April 2022 Newsletter
To give aid and encouragement in promoting the education and welfare of at-risk children in the state of Georgia.
Moonlight Soiree
The Circle for Children Moonlight Soiree on March 25 proved to be a beautiful evening attended by 144 Circle members, family and friends.

As promised, Ivy Hall provided an intimate atmosphere with a wonderful dinner. The silent and live auctions truly offered something for everyone. Every single auction basket sold and party goers went home with fantastic items! Thank you to all you basket creators for your creativity and generosity.

There was also a “gold star” raffle with great prizes. One lucky member won a $500 gift card to Cumberland Diamond Exchange!

We raised more than $75,000 with the gala this year and the best news is that the Circle will be able to present our beneficiaries with a generous donation! The total amount we will be able to give will be announced soon.

A big thank you to all who helped make this event a success!

Gala Co-chairs,
Pat Iaffaldano
Susan Fulkerson
Upcoming Events
Please join us for an
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Deep Roots Wine Market and Tasting Room
Downtown Historic Roswell - Plum Tree Village
1055 Canton Street, Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Our wine expert will educate us on the selected wines along with a charcuterie board to complement the wine flavors. In the event of rain, we will have the event inside their tasting room.

$45.00 per guest 
RSVP by April 15th -tickets can be purchased on our website
 If any additional information is needed, please contact
Mary Beth Wegener 770-356-3754 or wegenermbw@gmail.com

We have had a wonderful year, We have a fun evening planned for you so please join us for the last General Meeting and the Installation of New Officers. It’s Cinco de Mayo so wear your bright colors and enjoy a South of the Boarder Buffet.
RSVP by May 2nd, please don’t be late!

Please go to the website and pay or send a check to:
Betts Fisher
3681 Bays Ferry Way
Marietta, GA 30062

We will NOT accept checks at the event.
We will be collecting items for the students at Devereux at the Spring General Meeting on Tuesday, May 5. Please bring brand name shampoos, body washes, conditioners and deodorants containing little or no alcohol (Dove and Axe are particular favorites), Puzzles (the harder the better) and card games. If you are unable to to attend the meeting, there will be a drop off box at the home of Heather Rees, 4461 Club Lake Circle, Marietta SE 30067. If you need to reach Heather at heatherrees27@gmail.comDrop off dates at Heather's house will be April 27 - May 1.
Devereux Update
Hands on Volunteering Event at Devereux

Spring Fling Dance Theme this Year: New York! New York!
Thursday, April 7, 2022 
Location: Gym Bldg 340
Set-up 2:30 – 4:00 pm  
4:00 – 6:00 pm event

NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: Dress has changed to casual
Donations for Devereaux for 2021-2922
Now is a great time to start looking for items for Devereux Donations! Our next collection of items for Devereux will be Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Spring General Meeting.
We will be collecting these items for the students at Devereux. Please bring these items to the Spring General Meeting Thursday May 5, 2022: Brand name shampoos, body washes, conditioners and deodorants containing little or no alcohol (Dove and Axe are particular favorites) Puzzles (the harder the better) and card games. If you are unable to to attend the meeting, there will be a drop off box at the home of Heather Rees, 4461 Club Lake Circle, Marietta SE 30067 Drop off dates at Heather's house will be April 27 - May 1. If you need to reach Heather at heatherrees27@gmail.com.
If you have any questions about these collections, please contact our Devereux Liaison BJ Wooldridge at either 678-571-1459 or bjwooldridge@bellsouth.net.
Membership Updates
New Member Spotlight
The Circle for Children welcomes new Junior member Jordan Nuckolls. She is a graduate from Johnston Community College and works in Soft Ware sale.  

When Jordan is not working or volunteering you can find her cheering her favorites and national champs the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Dawgs. But most of all always in the company of her friends and family.

The best advise she has ever received “Be the type of energy that no matter where you go, you will always add value to the space and lives around you.”

Jordan’s most unique experience is being born on my due date and on Thanksgiving Day 1995! They also told my parents that if I didn’t interrupt the doctor’s Thanksgiving meal, they would give them a few thousand off the bill and I was born at 9:22 AM so they did in fact
give them a discount!

We welcome Jordan it is great to have you as part of The Circle for Children.

The Circle for Children welcomes new Junior member Emily Lemmy. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS degree in Finance. She is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. 

When Emily is not working or volunteering you can find her at the Yoga studio.

Emily’s most unique experience is when she studied her first year of college abroad in Valencia Spain and Florence Italy.

Her favorite quote and best advice are “Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish. This is your worth, who you really are, your degree that can go with you wherever you go, that you bring with you the moment you come into a room, that can't be manipulated or shaken. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you must feel legit inside first.” - Chris Gardner.

