By Sam Reed
A brand new program is being broken out and showcased this year by the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club. The plan is for the Club to make this an annual event. What is it?
It is the Angel Oak Award recognition banquet, to be held this coming January. Its purpose is to recognize and honor an individual who has volunteered his or her time and talents in an unselfish way to advance the quality of life and to assist the people of any or all of the islands of Johns, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Wadmalaw. The award is named after the historic tree on Johns Island, which represents the islands’ people, culture, and environment. The recipient need not necessarily live on one of these four islands, but the service for which he or she is recognized must have been performed on, or benefit persons located on one or more of them. The recipient must also be a resident of South Carolina.
The award banquet, which will include an outstanding speaker and an entertainment program, will be held Wednesday evening, January 16, 2013, at the Seabrook Island House. In addition to the physical award, the recipient will receive an honorarium of $5,000, which he or she can designate to go to a charitable organization serving one or more of the four islands.
Charitable organizations and individuals are being asked to give the names of potential recipients to Alan Armstrong, chair of the selection committee (which will also include former Club presidents). He may be reached by phone at 768-9252 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the award is for a specific year, the non-compensated efforts leading to the award may include the cumulative contributions over a number of years.
A nomination form will be made available by the committee, and the completed form must be received by the committee at Angel Oak Committee of the Exchange Club, Box PMB-J, 130 Gardners Circle, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455 no later than September 30, 2012.