The Flemings came to the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting & Banquet last week with excitement for one another.
For about two weeks, Ray had been keeping a secret from his wife. Lyn was named Citizen of the Year for 2011 at the banquet. As soon as her name was called, though, it was announced that there were two recipients for 2011.
Lyn had been keeping the same secret from Ray.
Getting Ray, an Aiken County school board member, to the chamber meeting meant asking him to miss his first school board meeting in about six years.
“I just thought, ‘I’ve been tricked,’” Ray said, when he realized he, too, was an award recipient.
Lyn said she teared up when she realized she had won the award as they read her biography to the room.
“I am very, very honored,” she said, noting she has a lot of help with the programs she is involved in.
The couple have lived in North Augusta since 1965. Both are heavily involved with Fairview Presbyterian Church, where each serves as a youth group leader.
Nomination letters are sent to the chamber for the Citizen of the Year recipient and then voted on. The following is what the Flemings’ nominator wrote:
“Ray and Lyn are both of stellar character – they have been looked up to as role models by two generations of North Augustans. No matter what the responsibilities are, Ray eagerly accepts them and is very thorough in completing the tasks. Lyn has taken the initiative for several new projects and they have blossomed and grown. They both are truly outstanding citizens. Most people have one agenda that they campaign for, but Lyn and Ray have reached out to many different facets of this community, keeping themselves well-rounded physically, mentally and spiritually. They have had a positive influence on many young people in North Augusta. They share their talents untiringly.”
Lyn works with the children at North Augusta Gar-dens and founded a learning center there. Ray said he spends most of his time at the school board.
The chamber also announced Stephen Beckett as the 2011 Ambassador of the Year. He is the vice president of Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Beckett said without the help of his family and employees, he wouldn’t be able to volunteer as much as he does.