October 2022 Newsletter

To give aid and encouragement in promoting the education and welfare of at-risk children in the state of Georgia.

Hello Circle Members,

I'm excited for an active month in the life of The Circle and hope you are too! Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership. The deadline to do so is October 14.

I'm going to share something because you may feel this way too; between family, work, The Circle, and other volunteer roles I feel a bit burned out and spread thin. As I try to navigate it all I remind myself that life ebbs and flows. I happen to be in one of the busy times. Maybe you are too. More importantly, I am staying focused on why I think The Circle is valuable and worth my time. In our very online world civic organizations like The Circle that bring people together are a treasure. They are a balm to loneliness and isolation. Serving a cause bigger then ourselves creates purpose in our lives. 

I realize Mr. Rodgers, in his cardigan and sneakers, is not a particularly glamorous figure, but he reminds us that "we live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." May his wise words sustain us all.

There are many different ways you can help sustain the work of The Circle this month. Remember those recent emails about the Golf Tournament and Volunteering at City of Refuge? We are still looking for golfers, sponsors, and volunteers. Consider soliciting purse donations for Bags and Bubbles, and begin inviting friends to the event. Finally, because getting together and away from our screens is good for our well being, plan to attend our fall general meeting AT City of Refuge on Sunday 11/12.  

No one is expected to do everything - although we have a few members who do. I am amazed by their commitment and energy, but would never ask all of you to you to do something I don't do myself. All of the small things we do add up. My message to our recruits is that The Circle brings people together to multiply the impact of philanthropy and volunteering. Join me in being a factor, part of the multiplicand, for the work of The Circle.

With love and gratitude,

Belinda Vogel 

Click Here for the Full Calendar of events!

Fall Festival

at City of Refuge

Friday, October 14, 2022

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Membership Deadline

Friday, October 14, 2022 


October 16

Golf Tournament

October 24, 2022

Indian Hills Country Club

Marietta, Georgia

12:30 pm Shotgun Start

Trunk or Treat

at City of Refuge

Thursday October 27, 2022

4:45 to 7:00 pm

Bags & Bubbles Purse Auction

November 9, 2022

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta Country Club

Fall General Membership Meeting & City of Refuge Tour

City of Refuge

November 13, 2022

2:30 pm


4th Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, October 24, 2022

Indian Hills Country Club

10 am Check in opens    12:30 pm Shotgun start

John F. Kennedy said “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

The Golf Tournament is 3 weeks away and deadlines are close. Now is the time to step up and participate! Let’s make an impact for the at-risk children at City of Refuge as we play a small part in shaping their future!

Please join us by doing one or more of the following:

  • Secure a Hole Sponsor (deadline Oct 10th)
  • Sign up to play and/or remind spouse and friends to sign up (deadline Oct 17th)
  • Secure an event Sponsor (deadline Oct 17th)
  • Sponsor the event or hole yourself

The Sponsorship Letter and Golfer Registration forms you can use are on the website at www.Circle4Children.org/golf-tournament

The golf tournament is a day full of fun!

Buffet Lunch, Beer, Wine & Spirits

Putting Contest

Amazing Gifts for the Golfers

Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams

Prize for Closest to the Pin

Great Raffle Prizes from Brown & Co. Jewelers, Onward Reserve, Golf Tec, Top Golf, Cherokee Town & Country Club and more!

Let’s do what we do best – fundraising for Georgia’s at-risk children!

Contact Kimberly with questions

404-406-9495404-406-9495, [email protected] 

Check out our Instagram post about

this year's Golf Tournament!


Look for an email soonwhich will include directions to

The City of Refuge, a way to sign up those who want to carpool, and the list of items to bring for donations!

What could be more fun than an evening shopping for elegant handbags with a glass of champagne in your hand in a room full of your favorite friends? Only one thing I can think of!! Doing it all while raising money for some very deserving children at the City of Refuge!

Bags and Bubbles, The Circle’s exciting new fundraiser, combines a purse auction with a cocktail party that adds up to an evening of FUN that you won’t want to miss. Join us on Wednesday, November 9, from 5:00- 7:30 PM at Atlanta Country Club. Tickets are only $75 and include a glass of bubbly, appetizers, a silent auction, games, and a few other surprises!

Please buy your tickets now and ask some friends to join you! We need all of our members to participate to make Bags and Bubbles a magnificent success!!

If you have any questions about the event or have a purse you would like to donate, please contact Danielle Houret-Lam at [email protected].

Click Here for Online Payment


I would love to have you on the Gala Committee. We will start meeting as a "think tank". Circle members are so creative and have a lot of amazing ideas. You can just join the group to offer ideas or you can offer ideas and help in some areas. Nothing will be overwhelming. The only expectation is to be a part of the Circle collaborative effort to make this 2023 Gala a success to help the City of Refuge and the Linda Gross Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

Email [email protected] to join the Gala Committee.


Time to Volunteer at City of Refuge!

Click on the buttons below to sign up.

Fall Festival sign up is via The City of Refuge Calendar.

The Trunk or Treat button will take you to a Sign Up Genius page for the event, for both volunteers and donations. Note we are looking to borrow a couple of outdoor games. Please do NOT sign up for Trunk or Treat on the City of Refuge calendar, use the sign up genius. Thank you!

Fall Festival

Friday October 14 9:45am - 12pm

Fall Festival Sign Up

Trunk or Treat

Thursday October 27 4:45pm to 7pm

We are also collecting store bought treats & supplies for Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat Sign Up

Access the Directory online with new Password! The new 2020-2021 directory of active Circle members can now be viewed on our website. For the privacy of all members, the directory is password protected. You can access the directory under the membership tab on the website.

Shellee Spagnoletto - 10/1 

Grace Becerra - 10/4

Deborah Shaw - 10/4

Polly Hogue - 10/6

Anne Keane - 10/9

Peggy Cannon - 10/24

Susan Fulkerson - 10/26 

Ann Chotiner 10/27

Carole Steele - 10/30

If your birthday (month and day) is not in the new Circle directory, please email that information. We would love to acknowledge that special day.

Circle Celebration Fund
Can't think of a gift for a friend? Consider donating to the Circle Celebration Fund in their name. A lovely acknowledgment will be sent to the honoree informing them of the donation you made in their name. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to donate.
Circle Correspondence
Please send any Circle Correspondence to [email protected] for announcements of births, loss of loved ones, outstanding events or illnesses. Please include the individual's address so the corresponding secretary can send the appropriate correspondence. Also, indicate if the information should be posted in the newsletter.

What is Amazon Smile?
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Circle for Children every time you shop at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com you'll find the exact same low prices and vast selection as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Circle. smile.amazon.com uses your current Amazon account.

How Do I Get Started?
Click the button below to get started or on your first visit to smile.amazon.com you will be asked to select a charity. Type in The Circle for Children. Click the "select" box next to it. Click "agree" to confirm you have been informed that you must go to smile.amazon.com every time you make a purchase in order for the Circle to receive the charitable donation from Amazon.
Click Here to Sign Up for Amazon Smile
Kroger Community Rewards will donate a portion of your grocery purchase total to The Circle for Children.Please sign up for a Kroger Card the next time you're grocery shopping and link it to The Circle for Children.

To link your Kroger card go to www.kroger.com and login to access "My Account". Under "Community" select "Community Awards" then click the "link card" button. Then, search for "The Circle for Children" or enter number, CX636. You can also call Kroger at 1-800-562-4438 and they will sign you up over the phone.
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