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Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971

May 2023
Thursday, May 18 - 10:00 am
General Meeting - 10:00 am
Spring Luncheon - 11:45 pm
Dunwoody Country Club
1600 Dunwoody Club Dr.
Sandy Springs 30350

Thursday, May 25 - 6:30 pm
Evening Division of DWC Meeting
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody

Thursday, June 22
Trees Atlanta & GA Audubon
Carpool at St. Luke's - 9:15 am
Program - 10:30 am
The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy
825 Warner St SW Atlanta 30310.
Lunch to follow.
Sponsored by: Environment
Tuesday, July 4
Dunwoody 4th of July Parade
Details to follow by E-blast
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement & Outreach

Thursday, July 27 - Noon to 3 pm
Flower Arranging
Brook Run Barn
Sponsored by: Arts & Culture

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

Wednesday, October 4 -
10 am to 2 pm
Home Tour

Dunwoody Woman's Club
Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 18
Dunwoody Country Club

9:30 am coffee
10:00 am meeting
11:00 am social hour
11:45 am lunch

Pistachio Crusted Atlantic Salmon or Baked Chicken
Trio of Baby Greens, Tarragon Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions, Orange Vinaigrette
Crispy Shoelace Potatoes

Tiramisu Shot or Key Lime Pie Shot with Raspberry Sauce

$29 per person

Deadline for Reservations - May 12
Make checks payable to:
Joyce Niemann
5303 Littlebrooke Court
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Ways and Means
Terry Kemp

August 17 - 10am - Called Meeting, North Shallowford Annex
Meet your Head Hostess, receive your packet of tickets and preview the homes. (DWC counts on each member to get involved and support the tour and sell at least 5 tickets/programs and more if possible)

October 4 - 10 am to 2 pm - Home Tour
And Decorator Showcase at Southern Comforts, Dunwoody.

Key takeaways from the April Home Tour committee meeting and the April Evening program.
  • As of 4/30/2023, we have received $9,900 in sponsorships. Please continue to follow-up with your sponsors to obtain their check, sponsorship form, and ad. The check and form can be mailed to me or bring the money and sponsor form to a Board or General Meeting. 
  • Save the Date posters, which include the QR Code, have been distributed to some of our key sponsors including: DNC, Stage Door Theatre, Spruill Center, Dunwoody Library, the Annex, Dunwoody Parks and Recreation (6), Vintage Pizza, Village Burger, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Under the Pecan Tree, Enchanted Forest, LookinGood Salon (10), Lauderhills, and the City of Dunwoody. 
  • Home Tour tickets can now be purchased online.
  • We are working on Home Tour postcards for distribution throughout the city.
  • Out of 300+ sponsors over the past 50 years; approx. 40 sponsors will be recognized on our Loyalty page in this year’s 50th anniversary ticket. The breakdown is 20+ years as a sponsor and 10+ years as a sponsor
  • We need more home recommendations from our DWC members; ask your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues for their suggestions. We are anxious to finalize the list of homes in the coming weeks. 
  • We are strongly encouraging our membership to reach out to their friends and ask for their help in working the Home Tour on October 4. Our head hostesses need more people to staff the homes! The Evening Program participants (and perhaps some husbands) indicated interest in working this year’s Home Tour.
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke

The Spring Fling at Dunwoody Country Club benefitting Wellspring Living was a lovely event. Kerrionne Phillips from Wellspring was our speaker and $1,700 dollars was raised.

Lee Dees Giesecke, Mayor Lynn Deutsch, Diane Norris

Thursday July 27, 12 noon to 3 pm, Flower Arranging Workshop
at Brook Run Barn.

May Community Events and News
  • City Green Live (Sandy Springs) returns this spring and summer with an eclectic mix of music. See the full lineup and get more details at
  • Dunwoody Arts Festival, the festival returns May 13-14 with artisans, vendors, kid’s zone, food, and more at Dunwoody Village Shopping Center. See more details at
  • Jilly Jones, 3rd grader at Dunwoody Elementary School won first place in the GFWC State Convention for her short story.
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton

May Events
  • International Firefighters Day - May 4
  • National Police Week - May 15-21
  • Memorial Day – May 29
To honor our firefighters and law enforcement this month, Civic Engagement and Outreach delivered sandwiches and chips to Fire Station No. 1 on Spalding Drive and to the Dunwoody Police Department on Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Monday, May 29, 10:00 am, at the Veterans Memorial at Brook Run Park. The City of Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony is open to the public. Don’t forget to wear a poppy – a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. Moina Michael of Georgia is credited as the founder of the Memorial Poppy in the United States.

