Since 1995, the Sandy Springs Society has recognized a volunteer in our community who exemplifies the spirit of community service by contributing to the betterment of Sandy Springs and acknowledges the individual’s contributions by donating a check for $1,000 to the 501(c)(3) charity of the recipient’s choice. Individuals who are paid for their service and members of the Society are not eligible, but members’ spouses and families are.
Spirit of Sandy Springs Award 2018
The Sandy Springs Society presented its 2018 Spirit of Sandy Springs award to Gene Jordan. The award recognizes an individual in the community who exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism and community service.
A resident of Sandy Springs since 2001, Gene is a graduate of Notre Dame where he helped found the university’s swim team and was a champion swimmer. In Sandy Springs, he’s been at the forefront of several leading nonprofits that focus on anticipating and preparing for the future of our community. His personal passion is helping children succeed.
Gene’s early involvement in Sandy Springs began with the Sandy Springs Rotary Club in 2006. He has served as president of the club and on the district level board as Director of Youth Services. Currently, he is president of the Sandy Springs Rotary Foundation and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2008. A graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs in 2014, Gene also serves on the board of directors for this organization.
Gene is also active as a hands-on volunteer. He reads to a student at Lake Forest Elementary once a week as part of a program he started with Rotary Reading Buddies. He unloads trucks of food donated to the Community Assistance Center b area grocery stores and is a frequent volunteer for the Society, helping with events and managing storage of our office and furniture supplies.
The recipient of the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award is chosen by an independent group of community judges from among the outstanding nominations each year.
Previous Spirit of Sandy Springs Award Recipients
1995 Kathy Klatt
1996 William Huff
1997 Eva Galambos
1998 Charles Balch
1999 James M. Anderson III
2000 Wilson McClure
2001 Willis Walter Cleveland
2002 Ham Henson
2003 Milton Gorman
2004 Linda Bain
2005 Douglas W. Kessler**
2006 Joseph Mayson
2007 D. J. DeLong
2008 Tom Umstead
2009 Guy Berger
2010 Beppie Lever
2011 Fran Farias
2012 Rich Brown
2013 Clarke Otten
2014 No Award Given
2015 Bob Knox
2016 Willis Lanier
2017 Trisha Thompson Fox
Deceased** awarded posthumously
Guidelines for Nominations for the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award
For an individual to be eligible for nomination for the Spirit of Sandy Springs Award, the following criteria must be met:
- Nominees may not be members of The Sandy Springs Society; however, spouses and other family members are eligible.
- Nominees may not be paid for their community service.
- A minimum of two years of active volunteer service must be completed within the Sandy Springs area, but residence in Sandy Springs is not required.
The name of the recipient, selected by members of a Community Advisory Board, is announced at The Sandy Springs Society’s spring general meeting in May.
The Sandy Springs Society welcomes nominations for The Spirit of Sandy Springs Award from its own members and from the community at large. The Spirit Award will be presented at the spring Luncheon of the Sandy Springs Society.
Nomination forms should be mailed to:
The Sandy Springs Society
Attn: Spirit of Sandy Springs Award
P. O. Box 720074
Atlanta, GA 30358