We welcome Emily it is great to have you as part of The Circle for Children.
Emily was sponsored by Tricia Leuallen
Long Range Planning
The Long-Range Planning Committee has been working hard all year on the important job of finding our next beneficiary. As we head into the final phase of our research and analysis of the ten charities recommended to us by Circle members, we are excited to announce that we have narrowed the field down to 3 finalists.

City of Refuge (COR) provides a vast array of services, all under one roof, to help the poorest of the poor break the cycle of poverty. COR has a youth development program for children from birth through high school graduation, offering a full day preschool, after school programs for older children, summer camps, clubs, homework help, Sports and much more.

Dream Weavers is an organization located in Alpharetta that is committed to making a difference in the lives of foster children. They offer many programs to foster children such as extracurricular activities, academic help, and programs designed to build self-esteem, to name just a few. Dream Weavers also offers the “cottage, a visitation center that allows foster children a chance to visit with their biological families in a family like atmosphere.

Simple Needs’ mission is to improve the lives of those in need through simple acts. Some of the programs they offer include “My Birthday Matters” which provides birthday gifts and other supplies to homeless children; “Shoe Them Love” which ensures that disadvantaged children get new shoes and “Spirit of Christmas”, that fills the gap by helping Cobb County children who were unable to register for other local Christmas programs by providing them with gifts.

Over the next two weeks committee members will be visiting each of these worthwhile organizations in person, meeting with their founders or directors and touring their spaces. We look forward to presenting our findings to Circle members at our last general meeting of the year.
Scholarship Update
For those that were not able to attend the Patron Party, here is an update on our Scholarship Program!

The Linda Gross Memorial Scholarship fund is helping nine students for the 2021-2022 academic year. All of our Circle Scholars face varying degrees of financial need and personal
hardship. They include former foster kids, individuals raised by grandparents, and many who grew up with an absent and/or addicted parent

One was inspired by a teacher to pursue teaching. Another dreams of eventually earning a
graduate degree in public health to advocate for people like herself who suffer from chronic
diseases. They are studying BioChemistry, Education, Business, Coastal Ecology, Biology,
Environmental Science, Chemistry and Microbiology. In May one of our Scholars will complete
his culinary education, after starting this year with a 4.0 GPA and four pre-graduation job offers.
Our Scholars include honors college students and community volunteers. One helps to coach
middle school basketball. Many work part time while attending school.
They are also grateful for our support. In their own words:

“Your year in/year out support has been essential”

“It gives me one less thing to worry about”

“I just want to thank the Circle Members once again for this amazing scholarship. This

scholarship has been such a relief.”

“I would just like to thank the Circle Members for their generosity, it is truly a blessing.”
“I am so grateful for this amazing scholarship. I have been able to excel in school while not

having to worry about how to pay for books or classes.”

“Just want to say thank you for everything that you all have done for me, it is very appreciated.”

We are doing good work in Linda’s name and it would not be possible without the support of
members and sponsors. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.
Access the Directory online with new Password! The new 2020-2021 directory of active Circle members can now be viewed on our website. For the privacy of all members, the directory is password protected. You can access the directory under the membership tab on the website.
April 11              Carol Carr
April 12              Cynthia Barr
April 13             Lynn Thompson
April 14             Bonnie Mann
April 15             Krista O’Neal
April 19              Elaine LaMontagne
April 23              Saundra Minnich
April 25              Marion Bledsoe
April 30             Donna Shafer
If your birthday (month and day) is not in the new Circle directory, please email that information. We would love to acknowledge that special day.
Circle Celebration Fund
Can't think of a gift for a friend? Consider donating to the Circle Celebration Fund in their name. A lovely acknowledgment will be sent to the honoree informing them of the donation you made in their name. Please contact thecircle4children@gmail.com if you would like to donate.
Circle Correspondence
Please send any Circle Correspondence to thecircle4children@gmail.com for announcements of births, loss of loved ones, outstanding events or illnesses. Please include the individual's address so the corresponding secretary can send the appropriate correspondence. Also, indicate if the information should be posted in the newsletter.
What is Amazon Smile?
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Circle for Children every time you shop at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com you'll find the exact same low prices and vast selection as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Circle. smile.amazon.com uses your current Amazon account.

How Do I Get Started?
Click the button below to get started or on your first visit to smile.amazon.com you will be asked to select a charity. Type in The Circle for Children. Click the "select" box next to it. Click "agree" to confirm you have been informed that you must go to smile.amazon.com every time you make a purchase in order for the Circle to receive the charitable donation from Amazon.
Kroger Community Rewards will donate a portion of your grocery purchase total to The Circle for Children.Please sign up for a Kroger Card the next time you're grocery shopping and link it to The Circle for Children.

To link your Kroger card go to www.kroger.com and login to access "My Account". Under "Community" select "Community Awards" then click the "link card" button. Then, search for "The Circle for Children" or enter number, CX636. You can also call Kroger at 1-800-562-4438 and they will sign you up over the phone.