Master John Gandy presents the Community Citizen Award to Chuck, Belinda and Brandon Lawrence of Tradewinds Marketplace on behalf of the Halcyon Grange of North Blue Hill on Sunday April 17th. Here are the master’s remarks at the ceremony:
I’d like to welcome everyone to our grange hall. Thank you for coming out today to help us celebrate. The Community Citizen Award is a nationwide Grange program to recognize the outstanding service of non-member individuals, couples and organizations. Since 1873 the Grange has sought to build and develop the best in men and women, and to make them not only better farmers, but part of a bigger and stronger community life. We are proud and pleased to be awarding our 2011 community citizen award to Chuck and Belinda Lawrence. Owners of Tradewinds store, Chuck and Belinda have been active in this community for over 10 years.
In recent years, the Lawrences have made donations to numerous local charities including the Blue Hill Public Library, George Stevens Academy, and the Bay School. A member of the GSA administrative team said, “They are supporters of our students and our programs, especially the recent Floor Me project to renovate the high school gymnasium.” Known for his sense of humor and for coming in and stocking shelves or bagging at Tradewinds, Chuck has been very supportive of the GSA students, employing many of them and always offering one a scholarship.
Recently, the Lawrences donated a van to the Washington Hancock Community Agency for the At Home DownEast program. Anne Ossana of Friendship Cottage reports that “At Home Downeast is in the development stage, with hopes of it being up and running this summer. The van the Lawrence’s donated will be used for grocery delivery and transportation to medical appointments” for those who don’t have transportation of their own.
In the past year, Chuck and Belinda have also donated to local fire departments,Blue Hill Harbor School, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Ambulance Corps, Bagaduce Chorale, Island Nursing Home, and the Blue Hill Historical Society. They’ve sponsored dinners at the Simmering Pot, held a fundraiser at the store for the Tree of Life- matching customer donations – and donated food and beverages to Blue Hill’s A Fourth to Remember.
These are just a few ways the Lawrences have given back to our community. As national and multi-national chain stores grow and spread throughout our communities, Blue Hill is lucky to have local owners like Chuck and Belinda who provide excellent products in their store, but also help keep the dollars we spend at Tradewinds working for our community.
Rich Boulet, Director of the Blue Hill Public Library said, “Chuck and Belinda really get the idea of corporate citizenship in a small community. In my experience, they give generously without expectation of being regaled or recognized.”
Well, it is with honor and pleasure that we DO recognize you today. Chuck and Belinda, please come up to the podium.
It is my honor to present to you, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, the Grange Community Citizen Award- “In recognition of outstanding service to this community and mankind. Your dedication and personal involvement are gratefully and sincerely acknowledged by the members of Halcyon Grange Number 345.”
We are thrilled to have Paul Sullivan with us to provide the music. There are refreshments and we will be cutting the cake on the front table. So stay, enjoy the music and food.
Thank you all for coming and thank you, again, to our Community Citizens, Chuck and Belinda Lawrence!