Chamber banquet recognizes outstanding community service, 100 years of chamber history

Fannie Watson, Clay Ihlo and the John Paul and Dixie Lawson family among top banquet honorees

Fannie Watson, the John Paul and Dixie Lawson family and Clay Ihlo were among the top honorees at the 97th Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Thursday night at the John Windham Civic Center.Community

Ihlo received the Young Citizen of the Year Award while the Distinguished Service Award went to Watson for her years of service to the Shelby County Community.

Watson, who was introduced by the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, received a standing ovation for her years of service and dedication to the community.

Clayton Windham, who was the the 2018 Young Citizen of the Year recipient, introduced Ihlo who he said has become an active member of the community since moving back to the county.

Ihlo is a loan officer at Shelby Savings Bank, a member of the Center Noon Lions Club, president of the Center Country Club, a member of the Shelby County Cookers,and Past-Postmaster of the Sam Sanford Lodge.

The Farm Family of the Year Award was presented to the Lawsons by Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent-Agriculture.

The Lawson family was recognized for not only their dedication to Agriculture but also for their focus on the future of Agriculture.

Rose Spector received the Chairman's Award from outgoing Chamber of Commerce Chairman Brian Dean.

Specter was recognized for volunteering whenever needed and her willingness to help with chamber projects in a variety of ways.

Dean also recognized Brian Wages for the Past Chairman of the Board Award. Wages served the chamber as Chairman of the Board in 2018.

Chamber President Deborah Chadwick presented Chris Watlington a Golden Mic Award in honor of his service over a period of years and number of events for serving as emcee.

The 97th Annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Celebration Dinner & Awards was presented by Farmers State Bank recognizing the the Chamber, which is celebrating the its 100th anniversary.

Mary Lynn Tinkle introduced the Shelby County Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, Beth Nichols and Brooke Harrison.

Nichols and Harrison were named Shelby County Teachers of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year at an awards reception held in the spring.

Nichols, a Center ISD teacher and tennis coach, was named the Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019 while Harrison was named Shelby County Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019.

Nominations were solicited from residents of Shelby County for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The Young Citizen of the Year, was presented to Ihlo by last year's recipient Clayton Paul Windham. The award was established in 1966 to recognize and encourage the young people in the area involved in community service.

To be eligible, the nominee must be at least 18 up to 39 years of age, a resident of Shelby County during at least six months of the year for which the award is given, and not a previous recipient.

The Distinguished Service Award, presented to Watson, is presented to an individual who has shown faithful and outstanding service to the community over a number of years.

The selection criteria process for these awards include personal involvement that enriches the general welfare of our communities, participation in a wide variety of community activities, specific contributions to some area of the community, leadership, personal or business progress, ability to cooperate with individuals, civic, religious or social organizations. Candidates must be considered to be of integrity, sound character and generally well respected.