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This spring North Atlanta Rotarians reached out to the Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH), located in the Chamblee/Doraville area, to find out how we could help and support them.  So far we've made a small donation and accomplished two service projects with a third one on the horizon.
 
Our connections with IOH go back to the beginning of the home with builder Don Millen, a long time North Atlanta Rotary Club member and Past President, as well as with several other club members who have initiated club service projects over the years.
 
 
  Angela Cohen Dir. of IOH Development and
  Communications and NARotary Pres. Bush  
  presenting a $500 check to IOHome
 
In early April NARotarians stepped in to provide the evening meal for the Life Skills Class and their families.  These classes bring in resources and share knowledge that help these families transition into more stable and healthier sustainable life styles.
 
Nathan Aberson and Julie Koriakin
cutting up bread for dinner. 
 
In early May we were again back at IOH sprucing up the yard with repairs and painting of a shed and the picket fence.  We were "channelling" our Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn personalities!  Fun was had by all!
 
Joan McGoawan (software analyst), Kent Gipson (realtor)
and Nathan Aberson (financial advisor) figuring out this
hands-on fence reconstruction project.

Kathy & Fred Monacelli painting the shed.

 
Joan McGowan, Nathan Aberson, Kathy Monacelli, Pat Thomas, Kent Gipson and Fred Monancelli working hard to complete the project before dark!
          
Interfaith Outreach Home serves up to ten families at a time for up to 2 years each.  It is an in-depth program providing safe and secure housing, many supportive resources, and time to transition (up to 2-years), while it requires mandatory saving and accountability from participants.   The program provides guidance, multi-faceted life-skills trainings and mentors to formerly homeless families willing to participate in this very stringent program capable of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Graduate families of this program transition into stable lives, often including home ownership made possible by the mandatory savings component of the program.  The track record and success rate for families is impressive and encouraging.  North Atlanta Rotary is proud to be a supporter of IOH.   
 
www.iohome.org
 
 
(Left to right:  Fazle Khan, PE Julie Koriakin, Kathy Monacelli, AG Lou Alvarado, Pres. Barbara Bush, and AG Candace Klein)
 
On March 23rd North Atlanta Rotary officially welcomed Kathy Monacelli and Fazle Khan into the club.  Assistant Governor (AG) Candace Klein officiated with assistance from AG Lou Alvarado.  Kathy is retired from the Telecommunications industry and looks forward to involvement in Rotary service projects and fellowship opportunities.  Fazle is a former Rotarian from Missouri as well as a former Roteract member and is excited about rejoining Rotary here in Atlanta. A native of Bangladesh, Fazle works in Public Health for the CDC.  Welcome Kathy and Fazle, we are delighted to have you in our ranks!
 
On April 13th we were able to induct our third new member Joan McGowan.  Joan comes to us from the field of technology where she is involved in analytical oversight and review.  P E Julie Koriakin is her sponsor.

Left to right:  President Barbara Bush, Joan McGowan and President Elect Julie Koriakin.
 
 
February was "Rotary Has Heart Month" and North Atlanta Rotarians participated in many areas of service sharing our hearts along the way.
 
We started the month with a hands on project creating goody bags for 75 men at the Central Shelter in downtown Atlanta.  
 
Goodie Bag production line at lunch meeting
 
That evening several Rotarians took and served a hot roasted chicken dinner with dessert, made sack lunches for the next day, and then stayed over night as chaperones.  In the morning our volunteers gave out the goody bags and sack lunches to each man as they left for their day. The process of checking these men into the shelter and serving dinner gave each of the volunteers an opportunity to connect with individuals we might not otherwise, a very humbling experience.   
 
   
Rotarians Don Millen, Ralph Sims, Jim Greco and Nathan Aberson stir the pots
 
Bill Decatur, Garry Guan and Mike Emanuele prepare the chicken
 
 
By mid-month, as one of our "Rotary has Heart" events, North Atlanta Rotarians and three (3) prospective members went to the Atlanta Food Bank (AFB) for a very successful evening making sure donated items are ready for the food insecure of the greater metro Atlanta area.  Our volunteer crew helped sort 6,850 lbs of food equal to approximately 4,469 meals.
 
