The term steward dates back to ancient history and referred to a household servant who dutifully and faithfully oversaw the valuables of the Master.
Today, a steward is someone who has accepted or been assigned responsibility to shepherd and safeguard the valuables of others.
The Community Impact Award (CIA) is given to an individual, couple, or organization who has demonstrated significant stewardship in the Hickory Nut Gorge community.
The Hickory Nut Gorge is a rare jewel, its majesty and beauty touch the soul, drawing in a population of people who put the needs of the community ahead of their own.
These community-minded people have provided the civic leadership that has been the cornerstone of the Gorge.
That leadership continues to be carried out by strong, dedicated people who accept the challenges and responsibility for its care.
The Community Impact Award acknowledges that spirit and recognizes those special people who have made the Hickory Nut Gorge a better place.
Since 2005, the Community Impact Award has honored the following individuals and organizations:
George and Hope Wittmer
Buck and Barbara Meliski
Russ Pitts and Lynn Carnes
the late Jim Dunn, Co-Founder Recognition Award
Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association
Kay and Ed Dittmer
Mary Ann Ransom