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Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award

Nancy Glenn The Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award is presented each year to an outstanding individual (or couple) who has given of his or her time and talents in making Matthews a better community through community service. The award is given in memory of Nancy Glenn who passed away in December 2006. Nancy was a hardworking dedicated individual who was known for her love of the Matthews community. She had served on the Matthews Human Services Council and worked with many other civic groups. She owned the Matthews News and Record for a number of years and had worked as Executive Director of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. The first Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award was presented to her family in 2007-2008.

2015-2016 Nancy Glenn Award

This year's Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award is presented to Iris DeVore. Her 44 (plus years) of unselfish service to the Matthews Community by far embodies the quality, commitment, character and integrity exemplified by Mrs. Nancy Glenn as a community servant. She has been a charter member of the Matthews Human Services Council for 20 years where she helps non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Matthews Community identify and address our community’s human services needs.

Nancy Glenn Award Recipient 2015-16 Iris DeVore

Iris DeVore
2015-2016 Recipient

In 1972 she founded the “Happy Times Club” , a program that provides a social and emotional venue for seniors to meet, greet and participate in their community’s growth. In 1975 she established the “Melody Makers Senior Choir”; composed of community residents who travels throughout the community entertaining at various facilities and providing words of encouragement and uplifting songs to our older and disabled adults.

In 1977 she was led by God to start a program to help the less fortunate in our community. Two rooms in the Old Murphy House was acquired as a food and clothing distribution center, Happy Times Club members provided the volunteer staffing and donations poured in from area residents. This program grew so rapidly and addressed such a profound need in our community until she was forced to look for their own building. In 1979, the Matthews Woman’s Club, spear headed by Iris DeVore, our award recipient, and Mrs. June Hamrick, obtained the Clark House from the town of Matthews and the “Matthews Help Center” was born.

Some time around 1999, Iris sat down with Mrs. Nancy Glenn, the Matthews Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, and discussed the need for a building dedicated specifically to Seniors; a place where seniors could acquire life enhancing programs and services, health promoting programs and a program that would contribute to the town’s infrastructure. She shared this vision with then Mayor Lee Myers, the town’s board of commissioners and practically anyone who would listen. Although presented with many obstacles, challenges and various reasons why this was impossible to accomplish, Iris never waivered in her faith and was determined to fulfill what she knew was a God ordained mission. In 2002 plans for a 19,500 square foot building were completed, Mr. Leon Levine and the Family Dollar Store Foundations provided a significant financial gift. On March 12, 2006 the Final Phase of our award recipient’s dream was realized with the Grand Opening of the Levine Senior Center. In recognition of her selfless and unrivaled contributions to our community, the Town of Matthew named the road leading to the center after her.

Nomination Information

Nominations currently closed.

Nominees will be evaluated using the following criteria:

Eligibility: resident of Matthews or surrounding area

Mail completed form to:
Matthews Human Services Council
P.O. Box 2953
Matthews, NC 28106


Email completed form to info@matthewshsc.org

Nomination Form

More information regarding nominating criteria and submission details may be obtained here. Print nomination form.

Recipients of the Nancy Glenn Community
Servant Award

Please click on photo to view details about the community service contributions made by each Nancy Glenn Award Recipient.

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Gail Rothschild

Gail Rothschild
2014-2015 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Brenda Messera

Brenda Messera
2012-2013 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Paula Lester

Paula Lester
2010-2011 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Aana Lisa Whatley

Aana Lisa Whatley
2008-2009 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Mr. Jack Jarrell

Mr. Jack Jarrell
2013-2014 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Miss Margaret Phillips

Miss Margaret Phillips
2011-2012 Recipient

Nancy Glenn Award recipient  Joy McGuire

Joy McGuire
2009-2010 Recipient

Nancy Glenn

The Family of Nancy Glenn
2007-2008 Recipient


MHSC meeting

Mr. Jack Jarrell at a MHSC meeting

Nancy Glenn Award presentation 2013

Brenda Messera receives the Nancy Glenn Award, 2013

Nancy Glenn Award presentation 2012

Miss Margaret Phillips receives Nancy Glenn Award, 2012. Shown with her sister Mary Louise Phillips and friend Iris DeVore

Nancy Glenn Award presentation 2011

Nancy Glenn Award presented to Paula Lester 2011

Nancy Glenn Award presentation 2010

Joy McGuire receives the Nancy Glenn Award, 2010

Aana Lisa Whatley

Nancy Glenn Award recipient Aana Lisa Whatley (right)

Nancy Glenn with Tina Whitley

Nancy Glenn, left, with Tina Whitley