The Pilot Club of Enterprise will host the 62nd Annual Civic Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 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:
The Enterprise Lion’s Club International, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6683, Vietnam Veterans, Disabled Veterans of America, Team Red White and Blue, Patriot Guard Riders, and Above the Best Silver Chapter, United States Army Warrant Officer Association jointly nominate O’Neal Boswell
This nomination is a result of his community focused leadership, inspirational dedication to Americanism and Patriotism in our community, and his generous support of many wonderful causes. He approaches each day with a desire for excellence, while never overlooking an opportunity to lend a helping hand.
Over the years, Boswell has not only donated tens of thousands of dollars to many wonderful causes, but he also looks for ways to improve our community and gives time to do so, with three events leading to national recognition.
One such example is the Boswell Honda Flag replacement ceremony that he holds twice a year. In June for Flag Day and November for Veteran’s Day, he brings the community together to teach our youth the value of community, inspire patriotism in support of our country, and honor and thank our veterans.
It would be difficult to find anyone who gives more of his time in support to our community than O’Neal Boswell. His generous giving to our community is the reason the community support-based organizations are all united in nominating and promoting Boswell.
Travis Parker is nominated by the Enterprise Civitan Club for Man of the Year.
The real estate volunteer ensemble for Parker includes W.B.O.R Realtor of the Year, nominee for the coveted “National Realtor’s Good Neighbor Award”, president-elect of the Wiregrass Board of Realtors and state director. He was again voted the #2 Agent in the “Reader’s Choice Awards”.
He was president of the Enterprise Civitan Club and a member of their National President’s Council. Parker was the local Vietnam Veterans of America “2016-17 Veteran of the Year.”
Serving as the Enterprise American Legion Second Vice-Commander and Adjutant, Parker initiated or continued projects that he had started, such as the placing of tables at businesses honoring our POW/MIA, “The Eternal Tree” which is lit year-round for those serving who can’t celebrate Christmas, and placing Purple Heart parking signs.
Two events that he is very proud of are the “Wreaths Across America” that he brought to Enterprise in 2015 and expanded it in 2017 to include four cemeteries. He started the “Armed Forces Day Ceremony” at the Civic Center to honor active duty military with the Enterprise Civitan and American Legion sponsoring both events.
Parker was co-captain of “Power in Purple”, raising money for the American Cancer Society. He’s active on six Chamber of Commerce committees. Through one of these, he awarded the “Ray of Hope Award” to “Hand Up Enterprise,” and was so impressed with their work, he subsequently joined them and was asked to serve on their board of directors.
A former high school and college drum Instructor, he enjoys playing performing in the tri-state area with the recording artists “J.O.E.” (Jesus Owns Everything).
Madison Terry is nominated by the Semper Fidelis Club for Man of the Year.
A “gentle giant” with a big heart for underprivileged children, Terry, was employed at Dorsey Trailers for three years and Utility Trailer for four years. After working at these two facilities, he joined the National Guard and served in the 13th Bravo Field Artillery Unit in Elba.
Later, he attended and graduated from the Correctional Officer Program in Selma. After completion, he worked with the Limestone Prison in Huntsville and Draper Prison in Millbrook. Later he found employment with the Dairy Fresh Milk Company. While employed there, he was involved in an accident which caused his truck to catch on fire. This accident caused him to experience a spiritual awakening that changed his entire life about living to be used by God in service to others.
With a strong work ethic and a desire to help others, he opened his own business, “Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Que.” He provides meals to individuals who are not able to pay for their meals. He provides meal to individuals who are ill at home. Although these two acts of kindness are still being done to this day, his main service project is his contribution of bicycles to the Department of Human Resources, for children who otherwise would not receive gifts during the Christmas holidays. He also donates, through DHR, to children who are on the waiting list to be adopted.
Terry contributes to different fundraising projects in Enterprise, New Brockton and Daleville School Systems.
The Altrusa Club of Enterprise nominates Zel Thomas for Man of the Year.
Thomas has been a dedicated educator in Enterprise City Schools since 2005 as well as being an actively engaged citizen involving himself in multiple organizations and programs which lend themselves to helping the students and citizens of Enterprise and beyond. He has spent countless hours serving on various agencies and boards such as the Coffee County United Way Board, the Executive Board of Directors for the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, and the Troy Regional In-service Center Board of Directors.
He also serves as the state chair of the Alabama Council for the National Beta Club, which also grants him a spot on the National Beta Club Board of Directors.
In addition to previously referenced boards, Thomas is also a dedicated member of his church where he serves on the Board of Trustees and teaches Sunday school. He has repeatedly volunteered his time and face for worthwhile causes such as the Coffee County American Cancer Society during their annual fall fundraiser.
