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Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971

August 2023
Monday, August 7 - 9:30 am
Sunflowers for Dunwoody Tour
Meet at Brookrun Park
Sponsored by: Environment

Thursday, August 17
Home Tour Called Meeting - 10am
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd.
Sponsored by: Ways & Means

Thursday, August 24 - 6:30 pm
Evening Division of DWC Meeting
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Wednesday, September 6
Pat Fiorello’s Studio Tour
Carpool at 9:30am
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Sponsored by: Arts & Culture

Wednesday, October 4 -
10 am to 2 pm
Home Tour
Ways and Means
Terry Kemp

Thursday – August 17th
Social and Arrival ~ 9:30 am
Meeting ~ Promptly at 10:00 am
The Annex

The Home Tour Committee has been busy this summer finalizing plans for the 2023 Home Tour on October 4th. We have three fantastic homes. This is the only event where ALL MEMBERS, including our Evening Group are needed to participate.

Called Meeting Details:

  • Receive your packet with FIVE tickets to sell. Please make every effort to sell your five tickets (or more) and turn in your money at the September General Meeting.
  • Sponsor envelopes with tickets and thank you letters will be distributed. We hope you can deliver these envelopes with a personal thank you to our Sponsors.
  • Home Tour fliers and post cards with QR codes will be available for Sponsors to display in their store fronts
  • Meet with the hostess of your assigned home.
  • Home Hostesses:
  • Callihan Home ~ Judy Bertrand, Karen Turner, and Beverly Clark
  •  Jackoniski Home ~ Lee Dees Giesecke and Joan Smith
  • Perry Home ~ Meredy Shortal and Donna Knowlton
  • We will leave to tour the homes around 10:30am. We are allowing 30 - 45 minutes per home including travel time to the next home. Addresses of homes will be given at the meeting. PLEASE WEAR FLAT SHOES and be aware that shoe covers will be provided. If possible, please carpool.

10:45-11:30 Home #1 ~ Dee and Rick Callihan
11:30 -12:15 Home #2 ~ Martha (“Tootie”) and Jim Jackoniski
12:00 -12:45 Home #3 ~ Michael Perry

Other Notes:

  • Check our social media networks (AHA Connection and City of Dunwoody D-News) and The Dunwoody Crier for the great publicity that Maria Barnhart has created for this year’s Home Tour. Publicity is also on Facebook and Instagram. Our Home Tour banners will be hoisted onto telephone polls throughout Dunwoody mid-September.
  • If you have not received notification of your assignment from one of the head hostesses listed above, please call Martha Blondheim (770-457-6670) or Jill Jordan (770-378-7298). If you have a friend that may want to work the tour, please let Martha or Jill know. They will be invited to the preview tour of homes.
  • If your husband, or you have a male friend who is willing to help with traffic control please contact Susan Crawford.
  • If you need extra posters or post cards with the QR Code to take to other local businesses, please let Terry Kemp know. She will bring some extras to the Called Meeting.

Kudos to the Home Tour Committee and our DWC members who helped with sponsorships, their personal donations, and all the efforts that are needed to coordinate and organize our 50th Home Tour.  We raised $24,700 in sponsorships. Please be aware that our sponsors are counting on us to promote the Home Tour. We appreciate your efforts in selling your tickets and promoting online ticket sales to our community. A list of our 2023 sponsors will be listed on our club website as well as our ticket.

HOME TOUR - Wednesday, October 4th - 10am to 2pm
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 6, for an Arts Presentation and Studio Visit.
Meet at St. Luke’s parking lot at 9:30 am to carpool to Pat Fiorello’s Home and Studio. At 10:00am we will have a presentation and a tour of Pat Fiorello’s studio. Lunch to follow at Mirko. Please contact Lee Dees Giesecke to make a reservation for the tour and lunch. and 770-714-3321.
Pat Fiorello is an award-winning fine artist, instructor and author of the book, Bella Italia, Italy Through the Eyes of an Artist. Her work has been featured in 20 one-woman shows and has been included in over 100 juried exhibitions, including the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America and NOAPS. As a finalist in the Florals and Gardens challenge, Pat’s work appeared in International Artists magazine and was also published in The Richeson International Still Life and Floral competition book in 2021 and 2023. Pat’s work was selected as Best Floral in the April 2023 PleinAir Salon competition sponsored by PleinAir® Magazine
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