Afterward, this hearty group ventured to a local eatery for their own sustenance and getting to know each other outside of the Club meetings sharing a wonderful opportunity of fellowship.
 
volunteers L to R:  Fazle Khan, Jim Barker, Kathy Monacelli, Joan McGowan, Bill McLaughlin, Julie Koriakin, Nathan Aberson, Garry Guan, Catherine Bernard, Ralph Sims and Mary Frances Richardson
 
 
The day after Valentine’s Day found North Atlanta Rotarians providing support for the Ms. Brookhaven Pageant held at Ashton Woods Senior Home.  We took bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolate and orchid corsages for each participant.  Don Millen was the "Bert Parks" host, Christopher Drew and Garry Guan played as escorts for the ladies, and Mary Frances Richardson, Kent Gipson and Barbara Bush were judges.  It was a very touching event with the winner being crowned Ms. Brookhaven and eligible to participate in a regional pageant later this spring. 
 
  
Ms Brookhaven 2017, from Ashford Woods
 
  
Judges:  Kent Gipson and Mary Frances Richardson
 
 
On February 28th Rotarians from North Atlanta and Brookhaven Clubs joined together in reading to Kindergartners and Pre-K students at Woodward Elementary School.  This is part of a year-long literacy program partnering with the Ferst Foundation as part of "Get Georgia Reading", a statewide initiative to prepare students so they are ready to “read to learn” by 3rd grade.  Each month the book we read is also sent home with each student so they can continue  reading at home.
 
Rotarian Dick Michell reading with Kindergartners
 
These are just some of the ways North Atlanta Rotarians showed “Rotary Cares” during “Rotary Has Heart” month! 
 
 
 
A ROTARY LITERACY SERVICE PROJECT
 
Monthly Reading Circles for the Early Reading Project at Woodward Elementary are underway!  
 
(Above:  Brookhaven Rotary President Bonnie Hardage reading A Scarecrow's Hat to Ms Gordon's Pre-K Class)
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The Rotary Club of Brookhaven invited the Rotary Clubs of North Atlanta, South DeKalb, Dunwoody, and Decatur, to join in an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary be "reading to learn" by 3rd grade. With the support of a Rotary District Grant and partnering with the Ferst Foundation, together we are supporting this goal through book donations and reading monthly to 10 Kindergarten and 3 Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary. Throughout this year, we'll donate more than 3,000 books to 248 students, read to 13 classes monthly and equip parents with book specific multi-lingual reading guides to use at home.  This early reading project is helping students "learn to read" and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade they will be "ready to learn" through reading.   
 
(Above:  North Atlanta Rotarian Mary Frances Richardson with Ms Martin's Pre-K class)
 
(Above:  Brookhaven Rotarian Bill Smith and GRSP Student Daniela Ochao Garro of Columbia reading to Ms. White's Pre-K class)
 
Statistics show that 3rd grade is a pivotal time.  Students at a 3rd grade level of reading by third grade are more likely to stay in school and become productive adults.  Students who are not able to read at a third grade level by third grade often fall behind, are more likely to drop out of school and become at risk young individuals and ultimately more dependent on support from society.  The reading program at Woodward Elementary is one of the collaborative programs coming together because of the awareness created by the "Get Georgia Reading" Campaign.
 
 
The Get Georgia Reading Campaign is an unprecedented, population-focused collaboration of more than 100 public and private partners.  These partners are working together to ensure that all children in Georgia read to learn throughout school and life.

