Free Community Paper Shredding Event, Feb 3, 2018

Our real estate group, Marshall Berch & Associates of PalmerHouse Properties, is hosting our 8th Annual Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, February 3, 2018 between 9:00 am until 11:00 am (or until the trucks fill up) at Vista Grove Shopping Center, 2860 Lavista Road, Decatur, GA. Documents only please, no binders, folders, clips etc. Papers will be shredded & destroyed by the Eco Shredding truck on-site while you watch. Maximum of 4 boxes per vehicle please. We have teamed up with professional organizer Linda Lanier of In ​Focus Organizing​ to host this event and an opportunity to make donations to Frazier-Rowe Park will be provided. ​

For more information contact Realtor Joan Kaplan, 404 281 4106 joan@joankaplan.com

Kaplan Family Foundation Launch and Recipe Demo this Sunday!

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Kaplan Family Foundation Launch and Recipe Demo
 
I would love to see you this Sunday at Vista Yoga for the launch of my recipe book Heartfelt Fare: A Collection of Favorite Recipes from My Home to Yours to benefit the Kaplan Family Foundation’s local charities, where I will present the book along with a recipe demo. Thanks so much, Vista Yoga for hosting. Drop in as you can!
Joan
 
Kaplan Family Foundation
Book Launch and Recipe Demo
Sunday, June 14 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Vista Yoga in Decatur, Georgia
2836 Lavista Rd., behind Napoleons

Two Lifelong Dreams

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It’s an honor to have helped hundreds of clients buy and sell homes as a real estate agent during the last 10 years. I believe that home is much more than a place to live; it’s where we rest and restore, love and laugh, eat and entertain. The heart and focal point of our home is the kitchen – where I often create meals that are tossed together quickly. Through the years, I have collected simple recipes, as well as those shared by family and friend and have compiled them in a recipe book – Heartfelt Fare: A Collection of Favorite Recipes from My Home to Yours which is being distributed as a fundraiser for our philanthropic fund, The Kaplan Family Foundation which will help us give back to our community.

We have selected four recipient organizations, each related to housing and all based in or around the Oak Grove area of Atlanta where we live. Ruffus Rescue helps find homes for dogs, including our beloved Oreo whom we adopt from Ruffus 5 years ago. One Good Deed promotes the concept of neighbor helping neighbor. Contribute 2 America caters to the homeless who live under the bridge at I-85 and North Druid Hills. Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House offers a “home away from home” to outpatients and relatives of patients hospitalized in 30 Atlanta area hospitals and medical facilities.

To learn more about these recipient organizations or The Kaplan Family Foundation, please see our website www.thekaplanfamilyfoundation.org.

It’s really exciting to see the book in print and I am deeply grateful to all who brought life to this book: my patient writing coach Wayne South Smith, PR pro/photographer and long-time friend Karin Koser, talented watercolor artist Bekka Fulton, and the team at AlphaGraphics. We are distributing the books as gifts with the hope that a donation will be made to the Foundation or a favorite charity. Books will be available in our area or by contacting me directly.

Proud to be a #1 Mega Team!

marshallberchpinnacleMaybe you can tell that we’re clearly thrilled at being named the #1 Mega Team for 2014 by the DeKalb Board of Realtors! With over $60 million in sales, our Marshall Berch team also represents the largest Palmer House team. Thanks to all of our clients for trusting us to help you buy and sell your homes. That’s me in the pink blouse! ~Joan

Shredfest 2015- Sat. 1/24 9-noon and Sun. 1/25 1-4pm

paper shredStart gathering your papers that need to be shredded! Our real estate group is hosting our 5th Annual Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, January 24, 2015 between 9:00 am- noon (or until the truck fills up) & again on Sunday January 25, 2015 between 1:00pm-4:00 pm (or until the truck fills up) at the Marshall Berch & Associates Real Estate office of PalmerHouse Properties, at a new location in our new building, located at 2800-A North Druid Hills (across from Dunkin Donuts at N. Druid/Lavista) Documents only please (no binders, folders, clips etc) will be shredded & destroyed by the Eco Shredding truck on-site while you watch. Maximum of 4 boxes per vehicle please. We have teamed up again with professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There Professional Organizers to host this free community event. For more information contact Realtor Joan Kaplan 404/ 281 4106 or joan@joankaplan.com.​

Joan earns Community Service Award…

iPhoneJoan2014May17 1808This is an article about me that was printed in the DeKalb Neighbor, Atlanta Jewish Times and a number of other area publications.

Speechless is not a word typically used to describe outgoing real estate agent Joan Kaplan – however, when the DeKalb Association of Realtors recently awarded her the prestigious Clark Harrison Community Service Award she remembers being both speechless and flabbergasted, since she was nominated without her knowledge by her business partner, Marshall Berch.

At the DeKalb Association of Realtors recent annual banquet, where Kaplan received her award, Marshall Berch & Associates of Palmer House Properties was also named the top realtor group in DeKalb County for the second year in a row.

Kaplan has been affiliated with Berch all eight years of her real estate career and developed a reputation for being a go-to realtor in her home community near Oak Grove Elementary School.

At the awards ceremony, the usually gregarious Kaplan stated simply “I just do what I love, which is to help people, pets and nature in simple and small ways as often as possible. It’s not like I do any one big thing; I just don’t even think about doing the small things or that they are extraordinary – they are just a part of my DNA.”

Still, Berch had plenty of fodder for his nomination of Kaplan, given that she has a long history of initiating and participating in philanthropic activities related to her home/family, neighborhood, school, synagogue and community.

