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There's a lot of news you might not want to miss in this bulletin. You can read about:
Grab your coffee or tea and the breakfast of your choice and join us this Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom to hear more about the work of the City of Dunwoody's Parks and Recreation Department. You can join the Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/j/99732258910 or if you have the Zoom app on your phone or computer, you can go there and type in the meeting ID: 997 3225 8910. You can also join by one tap mobile at +13126266799,,99732258910# US (Chicago) or +16465588656,,99732258910# US (New York).
Brent Walker serves the City of Dunwoody as Parks Director, City of Dunwoody Parks & Recreation. Walker joined the City of Dunwoody staff is 2010 with a mandate to develop policies and procedures for the creation of a new parks and recreation department. Through his leadership the City of Dunwoody has developed a comprehensive Master Plan for parks and recreation activities with a reach of over 200 acres of park property and has made significant progress in plan implementation. Walker visits with the Rotary Club of Dunwoody to discuss the process of plan development, report implementation status and invite further input on the future of Dunwoody Parks and Recreation assets.
Walker has extensive experience working with communities to help them develop and leverage their parks and recreation assets to enhance quality of life and economic vitality. Prior to joining the City of Dunwoody, Walker has served as District Coordinator and, earlier, Recreation Coordinator of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, in Lawrenceville. He has served with similar focus the communities of Pine Lake, Decatur, Georgia and Auburn Alabama.
Walker lives in Decatur with his wife Laura and three children; Noah, Eliza and Charlie. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Auburn University. He was the recipient in 2008 of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Award, for noteworthy accomplishments leading and serving communities with a focus on arts and recreation.
Congratulations to Louise Barden for being recognized as this year’s recipient of the DeKalb Rotary Council’s William M. Mulkey “Show Rotary Cares” award. The award was announced by Past Assistant Governor Suzanne Sykes on behalf of our own PDG Bill Mulkey who was not able to be in attendance.
For the past 20 years, the "Show Rotary Cares" Award has been earned by a Rotarian from each Rotary club in DeKalb County for their exemplification of Rotary service, dedication, and commitment. The RI President’s Theme originated in 1997 when Glenn W. Kinross of
To qualify, a Rotarian must demonstrate commitment and action in all “Avenues of Service.” This award is given in honor of PDG Bill Mulkey for his many years of leadership and service to the DeKalb Rotary Council and Rotary International District 6900.
Louise has led the GRSP Leadership Weekend and our international grants through The Rotary Foundation for several years, and done ever so much more in the spirit of Rotary. She certainly deserves this award and our club’s appreciation for her extraordinary example of "Show Rotary Cares." The entire theme is "Show Rotary Cares ..... for your community, for our world, and for its people."
On Thursday, June 18, we are moving the Thirsty Thursday party - with all social distancing precautions in place - from Zoom to an in-person social hour in the parking lot
outside Rotarian Charlie Augello's East 48th Street Market! Festivities begin at 5:30 pm and continue until about 7:00 pm. Here's how the evening will work:
District 6900 is celebrating this weird yet wonderful year of Rotary in Columbus on June 20 - with a brief luncheon and awards ceremony. The district will recognize the Clubs of the Year - and Clubs of the Decade, as well as other achievements. To join the celebration, register now on the District Website.
Our own PDG Bill Woulfin is working on this event and spoke to the issue of safety related to COVID-19 and this event in the June District Newsletter, "I know that there is a lot of concern in getting together because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I assure you, that everything is being done for this event with the safety of all of our Rotarians taken into consideration. We are operating within the constraints of the latest rules set down by Governor Kemp. We are adhering to these guidelines as the minimum."
As most of us know, the Rotary International Convention scheduled for Honolulu, Hawaii this June was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Rotary International recently announced that it would be welcoming the world of Rotary to a virtual convention - from June 20-26 - all FREE of charge.
RI has issued a list of dates and times for Virtual Convention programming. As you can see, the convention does not run the entire day, but instead will be broadcast at a few set times each day. Additionally, if you miss the live broadcasts, they will be readily available on the convention website, providing some flexibility for you and your event attendees to participate at your own convenience. The Virtual Convention is free to all attendees, however, there will be a sign in process in order to access the programming. Detailed Instructions for this process will be provided before the event.
We hope that you will take the time to join these sessions and to participate in some of the fun features of the Virtual Convention: wearing and sharing photos and videos of us in our Aloha wear, the Virtual Walking Challenge, and interacting with others in the virtual House of Friendship.
Here's what we know of the schedule now:
More detailed information about the Featured Breakouts, the platform that will be used, and instructions for accessing the programming and transitioning back and forth between events will be shared as soon as it is available on the convention website. You can also register on that site - admission is free.
This week, the DeKalb Rotary Council held the teacher appreciation and awards event that had been scheduled for March - online via Zoom rather than our traditional annual breakfast meeting with all the DeKalb County clubs. PDG Bill Mulkey has already congratulated Louise Barden for the Show Rotary Cares Award. You should also know:
Dunwoody has a rich history with the DeKalb Rotary Council. We have had seven Council Chairs - Bill Mulkey, Mike Feeney and Jennie Stipick each served as chairs for two years, and Lang Wooddy, Ed Godshall, Kathy Brandt and Gary Lane each served a year. Lorri Christopher is currently serving as Council Treasurer.
Over the years, the clubs in the Council: