April 2021
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
EVENTS and FIELD TRIPS
Wednesday, April 7 - 10am
Assemble bags for Adult Day Care
Home of Kim Reuning
Sponsored by: Arts & Culture

Thursday, April 8 -11:30 to 1:30pm
GFWC-GA Day of Service
Ronald McDonald Collection
at Vintage Pizzeria
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness

Thursday, April 15 -10am
Zoom General Meeting
Kimberly Cunningham, from Ronald McDonald House
Details to connect will be sent by
E-Blast on April 14.

Tuesday, April 20 - 10:00am
Zoom meeting - Poetry Month.
Sponsored by Education & Libraries

Thursday, April 22 - 9:30am to
carpool
GA Audubon and Spruill Center
Sponsored by: Environment and Arts & Culture
Tuesday, May 4 - 1pm
Zoom Book Club

Wednesday, May 5 - 1 to 3pm
Cinco de Mayo Coloring Book Fiesta
Home of Joan Rush
Sponsored by: Arts and Culture

Thursday, May 20 -
Spring Luncheon and
Dunwoody Country Club
SPRING LUNCHEON
Dunwoody Country Club
Thursday, May 20

9AM Coffee
10AM Meeting
11AM Social Hour
11:45AM Lunch
 
Lunch
Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
Petite lettuces, bacon, avocado, egg, grape tomatoes
Blue cheese or Ranch dressing
Almond Basket with French Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Sauce
$32.00
 
Make Checks Payable To:
Joyce Niemann
5303 Littlebrooke Ct.
Dunwoody, GA 30338
404-771-6440
 
Deadline: Friday, May 14th
Ways and Means
Faye Cashwell - faye@cashwellhome.com
 
A Home Tour Executive Committee has been formed, members include Diane Norris, Susan Crawford, Maria Barnhart, Kay Moe and Faye Cashwell. The purpose of the committee is to make a recommendation to the DWC Board and members on the feasibility of hosting our 2021 Home Tour. The top three areas for consideration are, securing at least 3 homes, obtaining event insurance and determining if we can get the required volunteers to work. The Committee hopes to have a recommendation ready for the April Board and General Meetings. 
 
If the decision is made to not proceed with the 2021 Home Tour then we will approach fund raising much like we did last year, with Capital Campaigns, Flower Power, Virtual Fun Run, and maybe even some form of an online auction.


Membership
Pam King - pking9188@gmail.com

We want to make sure all our members are included in Club activities. If you don’t feel comfortable participating in Club ZOOM meetings or events because you are not familiar with ZOOM, please let me know at pking9188@gmail.com. We have several members who are pros at ZOOM and would be happy to help you one-on-one to learn about it.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan jokostkan@gmail.com
Kim Reuning kimreuning@hotmail.com
Our visit to Spruill Gallery to view the very interesting Pomp and Circumstance exhibit was quite successful. We collected 125 glue sticks for youth art programs at Dunwoody Nature Center and still have enough extra to put one in each craft kit for the April Adult Day event. Thank you to all who donated items for both events! We are still collecting spring craft supplies for the Adult Day Care of Dunwoody flower pot project.

Susan, Maria, Jo Ann, Pam, Carolyn
 
At 10am on Wednesday, April 7, meet at Kim Reuning’s home and bring your supplies to assemble the drop-off spring craft bags for Adult Day of Dunwoody. We will create 18 bags so that each participant at Adult Day can decorate a mini 4-inch-tall flower pot. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. We will take the assembled craft bags to the facility. Adult Day is very excited about this upcoming event. They absolutely loved our drop-off pumpkin decorating craft kits in October. It really made a difference and was well received by the residents. Please contact Kim Reuning for her address if you plan to attend.
 
From 1pm-3pm on Wednesday, May 5, meet at the home of Joan Rush for a Cinco de Mayo Coloring Book Fiesta! While coloring, enjoy Mexican appetizers and Sangria while learning about this special holiday and its cultural significance. Please bring your own coloring book and colored pencils. Extra coloring pages will be available should you need them. If you’d like, bring a Mexican trinket, jewelry item, or anything else from this country to share. At this event, we will collect children’s coloring books to donate to the Safe House of the Women’s Resource Center. Please RSVP to Jo Ann Kostkan or
Kim Reuning no later than Friday, April 30.
 
