Jenny Floyd and John Simpson have proved their stewardship to the community countless times.
As a result, people greeted the two with loud applause when they were announced as the Gainesville Jaycees’ Young Woman and Young Man of the Year on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the 74th annual awards ceremony at the Chattahoochee Country Club.
“I’m thankful for you,” Simpson said to the crowd of fellow Jaycees. “Because of you, I don’t want to go anywhere else. I want to stay here and I want my daughter to be raised in Hall County, Gainesville city and it’s because of the people who make our town something to be proud of.”
As the assistant head of school at Lakeview Academy, Simpson strives to make a difference in the lives of his students.
“The students there are his kids,” Drew Echols, last year’s Young Man of the Year recipient said. “I am in awe at how much they love and respect Coach Simpson. He disciplines when he must, but he also defends them when it’s necessary. From many of us in this room, thank you, John, for what you do.”
Some of Simpson’s accomplishments include becoming an ordained minister at Lanier Christian Church, working as the chairman of Gainesville Parks and Recreation and receiving the Silver Shovel Award in 2017 from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, Bethany Magnus, last year’s Young Woman of the Year, described Floyd as a leader who makes others want to follow her.
“She is humble and works hard and in doing so inspires others to pitch in,” Magnus said.
She said Floyd has spent 10 years on the board for Gainesville’s Gateway Domestic Violence Center. Floyd works with the nonprofit to fight against domestic violence and create a safe environment for victims of abuse in Hall County.
Working as the board chair at Sisu Integrated Early Learning in Gainesville, she aids the nonprofit in providing a place where children with special needs can learn to interact alongside their peers.
Magnus said Floyd has shown through her service at Sisu, that she will do what is needed, no matter how large or small the task.
“Our young woman often laughs, saying that people ask her to serve because she can’t say no,” Magnus said. “But, I think it’s pretty clear as people ask her to serve because she will do the job and she will do it well.”