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  • 11/23/15 : The Rotary Club of Buckhead has "adopted" 100 Georgia National Guard troops currently serving in Aftghanistan. We plan to send each deployed troop a gift. If you would like to participate in this wonderful program please send us a check for $35.00. We will take care of the purchasing and shipping! Message Geoffrey Gill or Elizabeth Jackson Gill for details.
  • 11/12/15 : Scenes from the Buckhead Rotary Social at Dantana's.
  • 11/11/15 : Thanks to the AMAZING Atlanta Humane Society for implementing this program that has had SUCH a profound impact on so many veterans. AND THANK YOU SSgt. Garwacki for your service and to ALL VETERANS THANK YOU! Please share as a veteran may be in need of this program!!!! Here is the clip thanks to Head Line News!! http://www.hlntv.com/shows/weekend-express/articles/2015/11/08/veteran-finds-support-in-adopted-dog
    The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that every day, 18 veterans will take their own lives. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other injuries can make readjusting to civilian life difficult. This is why the Rotary Club of Buckhead is once again teaming up with the Atlanta Humane Society to provide free pet adoptions to veterans through the Companion Pets for Vets program. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 192 veterans have adopted their forever friends, including Staff Sergeant James Garwacki. We are so fortunate that SSgt. Garwacki was willing to share his story in hopes that other Veterans will take advantage of the program. In 2008, SSgt. Garwacki enlisted with the United States Air Force. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was active duty until 2012 when he enlisted in the National Guard and remains active duty. In fact, he is set to deploy again this spring. In March of this year, Garwacki received a call from his wife Camila. She had visited the Atlanta Humane Society on her lunch break and had fallen in love with a two-month-old Catahoula Mix puppy. They adopted Rogue the very same day through the Companion Pets for Vets program. SSgt. Garwacki soon noticed a change in himself and learned to depend on her. Rogue would soon become his Emotional Support Service Animal. “In the military, the mentality is to bottle things up, stay strong and put on a good face,” Garwacki states. “If not, you’re perceived as weak. But a dog will see who you really are and soon this companion will help you tear down those walls. Rogue was able to calm me down a little bit, especially at night when I would wake up and sometimes not know where I was. I’d be able to reach down and pet her and realize it’s okay, you’re not going to have any issues.” For the Rotary Club of Buckhead, it was a passion project years in the making. The project creator, Candace Klein says the organization is so grateful to offer a small sense of peace to our soldiers. “We understood the unconditional love that dog could give and we understood that we wanted to find a way to support our men and women in the military and we thought, well this is the right opportunity, so we went forward and sponsored this program,” Klein states. SSgt. Garwacki has plans to educate Rogue to become a licensed service animal and help other veterans suffering both emotional and physical injuries. “Whether it’s through psychiatric or other physical or mental training, the dogs are actually able to pick up on those kind of senses and calm or avert the situation any way that they can,” he explains. That dream that will soon become a reality thanks to Canine Assistants. The organization provides service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs. They have agreed to work with Rogue, free of charge. Both Garwacki and Rogue are ready to get to work, in hopes of helping others. “Even though taking on an animal is a big responsibility, it will give veterans a sense of purpose instead of just getting out of the service and trying to figure out what to do with their lives,” he remarks. James and Candace both appeared on Weekend Express HLNwith Lynn Smith this past Sunday. You can watch the interview in its entirety HERE: http://www.hlntv.com/shows/weekend-express/articles/2015/11/08/veteran-finds-support-in-adopted-dog. To learn more about the Companion Pets for Vets program, email Media@AtlantaHumane.org. This Georgia Gives Day, you can help give other Georgia veterans, families and the pets who will come to love them another chance at a happy life. We have so many dogs like Rogue just waiting for their forever families. You can donate TODAY here: https://www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/atlantahumane On behalf of the animals, THANK YOU!
  • 11/8/15 : Candace Klein on TV talking about Pets For Vets
    When James Garwacki came home from two tours of duty in Afghanistan, he found it hard to readjust to life outside a war zone. He found support in his puppy, Rogue, who he adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society through the Companion Pets for Vets Program sponsored by Buckhead Rotary Club. Garwacki w…
  • 11/3/15 : Here's our Apples for Teachers video! https://youtu.be/fmmsXI3nW_M
    Buckhead Rotary Delivers Apples For Teachers with The Rotary 4-Way Test



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Rotary Club of Buckhead

#4115 chartered March 23, 1951.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Active Membership: 170

Mondays, 12:15 pm
Maggiano’s Little Italy

3368 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Contact Info
P.O. Box 12151
Atlanta, GA 30355


The Rotary Club of Buckhead is an organization of local business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world with 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs across 194 nations. Information about its 100 year history, the Rotary Foundation that has given billions of dollars to projects across the world - such as Polio Plus - and the avenues of service can be found on www.Rotary.org.

Buckhead Rotary was founded in March of 1951, sponsored by the Atlanta Rotary Club. There were 23 charter members. We are currently partnering with several community and worldwide projects which include:

  • AIDS Awareness
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Companions for Heros
  • Georgia Mission of Mercy
  • Georgia Rotary Student Program
  • Kipp South Fulton Academy
  • Livable Buckhead
  • Ronald McDonald House

Membership in Buckhead Rotary is extended by invitation only to those who will be active and productive, following the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. Each prospective member must be sponsored by an existing member with six additional members vouching to their knowledge of the candidate. Membership is based on the Rotary International’s classification system and each candidate’s application must be submitted to the club’s classification chair for approval before being submitted to Board of Directors for vote.

Dues: There is a $750 initiation fee and quarterly payments as follows: membership dues of $143, meals of $169, charitable contribution of $100 to the Buckhead Rotary Foundation and charitable contribution of $25 to the Rotary Foundation.

Attendance: Club expectation is 90%. Make-ups can be made two weeks before or after at any Rotary Club in the world or online. There are almost 40 clubs in metro Atlanta.

Club activities: The club has five avenues of service, Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service and New Generations. There are nine directors that oversee more than 40 committees. All members are expected to participate in one or more committees.

Meetings: Our meetings are held on Mondays, excluding holidays or deferrals to special events, beginning at 12:15 p.m. at Maggiano's in Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. Meetings conclude at 1:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Buckhead has been recognized as the most important civic club in Buckhead and has received numerous "Club of the Year" awards from our District 6900.