President's Symbol Gardenia
February 2021
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Wed, Feb 11th - 10am
Workshop - "Stress" bags for Northside Hospital
Dunwoody Nature Center - Club House
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness

Thursday, Feb 18th, 10:am
Zoom General Meeting
Details to connect will be sent by
E-Blast on Feb 17th.
Thursday, Feb 25th
Zoom Meeting-Hero's Among Us
Sponsored by: Environment

Wed, Mar 3 - 10am
Arts & Culture Planning Meeting
Sponsored by:Arts and Culture

April 24
GFWC GA Day of Service
Details to follow


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

Thank you to those members who have already paid their dues. If you haven’t, please do so as soon as possible. Remember, your dues are tax deductible since the Dunwoody Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 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.

Check out the cover of the GFWC Cookbook. DWC is featured in the "2" , the color photo near top right. The photo is of the "world famous" DWC kazoo band in the 2000 Dunwoody Fourth of July parade!
Click below to order your copy:

Ways and Means
Maria Barnhart
Race tee shirts available for sale!

We have a few tee shirts left over from the 2020 Home Tour Virtual 5K Run, Walk, and Stroll. The cost is $20 and this is a special keepsake for members. The funds will be added to the Ways and Means budget. Sizes available: 2 Smalls, 7 Medium, 5 Large, and 1 Extra Large. Email and I will make arrangements to get the shirt to you. Make the check out to DWC for $20.00 – note tee shirt in the memo section of the check or go to the website and use the “donate” button and pay $20. Thank you for your support.

Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan
Thank you to all who created Valentine cards for area assisted living and nursing homes. A very special thank you to Cora Keenan and her son and daughter who made 26 fabulous cards for this project!
We met our GFWC Georgia February arts challenge of creating 125 Valentine cards in honor of our 125th anniversary!
Jo Ann, Susan, Kim, Debra, Pam and Donna

Jan Slater’s took 40 cards to her assisted living, I delivered 45 to The Mansions of Sandy Springs assisted living, and Donna Knowlton delivered 40 to the Atlanta VA nursing home. I packaged them in Valentine goodie bags and included Valentine candy for the residents.

Kim, Debra, Pam and Donna
In background: Karen, Carolyn and Kathy
Congratulations once again to those who participated in last summer’s painted picnic table project! The City of Dunwoody won the Visionary City Award by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine. Dunwoody is one of 8 city recipients recognized for actions taken that increased civic engagement, created community partnerships, and made people proud to call their city home. GMA selected Dunwoody for supporting local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing expanded outdoor dining and starting the Painted Picnic Table Project. We can be very proud that DWC had a part in this!

At 10am on Wednesday, March 3, Arts and Culture will host a Zoom planning meeting. Anyone interested in helping determine programs/activities for the upcoming year is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Jo Ann by Monday, March 1 so we can send you the Zoom link.

Upcoming Art Events
Spruill Gallery presents Pomp and Circumstance on view through May 8, 2021. This exhibition provides a platform for 6 recent graduates of Georgia universities to express their work and become visible in the community due to their school closures during the 2020 school year.

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. Please stop by and view it!

Brook Run Skate Park is showcasing murals during February and March by local/regional artists in celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

February 2021
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Civic Engagement and Outreach welcomes all new members to attend our meetings. We encourage new and current members to suggest new programs and speakers. We are always open for new ideas. Let us know.

Thanks to all members who attended the February Arts/Civic Engagement Program at Dunwoody Nature Center. We created over 150 Valentines and signed 76 birthday cards and 45 thinking of you cards for male and female patients at the Atlanta VA Hospital and Nursing Home and residents at The Mansions at Sandy Springs and the Brookdale Chambrel Retirement Community in Roswell.   
Education and Libraries
Dottie D'Angelo
Have you been busy during this “stay at home time” decluttering or rearranging book cases? The Little Libraries that DWC supports could use your donations of used books.

Since Dekalb Schools have not opened for in person learning and Dekalb Libraries are
open for pickup only, the demand has increased for more books at the Little Libraries.

We have 2 locations one at Georgetown Park and one at The Nature Center.

If you have questions please contact Susan Wittenstein (
Book selection of the month is “This Tender Land’ by William Kent Krueger.   
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

Michael Cowan, Director of Dunwoody Nature Center accepts a check from Susan and Kathy to help fund 10 Eagle Scout projects, support the Center's Programs and to help fund the Master Gardeners.

