by Lisa Tome
Community volunteers were honored as People of the Year at the annual gathering of the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce, and Lions Club members from Rising Sun and Conowingo on Friday night, December 12.
Bob Cameron is gone but not forgotten.
Cameron, 88, who died July 5, 2014, was honored posthumously by the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce as Person of the Year. The award was collected by his son, Barry, at Friday night's event for Bud McFadden who provided the tribute.
Cameron worked on the family farm and was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also an accomplished basketball player. He was a manager and owner at Alger Oil.
He served on Rising Sun's Planning and Zoning Board, the Cecil County Draft Board, and the county Tax Appeal Board.
He was an active Rising Sun Lions Club member for more than 60 years. He was also the club's president twice, was a director of the club, Melvin Jones Fellow, and was a District Governor for the Lions.
He was a charter member and helped create the Rising Sun Business Association. He served as president and held other offices within the RSBA. He helped establish Sunfest. The RSBA later became the Chamber.
Within the community, he helped create Chantilly Manor Country Club, was a board of trustees member for West Nottingham Academy, and more.
In 2010, for Rising Sun's 150th celebration, Cameron was chosen "King of Rising Sun."
The Rising Sun Lions Club did not trust Bob Lucas not to tell his wife, Ellen, that she was this year's honoree.
Ellen Lucas, wife, mother, and grandmother was honored by the Lions for her service. Lucas is very active with the Lions and is a past recipient of the Lions highest award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship. She is also an active volunteer with the Cecil County Historical Society and the Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation.
Lucas said that she was surprised to have been selected.
"It is a big deal. I am very, very flattered and taken aback. We just do this stuff and don't think about being honored. It's very nice to be recognized by your fellow Lions for doing a good job," she said.