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Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971

January 2024
Thursday, January 18 - 10 am
General Meeting
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd.

Thursday, January 25 - 6:30 pm
Evening Division Meeting
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Wednesday, February 7 - 10am
Valentine Workshop
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Sponsored by Arts & Culture and Civic Engagement & Outreach
Hightower Presentation
We were happy to have Assistant Principal Jeromy Watkins as our guest from Hightower Elementary School at the luncheon. We presented a check in the amount of $4,680 for funding the SeeSaw Program for the school. With this program, the teachers can design presentations for classrooms, homework assignments, and school postings. 
Dottie D'Angelo

Please welcome our new members: Judy Landers and Barbara Kepner (pictured); Cyndi Ellson and Vicki Strahan.
Dunwoody Woman’s Club Dues for 2024 are due January 1, 2024.

The dues are:
  • Active Members, $85.00
  • Associate Members, $100.00
  • Sustaining Members $110.00.

Please bring your dues to the January meeting or contact Dottie at for her address.
Ways and Means
Terry Kemp

We are kicking off the 2024 Home Tour Committee on Monday, February 19 at 2:00 pm at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Fortunately, many of last year’s Committee members agreed to serve once again and I am very grateful. All members are welcome to attend the meeting and learn more about how to get involved in this year’s Home Tour. Sponsor packets will be available for handout at the February Home Tour Committee Meeting as well as at our January General Meeting and Evening Division Meeting.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Flower Power holiday bulb sale. Our net proceeds were $567.
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke

Adult Day of Dunwoody President, Christopher Burds, will be our guest speaker at the January 18 General Meeting. ADD has served the Dunwoody community and beyond for more than 50 years, providing socialization, art and history programs, physical and speech therapy for individuals facing infirmities or disabilities, as well as caregiver respite for their loved ones. Chris will share with us ADD’s journey in our community, its past successes, and what is being planned for the future. 

Coming in February:
Valentine Workshop, Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 am to 12 noon at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, upstairs classroom. The event will be hosted by Arts & Culture and Civic Engagement & Outreach. Sign up at the January General meeting.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

Decorating Christmas trees on December 15 at Dunwoody City Hall for "Christmas for Kids."

January Events
January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day    
Dunwoody Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a community food drive and volunteer service projects.

This is the fourth year for the “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive. Nonperishable food will be donated to Malachi’s Storehouse, the Community Assistance Center, and Solidarity Sandy Springs. Collection bins are available throughout Dunwoody until January 12. Bin locations and hours are listed online: A few locations include Spruill Center for the Arts, SOHO Office Printing and Shipping, Malachi’s Storehouse and Dunwoody Community Assistance Center. Dunwoody Woman’s Club members donated over $400 of non-perishable food items last year.

The website also provides links to volunteer registration for Dunwoody’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service on January 15. Opportunities include tree and daffodil planting at Brook Run Park, clean-up at the Community Garden and Orchard, New Year prep at the Spruill Center for the Arts on Chamblee Dunwoody Road and clean-up at Woodall Cemetery, 5290 Ashley Trace, Dunwoody. You can also volunteer at the Dunwoody Nature Center. Project times are 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:00pm. Sign up at

Coming in February:
  • Valentine Workshop – Wednesday, February 7 (details under Arts and Culture).
Education and Libraries
This is the month that we work on reports. For the Education and Libraries report I would like to know if you took books to the Little Libraries, Friends of the Library book sale, worked at the sale or donated magazines to retirement homes. Please call or email with that info.

Book Club
We have decided to end the book club. If there is an interest in the future we can try again.
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

Environment is hosting a Flower Arranging Workshop with Arts and Culture, the Decorations Committee, and Jill Post at the Evening meeting on January 25 at 6:30 pm at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church. (Details are listed under the Evening Division).

On going programs:
  • Adopt-A-Bench - Meredy has park bench applications, they make a wonderful 50 year long gift.
  • Audubon - Continue to fill your bird feeders, and bird baths. Birding classes at DNC 8-10 am at $10 and free to DNC members. Contact 770-394-3322 to check dates. Please leave seed heads on your plants for the birds this fall and winter and leave leaves on the ground to protect wildlife.
  • Dunwoody Nature Center - At 1:00 is Free First Saturdays (11-4). Nature Book Lover's Club meets monthly. Take a look at the web site for any information and to register for events at, click '21 Things to do a DNC', or call 770-394-3322.
  • Dunwoody & Sandy Springs parks are open for walking the trails, dawn to dusk. Lost Corner Preserve programs are ongoing. Sandy Springs welcomes Brent Walker as their new Director of Parks and Recreation.
  • Master Gardeners - Second Saturdays @ 11:00 am at the Brook Run barn, the Master Gardens present great and timely gardening related programs, all are welcome. Jan 13 will be Companion Planting with Richard Osterholtz.
  • 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 one 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. We are again collecting pill bottles to be used for the upcoming Sunflower project.
  •  Tips:  Please consider planting native trees and plants. Plant Neighbor trees in your yard and donate to Trees Atlanta.
Health and Wellness
Faye Cashwell
Lutheran Towers

Many thanks to everyone for helping donate or pack Christmas Bags for Lutheran Towers. 

