Greenwood councilman, Rod Powell, was named the Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday. Powell, a little shocked at the award stated that he just tries to do his best and asks God to help him to be a little better the following day. Rod owns Greenwood Garage Door and spends much of his down time contributing to the city.
Powell has been a firefighter with the Greenwood City Fire Department since 2004. “I started under Chief Don Oliver,” said Powell. “I knew the streets really well because of the business that I am in” Don thought that I was a good pick so he was after me to apply.”
Powell is an EMT, Firefighter II, serves on the swiftwater team, the search and rescue team and the high angle rescue team. Rod has been a captain on the department for the last three years.
Powell also serves on the Greenwood City Council and volunteers his time as a the Scoutmaster of Troop 54 for the last eight years.
“As the Scoutmaster Rod has made such a significant, positive impact on so many young boys who so desperately needed a good male role model in their lives,” said Chamber Director, Tanya Taylor.”
Rod has been married to his wife Jenni for 23 years. They have kids Jerrod, Shane, Trent and Cassidy
Taylor announced a new award for the volunteer of the year named after long time residents of Greenwood Vernon and Louise Stewart. “Vernon and Louise were iconic to Greenwood,” said Taylor. “Through their love and volunteer service and participation to our city.” The new award was given to Jodee Wiley for her work at the Betty Wilkinson Senior Center and at many other event around Greenwood.
Other award winner include:
Gina Metz was the recipient of the Shining Star Award for her work with the Vache Grasse Country Club. Metz is the manager of the pro shop and an ambassador for the community.
Chris Brewer and Joe Aguirre accepted the award for Business Development in the city. Their business, Greenwood Collision, has made a large addition and many upgrades to their property over the last year.
The Hall of Fame Award was given to Dr. Brand and Dr. Sandy Johnson. The Johnson’s own Johnson’s Dermatology. The Johnson’t added on to their growing business earlier this year.
Arkansas Lady Razorback Coach and Greenwood Alumni, Mike Neighbors was the guest speaker for the banquet. Neighbors spoke about his time growing up in Greenwood and the impact that has had on his life.
In other news Taylor announced that the Christmas Parade theme for this year will be “One Can make a difference” where the Chamber, with some help from the city, will create a float designed to collect cans of food. The food that is collected will be distributed to Greenwood for pantries and local blessing boxes.