The 26th Annual Governor's Ball, March 16, 2019, with the theme "Peace and Love" raised funds for the 2019 - 2020 year. Event Chair Ken Levy, along with the Gift Chair, Bob Freeman, and Sponsor Chair, Hoshi Daruwalla, and over 40 volunteers made this event a success.
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association puts on a 4th of July parade each year in Dunwoody. Residents line the main boulevard of Dunwoody as floats and assemblies parade by. The estimate is 40,000 people participate in the event. After the parade a host of activities are available for people to enjoy, one of which is the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's Hot Dog Stand. We prepare and sell hotdogs, soft drinks, water, chips and an assortment of pastries. Left overs are donated to the local police and fire stations.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody provides a book during the Christmas holidays for each student in the Title 1 schools we support – at present, Dresden and Kingsley Elementary. Age-appropriate books are selected by the school media center. We gave out about 1800 books in December 2017.
Dunwoody High School Interact Club - This growing club at Dunwoody High School, sponsored by the RCD and lead by our Youth Services Chair, Warren Turner, has a membership of 30+ students. The club currently meets twice a month on Thursday mornings in their lead teacher Ms. Mary Sturkin's classroom. The Interact students serve as volunteers at one our major fundraising events, Dunwoody BBQ and Community Festival. RCD sponsors participation at the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) for six Dunwoody High School Interact Students. There they will meet many new friends and participate in leadership building and conflict resolution activities. We would like to give a special thanks to RYLA director Susan Ruckman for coordinating this event.
Family of Rotary Event - Hosting District Governor, Club Meeting, and Dinner
On September 14, 2018 District Governor Court Dowis visited the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, and spoke to our membership about his priorities for 2018 - 2019, including education, childrens' health, and a passion for Rotary. Then, just following our regular 7:15 - 8:30 am meeting, DG Court Dowis met with our BOD to hear their "hopes and plans" for 2018 - 2019, and to allow for discussion of these plans.
FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) is an organization that collects used medical equipment and refurbishes it for distribution to people who can't afford to buy new.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody joins the DeKalb Rotary Council (all the Rotary Clubs in Dekalb County) on a Saturday, in a project organized by the Rotary Club of North Atlanta to collect equipment for FODAC. In July 2018, we collected $250,000 in used medical equipment.
Georgia Rotary Student Program - Hosting GRSP Student
This year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody is hosting Mathilde Illum - our 35th GRSP student. She is being hosted by two club members, Jackie Cuthbert and Lorri Christopher.
Mathilde comes from a family of five – she is the middle child – with an older sister and a younger brother. Her mother is a Rotarian, and her aunt and uncle were GRSP scholars in 1989-1990. Her mom, sister and now brother have all been Rotary Youth Exchange students.
In January, 2019, our club hosted 44 International students for our annual GRSP Leadership Weekend. This year the event was held one week prior to MLK Weekend. This event partnered with our sister clubs and GRSP, began on Friday, January 11 with a visit to the Center for Civil and Humane Rights, followed by a presentation from Rotarian Jessie Legros about "Unconscious Bias" and the a Family of Rotary evening event at Breakout Games. Our sister clubs include the Rotary Club of Brookhaven, the Rotary Club of North Atlanta and from District 6910, the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Then, on Saturday, the GRSP students were hosted at Oglethorpe University by Rotarian Micheal Sutton (Rotary Club of Roswell), for a lecture series entitled "Courageous Leadership." In the afternoon, we hosted a Stop Hunger Now Project event that brought together the GRSP Students, many of our club members, Rataract, Family of Rotary Student hosts and District 6900 North Atlanta Weekend Partners, volunteering to package approximately 10,000 meals that feed a family for a week internationally.
The primary purpose of this Family of Rotary event, the Holiday Luncheon, is to first nominate (December) then install (June) the new leadership team for 2018-2019, to recognize club and member achievements throughout the year, and bring the club members together with time to network and to build relationships.
Junior Achievement Peachtree Charter Middle School - Biz Town and Finance Park
?? Dunwoody Rotarians volunteered over a two day period to support the Peachtree Charter Middle School students participating in the JA vocations experience at Atlanta Biz -Town. Financial support for this project from RCD was $5,000 helping to make the JA Discovery Center learning opportunity available to 100 of the 1,056 6th and 7th grade students served from Peachtree Middle School (an estimated cost of $50.00/student participant).
Each year Rotarian George Stewart and a team of approximately 15 volunteers ensure financial support for scholarships for the Laws of Life Essay Contest in our area schools. The Dennis Crean weekly raffle funds the scholarship drawings each week, and George coordinates the volunteers in our club to support the essay contest submission readings. The winners of the local contest read their essays at a club program in May.
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has "adopted" a traffic island across the street for the Dunwoody branch of the DeKalb Public Library. Fred Bounds, a long time member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, has charged this project since 2011. Four to six volunteers meet approximately six times a year to weed, trim, sweep, and lay down pine straw, or as we say "spruce up Monroe Park."
Rotary Club of Dunwoody Grants Committee 2018-2019
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has an active Grants Committee to determine our club donations to local community and world wide projects. To date, for 2018 - 2019, the Committee has approved the following projects applied for by club members:
Rotary Club of Dunwoody is an in-kind sponsor for the Annual State of the City address by Mayor Denis Shortal. This tenth Annual State of the City event will take place on April 12, 2019 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia, Dunwoody, GA. The State of the City is the premier city sponsored event, showcasing the accomplishments and the vision for the City of Dunwoody. This project focuses on volunteering and providing access to potential Rotarians from guest attendees. Any excess proceeds from business sponsors for the event will be donated to the club. Also, our Rotary Club President serves as Master of Ceremonies for the event. We are planning for approximately 15 volunteers and over 100+ volunteers hours in support of this event.
Veteran Support: United Services Organization (USO) - Providing Volunteers and Grant Support
Providing their talents and treasures, Dunwoody Rotarians hosted two days in Fall, 2018, at the USO at Hartfield Jackson Airport welcoming veterans passing through and assisting them with their needs.
This project will have sustainable support in the community served - several hundred military service personnel served daily at the USO center at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA. RCD and USO has had a partnership in supporting our military personnel, bi-annually, for over 15 years, by serving a typical American lunch of hot dogs, homemade cookies (donated by Rotarians), and fresh fruit, and by assembly,gift bags.