January 2022
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Members enjoying the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Luncheon.
Past Presidents
From left to right: Jan Slater, Susan Crawford, Virginia Callan, Diane Norris, Donna Knowlton, Linda Mote, Maria Barnhart, Kathy Hanna, Pat Adams. Front row: Marie Drake, Joan Brown
Thursday, Jan 20- 10am
General Meeting - Zoom
Speakers: Stage Door Theatre
Thursday, Jan 27
Program on Animal Shelters
Details to follow
Sponsored by: Environment
Nominating Committee Report
Susan Crawford, Chairman
Many thanks to these Nominating Committee members for preparing an excellent slate of 2022 officers: Susan Crawford (chairman), Cora Keenan, Debra Love, Kim Reuning, and Karen Turner.
The following slate of officers will be voted on at the January 20 General Meeting and installed at the February 17 General Meeting:
President ~ Maria Barnhart
Vice President ~ Beverly Clark
Membership Chairman ~ Debra Love
Ways and Means Chairman ~ Faye Cashwell
Recording Secretary ~ Terry Kemp
Treasurer ~ Carolyn Anderson
Please be sure to show your support for these members willing to serve in these leadership positions by attending both these General Meetings.  

Membership Dues for 2022 are due in January
Active: $70, Associate: $85, Sustaining: $95

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. Dues are considered delinquent as of February 1st
If you are requesting a change of membership status, please send your request to: pking9188@gmail.com or to Pam at her address above.
Ways and Means
Faye Cashwell - faye@cashwellhome.com

Faye Cashwell, Susan Crawford, Diane Norris, Kay Moe
Special Thanks to the entire club for all your contributions for the 2021 Home Tour and Flower Power Campaign.
Our total net fundraising for the year was $32,930.76.
Home Tour Ticket Sales: First Place went to Meredy Shortal, Second Place went to Marilyn Dalrymple. 
Congratulations ladies for a job well done.
Blessings for a Happy and Healthy and Successful New Year!
Faye Cashwell, Susan Crawford, Diane Norris, Kay Moe
Pam King - pking9188@gmail.com

January Member Spotlight
Linda Mote

Linda is a long-standing member of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club, having joined more than 25 years ago. She has served in numerous leadership positions in our Club as well as at the state and district level. Currently, she is the CSP Chairman for Education and Libraries—and Co-Chairman of Tallulah Falls School--while also heading up the Book Club.
She grew up in Jacksonville, Illinois, and married her husband Charlie 55 years ago. He served 21 years in the Air Force, which led to them living in eight different states. She was a member of the Officer’s Wives Club at all of the bases they were stationed. When they retired in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Linda joined the Tullahoma Woman’s Club. Upon their move to Atlanta, a Tennessee friend introduced her to the Northside Woman’s Club, which she was a member of for several years.
When Linda moved to Dunwoody, she immediately found our Club and became an active member—and leader. She has served as President two different terms. Her favorite DWC position was serving that second term. She has held every DWC office except Treasurer and Ways & Means. Also, Linda has been the Fourth District President as well as the State Chairman for numerous areas. What an asset DWC has in Linda!
Linda’s favorite project is making the Christmas bags for Lutheran Towers seniors—knowing that these gifts may be the only ones many of them receive. She was a leader in 2021 spearheading the Christmas trees and ornaments that our Club made for the Festival of Trees.
Reading is Linda’s passion—having read 47 books in 2021. Specifically, she enjoys teaching adults to read, which she started while living in Tennessee. She and her husband volunteered with Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta for over 20 years.
She and Charlie moved from Dunwoody to Lake Burton in Clayton three years ago. They have a son, Charles Junior, and daughter-in-law, Margarete.  
Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan jokostkan@gmail.com
Kim Reuning kimreuning@hotmail.com

Please join us for the January General Meeting. It will feature two speakers from Stage Door Theatre. The new Executive Director of Stage Door Theatre, Mr. Justin Ball, and Grace Vande Waa, head of Stage Door Theatre Academy, will update us on all that is happening in our own local theatre.
Upcoming Community Art Events
  • Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center: January events at City Springs: “Michael Feinstein” on January 13 at 8 pm and “Little River Band” on January 28 at 8 pm. Visit citysprings.com for ticket information.
  • Stage Door Theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedy starts February 4. “Valentine’s Day Cabaret” will take place on February 14. Visit stagedoortheatrega.org for more information.
  • Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” at Perimeter Pointe at 1155 Mount Vernon Highway. Runs now through Jan. 17 and is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Visit the set where characters and the iconic house come to life! Tickets can be purchased online at downtonexhibition.com. 
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton dfknowlton@comcast.net

Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day    

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Dunwoody Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a community food drive and volunteer service projects. This is the second year for the “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive. Dunwoody is pledging to collect 55,00 pounds of food for the Community Assistance Center and Malachi’s Storehouse.

