Tickets to the event are available by calling Wanda Whitten at 706-506-0043.
According to Phil Ray and Apryl Hawkins of Pepperell High School, “John Pillsbury is the quintessential volunteer.”
He serves Pepperell as the volunteer Community Graduation Coach, where he works with 9th graders and arranges many guest speakers for Pepperell classrooms. He has provided networking opportunities for students throughout Rome and Floyd County. His community involvement has included:
— Past Member of Rome Toastmasters
— Past Member of Rome Jaycees
— Georgia Society of Professional Engineers
— Board of Georgia Easter Seal Society
— Rome Downtown Development Authority
— Past Chairman of State House of Delegates of Georgia Easter Seal Society
— Past Member and Chairman of Rome Downtown Development Authority.
— Supervisory Committee Chairman Georgia Power Employee’s Credit Union
— Past Board of Directors for Exchange Club of Rome Family Resource Center
— Member of Georgia Power company Ambassadors Club
— Rome Kiwanis Club Current Member and Past President
— Rome Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
— Past Member Comprehensive Planning Process for the City of Rome and Floyd County
— Has served on past Local Option Sales Tax Committee
— Rome Free Clinic Board of Directors
— Chairman of Rome Redevelopment Agency
Married to his wife Becky for 36 years, he is the father of 3 children and grandfather of seven. He retired from Georgia Power after 33 years of employment.
MARTHA BRYANT SUMMERBELL
BOARD OF GOVERNORS HONOREE
A native of Waycross, Martha Bryant came to Rome in 1962. She served as program director of the state YMCA of Georgia from 1959-1962 and later the program director for the Rome-Floyd County YMCA. In 1966 Martha took time off from the business community to start a family.
In 1972 she returned to the world of business and started a successful travel agency in rome which she ran for 35 years.
Her involvement in activities in the Rome-Floyd County Community have included:
— Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
Chair of the Small Business Council
Organized Government Affairs Committee
Leadership Rome Graduate
First Woman Chairperson Of Chamber of Commerce in 1993
— United Way Board (2 terms)
— Citizen Volunteer, Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission
— Vice-Chair and Chair of Rome Floyd County Republican Party
Currently on the 11th District committee and the State Republican Committee
— Chair of Floyd County Perdue for Governor campaign
— Rome Rotary Club
— First United Methodist Church
Administrative Board Chair for 2 years
Sunday School Teacher
— Organizing Committee that brought Georgia Highlands College to Rome
— Served in a supporting capacity for her husband, Jerry, who served as a Rome City Commissioner and chairman of the Rome City Board of Education for 12 years. After his passing, Martha ran for public office.
Nominated by Alan Clemons and Ansley Saville, “It has been said by many federal and state officials that when Martha Bryant calls, they listen.”
Now retired from Bryant And Garrett Travel agency, she continues to impact the Rome community and is active in governmental affairs. She is the mother of one son, Charles Layton Bryant, one daughter, Lee Ann Edwards, and has four grandchildren..
On December 30, 2009, Martha became Mrs. Jack Summerbell.
Married to Archie McKinney and the mother of Brianna, Captain Denise Downer- McKinney serves the Rome Police Department as Commander of the Training Division.
According to Elaine Snow, “Denise’s passion has always been to see that every child in Rome receives as much information as possible about drugs, street safety, responsibility, resistance to gang involvement, and how to make good decisions.”
Her involvement in the Rome/Floyd County community has included:
— DARE –Drug Abuse Education
— RISE-Responsibility Increases Student Excellence
— National Youth Sports Program
— Associate Advisor Life Law Enforcement Explorers
— National Association of Social Workers
— Clinical Justice Association
— Heart of the Community Board
— Hospitality House Board
— Rome Rotary Club
— Rome Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program
— Floyd Healthcare Foundation
— Martin Luther King Celebration Board member
— Leadership of Christian Peace Officers
— Leadership Rome
— Crisis Intervention for Peace Officers
— Volunteer Work with Floyd County Prison
— FAD (Floyd Against Drugs)
GAIL MCGILL JOHNSON
A native of Rome, Gail Johnson graduated from Coosa High School and Berry College with a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Martha and Bill Fricks say “We have observed the talents that she brings forth every day to our community. Because of her outstanding leadership skills filled with enthusiasm and a positive attitude along with total preparedness for life’s challenges, our community puts high demands on her, knowing full well that success will come with ‘Gail leading the way’.”
Her involvement in Rome/Floyd County have included:
— American Cancer Society, Floyd County Relay for Life Chairperson 2002-2004 and Volunteer leadership roles with Relay for Life for 14 years.
