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Business Outlook A quarterly publication of the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Dispatch

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 • 1st Quarter

Wilson honored as Citizen of the Year at annual banquet

The 2012 Hendersonventions and presidential Vance County Chamber’s inaugurations, includAnnual Membership ing Ronald Reagan and Meeting and Banquet was Barack Obama. In 2010, conducted Jan. 24 at the Stogner was inducted Vance-Granville Commuinto the prestigious N.C. nity College Civic Center. Journalism Hall of Fame. Larr y Stogner, senior He is the only local news journalist and anchor for anchor to be so honored. WTVD was the keynote Stogner spoke of his speaker many interfor the view adven“With all of the evening. tures from Born problems that we have the White in BurlHouse and in this area with ington, presidential poverty, joblessness Stogner candidates was raised and broken families, to coverage in Yancof militar y eyville and clearly there was work operagraduated that needed doing tions with from the the 82nd here.” University Airborne of North Division. Carolina He said of — Randolph Wilson at Chahis two fivefounder and president of day stints in pel Hill. Rebuilding Hope, Inc. Haiti after Senior broadcast their devasjournalist for ABC 11 tating 2010 earthquake, “I Eyewitness News since was thinking at the time 1976, Stogner has covered I traveled to Haiti about ever y kind of political how long I wanted to do stor y, such as presidential what I do. And when I saw primaries, political conall the personal stories

Randolph Wilson (right) accepts the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award from Chamber President Bill Edwards. that needed to be told and thought how many more

must be out there, I knew that I wasn’t finished yet.

I wanted to be there to cover them.” During the banquet, 2010 Citizen of the Year winner Dorothy Hunt presented the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award to Randolph Wilson, founder and president of Rebuilding Hope, Inc. The nonprofit ministr y works in the local community to repair homes of those who can’t afford to have needed repairs done themselves. All work is done with volunteer labor, much of which is provided by members of local churches. An emphasis is placed on ministering to the resident’s spiritual needs as well by showing the love of Christ in the volunteer repair and improvement efforts. At the age of 60, when some folks are thinking about retiring to the golf course, this year’s Citizen of the Year was giving serious thought to making full-time disaster relief work his new occupation. “I felt God calling me to

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do something different,” Wilson said. The real challenge came from his pastor, who asked, “Have you thought about a local ministr y?” The idea struck home. “When he said that, I knew God was calling me to look at ministering here locally. With all of the problems that we have in this area with poverty, joblessness and broken families, clearly there was work that needed doing here,” Wilson said. As the catalyst for this incredible effort, Wilson has been able to rally dozens of churches, civicminded individuals and conscientious business owners to become part of this local ministry whether through donated materials, financial support or volunteer time. While receiving the award, Wilson was joined by family, friends and members of Rebuilding Hope Inc.’s Board of Directors and volunteers. SEE WILSON/PAGE 7

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Business Outlook - Feb. 8, 2012 - The Daily Dispatch -  
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