Club Blog

March 24, 2017
This Week's Speaker: Consul General Shane Stephens

Consul General Stephens assumed his post in Atlanta in July 2015 as the second Irish Consul General for the US Southeastern region, responsible for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Since joining Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2001, Mr. Stephens has served at Ireland’s Embassies to Tanzania, the Holy See, the European Union, Nigeria and Malaysia. Immediately prior to his current post, while working as Assistant Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, he was responsible for arranging many of President Michael D. Higgins’ visits abroad and incoming Presidential visits to Ireland.

Consul General Stephens received his BA in History from Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics. He hails from Dublin and is married with four children.



March 23, 2017
NOW IS THE TIME

If you haven't signed up yet to attend the 2017 RI Convention being held in Atlanta from June 10th through June 14, now is the time to sign yourself up, and give serious thought to signing up your spouse and kids if you have them.

There are going to be great speakers and fun activities during the convention. remember that you will probably never have less travel expenses related to attending an RI convention.

Here is the current cost for various tickets.

Type of TicketCost until 3/31/17Cost as of 4/1/17Act Now and Save
Rotarian$415$490$75
Spouse of Rotarian$415$490$75
Children under 5FreeFree-
Children over 5 but not yet 19$10$10-
Friend of Rotarian$415$490$75
Rotaract$100$130$30
Interact$10$10-


Your registration includes a full day of activities including the following:

·Admission to the convention’s opening and closing ceremonies and general sessions where you’ll hear from inspiring and entertaining speakers, including top leaders in our organization

·Informative breakout sessions to help you build your communication, leadership, and project management skills

·Opportunities to network and exchange ideas while browsing the project and fellowship booths in the House of Friendship

·Entertainment provided by local artists and musicians in the House of Friendship and at the general sessions

·Transportation between your hotel and the convention venue, if you booked your hotel through Rotary’s official housing partner, Experient

What’s not included:

·Pre-convention events

·Rotary- and host-ticketed events

·Accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the airport

If you haven't registered yet, do it today. Here are the simple steps you need to follow:

Step

Action/Notes

1

Go to www.Riconvention.org

2

Click on Register button at top left side of screen

3

Enter your email address and password associated with your My Rotary account, or create an account if you do not currently have a My Rotary account

4

Validate your personal information.

  • Need to fill something in for each of these fields
    • Emergency contact
    • Classification field
    • call name
    • Dietary restrictions
    • Special needs
  • You get to choose whether
    • you want to volunteer to be a Sgt @ Arms during convention
    • this is your first time attending this event
    • you want your personal information shared for convention related activities.

5

Click on save and continue button at lower left portion of screen

6

If you want to register a guest(s) click on the add a guest button, otherwise click on the continue button at lower right.

  • if you want to add guest do a search, when it comes up without the person, click on button to Create a new guest
  • fill in all requested info and click on add

7

Select registration type and click on Save and Continue

8

Select any special sessions you want to attend for extra costs

  • first select yours and click on save and continue button
  • then select sessions for your guest and click on Save and Continue button

9

Review the summary of charges for you and your guest(s), and if correct click on the save and continue button.

10

You must pay now to get the current rate of $415 (price goes to $490 on 04/01/17). If you say pay later whatever rates are in effect when payment is made will be charged at that point. Select pay now and specify the credit/debit card to be charged. When information is entered, hit continue and you will be taken to the payment confirmation screen.

11

Print the Payment confirmation page. It has your registration ID



Rick Otness Posted by Rick Otness
March 23, 2017

March 10, 2017
Congratulations to Dottie Toney Ransom: Recipient of the DeKalb Rotary Council’s PDG William M. Mulkey "Show Rotary Cares" Award

DEKALB ROTARY COUNCIL

Congratulations to Rotary Club of Dunwoody Member Dottie Toney Ransom

Recipient of the DeKalb Rotary Council’s PDG William M. Mulkey "Show Rotary Cares" Award

Congratulations to Dottie Toney Ransom for being recognized as this year’s recipient of the DeKalb Rotary Council’s “Show Rotary Cares” award. The award was announced by PAG Jennie Stipick and was presented to Dottie by PDG Bill Mulkey.

For the past seventeen 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 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, served as RI President and our own PDG Bill Mulkey served as Rotary District 6900 Governor.

