Awards & inspiration

During a night filled with goodwill, hope and inspiration, more than 800 people saw the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce give out four awards to five upstanding citizens at its 99th annual dinner Monday at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at Marietta College.

Award recipients were William “Charlie” Charles Schob as the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year, George Broughton as the 2014 Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year, Charles and Mary Campbell as the Washington County Council of Cooperatives Agriculture of the Year and Candy Waite as the 40th Elizabeth “Betty” L. Hadler Zonta Woman of the Year.

Last year’s recipient of the Gabe Zide Citizen of the Year Award, Nancy Putnam Hollister, described Schob’s many contributions to the community.

Hollister said Schob had “years and years of service,” and that his motto was to “Leave the woodpile higher than you found it.”

Schob, having served in the Air Force, said he’d been eager to get out of the area but after being around the world twice, he revised his opinion.

“When I was growing up in Marietta, it seemed like a one horse town and I wasn’t going to stay here,” he said. “The more I saw of this world, the more Marietta became heaven on earth…I think this community is the best place I’ve been on the face of the earth.”

Schob was born in Marietta and worked as a paperboy in the 1930s, selling papers on the street corners before working as a stock boy, carryout clerk and meat cutter at Glen Weber’s market in the 1940s.

He graduated from Marietta College and Case Western Reserve and served in the U.S. Air Force. He has volunteered as a Little League baseball coach, youth basketball coach, has served on the Bantam League board, YMCA board, Easter Seals and United Way. He is a charter member of the Morning Rotary Club and has been active in Safetytown and the Discovery Garden.

Criteria to win the award includes contributing in one or more of the following: community service projects, working with youth, church activities, civic improvement or United Way.

Business leader

George Broughton was honored as the Business Leader of the Year.

“This is a great town,” Broughton said before calling his wife his “rudder in life that keeps me on course,” and his father “the greatest role model in life.”

Jerry James and Gene Huck, last year’s honorees, told Broughton’s life story based on “It’s a Wonderful Life” character George Bailey.

“Bedford Falls had George Bailey, and we have our own G.B.-George Broughton,” they said.

Broughton is a community supporter and philanthropist. He is a member of the Rotary Club and maintains Broughton Wildlife, a 500 acre park where he built and maintains a cross country course for Marietta High School and hiking trails for the public. He is the only award recipient whose father, Carl Broughton, also received the award, which was in 1990.

Agriculture Award

The Agriculture of the Year award was presented to Waterford area residents Charles and Mary Campbell.

Mary has served on the Washington County Farm Board, the Washington County Farm Bureau Board, Producers Livestock Board and the Washington County Fair Large Animal Livestock Committee. She worked at the Washington County Soil and Water Department and, before her retirement in 2011, established Farm City Day, which takes area students to farms throughout the county to learn about farming and conservation.

Charles has served as the president of the Waterford FFA, on the Waterford Fair Board for 50 years and was a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau Board and the Washington County Fair Large Animal Livestock Committee.

Charles said he was very humbled by winning the award.

“This isn’t my first rodeo, so thank you guys very much,” he said.

The Campbells were married in 1966 and farm 165 acres. They have about 200 head of ewes and 125 sows.

Woman of the Year

The last award, the Zonta Woman of the Year, was presented to Candy Waite, founder and operator of the Gospel Mission food pantry in Harmar.

“(Waite) is definitely strong, compassionate, selfless, spiritual, motivated, wise and enduring,” said presenter Sharon Coffman, adding that she was “tireless, energetic and caring.”

Coffman said Waite isn’t afraid to be on the same level with those she helps.

“She’s willing to beg in the name of those who come to her and beg,” she added.

Waite oversees numerous volunteers and helps any and everyone in need. She’s never short a smile and credits her ability to do her work to Jesus.

Waite accepted her award by saying, “I can’t thank you enough,” and finishing up with her trademark, “God bless you all.”