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Dienst wins chamber's volunteer award, Davis named headliner

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

FROM THE HEART: Shona Covington sings during a special performance of Raise the Roof at the Arkansaw Traveller Dinner Theatre following the annual Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Ann Dienst of Hardy won the E. Wilson Green Volunteer Service Award, and Highland Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis won the Villager Journal Headliner of the Year Award Sept. 21 at the annual banquet of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the Arkansaw Traveller Dinner Theatre.

Cindy Hall, administrator of Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System, completed her year as president of the chamber and formally turned over the organization to Highland Mayor David Shackelford. Hall will continue to serve on the chamber board as immediate past president.

Also honored at the banquet were the John and Denise Frame family, Sharp County's Farm Family of the Year, along with five volunteers who man the Tourist Information Center in Hardy.

Ann Dienst became the 13th recipient of the E. Wilson Green Award, and it was presented by the third winner, District Judge Kevin King of Highland, who is also her employer at King & Ponder Law Office. King praised Dienst for her community service as chairman of Hardy's Advertising and Promotion Committee, as a Main Street Hardy committee member, as president of the Northeast Ozark Community Band, on the Homesteader Day Committee and on the Hardy Fire Department Auxiliary.

Dienst said, "Thank you somehow seems so inadequate for the heart-felt emotion I feel about being awarded the E. Wilson Green Award. I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Green and realize what an honor this is."

She said she thanked God, her parents, husband, son and boss for the "opportunities that led to this award."

The award was first called the Volunteer Award but was renamed for its first recipient, E. Wilson Green, after his untimely death. Green helped establish the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce and acquire the building for its office, which also serves as the Tourist Information Center.

Headliner Award winner Harlan Davis coached the Highland Lady Rebels to the state AAA basketball championship in March, Highland's second girls' basketball championship but first in the AAA division. Davis credited his team's hard work for their success and said the win had been good for the entire community by bringing residents together to support the team's run for the championship.

The Headliner of the Year Award is presented to one individual who has brought good headlines to or about the Quad Cities during the past 12 months. The independent selection committee is comprised of four business owners or managers, one each from Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy and Highland. None of the committee members has any connection to the Villager Journal or Areawide Media.

Shackelford presented a plaque to Cindy Hall and thanked her for her "contagious" enthusiasm for the chamber. He also outlined plans for the coming year.

Chamber Administrator Ann Raheem recognized Tourist Information Center volunteers Irene Baker, Margie Balow, Hazel Bramlett, Nelson Gatewood and Bill Grams.

Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford presented a framed certificate to the Frame family after describing in detail their hard work at home and in the community. Denise Frame is an employee of the Sharp County Extension office, overseeing the county 4-H clubs.

Chamber board member Judy Brown presented a plaque to Denise Frame honoring the 100th anniversary of 4-H.

Following the awards ceremony, those attending enjoyed a performance of "Raise the Roof" by the cast of the Arkansaw Traveller Dinner Theatre.

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