This item is our club's #1 (top pick) choice for our annual signature Service Project.
Our club organized and held a 5k runner race on August 3, 2019 in partnership with YMCA called the 5K Dog Days race. Our members raised over $92,500
We selected this as a Top Service Project because Dog Days is our annual fundraiser. The event has outgrown our normal breakfast meeting. We hosted a dinner Gala off site for the first time. Attendees included DG Jim Squire, ADG Fred Ferrand, Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce, the mayor of Marietta, Bob Ott, community sponsors/business owners who made donations that will go back to the Non-Profit organizations primarily in Cobb County, Marietta Daily Journal, EastCobber magazine, Cobb Life magazine, and other Rotarians from Marietta clubs. Checks were presented by Rotarian Dr. John Iaculli.A large erase board was used to represent the check which also included a photo of the Rotarian/Sponsor. We were blessed to receive free use of a facility from a Must Ministries. Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant catered the event for only the cost of food. We believe this will be a new tradition for many years!
These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success. To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. The Rotary Club of East Cobb was the presenting sponsor for this program @ Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA four years ago. We provided $15k-$20k each year for the first 4 years. This project is a core program for our cub. This program is a life changing event for the students and their families and it also offers training for the teachers.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb sponsored East Cobb Robotics as a New Interact Club, Marietta, GA, by presenting them with a check for $1,000. The proceeds were used to offset materials and competition costs and enable students to have a robust experience in learning robotics as well as team work.
After Bill Riley of the Roswell Rotary Club offered a moving presentation in May 2012 regarding preliminary efforts to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children, East Cobb Rotary entered an immediate commitment to financial support and attendance at awareness meetings. One club member continued through a process of speakers bureau training, commitment to the work, and so far this Rotary year contributed 44 volunteer hours toward ending Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) through work with the Georgia Cares speakers bureau. Another club member has joined the same speakers bureau this year.
Each year our community of East Cobb/Marietta sponsors a parade and local schools participate as teachers are recognized, school bands provide music and there are many volunteers including our Rotary Club. We provide a convertible from which we throw candy to the kids while other Rotarians carry the Rotary banner. We do cover the cost of candy for this event and participate to show our support in the community for the schools, Boy Scouts and businesses. The event provides an excellent forum for us to get the word out about The Rotary Club of East Cobb.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb has a long standing tradition of participating in GRSP. PP Guy Gephardt of The Rotary Club of East Cobb is the Trustee for Districts 6900 & 6910.
This year we are partnering with 5 clubs in District 6910:
This is our Top Pick for an International Project. Our club has been involved in this program for 4 years located in Escuela Pedro Nufio in the village of El Rincon in southwest Honduras. The school serves 146 students from grades K through 9 including middle schoolers who walk three hours each way to attend class in the only middle school in the area. The lifeblood of this school is the lunch program provided by L4L, and the prior sponsor pulled out leaving L4L to support the school from its general funds which is an unsustainable situation.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb fills a very important need in our community by providing Grant funding toward the construction of a new playground in early 2020. There are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that are providing funding to this school.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb fills a very important gap in our community as there are no other civic organizations in Cobb County that contribute to this entity. We are able to help better equip the teachers to deal with Dyslexia
Project Mail Call was started 12 years ago by a retired couple that attends Mt. Bethel UMC in East Cobb. Ed, a retired Navy veteran, drew upon his experience in the military and he and his wife Mary, decided to start this Non-Profit, with some help from Mt. Bethel UMC in the basement of their home. The entire basement is set up with all types of food supplies, books/magazines, games, toiletry items and hand written letters from elementary students thanking them for their service. Soldiers are always in need of these items but, just as important to them is mail or a box sent directly to them with a hand written note letting them know that others care about them and are thinking about them. It is a small way to thank all soldiers for their service.
