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For the second consecutive year, the Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce has named co-winners of its Citizen of the Year award, and again, both winners reside under the same roof.
Toby and Patsy Lewis were named the 2012 Citizens of the Year at the Chamber luncheon on Thursday.
The 2011 award went to Scott and Linda Street.
Toby and Patsy said they were first informed that they were the recipients of the award several weeks ago.
“Are you kidding me?” Toby said was his first reaction to hearing the news.
“Seriously?” Patsy echoed.
“But we are very honored,” Toby said.
“And humbled,” Patsy added.
Toby is the chief of the Taylorsville Police Department.
“We all know Toby from his role making our community and our lives safe,” Chamber President Cara Lewis said in her introduction of the two. “Many of us also know that whenever a volunteer effort is needed, Toby is there for us. What may not be apparent to some is he has an equally dedicated partner in Patsy.”
Several years ago, Toby and Patsy became heavily involved with Homecoming/Octoberfest.
“With the demographic and economic changes that have occurred in the last few years, we might not have that event in our community today except that a few years ago, Patsy and Toby stepped up to the plate and injected new life into the event,” Cara Lewis read during Thursday’s presentation. “Patsy is considered the driving force behind making this the most attended event in our area this year.”
Toby and Patsy are also frequent sights at the local ballpark where they work the concession or help out in any other way needed.
Toby is also credited with upgrading the Christmas decorations used on Main Street this year.
“You saw the results,” Cara Lewis said in her introduction. “Christmas on our little Main Street has never looked better.”
Both Toby and Patsy said they don’t do what they do for recognition, but to give back to the community they love.
Whenever asked or when they see a need, they step up and volunteer.
“We may not be able to give monetarily,” Toby said. “So we give of our time.”
Toby said a lot of the work he does is his “buy-in” or investment in the community where he grew up.
The Lewises received a standing ovation from the Chamber crowd when they were introduced at the luncheon.
“A lot of people are more deserving,” Toby said. “But we’re honored.”