Marianne Michael, Director of Operations for Troy University’s Phenix City Campus, was recently awarded the Frank McLemore Rotarian of the Year Award from the Phenix City Rotary Club.
This award recognizes a Phenix City Rotarian who, through their Rotary service, has made significant contributions to Rotary and the community in the form of leadership or in the advancement of ideas and service.
Michael joined the Phenix City Rotary Club in February 2019. Shortly after joining, she began serving as the Executive Secretary and Rotary Foundation Chair. She co-manages two major projects each year, the Boston Butt Fundraiser and the Poinsettias Fundraiser. The funds raised are used to support local community projects.
Michael shared that she has a heart for children in need and wanted to find a way to serve them. She applied for and received a Rotary District Grant to create and support Rotary Closets in four Title 1 schools, two in Russell County and two in Phenix City. The Rotary Closets support students in their educational journey by providing easy access to basic necessities which help students stay focused on school, reduce absenteeism, boost self-esteem and reduce conflicts on campus. She said she is thankful to have received the Rotary grant for the last three years and for the support of the Phenix City Rotary Club on this project.
“It is quite an honor to receive this award and to serve alongside so many great leaders from the Phenix City Community,” Michael said. She encouraged anyone who is interested in serving their community to join their local Rotary Club.
Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Vice Chancellor of the Phenix City Campus, said Michaels was well deserving of this recognition.
“Since joining the Phenix City Rotary almost two years ago, I have witnessed Marianne’s passion for service, community, and dedication to upholding Rotary’s mission,” Dr. Rosser-Mims said. “She inspires others to strive for excellence and is very deserving of this recognition.”
Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization that brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide community service, promote integrity and advance goodwill. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”