Nominees for Man, Woman, Youth of the Year

The Pilot Club of Enterprise will host the 63rd Annual Civic Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at First Baptist Church of Enterprise in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be served.

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:

Warren B. Bowron

The Enterprise Lions Club nominates Warren B. Bowron for the 2018 Man of the Year Award.

Bowron grew up in Montgomery and attended Troy State University.

Bowron worked with the City of Enterprise Parks and Recreation Department for over 23 years and retired in June 2016 as the Program Coordinator.

He served as area director for Special Olympics for Coffee, Dale and Geneva counties. As head coach for the Special Olympics bowling team for these counties, he organized and coached these bowlers.

In 2018, he accompanied the Alabama delegation of Special Olympics athletes to the USA Games in Seattle, Wash., where the athletes earned multiple gold, silver and bronze medals.

Bowron also coached Alabama’s bowling team at the USA Games, supervised the official scoring at the state basketball tournament, and served for the eighth year as the chairman for the local athletic track and field competition.

After 45 years of service to the Alabama High School Athletics Association, Bowron retired in 2018 as the director of the Southeast Football District. He completed eight years of service in Dixie Softball as the District 6 Area Director and took over as Alabama State Director in July. He served as a National Board member for Dixie Softball Inc.

As a member of the Lions Club, Bowron holds the offices of second vice president and Tail Twister and serves as parliamentarian.

John R. Fergus

John R. Fergus is the Altrusa International Inc., nominee for 2018 Man of the Year.

Fergus’ leadership skills are recognized at Enterprise First United Methodist Church as he chairs committees and leads program activities. Because of commitment to his church, his performance in many leadership roles, his Sunday school teaching, and his service in many other programs, Fergus was chosen as EFUMC’s Male Volunteer of the Year for 2018.

He continues to work with the Air Force and with Wallace Community College in advisory capacities and as a guest speaker, is involved in the Communities of Transformation program in Dothan and meets weekly with other volunteers and participants.

Fergus is an active member of the Coffee County Camp of Gideons International. He leads worship services for the residents of the Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center and has filled the pulpit at Green Hill Presbyterian Church in the absence of a full-time pastor.

TRAVIS PARKER

The Enterprise Civitan Club nominates Travis Parker for Man of the Year.

He is active in church as a musician and usher, playing in a Christian band for concerts for the weekly Seniors Dance.

Parker is president of the Wiregrass Board of Realtors, a State Director, and repeat “Realtor of the Year.” He started the “Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony,” brought “Wreaths Across America” to Enterprise which now includes 14 cemeteries, and expanded the “Flags-In” to a dozen cemeteries.

In partnership with the American Legion, he started placing Purple Heart parking signs for businesses, helped with a kids reading program, and placed POW/MIA tables in local businesses. He started “Shop-With-a-Cop”, pairing kids with cops for a shopping trip.

The Chamber of Commerce named him “2018 Volunteer of the Year” and elected him as a director. He was also recognized as “Civitan of the Year” while serving as local president, area director, and a member of the President’s Counsel.

Parker again served as co-captain for the Cancer Society “Power in Purple”. As second vice-president of Hand Up Enterprise, he helped raise money and supplies for the homeless, aged and veterans. After Hurricane Michael, Parker delivered supplies and fed people on Thanksgiving Day and helped feed local people in need on Christmas Day.

David E. Reddick

Presiding Elder David E. Reddick is the Semper Fidelis Club nominee for 2018 Man of the Year.

Reddick serves as the Presiding Elder of the Dothan-Eufaula District of the African Methodist Church. He is a member of the Southeast Alabama Conference Trustee Board, Southeast Alabama Richard Allen Resource Center, Inc., delegate to the General Conference and advisor to the Board of Examiners. He is the Senior Presiding Elder for the State of Alabama and the assistant coordinator for the District Food Bank. He assists in the collecting and distributing of nonperishable items every three months. He also assists in delivering food boxes for families in need for Thanksgiving.

