April 2022
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Daisy, Flower of the Month
Saturday, Apr 9 - 10:00 to 2:00
GFWC-Day of Service
In front of Lauderhill's Fine Jewelry
Orchard Park Shopping Center
Dunwoody - near Kroger
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness

Thursday, April 21 - 10:00
General Meeting
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd

Tuesday, April 26
Dunwoody Garden Club Luncheon
Sponsored by: Environment
Friday, Apr 29 - Carpool at 9:00
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Meet at St. Luke's
Sponsored by: Arts & Culture, Environment,and Health & Wellness

Tuesday, May 3 - 1:00
Book Club via Zoom
Sponsored by: Education & Libraries

Thursday, May 19
DWC Spring Luncheon
Dunwoody Country Club

Dunwoody Woman's Club Luncheon
Thursday, May 19th
Dunwoody Country Club

9:00 AM Coffee
10:00 AM Meeting
11:00 AM Social Hour
11:45 AM Lunch

$33 per person

The deadline for checks is Thursday, May 12th
Checks payable to Joyce Niemann
5303 Littlebrooke Court
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Your check is your reservation
Ways and Means 
Faye Cashwell faye@cashwellhome.com

We are celebrating our 49th Annual Home Tour this year AND in order for our tour to be successful, we will need the help of every member. Please mark your calendars now for:
  • Thursday, August 18th  Called Meeting and Preview Day of Homes
  • Wednesday, October 12th Home Tour (time to be announced)

Member responsibilities include working the day of the Home Tour and selling 5 tickets. You will also want to attend the Called Meeting to pick up your tickets and have the opportunity to preview the homes. This will be your only chance to see the homes before the tour.
We are looking forward to previewing several homes and hope to have all of them in place by the May meeting. Our next Home Tour Committee meeting will be on April 8, 2022 from 1:30-3:30 at the Annex.
Again this year, Faye, Susan and Diane will team up to co-chair the event. It makes it much easier and a lot more fun to do it as a team! 
Faye Cashwell will be our Sponsorship Chairmen for the tour this year. If you can help with this important part of the Home Tour, please reach out to her. Members are able to sponsor the tour at the Friends level ($50) or above. Sponsor folders will be ready for pickup on April 8, 2022.
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke womcomc@mindspring.com

Friday, April 29, Atlanta Botanical Gardens tour with Environment and Health and Wellness with lunch at Longleaf restaurant. Please see Environmental report for information.

April Events:
  • April 1-15, Snap Dragon Exhibit at Brook Run Park.
  • April 1-15, Hanji: the Works of Mina Duffie at the Fowler Gallery, Hudgens Center for Art and Learning. Hanji, a traditional miniature handmade paper creation. Ms. Duffie is known worldwide for her colors and use of the Mulberry Tree.
  • April 1-17, Stage Door Theater “Circle Mirror Transformation” offering $5.00 off ticket prices.
  • April 20-24, Lemonade Days at Brook Run Park. This year is a full-scale carnival, rides, food and beverage vendors, two days of Center Stage performances and the Dunwoody Idol contest.

Coming in May:
  • May 7, Mother’s Day Tea at Winder Woman’s Club, 15 W Midland Ave. Winder, Ga 30680. This is a GFWC Charity event to benefit Wellspring Living, a non-profit organization that provides domestic sex trafficking victims and those at-risk opportunities to recover.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton dfknowlton@comcast.net

April is Child Abuse Prevention and
National Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Civic Engagement’s April Program will promote Prevent Child Abuse A pinwheel garden will be created in front of the Veterans Memorial next to our Dunwoody Woman’s Club bench at Brook Run Park. One hundred blue pinwheels will be planted to draw attention to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention and the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign focuses on positive efforts to ensure that all children have the safe, stable, nurturing families they deserve.

Blankets for Ukraine – North West District President’s Special Project. The goal is to create 200 blankets by April 23, 2022. Materials needed: 1 ½ yard fleece, 2 packs of double fold bias tape quilt binding 7/8”, and a mixing bowl or plate for rounding the corners. For details see tutorial at the link below. Make it fun! Contrast the binding. You may also use rick rack, pom-poms or fringe trim. Bring completed blankets to April 21 DWC General meeting.  

