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Decatur Salutes 2017 Hometown Heroes

2017 Hometown Heroes

Decatur honored nine Hometown Heroes in 2017 for contributions made to the city. Congratulations to Bill Adams, Jenny Penick Garner, Andy Gonzales, Marnie Grodzin, Nancy Hostetter, Mia Manekofsky, Amy Marti, Tracy Rylands;  and CSD Special Education PTA (SEPTA): Kara Campbell, Nura Moshtael, Gwen Bair, Amy Logan.

They are pictured after receiving their medals from the Decatur City Commission at the December meeting of the Decatur Business Association.

> Find out more about Decatur's 2017 Hometown Heroes here.

Decatur started its Hometown Heroes program in 1996 at the close of the Hometown to the World Festival held during the Atlanta Olympic Games. The 14-day festival was a success because of the hundreds of volunteers who helped. At the close of that festival, the City Commission honored the volunteers, and since then the Hometown Heroes awards have been presented annually. With the 2016 presentations, Decatur now boasts 21 years of Hometown Heroes with 301 people having received this special recognition. Detailed information about the Hometown Heroes and their contributions to the community may be found at the links below. There is a "Wall of Heroes" in Decatur City Hall where photos and names of all the Hometown Heroes may also be found.

Now is the time to think of your favorite Decatur Hometown Hero – that person who works hard, often behind the scenes, to make our community a better place to live and work. Nominate your choice for recognition as a Hometown Hero. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 30. You may complete the nomination form or write an essay describing your Hometown Hero and what she/he has contributed to the Decatur community.

> Get the Hometown Hero nomination form here.

Hometown Heroes Through the Years

Hometown Heroes have served the community in many ways, including:
  • Helping neighborhoods and neighborhood associations organize and execute a variety of activities
  • Supporting the schools by serving on committees, tutoring, babysitting, chaperoning and much more
  • Working with less fortunate neighbors and becoming actively involved in community projects
  • Serving on volunteer boards and commissions, and in local environmental and nonprofit organizations
  • Volunteering hundreds of hours for festivals and events


Hometown Heroes   
 decatur-hometown-heroes-2015-tn 2015
Sally Brozek, Eli Dodsen, Larry Holland, Sheri Kennedy, Helen Lowenthal, Lorri Mills, Anne Morris, Jeff Newbury, Kathy Phillips, Michael Rossi, Clay Scarborough, Danielle Suchdev, Kelly Walsh, and Marty Wood. 
2014 Hometown Heroes 2014
Mary Davis, Bill Funk, Gayle Gellerstedt, Tyese Lawyer, Annie Godfrey, Michelle Kuperman, Joann Majercsik, Rob Pegel, Jennifer Rhett, Brian Smith, Deanne Thomas, and Michael Vajda.
2013 Hometown Heroes 2013
Kristin Allin, Richard Backwell and Lee Goldsmith, Kurt Buchsteiner, Jack Jackman, Tamara Jones, Diane Loupe, Lucia Pawloski, Nia Schooler, and Amy Weaver.
2012 Hometown Hereos 2012
Peg Bumgardner, Jim Clanin, Lynne Curtice, Victor Donham, Vinny Ferguson, Eddie Fowlkes, Mike Killeen, Walt and Ally McMann, Paul Mitchell, Jim and Claire Newbury, Arthur Ratliff, Margaret Schuelke, Susan Sparks, Stephanie Van Parys, Greg Wiseman, Marc Wisniewski, and The Church at Decatur Heights.
2011 Hometown Heroes 2011
Alan Ashe, Marc Brennan, Roger Bryant, Jodi Dick, Daniel Flores, Walter Kellar, Lori Leland Kirk, Louis and Sandra Rice, Susan Riley, Mark Sanders, Melissa Stratton, Seegar Swanson, Kyle Williams
2010 Hometown Heroes 2010
Michele Hillegass, Suzie and Ricky Jacobs, Reagan Koski, Terry LeCount, Dr. Lew Lefton, Gardner Neely, Joy and Steve Provost, Morgan Rowe, Christine Russell, Nancie Sill, Jimmy Smith, Bryan Swann.
2009 Hometown Heroes

Bill and Vicki Ainslie, Michelle Bray, Bill Bryson, Greg and Nicole Coleson, Mary and Bill Flad, Gary Kronick, Dot Moye, Mercedes Pasqualetti, and Vernita Pinto.