Reddick also served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

He is the founder of the H.O.P.E. Ministry (Helping Other People Every Day). The H.O.P.E. Ministry is designed to help the youth, those who are sick, patients in the nursing home, elderly and the homeless.

He participated in “GO RED” for Heart Month held at Stringer Street AME Church where he donated the meal provided for those in attendance. He provides a free giveaway of new and slightly used jackets, coats, shirts and ties quarterly or whenever the need arises and donates white socks and personal items to the patients at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care in Montgomery and Tuskegee.

He organized and coordinated trips to the Florida Panhandle to help victims of Hurricane Michael.

The following candidates are nominees for Woman of the Year:

DEBORA CHILSON

Debora Chilson is the Civitan Club nominee for 2018 Enterprise Woman of the Year.

Chilson spent 2018 being active in Disaster Relief, mostly working through her church. As a member of the Highpointe Church Dream Team, she worked in the nursery, assisted with baptisms, helped the events team with an anniversary party, fall festival and Freedom Conferences, handed out and collected baby bottles for WEPS, and co-hosted the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Chilson also co-led the Blessings connect group, which did projects around Enterprise.

After Hurricane Michael, Chilson helped start the Highpointe Church Disaster Relief Team. This led to her joining Convoy of Hope’s National Disaster Team. She also went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.

She and her family helped deliver meals to families on Christmas Day as part of the Annie’s Outreach Christmas Meal program.

She volunteered at the Winshape Summer Camp for Kids at Enterprise High School, and will be host leader for the 2019 year. She also helped Girl Scouts make birdhouses at the annual Children’s Festival in the Park.

In December, Chilson worked with the Enterprise Air Puppy Rescue Program, which rescues puppies out of kill shelters all over Alabama.

BRENDA EVANS

Coffee County Master Gardeners nominates Brenda Evans as its 2018 Woman of the Year. She is a retired educator.

Evans has served as the projects chairperson, volunteered over cumulative 1,000 hours, and earned certification for Advanced Master Gardener for Pollinators/Pollination for the Coffee County Master Gardeners. She shared her knowledge and skills with Habitat for Humanity, the Enterprise Public Library, Enterprise Senior Center, Azalea Club, Daffodil Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Keenagers and Wesley Chapel Church Seniors.

After teaching 33 years for the Enterprise City School System, Evans served two years as vice president of the Coffee County Education Retirees Association. She also chaired the Volunteerism Committee.

In 2018, Evans served Wesley Chapel UMC as chairperson of education helping in teacher and curriculum selection. In addition, she serves as the WCUMC Director of Senior Adult Activities. Evans is an adult Sunday school teacher and is teaching the entire Bible for a Wednesday morning class.

Evans created a history/library room for WCUMC, the oldest Methodist Church in Coffee County.

JENNIFER NICHOLS

The Azalea Garden Club nominates Jennifer Nichols as the 2018 Woman of the Year.

Nichols made the Wiregrass home in 2014. She and her husband left the metro New Jersey area for a safer quality of life. Soon after arriving she encountered marginalized people and learned there was a shortage of resources to assist them. With the unwavering support of her husband and community, Hand Up Enterprise, a charitable organization, was formed in May 2016.

HUE began with a small group of volunteers and has grown to an 800-member agency that delivers food to those in need. Nichols collaborates with numerous local, county and state agencies.

In 2018, 887 adults and children were fed. HUE members donated an additional 78 Thanksgiving food boxes and 45 Christmas food boxes. Children were provided 65 full backpacks of school supplies. Nearly 5,000 articles of clothing, shoes, coats and blankets were provided to needy families. Members sponsored 21 children for Christmas.

For those families who have suffered a home fire HUE assists to restore lost essentials. HUE sponsored 78 Hurricane Michael evacuees. The elderly, disabled, veterans, working poor, single parents and migrants have all been recipients of HUE.