Collection bins are available throughout Dunwoody until January 17. Bin locations and hours are listed online: www.dunwoodyga.gov/MLKday. A few locations include Spruill Center for the Arts, Porter Brew and Que, and SOHO Office Printing and Shipping. The website also provides links to volunteer registration for Dunwoody’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service on January 17. Opportunities include tree and daffodil planting at Brook Run Park, clean up and gravel work at the Brook Run Dog Park, edging and weeding at the Community Garden and Orchard and picnic table restoration at Brook Run Greenhouse (next to the Skate Park). All paint and materials will be provided. Registration is required for all projects.

You can also volunteer at the Dunwoody Nature Center on January 17 to help with weeding, mulching, invasive species removal, and scrubbing and disinfecting event furniture. Project time is 10am-1pm. Email Mary O’Kerne at maryo@dunwoodynature.org.

City of Sandy Springs will continue to recognize the great work of Dr. King through a video tribute featuring local students celebrating and honoring Dr. King’s message of hope and service to others. 
Education and Libraries
Linda Mote lmmote@mindspring.com
Winnie the Pooh has been a childhood favorite for generations. Originally created in 1926, his stories have sparked wholesome, honey-loving, childhood dreams for nearly a century. Although there are many other characters within the Winnie the Pooh universe (Kanga, Rabbit, Roo, and Tigger — just to name a few), there is no doubt that the bear wearing a red shirt — with his fist shoved into a jar of honey — is most certainly a fan favorite. National Winnie the Pooh Day, on January 18, is your time to return to the Hundred Acre Wood!
National Winnie the Pooh Activities
  • Introduce a child to Winnie the Pooh. To celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day, share the magic of this wonderful character by introducing him to a child in your life. Seeing the magic of Winnie through the eyes of children is quite an experience.
  • Watch a Winnie the Pooh cartoon. We won’t judge you for lounging on the couch while munching on a PB & J sandwich and watching Winnie the Pooh. Who knows, there might even be time for a nap at the end of an episode.

Five things you never knew about Pooh
  • There was a time before Tigger. Believe it or not, Tigger didn't appear until the second Winnie the Pooh story, "The House at Pooh Corner."
  • Is that a penguin? In 2016, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh, a new friend, Penguin, was introduced into the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Winnie was a real bear. The character of Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real, Canadian black bear named Winnie.
  • I'm a real boy!" The character of Christopher Robin was inspired by A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne.
  • Inspired by a true story. The characters of Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Roo all came from stuffed animals that the real-life Christopher Robin owned.

Almost everyone knows about Winnie the Pooh. So many of us have grown up loving the story of Winnie and his friends who reside in the Hundred Acre Wood. It's cool that we have these shared childhood memories. Winnie the Pooh is certainly one of those characters that brings us back to a time when our moms would read us a bedtime story. Or maybe it was just sitting and watching Winnie in cartoon form on TV. The story of Winnie the Pooh has been translated into tons of different languages. In fact, since Winnie's creation, at least one of his stories has always been in print.
Kathy Hanna kak1941@aol.com
Nancy Baldwin nbaldwin@bellsouth.net & Gang

Thanks to all who attended our bird feeder workshop, the birds should be very happy to have seeds waiting for them.

