Current Events and News

In 2008, Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as  the symbol for child abuse prevention.  For the past eight years, our Club has set out hundreds of fanciful pinwheels in downtown Dawsonville to draw attention to preventing child abuse and domestic violence.

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The ladies of DCWC just love cleaning the roadsides!!!  Here we are on March 20, 2018  at Rock Creek Park.

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Simple little dresses are sewn by volunteers all over the world and sent with mission groups and mailed directly. As relationships are formed with Little Dresses for Africa teams, needs are met by focusing on 3 areas: Clean water. primary education and community.

The ladies of DCWC are honored to be part of the Little Dresses for Africa.

“We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.”  

 

 

 

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HOBY PRESENTATION

Priscilla Taylor and Debbie Borovitcky attended the Dawson County School Board meeting on February 12. Priscilla presented plaques to the two Dawson County High School students, Taylor Daniel and Brandon Zeigler, who will attending the HOBY leadership seminar this summer.

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LEAP FOR LITERACY 2018

Leaping into Lake Lanier on a cold day in February is a tradition in Dawson County.  The WEE Books Program hosts this yearly event to raise funding that put age-appropriate books in the hands of preschool children. Over 800 children in Dawson County receive a free book in the mail each month.

OKAY, the Woman’s Club ladies don’t exactly leap into the water.  More of a toe tapping. But we make quite a splash anyhow.  We had a great time at Leap for Literacy on Saturday February 24 and WE WON A PRIZE – Best Toe-Tapping Team.  Best of all, we raised $190 for Wee Books.

Juniorette, Sara Alford, carried out the Cat in the Hat theme.

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DCWC juniorettes helped decorate the

Margie Weaver Senior Center for Valentine’s Day.

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INSTALLATION OF 2018 OFFICERS ON JAN 9, 2018

The Bowen Center for the Arts was the site of the 2018 Installation of Officers, luncheon and awards.

 

 

2018 Officers (left to right), Barbara Reynolds (GFWC Georgia Treasurer), Georgann Schmalz (President), Linda Bostick (1st VP), Judy Carruth (2nd VP),  Bev James (Treasurer), Debbie Borovitcky (Recording Secretary), Mary Bob Fox (Parliamentarian), Ruth Pierce (Corresponding Secretary).

 

Georgann Schmalz (left) received the Distinguished Service Award and Debbie Borovitcky received the Dot Strother Outstanding Clubwoman Award.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 in  DOWNTOWN DAWSONVILLE

As  our yearly tradition, the DCWC decorated the old county courthouse in the Dawsonville Square.  

Fluffing the wreaths is so much fun!Volunteers from the Dawson County fire department help to hang 
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taller and braver than us on the ladders.

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The 2018 HOBY winners were announced at Dawson County High School on November 29, 2017. The winner was Taylor Daniel – a very impressive sophomore.  Our alternate choice was Braxton Zeidler who showed tremendous leadership skills.

These students will be recognized at the February Board of Education Meeting and will then attend a week-end long leadership conference in June to be held at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

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Dawson County Woman’s Club and the Dawsonville Lions joined together to celebrate Christmas 2017.  We had a delightful dinner at Water’s Mill in Dawson County on December 4.  Thirty five members of both Clubs attended.

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Our DCWC Juniorettes from Dawson County High School are serving breakfast at the annual Grits and Granola Breakfast.

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Each year, the members of DCWC make dozens of
little dresses for Africa.

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The DCWC annual fundraiser, Giving Goes Glam, was held on September 16.  Our theme this year was Beauty in the Woods.  Over 125 attendees enjoyed a fabulous luncheon of spinach quiche, fruit on a skewer and cauliflower salad.  The chocolate cake dessert was to die for.  Thanks to all our members for their hard work.

Silent Auction items were the best this year.

 Creative and delicious appetizers   

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Congratulations to Ruth Pierce who won first place  in Machine Quilting at the GFWC Georgia State Convention
for her beautiful quilt.

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‘Seamless Summer’, a Dept of Agriculture program,  is served by our Club members at the Dawson County Library.  The program  provides lunches for children during their summer vacation.   They are so excited to get a sack lunch and never fail to say ‘thank you’.

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Absolutely no job is too tough for the ladies that work in the Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden.  Here is Edie trimming low branches that are keeping the sun from reaching our new pollinator garden plants.  Come visit!

 

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June 5 was our annual picnic at Rock Creek Park.  The food was fantastic and the rain held off for us.

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The Dawson County Humane Society was presented with a pop-up tent for their events.

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Conservation Program sponsored a field trip to Sosebee Cove in north Georgia on April 17.  Lots of wildflowers and birds.

