Fayette-Starr's Mill Chapter DAR Honors Meaders

Fri, 05/23/2008 - 3:16pm
By: The Citizen

Fayette-Starr's Mill Chapter DAR Honors Meaders

Peachtree City resident Frances Meaders was named the "Notable Woman of Fayette County" for 2008 recently by the Fayette-Starr’s Mill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Meaders, a native Atlantan, has lived in Peachtree City since July 1972. She became the City Clerk of Peachtree City in May 1973 and spent much of her time authorizing building permits and keeping up with the revenue.

Later, this job evolved into the Director of Administrative Services for Peachtree City. She became a Certified Finance Officer and was named Finance Officer of the Year at the University of Georgia Continuing Education Class by the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers.

Meaders served with four mayors: Howard Morgan, Herb Frady, Fred Brown, and Bob Lenox. Frances was the first 20-year employee of the city and upon her retirement, Mayor Lenox proclaimed "Frances Meaders Day". She received a proclamation for her contribution to the evolution of Peachtree City along with a reception held at City Hall in her honor. Frances has the distinction of being the only person other than the mayors to have a picture hung in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Floy Farr sponsored Meaders as the first woman member of the Peachtree City Rotary Club in 1988. Since that time, she has served as club director, club secretary, telephone book chair, club historian, Vice-President, and club President. During her presidency, the Peachtree City club was named the "Best Club in the District.”

Meaders has served as the district secretary and registrar and will be the executive secretary in 2009.

In her first year in Rotary, she started the "Get Out the Vote Committee" to hold political forums prior to each election to get voters more informed and interested in voting. She worked with the Rotary Club and Peachtree City to recognize Luther Glass with the Luther Glass Memorial Gazebo at the Three Ponds. She worked with city officials, the Rotary club, Kiwanis, and other service clubs in the building of the welcome sign at the intersection of Highways 54 and 74 to display the club logos. She received a grant from Rotary International to provide bicycle helmets to less fortunate kids.

Meaders has received additional honors. She is a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a Will Watt Fellow for her support of international students. She has been named Rotarian of the Year. Rotary International awarded her the Four Avenues of Service Citation for individual Rotarians. She is the first recipient of the Floy Farr Memorial Award for her continued contribution to the Peachtree City club and the community.

Meaders and her husband, Larry, have four children and three grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music and traveling.

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