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Rosalyn Green is Granville Chamber 2022 John Penn Citizen of the Year

Pictured here are, from left, Lauren B. Roberson, Chamber executive director; Mark Pace, 2021 Citizen of the Year; Rosalyn Green, 2022 Citizen of the Year; Reba Bullock, 2023 Chamber president. Contributed photo

STEM — Rosalyn Green has been named 2022 John Penn Citizen of the Year. This is the 42nd year of the award, which Green received during the Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s 81st Anniversary Membership Meeting and Banquet.

The banquet was held Monday, March 6 at The Barn at Vino in Stem. The evening included fellowship, a dinner catered by Strickland Farms Catering, music from Next Door Radio and a program dedicated to the Chamber’s work in 2022 and vision for 2023, a news release says. 

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the John Penn Citizen of the Year Award. 

Mark Pace, 2021 John Penn Citizen of the Year, presented the prestigious award to Green, a friend and colleague. The John Penn Citizen of the Year award is given yearly to a county citizen who has given their time in a volunteer capacity to enhance the quality of life in Granville County. 

Pace said, “Synonymous — having the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language. Here are some words and phrases synonymous with the person we acknowledge this evening: mentoring youth, mental health advocate, church service, child advocacy, Cooperative Extension Service, Leadership Granville, George C. Shaw Museum, Mary Potter and one near and dear to many, preserver of history.

“For those of you who know Rosalyn, you know that she has a heart for service. She serves on many boards in the county, volunteers at countless nonprofits including ACIM, CCM, the Chamber, DOEDC, and the Mary Potter Club, just to name a few. It is an honor to know and work with Rosalyn Green. She is one of a kind and Granville County is blessed to have her.” 

Green joins a list of recipients of the John Penn Citizen of the Year award: L. C. Adcock, Gary L. Bowman, Dr. Joseph Colson, Hubert L. Cox, Jim Crawford, Johnsie C. Cunningham, Hugh Currin Sr., Nancy W. Darden, Leonard M. Dunn, Carlene Fletcher, Stan Fox, Laura Seifert Gable, Hubert Gooch, Dr. John B. Hardy Jr., Boyce Harvey, the Rev. G. C. Hawley, Robinette Husketh, Mildred A. Jenkins, Tom Johnson, Paul Kiesow, Doan and Bette Laursen, James and Mary Ann Lumpkins, John D. Mackie, J. Medford, Dr. Jimmie V. Morris, Annette Myers, John King Nelms, Dr. Roy Noblin, Dr. David Noel, Leonard Peace Sr., Gladys Satterwhite, Harold Sherman, the Rev. Harrison Simons, Tom Speed, Marshall Tanner, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor, Steve Timberlake, Virginia Tuck, Xavier L. Wortham, L. Clement Yancey,and Mark Pace. 

The 2023 Chamber president, Reba Bullock of Vance-Granville Community College, offered these words: “Everyone, this is just the beginning of an exciting, productive and successful year within the Granville County Chamber of Commerce. We as a collective body will continue to collaborate with various organizations in our county to maximize services to chamber members, to be a resource to those who are considering making our county their home for personal and business reasons, and to make Granville County an even better place to live, work and grow successful businesses.” 

The Chamber Board of Directors wants to thank its sponsors: Presenting sponsor, Spectrum Medical Solutions; Gold sponsor: Duke Energy; Silver sponsors: Carolina Sunrock, CertainTeed and Granville Health System; Bronze sponsors: Lewis Electric of Oxford and Wake Electric Membership Corp. 

“Thank you to the Chamber Board of Directors, Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber members and other volunteers who lend their endless support to our organization,” the release says.