Thursday, May 3, 2007
Brownlee named Staff Person of Year
By SUE WATSON
Kay Brownlee, administrative assistant to Larry Hall and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, was tapped for this year’s Staff Person of the Year award by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
In nominating Brownlee, Hall and the board of supervisors said she “exemplifies good customer service and effective communication skills, especially when handling problem situations. She deals and works out controversial situations with a low profile. This makes our jobs easier.”
Brownlee, who grew up in Cornersville and lives in Bethlehem in the far southeastern edge of the county, has been with the county administrator’s office for 12 years and is in charge of inventory control.
“She serves the county and represents the county office with professionalism and courtesy,” said District 3 Supervisor Keith Taylor.
Truly caught by surprise by the award, Brownlee said being chosen for the award is a high point in her life.
“I feel very honored,” she said. “I am very, very grateful. This is one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received.”
The Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce established the award in 1999 to recognize employees who consistently perform beyond what their job description requires. Most nominations are made by fellow employees and occasionally come from citizens. The award is presented each year in conjunction with Administrative Professional’s Day, renamed from National Secretaries Week established in 1952.
“We applaud Brownlee’s dedication and skills to handle the day-to-day operation of her job,” said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the chamber. “Recognition of her contributions makes her an invaluable asset to the county.”
The award was presented at the annual staff appreciation luncheon of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, held at Byhalia United Methodist Church with lunch provided by the Byhalia Garden Club.
Previous winners of the award have gone to Teresa O’Hearn, LaTish Ambrose, Waurene Going, Joe Dunning and Lyn Coleman.
Sawyer also recognized and thanked the chamber staff - Doris Lee, sales; Sammie Shackelford, bookkeeping; Jan Sisk, clerk; Blaine Tooley, membership and website manager; and Joy Traylor, newsletter - for their dedication and presented them with gifts of appreciation.
Special musical guests were gospel and praise trio Tabatha Sanders and Misty and Mark Mathis from Slayden Baptist Church.
Guest speaker was Sunny Stuckey, whose talk was entitled “Full Throttle” Living fearless in a fearful World, presented a self-created definition of fear and some statistics on parenting outcomes.
Renaming fear in order to dispel it, Stuckey presented the concepts: focus by faith, educate and exemplify, apply, arise and align, and roar.
“We come forth in our faith by focusing on our situation, educate ourselves about His message, apply what we have learned, and arise above it and align ourselves with other Christians,” she said. “And we roar His message to anyone who will listen.”
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