Projects


This was a food drive fundraiser done by the Decatur High School Interact Club

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Vinings Cumberland Rotary's Run for Kids 5K Raises $60,000 for Local Charities

This is an article that appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal on October 1, 2019 regarding our Vinings Downhill "Run for the Kids" 5K Race.

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100th Anniversary Literacy Gift to Our Community

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Time to Run with The Big Dogs!

14th Annual Dog Days Race an Unprecedented Achievement

This item is our club's #1 (top pick) choice for our annual signature Service Project.

Our club organized and held a 5k runner race on August 3, 2019 in partnership with YMCA called the 5K Dog Days race. Our members raised over $92,500

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2018-2019 Polio Fund Raising


Fellow Rotarians,

As I promised at the March 29 meeting, this is the tool to donate to Polio Plus using credit cards. It is simple to use.

Minimum donation is $100 but please enter more if you are so inclined, in increments of $100.

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400 Years-The Journey

400 Years: The Journey commemorated how far African Americans have come since the first slave ships arrived 400 years ago. The three day event included an art exhibit by Annie Greene, a local artist, an African American History Exhibit at the Legacy Museum, an International Concert, and workshops on Healing Through Education. Several Rotarians attended the gala event and made donations to benefit ARK Minsitries. ARK Ministries is run by one of our Rotarians, Yvonne Lopez, and provides aid to the homeless.

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5th Thursday-Bloom our Youth

In lieu of formal lunch meeting, the PTC Rotary took a field trip to Bloom to provide the labor for “Spring Turn”. Spring Turn is replacing winter apparel to Spring/Summer for distribution to foster children in 70 counties in Georgia.

Bloom our Youth is integral in the battle on child permanace and human trafficking.

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First Responders onored

9-11-20 Memoriam / Quarterly First Responders Acknowledgement Breakfast

Every quarter, the Rotary Club of East Cobb recognizes the best of the best - the best firefighter, police office and EMT in the district. They are invited to breakfast along with the rest of their unit and their commanding officer usually says a small speech/introduction as to why that individual is being honored.

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Adopt-A-Mile month of July

We adopt and maintained the roadway behind Cross Roads Shopping Center in Carrollton, GA. We had 14 participants and collected over 14 bags of trash around the center.

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Annual Banquet/Member Showcase

Our club ends each Rotary year with a Family of Rotary banquet where we highlight what we have accomplished for the past year and welcome in the new Rotary year. This event is always a highlight for our members, their families and community members. This year we are also going to focus on the talent we have in our club by asking members to use their talents to provide the evening's entertainment.

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Article on Jim Murphy in the Northside Neighbor

This is a very nice article that ran in today’s Northside Neighbor on our very own Jim Murphy. Thornton Kennedy is a popular columnist who typically writes a column every week focusing on Atlanta’s history, but this one was devoted about Jim Murphy.

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Atlanta Peace Park

Atlanta is building a Peace Park that has attracted the attention of the world. The Nobel Laurette may move their World Headquarters to the park and several peace scholars have committed to moving into the park complex. Rotary International is in on this too which is why Roswell Rotary decided to take an exploratory trip to the park and learn more about how we can help.

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We Have a Genuine Partnership with AVID

AVID/Wheeler High School/ East Cobb Foundation

These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

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Back to School Project Food Closet

In August 2019, Rotary Club of LaGrange raised $500.00 to assist the Interfaith Food Closet in LaGrange to buy food for the community. The United Way agency is able to buy more food per dollar than individuals can, so we raised the money for them, which will be above the support they get from United Way. Project Chair, Clark Johnson, presented the check to the Interfaith Food Closet at a September Rotary Club meeting.

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BackPack Blessings

Backpack Blessing Mission Statement – To provide a simple solution to a basic need that is not adequately met for many area children — food. To identify students who are food insecure and provide them with kid-friendly food that is distributed discreetly at school at the end of each week.

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Delivering Santa Gifts to Fayette Senior Center

Be A Santa To A Senior

Our club participated with the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project this year to take care of 60 gifts for our local shut-in seniors. This project was done in previous years with the club and was a huge success for community involvement this year.

Participation included sponsoring a senior by accepting their 'Santa List' to purchase Christmas gifts for them. These seniors are mostly shut-in seniors with little (to no) local family to help support them / celebrate the holidays with them. The Christmas wish list ranged from household staples like toilet paper, birdseed, writing paper / pens and gift cards to the local bowling alley. Each gift ranged from $20-25. We had ~30 Rotarians take on the wishes (leaving several disappointed that we only had 60 wishes this year).

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Be THE Voice Night Out

Many of our members came out for lunch and dinner to support Be THE Voice. Lucky's was generous to provide a portion of sales from the entire day. Nothing like eating and drinking for a good cause, not to mention the great fellowship.

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Because of the Brave 2019 Veteran's Day Celebration

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Better Health at Home and Around the World

At our weekly meetings, Rotary of Atlanta West End raises funds for three important health-related causes. Members empty their pockets and pocketbooks to fill the C.A.R.T bucket, supporting the Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust.

A weekly game of Tasse Trivia, named in memory of a former member, fines members $1 for every wrong answer. Club members compete to deliver the most outlandish or hilarious wrong answers in order to raise funds for "our favorite charity", Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home which provides palliative care to cancer patients in Atlanta.

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Blessing Bags

Blessing Bags for the Homeless

A blessing bag is a small assortment of basic toiletries and snacks in a zip lock bag. Blessing Bags are great to keep on hand in your car, so if you are in a situation where you find someone in need, you have the bag right there to hand to them. This is a way to demonstrate and teach others the act of giving in the face of a need instead of just driving by or walking away without responding.

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Bring One for the Chipper

BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER – As part of our environmental awareness, we collect Christmas trees for recycling each year. This is in cooperation with Keep Cobb Beautiful and hundreds of trees are processed.

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VCR & Calvary Children's Home Picnic

Calvary Children’s Home Picnic & School Supply Donations

On Saturday, August 24h, twenty-five (25) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to organize and attend a picnic at Calvary Children’s Home in Marietta, GA. In addition to member spouses and children, Assistant Governor Gillian, our RYE student Andrew, several of our Campbell High School Interact Club students and a few potential members joined us for this afternoon of fun, fellowship and food. Attendees had a good time interacting with the Calvary kids as well as getting to know/catching up with one another. In addition, our club provided the Calvary children with the remaining schools supplies they needed. The Calvary staff expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the continued support of Vinings Cumberland Rotary.

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VCR & Candy Buy-back Costume Party for our Troops

Candy Buy-back Costume Party (benefitting our Troops)

On Friday, November 1st, five (5) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to support our very own Dr. Jaha Howard’s Candy Buy-back Costume Party, which supports our troops. During this annual event, children have the opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes again and sell their leftover trick-or-treat candy for a dollar a pound. The party features a band/music, dance troupe, face-painting, artwork station, ‘send a letter to our troops’ area and pizza. In partnership with Operation Gratitude, this event provides care packages and thank you letters to our servicemen and women- both here in the US and abroad. Vinings Cumberland Rotarians had a good time manning the ‘send a letter to our troops’ and artwork stations. As an added bonus, we had the pleasure of meeting Brad Guzman, Goaltender of the Atlanta United soccer team, who came out to lend his support to this worthy initiative. We are proud to report that 760 pounds of candy was collected via this event. Our Club contributed five hundred dollars to help defray the cost of shipping these care packages to their deserving recipients. Thanks to Dr. Jaha Howard and the staff of A+ Dentistry in Vinings for coordinating this wonderful demonstration of appreciation for our armed forces.

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The Blue Cart Bucket

CART Buckets

Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART) is a donation made by Rotarians each week donated to help fund research on Alzheimers. Last year our total funding was approximately $600. This year our total should almost double to $1100.

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CCYA

CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS – The mission of The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk. As a part of the state foster care system, they house, feed, clothe and develop homeless and maltreated youth in the Atlanta Metro area.

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East Cobb Rotarians Ready to Work

CFR Thanks For Giving

Our Club partnered with Center for Family Resources to pack Thanksgiving boxes for needy families based on the number of people in the family. We distributed the boxes by delivering to families on a second day . One volunteer went to register and qualify families to participate in Thanks for Giving before the packing and distributing began .At least 100 families were able to benefit from this program.

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Chapel Hlll Middle School

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Children Film Festival

Donated to the First Christian Church, Tucker Children Film Festival

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Children's Christmas Event

Plan, support, purchase and provide Christmas for children identified by counselors at Sanders.

20 children are identified by the Social workers and Counselors at Sanders to participate. These are children that have fallen through the cracks and don't have adequate support for Christmas Cheer. We provided a bag full of gifts, and also scarves, gloves and hats for the kids. We host them during a Rotary function and the munch on chicken fingers and cookies, pay a visit to Santa and his elves, get their goodies and their picture while Rotarians entertain them with Christmas BINGO and song, magic and merry making.

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Civic Club Signage

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Had Eagle Scout participation in helping us clean up Townsend Trail

Clean up Townsend Trail

Townsend Trail is 8/10th of a public mile trail that winds through a Cobb County green space adjacent to Wheeler High School. The East Cobb Rotary Club maintains this to assist Wheeler High School Cross Country with their training and safety access. The majority of time spent is clearing brush that has grown over the trail and clearing out fallen limbs.

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East Cobb Robotics Team

Club Sponsored New Interact East Cobb Robotics- $1000

The Rotary Club of East Cobb sponsored East Cobb Robotics as a New Interact Club, Marietta, GA, by presenting them with a check today in the amount of $1,000. The proceeds were used to assist them with their program, offset materials and competition costs and enable students to have a robust experience in learning robotics as well as team work.

