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December 2020
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Wednesday, Dec 9th - 1:00pm Decorating trees for Christmas for Kids, Dunwoody United Methodist Church
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement and

Thursday, Dec 17 - 10am
Zoom General Meeting
Saturday, Dec 19th, 12:00pm Wreaths Across America Program
Old Roswell Cemetery
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement and

Monday, January 4th, 10:00am Interfaith Outreach Home
Sponsored by:

A Message from your Membership Chair:
Dues for 2021 are due in January
Dues are considered delinquent as of February 1st
Active: $70, Associate: $85, Sustaining: $95

These dues amounts reflect the recent By-law changes approved by the membership on Sept. 9. Remember, your dues are tax deductible since the Dunwoody Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and members receive no substantial benefits other than
the newsletter in exchange for their dues. Please use this notice and a copy of your check for tax purposes.

Dues checks payable to Dunwoody Woman’s Club should be mailed to:
Pam King, 1944 Winchelsea Court West, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

If you are requesting a change of membership status, please send your request to: or to Pam at her address above.

GFWC Georgia 
125th Anniversary 
Celebration Cookbook 
GFWC GA is asking all members to help with this anniversary cookbook by providing at least two favorite recipes. These are the eight categories:
                                   Allergies / Keto recipes        
                               Appetizers and Beverages
                                   Favorite Restaurants
                                   Soups and Salads
                                        Main Dishes
                               Vegetables & Side Dishes 
        COVID-19 (enter your best bread or favorite quarantine meal)

Cookbooks are $25 if pre-ordered by January 5, 2021 and $30 as of January 6, 2021. Cookbooks will be delivered at the GFWC Georgia April 2021 convention in Savannah. There will be DWC members attending this convention and they will pick up all club cookbooks that have been ordered.

All proceeds benefit The Commons at Tallulah Falls School.

Use this link for both submitting recipes and ordering cookbooks.
Ways and Means
Maria Barnhart

Good news DWC members! Our combined net proceeds will be approximately $20,000 to fund our Ways and Means Budget for 2021. We should be proud of this accomplishment with the challenges of raising funds during a global pandemic!

The DWC fundraising efforts were based on the “three legged stool” concept.
·     Member donations
·     DWC Virtual 5K Run, Walk and Stroll
·     Flower Power Bulb Sale

In addition to the fundraising above DWC received approval for a $500 grant that was awarded to the Dunwoody Nature Center.

Thank you, thank you to the DWC board and DWC members for their help in our fundraising efforts.  It was a tremendous TEAM effort and each of you share in this success. Kudos to the wonderful fundraising committee for their help and support: Carolyn Anderson, Suzanne Bentz, Faye Cashwell, Beverly Clark, Susan Crawford, Lee Dees Giesecke, Kathy Hanna, Cora Keenan, Terry Kemp, Pam King, Debra Love, Kay Moe, and Diane Norris.

Please remember to support our generous DWC sponsors!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall and Holiday Bulb fundraiser with Flower Power and those who sent the link to family and friends. Due to your generosity, we were able to add $2,513.00 to our Ways and Means budget for next year which will help fund our charitable initiatives and help our community.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season!

Kay Moe and Kathy Hanna
Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan
Thank you so much to all who contributed gift cards and donated to the Holiday Store at Moving in the Spirit. I collected $250 in gift cards and $75 in cash from members. Together with our club donation of $150, we gave them a total of $475. This will make for a wonderful holiday gift-giving experience for the students as they use their good behavior point money to purchase gift cards for their families.

Since 1989, DWC has supported Moving in the Spirit, a creative dance youth development program. I’m so pleased to feature them as our January general meeting guest. Two speakers from this group will tell us their story, update us on their new building, and share wonderful student success stories. Please join me to hear about one of our long-standing partners.

Other Art Events in the Area

1.     Dunwoody Nature Center and the Dunwoody Fine Art Association have partnered together to launch the Dunwoody Nature Artist Market on Etsy. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the Dunwoody Nature Center. Go to

2.    Spruill Gallery is featuring Fall into the Holidays artist market through December 23.

3.    Dunwoody Art Festival is hosting the Artful Elf Sale, a virtual event beginning November 21 and running through December 24. It will combine the artisans from all six of its fun festivals that were canceled this year due to Covid-19. The website to participate is
Thirty beautiful bead bracelets were created at our November event to donate to the women at the Safe House for domestic violence. In addition, members were treated to a talk by Jo Ann Kostkan on the cultural history of the bead.

Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

Wednesday, December 9th, 1:00pm – Decorating trees for Christmas for Kids, Dunwoody United Methodist Church – Partnering with I Care Atlanta, the Dunwoody Police Department will host a Christmas celebration for deserving children and their families on December 10th. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Dunwoody Police Headquarters, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road by Monday, December 7th. There is also a drop box in the foyer at Stage Door Players. Please call Donna or Linda if you would like to help decorate trees.