Every quarter, Rotarians and family members pick up litter along a stretch of Johnson Ferry Road. This area is a main thoroughfare through a portion of Cobb County and the pick up helps keep the area sanitary and looking presentable. We were happy to see a very strong turnout on a very cold and blustery 1st of February!!!!
The East Cobb Rotary Club raised $750 from a raffle at our holiday party. We had a wonderful time on Dec. 14, 2019 and celebrated the many blessings of our Rotary family. Our tradition is for members to bring gifts which are raffled off to the highest bidder. The entire proceeds were distributed back to Polio Plus.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb has long partnered with Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA to volunteer as judges to review Senior projects. Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, high school Seniors are tasked with creating a project and selecting a mentor or coach, to provide guidance and feedback about how the student can learn from such an experience. Many students try to rely on a topic they are familiar with while some will stretch further to tackle a topic that they have had no exposure to before. This creates a scenario where students have never presented a project before a group of adult judges. Fear and nervousness is most evident.
Our Club partnered with Center for Family Resources to pack Thanksgiving boxes for needy families based on the number of people in the family. We distributed the boxes by delivering to families on a second day . One volunteer went to register and qualify families to participate in Thanks for Giving before the packing and distributing began .At least 100 families were able to benefit from this program.
We provide Grant funding in the amount of $2,500 to help the library buy new books each year. Rotarians do participate in their annual gala and we are proposing a service project with them this year.
We sponsored 4 students. Applications to be submitted Feb 2020. Funding amount $2200. Our club has provided funding for this entity for many years.
We sponsored 2 schools - Wheeler & Lassiter High Schools in the amount of $1,000.
Volunteers from Rotary of East Cobb provided and served lunch to over 100 homeless people .
East Cobb Rotarians provided and served lunch to over 100 homeless people at MUST MINISTRIES. Fred Hanna graciously stepped forward and donated all of the goods and foods served and fellow Rotarians assisted in serving everyone with a smile!
Pick up trash and debris along a busy traffic area of Johnson Ferry Rd, from LIttle Willeo to Lower Roswell Road, helping to beautify the area. East Cobb Rotarians and family members are encouraged to attend. We maintain the area 4 times or once per quarter.
East Cobb Rotarians made and sold cookies and hot cocoa at the tree lighting event at East Cobb Park. Our efforts raised over $400.00 dollars for East Cobb Park.
Every quarter, the Rotary Club of East Cobb recognizes the best of the best - the best firefighter, police office and EMT in the district. They are invited to breakfast along with the rest of their unit and their commanding officer usually says a small speech/introduction as to why that individual is being honored.
Honoring Cobb County First
Responders, Celebration was held at Old Towne Country Club. The Rotary
Club of East Cobb was recognized as their Presenting Sponsor by donating a
check for $2,500. A banner was displayed honoring our club. The event was
attended by Police officers but all money goes to the Police, Firefighters and
To combat this type of pollution in the streams and creeks of eastern Cobb County, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has implemented the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship storm water runoff project for seven years at no financial cost to the club.
Townsend Trail is 8/10th of a public mile trail that winds through a Cobb County green space adjacent to Wheeler High School. The East Cobb Rotary Club maintains this to assist Wheeler High School Cross Country with their training and safety access. The majority of time spent is clearing brush that has grown over the trail and clearing out fallen limbs.
For many years, The Rotary Club of East Cobb has partnered with WellStar Healthcare in our community. They are our presenting Sponsor for our annual Fundraiser each year, DogDays5k road race. We provide Grant funding to them that is used in the community toward their Hospice facilities. We do not provide any volunteer assistance - only funding.
Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust (CART) is a donation made by Rotarians each week donated to help fund Alzheimer research. Last year our total funding was approximately $600. This year our total should almost double to $1100.
Partnered with North Cobb YMCA 5K/10K run. Helped with set up and putting food and snacks out for runners. Gave out shirts and bags to children when they completed the race. Helped with cleanup.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb participated in a Global Grant with RI by donating $250 toward control of Polio..