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Cobb Christmas

COBB CHRISTMAS – Cobb Christmas is a program where needy families receive Christmas presents for their children. For years, the Rotary club has been present to take souvenir photos of the children with Santa and distribute them at no charge to the families.

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Cobb Diaper Day

COBB DIAPER DAY – Rotary Club will join with the community to provide diapers for local agencies.There is a need throughout the county when babies arrive from homeless situations, etc. Several local agencies are recipients. We contributed 2,270 diapers and 904 baby wipes.

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Cobb Library Foundation

Cobb Library Foundation

We provide Grant funding in the amount of $2,500 to help the library buy new books each year. Rotarians do participate in their annual gala and we are proposing a service project with them this year.

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Coins for Alzheimers Research

COINS FOR ALZHEIMBER’S RESEARCH TRUST (CART)– A collection is held on the first Monday of each month for funds to be donated to this Rotary sanctioned project.

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Community Charity Drive-ARK Refuge

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Community Networking Event for World Polio Day

The Rotary Club of Americus hosts a Community Networking Event on World Polio Day. Leaders from a cross-section of the local community are invited to join local Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and the impact it has on local, district, national and global scales. A presentation is also made about the on-going fight against Polio, the progress that has been made, and the challenges that lie ahead.

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Cotton picking Fair Fall Festival

COTTON PICKING FAIR FALL FESTIVAL

The Cotton Pickin' Fair is the signature fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Meriwether Co. The Fair is held twice a year on the first weekends in May and October.

he Meriwether County Rotary Club cooks over 700 foot long hot-dogs with slaw, chili and cheese. Other items include candy apples, tea, lemonade, coffee, and muffins for breakfast.

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Crutches for Africa

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D7U8 Boys to Men Event

Encourage and uplift foster, adopted, at-risk young men in our community (ages 3-18). Children received instructions on manners, how to tie ties, and were given exposure to some of life lessons from Men and Professionals in the community. This event was broadcasted in the local news with Senators, Community Leaders and the like in attendance. Children received doanted free suits, jeans, shirt, and ties like they were in a department store. Over 100 people in attendance.

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Dawnbreaker Dash

This was our second annual 5k and 10k that raised funds directly for the Carroll County Mental Health Advocates. This organization is the missing link between substance abuse and mental health/suicide prevention. They will step in, with a court order as needed, and get the help needed for individuals suffering from mental health disease and prevent suicide. The funds raised were directly given to the organization at the event.

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Dawnbreakers 9/11 Remembrance Event

This was a special meeting that we opened to the public and broadcasted on Facebook Live. We opened the meeting with a prayer for peace and healing. Then the JROTC from Carrollton High School presented the colors while our fundraising chair, Emily Wilkins sang the Star Spangled Banner. Our speaker that day was a fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Carrollton, Bryant Hightower. Mr. Hightower gave a recollection and colorful explanation of his time spent at Ground Zero as a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team). His testimony and explanation of the scene, what his team went through and the personal stories brought most in attendance to tears and fired up their patriotic spirit. Immediately after his presentation we ended with a prayer asking for peace and protection for the first responders and their families. It was a very moving and patriotic presentation that we received many thank you calls, notes and messages.

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Dictionary Project Preparation

Rotarians and others packed dictionaries and pens for distribution to every third grade student in Columbus. The materials are funded in large part from our club.

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District Conference

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District Conference Display

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Dog Day Give Back award ceremony

We have selected this project as a Top Service Project for several reasons: It is a direct result from our annual fundraiser each year. The event has grown to the point that it is no longer staged during our normal breakfast meeting. For the first time, this year, we will be hosting a dinner program, off site, and will invite many dignitaries including: PDG Jim Squire, ADG Fred Ferrand, Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce, the mayor of Marietta, Bob Ott, Sponsors/Business owners from the community that made generous donations that will go back to the Non-Profit organizations in Cobb County, Print media types such as Marietta Daily Journal newspaper, EastCobber magazine, Cobb Life magazine, other Rotarians from Marietta clubs etc. Check presentations will be handled by an Emcee, Ross Cavitt, plus a photo image from a large erase type check showing the image of the Non-Profit receiving the funds with a Rotarian or Sponsor. We have been blessed to receive free use of a facility from a local church with whom we have a connection through Must Ministries. Also, another connection we have, Carrabbas, a Italian Restaurant, will cater the event and only charge us cost for the food. We anticipate this to create a new tradition for our club for many years!

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Community Involvement Plays A Critical Role

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)

The Rotary Club of East Cobb will provide Grant funding to help eradicate Human Trafficking this year in the amount of $5,600. Although we don't partner with other Rotary clubs in the area, others involved includ Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Roswell and North Atlanta. We have a Rotarian in our club who is our point person with this organization. She provides status, along with an occasional speaker, to update our club on what is going on in our area. Unfortunately, because of Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta area has become one of the leading cities in the country for this type of activity.

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Donna's Dispatch Our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin – 08/28/19

This is an example of Vinings Cumberland Rotary's weekly email bulletin.

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VCR 01-29-20 Bulletin

Donna’s Dispatch – Our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin – 01/29/20

This is an example of Vinings Cumberland Rotary's weekly email bulletin.

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VCR 02-12-20 Bulletin

Donna’s Dispatch – Our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin – 02/12/20

This is an example of Vinings Cumberland Rotary's weekly email bulletin.

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VCR 10-16-19 Bulletin

Donna’s Dispatch – Our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin – 10/16/19

This is an example of our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin.

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VCR 10-23-19 Bulletin

Donna’s Dispatch – Our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin – 10/23/19

This is an example of our Weekly Vinings Cumberland Rotary Email Bulletin.

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Dorcas Ministry

DORCAS MINISTRY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

The DORCAS Ministry is the name of a local food bank. The DORCAS ministry was named for the seamstress Dorcas, or Tabitha, whose story can be found in Acts 9:36-43. She was known for her generosity to the disadvantaged in her community. Today, Dorcas serves as the inspiration for our ongoing efforts to provide for those in our community who are facing immediate crises for emergency food.

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Drake House Apartment Rehab

We partner with North Fulton Rotary Club to sponsor a transitional housing apartment at Drake House. The last family graduated from the program and the mom is on her way to becoming a medical doctor. We spent a Saturday cleaning and painting the apartment so it will be ready for the next family.

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Santa Arrives

East Cobb Park Annual Tree Lighting

East Cobb Rotarians made and sold cookies and hot cocoa at the tree lighting event at East Cobb Park. Our efforts raised over $400.00 dollars for East Cobb Park.

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East Cobb Rotarians Are Ready!

East Cobb Rotary's MidYear Adopt-A-Mile A Success!

Pick up trash and debris along a busy traffic area of Johnson Ferry Rd, from LIttle Willeo to Lower Roswell Road, helping to beautify the area. East Cobb Rotarians and family members are encouraged to attend. We maintain the area 4 times or once per quarter.

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Parade Begins!

EastCobber Parade

Each year our community of East Cobb/Marietta sponsors a parade and local schools participate as teachers are recognized, school bands provide music and there are many volunteers including our Rotary Club. We provide a convertible from which we throw candy to the kids while other Rotarians carry the Rotary banner. We do cover the cost of candy for this event and participate to show our support in the community for the schools, Boy Scouts and businesses. The event provides an excellent forum for us to get the word out about The Rotary Club of East Cobb.

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Education Celebration

The Rotary Club of Griffin helps sponsor Norcom's Annual Education Celebration. Noncom is a local manufacturer of school supplies, whose president is Rotarian Hal Rahn. Other sponsors include Griffin Wal-Mart, managed by Rotarian Scott Owen.

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Essential Theater

Rotary of Atlanta West End is a sponsor of Essential Theater's competition which recognizes Georgia playwrights and produces their prize-winning works in an annual festival, held at the West End Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

Rotary AWE sponsors a West End neighborhood night performance and reception, with free and discounted tickets for neighborhood members; promotes the Festival at meetings and through social media; organizes an outing to a performance as a club fellowship event with family members; and nominates a Rotarian to serve on the theater's Board of Directors.

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First Responder Sponsorship

Honoring Cobb County First Responders, Meeting was held at Old Towne Country Club. A check was presented for $2,500 dollars and we were the Presenting Sponsor and they displayed a printed banner designating us as such. The event was attended by police officers however, the money goes to police, Fire and EMT.

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First Responders Award Luncheon

We invite the Policeman of the year, the Firefighter of the year, Deputy of the year, State Trooper of the year, and EMT of the year; along with their family and supervisor to our meeting for lunch. We present them with plaque and photograph to be displayed at their place of work. These are also placed in the local newspaper.

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Food for Thought

On the third Tuesday of the week our club meeting goes the Upson Lee South Elementary School to fill bags with food for selected children to take home over the weekend.

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Free Pictures with Santa

Every December, the Rotary Club of Americus hosts a picture-taking session with Santa Claus at the Windsor Hotel. This event is heavily promoted in the local newspaper, on radio and social media. This is a free event, with pictures and refreshments included.and targeted towards families that may not have the ability to pay for private photography sessions.

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Freedom Fighter IPA

If there was ever an example of Rotary connecting the world it is this project.

Gate City Brewing Company was founded by Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser who met through Roswell Rotary. Dave McCleary learned about modern day slavery during his year as president of Roswell Rotary and started End Human Trafficking Now to get Rotary into the fight to end slavery in our lifetime. At this year's installation party Pat and Dave talked about brewing a beer to support the cause. One of Gate City's employees, Tay Ganio, overheard the conversation and wanted in on the project. She had the perfect receipt for what became Freedom Fighter IPA. Every can sold at the brewery or in grocery stores builds awareness with trafficking stats, the national help line and endHTnow.com

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French Peace Delegation

The French “Peace” delegation visited Bulloch Hall in Roswell as the final stop on a day-long Georgia tour that includes Warm Springs, Stone Mountain and a reception from the mayor and city of LaGrange. They are here to explore establishing their own, permanent “Peace institute” within the broader Peace park efforts, and this visit is meant to include and raise Roswell’s (and Bulloch’s) international presence and influence, and leverage on the French people’s high esteem of the Roosevelt family, especially Eleanor, Mittie Bulloch’s granddaughter.

