December 2022 Newsletter

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

Circle Members,

First I want to thank Danielle Houret-Lam, Polly Hogue, and Mary Beth Wegener for all of the time and mental energy they devoted to Bags & Bubbles. They collected and sorted pursues for months and executed a beautiful, fun event. Thank you ladies!

For many of us the busy time of year we are in is about to become even more busy. I often remind my yoga students that we tend to be out of sync with nature in the fall and beginning of winter. Our natural environment largely goes dormant as the days become colder and darker, meanwhile we become more active, celebrating all kinds of holidays across cultures and religions, from mid October into mid January.

I don’t know why we become so active at the end of the calendar year, and I’m not going to ask you to stop it, having invited you to four December events! I do think it’s valuable to take time to contemplate why we are celebrating and what it means to us. We can always take a moment to pause in the busyness, to remember the intent of what we are doing.

Grounding ourselves in our intentions makes our activities more enjoyable and provides clarity around our priorities. As you think about if and when you want to participate in Circle events this month, consider what is important to you.

If fundraising is important to you consider joining us at Sip & Shop. Of course you can socialize there too, if connection with others is a high priority. The Jr Social on December 7 and Holiday Tea on December 11 are also opportunities to connect, and perhaps take some time for yourself. If volunteering is a high priority, sign up to help with cookies decorating at City of Refuge. Also, if you need a break, take a break, and try to do so without feeling guilty. We all do so much for our families and the community, sometimes we need to follow natures example and rest.

Wishing you peace and joy,

Belinda Vogel

Click Here for the Full Calendar of events!

Sip & Shop Fundraiser 

Saturday, December 3 

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Jr. Social Holiday Wine Tasting 

Wednesday, December 7 

Holiday Tea

The Ginger Room

Sunday, December 11

10:00 to 11:30 am

Cookie Decorating 

City of Refuge

4:45 to 6:00 pm

Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 25  



December 3, 2022

3 to 5 pm

Email Lucy Dorris if you need your Paperless Post Evite resent

Junior Social

Join us for a Holiday Wine Tasting on

December 7 at 6:30 pm!

The Vineyard Wine Market

1295 W Spring Street SE

Suite 100

Smyrna, GA 30080

Junior social events are open to all members!

The Vineyard Wine Market in Smyrna has over 40 wines by the glass, 20 wines on Tap and over 500 available by the bottle. We wil be able to enjoy tapas and order flights and pairings.

RSVP by emailing Kristen Graham by Monday, December 5!

Click Here to RSVP

Holiday Tea

You're invited to a time of laughter and good cheer at the Circle for Children's Holiday Celebration! This year we are going to enjoy a Holiday Tea, so join us! There is room for 16 members to join in on our merriment and fun!

RSVP TODAY before space runs out!

RSVP with Payment

Merry everything, happy always! Come celebrate the holidays with us!



The Bags & Bubles Purse Auction featured more than 100 beautiful purses that were available to bid on! Attendees enjoyed prosecco and appetizers while perusing our selection of bags!


Members gathered at City of Refuge for our Fall General Membership meeting. After our meeting, members went on a tour of City of Refuge!


For the past few years, the Circle Gala auction has included a number of themed

baskets that have proven to be very popular with our attendees. We ask that every

member provide a basket whether or not they will be attending the gala themselves.

It is totally fine to go in on a basket with another member or members. 

Click here to view the idea list. If you have other ideas, great! Let me know and I will add them when we send out a sign-up genius. With sales happening during the holidays you might want to keep your eyes open for items that could be included in a basket.

We are also always looking for stand-alone items—items that may have significant

value that should not be bundled with anything else, e.g., jewelry, aesthetic treatments, artwork, sports memorabilia, experiences. And, of course, vacation homes or trips which tend to sell well and go for high prices.

Don’t be afraid to ask for donations from vendors! Their donation with be acknowledged with the item and they will receive tax donation forms.

The auction itself contributes the bulk of the money we raise for our beneficiary and

scholarship fund, so it is important that we do our best to make it great! I’m excited to

see all this come together and look forward to your contributions and assistance!

Much thanks,

Pat Iaffaldano

Auction Chair



December 13, 2022

5:45 to 7:00 pm

City of Refuge

1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW

Atlanta, GA 30314

Need at least 3 volunteers

Max of 10

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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.

Paddy Gibson 12/1

Cindy Brown Samples 12/3

Cathy Haire 12/5

Rita Robb Furness 12/8

Kelsey Burkett Jackson 12/10

Anne Wycoff Smith 12/13

Marci Jordan Dobbins 12/14

Sandra Johnson Conner 12/20

BJ Wooldridge 12/23

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.

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