Gallery hosts Rotary membership drive in Suwanee
Club actively seeking new members

SUWANEE - Who says it isn't a good idea to mix business with pleasure?

The Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett recently teamed up with the upscale Vboggs Galleries in Suwanee Town Center to hold its first ever Rotary Rush Membership Drive on Aug. 13. The event drew about 20 potential new members.

"I can't think of a better way to kick off the membership drive than with some wine and cheese while enjoying the beautiful artwork owner Vanessa Boggs has brought together in her upscale gallery in the heart of Suwanee Town Center," service chair Ann Ragle said.

Rotarians are expected to attend weekly meetings, participate in community service projects and help sustain and increase club membership. The club also gives members opportunities to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances.

For years, the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett has undertaken a variety of service projects, including scholarships to local high school students, Toys for Tots, Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Red Cross, United Way, Hurricane Katrina relief and Habitat for Humanity. The club also contributes internationally through the Rotary Foundation. Rotary has 1.2 million members worldwide, and has contributed $1.9 billion towards humanitarian aid in the world since 1957, officials say.

"We are seeking individuals who are interested in improving our community through service," membership chair Tim Krajec said. Those unable to attend the event are asked to visit the club's Wednesday meeting in which University of Georgia President Michael Adams will be the keynote speaker.

For information, call Tim Krajec at 678-957-5501 or Valerie Dirksen at 678-804-2511, or visit www.northgwinnettrotary.org.