(Carrollton, 1/11/16)— Carol W. Boyd has been honored by the Bowdon, Carroll County and Carrollton Evening Sertoma (Service To Mankind) Clubs with the Service To Mankind Award for 2015. The award recognizes local philanthropists for their works in the community and at large.
As the 2015 recipient of this award, Boyd has demonstrated her love and passion for people and the surrounding communities. In 1993, she was a founding board member of the Zachariah Foundation which has contributed more than $100,000 to the western Georgia communities. She was also instrumental in launching the Empty Bowls program in 2005 which aids the area Soup Kitchen. The program involves many groups including scouts, college students, artists, senior groups and others. Boyd has also been active with the mentoring program at Carrollton City Schools as well as creating the Harvest Share Ministry program through St. Andrew’s Church and creating the Clear River Chorus, a women’s chorus group that participates in community events and fundraising.
“Carol is that quiet, unsung hero who never draws attention to herself yet makes a huge impact on our communities,” said Marc Morin, President of the Carroll County Sertoma Club. “She embodies everything we try to emulate as a club. Her kindness and selflessness is a great lesson for all of us.”
Prior to moving to the western Georgia area, Carol Boyd completed a degree in education from Furman University and taught school in South Carolina and Vermont. She was a midwife for five years while starting her own family in Vermont with her husband, Jim. After moving to Georgia, Boyd earned a degree in nursing from West Georgia College and continued to serve others as a local nurse. She is an active member of St. Andrews Methodist Church and has served as mission coordinator, sings in the choir and teaches Sunday school classes.
Sertoma (Service to Mankind) was established in 1912 as the Co-Operative Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Now, Sertoma clubs can be found throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Historically, the organization has focused on speech and hearing health problems, particularly in children, but has since adopted programs targeting drug abuse education and projects promoting freedom and democracy to school-aged children. Local Sertoma clubs also sponsor and support teen and collegiate clubs in area schools.