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January 18, 2013

Deemed worthy

GREENVILLE — After doing his impersonation of David Letterman’s “top ten” list about the night’s Worthy Citizen Award recipient, Allen Swanson, the 2011 winner, presented the 2012 Worthy Citizen award to Roselyn Lane.

“I’m speechless,” she said. “And that’s really hard for me to be.”

Lane was presented the award at the 93rd Annual Banquet staged at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center. The event was hosted by the Greenville Chamber Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Greenville Board of Development.

Before presenting her with the award, Swanson listed a few things he thought Greenville citizens might not know about the award.

“The award has been given 65 times,” he said. “But there have been 75 named recipients.”

The extra 10 recepients came in 1955, when the Greenville City Council was given the Worthy Citizen award. And Swanson said he had a theory as to why.

“That may have been the year they signed the original lease agreement with L-3’s predecessor company: Temco.” he said.

Lane told the crowd of more than 200 in attendance that Greenville has been a place where she has been able to help those around her.

“Thank you, Greenville, for accepting a left-handed, black female from Rochester, N.Y.,” she said. “You bloom where you are planted.”

Dr. Mary Jane Hodges Vance was the special guest speaker at the nights event, and told the story of spending three years under Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

“I want to thank all the veterans first,” she said. “Without people like you, I would not be here today.”

Her book, “Mary of the Angels”, was on sale at the event.

Lane is a current member of the Greenville Planning and Zoning Board, the Board of Development and chairman of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees.

She has also served as a past chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and past president of the United Way of Hunt County.

“She deserved it,” her husband, F.L. Lane Sr., said. “She believes in what she’s doing.”

The event was catered by the Cup and Saucer Catering Services, and the night’s servers were members of the Phoenix School “Dream Team”.

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