From the Texas Bank and Trust Annual Employee Dinner, The Community Spirit Award:
"The community spirit award is presented each year to the individual who best embodies a “spirit of service” and community involvement, representing Texas Bank and Trust and giving back to the communities we serve with his or her time, talents and treasures. Community involvement and support is one of the core values on which this organization is built and, even though we will only recognize one individual with this award tonight, all of you are responsible for the superb reputation that TB&T has in this regard in each and every one of the communities in which we have a presence.
I think it’s so appropriate that we now have this award, and I want to thank Jennifer Harris and Lois Collins, and the other members of the Rewards and Recognition team, for sponsoring and coordinating this award.
Before we announce the winner of the 2010 community spirit award, we want to take just a moment to recognize our two prior recipients: From 2008, Tammy Mitchell; and from 2009, Keith Purvis.
Ok, y’all are yesterday’s news, so y’all can sit down now. On to the present.
As has been the case during the prior 2 years in which this award has been given, we received a number of outstanding nominations for folks through the bank. Any one of these would have made an outstanding recipient, and while the nominees don’t know that they were nominated, the nominators DO know that. And so, if the individual you nominated was not selected this year, don’t let that prevent you from nominating that person again next year.
Ok, but on to this year’s recipient. The individual chosen to receive the Community Spirit Award is someone who is universally loved, respected and admired throughout the bank. The reason for that is simple: she has as big of a heart as anyone I know or, for that matter, anyone that you know.
As was stated on one of the several nomination forms we received for this individual, she “is the most humble person I know.” Unlike so many, she does not seek any recognition or special acknowledgement for what she does (in fact, she tends to avoid it). Rather, she does what she does because of the genuine love that she has for others.
Another nomination form said that she embodies “selfless service.” She is dedicated to the people she relates to or ones for whom she has compassion, and especially those who are striving to better themselves. And, again, a note that she may not be comfortable with the public recognition, but she is absolutely worthy of the recognition.
(So based upon those two comments, we know that the individual who is about to be recognized is probably squirming in her chair right now and looking to take cover.)
Her specific volunteer activities include serving as a member of the East Texas Literacy Council advisory board and as a tutor. In that capacity, she has tutored 3 adult women over the past few years and assisted 2 of those women in preparing for their citizenship test. And, yes, they both passed!!
She has been a highly respected member of East Mountain Baptist Church for more than 20 years, and as such has served as an AWANA’s leader, a youth leader (where she was affectionately known to the girls she taught as “Nana”), and has sung in the church choir. In fact, one of her great acts of service for her church happened a few years back when she made a recording of various songs on a CD for her mother, whom she always referred to as her very best friend. At a subsequent church fundraiser, that CD was the highest grossing item that was auctioned, a testament to just how much the church members valued her singing talents and her tribute to her mother.
Finally, this individual also serves as an assistant to the chaplains for Beacon Hospice at Margaret’s House, where she makes weekly bereavement calls to families of deceased patients. Having been the recipient of such care as her mother spent her last days at hospice a few years back, she felt compelled to return the love, comfort and compassion that was so freely given to her to families who are now going through a similar circumstance.
Finally, I’ll tell you that tonight’s recipient is a person for whom my personal admiration knows no bounds. If I were to take the time tonight to list all of the ways in which she has assisted my family and me, on both a professional and personal basis, the folks from Terrell wouldn’t get home until Thursday. So I’ll refrain from doing that. But I will tell you that she is one of the most special people I have ever encountered in my life and one of my dearest friends, and I can’t imagine my life without her in it.
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in congratulating the 2010 Texas Bank and Trust Community Spirit Award winner, Mrs. Gail Beeman.
As a reminder, we will be making a $1,000 donation in Gail’s honor to a charitable organization of her choice."
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