 Upcoming Art Events:
  • Spruill Center Atrium has the “Doves of Hope” community sculpture exhibit hanging in the entry. The DWC doves we created in January are part of the art sculpture.
  • Brook Run Great Lawn is displaying tree scarves from Dunwoody’s Rug Hooking Group through April 30. Stop by to see the colorfully decorated trees!
  • Dunwoody Parks presents “Young Rembrandts: Ages 4-11 Drawing and Cartooning Session” at the N. Shallowford Annex from April 14-May 19. Learn more at www.dunwoodyga.gov.
  • Stage Door Theater’s Performing Arts Academy opens this summer with 9 weeks of courses for pre-teens and teens including acting, dance, and technical theater. Learn more at stagedoorplayers.org.
  • Emory Schwartz Center has virtual concerts and events. The next concert features Camille Thomas performing cello on April 9. Please visit www.schwartz.emory.edu for all their virtual stage calendar of events.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton dfknowlton@comcast.net

April is:
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Sexual Violence Awareness Month
 
Civic Engagement’s April Programs will promote Prevent Child Abuse 
  •  Two hundred and fifty blue pinwheels, Prevent Child Abuse fact sheets, pinwheel coloring sheets and instructions for making pinwheels have been delivered to Dunwoody Prep and Kinder Care of Dunwoody. The pinwheel is a happy, uplifting symbol of childhood and can be used in several ways 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. Sixty-four pinwheels and pinwheel coloring sheets have been delivered to Vintage Pizzeria
  • In addition, we have donated eight children’s books to our library boxes.
 
Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. We are registered for the parade on Monday, July 5th.
Our theme will be “GFWC Dunwoody Woman’s Club Celebrates 50 Years of Community Service.” If you would like to drive your convertible or walk in our entry, please let us know. We will dress casually and wear decorative hats. We are open to other fun suggestions. Don’t be bashful. Let’s celebrate!
Education and Libraries

April 20 at 10:00am, please join us for a Zoom meeting as we celebrate Poetry Month. We’ll examine some poetry written by suffragists as well as other poems. If you have a favorite poem, please plan to share it with us.
 
To get a poem sent to your email daily go to http://poets.org/poem-a-day. For your children or grandchildren or even great grandchildren go to PoetryFoundation.org to encourage the reading and reciting of poems.
 
For the Academy of American Poets' annual gala Thursday, Apr 29, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT go to poets.org. It will bring together artists & public figures for a reading of favorite poems for National Poetry Month, now in its 25th year. The Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry's important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines.
For the first time Poetry & the Creative Mind will be presented free and virtually. The gala presentation will include music and readings of favorite poems, shared by luminaries from across the arts and culture, including:
Meryl Streep, Event Chair, Lauren Ambrose, Orlando Bloom, Hasan Minhaj, Samin Nosrat, Sandra Oh, Sarah Sze & more.
 
May 4 at 1pm - Zoom Book Club . Our first book will be "I am David". David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. When he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?
David's extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm's classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.
Environment
Kathy Hanna kak1941@aol.com
Nancy Baldwin nbaldwin@bellsouth.net & Gang
 At 9:30am on April 22, we will meet at the Spruill Art Center on 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road to view the dove exhibit. We will carpool from the Spruill Center to GA Audubon to tour the Blue Heron Preserve and have lunch at Southern Bistro.

In May/June we hope to to go to the Red Oak Lavender Farm and the Dahlonega galleries.

Thank you to those who attended the talk by Avery Maxwell, Dunwoody's first female Eagle Scout.

For Hero Dog Rescue information, go to www.herorescue.org

Upcoming Events:
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: It's April, the main focus at Dunwoody Nature Center is Earth Day (April 22). To celebrate, we are presenting a lineup of outdoor nature and wellness programs including ECO Nature Classroom, hammock garden, playground, treehouse, gardens, the piano in the meadow, bee hives and observation areas, hiking trails and many fun attractions. And if you are hosting an upcoming event, you can support the Center by renting one of the intimate woodland venues. You can learn more about volunteering to help with various projects and special events. Call for details 394-3322 or www.dunwoodynature.org/programs.
  • Brook Run Master Gardeners: 2nd Saturday programs have begun, the subject is lawn and turf care. A mini plant sale is also going on. The main plant sale is April 30 through May 2 from 9-5. Farmers Market is open 9-noon in green space of the park.
  • Lost Corner Park: Volunteer Days are the 2nd Sat of every month, 9:00-noon April 10 is the next time everyone will gather. Take water, gloves, and gardening tools. A great park with many adventures.
  • Audubon: Keep your feeders filled, don't remove leaves yet, our insects need this cover, mulch can be layers thick so add pine straw. Leave seed heads on plants for wildlife.
  • Recycling: Please let us know the number and value of items you cleaned out and recycled. All clothing and items donated are to be reported here. Click CHARM for recycling.
Health and Wellness
Terry Kemp tdkemp81@gmail.com
Deborah Gault dcgault@comcast.net
The GFWC Georgia Annual Day of Service is April 24. Our annual day of service is a visible, unified force in our state through work done in local communities. We have chosen to support the Ronald McDonald House in Druid Hills. 