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Friends of Mentoring

Rotarians undergo training and certification as Mentors to students at risk in the Fayette County School System, K-12grade.

The Rotarians must pass background checks, undergo Georgia Youth Protection Training, and be certified to work with designated “students at risk”.

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VCR & Friends of Refugees Sep 2019

Friends of Refugees Donations & Site Visit

During the month of September 2019, VCR members brought the following new and gently-used items to weekly meetings to be donated to The Friends of Refugees (FOR): children's books, children's puzzles, jumbo crayons, coloring books, stickers and professional/business attire

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VCR & GLOL

Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest Reading/Judging

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is special to our Club (and a favorite of President Donna’s!), as we have supported it for years. It asks students to identify their own Law of Life (a quote or saying that provides a moral compass, value or ideal by which to live) and write about how it applies to their lives. The contest celebrates the students’ amazing stories and the lessons gleaned from such, and offers cash awards to essay writers and teachers. “These essays provide eye-opening glimpses into the hopes, struggles and everyday lives of Georgia teens.” On September 27th

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Georgia Rotary Student Program

Each year, Rotary of Atlanta West End partners with three other Rotary Clubs to support expenses for a visiting student from abroad to study at Clayton State University and to participate in a year-long educational and cultural exchange with Rotarians, Georgians, and other students from around the world. This year, Rotary AWE is proud to sponsor Mr. Uku Urb from Estonia.

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Global Grant Bangladesh, India

The Rotary Club of East Cobb participated in a Global Grant with RI by donating $250 toward control of Polio..

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Packing Swag Bags

Golf & Tennis Tournament

Our annual fundraiser is all hands on deck and every member of Roswell Rotary Club participates by volunteering, donating or sponsoring the tournament. We host 300+ golfers and 100+ tennis players between our morning and afternoon flights. After a long day of play, we host an afterparty that includes awards for the days winners, a silent auction, dinner and drinks.

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New Teacher Lucheon

Griffin-Spalding County School System New Teacher's Luncheon

The club sponsors an annual luncheon for all new teachers in the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS). The new teachers have the opportunity to meet Rotarians and enjoy lunch during their orientation week. This welcome provides a great first impression of our school system and community. This year, we welcomed 120 new teachers and heard words of encouragement and motivation from Mr.Frank Pinson.

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Christina Garcia Day One

GRSP

The Rotary Club of East Cobb has a long standing tradition of participating in GRSP. PP Guy Gephardt of The Rotary Club of East Cobb is the Trustee for: East Cobb, North Cobb, South Cobb, Marietta, Marietta Metro, Smyrna and Vinings.

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GRSP Student

GRSP Student

The Rotary Club of Griffin sponsored its first GRSP student in 1949 and every year since. This year's student, Jennifer Wright, our 91st, is from Scotland. She is attending the University of Georgia. Rotarian Francisco Diez-Gonzalez and his wife Claudia, are hosting for the year.

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GSW Move-in Day for New Students

Local Rotarians volunteer to move new students into student housing on their first day as college students at Georgia Southwestern State University. Rotarians help parents and their college freshmen as they moved into the dormitory, answered their questions, provided basic information about Rotary and showed appreciation for their decision to attend our local university..

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Habitate For Hunanity COllege Student Hosting

HABITATE FOR HUMANITY COLLEGE STUDENT HOSTING

On the 3rd week in March of each year a college team comes to Meriwether County for the college challenge build.

Meriwether County Rotary Club host and provide a meal and speaker each year. Typically we host 15 - 18 college students, who spend their spring break working on a habitat house. Usually they start with the foundation already laid and at least have the home dried in by weeks’ end.

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Haunted Hustle

Haunted Hustle run with NE Cobb YMCA

Partnered with North Cobb YMCA 5K/10K run. Helped with set up and putting food and snacks out for runners. Gave out shirts and bags to children when they completed the race. Helped with cleanup.

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Health Symposium

This year’s program brings internationally recognized experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the globally acclaimed Shriner's Hospitals together to update the progress and challenges faced by the global polio eradication, examine the significance of the global measles/rubella outbreak and this vaccine resistance to global polio eradication and provide insight and the lasts treatment for an emerging disease that has been called “the new polio“– Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AMF). CEs are available for Physicians, Nurses and Health Professionals.

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Holidays Around the World

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Honduras Lunches for Learning

Our club provides money for the Honduras Lunches for Learning project. This project provides lunches to school children. Without these lunches, many of the students would skip school in search of food.

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Honoring Our Heroes

HONORING OUR HEROES –

1) A community wide event on November 14th is being held which is a Chili Cook-off with proceeds to benefit Georgia Army National Guard Family Support Foundation, Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and Veterans Court of Cobb County Bravo/Victor Fund. Our club is joining with the other Rotary Clubs of Cobb County to offer assistance at the event.

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Visiting New Town Park

Honoring Our Veterans

Our club loves our Veterans and we wanted to show them how appreciated they are by hosting a Veterans Day outing. Our club veterans, club family members who served and local area veterans were invited to join us for a special day in their honor and as a way for our club to thank them for their service!

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VCR & Hope thru Soap

Hope Thru Soap Toiletry Donations Project

Hope thru Soap is a non-profit that provides showers, haircuts, clothing and food to Atlanta’s homeless. It serves hundreds of homeless individuals annually. During the month of December, Vinings Cumberland Rotarians collected the following items to donate to this noble organization: soap, shampoo, nail files, hair brushes, combs, fingernail clippers and other personal hygiene products. Member contributions were delivered to those served by Hope thru Soap in early January 2020.

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Host Club for District 6900 RYLA

The Rotary Club of Americus is honored to be the host club for the 2020 District 6900 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to be held June 20th-24th at Georgia Southwestern State University.

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Human Trafficking Awareness

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS -

1) Several events will be held to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking.The West Cobb YMCA will host a seminar at their facility on October 22 and Susan Norris of “Saving Hope” will speak. Other programs are planned including with Interact clubs.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

This February’s Super Bowl in Atlanta will also be an opportunity for victims of slavery and human trafficking to be brought into the area. Rotarians across Georgia are working towards increasing public awareness of this problem and providing these victims information on how to reach out for help.

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Human Trafficking Community Event

The Rotary CLub of Lake Spivey/Clayton County in conjunction with the City of Lovejoy...

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Hump Day

Every month on the 2nd Wednesday our club gets together at one of our members restaurants for food and fellowship. This started a few years ago and has been a great new tradition that brings our members together for some fun.

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Destruction In The Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian Relief Supply Collection

Over the years our club has done projects with partnering clubs in the Bahamas so when Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands our club went into action. We collected 9 pallets worth of food, water, first aid, personal hygiene, clothes, shelter and tools. Our friends at FODAC were a huge help in arranging the logistics for collections and transport to the Bahamas.

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Hurricane Michael HERO Lunch

On the anniversary of Hurricane Michael, the Rotary Club of Cuthbert hosted a HERO Lunch for all those in Randolph County that assisted during the week of cleanup and restoration to our area.
We set aside some time to celebrate those who helped us during Hurricane Michael. We invited our local officials, Police Officers, Firemen, and Ground Crews that kept us safe last October. We know how important these jobs are to our community and we want to recognize them for their countless hours trying to bring peace back to our lives after this devastating event.

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Hurricane Michael Relief

The Florida panhandle and South Georgia has been hit very hard by Hurricane Michael. Use the Contribute button to contribute to the relief efforts online. You can also send checks to:

District 6900 Charity Fund
c/o James Marosek
2810 Premier Parkway Suite 200
Duluth, GA 30097

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HYPE Bark at the Park

Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) hosted its annual dog walk and 5K run in LaGrange. Rotary Secretary and President Elect Trae Long is also a HYPE Board member, Trae represented Rotary Club of LaGrange in the walk which benefits the LaGrange Troup County Humane Society.

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Installation Party

Our club has a great tradition of turning the changing of the guard from one president to the next into a big party. The past president and new president exchange gifts as they pass the presidential pins. The next years board is officially installed.

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Interact Club

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Interact Conference

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"Help Kiss Polio Goodbye"

Interact Fundraiser -"Help Kiss Polio Goodbye"

Each year the Students of West Georgia Community Interact Club raise money to benefit RI's End Polio Now campaign. This year the students decided to offer packaged chocolate kisses for a dollar donation to shoppers at a local grocery store.

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District Grant Branding

Interactive Projector For Special Needs Students

Supporting basic education and literacy for those with special needs through technology was made possible by a District 6900 Grant.

The district awarded our club a $3000 grant to fund an interactive projector for The Cottage School, a special needs school in our community. This projector provides a connected learning experience for students of all ages as the school has grades 4-12. It will continue the schools efforts to incorporate technology into the education programs for students with learning disabilities.

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Jim Murphy Recognized by Congressman Loudermilk

We all know what a great Rotarian and friend our very own Jim Murphy is!

Now the rest of the world knows! The below link is of Congressman Barry Loudermilk recently sharing with the world the amazing accomplishments of Jim and our appreciation. Representative Loudermilk's (R-GA) House Floor speech honors the life and service of Jim Murphy, who is a veteran of WWII and constituent of Georgia's 11th Congressional District.

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Junior Deputy Program

We sponsor a child to go with a group of youths on a week long trip to Washington DC, accompanied by the local sheriff Department. This annual event serves 30-40 children.

