Projects


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

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"Gin & Phonics" 2nd Annual Happy Hour Supporting Legacy of Love & Learning

Join us for an existing member and potential new member social event at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

Admission and Beverages are Complimentary for potential new members!

Donations to RCoM's Early Childhool Literacy program, Legacy of Love & Learning, will be accepted.

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#FightHunger

After watching multiple natural disasters strike the southeast and seeing the growing need for food assistance and supplies, Midwest Food Bank decided to consider a location in that region. The Peachtree City, Georgia location was established in 2011 with nine agency partners. Since opening the doors, this location has grown to 320 agency partners including a satellite distribution in Tennessee. These agencies are located across six states - AL, GA, KY, SC, TN and VA. Based on the demand, an 8000 square foot facility expansion took place in 2017. In 2020, MFB broke ground on a new freezer / refrigerator to be able to support even more healthy food distribution.

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2020 Grant - Bloom Closet Supplies

The Bloom Closet is serving nearly 4,500 foster children annually—an increase of 93% over the last 4 years. More than 25% of the children served annually reside in Fulton (485), Dekalb (395), Cobb (142), and Gwinnett (82). The biggest needs at The Bloom Closet include donations of new underwear, pajamas and socks. To meet this need, grant funds will be used to purchase these necessities.

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3rd Grade Dictionary Project

Marietta Metro Rotary delivers a Student Dictionary to every 3rd grade child in the Marietta City School system. This year our volunteers delivered over 800 dictionaries to support literacy in our community. Club members attended each class and conducted a short training session focusing on not only the words in the dictionary but also the supplemental information in the book - geography, periodic table, state and country information, flag pictures and presidential biographies.

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Adopt A Mile

Clean up trash along Johnson Ferry Rd.in Marietta. 1o Rotarians participated and 2 non Rotarians.

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Adopt A Mile

Clean up trash on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. 10 members and 2 non Rotarians volunteered their time. Participation was for 1 hour.

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Alzheimers - support through CART

Once per month RCMM utilizes a raffle to collect money for CART. Also members are encouraged to pledge on an annual basis to CART. One of our programs was focused on CART with PDG Rod Funderburk from District 7770 and Charlene Hall, 6900 CART chair, providing update information about the disease and Rotary's efforts to help with Alzheimers Research. Our club will provide $2100 to CART this Rotary Year

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Atlanta Dream Center (Out of Darkness)

Atlanta Dream Center supports victims of human trafficking. We partnered with them last year and were able to provide some much needed appliances. They were able to help 35 women last year thank you to help from clubs like ours. They expect at least that many this year to be helped by our donations.

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Bloom Back-to-School Backpack Drive

PTC Rotary Partners with BLOOM to provide school supplies for local foster kids

Located just off of highway 54 in Fayetteville, Georgia, you will find a local charity striving to make a difference in the lives of Georgia’s foster care children. With a mission to “strengthen children in foster care and empower the families who care for them,” Bloom Our Youth seeks to achieve this goal by providing these children and families with basic necessities. Necessities range from clothing, shoes, baby gear, books, and even stuffed animals. Anything to help make a difficult life transition for our state’s youngest a little less painful.

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Boxed Lunches for Marietta Police Department Office Staff

RCoM had approximately 20 boxed lunches delivered to the Marietta Police Department for the office staff and personnel at headquarters.

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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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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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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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Cart Funds

Donation to Cart Funds

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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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Census Support

The Rotary Club of Blakely is partnering with the local Census committee to encourage all citizens to participate in the Census.

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Christmas on the Square

Rotarians will drive golf carts to pick up and drop off individuals who need assistance in attending our annual local festival. We will also have a Rotary booth set up to share what we have accomplished for our community.

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Club Christmas Wreath Fundraiser

Each member of the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club will sale a minimum of 15 Fraser fir wreaths as our club’s annual fundraiser. Expected Fund raiser revenue anticipated is $5,000.00. All funds will be used in local Community’ service projects.

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Clutches For Africa

Clutches for Africa works with FODAC to collect new and used clutches for shipment to Africa. Rotary Club of Tucker made a donation in support of the program

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Coat Drive

Rotarians will receive or purchase coats for adults with mental disabilities and then will deliver them and host a pizza party before Christmas.

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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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Community Learning Center Computers

With our D6900 Grant of $1,500.00, we will purchase 10 Lenovo Computer-Tablets for use in the Fairmont Community Center Computer lab. This will greatly enhance the local school system's virtual education program by providing needed internet capable tablets for area students to continue their K-12 education. This is required due to the local school system adopting a virtual education platform due to Covid-19 issues.

