Athens-concord Town Social Announces 2012 Award Recipients

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 09 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Office of Advancement Aug. 10, 2012
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Award recipients being honored at the upcoming Athens-Concord Town Social have been announced by the event’s planning committee. The annual social will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Concord University in Athens and features craft vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s games, a complimentary hot dog lunch and more.

Individuals and businesses that have enhanced the community and campus life of Athens and Concord University are honored each year at the afternoon gathering.

Virginia Butler and Ennis Martin have both been selected this year to receive the Elder Citizen Award.

Mrs. Butler is 88 years old and has lived in Athens for 29 ½ years. A faithful member of the Athens Church of Christ since she was 27, she is currently the oldest member of her church. She worked as a caregiver for senior citizens in the community.

Virginia is known around town as “the geranium lady” for the beautiful geraniums she lovingly tends and displays on her porch in Athens each summer. “I have enjoyed working with geraniums since I was an early teenager,” she said.

Mrs. Butler, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was honored by the Athens Church of Christ with the Mother of the Year Award. She also received the Good Neighbor/Extra Miler Award during the 2003 Athens-Concord Town Social.

Mrs. Martin moved to Athens in 1939, immediately after her graduation from Spanishburg High School. Her parents were Andrew and Orpha Keys. She grew up with six sisters and three brothers. She has two daughters, Fern White Thorn and Kay White Monohan.

She is a member of the Athens Baptist Church and has remained active since the 1940s. Mrs. Martin held many offices in the Eastern Star, including the office of Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the Women’s Club of Athens.

She retired from the Mercer County Board of Education in 1987, after working as a secretary at Princeton Junior High School for 18 years. A willing volunteer for community activities, Ennis helped her neighbors whenever needed.

The 2012 Total Community Involvement Award is shared by husband and wife, Jim and Lynne White. Since moving to Athens in 1998, the Whites have immersed themselves in community and campus life.

Jim White is a professor of political science at Concord University. He takes students on the biennial David R. Bard Study Abroad trip to the United Kingdom and has been an academic advisor to campus political organizations. Among his other leadership roles are serving as NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and member of the Faculty Senate.

At this year’s Town Social, students from Dr. White’s American Federal Government and State and Local Government summer classes are volunteering with set-up, registration, children’s games and other activities for the classes’ citizen participation component.

As a member of the Athens Lions Club, Jim White started and runs the weekly “One Can A Week” food drive in Athens. This is a community-based service learning project for Concord students sponsored by the Lions Club.

Lynne White has worked for Concord’s Office of Student Affairs and in Academic Affairs. She served as volunteer administrator, cooked weekly meals and arranged building renovations at the Newman Center, Concord Catholic Community.

Lynne is currently team secretary, registrar and computer scorer for the Concord C-Lions community swim team and treasurer of the American Association of University Women, Concord Branch.

Lynne and Jim have two sons, Tom and Ted, and Lynne describes herself as a “soccer and band mom.” She is currently “on leave” from the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee where she has served as chairperson and scholarship chair.

Lynne has also served the community as a member of the Mercer County Board of Education, as a parent representative of the Athens Local School Improvement Council and as secretary of the Athens Women’s Club.

The Business Longevity Award will be presented to Fredeking Stafford Construction Company, Inc. The firm, headquartered in Princeton, was established in November 1990 by co-owners Jack Fredeking and Joe Stafford, both of Athens.

In the 21 years since, the company has worked on projects ranging from fix-up work at residences to heavy-duty commercial jobs. One major project was the historic renovation of the old post office in downtown Princeton for a new purpose, as home of the Princeton Public Library.

The construction company is currently in the midst of renovating the Concord University President’s Home, across the street from the main campus in Athens.

Fredeking is also known for providing extra work, at no charge, to help out his community, his neighbors and his church.

“It’s just to be able to help the people of the town, (who) wouldn’t have that assistance,” he said. “It just makes you feel good about what you do, and it makes your family proud of what you’ve done.”

His partner Joe Stafford primarily attends to running a family business, Stafford Farms, but the two share advice to help each other out, Fredeking said.

David and Kim Chambers are this year’s Extra Miler Award recipients. They are known around the Athens-Concord community as willing volunteers whenever they learn of a project or need.

After moving to the area in 2006 Dave and Kim found that their children’s soccer organization needed help, so they became soccer coaches for the East River Soccer Association, spending countless fall evenings, and both weekend days, on the field.

Dave and Kim have also spent much time helping Athens School, first becoming very active in the PTA. They frequently visit the school to read to classes and to teach for the science program they helped create.

Devoting a great deal of their summer to the Concord C Lions Swim Team, Dave and Kim both help give swim lessons with the learn to swim program. Dave is president of the group.

On the Concord campus, where Dave teaches biology and Kim teaches chemistry, they both have organized seminars for the Division of Natural Sciences. They also serve on the pre-med committee and help with orientation for science majors.

Recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Citizen Award and the Beautification Award, both presented by the Athens Lions Club, will be announced during the social. Additionally, the Town Social committee will present scholarships to Athens area students who will be attending Concord University in the fall.


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.