From the inbox:
Mr. Dan Moriarty arrived in Atlanta in mid-June to attend the Rotary International Convention in downtown Atlanta. He fell ill and was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for an emergency surgical procedure. Unable to travel home, he has been in the area healing and recovering. Dan visited the Rotary Club of Marietta’s weekly meeting on July 19 to present a Rotary flag from his home club of Seagate in northeast Scotland. As is Rotary custom, club President Caitlyn Cooper presented him with a RCoM flag to deliver to his club President. Jeff Cooper (no relation to Caitlyn), vice president of WellStar Kennestone Hospital, is also a member of RCoM, and, immediately after the meeting, introduced himself to Mr. Moriarty. They had a great exchange, and Mr. Moriarty expressed extreme gratitude for the care he received at Kennestone.
The 2016-17 President’s theme for Rotary Clubs globally has been “Rotary helping humanity.” Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do.” Thankfully, with the care and attention Dan received, he has been cleared to return home and no doubt will remember his summer of 2017 spent in Marietta!
Mary Ansley Southerland, Marietta
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On Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. the women of Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church along with women from neighboring churches will deliver food baskets to fifty (50) families (appx 300 individuals) in the community (zip code 30060).
This will be a time of service to encourage and minister to our neighbors responding to the mandate of Christ to feed His sheep. The women will prepare decorative food baskets for a family of six and deliver them to the church one week prior to the event. The baskets will be judged and three named as the most creative and decorative.
On Saturday morning, the women will gather at the church for a continental breakfast, to announce the top three winners, pray and go out to serve. For those families desiring to pick up their food basket from the church, women will be posted at the church to assist. Everyone will return to the church after making deliveries to share about their experiences, highlight additional needs to address and close with prayer.
We are hoping that our neighbors will feel the love that has been poured into creating and decorating these amazing food baskets. It is our desire to take sharing with our community to a new level of creativity and generosity. The women of Turner and the ladies at our partnering churches are very excited to bless our community.
Linda Hall Pitts, Chairperson, Women’s Day 2017
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Walker’s Middle and Upper School orchestra teacher Kyna Elliott recently returned from her time as a Leader and Teaching Artist at the prestigious Lincoln Center Education’s Leadership and Advocacy Lab in New York City this summer. The eleven teaching artists chosen globally for the lab have a history showing the breadth and depth of their expertise as an artist and leader. This illustrious professional development opportunity enables them to focus beyond their practice to become leaders among their peers and in the wider field.
The Leadership and Advocacy Lab included workshops, panels, performances, and opportunities to facilitate experiences for the other development labs and train TAs to present their “pitch” for a leadership project to a wider Lincoln Center audience. Focus on four essential areas included advocacy, social justice, professional development, and entrepreneurialism. Elliott was chosen specifically for her personal arts education philosophy and vision and teaching experience in the field, and was personally mentored by Eric Booth, considered the father of the teaching artistry profession. Elliot was the only leader chosen from the orchestral world for the lab.
“I gained valuable tools covering the language of Advocacy and Leadership, collaboration to improve community and creativity, and how the arts are used in direct ways to address complex issues in society.” said Elliott. “I led a class on activating artistry to a group of teachers and artists, and had round table discussions addressing issues in our respective communities and how we have used the arts to give those involved a voice to express them. I walked away with mentors who continue to push me, and connections with other leaders across the globe who participated.”
Meghan Stauts, assistant director of communications and marketing for The Walker School
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My name is Alexandria Meads, and I recently began volunteering with an organization called 10 Women of Hope. Through this experience, I have learned how much they impact the children and single parents in Cobb County with immediate assistance when they are in a place of desperation. As they will celebrate their 10th year anniversary this year, helping over 500 single moms to date, I thought it fitting to honor them in your column!
For those who may not know their mission:
Every mom they help has a compelling story where a life event happens and creates a crisis that threatens family stability. A recent family who they helped was evicted when Mom was laid off from her job of five years and they became homeless. Once she began working again, she found an apartment but had to pay two months’ rent upfront, which created a financial burden in paying other household expenses. Supporting two children, including one with Autism, she stretched further to take in a homeless high school friend of her son, who was living in a downtown shelter. Her only request to 10 Women of Hope was asking for help with her current rent so she could catch up and provide for the children in their now-stable home. With this hand up, she was able to get back on track and two homeless families were given a new chance to change hopelessness into hope.
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Smyrna-based Repro Products, Inc., Atlanta’s exclusive Xerox agency, announced on Monday its newest community service program, Free Copiers for Non-Profits. Since Repro Products was established in 1979, the company has made giving back to its Community a top priority.
The Free Copier program will provide a Xerox color copier along with free delivery, installation and training to qualifying non-profits. “We are proud to offer this program to non-profits in the Atlanta area,” said Bob Feldberg, Repro Products’ President. “This will give organizations an opportunity to have quality Xerox equipment in their offices while saving money they can use to support their philanthropic efforts.”
To learn more about the program and access an application, interested non-profit organizations with 501(c) tax exemption status should visit reprogives.com. Selected organizations will receive free use of a Xerox color copier, delivery, installation and training.
Brenda Hanson, Marketing Director, Repro Products