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Dictionaries for 3rd Graders

The Rotary Club of Blakely gives dictionaries to 3rd graders in our district annually. Rotarians discuss the benefit of dictionaries and the 4-Way Test, which we place in the front of each dictionary before distribution.

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Disaster Relief

Donation to District 6900 Disaster Relief Fund

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District Grant

Donation to NETworks food pantry to assist Tucker residents impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic

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Donate Your Home Medical Equipment

On Saturday August 22, 2020

From 9 am to 1 pm

at the First Baptist Church of McDonough

101 Macon St, McDonough GA 30253

Call on or before 8-19-20 to schedule a pickup for Saturday the 22nd at 770-491-9014 x 114.

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Drop of Hope! Save Lives! Blood Drive

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. The Rotary Club of Peachtree City pledged to make 50 donations to the American Red Cross. These donations can be locally at the facilities noted on the flyer, but can also be done anywhere across the US as part of our team. Please use the link to search for a location near you and sign up to Pledge to give a DROP OF HOPE!

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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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Electronic Recycling

Organize electronic recycling in Tucker community for donation to FODAC

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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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First Responders/9-11 Memoriam

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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Five Loaves Food Pantry Food Donation

Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club members collected and delivered cases of needed food consisting of dried beans, rice, and peanut butter to the Five Loaves food pantry to assist with a supply shortage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

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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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Food Packing project for Local Community

The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club with assistance from the Griffin Rotary Club and other local organizations will organize, fund and pack food for distribution to local food banks, churches and other organizations.

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Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard

Real Life Center.Real Help.Real Hope.

Real Life Center developed a 3 acre fruit orchard in 2014 where the purpose is to grow approximately 30,000 lbs. of fresh fruit to be given away to clients of the Real Life Center every year.This will provide 3-7 lbs. of fruit per family per week. This will complement the current fruit and vegetables the center already receives and will be a fresh and healthy food source for our clients. The orchard is cared for by approximately 80 volunteers.

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Health Walk

RCEC is conducting a Health Walk on 28th March 2020 to raise awareness on health issues and also support the charitable work being provided to refugees and needy communities at the Clarkston Clinic.

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HeroBox

Each month our club ships a “Care Package” filled with candy, cookies and assorted personal items to US Armed Forces service members that are deployed overseas. This year we are supporting over 25 servicemen and women.

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Honor Those Who Serve

The Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club Members purchased Chick-fil-A sandwiches and drink coupons for distribution to the City of Griffin Sanitation and Motor Pool Workers for the continued high quality work for the citizens of Griffin. 70 Total meals Were presented

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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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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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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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Larry Meaders Turns 95!

Rotary Parade for Larry Meaders!

95 years young and no way to ‘party’….

This is what happened to Mr. Larry Meaders this year.On July 10, 2020, Mr. Larry Meaders (long-time Peachtree City resident) turned 95.With all of the restrictions due to COVID-19 and some health risks to Mr. Larry, his family was unable to celebrate like they had planned.

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Laws of Life

Tim Bailey, Charles Lassiter, and Sally Platt volunteer with Laws of Life to read and judge essays.

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Laws of Life

Support the Laws of Life essay contest for high school students

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Literacy - Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center

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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Mellow Mushroom Pizza for the Hungry!

Marietta Rotary Club member and Chairman of our Service Committee, Thomas Sherrer, and his staff at Mellow Mushroom Kennesaw Georgia partiicpated in Mellow's day of Service on July 8, 2020. Thomas and crew prepared and delivered over 150 free pizzas to deserving people participating in a local program at the The Extension a nearby facility for the homeless and recovering addicts.

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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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Mitchell County Recovery Group

Mitchell County suffers lack of support for those in addictive disease recovery. Camilla Rotary can partner with Mitchell County Recovery Group to support its service to those in recovery.

SW GA statistics indicate significant number of community members adversley affected by substance abuse, many of whom also present mental health concerns.

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Mobile Book Station

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Monthly MUST Serving the Homeless Lunch

RCoM members plan a menu, shop for, cook and serve a hot lunch to the patrons at our local homeless shelter, MUST.

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Monthly MUST Serving the Homeless Lunch

Members of RCoM plan a meal, shop for, cook and serve lunch to patrons at our local homeless shelter.

