Terri Hyatt, Mayor Ed Mackey earn Chamber awards
Many remember her has a mentor for many of Cherokee County’s young people. She was a teacher, a businesswoman at a time when it wasn’t “fashionable” for a woman to be in business and dedicated to her church and community.
Kay Davis presented the Mary George Waite Spirit Award to Terri Hyatt, owner/operator of Bay Springs Motel.
“As the 2003-2004 recipient of the Mary George Waite Spirit Award, it gives me great honor to present this award tonight,” said Davis.
“For those of you who did not know Mary George Waite let me give you a bit of information about the most wonderful lady I have ever known. Mrs. Mary George loved Cherokee County. She served as president of Farmers and Merchants Bank, a task unheard of during that time. A woman in charge! She was very mindful of all the citizens in Cherokee county. She would always compliment them for their recognition either by picture or by name in the local newspaper. She would send the news article and write a personal note. 42 years ago she sent me this copy of my wedding.”
“Once a year, Mrs. Mary George always visited the campuses of the University of Alabama and Auburn University and take the students from Cherokee County out for supper,” said Davis. “We always knew we were going to have a good meal. She also loved her church, Centre First Methodist. Mrs. Mary George was my Sunday School teacher. She wanted her little Methodist children to have culture. She would takes to town and gown theatre productions all over the state in her big car. She also would take us to Birmingham Southern for churchrelated activities. Then for the highlight of the trip, she would take us shopping down town, at Loveman’s or Pizitz.”
“Tonight, the recipient of this award is someone I have never met in person, but I have spoken to this angel of mercy many times on the phone,” said Davis. “One time I was very worried about one of my client’s financial situations and this recipient calmed my fears by saying ‘God will provide’ and in 15 minutes a person call wanting to offer to provide financial assistance for this client.”
“The Mary George Waite Spirit Award is presented each year to an individual who demonstrates the spirit of cooperation, fostering of ideals and dedication to the community,” said Davis. “This year’s recipient has demonstrated all of these qualities and more. With moving to Cherokee County four years ago and buying a local business, this caring family quickly began to work to clean up, renovate and improve the business. A lot of hard work and sweat went into the project. This person has helping many families through working wit the Red Cross, Cherokee County Crisis Center, the Family Care Center and the Cherokee County Family Resource Center and other organizations to help others when needed.”
“Always willing to lend a hand and provide basic needs and shelter. This humble person lives for mission work,” said Davis. “Before coming to Cherokee County she was very involved in mission work in Honduras. She not only organized trips, but also went on many trips to do work for the Lord. Helping people is what she does, both overseas and local, she mentors to young and old. This lady is a true spirit of the commu- nity. Her dedication and help is outstanding. This year’s Mary George Waite Spirit Award is being presented to Terri Hyatt, owner of Bay Springs Motel and Campground. And I am very honored to meet her.”
Theresa Hulgan, executive director, presented the Chairman’s Merit Award for 2011 to Leesburg Mayor Ed Mackey.
“This award is given to individuals who through their business, advance Cherokee County’s economic climate,” said Hulgan.
“They have proven to be community spirited, by working with other organizations to develop long-range commitment projects. This year, we recognize an individual who is well-respected, energetic and motivated to see growth for our area. This person is always willing to get involved to help move Cherokee County forward. He takes his own time and travel shows that we attend in promoting Cherokee County. He knows about the fishing, he knows how important it is to reach those fishermen and bring tourism to Cherokee County.”
“While serving the town of Leesburg as mayor where he has been able to help the town accomplish many projects,” said Mackey.
“Through his efforts and continued push to ask for funding, and he is not ashamed to ask, the town has added Leesburg RV Park and Campground. They continue to add provisions for the facility and most recently they accomplished building a storm shelter which is available for local citizens, not just of Leesburg, but anyone who needs help in protection from the storm.”