Lo­cal groups be­stow hon­ors

Lions clubs, R.S. cham­ber award vol­un­teers

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The gen­er­ous work of vol­un­teers in the com­mu­nity was rec­og­nized in cer­e­monies held Fri­day night at Amer­i­can Le­gion Ma­son Dixon Post No. 194.

“We’re all service or­ga­ni­za­tions and the projects we have are very re­ward­ing,” said Ellen Lu­cas, im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the Ris­ing Sun Lions Club.

Both the Ris­ing Sun and Conowingo Lions gave out their Per­son of the Year awards with those hon­ors go­ing to Dawn Deck­man and the Wild­cat Point Gen­er­a­tion Team, re­spec­tively.

“I’ve known her for a long time,” Lu­cas said of Deck­man.

Cit­ing Deck­man’s long list of work that in­cludes the youth group at Janes United Methodist Church, Fel­low­ship of Chris­tian Ath­letes and the Neigh­bor­hood Youth Panel, Lu­cas said Deck­man rec­og­nizes the value of nur­tur­ing young peo­ple.

“The youth are our fu­ture but they’re also our now,” Lu­cas said. “(Deck­man’s) door is al­ways open to the youth. She de­serves the recog­ni­tion.”

In pre­sent­ing the Conowingo Lions Club award, Made­line

RIS­ING SUN

Brown, pres­i­dent of the club said the de­ci­sion was easy to se­lect Brian Hein­baugh and the team of 30 peo­ple at Wild­cat Point.

“There was no ques­tion who would be hon­ored this year,” Brown said.

She called out a list of groups the team has sup­ported in­clud­ing the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County, the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and both the Water Witch and Ris­ing Sun fire com­pa­nies.

“They’ve been very gen­er­ous with their time ... and their re­sources as well,” Brown said. “They have also given us quite a bit of fund­ing for our com­mu­nity cen­ter.”

Hein­baugh cred­ited the con­tacts he made through the Ce­cil Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute pro- gram.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the big­gest things that helped me un­der­stand the needs of the com­mu­nity,” Hein­baugh said. “And a lot of it is just get­ting out there and get­ting in­volved.”

Vin­cent Sam­mons was named Busi­ness Per­son of the Year by the Ris­ing Sun Cham­ber of Com­merce. Jen­nifer Scully, cham­ber pres­i­dent, ticked off a num­ber of ways Sam­mons has helped the cham­ber be suc­cess­ful in­clud­ing or­ga­niz­ing Sun­fest en­tirely on­line. Scully said ven­dor par­tic­i­pa­tion this year was the high­est ever and cred­ited Sam­mons.

“And we al­ready have sev­eral signed up for next year,” she noted.

Web based regis­tra­tion also helped with the health fair along with in­creased use of so­cial me­dia, Scully said, all ad­vances she cred­ited to Sam­mons.

Ac­tive in the cham­ber, Sam- mons ad­mit­ted af­ter the award was given that he sus­pected he was the win­ner.

“We had a cham­ber meet­ing about (a nom­i­na­tion) and I was push­ing for them to make a de­ci­sion,” Sam­mons said. “They blew me off. Turns out they had made their de­ci­sion.”

Brown was called back to the podium to re­ceive the Melvin Jones Award. Brown and fel­low Lion Mary Amos were given the award, which is named for the founder of Lions Club International.

Bob Lang, past pres­i­dent of the Conowingo Lions Club, said Brown and Amos are known to the group as “the two sis­ters.”

“At meet­ings we have Mary and Maddy to pull us back in,” Lang said, not­ing that the group would oth­er­wise get so far off topic.

“Dur­ing the meet­ings they tag team us,” he said. Brown is fond of say­ing, “Back on track guys. Back on track,” he said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Bob Lang, with the Conowingo Lions Club, speaks be­fore giv­ing Made­line Brown, right, and Mary Amos the Melvin Jones Award, which is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International.

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