Businesses, volunteers honored at chamber banquet

January 23, 2004|GARY MOYERS

Outstanding businesses, business people and volunteers were recognized Thursday night at the annual Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Danville and Boyle County Convention Center.

Stuart Powell, owner of Stuart Powell Ford, was named Business Person of the Year. Powell, who was named Citizen of the Year by the chamber in 1993, was a charter member of the Advocate Brass Band, worked with the Merchants Row Development Foundation in Perryville and has served in various capacities on many advisory boards over the past 35 years. He has been chairman of the Danville-Boyle County Airport for 35 years. The airport field was named for Powell in 1993 by city and county governments.

Stith Funeral Home received the Business of the Year Award. The funeral home has been in business since 1926, and received the Pursuit of Excellence Award from the National Funeral Directors Association for 2002-2003 for community service and continuing education. The business also has received the Business Equity Award from the Business and Professional Women's Club for a business that promotes women in its workplace. Mary Stith Hamlin and her husband, Robert Hamlin, own and operate the funeral home.


Myrna Miller of Hampton Inn was presented the Ambassador of the Year Award, given to a member of the Ambassador's Club. Club members attend ribbon cuttings, are greeters at Business After Hours and keep members informed about activities of the chamber.

The Business Ethics Award, new this year, is awarded to a business exhibiting "the virtuous behavior and high moral standards of a Danville/Boyle County business," said presenter David Anderson. The recipient was Ernst Crown-Weber, owner of Danville Bike and Fitness.

The Distinguished Volunteer School Bell Award, presented to a volunteer in the school community who has contributed time and talents to assist educators in the mission to ensure quality education in our school systems, was given to Liz Gardner to recognize her efforts at Perryville Elementary School.

Presenter Steve Rinehart cited her leadership this year in a drive that generated nearly $7,000 in contributions toward hardware, software and parental training materials and her involvement in parent engagement in the academic focus at Perryville Elementary. Parents performed 300 hours of volunteer work in the past month alone, Rinehart said, and she was recently named chairperson of the Boyle County Family Resource Center Advisory Council.

The Bruce Montgomery Leadership Boyle County Award is presented to a leadership Boyle County graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership within the community.

Clarence Wyatt, special assistant to the president at Centre College, received the award for his involvement in local endeavors including the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association and the Community Development Council, among others.

Wilma Brown was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year for her work spearheading the location of the Community Arts Center in the Federal Building on Main Street, and for leading the drive to pass an initiative bringing alcohol sales to Danville restaurants.

She was the founding member of the Gathering Artists group and the Arts Commission, and serves on numerous community advisory boards.

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