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February 14, 2016

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs' Rotary Has Heart For Seniors "Senior Prom" A Fabulous Party

Over 130 Senior Adults Attended Senior Prom Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

Valentine’s Day 2016 was a magical evening for over 130 senior adults who attended the “Rotary Has Heart for Seniors” Senior Prom. Held at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex in Sandy Springs, the Valentine’s Day event was planned by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs to show that Rotary Has Heart, especially for seniors. The event was attended by Rotary International District 6900’s District Governor, Bob Hagan, who welcomed and met with the guests, and danced throughout the evening. Rotary Club of Sandy Springs’ President Jerry Hicks emceed the night.

“It was a great night for so many and we owe it to all that contributed to making this night special for our seniors,” said Tamara Carrera, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and the coordinator of the event. Carrera, who is also the Executive Director of the Community Assistance Center, remarked the guests told her that it was a “magical evening,” “the best time I have had in 20 years,” “a great time,” “so much fun,” “a very special time for me,” and “an awesome party.”

It was truly a community collaboration. Refreshments were contributed by local eateries and food markets such as Emidio’s, 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Hammock’s/Under The Cork Tree, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Zaxby’s, Rock ‘N’ Taco, Breadwinner’s Café & Bakery, Mellow Mushroom, Chick-Fil-A (Northridge), Trader Joe’s (Roswell Road), Whole Foods (Sandy Springs), Food 101, and Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Suites.

Live music was provided throughout the evening by singer Kathy Reed, who during the day serves as Executive Director of Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful, and by the locally popular band, Yuppie Scum, a rock & roll group led by Chris Barnett, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, and President, Bank of Sandy Springs.

Keepsake photos of the guests were taken and printed by members of the Southeastern Photographic Society of Atlanta. Members of the 2016 Class of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs made handmade Valentine’s Day cards for all guest, coordinated by Polly Warren. Members of the North Atlanta Rotaract Club, a young professional community service group associated with Rotary International, volunteered at the event. Wrist corsages and boutonnieres for all guests were handmade by Kelly Fredrickson of Blue Ribbon Interiors. Staff members of the Community Assistance Center volunteered to help serve dinner distribute corsages and assist in glamorizing the ladies. Candace Apple, owner of the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore, and a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, coordinated all refreshments. Many volunteers brought their own sweethearts to the event, celebrating Valentine’s Day in a unique and memorable way.

There were many special stories, especially that of Sasha and Vera Boguslavskiy, who celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary that night. The Boguslavskiys were crowned King and Queen of the “Rotary Has Heart” Senior Prom. The evening took on special significance for one guest who was never able to attend her own senior prom. Another 91-year old guest, who had taught ballroom dancing for years, kicked up her heels on the dance floor to the fabulous music of the Yuppie Scum Band.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Center was an ideal facility for the evening. “There was so much joy and fun with everyone dancing with our guests, bringing the spirit of community, fun and solidarity to a group that is often forgotten in our celebrations,” said Tamara Carrera, who added that “none of this would have happened if we had not had a great venue to have the event in and great partners at the venue to work with. We so appreciate all your support of this event. And we hope you are as happy with the results as we are.”

Enjoy photos from the evening at http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p499450765

February 8, 2016

Senior Adult Healthcare Professionals Recognized By Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

Rotary Has Heart For Seniors

On February 1, 2016, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs held the 2016 Senior Adult Health Care Professionals of the Year Awards. 2016’s recipients of the awards were nominated by their respective employers and work with senior adults throughout the Sandy Springs/Perimeter area in leading, senior adult health care service enterprises. The 2016 Senior Adult Health Care Professionals of the Year Awards is a component of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs’ celebration of the Rotary Has Heart Project. Robert “Bob” W. Hagan, 2015-16 District Governor, Rotary International District 6900, was the guest speaker at the event.

Campbell-Stone Jacqueline Smith, Personal Care Coordinator

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex Adult Day Care Hezenia White, Public Health Nurse Technician

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Department John Moore, RN, Staff Nurse, Nurse Scholar

Hammond Glen Joan Wilkins, Resident Assistant

Hollander Senior Living of Sandy Springs Alison Schlenger, Nurse Practitioner

The Mansions at Sandy Springs Katie Jones, Owner, CareMinders of Buckhead

Sterling Place Babet Walton, Caregiver

Sunrise of Huntcliff Summit Bernice Mellman, Activity & Volunteer Coordinator

Other Rotary Club of Sandy Springs-sponsored events associated with “Rotary Has Heart” include a February 2, 2016 City of Sandy Springs Proclamation by Mayor Rusty Paul that February 14, 2016 is “Rotary Has Heart” Day, and a Senior Citizens Senior Prom planned for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016, at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex at which over 160 area senior adults are expected for an evening of fun, food and music in a “senior prom” format. “Rotary Has Heart” is a Rotary Zones 33/34 program that involves 1600 Rotary Clubs having a combined membership of over 67,500 community/business leaders in eight U.S. states and 20 Caribbean countries.

