The Pilot Club of Enterprise is having its 57th Annual Civic Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Enterprise.
The special event honors a Man, Woman and Youth of the Year for the city of Enterprise and recognizes other individuals who have volunteered their time and worked hard for the betterment of the community and its residents.
The following candidates are nominees for Man of the Year:
• Josh Pipkin is Enterprise Garden Club Federation’s nominee. Pipkin is a graduate of Enterprise High School, Auburn University and Cumberland School of Law. Upon completion of his education, Pipkin returned to his native Enterprise to practice law. In addition to his private practice, he serves as prosecutor for the City of Enterprise and county attorney for Coffee County.
Pipkin is very involved in the community and serves in a leadership capacity for several organizations. He is a proud supporter of United Way and serves on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce and the Enterprise Country Club. He was appointed by the Coffee County Commission to serve on the County’s Strategic Planning Committee. Pipkin is the treasurer of the Coffee County Republican Committee and serves on the Republican State Executive Committee. He is a member of the Enterprise Rotary Club.
Much of Pipkin’s passion for volunteerism stems from his family’s dedication to public service. He is a volunteer at the Enterprise YMCA as well as an avid supporter of the Enterprise City Schools and Enterprise High School athletics.
Pipkin has a commitment to children’s advocacy and serves as Guardian ad Litem in several child neglect and abuse cases. As Guardian ad Litem, it is his responsibility to ensure that these children’s best interests are represented and that they remain in a safe environment. In November, Pipkin traveled with a group of men to perform mission work with the Forgotten Children Ministries in Honduras.
Pipkin and his wife, Katie, are members of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise where he serves as deacon. They have one child, Joshua (2), and are expecting twins later this year.
• Altrusa International Inc., of Enterprise is delighted to nominate for Man of the Year a hometown boy who is carrying on a family tradition of community service.
For Russell Quattlebaum, son of the late longtime businessman and civic volunteer Howard Quattlebaum, giving back to a community that has been good to his family and his family’s business comes naturally.
Community service is a privilege and an honor, he says. As a longtime Rotarian, he is a strong advocate of the Rotary International mantra, “Service Above Self,” and seeks to apply it to all aspects of his life.
An active member of the Rotary Club, Quattlebaum participated in an expansive campaign to raise $50,000 to build a Splash Pad for kids at the Enterprise Recereational Complex. Fund-raising projects in which Quattlebaum participated in a variety of ways include the annual Rotary 10K Run that raises money to give to charitable organizations in the community.
Quattlebaum’s influence has reached into many areas of the community and touched countless lives in positive ways through his service on the Rotary Allocations Committee, which considers funding requests from service and leadership organizations.
A member and deacon at First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Quattlebaum was instrumental in putting together and implementing a $5 million campaign to raise funds for a new children’s and youth wing. He chaired the Publicity Committee that designed the promotion plan for the project and created the informational materials needed to carry such a monumental project.
The following candidate is a nominee for Woman of the Year:
• The Enterprise Garden Club Federation of Enterprise is pleased to nominate Pansy Bryan Elliott as their candidate for the 2013 Enterprise Woman of the Year. Elliott was selected because of her years of dedication in working to help the needy children and adults of Enterprise.
Elliott was born in Bellwood and is a lifelong resident of the Wiregrass. She graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in education.
Elliott retired from Enterprise State Junior College where she taught physical education and coached the men’s and women’s tennis teams and the women’s basketball team. In 2011, Elliott was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame.
At the age of 10, Elliott began playing the piano for Bellwood Baptist Church where she continued playing until she left for college. She serves as the pianist at Park Avenue Baptist Church.
Many years ago Elliott discovered that her spiritual gift was a compassionate willingness to work in order to improve lives of the less fortunate. Elliott volunteers at the Faith Community Baptist Church, a mission of the Coffee County Baptist Association, located at the Martin Trailer Park in Enterprise. She works diligently to provide food, clothing, furniture, spiritual guidance and other necessities to the Hispanic community living at the trailer park. Elliott primarily works as a gatherer, organizer and distributor for the many items that are placed in the hands of those who need them most.
Elliott has inspired many by her tireless work to improve the lives of the less fortunate. She has spoken to church groups and civic clubs in order to make the public more aware that there are many needy people here in the Enterprise area.
For her unswerving dedication and concern for others, we believe that Pansy Bryan Elliott is deserving of the title “Woman of the Year.”
The following candidates are nominees for Youth of the Year:
• Christine Burros is the daughter of Stephen and Lisa Burros and is currently a senior at Enterprise High School. She is a member of the Junior Civitan Club, Anchor Club, Future Business Leaders of America and the Enterprise High School Big Blue Marching Band.
Along with serving as the president of the Enterprise Junior Civitans, Burros is also the current governor for the Alabama-West Florida District of Junior Civitan International where she has helped raise over $5,000 for the University of Alabama Birmingham Research Center. With Junior Civitan, she has helped sponsor fundraisers such as Dining for Dollars, Cleaning for Cash, Bagging for Bucks, and Scooping for a Cure. Burros has also volunteered locally at the CERT Emergency Preparedness Fair, Brendan Franco Poker Run, and the Save Our Strays Animal Shelter. While at the high school, she enjoys volunteering with the special needs classroom where she created Christmas stockings for the students.
Burros is a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church youth group where she enjoys teaching at Vacation Bible School. She is also a camp counselor at the Enterprise YMCA.
