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District 6900 News for February, 2023

DG George at Johns Creek North Fulton Rotary last week

DG George at Johns Creek North Fulton Rotary last week

From Our District Governor

Celebrating the Family of Rotary ... More Important Than We Can Imagine

By George Granade

We have all heard about the family of Rotary. I want you to know that our District is truly a family of Rotary. Recently, as you are aware, my older sister passed unexpectedly. You may not know how much it has helped and meant receiving sympathy cards, emails, texts and words of encouragement from fellow Rotarians all across … [more]

DGE André Marria Honored as a Rotary Person of Action: Champion of Inclusion

By Jackie Cuthbert

Our District Governor Elect, André Marria of Thomasville, is one of six Rotary members from around the world to be honored as a Rotary People of Action: Champion of Inclusion for her work to build a culture of inclusion as an advocate and mentor for women and people of color in southern Georgia, U.S.

Rotary members throughout the world are taking action to strengthen and empower historically marginalized and underrepresented communities by improving access to health services, education, economic opportunities, and civic participation.

Since 2005, Marria has worked to bridge cultural divides in her community by bringing those from different backgrounds together to learn about and work together as well as to improve the lives of those in need, including by supporting aspiring entrepreneurs from underserved communities.  [more]

District Training

Mark Your Calendars - District Training Assembly for All - March 25 in Columbus

By Stephanie Windham

Join District Governor Elect Andre at District Training Assembly  on March 25, 2023 at the Historic Iron Works (Convention and Trade Center) in Columbus, Georgia.  District Training Assembly is a chance for club officers, committee chairs and assistant governors to further develop leadership skills and refine strategies to achieve their goals. All Rotarians who accept key club leadership roles are encouraged to attend the District Training Assembly.  And, the session is not just for club officers; it's where club officers, chairs, emerging leaders, and ALL Rotarians can learn more about what Rotary has to offer.  [more]

Our Rotary Foundation

Upcoming Deadline for Closeout of 2022-2023 District (Community) Grants

By Gillian Leggett

If you haven’t completed your District (Community) Grant-funded service project, now is the time to gather and upload your spending documentation for review. Per District 6900 guidelines, spending documentation must be uploaded to rotary6900.org within 30 days of spending all funds or by March 31, 2023, whichever is earlier.

If you have a grant that is currently in overdue status, documentation is to be uploaded immediately and submitted for review.  Thank you to those clubs that have already uploaded their spending documentation. [more]

Our Rotary Foundation at Work

TRF Establishes Two Temporary Relief Funds for Pakistan and Ukraine

By Anne Glenn

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary continually takes action to help communities in need. In that spirit, The Rotary Foundation has established two temporary funds to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan and Ukraine. In Pakistan, a severe monsoon season has caused devastating floods and affected millions of people. In Ukraine, the ongoing war has led to a continued humanitarian crisis. 
The Pakistan Flood Response Fund will help communities recover from the disaster that displaced people and destroyed crops. It will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds, until 31 December 2023 and distribute grants until 30 June 2024 or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the general Disaster Response Fund.

District Conference Update

Green Acres is the Place to Be ... Sign Up Today!

By Jackie Cuthbert

If a pig roast, cornhole and tug of war contests, Rotary fellowship and just plain FUN - or any combination of that is on your top 10 list, sign up now for District Conference with a Green Acres theme, coming April 27-30 to Sandestin, Florida. Enjoy an update on our youth programs, time at the beach -and more  Take the time right now to follow the link to register and make your hotel reservations. Do it now before registration prices rise!

Then take a minute to watch an episode or two of this 1960s TV favorite starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a country farm - check out their costumes and get ready to join us in Sandestin! [more]

GRSP and Rotary Working Together

GRSP Fosters Peace through International Scholars

By Katheryne Fields

Georgia Rotary Student Program commemorates the Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month through education and public awareness as our one-of-a-kind program has been bringing nations together since 1946. GRSP’s purpose for the last 77 years has been to develop potential global leaders who promote understanding and peace around the world.

We believe that peace is possible as we extend one-year ambassadorial scholarships to international college students who spend one year in Georgia colleges and universities learning about the American way of life, receive mentorship from sponsoring Rotary Clubs and build lasting relationships with Rotarians as well as classmates from various countries.

