Happy Birthday To Us!

I am pleased to be part of a real 35th birthday celebration this month - for the Rotary Club of Dunwoody!

We officially started our journey on April 25, 1984, when 35 business leaders in the Atlanta area came together to put Dunwoody, Georgia on the Rotary International map. We were one of 984 new Rotary Clubs that year. At the outset, the Club's mission was "to successfully execute multi-faceted, highly visible programs and activities designed to contribute substantially to the ideals and aims of Rotary." Our charter members wanted to make a difference in the local community and around the world.

In our 35 years, we have done a lot to make a difference, including:

  • More than $1,250,000 in contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) … under the leadership of our own PDG and Charter Member Bill Mulkey
  • Participation in more than 38 Global Grant projects valued at almost $2 million
  • Sponsorship of 14 TRF scholars
  • The launch of a Rotary-sponsored Character Education initiative that spread to all schools in Georgia - thanks to our own George Stewart
  • The launch of an AIDS Awareness program in the schools, and the start of the Rotary Fellowship for Fighting AIDS (now the Rotary Action Group for Family Health) - thanks to the ideas of our own Marion Bunch
  • The adoption of Rotary Youth Exchange in District 6900 - thanks to our own Mike Parks
  • Work toward literacy - including the holiday book program at Dresden and now Kingsley Elementary - thanks to initiatives started by Roy Ethridge and Dr. Jennie Springer
  • Sponsored 35+ GRSP students and the GRSP Leadership weekend that has become what the GRSP students call the most meaningful learning experience among their GRSP weekend gatherings
  • And so much more.

Over the course of this month and the rest of this Rotary year, we'll share more of our history with you - it's a rich history of working together to bring big ideas to life - and having fun while we're doing it!

Posted by Jackie Cuthbert
April 2, 2019


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