Chambers of Commerce do a lot of great things for their communities, and one of the best is recognizing the residents and business leaders in the community who make a difference in the quality of life.
This year the chamber membership voted Judy Rochelle into the Childersburg Hall of Fame, an honor awarded her husband last year. They are the first husband and wife to be so honored, honors recognizing their commitment to Childersburg and to the work they have done both professionally and as volunteers to make the city a better place to live. Judy Rochelle’s name is perhaps best-recognized in association with her dance school, where she has worked with countless young people to develop poise, self-esteem and artistic skills that help them as they grow to adulthood. She has also worked tirelessly in helping organize and direct the city’s annual Christmas parade and volunteered with the chamber. Husband Marvin Rochelle worked as a basketball coach and school administrator before retiring, and has continued to serve the city through membership of boards and volunteer projects.
Others were also honored at the awards banquet were Doug and Lashane Calvin, owners of J&J Drugs, and Debbie Tucker of Taylor’s Cleaners, the longest-standing members of the chamber. New business honors went to Friends on Eighth, a reception hall owned by Joe and Tracey Allen. Dr. Duncan Crowder accepted the award for Park South Physical Therapy as the established business of the year and Coosa Valley Medical Center was honored as Industry of the Year.
Others honored were Public Servant of the Year Howard Smith, and Teachers of the Year Stephanie Brooks, Lynn Ritchie, Dalisha Cardwell, Jason Jacks, Lori Reed, Holly Garrett and Melissa Roberson. The work they do every day is an investment in the future of the community.