For many years, Nashville's Chamber of Commerce has hosted a special event to recognize citizens of the town that really go above and beyond to give back to their hometown.
The Distinguished Citizen event is truly special and everyone who has been recognized is also special and very deserving of the honor. This year's recipients certainly are deserving of the honor.
Elaine and Macon Robertson were this year's recipients and they do a lot for the community.
I am not sure when I first met Elaine but I know of her involvement in Kiwanis and her go-get-'em attitude when it comes to helping children. She's always been an advocate for youth and has always encouraged people to take an hour out of their time to simply join the Kiwanis meeting each month. "You have to eat lunch anyway, you may as well take that hour with us," I can hear her saying.
Congratulations to both Macon and Elaine on the award. They are more than deserving!
This year, a new award was presented for a young person who is extra special.
I think Jason Edwards said it best when he presented the award.
"This award was made for Samuel."
That is definitely a true statement.
I met Samuel Smith when he was just six or seven years old. He was in scouts at the time and I remember covering the many events he was involved in. I covered his Eagle Scout project.
Samuel loves the fire services. That's something I learned early on too.
His Eagle Project involved a memorial for fallen firefighters.
I look at him today and I can't believe he's 17! I've been at the Graphic too long, apparently!
Recently, Samuel was recognized by Nashville's Fire Department as the Junior Firefighter of the Year.
I wasn't surprised at that event and I certainly wasn't surprised last Thursday to hear his name called.
Samuel is a remarkable young man. I know he'll do great things in life and if he sticks around Nash County, I imagine we'll see him as a Distinguished Citizen one day too!
Congratulations to Samuel and to his family! I know you are proud!