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Passing the gavel at Chamber 2015 Annual Meeting

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce highlighted extraordinary community servants in the 31st Annual Meeting on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Ga. International Horse Park.

The Gus Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Pastor Al Sadler of the Church of New Beginnings, a chaplain at the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and President of the Citizens Progressive Club.

The Education Partner of the Year is DART Foundation, presented by Willie Washington and accepted by Lisa Phillips, HR Manager for Dart Container Corporation’s Conyers facility, on behalf of the Dart FoundationThe Dart Foundation is a private foundation established in 1984 by William A. and Claire T. Dart. Headquartered in Mason, Mich., its core mission is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Dart Container Corporation acquired Solo Cup in 2012. The Dart plant in Conyers, formerly the Solo Cup plant, started in 1967 as a Sweetheart Plastics plant and today is still one of the largest employers in the county. Last year the Dart Foundation donated $35,000 to Heritage High for engineering courses and grants for (STEM) related projects at various RCPS schools, including $5,000 for Bee Builders Project at Honey Creek Elementary, $5,000 for an Arduino Weather Station Collaborative at Rockdale Career Academy and $3,500 awarded to Conyers Middle School for Technology in the Classroom.

Community Spirit Award Winner is Chick-Fil-A in Conyers, presented by Scot Ward to Gene Robinson, manager of the Conyers Chick-Fil-A, who gave "glory to God for all that I do."

The James Culpepper Volunteer of the Year Award winner is Marcie Howington, director of the Phoenix Pass transitional housing program for homeless women and children, presented by last year's volunteer of the year and the 2016 Chamber Chair-elect Earl Wise.

The 2015 Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Deborah Armstrong, CEO of Rockdale Medical Center was passed the gavel by outgoing Chairman T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The News.

For video of the full event, click here.