Macon County Community Development Awards

— Written By Deborah Hunter
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On Tuesday, October 16, the Macon County Community Development Council held its’ annual awards dinner to recognize individual community development organizations and their accomplishments for this year. Representatives of each community organization spoke on the past  years achievements and their future plans.

Community Development is a program facilitated by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Its purpose is to create formal community organizations in individual communities that allow members to combine their efforts in an organized manner for the benefit of the community. The first Community Clubs in Macon County were formed in 1952. The Community Development Council consists of representatives from each of nine participating communities.

This year’s awards consisted of grants to organized communities for the purpose of continuing to improve their community. Receiving the awards were:  Upper Cartoogechaye,  Nantahala, Holly Springs, Clarks Chapel,  Cowee, Carson and Pine Grove communities. Each of these communities meet monthly to plan and carry out educational programs and service activities that help to make their communities a better place to live. Community Development organizations welcome participation by all member of the community. Call N.C. Cooperative Extension of Macon County at 349-2046 for more information.

Each community also has the opportunity to recognize individuals for doing outstanding work in their community. This year, Clark’s Chapel community named Samantha Ashe as Young Woman of the Year and Dawson Johnson as Young Man of the Year.

Adult leadership awards were also presented. Named as Man of the Year and Woman of the  Year were:  Laurel and Kay Klonkowski of Clark’s Chapel Community; Nancy Davis of Pine Grove Community and Shamus Nilan of Otto Community. Gene and Susie Beasley were named Man and Woman of the Year in Nantahala Community.

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Young Man and Young Woman of the Year

 Samantha Ashe and Dawson Johnson of Clark’s Chapel.

 Man and Woman of the Year

Kay and Laurel Klonkowski of Clark’s Chapel; Nancy Davis of Pine Grove Community. Shamus Nilan of Otto Community and Susie and Gene Beasley of Nantahala are not shown.