The Sandy Springs Rotary Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in a ceremony that was attended by 70 members and guests.
A night of food, fun and fellowship greeted the attendees at the Huntcliff Club on June 25 as local historian Morris Moore, a founding member of the Sandy Springs Rotary chapter, informed the crowd of the club’s history, according to club president Sally Wyeth.
“The Sandy Springs chapter of the club came about 40 years ago when the area was growing in terms of population,” said Moore. “Members of other chapters around the area, including the Buckhead and DeKalb chapters, decided we should have a chapter in our area.”
Along with a speech about the club’s history, Moore presented a collection of the club’s yearbooks, including one from the first year of the organization.
Wyeth said the celebration continued with the presentation of many different awards, including the “Rotarian of the Year,” which was given to Kelly Fredrickson, and the “Service Above Self” awards, received by Jim Squire, Eugene Jordan and Jerry Hicks.
The Rotary International Club is dedicated to public service, and it is recognized as the world’s first volunteer service organization, according to the club’s website. The Sandy Springs chapter has members dedicated to service throughout the community.
“We do many different community outreach programs every year,” said Moore, “including assisting with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need, establishing a winter coat collection, adopting families in need during the holidays and volunteering at the Sandy Springs Festival.”
The various service projects were honored at the anniversary celebration with a slide show depicting Rotary members helping in the community, and the evening was rounded out with a comedy routine performed by Rotarians Mark Hancock and Ralph Thurmond, according to Wyeth.
“The membership has changed a lot in 40 years, with people moving in and out of the area, and the environment changing around us,” Moore said. “But we’re a strong group who has adapted.”