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Spring District Meeting at Tallulah Falls School

Left to right: Marsha Inman, Linda Bostick, Bev James,

Mary Bob Fox, Sandy Duffy

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The Dawson County Library will be having an Elephant and Piggie Party on Saturday, April 8, 2017

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The Conservation Program enjoyed a warm  day at Rock Creek Park preparing the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden for spring.

Afterwards, we tackled the Martin Road Clean Up.  Four large bags of trash were collected and hauled to the county transfer station.

A little British Soldier lichen along the way added to the clean up.

Good Job,  Edie, Linda, Dianne, Pat and Georgann

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Mary Bob Fox and Georgann Schmalz  proudly presenting
the 2017 HOBY Award recipients
far left, Tyler Perry
far right, Jackson Trammell

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INSTALLATION of Officers 2017 January 9

Outgoing Co-Presidents, Judy Carruth and Bev James are thanked for their year of service to the Club.
Judy receiving her Past President pin from Priscilla Taylor

 

Priscilla installing Georgann as Schmalz as 2017 President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bev James receiving both the Dot Strother Award and the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is based on one or more areas of outstanding service to the Dawson County Woman’s Club and/or the community.

The Dot Strother Outstanding Club Member Award is based on total contribution and participation in Club activities. The Bev possesses a positive attitude toward Club involvement and fellow members, regularly attends monthly meetings, participates in all Club projects, has a leadership role in at least one major area of Club work during the past year.

Congratulations, Bev James.  No one has ever won both awards in the same year.  Way to go and thanks for all your work and love.

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December 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again for decorating the Dawsonville Old Courthouse.  Thanks to all our ladies for helping on this beautiful day.

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The Dawson County Woman’s Club fund raiser, Denim ‘n’ Diamonds was held on September 10 at the Church of the Apostles.

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DCWC members decorated the fellowship hall in the style of creative denim and diamond accessories.

150 visitors enjoyed a fabulous event with fashions from Bradford Pair (Gainesville), Chico’s (Dawsonville), Elizabeth’s (Gainesville) and Pink Alley Boutique (Dahlonega)

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Appetizers teased our appetites as DCWC members greeted the many attendees.

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Chicken Bow Tie Pasta salad was a great hit along with the almond chocolate cheesecake.

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Through the generosity of businesses and individuals, the Silent Auction items were greatly enjoyed and bid upon.

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The members of DCWC thank all of you for supporting our Club and Giving Goes Glam

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Congratulations to Marley Hamby and Carter Whaley upon receiving scholarships to the 2016 HOBY Leadership Seminar.

At the Leadership seminar, students explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.

The Dawson County Woman’s Club sponsored three students to this year’s seminar held in June 2016 at Barry College in Rome, GA.

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Pictured above from left to right Beth Hamby (Marley’s mom), Marley Hamby, Priscilla Taylor (DCWC member), Carter Whaley and his mom Abby Liberatore.

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June picnic 2016

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Our new pollinator garden at Rock Creek Park is doing very well.  Come visit

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DCWC sponsored a lunch from Culvers for Riverview Elementary School students who had earned enough points in their reading.

Each winner also got to treat a friend to the lunch. Pictured here are the winning readers.

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DCWC Education Program chair, Beth Paul, presents Dana Robison with the $1000 high school scholarship for college expenses in the fall, 2016.  Congratulations, Dana.

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Beth Paul presents a check to Media Specialist Cherie Powell and Principal Dr. Randi Segona of RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL.  The assistance will aid the school’s computerized reading program.

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Library Appreciation Week 2016 was celebrated by sharing a cake and certificated with the Dawson County Library

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April is Prevent Domestic Violence Month when we stake out pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention.  Thank you to the Juniorettes and Club members for helping with the pinwheels.

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Earth Day is celebrated on April 18, 2016 by donating and planting a river birch at the new North Georgia Assisted Living residence in downtown Dawsonville.

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The DCWC participated in the 6th Annual Leap for Literacy fundraiser for Wee Books on Saturday, February 27.  Some of our members were ‘toe tappers’ while the other ‘ramp runners’ walked deeper into Lake Lanier.  Water temperature was a frigid 45 degrees, but the day was clear, sunny and about 50 degrees at the tapping and running moment.

We wouldn’t miss this event since it purchases monthly books to children ages newborn to five years old.

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In 2011, the DCWC purchased and donated a playground train set to Rock Creek Park for the 150th birthday of Dawson County.

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DCWC is involved with a reading incentive program at Riverview Elementary School.  The kids earn hats for their reading accomplishments and get to wear them on Fridays

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DCWC members, Judy Carruth and Caroline Christi, present the Dawson County Humane Society with a check to purchase much needed foot baths that eliminate contamination of rooms
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FESTIVE CHRISTMAS BAGS PREPARED FOR HOMEBOUND FAMILIES IN DAWSON COUNTY.

