America In Bloom Awards
Smithfield Is Blooming!
Smithfield was awarded three prestigious national America in Bloom Awards at the National Symposium in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Sept. 22, 2012. The awards were for the following:
This was the first year Smithfield entered the contest. The effort was spearheaded by the Smithfield/Isle of Wight/Windsor Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber's 2011 Leadership Class, Russell Parrish who chaired a hard-working AIB Committee, several local businesses, the Womens Club of Smithfield, local Girl Scout troops, the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism Bureau and countless volunteers. It was truly a community-wide effort and everyone shares in this prestigious award!
On June 20 & 21, 2012, Smithfield hosted AIB judges Jack Clasen and Billy Butterfield. Details of the busy two-day itinerary are on page 24 of the Community Profile prepared by the AIB Committee. The Profile is a 25 page document that detailed all the exciting and new projects happening in Smithfield as well as our rich history and community pride. An AIB Scrapbook was also created to present to the judges. The scrapbook "lives" in the office of Tourism Director, Judy Winslow and is available for anyone to come and see!
What is America in Bloom?
America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom is an all-volunteer organization - there are no paid staff in the organization at all! America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and contributions to AIB are tax deductible.
Communities are judged in seven categories:
Heritage/Preservation, Floral Displays, Overall Impression, Environmental Efforts, Community Involvement, Landscaped Areas & Urban Forestry.
America in Bloom provides a framework for continuous improvements in communities. It encourages quality of life, community improvement, civic pride, educational and community engagement, inspiration and friendly competition!
Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB Staff:
Judy Hare Winslow, Director of Tourism
Lois Chapman Tokarz, Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Terry Rhinier, Event Coordinator
Deborah Marshall, Visitor Center Manager
Kathy Mountjoy, Group Tour Coordinator
Cheryl Ketcham, Farmer's Market Manager