This past week brought several people and groups that deserve a thumbs up, led by the honorees at the annual American Values Dinner hosted by the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event, held Tuesday night at the Gwinnett Center, featured a crowd of more than 400 Boy Scouts and their parents.
The honorees were Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Carole Boyce and Lawrenceville philanthropist Clyde Strickland. Each was presented with the Scott Hudgens Distinguised Citizen Award.
All three were grateful and humbled by the honor. And Strickland, the founder of Metro Waterproofing, used his acceptance speech to motivate the Scouts in attendance.
“Be sure to get up every day and do something,” he implored. “Do something important.”
The American Values dinner and what it represents are important. And in addition to the fine honorees, the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts deserves kudos as well for hosting a great event.
This past week also brought other people and entities in deserve of praise:
• A thumbs up to former Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball player Sherill Baker. Baker, who played college ball at Georgia before a career in the WNBA, was honored on Thursday during the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament as an SEC Legend.
Baker, who was Miss Georgia Basketball in 2002, led GAC to a pair of state championships. She now works as director of basketball services at Auburn University.
• A thumbs up to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. The organization was able to get Gov. Nathan Deal back as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon focusing on the environment. A crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at the Gwinnett Center to hear Deal’s speech, and having the state’s highest ranking official attend and speak adds importance to the group’s message.
• A thumbs up also goes to Special Kneads and Treats, a bakery in downtown Lawrenceville. We applaud the set up of the business, which was created by Tempa and Michael Kohler as a way to provide job skills training to special-needs adults.
The Satterfields were inspired by their son Bradley, who has special needs, but their bakery will benefit many others and hopefully provide them with the skills needed to excel in other areas. In the space formerly occupied by Sweets on the Square, it is a novel approach that deserves kudos.
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