North Atlanta Rotary historically goes to the Central Shelter in downtown Atlanta during February to serve the homeless men. This February was no different. PP Don Millen made arrangements for roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, ice cream and cookies, a dinner for 75 individuals. He also procured sandwich meat, bread, condiments, bananas and chips for a sack lunch. We took these items down to the shelter on a chilly night where the men that could, had a safe and warm place to stay, with a delicious hot meal.
North Atlanta Rotary was proud to support the requests of our District Governor when there was a call for financial support for the people involved in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee Fire Storms last November and torandos in Albany ad Doughtery Counties this past January. Although we are a small club we try our best to share when we can and support our friends and neighbors.
NA Rotary joined 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 48 GRSP students participated in the weekend hosted in rotarian's homes from North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Brookhaven clubs.
For the second year in a row North Atlanta and Brookhaven Rotarians joined 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.
On January 14th North Atlanta Rotary co-sponsored, with Brookhaven Rotary (lead club) and Dunwoody Rotary, a Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event showing the film "8 Days" a graphic film about the Human Trafficking industry. This event was held in the North Springs Charter High School auditorium. Afterward there was a panel of law enforcement representatives from agencies here in Georgia to lead a discussion on the subject.
Throughout each year North Atlanta Rotary goes out to a local residential care home to participate and support them in their programs.
In mid-December we brought Santa and a few elves to help bring cheer and add festivity to their holiday dinner and celebration with residents and family members. Santa speaks to each resident one on one while in the dining hall and gives each a candy cane. (We have the best Santa!) Most have family visiting for the event as well.
At the DeKalb Rotary Council Annual Awards Breakfast the 9 Council Rotary Clubs honor their Teacher of the Year. NA Rotary Club chose Ms Lucretia Gant, Career, Technical & Agricultural Education Department Chair, Chamblee Charter High School. We've worked with Ms Gant the last two years in support of the VEX Robotics and Electric Vehicle Programs supported with our Club's District Grant funds. She has been instrumental in providing oversight of the programs and keeping NA Rotary well informed and involved with volunteer opportunities.
Honoring Veterans, on November 10th 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.
NA Rotary Club's 2016-17 District Grant funds supported 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.
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.
North Atlanta Rotary initiated and lead the July 30, 2016 collection of home health medical equipment and supplies for recycle and refurbishment by FODAC, Friend of Disabled Adults and Children. This service project was accomplished in a collaborative effort with volunteers from a total of 7 Rotary Clubs, 1 Rotaract Club, the 57th Squadron Restaurant and FODAC. Over 42 volunteers showed up to help collect a variety of item totaling more than $161,000. Chris Brand, FODAC CEO stated that "this was the most successful collection drive of any volunteer group ever for FODAC." Chris, a fellow Rotarian was present and a volunteer supporter throughout the day.
Participated in District 6900 Hurricane Matthew relief fund for Haiti.
On January 26th NARClub recognized law enforcement officers from both the DeKalb County and Chamblee City Police Departments. This is our 29th year recognizing a "Detective of the Year" from DeKalb County and our 1st year recognizing an outstanding officer from the Chamblee Police Department.
On September 13th we took dinner to the Nicholas House in downtown Atlanta and served approximately 32 individuals and families, including 19 children currently in residence. North Atlanta Rotary Club and The Nicholas House have a long standing relationship. On this Tuesday night we took a dinner of fried and baked chicken, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, potato salad, green beans, rolls, brownies, cookies, fruit gummies, lemonade, ice tea and milk for the enjoyment of the residents and volunteers alike. This was one of the smallest groups we've fed at the house over the years as two families had just moved out, transitioning to the next phase on their road to independence.
Held Monday, October 3, 2016 at Bear's Best Golf Club in Suwannee, GA this year's North Atlanta Annual Golf Tournament in it's 19th year was a wonderful day of golf and charitable giving. We had 50 golfers, 8 Financial sponsors, over 30 auction and raffle items donated, and District Governor Raymond Ray present! We raised over $15000. in support of the many and varied service projects and scholarships North Atlanta Rotary Club provides each year both locally and globally.
North Atlanta Rotary Club participated in a Global Grant supporting the Rotary Family Health & Aids Awareness - Africa project to be held on various dates starting September 28th through October 29th 2016.
This four country program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, (annual) campaign in Africa that provides comprehensive, free health care services for tens of thousands of people in these underprivileged communities. NARClub support was mainly for the Ghana initiative.
Starting in July the club members have been provided with a weekly resource reflecting current club news and information, and future plans. It has become a resource reflecting past and upcoming Club programs, Rotary District and Rotary International news, as well as local community happenings.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
For the fourth year NA Rotary was the beneficiary of this world class event called Whiskies of the World (WOW). This year, held at the Intercontinental, Buckhead, Whiskey's of the World proved to be a fantastic and fun evening with over 600 guests and 40+ whisky vendors participating!
This year our group of five Rotary Clubs (North Atlanta, Brookhaven, South DeKalb, Dunwoody and Decatur) under AG Candace Klein partnered to provide reading readiness at Woodward Elementary. Brookhaven Rotary Club wrote a $10,000 District grant proposal to fund this project, and although it received the smaller District grant amount, through this partnership of clubs the total funding of $10,000 was achieved.