learn to read through pronouncing letters and alphabet.


YMCA After School STEAM Program

YMCA After School STEAM Program

Our club was able to participate in the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA after school program at Cogburn Woods Elementary yesterday. This is a program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) elements into their activities. The students were given a problem to solve: the world has run out of Halloween candy and we need to find a way to make more and deliver it to everyone. It was fascinating to witness the ingenuity of each team as they figured out a solution to the problem and built concept models of their machines that would produce and deliver the candy. Our club members are so proud to be able to support such an amazing program!

Our club purchased a cart for all of the STEAM supplies.


The Base Team

Applebee's Fundraiser

This fundraiser was a result of the LaGrange Rotary Club members backing the West Georgia Community Interact Club to benefit community projects for our older citizens and to provide donations for RI's End Polio Now campaign.

The Interact Club uses the funds to support their Mother and Father Day programs at Vernon Woods and Popular Creek, two adult residential facilities. The students put together treat bags for the residents but the real treat is the time that the students spend interacting with the residents.

The members of the Interact Club are also going to donate $200 to RI's End Polio Now Campaign.



Our Synopsis:

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.”

Our Branding action plan this year has includeD:

-a continuation of outward-facing social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

-adapting to an entirely new website through District 6900

-utilizing RI Branding Center’s resources to build brand awareness through social media, photos, videos, electronic and paper correspondence, marketing materials, membership forms, published articles, word of mouth, and our website

-developing a detailed projects and activities calendar through our club website in order to create a public image plan which has increased member attendance and community-wide recognition

-reflection of a more personable approach in our local publicity by emphasizing our club’s theme “Recognizing Those Who Serve”, spotlighting our members, and highlighting local community service and youth projects

-district-wide publicity which emphasizes our projects and activities corresponding with one to all three (3) themes: our local club: “Recognizing Those Who Serve”, District 6900: “Dare To Be Better”, Rotary International: “Rotary Serving Humanity”

-promoting District 6900 and RI training workshops and events in our weekly meetings to encourage a true understanding of Rotary; in turn, creating more brand ambassadors and a growing attendance of our club’s members at Rotary happenings

Attachments: publicity materials published to date


Rivers Alive Cleanup 2017

Rivers Alive Cleanup

Rotary Club of Milton-Windward was one of the service clubs that was part of the over 70 volunteers that participated in the Rivers Alive 2017 cleanup! Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterways clean-up event designed to create local awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources.



Our Stellar Rotarian, John Brown, has given real impetus to the Interact program in our Club.

The Club Supports six existing Interact Clubs. The Interact clubs are Brookwood Upper School, Scholars Academy, Thomas County Central High School, CHART Home School, Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Orchestra and Bishop Hall Charter School. These clubs now comprise 205 students and 6 faculty advisors. They accomplished a record number of community and International Club projects. The students have had 193 volunteers to date that have worked on thirteen projects which have had a very positive impact on our community for 1795 volunteer hours and have raised $240 for an African Missionaries project with Global Outreach international. The report on the individual club's projects and activities is attached below. In addition to the student volunteers listed below, three Rotarians served as mentors for Interact Club students.

On October 24, 2017, World Polio Day, the Thomasville Rotary Club held a cookout for our Interact Students. Videos explaining Polio, a Guest Speaker and a gave of trivia at the end kept the Interact Students interested in learning more about the Rotary Clubs of the world and it's fight to end Polio. These students were also invited to help with the painting of the map of the United States this upcoming weekend at Harper School.


STAR Students and their Teachers

STAR: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program

Star Teachers and students were celebrated at our February 14th meeting. The LaGrange Rotary is the only original sponsor of this program, participating in it since its conception in 1959. Five area high schools take part in this event with each school identifying the senior who was in the top 10% of their class and has the highest score in one sitting of the SAT exam through November of their senior year. This year, history was made.

This was the first year ever that two students tied for the honor of being the countywide LaGrange Rotary STAR student winners. This year's top students are Anna Davis, from Troup High School and John Whitlow, from LaGrange Academy. Anna selected Janet Carnes as her STAR Teacher while John selected Jennifer Smith as his STAR Teacher.

This program provides an additional valuable link between our schools and our club. For the cost of approximately 36 lunches students get an opportunity to practice their public speaking skills, publicly thank a teacher who made a difference in their lives, showcase their accomplishments and share their ambitions with our Rotary members.

The time that is involved includes communication with school district officials, representatives from the area newspapers and planning for the actual event.

This program is also covered by area papers so it does give the schools and our club positive press coverage but more importantly a chance to celebrate the achievements of our most talented and deserving high school seniors.


Wine or Whine

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.

Typical attendance ranges from 20 to 35 members and guests.


Our Family of Rotary Tree Planting

Family of Rotary Tree Planting

On Saturday, March 3rd, 33 volunteers gathered together to plant 200 trees at Camp Viola in LaGrange, Georgia. The volunteers included members from the LaGrange Rotary, LaGrange College Rotaract, Troup High School and West Georgia Community Interact clubs and our families, making this project a true Family of Rotary event.

Camp Viola is the venue where hundreds of children come to spend some of their summers at and is also used for other community events. This is the second tree planting project that our club has undertaken at the camp so these 200 trees will join the others in not only beautifying the camp grounds but in the future, will help bring in revenue for the camp.

Due to the popularity of the camp the number of potential beneficiaries for this project would be extremely difficult to calculate. With the beautiful weather and a chance to work outdoors the only true beneficiaries who we could count with any accuracy are the volunteers themselves.

This project was designed to answer RI President Ian Riseley's request to have a tree planted for every member in every Rotary club. We decided to not only plant a tree for each of our club members we also planted a tree for each of the members in our youth sponsored clubs. Although planting the 200 trees (150 red oak and 50 dogwood) took longer than we first thought we were happy that we could participate in such a worthwhile task.


Shotgun Start

Annual Golf Tournament - Fundraiser

Our 8th Annual Golf Tournament is set for April 26th at the Highland Country Club. This annual event is our main fundraiser that helps us fund many of our Rotary projects.

This event is our most popular fundraiser and includes club members as supporters, golfers and workers. Family members are also included in the day's fun, it is an event that we all look forward to each year.

Between our contact with community members, both Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike, this event is also a great public relations project.Club members are responsible for gathering support for the event throughout the community. Hole sponsors and golf teams along with prizes for the golfers are secured. Besides prizes for the hole-in-one and the top golf teams we also have a major raffle that we offer before the actually event which is drawn at the tournament (winner need not be present to win). Each contributing business/sponsor also receives a LaGrange Rotary participation certificate.

After expenses, this event usually yields about 5,500 dollars which is used exclusively for our club projects.

Because this event involves so many community members and is so well known this project is also really a public relations project.

Beneficiaries are the individuals who our Rotary projects aid.

(Pictures are from last year's event, this year's pictures will be added after the event.)


District Members are Invited

Banquet/ Member Showcase

Our club ends each Rotary year with a Family of Rotary banquet where we highlight what we have accomplished for the past year and welcome in the new Rotary year. This event is always a highlight for our members, their families and community members. This year we are also going to focus on the talent we have in our club by asking members to use their talents to provide the evening's entertainment.

The Charles Hudson's Citizen of the Year and Rotarian of the Year are honored at this event. Last year the Barbara Henigin Above and Beyond Service Award was also introduced. This award was initially presented to Henigin but in the following years it will be presented to the member who has the most volunteer hours for that year, board members are not eligible.

The costs from this event comes from the members' yearly dues and non-rotarians are just charged $30.

The pictures that are attached to this project are from last year and will be replaced after this year's event.


Flag Setup for Milton High School 9/11 Ceremony

Each year, a Milton High School student and his family organizes a ceremony at the high school to remember victims from the 9/11 terrorists attacks. This particular family lost a family member that was in the World Trade Center. Our club helped a group of Milton High School students, Milton Firefighters and Police Officers set up flags for the ceremony, with each flag representing a victim from that fateful day. The 2,996 flags are labeled with the victims' names and was quite a stunning site to see when the project was done. Although the ceremony itself was cancelled because Hurricane Irma came through the area, everyone that participated in the setup along with those that later drove past the field were personally touched. Never forget!