Nichols, HUE’s executive staff and board of director members receive no salary. Committed to an open accounting practice financial statements are viewable on HUE private member-only Facebook site.

Nicole O’Brien

Nicole O’Brien is Altrusa of Enterprise’s nominee for the 2018 Woman of the Year.

O’Brien is a native of Newport News, Va., and moved to Enterprise in 2006 following her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force.

O’Brien has been an educator for 25 years and currently teaches fourth grade at Fort Rucker Elementary School.

She is the current president of Altrusa of Enterprise. She actively supports the Enterprise pageants, Stuff the Bus, Taste of Coffee County, Astra, the club’s Libraries and Literacy project, the ER Activity Bag project, and the club’s continued efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael.

O’Brien attends Enterprise First United Methodist Church and serves in a variety of roles including teaching Vacation Bible School, supporting the Women’s Ministry outreach programs, assisting the Youth and Children’s programs, designing and building with EFUMC’s Christmas parade float team, building backdrops for the Contemporary Service, and working with the United Methodist Women to sew kits and materials for Days for Girls.

Working with Hand Up Enterprise, O’Brien has sewn dozens of caterpillar beds which provide temporary bedding for children and families in transition. Hundreds of her quilts and blankets have been donated to EFUMC Children’s Ministry, Enterprise FFA, church raffles, the SOS Animal Shelter, families in the Bay County region, the Global Passion Project and Wiregrass Emergency Pregnancy Services.

Sonya Wheeler Rich

Sonya Wheeler Rich is the Semper Fidelis Club nominee for 2018 Woman of the Year.

Rich is a native of Enterprise where she attended Enterprise City Schools. After graduating from Enterprise High School, she attended Tuskegee University and later transferred to Auburn University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She obtained a master’s degree in educational psychology from Capella University.

Rich has worked for the Coffee County Department of Human Resources for 11 years as a financial support worker where she works alongside the 12th Judicial Circuit of Coffee County for the enforcement and collection of child support.

Rich is a member of the Enterprise City Council, representing District 1. Since her swearing in, Councilwoman Rich promotes breast cancer awareness, voter registration, workforce opportunities, early college enrollment, and has sponsored “free swimming” at the YMCA to local youth.

Rich is a member of the Semper Fidelis Club and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a member of the Greater New Life Baptist Church.

Judi Lee Stinnett

Judi Lee Stinnett is the OSCAR Club’s nominee for the 2018 Woman of the Year. She is a native of Enterprise and an honor graduate of Enterprise High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Livingston State University, a master’s degree from Auburn University with additional graduate work at both Auburn and the University of Alabama.

After retiring from her teaching career, Stinnett has volunteered in her community, in schools, and in her church.

She currently serves the Enterprise Quarterback Club as secretary-treasurer where she became aware of a student athlete with several athletic scholarship offers but little family support. She and her husband secured the help of others and provided for the student athlete’s needs beyond the scholarship. He is succeeding in college.

Stinnett serves as a volunteer reader and presenter in local schools. In 2018 , she was an interactive reader for holidays and special emphasis week at Harrand Creek Elementary School. In order to enhance students’ understanding and enjoyment of American history, she gives costumed performances quite frequently at EHS. As a tutor, she enables students to improve classroom performance and to take college entrance exams more efficiently.

A member of First Baptist Church Enterprise, Stinnett is chairperson of the Committee on Committees, church clerk, social secretary of her Sunday school class, and chairperson for scripture readings at both Sunday morning worship services. Additionally, she and her husband work to provide breakfast every Friday morning during football season for 200 players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders.

The following candidates are nominees for Youth of the Year:

ASHLEY CLARKE

Club Yesepoch nominates Ashley Clarke for the 2018 Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Mark and Denise Clarke. A junior at Enterprise High School, Clarke has a 4.2 GPA and is a dual enrollment student at Enterprise State Community College.

