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Special Collections preserves local club’s history

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July 03, 2012

Georgia College Special Collections has partnered with the Rotary Club of Milledgeville to preserve the organization’s extensive work in the community.

“We’re celebrating 75 years of service to Milledgeville,” said Christa Kahea, Rotarian and cataloging and serials associate in Georgia College’s Library and Instructional Technology Center. “We wanted to keep our history in a central location but also in an organized way. Special Collections was the best option.”

Special Collections will preserve both the historical and contemporary material of the club — from scrapbooks and program flyers to newspaper clippings, pins and photos.

“We’re excited to help the Rotary Club of Milledgeville document and take care of its materials,” said Kate Pope, archival associate of Special Collections. “The organization has such a deep-rooted history in our community. Preserving its materials is key to help track the club’s achievements then, now and for years to come.”

The club established in Milledgeville during 1937. The 74-member organization includes professional leaders who serve and promote the local community through group gatherings and special events.

Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians are members of 31,936 Rotary clubs in 166 countries.

“I’ve been a member of our local chapter for nearly a year now,” said Kahea, who is also a Georgia College alumna, ’10. “It’s an organization that has made many strides in supporting our community. We’re asking community members and past Rotarians to help us gather materials relevant to our history so our great work is documented in a way that truly represents our 75 years of service to Milledgeville.”

Contact Christa Kahea at 478-445-0995 or Kate Pope at 478-445-0988 for more information or to donate items.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.