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, Tuesday, July 4. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Fifty Years of Wildcat Pride.” Grand Marshals are Tom Bass, Principal of Dunwoody High School and Steve Fortenberry, DHS teacher and Dunwoody resident. We will wear red, white, and blue clothing. Check your calendar to see if you’re available to participate this year either by driving your convertible or walking.

Historical Preservation – We encourage you to visit, volunteer and help preserve historic sites, monuments, and homes during the summer break. You can work with other civic groups and city and county officials to help preserve historic locations.

“I like summer, I like warmer weather and long days.” – Danielle Steele
Enjoy your summer!
Education and Libraries

Books for Ukraine Library

I have an exciting project for us to work on. While at State Convention the Mayor of Chamblee welcomed us to his city. He told us that Chamblee now has a sister city in the Ukraine. This city needs a library so the citizens of Chamblee are collecting books. They have around 1,500 but want to send 3,000. So, what can we do? We can scour our bookshelves for books to donate. I have gone through all of the books I have purchased for the Little Libraries, purchased more, gone thru my personal books and so far have almost 200 books to donate.

Please bring any books you want to donate to the General Meetings. Lets help Chamblee meet their goal.

Book Club

Book Club will start back up in September.

Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

Sunflowers for Dunwoody. We are organizing the planting of sunflowers in several public spots and business centers in Dunwoody. We have 25 sites to date and are anticipating over 600 sunflower plants brightening our city in July. Four members have taken on the plantings of our seedlings at their subdivisions. Check the DWC website for information on the project and the Planting Guide.
June 22, carpooling from St Luke's at 9:15 am to Trees Atlanta and GA Audubon at their new location, 825 Warner St SW Atlanta 30310. The talk will begin at 10:30 am followed by a tour of the new building and the Kendeda Treehouse, which houses both groups, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. Lunch to follow.
We are donating funds to Ron Clyne to build blue bird houses for our parks.

Upcoming Community Events:
Dunwoody Nature Center ( 770-394-3322).
  • Beekeeping Club meets on the first Thursdays in the summer
  • May 16, 9:00 am is Nature Book Lover's Club
  • May 17, 7:00 pm is Yoga in the Park.
  • May 19, 7:00 pm is Trivia Night in the Park, gather your friends for this new event with beer and brain teasers
Master Gardeners
  • May 6, 11:00 am, Lecture on Watering and Fertilization
  • June 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tour of 5 North Fulton Master Gardner's Yards. Tickets are $22.00, @ GardenTour 2023.
  • June, 10, 11:00 am, Lecture on Mushrooms
  • July 8, 11:00 am, Lecture on Organic Pest Control
Pebble Tossers
  • May 25, 6:30 pm, Pebble Tosser founder will be speaker at the DWC evening meeting.
  • Big Trees is one of their projects that involves rebuilding fences, mulch, plant, weed and help maintain trails
Health and Wellness
Faye Cashwell

Winners of the Golden Olympics Event - April 2023
We raised $1,525 for Special Olympics

March of Dimes Neonatal Care Unit
Mom Care Packages. 
( Our Summer Project)

Becoming a parent can be an exciting and challenging time. But when mom and baby are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or at the hospital unexpectedly, it can also become scary for families. Too many moms and dads are experiencing this today and a meaningful gift like this is impactful during one of the most uncertain times in a parent’s life.

This activity puts together personal care kits for parents whose babies were born too soon, or unexpectedly. These kits can make a huge impact on the well-being of parents whose babies are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)/hospital site due to pregnancy- related complication.

We will provide information on the signup and collection process at our May meetings and come together in June to create the packages. Stay tuned for more information.

Events in May:
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness Month
  • National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness 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.

Suitable books for Ukraine project - easy reading for both Children and Adults
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand
National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is the month to raise awareness about the most common cancer in the United States: skin cancer. While it is the most common, it is also the most preventable! That means with proper education, it can be avoided. With warmer weather comes more days spent in the sun. Make sure that you and your loved ones are soaking up the sun safely. 