Clarke is the co-founder of a local nonprofit organization Harvests365. She helps coordinate the Meals2Kids Backpack program. Her efforts enabled the organization to provide over 240 meals from November to December to feed students attending Rucker Boulevard Elementary School when school was not in session.

Clarke is a member of the Coffee County Chapter of the Chautauqua Girls Club. The club project provided support for Hurricane Michael victims, collecting and donating food items to be delivered to the region. She also assisted her church in the preparation of over 300 meals to serve to survivors.

Clarke collected and donated school supplies in support of “Stuff the Bus;” and collected and donated items in support of “Toys for Tots” and the “Wiregrass Buddy Walk” campaign.

Clarke is a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America Organization and the POLISHED! Debutante and Cotillion Program. During the school year, she volunteers as an athletic trainer at EHS. She is an active member of Empact Church.

Clarke held the title of Junior Miss Enterprise from 2017- 2018 and is currently the reigning Miss Enterprise.

Matthew Ellis

The Enterprise Civitan Club announces Matthew Ellis as their nominee for 2018 Youth of the Year. He is the son of Mark and Sandy Ellis.

Ellis is a senior at Faith Academy where he has a 4.1 GPA. He is enrolled in the dual-enrollment program at Wallace Community College.

Ellis is a student ambassador with Faith Academy. He helps with school assemblies and volunteers at Enterprise’s National Day of Prayer. He is also a chartering member of the Wiregrass Christian Beta Club and Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitans, where he served as treasurer in ninth grade.

Some of his service projects include volunteering at a Children’s Home Open House, Special Olympics, Night To Shine and Buddy Walk. He helped with Operation Christmas Child, packing shoe boxes with his family and church, distributing boxes at Chick-fil A’s OCC night, and collecting boxes at a regional drop off site. He also participated in Wreaths Across America and packed Christmas stockings for children affected by Hurricane Michael.

Ellis organized a team and volunteered at Dothan’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.

Ellis is an active member of County Line Baptist Church. Along with assisting at church work days, outreach programs, the nursing home ministry, and summer camps, he has served as a greeter, and as an assistant Sunday school teacher and on the audio-visual media team during Sunday morning worship. He has been a part of Coffee County Baptist Association’s mission team, serving a week in Mobile and Pensacola, Fla., the past six summers.

Kalycia Haynes

Kalycia Haynes is the Semper Fidelis Club’s nominee for 2018 Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Kalandra Haynes and is currently a senior at Enterprise High School.

Haynes is the recording secretary for Juniorettes Girls Club, a member of EHS Marching Band Auxiliary, EHS National Honor Society, EHS Prom Committee, staff writer for the EHS Paw Prints school newspaper and Health Occupations Students of America.

Haynes has attended the HOSA state leadership conferences in Montgomery for the last two years. She had the opportunity this summer to attend the 2018 Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy.

Additionally, Haynes has supplied clothes to the less fortunate, donated supplies for chemotherapy bags, and volunteered at the Rucker Boulevard Elementary clothing drive. She prepared dinner plates on Christmas morning for the Fourth Annual Community Christmas Dinner. Haynes volunteered at the Wynwood Oaks Assisted Living Mother’s Day Tea in May 2018. She also helped at the Harrand Creek Elementary fall festival as well Enterprise Literacy Club’s annual Halloween for senior citizens.

Haynes takes advanced and dual enrollment classes while at the high school. In addition to her extracurricular activities, she works at Enterprise Parks and Recreation as a concessionaire.

Bailey Marie Holland

Bailey Marie Holland is the 2018 Youth of the Year nominee of Altrusa International, Inc. She is the daughter of Nita Holland and Mike Holland Jr.

Holland is a senior at Enterprise High School where she is a member of the Big Blue Dance Line, Drama Club and Guidance Office Assistant. She attends Westgate Church of Christ where she is active in the youth group. In the summer, she volunteered as a junior counselor at Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade campers.