To qualify, the Rotarian must demonstrate commitment and action in all "Five Avenues of Service.” This award is given in honor of Past District Governor Bill Mulkey for his many years of leadership and service to the DeKalb Rotary Council and Rotary International District 6900.

Dottie 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.


Bill Mulkey Posted by Bill Mulkey
March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017
Dunwoody Arts Festival

The Dunwoody Arts Festival 2017 on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14, is not far off, and we are tentatively committed to assisting again this year, with some perks and less work. We will be given a strategically-located booth at no charge to the club. To accommodate our presence, we need about 10-12 members willing to “man” the booth in 2-hour stints from 9:00-5:00 Saturday and 12:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon.

Kathy Brandt, Kelly Hundley, and Tina Philpot are coordinating 12 volunteers to help with artist set-up in early morning on Saturday.

If you are willing to assist in either of these ways, please contact Kathy Brandt for the early morning shifts and Dottie Toney for the daytime slots.



Dottie Toney Toney Posted by Dottie Toney Toney
March 10, 2017

January 5, 2017
​Paul Harris Fellows Presented to Family Members and Friends of the Club at the 33rd Annual Holiday Luncheon

At the recent Annual Holiday Luncheon twenty three family members of Dunwoody Rotarians and two friends of the Club were recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul Harris Fellows Presented to Rotarian Family Members:

Stephen Jonathan Barden <> son of Louise and Ron Barden

Conner Puchstein <> grandson of Lorri Christopher

Eleven Paul Harris Fellows presented to the Marie Crean’s family:

David B. Crean son <> Aidan M. Crean grandson <>

Erin M. Crean granddaughter <> Alison Crean Rosch daughter <>

Evan R. Rosch grandson <> Michael D. Rosch grandson <>

Richard H. Rosch son-in-law <> Dennis M. Crean, Jr. son <>

Heidi G. Crean daughter-in-law <> Owen D. Crean grandson <>

Brian P. Crean son <>

Luke Ryan Brothers <> nephew of Jackie Cuthbert

DD Fritch <> spouse of Angie Duprey

Alice Ragin Godshall <> mother of Ed Godshall

Forrest Ray Godshall <> brother of Ed Godshall

Jennifer Springer Cook <> daughter of Jennie & Dennis Springer

Lindsey Rodgers Cook <> granddaughter of Jennie and Dennis Springer

Davis Sidney Cook <> grandson of Jennie and Dennis Springer

Lindsay Marie Williams <> daughter of Marianne and Lang Wooddy

Zachery Paul Williams <> son of Marianne and Lang Wooddy

Edward Tyrone Griffin, Sr. <>In memory of a friend of Marianne and Lang Woody and presented to his wife Lisa Griffin.

Paul Harris Fellows Presented to Friends of the Club:

Lachandra R. Harrell <> Teacher of the Year presented by Roy Ethridge

Phyllis Smith <> Librarian presented by Roy Ethridge

Congratulations to all of the recipients. It is the on-going financial support of the Foundation’s Humanitarian and educational programs by Dunwoody Rotarians that make these distinguished recognitions to family members and friends possible.

Their combined contributions to the Rotary Foundation total $ 65,000+.

<<>> Our gratitude to you all <<>>

PDG Bill Mulkey



December 13, 2016
This Week: 33rd Annual Holiday Luncheon

There will not be a meeting this week! The 33rd Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016. Cocktails will begin at 11:15 in the morning followed by Lunch at noon. The event will be held at The Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia.

Your unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program will be gathered at the luncheon.

Should you have any questions about this event, please contact Rick Woods.



Eleni Bafas Posted by Eleni Bafas
December 13, 2016

December 2, 2016
​2017 Governors Ball

The 2017 Governors Ball is fast approaching. Here are a few of the essential details.

When: Saturday March 4, 2017 from 6 PM to 11:15 PM

Where: Westin Hotel

Theme: Moonshine and Magnolias

Dress: Black tie optional

***What can you do?

1. Get stores/organizations to donate high quality Gifts that can be auctioned off to raise money for the Dunwoody Rotary Charitable Fund,

2. Invite your friends that are:

a. willing to donate money to the Dunwoody Rotary Charitable Fund

b. but who also like to party

3. Plan on attending with your spouse (You have already purchased 2 tickets with your Club dues)

4. If you own a small to medium sized business, consider purchasing a sponsorship

a. Can invite 4 of your best customers with their spouses, treat them to a great party, and make a substantial contribution to the Dunwoody Rotary Charitable Foundation, all of which should be a tax deductable business expense related to entertaining your key customers. Contact Hoshi Daruwalla (bhdaruwalla@hotmail.com) for further details.

