City manager among Atlanta's Men of Influence

NORCROSS - Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith has been selected by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta's Men of Influence for 2009.

The Atlanta Business League recognizes men in metro Atlanta who have reached senior level positions within their profession and who have proven history-making accomplishments or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically.

Smith, a native of Alapaha, has worked in municipal and county government for 27 years. In 2008, he was appointed by the Norcross City Council to serve as city manager.

Rotary Club celebrates year's successes

BUFORD - The Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett celebrated successes and honored the service of its members at a recent year-end banquet.

Rotarians Duane Champlin and Ann Ragle-Haynes were named Rotarians of the Year for their outstanding service. Rotarian Valerie Dirksen was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

At the 2009 Rotary International District Conference in Tennessee, the Rotary Club received several awards, including International Service-Runner Up, Youth Service, Vocational Service, Administration, Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Gold Club Award, 4-Star Award, Presidential Citation and Club of the Year. Its Interact Club also received the Presidential Citation.

During the banquet, Duane Champlin assumed the presidency for the 2009-10 year. He succeeds Valerie Dirksen.

All local professionals are invited to attend club meetings and functions. Regular meetings are held each Wednesday at noon. Visit or call 404-583-1595 for more information.

Poetry contest solicits submissions

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Celestial Arts Society is sponsoring a free poetry contest open to all ages.

Fifty prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded with a grand prize of $1,000. Poems must be 21 lines or less but may be in any style.

Entries must be submitted by July 31 to 704 1st Street, Golden, Colo. 80403. Contestants can also enter at A name and address must appear on the bottom of the page with the poem. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive a winner's list.

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