September 2021
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Thursday, September 9 - 10am
Smart Nutrition and Wellness
1095 Old Roswell Rd, Suite E
Roswell, GA
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness

Thursday, September 16 10am
General Meeting
Dunwoody North Shallowford Annex
4470 N Shallowford Rd.
Thursday, Sept 23 - 9am
Twin Branch Nursery in Woodstock
Carpool from St. Luke's 9:30am
Sponsored by: Environment

Tuesday, October 5 - 1pm
Zoom Book Club
Sponsored by: Education & Libraries

October 6: DWC Home Tour
Ways and Means
Faye Cashwell -
Susan Crawford -
Diane Norris -

DWC Home Tour
October 6, 2021
10:00am - 2:00pm

It was so good seeing everyone at the Called Meeting last month. We hope you will enjoy the three homes and are excited about working the day of the tour and selling your tickets. Thanks so much for your cooperation in making the day a success. We also thank our homeowners for their gracious hospitality and to Southern Comforts for hosting our Decorator Showcase and for being our Will Call location.
There will be two prizes for the top ticket sellers. Please contact Donna Fullilove at 404-695-3323 if you need additional tickets.
Martha Blondheim, Jill Jordan, and the Head Hostesses are working hard to make sure that all of our homes are adequately staffed. We appreciate your willingness to work in making sure that the home tour is a success. The following members are serving as head hostesses: 
Doughtie Home: Lee Dee Giesecke, JoAnn Kostkan, Joan Smith
Farley Home: Noreen Rabin, Kim Reuning, Lynn Wright
Hudak Home: Debra Love, Pam King, Karen Turner

Many thanks to our great publicity team: Kay Moe, Maria Barnhart and Suzanne Bentz (ticket commentary). Our website has been updated and the online ticket purchase capability is ready!
Our sponsorship campaign was a huge success, we raised $24,750! Thanks to all who helped us.
We will have men stationed at each home to help with traffic control and 2 shuttle buses will help at the Farley home. We can always use a few more men so please let us know if you know of anyone that can volunteer.
Looking forward to October 6th and another success!
Pam King -
September Member Spotlight
Jo Ann Kostkan
Jo Ann joined our Club in 2019 and immediately jumped into service. She is currently Co-Chairman of Arts and Culture CSP, and is the Audubon liaison for the Environment CSP.
Jo Ann is a bundle of energy and lots of fun to be around! She said that the best thing about being a part of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club is the friendships you make while helping the community.
She has been married for 37 years, and is the proud mother of two children. Her daughter, Jancy, is a high school calculus teacher in Virginia. Her son, Wade, works at Hershey Corporation in Pennsylvania.
She has been a member of two other Woman’s Clubs prior to joining our Club: Vienna, Virginia and Montgomery, (suburb of Cincinnati) Ohio.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She and her family are agate collectors, an interest they inherited from Jo Ann’s father. They frequent annual mineral and gems shows.
She is also involved in her sorority alum group and her local garden club. Jo Ann is a definite asset to our Club!

It is time to approve a project for the Community Impact Program (CIP) for 2022-2024. All proposals should be submitted in writing to the President (Maria Barnhart) by October 1, 2021 in order to be included on the October 7, 2021 Board Meeting Agenda.
The CIP project is a two year club project proposal submitted by a member that is presented to the board and membership for approval.
For more information about the Community Impact Program see pages 178-181 of the GFWC-Georgia Yearbook. The yearbook can be found on the GFWC-Georgia website under Club Resources  - this is password protected and the password is smile.
In addition you can contact:
Diane Norris – cell 678-772-0109 
Maria Barnhart cell 404-310-0546 or 
Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan
Kim Reuning
Thank you to all who participated in the Spruill Center’s mandala mosaic project. Not only did we learn how to make mosaics, but we benefitted our community by creating public art for the Spruill Center to permanently display! Public Art implementation has been a new goal for Dunwoody.

Our visit to the Callanwolde mansion and art gallery was fun and educational. We learned so much about the history of the mansion, enjoyed Jerushia Graham’s drawings, and strolled through the beautiful gardens. Thank you to all who attended!
Wednesday, October 13 – Oktoberfest Celebration for Adult Day of Dunwoody
Please bring your coffee cans/lids and Fluff marshmallow or similar containers/lids to the September General Meeting. We also need tan felt, large googly eyes, raffia, and miniature straw hats to fit the cans. See the picture for our scarecrow craft.
Depending on Adult Day’s Covid-19 visitor policy, we will either meet to create the drop-off scarecrow craft bags OR go to Adult Day in person to celebrate Oktoberfest. An EBLAST closer to the date will confirm our plans.

