As president of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, Meredith Caddell not only hosted the 81st Annual membership banquet, she also was recognized – not once, but twice — for her dedication to the city and county.
Caddell was named the Woman of the Year and was also presented with the chamber’s Vision Award.
Woman of Year
It is Caddell’s tireless work promoting the county and volunteering in so many endeavors that makes her invaluable, said Pam Hollingsworth on behalf of Beta Sigma Phi, which sponsors the award.
“She is very passionate about her career and what she does. You may think she is paid for all the things she does, but she’s not,” Hollingsworth said. “She volunteers a lot of extra time, and though you may think it goes along with her job, it doesn’t. She spends countless hours off the clock promoting this community. When there is a need, they call this lady because they know she can get things done.”
Her husband, Jake, and children Ryder and Addison, were on hand to watch their mother win the award. A recognition that left her a little speechless.
That goes against Caddell’s nature, said Hollingsworth.
“She is very eager to tell anyonewho asks, ‘tell me about your town.’ She can go on for hours and hours about how wonderful this community is and how you really need to live here,” she explained. “This lady represents our town with integrity.”
Not much later, Caddell was called up on stage again, this time to receive the Vision Award, presented by Judy Gregg.
“The recipient is very, very connected with the chamber and spends countless hours making your chamber one of the best in Texas,” Gregg said before announcing the honoree.
Among the reasons Caddell was chosen is because she took the stand to move the World Championship Hopkins County Stew Contest from September to October so the weather would be cooler. “And it worked,” Gregg said.
She is also active in Backpacks for Buddies, recruited local business volunteers to mentor students in SSISD and is active in youth sports.
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