Halloween on October 31 2020 found Dawsonville City Council member, Stephen Tolson and his wife, Sandra, poising behind our panel at the Main Street Park pollinator garden. Dressed as beekeepers, they said that they were inspired by our honey bees and bumble bees flying around.
The city of Dawsonville has been accepted as affiliate as a Bee City USA by the Xerces Society! We are one of eleven cities in the state of Georgia. The Dawsonville County Woman’s Club has worked for nearly a year to become a Bee City USA. We especially want to thank the City Council of Dawsonville for all their help and encouragement to attain this award.
The Dawsonville City Council voted to accept the Xerces Society Bee City USA Resolution for Dawsonville, GA.
As part of our application for becoming a Bee City USA, the Dawson County Woman’s Club reached out to the Girl Scouts for help in planting in the chosen Pollinator Spots. The girls had a great time, I think, and really helped out. Fortunately, the recent rains has softened the Georgia clay to dig fairly easily. We have three more Spots for our Scout crew to conquer. And they managed to dig without getting dirty.
To show our Club’s appreciation of the digging and planting by the Girl Scouts (Troop 10616), Edie presented a program for them on bee keeping.
Edie presenting her program from a safe distance in case her ladies were upset with an audience.
Not only the Girl Scouts came to the bee program, but also a couple of sisters. They were very impressed with Edie’s bee keeper Barbie Doll.
IN THE BEGINNING
Starting many months ago (see below), the raised beds were built and planted with a variety of native plants. On June 30, 2020 the DCWC proudly presented our new Pollinator Garden to our members and invited guests at Main Street Park. Our next step is to submit our application for Bee City USA for Dawsonville.
SAVE OUR BEES: PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS
Dawson County Woman’s Club has taken on a new project that encourages our community to plant gardens for pollinators. You can learn about the steps to create a native pollinator garden to save our bees and other insects by visiting Native Plants for Pollinators page.
We started our own garden at the new Main Street Park in downtown Dawsonville. We planted many species that pollinators like and have them represent blooming times throughout the year.
We encourage you to stop by and walk the paved trails at Main Street Park behind the City Hall of downtown Dawsonville. You can also visit our garden at Rock Creek Park. This is an older, more established garden with a great variety of plants.
Both locations will have brochures available on pollinator gardens.
Remember, you only need a few native pollinator plants mixed in with your favorite annuals to save our bees.
The Installation of 2020 Officers was held at our luncheon at the Blue Bicycle in Dawsonville. Here is our new President, Debbie Borovitcky, being sworn in by Mary Bob Fox.
The Artful Table at the
Christmas table was a combination of many borrowed items! Mary Bob sent the most Santa’s. Anne contributed a couple. Sandy’s plates & chargers. Janes goblets. Everyone worked together to set it all up.
DCWC and Lions Club 2019 Christmas Party
Eighth Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon 2019
Our eighth annual Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Silent Auction was held on September 14, 2019 at the Church of the Apostles in Dawsonville. Over 150 were in attendance enjoying great food catered by Talk of the Town, stunning fashions from Chico’s, Belk, Elizabeth’s, Bradford Pair and Blush Ivey, music by Helen Hardman and much more.
Donation to Humane Society
The ladies of DCWC presenting a new canopy to the Dawson County Humane Society for their many displays and pet adoptions.
The Dawson County Library hosted a book themed “decorate a cupcake” event in July. The DCWC provided dozens of cupcakes.
Bev James, DCWC Treasurer far left, receiving an award at the NE Georgia District Meeting on March 23.
The 2019 HOBY winner, June Rose Harmon (Olivia Walls also received the award), is recognized at the Dawson County Board of Education meeting in February.
Dawson County Woman’s Club Home Life Program donated quilt batting to the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild The Guild makes lap/crib quilts that are given to Dawson County Emergency Services. These are then handed out to young children after an accident or when there is a fire.
Here are Jan, Diane and Debbie presenting pies at Black’s Mill Elementary School.
On February 23, WEE Books of Dawson County held their Leap for Literacy at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier. This yearly event is a fundraiser for sponsoring the purchasing and delivering books to children ages newborn to five years old.
The temperature was a balmy 47 degrees and approximately 100 brave people came out to experience the 46 degree water. Always on the side of safety, Dawson County EMT and rescue divers were there, hoping not to be needed. Now, 46 degrees doesn’t sound like much for Polar Bear jumpers, but, hey, we are southerns! It was darn cold….