In 2009, nearly 70 percent of Georgia’s fourth graders were not proficient readers, despite abundant research on the importance of third-grade reading proficiency for school and lifelong success. In 2010, to ensure that all Georgia’s children reach this milestone, Gov. Nathan Deal made literacy his top education priority, and Georgia launched a statewide campaign supporting a range of efforts by public and private entities. From these efforts came the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, a long range comprehensive literacy program bringing together many partners in the community to support young readers in our community.  Learning to read proficiently by the third grade is critical to not only the child and their future, but on a larger scale to our nation’s overall sustainability.  By third grade the child should be capable to transition from Learning to Read, to Reading to Learn.  Without the ability to read to learn, the child gets further and further behind and is at greater and greater risk for life long negative outcomes including disciplinary issues, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy, and lower overall ability to provide for themselves.  All of these factors have a tremendous impact on the individual and society as a whole.

The Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, North Atlanta, South DeKalb, Dunwoody, and Decatur are proud to be a positive influence and supporter for the young students at Woodward Elementary.  This is a critical issue for all of us and one that is a life long influence for each student and has long range impact in our community.
 
 

 

On Thursday, November 10th North Atlanta Rotarians, family members and friends volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank sorting and packing food for those in need.  Atlanta Food Bank serves the homeless and working poor through some 800 partner agencies serving 29 Georgia Counties in the Greater Atlanta area.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 Georgia kids live in food insecure households where from day to day there is uncertainty regarding the source of their next meal.  An estimated 755,400 people in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia are served by the Atlanta Food Bank partner agencies.  Many of those in need are Veterans and their families.  Several of our volunteer Rotarians are Veterans as well. On the eve of Veteran's Day 2016 we said, "Thank you!" to all Veterans, and we participated in this evening of service in their honor.


        

              

...and then a time for Fellowship and nourishment!

 

 

 

The Rotary Club of North Atlanta (RCNA) has enjoyed a strong relationship with Nicholas House that has lasted more than twenty years. Nicholas House is a shelter that specializes in helping homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency.  It started in the halls of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in 1982; moved to a building behind the church, and then relocated to a much larger facility on Boulevard Avenue in metro Atlanta.
 
Jon Yaeger, a RCNA Past President, served the program when it started in the church.  (Former RCNA) Rotarian Juliet Reising also served as President of the Nicholas House Board; Juliet and her husband Lance, RCNA Treasurer, remain strong advocates and active volunteers for the shelter. 
 
On September 13th RCNA volunteers, under the leadership of Rotarian Lance Reising, participated in a hands on service event when several Rotarians planned, prepared, delivered and served dinner at the shelter house.  In attendance were over 19 children from families that are now participating in the Nicholas House Program. Although this was one of the smallest groups we have served at the shelter, because three families had just been released from the program and moved on in their lives toward self-sufficiency, all together more than 35 individuals were served.  For dinner residents enjoyed baked and fried chicken, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, green beans, potato salad, rolls, cookies, brownies, fruit pops, lemonade, ice tea and milk!  
 
North Atlanta Rotarians ready to serve!
                                          
There was much joy, thankfulness, and fellowship shared between residents and Rotarians.                                                                                               
North Atlanta Rotary is proud to be a long term community partner with Nicholas House serving the greater Atlanta community.  So far this year, North Atlanta Rotary has provided over $1500 in support to Nicholas House.
 
Nicholas House is the only shelter in Atlanta that provides housing to homeless families regardless of family makeup. They provide temporary housing while addressing the root causes of family homelessness so a family may never be homeless again.
 

Nicholas House provides supportive services through their shelter on Boulevard Avenue, through their scattered-site apartment rapid re-housing program Homeless to Homes (H2H), and their newly launched New Horizons program for chronically homeless families. All families have up to two years of follow-up support after leaving direct services.

Nicholas House understands that providing basic subsistence – food and shelter – is necessary but not sufficient to prevent most homeless families from becoming homeless again. Three main goals and three unique factors make Nicholas House an incredibly special place where positive, lasting change happens.  80% of the families served maintain their own housing a year or more after exiting the Nicholas House program.

Multiple Tracks and Custom Solutions
The Nicholas House two-tiered approach to solving homelessness is unique to Atlanta. No matter what level of need or stage of homelessness a family finds themselves in, they have a program to meet the family's unique situation.

