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Nominees announced for Citizen of The Year


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  • Jan. 16, 2020 - 8:43 PM

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Nominees announced for Citizen of The Year

The Newnan Times-Herald

The 2020 Coweta County Citizen of the Year nominees have been announced.

The nominees are Judy Cook, Charlotte Hollins, Laurie Pope, Ginger Queener, Garnet Reynolds and Gary Welden.

The award is designed to honor an individual with outstanding leadership and citizenship within the community, someone who has demonstrated exemplary vision, civic pride and a strong commitment to a better Coweta, according to Nancy Walden of the Kiwanis Club of Newnan.

Judy Cook

Judy Cook is currently the secretary and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Grantville. Previously, she served as president-elect of the club for three years. In addition to her Kiwanis involvement, she served on the Grantville Recreation Board. She created the Tote Project for College Freshmen in Grantville, which helps college students become acclimated to school. Cook is also actively involved at St. Smyrna Baptist Church in Newnan. In addition to her volunteer work, she is a certified medical technician at Benton House in Newnan.

Charlotte Hollins

Charlotte Hollins is the registrar at East Coweta Middle School, where she has worked since 2014. Hollins is involved in the community as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Newnan chapter of the Continentals and Professional Business Women of America. Hollins is an ambassador for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and was awarded Ambassador of the Month twice in 2019, in April and August. She currently serves on the board for Community Action for Improvement for Coweta County.

Laurie Pope

Laurie Pope retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1991 and became an independent insurance broker. Pope served on the board of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for nine years. Pope has also served on the finance committee of St. George Catholic Church; Board of the Patrons at the Nixon Centre; and the Wesley Woods Advisory Board. He is a member of the Newnan Rotary Club, where he is involved with Music and Memories, a program that brings music to senior living facilities.

Ginger Queener

Ginger Queener is the vice president of wealth management for UBS in Alpharetta. She has been active in both the Rotary Club of Senoia and the Newnan Rotary Club, where she currently serves as treasurer. When she was president of the Senoia Rotary Club, Queener received the District 6900 Sheffield Award for her leadership. She also was awarded the Newnan Rotary President’s Cup for 2017-18. She currently serves on the board of the Newnan-Coweta Boys & Girls Clubs and will serve as chairman for 2020-21.

Garnet Reynolds

Garnet Reynolds is the market president of the Newnan area for the Truist Financial Corporation, formerly BB&T. Reynolds served as treasurer for the Communities In Schools of Coweta County board for five years. He also worked with Senator Matt Brass to reinvent the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Leadership Coweta program. Reynolds serves on the board of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Newnan Rotary Club; attends First United Methodist Church; and serves on the board of the Abby’s Angels Foundation.

Gary Welden

Gary Welden has chaired the Kiwanis Coweta County Fair committee for six years, the proceeds of which have benefited more than 36 local nonprofits. He is currently serving a second term as president of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Welden served on the Lake Redwine subdivision homeowner’s association board and has served on the Coweta County Board of Equalization for 10 years. He serves on the Wesley Woods Advisory Board and is past president of the Newnan Kiwanis Club.

The winner will be announced at the Citizen of the Year event at the Newnan Centre on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The annual gala is hosted by the Newnan, Grantville, Coweta County and White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Clubs.

Preferred seating for the event is $400 for a table of 10. A regular table reservation is $300 for a table of 10. Individual tickets are $30 each. The deadline for purchasing tables is Friday, Jan. 17.

Checks can be made out to the Newnan Kiwanis Club and mailed to Nancy Walden, c/o 2020 COTY, 137 Craig Wood Way, Sharpsburg, GA, 30277.

Contact Nancy Walden with questions at 770-596-6428 or email at nkwalden@gmail.com .