At right, Stan Barnett
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce crowned Stan Barnett the 2011 Pickens County Citizen of the Year on at the Tate House during Chamber’s annual winter ball event.
Barnett, who was in attendance at the event, expressed his appreciation to a packed house of curious spectators. Barnett, 76, has served many local organizations over his 15 years as a resident of Pickens County. He managed the Pickens County Thrift Store for five years and remains an active member of several charitable and non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, and Keep Pickens Beautiful. Stan currently serves as an Auxiliary courtesy golf cart driver at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Barnett joins an elite group of local citizens who have a portrait painted in their honor. This year Pisconeri Studio in Jasper will be responsible for the portrait of Barnett which will officially unveil at an upcoming Chamber breakfast. The portrait will then be on display at the Chamber of Commerce building. The Chamber would like to thank ETC for their sponsorship of the Citizen of the Year process.
Following the selection of 61 Main as the Small Business of the Year, Chamber representatives unmasked the person responsible for filling the shoes of Mr. Doug Brooks who was chosen for the same honor in 2010. Mr. Brooks carried out his duty with honor making multiple public appearances throughout the year as the Citizen of the Year and attending several speaking engagements in his honor.
While 2001 marks the second year of a successful, revamped nomination process, 2010 will be etched the hearts and minds of many for quite some time as two former Pickens County citizens selected for the honor passed. The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce wishes to express sympathy to the families of former Citizen of the Year recipients Mr. Mark Whitfield and Rev. Charles O. Walker who will always be remembered and honored for the impact that each had in the local community.