Thanks to Maria, Debra, Donna, Carolyn, Kay, Marco, Karen, Jan, M.J., Barbara, Linda, Margarete and Charlie, Jr. who represented DWC in the Dunwoody 4th of July parade. Surviving a torrential rainstorm at the beginning of the parade, we were able to complete the parade with wet clothes and squishy tennis shoes. Along the parade route we were joined by two super cute Wesleyan High School students who asked to carry our banner. That caused quite a fun reaction from spectators along Mt. Vernon. One hundred mini soft footballs and pounds of candy were handed out along the parade route. We hope you can join us next year. It is always an adventure!

Pack a Police Car – The Dunwoody Police Department is collecting school supplies from now until August 11. Please bring items to the DPD at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. All supplies will be donated to Dunwoody’s DeKalb County schools. Suggested supplies include backpacks, pencils, paper, crayons, markers, pens, Lysol wipes, glue, scissors, binders, folders, staplers, and tissues.
Education and Libraries
No report for August

Book Club
Book Club will start back up in September.

Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang
Lovely ladies with beautiful floral creations from July Flower Arranging workshop. Several arrangements were delivered to members to bring happy smiles and cheer.
SUNFLOWERS FOR DUNWOODY: We are doing a tour on Aug. 7th at 9:30 am with Parks and Recreation Staff. If you can join this driving tour please let Kathy know. We will meet at Brook Run Park, do a photo shoot and then drive to the more beautiful sites. Lunch at Maximo's.
On Sept. 26 Arts, Civic and Environment will tour the Donaldson-Bannister Farm.

 Ongoing Events:
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: Beekeeping, Yoga in the Park, Trivia Night with beer and brain teasers and other fun events - or call 770-394-3322.
  • Dunwoody & Sandy Springs Parks are open for walking the trails, dawn to dusk.
  • Master Gardeners: Brook Run is a beautiful place any time of the year. Aug 12th at 11:00 the BR Greenhouse lecture will be on Good Berries and Bad Berries with Judith Mills Thank the master gardeners in the 3 parks we support, they wouldn't be as beautiful without these ladies. We have worked with the Master Gardeners at Brook Run for many years on their Demonstration Gardens and learned a lot from Janet and the gang.
  • Pebble Tossers: With a membership you can share their news and support this group working with teens and pre-teens to learn how to share their gifts and time where needed. Big Trees is a project where they rebuild fences, mulch, plant, weed and help maintain trails.
  •  Recycling: Please let us know the number and value of items you cleaned out and recycled.
Health and Wellness
Faye Cashwell
Please join us on Thursday, September 14, 10:00am at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, lobby conference room.
Dr. Ariana Guglielmetti of Back 2 Back Chiropractic, will be discussing how patients can benefit from chiropractic care in all stages of life, and what chiropractic care is! Come with questions! RSVP to Faye Cashwell.
 Northside Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is in need of Mom Care packages to give to new mothers of premature babies. Look for a table at the September Board and General meeting and pickup ideas on how you can help. We will collect items in September and put together bags in October. Stay tuned for more information or check with Faye Cashwell for more details.
Animal Shelters; Collecting; blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, newspapers, paper towels, food and monetary donations. No more pill bottles. Please bring to the general meetings and we will deliver for you.

The Dunwoody Police Department is collecting school supplies - backpacks, pencils, paper, crayons, markers, pens, Lysol wipes, glue, scissors, binders, folders, staplers, and tissues. Please bring items to the DPD at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm. Please donate prior to August 11.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand
No report for August
Lipscomb Society
Pam King
Mary Ann Lipscomb established the Tallulah Falls School in 1909. GFWC Georgia has established the Lipscomb Society to help preserve the Mary Ann Lipscomb Cottage on the campus of Tallulah Falls School. It served the school for nearly 100 years until it was repurposed into the state headquarters for the GFWC-Georgia.

