In June, the Rotary Club of East Cobb
presented Susan Jenkins with the David Butts Award. The David
Butts' Award is named for East Cobb Rotarian, Dr. David Butts, and honors an individual in the community at large who has demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of a personal challenge. Nominations are voted on by club membership and the award includes a $1,000 donation to the charity of the recipient's choice.
joined the Rotary Club of East Cobb in its first year, and has
since been a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Rotarian - has mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring generations of East Cobb citizens, through his work with Rotary, and as an educator, father, husband, friend,
citizen, and servant to all who have had the pleasure to know him. Recently, David has faced a daunting personal challenge in the form of an
aggressive cancer. True to his nature, David not only met the challenge
with tenacity, but did so without losing his buoyant, faith-driven
optimism. David's journey has been physically, mentally, and emotionally
grueling. There have been setbacks to match many of the steps forward. More than once, the news was very bleak. However, David never seemed to
waiver from his love of life and the joy he found in being around his friends
and family in Rotary.The fact that David maintained perfect Rotary attendance (sometimes even doing make-up meetings at M.D. Anderson
Hospital in Houston) is just one example of his undaunted spirit.
Much like David, Susan has dedicated her life to educating
children. In the midst of raising her own young son and daughter, Susan
was diagnosed with cancer following and given only a
25% chance of survival. However, Susan is a fighter. During long, grueling
periods of chemo and radiation therapy, she maintained a positive attitude and
was often fond of saying,"I'm not going to die, God isn't done with me
yet!" With tenancy, courage, perseverance, and strong faith, Susan beat cancer.
Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of Susan's battle, as she dealt with other health issues that resulted from her cancer treatment. That said, Susan has overcome those obstacles and returned to full time teaching. She strives to create a fun,
challenging and encouraging environment for her students, and enjoys working
with special needs students and leading the drama club. Susan continues to
tutor and mentor former students, regularly travels on domestic and
international mission trips with her church, and shares with everyone she
encounters her faith, her never-give up attitude, and her uplifting spirit.
For these reasons, and so many more, the Rotary Club of East
Cobb was honored to present Susan Jenkins with this years David Butt's Award.