Thirteen DCWC ladies, dressed in their finest Hawaiian clothes, came out to participate in either ‘Toe Tapping’, ‘Ramp Running’ or ‘Leaping’. One very brave soul walked in up to her knees while the 12 others carefully crept to the edge of the water, eyeing the ripples with fear.
Enjoy the adventure in photos:
With Hawaiian music playing, we begin our march to the water.
This crowd of DCWC ladies will follow their leader anywhere. Or so she thought…
Here we go, ladies. Just follow me here. Your toes, feet and calves will be numb in no time. Watch for sharks.
Wait…what’s this? Mutiny!
But I thought you loved me? I’m out here alone, risking my life for children’s books.
They wouldn’t budge. They ignored their leader, their President, they’re immobile.
Wee came, wee tapped and wee ran, wee bought books for kids. Wee are so awesome….
And one of us got an award. But the other 12 had my back. I think.
The 2019 HOBY Awards were presented at the Dawson County Board of Education meeting on February 12, Olivia Walls and June Rose Harmon (on far right) won the honor of attending the summer Leadership conference.
February 15 was Arbor Day where the DCWC planted a tree at the Northeast Georgia Assisted Living facility.
Road Clean Up was accomplished by two members, Edie and Mary Lou on February 6.
A few bags of trash were collected and awaited the Dawson County recycling trucks.
DCWC presented seven Christmas trees to the troops at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega.
The 2019 Installation was held on January 7, 2019. New officers were sworn in by the GFWC Georgia North East District President, Patty Gabilondo. Our new officers are eager and ready to take on the new year with new events, activities and good deeds.
From left to right, Linda Bostick 1st VP, Debbie Borovitcky 2nd VP, Bev James Treasurer, Georgann Schmalz President, Linda Browning Recording Secretary, Judy Carruth Corresponding Secretary, and Patty Gabilondo NE District President.
The Dawson County old courthouse, built in 1858, is a historic two story redbrick building located on the Square in Dawsonville, GA. In 1980, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was saved and renovated by the Dawson County Woman’s Club in 1990 and is now the oldest working courthouse in the state.
Each year, the DCWC decorates the Courthouse for the holidays. Dawson County Fire Department hangs the wreaths and sets up the tree, while the ladies wrap garlands around the fencing. Come by and look at it, especially at night when it is lighted.
Christmas at The Bowen Center for the Arts celebrated the upcoming 2018 season with 17 luncheon tables decorated with exquisite and creative wonders. The DCWC table was themed “Woodland Christmas” decorated with owls and friends.
The DCWC November meeting was hosted by the International Outreach Program. We played a Shots for Life game, voted for best Heifer International animal, and prepared and collected Good Samaritan Christmas Child shoeboxes.
Every Halloween, Rock Creek Park in Dawsonville, GA holds a Trunk or Treat for kids and parents. The Dawson County Woman’s Club participates by handing out candy to over a thousand kids. What fun. Our Juniorettes Grace and Lane McCarthy (sisters) helped to hand out the goodies.
Hats & High Heels was the theme for this year’s Giving Goes Glam held on Saturday, October 6 at the Church of the Apostles in Dawsonville, GA.
Over 130 guests enjoyed a fabulous luncheon catered by Talk of the Town. Our Silent Auction items were the best ever. Appetizers were a great hit. Fashions were chosen from Chico’s, Bradford Pair, Elizabeth’s and White House Black Market.
The room decor was better than ever! Many guests called it ‘stunning’.
Three raffle items drew attention especially the gift certificates for local restaurants. Thank you to all of those eating places.
Not sure where all the high heels came from, but some of our ladies must dress up nicely!
DCWC hikers at Elachee Nature Preserve, October 24, 2018. Hikers from left to right: Linda Bostick, Jane Miller, Priscilla Taylor, Edie Chodora. We enjoyed a delicious lunch afterwards at Chicken Salad Chick in Gainesville. It was a perfect day for a hike! Join us next time.
Traveling Tutus’ mission is to provide dance attire to children in orphanages, children’s homes, title-one schools, foster care or other non-profits around the world to instill confidence, self-expression, and joy through the gift of dance. In almost a decade, Traveling Tutus has sent costumes to hundreds of children in 17 different countries.
At the annual June picnic, the Dawson County Woman’s Club wore their tutus in a variety of ingenious styles-around the waist, over each leg, on top of the head and around an arm. We donated 39 colorful tutus.
Sew Much Comfort
Since 2004, Sew Much Comfort provides wounded service members comfort and restores their dignity through the availability of adaptive clothing. Many of their injuries require large prosthetics and casts that are too bulky to wear with regular clothing. Adaptive clothing allows them to wear normal appearing clothing and provides them warmth, comfort and dignity as they recover from their injuries.
