New Rotary focuses on
its diversity

DULUTH - The faces of Rotary are changing for one new Gwinnett club.

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic was officially chartered during a ceremony Tuesday evening in which newly installed Rotary District Governor Shane Burr challenged the new club and its 32 charter members to continue to grow in its diversity, one aspect that members say makes it unique from the 67 other clubs in District 6910.

"I think that this club's approach to trying to make its membership reflect the county's diversity is going to be a strong message and will create a vibrant Rotary Club," said club President Raymer Sale, a longtime Rotarian who was a member of the South Gwinnett Rotary Club.

Tuesday evening, Gwinnett Mosaic's 32 charter members, most first-time Rotarians, joined more than 1.2 million members of more than 30,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide under the banner of "service above self."

Gwinnett Mosaic's club officers are Sale, Derek Schwerzler, president-elect, Becky Munteanu, vice president, Larry Faulkner, secretary, John Theoharis, treasurer, and Pam Prengaman, sergeant at arms.

"Our whole purpose, of course, is service above self," said Karen St John, Gwinnett Mosaic's director of membership, "but it's also to really educate the community and get involved in different areas of the community that we might not have had the opportunity to get involved with because of the diversity of our cultures."

Sale said he joined Gwinnett Mosaic not only for the diverse membership, but for the convenient meeting schedule: Gwinnett Mosaic is the only club in Gwinnett that meets in the evening, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the 1818 Club at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth.

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic is open to new members and anyone interested in obtaining more information may contact St Cloud by calling 678-714-9581 or e-mailing her at karen@stjohnes.com.