Coming Events:
  • Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, July 4th and the theme for this year’s parade will be “Parade of Stars” – Grand Marshal: Pam Tallmadge. If you would like to drive your convertible or walk in our entry, please let us know. Do we want our own theme: “Volunteer Stars” or “Club Women Stars?” How do we dress? We need your creative ideas.
Education and Libraries
Books, Books and More Books

International Children's Book Day is celebrated every year on April 2, the birthday of the famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Children's books stimulate the imagination, teach values, and introduce children to new things. You can get into the spirit of the day by encouraging the children in your life to read more. You can always reread your favorite childhood books as an adult, you might find some message that you missed when you were younger.

National Librarian Day, April 5, we honor the library workers that keep our libraries in order and contribute to the enrichment of our communities every day. If you are a regular visitor at our local library don't forget to drop by on April 5 to thank the library workers, maybe bring them a card and flowers, or some home baked goods.
World Book Day, is a United Nations holiday celebrated every year on April 23. This day aims to promote reading across all communities, and to encourage people to engage with different types of literature and discover the benefits of reading. Celebrate this day by taking a trip to the library or the bookstore and pick up new books from authors you've never read, or reread an old favorite. Donate to our Friends of the Library to help make books accessible in our community or take books to our two little libraries.
You can always bring books to our meetings, and we will see that they are taken to the little libraries or to the Friends of the Library.

April is also Poetry Month, so include a book of poems in your own and grandchildren’s reading.

Book Club
Our May book is Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict. The discussion will be led by Joan Rush. Lady Clementine is the story of Winston Churchill's wife Clementine and how her relationship with Churchill went beyond your average love story, but included a secret partnership between them which helped to dictate history. Lady Clementine's roll in Churchill's life went far beyond just having his children and planning meals for statesmen. Plan for a lively discussion on May 3 at 1:00 pm via Zoom.
Kathy Hanna kak1941@aol.com
Nancy Baldwin nbaldwin@bellsouth.net & Gang
SPECIAL PROJECT - (Prom Dress Collection Drive) Dunwoody High School DECA is collecting new or gently used prom dresses for donations for girls who may not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress. All the donations will go to girls in Region 1 of Dekalb County Schools. If you or anyone you know has slightly used dresses and accessories, please take them to Dunwoody High School's main office or Village Threads on Chamblee-Dunwoody before April 18. Let Kathy know if you donate.
Friday, April 29, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness and Environment will be touring Atlanta Botanical Gardens with lunch at Longleaf Restaurant in the garden. We will meet at 9:00 am at St Luke's parking lot on the Manhasset side of the church to carpool. We are hoping to have passes for everyone. Lunch will be about 1:00 pm and home by 3:00 pm. Please let Kathy know if you plan to attend.

Thank you for those who attended our "Anniversary Trees" tour. We learned so much about our parks and Brent and Rachael did a wonderful informative day of sharing. Mark your calendars for our trip to Audubon on May 26.