Toys for Tots – We will have no special program this year. You can drop off unwrapped toys at Cube Smart on Ashford Dunwoody Road just off Mt. Vernon Highway. Deadline is December 14th. 
To shop virtually, please click on this link ToysforTots

Saturday, December 19th, 12:00pm - Wreaths Across America Program, Old Roswell Cemetery. Check out the Roswell Historical Society website for more information and the opportunity to order a wreath. If you would like to participate in the wreath laying program at 12:00 pm, please call Donna or Linda.  Thank you to those who sponsored a wreath. To date, our members and club have sponsored 21 wreaths.

Monday, January 4th, 10:00am – Interfaith Outreach Home – Meet at IOH at 5200 Buford Highway to take down and store the Christmas Decorations.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and if anyone can reach it, it is you. Happy holidays and best wishes always.
Education and Libraries
Dottie D'Angelo
Happy Holidays!!
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang
At our DWC Environment General Meeting Michael Cowan, Director of Dunwoody Nature Center was the speaker, he talked of our combined history and the future of this treasure in our community. This year my gifts to the E Gang will be donations to DNC and our supported charity groups, they all need our help. Many thanks to our E Gang for a great year in a difficult time.

Adopt-A-Bench: The project to install long lasting benches in all 9 of Dunwoody's Park is still ongoing. Seven were just placed in our parks. They make a wonderful family gift. Contact Meredy at for more info.
Bees: Please take the pledge at, to help our pollinators by planting natives and not using pesticides.
Audubon: Birds are here, keep your feeders filled, add suet feeders in cold weather. Leave seed heads on plants for wildlife and come make a bird feeder wreath on Dec. 7th
Dunwoody Nature Center: Another Scout Trail is being completed as the project of a young lady who is working to become an Eagle Scout, sponsored by DWC.
Dunwoody & Sandy Springs Parks are open for walking, from dawn to dusk. Please stay 6' apart on the trails.
Farmers Markets: Nancy reports that Dunwoody Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8-12 in Brook Run Park (last day is Dec. 19th).
Pebble Tossers: We continue to support their work on the park and Beltline Gardens. 
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 in this CSP. Don't know what to do with odd recyclables? CHARM does, see what they will take at
Tips: Please plant trees. GA Power is still taking and paying you for old refrigerators.
Health and Wellness
Karen Turner
Deborah Gault
Thanks to everyone who contributed items for Lutheran Towers and Operation Smile. Bags will be packed and delivered in early December for Lutheran Towers and Diane Norris will send the items to Operation Smile.

Save the date - January 14,10:00 am Zoom Call
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Cloud Conrad, a certified trainer for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers with New Street Compass will be our featured speaker. She will provide information and insights about the challenges of caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Zoom number will be emailed prior to the session.

Lots of information we all need to hear and be aware of, such as the differences between Alzheimer and Dementia, stages and risk factors, resources, current research and treatments available.

Keep up exercising in the colder weather-yoga; walking, outdoors or on equipment; and any other way to keep those muscles strong and protect our health.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah and let’s remember all those who may be lonely this holiday season and keep in touch. Love and prayers for everyone for a truly New Year for 2021-so we can all be out and about and see each other in person!!!
Check back in 2021!
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand
Join our nation as it celebrates National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Fresh evergreen wreaths are a living memorial to veterans and their families.

According to the Wreaths Across America organization: “There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to remember, honor, and teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery as well as at more than 1,600 participating locations, to show our veterans and their families that we will never forget their service.”
Wreaths Across America encourages every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran’s grave to say their name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service. The charity’s website states, “A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.” The tradition of reciting our veteran’s names is a small act that goes a long way toward preserving the memory of our fallen heroes.
Check the Civic Engagement section of the newsletter to participate.
Terry Kemp
17 Reasons Women Make Great Leaders
(8 Reasons this month, 9 were in November Newsletter.

Women may not always realize how poised for success they are in leadership roles, but their potential and abilities are undeniable. Business News Daily asked female leaders to share their thoughts on women in power.