Please help preserve this wonderful structure by joining The Lipscomb Society with a donation of $9 or $90. The membership levels are based on the address of the cottage, 900 School Road, but ANY amount is appreciated. Please make checks out to The Lipscomb Society (not GFWC or DWC), and mail to: GFWC-Georgia, P.O. Box 39, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573. Be sure to mention you are a member of Dunwoody Woman’s Club. Please let Pam King know the amount of your tax-deductible gift so she can include it in her annual report. If you would like to bring your check to the September monthly meeting, Pam will be happy to mail it for you.
Stage Door Theatre

New performances scheduled for September, stay tuned.
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote
No report for August
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Sonora Smart Dodd (1882 - 1978)
It is said that “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.” Proving that point, it took one determined woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, to advocate over six decades for the establishment of a permanent national observance of Father’s Day.
Sonora Louise Smart was born in Jenny Lind, Arkansas, on February 18, 1882. Her dad, William Jackson Smart, “was a twice-married, twice-widowed Civil War veteran.” When Sonora was just 16 years old, her mom and William Jackson Smart’s second wife, died in childbirth. That child survived, but Sonora, being the only girl, was left to raise the remaining family (his-hers and theirs), now living in Spokane, Washington. 
Sonora would become an artist, poet, children’s book author, funeral home director, and “founding member of just about every civic organization in Spokane.” (Sounds a lot like the kind of woman Dunwoody Woman’s Club attracts.) She married John Bruce Dodd in 1870 and had a son, but the love and admiration she continued to hold for her dad propelled her desire to seek a day of recognition for all dads throughout the land. After all, if moms could be celebrated (initially in 1908, officially as of May 8, 1914), why not a day for all dads.
“In 1910, Sonora brought a petition before the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to recognize the courage and devotion of all fathers like William on June 5, her dad’s birthday. The local clergy liked the idea of a special Father’s Day service, but couldn’t pull something together so quickly, so they settled for June 19, the third Sunday in June.
“On that first Father’s Day in 1910, church sermons across Spokane were dedicated to dear old dad, red and white roses were passed out in honor of living and deceased fathers, the mayor of Spokane and governor of Washington issued proclamations, and Sonora found her calling. She would spend much of the next 60 years pushing for the official recognition of Father’s Day as a national holiday.”
While Sonora won the outspoken admiration of William Jennings Bryan and President Woodrow Wilson, it wasn’t until President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation in 1966 declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Then in 1972, just a few short years before Sonora’s death, President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a permanent national observance. 
On Wednesday, October 4, Dunwoody Woman’s Club will celebrate its 50th Home Tour. Much effort has gone into our Home Tour over the years. And the money we’ve raised has done much good in our community. We can be truly proud of what we do. And we can be truly proud of the support given us by the dads, husbands, friends and family, sponsors, donors, businesses large and small, as well as the homeowners who have opened their homes to enable our significant fundraiser. So…while Father’s Day 2023 has passed, please thank the guys in our lives for the love and support they give us daily as we work toward ensuring our community continues to grow and prosper.
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart -
On June 30, the Evening Division planned a social time at the Rooftop bar at the AC Hotel in Dunwoody. We welcomed day and evening DWC members and had a great time on the outside patio.
The Evening Division of DWC met on Thursday May 25 at Saint Luke’s and we welcomed two guests who are interested in joining DWC.
We had an informative presentation by Lisa Gill from Pebble Tossers and then completed a service project for Covenant House of Georgia. We put together “outfits” from the donated clothes and bagged them separately.
It was a fun activity and Lisa took the outfits and remaining donations to Covenant House of Georgia. Covenant House provides emergency shelter and more for young people facing homelessness and human trafficking.

All evening members are reminded to put the following dates on your calendar:
  • August 17 home preview at 9:30 am at the Annex – pick up tickets to sell and hear
instructions on home tour procedures and preview homes – (if you are unable to
attend please let Maria know.)
  • August 24 – 6:30 pm meeting at Saint Luke’s
  • September 28 – 6:30 pm meeting at Saint Luke’s
  • October 4 - Home Tour Day

Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe.

Maria Barnhart, Diane Norris, Ida Dorvee
Coordinators for Evening Division of DWC
Carolyn Anderson
52 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2023