For several years, the Marietta Metro Rotary Club has delivered a Student Dictionary to every 3rd grade child in the Marietta City School system. In the past, club members would attend each class and conduct 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. They also shared information about Rotary and the Four Way Test. This year, because of COVID restrictions, club members were not allowed to visit the classrooms. Regardless, this year our volunteers delivered over 800 dictionaries to the schools for distribution by the teachers to support literacy in our community. Our hope is that we will be able to visit the students next year.
On the first Monday of each month, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro utilizes a raffle to collect money for CART. Also members are encouraged to pledge on an annual basis to CART. Information is shared periodically with members regarding the ultimate use of the funds and progress being made about the disease and Rotary's efforts to help with Alzheimers Research. Because half our club members are attending meetings via Zoom, donations have been greatly reduced. To supplement donations, a fund raiser was held at the Marietta Wine Market on March 10, 2021. Over $550 was raised. Our goal is that our club will provide $2200 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.
Every year on or near Veterans Day, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro hosts a special luncheon complete with an honor guard, patriotic music, decorations, and special readings to honor the veterans in our community as our guests and to recognize the veterans in our club. All branches of service are recognized.
The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro partnered with FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to sponsor a collection day of new and gently used home medical equipment. These items would then be redistributed to deserving indiviuals. The event was held on Saturday, March 6. FODAC parked their truck in the First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm for the collection. Several Marietta Metro Rotarians were in attendance throughout the day to assist with unloading equipment. In addition, some equipment was picked up at individual's homes before and after the event. Marketing included letters to all churches in Marietta and to all funeral homes in Cobb County. Notices were posted on Linked in and Facebook, notices to all the Rotary Clubs in Cobb County, Retirement communities and the local newspapers. WellStar Health System, Cobb County Senior Services and MUST Ministries were contacted. We were able to utilize the services of our local Interact club. Students assisted by manning banners on the roadway by the church throughout the day. The money spent for the project was for copies and mailings.
In partnership with our local police and fire departments RCMM established an awards program to recognize outstanding police officer(s) and firefighter(s). This is usually done twice a year and the honorees are nominated by their respective departments. They and their families are invited to our meeting. A citation of their heroic acts is read, a plaque is presented and, according to department policy a monetary award was given to them or their designated charity. Peer members of their units and their families were also hosted by our club.
We participated in a S.O.A.P. initiative (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution).This is a program where bars of soap are distributed to local hotels with a phone number affixed to each one for those being trafficked to call for help. We prepared and delivered 1000 bars of soap for distribution in the Atlanta area.
Tim Bailey, Charles Lassiter, and Sally Platt volunteered with Laws of Life to read and judge essays.
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.
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.
At the Marietta Middle School, there is a special needs class which utilizes plantings to develop their motor skills,and improve communication, planning ability and physical dexterity. By allowing students to plant flower and vegetable beds, they have the opportunity to produce vegetables and flowers which can be shared among their classmates and with others. The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro provided three of these raised garden beds. They were built to accommodate wheelchair access and had casters which allowed them to be used outdoors on pretty days but rolled inside the builidng when the weather was inclement. The flower beds were constructed with materials and in a way to allow them to be used for several years.
For several years, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has supported Rise Against Hunger. It is a program where pouches are packed with rice, dried vegetables and vitamins. When the packets are hydrated, they provide a meal for six. Typically, thousands of meal packets are prepared in one session and they are delivered as needed around the world. Because of COVID, the event was not held in Marietta this year. Hopefully, things will improve and it can be conducted in fall of 2021. Marietta Metro typically contributes $500 and provides 10-15 volunteers.
Also, the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has support4ed gthe Cobb County Senios by providing funding for their Senior Christmas luncheon Though the luncheon was not held, the funds we provided were used to provide Christmas presents to Seniors. It is hoped that we will be able to be more engaged in 2021-22.
There were no special events planned regarding polio awareness in 2020-21 except for the distribution of End Polio Now flyers at Rotary Club events.
When members make annual pledges, contribution to the End Polio campaign is an option.
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.