The club presented the Lamar Haley Community Service Award, named for a former Rotarian known for helping others, to Amy Turcotte of Canton, Mark Shriver of Woodstock and Donna Chastain of Waleska.
The club honored Chief Superior Court Judge Frank C. Mills III of Canton with the Jean Harris Award, named after the wife of the founder of Rotary International to honor outstanding volunteerism.
In making the presentation to Turcotte, Cherokee High sports announcer Ed Ragsdale said that when it comes to community service, she “never ceases to amaze me” with her dedication to the community.
He said people in the community have described Turcotte as a “go-getter” with a “giving heart,” and someone who was “enthusiastic, loving and tenacious.”
Turcotte said she was very grateful for the honor, adding she knows what “God has clearly called me to do.”
Turcotte, 41, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan and serves as the cheer director for Cherokee Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
She has served on the Leadership Cherokee steering committee, president of the Cherokee Youth Football Association and co-president of the PTA at Hasty Elementary.
She and her husband, Brian, have four children.
Rotary Vice President Peter Gleichman hailed Shriver, owner of the Shriver Law Firm, as a “zealous advocate for his clients,” in making the presentation to the Woodstock attorney.
“Mark is always professional, conscientious and the best representative of the legal profession,” he said.
Cherokee County Juvenile Court Judge John B. Sumner also praised Shriver as one who is always willing to put others ahead of him and is “very well-respected” by his peers.
Shriver said serving the community “makes us better” because volunteers stop thinking of themselves.
Shriver, 63, has practiced law for 31 years and has been recognized with the State Bar of Georgia’s Robert Benham Award for community service in 2010.
A member of Optimist International since 1981, Shriver served as the club’s president between 2009 and 2010 and as the Optimist International’s Georgia District governor between 1989 and 1990.
He also has been involved in starting five Optimist International chapters in Cherokee County.
In Georgia, he was recognized as a distinguished district governor after serving as club president for three different clubs.
Shriver graduated with a degree in economics from the College of William and Mary, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University and earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1981.
He and his wife have five children and one grandson.
Rotarian Marguerite Cline also presented the Lamar Haley Award to Waleska resident Donna Thacker Chastain.
Chastain, she said, is a “wonderful, beautiful lady” who dedicated four hours each day to visit and serve residents at Cameron Hall in Canton.
Chastain, who grew up in Waleska, began visiting Cameron Hall after her husband, Herbert, had to live full time at the facility.
After he passed, Cline said Chastain asked staff at the nursing home if she could keep returning.
Chastain has dedicated more than 1,000 hours per year for the last 10 years to get to know the residents at the nursing home.
“I can assure you that Lamar Haley is smiling down on you,” Cline said to Chastain before presenting the award.
Chastain said visiting the residents of Cameron Hall is a “wonderful experience” she’s fortunate to do everyday.
“I’ve never seen so much love and caring that you can at Cameron Hall,” she said. “I just enjoy it very much.”
Retired Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Marion T. Pope presented Mills with the Jean Harris Volunteer of the Year Award.
Pope said there was no one “more deserving of this prestigious award” than Judge Mills.
Mills, 63, has been elected to the nonpartisan post seven times for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, which serves Cherokee.
He has also been elected twice as district attorney and is a member of the American Judges Association and the Georgia, Blue Ridge and Cherokee County Bar Associations.
In 1999, the Georgia Bar Association awarded him its annual Justice Benham Community Service Award.
He’s also a past recipient of the Liberty Bell Award by the Blue Ridge Bar Association, the most prestigious award given by lawyers to a non-lawyer
Mills, who is married to wife Mandy and has one son, is heavily involved with the Boy Scouts in Cherokee County.
He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest award for service to youth presented by the organization on nomination by a council.
In 2006, he was awarded the organization’s Whitney M. Young Award for “distinguished service to low income youth” for his swimming instruction programs.
Mills was selected to the Leadership Georgia Foundation of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and actively assists with the Leadership Cherokee program.
He has been a director of the Cherokee County Humane Society, served on the Canton Dizzy Dean Baseball Board and has been active in various other civic, historical and alumni associations.
He has been honored as an Outstanding Young Man of America for Cherokee County by the Jaycees, and in 2004, was recognized as Cherokee County’s Volunteer of the Year by FOCUS (Families of Cherokee United in Service).
Mills said he enjoys everything he does to give back to the community.
“I know I am not deserving, but I appreciate it,” he said.