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Volunteer's work is recognized

When she became a member of the newly-formed downtown committee last summer, Tina Swann gave it her all. Tuesday night, she was honored as the Volunteer of the Year at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet.

Last fall, Mrs. Swann worked to implement Thomson's Fallcrow contest and then the Jack-O-Lanterns on Journal festival. Both events were projects of the downtown committee, and both had an overwhelmingly large number of participants.

But Mrs. Swann's service and hard work began long before the Fall. Each year, she organizes children's activities for the Festival Off Main. She produced a new event for this last Festival Off Main called "Polar Express," in which children wore their pajamas to the Depot and watched the movie of the same title. Mrs. Swann also helps organize children's crafts and games while they wait in line to visit Santa after the Thomson Tree Lighting ceremony each year.

"We owe so much of the life that's been happening to downtown to you," Chairwoman Angela Blair said. "This is well-overdue. ... I've never seen anyone with as much energy as you have."

Mrs. Swann said she is thankful to Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert for urging her to become involved in chamber activities.

"This town means a lot to me," Mrs. Swann said.

Mrs. Swann and her husband, Mark, have three sons. She is a second grade teacher at Thomson Elementary School.

Web posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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