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Keep Safe 5K

Our Club partnered with local police officer, Travis Goodman, to raise funds for the Keep Safe 5k. The Keep Safe 5K was a race in which all proceeds went to provide car seats to mothers of newborns within the community. Our club supported this fundraiser by providing funds, hosting the organizer of the event and promoting the event within the community.

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Keeping Americus Beautiful

The Rotary Club of Americus partners with the City of Americus for a service project cleaning up the downtown business district. Rotarians enjoy fellowship while volunteering their Saturday morning to better their community.

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Gathering for the Parade

LaGrange Annual Christmas Parade

This is the eleventh year that the LaGrange Rotary has been involved in the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. This 43rd annual Christmas Parade's theme was "Children's Christmas Stories". This year our own Rotarian Roy Nichols was selected as being the 2019 Christmas Parade Marshall.

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Round 2 of Reviewing Entries

Laws of Life

We sponsored 2 schools - Wheeler & Lassiter High Schools in the amount of $1,000.

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Leadership 20/20

Each year our club hosts students who have been nominated by their teachers for showing leadership qualities for a day of leadership training. The students spend the whole day with guest speakers and Rotarians that push the students leadership skills to new levels. The students participate in challenging exercises and thought provoking conversations to expand their leadership skills.

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Literacy

LITERACY – The Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center is a facility for 4 year-olds in the Marietta City School system to help them get a jump start on school.

1) The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, in cooperation with the Ferst Foundation, will provide a book to approximately 137 children every month during the school year. The students will be able to keep the books for their own.In addition, parent training is being held to help parents learn to best utilize the book as a learning tool.

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More New Friends

Lunches for Learning Program

This is our Top Pick for an International Project. Our club has been involved in this program for 4 years located in Escuela Pedro Nufio in the village of El Rincon in southwest Honduras. The school serves 146 students from grades K through 9 including middle schoolers who walk three hours each way to attend class in the only middle school in the area. The lifeblood of this school is the lunch program provided by L4L, and the prior sponsor pulled out leaving L4L to support the school from its general funds which is an unsustainable situation.

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Luscious Sanders Recreation-Garden planter

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Marietta Reads

Our Annual Fall Marietta Reads Campaign where we read a book to 2nd grade classes in the Marietta School System. We also have a big kick off event on the Marietta Square with 14 Rotarians present on Saturday morning 9/14/19. 39 Rotary Member Volunteers read to 26 classes yielding 819 children being read to.

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MDE Students

MDE School - Marietta, GA

The Rotary Club of East Cobb fills a very important need in our community by providing Grant funding toward the construction of a new playground in early 2020. There are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that are providing funding to this school.

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Meet Roswell Rotary

This year we had a series of events at some of our member's establishments like Variant Brewing and Houck's Bar & Grill that are open to the public for people who are interested in learning more about Rotary. This is a great environment for members to bring prospective members to introduce them to Rotary in a more casual setting.

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Sally Platt providing hearing, vision and nutrition information.

Mentoring for Leadership

MENTORING FOR LEADERSHIP – There is program at the Marietta High School which facilitates adults counseling and mentoring students to educate, encourage and support students in setting their goals for future years.Marietta Metro Rotary is providing funding and volunteers.

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Monthly MUST Homeless Shelter Lunches

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Must Ministries Oct 22

Must Ministries Lunch 10-22-2019

East Cobb Rotarians provided and served lunch to over 100 homeless people at MUST MINISTRIES. Fred Hanna graciously stepped forward and donated all of the goods and foods served and fellow Rotarians assisted in serving everyone with a smile!

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"Looking Good and Cafeteria Ready!"

Must Ministries Lunch 9-24-19

Volunteers from Rotary of East Cobb provided and served lunch to over 100 homeless people .

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MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Project

On Thursday, July 11th, nine (9) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to prepare 1,054 meals for children served by MUST Ministries’ Summer Lunch Program. MUST Ministries addresses a great need in our community- food insecurity. During the academic year, school personnel observe children getting sick from overeating after experiencing hunger-filled weekends. This problem is grossly exacerbated during the summer when children do not have access to the meals provided in school. In response, MUST Ministries offers its Summer Lunch Program to kids in Cobb, Fulton, Douglas, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Pickens counties. It prepares and delivers approximately 6,000 meals daily and 300,000 meals annually during the summer months. MUST Ministries staff member LaShonda Daniels says of her work: “It makes me happy to know that I am a part of helping these children receive such blessings.” We totally agree with her, and were pleased to offer our assistance to help remedy this serious problem affecting children in our local communities.

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My Favorite Things Luncheon

This luncheon was sponsored by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Guild to raise money for their organization while showcasing community organizations. Project Leader Karin Thompson got a chance to express her artistic side along with the other members of this project while they were getting the message of Rotary out to others.

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VCR & My Sister's House

My Sister's House/Atlanta Mission Meal Service Project

The Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House “is an overnight homeless shelter that accommodates both women and children.” It can host up to 264 guests. On Saturday, November 30th, Vinings Cumberland Rotary members and several wives, daughters, and grandchildren served lunch to homeless mothers and children at My Sister’s House. Vinings Cumberland Rotarian and Atlanta Mission Director, Dan Balena, gave everyone a tour of the facility and spoke about the services provided on site. Both the staff and residents were grateful for our Club’s efforts to help address the needs of homeless mothers and their kids.

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VCR & National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

During the week of October 26th, twelve (12) Vinings Cumberland Rotarians collected and safely disposed of eighty-five bottles of unused and expired prescription medications for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. “The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.” Since the program began in 2009, the DEA has collected more than eleven million pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. Vinings Cumberland Rotarians were happy to do our part to support and promote this important community initiative.

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New Member Social

At least once a year we host a social to get our new members together with our board of directors. This is a great way to connect our new members to the leaders in our club, who can help them get engaged in serving the community.

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kitchen at Orphanage

New well pump and stove for Guatemala Orphanage

On a trip to the Marta y Maria Orphanage this week in Jalapa, Guatemala we found the water pump for the well not working leaving the orphanage without clean drinking water and sanitation. The well needs be excavated to be deeper which will cost an estimated $100/foot to dig and a new pump needs to be installed. The cost of the pump and piping can not be determined until we see just how deep the well needs to be dug. The Orphanage is currently having to purchase bottled water for $66 every two days and carry waste off in buckets. The expense of purchasing the water makes affording the repairs impossible and is depleting the money needed for food. The Orphanage currently houses 170 young girls in Jalapa, Guatemala. In the past our chapter assisted them in purchasing a commercial oven to bake bread. They are also in need of a new commercial stove, burner and tortilla machine as they are currently cooking on a tin placed over an open fire for items that cannot be cooked in the oven. Rotarians will volunteer their time to assist with the purchasing, and installation of the well pump and the new kitchen equipment. Photos of the girls are posted with this project wearing their new uniforms they were able to make with the sewing machines Rotary provided in 2018 which is also giving the girls training for possible future jobs.

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NFCC Backpack Collection

Roswell Rotary collects backpacks and school supplies for children supported through North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC). This organization provides food, clothing and other services to needy families and individuals living below the poverty level in the Roswell/North Fulton community. This year we filled 64 backpacks with supplies and club members donated $400 to the effort.

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North Fulton Rotary Council

Roswell is please to participate in a council that includes all the clubs in North Fulton County. We annually host the GRSP Conclave Weekend along with other service projects we help each other achieve.

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Oslo International Summer School

Select up to 3 students for a Summer School trip to OSLO via an application/interview process in coordination with LaGrange College.

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Parade of Trees

Local Rotarians funded and decorated the Rotary Literacy Tree promoting Basic Education and Literacy in downtown Americus for the city's Parade of Trees event. Each participating organization sponsors a tree, and Rotarians decorated their tree with Rotary-themed pencils and decorations in Rotary colors.

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Parks Clean Up

PARKS CLEAN UP –

1) We have a project planned through the Parks and Recreating Department to beautify the gardens at Brumby Hall.

2) We are also working with Keep Marietta Beautiful to explore other opportunities for improvement and clean up of green areas in the city.

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Phoenix House

The Phoenix House is a project that is controlled by Way Point and is a five bedroom house located in Griffin. The house has been renovated and is used to house female veterans who are homeless and unemployed. The plan is the veterans will live there and will be assisted in finding employment. The Rotary Club of Griffin furnished one of the five bedrooms in the house.

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Police & Fire Foundation

During the coffee with the chief's we presented a $500 donation to Honorary Roswell Rotary member Fire Chief Burnette and a $500 donation to Honorary Roswell Rotary member Police Chief Conroy for the Roswell Police & Fire Foundation in their honor. This was a great way to thank the Chiefs for their service to our community.

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Polio Awareness

POLIO AWARENESS –

1) On September 22, Marietta Metro Club President Keith Funderburk made arrangements for Rotary to partner with the Atlanta Braves for a special polio emphasis.A portion of every ticket purchased through a special portal would benefit End Polio Now campaign.Around 200 Rotarians attended and with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, over $6000 was raised.

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Eliminating Polio

Polio Plus

Each year The Rotary Club of East Cobb will enjoy holiday party, generally hosted by one of it's own members and attended by members and spouses. On Dec. 14, 2019, we experienced a wonderful time to celebrate the many blessings we are all thankful for. Part of our tradition is for members to bring gifts which we raffle off to the highest bidders. The money raised from the raffle is put to very good use, due to the generosity of the members. We are please that this years event

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Printed Directory

Each year a small but dedicated group of volunteers take headshots, update member data, sell ads and layout a printed directory for our club to use to get in touch with each other. The directory is full of useful information about all of our committees, our members and is a great way to do business with a club member. In addition, the directory is a nice fundraiser the helps offset some of the expenses of running the club which keeps our quarterly dues low.

