November 2022 Newsletter

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

Returning and New Circle Members,

In 1909 Mrs. M.A. Lipscomb envisioned what would become Tallulah Falls School, the first beneficiary of The Circle when it formed in 1927. She "recognized the needs of children, set in to do something about them, and created a new beginning for them". Our current beneficiary, City of Refuge, is doing the same thing today in Atlanta that Mrs. Lipscomb aspired to over 100 years ago in the GA mountains. 

I hope you will join us at our Fall General Meeting on November 13 to tour the City of Refuge facility and recognize our new members. It is an inspiring place of love and hope that reminds us why we come together to help GA children. To help raise money for City of Refuge, please plan to shop at Bags & Bubbles on November 9. There are lots of tempting purses to bid on. I will be a fun evening. 

Thank you to Kimberly Johnson for leading our first fund raiser of the year, the golf tournament. It was a perfect day at Indian Hills Country Club, with beautiful weather and happy players. We are grateful for Kimberly's leadership and for the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. Save the date for next year: October 23, 2022 again at IHCC.

I also want to thank Susan Fulkerson, Katie Judd, Emily Lemmy, Rita Robb Furness, and Donna Aycock for the time and energy they devoted to new member recruitment. Rita provided an inspiring vison for connecting with potential members, Donna's backyard served as a beautiful backdrop for our new member event, while Susan, Katie, and Emily worked hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. Thank you all. New members are invited to attend the Fall General Meeting as guests of The Circle.

We also held two volunteer events at City of Refuge in October. We staffed Fall Festival, helping to monitor and run event activities such as pumpkin painting and a bounce house. Two weeks later we sponsored tables at Trunk or Treat, providing activities and candy for the little ghosts & goblins celebrating Halloween. The members who volunteered enjoyed their experience with the charity and the children it serves. Our next volunteer opportunity is in December, stay turned for details on our Cookie Decorating event. 

Also be on the lookout for an invitation to a Holiday Social & Shopping experience. In lieu of a formal holiday party Lucy Dorris and I are hosting a get together on Saturday December 3 from 3-5pm. You may stop by to socialize, shop, or both. Lucy is now a rep for Park Lane Jewelry and the company has a generous fundraising program; 50 percent of the proceeds will come back to The Circle. 

I know its been a busy month in the life of The Circle and that the Halloween to New Years period is busy for all of us. We will all have some downtown in January before gearing up for our April Gala. Thank you for everything you do to create new beginnings for at risk children, just like Mrs. Lipscomb all those years ago.

Click Here for the Full Calendar of events!

Bags & Bubbles Purse Auction

November 9, 2022

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta Country Club

Fall General Membership Meeting & City of Refuge Tour

City of Refuge

November 13, 2022

2:30 pm

Jewelry Party &

Holiday Social 

Saturday December 3 

Jr. Social Holiday Wine Tasting 

Wednesday December 7 

Cookie Decorating 

City of Refuge

4:45 to 6pm

Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 25  


Are you jealous of the all the treats the little ones collected on Halloween? How

about getting a treat for yourself at the Bags & Bubbles cocktail party on

November 9th! There is not much time left before the big event, so please buy

your ticket now! We need everyone’s participation to make this fundraiser a


The Bags and Bubbles committee has been working hard to plan an evening you

won’t want to miss: mingling, laughter, drinks, appetizers, and SHOPPING!!

Tickets are only $75 and include a glass of Prosecco (there is also a cash bar

available), a large charcuterie board and other bites and a surprise game with a

chance to win something fabulous. All proceeds go to The City of Refuge and The

Linda Gross Memorial Scholarship fund.

Please click here to purchase your ticket now!

This beautiful new Bogg Bag donated by Poppy’s in Buckhead is the “it” bag for

the beach. It will be available to bid on at Bags & Bubbles.

This beautiful Tory Burch straw bag is a staple for any wardrobe. Only used a couple of times, it is just one of the many finds in the Bags and Bubble auction.


Cost per person is $40. We have opportunities available for members to carpool. Click the links below to RSVP and pay online or to sign-up to carpool!

Don't want to carpool? Click here for driving directions - we look forward to seeing everyone on November 13 at 2:30 pm!

Click Here to Pay & Reserve Your Spot
Sign Up to Carpool

We will be collecting items for the children at City of Refuge at the Fall General Meeting. Please bring:

  • Twin sheet set in neutral colors (grey, light blue, cream, white)
  • Twin Sheets in kids prints/colors
  • Full sheet set in neutral colors (grey, light blue, cream, white)
  • Crib sheets
  • Fleece blanket in neutral color
  • Towels (white)
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Pajama sets
  • Bathrobes

Mark your calendars!  

December 7 is Junior social - wine tasting! Details to come! 



On Sunday, October 2nd, the Circle had a Garden Party at the beautiful home of Donna and Fred Aycock for prospective members to learn more about our wonderful organization. There was a great turnout with about 50 people that enjoyed the beautiful fall weather, the yummy food, and hearing about the Circle's past, present and future plans. 


The New Member Orientation will be held on Sunday, November 13th from 2:30-5:00 at The City of Refuge. This event will be combined with the fall general meeting and will be a great way for our new members to meet current members, learn about our organization, and get a tour of The City of Refuge.


Please RSVP to Susan Fulkerson at by November 4th to let her know if you will be attending this event. Thanks!


Thank you to the volunteers arriving at 8:30 to a chilly 45 degree morning to set up!  As the Golfers started arriving at 10 they were warmly greeted by our volunteers and the day was turning Sunny and warming to 70 degrees. It was a perfectly beautiful day for Golfing with a purpose and raising money for City of Refuge and The Linda Gross Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Volunteers sold Mulligan packets, Raffle tickets and Putting Contest tickets, Welcome Bags with gifts, including a Circle for Children Golf Shoe Bag were passed out to each golfer and decisions were made by golfers as to which Raffle Prize(s) to put their tickets towards.

The Putting Contest had a tie between John Keane and Russell Gray and in lieu of a Putt Off they generously decided to donate the winnings back to The Circle.

The First Place Team included Steve LaMontange, Griffin Campbell, Kyle Allen and Steve Kollross.


The Second Place Team, representing City of Refuge, included Bruce Deel, Darrell Rice, Paul Spell and Mike Parker.


The Closest to the Pin winner, sponsored by Turner Blair Services, LLC, was Darrell Rice.

All the golfers had a great time and wanted to know when the next tournament would be….so if you missed out on the fun this year mark your calendar NOW for next year’s Tournament at Indian Hills CC on October 23, 2023!


Thank you to members who volunteered at City of Refuge!

Fall Festival

We had a great time and the children enjoyed a petting zoo, bouncy house, painting pumpkins, blow up slide, decorating cookies and eating smores!

Trunk or Treat

Circle members enjoyed hading out candy to little ghosts and goblins at City of Refuge's Trunk or Treat!

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.

Danielle Houret-Lam - November 3

Debbie Judd - November 3 

Melissa Malmberg - November 6

Shawn Quigley - November 8

Melinda Stuk - November 18

Heather Tally - November 19

Glenda Evers - November 22

Shannon Price - November 25

Sarah Davis - November 29

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.

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