Just ask one of our 3,731 alumni from more than 109 countries around the world. That’s exactly what our one-of-a-kind Rotary program has done. And by the way, did you know that one of our alumni is now a GRSP Trustee in District 6910, and one of last year's alumni, Wade Gunning, has just become a Rotarian in the Atlanta Metro Rotary Club?

Emilio Ochoa Botero of Colombia, an engineering student, will finish his major when he returns to Colombia this summer.  [more]

Our Rotary Foundation

District Grants Are Now Community Grants

By Gillian Leggett

As you can see by the headline, the District Grants program is changing.  We are now COMMUNITY Grants. This change is made to avoid ongoing confusion with the District Designated Funds (DDF) that are passed along to the District from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as one block grant.  This block grant is also a District Grant. Another reason for the change is to remind ourselves that 50% of our donations to TRF Annual Fund comes back to D6900 three years later for use in our communities. What a wonderful way to create hope right in our own back yard! Read more about improvements to the Community Grant program right here!

Our Rotary Foundation

Could You Be An Area Community Grant Chair?

By Gillian Leggett

Do you believe strongly in The Rotary Foundation?  Do you have experience working with the District/Community Grants section of the District Website?  Are you interested in helping clubs if they have questions about The Rotary Foundation and the District/Community Grants process?  If so, GIVE ME A CALL!

Your District Foundation Committee is hoping to create “Area Community Grant Chairs” by geographic location.  Each Area Chair will serve as the liaison between the clubs and the D6900 Community Grants Chair.  This will be an opportunity to work with the committee at the District level and to increase ones knowledge and passion for The Rotary Foundation. [more]

Club News

East Cobb Honored for Supporting Wheeler High's AVID Program

By Aaron Strimban

The East Cobb Rotary Club was honored to be awarded the Community Leader MLK Humanitarian Award by Wheeler High School on January 13. The club was one of four recipients of this year's award and very excited to be recognized for its involvement for the past seven years in Wheeler High School's AVID program.  AVID (short for Advancement Via Individual Achievement) is a special program designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and beyond. Through this partnership, hundreds of students have been taught life and study skills that have paved the way for college and life success.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Congratulations Next Class of Rotary Youth Exchange!

By Mike Parks

Congrats to our new outbound candidates for Rotary Youth Exchange. They are headed to Thailand, Sweden and Denmark next school year. Good luck learning the language!

Club and GRSP News

Working Together to Change the World

By Jackie Cuthbert

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Not everybody can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service; you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” Two Georgia Rotary Student Program scholars spent a week in January serving others in Guatemala. Laury Petit and Camilla Dokkedahl, who attend Columbus State University, joined CSU students along with the Rotary Club of Columbus to teach art and English at the Foncoli school as well as help build smokeless stoves in the area. Columbus Rotarians have been working with the Rotary Club of Antigua as well as other Rotary and NGO partners since 2019 on several projects including Global Grants to bring long term sustainable improvements to a rural community.

Club News

North Atlanta Goes Global

By Jon Yaeger

Some 300,000 children / year worldwide die or are maimed because of a lack of a simple and cheap vitamin (vitamin B9 or folic acid) in their mothers’ diets, which can cause fatal or devastating birth defects such as spina bifida. An estimated 75% of these tragedies could be prevented simply by ensuring that women of childbearing age get the vitamin through food fortification or supplements. Thus, approx. 225,000 babies can be saved each year if this initiative is fully adopted.

The Rotary Club of North Atlanta is working to make a difference, on both the club and International levels. On the club level, the club is partnering with a club in Addis Ababa through a five-year global grant project to provide folic acid to women at high risk. Rotary clubs from other districts are participating partners. [more]

Club News

Dunwoody and Alzheimer's Partner for Golf Tournament

By Bob O'Brien

On May 15, 2023, golfers will tee off at St. Marlo Country Club in the second annual FORE the Memories golf tournament - benefiting the Alzheimer's Association and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody Charitable Fund. The club is busy working on sponsors for the event. If you are interested in joining us on May 15 - or in sponsorship opportunities, please visit the club's FORE the Memories website or contact Bob O'Brien, fundraising chair, or any Dunwoody Rotarian.

Upcoming Key Dates

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 President Elects Zoom Training
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 AG Training Zoom Meeting
Friday, February 17th, 2023 North Fulton Rotary Council
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 Rotary Means Business
Friday, March 3rd, 2023 AG Friday - Peachstate PETS meeting
Friday, March 3rd, 2023 P.E.T.S. (President Elects Training)