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A proud granddaughter

Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 9:49 AM

I've attended many city council meetings over the years as a reporter; however, Monday night, I had the opportunity to attend one as a proud granddaughter.

My Mamaw, Naomi Thomas was presented the 2011 Ed Sheppard Award by Jasonville Mayor Roy Terrell, Jr., at the city council meeting.

Since 2004, the Ed Sheppard Award has been presented in Jasonville. Sheppard was a bank cashier when Jasonville suffered a great fire in 1914 -- a fire that almost completely destroyed the community's business district. At a time when most residents were stunned by the trauma, Sheppard grabbed a shovel and started cleaning debris. As a result of his actions, other residents followed, and Jasonville recovered from the catastrophic event.

Mamaw is the first female recipient of the award. Other award winners include: Howard Lee, Fred Bennett, Jack Ridinger, Floyd Rash, Max Griffith, Tony Rash, and Brad Duncan.

My Papaw, Claude Thomas, Jr., my mom, and I were all smiles as Mamaw received a certificate recognizing her contribution to the Jasonville community. My 2-year-old twins were so excited to see their Mamaw Omi get a special award.

As long as I can remember, Mamaw has always been active in the community. She has volunteered with Angel Worx through Generations by sending cards and taking the elderly to community events. She also helps at Jasonville's Senior Center, volunteers at the Christmas Festival, and organized vendors for the Jasonville High School-Shakamak High School Alumni Association Homecoming. She is a member of Greene County Landmark Foundation and Shakamak Women's Civic Club.

My Mamaw is one of a kind. She loves her community and does what she can to make it a better place. She never wants recognition for what she does, which I think makes what she does even more special. I can't help but wonder how the world would be if there were just a few more people like my Mamaw around.

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