Make us your home page

Largo/Mid-Pinellas chamber names June Wallace 2010 Citizen of the Year

CLEARWATER — June Wallace knew it was coming and still was overwhelmed.

"I'm totally blown away with this and accept it with great humility," she said Friday morning after being named 2010 Citizen of the Year at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.

In presenting the award at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, outgoing board chairwoman Laurie Bunce of Centratel Services described Wallace as a lifelong community volunteer who is "exceptionally bright and extremely spirited and an amazing role model in her passion and selfless service."

Wallace said she hadn't planned to attend the chamber meeting because her husband is ill with cancer. So she had to be told in advance of the honor.

The 75-year-old Largo resident is active in half a dozen community organizations, including being facilitator of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking.

Wallace moved here with her husband, Ron, in 1996 from Orlando, where she owned financial planning and tax practices. Ron Wallace worked 32 years for Sears and was recognized last year as Largo Police Department Volunteer of the Year.

Bunce said Wallace is a "woman in her golden years still making an effort to make life better for those around her through leading by example and truly living the life of helping others."

Other award winners

Silver Hammer Awards: The St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport's $20.9 million terminal renovation and the new $32 million Diagnostic Clinic complex were the winners. Airport director Noah Lagos accepted the award, which had an inscription "A Vibrant and Welcoming Gateway to Pinellas County." The tropical-themed interior includes a public art collection by more than 30 Florida artists.

The six-floor, 155,000-square-foot Diagnostic Clinic was developed by the Greenfield Group of Boca Raton as a joint venture with the clinic's owner physicians. The award was accepted by the clinic's president and CEO, Dr. Charles Campbell, and chief medical officer Dr. Jim Rivenbark.

Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year: Dr. Bill Layman, owner of Straighten Up Orthodontics, works with the Give Kids a Smile program that enables Pinellas County children to undergo dental screenings. He also volunteers for the Pinellas Oral Disease Prevention Program.

Business Member of the Year: Bay Star Hotel Group, headed by president and CEO George Glover, was honored for its community involvement. Bay Star's two local hotels — Hampton Inn & Suites-Largo and Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Largo — have been represented as members of the chamber's trustee circle since they opened. The company has provided corporate resources and financial sponsorships for dozens of chamber events and programs.

Largo/Mid-Pinellas chamber names June Wallace 2010 Citizen of the Year 09/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 18, 2010 4:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rick Scott appoints 'my friend,' Jimmy Patronis, as Florida CFO

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed a long-time friend and political supporter, Jimmy Patronis, to replace Jeff Atwater as Florida's next chief financial officer, making him one of three members of the Cabinet that sets state policy on a wide range of issues. He'll take over Friday.

    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches


    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy


    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  4. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.

  5. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park


    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]