Chamber presents four civic awards

Winners of four awards presented during the annual Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce banquet are, from left, Keegan Stone, the Allen Conner Youth Award; Matt Gowin, the Chamber Leadership Award; Tom Maupin, the J.H. Atkinson Award; and Warren Hollrah, the Loyal Subject Award.

Winners of four awards presented during the annual Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce banquet are, from left, Keegan Stone, the Allen Conner Youth Award; Matt Gowin, the Chamber Leadership Award; Tom Maupin, the J.H. Atkinson Award; and Warren Hollrah, the Loyal Subject Award. Photo by Don Norfleet.

During the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Friday night, Tom Maupin of Fulton received the coveted J. H. Atkinson Award.

The event was at the Meadow Lake Acres Country Club.

Maupin was honored for his work with veterans. He spent many hours working to help Tyler Huffman, a Fulton native who served as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan. Huffman was shot by a sniper while out on patrol. His injuries left him paralyzed. Huffman returned to Mid-Missouri in March of 2011 and has been working steadily to recover from his injuries.

Maupin helped Huffman and his family and traveled to attend numerous meetings to raise funds for the young man.

An officer of Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2657, Maupin has been active in the veterans organization for many years.

His family started the Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton.

The J.H. Atkinson Award was first presented by the chamber in 1967. The winner must be a resident of Callaway County and made a significant contribution of service to the community.

The Loyal Subject Award went to Warren Hollrah of Fulton, who has been active in many civic organizations.

Hollrah received the award for his continual efforts to provide visitors information about the county and its history.

Hollrah volunteers with many groups and has served as a member of the Fulton City Council and the Callaway County Tourism Board.

The winner of the award must be a resident of Callaway County and make a contribution that provides a positive impact on improving the quality of life for local residents.

The Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award was presented to Matt Gowin.

Gowin is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and was honored for his work as chairman of the Chamber Golf Tournament.

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