The following candidates are nominees for Woman of the Year:
The Enterprise Civitan Club nominates Brandy Cruz as Woman of the Year. As a military spouse stationed at Fort Rucker, Cruz has lived in Enterprise for seven years.
As the Alabama-West Florida District Junior Civitan Chair, Cruz worked tirelessly for the youth in Enterprise and the surrounding communities. She served as the official liaison and strengthened communication between the 22 junior and 13 adult clubs within the district and increased productivity and volunteerism through constant communication.
Under Cruz’s leadership, the district had the highest number of clubs to receive Honor Club of Distinction, Civitan International’s highest honor at the club level. Among more than 400 clubs worldwide, only 11 clubs achieved this honor, with three clubs located within the Alabama-West Florida District. For her dedication to the ideals of Civitan and Junior Civitan, Cruz received a Foundation Junior Fellow, the highest individual honor in Junior Civitan.
Cruz is a member of First Baptist Church of Enterprise. Throughout the years she has taught Sunday School, served as a Missions leader during Vacation Bible School, and assisted with several Christmas Cantatas.
An avid photographer, Cruz also volunteers her time, equipment and skills to take professional photos for low-income families, individuals and non-profit organizations. Her service also includes cropping, editing and photo enhancements, all at no-cost to the individual, family or organization.
Lisa Michele Fenner
Lisa Michele Fenner is the Altrusa International, Inc. of Enterprise’s nominee for Woman of the Year. Lisa is the HIPAA, Privacy and Compliance Officer for Medical Center Enterprise.
Fenner truly makes a difference in our city as she touches the lives of children, youth and adults through her volunteer leadership and service. Because of her passion for her city she volunteers countless hours to many organizations.
Fenner is an active member and director of the Altrusa International Club, the Enterprise Rotary Club, the Enterprise Chamber Foundation Board of Directors, the Coffee County Family Services Board of Directors, secretary of the Downtown Enterprise Business Association, AUSA Board of Directors, Hand Up Enterprise, the Commerce and Technology Committee for Enterprise High School, Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Health and Retiree Committee. She is also a member of First Baptist Church of Enterprise.
Her volunteerism to the community reaches all ages, civilian and military families, business owners, as well as the animals. She goes from the Miss Enterprise pageant to collecting school supplies, from giving out baby boxes to delivering supplies and adopting strays at SOS Animal Shelter, and on to planning events to bring people to our historic downtown.
MARY J. MERRIT
Mary Merritt is a true reflection of servant leadership and is nominated for Woman of the Year by the Semper Fidelis Club.
A long-time resident of Enterprise, and veteran real estate professional, Merritt has left an indelible mark in Enterprise through her community and civic involvement. She was appointed by former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to serve a six-year term as a member of Environmental Management Commission, an agency charged with developing the state’s environmental policy, hearing administrative appeals of permits, administrative orders and variances issued by the department and adopting environmental regulations.
As a member of Beth El Faith Church, Merritt is the director of the Food Ministry, where she is responsible for coordinating the efforts of 21 volunteers in the collection and distribution of more than 4,000 pounds of food every month to feed area households. Under her guidance, in 2017 alone, the ministry delivered upwards of 54,000 pounds of food to approximately 1,500 families in need.
Merritt has served Alpha Pi Chi Sorority for 10 years, where she works diligently alongside other women providing to the Dialysis Clinic and the Salvation Army. She served as the chairperson of the 2017 Scholarship Committee which awarded thousands in scholarship funds to college-bound deserving students.
Jennifer Nichols, founder/president of Hand Up Enterprise is nominated for Woman of the Year by the Enterprise Garden Club Federation.
In 2001, after the 911 Al-Qaida attacks, Nichols and her family planned to return South from New Jersey. When a transfer to Sysco Gulf Coast Geneva opened in 2014, they made Enterprise their home.
Not long after arriving in Enterprise, Nichols realized there were homeless settlers living in the shadows of the downtown area and in the woods behind the shopping districts. She saw evidence of mothers and children sleeping in cars and in crumbling abandoned structures. In rural areas isolated seniors and the disabled lacked transportation to get to (emergency) food sources.
Because Nichols was a child of poverty, she knew legitimately hungry people were often too prideful to ask for food. Sadly, those that did risked being turned away or provided with a few canned goods.
To strip away the shame, her solution was unique: pack a week or more worth of nutritious food and deliver it. Doing that opened her eyes to see how the most vulnerable and poverty stricken lived.
Working poor families, single parents with children, veterans, disabled and homeless settlers were frequently food insecure. Clothing, shoes, beds, blankets, household items and basic personal essentials were desperately needed.
What began as a grass roots movement to “pay it forward,” citizens, businesses, churches, doctors, nurses, medical facilities, schools and county agencies stepped forward. In May 2016, Hand up Enterprise became a legitimate 501 (c) (3) charity. It now boasts 700+ members county-wide.
