Seven Tuscaloosa County residents inducted into Civic Hall of Fame
Randy Skagen, Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel, stood against the black wall that is the Civic Hall of Fame in Government Plaza, marked with 93 gold plaques listing the names of people recognized as community leaders of Tuscaloosa County. One of them is his.
“Since its inception in 2001, the Civic Hall of Fame has enshrined 86 of Tuscaloosa County's most outstanding citizens who truly represent its mission, which is to honor citizens of Tuscaloosa County who have made broad and lasting contributions to the betterment of this community,” said Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
Seven names were added Tuesday at the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony in Government Plaza. Skagen, Davis Burton Jr., Carolyn Fritz, Charles Durham, Charles Sittason, John Robinson and Lee Hallman were inducted and recognized as community leaders. The hall of fame was born during the chamber's 100th anniversary in 2000. The first class to be inducted was in 2001, and inductions have been made yearly since then. “(The hall of fame) is to recognize and honor those individuals who've made major contributions to the growth and success and welfare of the greater community,” said Roger Sayers, chairman of the hall of fame committee.
Skagen was recognized for helping with community projects, including the construction of a playground at United Cerebral Palsy and outreach to families in need in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornadoes. He has served as chairman of several community organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the DCH Foundation, The Chamber and Black Warrior Council of Boy Scouts and advisory boards at the University of Alabama.
“You just serve to make the community better,” Skagen said. “There's so many people that do that. I don't think people realize how many people are out there serving the community and volunteering.”
“Today we honor citizens who've stood tall, who've accepted and surpassed their civic responsibilities and have handed to each of us a shining torch of service, an example of civic duty for generations to follow,” said Jimmy Warren, president of TotalCom Inc. who presented the inductees Tuesday. “It is our hope and desire that the Civic Hall of Fame will stimulate interest in and appreciation of the value of our community's history and heritage while fostering community service and civic involvement.”