For more photos, go to http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p1038572405

Press coverage: Rotary Club Recognizes Senior Care Professionals Of The Year http://patch.com/georgia/sandysprings/rotary-club-recognizes-senior-care-professionals-year

http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p1038572405

February 8, 2016

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs to Host Senior Prom on Valentine's Day

168 Seniors Expected at Senior Prom in Sandy Springs' Dorothy Benson Center

Announcing a Valentine’s Day “Senior Prom” Sunday, February 14, 4PM – 8PM Location: Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs will host a “Senior Citizens Senior Prom” on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, 2016, as part of the “Rotary Has Heart” project. The event will be held at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA from 4-8 p.m. “Rotary Has Heart” is a Rotary Zones 33/34 program that involves 1600 Rotary Clubs having a combined membership of over 67,500 community/business leaders in eight U.S. states and 20 Caribbean countries.

“This will be a memorable and unique Valentine’s Day for the seniors and the Rotarians, many who will bring their own Valentines to the event. We expect lots of laughter and dancing,” commented Rotarian Sally Wyeth. Guests will enjoy classic elements of a high school prom: refreshments, music, photographs, and corsages. There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required. No tickets will be available at the door. Limited tickets are available through Sandy Springs senior residence facilities. Registered seniors who need some help with their evening attire may attend a fitting scheduled for January 30, 2016 from 9:30-12 a.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex. People who would like to donate formal/fancy dresses/shoes for the January 30th fitting may contact Sally Wyeth at RotarySeniorProm@comcast.net or Tamara Carrera at ceo@ourcac.org

Live music will be provided by a local country band with lead singer Kathy Reed, Ex. Dir., Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful, and by the Yuppies, a rock & roll band led by Chris Barnett, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, and President, Bank of Sandy Springs. Refreshments will be contributed by local eateries and caterers who can contact RotarySeniorProm@comcast.net if they want to be part of this special Valentine’s Day evening. Approximately 168 attendees are expected to attend.

February 1, 2016

Seniors Pick Out Prom Outfits at 1-30-2016 Fitting Session

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Brings Fancy Wear to Seniors At Dorothy Benson Center

On January 30, 2016, senior adults who plan to attend the Valentine's Day Senior Prom at the Dorothy Benson Center came to a pre-event evening wear fitting at the Dorothy Benson Center. "We understood that not every senior adult who would like to attend the Senior Prom has evening wear. So, we gathered up many outfits and made them available, free of charge," said Sally Wyeth, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. A number of men and women enjoyed picking out their outfits for the Senior Prom, which is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs as part of the Rotary Has Heart Program.

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs will host a “Senior Citizens Senior Prom” on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, 2016, as part of the “Rotary Has Heart” project. The event will be held at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Complex located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA from 4-8 p.m. “Rotary Has Heart” is a Rotary Zones 33/34 program that involves 1600 Rotary Clubs having a combined membership of over 67,500 community/business leaders in eight U.S. states and 20 Caribbean countries.

For more photos of the pre-event, go to http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p757988044

January 15, 2016

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs: Rotary Has Heart Day Proclamation Ceremony

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul to Proclaim 2-14-2016 "Rotary Has Heart" Day

City of Sandy Springs' Mayor Rusty Paul Will Issue A Proclamation Declaring February 14th as "Rotary Has Heart Day" for Rotary Club of Sandy Springs.

At the February 2, 2016 City Council of Sandy Springs meeting, Mayor Rusty Paul will issue a proclamation which will declare February 14, 2016 as Rotary Has Heart Day. The City Council meets at 7840 Roswell Road, Suite 500. Rotarians are encouraged to attend the event which begins at 6:00 PM. Rotary Has Heart Day is a Zone 33 and 34 program, and Rotary Clubs throughout the Zone (about 1600 clubs having over 67,500 members over 8 states and 20 Caribbean countries) have planned special events on or around Valentine's Day to show that Rotary Has Heart. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs is putting on a Senior Prom at the Dorothy Benson Senior Center on Valentine's Day.

January 15, 2016

PDG Blake McBurney Visits Rotary Club of Sandy Springs 1-11-2016

McBurney Talks About 2017 Atlanta Rotary International Convention

Great program by PDG Blake McBurney last Monday!. On January 1, 2016, PDG Blake McBurney spoke to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs about the upcoming 2017 Rotary International Convention which will be held in Atlanta. Blake spoke about the history of Atlanta and Rotary, volunteer opportunities, advised that over 40,000 people are expected to attend, described some of the special events that are being offered to convention attendees, and more.For more photos, go to http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p19014803

October 23, 2015

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Fights To Eradicate Polio

The club is recognizing World Polio Day with a livestream event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

Reprinted from Patch at http://patch.com/georgia/sandysprings/rotary-club-sandy-springs-fights-eradicate-polio

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, which was not yet chartered when polio placed fear in American hearts, recognizes World Polio Day -- Oct. 24 -- by noting Rotary International’s worldwide efforts to eradicate the disease in places where it still cripples and kills, and by informing people about polio’s highly contagious effects.

