February 2023
Club Connections
Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971
Violet, Flower of the Month
Thursday, Feb. 9 - 11:30am
February “Go Red” Event
MAXIMO’S - 4947 Winters Chapel Rd.
Sponsored by: Health and Wellness

Thursday, Feb. 16 - 10:00 am
General Meeting
Installation of 23-24 Officers
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd
Luncheon following at Capital Grille

Thursday, Feb 23 - 10:00 am
Container Gardening
Home of Diane Norris
6209 Spalding Drive, Norcross
Sponsored by: Environment
Thursday, Feb. 23-6:30pm
Meeting for Evening Division of DWC
Spruill Center for the Arts
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd

Friday, Feb. 24 - 10:30 am
Monet the Immersive Experience
5660 Buford Hwy, NE, Doraville
Purchase your ticket On-line
Sponsored by: Arts & Culture

Wednesday, March 1 - 1:00pm
Arts and Culture Planning Meeting Home of Lee Giesecke
1195 Dunbrooke Lane
Sponsored by: Art and Culture
Dottie D'Angelo dottieatlanta@gmail.com

2023 Membership Dues

DWC Membership Dues for 2023 are due now.
Active: $70, Associate: $85, Sustaining: $95
Please send your membership dues to Dottie D’Angelo, Membership Chairman 2023
Dottie D’Angelo
4316 Jones Bridge Circle
Peachtree Corners, GA
Requests for change of membership status should be sent to Dottie D’Angelo
dottieatlanta@gmail.com or send a note with your check. 
Outgoing President's Luncheon

Thursday, February 16, 2023
11:30 am
Capital Grille Dunwoody

Reservations Required
RSVP to Diane Norris
by February 14, 2023

It has been a long standing tradition to treat the outgoing President to lunch after the February General Meeting. We have a reservation at the Capital Grille and they have agreed to let us order from the menu and receive separate checks. If you are planning to attend, please email or call Diane Norris dianenorris@bellsouth.net or
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke womcomc@mindspring.com

Alan Mothner, CEO Spruill Center for the Arts was the guest speaker at the January General Meeting. He gave an update of the new additions planned for the upcoming years.

Friday, February 24, 10:30 am, Monet the Immersive Experience, 5660 Buford Hwy, NE, Doraville, Ga 30340. This is a 360-degree exhibit with music. A group of us are going on February 24th at 10:30am. Feel free to join us, please, buy your ticket ahead at Monet Experience Tickets. Please let Beverly Clark know if you will be attending, beverlyrclark@hotmail.com

Wednesday, March 1, 1:00-3:00 pm, Arts and Culture Planning Meeting for 2023 at the home of Lee Giesecke, 1195 Dunbrooke Lane Dunwoody 30338.

Save the Date:
Saturday, April 29, "Spring Fling Dinner Party" at Dunwoody Country Club, a portion of the proceeds to support WellSpring Living.

Community Events:
  • The winners of the Short Story and Poetry contest represented by grades 3 – 5 have been selected and will now go on to compete at the state level.
  • Stage Door Theatre is featuring the play, Completeness, through February 12th. Go to stagedoortheatrega.org for time and ticket information. Remember DWC supports Stage Door Theatre, so think about a season subscription and going together.
  • March 1-31. March is Women’s History month and like the last two years, murals displayed by local female artist will be exhibited on the perimeter fence at Brook Run Skate Park.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton dfknowlton@comcast.net
February Events

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month – 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the United States admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.

National Burn Awareness Week – February 5-11 – The theme for 2023 is “Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire.” In the United States, one person sustains a burn every sixty seconds. In fact, every year, about 4000,000 people receive medical treatment for burns. Though most burns occur at home, 10% happen in the workplace.

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes – We are collecting gently used and new shoes for a project with GFWC Georgia. Through "Funds2Orgs", the State hopes to raise $1,000 for Wellspring Living. Please bring your shoes in pairs, bound together, to our board meetings and general meetings in February and March. DWC will take our collection to the NW District Meeting on Saturday, March 18, where they will be bagged in groups of 25 and taken to State Convention in April. We are accepting men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes.
Education and Libraries
February is Library Lover’s Month

Library Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.
If you are in the library, please thank the staff for their efforts to provide so many services to our community. I’ll be taking a box of candy to the library to help them celebrate.

Book Club
Joan Rush will lead a discussion of the book, "Her Hidden Genius", by Marie Benedict.
It is a fictionalized account of the life of Rosalind Franklin, whose life-changing discoveries were central to our understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.

