3/15/2018 2:48:00 PM Robinson chamber rewards five for outstanding service to city
Five awards were presented to individuals at last night’s Robinson Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet for their service to the community. The winners are as follows (L-R): Steve McGahey-Distinguished Citizen Award, Chris Forde-Outstanding Service Award, Daphne Phillippe-Hometown Pride Youth Award, Todd Weber-Industry/Business Award and Mike Pierce-Daniel Q. Adams Chamber Service Award.
A lively, large crowd was on hand for last night's Robinson Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, in which five individuals were recognized and rewarded for their services to the community.
Former WTYE radio host and current Lincoln Trail College coordinator of marketing and public information Chris Forde was first awarded the outstanding service award. This award is given to a person or persons who have demonstrated a willingness to perform services for the community and endeavored to make Crawford County a better place to live, work and play.
Presenting the award to Forde was LTC President Ryan Gower who acknowledged the former's contributions to LTC, as well as to the community. Forde has been a staple of many organizations in the county, including a co-founder of Leadership Crawford County and a board member of Crawford County CEO. He is also a member of the Crawford County 911 board and the Robinson Police Commission.
Robinson High School student Daphne Phillippe was awarded the hometown pride youth award for her hard work in community service, notably organizing the Hoops for Troops event last November. The youth award was established in 1992 when it was decided that many of the youth in the community deserve recognition. The award is given to any youth or youth organization whose members exhibit good sportsmanship, dedication to goals, community mindfullness and/or leadership qualities.
Phillippe, a senior, was presented the award by former high school basketball coach Bob Coffman. He acknowledged her commitment as an athlete, student and community member and revealed she will be joining the United States Marine Corps following graduation in May. Phillipe organized the Hoops for Troops event last year that took place during and between early season basketball games last year. Phillippe's event featured veterans speaking about their military experiences during halftimes and between games, giving them a voice and an audience they had earned.
Tempco Products President Steve McGahey was honored as the recipient of the distinguished citizen award. Known as the chamber's most prestigious award, this honor is bestowed on a person or persons who have exhibited an outstanding amount of pride in the community and service for the community over an extended period of time.
Chamber director John Spitz presented the award to McGahey, whose business has long been a staple of Robinson.
Along with those duties McGahey has done a lot of volunteer work as a softball coach, helping form Crawford County Development Association, a member of Leadership Crawford County and the Palestine Development Association among others.
The industry/business award was received by Todd Weber on behalf of Weber Jewelry. This award is given to a company which has created permanent jobs or improved the quality of life in the community. Greg Amburgey presented the award and Weber thanked those he has worked with in the past, who helped the business become successful and be an important part of the community.
Finally, the Daniel Q. Adams Chamber Service Award was presented to Chamber President Mike Pierce. This award recognizes a chamber member who has given an outstanding measure of his/her time, talent and energy to benefit the chamber and the chamber's mission.
Pierce was honored for his chamber service, as well being a successful business manager and the most faithful member of the chamber. His role in helping bring the Pepsi Mid-America distribution center project to Robinson was recognized. However it was his announced resignation from the chamber that stood out.
"It's just time to step back and take care of a few things," Pierce said.
He praised Alex Pleasant, executive director of the Crawford County Development Association, who helped him, Mayor Roger Pethtel and others bring Pepsi to Robinson.
"It's been a great learning curve and experience working with Alex and the mayor," Pierce said. "Alex is a hidden gem and I'm proud of the chamber for getting it done."
Pierce concluded by saying that it will be impressive seeing Pepsi Mid-America, Hershey and E.H. Berry standing together on Hershey Avenue in the future. "The needle is pointing up in Robinson," he said.