The award is named for Clark Harrison, who was shot by an enemy sniper in World War II and paralyzed from the waist down, but became a successful realtor, Chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, founder of Fidelity National Bank, and along with James Shepherd, founder of Shepherd Spinal Center (now Shepherd Center).

“I’m beyond thrilled that my energetic colleague received the award,” said Berch. “She takes giving back to a whole new level that includes always lending an ear, or a word of support to friends and colleagues like me.”

Kaplan, a St. Louis native, started making her mark in Atlanta when she arrived 25 years ago to work for Ford Motor Company. She was a co-founder of a business networking group for young professionals called AM Atlanta, started a Jewish singles group and volunteered for Shearith Israel’s Homeless Women’s Shelter for 12 years.

In the early days of marriage to husband, Brian, an Environmental Health Scientist/Geographer at the CDC, she helped him plan a 3800-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for mental illness issues, which impacted a family member.

She planned the logistics and fundraising and traveled with him along the way to share their messages about access and funding for the mentally ill.

The Kaplans have two daughters, a 13-year-old and an 9 -year-old who they waited five years to adopt from China and arrived with a serious heart condition, which is now in check thanks to successful surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Their home in Leafmore Creek Park subdivision also includes three rescue animals and a chicken coop.

Thanks to Kaplan’s efforts, the family’s home has also become a gathering spot for many neighbors. For five years, Kaplan has hosted a back-to-school breakfast that more than 50 area moms attend each year. Within the last two years, the couple installed a Free Little Library, which they restock when borrowers forgot. Kaplan, an avid nature enthusiast, also initiated a Leafmore garden group.

Kaplan has also been quite involved at Oak Grove Elementary, volunteering at many school functions since her oldest daughter was little, ranging from orientation/registration, ice cream socials and donation of teacher and staff meals.

Her community involvement extends to an annual free paper shredding event that she heads up for Marshall Berch & Associates at Toco Hills, along with coat, bike and book drives, and more.

Roughly two years ago, Kaplan witnessed the aftermath of a shooting at the Kroger parking lot near her office, which killed an armored guard. Shaken and resolved to live life one precious day at a time, Kaplan sprung into action to create a fundraiser and memorial event for the widow and family of the guard.

She’s hoping to pass on her community service ethic to her daughters, involving them in give-back activities on MLK Day this year and in passing out McDonald’s gift cards to the homeless who live in the underpass at her exit off I-85.

“I am exceptionally honored by the Clark Harrison Community Service Award,” said Kaplan. “It’s really coded in me to give back and I do it without thought of such rewards. The sweetest and best rewards for me are connecting people in valuable ways to their neighbors, to food, to books, and to nature.”

Kaplan plans to formalize her activities by establishing a family foundation in the near future.

Back to School Breakfast- Tues. Aug. 12th

Please join me for the 5th Annual Back to School Breakfast, a casual breakfast for current and previous Oak Grove/Lakeside Area Moms on Tuesday, August 12th, 2013 from 7:30 am-10:00 am at my home, 1364 Oak Grove Drive in Leafmore.
Drop in for a quick bite or stay for a while (whatever best fits your schedule) Younger siblings and your friends and neighbors are welcome, too!
Whether you are happy or sad that school is back in session- come on by and bring friends. Mimosas and/or hankies will be available.
Looking forward to another great school year!
Joan

Free Paper Shredding Event-Sat.1/25/2014 and Sun.1/26/2014 (4th Annual)

Join us at our 4th Annual Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, January 25, 2014 between 9:30 am- noon (or until the truck fills up) and again on Sunday January 26, 2014 between 1:30pm-4:00 pm (or until the truck fills up) at the Marshall Berch & Associates Real Estate office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills (on the Kroger side). Gather up old documents to be shredded & destroyed on-site (while you watch) the Eco Shredding truck. Maximum of 5 boxes per vehicle please. We teamed up again with professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There Professional Organizers to host this free community event for the 4th year in a row. For more information contact Joan Kaplan, Drake Realty 404/ 281 4106 or joan@joankaplan.com.

Oak Groove Festival- Sun. May 19th 1-7pm- Come join us!

The idea for OakGroove came together in late 2012 from two groups of people with one common goal: To give our beloved area a music, arts, and food festival worthy of the wonderful place we call home. The festival will feature local businesses, artists, entertainers from the areas of Sagamore Hills, Oak Grove, Leafmore-Creek Park, Briarlake, Shallowford, Hawthorne and North Briarcliff and surrounding areas. With so many fun and interesting restaurants, shops, artists, and musicians right in our backyard, and a neighborhood esprit de corps that rivals the coolest areas of the city, we knew it was time.

The name Oak Groove was adopted as a twist to give our festival a unique name that reflects the fun, music, and arts that are to come, but also to be inclusive of all the surrounding neighborhoods that make this such a wonderful area to live, work, and play.

The Oak Groove Festival Committee is an all-volunteer staff of Oak Grove area residents who love music, food, and the arts, and we are doing this for the love of our area and community. Absolutely 100% of any proceeds generated from the festival will go to keep and improve green space projects in our area through our chosen charity calledContribute2America (chaired by the Oak Grove Market’s own Jeremy Turner) so that we can preserve this special place for years to come So please help us spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you at the 1st Annual OakGroove!

The OakGroove Music Arts and Food Festival will be held in the Vista Grove Plaza on Lavista Road on Sunday, May 19 from 1PM -7PM.