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Roadway named for longtime resident, community leader
by Rachel Kellogg
August 20, 2014 02:08 PM | 2951 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new road being constructed in Alpharetta will honor a longtime resident and community leader.

The sign for Marjean Way — named for Marjean Wood Birt — was unveiled at a ceremony last week.

Birt, who turned 84 recently, has been involved in the city and in community politics for most of her life.

At the ceremony, she said she is proud to live “in the greatest city in the United States.”

Birt began serving the community as a poll worker during elections and she went on to found and serve as president of the Chattahoochee Women’s Republican Party.

She also spent years as the chair of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, has served on the board of Alpharetta’s Historical Society and was president of the Alpharetta Woman’s Club.

In her role as executive director of the historical society, she was instrumental in saving the Mansell House, having it moved in 1993 from farmland on Mansell Road to its current home in Wills Park.

Last year, the Georgia Federation Of Republican Women named Birt their 2013 woman of the year for her 56 years of service.

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said Birt, who is still active in the community, proves “no matter how old you are, you can always be a leader.”

When trying to pick a name for the new roadway, which will be off of Marietta Street, Belle Isle said the decision came naturally.

“We need to honor someone who is synonymous with Alpharetta, who has lead for a long time – and the thought immediately came that it would be Marjean.”

On June 2, the Alpharetta City Council recognized Birt’s contributions to the community by proclaiming the day Marjean Wood Birt Day.

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