Marietta Metro Rotary delivers a Student Dictionary to every 3rd grade child in the Marietta City School system. This year our volunteers delivered over 800 dictionaries to support literacy in our community. Club members attended each class and conducted a short training session focusing on not only the words in the dictionary but also the supplemental information in the book - geography, periodic table, state and country information, flag pictures and presidential biographies.
Once per month RCMM utilizes a raffle to collect money for CART. Also members are encouraged to pledge on an annual basis to CART. One of our programs was focused on CART with PDG Rod Funderburk from District 7770 and Charlene Hall, 6900 CART chair, providing update information about the disease and Rotary's efforts to help with Alzheimers Research. Our club will provide $2100 to CART this Rotary Year
BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER – As part of our environmental awareness, we collect Christmas trees for recycling each year. This is in cooperation with Keep Cobb Beautiful and hundreds of trees are processed.
CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS – The mission of The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk. As a part of the state foster care system, they house, feed, clothe and develop homeless and maltreated youth in the Atlanta Metro area.
COBB DIAPER DAY – Rotary Club will join with the community to provide diapers for local agencies.There is a need throughout the county when babies arrive from homeless situations, etc. Several local agencies are recipients. We contributed 2,270 diapers and 904 baby wipes.
1) A community wide event on November 14th is being held which is a Chili Cook-off with proceeds to benefit Georgia Army National Guard Family Support Foundation, Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and Veterans Court of Cobb County Bravo/Victor Fund. Our club is joining with the other Rotary Clubs of Cobb County to offer assistance at the event.
1) Several events will be held to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking. The West Cobb YMCA will host a seminar at their facility on October 22 and Susan Norris of “Saving Hope” will speak. Other programs are planned including with Interact clubs.
LITERACY – The Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center is a facility for 4 year-olds in the Marietta City School system to help them get a jump start on school.
1) The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, in cooperation with the Ferst Foundation, will provide a book to approximately 137 children every month during the school year. The students will be able to keep the books for their own.In addition, parent training is being held to help parents learn to best utilize the book as a learning tool.
MENTORING FOR LEADERSHIP – There is program at the Marietta High School which facilitates adults counseling and mentoring students to educate, encourage and support students in setting their goals for future years.Marietta Metro Rotary is providing funding and volunteers.
SERVING OUR SENIORS –ELDER ABUSE.Programs are being planned to be presented to local civic groups and churches regarding elder abuse prevention.Jason Marbutt is a member of MMRC and also Chairman of the Elder Abuse Task Force in Cobb County and he has agreed to present to local groups on Elder Abuse.Jason Marbutt presented a program on September 8 at Marietta First Baptist.There were about 100 in attendance.Several organizations are interested including other churches and Senior Centers.
STOP HUNGER NOW – The Rotary club will provide volunteers and funding for an event on November 20.The program prepares pouches of rice, vitamins and seasonings for distribution overseas, each of which provides six servings.
RCMM sponsored an End Polio Night with the Atlanta Braves August 19th with part of the proceeds gong to the End Polio Fund. DG Jim Squire, Zone Polio Director Bob Hagan and over 200 Rotarians and their families attended. This also served as a Family Fun event for our members. With the Braves portion o about $2200 plus the matching from the Gates Foundation of $4400 a total of over $6600 went into the fund.
EXTENSION – This is a licensed residential and recovery program serving homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions.Would be residents undergo a rigorous assessment to assure that they are genuinely committee to starting a new chapter in their lives. Then begins the long, tough challenge of reclaiming their lives from the clutches of chemical dependency.
1) The women of the Rotary Club provide dinner for the residents once each quarter, typically about 30 residents per meal.
2) Thanks to a District Grant award, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro recently purchased and installed a brand new Speed Queen washer and dryer for The Extension-Women's Facility, along with several months' supply of detergent and dryer sheets. The facility houses around 40 women, most of whom are in the workplace every day and must be presentable at their jobs.Having access to functional washers and dryers makes this achievable.Marietta Metro Rotarians also support The Extension by providing an evening meal every quarter for both the Men’s and Women’s Extension.The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro is proud to support their efforts. This project was completed on September 27, 2019.