 On-going Events:
  • Farmers Market is open from 9-12 at Brook Run Park.
  • Dunwoody Garden Club's luncheon is April 26, if you want to attend and don't play cards, send Kathy a check for $30 to DGC.
  • Animal Shelters: See Collections for needed items. Let Kathy know if you made a monetary donation.
  • Adopt-A-Bench: Meredy has bench applications.
  • Audubon: Continue to fill your bird feeders. Look for bird watcher tours in the DNC newsletter. We are touring Audubon on May 26.
  • Dunwoody Nature Center:  Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of DNC this year. May 7th Monarchs, Margaritas and Memories. On April 10 there is a plein air art class. The week of April 18, Eco-Reporters interactive walk will be presented in honor of Earth Week. During the spring, join us for gatherings: Forest Bathing, Tai Chi in the Woods, Book Clubs, Sunset yoga, and Friday Night Hikes. Check out the Center for any information and to register for classes or events at dunwoodynature.org or call 770-394-3322.
  • Dunwoody & Sandy Springs parks are open for walking the trails. Lost Corner Preserve programs are ongoing.
  • Master Gardeners: Brook Run has started their 2nd Saturdays Programs. May 14th "Flowers for All Seasons"
  • Pebble Tossers: Can use our support.
  • Recycling: Please let Kathy know the number and value of items you recycled. Don't know what to do with odd recyclables? CHARM does, see what they will take at livethrive.org/charm. Continue to do curb side recycling in DeKalb County; and if you can't do that get your items to either Morgan Falls or Roswell Recycling.
  • Tips: Please plant trees and native plants or donate to Arbor Day Foundation for 10 seedlings. Trees Atlanta are planting thousands and can use your support. If you do plant trees please let Kathy know.
Health and Wellness
Deborah Gault dcgault@comcast.net
Judy Bertrand pbandj989781@att.net
Joan Rush jrush330@aol.com
Saturday, April 9, 10-2:00 pm, Lauderhills Fine Jewelry, Orchard Park Shopping Center, GFWC Day of ServiceDWC members will staff a table outside of Lauderhills Fine Jewelry seeking donations of Kroger gift cards from Orchard Park customers. Gift cards of any denomination will be distributed to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Decatur and Dunwoody to benefit families of children receiving treatment at Children’s Healthcare. The gift cards will be used to purchase food, toiletries, and other items needed to comfort families during their stay. Cash donations will be accepted, and the Health & Wellness Committee will purchase Kroger cards with the proceeds. We will also collect pop tabs from aluminum cans. These are sold by the Ronald McDonald House to recyclers for additional funds. We will continue to collect Kroger cards and pop tabs at the April 21 General Meeting. A follow-up luncheon is tentatively scheduled for April 14, at 11:30. We have invited two administrators from Ronald McDonald House to attend with a short presentation about the mission of the Ronald McDonald Houses.
Thursday, April 21, Health & Wellness speaker is Ms. Elizabeth S. Douglass, BS in Psychology from UGA, MS in Professional Counseling from GSU, is our featured speaker. Ms. Douglass is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in multiple settings including hospitals, residential substance abuse treatment centers, colleges, and outpatient mental health services. She is passionate about promoting mental health wellness. Her topic will provide education on how we should care for ourselves and loved ones during stressful times and suicide prevention. 

Friday, April 29, Atlanta Botanical Gardens with lunch at Longleaf Restaurant. More fresh air, lovely flowers, and a chance to jump-start Spring allergies!! This event is co-sponsored with Environment and Arts and Culture. More information to follow on time, tickets, etc. Watch for the Newsletter and information at the April 21 General Meeting.  

April: National Health and Wellness Initiatives
National Autism Awareness Month

Coming in May:
  • May 12, 10:00, Choosing the Right Retirement Home. Many of our members face decisions regarding how best to live after a certain age or life-changing events. This session will provide information on the various choices; independent, assisted, memory-care, etc. More information to follow on venue and speaker. This can be either on-site or via ZOOM.    

Arts and Culture
  • Blankets for Ukraine

  • Slightly used Prom Dresses and Accessories - by April 18

  • Collecting: pill bottles without labels; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Please bring to General Meeting.

Health and Wellness
LUTHERAN TOWERS HOLIDAY GIFT BAGS - Collecting items now thru December 2022:
  • Travel size toiletries (shampoos, conditioner, soap, lotions, etc. 
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Floss, Men’s razors 
  • Gently used paperback books
  • Socks for Men and Women
  • Clean Ladies scarves, Men’s baseball caps
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Holiday ornaments
  • Costume jewelry
April Day of Service or bring to General Meeting-April 21
  • Kroger Gift Cards
  • Pop tabs
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand pbandj989781@att.net

National Poetry Month

April is the month we celebrate poetry, and GFWC is no stranger to poets! Before GFWC bought the building, Headquarters itself was decorated with poetic sentiments by former owner and poet, Grace Hoffman White, whose collection of poetry can be found in the Library of Congress.