The following candidates are nominees for Youth of the Year:
Altrusa International of Enterprise nominates Anabeth Gilley for Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Mitch and Jennifer Gilley of Enterprise.
A senior at Enterprise High School, Gilley is president of ASTRA Girls club where she led 45 high school students in a variety of area service projects and club events. One such project was helping with the “Stuff the Bus” campaign held before the start of the school year, in which Gilley led other ASTRA members in collecting school supplies for teachers and students in the Enterprise City Schools district. This worthwhile project helped to provide for children who might otherwise not be able to afford supplies.
Gilley also organized and led ASTRA club members in “S.O.S Day,” in which they raised money by washing dogs, helping to raise funds needed to keep the local animal shelter operational. Other activities she led the ASTRA club members in included collecting and donating hats and gloves to Coffee County Family Services in order to provide children in need with things to keep warm, and leading a group of volunteers during the “Taste of Coffee County” event, which raised funds for Altrusa’s various literacy projects.
Gilley is a member of the Interact Club, the National Honor Society, and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club. She is a member of New Home Baptist church.
Additionally, she served as the emcee for the “Ms. Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center” pageant, and worked as part of the backstage crew during the “Miss Enterprise” and “Little Miss Enterprise” pageants.
Anabeth volunteers at the Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center. She also volunteers with Special Olympics and at the Enterprise Early Education Center.
Anna Catherine Miller is the Sesame Study Club’s nominee for Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Al and Allison Miller and is a senior at Enterprise High School where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Miller is the current president of the Junior Sesame girls club serving as vice president her junior year. She led her club to help with “Stuff the Bus,” assist families in need and organize a Kick Cancer Kickball Tournament. She is a member of the varsity volleyball team earning academic and leadership awards.
Miller also is a member of the Deep South Volleyball Travel Club. At Enterprise High School she is a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America and Cats for Christ. In October of 2017 she participated with the annual Buddy Walk sponsoring a child and was a member of a team.
Miller is a member of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise and a member of the youth group. In 2017 she worked with the Shoe Box Ministry, decorated and served at the Valentine Dinner and assisted with the Senior Graduation Breakfast.
The Enterprise Literary Club nominates Ariana Ramos as Youth of the Year. She is the daughter of Andres and Gwendolyn Ramos. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but her family has been living in Enterprise for about 16 years.
Ramos attends and sings in the praise band of Open Door Baptist Church. She also fellowships at Highpointe church by occasionally serving at events or visiting.
Ramos serves the community mainly through church, National Honor Society, and the Juniorettes Girls Club.
She has been heavily involved at Enterprise High School as a part of show choir since ninth grade and currently with the Enterprise Encores. Her involvement at Enterprise High School also includes running track and cross country, being a member of student government, and serving the school as a Wildcat Representative.
KALEB E. REYNOLDS
Kaleb Reynolds is the Semper Fidelis Club’s nominee for 2017 Youth of the Year. He is the son of Eric and Monica Reynolds.
Reynolds is a senior at EHS and has progressed through a rigorous advanced curricula maintaining a remarkable cumulative GPA while concurrently performing as a well-disciplined athlete in two sports. He is a member of the honors society and serves as SGA vice president and Wildcat Representative.
He supported Socktober by supplying socks to the homeless, volunteered with EHS Fall Festival, ushered during graduation and served as a personal guide for new students.
Evidencing his commitment to service, he is an ASF Foundation Student Ambassador and promoted, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” and the “Don’t Drive While Distracted” campaigns. Reynolds used Twitter to publicize drinking and driving statistics and he recorded a PSA with 99.7 WOOF FM about the dangers of alcohol.
Reynolds is also a member of the Junior Sesame Club and supported the Wiregrass Buddy Walk by donating funds that help to promote inclusion for people with Down syndrome. He also provided food for needy families during Thanksgiving.
Reynolds has shown acts of kindness by supplying rides to his teammates during summer football practices, donating supplies for chemotherapy bags, volunteering at Rucker Boulevard Elementary, and helping young men learn how to tie neckties.
Reynolds is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and member of the Tribe of Simeon.
The Enterprise High School Anchor Club nominates Samantha Senn for Youth of the Year. She is the current president of the Anchor Club and a senior at Enterprise High School.
Throughout her high school career, Senn has wholeheartedly supported the Anchor Club’s mission to “Do more. Care more. Be more.” Every school term as the Anchor Club recognized members who participated in the most projects as Anchors of the Quarter Senn has consistently been included.
Her Anchor Club volunteer experiences include preparing barbecue lunches for the annual Y Day fundraiser, helping organize a school canned food drive, baking cookies for teacher’s birthdays, helping teachers prepare their classrooms in the fall, and helping local elementary students play ring toss at the EHS Homecoming Festival.
