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Dunwoody Woman's Club
Serving the community since 1971

September 2023
Thursday, Sept 14 - 10 am
Back 2 Back Chiropractic
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Sponsored by: Health & Wellness
Thursday, September 21 - 10 am
General Meeting
North Shallowford Annex
4470 N. Shallowford Rd.

Tuesday, Sept 26 - 9:45am
Tour of the Donaldson-Bannister Farm & Gardens
4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Sponsored by:
Arts & Culture
Civic Engagement and Outreach

Thursday, Sept 28 - 6:30 pm
Evening Division of DWC Meeting
St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
1978 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody
Wednesday, October 4
10 am to 2 pm
Home Tour

Saturday, Oct 14
Family Promise 2nd Annual Brunch & Bubbly Event - 11am
St. David's Episcopal Church
1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Sponsored by: Civic Engagement and

Thursday, October 19 - 11:30 am
General Meeting
Vintage Pizzeria
5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Sponsored by: Membership
Ways and Means
Terry Kemp

50th DWC Home Tour
Wednesday – October 4
10am to 2 pm
Designer Showcase at Southern Comforts

Home Tour Hostess Team: 
  • Callihan Home ~ Judy Bertrand, Karen Turner, and Beverly Clark
  • Jackoniski Home ~ Lee Dees Giesecke and Joan Smith
  • Perry Home ~ Meredy Shortal and Donna Knowlton

If you have not been contacted for your home assignment, please call Martha Blondheim (770-457-6670) or Jill Jordan (770-378-7298).  Bring your own lunch and plan to be at your assigned home no later than 9:30am. If you are concerned about standing for long periods of time, you can pick up a portable folding stool at Target or Walmart or order on line for $14.99 plus tax at this link:

Faye Cashwell
Donna Fullilove
  • Painting by Pat Fiorello
  • $500 Shopping spree at Lauderhills
  • $500 Dine Around Dunwoody - Restaurant gift card package

Tickets - $5 each or 3 for $10 or 6 for $20
DWC members can purchase Raffle tickets at Board and General Meetings.

As a reminder, everyone is expected to sell at least FIVE (or more) tickets for this year’s home tour. Please contact Donna Fullilove should you need additional tickets. Take a few minutes to browse thru this year’s ticket to notice the special write-ups regarding our 50th tour and most loyal sponsors. Home Tour ticket money can be brought to the DWC October meetings.

Attendees purchasing tickets online can pick up their tickets at Will Call - Southern Comforts parking lot on the day of the Tour starting at 9:30 am. 
Dottie D'Angelo


Date: Thursday, October 19, (General Meeting)
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Vintage Pizzeria
5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd

Our speaker will be a representative from the Dunwoody Police Department speaking about Fraud losses in the state of Georgia. According to the FBI Georgia ranked in the top 10 for losses of nearly $79 million, the ninth-highest state total in 2022.

The lunch special is pizza, salad and soft drink or tea, the cost is $12.45 per person including tax and tip.

If you have a friend that has never been to a DWC meeting or function we will be able to offer her a complimentary meal. Please contact Dottie for your guests reservation:

For your reservation, please bring your checks to the upcoming meetings or mail to:
Dottie D’Angelo, 4316 Jones Bridge Circle, Peachtree Corners, 30092
Please make out check to Dunwoody Woman's Club (DWC)

Reservation deadline is October 12.

October Membership Event
Fall into Art Fashion Show

Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Bar Peri in AC Hotel
RSVP: By October 18 to
Arts and Culture
Lee Dees Giesecke

Tour of the Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse, Gardens, and presentation detailing
the new Dunwoody Diorama

Tuesday, September 26, 9:45 am, at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Lunch to follow at North Italia, contact Kathy Hanna, to sign up.