Special award to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project Committee


2008 2008
Ann Berg, Carl Black, Erin Braden, Herb Chereck, Mike Curtice, Laura Deming, Jim and Matthew Dickson, Scott Drake, Ron and Kathleen Everett, Spencer Johnson, Chuck and Charlie Lewis, Nonie Ravenberg, Rhett Rhame, Jerry G. White, and Janie Yorker.
2007 II
Laura Bevins, Nick Farley, Michael Gaertner, Earnest Golding, Rob Gordick, David F. Hale, Jeanne Johnson, Jack Krost, Douglas Neal Stark and Lea Whitfield.

Special award to the Decatur Book Festival executive board: Tom Bell, Linda Harris, Richard Lenz, Alice Murray, Bill Starr, Judy Turner and Daren Wang.
2006 2006
Rick Brozek, Deb Burns, Haywood Curry, Dean Fenley, Amanda Jolley, Sue Leonard, J. Tom Morgan, Will Montgomery, Alex Sherrill, Bill Starr, Scott Thompson, Jim Toney, and Jim Warren.
 2005 2005
Paige Brown , Frank Burdette , Richard Cohen , Tom Keating , Randy Lane , Janice Mathews , Alvin McNeely and Katie Pedersen , Daniel Newman , Angelo , Bette and Anthony Pitillo , Ethel Steverson , Beth Thompson , Pearl Trimble (posthumously), Beth Vann , and Leah Kennedy Vaughan.  Special award to the Decatur Housing Authority.
 2004 2004
Jill Alikonis, Pamela Barnes, Darlene Barrett, Terri Jagger Blincoe, Vandy Vail Dickson, Patti and Gary Garrett, Edith Hambie, Kaye Hyde, Danny Ingram, Major Nesby, Patrick Putman, Elizabeth Wilson, Kimberly and Brian Zwaagstra. Special award to the Georgia Municipal Association. 
 2003 2003
Doug Aholt, Dottie Aiken, Andrea Berry, Chris Billingsley, Cassondra Breedlove, Ruby Bock, Heather Flury, Phyllis Gilbert, Mance and Joy Jackson, Paul Jones, Julie Rhame, Becky Smith, Robert Soens. 
2002 II
Lee Brown, Paul Cushing, John Hashimoto, Marceil Joyner, Shirley Kendrick, Marcia, Jill, Amy Lampe & Greg Farley (Lampe-Farley Communications, Inc.), Beth Mahaffey, Valeria Maier, Brian McGonegal, Katherine Strong, Tony Powers, Susan Ellis Purdom, Don Rigger, Cathy Vogel.

Special award to the Morse Family (Chet, Gene, Mary Ellen, Anne, Harry, Genia) 
2001 2001
Allison Adams, Jerry Burns, Robert Brown, Fred Cavalli, Charles Cope, Rick Epting, Joanne Hauserman, Greg Levine, Kathy Masters, Stacie Monroe, Neil Norton, Louis Pichulik, Ken Rosskopf, Mary Whitehead.
2000  2000
Anna Benefield, Thomas Benefield, Alma Fleetwood, Ellen Slack, Carolyn Krueger, Bill Markert, Mike Gallagher, David Crenshaw, Mary Boyd, Mark Burnette, Catherine Carter, Larry Fossett, Jan Goodloe, Jim Jarboe, JoAnn Murphey, Terry Mann, Vee Simmons. 
1999 1999
Bobbie Elzey, Diann Baker, Harriet Alston, Tom Barefoot, Carter Wilson (Nicholas & Valarie Wilson pictured), Emilie Markert, Jim Eley (Mattie Eley pictured), Phyllis Schwartz, Juli Fleming, Martha Clinkscales, Fran Franz, Diane Simms, Sue Ellen Owens, Gary Simms, Pete Whitlock.
1998 1998
Betsy Tanner, Bob Coleman, Toni Young, Evelyn Sims, Sally Wylde, Lyn Deardorff, Jason Uchitel, Clarence DuBois, Louise Jackson, Steve Vogel, Julia Levy, Jean Quade, Jon Abercrombie, Richard White.
1997 1997
Carol Reap, Joanne Richardson, Paul Powell, Celia Powell, Melissa Spalding, Judy Turner, John Joyner, Liz O'Brien, Hopie Eubanks, Anne Earle, Cassondra Breedlove, Jane Harris, Fred Boykin.
1996 1996
Sandy Bishop Turner, Dana Haugaard, Eddie Owen, Sydney Floyd, Jane Boykin, Cheryl Burnette, Linda Sabo, Brady Horne, Rosella Pringle, Scott Miller, Roberta E. Bayles, Beverly Dabney, Patricia Dollisch, Paula Bonaker, W.D. Wheeler, Olga Kate Morgan, John Randall, Commander B.F. Wilkins, Matt Parry, Buddy Goodloe, Pat Solomon, Weny Worrall, Michael Harbin. Not pictured: Genevieve Edwards.

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