Her all-time favorite Anchor activities are helping residents at Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center play bingo every month and hosting a fall fun day for special needs students at Enterprise High School.
In addition to serving others through Anchor Club, Senn has maintained a 4.3 grade point average. She is a member of the Encores Show Choir, National Honor Society, Cats 4 Christ, and the Technology Students of America. Senn also serves as a Wildcat Representative.
Outside of school, Senn is on the Highpointe Church Student Serve Team. She also completed an internship at Highpointe during the summer of 2017, attended the Grow Leadership Intensive, and was one of the leaders for a weekly City Group Bible Study for area youth.
She is the daughter of Riley and Michelle Senn.
Heather Strickland is a senior at Enterprise High School and has been nominated for Youth of the Year by the Enterprise High School Junior Civitan Club.
Strickland is the daughter of Howard and Nicki Strickland. She has been president of the Enterprise High School junior Civitan Club for two years and the Alabama-West Florida lieutenant governor for two years as well. She enjoys helping the community by volunteering at the Brandon Franco Foundation and the Piney Woods Art Festival. On Sept. 22, 2017, Strickland spoke at the EHS pep rally and gave $1,000 to the Brandon Franco Foundation.
She is also a part of the Junior Pierian Girl’s Club and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. In Junior Pierian, she attends monthly meetings, participates in activities, and volunteers at local events. In FCCLA, she also attends monthly meetings.
Strickland enjoys going to New Home Baptist Church where she works in the sound booth and is a Sunday school kindergarten assistant teacher. She has been a part of the sound booth team for 10 years. On the sound booth team, she helps with the projector screen, video and works on the sound board. She has been a kindergarten teacher assistant for three years.
During her free time, she enjoys being an archery coach and competing in the sport of archery. She is a coach at Wiregrass Outdoors and enjoys helping young archers to gain positive leadership and a positive attitude. Heather enjoys competing at local, regional, state, and national tournaments.
Parker Trawick is the Future Business Leaders of America nominee for Youth of the Year. Trawick is the son of Trent and Beth Trawick and is currently a senior at Enterprise High School.
Trawick is the president of Future Business Leaders of America, a member of the Student 2 Student Leadership Team, member of the Encores Showchoir, Misses Chautauqua Girls Club Sweetheart, member of Cats for Christ and an athletic videographer. He attended the State FBLA Convention in Birmingham in April and placed second with an invitation to nationals in the Public Service Announcement Video Contest.
Trawick volunteered as a Star Wars character at the EEEC Fall Festival and assisted with setup of the Holly Hill Elementary Bookfair. Along with members of his girls’ club, Trawick visited the nursing home during Christmas to spread some cheer by singing carols with the residents.
Each year Trawick and his family pack Operation Christmas Shoeboxes for Hillcrest Baptist Church. Trawick volunteers one Sunday each month in the Hillcrest Baptist Church Production Room. He operates a camera or other equipment to assist with the livestream broadcast of the church service. Trawick’s greatest contribution to the community is helping to setup, maintain, and take down his family’s Christmas light display “Christmas in the Woodlands.”
In addition to his extracurricular activities, Trawick works at the Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center and this year has been a cooperative education student working with the Enterprise City School System.
Rebekah Wriston is an Enterprise homeschool student in her junior year that was nominated for Enterprise Youth of the Year by the Enterprise Civitan Club.
Wrisston is the current president of the Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan club, a position she has held for the past year and a half. She has not only led monthly club meetings, but she also has led the club of between 31 and 42 members in volunteer community service in Enterprise, the Wiregrass, and the state.
Collectively in 2017, the Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitans served Enterprise in over 300 hours of community service. Wriston served 40 hours in volunteer service to Enterprise organizations and foundations and her volunteer service to Enterprise and the Wiregrass exceeded 56 hours.
In April of 2017, the AL-WFL Junior Civitan District named the Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan Club Alabama-West Florida District Club of the Year and Junior Civitan International recognized them as an Honor Club of Distinction. Wriston has served as lieutenant governor for the AL-WFL Junior Civitan District for 2017-18.
Wriston’s Enterprise community service in 2017 included serving at the WEPS Banquet, Piney Woods Arts Festival, Enterprise Civitan Club Rummage Sales, Enterprise Safety Fair, National Day of Prayer, WHJC Disaster Relief Collection, Brendan Franco Celebration of Life in the Park, Operation Christmas Child and Wreaths Across America.
In addition to Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan community service, Wriston is a 4.0 GPA student, an active member in several local clubs to include Generation Joshua Youth for Truth and Wiregrass Christian Beta Club. She volunteers with her cover school, FAITH Academy, and she is also an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church.