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Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Brookhaven Rotary Club assisted in the setup and takedown of the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival on March 23-25, 2018 at Blackburn Park, Brookhaven GA. On both March 23 and 25, 2018, club members served as Zone Captains assisting the festival organizer in controlling traffic and movement of vendors, artists, and musicians in the set up and takedown of booths. As needed, we assisted the vendors, musicians and artists in moving items and help securing their booths, etc. In addition, our club had a booth at the festival at which we provided to the public information regarding our club and its activities, including our major fundraiser, the Service Above Self golf tournament set for May 21, 2018, and the Covenant House Jobs Fair. This proved to be a great opportunity to inform the Brookhaven Community of who we are and what we do. About 12 - 15 people showed interest in the Club and we will invite them to attend a club meeting. Several asked for membership applications or more information about the club. This proved to be a great membership drive for our club.


Jack Willis loading clothes for SALTED

Clothing Drive for Salvation Army SALTED program

This project is to help clothe the truly homeless people (living under the bridge) who come to the Salvation Army facility on North Druid Hills Rd about twice per week for the SALTED program, which involves: a shower, laundry, toiletries, and other very basic services and items, but no lodging. What the program regularly needs, and often lacks, is clothing to stock its clothes closet. Beginning in month of October 2017, we have an ongoing clothing drive and collect and deliver those items which the Salvation Army specifies as most needed.


Welcoming Piriya to Atlanta

Georgia Rotary Student Program

Piriya Sureshkumar from Denmark accepted the offer to be our (with North Atlanta) GRSP student for 2017-2018 to attend Oglethorpe University.

Piriya has regularly attended our weekly meetings, our Family of Rotary events, and other club events and has participated in GRSP events across Georgia throughout the year. She has had a very good experience, as has our club. Bryan Katz of our club serves as the lead Host Family for our GRSP the entire year. Our member, Bill Smith, is a GRSP Trustee and his family has spent holidays with Piriya and transported her to several out-of-town GRSP events. Bonnie Hardage and her family took Piriya on a weekend camping trip in North Georgia.


Honoring Our First Responders

This is a continuation of a project begun by our Club in 2016. Brookhaven Rotary is honored to have Chief Gary Yandura of the Brookhaven Police Department as a member of our Club. We reached out to offer him the opportunity to bring a guest, a member of his police force, to our weekly meetings to say "thank you" and offer a great meal in appreciation for their service. We receive 2-3 guest-officers monthly and it's been fun getting to know the various members of the police department during our weekly meetings.


Hot Pursuit 5K run

On September 9, 2017 our club sponsored and participated in the Hot Pursuit 5K walk/run organized by the Brookhaven Police Department. The club, through its Foundation, donated $1500 to sponsor 20 running spots for the 5K Run. The funds raised through the 5K run are used by the Brookhaven Police Department to help officers participate in the "Shop with a Cop" program where policemen take a needy child or children shopping before Christmas. Our club member, Chief Gary Yandura, reports that the Shop with a Cop program is an extremely rewarding and successful community relations program for his Police Department.


judging Laws of Life essays

Laws of Life Essay Contest

Brookhaven Rotary Club is sponsoring the Laws of Life Essay contest for Cross Keys High School, Dekalb County, Georgia, in 2017-2018. The club paid $500 for this sponsorship and coordinated with Cross Keys administration and teachers to get the contest established for this year.


Ringing the Bells at Lenox Square

Lenox Mall Bell Ringing - Salvation Army

Our Club partners with the North Atlanta Rotary Club to volunteer for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign during the Christmas season. Our two clubs "staffed" the full day (10am-6pm) for two locations at Lenox Mall on both Saturday, 12/9/2017, and Saturday, 12/16/2017. Despite the snow and bitter cold on one collection day, our efforts resulted in cash collections for the Salvation Army of over $1000. The funds collected go to support the Salvation Army's social programs which help the homeless, the needy youth in the community, as well as fight human trafficking. In addition, the "ringing of the bells" provides great public awareness for the good works that the Salvation Army provides to our community year round, and provides public awareness of the good works of our Rotary clubs.


Helping Human Trafficking victims

Mentoring software for HavenATL

This project is to help HavenATL, the Salvation Army’s facility on Metropolitan Avenue in south Atlanta established to assist women caught up in human trafficking. See attachment below containing the Mission Statement for HavenATL. This project is to design and implement a new virtual mentoring program to help HavenATL graduates (women who have completed a series of classes and met certain goals at HavenATL) gain knowledge in leadership, job skills, career and personal development. Our Club proposes to finance this project with design and implementation done by Mentor City, a database designer selected by HavenATL. See attachment below containing a detailed description of the project prepared by HavenATL staff.


