Local Rotary Clubs bring home awards

Alpharetta, Roswell claim top honors

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Both the Alpharetta and Roswell Rotary Club groups won numerous awards at the district awards ceremony in Destin, Florida, the weekend of April 28 and 29, including both garnering “Club of the Year,” a first for Alpharetta. The Milton-Windward Rotary Club took home some awards as well.

All the clubs were part of Rotary District 6900, which encompasses much of North Georgia and includes 69 clubs. They are divided into categories based on size, with category 1 being the smallest and category 4 being the largest. Milton is category 1, Alpharetta is category 3 and Roswell is category 4.

Alpharetta Rotary Club President Dan Merkel said he was excited about the wins.

“Out of 14 possible awards, we came first in eight,” he said at the club’s Friday morning meeting. “This is the culmination of this club ramping it up time and again. We just went down [to Destin] to pick this stuff up.”

With the award, Alpharetta gets to add another felt banner in their meetings, proudly proclaiming their win for the 2013-2014 year.

Similarly, in Roswell, they chalked up several wins themselves, including Best of the Year in their club size.

“Rotary Clubs are making a lasting difference in people’s lives,” said District President Blake McBurney.

Winning Club of the Year “is not something that happens overnight,” he said. “It’s the culmination of years of work.”

Three local Rotary Clubs took home awards April 28 and 29.

Alpharetta Rotary

Best Club Bulletin, category 3 – runner-up

Most New Members, category 3 – winner

Most New Members by percent, category 3 – winner

Best Membership Retention, category 3 – winner

Best Vocational Service Project, category 3 – winner

Best Youth Service, category 3 – winner

Best Family of Rotary Event, category 3 – winner

Best Community Service Project, category 3 – winner

Best International Service Project, category 3 – winner

Roswell Rotary

Best Club Bulletin, category 4 – winner

Best Club Yearbook, category 4 – winner

Most New Members, category 4 – winner

Best Vocational Service Project, category 4 – winner

Best Community Service Project, category 4 – winner

Best International Service Project, category 4 – winner

Best CART Participation, category 4 – winner

Rotary Foundation Financial Support, category 4 – winner

Milton-Windward Rotary

Best CART Participation, category 1 – winner

Rotary Foundation Financial Support, category 1 – winner

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