Com­mu­nity-minded Patti Ford, She­lia Barrett hon­ored for im­prov­ing qual­ity of life

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By TERRY DEAN Edi­tor

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.”

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