Posted by John Carr on Oct 08, 2014
Again this year, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody is pleased to support the Teacher Mini Grant Program. The purpose of the mini grant program is to provide direct support to the classroom teacher who has an innovative project that will enhance student achievement in the area of literacy. Four grants of $300.00 each are awarded to teachers, individually or by grade level depending on how the grant proposal is submitted.
Our club has selected Hightower Elementary School because it is a school that has been identified with a high need for instructional support. However, if Hightower teachers do not apply for the grant, teachers from other schools are eligible. The Donors Choose data base has been a valuable source of identifying projects in years past. However, it is important to note that the donations from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody are separate and are not submitted through Donors Choose.
Teachers submit proposals individually or as a grade level. Each teacher grant has the same expected student outcomes. These student outcomes are as follows:
- Improved sight vocabulary
- Improved de-coding skills
- Improved higher order thinking skills (knowledge to synthesis)
- Improved comprehension
- Enhanced enjoyment of reading for information and for pleasure
Rotarians will be asked to volunteer to serve as readers of the proposals. Each proposal is critically read looking for content, creativeness, and long-term benefits for the students. Because the students at Hightower are primarily second language learners, teachers look for teaching mediums that would support a variety of learning styles – auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. These teaching mediums would go beyond ordinary instruction, utilizing materials not readily available to them. Each proposal would support students’ skill acquisition as set forth by the Georgia Performance Standards. As a result of teaching to various learning styles, students’ independent reading skills would be enhanced.
Posted by Richard Otness on Oct 08, 2014
For those unfamiliar with our annual competition, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody pits its Best and Brightest against the best competitors from the PCMS Quiz bowl team to determine who has bragging rights for the next 12 months. This year's epic competition will be held during our regular Friday meeting on 11/21/14.
We generally won't allow anyone who mentors the team to compete against their students, so the best and the brightest (you know who you are) need to call Rick Otness to volunteer to represent the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. In years past we have usually given as good as we gotten, but have usually lost on a tie breaker question. This year we need to be just a little faster on the buzzer than our competition.
If one wants to avoid being on the Rotary competition team, but still be in a position to boast of being amongst the best and brightest, one could choose to volunteer at Quiz Bowl practices.
Rotarians mentor the students at practice sessions on Wednesdays from 4 PM to 5 PM at PCMS. Call Rick Otness at (770) 715-9251 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, want to mentor, or want to volunteer to represent the Rotary Club of Dunwoody team on 11/21/14.
So far, the mentors this year include the following Rotarians:
- Lori Christopher
- Angie Duprey
- Rick Otness
- Harvey Rosenzweig
- Dottie Toney
Posted by Dottie Toney on Sep 10, 2014
Dottie Toney described the relationship between being "friendly," which we proclaim to be; caring; and the development of friendships which make membership more valuable.
In this Membership Month, and at the beginning of this new Rotary year, it is important to be willing to share the good news and the concerns we have so that we can be "a rainbow in someone's cloud."
After all, it's relationships that heal. All club members are invited each week to find a yellow card and a blue card at their places, and write a concern on the blue card and good news on a yellow card. The Caring Hands team will respond as needed. Last week, 24 cards were completed and each one was addressed appropriately.
Remember, "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what we want is someone who will take the bus with us when the limo breaks down!" Helping others is the goal of Rotary. We must start within our own club to make each of us feel welcome and cared for. After all, friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
Posted by William M. Mulkey on Aug 20, 2014
Rotary Club of Dunwoody
Achieves $100,000+ in Contributions Towards POLIOPLUS!!
The PolioPlus Program to eradicate polio worldwide started in 1985. After 29 years and 6 weeks of “Sharing Rotary and Serving People” Dunwoody Rotarians have contributed over $100,000+ towards the goal of eradicating POLIO worldwide.
On August 12th, one of our Past Presidents, Susan Schwall, made a significant contribution to enable the club to achieve this remarkable level of giving to one of the all-time major humanitarian global initiatives of Rotarians and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is among one of the top clubs in Rotary District 6900 in their total contributions to PolioPlus.
The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody thanks all Dunwoody Rotarians past, present and future for their generosity and support of our Rotary Foundation.
PDG Bill Mulkey
Posted by William M. Mulkey on Jul 02, 2014
Paul Harris Fellows and Multiple Paul Harris Fellows Presented at the 30th Annual Awards Banquet, Sunday, June 29, 2014.
PDG Bill Mulkey handed out numerous Rotary Foundation recognition to Rotarians and their Family Members.
Seven Dunwoody Rotarians and fourteen family members and friends of nine Dunwoody Rotarians were presented Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of their financial support of our Rotary Foundation. Seven Rotarians were recognized with a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Pin. The past and present contributions to The Rotary Foundation from the Rotarians who made these recognition possible amount to over $ 54,000.
Paul Harris Fellows:
- Erik L. Bryant (pictured right)
- Deborah Shelles “Deb” Camaron
- Lawrence Brannen “Larry” Dominico
- Cassandra Mills
- Richard A. “Rick” Otness
- Michael B. Parks
- Richard A. “Rick” Woods
Family & Friends:
Ernest Chandler Parker Schuchardt (father of Louise Barden), Marian C Finan and John A. Zora (mother and father of Jennifer Zora Brandt and daughter-in-law of Kathy and Fred Brandt), Tracey K. Jennings (wife of Scott Jennings), Claudio Daniel Segura (friend of Mike Parks), Eli Ward Toney, Haddie Meng Toney, Piper Blaine Toney, & Ty Gamble Toney (grandchildren of Dottie Toney), Marilyn Colarossi Woods (wife of Rick Woods).
Former Dunwoody Rotarian Patricia Sue Adcox was in attendance to receive a Paul Harris Fellow on behalf of Dottie Toney (pictured left)
In addition, Anne and Clark Glenn traveled down to Gulfport, Mississippi to present a Paul Harris Fellow to each of their two grandchildren, John Tabor Shank and Madison Kathleen Shank.
Paul Harris Fellows were mailed to former Dunwoody Rotarian Bill Finch and his wife Sharon to be presented to their son and daughter-in-law, Stephen A. Finch and Andrea S. Finch.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellows:
Presented to: Louise Barden +1, Mike Feeney +1, Scott Jennings +1, Harvey Rosenzweig +3, Tina Philpot +6, Susan Schwall +7 and Dottie Toney +7,
My appreciation to each and all for your support of our Rotary Foundation.
PDG Bill Mulkey
Foundation Fund Development and Recognition Chair
Posted by Carter Stout
The Rotaract Club of Atlanta is a social, professional development and community service organization for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 30 in the Metro Atlanta Area and is affiliated with Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. Similar to a Rotary club, the Rotaract club holds bi-weekly meetings for members and guests to which it invites a variety of speakers, and members frequently get together for community service projects and social events.
Posted by Anne E. Hayden
For a Rotary Club with under 100 members located in a relatively small town in Georgia, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody has amazing representation in the higher echelons of Rotary.
Rotary International consists of over 1.2 million people in over 34,000 clubs worldwide. Those clubs are organized into almost 550 Districts worldwide. Rotary International is governed by a 20 person Board. The membership consists of the president, president elect, general secretary and seventeen directors who are elected to two year terms. Every year, the 550 or so incoming District Governors and their spouses and the Board of RI and the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Foundation meet at the Rotary International Assembly to train the incoming Governors.
Posted by William M. Mulkey
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California."The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.
After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.
"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."
Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary. "We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said.
Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018. "When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said. By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.
"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve.
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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