We donated 48 boxer shorts.
Who said young people just sit around playing video games and never do anything physical?
Not 11 year old Samuel or nine year old Ethan who, along with their Grandfather, Paul , spread 28 yards of mulch donated by R & L Tree Service over Wednesday and Thursday of this past week.
The pollinator garden once again has three to four inches of mulch lining the pathways. We are grateful for the accomplishments of these young men and their Grandpa.
Dawson County Woman’s Club prepares for the GFWC Day of Service by creating colorful collection boxes for NOA. We will be at Kroger in Dawsonville from 10-2 on Saturday, April 28 alerting shoppers to the needs of victims of domestic violence. Their purchases of toiletries, personal items, soaps, shampoos, etc. can be donated to our boxes which we will deliver to the
Dawsonville No One Alone. office.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
DCWC juniorettes helped decorate the
Margie Weaver Senior Center for Valentine’s Day.
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.
CHRISTMAS 2017 in DOWNTOWN DAWSONVILLE
Fluffing the wreaths is so much fun!Volunteers from the Dawson County fire department help to hang
the wreaths from the windows of the old courthouse. They are
taller and braver than us on the ladders.
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.
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.
Our DCWC Juniorettes from Dawson County High School are serving breakfast at the annual Grits and Granola Breakfast.
Each year, the members of DCWC make dozens of
little dresses for Africa.
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.
Congratulations to Ruth Pierce who won first place in Machine Quilting at the GFWC Georgia State Convention
for her beautiful quilt.
‘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’.
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!
June 5 was our annual picnic at Rock Creek Park. The food was fantastic and the rain held off for us.
The Dawson County Humane Society was presented with a pop-up tent for their events.
Conservation Program sponsored a field trip to Sosebee Cove in north Georgia on April 17. Lots of wildflowers and birds.
Spring District Meeting at Tallulah Falls School
Left to right: Marsha Inman, Linda Bostick, Bev James,
Mary Bob Fox, Sandy Duffy
The Dawson County Library will be having an Elephant and Piggie Party on Saturday, April 8, 2017
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.
Mary Bob Fox and Georgann Schmalz proudly presenting
the 2017 HOBY Award recipients
far left, Tyler Perry
far right, Jackson Trammell
INSTALLATION of Officers 2017 January 9
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.
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.
The Dawson County Woman’s Club fund raiser, Denim ‘n’ Diamonds was held on September 10 at the Church of the Apostles.
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)
Appetizers teased our appetites as DCWC members greeted the many attendees.
Chicken Bow Tie Pasta salad was a great hit along with the almond chocolate cheesecake.
Through the generosity of businesses and individuals, the Silent Auction items were greatly enjoyed and bid upon.
The members of DCWC thank all of you for supporting our Club and Giving Goes Glam
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.
Pictured above from left to right Beth Hamby (Marley’s mom), Marley Hamby, Priscilla Taylor (DCWC member), Carter Whaley and his mom Abby Liberatore.
June picnic 2016
Our new pollinator garden at Rock Creek Park is doing very well. Come visit
May 17, 2016
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.
DCWC Education Program chair, Beth Paul, presents Dana Robison with the $1000 high school scholarship for college expenses in the fall, 2016. Congratulations, Dana.
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.
Library Appreciation Week 2016 was celebrated by sharing a cake and certificated with the Dawson County Library
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.
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.
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.
Nancy Mathews with her husband and grandaughter Mary Bob Fox races back to dry land with cold, but brave Juniorettes
DCWC “beachettes’ preparing for their toe tapping or ramp
running on a cold, but sunny day at Lake Lanier
In 2011, the DCWC purchased and donated a playground train set to Rock Creek Park for the 150th birthday of Dawson County.
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
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
for cats and dogs.
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.
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.
The Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden at Rock Creek Sports Complex is sleeping for the winter, 2015
The bluebird houses were cleaned out to be ready for new nests in early spring.
Above, House Wrens often nest in the bluebird boxes.
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!
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!
The Dawson County Woman’s Club provided trees for troops for Christmas 2015.
Veterans Day Parade Nov 11, 2015
Club members join the crowd in downtown Dawsonville in honoring Veterans Day.
Giving Goes Glam 2015
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.
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.
And, of course, we won 1st Place for creativity.
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.
GIVING GOES GLAM
September 20, 2014
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.
Our models displayed fashions from local Gainesville, GA fine shops; Carol’s Closet, Elizabeth’s, The Bradford Pair and Saul’s.
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.
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.
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 on left.
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