How to Protect Your Skin
  • Put on broad-spectrum sunscreen half an hour before you plan to be outside, even if the day is cloudy. Remember to reapply every two hours.
  • Stay in the shade when you can, especially between 10am and 4pm when the sun is strongest.
  • Cover up with hats and UV protective sunglasses.
  • Don’t go to tanning salons. It’s prom season, which means many of the young women in your life might be considering a trip to the tanning salon to get some color before the big night. Even one session increases the risk of skin cancer.
  • Practice routine self-examinations. You can learn how to perform them and what to look for through the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • The Skin Cancer Foundation will be taking another tour through the United States providing information and free screenings. Look for your city on their 2023 schedule and spread the word so your communities can take advantage.

This month, take time to protect your skin, and raise awareness in your communities.
Stage Door Theatre


Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote
Tallulah Falls School will celebrate Senior Awards Day on May 22 followed by graduation on May 24. We will recognize our sponsored graduating student.
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Zenzile Miriam Makeba
March 6, 1932 - November 9, 2008

Researchers estimate 80-150 billion members of our species have ever been on Earth. Given that a considerable number of them surely have been procreating women that’s a whole lot of Moms to celebrate in the month of May. So…whom to profile? Momma Cass? Peggy Wood (star of early TV’s “I Remember Momma”)? Marie Currie (Mother of Modern Physics)? Even Hoelun, Genghis Khan’s mother, makes some lists of history’s most influential mothers. 

Mama Africa (aka Miriam Makeba), however, caught my full attention. I admit I’ll never be able to pronounce her famous Xhosa Click Song, “Qongqothwane,” but I definitely can sway to “Pata, Pata,” and who wouldn’t want to spend “An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.”

Born in 1932 near Johannesburg, South Africa, to Swazi and Xhosa parents, Miriam would become one of the world’s most prominent performers of the 20th Century, releasing more than 30 albums during her career. And she was the first African singer to receive a Grammy Award (for that recording with Harry Belafonte). Miriam also is known widely for fearlessly speaking out against apartheid, colonialism, and racism everywhere. 

Miriam came into this world on shaky footing. Her birth was a difficult one for her mom who was subsequently arrested and jailed for selling homemade beer when Miriam was just 18 days old. Miriam would spend the next six months of her life in a jail with her mom. She lost her dad when she was six, worked as a domestic and nanny, but continued to improve her vocal talent singing in church choirs. Her father, a teacher, had played piano and his musical bent motivated his daughter to pursue a musical career despite some family objections.

Miriam began singing professionally in her twenties with “the Cuban Brothers, the Manhattan Brothers, and an all-woman group, the Skylarks, performing a mixture of jazz, traditional African melodies, and Western pop culture.” She also became known for songs that were critical of apartheid. A brief role in the anti-apartheid film “Come Back, Africa” brought international attention to Miriam, but it also got her banned for a time from South Africa. Her music and activism earned her the moniker Mama Africa.

A musical hiatus in Miriam’s late teens had seen her married for two years to an abusive man who left her with one child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A decade later she would beat cancer again. But divorce and challenging marriages seemed to follow Miriam through life: with Harry Belafonte protege Hugh Masekela— divorce; with American Black civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael— rejection by the US government. A heart attack while on tour in Italy would take Miriam from us in 2008.

Miriam’s music and work for social justice earned her countless awards, including the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986. Upon her death, Nelson Mandela said that Miriam’s music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us.”
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart -

Event: May Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 25  
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mt Vernon Rd.

Congratulations to our new DWC members! Cimi Douglas inducted 13 new DWC members at the April 27 meeting. We had a blast with Golden Olympics and raised over $250 for Special Olympics.

Please welcome the following new members: Melissa Abbot, Lisa Benson, Deanna Carter, Colette Drescher, Ariana Guglielmetti, Mary Jane Hollander, Kristin Lutch, Linda Maggiore, Denise McEnaney, Angela Niemann, Jill Post, April Toms, and Nevine Zochler. These ladies are delightful and full of enthusiasm.

At our May meeting we will welcome Jen Guynn from Pebble Tossers as our guest speaker. She will also lead us in a service project.

We welcome all current DWC members and guests to attend our evening meetings. Please let us know so we can plan refreshments.

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