Archdale-Trinity Chamber presents awards at annual meeting
The Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the community’s brightest stars at its 31st annual Membership Meeting at Colonial Country Club recently.
Linda Johnson received the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an individual, group or business that has promoted the welfare of the Archdale-Trinity community and its people.
Johnson volunteers with the SERCO’s Santa project, working throughout the year to gather gifts for needy children in preparation for the holidays. She is on call at Hopewell Elementary School, responding to any need that students may have.
She delivers Meals on Wheels in Davidson County and is a member of Friends of Trinity and Randolph County Arts Council.
Johnson said she is humbled by the award.
“It really has not sunk in. I appreciate the award, but I feel like others deserve it as well. I do not do anything, I’m just there when I’m needed,” Johnson said. “It is an honor, and I do appreciate it very much.”
Amanda Stilwell was presented with the Youth of the Year award.
Stilwell, a junior at Trinity High School, was nominated for community outreach. She has volunteered for several years with the City of Refuge Homeless Ministry’s after-school program for children at Crossover Community Church.
Stilwell helps cook and serves the meals prepared each day, organizes art projects and leads Bible lessons and prayer.
Claire Webb received the Youth Advocate award, which honors an individual, business or group who works for the benefit of the youth in the community. Webb, a senior at Wheatmore High, formed a community service project three years ago called Sole Savers. The program is designed to meet the needs of students in Randolph County who don’t have access to proper footwear for playing various sports.
She works with guidance counselors at each school to distribute shoes to children in need. In 2012, she held a shoe drive called Saving Soles for Santiago and sent more than 30 new pairs of tennis shoes to the Dominican Republic.
“When you start reading about these young girls, you see that at this age they think about others and are giving back to their communities already,” said Rhonda Winters, chairwoman of the awards committee. “That is what you want to see more youth do — to think beyond themselves and give back to the community. That really touched all of us on the committee because they took something on themselves and wanted to make a difference.”
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At a glance
The following people also were recognized:
• Carol Nunn, Randolph Community College, Extra Mile Award.
• Janice Spainhour, Ed Price Realty, Duke Energy Advocacy and Quality of Life Award.
• Jeff Gerlock, Member of the Year Award.