— Family Resource Center, Board of Directors, Board President, Race Director – Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Road Race
— Exchange Club Board Member
— Coosa Valley Fair Board of Directors
— Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Rome, Ambassador, Business Expo Chairperson
— United Way of Rome, Major Firms Committee and Allocations Committee
— Rome Runner’s Club, Past President and Board of Directors
— Second Ave. Baptist Church, Summer Day Camp for Kids, Trustees, Finance Committee, Library Committee
— Downtown Development Authority
— Habitat for Humanity
— Toys for Tots Volunteer
Craig McDaniel, Ed.D. President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College says, “Gail Johnson is a consummate volunteer, organizer, facilitator, motivator and leader.”
Gail and her husband, Max, recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.
A native of Milledgeville, David Smith grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended graduate school at Florida State University and then law school at the University of Georgia.
Nominated by Bruce Day, he says of David: “David is an outstanding person and truly a “hero of the community.” His areas of service are based on true reflection of his whole self — faith, family, career, and personal interests. He is committed and compassionate and very deserving of this award.”
His activities in Rome and Floyd County include:
— Rome Floyd county Habitat Board
— Habitat HomeMart Committee
— Founder of Tree-House for Rome project at Ridgeferry Park
— Chairman of Pro-Bono Services of Rome Bar Association
— Provided service to seniors who faced expulsion from nursing homes
— Specializes in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Business Law
— Lawyers Foundation of Georgia Fellow
— William S. Davies Homeless Shelter Board
— DIGS Board-Activities for adults with developmental disabilities
— Floyd County Communities in Schools Board
— Wesley Johnson Leadership Award
— Leadership Rome Graduate
— Shadow/Facilitator-High School Leadership Rome
— Seven Hills Rotary Club
— St. Mary’s Catholic Church
— Knights of Columbus
— Assisted with the formation of the Historic Desoto Theatre Foundation
— Assisted with the formation of the Magnolia Foundation
David and his wife, Karen have been married since 2002. They are the parents of Grady, age 2.
YOUNG HEART OF THE COMMUNITY RECIPIENT
Jennifer Scott is the recipient of the Young Heart of the Community award. The award recognizes community leaders who are 35 years of age or younger.
Jennifer is a native of Phenix City, Ala., and since moving to Rome in 2003 has had an active role in her church and community agencies.
Her involvement in the community has included:
— First Presbyterian Church
Pastor’s Search Committee
Bible Study Leader
— Board Chairman — Open Door Home, Director of Development, mentor, Bible Study leader
— Independent Living Program for Teens
— Worked with others to bring Young Life Chapter to Rome, local co-chair
— Lots of Scotts website journals family experiences
— Heart Walk Honoree in 2008
— Heart Walk Committee
— Summer Olympics in Atlanta 1996
Following the birth of triplets in 2004 and a near death experience, Jennifer is keenly aware that we are not promised tomorrow and according to her, “I do not want to miss a thing.” As the Heart Walk honoree in 2008 Jennifer worked with others to help raise over $23,000.00 for the walk
Jennifer is married to Dr. Dyland Scott and as mentioned earlier, the mother of triplets.
According to nominator Will Enloe,” I think the word incredible can be used to describe everything that Jennifer Scott is and all that she does Rome is truly blessed to have her as one of our finest hearts of this great community.
PETE AND MARY LEE ROBERTS
Pete and Mary Lee Roberts have been volunteers and leaders in the greater Rome community since their arrival in the early 1980s. Before Mary Lee’s passing in 2008, they both worked actively in civic projects. Pete continues to lead this community through his activities on boards and through the Rome Rotary Club.
Pete’s involvement in the Rome/Floyd County community has included:
— Rome Rotary Club President and various Rotary committees
— Berry College Board of Trustees where he is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Budget and Finance Sub-Committee.
— Chairman of Presidential Search Committee for Berry College and on various other committees of the Board.
He has also served:
— SunTrust Bank of NW Georgia Board of Directors
— Darlington School Board of Directors, Chair of the Darlington Boosters Club
— United Way of Rome where he was campaign chairman for two different campaigns
Also served as President and Chairman of the Board
— Salvation Army Board of Directors
— Vice-Chairman of the Redmond Regional Hospital Board of Directors
— First Presbyterian Church Building committee
— 2006 Rome/Floyd Olympics Flag Run organizing team
— 2006 Olympics Course Marshall for Men’s and Women’s Marathon Road and Mountain Biking courses.
Mary Lee Roberts
Prior to her death in 2008, Mary Lee served Rome and Floyd County as:
— Floyd Medical Center volunteer
— Red Cross Voluntee
— Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau volunteer, was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the City of Rome.
— Tour Guide –Myrtle Hill Tours
— First Presbyterian Church Committees
— Darlington School Mother’s Club
— Saddle Mountain Association Board of Directors
— Heart of the Community Board of Governors
— 2006 Olympics ABC TV monitor/spotter for Men’s and Women’s Marathon
— As a couple Pete and Mary Lee served on Mayfest on the Rivers and Coosa River Christmas
They have two daughters and sons-in-law, and six beloved grandchildren — three girls and three boys.