2013-2014 Board members from left are Wayne Robinson, Kirk Driskell, William Perkins, Jason Binder, Heather Demis, John Hipes, Karen Nolan, Eric Douglas, Mark Buelow and President Dan Merkel. (click for larger version)
March 05, 2014ALPHARETTA, Ga. The Rotary Club of Alpharetta recently celebrated its 31st year of service to the community. Club members gathered at the Crooked Creek Country Club to review the year's successes and to join in fellowship. The club was chartered in 1983 and has been living its motto of "Service Above Self" ever since. In 2013, more than 50 service projects were completed, including assisting in funding and building a sustainable water project in Ecuador. Also locally, the Rotarians made daily deliveries of bread to the food pantry of North Fulton Community Charities and they have helped end sex trafficking through their work with City of Refuge. Among other projects are their efforts to keep the environment clean by picking up trash in the Adopt-a-Mile program and their steadfast support of the military by serving at the USO and sending care packages to soldiers.
Club President Dan Merkel presented several awards during the program. Receiving the Service Above Self award was Heather Demis. Rookie of the Year was Randy Schlitz. William Perkins was named to the Hall of Fame, and the Rotarian of the Year was Jason Binder.
"Our club continues to build on a solid foundation of service to the community. The Rotary Club is proud of its involvement in Alpharetta," Merkel said.