Fred Rogers, infamously known as “Mister Rogers” perfectly defined community leadership in his quote — “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
In 2012, with the help of Duke Energy, we started the tradition of awarding the Community Leadership Award to recognize and celebrate the efforts of individuals in Catawba County who “see the need and fill it.” These recipients go above and beyond to make a positive impact towards community and economic development. This is the highest honor the Catawba County Chamber bestows on any individual.