After being crowned as 2018 Miss Enterprise, Holland spent most of her time in community service. She read her favorite children’s books to students of Wiregrass Christian Academy and participated in book drives for Children’s Hospital and the YMCA. Holland enjoys volunteering at the SOS Animal Shelter.

Holland also volunteered at the “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign, rang the bell for the Salvation Army, emceed the Miss Coppinville Pageant, and choreographed the opening number for the 2019 Miss Enterprise Pageants.

Holland enjoys being a part of the Banana Bingo games and song services at Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center through her membership in Chautauqua Girls Club.

Emily Valentine

The Enterprise High School Anchor Club nominates Emily Valentine for Youth of the Year. The daughter of Ben and Robyn Valentine, she is a senior at Enterprise High School

Valentine is the current president and former vice president of the EHS Anchor Club. As a member of the Anchor Club and the National Honor Society, she has completed at least 40 hours of community service every year of high school. She has helped residents at Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center play Banana Bingo, baked cookies for the birthdays of EHS teachers, helped teachers prepare their classrooms in the fall, assisted at a fall festival for special needs students at EHS, and collected canned food for local families in need.

She is also a member of the EHS Encores show choir. She has helped organize exercises that promote unity within the choir; and assisted with organizing costume closets and the music library.

Valentine is an active member of the EHS Drama Club. She was an ensemble member of the 2018 production of The Addams Family. She also served on the tech/set design crew.

Valentine is a member of Highpointe Church. She serves as a connect group leader for children on a weekly basis; serves as a greeter on the connect team at youth on Wednesday nights; and helps the events team set up, serve, and tear down for various events and activities.

Kelsey Thomas

Kelsey Thomas is the Oscar Club and Girls Sports nominee for Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Craig and Amy Thomas and is a senior at Enterprise High School.

Thomas is a member of the Lady Cats volleyball team and softball team.

She volunteered with Winshape Camp, partnering with a team member to lead a small group of children through daily activities. She also volunteered at WIRED Ministries giving her the opportunity to interact with children while sharing the love of Christ with them.

Special Olympics is another event that works with. She is the treasurer for the Junior Sesame Girls Club and helps with packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, provides food for a local family during Thanksgiving, sponsors a child for Winshape Camp, and donates to Relay for Life.

In addition to serving others through volunteering, Thomas has maintained a 4.2 grade point average while taking Pre-AP and dual enrollment classes. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Cats for Christ. She was selected as the Enterprise High School FCA female for 2018. In addition, Thomas was chosen as a 2018 Wendy’s Heisman School winner. She also serves as a Wildcat Representative.

Thomas is a member of Bethany Baptist Church where she actively participates in the youth group, Praise Team, Ladies Ensemble, and is the youth member for the Bethany Missions Committee.

Kinleigh Thompson

Kinleigh Thompson is the Enterprise Literary Club’s nominee for 2018 Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Chris and Michelle Thompson of Enterprise and a senior at Enterprise High School where she has maintained a high GPA while taking advanced and dual enrollment courses.

Thompson is a member of the Big Blue Band Colorguard, Encores show choir, and vocal jazz. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Anchor Club, Health Occupational Students of America, and the Juniorettes Girls’ Club.

As a member of these groups, she has volunteered at the Southland Show Choir Classic, collected food for local food pantries, provided birthday cookies for teachers, served food and played Bingo with guests at an annual Senior Citizen Halloween party, collected items for the SOS Animal Shelter, sold tickets for HOSA Chocolate Walk, collected supplies for school nurses, volunteered at the EHS blood drive, handed out information for Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union at football games, collected items for Toys for Tots and made stockings for children who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

Thompson is a member of First United Methodist Church of Enterprise where she is actively involved in the youth group. She has volunteered at Storybook Farms in Opelika cleaning horse stables, served at the annual steak dinner, worked on the Christmas parade float, and organized and loaded donated items for Hurricane Michael relief effort.

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