Stroud, Howards honored

Published 12:36 am Friday, January 20, 2012

Jerri Stroud, outgoing Chamber president Jana McGlamory, and Mary Lee and John Howard.

The Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce honored Jerri Stround and John and Mary Lee Howard with the president’s and distinguished service awards last night.

Outgoing Chamber President Jana McGlamory, who presented the awards, said she couldn’t think of a more worthy choice for the president’s award than Stroud, whose education career spanned more than 35 years.

“Over the course of her career, her influence and encouragement have motivated many of us to greater heights in our lives, families and careers,” McGlamory said. “She has earned the utmost respect from her fellow faculty members and served as a mentor for many of them.

“This very busy lady has also served as president of the LBW Foundation Board, is a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association, president of the El Martes Garden Club, past president of the Docena Y’ Tres civic club, and sponsor for the City Ambassadors who serve as the official hosts and hostesses for the City of Andalusia and many Chamber-sponsored events.

“She played an integral role in the success of the gala celebration for the ‘Absolutely Andalusia’ Homecoming festivities,” McGlamory said. “She has had a huge impact on my life and I am honored to present the president’s award to Jerri Stroud.”

The Howards were recognized with the distinguished service award as a “dynamic duo” for their tireless work on civic causes.

“A fellow Pilot member of Mary Lee’s said ‘she’s been the most successful fundraising chair I’ve known. When our club does projects such as our annual pancake and sausage day, we always feel like we get a two-for-one deal because he’s always there, too, and works with us just like a member!’ “ McGlamory said. “ In 2010, they extended their helping hands to the renovation of our Dream Park by working to coordinate all meals for the workers throughout the whole six-day construction.

“As if all that’s not enough they are both known all over this county as two of the biggest supporters and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity,” she said.

They are active in First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Howard is a member and past president of the Pilot Club, and Mr. Howard is a member of the Lion’s Club, and serves on the City’s Tourism and Relocation committee.

Other awards presented were elementary school teacher of the year to Barbara Peek of Andalusia Elementary School; middle school teacher of the year to Eric Searcy of Andalusia Middle School; secondary teacher of the year to Jana Clark of Florala High School; and student of the year to Samantha Hill of Andalusia High School.

The LAAC presented the Golden Palette award to Andalusia High School.

Entertainment was by comedian Jim Gossett.