Happy Birthday Dunwoody ... Looking Back to 1984-85

Past President Gary Lane with David H. Baker, the "father" of Dunwoody Rotary

As we celebrate our 35th birthday this month and over the rest of our birthday year, we want to look back at the people, projects and events that make the Rotary Club of Dunwoody and our Family of Rotary special. William (Bill) Davenport was our Charter President - serving from April 25 to June 30, 1984. For our first full Rotary year as a club, our President was Robert (Bob) Lewis. His officers included:

  • Teak Pacetti, Treasurer and President Elect
  • Ernie Davis, Vice President
  • J. Robert Gates, Secretary
  • E. Robert Greenway, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Bill Davenport, Immediate Past President
  • David Baker ("father" of our club from Sandy Springs - pictured with Gary Lane), Club Service A
  • Gary Lane, Club Service B
  • Clayton West, Vocational Service
  • Bill Mulkey, Community Service
  • Joe Skelton, International Service

The Rotary International theme for the year was Share Rotary and Serve People. In that spirit, the new Dunwoody Club:

  • Chaired the DeKalb Rotary Council's "Arrive Alive - Safe Ride Home" program for high school proms and graduations
  • Started a Vocational Service essay contest, awarding $3,000 in scholarships
  • Grew membership from 35 to 51 … with Ed Godshall, Chris Gutschenritter, Lang Wooddy and Pat McMahon among our year one inductees.

In a letter to club members at year-end, President Bob said: "Our accomplishments were the result of individual commitment from every member, the untiring effort of our Board, the excellent performance of our committees and the all-important support of our families."

Posted by Bill Mulkey
April 16, 2019


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