Delois Dilbeck, president of Progressive Women’s Association, welcomed members and guests to the Business Associate/Woman of the Year Banquet.

Dilbeck announced that the 2018-2019 Business Associate of the Year is Mike and Jan Adam of Cycle and Marine Supercenter and the the 2018-2019 Woman of the Year is Alice Erwin.

Scholarship recipients are Megan Tyler and Emily Welch.

Business Associate

Mike and Jan Adam have three children (Jeffery, Michelle, and John) and eight grandchildren. Their business started over 30 years ago as a repair shop. All three children have been a part of the family business. On July 5, 2000, they opened Cycle and Marine Supercenter at their present location. Jan Adam is an active member of the Progressive Women’s Association. She has served as chapter president and has served on most all committees. Presently she serves as treasurer and editor of the news bulletin.

“Her continued enthusiasm and concern for others have been an important part in Progressive Women’s Association’s success,” a spokeswoman said. “Mike has always supported the group. He willingly takes photos at events and has led the group in playing ‘Dirty Santa’ at the group’s Christmas parties.”

Woman of the Year

The Woman of the Year, Alice Erwin, often puts the needs of others before her own, a spokeswoman said.

“She loves to encourage others to do their best,” the spokeswoman said. “She loves community service and presently serves as secretary.”

Erwin has spent more than 40 years in a number of jobs. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church of White Hall. She has six children, 15 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. She has been a member of Progressive Women for 13 years and has served in many positions.

In other business:

The banquet, entitled “Honoring Small Bussinesses,” was held at the White Hall City Hall. Dilbeck introduced her Board Members: Vice President Brenda Doucey, Secretary Alice Erwin, and Treasurer Jan Adam.

Bernice Foster gave the Invocation. A fish and chicken dinner was catered by Scotty Ray.

The speaker was Dianne Johnson, founder, owner, and executive director of Dianne’s Adult Health Day Care Center. She stated that she strives to make the center a home away from home. The center opened in 1999 and provides for three levels of functioning, according to the presentation.

Adam discussed the Chapter Highlights.

“Besides giving scholarships, Progressive Women’s Association loves community service. Collecting items for missionaries to take to Haiti, collecting dollar items for prizes for bingo games at nursing homes and Dianne’s Adult Day Care, as well as bingo gifts for Fort Roots VA Hospital were primary projects,” she said.

Adam also discussed the organization’s Ann Douthit Memorial Fund.

“Douthit was the force that started the group in the 70’s with the intent to help women in the workforce grow and succeed. She also instituted the advertisers for our newsletter and the Scholarship Donor Fund,” she said.

Adam recognized the donors. The Scholarship Donors are: Anderson Electric, The Clothes Line, Cycle and Marine Supercenter, Ann Douthit Memorial (Hershel Douthit), Linda Eifling, Brenda and Rickey Doucey, Erwin Family, Dr. Maxwell Fleming Jr., DDS, Bernice Foster, Noel Foster Family, Foster Motors (Joel Foster), Lee and Linda Hurd, Delores Koonce, Mr. and Mrs. Ed LaGrone, Margie Murphy, Dane’s Auto Sales, Inc. (Dane Reed), Bob and Nancy Rosen, Tara Promotional Products (Scarlett McPherson), Lisa Tyler, Della Lovorn, and the Upshaw Family.

The Ad Donors are: Anderson Electric of Pine Bluff, Carrie Scott’s Antique Mall, Cycle and Marine Supercenter, Dane’s Auto Sales, Dianne’s Adult Health Day Care Center, Foster’s Motor Company, Relyance Bank, and Tracy Robinson Auctioneers.

After Dottie Yarbrough and Dilbeck announced door prize winners, Dilbeck thanked everyone for attending.