Rotary hosts local United Way director

August 11, 2018

Almost all Gordon Countians have had a chance to contribute to the United Way in some form or another. Alan Robertson, director of the Winners Club and Rotary program chair, introduced speaker Vickie Spence, executive director of United Way of Gordon County, at the most recent Rotary meeting.

Spence spoke of the history of the local United Way, which was founded in 1987. Its mission is to “assess the needs of Gordon County and to mobilize available resources to meet those needs.” Calhoun-Gordon County industries, businesses and civic-conscious residents take pride in sustaining yearly and consistent financial donations, according to Spence. At present time, the local United Way assists 18 area agencies, primarily through financial and moral support.

The United Way is governed locally by a Board of Directors and two Rotarians currently serving on the Board are Jim Lay and Dr. Michele Taylor.

Alan Robertson gave credit to United Way for their continuing financial support of the Winners Club, a program designed to serve at-risk children. The Winners Club saw three high school graduates among its members last school year, which is one benchmark of the program’s success.

Vickie Spence, a long-time dedicated and professional community education service provider, has served as executive director of Gordon County United Way since 2006. Prior to that, she taught school for 13 years, then was a school administrator for 20 years.

How can you help the United Way? According to their web site, they need “talent, time and dollars.” There is a 25th Anniversary of the Unity Run on Sept. 25, 2018. Please see the Gordon County United Way website, gordoncountyunitedway.org, for details.

Also attending the meeting were Jonathan Torres, agent with Farmer’s Insurance and Andie Robinson, a high school junior and daughter of Rotarian BJ Robinson.

Pictured standing, left to right: Andie Robinson; Jonathan Torres; Laura Roberson, President. Seated: Vickie Spence and Alan Robertson.

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