Jean Quick named Rotary Four-Way Test Good Citizen of the Year
Bennettsville business owner and city councilman Jean Quick was named as the Rotary Club of Bennettsville's Four-Way Test Good Citizen for 2017. Quick was honored at the club's Tuesday lunch meeting at The Skye.
Lon Lester, chairman of the club's Four-Way Test award selection committee, told about the award that the club has bestowed on a deserving community member since 1987.
He then introduced Lathrum Johnson, Quick's nephew, to present this year's award.
"Jean Quick is an individual who embodies the attributes of generosity, love and full-willed determination to get the job done, no matter what it takes. As our family jokes, she will definitely tell anyone, 'I did it my way and that's the right way,'" said Johnson.
Johnson said that Quick began cutting hair in the sixth grade. She would cut her teacher's hair so the whole class could get free sodas.
Following graduation from Wallace High School, Quick became a licensed cosmetologist. With a $250 loan, she opened The Regal Touch salon in Bennettsville.
"So this means she has been brightening up the lives of others, one hairstyle at a time, while giving advice for over 52 years," said Johnson.
Quick has been a key member in the community, volunteering her time and helping others strive to make Bennettsville a welcoming town.
She has been a member of the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association since its inception and serves as the treasurer of the association's board.
She has served three consecutive terms on the Bennettsville City Council.
In 2004, Quick was awarded the State Community Builders Hometown Hero award for her efforts in the community.
"She is a woman of compassion for her family and friends, sacrificing of herself to let others live better, even if that is in the form of a simple wave and smile," said Johnson.
The Rotary Four-Way Test is a moral code for personal and business relationships, first developed by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor.
Rotarians are to judge their actions and words by the tenets of this test:
-Is it the truth?
-Is it fair to all concerned?
-Will it build good will and better friendships
-Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Bennettsville Rotary Club began giving the award 31 years ago to a non-Rotarian who exemplifies the characteristics of the Four-Way Test in their business and personal relationships.
Plaques in the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library honor the recipients.
Also recognized at Tuesday's meeting were Rotary Scholarship recipients. Leslie Herndon, Demarcus Benjamin and Timothy Bridges each received assistance in furthering their education from the club's scholarship program.