Remember the old expression that “many hands make light work”? Since the weather has warmed up, Rotary Club of Lawrenceville has been busy in the community helping others in need.
This month we ordered benches that convert to picnic tables to be donated to Lawrenceville Elementary School. Rotarians met at the school after a Rotary meeting to assemble the tables and set them up. With participation from our Rotarians and some Jackson EMC employees, we were able to get them assembled in about an hour. A big thank you to the folks who helped so that the work was minimal, and it was fun to participate. As the school year ends, our Rotarians will suspend reading to students until the new year begins in August. This has been a positive experience for the students and for the adults who made the commitment to read during the school year.
In recent weeks, we have had some interesting speakers tell us about their programs. Phoebe Coqueral with Gwinnett Tech came to let us know that they have interns available in many fields who are looking for opportunities to gain work experience. If you need an intern in your business, please contact her.
Lisa Sherman with the City of Lawrenceville shared information about development in Lawrenceville. There will be a linear park connecting Georgia Gwinnett College with the downtown area. As Lawrenceville transitions into a college town, there will be housing at all levels to accommodate every income group.
North Johnson with the Gwinnett Stripers, formerly known as the Gwinnett Braves explained to our club how they chose the name Stripers. They were looking for something unique to Gwinnett and the name the Gwinnett Big Mouth’s was considered because of the bass in Lake Lanier. Stripers is a variation of bass and there are many fish analogies that can be used with baseball. I am sure they are hoping we will all get “hooked” on the name in time.
Tim Wallis, the new Chief of Police in Lawrenceville also came to meet us. He brought several of his staff and shared their vision of Lawrenceville over the next few years. We are in a changing community and Chief Wallis is ready to meet our challenges so that our community benefits. He is working closely with others to make this happen. We are fortunate to have so many leaders selflessly working to make our community better.
Leigh McIntosh is a proud Rotarian and CEO of Creative Enterprises, Inc., a not for profit, training, and employment, community rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities. A lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, Leigh divides her time between advocating for people with disabilities, enjoying her children, grandchildren, and friends, helping her doTerra essential oil customers, traveling, and focusing on her spiritual journey to appreciate how we are all connected.