The New Horizons program is a housing first model for chronically homeless families with disabilities. These families have the greatest barriers, requiring longer time-frames and more support to become self-sufficient. These families have been homeless for an extended time and face significant challenges such as mental health issues, substance abuse, and physical disability. They place these families immediately into permanent support housing in apartments leased by Nicholas House – straight from street outreach teams or emergency shelters.  Once families are settled in, case managers provide additional services that incorporate best practice approaches based on national research. These include harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques.

The NHI shelter located off Boulevard Avenue in the Grant Park area provides long-term care and assistance for families with no income. This shelter has room to house 12 homeless families, which includes accommodations for a family of 10.

Their Homeless to Homes (H2H) apartment-based program is available to families with jobs who are past the need for a shelter environment but who still benefit from training, rental subsidy, time and assistance to rebuild their lives. Other shelters and agencies throughout the city rely on the H2H program to place their residents.

The Nicholas House Home Again program provides initial support for homeless families with ENOUGH income to pay ongoing rent but without the larger initial funds required to obtain their own apartment.  Nicholas House provides upfront support with application fees, utility and rental deposits, moving costs, initial months rent and other cost barriers to establishing housing. The family is then able to maintain housing long-term on their own based on their income.

Through an After School Program, the school-age children receive counseling, encouragement, help with homework, and a chance to foster camaraderie and a love of learning that will last a lifetime. NHI Adult Education classes do the same for their parents.

Nicholas House could not function without volunteers and donations. Over 6,000 individuals each year assist with every aspect of maintaining the agency and its programs.

  • Improving facilities and grounds
  • Tutoring and supervising our children
  • Running the front office
  • Presenting educational courses to residents
  • Preparing meals
  • Mentoring individuals
 
For more information about Nicholas House go to:  www.nicholashouse.org/
 
 
 
On August 14th we welcomed our new GRSP Student Daniela Ochoa Garro from Medellin, Columbia!  
 
Daniela arriving at Harstfield Jackson International Airport being welcomed by Rotarians and family members of her three host Rotary Clubs:  North Atlanta, Brookhaven and Tucker.
 

Daniela is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Medellin where her father is a Rotarian. Daniela is currently in her third year of Industrial Engineering studies at the Unversidad de Los Andes.  Once she completes her degree she will work toward her Master degree in Industrial Engineering or Finance.  She will attend Oglethorpe University while in Georgia.

 

Daniela being welcomed by GRSP Trustee Nick Spates, Ann Miller, Kay Emanuele, Renie Hallford and Charlie Patterson.

Ann Patterson, Bryan & Ella Katz, Renie Hallford, Charlie Patterson, Daniela Ochoa Garro, Ann Miller, Ralph Peeler, Mike Emanuel Nick Spates and Garry Guan welcoming Daniela to Georgia!

On Thursday, August 18th Daniel was welcomed at our Club social by Rotarians, District Dignitaries and guests.  

Rooman Ahmed from Bangledash, Brookhaven Club Host Parent Bryan Katz, DG Raymond Ray, AG Candace Klein, Daniela, GRSP Trustee Nick Spas, and AG Lou Alvarado.

 

Daniela, and North Atlanta Rotarians Ralph Sims, Mike Emanuele and Mary Frances Richardson

We look forward to an exciting year with Daniel and wish her all the best in school, her travels and throughout her time here in Georgia!

Welcome Daniela!

On Saturday, July 30, 2016 we had a fantastic turn out for our community service project benefiting FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children). Chris Brand, President and CEO of FODAC (and Stone Mountain Rotarian), expressed that we may have surpassed the monetary record for a single day collection! The estimated value of the collections for the day is $150,000!  Chris stated, "this was the most successful collection drive of any volunteer group ever for FODAC!"
 
All of this was possible because we were able to pick up several bulky and costly items such as hospital beds and motorized wheel chairs.  In addition we picked up several manual wheel chairs, 3-in-1 seats, walkers, canes, and loads of unopened soft goods.  Without each of our volunteers participating and providing their vehicles, trailers, trucks and muscle, this wouldn’t have been accomplished. Kudos all around!
 
