The Lopez Kids

Cobb Christmas Photos With Santa

During the past 8 years the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has embraced the Christmas holiday season for our primary service project –Cobb Christmas Program. As a Club we have created a tradition and have made a commitment to this service project for the past 8 years. This program strives to serve the approximately 17,000 children and families in Cobb County that live in poverty. Food and toys are gathered or purchased and then distributed during a designated weekend in December. In December 2017 the Club contributed over $500.00 in toys and cash.

However, we feel that the most meaningful contribution that the Rotary Club of Marietta Metro has been making over the years cannot be wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. On December 15 & 16, 2017, 20 Rotarians spent two days on site for a total of 60 volunteer hours creating a Santa encounter which is captured in a family photo that is given to each family as a keepsake. Over the years, our Rotary photo booth has become one of the most popular and anticipated activities during Cobb Christmas. While this booth was formed as a Service Project it has become part of the fabric of the children and families holiday tradition. The pictures are cherished by the families every year and they look forward to adding the year’s picture to their photo collection. During the 2017 Cobb Christmas event there were an excess of 700 photo memories placed into the hands of families by Rotarians.


The Chippers

Dogwoods, Cherries and Oaks, and Spruces and Pines, Oh My!

Rotary International President H. S. Riseley named the Rotary’s 2017-2018 theme as Rotary: Making a Difference. He clarified this theme as a call to protect the environment and curb climate change. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1st and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.

The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro jumped into this challenge with literally both feet as well as multiple shovels. Between the months of January 2018 and March 2018 the Club was responsible for the planting of 255 trees. The Club decided to complete a variety of activities for diversity of impact. Trees were planted at the North Cobb Senior Center with the thought to also enhance the lives of our senior citizens as we enhance the environment. Trees were planted at the Marietta City Cemetery with the hope that the beauty and tranquility of the trees would bring comfort to those visiting their loved ones. In addition to the planting of trees the Club also recycled Christmas Trees through the “Bring One for the Chipper Project”. During this project the Club also handed out 100 saplings for planting which was a way to engage and message to the community the need for replenishing trees and the protection of the environment.

Ultimately, 34 volunteers and nearly 100 volunteer hours later the Marietta Metro Club believes that they honored the 2017 -2018 theme to Make a Difference.