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How did you decide to give them your first year’s salary?
I was — how shall I put this — convinced to run for mayor, because I’ve never been interested in public office. I’m a businessman and an entrepreneur. But I think community involvement is important. I’ve never done anything for the community and gotten paid for it. I thought a nice way to kick the city off would be for Dunwoody to pick a cause and donate to it. These are guys who could certainly utilize the funding, and it would let folks known they’re out there. The marketing aspect is always a struggle for a performing arts group. They’re certainly an important aspect of our community
It sounds like those auto industry CEOs being paid $1 a year.
They’re not as innocent, though. (Laughs.) It’s the right thing to do.
How did you tell them, and how will they get the money?
I told one of their board members. I didn’t make a big production of it: “Get a picture of Ken with a giant check!” I told them I’m donating my salary after Uncle Sam takes his bite. For a year, it’ll flow right to them.
How important do you think the arts are in a community?
I’ve always been a believer that you have to have a healthy arts aspect to be a well-rounded community. If you don’t, you’re missing something important. If you have a community of all industrial sites, you’re missing a hell of a lot. You have the industrial sites, but no residences, no arts. We’ve got various groups in Dunwoody. We’re fortunate that we have the Spruill Arts Center, which offers classes from A to Z.
Has anyone hit you up for your next year’s salary?
My term is for three years, and we’ll have to see. I’m not Daddy Warbucks. I’ve got a 529 college fund to build up for my children.
Holiday Camps at DNC
Get your kids outside, playing and learning, during the December holiday break! Campers will enjoy age appropriate hikes, games, songs, stories, outdoor activities, and art. New this year . . . Extended Care! SIGN UP NOW!
Now Registering! WINTER NATURE CLASSES for toddlers through 3rd graders. HOMESCHOOL NATURE CLUB - meets the second Tuesday of each month, beginning in January. ECO-EXPLORERS for Homeschoolers, 5th-8th grades.
Never Stop Learning Something New
Research continues to support the importance of nurturing our physical and cognitive wellbeing. DNC has an ever-evolving schedule of adult classes so you can explore new ideas and experiences. Try one this winter!
SQUARE FOOT GARDENING What can you plant in 4 square feet? You'll be amazed.
MEDITATION Relax . . . reflect . . . renew.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS WITH ALAN MOTHNER . . . learn how to use your digital camera with a professional.
Wild Bird Center Round-Up for DNC Our friend David Boyd says “Round UP for theNature Center!” Any Wild Bird Center purchase you make in December, round up your check or charge to the nearest dollar. For example, you’d pay $17.00 instead of $16.39. The Wild Bird Center will collect the difference, and match each customer's total for a double donation to DNC. Thanks, David!
Thanks to the wonderful donors who have provided us with a television, dvd player, scanner and one of the two desk/chair sets we need!
It's cold or wet or windy outside - enjoy it! Bundle up, visit our park, and see what nature is up to when the weather is brisk. Then warm up in our classroom and try the low-key activities in our handy-dandy Boredom Busters Box. Visitors are welcome to explore the kid-friendly items we have placed inside - and they'll change every week.
March 2, 8 am - 5 pm (in person only)
Online registration for members begins March 3
March 16 - General Public registration begins
We have an exciting line-up of summer camps planned for 2009. By popular demand, we're increasing the number of camps. MORE camps for 3's and Young 4's! MORE camps scheduled so siblings can attend at the same time! MORE special themes, including geocaching, orienteering, vegetable gardening, and tree-climbing! The return of our hugely popular Junior Ranger Camp for 4th-6th graders! Check our website in February for complete summer schedules and themes. Summer camps begin May 27!