PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot Mountain Civic Club recently named R. Wayne Smith as 2016 Citizen of the Year.
“I greatly appreciate being considered and selected for this award,” said Smith in his acceptance speech.
Spending his life working in the local banking industry, Smith at one time or another “crossed paths with most everyone in Pilot Mountain,” he said. Reminiscing about how he could remember everyone in the room during the award ceremony from his time working in the bank. Whether he had helped them take out their first loan or open their first checking account.
“It’s been a pleasure serving this community,” stated Smith.
When he was not working in his daily job, Smith served on various boards at Northern Hospital of Surry County, from 1986 to 2008, attending two to three meetings a month, according to Smith.
He began serving on the professional relations committee in his first year on the board and chaired the committee from 1988 to 2008.
He also served as an ex-officio member and dedicated attendee for the hospital’s medical staff administrative affairs committee.
Smith chaired the hospital board’s Planning and Development Committee in 1989 and the Strategic Planning Committee from 1990 to 1993. Other committee chairmanships included the bylaws and pension committees. He served on the Finance, Executive, Joint Physician Recruitment, and Joint Conference Committees over the years.
He served as the governing body liaison to the hospital’s former home care program for over 20 years.
In 1998, Smith was awarded the Trustee Service Award from the North Carolina Hospital Association. This award recognizes exceptional leadership by board members of community hospitals.
“We are not surprised to hear about Wayne Smith’s citizen of the year honor. He is the epitome of dedication. He is very dear to us and we are so pleased to hear of his receipt of this honor,” said Ashly Lancaster, a spokesperson at Northern Hospital.
Smith is also a charter member for the Pilot Mountain Civic Club, which was founded 50 years ago, in 1966.
Members of the civic club had a chance to tell Smith why they had chosen him for the award. One member, Deanna Chilton, stated that Smith had made it easy for her to be a part of the civic club. “You’ve always been so kind and a wonderful example.”
Elaine Eurey, Smith’s daughter, shared how over the years she wished she would have written down the stories she had heard from people throughout the community. Those stories about her father she said, “swept me off my feet.”
“He’s such a good man and truly deserves this,” stated Eurey.
“I’m just very grateful to be selected for this award,” said Smith.
Club President Mark Royster said in closing, “I’m glad we were finally able to recognize him and celebrate with his family.”
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