President's Symbol Gardenia
August 2020
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Thursday, August 20th - 10am

Zoom General Meeting

Speaker - Helene Prokesch, Executive Director of Lekotek of Georgia
Thursday, August 27th - 1pm

Flower Arranging Workshop

Brook Run Barn

Arts and Culture & Environment
Wednesday, Sept 2nd - 10am

Spruill Center for the Arts
Courtyard Tour

Arts and Culture
Coming soon ….
Fall and Holiday Bulb Sale
Dunwoody Woman’s Club is partnering with
Flower Power
The bulb sale will be a two-phase fundraiser. The Fall Bulbs will be available to order in September and the Holiday Gift Bulbs will be available for order in November. Details about the sale will follow in the September newsletter and via e-blast.

Be thinking of how you can add a burst of fun and color to your gardens and containers next spring!!

“The world laughs in flowers”
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The proceeds from the sale will support Dunwoody Woman’s Club charitable initiatives.

Kay Moe and Kathy Hanna

Ways and Means
Maria Barnhart
I am happy to report we are making excellent progress with our DWC fundraising!

Thank you to the DWC Fundraising Committee for their steadfast support as we continue to finalize our fundraising plans for DWC. The feedback from the 64 members that responded to the fundraising survey continues to provide helpful information.

Member donations: Over 90% of members that responded to the survey stated they would support making a donation to DWC. Donations are coming in and as of August 6th, we have 31 members donating a total just under $9,000. The deadline for making donations is October 9, 2020. Checks should be made out to Dunwoody Woman’s Club and mailed to Faye Cashwell, Treasurer, or you can use the “Donate” button on the DWC website.

We encourage all members to consider making a donation to DWC. Share this information with family and friends so they can support an organization that is important to you. 

Other fundraising projects
Over 80% of members stated they would support one or more fundraisers in addition to making a monetary donation to DWC.
Other options that are being considered include a virtual fun run/walk and virtual bingo. Stay tuned for developments in the weeks ahead.  
From your treasurer. . . .

Ever wonder what you can do that will provide everlasting benefit to our club and at the same time take advantage of tax deductions? 

Consider several legacy giving options that are available to you. For more information, contact Faye Cashwell at
Scholarship Awards Update
Lee Dees Giesecke
Once again the Dunwoody Woman’s Club is pleased to announce that this year we awarded three $2000 Student Achievement Scholarships to outstanding college bound high school seniors.

This award is presented to students who, in the opinion of the awards committee, demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, school and community involvement, and an exceptional desire for higher education. One commonality in all the recipients is a sincere desire to make the world a better place.   It is an honor and a pleasure for the Dunwoody Woman’s Club to have a role in helping make such outstanding student dreams a reality. 

A special thank you to the awesome scholarship committee: Cora Keenan, Bernice McGuire, Suzanne Bentz, and Ann Smith.
Caitlin Dodson -Dunwoody High School.

Caitlin not only is in the top 7% of her class while completing 12 AP classes to date, she is active in her community with her participation in Youth City Council member , Girl Scouts of America and tutoring for underprivileged children.
Caitlin will be attending the University of Georgia and ultimately plans to study environmental science.
Grace Leigh Keller - Mount Vernon School

Grace was accepted into the University of Georgia Honors Program where she is pursuing a program that will allow her to obtain an undergraduate degree and graduate degree in five years or less. She is a volunteer at Nicholas House where she works with children. Her goal is to one day be a financial analyst on the news.
Annabel Santoli - Mount Vernon School

Annabel has been involved with many different service projects and extracurricular activities such as her work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. A member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society, Annabel wishes to study Nursing at the University of Georgia where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree. She is also the founder and president of the Medicine and Health club.
Arts and Culture
Jo Ann Kostkan
The Dunwoody Woman’s Club now has its own painted picnic table at Crema Espresso as part of the City of Dunwoody’s Painted Picnic Table project. The project provides extra outdoor seating for restaurants to use during Covid-19. Kim Reuning created the winning design, donated the paints, brought the design to life, and served as our “expert.” John Giesecke painted the artist’s palette and took fabulous pictures. Dohrm Crawford donated the varnish and applied 4 coats over an entire Saturday!
Also thanks to Susan Crawford, Deborah Gault, Lee Giesecke, Pam King and Debra Love.
Please drive by Crema and have a cup of coffee at "Our table" or join us here, after our visit to the Spruill Center for the Arts Courtyard Tour on September 2nd.

