A former Warren County commissioner has won a prestigious award given out by the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry for her many contributions to the community.
Pat Evans was named the 2010 Community Service Award winner, following in the footsteps of such Warren County residents as Chase Putnam, Bill Hill, Leroy Schneck and Mrs. and Mrs. Joseph DeFrees.
"It's a very prestigious award," Melissa Anderson, of the WCCBI, said. "It recognizes some of the true gems of our community. People who go above and beyond what's expected."
Candidates for the Community Service Award went through a nomination process open to the public. The winner was chosen by a panel of former award winners.
There WCCBI has an established criteria for the award:
The candidate has lived in Warren County for at least ten years.
Their contribution to the community is over and above his or her professional duties.
There is a reasonable expectation that the candidate will remain in Warren after receiving the award in order to provide continuity, inspiration and example.
There is indication that the candidate will continue his or her past service activities.
The candidate should be respected and recognized throughout the community.
Evans received several nominations for the Community Service Award, including Warren Library director Patty Sherbondy and Leadership Warren director Jim Goodling.
"I have known Pat now for over 30 years, and I can honestly say there is no one as deserving as she for this recognition," Goodling wrote. "Her approach to all that she does is personal; she does not work from a sense of obligation or duty but from an inner drive to benefit 'her family' to the greatest extent possible. She works tirelessly for any organization she chooses to support, but she also seeks out those in the community who need individual assistance."
Goodling credited Evans for being an "endless source of ideas" as a member of the Steering Committee for the Leadership Warren County group. He also noted her contributions as a former Warren County Commissioner and the coordinator of the Bicentennial Committee. He said that Evans worked to bring a Countryside Exchange Program to the county when he was Planning Director. The initiative brought national and international planners here to give the county "new perspectives on old problems."
Goodling added: "Her recent work with the Library to help it through its financial difficulties is merely the current manifestation of her boundless energy and concern."
Sherbondy echoed Goodling's sentiments in her nomination letter.
"It's difficult to think of anyone who had done more to make the Warren community the best place to be," Sherbondy wrote. "There is a well-known saying that if you want to get something done, you should ask a busy person. Pat is the busiest person I know, and over the years she has accomplished more good work on behalf of the Warren Public Library."
Sherbondy noted that Evans was a founding member of the county's "Read Along the River" program, a concept that created a "book club" for the entire county. Evans has served as a moderator and emcee at all the program's subsequent events.
Sherbondy credited Evans for organizing an annual library benefit party held each January that has raised thousands of dollars for the Warren Library.
"Last year thanks again to Pat's skills and creativity silent auctions, a slide show with pictures of what the library has been able to accomplish with the funds raised, door prizes, an expanded menu and more were added and over $12,000 was raised. Who knows what next year will bring? And in these troubled times, it goes without saying that this boost to our budget and our instrumental self-esteem couldn't come at a better time."
Sherbondy noted that Evans made a return to the library board last fall, where she serves on the Personnel and Community Relations/Development committee.
"I feel that Pat Evans truly represents what the Community Service Award is all about," Sherbondy wrote. "Her unflagging community service spirit makes Warren County a better place in which to live and work. We are so fortunate to have her in our midst. I hold her in the highest regard."
The WCCBI will present Evans with the 2010 Community Service Award at its annual dinner on Oct. 28. Tickets for the dinner are available through the WCCBI by calling 723-3050.