Reading at Woodward Elementary

In 2017-2018, The Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven and North Atlanta continued an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Woodward Elementary be "reading to learn" by 3rd grade. With the support of the Ferst Foundation, together we support this goal through book donations and reading monthly to Kindergarten and Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary. Throughout 2017- 2018, we will donate more than 812 books to 203 students, read to up to 12 classes monthly and equipped parents with book specific multi-lingual reading guides to use at home. This project is helping students "learn to read" and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade they will be "ready to learn" through reading. Statistics show that 3rd grade is a pivotal time. Students at a 3rd grade level of reading by third grade are more likely to stay in school and become productive adults. Students not able to read at a third grade level by third grade often fall behind, are more likely to drop out and become at risk young individuals and ultimately more dependent on support from society. The reading program at Woodward Elementary is one of the collaborative programs coming together because of the awareness created by the "Get Georgia Reading" Campaign.


Loading the cars with food

Salvation Army - Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Delivery

Grateful for generous food donations from Costco in Brookhaven, our Club again delivered carloads of food to our local Salvation Army (Temple Corps at North Druid Hills location), for their Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. This annual project for our club normally involves around 12 volunteers (Rotarians and family members and numerous delivery vehicles) on each date,with the volunteers helping to load cars with goodies from Costco (bread, pies and almost TWO TONS of frozen turkeys!) and delivering these items to the Salvation Army on North Druid Hills on the eve of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


marketing material SAS golf

SAS Golf Tournament Support The SHARE PROGRAM at The Shepherd Center

The SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative began in 2008 in order to provide a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the US on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since SHARE’s inception, the program has served over 200 individuals, from all service branches. The program typically treats 8-12 wounded warriors at a time.


Greeting the Troops at ATL airport

USO - Greet the Troops at the Airport (Hartsfield)

As we have done in years past, at least 3 time during the year we will greet the returning and outbound troops headed to and from the Middle East. We will man the USO podium at the top of the escalator (from the arrival gates) to greet troops, direct them to the USO facility upstairs, and "staff" the USO kitchen to provide troops food, beverages, and a warm and appreciative greeting, and maybe someone to talk to. Our club provides Chick-fil-A biscuit, and lunch sandwiches. We will provide these services from 9:00 am until appx 4:00 pm.


3rd Annual Covenant House Job Fair

Our Club partners with Covenant House of Georgia to plan and host a career fair for the residents of Covenant House in Atlanta. Covenant House of Georgia is a homeless shelter and life-skills program to bring homeless teens off of the streets and onto a more positive, self-sufficient path for their lives. In past years we have been successful in identifying employers to attend including Coca Cola, Ritz-Carlton, Costco, Cunningham HVAC, Goodwill, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Hospitality, and First Step Staffing. The first Jobs Fair this year was on October 26, 2017, and included a mentoring session the evening before the Fair. Teen residents of Covenant House participated with enthusiasm! Brookhaven Rotary members donated men's suits and womens clothing for youth to have and prepare for job interviews. Participants received assistance with resume preparation and interview skills prior to the event. Club members were also in attendance at the event to lend support, encouragement, and coaching. Employers in attendance commented that it was one of the best job fairs they had attended, adding that "participants were attentive and excited about the opportunities".


BPD Baseball card

Brookhaven Police Department Baseball Card For Community Relations

Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, member of Brookhaven Rotary, asked the Club for support of their community relations in sponsoring "baseball cards" (cards showing the officers name and information, similar to actual baseball card) for his team to pass out to youth in Brookhaven. Chief Yandura stated the project goes a long way in starting early to build positive relationship with youth and the kids love to collect cards from the officers and K-9 units they meet. Last year, BRC was able to collect funds to sponsor 15 officers and the project was considered a success. We repeated the project this year and collected funds to provide cards to a total of 1000 cards per officer to a total of 17 officers, including 5 new officers.


FODAC collection crew 7-22-17

FODAC Equipment Delivery with N. Atlanta Club

Our Club again participated in this great project under the lead of North Atlanta Rotary Club, and again achieved great success. On Saturday, July 22, 2017 we had a fantastic turn out for our community service project benefiting FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children). Four Brookhaven Rotary members plus one family member participated. Chris Brand, President and CEO of FODAC (and Stone Mountain Rotarian), expressed that we may have surpassed the monetary record for a single day collection! The estimated value of the collections for the day was over $250,000.