Thursday, January. 27 , will be a program on our Animal Shelters, it may be on Zoom, please let Kathy know if you wish to participate at kak1941@aol.com

Ongoing Activities
  • Animal Shelters Collections: Pill bottles without labels; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Please bring them to the General Meeting.
  • Recycling: Curb side recycling in DeKalb County. Or take items to Morgan Falls or Roswell Recycling or any other sites like CHARM for hard to recycle items.  Please let us know the number and value of items you cleaned out and recycled. This is a great time to clean out closets. (Fur Kids on Holcomb Bridge will take clothes)
  • Adopt-A-Bench: Five benches were purchased by the public in 2021 and one member purchased a bench to honor her husband. The benches are placed in our parks, what a nice long term legacy.
  • Audubon: Continue to fill your bird feeders, and as the weather cools add suet feeders. 
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: Check out the Center for information and to register for classes and events at dunwoodynature.org or call 770-394-3322
  • Lost Corner Preserve: Programs are ongoing.
Pebble Tossers: Hope you enjoyed getting to know Jen Guynn in November. They can alwys use our support.

Health and Wellness
Terry Kemp tdkemp81@gmail.com
Deborah Gault dcgault@comcast.net

Thanks to everyone who donated items for the Holiday Gift Bags at Lutheran Towers. We stuffed 211 gift bags and Diane Norris delivered the gift bags on Thursday, December 16. A special thanks to Linda Mote who made lots of ornaments and prepared coffee/tea mugs for this year’s donation. 
January National Health and Wellness

January is often a month of new beginnings and endings. Some of us embark on new health club memberships in an attempt to end old habits. Our new year’s resolutions help kick-off healthy habits placing us squarely on a path of health and renewal. 

For January, health concerns include Cervical Health Awareness, National Birth Defects Prevention, National Glaucoma Awareness, and Thyroid Awareness. 
  • Cervical Health Awareness - Each year, more than 13,200 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and more than 4,200 die from the disease
  • National Birth Defects Prevention – January is a time to raise awareness about birth defects and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with these conditions across their lifespan. Birth defects develop most often during the first three months of pregnancy, when a baby’s organs are forming and can cause problems in overall health, and how the body develops and functions. 
  • National Glaucoma Awareness – Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the US. Glaucoma has no early symptoms; that’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There is no cure, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision. 
  • Thyroid Awareness – Approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid cancer, with 60% of people unaware of their condition. Thyroid facts:
  • Women are 5-8 times more likely than men to experience thyroid problems
  • 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime
  • Cause of thyroid problems is largely unknown
  • Cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility are serious conditions that can occur if thyroid disease goes undiagnosed
  • Most thyroid diseases are life-long and can be managed with proper medical attention
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, but a small percentage can be very aggressive
  • Pill bottles without labels, blankets any size, dog or cat toys, animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Please bring to January meeting
Marilyn Dalrymple

2021 DWC Club Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 DWC Award Winners! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Dunwoody Woman’s Club. You made a real difference with your talent, skills, creativity, cooperative spirit and hard work.
Special Awards:
  • Super Woman – Kathy Hanna
  • Three Musketeers – Susan Crawford, Diane Norris, Faye Cashwell
  • Jack of all Trades - Kay Moe
  • Creative Genius - Suzanne Bentz
  • Enthusiasm – JoAnn Kostkan
 Clubwoman of the Year: Maria Barnhart
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand pbandj989781@att.net

 Heifer International’s Ingenuity in the Pandemic

While vaccinations have made it possible for many people in the United States to enjoy a more “normal” summer, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a serious component within the work being done by GFWC Affiliate Organization Heifer International. Program activities have been affected in all 21 countries where Heifer has projects. Value chains have been disrupted, costs have increased, and transportation restrictions have made it difficult for farmers to get their food to markets. Despite these setbacks, Heifer is helping ensure our project partners have the resources to adapt. Each farmer wants to provide for their families and communities; Heifer’s partners are committed to building strong systems for the “new normal.”

