Roswell Rotarian of the Year, 2016
Michael Schoppenhorst is the President of SEMCO Productions, owners and producers of the Atlanta Home Shows among other trade and consumer events they produce annually. He started with the company 20 years ago and worked his way up through the ranks serving as a Show Director and Director of Operations before being promoted to President.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Variety of Georgia (the motion picture industry’s children’s charity) and Hope Atlanta also known as Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta (a homeless prevention agency founded in 1900 which also serves Veterans, HIV patients, women and children escaping abusive environments among others seeking refuge from the streets). He is a former Board Member of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (Give Burns the Boot – serving those suffering from burns while teaching fire safety and burn prevention) and still actively serves as an advisor to the Foundation’s Executive Director.
His son Andrew chose his school’s Interact Club as his “activity” of choice four years ago when Interact Clubs were introduced into Middle Schools in the Roswell, GA area. After two years of attending Roswell Rotary meetings with his son, Michael decided that he too needed to become a Rotarian and surround himself with likeminded people desiring to serve others in his community. His son inspired him to do more…Service Above Self is their daily motto and will be their legacy and bond passed along to future generations. The Be THE Voice (BTV) campaign has given them yet another method of serving others, together. Andrew currently serves as the Team Leader of the Be THE Voice campaign at Roswell High School.
From the first day that Debbie Cwalina mentioned the idea to Roswell Rotary, Michael knew this was his opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others on a more personal level. While Debbie Cwalina gave Be THE Voice life and is the heart and soul of the campaign, Michael likes to consider himself her wingman. It is a passion they share together knowing that it is making a difference in the lives of children, parents and ultimately entire families. With each heartfelt testimonial that is shared, their dreams of ending bullying become more clear, focused and obtainable. If Rotary can nearly eradicate Polio worldwide, it can certainly end something as senseless as bullying.