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Chamber banquet held

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Photo/Tammy Curtis Donna Cruse, president of Main Street Hardy, congratulates Kim Wilson, the 2009 winner of the E. Wilson Green Community Service Award at the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Jan. 21 at Creekside Loft in Hardy.
The annual Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce banquet was held Jan. 21 at Creekside Loft in Hardy. In attendance were over 125 representatives of area businesses, business owners and local dignitaries including Sharp County Judge Larry Brown and wife Pat, Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Gene Moore, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver and Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley.

The chamber honored the Sharp County Farm Family with a plaque for their dedication to their community. The 2009 Farm Family was Brandon and Melinda Schultz of Sidney. The family operates broiler houses and has cattle. They family is a third generation farm family and told the audience they were honored to have been chosen.

The banquet also honored the E. Wilson Green Community Service Award recipient for 2009 as well as taking a moment to honor past recipients who have died.

The 2009 E. Wilson Green Award winner was announced by Main Street Hardy President Donna Cruse, who took time to give an interesting biography of the deserving recipient.

The winner of the prestigious community service award was Kim Wilson. Wilson is a Hardy resident, who as a child spent many summers with both her maternal and paternal grandparents in Hardy.

Wilson earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics and business at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

She then worked for Piers Sports Entertainment Complex in New York City as an assistant to the president where she managed the production and research for special projects.

She later worked as an executive assistant and office manager for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of Chicago. There, Wilson managed the office for the North American Sales Director and 10 regional sales managers.

Following a job as a personal assistant office manager for Reich, Katz and Landis Baseball group in Santa Monica, Calif., where Wilson held details to nationally known baseball players, Wilson left the fast paced Los Angeles lifestyle and returned to the place she loved as a child.

After returning to Hardy, Wilson moved into her grandparents home on Main Street. Soon after, she took the part-time position of director of Main Street Hardy.

While serving as director, Wilson went above and beyond her call of duty and according to co-workers volunteered additional hours making her workweek 40 hours or more weekly.

Wilson helped organize many of the events the community has grown to love, including the Spring and Fall arts and crafts shows, gun and knife shows, Spring River Car Club Show and Cruise, Junk and Jams, as well as many other events hosted in Hardy.

Wilson's face became familiar and synonymous with Main Street Hardy. She also was very helpful in assisting area businesses obtain much needed matching grants for improvements in the downtown district.

Wilson has became a friend to many as well as a very huge asset to the community.

Wilson said she was so honored to have been chosen for the award.

Following the awards, Chamber President Charlotte Goodwin presented awards to both Betty Waser and Larry McIntosh for their efforts in going above and beyond their call of duty in volunteering for the chamber.

Waser then took the podium to announce the new officers and board of directors for the 2010 year.

The new president is Beth McIntire-Bess; first vice president, Denise Gibbons; second vice president, Larry McIntosh; treasurer, Nancy Orr; and secretary Betty Waser.

On the 2010 board are: Clint Wiles, Jack Lowe, Trena Spears, Debbie Gray, Kathy Austin, Lillian Newburn, Rhonda Messer and Donna Cruse.

McIntire then spoke to the audience telling them she looks forward to the new year and stressed the importance of economic development within the county. She said she is excited about the future of the county.

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