The concept here is that we helped by volunteering to pick up these items (no longer needed by one family) which in turn defrays costs for FODAC so they can then provide these items (newly refurbished) for free, to persons (in another family) who do need them.  We helped extend every charitable dollar contributed to FODAC by providing our man, woman and kiddo power and resources for this project!
 
A very large and special thank you goes to Ralph Sims for his leadership and on going coordination of the project!  He did a darned good job “herding us cats!”  Congratulations Ralph on this massively successful service project.
 
Most of the volunteers and Dachshund Rev Duke, gathering after our breakfast social and before hitting the road for a day of service.
 
The numbers:
We had seven (7) Rotary Clubs, one Rotaract Club and FODAC represented and providing a total of 46 people who participated in this day of service!  Many thanks to the North Atlanta Rotaract Club, and the Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, South DeKalb, Tucker, Sylhet Sunshine (of Bangladesh), Stone Mountain, Duluth and of course, North Atlanta.  Congratulations to all for a job well done!
 
Special thanks to our co-sponsoring partner coordinators, Bonnie Hardage and Patrick Lewis of the Brookhaven Club, and Ceasar Gaiters of the South DeKalb Club.  This is our first collaborative service event of the year; we make a great team!  We plan to participate together in many more successful endeavors!

South DeKalb President Ceasar Gaiters
 
Lloyd Ames, FODAC and Chris Brand of FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotary flank N A Rotary President Barbara Bush and N A Rotaract Past Presdient Kamna Malhotra
 
We are also grateful to the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for their support in allowing us to gather on the Patio for breakfast, fellowship and instructions, and for offering their parking lot as our drop-off point for collections.  Thank you for these gifts!
 
Brookhaven Rotarian Bill Smith with Sylhet Sunshine Rotarian Rooman Ahmed
 
Mahalo nui loa to all involved. 
Be proud of your Service above Self!
 
From L to R: President and CEO of FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotarian Chris Brand, Rotaractor Ren Sato, Tucker Rotarian Bill Dowden, Rotarator Gilbert Vazquez, Tucker President Renie Hallford, and Lloyd Ames of FODAC
 
L to R:  North Atlanta Rotarian PP Lance Reising, Rotary Family member Gary Bush, Lloyd Ames of FODAC, Kamna Malhotra, PP North Atlanta Rotaract, and Chris Brand, FODAC and Stone Mountain Rotary Club.
 
Rotary Family member Lewis Kropp, LLoyd Ames of FODAC, and Bill Smith of Brookhaven Rotary Club.
 
L to R:  N A Rotarian Bill Mclaughlin, Lloyd Ames of FODAC, Rotaractors Kamna Malhotra and Jordan Hutchinson, Friend of Rotary Eric Williams, Brookhaven Rotarian Mike Swahn, Family of Rotary Eli and Adelien Hardage, PDG Tom Kent, Brookhaven President Bonnie Hardage, Bookhaven Rotarian Patrick Lewis and FODAC Service Event Coordinator N A Rotary PP Ralph Sims.
 
Brookhaven Rotarian Patrick Lewis, Family of Rotary Stephen Bush and Will Soteres, and Brookhaven Rotarian Steve Soteres.
 
L to R:  Nathan Aberson of the North Atlanta Rotary, and North Atlanta Roaractor Gilbert Vazquez
 
Family of Rotary members Erin Bush and Susan Hughes
 
Family of Rotary Brad Sims with N A Rotary PP Kent Gipson's borrowed truck.
 
 
 
 
In it's second year, the North Atlanta Rotary Scholarship Program is a smashing success with a total of $7,000 given to four deserving students.  For the first time NAR was able to give three 2016 graduating Chamblee Charter High School seniors each a $2,000 scholarship.  The deserving recipients were Duncan Carel, Christopher Waters and Sebastian Rodriguez. In addition, we gave for the first time, a $1,000 scholarship to Kingston Handley, a matriculating college sophmore and our top 2015 CCHS scholarship recipient. 
 