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Everyone was excited to participate in such an impactful program

Project Mail Call - Marietta, GA

Project Mail Call was started 12 years ago by a retired couple that attends Mt. Bethel UMC in East Cobb. Ed, a retired Navy veteran, drew upon his experience in the military and he and his wife Mary, decided to start this Non-Profit, with some help from Mt. Bethel UMC in the basement of their home. The entire basement is set up with all types of food supplies, books/magazines, games, toiletry items and hand written letters from elementary students thanking them for their service. Soldiers are always in need of these items but, just as important to them is mail or a box sent directly to them with a hand written note letting them know that others care about them and are thinking about them. It is a small way to thank all soldiers for their service.

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Project Zero

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Provide Assistace to Little Childre of the World Program

Provide assistance to local organization, Little Children of the World, dedicated to creating caring, communities for children who are victims of poverty, neglect amd abuse in the Philippines,

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Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon

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Randolph County Recreation Department Project

Rotary Club of Cuthbert along with help from other local organizations (Local Grant from Georgia Power) completely renovated the ballfields including, new bleachers, new dugouts, and revamping the concessions stands. The Rotary Club provided much of the manpower on this project.

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RCC Group Photo

RCC Supports Local Men's Shelter

"Disability" is not a word in the vocabulary of these young adults!

They focus on the good things and people in their lives and have a desire to give back to the community around them and to those in need.They truly exemplify #ServiceAboveSelf (the motto of Rotary International).

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Kids Being Tutored

REAP (Reading is Essential for All People)

The Rotary Club of East Cobb fills a very important gap in our community as there are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that contribution to this entity. By partnering with this Non-Profit, we are able to help better equip the teachers to deal with

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Red Kettle Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

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Ringing the Bell

Red Kettle Campaign

This is a program that we participate in each year. Members of the LaGrange Rotary Club volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the Walmart SuperCenter in LaGrange. Rotarians rang the bell on Saturday, December 14, from 9 am - 5 pm.

The money that is collected from this event is given to the Salvation Army for them to use it to help others. We do not have direct contact with the beneficiaries so we will not be able to give any estimates at this time. We collected a total of $525 for this cause.

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Relay For Life/American Cancer Society

Anticipate 4 East Cobb Rotarians to volunteer and support the cause of the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life.

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Rivers Alive Chattahoochee Clean Up

Each year we have a team of volunteers that spends a Saturday morning gathering trash from the banks of the Chattahoochee River. This year we won for the most trash at 330 lbs and we found the most interesting item which was an industrial gas tank. We get dirty and wet, but have a great time on the river protecting one of our communities great natural resources.

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Roswell Art Festival

The Roswell Arts Festival was started by members of Roswell Rotary and our club has supported the festival for more than 50 years. Our support started as volunteers spending the night in the square guarding the art work and now we provide the festival with $500 to pay for security guards. The festival brings 100s of visitors to the city and is a great family event.

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Rotary Atlanta West End Microbusiness Program

The Rotary Club of Atlanta West End Microbusiness Program provides small business education, mentoring, resources, and loans to entrepreneurs serving Atlanta's West End neighborhood. Each cohort begins with recruitment through community open houses and local publications and social media, as well as reaching out to former participants and other community partners. Participants take a mini-MBA course at Atlanta Technical College, facilitated by Rotary AWE members Victoria Seals and Kimberly Weaver, and are matched with professional mentors with experience in their field. Rotary AWE has set up 501c3 status for the microbusiness program to broaden opportunities for funding the program. Rotary AWE club members are involved in all aspects of managing the program: applicant recruitment and selection, technical education and support, public relations, legal compliance, business mentors, and loan documentation, repayment, and banking.

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Raffle Drawing

Rotary Club of Cuthbert Annual Rifle Raffle

The Rotary Club of Cuthbert Annual Rifle Raffle was a success again this year. We raised over $700 in our community to benefit the Rotary Foundation. Every member participated in the sell of tickets. We had tremendous community support and was very happy with our donation.

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Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival is our marquee fundraising event. It is a unique opportunity for Rotarians to demonstrate "Service Above Self". Diverse community groups, dragon boat teams, sponsors and vendors from different communities and countries join together for greater impact during a day of fabulous food, entertainment and friendly competition.

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Hurricane Dorian

Rotary District 6900 Disaster Relief Efforts

The Caribbean, Bahamas, and coastal Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States have been hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. Please use the Contribute button to donate to the disaster relief efforts supported by Rotary District 6900. The Rotary District 6900 Charitable Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization for your tax planning. Should more money be received than needed for this particular relief effort we will use the surplus money for future disaster relief activities.

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RHH VOLUNTEERS

Rotary Has Heart for Senior

Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact Members will host a Valentine's Party for the residents at Fellowship Home helping them arrange flowers in a Valentine's Day bouquet. Musical entertainment provided by your local Rotarians. LIVE Facebook feed available on our FB page.

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Rotary International Convention

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Site Elevation

Rotary Learning Lab

This project is a perfect fit for DG jim's focus on basic education and literacy

HomeStretch is a non-profit that helps families with school age children who are employed with transitional housing. As part of the program they help residents with job skills and their children with tutoring so they can be successful in school. This grant will provide HomeStretch with an onsite computer lab that children will use with their tutors to complete school assignments and further their education.

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Rotary Reads 2019/2020


The Rotary Reads Project coincides with the Rotary Mission to improve education in our area. It also aligns the District Governor’s focus on state literacy. The State of Georgia is ranked 33rd in K-12 Education in our nation. Randolph County is listed as a borderline distressed county with more than 25% of adults without a high school degree. Randolph County is also listed as less than 25% of 3rd

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Rotary Road Cleanup Q1

This was our quarterly road cleanup through downtown Carrollton

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Wreaths being placed

Rotary Supporting Wreaths Across America

Rotarians volunteered their time and made significant donations towards the Wreaths Across America. The mission of the Wreaths Across America organization is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Rotary Club of Americus volunteers to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Andersonville National Cemetery, and donates funds to purchase wreaths. In 2019, Rotarians and other volunteers together placed over 15,000 wreaths at Andersonville. Jim Covington, past president of the Americus Club and Chairman of the Friends of Andersonville, is a champion in leading this community-wide effort.

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Rotary Youth Challenge

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Rotary Youth Exchange

While Rotary Youth Exchange has been around for a long time it is just starting in our district as only 50 students have participated thus far. We are excited to host our first student this year. Ana Clara is from Brazil and will live with 3 different host families in the Roswell High school district. We look forward to having Ana Clara as a part of our club and our community this year.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Every year, Rotary of Atlanta West End sponsors one or two promising rising high school juniors to receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. These scholars participate in an all-expenses paid summer retreat at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus with other outstanding students from around the state. The retreat helps students to develop leadership and teamwork skills.

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RUMC Job Networking

Job networking is an outreach program at Roswell United Methodist Church that connects job seekers with local area employers that are hiring. Job seekers can get the clothes they need to dress for success, take a new LinkedIn headshot, have their resume reviewed, practice interviewing and have a nice dinner. Many members of our club volunteer for various roles during the bi-weekly networking event and our club sponsors dinner 4 times a year.

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RYLA 2020

RYLA

We will be sponsoring 4 students. Applications to be submitted Feb 2020. Funding amount $2200. Our club has provided funding for this entity for many years.

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RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

We are again this year sending a candidate to our District's RYLA training. This program gives a deserving student an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

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Salvation Arm Coat Drive

The Rotary Club of Griffin held a coat drive this past year. We announced the drive at our weekly meetings. We collected 24 coats from Rotarians, their spouses, Rotaract and members of the community. We donated the coats to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army took the coats to the House of Hope shelter and distributed the coats to their clientele there.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The Rotary Club of Columbus volunteers to serve at three Salvation Army Bellringing stations one day each year. This year, on December 12, 2019, the Rotary Club of Columbus provided 50 hours from 45 club members and two Rotaractors and helped to raise $1,331.93.

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Saving Lives Through Prevention and Responsibility - PARC Program

SAVING LIVES THROUGH PREVENTION AND RESPONSIBILITY-PARC PROGRAM

Prevention and Responsible Choices (PARC) is a prevention program designed to provide education and experiences which reduce risky behaviors in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19. The program consists of one session with a limited number of participants per session.

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Photo Stamping Magazines

Scholastic magazines for school

The Quitman County School System is located in one of the poorest counties in Georgia with students who test very low in reading. The school system received a government grant last year to provide computers and tablets to the students. The school asked the Rotary to help them provide Scholastic Magazine's and the included online educational resources to use with those computers. The magazines were purchased in 2018 and the school system reported a great improvement in reading scores. These magazines bring current reading materials which the kids can relate to and expose them not only to reading, but also math, science, art and the world around them. The school is asking us to please renew these subscriptions for the 2019/2020 school year. The magazines are provided to all age groups in the school system. Rotary Volunteers spend time passing out the magazines and reading to the children at the school.

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School House Box

- Mitchell Co is 100% Free School Meals County
- purchase of basic back to school supplies is a financial burden for many families
- provide basic classroom supplies (pencils, glue, markers, etc.) for every Pre-K-1st grade classroom in the county in branded storage box
-impact three school systems - Baconton Charter, Mitchell Co Primary/Elementary; Westwood Schools

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Serving India's Disabled

SERVING INDIA’S DISABLED

In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Polio the Rotary Club of Meriwether County is serving the people of India affected by Polio and other disabilities with providing free refurbished equipment to enhance their day to day life. This program is spearheaded by Past President Robert Prater partnering with The Friends of Disabled and Children (FODAC) of Stone Mountain Georgia and Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim Maharashtra India.

