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Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of printing with movable type transformed human life in too many ways to count. Some regarded the printing press as the gift of God; others thought it the work of Satan. It educated, incited violence and war, and forever changed the means of human communication and interaction. This illustrated presentation will examine the birth of the printing press, the economics of this disruptive technology, and some of the most important ways that it changed the course of human history.
This week's speaker - Dr. M. Patrick Graham - is the Margaret A. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Theological Bibliography at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University). He holds degrees from Abilene Christian University (B.A., M.A., M.Div.), Emory University (Ph.D.) and The University of Texas at Austin (MLIS). He is the author of one book - "The Utilization of 1 and 2 Chronicles in the Reconstruction of Israelite History in the Nineteenth Century" - and is co-editor of another ten, and has written numerous articles and book reviews. He has chaired reaffirmation of accreditation committees for the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, served as a library consultant for ten libraries, and in retirement is currently on committees of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Theological Library Association. During his 28 years on the staff of the Pitts Theology Library, he worked extensively with its rare book collection (now more than 150,000 titles), purchasing materials for the library, making dozens of presentations to classes, civic, and church groups, and writing about the library’s materials for scholarly and popular journals.
The parade and the hot dog booth were a great success due to your attendance and support.
Tim Le brought a great crew, Mike Parks added Claudio, Jackie Cuthbert brought Mathilde, and President Cathie, Rick Woods, Ron Barden, Jennifer Bowler, Lorri Christopher showed up to put the "float" together and then wave and distribute candy and globes to kids. All our giveaways were tagged with an invitation to parents to join RCD in Having Fun and Making a Difference! We could not have done the parade without Tim's generous donation of Humvee and trailer so extra big thanks to Tim, his wife, sister in law and Tiffany! The crowd were immense and if there is any suggestion you have for the future - please let Jennie know. Our float took second place in the Civic Organization category! Thank you Jackie for the posters, and Ron for the labor, and Kobelah and Ed for the ideas.
While we were decorating at one end of the parade route, another RCD team was busy in Dunwoody Village getting ready to sell hot dogs and baked goods at the Fourth of July Festival. We made over $200 from the hot dog stand this year. Thanks to Kobelah Bennah, Ed Holliday and Erich Schuetz for leading that effort - including the purchase and assembly of a new grill that we'll have available for future July 4 celebrations and other community or club events (a grill we paid for and still made $200+). Thanks to all our bakers and everyone who worked in the hot dog booth - including Les and Bill Woulfin, Teak Pacetti, Jeannette Jezerinac-Prince, Bill Kelly, Russell Reams, Ron and Louise Barden, President Cathie, Ardy Bastien, the Past President Ricks, Mathilde for her Danish cookies,
And there were many other Dunwoody Rotarians who just stopped by for a hot dog! All in all, we had at least 40 participants in this special event. RCD made a great impact - thank you so much for making the effort to be there. Great team effort - great results!
The countdown has ended for Rotary year 2018-2019 and we have completed 35 years of a tradition of excellence in living Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." As we begin our journey on this first day of the 2019-2020 Rotary year, let's all be dedicated to adding another above and beyond successful year to our history of Rotary service.
Our history has an awesome listing of accomplishments, way too numerous to list in this article, but here are just a few.
LOCAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS (Volunteers and Contributions)
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
INDIVIDUAL ROTARIAN RECOGNITIONS
ROTARY CLUB OF DUNWOODY RECOGNITIONS
When the RCD chartered in 1984, the RI Presidential Theme of RI President Bill Skelton was SHARE ROTARY - SERVE PEOPLE. For 35 years, I have been using that theme and adding "ING" to SHARE & SERVE. That my fellow Rotarians is what Rotary is all about, "SHARING ROTARY and SERVING PEOPLE."
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has been the definition of that theme for 35 years and in 12 months it will be 36.
Teamwork will make it happen ....TEAMWORK <> Is the ability to serve together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Your Friend and fellow Rotarian in the "Family of Rotary,"
Our RCD Rotary Youth Exchange committee needs some additional members! Please take this opportunity to meet some amazing high school students who want to be a part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. We especially could use help with recruiting outbound students for the 2020-21 school year – recruiting starts in August! All that is required is (1) a criminal background check; and (2) a short on-line training regarding interactions with Youth Exchange students. That’s it!! Other volunteer opportunities (i.e., meeting make-ups!) also are available. Please contact Deb Cameron with questions or to get involved in this great Rotary program: firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.668.1259.
For at least the third year in a row, the DeKalb Rotary Council will hold a FODAC Equipment Drive on Saturday, July 27. The day starts with breakfast at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant on Clairmont Road in Chamblee at 8 a.m.
This service project is to accomplish the collection of donated home medical equipment and/or supplies for the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) a 501c3 organization located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. FOCAC targets items that are in high demand from their clients, adult and pediatric. FODAC refurbishes all equipment and then donates it with little or no cost to prequalified clients. These items will include: medical supplies, bathroom equipment, grab bars, children's adaptive equipment, and other assistive technology. FODAC accept gently used manual and electric wheelchairs (including footrests), scooters, standers, strollers, corner chairs, gait trainers, shower supports, toilet supports, therapy aides, specialized mattresses (no regular mattresses), canes, crutches, rollators, bathing aids, braces, air casts walkers, hoyer lifts, hospital beds and many other items. Last year, the Council was able to collect over $250,000 in equipment for FODAC and we hope to
do the same or better this year.
