The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Civic Awards luncheon, titled the Wills Point “SACK” Awards 2013, on Thursday, March 21 at the Wills Point Church of Christ.
Prior to the luncheon, the chamber issued a press release describing this year’s theme: “Wills Point is a rural community and farmers are a big part of the economy in this area. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the American farmer with the luncheon theme and all local farmers are invited to attend, as well.
The Chamber Board chose to be good stewards of the sponsorship money received through ONCOR for the event, donating all items used to the Wills Point International Outreach food pantry that services 100+ families every week more than 60 tons of food per year!”
The luncheon was for all of the Chamber of Commerce family of membership. Including the Rotary Club and Pilot Club of Wills Point. Each organization presented their club awards, along with the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and other awards.
Awards presented at the luncheon included:
Pilot Club of Wills Point
President’s Choice Award (Business) – Chapel of the Lake
Pilot Club Sweetheart – Mary Flynn
Honorary Lifetime Member – Betty Pratt
Service Above Self Award – Randi Duckworth
Rotarian of the Year Award – Calvin Cunigan
Wills Point Chamber of Commerce
Lifetime Achievement Award – Felix Massey
Citizen of the Year – Russell Memorial United Methodist Church (RMUMC)
In presenting RMUMC with the Citizen of the Year Award, Wills Point Chamber board chairman Bobbi Byford noted, “Over the years, Russell Memorial has been very active in the community. Their United Methodist Men have been working in and around Wills Point for years building ramps, removing trees from yards and just helping out when the need arises. Their Angel Tree ministry was greatly expanded in the past year to include all school aged children and their families.
With much help, they distributed toys and clothes to the children and food for everyone in the home for 388 children (131 families in all). Russell Memorial was also involved in the school district’s backpack program to provide school supplies to children in need.
2012 saw the beginning of their Neighbor to Neighbor lunches, where on the 4th Saturday of every month lunch is provided, free of charge, to any and all that wish to participate. This program has become very successful and they have served and delivered many meals over the years. At Russell Memorial, they are striving to live up to their motto ‘A family rooted in Christ and reaching out in love’.”