On Feb. 25 we will host Jami Rehor from Hero's Among Us. She will tell us about the program that brings dogs to good homes. Just ask Diane and Miss Prissy.

Brook Run
Master Gardeners First "2nd Saturday program" is February 13th 11:00am to Noon. This month's program will be by ZOOM. Please send email to dcgocommunity@gmail to sign up. Subject is "Care and Selection of Indoor Plants".

Adopt-A-Bench: The project to install long lasting benches in all 9 of Dunwoody's Park is still ongoing, 7 happened in 2020. Contact Meredy for more information
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.
Dunwoody Nature Center: Offers several adult programs during day and evenings. Register early and go to for a selection of events.
Dunwoody & Sandy Springs Parks are open for walking, from dawn to dusk. Do please stay 6' apart on the trails.
Farmers Markets: Dunwoody Farmers Market in Brook Run Park will re-open on Feb 13th, 9am to Noon.
Pebble Tossers: We continue to support their work on the park and Beltline Gardens and invite you to view the dove installation at the Spruill Center.
Recycling: Please let us know the number and value of items you cleaned out and recycled. Fur kids accepts gently used items
Don't know what to do with odd recyclables? CHARM does, see what they will take at Thanks to all who were on the Zoom meeting on Jan. 28.
Tips: Please plant trees this spring.. GA Power is still taking and paying you for old refrigerators.
Health and Wellness
Karen Turner
Deborah Gault
February is American Heart Month and Children’s Dental Health Month.

A month to make adults and children aware of taking care of themselves. Healthy living and good diet choices affect our hearts as well as our teeth - all of our body!

On the first Friday of February, the nation comes together celebrating National Wear Red Day. We encourage everyone to wear red to the Zoom General meeting on the 18th. "Go Red" with sweaters, headbands, posters - whatever shows your support for Heart Health Month. There will be a small prize for the most creative!

On February 11th, we will be packing stress-relief bags for our frontline healthcare workers at Northside Hospital. We will meet at Dunwoody Nature Center in Club House - same location as the Valentine project at 10am. We will wear masks, and social distance. All materials will be provided, but some heart healthy dark chocolate valentine candy will be your “ticket” for the occasion! And, wear red! Pictures will be taken! Please email either Karen or Deborah if you can attend!

The American Heart Association gives 8 steps to prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.
1.    If you are 40-75 years old and have never had a heart attack or stroke, use the AHA Check. Change. Control Calculator to estimate your risk in the next 10 years.
2.    Eat a healthy diet of lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based and lean animal proteins, and fish.
3.    Be physically active for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous active each week. Move around every thirty minutes and don’t stay sedentary.
4.    Watch your weight and check your BMI.
5.    Live tobacco-free
6.    Take all medications as directed and do not take aspirin unless directed by a doctor.
7.    Be a team player with your healthcare professionals to build a prevention plan tailored to your needs. Discuss issues in your life and family history that might affect your health.

Check out these resources for information on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is also celebrated all month long. This year’s campaign slogan is “Water, Nature’s Drink!” Developing good habits at an early age, including regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Health and Wellness
Blankets, stuffed animals, craft supplies for Operation Smile
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand
Join Our Grassroots Effort to Prevent Domestic Violence 
By Trisha Schafer, Signature Program Committee Teen Dating Violence Advisor
Outreach to 12-18 year-olds is critical for domestic violence prevention! Knowing the danger signs of an abusive relationship will reduce the risk of young people becoming involved in an abusive relationship or becoming an abuser themselves.  

That’s why I’m asking you to add organizing a Teen Dating and Education Awareness Challenge Project to your 2021 task list right now. Young people need a forum to seek help when coping with anxiety, bullying, anger, and other issues that today’s adolescents face. 

Start a conversation in your club about Healthy Teen Relationships. What does a healthy relationship look like? What resources are available for teens in your area? Where can we find subject matter experts (certified teen counselors or those focused on domestic violence, rape crisis, or sexual assault)?

Contact GFWC’s Affiliate Organization Prevent Child Abuse American (PCAA), as well as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), and Teen Dating – Break the Silence, Futures Without Violence, to order Healthy Teen Relationship materials.

