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October 2017 - Susan Porteous

Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month, Susan Porteous! Susan has been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club since 2007 at the AJC Peachtree Road Race and other events. She is a regular at Atlanta Track Club's office, working on the Club's archival project to preserve the history of Atlanta Track Club and the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The frienships, training, and events that Atlanta Track Club offers inspire Susan to keep giving back through volunteering.

1. How long have you been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?

I’ve been volunteering regularly at the AJC Peachtree Road Race finish area and at the start waves of the Decatur/DeKalb 4 Miler. For about a year now, I’ve been working on the Atlanta Track Club archives project with Special Projects Coordinator Janet Monk. It’s amazing how much Club history there is Volunteer of the Monthto catalog and organize!

2. Do you remember your first time volunteering with Atlanta Track Club? What event was it and what brought you back?

My first time volunteering with Atlanta Track Club was in 2007 when I volunteered to help with race number pick-up for the Thanksgiving Day Marathon and Half Marathon. At that time, I thought that might be the closest I would come to a marathon. Thanks to the Club’s In-Training program, I can actually run the half! What brought me back to the Club was my neighbor, Rob Welch, who talked the finish area set up for the AJC Peachtree Road Race and how much fun it was. I was sold and I have been volunteering every year since. Volunteering with the finish area setup helps to stretch the Peachtree experience over a few days up to July 4 and the big day!

3. What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event? Why?

I have to say the AJC Peachtree Road Race is my favorite event. It’s the Peachtree – it’s the Fourth of July – it’s all that energy from the crowds of runners and onlookers – and it’s that awesome flyover at the end of the national anthem. Exhilarating every time!

4. What your favorite thing about volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?  

I appreciate what my Atlanta Track Club membership gives to me – the friendships, the training, and the races. I enjoy giving back as much as I can. I feel like I’m a part of something really special and that keeps me coming back. It’s always great to see the regulars each year at the Peachtree finish area setup. It’s like a happy reunion!

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5. What is your favorite volunteer assignment?

I enjoy working with Atlanta Track Club’s archives. Janet Monk’s passion for preserving the history of Atlanta Track Club and the AJC Peachtree Road Race is infectious! 

6. Do you do any volunteering in the community beyond Atlanta Track Club? What organizations?

I usually volunteer my time as an accounting professional. I am a volunteer member of the City of Duluth Advisory Committee. I serve on the board of my neighborhood owners’ association as treasurer.

After Hurricane Irma paid the Atlanta area a visit in September, I helped with the citywide storm debris removal. I was amazing how much debris there was and how many people turned out to help.

7. What do you do for a living? Are you retired? Professional volunteer?

I am Certified Public Accountant. I consider myself semi-retired – I work with a few clients with their accounting and tax needs. Professional volunteer? Not yet!

8. Tell us something interesting about yourself – an interesting fact or a story that will help us get to know you…

I love do-it-yourself renovation projects! My husband, Bob and I are huge HGTV fans and we love shows like ‘Flip of Flop Atlanta’ and ‘Fixer Upper.’

Previous Volunteers of the Month

"Volunteer of the Month" began in March of 2015 with the launch of our new website as a way to honor and recognize our amazing Atlanta Track Club volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty.  Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month and thank you for all that you do!

September 2017 - Carol Gsell

August 2017 - Sandra Smith

July 2017 - Bill Royston

June 2017 - Shirlene Stafford

May 2017 - Lacey Phillips

April 2017 - Craig Sprinkle

March 2017 - Mike Cook

February 2017 - Virginia Harris

January 2017 - Bill and Dana Zavatky

December 2016 - Dr. Robert Albin

November 2016 - Kathryn Welden

October 2016 - Bill Strickland

September 2016 - Ann Bentsen

August 2016 - Dinnie Rogers

July 2016 - Betsey Kidwell

June 2016 - Diana Watson

May 2016 - Eileen Fannon

April 2016 - Roosevelt Thomas and Thomas Baker

March 2016 - Mike Idacavage

February 2016 - Dennis Burgess

January 2016 - TJ Hadley

December 2015 - Cee Cee and PJ Johnson

November 2015 - Sheila Ball

October 2015 - Alta Urtarte

September 2015 - Gary Hosmer

August 2015 - Joseph and Patricia Scruggs

July 2015 - Mike Toulouza

June 2015 - John Wallace

May 2015 - Amy Malcom

April 2015 - Sherri Madore

March 2015 - Vanessa Bennett