McCord received the award at the Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday. Club member Rita Cavanaugh served as head of the Special Projects Committee, which chose McCord.
“What I do is send out the requirements,” she said.
The requirements are listed in the newspaper and announced at the Kiwanis meeting. The nominations come in and a subcommittee makes the selections for the Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.
“This year, Rodney was chosen because of his activity in the community,” Cavanaugh said.
She listed his service as city commissioner and some of the projects he has been involved in, such as the Griffin Regional Welcome Center, the Still Branch Reservoir and One Griffin Center. She also cited his non-governmental activities such as work with the Griffin High School athletic program, the Spalding Basketball Association, the Kiwanis Club, the Griffin Area Business Association and Hoop3, an organization that provides school supplies to needy children. She also said he serves as a mentor for students in the local school system.
Cavanaugh said that in order to qualify for the award, one must be a U.S. citizen under 40 years of age, have resided in Griffin-Spalding County for a minimum of four years and be active in the community. Furthermore, the nomination is based on volunteer and other community work done outside of one’s job.
She said this year, none of the nominees qualified for the Young Woman of the Year Award.
Cavanaugh said she would like the public to be more involved in the process because she plans to continue giving out the award. She also emphasized that one does not need to be a member of the Kiwanis Club to be the nominee or nominate someone else.
“We want the public in Griffin (and) Spalding County to be aware,” she said.
She said there are many younger people involved in worthy projects and causes and the purpose of the award is to honor them, thus encouraging young people to get involved.
Club President J Folds thinks the committee has chosen well.
“I think it was an outstanding choice,” he said. “He is a great young man and an asset to the community and serves us well.”
Jim Ogletree, president of United Bank, where McCord works, said he is glad McCord won the award.
“We’re just very proud of Rodney,” he said. “He’s been an asset to United Bank and he has clearly been an asset to the community.”
McCord said he appreciates receiving the award.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “I just want to thank all those people who nominated me, who voted for me.”