Vinings Down Hill 5K Run for The Kids Sets RECORD during Pandemic

On January 27, 2021, the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club gathered virtually to celebrate its donation of over $100,000 to 17 charities specifically targeting children's projects. All this raised by a 66-member Rotary Club with money during the pandemic in the August 2020 Vinings Down Hill 5K run for the Kids. 

Grant recipients included the Good Samaritan Health Center, Calvary Children's Home, American Red Cross, Arts Bridge Foundation, Atlanta Union Mission, Bankhead Boys Association, Breakthrough Atlanta, Canine Companions, Girls on the Run, Hero for Children, Kate's Club, Kenrod, Inc, Kyle Pease Foundation, LaAmistad, Lekotek of Georgia, MUST Ministries and Youth Villages. 

The money was raised by individual and corporate sponsors  and featured the 2020 Charles Heinz Memorial Sponsorship, honoring the late founder and director of the race with over $58,000 of the total grant funds.

Over 350 runners from all over the Atlanta area, across the USA and around the world (including former GRSP and Rotary Youth Exchange students) ran on their own, logged their time and sent their information into Race Chair Jolene Northrop. For 24 years, the race has always been an hands-on 5K race run by hundreds of Rotarians and volunteers in Vinings, a village across the Chattahoochee River northwest of Atlanta. This year, the race was almost complete cancelled because of the COVID pandemic. Instead, it was a record breaking success because of the persistent hard work of Jolene and her committee - Co-Chair Ann Hudgins, Sponsor Chair Betty Smith, Race Administrator Terri Hilderhoff, Grant Chair Steve Hughes, Paul Harris,, Kathy Gacutan and others.

The club's next race will be in August 2021- hopefully welcoming the typical 1500 runners live as in person in Vinings as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. The legacy of the Charles Heinz Memorial Sponsorship of 2020 will continue to contribute to its success.


Vinings Down Hill 5K Run for The Kids Sets RECORD during Pandemic 2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Serving Our Community During COVID

Providing food and personal items for Cobb County senior citizens in need.
Rotarians helping children in need of a warm coat through nonprofit LaAmistad. 
Great Rotary service project helping one of our favorite “honorary” Rotarians, Max Bendig ! His Eagle Scout project was installing benches at one of our favorite organizations, Calvary Children’s Home!
Serving Our Community During COVID 2020-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

In Person Rotary Meeting UPDATE

Our new Club's meeting space will be the Cobb Chamber of Commerce facilities next to Truist Park, once our "in-person" meetings resume.  We will update that information here, when available. 
Due to current high number of COVID-19 cases in Cobb County, our Club is currently meeting virtually only. 
Guests can attend virtually by contacting Club President Ray Gadd at to request meeting dial in information.
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Wednesday's Featured Speaker:


                  Wednesday, July 12th Featured Speaker:

Mr. John O' Callaghan, President & CEO of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.  

John O’Callaghan serves as the President and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) where he leads the organization’s policy, lending, and housing development programs aimed at ensuring mixed income housing opportunity near job centers across metro Atlanta. Established in 1991, ANDP was created to address the diminishing supply of affordable housing in the Metropolitan Atlanta region as well as to help reclaim declining neighborhoods in its core. Throughout its 20-year history, ANDP has been supporting the creation of housing for people of low-to-moderate incomes. This dedicated work has resulted in the investment, building or renovation of more than 8,000 housing units in the Atlanta metropolitan region. Currently, ANDP is focused on addressing the region’s foreclosure crisis and its impact on neighborhoods. John’s public service includes elected office as a Fulton County Commissioner. He also served a twoyear term on the Atlanta City Council. Prior to joining ANDP, John spent 11 years as the Regional Public Affairs Director at Fannie Mae where he helped create and lead Fannie Mae’s housing and community development outreach network for an 11-state region. In this role, he worked with lenders, real estate professionals, homebuilders, elected officials and community leaders to identify and solve community housing needs. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, John was the City of Atlanta’s first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where he directed the City’s State and Federal lobbying efforts. He also served as a special assistant to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. His early career was spent in fundraising positions with the American Red Cross and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. John currently serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 50 Forward Steering Committee, The Livable Communities Coalition Board of Trustees, Emory University Board of Visitors, the National Housing Conference Board of Trustees, and the Atlanta Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing Steering Committee. He is playing active roles in local and national networks focused on stabilizing communities devastated by foreclosure including the Housing Partnership Network Neighborhood Stabilization Working Group and Enterprise Community Partner’s Atlanta House to Home Initiative. John is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Georgia Tech. He and his wife Jennifer have four children. 





Wednesday's Featured Speaker: 2015-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
2014 Run for the Kids Charles Heinz 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Hero of the Year 2014-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Kilifi Kids Project Marc Olsen 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
About Our Club Jim Johnson 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
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