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Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971

March 2023
Tuesday, March 7 - 1:00 pm
Book Club
Sponsored by: Education & Libraries

Thursday, March 9 - 10:00 am
Planning Meeting - Golden Olympics
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness

Thursday, March 16 - 10:00 am
General Meeting
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd

Thursday, March 23 - 10:00 am
Environmental Education Center
8100 Holcomb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, 30022
Carpool at St. Luke's - 9:30am
Sponsored by: Environment
Thursday, March 23 - 6:30 pm
Evening Division of DWC Meeting
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody

Monday, March 27 - 2:00 pm
Home Tour Committee Meeting
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd

Tuesday, April 4 - 1:00 pm
Book Club
Sponsored by: Education & Libraries

Saturday, April 29 - 6:30 pm
Dinner Party - Wellspring Living
Dunwoody Country Club
Sponsored by: Arts and Culture
Dottie D'Angelo

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. Please note that if dues are not received by March 31, your name will not be in the DWC Member Directory.
Dottie D’Angelo
4316 Jones Bridge Circle
Peachtree Corners, GA
Requests for change of membership status should be sent to Dottie D’Angelo or send a note with your check. 
Ways and Means
Terry Kemp

The Home Tour Committee kicked off our 50th anniversary planning meeting on February 22. Thanks to our team of Diane Norris, Maria Barnhart, Faye Cashwell, Susan Crawford, Suzanne Bentz, Martha Blondheim, Kay Moe, Terry Kemp, Jill Jordan, Sharon Clark, Kathy Hanna, Donna Fullilove, and Kim Reuning. What a Team!

The annual Dunwoody Home Tour is the major fundraising project for our club and is held each year on the first Wednesday of October. Proceeds from Home Tour are used to fulfill the Club’s commitments of service through various programs in the areas of Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement and Outreach, Education and Libraries, Environment, and Health and Wellness, and to support the Tallulah Falls School in North Georgia.
Each member of DWC has the responsibility to get involved and support Home Tour. We are counting on you for your support:
  • Mark your calendars for the Home Tour on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 10 am – 2 pm. Every DWC member is assigned to a Home. 
  • Mark your calendar for the Called Meeting on Thursday, August 17, at 10:00 am. At this meeting you will have a chance to meet with your Head Hostess team, and preview the homes.  You will receive your packet of 5 tickets. DWC counts on each member to sell at least 5 tickets/programs.
  • Our Sponsorships with our members, local merchants, and organizations provide substantial revenue to our fundraising efforts. The sponsor packets will be available at both our March general meeting and evening program.  We look to each of our members to contact their favorite merchants, restaurants, repair shops, professional organizations, to sponsor our 50th Home Tour.
  • If you know of a fabulous home that has that WOW factor, please let Terry know at
All our welcome to attend our Home Tour Committee meetings - Next one is March 27 at 2 pm at the Dunwoody Annex. Please join us and share your ideas and hear more about our exciting plans!
Community Service Programs
Community Service Program Chairmen (CSPs) schedule their events, speakers, programs, and field trips on specific days each month to avoid scheduling conflicts. We wanted to let you know that Civic Engagement and Outreach has a new day for its events and programs. It is now the 4th Tuesday of each month. Below is a listing of each CSP meeting date: 
  • Arts & Culture, 1st Wednesday (except October-Home Tour)
  • Civic Engagement & Outreach, 4th Tuesday
  • Education, 3rd Tuesday
  • Environment, 4th Thursday
  • Health & Wellness, 2nd Thursday              
Thanks for your support last year and we look forward to seeing you at our events this year. 
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke

DWC members in the Garden at Giverny display at "Monet the Immersive Experience" exhibit in Atlanta.

Community Events in March:
  • Stage Door Theatre is featuring The Niceties, March 27- April 2. Go to for time and ticket information.
  • March 1-31. March is Women’s History month and like the last two years, murals displayed by local female artists will be shown on the perimeter fence at Brook Run Skate Park.
Spring Fling Dinner Party
Benefitting Wellspring Living

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Dunwoody Country Club

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Reception
Dogwood Room (cash bar)
7:30 pm Buffet Dinner
Magnolia Room

$75.00 per person
Limited Seating (50)

Celebration of GFWC's DAY OF SERVICE for 2023 is April 29. For our Service Activity this year, we are hosting a dinner at Dunwoody Country Club. A portion of the proceeds will go to support Wellspring Living and our speaker will be Sarah Richardson, Development Director at Wellspring. We hope you will be able to join us but if you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to support this years Day of Service.

Please make checks, for dinner or donation, payable to Dunwoody Woman’s Club. In the check memo section, please put “Spring Fling”  You may add an additional donation.

Please mail or give checks to:
Lee Dees Giesecke
1195 Dunbrooke Lane
Dunwoody, Ga 30338

April 1st we will advertise to the General Public. April 22 is the final date for RSVP. 
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton
Thursday, March 16th – March General Meeting – The Guest Speaker will be Brent Walker, Director of the City of Dunwoody Parks and Recreation. Brent will bring us up to date on the renovations of the Veterans Memorial and Grounds at Brook Run Park. This is extremely exciting to those of us who have worked over the years at the site.

