Greenbrier chamber presents awards

The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals and businesses during its annual banquet on Friday, and presented its first “Spirit of Greenbrier” award.

Mayor Melton Cotton (from left), Judith McEuen and Audreya Cole. McEuen was recognized as the Greenbrier Citizen of the Year.

Two individuals with a strong love of their community were the recipients of the Greenbrier chamber’s highest individual honors.

Longtime Greenbrier city employee Judith McEuen was selected as the Greenbrier Citizen of the Year. First Service banker Marilyn Battles was selected as the Greenbrier Volunteer of the Year.

Tom Grumbles (from left), Marilyn Battles and Audreya Cole. Battles was presented the award for Greenbrier Volunteer of the Year.

This year, the chamber board of directors created a new award to recognize an individual who embodies the spirit of the community. Billy Joe “BJ” McMillen was selected by the board as the first recipient of the “Spirit of Greenbrier” award.

“The annual award winners are nominated and voted on by the membership at large and have always been a great way to honor members of our community,” said chamber president Audreya Cole. “Unlike the annual awards, the Spirit of Greenbrier Award winner will be selected by the board of directors only when an appropriate occasion arises.

“Similar to a lifetime achievement or an outstanding service award, recipients of this honor will be recognized for being the embodiment of what Greenbrier represents.”

The complete list of award winners:

  • Citizen of the Year: Judith McEuen
  • Volunteer of the Year: Marilyn Battles
  • Spirit of Greenbrier: BJ McMillen
  • Student of the Year: Emily Chambers
  • Business of the Year: Greenbrier Family Clinic
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Faulkner Co. Homebuilders Assoc.
  • Small Business of the Year: Greenbrier Animal Hospital
  • New Business of the Year: Neighborhood Coffee Shop

(See more coverage of the Greenbrier chamber banquet in the May edition of 501 LIFE.)