Since 1965 the Rotary Club of Buckhead has sponsored a 7th grade basketball league for boys. In addition to a financial contribution, the club has continued to provide assistance each week with running the scoreboard and stats for each game. This event is well known in the community, especially among the parents of the private school boys who attend the games.
The Rotary Club of Buckhead held the first Apple Polishing for Teachers in 1973, setting an annual tradition. With more than 100,000 apples later, we are just as committed to honoring the men and women who are called to invest their time and talents in future generations by teaching our youth. In addition to delivering the apples to local area teachers and administrators, we also provide everyone with a card listing the Rotary's 4 Way Test. The event this year was held at the Atlanta International School November 18th with delivery of apples during the balance of the week.
Buckhead Rotary kicked off this Signature Club Project last July to help upgrade the five fire stations in the Buckhead Battalion to make them more comfortable for our brave firefighters. After securing a list ranging from silverware and kitchen appliances, to recliners, outdoor grills and exercise equipment, individual Club members procured and donated these items to improve the firefighters' lives while on duty at the stations. The Club donated $25,000 to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation (AFRF) to purchase new industrial washers and dryers for the Battalion.
Hillside is a three year Signature Project for the Rotary Club of Buckhead. Founded in 1888, Hillside provides residential and outpatient behavioral health support for youth, adolescents and their families. Each month, various club members volunteer to speak at Hillside's STEAM lecture series. Twice during the year, a group of club members have volunteered on Saturdays doing a variety of projects, including gardening, painting and organizing areas. In April, we had four Rotaractors from North Fulton volunteer with us.
Horizons Atlanta provides its students with high-quality programs, outside of the traditional school year, to support academic achievement and healthy youth development. The Rotary Club of Buckhead sponsors and provides a large number of volunteers during the summer months. Our club participates on site at Garden Hills Elementary School in the heart of Buckhead.
Working in conjunction with various organizations to root out human trafficking and assist those impacted by it, the club coordinates meetings and promotes awareness of the problem and the damage it does to our community.
LAA is a three year Signature Project for the Rotary Club of Buckhead. LAA works with the Latino community; empowering them to adapt, integrate and thrive. LAA focuses on Economic Empowerment, Immigration, Family Well-Being, Youth Education, and Culture & Community Engagement. The Rotary Club of Buckhead donated $25,000 this year to LAA.
With a $2000 matching grant from District 6900 we rented bleachers for the annual LEADS baseball game with the Atlanta Police. Our members attended the game and assisted with managing parking, selling raffle tickets, and handing out lunches to the players.
Support of Open Hand was a Signature Project of the club previously, but enthusiasm for the work of the organization has continued with many members. Although the club no longer provides financial assistance to Open Hand ($75,000 was given to the organization during its status as a Signature Project), Director Maggi O'Brien organizes opportunities for members to assist in packaging meals for Open Hand clients periodically.
This Committee is responsible for publicizing the Otis Jackson scholarship awarded to an Oglethorpe University student each year. The committee reviews applications, selects finalists, and interviews the finalists to make a decision regarding the winner of this two year scholarship.
Members of this committee offer pizza and conversation to veterans who gather at the new rehab facility of the Shephard Center. These meetings give veterans, many of whom are suffering from PTSD, an opportunity to share experiences in a relaxed atmosphere.
For over three decades the Rotary Club of Buckhead has hosted an annual high school tennis tournament for varsity boys and girls teams. Public and private schools from all over the Southeast participate in this spring weekend event.