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Dunwoody

Building Communities, Bridging Continents For Thirty Years

We meet Fridays at 7:20 AM
The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA  30328
United States
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Speakers

Sep 04, 2015
Emma Leschley
GRSP Student from Denmark
Sep 11, 2015
Ben Halpert
Savvy Cyber Kids
Sep 18, 2015
Walker Sullivan
Building an Extended Care Strategy
Sep 25, 2015
Dr. Stephen D. Dolinger
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Oct 02, 2015
Egbert Perry, CEO
Integral Group
Oct 09, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
Bill Nordmark
Atlanta Rotary on Polio
Dec 11, 2015
Dr. Leroy Graham
Bridge Medical Center
Dec 25, 2015
Jan 29, 2016
Gretchen Corbin
Georgia Workforce Readiness
 
 

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     If I had to choose a sentence to summarize my year in the US, the one that would probably define most of my experiences in this amazing country is: “it’s just like in the movies.” I have been watching American movies and TV shows for quite a while, so I knew that I would have a remarkable time here. I was not wrong about that. As I said to some of the host families and people I talked to, even some little things that might seem silly or not special at all to Americans and people who grew up around here, are totally amusing for me. All sorts of ball games, yellow school buses, traditional mailboxes with the little red flag, squirrels, deer, s'mores, Thanksgiving, snow (for the very first and lovely time), a pumpkin patch, shopping (and more shopping), Rotary meetings and other related activities, student weekends, trips around the US, and many other little and big exciting things… I do not think I could fit all the incredible things I have been living here in one single page, but I can certainly say I made the most out of my year. 

     One thing I could not forget to mention was how interesting it was to be in touch with different cultures, not only American but from all the countries represented by the other students in the program. Since I was the only Brazilian this year, I did not even have a choice not to get to know the other countries and costumes. With simple conversations, I could find out a lot of fascinating differences, but also many similarities. Seeing that we are more alike that we imagine made me realize that Peace really is possible, if only we are willing to make it happen. And sharing about my beloved country was also really nice, either by telling stories or cooking and authentic Brazilian meal to my host families. 

     Many people told me before I left Brazil: “Enjoy! It is going to be the best year of your life!.” I  knew it was going to be more than good, but I have to confess I was a little skeptical about that back the. How could a year away from home, without family and friends, all the people and things I know and I love so much, possibly be so great? Well, now I have the answer. First, being away from family and friends was indeed hard, but it made me realize how blessed I am to have all them supporting me in this adventure and in every single moment of my life. Technology made it easier and I did not spend a single day without hearing from them, but another factor also helped a lot. The song “Home”, by Jack Johnson, can express the second answer. In one of the verses, he sings “Home is wherever we are, if there’s love there too”. I have to agree with him and thank Rotary and all the fantastic Host Families I had for making me feel at home, making me feel truly loved and appreciated every single time I’ve been to the meetings, parties, activities or just on my regular weekend visits to their houses.

     I am fortunate enough to have Rotary in my life, officially, for almost eight years now. Once I heard a speech from a Rotaractor in which he said that when we live good things in Rotary and have great experiences because of them, it is like as if we were creating a certain debt. After we do that, he reminds us, we force ourselves to get up early in some occasions, serve the community and try to make our best efforts to Rotary in order to pay our debts. The “problem” is that when we do it, we always have a great time and a new and larger debt is created, and I totally agree with him. Before this year, my debt was already not the smaller one. Now, I’ll have to spend my whole life continuing to serve Rotary and trying to pay this incredibly huge debt GRSP made me create with this astonishing year of my life.

Luma Moreschi, Brazil, Class of 2013-14
 
 

 
 
It was a beautiful day at Monroe Park (MP) last Saturday, but with two of his regulars, Rick Otness, and Rick Woods down at the District gathering in Columbus, Ranger Fred half expected that he and Mimi would be the entire crew that morning.  He was very pleasantly surprised!! 
 
PDG Bob Hall, PP Fred Brandt, Hoshi and Baku Daruwalla, and Deb Cameron joined us.  Bill Thiele dropped by with some much appreciated donut holes.  With the usual activity of clipping, weeding, sweeping and laying out pine straw, MP was back to its perky self in several hours.  
 
