OUR VIEW: Evening showcases hard work of our community

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 6, 2007

We speak often of community and the importance of giving back. Truly, we feel nothing more embodies our national heritage than working together to create a strong society in which everyone has equal opportunity to succeed and where anyone who so chooses can make a difference.

Last night, the Demopolis-Area Chamber of Commerce honored those who have found success and those who have made a difference in our communities.

The evening was truly a who’s who of business and civic leaders. The achievements of the six honorees &045; from their good fortune in the business world to their remarkable spirit of volunteerism &045; are a point of pride for this area and should be held up as a standard for others to strive toward.

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Dr. Wesley Hill was honored for his nearly three decades of service to the school system in Demopolis. As he readies to retire, he continues to lead us well in what could be his most enduring legacy &045; guiding our district through the process of choosing his successor and the person who will pick up where he leaves off.

Alabama Power’s Greene County Steam Plant was chosen as the Business of the Year for their community-mindness, public fund-raising prowess and environmental stewardship.

The Chamber recognized Frank Osborne as the Citizen of the Year. Osborne is a transplant to Demopolis &045; heiling all the way from Boston &045; but his work here would make anyone who meets him think this was where he was born and raised. In addition to serving well the business community, he is active in civic clubs and efforts throughout our communities.

Also honored for volunteer work were Lindsy Gardner, Charles Singleton and Unicel. These two individuals and Unicel have exhibited what it takes to make a community stronger by giving unselfishly of their time, sweat, blood and tears. From Habit for Humanity to academic programs, many a volunteer organization benefited from the efforts of Gardner, Singleton and Unicel.

We congratulate all of the honorees on their success, and we thank them for being leaders and examples in our community.