Join us for the discussion on Tuesday, March 7, at 1:00 pm via Zoom.
Kathy Hanna kak1941@aol.com
Nancy Baldwin nbaldwin@bellsouth.net & Gang
Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10:00 am, we will have a lecture on Container Gardening by Cameron Watkins. We will meet at Diane Norris's home at 6209 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA 30092 with lunch to follow at a local restaurant.

Lifeline Animal Shelters need donations for their dogs and cats. Nicole Dyer, volunteer coordinator, is asking for the following items: Pet food; Kong dog toys; Nylabone dog toys; Martingale collars; laundry detergent; Method glass cleaner; pet treats; towels; sheets; and newspapers. Members can bring these items to board meetings or general meetings and Karen and Kathy will deliver them.
Learn about native plantings to attract birds, butterflies and bees. Will be helpful when replacing plants that need to be replaced due to the hard freeze this winter.

Georgia Native Plant Society and Georgia Audubon to Co-host Virtual Symposium
​Theme: Planting with Purpose
Webinar: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 
(Register for one or both days)
$10/day for Georgia Audubon and GNPS members/$12/day for non-members
To Register: Planting with Purpose
Coming in March:
Thursday, March 23, we will tour of the Environmental Education Center on Holcomb Bridge Road, Invite your husbands and friends to come see how our water is cared for.

Adopt-A-Bench: Meredy has bench applications, they make a wonderful 50 year gift. The public uses these benches in our parks.
Audubon: Continue to fill your bird feeders, and bird baths when it's not freezing. Birding at DNC 8-10 am, $10 and free to DNC members. Contact to sign up 770-394-3322 & to check dates!
Dunwoody Nature Center: Time for spring blooms and spring events at DNC! Sunday, Feb 5, Garden Herbal Teas Workshop and Tasting, from 10-11:30 or 11:30-2:30. Program on Lovebirds Birding on February 12 from 8-10am; Tai Chi in the woods on Feb 18 from 10-11; Nature Lovers Book Club will feature "Bicycling With Butterflies" on Feb. 20 and March 2 is Bees, Teas and Honey for little ones and their companions. Take a look at the web site for any information and to register for classes or events at dunwoodynature.org or call 770-394-3322.
Master Gardeners: Feb 11 at 11:00 the BR Greenhouse lecture will be on Honey Bees with Cindy Hodges.
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.
Recycling: Please let us know the number and value of items y0u cleaned out and recycled. Recycle at, (CAC & Fur Kids on Holcomb Bridge), livethrive.org/charm. Morgan Falls or Roswell Recycling or any other site
Tips:  Please consider planting native trees and plants and leave some seed heads on you plants for the birds. Plant Neighborhood trees in your yard or parks, or donate to Trees Atlanta If you do plant trees please let Kathy know.
Health and Wellness
Deborah Gault dcgault@comcast.net
Judy Bertrand pbandj989781@att.net
Joan Rush jrush330@aol.com

February “Go Red” Event
Monday, Feb. 9, 11:30 @MAXIMO’S "Living the Good Life with a Mediterranean Diet"  4947 Winters Chapel Rd. North, Suite 1, Dunwoody, GA 30360. In observance of “Go Red for Hearts” month, what could be better than eating your way to better health? Please join us for lunch at Maximo’s Gyro & Kabobs. Maximo’s has several healthy lunch specials, salads, entrées, and sandwiches with beer and wine also available. We’ll talk about the characteristics of a heart-healthy diet based on the cuisine of Greece and Italy. Lunch specials are reasonably priced – plan on around $20 for lunch + tip. Here’s a sampling: Gyro with Greek salad, Souvlaki, chicken breast with Greek potatoes, etc. Bring a friend!

Must RSVP by February 3 to Deborah Gault, dcgault@comcast.net, 404-304-5234

February “Go Red” Heart WalkPostponed until Spring!
Other Special Health Notes – February 2023
  • American Heart Month
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
Lifeline Animal Shelters - Pet food; Kong dog toys; Nylabone dog toys; Martingale collars; laundry detergent; Method glass cleaner; pet treats; towels; sheets; and newspapers. Bring items to board meetings or general meetings.

Other on-going needed items for shelters include: blankets any size; dog or cat toys; animal treats, paper towels, and monetary donations. Pill bottles are no longer needed.