In the beginning of the pandemic, many countries, like Nepal, enforced strict lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19. A country-wide lockdown meant that farmers had a difficult time getting their produce to markets, causing it to rot and go to waste. In consequence, consumers no longer had access to fresh foods. To solve this problem, the Lekbesi SEW Cooperative in Nepal took quick action! The group acquired a “transport pass” to collect their produce and sell it to consumers using an agri-ambulance. Farmer Moti Sara Saru said, “When the cooperative began the ambulance service and began going from door-to-door collecting the vegetables and handing us our money, we felt as though a guardian had come to our rescue. We are very happy.” On its first day of operation, the agri-ambulance transported more than 770 pounds of vegetables! The innovative ideas from Heifer’s cooperatives are helping farmers earn an income and keeping communities well-nourished.
Dottie D'Angelo dottieatlanta@gmail.com

Female Wartime Workers

On December 8, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act, H.R. 3531, sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC. The bill would authorize the construction on federal government land in Washington, DC of a memorial to women who worked in war-related industries during World War II. Norton said: “The work done by women on the home front opened the doors for women in the workplace widely and has had a profound and lasting effect on the job market ever since.”
Stage Door Theatre
Sharon Clark

Upcoming Shows:
February 4-27th "The Importance Of Being Earnest"
February 14th "Valentine's Day Cabaret"
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris

TFS Tribe Cafe Showcases Students Culinary Skills

In the real world of restaurants, solid recipes, skilled preparation, and superb service make for an excellent dining experience. In the laboratory environment of Whitney Calloway’s culinary arts classes, students hone skills in all areas for a graded performance. 
To practice the many steps involved in running a successful eatery or to simply prepare food for daily sustenance, students are inviting small groups of faculty and staff members to dine at the Tribe Café, located in a second-floor classroom. Every other Wednesday, a meal is served complete with menus, appropriate place settings and professional service. Students prepare ingredient lists and refine preparation timing so that meals are served in a timely manner, said Calloway. 
According to Calloway, real-world practice is important. “Not only do the students love cooking for and serving faculty and staff, they also have gained a very useful skill set,” Calloway said. “With these skills they are qualified for entry-level restaurant jobs and are able to cook for themselves and their families.” 
The Tallulah Falls School Pit Vipers competition barbecue team finished the 2021 BBQ season as repeat state champions (Georgia BBQ Championship Series), Reserve Champions for the Southeast (Rufus Teague Series), eighth place in the KCBS national team rankings (Kansas City BBQ Society) and World Junior BBQ League Champions. They are currently ranked No. 1 in the KCBS preseason 2022 rankings. Go Vipers!
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz

Catherine the Great (1729-1796)

Washington and the CDC could take a lesson from history. When smallpox was ravaging Russian communities in the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of all the Russians, stepped up to the plate, had herself and her son inoculated by a newly developed vaccine protocol, then told one of her governors-general to ensure the vaccine was readily available in his province. Never underestimate a woman fueled by the power of determination…or the throne.

A letter from Catherine to her governor sold at auction last month for $1.3 million. It can be assumed Catherine sent out similar letters to others. In her letter, she wrote that one of his most important duties “should be the introduction of inoculation against smallpox, which, as we know, causes great harm especially among ordinary people.” It helps to have lofty views of one’s subjects. Still, Catherine wanted her people to know that the vaccine was relatively safe and they should be inoculated, if only to “be fashionable.”

Much has been written about Catherine the Great. Her memoirs are many and rich with anecdotes. She was born Sophie Auguste Friederike of Anhalt-Zerbst, and was sent to St. Petersburg as a teenager to marry future Tsar Peter III, heir to the Russian throne. The marriage was a total disaster. Peter preferred dolls and playing soldier. Catherine soon managed to get rid of him, compelling him to abdicate, and she took over. Peter later was murdered. It’s the Russian way.

In the meantime, Sophie had become a member of the Orthodox Church and changed her name to Ekaterina Alekseevna. Catherine, as we know her, was no saint. She is often described as a model ruler or alternately as a trollop. Indeed, Catherine wasn’t quite sure who the fathers were of a couple of her children. Long-term lovers included Count Orlov and Prince Potyomkin. 

Catherine also claimed successes in military affairs, which have consequences to this very day. In two wars with the Turks, Russia, under Catherine’s rule, “gained possession of the Crimea and other territories extending to the Black Sea,” some of which President Putin wants back, as we know. Again, it’s the Russian way. Never back down. 

Catherine the Great governed Russia “for thirty-four years — longer than any of the country’s other women sovereigns.” She loved life, her job, her people, and her adopted country. If Catherine were alive today, she no doubt would have been among the first in line to get COVID shots and boosters and go about her business in a most fashionable way.
Carolyn Anderson carolyn506@gmail.com
Kay Moe kgp12@att.net
50 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2021