The Cobb Chamber of Commerce named Karen Hallacy the 2012 East Cobb Citizen of the Year at the East Cobb Area Council breakfast meeting at Indian Hills Country Club on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Hallacy has been a tireless volunteer and resident in the East Cobb community since her children started school in the area more than 10 years ago. A parent in the Walton High School district, she is known in the community as an advocate for local students and public education.
Hallacy was nominated by former Cobb Commission Chairman and current Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens for her passion for helping the community through her involvement, especially in the Parent Teacher Association at the local, council and state levels.
“Karen Hallacy is someone who gets involved and is making a difference in our community,” Olens wrote in his nomination form. “In any given week you can find Karen down at the Capitol talking to legislators about a bill that affects children and education, at a civic association meeting reporting on pending or proposed legislation, making sure that the meetings of a variety of groups are taking place according to ‘Roberts Rules of Order,’ leading a committee meeting for the PTA, or simply being a mom cheering on the band at the local high school football game. Karen leads by example and we are fortunate to have someone with her passion and commitment as a resident of East Cobb.”
Among the organizations Hallacy has been involved with include the East Cobb County Council of PTAs, the Georgia PTA, Neighborhood Safety Commission, the Cobb Chamber’s Partners in Education program and Business Education Committee, and the Cobb Board of Education.
She is an active member of the East Cobb Civic Association and the National Charity League, where she currently serves as Parliamentarian. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Cobb Chamber’s Leadership Cobb program.