The sign that the City promised to install is still AWOL.  

We revisit MP in October.  Why not join us?  The few, the proud, the Sprucetarians! 
 
 

 
 
LA Fitness Perimeter Point Celebrating Grand Re-Opening, Block Party, and Ribbon Cutting
 
Join the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, as we celebrate the grand re-opening of LA Fitness Perimeter, located at 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy, Suite 600. Fred Scott, Director of Fitness, visited last Friday’s Rotary meeting and extended an invitation to Dunwoody Rotarians to attend the celebration and to participate as an exhibitor during this festive re-opening of the Fitness Center.
 
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody will have an exhibit table along with area businesses and community organizations at this celebration.  Please contact Angie Duprey if you can help at the RCD exhibit for one hour. The RCD exhibit will showcase the club’s service projects and RunDunwoody.  Area businesses will be onsite raffling products and gift cards, providing samples, and much more.
 
This location was the first LA Fitness in Georgia and is now one of the company's flagship locations.  They are excited to showcase their newly renovated and state of the art facility to anyone interested in improving their health.

Ribbon Cutting + Celebration + Block Party = FUN for all!
Date:
 
August 31, 2015
Time:
 
 
Exhibit and Celebration - 11:00 am  – 2:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting (organized by the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber) -  promptly at 1:00pm
Location:
 
LA Fitness Perimeter Point
1155 Mount Vernon Hwy #600
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Contact:
 
Angie Duprey if you can help for one hour at exhibit.
Email:
 
Angie.duprey@choa.org
 

 
Debra Lowe
Major Gifts Officer Zone 34
Fund Development Division, The Rotary Foundation

Debra Lowe brings ten years of fundraising experience to The Rotary Foundation. Following a 20 year career with the Walt Disney Company, Debra entered the not for profit sector as Director of Membership and Development for The Osceola Center for the Arts and from 2003-2005 she worked with The Celebration Foundation as Director of Development and Volunteer Services. Prior to coming to The Rotary Foundation, Debra served as Director of Development for Orlando Ballet where she managed all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts in support of the Organization’s main stage productions and four Orlando Ballet School campuses.
 
Debra has been an active Rotarian for more than ten years. She served as President of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay in 2005-2006; District Grants Subcommittee Chair from 2007-2009 is now a member of the Rotary Club of Orlando where she has served as the Club TRF Chair. She is a recipient of the District Service Above Self Award and a PHF+7.

Debra joined The Rotary Foundation in 2009 as the first Major Gifts Officer on staff who lives within their assigned zone. She is a 30-year resident of Kissimmee, part of Zone 34 which encompasses the Georgia, Florida and Caribbean Rotary Districts.  She is privileged to work with Rotarians in 14 of the world’s Rotary districts and considers it an honor to be part of the greatest volunteer service organization in the world.
Debra lives with her yellow Labrador, Luna and enjoys outdoor adventures, golf and the culinary and creative arts.
 

 
                                                                                                                                          
The 6th Annual RunDunwoody – Rotary Race to Serve is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2015. Certified as a 2016 Peachtree Road Race qualifying route, the 5K race begins and ends at Perimeter Mall.  The course is designed for runners – a fast and challenging course offering spectacular views of  Atlanta’s central perimeter area. The accompanying 1Mile Fun Run, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Tot Trot and Family Festival offer exciting choices for one and all.

Registration for individuals is open at www.rundunwoody.net.
 
Mark your calendar. Invite friends.  Organize a team. Support the cause.  
 
To that end, the race committee continues its quest for sponsors.  Sponsorship opportunities range from $200 – 10,000+.   Those interested in sponsorship may contact Charlie Lockwood at info@rundunwoody.net.

It’s time to RunDunwoody now – as a Sponsor, Friend of the Run, runner, walker or team! To learn more or to register for RunDunwoody 2015 go to www.rundunwoody.net.
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Dunwoody’s two main fundraisers, RunDunwoody and the Governor’s Ball, are projected to raise approximately $75,000 this year.  These funds are used to support our local and international charitable efforts.  This year we will begin accepting grant applications on a quarterly basis rather than the previous annual basis.  The selection criteria for grants include:
  • Align with the Rotary Club of Dunwoody service focus – Public Health, Public Safety, and Education, both locally and globally.
  • Build, expand, and leverage relationships with community partners aligning financial support with Rotarian volunteer support/opportunities where possible.
  • Extent to which project will have sustainable impact in the community served, locally or globally.
The grant application form can be found on the home page of the website under the selection entitled “Bulletins”. The deadline for the applications is August 28, 2015, November 30, 2015, February 26, 2016, and May 27, 2016.
 
