Ann Henderson Johnson established a legacy of leadership and philanthropy before her untimely death in the spring of 2008. The John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus and her extensive efforts for Rotary International as the first female governor of District 6900, including the Rotary International Tennis Center at Roosevelt Warm Springs, are just two of many examples of her civic leadership in West Georgia. As such, it is fitting that her name be permanently affixed to a heritage center in Warm Springs, a heritage center that will display the story of the Warm Springs National Historic Landmark District, the story of polio--one of mankind’s greatest medical triumphs, and the story of Rotary International’s continuing quest to eradicate polio worldwide.
Led by her husband, Lamar Johnson, and past Rotary District Governor Steve Stanfield, a member of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Development Fund Board, a campaign is underway to raise $250,000 for the establishment of what will be one of Georgia’s most significant historic attractions in one of the historic district’s renovated cottages. Located next door to the first house Roosevelt Warm Springs’ founder Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived in during 41 visits to his adopted state, the Ann Johnson Heritage Center at Warm Springs will be a fitting tribute to the memory of a great lady and the legacy of hope established here by FDR.
For both of those reasons and to recognize the tremendous achievements of the worldwide polio effort, we encourage your donations for the development of this center at the place where it all began.