"This is a big honor to be honored by such a wonderful group of Bartow residents and volunteers," Brown said. "Whenever I receive an award like this I always think of the really hard work volunteers do and I think they deserve an award."
Frasier echoed Brown's statements.
"It just doesn't seem real," Frasier said. "I can think of so many other people that are so deserving, but I certainly am very appreciative.
"... So many people here today I've had the opportunity to teach, and they have helped me to be what I am and where I am. Teaching and being a principal is a two-way street, you give love and you receive love and that makes the world go around."
Brown, a native of Bartow County, was sworn in as county commissioner in 1991 and will retire at the end of his fifth term this year. Prior to serving as commissioner, Brown served as public works director and later as county administrator.
Frasier, a longtime educator, moved to Bartow County from Albertville, Ala., in 1958, teaching for many years in the county school system before becoming the system's first female administrator in the 1970s. In 2000, she founded the Bartow Education Foundation which has raised more than $1 million in tax-free dollars to assist Bartow County teachers.
The luncheon, attended by more than 200 people, also included comments by Congressman Phil Gingrey; Anthia McStatts Santini, chair of the Cartersville Patron Lunch; and members of the Northwest Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America.
To become involved with Scouting in the area, contact District Executive Matt Rood at 706-728-7325 or email@example.com. The local Scout office can be reached at 706-235-5545.