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Serving Our Seniors

SERVING OUR SENIORS –ELDER ABUSE.Programs are being planned to be presented to local civic groups and churches regarding elder abuse prevention.Jason Marbutt is a member of MMRC and also Chairman of the Elder Abuse Task Force in Cobb County and he has agreed to present to local groups on Elder Abuse.Jason Marbutt presented a program on September 8 at Marietta First Baptist.There were about 100 in attendance.Several organizations are interested including other churches and Senior Centers.

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Serving Our Seniors - Senior Santa

SERVING OUR SENIORS – SENIOR SANTA.In cooperation with the Cobb County Senior Services, our club will be providing support for deserving seniors at Christmas.Hopefully, the Interact Clubs will join us in doing some projects like fulfilling wishes, stockings, Christmas cards, etc.

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Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop is an event of the Police Department of the City of Americus, and supported by the Rotary Club of Americus through both club sponsorship and member donations. Police officers take children from disadvantaged or at-risk environments shopping for Christmas presents and build positive relationships with the youth.

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Silent Cake Auction

Member of the club will provide home made baked goods to be auctioned to the general public to raise money for the projects the club does locally and internationally. Sale is conducted at the Hospital Auditorium from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

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Souper Santa

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Spreading More Love Valentine Sweetheart Dinner

RCoM will join forces again with the Kiwanis Club of Marietta for fellowship and love in the spirit of Valentine's Day. Proceeds will benefit Cobb Family Resources' Peanut Butter Drive. CFR will supply food to children during the upcoming winter break. Some childrens' only meal is at school and the CFR project provides nutrition and food security during this school break.

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Square Foot Ministries House

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Start the New Year by Getting Involved with Your Community: Consider Joining the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club

This is a member recruitment article we published in the January 2020 edition of the Bright Side Newspaper (serving the Vinings/Smyrna area).

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Stephenson Robotics

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Stop Hunger Now

STOP HUNGER NOW – The Rotary club will provide volunteers and funding for an event on November 20.The program prepares pouches of rice, vitamins and seasonings for distribution overseas, each of which provides six servings.

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Suicide Prevention Confrence

We will provide lunch for the conference at Southern Crescent Technical College. The conference is provided to 50 attendees through the Family Connections. The conference is from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm

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Sumter YDC Mother Son Banquet

Members of the Rotary Club of Americus, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, hosted a luncheon at the Sumter Youth Detention Center. The luncheon reunited mothers and sons for a special occasion of recognition and encouragement for the troubled young men who have shown that they are seeking a better path in life. Americus Rotarians provided and served the meals and refreshments to the honorees.

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A Family of Rotary Event

Sweet Land of Liberty - Children's July 4th Parade

July 4, 2019, was sunny and warm, a perfect day for LaGrange's 36th annual children's 4th of July parade. The origin of this celebration was the idea of the wife of Rotarian Jim Boyd, Annette Mills Boyd. This parade was established to give the children of LaGrange an opportunity to participate in a festive celebration of the birth of our great nation.

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Teacher Allergy Forum

This was an educators forum where we 'Teach the Teacher' on food allergy awareness in the classroom. We had representatives and teachers from the City, County and Private schools in our region and gave a 101 presentation on Food Allergy Awareness. The presentation started with what is a food allergy, how to prevent exposure, how to prep the classroom and how to administer life saving medication in the event of exposure to an allergen. We even had a few of the schools contact us direct about doing 1on1 training directly to their staff. Three weeks into the school year we had a couple of teachers reach back out to thank us for the training as situations in their classrooms were mitigated by what they had learned.

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VCR & Teasley Elementary Career Day

Teasley Elementary Career Day

On Friday, October 18th, five (5) Vinings

Cumberland Rotarians volunteered their time to speak to students at Teasley

Elementary about our careers. Member professions ranged from non-profit

management to architecture to cleaning services. We each had a good time while educating

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Teen Suicide Prevention

TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION – With the alarming statistics regarding the number of teen suicides in the country and in Cobb County, plans are being made to present programs to educate students, parents and the community on warning signs and hopefully reduce the number of suicides.

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The Extension - Mens

EXTENSION – This is a licensed residential and recovery program serving homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions.Would be residents undergo a rigorous assessment to assure that they are genuinely committee to starting a new chapter in their lives. Then begins the long, tough challenge of reclaiming their lives from the clutches of chemical dependency.

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The Extension - Women's

EXTENSION – WOMEN’S –

1) The women of the Rotary Club provide dinner for the residents once each quarter, typically about 30 residents per meal.

2) Thanks to a District Grant award, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro recently purchased and installed a brand new Speed Queen washer and dryer for The Extension-Women's Facility, along with several months' supply of detergent and dryer sheets. The facility houses around 40 women, most of whom are in the workplace every day and must be presentable at their jobs.Having access to functional washers and dryers makes this achievable.Marietta Metro Rotarians also support The Extension by providing an evening meal every quarter for both the Men’s and Women’s Extension.The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro is proud to support their efforts. This project was completed on September 27, 2019.

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The Voyage Character Education Lessons

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Thomaston Upson Business Showcase

We will have a table set up at the event with Rotary Information, club activities, and End Polio information.Local businesses and hundreds of customers and people seeking employment will be invited to the event open to the public.

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Tidal Wave Car Wash Ticket Sale

Members will sell 10 tickets each to increase funds for the club. Club members will sell 100 tickets at $10 each; will make a profit of $500.00.

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Together Roswell

The city of Roswell has embarked on a strategic plan and vision for the future of our city. The initial public meetings were poorly attended, so many civic groups jumped in to drive turnout. We partnered with Positively Roswell, Roswell Next, Roswell Attorney Project and Historic Roswell Business Association to host a public forum at Gate City Brewing Company. With a goal of 300 people we would more than double the turnout from the 4 previous public meeting combined. We knock that out of the park with 500 attendees!

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Toys For Tots toy Sort

This was our yearly toy sort for the West GA Toys for Tots campaign. This has become a signature Dawnbreaker event where our families all pick and pack toys for local children in the Toys for Tots program.

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Upson Read Trivia Bee

We will sponsor a team to participate in the trivia bee to raise money for GED scholarships.

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Upson Senior Center Give back

We will make a cash donation to the Upson County Senior Center which provides meals on wheels through out the county.

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Valley Rescue Mission Turkey Carving

Volunteers prepare turkeys for the needy during Thanksgiving.

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Veterans Empowerment Organization

Roswell Rotary adopted the homeless men, women and their children who served our country. Volunteers helped paint staircases on the campus and enjoyed lunch with several of the men benefiting from their care.

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Veterans Recognition

Special lunch for Veterans of all wars. Recognized with Poppy Pin this year and had a keynote address by one of the Tuskegee Air Men .

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Vibrant Club Workshop

Club President D. Lindner, Youth Services Chair, Mark Davis, and Chris Largent attended the Vibrant Club Workshop held in Macon, GA. Vibrant Clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects and try new ideas. The two-hour workshop on Membership, Foundation, and Public Image was a deep dive into three main pillars of the Club.President D brought new ideas back to our Board for consideration. Of special concern were ways to recruit and retain members.

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VCR & Vinings Cemetery Clean-up

Vinings Cemetery Clean-up Service Project

On Sunday, October 27th, twenty-five (25) volunteers came together to clean up the Vinings Cemetery, which had not been maintained for over a year. Volunteers spent the afternoon pulling weeds and cutting back a tremendous amount of overgrowth in order to restore the beauty of this cemetery and the dignity of those buried there. This project was an excellent example of organizational collaboration, as Vinings Cumberland Rotarians, their families, friends, potential members, Pope High School Interact Club members and their siblings, members of the Boy Scouts Troop One, and volunteers from St. Pius Church came together for this afternoon of community service and neighborhood beautification. Local Service Chair Jolene Northrop reported that “great progress was made, and fun and fresh air was had by all.”

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Vinings Cumberland Rotary in Cobb Life Magazine

Vinings Cumberland Rotary's Citizen of the Year Award in Cobb Life Magazine

An article on the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year Award appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Cobb Life Magazine.

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Vinings Cumberland Rotary’s “Run for the Kids” 5K Downhill Race

VCR hosted its 23rd “Run for the Kids” (RFTK) 5K Downhill Race on 08/10/19. This race is one of the most popular in the city, as it is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, and boasts an array of ‘fun factor’ attributes, including a 1K Kids’ Race, Doggie Dash, Best Dog Costume Contest, Children’s Play Area, various vendors, giveaways and delicious treats. This year, 1,600 runners participated- the most in our history! Our RFTK is a labor of love for VCR, as ALL members play vital roles in organizing each year’s race. We were honored to have DG Jim Squire and AG Gillian Leggett join us this year, and both were actively involved in volunteering. Students in our Interact Club participated, as well. RFTK is our largest fundraiser. Members work hard all year to create a buzz around this event and utilize an variety of methods to accomplish this task, including word-of-mouth promotion, signs in community business windows, posts on social media pages, and articles in local newspapers. This year’s event raised approximately $100,000; the race has raised more than $1.1M since 1997. A committee of Club members evaluated applications from 501(c)3 organizations using stringent metrics (fiscal responsibility and reach of impact being two of the most important criteria) on 12/30/19. $80K in proceeds was distributed to local non-profit organizations that provide services to underserved children (including Calvary Children’s Home, MUST Ministries, HERO for Children and Breakthrough Atlanta) on 1/29/20. We are proud of this Club endeavor.

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VCR & Vinings Library

Vinings Library Beautification Project

The management of the Vinings Library approached Past President Debby Bolt to request our assistance with beautifying their grounds. As such, we scheduled a service project to meet this need on Sunday, November 10th from 1-4 PM (Past President Debby and a few members purchase the supplies the Saturday before). Vinings Cumberland Rotarians, several of their wives, our RYE student, Andrew, and the library’s Branch Manager brought their work gloves and shovels for an afternoon of gardening and yard work. The group planted liriope, gardenias, and azaleas, and laid 60 bags of pine bark, as well as planting mix and fertilizer. The Vinings Library was “thrilled” by our showing. We will complete this project in the spring. A Vinings Cumberland Rotary plaque acknowledging our commitment to keeping the space landscaped was placed on the Vinings Library grounds in December of 2019.