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Monthly MUST Serving the Homeless Lunch

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Monthly MUST Serving the Homeless Lunch

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MUST - Serving the Homeless

Members of Rotary Club of Marietta plan a lunch menu, shop for, purchase, prepare and serve a hot lunch to patrons in our local homeless shelter.

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New Member Fireside Gatherings

In our professional lives, many of us are responsible for hiring or training new employees to bring them up to speed as fast as possible! Why do we think Rotary should be any different? We introduce people to Rotary and get new members, but then assume that their ‘sponsor’ is doing all of the work to get them up to speed to “All Things Rotary”! Our Membership Director, Holly Davanzo, has kicked off a new program for our club this year with our “Fireside Gatherings”. This is a time for old / new / prospective members to come together and share information on ourselves, why we joined Rotary and even more important why we have stayed in Rotary!

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Newsletters

Monthly / Bi-monthly newsletters are our key to keeping all Rotarians (and friends) in the know... Newsletters include photos and information about previous month projects, dates / times for upcoming events and celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries. The newsletter will also include key events from District 6900 and Rotary International.

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Nursing Home Birthday Celebration

Rotarians will take a birthday cake and ice cream to celebrate the birthdays of residents of our local nursing home.

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Pataula Center for Children

The Rotary Club of Blakely supports the Pataula Center for Children, which is an agency that leads investigations of child abuse and child sexual abuse. We provide blankets and toys that allow children to feel comforted and safe during times of stress.

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Peanut Proud

Rotarians will drive golf carts to pick up and drop off who need assistance in walking to the annual festival on the square. Rotarians will also have a booth set up to share what we have accomplished for our community.

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Polio Plus

Fundraising drive to eradicate polio

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Portable Library

Maintain and service three existing portable libraries in Decatur and Tucker Middle school

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Provide Assistace to Little Children 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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RCoM Monthly Serving the Homeless Lunch

Members of RCoM plan a menu, shop for, prepare and serve a hot meal to the patrons of our local homeless shelter.

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REACH Scholars

The Rotary Club of Blakely actively supports our local REACH Scholars, who are students with academic potential and economic need. They are selected by a local committee, and the community and the state provide funds that will be available for these students when they graduate from high school and attend college. Some Georgia institutions match the funds; some even double match the funds, so some students can enter college with a $30,000 scholarship. It has been life-changing for these students. Our first group just graduated, and Rotary has been proud to be involved with these young people and look forward to continuning the support of this life-changing scholarship.

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Realizing Education Achievement Can Happen (REACH)

REACH program provides scholarship for three 8th grade students at Tucker Middle school. This is matched by the State of Georgia program that provides a $10,000 scholarship at graduation

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Respite Care Atlanta

On the Fourth of July, MARC Volunteers assisted with the Respite Care Atlanta’s, (RCA) Parade at the 2ndPonce De Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead.

Members of RCA rode in decorated cars to celebrate our country’s founding. MARC volunteers, wearing festive costumes, stood 10 feet apart holding placards, while cheering on the members in the parade.

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Rolling into the new school year....

With help from PTC Rotary and PTC Rotaract members, our club was able to donate another set of back packs to Path to Shine, a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary school children in Georgia.Their purpose is to provide the academic and social support to encourage children to thrive in school and build self-confidence to achieve their dreams.

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Rotarian Action Group - Addiction Prevention

Organizing a seminar on addiction prevention

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Rotary Club of Marietta /Cobb County Chamber /Marietta Mayor & Staff 2020 State of the City Address & Officer Installation

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Rotary On Tap

Great social event to hang out with fellow Rotarians and bring prospective members to meet everyone in a relaxed, social environment! This event follows the original guidelines of Rotary where our gathering spot is 'rotated' each week to bring in new interest for our club!

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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 Exchange

Nominate a high school student for outbound scholarship

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Sponsor two students to attend the RYLA program at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus

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Senegal Teacher Project

Help to pay the salary of one teacher for one year at a Senegal school in Africa

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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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Shelter Box

Support the life-saving work of Shelter box to the often forgotten families who are left homeless by disaster or conflict situations

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Signage Updates/Visibility

The Rotary Club of Blakely is updating and/or cleaning our local Rotary signs to increase recruitment and retention of members and to increase our visibility in the community. We will also have Rotary signs with us at all of our projects so that we can let our community know about the work we are doing when we are doing it.

