Bill Wester

Bill Wester

Member of the College Board of Advisors at Reinhart

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Experience

President  - Rotary Club of Canton

President  - Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

District Manager  - Canton District

Affiliations

Board Member  - Cherokee County Development Authority

Member  - Cherokee County Development Authority

Secretary Treasurer  - Cherokee County Roads

Board Member  - Cherokee County Roads

Member  - American Legion

Member  - First Baptist Church

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Community leader Bill Wester, pictured here with his late wife, June Wester, died Wednesday. He was 90. <br> Special to the Tribune
Community leader Bill Wester, pictured here with his late wife, June Wester, died Wednesday. "Bill was such a gentle soul, direct but thoughtful. Wester was heavily involved in economic development in the county for 25 years, she said. For his work in the community, Wester was the inaugural recipient of the Chamber Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2009, and served as chamber president in 1975. Wester served in the military during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in Europe. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and First Baptist Church of Canton. Wester was also active in the Rotary Club of Canton, and was president of the civic group in from 1980 to 81. In 2011, he was Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year for his many years of service to the community, most recently his volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. He was presented the Lamar Haley Award in 1996 and helped establish the Rotary Club of Jasper and Rotary Club of Woodstock. A member of the Reinhart College Board of Advisors, in 1996 he was named an Honorary Alumnus of Reinhardt College and in 2006 an Honoree Scholarship was designated in his name. Wester served for years on the A Day For Reinhardt Committee, and in 2008 was honored with the Cherokee FOCUS Volunteer award for his work there. WESTER, William L. | 1 day 3 hrs ago Cherokee Tribune Copyright 2015 Cherokee Tribune.

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Bill Wester - Member Since 1989; Retired Georgia Power
Bill Wester retired from Georgia Power as the Regional Manager for Cherokee County. He was named First Citizen of Cherokee in 1992 by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. He also received the first ever Honorary Lifetime Chamber Membership award in 2009.

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It presented the Jean Harris Award, named for the wife of the founder of Rotary International to honor outstanding volunteerism, to Ronnie Holbert of Hickory Flat and Bill Wester of Canton.
Club President Peter Gleichman presented the second Jean Harris award to Wester and saluted him as someone who has touched the lives of every Rotarian in the club. A retired Georgia Power executive, Wester served in the military during World War II in Europe. After his service, he was hired by Georgia Power in the engineering department. In 1973, he became Georgia Power's district manager for Canton. He eventually joined the Rotary Club of Canton and served as its president between 1980 and 1981. He was presented the Lamar Haley Award in 1996 and helped establish the Rotary Club of Jasper and Rotary Club of Woodstock. He served as the chairman of the board for the Chamber of Commerce between 1975 and 1976 and was named an honorary lifetime member of the chamber in 2009. He's also a past recipient of the First Citizen Award, which is presented by the chamber. He was appointed to the Development Authority of Cherokee County in 1989 and served as its vice chairman and treasurer. He's also a member of the Cherokee County Development Authority. He is the past chairman of Reinhardt University's A Day campaign and was named an Honorary Alumnus of the university in 1996. An honoree scholarship was designated in his name in 2006. He also is a member of the school's board of advisors. Wester, 85, lives in Canton and attends First Baptist Church of Canton. He has a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Wester said he was thankful to his fellow Rotarians for recognizing his community service. "I shall cherish this," he said. Copyright 2011 Cherokee Tribune. All rights reserved. Share This Article | similar stories

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