If you remember, four trees were planted in front of the memorial in honor of the former GFWC Georgia Fourth District in 2016. In addition, we brought in boulders that were placed on each side of the walkway at the entrance to the memorial. We planted five beautiful camelias one year later and they continue to thrive. Perennial beds were planted around the memorial building, but they became food for the deer. In 2018, Environment planted a tree in memory of Jean Williams, a former DeKalb County Commissioner and Dunwoody Woman’s Club member. Our Dunwoody Woman’s Club bench proudly sits along the sidewalk in front of the memorial building.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!
We are still collecting Shoes for Wellspring Living, a fundraising project, sponsored by GFWC Georgia. You can bring your donations to the March General Meeting. We will take our collection to the NW District Spring meeting on Saturday, March 18, where they will be bagged in groups of twenty-five and taken to State Convention in April. Thank you to our members to have already donated many, many shoes.

Sunday, March 12, 2:00 am Daylight Savings Time – Change battery in smoke alarm.
Sunday, March 12, National Girl Scout Day
Education and Libraries
March Events

March 2, Dr. Seuss Birthday and Read Across America Day
  • We’ll donate Dr. Seuss and other books to Hightower for use in their school classroom or media center, and we will also put Dr. Seuss books in our little libraries.
March 21, Downs Syndrome Day
  • Did you know that Down Syndrome—a disorder that occurs when there is a duplication of the twenty-first chromosome—affects approximately 6,000 babies at birth every year? So on March 21—a date chosen to represent the chromosomal defection found in Down Syndrome (the twenty-first day of the third month), we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, an event created to raise public awareness, promote inclusivity especially in education, encourage advocacy, and support the wellbeing of those living with Down Syndrome. 
  • As the designated colors of the cause, blue and/or yellow should be utilized on World Syndrome Day. You can show your support by wearing something blue or yellow

Book Club - Tuesday, March 7 - Zoom
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. Even if you have not read the book join us as we always have a lively discussion. Marie Benedict is a New York Times best-selling author who writes about the most important, complex and fascinating women of history and brings them to light so we can fully learn of their significant contributions and the insights they bring to modern day issues. 
Even if you have not read the book join us as we always have a lively discussion.

Next Book Club will meet by Zoom on Tuesday, April 4 at 1:00 pm. We will choose a book at our March meeting.
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

 Thank you to those who joined us for the Container Gardens lecture on Feb. 23. And a special thanks to Diane who hosted the event at her home, and shared Cameron Watkins with us. We learned a lot.
Thursday, March 23, 10:00 am (9:30 carpool at St. Luke's) tour of the Environmental Education Center, 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road. Invite your husbands and friends to come and see how our water is cared for. This facility is not open to the public so this is your chance to see how special it is.
Please let Kathy know if you will be attending.

Sunflowers for Dunwoody

At the suggestion of one of our newer members, Rosemary Watts, the Environment CSP has begun a project to have sunflower plants grown this summer in front of public buildings, churches, business parks, shopping centers and subdivisions.
We have met with Cyndi McGill and Art Simon at the BR Community Gardens, selected different seed types, worked out a planting schedule and started to identify organizations to take those seedlings and raise them through bloom time in July-Sept.
During the month of March we will be identifying those spots for planting and inform them about the time line and their obligation to the project.

What we are asking of you is to check with the leadership of your subdivision or church and give us the names and email addresses of those decision makers so that we can invite them to be part of this project. 

March Community Events:
  • Dunwoody Nature Center: ( 770-394-3322).
  • March 4 Forest Bathing, a calming and grounding class.
  • March 6 Meditation series of Tai Chi in the Woods.
  • March 11 Self Defense Class in the morning.
  • March 12 Garden Tea Workshop and Tasting.
  • March 18, Battle of the Bands, local bands vie to be the Dunwoody Idol. 
  • March 19 Honey Bee Hive inspection. 
  • Master Gardeners:
  • March 11 at 11:00 BR Greenhouse lecture/Plant Germination with Art Simon.
Health and Wellness
Faye Cashwell
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 10:00 am, Planning Meeting for the Golden Olympics, City Annex, N Shallowford Rd,
Join us as we plan for another great event in April. Add some new games to fine tune our skills, polish up the old ones to look like new, and overall plan for a day of fun!
March 28, 2023 is American Diabetes Alert Day – It is aimed at raising awareness about the risks and symptoms associated with diabetes. For more information click here: American-diabetes Alert Day

Save the Date! Thursday, April 13, 2023, 1:30-3:30 Golden Olympics. Dunwoody Nature Center, Sunporch. Will go to lunch before the big event, place TBD.
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.

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.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand

 Read Across America 
  March 2, 2023

Read Across America is a day set aside each year not only to celebrate one of the most well-known children book authors, Doctor Seuss, but it is also a great opportunity to promote the love of reading to children in your community. The value of reading is an important message to communicate to children. 
Make sure places in your community that children frequent have Read Across America on the calendar. Host readings and provide families with books to read together and take home for their family libraries. If you are hosting a community event, feature books about the people or places in your community, or make your event a big reveal of a Little Free Library.