The members of the grant committee will evaluate the applications based upon the criteria stated above and make a recommendation to the board.  The members of the committee are: Carter Stout, Patti Bunker, Tina Philpot, Brian Harper, Mike Parks and Lorri Christopher.  If you have any questions then please contact any member of the Grant Committee.
 

 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
We’re delighted to report that [today] Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus. This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way since the bleak years when the virus reached its peak. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa- three quarters of all cases in the world.
 
We congratulate Rotarians who have donated $688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million to Nigeria. We congratulate Rotarians from Africa and around the world who have also devoted countless hours to immunize the children who now have the opportunity for healthier, happier lives. With the ambitious scope of Rotary’s PolioPlus program, our efforts are having a far-reaching, transformative impact beyond the eradication of polio. With the infrastructure put in place by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Nigeria not only reduced its polio caseload by 90% in 2014, but it also successfully thwarted the world’s most lethal Ebola outbreak to date, in only 90 days, a response faster than even the U.S., and rightly praised by the World Health Organization as ‘world-class’.
 
 
 
 

Dear Rotary Leaders,

I’m pleased to introduce Rotary Global Rewards – a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services like travel, hotels, dining and entertainment. Rotary Global Rewards is designed to make membership even more rewarding for Rotarians and is an exciting way Rotary can give back to those who give so much. Rotary Global Rewards help Rotarians:

  • Do more good work - involve more members in or expand the impact of Rotary projects with savings on truck rentals, airfare or hotels
  • Build Rotary friendships - forge richer friendships with fellow Rotarians with your dining and entertainment offers
  • Share your story with someone new - tell people about Rotary's work with discounts at coffee shops and restaurants

With Rotary Global Rewards, the good you do comes back to you. I hope you will all find ways to take advantage of the benefits this program offers.

You can learn more and redeem Rotary Global Rewards at rotary.org/globalrewards

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Sincerely,

K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International 2015-16

 

 
 

July 1, 2015

 

Brothers and Sisters of District 6900,

I would like to personally welcome each of you to our exciting, memorable and challenging year of 2015-2016!

Words cannot express how excited I am to be your District Governor. This year will be most electrifying as we discover the difference each one of us will make following the direction of your Presidents and Officers. President Ravi is asking Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership in the coming year to transform the lives of others.

My wish is for every club to participate and earn the Governor’s Citation. In order to accomplish this, you simply follow the 17 steps. Some of these steps are really quite elementary and easily obtained! Let’s discover how we can solve the mysteries in Foundation giving, membership growth, Serving Seniors and Polio Plus, to name a few. I am confident each club member will find an appealing area of focus to serve. Whether you want to be involved in RYLA, Rotaract/Interact clubs, Serving Seniors, Aids Awareness, End Human Trafficking, or others, there will be a step for you.

Your Presidents and Officers will give you guidance along the way. Join your leaders, your World Class Team, and be a gift to your club, your community and “A Gift to the World”.

It’s time for us to unlock the mystery!

Yours in Rotary Service,

Bob Hagan

District Governor

770.330.9852

 

    
 
 

 
 
Congratulations Again !!!!!!
Robert L. Hall, Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia
Director, Rotary International, 2014-2016
 
Robert L. Hall, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia since 1986, started his second year of a two year term on July 1st as Director, Rotary International, 2014-2016.   The last director from Georgia was J. David Roper, Rotary Club of Martinez-Evans, who served as Director, Rotary International 2002-2004.  The last director from Rotary District 6900 was N. Pratt Secrest, Rotary Club of Thomasville, who served as Director, Rotary International 1970-1972.
 
