Community-minded Patti Ford, Shelia Barrett honored for improving quality of life
She has been quoted as saying, “Every age is precious and unique.” And she has that talent for capturing these precious and unique moments on film.
The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce recently honored Local Photographer Patti Ford with the 2011 Beautification Award for the many beautiful images she has captured over the years, many of which are displayed throughout the county.
Ford was one of several award recipients honored during the recent 2011 Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held on the campus of Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee
Joy Perry presented Ford with the award on behalf of the Chamber.
“Cherokee county is blessed with so much history and so much beauty,” said Perry.
“Each year the Chamber awards a business or group for their efforts in improving the physical appearance, thereby making their place more appealing in Cherokee County. This year’s recipient is more than a beautiful landscape, a building or of scenery. For over 30 years, this person has caught the true beauty of Cherokee county and those who live here. Over these years, a variety of subjects of all ages have entered through the studio doors to get caught up in the real and imaginary world this photographer has created.”
“With technology and social media as we know it today, you can see numerous shots of the views she has captured,” said Perry.
“Just this past winter, a note on her blog said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the snow a Christmas and more recently, this past week. The snow makes us all slow down and hopefully just enjoy life for a bit. Just getting out and taking photographs for fun is something I just don’t do enough of.”’
“This photographer and artist has touched the hearts of so many of us with her work,” said Perry. “She has won many awards over the last 30 years. I would like to ask Patti Ford of Patti ford Photography to come forward and accept this year’s beautification award.”
Kurt Duryea presented the Estelle Smith Community Service Award to Shelia Barrett, director of the ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) of Centre First Baptist church.
Estelle Smith, as noted by Thereasa Hulgan, executive director, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, was a music teacher and then worked for the board of education.
“Mrs. Smith advocated volunteerism, and led by personal example,” said Hulgan.
“She gave willingly of her time for the community that she loved so dearly. This award is named in her honor and presented yearly to an individual who espouses those ideals.”
“ This years Estelle Smith Community Award Honoree is an individual whose service to our community is diverse in nature and certainly flows from the love of her people for the people in Cherokee County,” said Duryea.
“I have had the pleasure of seeing this person in her role as a community volunteer and I know personally they have demonstrated a deep dedication of time and treasure to support activities in Cherokee County that goes above and beyond the normal call to duty.”
“Choosing Cherokee County many years ago and making this her home, she quickly became involved with many organizations and has proven to be a blessing to everyone,” said Duryea.
“Through her attendance and involvement in the Chamber’s Leadership Cherokee Program she stands out as a real leader in Cherokee county. Her concern and care for the people in general prove she has a heart of gold. You have most likely seen her helping out at the Red Cross, the Chamber or her church.”
“She works with many volunteers to keep the ROC running smoothly, directs the rim rockers basketball leaque, served as a mentor to young children organizing fundraising for community organizations and volunteers herself many countless hours for various functions and event,” said Duryea.
“It is my honor to present the Estelle Smith Community Award to someone who epitomizes the ideals of the award and the character or Mrs Estelle Smith. This year’s honoree is Mrs. Shelia Barrett.”