Shoes – Gently used or new men's, women's, and children's shoes for a GFWC project. You can bring your shoes to our board meetings and general meetings in February and March, in pairs, bound together.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand pbandj989781@att.net

One common trait of a GFWC clubwoman is “our love to help others!” Clubs are remarkably diverse in the organizations they help and for the projects they accomplish. Project lengths vary; some are ongoing, others may last months, and some only take a week to complete. However, Done-in-a-Day Projects are growing in popularity. The key to a successful Done-in-a-Day Project is choosing an attainable goal and being extremely organized. 
For example, fill a dozen gently-used purses with personal-care products for a local women’s shelter. It is crucial the chairman plans prior to the event, makes detailed lists of exactly what’s needed, obtains the supplies, and confirms the location can accommodate the assembly process. Ideally, inviting a shelter representative as a speaker will ensure the assembled purses are delivered.

Done-in-a-Day Projects are fun, effective, and appreciated. Plan one soon!

Inspired to Share the Love of Service? Post a comment on Facebook, and show us how much you love February’s membership theme!
Dottie D'Angelo dottieatlanta@gmail.com
Stage Door Theatre

Stage Door Theatre Presents
"Completeness" January 27-February 12

Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote * Diane Norris
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz

Zheng Yi Sao (born Shi Yang, aka Ching Shih, 1775-1844)
Fiction writers often insert a historic event or character into their novels to tease, intrigue and cause the reader to hit Google and undertake a bit of research. Thus it was that I came upon Ching Shih in Dark Vector: a novel from the NUMA files by Graham Brown writing for Clive Cussler. Google and a few other research sites put a face to one truly indomitable woman.

Ching Shih was born in late 1775 in Guangdong, China. This month, we are entering into the Chinese year of the rabbit. Ching Shih, however, was born under the sign of the goat, which is wholly appropriate because the goat person is a thoroughgoing maverick and can be a nasty piece of work when necessary. That just about summarizes Ching Shih because history knows her as China’s infamous Pirate Queen. 

Ching Shih was born “to humble origins” and it is believed she became a Tanka or prostitute “on a floating Tanka brothel.” That is where, at age 26, she most likely met her first husband who was a very successful pirate. Husband #1, however, took a serious tumble off his boat in what may have been a tsunami and drowned. Undaunted by this change of events, Ching Shih took control of her husband’s Guangdong Pirate Confederation, also known as the Red Flag Fleet, with the “support of his adopted son,” whom she eventually married. 

At one time, the confederation had “400 junks and between 40,000 to 60,000 pirates.” It was, in fact, the largest pirate fleet on earth. The Dunwoody Woman’s Club has just completed annual year-end reports. And if you are a manager in business, this is the time of year when employee evaluations are due. Imagine doing write-ups on 40,000 to 60,000 employees. Oh, wait, Ching Shih instituted some simple rules: Ne’er-do-wells were immediately decapitated or tossed overboard. “On the flipside, loyalty and honesty were greatly rewarded and the fleet was encouraged to work as a cohesive whole.”

Ching Shih’s fleet dominated the South China Sea and became the bane of British, French and Portuguese colonizer ships and The East India Company. She also ticked off the Emperor of China who was humiliated that a woman was controlling vast portions of land, sea, people, and resources he considered his. He attempted pirate amnesty, but it was the Portuguese Navy which eventually brought Ching Shih down. “Ching Shih retired in 1810 by accepting an offer of amnesty from the Chinese government.”

While Ching Shih’s pirates were forced to surrender, they got off on pretty good terms and were allowed to keep their loot. Some even took jobs within the military and Chinese government. Ching Shih’s adopted son/lover even became the captain of the Qing Dynasty’s Guangdong navy. 

Ching Shih? Well, she did what she knew how to do best. She moved on. Enabled by the fortunes she had amassed, she relocated to Macao with the children she had had with her adopted son, opened a gambling house, and died peacefully, aged 69, surrounded by family. The clever goat is, after all, a master of clandestine manipulation.
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart - mariavbarnhart@gmail.com
February Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023     
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Spruill Center for the Arts
                5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
                 Dunwoody, GA

We will meet at Spruill and have an interactive art project. Alan Mothner, Executive Director of Spruill will give an overview of Spruill Center for the Arts.
Join us or invite others. Let Maria or Diane know if you plan to attend so we can plan refreshments.
Carolyn Anderson carolyn506@gmail.com
52 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2023