The Rotary Club of Canton celebrates its new officers, from left to right, front row: President Stacey Williams, Directors Becky Babcock, April Rogers, Lori Baker and Jerry Cooper, and Vice President/Past President Lynn Epps; back row: Director Shane Burr, Sgt.-at-Arms Chief Buster Cushing, Treasurer Jason Blakey, President-elect Shane Moore, and President-nominee and Secretary Greg Elder.

The Rotary Club of Canton continues its legacy as Cherokee County’s longest-serving civic club with a new leader at its helm.

Stacey D. Williams, who works as Administrative Services Agency Director for the county government, will serve as Club President for the next year beginning this month.

In his first speech as President, presented at the Club’s annual “changing of the guard” dinner, Mr. Williams spoke about building upon its strong foundation through member engagement and membership growth.

“We have experienced much success over the last eight decades-plus, but it will take a concentrated and dedicated effort from all Club members if we are to continue with those past successes,” said Mr. Williams, whose wife, Debra, also is a Rotarian and a member of the Jasper club. “There is much work yet for us to do.”

This year’s Rotary International theme is “Rotary Connects the World,” and Mr. Williams said he sees Rotary as a way members can both improve their own communities and the world.

He briefly outlined major service projects for the coming year including support of MUST Ministries’ Summer Lunch Program, the Cherokee Child Advocacy Council’s Holiday Lights of Hope and Habitat for Humanity. The Club also will raise awareness to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children; promote the importance of literacy; and donate funds for Rotary International’s continued efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

Mr. Williams also announced the Club will bring back its popular Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and host its Fifth Annual Public Safety Luncheon. The Club’s weekly meetings feature guest speakers including elected officials and business and community leaders, with regular special programs such as holiday dinners and co-hosting the local bar Blue Ridge Bar Association’s Law Day celebration.

During the dinner, Mr. Williams introduced his executive officers: President-elect Shane Moore of Cherokee Impact Soccer, Vice President/Past President Lynn Epps of Cherokee County State Court, President-nominee and Secretary Greg Elder of MUST Ministries, Treasurer Jason Blakey of Credit Union of Georgia, and Sgt.-at-Arms Cherokee County School District School Police Chief Buster Cushing. The Board of Directors also includes: Becky Babcock of Path & Post Real Estate, Lori Baker of Next Step Ministries, Rotary Past District Governor Shane Burr, Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper, Clark Cordner of eXp Realty, and April Rogers of Cherokee Impact Soccer.

The Club meets for lunch at noon on Tuesdays at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.therotaryclubofcantonga.org.