The Dunwoody Diorama was made from the trunk of a 100-year-old tree that had died on the farm’s property. In January 2020 the tree was removed, taken away and cut into slabs to dry outdoors until it was time for the drying Kiln. The sketch for the Dunwoody Diorama went through multiple iterations as it was reviewed by historians, local nonprofits, the City of Dunwoody, and others with expertise.

Chamblee artist Tom Williams sculpted the 19-foot-long artwork of Dunwoody’s history, a wooden sculpture depicting 10,000 years of regional history. The Diorama is lighted, secured and measures approximately 19’ x 3’. It will be available to the public during the park hours of 7am until sundown and to us on September 26.

Up-coming event:
Lanternelaufen at Adult Day of Dunwoody
Wednesday, November 1, 10 am to Noon
More details in October Newsletter
Civic Engagement and Outreach
Donna Knowlton
September is National Preparedness Month
The Ready Campaign’s 2023 theme is “Take Control in 1,2 3.” The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disaster.

Dates/Events to Remember:
  • September 11 – Patriots Day
  • September 17 – 23 – Child Passenger Safety Week
  • September 14, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Brook Run Park – National Night Out – A weather cancellation last month moves the Dunwoody Police Department’s National Night Out to September 14. The event will be held during Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays. Grab a bite to eat then stop by to talk to members of the department, citizen volunteers, and other public safety professionals in an informal setting.
  • September 26 – 9:45 am – We’ll join Arts and Environmental for a tour of the Donaldson Banister Farm. Lunch to follow at North Italia. Details under Arts and Culture.

September 30, GFWC National Day of Service

This year’s focus will be on food insecurity. We will collect non-perishable food items and financial contributions for the Community Action Center. CAC provides needs assistance for neighbors to prevent homelessness and hunger in the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs communities.

We’ll collect all items and checks at the September General meeting. Make checks payable to the “Community Assistance Center.” We’ll deliver all donations in person on September 30th. If you are unable to attend the September General meeting, please call Donna Knowlton or Beverly Clark. We’ll be happy to pick up your donations.


Family Promise 2nd Annual Brunch and Bubbly Event - 11 am to 1 pm
When: Saturday October 14th
Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church Roswell 
1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Tickets: $50.00 includes a fabulous brunch, champagne and fashion show
Link for more information and to purchase tickets:
Education and Libraries
Thursday, September 18, General Meeting, our speaker will be Kendra Jeffreys Executive Director of Friends of Refugees who will talk about the program. The Friends of Refugees organization has a Family Literacy Program. While mothers learn English, their children develop language and school-readiness skills through interaction with trained early childhood teachers. Mothers gain exposure to literacy-learning techniques modeled in the Parent-child class, which they then reinforce at home. In this way, parent and child learn together. The program currently serves over 250 women & children from more than 20 countries and languages who live in and near Clarkston, Georgia. DWC will be presenting Kendra with a check to support this vital work. Members are encouraged to bring new children's books and educational toys to the September general meeting.

On-going events: 
  • September 8 is International Literacy Day
  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month- Established to encourage every generation to dive into the wonders of the library by signing up for their own library card.

 Book Club

The October book will be Empress of the Nile by Lynne Olson. The story is about the woman who gave Indiana Jones a run for his money. In “Empress of the Nile,” Lynne Olson tells the story of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, the archaeologist who broke into a notoriously misogynistic men’s club: Egyptology.
Kathy Hanna
Nancy Baldwin & Gang

The August 7th tour of the sunflower plantings around the city was wonderful. Many thanks to Rosemary, Parks and Recreation, the Community Gardens and all who planted and cared for the plants.
Thursday, Sept. 26 9:45 am, Environment and other CSP's will be touring the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, followed by lunch. Details under Arts and Culture.