Upon graduation, Burros plans to attend Troy University and major in Early Childhood Education and begin her career as a kindergarten teacher.
• The Enterprise Luncheon Pilot Club proudly nominates Enterprise High School senior Kaitlyn Hakel for Youth of the Year 2012. She is the daughter of Brad and Donna Hakel.
Hakel will graduate as an Honor Senior for maintaining a 4.05 weighted GPA and membership in the National Honor Society. Her class rank is 53 in a class of 456. She has also been recognized as an Enterprise Ledger Student of the Week.
Hakel is a Wildcat Representative, and a member of the ‘Big Blue Marching Band”.
Hakel is a leader in many school organizations serving as secretary/treasurer of the Anchor Club, vice president and executive board member of Junior Civitan, and historian of the Spanish Club.
Hakel is a young woman dedicated to service in her school and the community. Selected as the outstanding Anchor Club member for the first and second quarters of the school year, Hakel’s school service activities include creating seasonal crafts with the students in the special needs classes, making craft prizes and assisting nursing home residents in monthly BINGO games, , cutting and counting over 1,600 gold ribbons for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, serving as a greeter for the Pilot Club’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes, and assembling barbecue plates for the annual Y-Day fundraiser.
Hakel’s community service activities include volunteering for Brendan Franco’s Community Birthday Party; assisting backstage with SEADAC’s presentation of the Nutcracker; helping with a Valentine’s Day party at Kelley Place; and assisting in the children’s play area at the Piney Woods Art Festival.
Hakel worked as a summer camp counselor at the YMCA. Her career goal is to become a registered nurse.
• The Enterprise High School Anchor Club proudly nominates club president Seth Hundley, the son of Bridget and David Hundley, for Youth of the Year 2012.
With a class rank of 1 out of 456 classmates, Hundley is a summa cum laude honor roll student at EHS, a member of the National Honor Society, and a senior class valedictorian.
Hundley is a member of the EHS Encores Show Choir, the EHS Student Government Association, the Football Tunnel Team, a Juniorettes Girls Club sweetheart, the Spanish Club and the Anchor Club. In addition to his leadership role in the Anchor Club, Hundley was a participant in the Coffee County Youth Leadership Program, a member of the Youth Council for the Army Aviation Federal Credit Union, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success at ESCC.
Hundley volunteered at the St. Luke United Methodist After School Tutoring Program, helped with Bingo at the nursing home each month, prepared birthday cookies for EHS faculty and staff, participated in Operation Christmas Child, and made barbecue plates at Y Day.
Hundley attends Hillcrest Baptist Church where he is a member of the youth group and the youth softball team. He is active in Cats for Christ at EHS.
Hundley is currently employed at Sugga Berries Yogurt Shop. He will attend Troy University and major in pre-med following his graduation from EHS. His career goal is to become a radiologist.
• Clark Quisenberry is the Enterprise Garden Club Federation’s nominee for the Youth of the Year. Quisenberry is the son of Scott and Stephanie Quisenberry and is a senior at Enterprise High School, where he is an honor senior and member of the Honor Society. Quisenberry has been a member of the Astra Club serving as Sweetheart Director, Cats for Christ, Future Farmers of America, Livestock Judging Team, varsity football team, varsity baseball team and varsity basketball team. Along with his academics and school interests, Quisenberry’s passion has been sports. He has received honors in sports from The Southeast Sun including the “Elite 11” and “Elite 9” for football, All-Around Wildcat Award for football and Offensive Player of the Year for football. He has also received the Offensive Production Football Award, Football Team Captain, Football Foundation Award, Honorable Mention All-State Football, and Super 12 for the Dothan Eagle. Quisenberry was chosen to play and to represent the Alabama team as a captain in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
Quisenberry’s most important passion has been his faith. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church where he has served on the Youth Council, been a member of the youth choir and drama team, helped with Vacation Bible School, the Fall Festival, and participated in other activities with his youth group such as D-Now and various Bible studies.
In addition to his church activities, Quisenberry has helped serve his community through the Buddy Walk for Down’s syndrome, Astra Club’s Stuff the Bus, Astra’s Breakfast with Santa, Holly Hill Elementary School’s Fall Festival, Enterprise Early Education Center Drug Free Parade and as a reader at the elementary schools for Read Across America.
Quisenberry will attend Troy University, where he has received a football scholarship. He plans to major in the field of science and possibly pursue coaching.
• An accomplished student and leader among her peers, Dawn Turner has been nominated for Enterprise 2013 Youth of the Year by the Enterprise Altrusa Club and the Enterprise High School National Honor Society.
Turner demonstrates her work ethic in the community through the various service projects she undertakes throughout the year such as playing her violin at the nursing home, being involved in Stuff the Bus and raising money for the EHS physical education and special needs departments.
She carries this work ethic into the leadership positions she holds as Astra Club president, Alabama State FFA vice president, EHS FFA Student Advisor, and Wildcat Representative.
Graduating this year as a valedictorian with a 4.33 grade point average, Turner is among the top percentile of students who work hard to achieve academic success.
As a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Paw Prints Journalism Staff, Drama Club, FFA String Band, and Student Government Association she exemplifies the well rounded, energetic youth of today.
Turner is also an active member of the Lee Street Baptist Church youth group and knows that none of her accomplishments would be possible without the work and blessings of God in her life.