Terri Hy­att, Mayor Ed Mackey earn Cham­ber awards

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By TERRY DEAN Edi­tor

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.”

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