On-going Events:
  • Dunwoody Nature Center:
DNC's 30th Annual BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE on Sept. 9th and 10th. Tickets are limited and selling fast! Also join DNC on Sept. 8 for Butterflies and Brews, a picnic in the park featuring a magical walk among native butterflies. Take a look at the web site for any information and to register for classes or events at, click '21 Things to do a DNC or call 770-394-3322.
  • Master Gardeners: Brook Run is a beautiful place any time of the year. Sept 9 at 11:00 the BR Greenhouse lecture will be on Plants for Fall with Judith Mills. The BR Experimental Garden has redone their flower garden and worth a trip to see the pollinators at work-it's Beautiful!
  • Audubon: Continue to fill your bird feeders, and bird baths. Please leave seed heads on your plants for the birds this fall and winter.
Health and Wellness
Faye Cashwell
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! Lunch to follow the meeting at Vintage Pizza.
 Northside Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is in need of Mom Care packages to give to new mothers of premature babies We now have enough items to make 18 really nice bags, which we are working to assemble. Thanks to everyone for your participation in this very special project.
 Christmas at Lutheran Towers!  Yes, it will be here before we know it. Our tradition of making gift bags for the Lutheran Towers Senior Living Community is on again. This year will be a little different, I have talked to the front office there and they are in need of some specific items for our bags. Instead of our random collection, look for the Christmas Tree at our Board and General meetings, pick up an ornament or several and purchase the items listed. Return the items to the bins under the tree and we will then meet in December to make and deliver the bags. Items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target. Not expensive, but much needed.
Important Information:
  • Shot@Life upcoming virtual webinar, "Mobilize to Immunize" which will be held on September 29. Here is the link:
  • Mobilize to Immunize
  • September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Please support our Affiliate - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Participate in a Walk or consider donating something from their Wish List. The list is available in the GFWC Member Portal.
GFWC National Day of Service: Collecting non-perishable food items and financial contributions for CAC (Community Assistance Center) at September General Meeting.

Friends of Refugees: Bring new children's books and educational toys to September General Meeting.

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.

Lutheran Towers: Select an ornament, or several, from the Christmas tree at Board and General Meetings. Purchase the items listed and return them to the bins located under the tree.
GFWC Clubwoman
Judy Bertrand

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 

Recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September by wearing or displaying a gold ribbon. Why gold? This color symbolizes how precious children are and illustrates the resiliency of childhood cancer heroes.

Due to treatment advances, the survival rates of childhood cancers have increased from 10% in the 1960s to almost 80% today. However, after accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14, according to the American Cancer Society. Unlike adult cancers that often result from lifestyle and environmental risk factors, childhood cancers are more likely the result of changes in the cell’s DNA, which happens very early in life or within the womb. 

GFWC members can help by supporting Affiliate Organization, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats children with cancer and other pediatric catastrophic diseases. Consider organizing or participating in a Walk/Run for St. Jude. Partner with a local school and collect “Caring Coins” for St. Jude. Sponsor a party for the classroom that collects the most money. Encourage the students to dress up as healthy heroes, provide snacks, and offer activity sheets. Make Waiting Room Fun Bags, dedicate a brick on the St. Jude campus pathway, or purchase a little red wagon. The options are endless!

Is there a child in your community facing a cancer diagnosis? Let them know you are thinking of them by providing puzzles, books, or video games.  Help families with children undergoing treatment by shopping for groceries, preparing meals, or babysitting. Offer to provide transportation between home and the hospital. Make a care package for the parents and include a gift card for a restaurant near the hospital. Help with gardening, housework, dog walking, or errands or do some fundraising to show your support.

As St. Jude founder Danny Thomas said, “No child should die in the dawn of life.” Give a sparkle of hope to a child with cancer.
Deborah Gault

Panel Discussion: Developing Leadership Qualities in Women - At Any Age
Tuesday, October 17th, 10:00 – 12:00 (Location to be determined)
What leadership qualities do corporate employers, non-profits, academic institutions, and governments look for when hiring and promoting women? How do we develop these qualities in our young women? This panel discussion will explore leadership qualities with acclaimed women in our community.  We are delighted to have Kathleen Marran, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Dr. Rachel Bowser, Agnes Scott College, and Mayor Lynn Deutsch to discuss identifying leadership skills within various entities, and how these skills are developed in our young women.    
Bring a friend, a daughter or granddaughter, or other amazing women! 
*Speakers subject to availability

Please RSVP by 10/12: Deborah Gault, 404-304-5234
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

Stage Door Theatre is celebrating
it's 50th Season!