Tentative Upcoming Programs:

Thursday, August 27th - 1pm - Flower Arranging Workshop
Arts and Culture and Environment are tentatively hosting a flower-arranging workshop at the Brook Run Barn. Each participant is asked to bring a bunch of flowers, a candle holder, and cutting tools. The DWC Decorations Committee will bring greenery and the mechanics. We will make 2 arrangements, one for our members who could use a little cheer, and one to take home. If you are interested, please email by August 13th to or Kathy Hanna

Wednesday, September 2, 10 am Spruill Center for the Arts Courtyard Tour

Arts and Culture will host a tour of the Spruill Center courtyard makeover. Spruill Center CEO, Alan Mothner, will talk about the courtyard beautification contest and the winning design. He will also tell us about AMPLIFY, Spruill’s Annual Outdoor Art Installation contest. After our talk we will meet at “Our Picnic Table” at Crema Espresso.

If you are interested, please email me by August 26th - so that I can give Alan Mothner a headcount. For our safety, we will not carpool. Please drive yourself, park at the Stage Door Players entrance or the library, enter through the Spruill Atrium door between Stage Door and the Library, and walk straight back to the courtyard.

 Other Arts and Culture Events in the Area
1.     Spruill Center for the Arts hosts weekly virtual art classes at their website,
2.     Booth Museum of Western Art is now open to the public.
3.     Stage Door Players offers local talent and entertainment at
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton
Public Issues Program is now Civic Engagement and Outreach

Several non-profits have been added to our new program. We are going to need a “crew” to work with our new and established charities. We hope you will consider joining us. As our grandmothers would say, “Many hands make light work.” 

The following non-profits have been added to Civic Engagement and Outreach: Canine Assistants, Community Assistance Center, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Outreach Home, Malachi’s Storehouse, CARE, and International Refugee Committee. Let us hear from you!

Hope to see you in September (fingers crossed).
Education and Libraries
Dottie D'Angelo
No report this month...
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang
August 27th 1pm:
Tentative Flower Arranging Workshop. See details under Arts & Culture

Emergency announcement: If you receive seeds from China in the mail you didn't order, DON'T PLANT THEM, they may destroy our crops and be highly invasive. Report the mailing to the Dept of Natural Resources.

Adopt-A-Bench. Three benches are underway after a long Covi-19 delay. Marilyn and David Dalrymple are honoring their families at the Nature Center, the daughters of Sally & Henry Haer are honoring their parents in Brook Run Park near the new amphitheater, and a Dunwoody CDC doctor is honoring his fellow CDC workers with a "Safe At Home" tribute behind the backstop of Field 1 Dunwoody Senior Baseball Field.
Audubon:  Hummers are here! Fill your feeders with sugar water and help them stay healthy.

Bring 4 parts water to 1 part granulated sugar to a boil and cool. Do not add food coloring.

Dunwoody Nature Center: Adult Forest Bathing is therapy designed to connect you with nature. Next session is conducted by a Certified Forest Therapy Guide on August 8th. Butterfly experiences for children are Aug 15-22.
Pre-register at

Dunwoody parks are open for walking the trails, just stay 6' apart.

Farmers markets: Dunwoody Farmers Market is open Saturdays 8am to noon in Brook Run Park. Sandy Springs Market is open 8am to noon at the Sandy Springs Civic Center.

Lost Corner: Trails are open. Check for programs -

Pebble Tossers: They received a $10,000 grant and used that money to have 10 teens work on programs of their choice around the Metro area.

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. This sheltering in place is a great time to clean out closets (Fur Kids will take clothes for their Thrift Shop)

Don't know what to do with odd recyclables? CHARM does, see what they will take at

Tips: Please plant trees. Plant Neighbortrees in your yard or parks, or contact Arbor Day Foundation for 10 seedlings. Trees Atlanta are planting thousands and can use your support. If you do plant trees, please let Kathy know.
Health and Wellness
Karen Turner
Deborah Gault
North West District is hosting a district Bra-Ha-Ha Contest for all our clubs.  They are challenging clubs to design a bra that tells a story, shares inspiration or shows creativity and humor.

After your bra is designed, our club will choose two bras to enter into our contest to win the “BRAvo” award. Photos need to be sent no later than September 25 so get your entries in by September 15. Photos will be posted on social media during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. They will ask followers to help the judges choose a winner. The winner will be announced at the October Fall District Meeting. Check out Pinterest for ideas and get your entries in by September 15.

The more bras that we create, the more “exposure” we will have. We hope to distribute the bras to various offices within the community. 

The bra below on the left is titled "Freshly Squeezed." Make an appointment to have yours squeezed today." We hope you will "support" and participate in this fun challenge.
Environment - Keep collecting!
Animal Shelter: Blankets, dog or cat toys, animal treats, paper towels, food, old mascara wands,
paper towel tubes and cereal boxes for toys.
Roswell Recycling: Pill bottles with labels and magazines.

