Dunwoody, GA, USA

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At the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand the Rotary Club of Dunwoody was recognized as one of THE TOP THREE ROTARY CLUBS WORLDWIDE by RI President Kalyan Banerjee for extraordinary achievements in Membership and The Rotary Foundation. ( Membership Category 51-100)

OUR HISTORY 1984-2014[edit]

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody, with thirty-five charter members, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and the Rotary Club of North DeKalb and received its charter from Rotary International on April 25, 1984. At that time the Rotary Club of Dunwoody was the forty-eight club in District 690 and the first breakfast club. The charter District Governor was Frank E. Bentley, Sr. and the governor's representative was David H. Baker. Rotary International District 6900, which is one of three districts in the state of Georgia, now has 69 Rotary Clubs and approximately 4,400 members making it one of the largest membership districts in the world.

After 30 years of local and international community service, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody has approximately 100 members representing a cross section of Dunwoody's business and professional community. The club meets for breakfast at the Westin Hotel Locating at the intersection of Peachtree Dunwoody Road and I-285. In addition to our weekly meetings, the club offers many service opportunities along with fellowship and social activities.

The club is actively in local, national and international projects. A sampling of the projects includes presenting Vocational Service Awards to several public servants and first responders in the community, Laws of Life ( a Character Education Essay program for high school students ),Drug Awareness/Prevention, Adult and Youth Literacy and Education, Environmental, Senior Citizens, Junior Achievement, U.S.O, and AIDS Awareness/Prevention. Dunwoody is the home club of Rotarian Marion Bunch , the founder and CEO of Rotarians for Fighting AIDS, a Rotarian Action Group. The club also sponsors an Interact Club and a Rotaract Club.

Through the Dunwoody Charitable Fund the club provides financial contributions annually in excess of $80,000 to local and international charitable projects and programs. The club has two fundraisers, the Governor's Ball (21 years), and a 5K race named RunDunwoody which is in its fifth year.


The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is a major contributor to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and as of September 15, 2014 is the number THREE club in the state of Georgia in All Time Giving. Giving to The Rotary Foundation over the last twenty-eight years has averaged in access of 29K each year for a total of over $957,000. As of September 15, 2014 the club has 532 Paul Harris Fellows, 40+ Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, 20 Paul Harris Society members, 19 Major Donors and 17 Bequest Society Members.

The Club contributed over 25K during 1985-1988 towards Rotary International's Polio Eradication goal of $120 million to immunize all children worldwide by the year 2005, Rotary's 100th Anniversary. In 2002-03 the club made a three-year Rotarian individual contribution commitment of $20,000 towards the "Fulfilling Our Promise to Eradicate Polio" campaign. Dunwoody Rotarians contributed $43,451 to the $200 Million Challenge during 2008-12. Dunwoody's All Time PolioPlus giving is over $101,500.

The Rotary club has sponsored six students who were awarded Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships to study abroad. The club has hosted five Ambassadorial Scholars, one from Germany, Korea (2) Italy and France. Three Dunwoody Rotarians have been selected as GSE Team Leaders, Loretta A. (Lorri) Christopher to Germany, Kathleen G. (Kathy) Brandt to Italy and P. Frederick (Fred)Fred Brandt to Australia. The club has participated in numerous World Community Service projects, including hospital equipment to Venezuela, medical supplies to Africa, AIDS project in Kenya and used computers to Central America. Total value of projects $ 1,500,000 +.


Since 1984 the Rotary Club of Dunwoody has sponsored and hosted 30 foreign students through the Georgia Rotary Student Program. The Rotary club provides a host family each year, but all members of the club are encouraged to invite the student to participate in their family activities and outings. The majority of the students have attended Oglethorpe University, University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. The Dunwoody club has contributed $145,000 + to the GRSP Endowment Fund. The club hosts the annual GRSP Leadership Conference in January on MLK weekend. The Club has 60+ Will Watt Fellows, 7 Hue Thomas Fellows and 2 Kendall Weisiger Fellows.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has many outstanding social events including the Holiday Luncheon with spouses, which is held on a Friday during the month of December. The club’s main fundraiser, The Governor’s Ball and Silent Auction, is scheduled each year during the month of February. For our first nineteen years, the three-day Annual Rotary International District 6900 Conference was held at Georgia’s coastal resort Jekyll Island. In 2004, it was moved to Savannah. From 2005 – 2008 the Conference was held in Sandestin, Florida. It returned to Jekyll Island in 2009 and was in Atlanta 2010 and Callaway Gardens in 2011. In 2012 it was moved back to Sandestin and will return in 2013 and 2014. On the last Sunday of the month of June the Rotary year is celebrated with the club’s Annual Awards Night and Installation of Officers and Directors Dinner. Over the last twenty-eight years most of these events, with the exception of the District 6900 Conference have been held at the Dunwoody Country Club.


Dunwoody has prepared and provided many of our Rotarians to serve in a multitude of positions on the District 6900 administrative staff. Six Rotarians have served as Lt. Governor /Assistant Governor, William M. (Bill) Mulkey, Robert L. (Bob) Hall, Michael Feeney, Jennifer J. (Jennie) Stipick, P. Frederick (Fred)Brandt, Kathleen G. (Kathy) Brandt and Laura K. Kann. Three Dunwoody Rotarians, William M. (Bill) Mulkey 1997-98, Robert L. (Bob) Hall 2001-02, and William S. (Bill) Woulfin 2007-08 have been honored as officers of Rotary International when they were elected to serve in the position of District Governor of Rotary International District 6900.


Robert L. Hall is serving as a RI Director from Rotary Zones 33 & 34 for the two year term of 2014 - 2016.


Three Dunwoody Rotarians, PDG William M. (Bill) Mulkey (2000-01), Marion Bunch (2001-02), and PDG Robert L. (Bob) Hall (2003-04), have been recognized with Rotary International’s highest award to an individual, the “Service Above Self Award.” PDG William M (Bill) Mulkey (2004-05) and Robert L. (Bob) Hall (2009-10) have been recognized by the Rotary Foundation Trustees with the Rotary Foundation’s highest award, the “Distinguish Service Award.” Three Rotarians, PDG William M. (Bill) Mulkey 1998-99, PDG Robert L. (Bob) Hall 2004-05, and PDG William S. (Bill) Woulfin 2010-11 were recognized with the Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service.” Four Dunwoody Rotarians have been named “District 6900 Rotarian of the Year,” Marion Bunch 1997-98, George Stewart 1998-99, Dr. Jennie Springer 2000-01, and William S. Woulfin 2001-02. Three Dunwoody Rotarians have been recognized with the Sheffield Leadership Award for their outstanding leadership during the year they served as Club President: P. Frederick Brandt, William S.Woulfin and Laura K. Kann


The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has established a “Tradition of Excellence” during its THIRTY year history of providing humanitarian and educational service throughout the world. It has resulted in the Rotary Club of Dunwoody being named by Rotary International District 6900 as “Best All Around Club Runner-Up” THREE times and “Best All Around Club” SIXTEEN times. At the 2000 District 6900 Conference the Rotary Club of Dunwoody was recognized as the “CLUB OF THE DECADE” 1990-2000 and again at the 2011 District Conference for “CLUB OF THE DECADE” 2000-2010.


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