Pictured above (L to R) are Christopher Drew, NAR Youth Services Chair; CCHS seniors Duncan Carel and Christopher Waters, and NAR Club President Dr. Ralph Peeler. 
 
Pictured above (L to R) Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, NAR President Ralph Peeler and CCHS graduating senior Sebastian Rodriguez
 
 
 
Recipient of the William M. Mulkey "Show Rotary Cares" Award exemplifying "Service Above Self" in the North Atlanta Rotary Club and his community and in our world, Jim Greco received the award given by the DeKalb Rotary Council from Club President Dr. Ralph Peeler.
 

Advancing Engineering

Thanks to a $3,500 special matching District Grant, The Rotary Club of North Atlanta developed a new project and supported Chamblee Charter High School’s (CCHS) engineering program through VEX robotics and the Electrathon, a competition for battery-powered vehicles.

Meals on Wheels

Rotary Club of North Atlanta members, their spouses, children and a prospective member teamed up at Senior Connections in Chamblee, Ga. to prepare meals for Meals on Wheels.

Volunteering for Atlanta Community Food Bank

Volunteering for the Atlanta Community Food Bank is a longstanding club tradition.

Salvation Army bell ringing with Brookhaven Club

The Rotary Club of North Atlanta joined with the Rotary Club of Brookhaven for a day of bell ringing to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Whiskies of the World fundraiser

Our third annual Whiskies of the World event was a success thanks to Rotarian volunteers.
 

Dove Hunt - Polio Plus fundraiser

 
Each year, members of the Rotary Club of North Atlanta and their families join together for a Dove Hunt event.
 
The Rotary Club of North Atlanta's 18th annual golf tournament was held Monday, September 28. All registered players braved the rain and helped raise money for the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation. District 6900 Governor Bob Hagan even dropped by with his wife Carol.
The Rotary Club of North Atlanta (RCNA), sponsor of the Chamblee Interact Club, recently awarded three college scholarships to outstanding senior students and members of the Chamblee Charter High School Interact Club.
Scholarship Recipients Are Recognized at a Meeting of the RCNA
Chamblee entrepreneur and racing enthusiast Jim Downing gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of North Atlanta (RCNA).
Award-winning family practitioner Dr. Ralph Peeler conducts the first meeting of the 2015-16 Rotary year.  The kick-off featured a presentation by Chamblee entrepreneur and championship racer Jim Downing.  

On November 6, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health, Inc., was honored by the Rotary Club of North Atlanta for a remarkable career of disease prevention and treatment worldwide.  Rosenberg served 20 years at the CDC, and also as Assistant Surgeon General.  

District Governor Alicia Michael attended the ceremony and spoke to the club.Image

District Governor Michael affixes the Paul Harris Pin to Dr. Rosenberg’s lapel

A team of fifteen Rotarians from the Rotary Club of North Atlanta, armed with a winning recipe for meat loaf and various sides, served dinner on October 29 to about fifty parents and children at Nicholas House.  The residents raved over Rotarian chef Jim Greco’s signature entrée, including sautéed onions, mashed potatoes and veggies, prepared and served by Rotarians. 

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The Rotary Club of North Atlanta (RCNA) held its annual golf fundraiser on September 29th at the Trophy Club of Atlanta.

Rev. John Strickland delivered the invocation.

A 90% chance of rain was predicted for that date, and it rained in nearby Sandy Springs for most of the day.   Although rain was heavy within a mile or two of the venue, and there was a bit of “Scottish mist” from time to time, the golfers enjoyed a dry course for the entire event.  It was a minor miracle for a major good cause.

Fisher Funeral Care was the sole Gold sponsor.  Silver sponsorships were contributed by Cunningham & Associates; Horizon Staffing; A-R-T & Associates; J. Smith Lanier & Company, and Southeast Dental transitions.

Scottish GRSP Peigidh (Peggy) Savage looks on with apparent amusement. 

The RCNA thanks all who participated in the venue. 

 

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