Due to COVID, we are asking for 125 donations from our membership, in honor of .
GFWC-GA 125th anniversary

Pre-COVID, a Ronald McDonald House provided a place for families to call home near their hospitalized child at little to no cost. Last year, the Ronald McDonald House suspended the volunteer program through the end of April, 2021. This has created a critical need to cover the cost of feeding and caring for their families. DWC is collecting 125 items to donate. Please bring your donations to Vintage Pizzeria on Thursday, April 8 between 11:30 and 1:30. You are welcome to stay for lunch and bring a friend.
For lunch, please RSVP to TDKemp81@gmail.com by April 5th.
The Health and Wellness team will be boxing up and delivering the items on April 24.
See the list below for suggested donations.
  • Breakfast items (muffins, bars, cereal, oatmeal cups, pancake cups, grits packages, etc.
  • Mac-n-cheese, noodle, ravioli cups, soup
  • Non-refrigerated individual meals
  • Individual refrigerated items (yogurts, cheese sticks, etc.)
  • Individual condiment packets (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
  • Individually wrapped salty and sweet snacks
  • Bottled water, juice boxes, milk
  • Individual coffee creamers
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes and spray
  • Dish cloths/scrub brushes
  • Cleaning buckets
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Disposable plastic Solo cups
  • Insulated coffee cups with lids
  • Disposable to-go food containers
  • Paper plates & bowls
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Touchless soap dispensers
  • Hand sanitizer
Please join our General Meeting on April 15 to hear our guest speaker, Kimberly Cunningham, from the Ronald McDonald House. You will love her passion and enthusiasm.
Look for details about "Walk in the Park" tour in May at Dunwoody Nature Center in recognition of May-Mental Health Month.

And don’t forget your donations to Lutheran Towers. Please save the following items at your home: travel size shampoo and lotions, little Kleenex, toothpaste, scarves, and socks for both men and women. We will make arrangements to collect your donations for our December donation. Thank you so much!
COLLECTIONS
Arts and Culture
Children's Coloring Books for Safe House of the Women’s Resource Center

Children's coloring books for Safe House of the Women’s Resource Center

Health and Wellness
GFWC Georgia 2021 - Day of Service
Donations for Ronald McDonald House

Donations for Lutheran Towers - travel size shampoo and lotions, small packets kleenex, toothpaste, scarves and socks for men and women.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Leadership
Lynn Wright lynnelywright@aol.com

Leadership Development is About You Too! Short Funny Leadership Story
by MICHAEL G. ROGERS
 
A group….was once given a tour of a mental hospital. One of the visitors in the group had made some very insensitive and insulting remarks about the patients.
After the tour was completed the visitors were introduced and met with various members of the mental hospital staff in the cafeteria. The unkind visitor chatted with one of the security staff, Bill, a kind and wise ex-policeman.
“Are they all sick and crazy loonies in here then?” the insensitive and rude visitor asked.
“Only the ones who fail the test,” replied Bill.
“What is the test?” asked the man.
Bill replied, “Well, we show them a bath filled with water, a large bucket, a large cup and a spoon. We then ask them what the quickest way to empty the water in the bath would be.”
The man said, “Oh, I see… that is pretty simple – the ‘normal one’ knows it’s the bucket, right?”
“No actually,” replied Bill. “The normal ones say pull out the plug. Should I see if there is a bed free for you?”

It is easy for leaders to get so caught up in seeing the weaknesses of others that they lose sight of their own development needs. However, before we look to develop others, it is wise to do our own personal inventory. What personal leadership development gaps should you be filling?
Legislation Report
Dottie D'Angelo dottieatlanta@gmail.com

In recognition of Women’s History Month, (March) the House of Representatives scheduled votes on key legislation important to women and families.
 
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment (CAPTA) programs, if approved by the Senate, would be reauthorized through 2027 under H.R. 485 approved by the House of Representatives on March 16 with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 345-73. State programs will be expanded to include a focus on family-centered services, integrated community services, and a better system to respond rapidly to high-risk cases. A national child abuse hotline will be established. These programs received the equivalent of an extra full year of funding in the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 enacted March 11. GFWC has long supported these programs through collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse America.
 