Tickets are on sale for "tuesdays with Morrie"
September 29 - October 15, 2023

Tallulah Falls School
Linda Mote
No report for September
Women in History
Suzanne Bentz
Dame Te Atairangikaahu
July 1931 - August 2006

 “Better the Blood,” written by New Zealander Michael Bennett, weaves fact and fiction into an engaging tale of a Maori detective as she tracks a killer savagely seeking revenge on descendants of land-grabbing colonists who swept into New Zealand in the 1800’s. Today, New Zealand is one of the most diverse countries in the world. And, in many ways, it is a “house of humanity,” due in great part to strong activist women in Maori society who have helped to shape its future and retain its traditions. Te Atairangikaahu was one of those women. 
Te Atairangikaahu was born to the name Pikimene Koroki Mahuta on July 23, 1931. It is said a shooting star marked her birth. She was a descendant of the first Maori king; her father, too, was king, and Piki succeeded him when he died in May 1966. She would reign “for 40 years, the longest reign of any Maori monarchy.”
Piki was lovingly but firmly groomed for the role, after all, her grandfather, King Te Rata, had declared “Piki belongs to the world. Teach her well.” And teach her well they did. Her great aunt had the most influence, guiding Piki through native and religious schooling, piano lessons, community gardening, lessons in English, enthusiasm for sports, and foreign travel. A tono or arranged marriage was expected, but Piki, true to form, chose her own husband from a different tribe. They married in a small service and had seven children.
Piki’s title “Te Arikinui (meaning Paramount Chief) and name Te Atairangikaahu (meaning the hawk of the morning sky) were bestowed when she became monarch.” Throughout her reign, she hosted dignitaries and royalty from across the world, and went abroad to represent not just the Maori people but all New Zealanders. In 1970, she became “the first Maori to be appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, ‘for outstanding services to the Maori people.’” She also was “the first appointee to the Order of New Zealand.”  
In 2005, Piki’s kidneys began to fail, and she would die a year later at age 75. “She is buried on Taupiri mountain in an unmarked grave, as are her ancestors, as a sign of equality with their people.”
For more than 50 years, DWC members have generously given themselves to the service of others… a “house of humanity” ensuring our beautiful community remains vital and grows. And like Piki, our house does not seek fanfare for our efforts, only equality with our fellow citizens. I think Piki would wish us:
Hūmārire. Aroha. Manaaki. (In Maori: Goodwill. Love. Kindness.)
Dunwoody Woman's Club Evening Division
Maria Barnhart -
Melissa Abbott, new member and librarian, volunteered to lead a program on libraries at our next meeting on September 28. Members are encouraged to bring a book to donate to Little Libraries. As we update our bylaws and standing rules with procedures for the Evening Division, members are encouraged to consider a leadership role

Upcoming Events:
  • September 30, National Day of Service sponsored by GFWC is a national service initiative with the focus on food insecurity for 2023. Please bring a food item to donate at the meeting on September 28.
  •  October 26 rooftop bar membership event “Fall into Art Fashion Show “at the AC Hotel Bar Peri. Rosemary Watts provided a summary of the tentative plans, details are being worked out so stay tuned.

Important Dates:
  • September 28, 6:30 Evening Division meeting at Saint Luke’s
  • October 4, Home Tour
  • October 26, Membership event at AC Hotel
Evening members are welcome to attend all DWC programs and events which are outlined in the monthly newsletter. Members attending the day meetings are welcome to attend Evening meetings as well. 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
52 Years of Service in our Community 1971-2023