Williamson County Expo Center

Dee Hobbs, Wiliamson County attorney, delivered the keynote address of the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center’s Chamber and Community Awards Banquet at the Williamson County Expo Center Jan. 14. With help from members of the community, he helped illustrate how “Taylor can.”

When it comes to charting a course for success, several were recognized last Tuesday for accomplishing just that.

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center hosted its annual Chamber and Community Awards Banquet Jan. 14. The event, themed “Charting a Course for Success,” took place at the Williamson County Expo Center.

Among those honored included Robert Garcia, who was named Citizen of the Year. Regina Jo Carlson, president of the Rotary Club of Taylor, listed the many reasons why Garcia received his title.

“This year’s recipient has supported numerous projects, charities and fundraisers for many organizations in our community. These include the American Legion, CAPCOG, Cinderella’s Closet, Dia De Los Muertos, Dr. Dickey Museum committee, Knights of Columbus, Boba movement, cleanups, Habitat for Humanity, Main Street Car Show, G21 car shows, THS Band fundraiser and also serves on the Taylor City Council.”

Garcia was out of town on the night of the banquet, so his wife Leslie Garcia accepted on his behalf.

Julie Downs was picked as Outstanding Woman of the Year.  Taylor Area Businesswomen President Lisa Whisenant presented the award, but not before reciting a few words Down’s daughter had written about her mom.

“She constantly does for others without ever expecting reciprocation,” wrote Emily Downs. “She has taught, delivered Meals on Wheels, delivered gifts for Brown Santa, rung the bells for countless years, given her time to her church and her community in many ways.

“She is a superwoman, I am sure of that,” she continued. “I am fairly sure Mom has gladly helped you at some point. I know she has helped me plenty. I think she is a great choice.”

“One can say that our 2019 Woman of the Year is definitely a woman of integrity, honesty and professionalism,” added Whisenant. “She has gone the extra mile to make her community a better place. She does not just talk the talk. She walks the walk in all areas of her life.”

The Business of the Year award was given to Old Taylor High. Property owners Cliff and Kaitlin Olle accepted the honor.

“We are excited about the new life we have been able to bring to the old school and can’t wait to see what amazing things will happen this year,” said the Old Taylor High Facebook page in a post Jan. 17. “Thank you to the Chamber and its members for their overwhelming support.”

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