At your community’s school, or library event, offer live storytelling. Club members, local authors, or high school drama students could present traditional books for a great “storypalooza.” You could even add music and singing to the event! “Book tastings” are another fun way to celebrate. Transform a space in the library, cafeteria, or classroom for students to browse a variety of books and a menu of titles. As they read, provide little snacks related to titles on display.  

Developing a reading garden is another exciting option for a Read Across America Day project. Work with libraries, schools, and communities to find a reflective reading space and help children learn about nature with books such as We are Water Protectors or All Around Us.
Betty Kurkjian
Stage Door Theatre

Stage Door Theatre is featuring, The Niceties.
March 27- April 2. Go to for time and ticket information.
To support Stage Door Theatre consider purchasing an annual subscription with a friend.
Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote

TFS middle school students were among hundreds of talented young musicians who participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association Statewide Honor Choirs. The students underwent a day of rehearsals on Friday before taking the stage for performances at the Classic Center in Athens on Saturday.

Three Tallulah Falls School sixth-grade students, Zach Bright of Baldwin, Peter Greiving of Clarkesville and Lilli Whittle of Toccoa, shone brightly as part of the Sixth Grade Statewide Honor Choir, which was comprised of over 400 students from across the state.
Three TFS fifth-grade students, Ella Fowler of Commerce, Kristine Malik of Toccoa, and Brantley Miller of Demorest, joined forces with over 400 other fourth- and fifth-grade students to form the Elementary Statewide Honor Choir.

Middle school music teacher, Rachel LeGrand, expressed her immense pride in these young musicians, "Their hard work and dedication over the past two months have paid off, as they were a fantastic representation of our school during these events."
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Anna “Annie” Moore
April 24, 1877 - December 6, 1924

Between 1892 and 1954 when it was abandoned, Ellis Island station in New York Harbor processed more than 12 million immigrants. Initially a gunpowder storage facility for the U.S. Navy, Ellis Island was “the first and largest federal immigrant processing station” in our country. Prior to its opening, immigrants were processed by the state, not the federal government. Reclaimed by our National Park System in 1965, Ellis Island was reopened to the public in 1990. Today it stands as our country’s primary museum devoted to immigration.

Thus it seems fitting, and since we celebrate all things Irish in March, that it was sweet Annie Moore, a young, rosy-cheeked lass from County Cork, Ireland, who skipped down the steamship Nevada’s gangplank with her two brothers in tow and became Ellis Island’s first future American on January 1, 1892. Church bells pealed, foghorns blared, celebrants cheered, and Annie was presented with a $10 gold piece by an American official to honor the occasion. A Catholic chaplain blessed Annie and gave her a silver coin. A bystander slipped her another coin. But Annie and her brothers, Anthony and Philip, having spent 12 days at sea, were just happy to rush into the arms of their parents whom they had not seen in four years.

Annie settled quietly into life in America. So quietly, in fact, that she all but disappeared from the pages of our history. At first it was believed that an Annie Moore who died near Fort Worth, Texas, in 1924 was our Irish immigrant lass. The Texan’s descendants even got invited to ceremonies at Ellis Island and in Ireland. It wasn’t until 2006, when some serious research was undertaken, that it was discovered that the Texan was actually born in Illinois.

“Genealogist Megan Smolenyak and New York City’s commissioner of records, Brian Andersson, found that the Annie Moore who passed through Ellis Island lived her entire life in a few square blocks on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.” Proving yet again that so many immigrants of yesteryear traveled 50 miles or less from Ellis Island to settle and claim the American Dream. Research also tells us that our Irish colleen fell in love and married Joseph Augustus Schayer, the son of German Catholic immigrants and a salesman at Manhattan’s Fulton Fish Market. Together they had at least 11 children, some of whom died at an early age. 

Annie Moore died of heart failure at age 50. It is said she was so chunky her casket would not squeeze down the narrow apartment stairs. So Annie went out the window…literally. Her casket was lowered from her apartment window to the street below. Annie and her children were buried without headstones in a family plot in Calvary Cemetery, Queens. Now a Celtic Cross of Irish Blue Limestone marks her grave. And statues of Annie and her brothers stand at the Irish Port of Cobn and on Ellis Island…the beginning and end of an amazing journey.
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart -

Special thanks to Alan Mothner, Executive Director of Spruill, for hosting our February meeting at Spruill Center for the Arts.

Thank you to Amy Gresens, Education Director, and Sarah Paulsen, Instructor, for making the jewelry art project so much fun. We hammered and tumbled and made the coolest metallic rings! We had 20 attendees at the meeting.

March Meeting Details

Date: Thursday, March 23    
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody.

Please let Maria or Diane know if you plan to attend or invite a guest so we can plan refreshments.

Maria Barnhart
Diane Norris
Ida Dorvee 
Carolyn Anderson
52 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2023