Windward Rotary Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Bill Pinkerton chose as Rotarian of the Year in meeting attended by past, present and future District Governors.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Alpharetta-Milton Patch Editor Bob Pepalis is a member, and past president, of the Windward Rotary Club.
Windward Rotary Club was unique in its formation 10 years ago, as all of its charter members were new Rotarians.
The club held its 10-year anniversary celebration at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta on May 22, with Rotary District 6900 dignitaries in attendance who have been involved in the formation, development and support of the club.
Over its brief history Windward Rotary Club has won numerous top honors, including five "Best Club of the Year" awards. Joie Hain, the Windward charter president, was master of ceremonies with a program filled with reminiscing —complete with a slide show, special moments in history, reaffirmation by all attending Rotarians of the "service above self" creed, and a special "birthday" cake commemorating the event.
The Windward Rotary Club was sponsored by the Roswell Rotary Club to provide opportunities for business-oriented individuals, working or living around the Windward Parkway area, who have a passion for service to various local and international projects, such as Polio eradication and clean water.
The Windward Club is known as the "Education" club since it has close ties to support programs for students and teachers at Creek View and Manning Oaks Elementary schools, Webb Bridge Middle and Alpharetta High School.
Past District 6900 Governor Robert Lynn summed up the evening with a poem that chronicled each of the year's and past president's accomplishments.
Chris Mixon, current Windward Rotary president, spoke to the future of the club. He recognized club member Bill Pinkerton as Rotarian of the Year.
Current club members live and work in Alpharetta, Roswell and South Forsyth.