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Warrior 2 Citizen

Our club made a donation to Warrior 2 Citizen, an organization that helps soldiers and first responders recover from the trauma associated with their service. They are saving marriages and families by providing support to our heroes. They also help transition back to civilian life.

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Water Project

WATER PROJECT

To combat this type of pollution in the streams and creeks of eastern Cobb County, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has implemented the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship storm water runoff project for seven years at no financial cost to the club.

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Doing Good Around Us

WellStar Community Hospice

For many years, The Rotary Club of East Cobb has partnered with WellStar Healthcare in our community. They are our presenting Sponsor for our annual Fundraiser each year, DogDays5k road race. We provide Grant funding to them that is used in the community toward their Hospice facilities. We do not provide any volunteer assistance - only funding.

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Wheeler Senior Spring Judging

The Rotary Club of East Cobb has long partnered with Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA to volunteer as judges to review Senior projects. Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, high school Seniors are tasked with creating a project and selecting a mentor or coach, to provide guidance and feedback about how the student can learn from such an experience. Many students try to rely on a topic they are familiar with while some will stretch further to tackle a topic that they have had no exposure to before. This creates a scenario where students have never presented a project before a group of adult judges. Fear and nervousness is most evident.

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Winter Coat Drive Flyer

Winter Coat Drive

Our club partnered with Real Life Center to collect winter coats and supplies. Rotarians along with others in the community donated over 400 items to this cause.

This was a great opportunity for members to clean out their closets (and their kid's closets) at Christmas to make room for new items.

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Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University

Arts Scholarship to Kennesaw State University

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Dogwood Golf Touranament

Fundraiser to support our projects costs

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First Responder Recognition

Cash awards for local Police, Fire and EMT who are chosen by their piers for outstanding performance

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First Responders Continuing Ed Scholarship

First Responders Scholarship for continuing education

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Food for the Poor

Monetary support for Sweetwater Mission - a local Food Pantry - to provide food for low-income families

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Football Pool

Georgia v. Ga. Tech Football Pool for Polio Plus and Paul Harris recognition

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Garrett Middle School Essay Contest

Essay contest for critical thinking and expression - cash award for students at Garrett Middle

Essay is to be written on their understanding of The Rotary annual theme

The 6th., 7th. and 8th. grade English classes student participate in this project and there is a 1,2,3 place winner from each grade level. We hold an awards luncheon for the student, his/her teacher, family members and school support staff.

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KSU Nursing Scholarship

Junior or Senior nursing student will be selected by KSU to receive the scholarship

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Laws of Life Essay Contest

The Rotary Club of Griffin has for many years sponsored the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of the club volunteer to judge essays and the club financially sponsors the contest at Griffin High School and Kelsey .

Students who participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest select a saying that is a "Law of Life" and use that saying to examine and write about key life lessons and core character values such as honesty, generosity, courage, compassion and perseverance. The contest reflects Rotary's emphasis on values, high ethical standards and service to others.

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One for the Chipper

Partner with Keep Cobb Beautiful for Christmas Tree recycling station

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 9, 2020, Griffin Rotarians once again rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. It is impossible to quantify this contribution!

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Salvation Army Kettle Drive

The Rotary Club of Griffin annually supports the Salvation Army by donating money and time to the Kettle Drive and the local Distribution Center. Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends staffed the kettle at the Griffin Kroger from November 23, 2019 through December 24, 2019 for a total of 171 hours. Salvation Army committee co-chairs Katherine Smith, Natalie Marshal and Eric Worrell solicited YY Griffin Rotarians to ring the bell at the kettle tallying 77 hours and community to ring the bell.

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South Cobb Citizen of the Year

Awarding an outstanding citizen for living out the Rotary motto of Service Above Self - in partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Tech School Scholarships

Scholarships to students attending Chattahoochee Tech and KSU Southern Poly Institute.

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Ready for Our Closeup Mr. DeMille!

2020 1st Quarter Adopt-A-Mile A Success!

Every quarter, Rotarians and family members pick up litter along a stretch of Johnson Ferry Road. This area is a main thoroughfare through a portion of Cobb County and the pick up helps keep the area sanitary and looking presentable. We were happy to see a very strong turnout on a very cold and blustery 1st of February!!!!

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Literacy Project-Rotary Readers

This year it was decided that we wanted to take the next step in our literacy program for children in Troup County. This program was designed to increase the number of hours that we actively engage young children in literary adventures.

Rotary volunteers read monthly to LaGrange pre-school children in 10 different learning centers, some also to elementary schools for K-2nd graders. Bright smiles, enthusiastic dialogue, and genuinely appreciative response from kids, teachers, and assistants are balanced by warm feelings by Rotarians who participate.

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RLI Thomasville Part 1 Class

Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary Club of Thomasville began hosting an RLI event about 10 years ago. We have been proud to support this program that provides leadership training to our Rotarians which increases Rotarian teamwork and membership retention.

We have been proud to help grow the RLI program and have committed to continue to host this very important program for our Rotarians. It's gotten bigger than ever the last few years! This past year the Thomasville Rotary Club hosted all the RLI classes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and the Graduate Facilitation Class. 45 people graduated that day!

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Rotary Readers

Troup Literacy Program: District Pre-K Grant/Jungle Bus/Rotary Readers

Our Rotary Club is committed to making reading and books priorities for all of our Troup County young students. Through our District Grant our Pre-K Book program, we provide books for all of the county's Pre-K students and through our Rotary Readers we also schedule additional times to go into classrooms to read to the student throughout the school year.. In addition we work with the Troup County School District to provide support and further learning opportunities with the use of the Jungle Bus. The Jungle Bus was created to bring books and literary experiences into neighborhoods that have limited access to such advantages.

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HIV/Drug Abuse Awareness/Teen Pregnancy

The project design incorporates a model of using youth leadership to establish a peer based program of personal responsibility leading to positive outcomes with respect to HIV/Aids and Drug Awareness. This project will impact 12 teens who will serve on the Youth Leadership Council as planners and conveners of the Summit. Another 175-200 teens attending the Summit will be impacted through educational and informative sessions.

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Dr. Walter Y. Murphy

Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Program

The Walter Y. Murphy Scholarship Fund is a continuously run program that began in 1997 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the LaGrange Rotary Club. The program is a joint project of LaGrange College and our club. Having been both the LaGrange College President (1980-1996) and the Rotary 6900 District Governor (1991-1992), Dr. Murphy was the ideal person to be honored.

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Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation

Support The Troops

The Rotary Club of Thomasville supports the 1230th Transportation Company, Georgia National Guard. This company has deployed to the combat zone in Iraq and Afghanistan twice in the last 12 years. The Club honored some two hundred of these soldiers and their families by supporting the Family Day Holiday party from 11 to 3, Sunday, December 8th at the Armory this year. On this day the soldiers and their families celebrated each other, were provided gifts and a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. The hall was decorated with holiday themes, holiday music was played and a Bounce House and slide was provided for the kids. Santa Claus made an appearance with gifts for the children. In addition, supported by Thomas University SFC Mendez was honored with a Peacemaker Award and recognized for his service to the community. Rotarians and other volunteers bought and prepared the food for the officers and non-commissioned officers to serve. Rotarians provided homemade desserts for the party. Our club also provided the Bounce House and the tables and chairs for the party. The event was covered by the Thomasville Times Enterprise. This is an annual event to show our Support for the Troops! This project supports the Rotary brand encouraging Service above Self and our club’s longstanding effort to honor those who serve in our community

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Getting Closer

World Polio Day/Purple Pinkie

This year World Polio Day fell the day after our regular meeting, we took advantage of this to involve a higher number of our members in this event over the two day period.

During our regular meeting we used the opportunity to focus on the history and present status of RI's PolioPlus campaign. Members were given handouts and took part in a discussion concerning the program. For a $5 donation members were also given the opportunity to have their pinkies tinted purple with 1% Gentian Violet, the solution that is used during actual polio vaccine administration. Some of our less adventurist members actually donated $10 to not have their pinkies tinted.

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Recognizing Those Who Serve: "Local Heroes"

The Rotary Club of Thomasville last year developed a program to honor each of the local service brances of our community: Law Enforcement (Thomasville Police and Thomas County Sheriff), both City and County Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, and the Utility Department.

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National Night Out

2019 LaGrange Police Department National Night Out

Nationwide Annual "National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and standing to fight back against crime.

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Summer Opportunities

LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program-Project North Pole

The LaGrange Rotary Youth Challenge Program was designed to motivate young students to work to their full potential, graduate high school and to continue onto a post high school learning environment. Since the 2009 conception of the program by Rotarians Fred Jones and Bill Price we work each year to become more effective for our participating students.

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Members of LaGrange College Rotaract

Future Rotarians: Rotaract & Interact Clubs

Our youth programs give students support, leadership skills and a chance to learn about Rotary values and fellowship. Our Rotary Club sponsors the Rotaract Club of LaGrange College, a school-based Interact Club at Troup High School and the West Georgia Community Interact Club. All three clubs are active in our community and are often involved in joint projects with each other and our Rotary Club.

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Tax Aide

TaxAide is dedicated to providing totally free tax preparation to low, and moderate, income families in southwest Georgia. The service is delivered by a partnership between the IRS, AARP, Thomasville Rotary, Thomas County Library, Thomas University, Envision Credit Union and community volunteers. From its award winning first year as the best new program in District 6900, TaxAide has served over 1,000 families resulting in direct refunds over $750,000 with a dollar stimulus over $3 million for the local economy.