We handle crisis situations well.
“Many women, especially moms, are trained caretakers and know how to deal with crisis situations at home with compassion and patience. These attributes become very relevant when a woman leader is dealing with crisis situations whether this is related to HR or [clients].” – Huma Gruaz, president and CEO, Alpaytac PR
We can wear many hats.
“Wearing many hats is often a regular occurrence in a women’s life. They often balance careers, households and even aging parents, among other things. Women pivot, adjust and focus on solutions. Resting in the doom and gloom can be time-consuming, so many shift to find positive solutions to life and work problems.” – Gretchen Halpin, chief strategy officer, Hewins Financial Advisors
We check our egos.
“Ego so often gets in the way of good decision-making in the C-suite. Women exhibit ego differently and they are good at decision-making with the ego held in check. This is a key advantage in working with boards of directors, partners and customers.” – Joan Wrabetz, CTO, Quali
We have high emotional intelligence.
“Emotional intelligence — the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others and relate — is something that has recently gained momentum as an essential leadership behavior. I believe this is something that comes more naturally to women than men, and is something that I’ve personally encountered in my career. To truly create a great place to work and to get the best of out employees, demonstrating emotional intelligence as a leader is critical.” – Lakshmi Raj, co-founder and co-CEO, Replicon
We’re flexible.
“Women make great leaders because we are flexible, and agile. We can see the direction we thought we should take our company in isn’t working and we regroup and change course for the better without much deliberation.” – Danita Harris, CEO, Rated M
We lead by example.
“Women lead by example, and in so many cases, women have climbed the ladder so they have experienced a variety of roles before they get to the leadership ones. Experience is key.” – Harriet Taub, executive director, Materials for the Arts
We make our jobs look effortless.
“I believe women make phenomenal leaders because they are experts at making the impossible seem possible. And sometimes on a good day they even make it look effortless. Women are pragmatic, resilient and usually able to maneuver tricky situations with grace. Their perspectives are borne out of a mix of trial by fire and sheer fortitude. They look at the world with bravery and are able to piece together the world around them like a complex puzzle.” – Jody Clower, founder and CEO, Nestiny
We defy the odds.
“Women make great leaders because the odds are against us to lead. When you’re the underdog, it takes an extra push to get to the top. That’s why the women who emerge on top are extraordinarily strong and capable. We had to fight to get there!” – Sarah Attman, principal, Sarah Rose Public Relations
Original Source: Business News Daily
Legislation Report
Joan Smith

Pending Federal Legislation: 116th Congress 2019–2020 

GFWC clubwomen have been very active over the past two years in support of federal legislation by utilizing the GFWC Legislative Action Center. We supported permanent funding for the National Parks Service and the Land and Water Conservation Fund that supports state and local parks and recreation. This bill was enacted by Congress. GFWC also supported additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, supported legislation to prevent online sexual exploitation of children by removing liability protections for tech companies, and supported the Violence Against Women Reauthorization, the 3D Gun Safety Act, Miranda's Law school bus safety, efforts to eliminate the time limit for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and the Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Act.   

After the November election, Congress will return to Washington, D.C. for the “lame duck” session to prioritize the remaining bills and complete their work for the two years. Any legislation that is not enacted will “die” with the end of the 116th Congress. When the new 117th Congress convenes in January 2021, new bills will be introduced. GFWC will revise its legislative priorities for the new Congress and utilize the Legislative Action Center to make our voices heard. Join GFWC's Legislative Action Center! 
Carolyn Anderson
Talluah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
I hope you have read about the 125th Anniversary Cookbook. We are asking for your favorite recipes. I have sent in four recipes. There is information and a link to submit your recipes and order the cookbook in this issue of Club Connection. All proceeds will go to support “The Commons” the state president’s TFS project.

Wishing you Happy Holidays from TFS.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz

Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon
China has given the world gunpowder, the compass, printing, chow mein, and most recently COVID-19. In turn, we’ve given China our textile industry, civilian aircraft, passenger cars, semiconductors, McDonald’s, and one 4ft 3in, spirited Southern Baptist missionary, Lottie Moon.  
Lottie was born on December 12, 1840 to affluent Baptists who owned a tobacco plantation near Scottsville, Virginia. Lottie benefited from her parents’ emphasis on education. Schooled at the Baptist affiliated Virginia Female Seminary (later Hollins University) and Albemarle Female Institute, Lottie received in 1861 “one of the first Master of Arts degrees awarded to a woman by a southern institution. She learned Latin, Greek, French, and Italian. Later, she would become an expert in Chinese.”
Initially somewhat indifferent to her Christian upbringing, Lottie had a spiritual awakening following revival meetings on her college campus. She taught school for awhile in Kentucky and Georgia, and helped care for the wounded during the American Civil War. But missionary work called her.  
Lottie followed her sister to China where she learned Chinese, taught in a mission school, and eventually traveled to the countryside. There she “dressed like the Chinese, spoke their language and practiced their customs so that they would trust her and see her as a friend, not as a ‘foreign devil.’ … Lottie gave all of her own money to help feed and care for the Chinese people.” She wrote home to the mission boards, appealing for help and support. Soon the Women’s Missionary Union was born.
Lottie Moon died on Christmas eve in 1912. In her memory, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, collected by believers around the world to support international missionaries, carries on. I see Lottie’s passion reflected in the Dunwoody Woman’s Club mission to help others here and abroad, despite the ups and downs of worldly matters. Because, as our collect notes, to a woman, we fervently believe that “it is the little things that create differences, that in the big things of life we are at one.”