Many thanks to Ruth Pierce, Jan Cockcroft, Judy Cahill, Nancy Matthews, Beth Paul, and Marsha Inman for meeting at the Margie Weaver Senior Center to assemble goodie bags.  Fruit, cookies, candy canes, and a personalized Christmas card was included in each festive bag that was delivered to homebound families on December 16.

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH AT RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY

Each year the Woman’s Club rotates elementary schools for adoption.  Riverview Elementary School is our adopted school for the 2015-2016 school  year.  The Woman’s Club offers monetary assistance as well as hands-on help.  A DCWC reader also goes to the second grade each week and reads a story from a book which is then donated to that class’s permanent library.

November’s Students of the Month at Riverview Elementary School were Tate Tangel, age 7, and Faith Bailey, age 8, pictured with the Education Chair Beth Paul.

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The Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden at Rock Creek Sports Complex is sleeping for the winter, 2015

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The bluebird houses were cleaned out to be ready for new nests in early spring.

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Above, House Wrens often nest in the bluebird boxes.

Below, feathers indicate a Tree Swallow nest.Tree Swallow nest at RCP

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The Christmas Party on December 7 was held at Achasta Golf Club.  Once again, we were joined by the Dawsonville Lions Club.  Great food, great company and a Merry Christmas to all!

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Decorating the Historic Courthouse in downtown Dawsonville.  We trim the fence around the old building while the Dawson County Fire Department hangs the bows.   We don’t do ladders!

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Trees for Troops

The Dawson County Woman’s Club provided trees for troops for Christmas 2015.

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Veterans Day Parade Nov 11, 2015

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Club members join the crowd in downtown Dawsonville in honoring Veterans Day.

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Giving Goes Glam 2015       

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September 12 at the Church of the Apostles, included a fabulous Fashion Show, Luncheon, Silent Auction and lots of fun.  Our fashion models were stunning; the Silent Auction items plentiful and creative; and the food was delicious.

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Scavenger Hunt on June 13  hosted by the Dawson County Library We took third place in this yearly exciting event.   Judy Cahill, Beth Paul and Margie Hock Scavenger Hunt on June 13  hosted by the Dawson County Library We took third place in this yearly exciting event.  

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Leap for Literacy February 28, 2015 featured Woman’s Club Polar Bears, Sandy Duffy, Georgann Schmalz, Beth Paul, Marsha Inman and Judy Carruth.  (Not pictured Anne Becking) five bears

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Air temp was a cold 38 degrees with water at 42 degrees bears coming outBrrrrrrr. Beth with awardAnd, of course, we won 1st Place for creativity.

 

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The Artful Table, 2014, a fantastic event held at the Bowen Art Center, featured twenty creatively decorated tables of “Celebrations”.  The Woman’s Club table featured ‘Over the Hill–Birthdays”.  We took second place. Artful Table

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GIVING GOES GLAM

September 20, 2014

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Artful Table What a great event put on by the DCWC ladies.  Fabulous Fashions, Delicious Luncheon, enviable Silent Auction items. Raffle and Door Prizes.  We had over 140 guests come for an afternoon of fun and glamor.

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All of these tables were decorated with members’ personal bling treasures.

 

Our models displayed fashions from local Gainesville, GA fine shops; Carol’s Closet, Elizabeth’s, The Bradford Pair and Saul’s.

 

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The jester, Carol Tyger and Minnie Pearl, aka LeeAnn Harter entertained while Dawson County dined for charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Breakfast at Longhorns attracted a court jester (Carol Tyger) and the ever-popular Minnie Pearl (LeeAnn Harter).  Thanks Ladies for making the event a successful fundraiser for fighting child abuse.

 

 

 

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The dedicated ladies of the Conservation Program  have been working hard this summer in beautifying our Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden at Rock Creek Park.  With three loads of donated mulch (thanks Mark Byrd) and work crews from Bradley Landscapes, the garden is looking better than ever.  Come by and visit.

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Miranda Abe is awarded the 2013 $1000 High School Scholarship presented by Club President, Georgann Schmalz     Each year,the Dawson   County Woman’s Club presents an award to a student to attend the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) workshop at Berry College.  This year we were fortunate enough to award two scholarships, sending Sarah Tinsley and Sarah Rogers to the seminar in early June.  Congratulations.   Sarah Tinsley Sarah Tinsley on left.

 

 

 

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The Dawson County Library conducted a Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, June 7, 2014 for any teams that wanted to run around Dawson County finding over 100 sites, performing outrageous tasks, collecting photos of each for points.  This year the DCWC was aptly represented by four outstanding participants, Judy Cahill, Beth Paul, Betty Powell and Georgann Schmalz.  Our Team finished in second place just barely beaten by the high schoolers from Christ Redeemer Church

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