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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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Smart Directory Photo Contest

Calling all photographers! Give us your best shot of what Fayette and Coweta County represents to you by submitting photos that highlight iconic places, landmarks or events! The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is in the final stages of preparing our 47th annual edition of the “Rotary Smart Directory”. This is the community’s best resource for listings, advertisements and offers from businesses and service providers covering Fayette County, Newnan and East Coweta. The directory is still available in printed form as well as on-line at www.rotaryphonebook.com.

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STAR Student Recognition

The Rotary Club of Blakely recognizes our local STAR students--one from the Early County School System and one from Southwest Georgia Academy. We honor them, their STAR teachers, and their parents at a luncheon, and we give each one $500.

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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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Support End Polio Now

RCMM sponsored an End Polio Night with the Atlanta Braves August 19th with part of the proceeds gong to the End Polio Fund. DG Jim Squire, Zone Polio Director Bob Hagan and over 200 Rotarians and their families attended. This also served as a Family Fun event for our members. With the Braves portion o about $2200 plus the matching from the Gates Foundation of $4400 a total of over $6600 went into the fund.

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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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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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Toilet paper Volunteers

Toilet Paper Distribution

We are very grateful for the Grant we received from the District. Out Toilet paper distribution is always a great sucess. Our pictures below tell the story of a few volunteers that wanted to make a different

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Tucker Day

The Club will participate in Tucker Day activities by promoting Rotary Club of Tucker in the community

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Tutu Desk Campaign

Contribution to the TuTu desk campaign to provide 25 portable writing desks to be used both at home and in school by students in Sub Sahara Africa. This is Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa campaign to provide 20 million desks by 2025.

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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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Veterans Day Recognition

The Rotary Club of Blakely will recognize veterans at a special luncheon to honor the service they have given to our nation and community.

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Vocational Service

Celebrate Vocational Service Day by honoring a service organization

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Walk to End Alzheimer's

Different Walk, Same Reasons
The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail.Your health and safety are our top priorities. We won’t have a large in-person gathering — instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. Because we are all still walking and fundraising for the same thing: a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
The PTC Rotary Club is joining with Cooper Lighting Solutions to walk as a group to help raise awareness for Alzheimer's research. Our local race 'expert', George Martin (Rotary Grand Prix Series) is helping to map out a 1-mile walk for us to participate in person as a team/family.

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Youth Leadership Program

Rotary partners with the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce to sponsor and help lead our local Youth Leadership Program. We help support it financially, and some Rotarians help lead sessions. The culminating activity is a trip to the Capitol to meet our local legislators and tour the Capitol and different venues in Atlanta.

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9/11 Tribute Ceremony

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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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Annual 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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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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Be THE Voice ®

Be THE Voice® was born in the Roswell Rotary club in 2014 as a character building initiative using real life experiences to help students understand the power of the Bystander. Initially launched in 8 area schools by RRC Interact clubs, BTV has grown to 47 schools statewide. BTV is up 135% over last year and now serves over 73,000 students.

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Breaking The Cycle Of Poverty In Honduras

The passion of one Rotarian in 2010 has resulted in over 2,500 children being served through Lunches for Learning (L4L). Not just one time, or for one year, but year after year and meal after meal throughout the grade school years. When we started, L4L served 8 small schools. L4L now serves 46 schools.

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COVID-19 Response In Roswell

During this time we have to balance our responsibility to "flatten the curve" of the spread of the virus with our desire to help our neighbors who have lost income because of cancellations, closures and postponements.

We reached out to all the local charities we support and asked, "how can we help?"

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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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End Human Trafficking Now

Rotary is certainly connecting the world through the fight to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Regardless of your politics it is pretty darn impressive when a project that starts in a Rotary club in small town Roswell, GA ends up at the White House. Since Dave McCleary brought the issue of Human Trafficking to our club in 2012 we have have been behind him all the way. Every year we support End Human Trafficking Now

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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 receipe 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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International Teacher Exchange

To create an ongoing cultural exchange and understanding, Roswell Rotary participates in and financially supports a program of sending a Roswell school teacher to and hosting a school teacher from Pilar, Argentina. This program is the outgrowth of an original student exchange program started by the president of the West Jacksonville, Florida Rotary Club in 1974. The program evolved into a teacher exchange program and was brought to our club by his son, Roswell Rotarian Lee Hollingsworth. After visiting respective school systems and communities for about two weeks, the teachers bring back experiences to their students, faculty, and community. It is also a reward for deserving teachers who are never recognized enough for their contributions to the youth in their communities. The program builds awareness of Rotary in the world community and brings international cultural experiences to those who might normally have the opportunity.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Roswell Rotary Relays


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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. Rotary North Fulton and Milton partnered with RRC for this grant that 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 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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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

The Rotary Club of Thomasville is sponsoring six students to RYLA this coming June. A rising junior from the following schools will be selected. C.H.A.R.T., Bishop Hall, Brookwood, Thomas County High School, Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School. The selection of students will begin in January and will be completed in March. One Hundred and forty four young men and women will receive leadership skills, team activities and develop lasting friendships.

