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"The Friendly Breakfast Club"

November 30, 2022


November is Rotary Foundation Month

12/9 Regular Mtg: Dunwoody Salutes The Rotary Foundation - Jennie Stipick

Our Rotary Family

11/1 Fred Brandt
11/3 Jessie Legros
11/11 Roy Ethridge
11/18 Ray Huebschmann
11/18 Jennifer Shumway
11/26 Dottie Toney


11/26 Lang Wooddy (6)

Rotary Online



Fridays, 7:15 am
Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter
111 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA , GA 30346



Fundraising Bob O'Brien
President Jennifer Shumway
President-Elect Jack Sparks
President Nominee Louise Barden
Immediate PP Carter Stout
Treasurer Cathie Brumfield
Secretary Matthew Johnson
Foundation Jennie Stipick
Membership Dave Burr
Admin Ed Holliday
Sergeant-at-Arms Griff Ransom
Public Image Freddy Morello
Public Image Imani Reynolds
Community Service Rick Woods

A Week Filled with Dunwoody Traditions

As I assembled bulletins over the last two weeks, I found myself being thankful for the great Dunwoody traditions that come together this time of year:

  • An opportunity to gather with each other for the holiday luncheon - amplified this year as we join with the Rotary Club of Brookhaven 
  • Three amazing projects we take on to help the families and youth in our community - Thanksgiving baskets for Kingsley, Toys for Tots, and books for each and every student at Dresden and Kingsley Elementary Schools.

All this work is made possible by the generosity of you, your family and friends. Read more here about this week's opportunities to serve and to support the fundraising efforts that support what we do to make a difference.

This Week's Meeting
Holiday Luncheon - This Friday, Dunwoody Country Club

There's no Friday morning meeting this week. Instead, we will gather with the Rotary Club of Brookhaven at the Dunwoody Country Club for our annual holiday luncheon! Festivities begin at 11:00 am with time for fellowship - and holiday music on the piano by our own June Wise. We'll be seated at about 11:30 am - join in some carols, lunch and some words of celebration. And of course, we'll make a presentation to the Marines joining us as we support Toys for Tots. Don't forget your unwrapped toys!

The holiday luncheon is a long-time Dunwoody tradition - offering a great opportunity to catch up with each other as the holidays begin. We're excited to be sharing it this year with the Rotary Club of Brookhaven.

Service Opportunity
Join Us for Book Prep This Saturday Morning

Join us this Saturday morning for another long-time Dunwoody tradition, as we prepare 1,175 books for delivery to Dresden and Kingsley Elementary students. This year, we'll gather at 9 am at Carter Stout's office - Stout Kaiser LLC, 4675 N. Shallowford Road, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30338.

We'll have coffee and breakfast treats ready!  Volunteers always have a fun time with this project. Bring yourself, family and friends to prepare books for our local Title 1 elementary schools - with help from the schools, we have identified fun books to help kids who are just learning English. On Saturday, we will add translation bookmarks and book plates to each (so parents know it was a gift from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody).  We welcome as many volunteers as possible!  

Please let Jack Sparks know if you can help by emailing  jsparks@mosquitojoe.com

Whiskey Raffle #3: Two Weeks, 52 Tickets Remaining

There's one more opportunity to support Dunwoody's Whiskey Raffle which in turn supports our Dunwoody Charitable Fund - by buying or encouraging others to buy tickets for Whiskey Raffle #3 - for a bottle of Blanton’s Gold (shown on the right) - a higher proofed version of Blanton’s that is only available in International markets and duty-free outlets (if you are lucky).

You can read more about this offering - and buy tickets at https://whiskey-raffle.com/! Tickets are $30 each - the whiskey is valued at $400. Help us reach our goal of 150 tickets sold (we're at 98 today) before the December 15 Thirsty Thursday drawing! 

Your Fundraising Support Is Important!
Dunwoody Golf Tournament 2023 Open for Sponsors and Golfer Sign-up!

We have kicked off our sponsor campaign for the 2023 FORE! the Memories Golf Tournament to be held on May 15, 2023 at St. Marlo Country Club.  The website is live and ready for sponsor and golfer sign up - you and anyone interested can visit 2023 Event - FORE! The Memories (rcdgolftournament.com)! It includes photos and results from last year too.

A new joint Alzheimer’s-RCD marketing packet is coming soon especially for use in talking to larger sponsors for the Silver (new level added), Gold and Platinum levels. We have asked you for testimonials if you were a sponsor, a golfer or a volunteer. Please send a short paragraph to Hoshi at hd@phirozsil.com highlighting what you enjoyed about your experience at the first tournament in May this year. We will post to the FORE! the Memories website in a new tab for this purpose! If you have critiques or improvement ideas, please send to Bob at robrien@farmersagent.com.

Fellowship and Fun
Dunwoody's Planning a Mardi Gras Celebration

Put the date on your calendar now and contact Raymond Mesa if you'd like to volunteer for the Mardi Gras committee!

Service and Fellowship Opportunity
Calling All Host Families and Volunteers for GRSP Leadership Weekend 2023

GRSP Class of 2022-23 at recent Savannah student weekend

We are planning now for the 2023 GRSP Leadership Weekend - scheduled for February 10-12. A signature Dunwoody Rotary event for the last 20+ years, this weekend provides many opportunities to meet some special college students from around the world - here for a one-year cultural exchange as part of a program that is unique to Georgia. And you'll meet Rotarians from many of the clubs who help us host this weekend.

At the moment, we are looking for host families willing to provide bed, breakfast and a bit of transportation between Friday night and Sunday morning. We try to keep the students in groups of two to four, but we welcome your participation even if you can only take one student - or want to volunteer with some of the many weekend activities - from a group service project to Friday night social events to Saturday night suppers, the Sunday morning Shark Tank competition, or helping with logistics during the weekend sessions.

Contact Jackie Cuthbert if you'd like to talk about the best ways for you to help with the leadership weekend. And watch for more about an upcoming planning meeting.

Calendar Updates
A Few Key Dates

Here are few key reminders about upcoming events:

  • December 2: Holiday luncheon - Dunwoody Country Club, 11:00 am
  • December 3: Prepare books for Dresden and Kingsley Elementary students, Carter Stout's office, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • December 9: Regular meeting - Jennie Stipick speaks about The Rotary Foundation
  • December 15: Thirsty Thursday and Whiskey Raffle Drawing #3 - location to be announced, 5:30 pm
  • December 16, 23 and 30: No meetings ... enjoy your holidays with your families
  • January: Watch for more about meetings, fellowship and service opportunities
  • February 10-12: GRSP Leadership Weekend ... ask Jackie Cuthbert how you can help with this 20+ year tradition
  • February 21: Dunwoody Mardi Gras Celebration  
  • May 15: Second Annual RCD Golf Tournament: Contact Bob O'Brien to help!