Before being named Person of the Year by Rising Sun's Lions Club, Dawn Deckman had to work for it.
Deckman was invited by Rising Sun Lions Club past president Ellen Lucas to talk about the Neighborhood Youth Panel, an organization for which Deckman serves as a volunteer. About 15 years ago, Deckman started volunteering with youth at Janes United Methodist Church. She was then offered the job as youth director and started studying religion at Liberty University. She then volunteered with Fellowship with Christian Athletes and later became a board member and staffer. She is also a character coach for the Rising Sun girls soccer and lacrosse teams. She serves as a mentor and role model to many children in the community. She's a mother of three children, two step-children, and seven grandchildren. She and her husband, Mark live near Rising Sun.
Deckman was one of the winners at the annual event where the Rising Sun Lions, Conowingo Lions, and Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce present awards following a dinner with all three groups.
Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Scully presented the chamber's Business Person of the Year award to Vincent Sammons. Sammons is past president of the chamber. He also oversees Sunfest and has been very active with planning the chamber's annual health fairs. Scully called Sammons "a self made entrepreneur who is passionate with a tremendous community spirit."
The Conowingo Lions Club presented the Person of the Year award to Brian Heinbaugh, general manager of Wildcat Point Generation Facility and his team. Heinbaugh was commended for his commitment to the community and organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Water Witch Fire Company, Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, Fair Hill Nature Center, West Cecil Health Center, Union Hospital, and many more.
The late Melvin Jones is the founder of Lions Clubs International. The Melvin Jones Fellowship award is the highest honor presented to Lions members who demonstrate a dedication to humanitarian service. Conowingo Lions presented a pair of these awards this year - one to Madeline Brown and the other to Mary Amos who was unable to attend the event.