Upcoming Community Art Events:
  • City Springs Art Walk – Take a stroll around City Green in Sandy Springs and discover the newest sculptures on display.
  •  Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center – With more than 50 special events and over 70 individual performances, the Center has something for everyone. Visit for more information.
  • Spruill Center for the Arts – Back to Spruill Week is September 12-18. Explore your creative talents by taking a class/workshop. Open House for the event is Sunday, September 12 from 1-5 pm.
  • Spruill Gallery – The gallery presents “Open Spaces” featuring visual presentations and photographs on view September 9-October 23. Opening reception is Thursday, September 9 from 5-8 pm.
  • Stage Door Performing Arts Academy – Open to youth ages 6-18, classes include acting, musical theatre dance, and creative dance. The Jr. Company of actors performs “The Addams Family” this fall. Call 770-396-1726 ext. 3 for more information.
  • Hudgens Center for Art and Learning – Celebrate 40 years in Duluth on October 16 from 6-10 pm. Dinner, dancing, and a live auction will benefit the Center.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton
September Dates to Remember

  • National Preparedness Month – “Prepare to Protect”
  • September 11 – Patriots Day
  • September 19 - 25 - Child Passenger Safety Week
  • September 25National Car Seat Check
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day – Last Sunday of September (26)
Join the volunteers at the Community Action Center. You can make a difference in the lives of others in the community. Volunteer opportunities are available in all areas at CAC. Contact Nolan at or call 770/552-4889. If you did volunteer this summer at CAC, let us know. Your hours can be included in our 2021 report.
The City of Dunwoody is offering CPR/AED courses on September 16 and October 14, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm at the Shallowford Annex. The cost is $75 for all ages. The skills learned in this course will help you recognize and respond to cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help the person until more advanced care arrives to take over. To register visit: CPR Class Registration
Upcoming Programs
  • October – Trunk-or-Treat with the Dunwoody Police Department – October 28

Education and Libraries
Linda Mote

Book Club News
While I have only heard from one person, we will have book discussion via Zoom on October 5 at 1:00 pm. The book we’ll be discussing is When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. When Crickets Cry manages to deliver a poetic love story, a heart-pounding medical thriller, and a spiritual epiphany, all while smoothly introducing charming characters and twists that keep the pages turning.
A huge thank you to Susan Wittenstein for keeping our Little Libraries supplied with books. She has purchased, asked for donations, and put in over 600 books so far. I know some of you have also supplied books so let Susan or I know how many you put in the boxes.
We will be sending out checks to schools in our area. We hope our donations will help the schools achieve a small project that they have not had funds for.
We are planning on having a staff member from High Tower Elementary School as our General Meeting speaker in September. We will present her with a check and school supplies.
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang
Sept 23, Lecture and Tour of Twin Branch Nursery in Woodstock, GA.
Learn about native plants and how to use them in landscaping as well as valuable tips on other plantings.
Carpool from St. Luke's at 9:30 am with lunch to follow in the Roswell area.

Upcoming Events
Oct 16, Spalding Garden Club is hosting a Garden Faire from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with many pass along plants available.

October 21, Trip to Atlanta Botanical Gardens for the Scarecrow Display. Carpool from St. Luke's at 9:00 am.

Ongoing Events
  • Collections For the Animal Shelters; pill bottles without labels; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels, food and monetary donations. Also, old mascara wands, paper towel tubes and cereal boxes for making toys.
  • Adopt-A-Bench: Contact Meredy for an application
  • Audubon:  Hummers are here fill your feeders with sugar water (no food coloring)
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: If you find an injured baby bird/animal go the DNC site and click on Aware or Wildlife Animal Rescue Help. Walk our new trails completed by various DWC sponsored Eagle Scouts.
  • Lost Corner Preserve: programs begin with Fairy Houses on Oct. 9 10 am-12 noon.
  • Master Gardeners: Sept. 11, 11 am-12 noon, lecture on Landscape Design at the Brook Run Greenhouse.
  • 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.
Health and Wellness
Terry Kemp
Deborah Gault
Smart Nutrition and Wellness Seminar with Jenya Hampton

Date: Thursday, September 9
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 1095 Old Roswell Road, Suite E, Roswell, GA 30076
Carpool: Meet at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church at 9:15 am

Jenya Hampton, CEO of Smart Nutrition and Wellness, has dedicated 20 years to the nutritional wellness industry in various capacities. She will also touch upon strengthening your immune system.  

Following the seminar, we will meet at Brookwood Grill, 880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 770-587-0102, for a delicious lunch around 11:30 a.m. We should be back at St. Luke's no later than 3 p.m.  Brookwood Grill Menu

If you are planning to attend but did not sign up at the meeting, please reach out to Terry Kemp at by Friday, September 3.  Also, let her know if you are willing to drive. 

