Vinings Rotary Club selects librarian as Citizen of the Year
by Megan Thornton
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For its 2013 Citizen of the Year award, Vinings Rotarians selected a person who brought the entire community together.

Susan Kendall, Vinings Library manager since 1997, reached out to several residents to compile her book "Images of America: Vinings" and was honored by the group for her contribution of a lasting memento she has left the community.

Every year, Vinings Rotary selects a nonmember to recognize as its citizen of the year. Debbie Bolt, past president and head of the selection committee, said Kendall was the perfect person for the honor as her book encapsulated the community's history.

"What I think really made (Kendall) stand out is she involved the whole community in this book," Bolt said. "She had to reach out to a lot of different people and got the support and engagement of the whole community to help put it together. It was really a community effort that helped make this book possible."

Though not a Vinings resident herself, Kendall, who lives in Powder Springs, published the book in April after being invited by Arcadia Publishing to write about the community as part of the publisher's "Images of America" series.

Bolt said Kendall has attended Vinings Rotary several times and is someone all the members know and love.

But Kendall, whose husband, Steve, told her they were just going to the club meeting for dinner, said getting the honor was quite a surprise.

"It was absolutely wonderful," she said of the recognition. "It was my pleasure to do the book. The whole book came from the community, from the generosity of people and their recollections, their pictures, their memories."

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