We packed and delivered over 225 bags in December. Great job ladies and the staff and residents were so excited to hear we were keeping this club tradition going.
Retirement Homes: Collecting magazines at monthly meetings.

Animal Shelters: Collecting blankets any size, dog or cat toys, animal treats, newspapers, paper towels, food (they are in need of adult animal food), and monetary donations. Please bring donations to the General Meetings and we will deliver for you.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand
Happy New Year!
Stage Door Theatre

Happy New Year!
Tallulah Falls School

Happy New Year!
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz

Katherine Lee Bates
August 12, 1859 - March 28, 1929
Prior to her death last month, Sandra Day O’Connor, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, expressed her wishes for the conduct of her funeral program. She asked that “Rock of Ages” and “Amazing Grace” be sung, and that her service close with “a rousing rendition of ‘America the Beautiful.’”
Sandra Day O’Connor was granted her wish list, and Katherine Lee Bates, author of “America the Beautiful” no doubt nodded approval from on high. Both women achieved national acclaim in their lifetimes. O’Connor was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice and was known for her well researched opinions. Bates, American author, professor of English at Wellesley College, war correspondent for “The New York Times,” and social reformist, is perhaps best known for her much cherished anthem, “America the Beautiful.”
Katherine was born on Cape Cod in 1859. Her dad was the town’s Congregational minister but he died a few weeks after Katherine’s birth. Raising his young daughter fell to her mom and a notably literary aunt. After high school, Katherine entered Wellesley College’s second class in 1876. Graduating with a B.A., Katherine went on to teach at local high schools while honing her writing skills. Katherine’s first work, “Rose and Thorn,” a young adult novel, “incorporated poor and working class women as characters to teach readers about social reform.” That book won a prize and Katherine used the prize money to travel to England where she studied at Oxford, then “returned to Wellesley as an associate professor in 1891, earned her M.A. there and was promoted to a full professor of English literature.”
Katherine never married. “Had she done so, she would have lost her hard-won tenure-track Wellesley faculty position.” Some things have changed for the better haven’t they. But, travel also seemed to be a continuing part of Katherine’s destiny, traveling to Egypt and the Holy Land with Wellesley’s president. 
In turn, Katherine’s “first draft of ‘America the Beautiful’ was hastily jotted down in a notebook during the summer of 1893,” while teaching at Colorado College. She noted: “One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.” 
Over the next few weeks, we will be glued to our TVs watching football teams battle it out on gridirons across our country. Artists of note will take center field to delight audiences with Katherine Bates’ beautiful poem, “America the Beautiful,” which was “paired to tune in 1910 by church composer Samuel Augustus Ward of Newark, New Jersey, creating the soaring version of the national spiritual known today.” We can only hope that people of all faiths and backgrounds across our beautiful nation will heed Katherine’s call to unity and strive for peace in our lifetime. 
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart -
Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 pm, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church. At the meeting, we will have nominations and election for our Evening Division Chairman. The following leadership positions will be appointed by the newly elected chairman: Recording Secretary, Meetings/Refreshment Chairman, and CSP Liaison/Program Chairman.
Flower Arranging Workshop, Kathy Hanna and Jill Post have volunteered to lead a flower arranging program at the January meeting. Please bring the following items:
  • 2 mugs
  • clippers
  • 2 grocery store bunches of fresh flowers
You will make one arrangement for yourself and another to gift to a friend who might need a bit of cheer.
Coming in February:
February 22, 6:30 pm at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Cyndi Ellsom, a certified Yoga instructor, will lead our February meeting. She will talk about Yoga and then lead the group in chair Yoga. Dress comfortably for this meeting.
We are looking into alternate locations for future meetings. Keep those suggestions coming! You are making a positive difference in our club and our community! Thank you for your dedication to DWC. 
We encourage evening members to review each monthly newsletter for DWC programs. All programs and events are open to both Day and Evening members. We are one Dunwoody Woman’s Club living the volunteer spirit. 

 Maria Barnhart, Diane Norris, Ida Dorvee
Coordinators for Evening Division of DWC
Carolyn Anderson
53 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2024