September is World Alzheimer’s Month
Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia. September 21st marks the 10th year of this vital global awareness raising campaign.
September 21 also marks World Alzheimer’s Day. This year’s campaign will shine a light on the warning signs of dementia, encouraging people to seek out information, advice and support, as well as contact the Alzheimer’s or dementia association – “The importance of a timely diagnosis”.

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!
Arts and Culture
  • Coffee cans and lids or similar containers with lids, tan felt, large googly eyes, raffia and minature straw hats for October art project for Adult Day Center.

  • For the Animal Shelters: pill bottles without labels; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels,cereal boxes, old mascara wands, food and monetary donations. Debra will collect for Chamblee Shelter.

Health and Wellness
  • For Lutheran Towers: travel size shampoo and lotions, small kleenex packets, toothpaste, individual bars of soap, washcloths, small bottles of dish soap, dish cloths, sponges, women's jewelry and scarves, and socks for men and women.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand

Help Support Relief Efforts for Haiti

If you would like to join people around the world offering their help to the residents of Haiti, you can do so by supporting the efforts of GFWC Affiliate Organization UNICEF USA. On August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti, causing serious damage, injuries, and casualties. The earthquake hit Haiti while residents were already facing multiple crises, including COVID-19, and now they need any help available. As of Monday afternoon, 724 people were reported dead and more than 2,800 injured, according to Haiti’s civil protection service.

UNICEF is working on the ground to provide safe water, medical care, and protection services to children and families in need. Donate to UNICEF’s relief efforts and share the messages of support on Facebook. You can also mail checks for donation to UNICEF USA c/o Global Cause Partnerships at 125 Maiden Lane Fl. 11, New York, NY 10038.

Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
New middle school students at Tallulah Falls School celebrated membership in one of four themed houses on Aug. 11-12 – the Grey Wolves, Black Ravens, Green Hornets and White Owls comprise the four houses. Similar, to the process described in the literature series featuring a boy wizard, sorting involves students taking turns retrieving a name from the depths of an upside-down whimsical hat. 

Each of the four grades held a separate gathering to determine membership for the 73 new middle school students. The house system was developed to promote connections among students in all grades, as well as leadership opportunities. The houses provide the forum to engage students involved in community, collaboration, and competition.

The school has 116 dorm students to date and are expecting several more to arrive once their Visas are approved. Six prom dresses along with sixteen dresses donated by the Hartwell Service League were delivered to the school.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz

September 11, 2001
Zhanetta Valentinovna Tsoy
(1968 - 2001)
You may not find Zhanetta Tsoy’s name in history books. Nor in song. Yet, Zhanetta Tsoy is a young woman I think of often and pray that she, her husband, Vyacheslav Ligay, her child, Alexandra, and family are at peace.  
Zhanetta was born in Uzbekistan in 1968. She was educated at the Almaty Institute of National Economics and completed an MBA at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategy Research in 1996. She was my son’s client contact at Marsh McLennan’s offices in the former Kazak capital of Almaty. Zhanetta’s dream was to come to America, “a place where she and her husband believed their futures were as big and bright as the New York skyline.”  
Zhanetta won a Kazak lottery, enabling her to work in the USA and transfer to a position in Marsh’s global finance department in New York City. She arrived in New York with her family on August 23, 2001. Zhanetta’s first day on her new job with Marsh was September 11, 2001.  
Early on that fateful morning, Zhanetta rode the elevators to Marsh’s human resources offices on the upper floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center to sign on as an accountant for the firm. Moments later, at 8:46 am, American Airlines Flight 11, overtaken by monsters, crashed into the tower, obliterating Marsh McLennan’s offices on floors 93 to 99. The tower stood for 56 minutes. It took 12 seconds to fall.
Marsh McLennan lost 295 employees and 63 consultants on 9/11. Because Zhanetta was not yet in Marsh’s employee system, it took some time and the insistence of international relief agencies to determine that she was, indeed, among the nearly three thousand souls lost at the World Trade Center. It was days before her body was recovered and identified.
To my knowledge, Zhanetta’s husband, Vyacheslav, has not returned to Kazakhstan. On October 3, 2001 he said: “Dead or alive, this is where my wife is. As long as we are here, she is with us.”
While I did not personally know Zhanetta, I weep for this bright and beautiful young life snuffed out in a moment of unimaginable horror. I also weep for Zhanetta’s family and the many, many thousands of moms, dads, children, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, colleagues, and loved ones lost on 9/11 in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. As I write this, I also pray that history will not repeat itself on this 20th anniversary of a day that threatened all that is so very good about America. May God bless you and keep you at his side, Zhanetta.

Carolyn Anderson
Kay Moe
50 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2021