May 2022 Newsletter

To give aid and encouragement in promoting the education and welfare of at-risk children in the state of Georgia.

I can’t believe this year for The Circle is coming to a close. HOWEVER, it is ending on a tremendously HIGH note. At our extremely fun Cinco de Mayo meeting we were able to present to Devereux a check for $100,000 and award $23,500 in scholarships. This was made possible by all of your support and hard work!!! Every member should be thrilled for what you accomplished. THANK YOU!!!.

So as we wind down the year I want to think back to all the events we had from the Meet and Greet High Tea, to all the numerous Devereux parties, events and donations, Sunset Sips, the Annual Golf Tournament, Carols and Cocktails, Bar Taco , the Galantine Tea Party, the fashion show, the flowering arranging, Comedy and Cocktails patron party, Tallulah Falls visit and of course the Moonlight Soiree, what a fun filled great fundraising year.

Make sure you read this newsletter it has great updates on Circle Celebration giving, Past President's lunch, TFS visit, Devereux updates, new member bios and more and pictures galore!!!

I have passed the gavel and I am thrilled to be followed by Belinda and her team. The Circle for Children's future is in excellent hands. I know all of us will work hard again and support our new charity City of Refuge. 

Thanks again for all of your help, support and friendship. Also a HUGMOGEOUS thank you to our board and committee members who were on top of what needed to be done and for stepping up and helping each other at a minutes notice. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as your President and to make my theme of "Giving and Growing for Georgia's Children" a reality.


With appreciation,                                                            

Cindy Formica

I wanted to remind everyone about a fund, The Circle Celebration Fund, that many of you have used in the past. We mention it at the end of every newsletter. Just recently we had a generous donation from Betts Fisher honoring Sue Baer, one of our Past Presidents. When you have someone you would like to honor, please consider using the Circle Celebration Fund. The proceeds still will go to Scholarships and the charities we support. For more information look below in the newsletter.

May General Membership Meeting

On May 5th we gathered at Atlanta Country Club to celebrate our final General Meeting of the year. Our Cinco de Mayo themed meeting celebrated our year-end donation to Devereux, introduced our new chairty for next year and ended with the installation of our new officers!

Devereux Update

On Thursday April 28, Devereux Behavioral Health recognized The Circle for our support. Circle Members & Devereux staffers mingled in the recently redecorated Visitation Center where Gwen Skinner presented a plaque to recent Presidents Kimberly Johnson & Elaine LaMontagne, and 

Past President Rita Robb Furness, who led the redecorating project. 

Gwen said The Circle has impacted Devereux in ways that will sustain the organization for the future and that the joyful family center demonstrates to visiting families that their children are in a caring place. She recognized BJ Wooldridge for her dedication in planning parties and collecting donations for the residents.

The plaque will be installed over the door of the family meeting space. From there the celebration moved to the ball fields, where a plaque recognizing The Circle is already installed on the dugout. There was an official ribbon cutting and attendees watched the kids enjoy a game of kickball. The dugout includes equipment storage; having the equipment adjacent to the field instead of across campus has increased the opportunities for residents to enjoy outdoor activities, something they are pleased to enjoy.

These campus improvement projects are only possible because of your generosity as donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Devereux and The Circle Executive Board are grateful for your support. 

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped decorate the gym, serve the food, drinks and goodies to the youth at Devereux. The youth enjoyed the Spring Fling dance with the theme New York, New York and dancing to the tunes of the 2 live DJ's from d street entertainment. They even played the New York, New York song as the students entered the gym. It was so nice to see the youth smiling and having fun at the dance. Once again, I can't thank the Circle Women enough for your generosity for the items collected for the Spring Fling dance.

The dance was a huge success! We received many compliments. BJ's SUV trunk was filled twice with decorations before the dance and cakes and candies the day of the dance. The amount collected and delivered to Devereux was $601.13 A HUGE thanks to Heather for continuing to be the drop off location for items that we collect for Devereux. Her help is never ending. Kimberly Johnson and Brenda Vazquez brainstormed and came up with the creative ideas for the NY themed dance. Brenda Vazquez created the SignUpGenius with the Amazon links to get the items for the dance. Thank You! Thank You! for everyone's help! 

The High Phase Dinner Party/Social , Monday May 2, 2021 for 40 students and staff was a huge success. BJ Wooldridge ordered the meal from Johnny's Pizza which included lasagna, penne pasta, garlic knots, salad and cakes from Publix and delivered them to Devereux. The students were so excited to get a meal and dessert delivered to them from outside the the center. The staff uses this event to work on restaurant etiquette as well as enjoying the delicious food and cake. For some of the kids it was a first time experience for them to experience a sit down dinner like that.


The donations of shampoos, body washes, conditioners, deodorants, puzzles and playing card dropped off at Heather Ree's house and collected at the May 5 Spring meeting total $949.39!

