Local groups bestow honors
Lions clubs, R.S. chamber award volunteers
— 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
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.
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.