The Marion Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Vicki Griffin, along with Scott Murrie and Keith Dickens, have been nominated for this year's award. Our finalists have been nominated by fellow chamber members and selected by the Awards Committee.
Vicki Griffin began serving the good people of Marion at 8 years old when she ran the cash register at The Uptown Kitchen, run by her Uncle Wayland. This tradition of service has defined her whole life, with her family teaching her social skills and work ethic. Growing up, she thought about becoming a pediatrician but, “my high school guidance counselor told me I should be a nurse and marry a doctor (the trouble that advice would cause now!) and as it turned out she was right!” She worked in the family business and was a Candy Striper at Marion Memorial Hospital throughout high school, attended nursing school in St Louis and came back home to take care of people she knew...the people who "raised me up".
Vicki’s mom started Jenny's Uniforms in 1972 and she was the “best dressed nurse thanks to her”. In 1995, her alter ego "Nancy Nurse" was born. For 22 years, Vicki & Nancy enjoyed talking to thousands of people about their attitude, health, laughter, and miscellaneous life lessons. When looking back on her 47 years in nursing, she feels blessed to practice and knows the Lord isn’t done with her yet. She enjoys her life with her best friend and husband of 33 years, Don. They share his 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Life is good, and retirement is not in the cards since they both love what they do, however they have managed to travel more in the past few years. She has spent the last 15 years of work in hospice, where “I appreciate how fragile and precious life is and have chosen to thank God and celebrate each day.” When asked about her award nomination, she is very honored, “I looked back at all the previous nominees and winners and they're all people I have admired and many who "raised me up". To be included in this group is humbling - I have been blessed with great family, great friends, great co-workers, and great health and to be recognized for doing what I love is overwhelming.”
The first Lifetime Achievement Award was given in 1985 to August L. Fowler. Last year’s winners were Jim & Linda Byassee and Cathy Moehring. Past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award can be viewed at https://www.marionillinois.com/award-winners.html.
Our finalists have been nominated by fellow chamber members and selected by the Awards Committee.
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced during the 99th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet & Auction on Friday, January 17 at The Pavilion. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to attend are $65/person, $500/table of 8 or $750/table of 12 and are available by calling the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 618.997.6311 or visiting www.marionillinois.com.