Longtime Suwannee resident Shyril Norris
was awarded the 2020 Eric "Eck" Bass Community Service
award at the Suwannee River Chamber Annual Meeting on January 26. At the evening event, held at the Suwannee Community Center, Chamber president Owen Prince addressed the 40 attendees who had gathered to enjoy a covered dish dinner and witness the annual selection of Chamber officers and directors, and presentation of awards.
In making the presentation Prince said, "Shyril has worked tirelessly for years with cake auctions, reverse ticket drawings, and chili cooks off to raise funds for the Suwannee fireworks. Her long-term commitment to the Suwannee community is appreciated by all who have worked with her and benefited from her efforts."
Shyril joins a long list of Suwannee residents who have received the prestigious award. Her name has been added to the plaque which hangs in the Suwannee Community Center. Hers is the 22nd name to be displayed. The award was created to honor the years of community service by Eric "Eck" Odlund Bass, who was born on Odlund’s Island near the mouth of the Suwannee River, where her parents had settled around 1910.
Prince also presented a special "President's Award" to Lisa Waltrip for her work with the Chamber.
Posted on 28 Jan 2021