Together, we can make a difference! Start planning a Healthy Teen Relationships Forum and give teens and their parents the resources they need. Go to your local middle and high schools … but don’t stop there. Reach out to youth groups, Girl and Boy Scout troops, and community centers as well!

February is Teen Violence Awareness Month, and I look forward to reading some great success stories on the GFWC Blog. Email a summary of your project and how it made a difference. To be considered for publication, all photos of people under age 18 must include an email from a parent or legal guardian granting you permission to publish it in a public communication. 
Legislation Report
Linda Mote
By Tyria Goines |

“ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A new year brings some new laws for the Peach State.
Starting Jan. 1, here are a few laws signed by Gov. Brian Kemp during the 2019-20 legislative period, that will go into effect.
HB 838
The bill, commonly known as the “Police Hate Crimes Bill,” states that anyone found to “intimidate, harass or terrorize” a police officer, because they are a police officer, would be guilty of a bias-motivated crime.
HB 888
This act, called the “Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act,” provides certain consumer protections against surprise billing.
HB 914
This act would allow military spouses licensed in other states to practice certain professions and occupations and obtain a license to practice in this state.
HB 1125
Also called “Lacee’s Law,” the act would provide coverage under the state health benefits plan for additional screening to individuals at high risk of breast cancer.
SB 288
This act provides for the expansion of the ability for certain individuals to request record restrictions for certain misdemeanors and conditional discharges.
SB 341
This act would allow for the re-employment, training, and compensation of retired peace officers and correctional officers during disasters and emergencies.
SB 358
This act designates the muscadine grape as the official state grape.”
Copyright 2020 WRDW/WAGT. All rights reserved.
Carolyn Anderson
Stage Door Players
Sharon Clark


Stage Door Players Board of Directors
Talluah Falls School
Linda Mote
As reported in the Clayton Tribune TFS has had 1 positive COVID case and 6 quarantined at the middle school, 0 positive and 1 quarantined at the upper school as well as 4 positive cases and 5 quarantined among Tallulah Falls Faculty and staff according to Lane Gresham, director of communication and media at TFS. The school is taking many actions to limit the effects of COVID.
We will be sending Valentine cards to our 7 students letting them know we are thinking of them and wishing them a healthy and successful rest of the year.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher Bentz (1873-1950)
I love the convenience of my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker. But on these cold winter days, there is nothing more satisfying than the aroma and taste of a flavorful cup of Julius Meinl coffee (a favorite of the Viennese coffee house culture) brewed through a Melitta coffee filter. And while I don’t know if Melitta is in the family tree, she sure gets my vote for the best cup of coffee ever.
Melitta was born and raised in Dresden, Germany, married Hugo Bentz and had two sons, Horst and Willi. This German hausfrau loved a good cup of coffee, but Melitta was weary of the bitterness of current brews and hated picking coffee grinds from her teeth. Determined to find a solution to her predicament, Melitta set about experimenting. She ultimately ended up using blotting paper from her son Willi’s exercise book which she placed in the bottom of a brass cup poked with holes. “She then filled the cup with ground coffee and poured in hot water, thereby creating the pour-over filtration system. The result…rich flavorful coffee without bitterness or mess.”
Friends and neighbors liked Melitta’s brew so she decided to set up a business. She was granted a patent in 1908, contracted a tinsmith to manufacture her device, took on Hugo, Horst and Willi as her first employees and launched her company. Melitta’s company won a gold medal in 1910 at the International Health Exhibition and a silver medal at the Saxon Innkeepers’ Association. Production was interrupted twice: during the First World War as metals were requisitioned for use in zeppelin construction, Hugo was conscripted to Romania, paper was rationed, and the British blockade halted the flow of coffee beans into Germany, and again during World War II when the company was ordered to produce goods to aid the war effort.  
At the conclusion of WWII, Melitta’s “workers relocated to old factories, barracks, even pubs, because the surviving portions of the main factory had been requisitioned as a provisional administration for the Allied troops.” Production of filters and paper resumed in 1948, and at the time of her death, Melitta’s company was again dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. The Bentz family still controls Melitta Group KG, as it is now called. It is headquartered in Minden, Germany, employs some 3,300 employees in 50 countries, and supports environmental education and action programs.
Melitta proved that if you want something bad enough, nothing…not war or hard times…can deter the pursuit of a dream…or a great cup of coffee.