Oh, what a night!
The annual Chamber Awards Gala is always a class act, thanks to the good work of Carolyn McManamy and her crew at the Chamber. Little did I know exactly what the evening held….
I am deeply honored, and deeply humbled, to be this year’s recipient of the E. C. Tatum Humanitarian Award. Community service continues in the Tatum family with Kathy Tatum Crews serving as a library trustee. I am doubly blessed to be able to serve two organizations (the public library and the Humane Society of Davie County) that mean so much to me.
Libraries and reading have been a treasured part of my life since childhood and being able to come to work every day in our public library and help to shape its future is a gift. The public library is an incredible community asset and I encourage everyone to tap into that resource. The library meets a broad range of needs across the community and gives extraordinary value for the cost to support it.
Anyone who knows me knows that the Humane Society of Davie County is my heart and soul, my passion, and my calling. The work of the organization only gets done through the hardworking staff at our adoption center, who sent home 229 pets in 2015, our amazing volunteers, who logged 5,000 hours with us last year, and our terrific board of directors who bring tremendous energy and talent to the task, and are great fun to work with.
Of course, we always need to recognize and thank our community partners that support us in so many ways critical to our ability to meet our mission; partners like DavieLiFE that gives HSDC great media exposure, and Chamber Member of the Year Ink It who works Paws in the Park right alongside us, and others who adopt, volunteer, sponsor and donate to the organization. Thank you again to all of our partners!
The work is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, as anyone in the non-profit sector would tell you. And yes, on some days the heartbreak wins; and I go home and am met at the door by my handsome hound, my perfect pit, and my wild child, who instantly remind me of why we do this work, and why this work matters. Not only are we saving those precious creatures who need a voice and a protector, but we are enriching the lives of their adopters.
Working in two such community organizations affords the opportunity to meet many good folks in the community who themselves contribute to the common good. Acquaintances become friends and partners in fighting the good fight. The Gala is a perfect time to celebrate those good people and good things happening for all of us in Davie County.