Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue addressed the Our Children Campaign today at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Marietta.
Mrs. Perdue launched the Our Children Campaign in August 2003 with the First Lady of Georgia’s Summit on Our Children, a statewide event designed to energize community resources on behalf of Georgia’s children in state custody.
From raising her own four children to providing a foster home for infants to teaching in public schools and at her church, Mary Perdue has dedicated much of her time to improving the lives of children. As First Lady, Mary Perdue has decided to focus on helping Georgia’s children in state custody through the Our Children Campaign. The ultimate goal of the Our Children Campaign is to spur a new era of collaboration among Georgia’s many communities – individuals, corporations, organizations, foundations and faith-based communities, and to increase the level of volunteerism on behalf of Georgia’s children around the state.
“When people get involved they stay involved for the right reasons,” said Mrs. Perdue and she continued on to say that “Government wasn’t designed to be a family. What these children need is a family”
The Rotary Club of Marietta (www.mariettarotary.org) was organized in 1919 by Marietta Businessmen, John W. Hancock, James R. Brumby, John J. Boston, McCormick D. Hodges and James E. Massey. Since then it has been responsible for the creation of nine Cobb County Rotary Clubs. Through its various committees, it provides valuable services on a local, national and international basis.
The Club’s projects include an annual Christmas party for local underprivileged children, a driver’s education car for the Marietta School System, a city-wide literacy project, a community beautification program, International Youth Exchange programs and the Georgia-Rotary Student program among others. The Club also participates in Rotary International’s Polio eradication program, which has committed more than a half billion dollars to provide oral Polio vaccine to over two billion children worldwide.
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