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Fix to better sustain the Crime Victims Fund was approved in H.R. 1652 by the House of Representatives on March 17 in a 384-38 vote. Money collected under deferred prosecution or non-prosecution agreements would be deposited into the Crime Victims Fund, which supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, and mass tragedies, among other crimes. GFWC utilized the Legislative Action Center in December to support similar legislation.
 
 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (VAWA), H.R. 1620, was passed by the House of Representatives on March 17 by a vote of 244-172, devoting resources to local communities by enhancing and expanding prevention programs and services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. GFWC activated the Legislative Action Center in support of the House bill. Fortunately, domestic violence and sexual assault programs finally received significant new funding in the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 
 
The Senate has confirmed most of President Biden’s women cabinet nominees: Janet Yellen at Treasury; Gina Raimondo at Commerce; Jennifer Granholm at Energy; Marcia Fudge at Housing and Urban Development; Deb Haaland at Interior; Isabel Guzman at Small Business Administration; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to the United Nations; Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence; and Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is the first Native American Cabinet Secretary in U.S. history.
Stage Door Players
Sharon Clark
The Board of Directors elected Don Boyken as the new incoming Chair. They also voted to change Stage Door Players name to Stage Door Theatre as theatre allows all forms of art.
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
A new tool to welcome prospective families to the Tallulah Falls School community is now available on the school’s website.
The Virtual Campus Experience features multiple avenues to learn more about academics, athletics, boarding and student life. Also highlighted is an interactive 3D campus map that invites visitors to view additional information about the learning community. 
“This digital welcome mat will help us to share the many opportunities we provide for our students,” said President and Head of School, Larry A. Peevy. “The videos featuring our faculty, staff and students are welcoming and informative.”
TFS partnered with StudentBridge to design and launch the online virtual platform.
 Since we can’t visit the school in person, people can go to tallulahfalls.highschool-tour.com and visit this beautiful campus founded by a Georgia clubwoman.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
April 2021 — Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (May 1744 - November 1818)
I embrace getting older but have, at times, despaired of my thinning hair. That is, until I watched Netflix’s series, Bridgerton. Imagine if Zoom were in existence during Regency times. Our computer screens would be filled with hair-raising sights of outrageous, sky-high dos, like those worn by Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland. Talk about being wigged out!
 
Charlotte was the youngest daughter of German royals, born in Mirow, a north-German duchy. She received “a very mediocre education” as was the custom then, focusing mostly on household management and religion. Nevertheless, she caught the eye of Britain’s King George III when he succeeded to the throne. He figured the 17-year-old princess would have “no experience or interest in power politics or party intrigues.” To ensure that was the case, George instructed Charlotte “not to meddle” upon marrying her within six hours of being dispatched to England for the occasion. Engagements were rather brief in those days.
 
In the course of their life together, Charlotte gave birth to 15 children. That may explain why she was clueless to George’s first bout with mental illness (now thought to have been porphyria, a rare hereditary disease). After all, motherhood did occupy most of her time. But for insurance, Charlotte’s mother-in-law kept her in the dark about George’s condition. She feared Charlotte might ascend to the throne if matters went downhill for George and she learned of the Regency Bill which would allow it.
 
Those bothersome intrigues aside, Charlotte and George were music connoisseurs. They were passionate about Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, and hosted young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (Mozart’s Opus 3 is dedicated to Charlotte.) She also took interest in Kew Gardens, ensuring new species and plants brought to England by the likes of Captain James Cook thrived. (The Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia reginae, is named in her honor.) Additionally, Charlotte founded orphanages and encouraged the education of young women. Places named after Charlotte secure her legacy: Port Charlotte, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charlotte, Vermont to name but a few.
 
It was inevitable that George III’s mental illness would become known to Charlotte and to the public. He was placed under Charlotte’s guardianship while their son, George IV, Prince Regent, wielded power. George III died in 1820, a year after Charlotte did.
 
Charlotte found herself in the news recently, following the race dust-up over Oprah Winfrey’s talkshow interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. A maze of genealogical roots claim Charlotte “was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a Black branch of the Portuguese Royal House.” That would make Charlotte Great Britain’s first black queen. Intriguing? Yes. Still, I think Charlotte would advise the ton to savor such back-stair talk but pay it no special heed. The truly important things in life are your family and your community…and maybe a new wacky wig.
Newsletter
Carolyn Anderson carolyn506@gmail.com
Kay Moe kgp12@att.net
50 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2021