Rotary partners with Hall County to install public safety signs at county parks

water Quality

Gainesville, Georgia – April 6, 2022 – Thousands of people young and old will descend upon the water at Lake Lanier this summer.  The natural playground provides fun for its visitors, but the water in Lake Lanier can also provide a challenge.  Naturally occurring runoff from rivers, streams and local wildlife can cause an increase in bacteria levels.

Rotary members from South Hall will be teaming up with members of the Hall County Government, Hall County Parks & Leisure, and Lake Lanier Association to provide awareness of the potential hazards in the water. The Rotary Club has worked to curate signs that provide information at the Hall County Parks locations with water access.

South Hall Rotary President Brenda McMillian stated that the opportunity to provide awareness about the unknown variables of clean water is critically important. “This year we were challenged by our district to come up with a significant environmental impact service project.  We can’t think of anything more significant than the chance to save a life,” McMillian said.

South Hall Rotarians were inspired by the impactful story of Justus Teal Williams – son of Rotarian Jeff Williams and his wife Jess. Justus tragically died from E. coli poisoning after visiting Lake Lanier at the age of 2.  The Williams family was not aware of the dangers of E. coli and did not know to notify the doctor of a potential issue before it was too late.

“We know as a club that often water quality is something we talk about on an international level.  However, we also know that water quality is something we could tackle in our own backyard,” stated Environmental Project Chair Jerry McClendon. “Our sign project was a way to show support to the Williams family, promote the need for clean lake water, and possibly prevent others from suffering from lake bacteria in the future.”

Hall County Government, Hall County Parks and Leisure, and local Rotarians will join together on April 20th at noon to unveil the newly installed signs at River Forks Park.  The sign will be the first of seven signs that are being strategically placed in parks and marinas in the area.

The formal unveiling ceremony will begin at noon at the River Forks pavilion.  During the event, Club President Brenda McMillian, Jeff Williams, and other members from South Hall Rotary will take a moment to honor the memory of Justus Williams, recognize the family, and talk about the significance of the sign project.

The group will be joined by Hall County Commissioner Shelly Echols to speak on behalf of the Hall County Government. In addition, representatives from several local community organizations will be on hand to commemorate this project.

The public is invited to attend. Please RSVP at

Rotary’s Environmental Focus

Rotary members throughout Rotary District 6910 are making efforts to make communities better. During the past year, each club has embraced Rotary’s new area of focus – protecting our environment – in projects in their own communities.

About South Hall Rotary – South Hall Rotary is part of a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We are part of 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. The club works to improve the lives of those both locally in South Hall and internationally, by helping those in need in their own communities and working toward a polio-free world. The Rotary Club of South Hall meets weekly for lunch at Flowery Branch Train Depot on Wednesday.  For more information about this organization or to find out more about the club please contact us at