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Helping to Raise Money for 9/11 Memorial

Putting Our First Responders First

The members of our Rotary Club are proud to participate in community activities that support the men and women who protect and serve us each day. This year we participated in the LaGrange Fire Department's 9/11 Annual Memorial Stair Climb Challenge

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Our Annual Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament/Golf Raffle

Our 10th Annual Golf Tournament is set for May 7th at the Highland Country Club. This annual event is our main fundraiser that helps us fund many of our Rotary projects.

This event is our most popular fundraiser and includes club members as supporters, golfers and workers. Family members are also included in the day's fun, it is an event that we all look forward to each year.

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Rotary Golf Classic to benefit United Way

The Rotary Club of Thomasville partnered with The United Way in order to hold a golf tournament at Country Oaks in Thomasville. This year we had 23 teams, 52 hole sponsors, a $5000 sponsor (Envision), a $2500 front 9 and back 9 sponsor (Synovus), a breakfast sponsor (David Hufstetler), and a lunch sponsor (Mary Beth Donalson and John Glenn). We also offered two hole-in-one CAR options (thanks to Flowers and Spence). 25 Rotarians volunteered to make this a success. Other club members were hole sponsors, team participants, and donated prizes. This is an annual project for our Club and brands Rotary's concern for supporting worthwhile community projects. Check present to the United Way in the amount of $15,000.00

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Rotary Has Heart for Seniors

The Rotary Club of Thomasville sponsored the 5th Annual Thomasville Scott Senior Center Valentine's Party for 75 seniors Feb 14, 2020. We took the event back to the Scott Senior Center this year. Thanks to Rotarian Susie Shin, a "kissing booth" was the focal point and an opportunity for the seniors to use props and have their picture taken. These photos will be printed and given to the seniors next week. While photos were being taken, Aretha Franklin played in the back ground at the request of the seniors. Some joined the dance floor while others moved in their seats. Food was catered by Henderson's. Rotarian Carol Jones made homemade cheesecakes and chocolate mousse for dessert. Heart trees were located at both TNB offices and Southern Pines. The community was encouraged to choose a heart, purchase a gift, and return the gift to the tree locations. These gifts were collected and handed out during the Valentine Party. Prizes were given for Best Smile, Best Dressed, Best Dancer, Best Couple, and Mr. & Mrs. Valentine. The event almost paid for itself with sponsorship money. Seven Rotarians were directly involved and many more contributed on the day of the event. This project impacts Rotary branding by making the broader community aware that Rotary is involved in the community benefitting seniors.

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4th of July Outdoor Barbecue

Rotary/Social Networking Events

This year Rotarian Lynn Morgan has taken on the responsibility of helping the members of our Rotary Club plan for activities that include family and potential new club members. We meet in various key locations for fellowship and networking. This has been a wonderful way to promote our local Rotary Club.

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Be The Voice That Stops Bullying

Bullying is widespread in schools across America.

Bullying is a documented problem in both Thomasville City School and Thomas County School systems.

Be the Voice that Stops Bullying – We have purchased and received 2 kits. We have distributed to two local middle schools (Thomas County Middle School and McIntyre Park Middle School) in October. Once they have completed the project, we will invite them to the Rotary Club to share the results.

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Star: Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program

Star Teachers and students were celebrated at our February 19th meeting. The LaGrange Rotary is the only original sponsor of this program, participating in it since its conception in 1959. Five area high schools take part in this event with each school identifying the senior who was in the top 10% of their class and has the highest score in one sitting of the SAT exam through November of their senior year. The selected senior then selects the teacher whom they wish to honor.

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Booker T. Washington High School

Through a Rotary District Grant, Rotary of Atlanta West End is subsidizing school uniforms for approximately 40 freshmen from low-income families at Booker T. Washington High School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Rotary of Atlanta West End also sponsors Washington High School's Interact Club, a Rotary-affiliated service organization for high school students.

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Carter Unit of the Boys & Girls Club

Support the newly re-established Boys and Girls Club in Plains, Ga. (the "Club") to achieve its goal of enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. This unit is much needed in a county with 54% of all children living in poverty. The Club is named in honor of President Jimmy Carter, and he and his wife Rosalyn are active participants with the local Boys and Girls Club. The Rotary Club of Americus will provide much-needed computing equipment and dedicate volunteer time to support their efforts.

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Fighting for the First Survivor

Walk to End Alzheimer's/CART Program

Each year our Rotary Club has representation in the National Walk to End Alzheimer's (WTEA.)

The walk is held annually in September at the grounds of Vernon Woods Retirement Community. This year the walk was held on September 14th and ten of our Rotary members participated by walking and/or making donations. One of our Rotarian's served as Marketing Chair on the WTEA Steering Committee.

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Playground Maps of USA in Thomas County Elementary Schools

Elementary school children in our country need to have knowledge of the geography of the USA, particularly knowledge of the fifty states. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has consulted with the Thomasville County School system to gain permission to paint fifty foot wide maps of the USA with each state painted in different colors on their elementary school paved playgrounds. The result will be a year around teaching tool for children to improve and maintain their geography knowledge. Our Club’s project involved tracing and painting a large, colorful map of the United States on the playground of Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School.

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Mike Bixler Presenting SafeDrive to Thomas County Central High School

SafeDrive

SafeDrive is an initiative to save lives in our community by raising awareness of local driving hazards... particularly among newcomers to our city and student drivers. The key component to the SafeDrive initiative is the SafeDrive Map, offered in both hardcopy and digital form. The SafeDrive Map shows the locations of the most dangerous roads and intersections in the Thomasville/Thomas County region and provides safe-driving tips for each location. The SafeDrive Map is updated about every 3 years, and the latest (6th) Edition debuted in January 2017.

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A Joint Venture

LaGrange International Festival

Rotary Club of LaGrange once again participated in the International Festival held in Downtown LaGrange. The festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity in our community, and highlighted the international community living and working in LaGrange. Interact and Rotaract students were joined by Rotarians to staff the Rotary Booth. Information on RI's End Polio Now Campaign was shared with members of the community as well as other programs that the three local Rotary organizations offer. Other booths had food, art, and artifacts and cultural dress of the countries represented. Music, crafts and games also played a role in the festival. This festival was another means of participating in our community and promoting Rotary.

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Little Free Library Memorial

Literacy Day/Month

Thomasville Rotarians goal was to find and fill all the "little libraries" in the community with new books, to paint and refurbish the Little Free Libraries and to register and add them all to the Little Free Library World Map. We know the community loves and heavily uses these LFL's and we wanted to 'claim' them and make sure they were looked after by our club.

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Family of Rotary Back to School Bash

The Rotary Club of Americus hosts a Family of Rotary Event every year to celebrate the start of a new school year and share school supplies with local students. Rotary branded pencils and notebooks are given to students at the Roman Oven restaurant, with remaining supplies given to Furlow Charter School.

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Roswell First Responders

Patriot Flight

Please watch the video below that captures the spirit of the Patriot Flight organized by Roswell Rotary to honor the first responders in our community.

The Project: Our next Patriot Flight takes off on May 5, 2020 under the leadership of Past President Jeff McCoy and Senator John Albers. Modeled after our club's successful Honor Air Program, the Patriot Flight serves to recognize and thank our Fire, Police & EMS departments within the Roswell community.

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9/11 Tribute Ceremony

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Roswell Rotary Relays


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Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest

Our club has been and will continue to be a big supporter of the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of our club have served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program which governs the contest.

We sponsor two high schools and dedicate one of our meetings to the award winners from Roswell High School and Independence High School. Students read their essays to our club and are presented with their medals during the meeting. There usually isn't a dry eye in the room.

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Georgia Rotary Student Program

Each year our club participates in the Georgia Rotary Student Program by having our President Elect and their family host an international student for 1 school year at Kennesaw State University. In partnership with GRSP we provide tuition, books, room & board for the student. In addition, club members take the student on adventures around the United States so they can experience American culture.

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Float Crew

Youth Day Parade

This is one of the most public faces of the Roswell Rotary Club as we sponsor and participate in this city ritual of building floats, lots of music, candy being tossed to the kids and so much more.

It is a chance to support all manner of youth programs in the city as represented by themed floats and signs.

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Alive In Roswell

In the last 11 years, this Roswell community event has grown from a small gathering on Canton St. to a city wide celebration once per month all during the spring, summer and fall. Canton St. is closed to traffic and drinking laws relaxed to allow folks to stroll the streets and enjoy food, music and exhibits by local businesses and non-profits.

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NFCC Christmas Toy Drive

Roswell Rotarians collect new toys for the needy in the Roswell/North Fulton community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. More than 350 toys were collected, purchased, and delivered to North Fulton Community charities for distribution to children of all ages.

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NFCC Coat Drive

Provide gently used coats to the needy in the greater Roswell Community. North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) provides food, clothing, and other services to the homeless, jobless, and those families and individuals living below the poverty level. Rotarians initiated a coat drive to collect gently used coats to support the efforts of the NFCC. This year we collected:

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Fourth of July

Roswell Rotary setup 2 tents, provided drinks and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and enjoyed time with our Rotary family. A quick storm blew through soaking all of us, but we had a great time and watched spectacular fireworks at Roswell High School. Over 75 Rotarians and their families enjoyed the evening.

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Exploring The Farm

Gary Garrett's Farm Day

The reason RRC does so much good in the community and in the world is because we are truly a family of members pulling in the same direction. Part of the secret sauce is making it fun to be a Roswell Rotarian.

Gary Garrett's Farm Day has become an annual tradition of the club. Before the beer flows, we bring out the shotguns to kill clay pigeons. Burgers and dogs come off the grill and everybody pitches in to bring lots of tasty side dishes. Some get a little crazy!

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