Please bring items to General Meetings


GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand

Operation Smile: Caring Never Stops 
Around the world, Operation Smile is keeping its promise of caring for children and their families, working to keep people safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The organization normally provides life-changing cleft surgery and care to children but it decided to postpone surgeries as the virus spread in early March.
Operation Smile has responded by helping front-line health workers stay safe, nourished, and empowered to better serve their patients by providing life-saving supplies and equipment as well as remote training to bolster their response. It’s also providing nutritional assistance, hygiene kits, and virtual health services to support people and their health needs.
In places like Nicaragua and Colombia, patients who have received surgery are being connected with virtual speech therapy and psychosocial services over the internet and phone. This care is critical to patients’ social and emotional development and wellbeing.

Innovative teams in places like Madagascar and India are providing essential direct relief for patients and families who have been affected by lockdowns. Amid dire food and sanitary supply shortages, Operation Smile teams have assembled packages that provided hundreds of families with enough staple foods and hygiene products to last for two to three weeks. In Madagascar, teams are also distributing nutritive peanut paste to malnourished patients.

In places like Vietnam and Italy, conditions have improved to a point where surgery has resumed safely. In Morocco, Nicaragua, and Colombia, our year-round care centers have reopened to provide non-surgical care with extensive precautions in place.

Globally, volunteers and staff are letting patients know that once it's safe to do so, Operation Smile will be there for their cleft care needs as they were before the pandemic. 
Terry Kemp
Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

The benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. 
For many of you, because of your involvement in DWC, you already are reaping the benefits. All of us are anxious to see one another and get back into the swing of things. We all are missing the personal interaction. Once it is safe for all of us to get back together, we can once again reap these valuable benefits. 

Benefit 1: Volunteering connects you to others
Volunteering allows you to connect to your community. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference in the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. 
Benefit 2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body
Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.
Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose. Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.
Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Benefit 3: Volunteering can advance your career
If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field.
Benefit 4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Doing volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments. Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.
Carolyn Anderson and Kay Moe

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Newsletter name contest. Out of 71 suggestions, Club Connections was selected. The Gift Certificate to First Watch goes to Cora Keenan. Congratulations and we appreciate everyone who submitted an entry.
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
TFS Walk of Honor Bricks
Support the mission of Tallulah Falls School by purchasing a brick paver to be placed in the Walk of Honor, located at the entrance of the natatorium and honoring special members of the TFS family.

Proceeds from commemorative brick sales will be used to provide scholarships for TFS students.

- Recognize a special graduate
- Remember a loved one
- Express gratitude to a special classmate
- Pay tribute to a favorite faculty or staff member
- Recall a meaningful event or team
- Convey appreciation to a special GFWC-GA club or member
- Honor a veteran or first responder for their service

Brick Payment Options ($100 each): 

*By phone: 706-839-2021

*By mailing a check to: Tallulah Falls School, Attn: Advancement Office, PO Box 10, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

Your customized message on a 4" x 8" brick - $100
Customized bricks are $100 each, 4"x8" and can include up to three lines of text with a maximum 16 characters per line. A character is defined as a letter, number, space or punctuation mark. No special characters, please.

Questions? Email: or call 706-839-2021.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Nella Larsen

Do not try to send packages abroad by mail during a pandemic. The baseball bat I bought my grandson has been sitting in Miami Customs for two months “awaiting dispatch.” In my many trips to the local post office to complain (COVID-19, custom’s overwhelmed, split shifts can’t keep up, etc), one visit led to the happy discovery that a new Forever Stamp Series has been issued. The new collection features four literary figures who emerged during the historic Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s: writer, philosopher, educator, and arts advocate Alain Locke; novelist Nella Larsen; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer. Nella Larsen’s stylized pastel portrait is haunting.

During the early years of the 20th century, “Harlem was the destination for migrants from around the country, attracting both people seeking work from the South, and an educated class who made the area a center of culture, as well as a growing ‘Negro’ middle class.” Nellallitea “Nella” Larsen was born Nellie Walker (April 13, 1891 - March 30, 1964) in Chicago, a mixed race child of Afro-Caribbean and Danish parents. When her mother divorced and remarried, Nella took her stepfather’s name. Spending time in Denmark with relatives and attending Fisk University, a historically black university in Nashville, Nella struggled to find a place where she could belong.

In two novels, written long after graduating as a nurse from New York City’s Lincoln Hospital and Nursing Home, serving as head nurse at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a librarian in a predominantly Jewish library on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and a failed marriage to Elmer Imes, a prominent physicist, Nella finally puts to paper the struggles with identity and the cultural conflict she inevitably faced.

Larsen’s “Quicksand” (1928) and “Passing” (1929) are two worthy reads. At a time in our country’s history when we are looking inward as well as trying to figure out where we want to go as a nation, it can be helpful to understand that the struggle to clearly define our uniqueness can be elusive but worth striving for.