During his second year as Rotary International Director, Robert will be serving on the RI Board with RI president K. R. “Ravi” Ravindran, Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Provence, Sri Lanka, and RI president-elect John F. Germ, Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Robert W. “Bob” Hagan, Rotary Club of Roswell, will be serving as Rotary International District 6900 governor. Lorri A. Christopher is serving as president of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, and William “Bill” Rosenfeld, Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, will be serving as chair of the DeKalb Rotary Council.
 
The RI Board of Directors has 19 members:  The RI president, the president-elect, and 17 club-nominated directors (in zones as specified in the RI bylaws) elected at the RI convention to serve a two year term. Each director, although nominated by the clubs in a certain zone, is elected at the convention by all clubs, thereby placing on each director the responsibility of representing all clubs in the administration of Rotary International.
 
Robert became a Rotarian in 1977.  He served the Rotary Club of Dunwoody as president in 1995-96 and served as district governor in 2001-02, when the Rotary theme was “Mankind is our Business.”  He also served Rotary District 6900 as Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for three years from 2004-07.
 
Robert has served The Rotary Foundation as coordinator for the RI Zone 34 Polio US200 Million Challenge 2008-12 and the RI Zone 34 coordinator for End Polio Now 2012-13.  He was a member on the 2013 Lisbon Convention Promotion Committee.  In 2014-15 he was a member of the RI Board Program Committee.  He currently serves as chair of the Host Committee for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Robert and Charlene are Rotary Foundation Major Donors Level II and members of the Bequest Society Level II.
 
Robert has received the RI Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.  He has also received both the Regional and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World in recognition of his significant active personal service towards the goal of Polio Eradication. 
 

 
 
During this past 2014-2015 school year, Kingsley Elementary Charter School participated in a year-long Strong4Life Program.  This program, presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, educates and inspires children and their families about making healthy lifestyle choices in areas of activity, nutrition, sleep, etc.  This program was funded by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.

On Friday, April 17th, Kingsley was awarded the Principal’s Challenge Trophy for their participation in RunDunwoody14 with Rotary Members Kathy Brandt, Angie Duprey and Nancy Jester on hand to present the trophy during morning announcements.  On May 15th, Rotarian Angie Duprey was able to volunteer at Kingsley’s end of year Field Day as the culmination of the Strong for Life Program, and this is where it came to her attention regarding a project in need of support.

Kingsley Charter’s Math Classroom needs remodeling and our help.  Fifth grade educator, Ronn Colanino is looking to create a Super Math Lab for his students to create an ideal teaching and learning environment.  His dream is to give his students a classroom they LOVE to be in, LOVE to learn in and one that can offer resources otherwise not available.

Please take a look at their funding page.  www.Gofundme.com/shpf89h This school has many children in the English as a Second Language program, as well as 52% of the population qualify for free and reduced lunch.  They NEED resources to create a better learning environment.  This program will give students the best opportunity to succeed as they matriculate to Peachtree Charter Middle School and then on to Dunwoody High.

Principal Brent McBride and 5th grade teacher Ronn Colanino will be guests at our June 19th meeting, and they welcome any questions or comments regarding their project.
 
 

 
I would like to congratulate you on being selected to participate in the Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club pilot beginning 1 July 2015 and ending 30 June 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for your club to experiment with changes to the Standard Rotary Club Constitution and bylaws.  To remain relevant to prospective as well as current members, it is important that Rotary continues to explore new ways to engage members and enhance club operations. With this acceptance, your club is joining a select group of clubs from all Rotary countries and geographical regions and all of Rotary’s thirty-four (34) zones.
 
We look forward to working with you over the next two years as you experiment with some different alternatives. Your club should begin working over the next 30 days to start implementing changes on 1 July 2015.
 
Over the next few weeks you will receive more information regarding when and how your club will be evaluated and measured regarding the impact your innovation has on:
·         membership types
·         club operations
·         member activities and engagement
·         sustained membership growth and retention
·         improved member diversity
·         increased community and international service
·         increased support of The Rotary Foundation
·         overall club effectiveness
 
Good luck in your efforts over these next two years and thank you for agreeing to be a part of this exciting opportunity.
 
Best regards,
Anja Van Ostrand
 
 

 
 
 
 

Perhaps the best known four points in Rotary are those of The Four Way Test:

Of the things we think, say or do

1.Is it the TRUTH?
2.Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4.Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  

 
 
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