Some of those who have won have lived here from childhood while others are relative newcomers.
The reasons for a person being chosen can vary--from civic work to charitable efforts to church work. In some cases, those honored were applauded for their professional work. In others, the persons chosen were named for things they did totally unrelated to their vocations.
Last year's Woman of the Year was retired math teacher Marissa Smith, who keeps on working--but these days as a volunteer in a variety of community causes including the United Way. She has also volunteered at Unity Presbyterian Church and Amy’s Closet.
2015 Woman of the Year Jill Eaddy is a former member of the Lincolnton City Council. She was lauded for her work with foster children. Eaddy served as vice president of Stand Up For Children, Inc. Working in education for 33 years, she taught at several schools and her work with exceptional children was applauded. Among her positions, she served as Director of Exceptional Children for the Lincoln County Schools. More recently she has been the advisor to the city's Student Advisory Council.
2014 winner Rosalind Welder is also an educator, but while educators were named in many cases, many of the women chosen were in no way involved professionally in education. Cheryl Burgess, who was honored as Woman of the Year in 2012, can claim her work with Relay for Life as one of her major accomplishments. Shirley Smith (2011) was the person most in charge of the Apple Queen pageant for many years and has done much work for the Chamber of Commerce. Cathy Davis (2007) has served in a variety of positions including Director of the Lincoln Cultural Center and as a School Board member. Betty Ross, who was chosen in 1967, was, of course, the mother of the recreation programs in Lincolnton and Lincoln County. Kathryn Yarbro (1991) was the editor of the local newspaper. Betty Gamble (1985) was, among many other charitable efforts, a leader in seeking to improve literacy. Mary Frances White (2000) is a funeral home operator. Melinda Houser (2008) worked for years with the Extension Service.
Last year's Man of the Year was Chris Rhyne, whose volunteer efforts with the schools was applauded. Businessman Willie Heafner was chosen in 2015. The list includes doctors, lawyers, ministers, bankers, a judge, educators and elected officials. Two sets of father and son have won the award--David Clark, Sr. in 1962 and David Clark, Jr. in 2010 and Jim Moore in 1981 and son "Bo" in 2011.
Husbands and wives who have both been chosen include Gordon L. "Shine" Goodson, the Man of the Year in 1959, and Betty Goodson in 1970; Louise Stoudemire in 1966 and George Stoudemire in 1976; Dr. John Gamble in 1978 and Betty Gamble in 1985; Adair Cantwell in 1971 and Rev. Dr. Robt. Cantwell in 1980; Dr. John "Les" Cloninger in 1986 and Marcia Cloninger in 1999; Lila Friday in 1968 and Judge John Friday in 1993; Marni Suttle Carpenter in 1994 and Scott Carpenter in 2003; Dr. Martin Eaddy in 2000 and Jill Eaddy in 2015. On only one occasion were a husband and wife honored as Man of the Year and Woman of the Year on the same night--that was in 2009 when the winners were Dr. Jim Watson and Teresa Watson.
There has been only one set of mother and son winners--Sue Ramseur was Woman of the Year in 1972 and Rick Ramseur was Man of the Year in 2014.
The BPW wants all nominations in before the end of October.
The requirements for Woman of the Year are as follows:
1. The woman must be a resident of Lincoln County;
2. The award will not be given to any one person more than one time;
3. The areas of a woman’s contributions to be considered include:
- Civic and community (overall lifetime)
- Family (judged on the basis of each woman’s individual situation. A nominee will not be penalized because she is not married or does not have children)
- Profession - the Woman of the Year must be or have been actively engaged in a profession.
Nominations should be sent either by mail to the BPW address: PO Box 533, Lincolnton, NC 28093 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31st--including any and all pertinent information about the nominee.
Nomination packets can include a resume and letters of recommendation from family/coworkers/friends. Please compose all information into one packet for each individual nominated.
If you have any questions, contact BPW Lincolnton President Victoria Eicholtz at email@example.com.
The Rotary Club is giving until November 9th to receive Man of the Year nominations. The person to be honored must be a resident of Lincoln County who has contributed to the community by outstanding service, leadership, personal example, character and dedication. The individual by his unselfish efforts should be recognized for his accomplishments in the private sector and not through elected office. An individual may be honored only once. Printed nominations should be presented by mail to the Rotary Club of Lincolnton, P.O. Box 622, Lincolnton, NC 28093 and must be received by November 9, 2017. Nominations should state qualifications and contributions in civic, community, church, family, business, professional or other areas; tell why the person is being nominated; and include the name, address and telephone number of the person making the nomination.
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