Chamber honors volunteerism with awards
Posted by : March 20, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–It was a night of recognizing those who go above and beyond for their community at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s 13th awards banquet Monday night.
“We are here to honor the volunteers of our community and it makes me proud to be a part of this,” master of ceremonies and chamber board chair Marty Mullins said.
The community at-large, along with chamber members, were asked to nominate special volunteers for recognition. An awards committee culled through the nominations to choose those who would receive top awards, including Citizen of the Year and Jean Nichols Life Time Service Award. And new award was introduced the year and chosen by the chamber president, aptly named the President Hall of Fame award.
Those selected for the honor are kept in the dark right up to the announcement.
Chrissy Adams surprised Tate Cramm when she named him the Citizen of the Year.
“A generous and giving individual who’s been known to take money out of his own pocket for a little ‘extra’ for the kids, while shopping with the underprivileged for school supplies and clothes,” Adams said.
Cramm is involved in a long list of worthy community organizations including the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club, Parrot Head Club and Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake board.
In addition, he has helped with fundraising efforts for the wheelchair accessible fishing pier at Tom Finley Park, which is soon to be dedicated to area veterans, she added.
Last year’s Jean Nichols Life Time Service Award winners Jo Ann and Bill Hanstrom described a long career of volunteerism and bettering our community in the life of Realtor James D. Ragsdale, as the 2013 recipient.
Ragsdale is a real estate broker and serves on the Henderson County Board of Realtors, along with being a member of the chamber since 2002.
He is also the author of “Are You Coming or Going,” which gives an overview of his life and the history of the Cedar Creek Lake area.
After presenting Ragsdale the award, Jo Ann read him a text message of congratulations from State Representative District 4 Lance Gooden, who was unable to attend the banquet.
Chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom announced the inaugural President’s Hall of Fame Award as Robbye Grissom
“She jumped in with both feet, although she is employed out-of-town,” Jo Ann said of Grissom’s involvement with the chamber. The first Hall of Famer was cited for her organizational skills of several chamber events, her and her husband’s generous financial support of the Chamber and her role on the chamber’s Executive Board as its treasurer.
“Robbye co-chairs the Red Hot “18” Golf Tournament, is a member of the annual car show team, co-chaired the fall chamber event in past years and serves on the chamber’s board of directors,” Jo Ann completed her introduction.
“It’s just what I do,” Grisson said. “I support my chamber, my community and my business. I appreciate the honor.”
Chrissy Adams recognized the Mabank Independent School District campus teachers of the year, a focal point of each year’s awards dinner.
“We are honoring our teachers who are educating our future. Thank you for all that you do,” Adams said.
Receiving the heartfelt recognition were high school math teacher Nicci Romero, junior high eighth grade science teacher Amanda Hardy, intermediate life skills teacher Terri Kiesling, Central Elementary fourth grade teacher Nancy Clark, Southside Elementary fourth grade teacher Tracey Wolfe and Lakeview Elementary kindergarten Tiffany Strawn.
Each Chamber chapter also presented awards to volunteers from its communities. Be sure to read The Monitor’s Sunday, March 24 edition for those recipients.