People may take part in World Polio Day with a livestream event at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 23.

Some will remember well when polio was a public health concern, and will recall family and friends who contracted the disease. Some will have visited Roosevelt Warm Springs in Georgia for polio therapy or had family members stay at Grady Hospital’s polio clinic, the only one in Georgia.

Those born in the tech age and who’ve lived without the fear of polio won’t know what American life was like before a vaccine could protect us from polio.

Today, Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only countries where polio remains endemic, which means regularly found in a particular region. A milestone was reached this year when Nigeria reported no polio cases over a one-year period.

How did polio become well on its way to become the second disease -- smallpox being the first -- eradicated from the earth through mankind’s efforts? Much of the heavy lifting has been done through the coordinated efforts of the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the CDC, and UNICEF through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Vulnerable areas now include Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria, according to polioeradication.org.

The eradication of polio outside America had its start in 1979, when Rotarians joined together to inoculate 6 million people in the Philippines. 1985 saw Rotary International create PolioPlus and its membership pledged $120 million at a time when there were 125 polio endemic countries in the world.

Rotary International and its worldwide membership of 1.2 million people have contributed more than $1.3 billion towards the effort to eradicate polio and have helped immunize over 2.5 billion children in 122 countries according to Rotary International’s polio fact sheet.

Rotary International’s PolioPlus campaign and its $200 Million Challenge, was matched by $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, along with thousands of other Rotary Clubs throughout the world, contribute to PolioPlus and provide volunteers to help distribute polio vaccines to regions of the world where the virus still affects people, mostly children under five years of age.

You can learn more about polio and Rotary International’s eradication efforts by visiting the following sites: Post-Polio Syndrome http://www.medicinenet.com/post-polio_syndrome/article.htm

Post-Polio Syndrome http://www.stevenspointrotary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ROTARIAN-article-on-Post-Polio-Syndrome.pdf

Paul Alexander https://vimeo.com/100550454 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQrW_CpEpK0

Paul Alexander https://www.rotary.org/en/news-media/news-features/man-iron-lung-discovers-rotary.

Rotary International https://www.rotary.org/

PolioPlus http://www.endpolio.org/

Global Polio Eradication Initiative http://www.polioeradication.org/

Roosevelt Warm Springs https://gvra.georgia.gov/warmsprings/

October 23, 2015

Rotary Club of Sandy Springs recognizes World Polio Day with livestream event Oct. 23

Reprinted from Sandy Springs Reporter (Reporter Newspapers) 10-23-2015 at

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2015/10/22/rotary-club-of-sandy-springs-recognizes-world-polio-day-with-livestream-event-oct-23/

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs recognizes World Polio Day, which is Oct. 24, with a livestream event Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The Club recognizes World Polio Day by noting Rotary International’s worldwide efforts to eradicate the disease in places where it still cripples and kills, past president Sally Wyeth said. The club’s members also work to inform people about polio’s highly contagious effects, she said.

People may take part in World Polio Day by a livestream event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at http://livestream.com/rotaryinternational/worldpolioday

“Some will remember well when polio was a public health concern and will recall family and friends who contracted the disease,” Wyeth said. “Some will have visited Roosevelt Warm Springs in Georgia for polio therapy or had family members stay at Grady Hospital’s polio clinic, the only one in Georgia. Those born in the tech age and who’ve lived without the fear of polio, won’t know what American life was like before a vaccine could protect us from polio.”

October 5, 2015

Chinese Students Visit Rotary Club of Sandy Springs 10-5-2015

Watch the presentation by the Chinese student at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXa1pGC8xI

Chinese Students Visit Rotary Club of Sandy Springs China’s Mingde High School teachers and students were welcomed by Sandy Springs Rotarians during the October 6, 2015 luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. The students are from City of Sandy Springs’ sister city of Taicang, China. The Chinese students are attending North Springs Charter High School for one week and are being hosted by families of the high school's students. The visit was a unique opportunity for the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs to apply Rotary International’s 2015-2016 worldwide theme, “Be A Gift To The World.” The Chinese students enjoyed an “American Cookout” lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers, and a program by the Chattahoochee Nature Center which included a live, female falcon. One student delivered a speech to the club which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXa1pGC8xI Most likely, it was the first Rotary meeting for these students, who were very interested in the international and community service works of Rotary. According to Rotary in China’s website (http://www.rotarychina.org/about-rotary-china/), Rotary has charted Rotary Clubs in four Chinese cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Suzhou, with “provisional” clubs in Dalian, Nanning, and Tianjin. For more photos of the event, go to http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p576003205

September 24, 2015

ARC's Doug Hooker to Speak to Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

Douglas R. Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission will speak to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs on Monday, September 28, 2015. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s website, “As head of the official planning organization for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, he oversees regional planning programs in the areas of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development and more.” http://www.atlantaregional.com/about-us/overview/agency-structure/arc-director-bio The program begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m.

http://rotaryclubofsandysprings.zenfolio.com/p778433943/e57494855