A huge crowd gathered in the RAC gymnasium Wednesday night to celebrate the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce and its naming of the man and woman of the year for 2014.
The chamber also provided a comprehensive video review of the past year, swore in its new officers and hosted a table-decorating contest that wowed those attending. After the voting on the tables was completed, Tule Trash and Hansen Ranches had tied for the lead and each won a free one-year chamber membership
Taking center stage, however, were the top honorees: Jim Razor, man of the year; Linda Sharp, woman of the year; and junior citizen of the year Jana Rowe. Organization of the year was Corcoran 4-H.
Razor has been involved in several youth activities in Corcoran. He has been a soccer coach and works to find sponsors for YMCA camper scholarships. He has also been a starter for the Blue Dolphins, putting in many late nights.
He has been president and board member of both the Golden State YMCA and the Corcoran RAC, as well as serving as a YMCA basketball coach. He was involved in the local Little League program for several years, as coach, umpire, board member and president. Razor also helped with the Youth and Government spring conference food preparation, serving hundreds of high school participants over three days.
As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, he taught CCD classes and has served on the financial committee and chaired several fundraising committees, including that of the church annual barbecue. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Razor donates his time as a trustee on The Corcoran Community Foundation, has served on the Academic Boosters board at the high school and has volunteered at the Valley Children’s Guild fundraisers. He has been a member of Leadership Kings, served on the Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District board and has been a member of the FFA cotton judging board.
Linda Sharp has dedicated chunks of her time to her church, to helping feed people and to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
She has been a member of her church for 30 years and served as secretary for the Methodist church. She was also a member of Operation Christmas child committee for seven years, which is hosted by Samaritan’s Purse. The organization collects shoeboxes that are then filled with items given to children all over the world who would not get gifts—while providing religious insight.
She has organized several Relay for Life teams over the past 10 years and those teams have raised over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Sharp was just named the 2013-2014 Kings County employee of the year. Over the past 20 years, she has held various jobs in the Corcoran Unified School District system; and most recently has been the library/computer tech at Mark Twain Elementary School.
She cooks for numerous fundraisers and Optimist Club lunches.
She and her husband Mike, have three children.
As a high school senior, Jana Rowe stays busier than many adults. While maintaining a 4.2 grade point average, she has taken honors classes during all four years at CHS.
She has also participated in yearbook, serving on staff for two years, before becoming copy editor last year and being promoted to editor-in-chief this year.
She earned the title of Cotton Queen while just a sixth grader, raising $1,500 in button sales for the Chamber of Commerce; then went on to become a member of the local Christmas Tree Committee, a task she has taken on for the past six years.
She has been a member of, and held several offices in, the Future Business Leader’s Association and the California Scholastic Federation (CSF), as well as Academic Boosters. She is also active in the Interact Club, a Rotary-sponsored service organization on the CHS campus.
Jana has participated in numerous canned food drives for the local Emergency Aid, worked hard on behalf of fundraising for the March of Dimes, and helped with Kids Day in the Park as a volunteer.
After being rekindled two years ago, the Corcoran 4-H has burst upon the scene in Corcoran and earned the Organization of the Year award from the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce.
The new club is being headed by Cindi and Kelly Hair, who hasve been involved in several community events and who continue to lead aa great group of local kids.
Since its inception, the new 4-H has been involved in helping the community with Relay for Life, the Centennial CDay of Service, Western Family Night—celebrated in conjunction with the Kings County Homecoming—and Corcoran Museum Committee activities.
Not only participating in chamber events, such as entering floats in the Cotton Parade, the club has joined the chamber as a member. The group also contributes to Emergency Aid’s annual food drive.
The club currently serves 30-plus children, providing them the opportunity to learn responsibility in cooking, crafting, photography, farming and community work.