Dorothy Wilson honored by Leadership Mitchell County

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By Terry Bailey

The Leadership Mitchell County group conducted their annual Community Service Award banquet on Saturday night, August 13th. This award, established in 2015, is composed of a list of Beloit's best. Bob Severance was the inaugural honoree. Following him over the next five years was a stellar group of civic minded citizens composed of Max and Michelle Heidrick, Vickie Mears, Jay Rowh, Linda Clover, and John and Pat Cashatt. Due to the COVID pandemic, the affair was cancelled in 2020.
The evening's festivities were held at the Conference Center on the campus of the NCK Tech College. The excellent dinner was served by members of the Asherville Achievers 4-H club. Approximately 45 people were present to enjoy the celebration.
Dorothy Wilson was the recipient of this prestigious award. Dorothy has been a long-term resident of Beloit and Mitchell County. Dorothy and her late husband, Theron, were the proud parents of five daughters.
Six people had been recruited to offer testimonials regarding Dorothy's value as a volunteer. Rumor has it that 60 would have willing to speak on her behalf.
First up was Christine Elam, a lifelong associate of the 4-H program. Elam offered a long list of ways in which Wilson had assisted her as a member and a leader of the organization.
Next was Reverend Monty Pearson of the Simpson Church. He offered personal insights into Wilson's uncompromising assistance over the years.
Barbara Wise, speaking on behalf of the Solomon Valley Community Foundation, offered numerous ways in which Wilson had contributed to assisting the organization. There was no task too large or too small for Wilson to tackle.
Alice Thompson spoke at length regarding Wilson's contribution to the Heart Choices organization. Wilson was an early volunteer and has remained active since the beginning.
The next speaker was Rita Rowh. She started by asking, "Can I just say Ditto? She is honest. She is kind. She can do about anything, any time, anywhere. I eventually taught her kids, then I taught her grandkids. We have been connected for a long, long time."
The final person to offer personal testimonials about Dorothy Wilson was Cassie Kopsa. She was able to squeeze in a few superlatives not yet offered. Terms such as loving, supportive, unselfish, and talented worked their way to the surface.
It was reported that Wilson's age was in excess of 90. Being a gentleman, I did not ask. Reports are that she has slowed down to no discernable degree.
Leadership Mitchell County was organized in 1999. Three-hundred fifty member have graduated from their yearly leadership classes.

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