Citizen Of The Year

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Chamber of Commerce Honoring Gordon Woodrow, Others

The voice behind Glenwood’s annual Homecoming celebration is the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.


Gordon Woodrow will be recognized along with other award recipients at the chamber’s annual community betterment and beautification dinner Thursday evening, March 14, at Bella Terre Reception and Vineyard. For years, Woodrow has been the voice of Glenwood at the community’s annual Homecoming Parade, Ram football, high school marching band and several other sports and activities throughout the Glenwood community.

Woodrow is also known for his musical endeavors. In addition to being instrumental in the formation of the Glenwood Community Band, he plays the trumpet for funerals and the city’s annual Memorial Day program. As a vocalist, he’s performed publicly on numerous occasions and has directed choirs and programs at Trinity Lutheran Church. Skillful and knowledgeable when it comes to technology and electronics, Woodrow’s the person the community calls on when a sound system is needed for big events. He’s spent hours repairing and updating the Town Square clock tower and music system.

Woodrow served several years on the Glenwood Amphitheater Board of Directors before being named co-manager of the outdoor entertainment facility, along with his wife, Lori.

Along with Woodrow, the chamber will also recognize Junior Citizen of the Year Evan Gammon, Community Connection Award winner Sandi Winton, Educator of the Year Mark Starner and several businesses and organizations that have contributed to the betterment of Mills County during the past year.

Gammon is a senior at Glenwood Community High School who’s been involved in a variety of activities at school and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, particularly in the area of fine arts. He’s a drum major for the marching band and member of the concert, show and jazz choirs. He’s qualified for state competition in speech. He’s known as a strong communicator and a positive role model for his peers and younger siblings.

Winton has volunteered numerous hours to help coordinate holiday activities around Town Square and has taken on the fundraising role for the purchase of lights and decorations. She’s been active in the chamber of commerce’s marketing committee and is known as a person who is always willing to give of her time when and where is needed.

Starner has been an employee of the Glenwood Community School District 15 years, working as a middle school physical education teacher, coach, activities director and dean of students. Starner’s earned the respect of his peers and students for the manner in which he works with students of all physical capabilities to help them in achieving their maximum potential. He’s constantly displays a willingness and desire to take on new responsibilities, such as the role of Builders Club sponsor and after-hours coordinator of a weight-lifting program.

Another featured award winner at next week’s dinner will be Zack Jones of Malvern, who returned to his home town in 2006 and brought back his love of art. In 2012, he purchased the 138-year-old former Presbyterian church and has been transforming it into a living space, working studio and art gallery. His art work is on display throughout the Malvern community.

Special recognition will also be given to Best Finish Auto Body (Customer Service of the Year Award), Malvern Area Betterment Association (Organization of the Year) and several businesses that made physical improvements to their buildings over the past year and new chamber members.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance by Friday, March 8, through the chamber office in Glenwood, located in the new City Hall building. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call 527-3298.