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Supporting Basic Education & Literacy

Our club is dedicated to supporting our local educators and making sure every student in Roswell has access to the education they need for a successful future.

Here are some of the many ways our club supports education and literacy in our community:

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Supporting Vocational Education

The Roswell High School (RHS) Construction Program has educated nearly 500 students and is the only construction education program in North Fulton. RRC is committed to helping fill the skilled trade gap and provide students with career-ready training.

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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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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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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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BLESSING BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS

BLESSING BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS

Blessing Bags are gallon-size Ziploc® bags that contain snacks, travel-size toiletries, socks, a bottle of water, grooming supplies, and other items that people who live on the street find useful. ... Any individually wrapped snack or drink: Breakfast bars, cereal bars, granola bars, protein bars. Applesauce.

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COTTON PICKING FAIR FALL FUNDRAISING 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. Due to the COVID 19 the spring fair was cancelled, so this year the Fair goes to three days in the fall.

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Dorcas Ministry

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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HOST COLLEGE STUDENTS TO BUILD FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


On the 3rd week in March of each year a team from St Mary's College 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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MERIWETHER CO ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS AND JUDGES ESSAYS FOR THE LAWS OF LIFE PROGRAM


The Rotary Club of Meriwether Co sponsored and judged essays for the GA Laws of Life Essay Contest. We traveled to Columbus, GA and particiaped in the judging of some great essays.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest asks students to select their own Law of Life, and to write about how it applies to their lives. In doing so, students reflect deeply and write from the heart about what they think matters most. The contest celebrates the students’ stories and their often profound reflections, and proudly presents significant cash awards to students and teachers.

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MERIWETHER CO SPONSORS 4 STUDENTS FOR ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)


Each Rotary Club in Georgia (District 6900) is invited to select rising juniors to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attend the RYLA Conference. Awardees are sought from the community and are carefully selected on the basis of character, leadership qualities, general education, personality, and leadership potential.

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REAL PEOPLE READ AT MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The Meriwether Co Rotary Club played a part iin the Real People Read program at Mountain View Elementary during the month of March 2021. This literacy event is a day for the community to come and read to our students. What a great way to promote literacy to the students the the elementary school.

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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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SECOND ROUND OF LEAP FROG LEARNING BOOKS

The Meriwether County Rotary Club purchase Leap Frog Learning books for the Get Meriwether Reading “Reading Cubs” Program in 2019, it was successful that we need to keep going. With the COVID 19 restrictions with education the Leap Frog Learning books are an added bonus for the students,

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Second Year of Serving India's Differently Ables

  • SERVING INDIA’S DIFFERENTLY ABLED
  • In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to Polio, the Rotary Club of Meriwether County and Starfish Ministry are serving the people of India affected by Polio and other life altering disabilities
  • With over 30 years of service in various roles of vocational rehabilitation, Past President,Bob Prater combines the goals of this Rotary mission work is to be able to provide education in rehabilitation services to communities, families, and individuals in need.
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SUMMER SOCCER CAMP FOR KIDS


The Meriwether County Rotary Club sponsors a youth Summer Camp with Warm Springs Baptist Church.

The 4-way test Coin is presented to the kids and they have discussions about the meaning of the Rotary 4 Way Test.

The four

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WARM SPRINGS NURSING HOME SANTAS FOR SENIORS

Senior Citizens are one of our greatest treasures and that is why the Meriwether Co Rotary Club has adopted our local nursing home residents at Christmas. The Club members personally hand deliver each resident at the 79-bed nursing home a Christmas stocking filled with personal care items.

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Feed The Hungry In the Time of Corona Virus

The novel coronavirus pandemic has left corporate kitchens dormant or grossly underutilized, while growing unemployment is driving the city’s food insecurity numbers to unprecedented levels. Feeding America and The Atlanta Community Food Bank estimate that 16% of people in the 29-county service area of the Food Bank will be food insecure this summer. And, with school out for the summer, 26% of children, 1 in 4, could go hungry.

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