Posted by Barbara Bush
Rotarians Supporting FODAC!
One recent Saturday morning Rotarians, along with family and friends from eight (8) Rotary Clubs and one (1) Rotaract Club came together to disburse into the community collecting home medical equipment for refurbishment and re-distribution through FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children).  The value of the items collected was estimated at over $250,000!  This is absolutely fantastic for FODAC and its clients.
Volunteers from the Rotary Clubs of North Atlanta, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Emory Druid Hills, Decatur, Stone Mountain, South DeKalb and North Atlanta Retract Club enjoying fellowship on the back patio of the 57th Fighter Squadron Restaurant, July 22, 2017.
L to R: FODAC CEO and Stone Mountain Rotary PP Chris Brand unloading just one truck, along with Dunwoody Rotarians Jennie Stipick, PE Rick Woods, and Tracey Carothers, aided by N A Rotary PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims.
The success of the event would not have been possible without the leadership and hands on involvement of North Atlanta PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims and the support and participation of our partners, including the 57th Fighter Squadron Restaurant where the event was staged.  Thanks to Ralph's organizing, our team of volunteers had the right equipment to facilitate the pickups - a mix of SUVs, Trucks, Trailers, and even a Box Truck - to go along with the 46 volunteers and two very hard working FODAC staff members.  Many thanks go to all those that persevered through the heat and humidity of the day to gather and transport and then unload all the donations.  And special thanks to the community for giving of the equipment they no longer needed, so that others can make use of it.  Kudos to all!
L to R: Rotaractor Gilbert Vazquez, Tucker President Ed Warner, Gary Bush, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, North Atlanta Rotarian Kathy Monacelli, FODAC CEO Chris Brand, Emory Druid Hills Rotarian Pravin Kakadiya and President Ravi Singh, and North Atlanta Rotarian Joan McGowan waiting to unload our largest truck and trailer pick ups of the day!
L to R:  Moving one of the heavy hospital beds, FODAC CEO Chris Brand and Staff Ron Hess, Sam Gipson, Vraj Chhabhaya and FODAC staff Lloyd Ames in truck.
L to R: Brookhaven Rotarians Tony Schafer, President Tom Prior, PP Karen Kropp, Mister Schafer, and Patrick Lewis taking a moment before unloading a full truck and trailer combo.
L to R: Decatur Rotarian Mark Burnette, Dunwoody Rotarian Louise Barden, Kathy Burette and Tucker President Ed Warner unloading one of their deliveries.
L to R:  North Atlanta Rotarian Kent Gipson with son Sam, Jim Aberson, Burnell Pitcher and North Atlanta Rotarian Nathan Aberson caught in the middle of unloading a truck and trailer.
One almost full FODAC truck! L to R, North Atlanta PP Ralph Sims, FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, Tucker President Ed Warner, FODAC CEO & Stone Mtn PP Chris Brand... the bosses overseeing the load!
Many thanks to North Atlanta PP and Event Coordinator Ralph Sims for his leadership and hands on oversight of the event, to FODAC staff Lloyd Ames, Tucker President Ed Warner, and FODAC CEO and Stone Mountain PP Chris Brand for all their support with this event and their ongoing every day support of FODAC!
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