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Grace Randolph Receives Mayo Lester Award

On Friday, July 30, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce named Grace Randolph the 2020 Mayo Lester Community Service Award Recipient.
Grace became a business owner in Putnam County in 1976. She and her husband, Roger, started their engineering firm in their basement. Over the years the company has grown to be successful, innovative and award-winning engineering firm.

As a founding member of Randolph Engineering, Grace’s responsibilities have grown significantly over the years from managing a start-up company to being responsible for the day to day operations of a full service engineering firm including management of the administrative staff as well as advertising and marketing. In addition to her many roles within the company, she is active in local professional organizations including the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and takes a dynamic role in Randolph Engineering’s support of various community programs.

She is a member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Professional Women.

Grace is known for her kindness. She’s always the first to volunteer whether it is a large community event or local blood drive. She has been an active member of the Putnam Chamber since its beginning. She has served on the board of the Putnam Chamber and many other organizations in the area.

The Mayo Lester Community Service Award was the first annual program established by the Chamber of Commerce. It is given annually to an individual who has excelled in community service to Putnam County, the award was named after one of the Chamber’s founding members and first Chairman, the late Mayo Lester.

To receive the award an individual’s personal attributes and contributions to the community may include, but not be limited to:

(1) Personal involvement in county-wide or local civic improvement projects.
(2) Active participation in community organizations.
(3) Support of a community project(s) and/or organization(s). Support may include personal involvement or financial contribution, but not necessarily membership in a particular organization.
(4) An example of what a citizen and community leader should be in donating time, energy and personal resources for the betterment of their community.
(5) Showing some degree of personal sacrifice for an organization or toward the accomplishment of a community project.

Grace is all of this and more.

Grace Randolph was the winner of the Mayo Lester Award. She is surrounded by family members. From left to right are Heather White, Jacob White, Grace Randolph, Justin Randolph, Phoebe Randolph, and Trina Grigsby. (Photo by Betsy Allen)
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