By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Gillian Herndon wasn’t planning to be at Keizer’s First Citizen Awards Banquet Jan. 26.
After all, the operations manager at McNary Golf Club was busy watching her son in a two-day basketball tournament in McMinnville.
A variety of people tried to discreetly get Herndon to attend the banquet, knowing the 50-year-old golf club would be earning Merchant of the Year honors.
“My children come first,” Herndon said. “There was panic all around, from what I heard, when I couldn’t make it. Even my husband was involved with trying to make me go. They tried everything. Finally the chamber board president told me why I had to go.”
Being told beforehand didn’t lessen the shock for Herndon, who was introduced by last year’s winner, Audrey Butler.
“I was surprised that I won it,” said Herndon, who shared the award with co-workers Tom Fischer, president of the board of directors and Larry Bent, pro shop manager. “It’s a great honor. I was flabbergasted. I don’t feel I do anything special. There are so many more people in the community that do things more important, as I deem them. Things I do are just stuff I did for me.”
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