Chamber honors four at annual meeting

September 30, 2005|by TARA REILLY

Wayne Winebrenner said the award he received Thursday night was only partly his.

"I share this award with both my board and the congregation of my church," said Winebrenner, who received the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service Award.

Winebrenner is chairman of Aspiring to Serve Inc., a group of Christ's Reformed Church on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown.

Winebrenner said church members have worked with him for the last eight years on the new Aspiring to Serve Community Center attached to the church.

The building will be the permanent home of the REACH cold weather shelter. REACH - Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless - has moved its office into the building, as have Potomac Case Management and the Washington County Health Department's Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.


In addition to Winebrenner, three others received awards at the Chamber's 86th annual meeting at Fountain Head Country Club.

Carol W. Norton, who was named the Chamber Small Business Person of the Year, also shared her award with her staff.

Norton, who owns Jane Anderson Brides in downtown Hagerstown, said her staff "gives their all to make every bride or anyone feel special."

Kathy J. Harple, director of Tri-State Printing's pre-press department, was selected as the Chamber Business Person of the Year.

Harple also serves on the board of the Washington County Arts Council and chairs the community committee for Hagerstown's Sunrise Rotary Club.

Thomas C. Newcomer, Chamber Business Volunteer of the Year, said his relationship with Christ has helped him serve others.

Newcomer has been a leader for a several groups, including the Chamber and the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation. He runs R. Bruce Carson Jewelers in downtown Hagerstown.

A member of Tristate Fellowship Church, Newcomer said service "is about lifting others up around you."

"Serving is as much a blessing to the person that gives as it is to the receiver ..." Newcomer said. "You don't do it for that, but it is an outcome to that."

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