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Clarksville Chamber hands out top awards

SoVaNow.com / December 19, 2012
The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce introduced incoming officers and directors before recognizing four outstanding citizens at the annual Christmas banquet Thursday night.

The Evelyn Hurst Volunteer of the Year award went to Terry Lee for her many volunteer efforts throughout the community, including with the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the YMCA, and the Mecklenburg County Community Services Corporation Board.

Sheila Cuykendall, who presented the award, said that Lee exemplified the type of person Winston Churchill was describing when he said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

The Business of the Year award went to VETS, Inc. owner Jim Moody. Before presenting the award to her boss, mentor and friend, Connie Torres shared how Moody took an idea to provide IT support services for disabled veterans from a small business operating out of his basement in Reston, to an $80 million company that employs 480 people in 15 states in less than a decade. The company is now based in Clarksville where Moody and his wife say they “intend to stay.”

For his many roles in Clarksville, including parade leader, Ruritan member, and interim town manager, and for his vision, persistence and leadership, Charles Lee was named Clarksville’s Citizen of the Year. He accepted the award but credited his wife for his accomplishments: “Throughout my life, I have been blessed with opportunities, and a wife who shares a vision of giving back to the community.” (Terry Lee is Charles Lee’s daughter-in-law).

Don Burges presented the final award of the evening to Jacie Roberts. Roberts was honored with the Kathleen Walker Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberts, a retired teacher and member of the Southside Community Services Board, was one of the first teachers to work with the Head Start program, and she pushed for racial integration through magnet programs at Richmond-area schools.

Her civic-mindedness has continued after Roberts retired and returned to Clarksville. She serves as a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher at Wharton Baptist Church, a member of the local chapters of AARP and Lake Country Rotary and as treasurer and board member for the Southside Community Services Board.

Serving as Chamber officers for 2013 are Ann Bowers, president; Charlie Simmons, vice president; Mary Willis, treasurer; Chris Bailey, secretary; Justin Eubank, past president and Sheila Cuykendall, executive director. Again serving on the Board of Directors are Linda Davenport, Betty De Ornellas, J.C. Eldreth, Doug Pugh, Jeremy Satterfield, Larry Kindley, Toby Newcomb, and ex-officio members Charles Lee (interim town manager) and Kevin Allgood, mayor.

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