There is a long tradition of appointing GFWC poet laureates. One of their duties was to select poems to appear in each issue of Clubwoman Magazine. In 1931, Lizette Woodworth Reese, was named poet laureate. Her work was widely acclaimed, particularly her sonnet, "Tears." Reese not only inspired but was succeeded as GFWC Poet Laureate in 1933 by Edna St. Vincent Millay, who had become the third woman to receive the Pulitzer Price for Poetry in 1923. As a pacifist and an advocate for women's rights, her work was often socially conscious. Her 1920 collection, A Few Figs From Thistles, stirred controversy for its exploration of feminist issues.
When Lizette Woodworth Reese died, her vacancy was taken by Angela Morgan. Morgan was the first woman to read poems from the pulpit of Chapel Royal, Savoy, in London. That honor had only ever been granted to male authors before.

These are just a few of the inspiring women whose literary work was recognized and appreciated by GFWC!
Dottie D'Angelo dottieatlanta@gmail.com

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization
On March 10, Congress enacted VAWA reauthorization (S. 3623) by attaching it to the must-pass FY 2022 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2741. Many thanks to GFWC clubwomen who participated in the Legislative Action Alerts urging both the House and Senate to support VAWA throughout the legislative process.
Stage Door Players
Sharon Clark - sharon-clark@comcast.net

April 1-17 "Circle Mirror Transformation" (Comedy)
*Mention DWC for a $5.00 discount on each ticket Stagedoortheatrega.org
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris

Tallulah Falls School Equestrian Team earns National Awards.
The team received All-Star Awards for 2021 from both the American Miniature Horse registry and the American Shetland Pony Club. Brooke Hayes, a TFS sophomore showing “Blues,” won the Champion Award in Youth Halter Gelding. She also won two other awards, one in Pleasure Driving and one in Youth Jumper. We congratulate Brooke.

Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Jeane Duane Kirkpatrick (1926-2006)

A family friend who lives in Moscow, Russia, once told me that Russia is like a beautiful striped tiger. The tiger has stripes of ebony darkness with alternating stripes of golden light. But know this he told me — tiger Russia is always, and ever will be, a strong and fierce tiger.

Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first woman to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, knew this well. Were she alive today, she might say that the present struggle over Ukraine has its roots in the world’s inability to study, or even care to understand, history or acknowledge that Russia is, and always has been, a strong and fierce tiger. And now that strong tiger, seizing the advantage, seeks to reclaim its feeding territory.

Jeane was born in Oklahoma, the daughter of an oilfield wildcatter, Welcher F. Jordan, and his wife Leona. She had a younger brother and an unremarkable youth. In 1955, Jeane married Evron Kirkpatrick, a scholar and former member of the O.S.S.; they had three sons.

In 1968, she earned a PhD in political science from Columbia, subsequently studied in France, learned French, and was fluent in Spanish. A year earlier, in 1967, she had “joined the faculty of Georgetown University and became a full professor of government in 1973.”  

As a young person, Jeane had toyed with socialism but, in time, became an ardent anticommunist and was known as a Roosevelt Democrat until switching to the Republican Party. She became active in politics while serving on the faculty of Georgetown University, believing that it is unreasonable to expect “governments to transcend permanently their own national interests for those of another country.” We may lead nations to Democracy through example, but we cannot make them turn the corner.

Jeane’s often controversial views on totalitarian and authoritarian regimes eventually caught the eye of Ronald Reagan who tapped her to advise him on foreign policy throughout his presidential campaigns and presidency. Reagan appointed her as Ambassador to the United Nations where she served for four years. For her work, Jeane received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, numerous awards, and university chairs have been established in her honor.

Through a colleague of hers in Washington, I came to know Jeane Kirkpatrick in a different light. She was a woman who loved her family and Lucy (a lovey Lab), tried every cosmetic on the market (and stored them on the vanity in her bathroom), decorated her dining room with awesome paintings in the Spanish style, and read voraciously (her basement was lined wall to wall, floor to ceiling with bookshelves — a library of world history). While she was a woman on the world’s stage, Jeane Kirkpatrick understood fully the value of friends and family life supported by the virtues of the achievement ethic. The world could use a few more Jeane Kirkpatricks today.
Carolyn Anderson carolyn506@gmail.com
Kay Moe kgp12@att.net
51 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2022