5. We are asking each Club member to volunteer at least 4 hours of their time as we prepare for the Ball. Toward that end, on Sunday (12/04/2016) at ~8:15 PM, you were each sent an email with a link that will take you to the Club Runner website where you can sign up for one of the following Tasks:

Group

Task

Maximum volunteers

1 Invitations

Design, print, & distribute Invitations

4

Track tables and RSVPs

2

2 Gifts

Recruit silent auction gifts (i.e. call members)

6

Check in Gifts and/or take to storage area

2

Find and secure live auction items

6

3 Entertainment

Menu selection Committee

6

Secure Entertainment

2

4 Operations

Decorating on day of the ball

30

Tear down post Ball (03/5/17 8AM to noon)

4

Move Gifts morning of Ball

3

Set up Computer support morning of Ball

5

Design floor plan for Ball

3

Acquire/coordinate Security

2

5 Sponsors

Recruit and secure Sponsors

6

6 Marketing/promotion

Preparation of electronic catalog

3

Communicate with Club members

2

External marketing/communication

4

7 Will do anything

Sign me up for whatever needs to be done

30

Please sign up as soon as possible, so that the various Chairs can reach out and get you involved in our preparations. We need to mobilize the entire Club this year, as we are expanding the capacity of the Governors Ball from 250 to 400 attendees.

What does that mean? We need to invite more guests.

Also, as promised at the meeting, you were sent an email outlining the steps to print the 2017 Governors Ball Gift Donation form. Those instructions are:

Step Description

1 Go to DunwoodyRotary.org

2 At top of screen click on "Rotary Club of Dunwoody"

3 Click on "About us"

4 Click on "Club Documents"

5 Click on" External Documents"

6 Click on "Governors Ball - Auction item form"

7 Click on Print icon

8 Logout

Please start talking up the Ball with your friends, and start enticing them to attend. Watch for more articles in the coming issues of the Bulletin.



Rick Otness Posted by Rick Otness
December 2, 2016

November 7, 2016
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE

Our transition to the Rotary6900 system is still a work in progress, and we need your help! Some of the birthdays or other member information may not have transferred over properly. Please log onto dunwoodyrotary.org and use the tabs at the top to find and update your membership profile.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to make this exciting transition. If you have stories you wish to have published in the newsletter (including write-ups of past RCD projects), please continue to email rcdnewsletter@yahoo.com (see the concluding story in this newsletter for more information). Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at eleni.bafas@gmail.com.



Eleni Bafas Posted by Eleni Bafas
November 7, 2016

November 1, 2016
Trivia Challenge


Where does RCD rank in all-time giving in our district?

Email eleni.bafas@gmail.com with the correct answer! The FIRST to email me with the CORRECT answer will have the automatic opportunity to draw a card for a chance to win the Laws of Life drawing during this week's meeting!

The correct answer and trivia winner will be announced during the meeting. This new trivia challenge will continue each week, so be sure to keep checking the bulletin for the latest trivia question.

Thank you to everyone who made this trivia challenge possible, including Dottie Toney, Bill Mulkey and Tina Philpot, and for YOU for participating! We hope that you enjoy the challenge and learn more about Rotary and our Club in the process!



Eleni Bafas Posted by Eleni Bafas
November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016
Trivia Challenge

RCD Trivia Question of the Week:

In which Rotary year did RCD become a 100% Paul Harris Club?

Email eleni.bafas@gmail.com with the correct answer! The FIRST to email me with the CORRECT answer will have the automatic opportunity to draw a card for a chance to win the Laws of Life drawing during this week's meeting!

The correct answer and trivia winner will be announced during the meeting. This new trivia challenge will continue each week, so be sure to keep checking the bulletin for the latest trivia question.

Thank you to everyone who made this trivia challenge possible, including Dottie Toney, Bill Mulkey and Tina Philpot, and for YOU for participating! We hope that you enjoy the challenge and learn more about Rotary and our Club in the process!



Eleni Bafas Posted by Eleni Bafas
November 1, 2016