Lexington chamber Community Awards
Every year, the Lexington Chamber and its members come together to recognize exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond in their professional pursuits and made significant contributions to the community. This page serves as a tribute to these outstanding members who have truly made a difference.
Distinguished Citizen Of The Year Award2022
The Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award winner for 2022 is Bill James, with Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist – Lexington Medical Center.
Bill is a seasoned health care professional who has guided Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center, as President, for the past nine years. As President, Bill leads all aspects of planning, critical operations and services at Lexington Medical Center that also includes the delivery of high quality, patient-and-family centered care, sound fiscal operation of the hospital and outpatient services, and compliance with regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies.
Bill’s leadership was never more evident than when he leveraged his vast skill-set as the driving force in securing funding for, and local community by-in, for the 31.5-million-dollar renovation and expansion of the hospital’s surgical services wing; taking the existing surgical suit and making it a state-of-the-art facility that the whole community will benefit from for decades to come.
Outside of Bill’s varied duties as President, he has always found time to provide leadership in the Lexington and Davidson County community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic and is a member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club. Bill has also served on the Chamber Board of Directors.
The Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award Committee (made up of past winners) is pleased to present this award to Bill for all his efforts to make Lexington and Davidson County a better place to live and work. Congratulations, Bill!
Outstanding Woman In The Community Award2022
The Outstanding Woman in the Community Award winner for 2022 is Rosalind Baker, currently serving as a District Court Judge in District 22B, which covers both Davidson and Davie Counties.
Rosalind was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to fill a vacant a vacant seat on the bench, and with that appointment, Rosalind became the first African American to serve as a judge in District 22B.
Rosalind is a graduate of NC A&T State University and received her Juris Doctorate from NC Central University Law School. After being admitted to the NC State Bar, she returned home to Lexington to open an office where she practiced for over 35 years.
While not practicing law or being a seated District Court Judge, Rosalinda has always given back to her community in many ways. Including, but not limited to, serving on the Board of Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist – Lexington Medical Center, Chairperson of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, Salvation Army of Davidson County Board (Chairperson), Hospice of Davidson County, The Life Center of Davidson County, Home Solutions of Davidson County, Pastor’s Pantry, Cancer Services of Davidson County, Davidson County Community Action, Habitat for Humanity and First Hope Ministries of Davidson County. Rosalind is also a past member of the Lexington Rotary Club.
The Outstanding Woman in the Community Award Committee (made up of past winners) is pleased to present this award to Rosalinda Baker for a life-time of community-oriented efforts to help make Lexington and Davidson County a better place to live. Rosalind embodies the true spirit of what this award represents and we couldn’t be happier to make this presentation. Congratulations, Rosalind!
past award recipients
Distinguished Citizen Of The Year
Dan G. Smith
James Frances Slyman
Dr. Ray Howell III
Burr W. Sullivan
J. Bryan Brooks
Vernon G. Price
Lewis Ardell Lanier
E. Frank Sherron Jr.
Charles M. England
B. Earl Hester Jr.
Edward C. Smith
N/A due to Covid-19
Outstanding Woman In The Community
Phyllis S. Penry
Rebecca Jo Peoples
Rochelle T. Grubb
Paula M. Turlington
Lou G. Adkins
Talmedge Hinkle Silversides
Judy Z. Butler
N/A due to Covid-19
Elizabeth “Bett” Hargrave
Lisa B. Timberlake
Jeanne E. Leonard