Fort Oglethorpe Ki­wa­nis Club an­nounces 2018 honorees: Emer­son Rus­sell and Su­san Wells

The Catoosa County News - - WOR­SHIP DI­REC­TORY -

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Fort Oglethorpe’s Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Awards lun­cheon will cel­e­brate the event’s 11th an­niver­sary on May 2 by rec­og­niz­ing Catoosa County busi­ness­man Emer­son Rus­sell and Walker County ed­u­ca­tor Su­san Wells.

The Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award rec­og­nizes the out­stand­ing ca­reer, com­mu­nity and civic con­tri­bu­tions made by the honorees and the pos­i­tive im­pact they have on bet­ter­ing the com­mu­nity. Ki­wa­nis is an in­ter­na­tional ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing change the world one child and one com­mu­nity at a time.

“The beauty of the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award is that we bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to cel­e­brate the honorees and rec­og­nize their ac­com­plish­ments. It re­ally is a feel-good event that our club mem­bers and guests look for­ward to,” club pres­i­dent Dan Ni­chols said.

Emer­son Rus­sell is a na­tive Chat­tanoogan who has worked dili­gently to build a na­tional com­pany that em­ploys over 5,000 peo­ple and op­er­ates in 35 states. Emer­son is the CEO of ERMC which started in 1972 as Rus­sell Se­cu­rity and grew through the years to in­clude var­i­ous fa­cil­ity ser­vices in­clud­ing jan­i­to­rial, main­te­nance and land­scap­ing ser­vices at over 200 lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide in the re­tail, com­mer­cial and avi­a­tion in­dus­tries.

A con­sum­mate en­tre­pre­neur, Emer­son also owns and op­er­ates ap­prox­i­mately 30 ad­di­tional busi­nesses. Emer­son has main­tained his re­li­gious be­liefs and back­ground and strongly be­lieves in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that has given so much to him. Emer­son finds time to ac­tively serve on the Ten­nessee Work­force In­vest­ment Board, the SE TN De­vel­op­ment Dis­trict Su­san Wells

Board, Sal­va­tion Army, Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, TN Pri­vate Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices Board, The Shriners, the Ma­sons, The South­east­ern Le­gal Foun­da­tion Board and the Cham­bers of Com­merce for Chat­tanooga and for Catoosa County, GA, The Ro­tary Club, Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute. Emer­son is also a fam­ily man with 5 chil­dren, 13 grand­chil­dren and 7 great grand­chil­dren.

Su­san Wells is the daugh­ter of Bob and Jean Mc­Coy and was born and raised in the height of Rossville’s eco­nomic boom. Su­san is a grad­u­ate of Rossville High School and earned a Bach­e­lors in Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia and her Mas­ter’s in Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga. She and hus­band David have been mar­ried for thirty-seven years. They are the proud par­ents of twin daugh­ters, Dr. Katie Wells and El­iz­a­beth Wells.

While work­ing as a teacher and coach at Os­burn Ele­men­tary, and Rossville High School, she earned her Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist de­gree from Jack­sonville State Univer­sity. Su­san’s ed­u­ca­tion ca­reer next led her into ad­min­is­tra­tion where she went on to be­come vice prin­ci­pal at Chat­tanooga Val­ley Ele­men­tary which pro­vided the step­ping stone to her first head prin­ci­pal po­si­tion at For­tune Gram­mar School. She spent 5 years at For­tune and left there to open the new Rossville Ele­men­tary. She fin­ished her ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­reer in Walker County as the prin­ci­pal of Chat­tanooga Val­ley Ele­men­tary. Su­san again ad­vanced her ca­reer in up­per level ad­min­is­tra­tion in the Catoosa County School Sys­tem as the Di­rec­tor of Stu­dent Ser­vices for 13 more years un­til her re­tire­ment.

Re­tire­ment wasn’t quite ready for Su­san nor was Su­san quite ready for re­tire­ment. She later ran for the Walker County School Board, won, and served as Chair. Su­san was of­fered and ac­cepted the po­si­tion of the Co­or­di­na­tor of Walker County Fam­ily Con­nec­tion, which she cur­rently holds and has held for twelve years.

Su­san has been a life­long mem­ber of Simp­son United Methodist Church, and is presently a Sun­day School Teacher. Through­out her life, she has been a fierce ad­vo­cate for fam­i­lies and chil­dren in North­west GA. Her di­verse vol­un­teerism stretches over forty years.

The Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award lun­cheon con­ducts a silent auc­tion with each honoree se­lect­ing a fa­vorite char­ity to re­ceive 50% of the funds raised by the do­nated items. Rus­sell has se­lected the Hunter Wor­ley Foun­da­tion and Wells has se­lected Rossville Sum­mer Academy as their silent auc­tion ben­e­fi­ciary.

Along with rec­og­niz­ing the honorees and rais­ing money for their se­lected char­ity and numer­ous Ki­wa­nis pro­grams, the lun­cheon al­lows the club to show­case the in­ter­na­tional ser­vice mis­sion of Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional and the lo­cal pro­grams and projects that are spon­sored by the club. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets are $35 each, cor­po­rate ta­ble for eight is $350. Reser­va­tions are needed to at­tend. Con­tact Chris McKeever by phone at 706-8612860 or at chris@6thcav­al­ry­mu­

Emer­son Rus­sell

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