Milton Senior Center Art Program

Milton Senior Center Support

The Milton Senior Center serves our most treasured citizens and our Rotary club is honored to support them in many ways. Throughout the year, we donate books, magazines and bingo prizes (they are very serious about bingo). We also host an annual holiday luncheon and spread a little cheer by showering the seniors with gifts.

Recently, we heard the Senior Center wanted to start an art program. While they've always included art in their offerings to the seniors, they wanted to bring in an art teacher that would really bring out their talents. Our Rotary club held a #RotaryHasHeart day and we invited the Senior Center to present them with a $1,000 gift. This will help get the art program off the ground. To say they were excited is an understatement! We are really looking forward to seeing the wonderful pieces of art that will be produced.


Veterans Gift Bags Delivered

Veterans Day Gift Bags

Our club partnered with the City of Milton to honor local veterans on Veterans Day. The city sponsored a breakfast and brought in Brigadier General (Ret.) A.J. Tata to speak with the group. Our club assembled reusable shopping bags printed with a "Thank You Veterans" message and filled with gift cards, discount coupons and other gifts from area businesses. There was a crowd of 60 people, which included 28 veterans. Club members and volunteers from the community helped deliver the gift bags to the veterans and thanked them personally for their service. Our club contributed $205 to purchase insulated tumblers to fill up the bags.


Milton Rotary Club - After the Event

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event

The Rotary Club of Milton hosted a meal packing event that provides meals to children in developing countries. By targeting hunger - specifically by partnering with school feeding programs - we can help combat the world's most challenging issues: disease, poverty, education, gender inequality, child labor and economic decline. The meals from this event are slated to go to Swaziland, a country devastated by severe drought.

This was our 4th and largest meal packing event - more than double the number of meals and volunteers over last year! We were fortunate to receive a district grant for this project and to partner with the five other North Fulton Rotary clubs, who donated enough funds for 5,000 additional meals.

Rise Against Hunger delivered the ingredients and packing supplies to Cambridge High School. A group of volunteers arrived early to setup the meal packing area, then the fun began! Volunteers started arriving around 3:30 and seemed to come in droves. We were completely overwhelmed by the number of people that came out. There were over 50 students from Cambridge and Milton High Schools (including Interactors)! The other 100 volunteers were from the Milton Police and Fire Departments, Better Together (community group), Rotarians and family members from 6 different clubs.

Since 2015, we've packed over 54,000 far!


Patriot Flight


Mission: Governor Raymond Ray set the priority and it could not have been more perfectly aligned with the passion that President Jeff McCoy has for all of the men and women that make up the group we call "First Responders".

Prepare to be amazed by this video that captures the spirit of this most amazing first Patriot Flight by Roswell Rotary to honor the first reponders in our community.

The Project: The first annual Patriot Flight took off in September of 2016 under the leadership of President Jeff McCoy and Senator John Albers. Modeled after the successful Honor Air Program under the leadership of Gene Beckham, the Patriot Flight served to recognize and thank our Fire, Police & EMS departments within the Roswell community.

Taking Flight: RRC flew 60 first responders to New York City to visit "Ground Zero" and our new monument honoring 9/11.As you can see by the pictures below, we visited the 9-11 memorial and museum and toured ground zero.

Radio and TV coverage in Atlanta was wall-to-wall with announcements about the escorted bus ride to the airport and Channel 5 (Fox) affiliate giving full coverage upon return and on the late night news.


This is Roswell Rotary's way of showing we care for first responders and this project brings awareness to the community of the key role they play in our lives.


Drake House

The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. The Drake House provides fully furnished private apartment homes to families. Each apartment has a complete kitchen, furnishings, computer with internet access. All housing costs including utilities, insurance, and maintenance are provided for families during their stay. The apartments are inspected each week to ensure compliance to the program. All family members attend mandatory weekly life skills classes at The Drake Center. Life skills classes for the mothers address: budgeting/ financial literacy, parenting, health and wellness, boundary setting, organizational skills, and relationship skills. Volunteers provide dinner and care of preschool aged children. Tutors assist elementary and middle school students with homework. Middle and high school students participate in Junior Achievement Courses led by volunteers. Roswell Rotary presented a check in the amount of $5000 to support housing costs for a family.