We usually meet at the back patio of the 57th Restaurant, which is located next to PDK Airport on Clairmont Road in Chamblee, at 8 AM where we provide breakfast and drinks for the volunteers and give everyone a few minutes to socialize before heading out to pickup equipment about 9 or 9:30. Everyone is usually done between 1 and 2. We would love to have anyone that is interested in volunteering join us. This is a really good hands on project and is also a good project to bring prospective members to as well. I have attached a volunteer questionnaire sheet that asks some questions about the physical abilities of the volunteers and the vehicles/trailers that they will be bringing. Having this info beforehand allows us to schedule the equipment pickups by groups and is vital to making sure we get the right people and vehicles to go get the equipment. We are picking up power wheelchairs, adjustable beds, body hoists, walkers, crutches, etc. and so any of your volunteers who are strong and/or have large trucks and/or trailers will be very much welcomed. But, please let anyone that is interested volunteer regardless of their strength or vehicles as they can come join us for breakfast, ride along with the teams and/or help record and transfer equipment from the team trucks to the FODAC trucks at the 57th.
If you are interested in participating, contact President Cathie.
Join us next Thursday night - July 18 - at Marlowe's Tavern in Dunwoody Village for fellowship, food and beverages! The fellowship begins at 5:30 pm.
As you know, one of our key priorities for the year involves expanding our membership. Thirsty Thursday offers a great way to introduce someone to the club in an informal setting. As an incentive for you to do that, if you bring someone interested in joining the Dunwoody club to this Thirsty Thursday event, the club will buy a first drink for you and your prospective member!
Vibrant Clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects and try new ideas. They are always on the lookout for those ideas - and this August 24, you have the opportunity to share ideas with other District 6900 Rotarians at the district's Vibrant Club Workshop at the Macon Marriott. The evet begins at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast and ends at noon.Think about representing RCD at this workshop to explore ways we can make our club more vibrant by focusing on Public Image, Membership and the Rotary Foundation.
This is open to anyone interested in attending; just let President Cathie know if you'd like to be there. The club will pay for the $25/person registration fee for any Dunwoody Rotarians who would like to attend - and we'll look into carpooling to Macon if we have enough interest.
A group of Dunwoody residents recently formed the Dunwoody Police Foundation Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to improving Dunwoody policing by financially supporting the Dunwoody Police Department and its personnel. Four of the founding board members have ties to RCD - PP Kathy Brandt, Larry Domenico, Chief of Police Billy Grogran and Carolyn Riticher.
The goal of the Dunwoody Police Foundation is to improve public safety for the officers and citizens of Dunwoody. It has pledged to support the Dunwoody Police Department employees through the acceptance and management of tax-deductible gifts and contributions. The principal purposes of the foundation are to ensure the establishment of an emergency aid program to benefit officers and their families; provide specialized training for staff or officers; support the purchase of special equipment that is in keeping with the Dunwoody Police Department mission; support community partnerships through educational materials; and sponsor community events to enhance public safety and quality of life in Dunwoody.
Led by board president Rick Holland, a seven-member board of directors began meeting in April 2019 to complete legal and business steps to make the foundation a reality. “On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Dunwoody Police Department, the formation of this foundation is a fitting tribute to the excellence in policing that we enjoy in the city of Dunwoody,” said Holland. “We salute all those who have served with distinction in our city’s first decade, and, we seek to support continued excellence in public safety as a defining characteristic of the Dunwoody community.
My dear friends, Rotary leaders, and Rotaract leaders:
A new Rotary year is upon us, and let us say one final thank you to former President Barry Rassin for his outstanding leadership. Barry, we will miss you, but we know and appreciate that you will continue to lead Rotary in important ways for years to come.
I have spoken for several months about how Rotary Connects the World, and the time has now arrived to put our words into action. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year when we begin to implement the new Strategic Plan, what I call the Rotary Action Plan and when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.
That anniversary will underscore the ties we have and goals we share with the United Nations. We will host five special events—UN Day in New York, three presidential conferences in Paris, Santiago, and Rome, and a final celebration just before the Convention in Honolulu. This will help us achieve the first Action Plan goal of increasing our impact by demonstrating that Rotary’s influence in the world has only just begun.
The second Action Plan goal is expanding our reach. To achieve that, we need to grow Rotary – reaching out to new members, engaging current members, and creating more alternatives for membership for the next generation of Rotarians.
The third goal is enhanced participant engagement, making sure that Rotarians have experiences that are personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. This is why I believe so strongly in building a more family-friendly Rotary -- one that welcomes children to our activities and that is considerate of families in our scheduling. Let us recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.
The final priority of our new Action Plan is increasing our ability to adapt. New approaches to our organizing principles do not threaten our sense of who we are. That is why I believe that Rotary must respect professional commitments and not require Rotary leadership to be a full-time job. We need to respect the time and responsibilities of young people who are building careers.
Together, we will harness the power of connection just as our organization has been doing for more than 114 years. We have a long, proud heritage. And we will continue to thrive because we are not afraid of change.
I look forward to leading you in this important journey, as Rotary Connects the World!
Yours in Rotary,
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020