State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, surprised Kittle at the March meeting of the Bartow County Republican Party with Senate Resolution 1134 honoring him for his service to the community.
"I had received several requests from people to do something to honor Fred. He's done a lot in the community from his involvement with the chamber and the Republican party and a lot of community involvement and thought it appropriate to do something to give recognition for someone who does that much volunteer service," Loudermilk said.
In addition to involvement at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Kittle is the vice chair of fundraising for the 11th District Republican Party, immediate-past chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce and has served the Bartow County Republican Party in the offices of treasurer and vice chair.
"I was really surprised and honored and humbled. ... Everything I've been involved in, there's always been a lot of people working behind the scenes going above and beyond," Kittle said. "One of the things that was highlighted was the great work the chamber did last year and I was just fortunate to have a great board, great committees and a great staff that united everything."
SR 1134 also highlighted Kittle's 22 years of employment with Graybar, his education at Louisiana Tech University, his presidency of fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon and his graduation from the Coverdell Leadership Institute.
An excerpt from the resolution reads:
"And whereas he has served the business community by his many years of involvement with the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce as board member and president of the chamber board in 2011.
"And whereas he has served his local community in the Bartow County Republican Party Executive Committee since 2004 and on the 11th District Republican Party Executive Committee since 2007 during which time the organizations have grown and greatly benefited from his hard work and dedication.
"And whereas Mr. Kittle is a person of innumerable talents and a tremendous reputation for excellence which he has distinguished in his superlative service to his community and his state.
"And whereas it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized.
"Now therefore, be it resolved by the Senate, the members of this body commend Mr. Kittle for his many decades of efficient, effective, unselfish and dedicated service to the citizens of his community and the State of Georgia and extend to him their most sincere best wishes for continued health, happiness and prosperity."
The resolution can be found in its entirety by searching for SR 1134 at www.legis.ga.gov.