The Gainesville Jaycees make a special effort to keep under wraps the identities of the Young Man and Young Woman of the Year recipients.
But as a communications professional, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Public Relations Director Melissa Tymchuk received the surprise honor with eloquence.
“I’m very grateful,” Tymchuk said. “Anyone who knows me knows I have a nucleus of people around me who ground me and have my back.”
Tymchuk aand James “Jimbo” Floyd were honored for their involvement in the community Thursday night at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville by the Gainesville Jaycees in the 69th year of presenting the award.
The banquet honors a young man and woman under the age of 40 who have given back to the community through volunteering and civic service.
Tymchuk was presented with the Young Woman of the Year award by the 2013 recipient, Staci Tunkel, who said Tymchuk had “an uncanny ability to connect with people of all walks of life.”
“She’s just special. She doesn’t even realize how special she is,” Tunkel said.
A mom of two, Tymchuk said she was especially thankful for the exceptional women who surrounded and mentored her, showing it is possible to achieve a balance between work and personal life.
She concluded her remarks with a message to her husband.
“I share this with you, because without you, this wouldn’t be possible,” she said. “You truly are my Young Man of the Year.”
Presenting the award for the year’s official pick for the title was past recipient Jim Coyle.
Floyd, a partner and vice president at Turner Wood & Smith Insurance, is the 2014 recipient.
Coyle shared tales of Floyd’s childhood and college days — including a few shenanigans — and the past 10 years in Gainesville marked by community involvement and service.
Coyle said Floyd’s wife, Jenny, joked that the golf and tennis player perhaps had ulterior motives in his work.
“‘He ends up running a lot of charity golf tournaments; he just wants to play golf,’” Coyle quoted her as saying, drawing laughter.
Floyd has served on the boards of the Hall County Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and in volunteer capacities for the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and WE CARE.
Floyd, a Bainbridge native, has two sons. He said it was an honor to be associated with the past award recipients.
“I’m very humbled to be given this award,” he said.