Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The RECing Crew founder Pam Stickler humbly accepted the Citizen of the Year Award during Monday night's North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet.
The award is meant to recognize individuals with outstanding leadership and citizenship in the community.
Stickler's leadership in her organization exemplifies both of those qualities by helping more than 150 special needs individuals participate in constructive, athletic activities such as bowling, basketball and baseball.
Stickler said she didn't expect to win the award but proudly accepted it and explained her dedication to the program.
“This started with a desire to find something fun to do for my son,” Stickler explained. “But it wouldn't have happened without the support of this community and many of the people in it.”
Jim and Carolyn Baggott – the winners of last year's award – described Stickler as “the most worthy person of the recognition.”
Jim said Stickler has done more than bring the needs of children to the forefront.
“She has put forth efforts to get grants for programs for special needs children and has built a great program because of it,” Jim said.
In addition to Stickler, Rick Berry was also awarded during the banquet.
Berry captured the Ambassador of the Year Award for his dedicated service to representing the Chamber.
“I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to the Chamber and to the people of North Augusta,” Berry said.
The banquet also included speeches by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions staffer Paul Hunt and additional comments from the keynote speaker – Walker Posey – who spoke about the important aspects of business.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.