When the DeKalb County Solicitor General, Donna
Coleman-Stribling, asked Dunwoody Police Chief (and
Dunwoody Rotarian) Billy Grogan to consider being one of the “Stars” in its first ever
Dancing With the DeKalb Stars event, he eagerly agreed. The event raised funds and awareness about Domestic
"Little did I realize how much work it
was going to take and how little I knew about dancing!" Chief Grogan admitted.
His professional dance partner was Bridget Roosa, who is the
Associate Professor of Dance and Director of Dance Studies at Agnes Scott
College. "Bridget and I started practicing in August for the October
event. After my first practice, I really thought I had made a terrible
mistake. I had two left feet and could not imagine ever dancing on stage
and not making a fool out of myself. Bridget assured me she would get me
ready. Bridget encouraged me each week as we practiced two times a
week. About 2 weeks out I suddenly realized I had our routine down and I
might be able to actually dance and not make a fool out of myself!
"As we were getting ready for the actual event on October 14,
I found out the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center was sold out. I got really nervous! Fortunately, it was a friendly crowd. They clapped and
cheered for each of us and provided lots of encouragement. All of the
“Stars” and our professional dance partners cheered and encouraged each other
as well. I had a great time, met many nice people, learned a lot and we
raised money for two special charities."
Thanks to Police Chief Billy for being a Rotarian in Action!