Thanks to all the Circle members for their generous donations tonight and throughout the year.


Image 4694 B.J.'s SUV filled with donations 


The Circle for Children Total donations made to Devereux for 2020 - 2021 is $5,444.08!

Membership Updates
New Member Spotlight

The Circle for Children welcomes Laura Fite!

She been married to her wonderful husband for 29 years. She has three amazing children. Morgan-26, Dylan-24, and Lauren-21.

She has recently sold her family home and is renovating her house in Lake Oconee. She is looking forward to lazy, lake days!


Laura loves hiking, reading, bible studies and staying involved in her children’s lives! She is so happy and excited to be a part of this important women’s group and making a difference in other children’s lives. Welcome Laura to the Circle for Children

The Circle for Children welcomes new member Trayce Leak. She is a graduate of Florida State University, Syracuse University and Georgia State University. She is the Communications Manager of the CDC. 

When Trayce is not volunteering, she is spending time with family and you will never find her with out her cell phone. The best advise she has ever received is “Always take care of your Mother”. Trayce’s favorite travel destination is Mexico and her most unique event was celebrating her Grandmother’s 90th birthday.

We welcome Tracey and it is wonderful to have her as part of The Circle for Children. She was sponsored by Danielle Houret-Lam.

Past President's Luncheon

It has been a tradition to have The Circle's Past Presidents come together for a luncheon each year. Because of Covid it had been over 2 years since they were able to attend a gathering. Jennie Johnson coordinated the luncheon with Twenty Past Presidents able to attend the event held at Cherokee Country Club. We had from Linda Bowling who served in 1972-73 to now. It was wonderful to see how our organization has thrived for so many years with their leadership. It was a joyous occasion and all the Presidents were thrilled to see the continued enthusiasm for our future and were excited about the upcoming 100th year.

Scholarship Update

The Circle has five returning Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year; two rising seniors, two rising juniors, and one rising sophomore. We are pleased to announce that one of our 2021 recipients, Alan Jones, a former CCYA resident, is graduating on May 13 from culinary program at Kennesaw state.

This year we are awarding three scholarship. One to Jasmin, a Senior at Harrison high school, who plans to attend Emory University. Jasmin’s parents have elementary & middle school educations and the family of six lives on a very modest income. We also have two recipients from Tallulah Falls High School. Madison’s family of four lives $10K under the poverty limit after job loss and family separation. Madison will attend UGA. One of her classmates, Ming Le, is headed to GA Southern. Ming Le’s family faced employment uncertainty during the pandemic as both parents work in the restaurant industry. Ming Le is helping to support the family by working as a farm laborer, every day.

All of our recipients have achieved academic success while navigating difficult circumstances. We look forward watching them grow through their college experiences.

Back to Our Roots: Tallulah Falls

Several of us were able to make a trip, on a beautiful Spring day, to Tallulah Falls School, where The Circle for Children formerly the Young Matrons of Tallulah Falls started. Wendy Jackson, an Admissions head, toured us around and told us how wonderful The Circle has been over many years; donating money, time, awarding scholarships and much more. You can see in the pictures; the building named after The Circle, the stain glass in the chapel with The Circle emblem, our tour guide Wendy and a picture from the Upper School that shows the center of our emblem. A wonderful time had by all!!!

Access the Directory online with new Password! The new 2020-2021 directory of active Circle members can now be viewed on our website. For the privacy of all members, the directory is password protected. You can access the directory under the membership tab on the website.

May 9                 Elizabeth Conn

May 16               Lynn Benson

May 26               Sally Sacha

May 28               Martha Ouderkirk

May 28               Harriet Eiken

If your birthday (month and day) is not in the new Circle directory, please email that information. We would love to acknowledge that special day.

Peggy “Sue” Baer, 60, lost her courageous battle with Alzheimer’s dementia on March 31, 2022 in her Marietta home surrounded by family. Sue was born September 20, 1961, in Jesup, GA and made the most of a difficult childhood. She moved to Hinesville, GA where she met her future husband, Bill. They were blessed with three children: Chris, Chelsea and Brody.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with a degree in sociology. She devoted her life to her husband, children and volunteer work, spending countless hours aiding battered women at the YWCA women’s shelter, food collection at MUST ministries, and fundraising for scholarships at the Circle for Children. Her passion for serving others was apparent as she rose to the president of many organizations including the PTA, Circle for Children, and Chattahoochee Women’s Club. Her hobbies included reading, tennis, walking the dogs and spending time at the beach and lake.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, her children, her granddaughter, Eleanor, her beloved dogs, Sheba and Beau, and many, many friends, all who will miss her dearly.

A memorial service will be Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2 o’clock with a reception following the service at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in hopes of finding a cure for this devastating disease. A Tribute page in Sue’s name can be found here:

Circle Celebration Fund
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